I used to follow some of the teaching ministries of the megachurches until I realized I wasn’t getting the results they promised. After studying the Bible on some of the major demons, I could see that some of these mega preachers were operating under the influence of what I call the toxic trio: Leviathan, Jezebel, and Balaam. Leviathan is the father of pride and is like a snake; Jezebel is a charming spirit, and Balaam manipulates for money.


Job 41 tells us many characteristics of Leviathan. A Leviathan spirit is arrogant. And sometimes Leviathan is called a snake. A snake can be very quiet, and a master of camouflage. A cobra could be right in front of you, and you might not even see it for quite a long time until it rears its ugly head and becomes obvious.


Sometimes the term “Leviathan” is translated “crocodile.” I watched crocodiles when I lived in Africa. They appeared slow moving, lying on the water’s edge or napping in the grass, lubberly. I watched one crocodile barely raise his eyelids to get focused on the exact position of a young wildebeest on the far bank. Then with a sharp whiplash of the tail, he slid his reptilian body into the water. He was hidden for a time as he crossed unseen, then with a violent thrashing, he launched with unbelievable power, up out of the river, his open mouth dripping water. Then with a sharp snap, he closed down on the wildebeest’s leg. The crocodile pulled the struggling beast into the muddy water then began to roll, over and over until the wildebeest’s leg twisted off and tore away from its body.


Leviathan seen in a preacher’s actions and words, twists the truth to make it fit their agenda. They wind a good tale to tear believers apart from each other.


Some of the most pious-looking, soft-spoken, affable preachers are not as humble as they might seem. They convince themselves that they are right. Pride blinds them from being able to take correction from their constituents, and they think they are above the law. They become unbudgeable.


Job 41:15-17 says: “His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal. One is so near to another, that no air can come between them. They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered.”


Job 41:33-34 says the spirit of Leviathan “is made without fear. He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.”


One of the things Leviathan does is twist or pervert the truth. Isaiah 27:1 says: “In that day the Lord with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent.”


We see that a Leviathan spirit has a big ego, and feels that he or she is beyond reproach. But to entice followers in the church, a Leviathan spirit often collaborates with a Jezebel spirit, the smooth-tongued, delightful, charming spirit. Jezebel is oh so convincing. In a man or a woman, the Jezebel spirit is the one who promises the world. “Follow me, and I will give you everything your heart desires.” A Jezebel tells you he or she has all the answers.


In 1 Kings 21, Jezebel saw that her husband was sad. He had a problem, and she was going to be his savior to get that problem solved.


“Jezebel his wife came to him, and said unto him, Why is thy spirit so sad, that thou eatest no bread?

“And he said unto her, Because I spake unto Naboth the Jezreelite, and said unto him, Give me thy vineyard for money; or else, if it please thee, I will give thee another vineyard for it: and he answered, I will not give thee my vineyard.


“And Jezebel his wife said unto him, Dost thou now govern the kingdom of Israel? arise, and eat bread, and let thine heart be merry: I will give thee the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite” (vv. 5-7).


The thing Jezebel didn’t tell her husband is that she planned to kill Naboth to get the vineyard! Some of the mega preachers will tell you they will get you prosperity and long life and many blessings, but they neglect to tell you what they have done to get your attention in the first place and that the prize is not what you think it is.


Then there’s the spirit of Balaam. Balaam would do just about anything for money. In Old Testament times, people paid the prophets to speak what they, the people, wanted to hear. In Numbers 22 we see where King Balak wanted Balaam to condemn the Israelites. Balak sent his men with money for the message they wanted to hear. Balaam was a God-fearing man so he prayed to God about what he should do.


In this blog I’m not trying to say that all mega preachers are bad. But as a Christian believer, watchman, and writer, God requires me to warn His people sometimes, wake them up and tell them to open their eyes and ears to the truth. Balaam was not a bad person. But money got the best of him. He tried his best to wait on God, but he slipped up. God told Balaam, “IF” the messengers came back in the morning, he could go with them. But Balaam was already counting his gold. Instead of waiting for the messengers, he conveniently left out the “if” and jumped up and went with them.


Jezebel entices people by promising great things, but she or he colludes with Balaam to find a way to get paid for it. Sound familiar? Unfortunately, the TOXIC TRIO of Leviathan, Jezebel, and Balaam are bringing even more than triple trouble to the body of believers. Please consider this and take heed to yourself if you have been caught up in a crocodile’s jaws.


Love, Carolyn


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