A beast of the Earth — aka the false prophet — who performs signs in the presence of Leviathan and was created on the sixth “yom” to fulfill End Time prophesy. He has two horns like a lamb, speaks like a dragon, and will deceive most people into worshipping the image of Leviathan and receiving her mark during the Great Tribulation. Behemoth currently resides in a subterranean desert east of Paradise in Sheol. He eats grass like an ox, has a tail that moves like a cedar, and bones as strong as brass and like bars of iron. Behemoth’s ultimate demise is be thrown into the lake of fire (i.e., Gehenna) with Leviathan.
Isn’t it interesting that within the realm of sci-fi people believe that concepts like terraforming are completely plausible? Or, that in the world of fantasy, they are comfortable with dragons like Smaug having the ability to speak? Yet, when put into the perspective of the Bible, these would be beyond ridiculous. We are told explicitly how our world was created through a higher power that can be proven through evidence-based intelligent design. However, we readily accept ludicrous, unproven theories — with little to no scientific evidence — such as the Big Bang and macroevolution because “men of science” would not steer us wrong, right? What if there REALLY were (and is!) a creature named Behemoth who does have the ability to communicate with humankind?
Let’s examine what the Bible says about this “beast of the Earth.” The most descriptive passage of Behemoth occurs in Job 40:
Job 40:15 “Look at Behemoth,
which I made along with you
and which feeds on grass like an ox.
16 What strength it has in its loins,
what power in the muscles of its belly!
17 Its tail sways like a cedar;
the sinews of its thighs are close-knit.
18 Its bones are tubes of bronze,
its limbs like rods of iron.
19 It ranks first among the works of God,
yet its Maker can approach it with his sword.
20 The hills bring it their produce,
and all the wild animals play nearby.
21 Under the lotus plants it lies,
hidden among the reeds in the marsh.
22 The lotuses conceal it in their shadow;
the poplars by the stream surround it.
23 A raging river does not alarm it;
it is secure, though the Jordan should surge against its mouth.
24 Can anyone capture it by the eyes,
or trap it and pierce its nose? (NASB)
What if the lotuses of Job 40:21-22 were actually lotus trees? Diospyros lotus could certainly be a candidate as they grow upwards of 30m (~98 feet) tall. Some Biblical translators have mistakenly identified this beast as the hippopotamus, but do they have a tail that “sways like a cedar” in verse 17? Certainly NOT! Although hippos are exceptionally dangerous, could men trap them and pierce their noses? Absolutely! Based on the description provided, does this not sound more like a relative of the extinct sauropods of which the Brachiosaurus is one of the larger exemplars?
The third most frequent manuscript discovered among the Dead Sea Scrolls is 1 Enoch — behind Psalms and Deuteronomy. The Book of Enoch is DIRECTLY QUOTED by the canonized Book of Jude in Jude 1:14-15; examine footnote a. So, if a canonized book quotes an apocryphal book, does that mean that both should have been canonized or both considered apocryphal? It can’t be both ways. What has been hidden from us?
Regardless, this is what 1 Enoch states about Behemoth (and Leviathan):
1 Enoch 60:7 And on that day were two monsters parted, a female monster named Leviathan, to dwell in the abysses of the ocean over the fountains of the waters. 8 But the male is named Behemoth, who occupied with his breast a waste wilderness named Dûidâin, on the east of the garden where the elect and righteous dwell, where my grandfather was taken up, the seventh from Adam, the first man whom the Lord of Spirits created. 9 And I besought the other angel that he should show me the might of those monsters, how they were parted on one day and cast, the one into the abysses of the sea, and the other unto the dry land of the wilderness. 10. And he said to me: ‘Thou son of man, herein thou dost seek to know what is hidden.’
The “garden where the elect and righteous dwell” — awaiting the resurrection of the dead — is none other than Paradise, where Christ descended for the three days and NIGHTS after his crucifixion. Paradise is part of Sheol, which is an undergound abyss created on the first “yom.” Look at the meaning of the Greek paradeisos; it is “a park, a GARDEN, a PARADISE!” So, where is Behemoth now? In “a waste wilderness named Dûidâin,” to the east of Paradise in Sheol, which is UNDERGROUND!
Now, let’s examine the prophesy of Revelation regarding the “beast of the Earth” or Behemoth:
Revelation 13:11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke as a dragon. (NASB)
Examine the two, bony protuberances atop the head of the Brachiosaurus in the image at the top of this article. Could that be “two horns like a lamb?”
Revelation 13:12 He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence. And he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed. (NASB)
Revelation 13:13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the presence of men. 14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who had the wound of the sword and has come to life. 15 And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 16 And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, 17 and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. (NASB)
Behemoth will perform “great signs” including making fire come down from Heaven. How could he deceive men without “telling” them to make an image of Leviathan? Even the image of Leviathan will “speak.” And, what is the infamous “mark?” It is the MARK OF LEVIATHAN on the right hand or forehead! How many eschatological lies and mis-/disinformation have we been told about the mark?
Revelation 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six. (NASB)
The earliest extant manuscript states 616. Regardless, we are going to have to sit tight for this one to be revealed. The gematria of Leviathan (Heb. lamed-vav-yod-tav-nun) is 496 (lamed=30 + vav=6 + yod=10 + tav=400 + nun=50). Even Leviathan the Great in Hebrew equals 544. In Greek, the isopsephy for Leviathan adds to 398 (lambda=30 + epsilon=5 + beta=2 + iota=10 + tau=300 + alpha=1 + nu=50); Leviathan the Great equals 1427. Does verse 18 invalidate this research? No, because of verse 1:
Revelation 13:1 And the dragon stood on the sand of the seashore. Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names. (NASB)
At least one of those “blasphemous names” (or a combination thereof) will yield the number prophesied.
So, what happens if you accept the mark of Leviathan?
Revelation 14:9 Then another angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” 12 Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus. 13 And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, “Write, ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!’” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “so that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them.” (NASB)
Although the “lake of fire” called Gehenna — aka the “second death” — is the ultimate fate of those who receive the mark of Leviathan, they will be tortured during the Great Tribulation as is described in Revelation 16 — climaxing in the infamous battle of Armageddon.
Just as for those who will worship and take the mark of Leviathan, the two beasts — Leviathan and Behemoth, the false prophet — will meet their demise in the lake of fire as well:
Revelation 19:20 And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh. (NASB)
To whom is verse 21 referring? None other than Christ Himself!
Amen! (So be it!)
Be sure to read the companion articles in the Revelation Study series:
- Revelation Study: Mystery Babylon
- Revelation Study: Signs in the Heavens – Engonasi(n) the Kneeler
- Revelation Study: The Seven Spirits of Yahoah
- Revelation Study: Leviathan
- Revelation Study: An Overview of Eschatological Events
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