All through scriptures, we see the operation of Satan and his dark forces from the waters and it is only an undiscerning believer that will say there is nothing like water spirits.
1. Satan himself came out of the sea in Revelation 13.
“Then I stood on the sand of the sea.
And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea,
having seven heads and ten horns, and
on his horns ten crowns, and on
his heads a blasphemous name.”
In verses 6 and 7 of Revelation 13, we read how the beast opened his mouth speaking great things and blasphemies against God to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle and those who dwell in heaven. In verse 7, the Bible says:
“It was granted to him to make war with
the saints and to overcome them.”
This is why we believe the power base of Satan is in the waters.
2. God asked Moses to “Go to Pharaoh in the morning when he goes out to the water and you shall stand by the river’s bank to meet him…” (Ex. 7:15).
What would a powerful king like Pharaoh be doing by the river’s side in the morning? I will tell you, he went to acquire power from the water spirits for the day, the same way believers ought to receive strength and direction for the day from God through their quiet time.
In the first of ten plagues that God used to deal with all the gods of Egypt, He demonstrated His power over Khnum, the ram god who was the supposed protector of the source of the Nile and Hapy, the god of the Nile. By this spiritual warfare against the water spirits of the Nile, God dealt with them and killed all the fish by turning the water into blood and the Egyptians could not get water to drink for the next seven days. The river stank and there was blood all over Egypt.
This was God’s way of dealing with the water spirits upon which Pharaoh depended for strength.
3. Jesus understood the manifestation of water spirits. There are occasions when they bring about raging storms in the sea and unless people discern their manifestation and exercise their authority to rebuke them, they cause tragedy and death.
The Reubenites, Gadites and half the tribe of Manasseh who refused to cross over to Canaan occupied the country of the Gadarenes (Num. 32:2-5, 33).
As Jesus crossed over, a furious storm arose as water spirits were trying to overturn the boat.
In their natural state, trees, rocks, water, etc., give glory to God (Ps. 148). They will not normally challenge the authority of Jesus.
Whilst the disciples were crying that they were perishing, Jesus exercised kingdom authority (which He has now given us through the Holy Spirit), and rebuked the spirit behind the wind and the sea (Matt. 8:26).
“But He said to them ‘Why are you fearful,
O you of little faith?’ Then He arose and rebuked
the winds and the sea and there was great calm.”
If it was a natural godly storm, Jesus will not rebuke something that is from His father. He knew the storm was an evil manifestation of water spirits.
It is also reasonable to conclude that water spirits possessed the Gardarene demon-possessed men that met Him as soon as He came out of the boat on the other side because:
- They recognized who Jesus was
- They pleaded through the Garderene demoniacs that Jesus should cast them out into the herd of swine
- They caused the herd of swine to run violently into the sea (Matt. 8:32) In the natural, pigs hate water; it was the water spirits that chased them into the water and killed them
- These spirits are normally violent spirits that do not let go of their captives easily (Mark 5:1-13)
As demonic forces manipulate the winds, so also dark forces operating from the waters influence the water to do evil. The swine perished in the waters but the water spirits went back into their habitat, the sea.
Water spirits normally put up great resistance in deliverance but ultimately bow to the name of Jesus and the anointing (Mark 4:35-41; Matt. 8:23-32).
4. Job was complaining bitterly to his friends and to God after his affliction and suffering and said at one point.
“Am I a sea or a sea serpent,
that you set a guard over me?” (Job 7:12).
Job understood that there is a demonic force called “sea serpent” that basically is a water spirit.
This was a massive sea creative that the Bible says: God created to play in the sea (Ps. 104:26). It is so massive it has no fears of harassment by human fishermen.
However, it was corrupted by Satan to become an evil creature and thus an enemy of God.
“You divided the sea by your strength;
You broke the heads of the sea serpents in the waters.
You broke the heads of Leviathan in pieces,
And gave him as food to the people inhabiting the wilderness”
Here, the Psalmist was referring to the deliverance of Israel from Egypt, how God divided the Red sea for His people to pass through on dry ground, but how He had to break the head of Leviathan to execute the deliverance. Friend, operation of Satan from the waters is real!
Also, Isaiah released God’s judgment on Leviathan by the great and strong sword of the Lord.
“In that day, the Lord with His severe sword,
great and strong, will punish Leviathan,
the fleeing serpent, Leviathan, that twisted serpent
and He will slay the reptile that is in the sea” (Is. 27:1).
The Lord was asking Job questions as to his strength and ability using the strength and power of Leviathan as a measure, God says:
“Can you draw out Leviathan with a hook,
Or snare his tongue with a line which you lower?
Can you put a reed through his nose,
Or pierce his jaw with a hook?”
No one is so fierce that they will dare stir him up. Leviathan is a demon principality operating against ministries and whole cities and nations.
God was asking that if Job cannot play with such a massive sea creature, can he stand against Him, the one who created Leviathan?
In Job 3:8, the Bible refers to powerful occultists who use the Leviathan for their evil deeds, i.e., to pronounce curses and to influence people’s lives.
“May those who curse days, curse that day,
those who are ready to rouse Leviathan.”
6. Water Spirits are referred to as Rahab. In Psalm 89, the water spirits were referred to as Rahab.
“You rule the raging of the sea
When its waves rise, You still them
You have broken Rahab in
Pieces as one who is slain,
You have scattered Your enemies
With Your mighty arm” (Ps 89:9-10).
These verses linked up with Psalm 87: 4 and Isaiah 30:7 all point to the fact that Rahab here refers to the power behind Egypt which is the water spirits, the spirits Pharaoh went to fellowship with and draw power from every morning.
7. When God asked prophet Ezekiel to prophesy judgment against Pharaoh king of Egypt and against all Egypt, He compared Pharaoh to a great monster that lies in the midst of the rivers.
“Son of man, set your face against
Pharaoh king of Egypt, and
prophesy against him, and against all Egypt.
Speak, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord
GOD: ‘Behold, I am against you,
O Pharaoh king of Egypt,
O great monster that lies in the midst of his rivers,
Who has said, ‘My River is my own;
I have made it for myself’’’”
By covenant with these waters, Pharaoh had imbibed their character,
Secondly, in Job 9: 13 (NKJV), the Bible says:
“God will not withdraw His anger
The allies of the proud He prostrates beneath Him”
In NKJV Rahab is translated by the word proud but a reference or margin is given explaining that the proud is translated from the Hebrew word Rahab. In NIV, the word Rahab is maintained.
“God does not restrain His anger,
Even the cohort of Rahab cowered at His feet”
(Job 9: 13).
This means that God is angry against Rahab and His anger cannot be stopped, and that the allies of Rahab are also dealt with by God.
Thirdly, in Job 26:12-13 (NIV), the Bible says:
“By His power, He churned up the sea;
By His wisdom, He cut Rahab to pieces.
By His breadth, the skies became fair;
His hand pierced the gliding serpent.”
Again, the scriptures were referring to God’s judgment and dealing with Rahab in verse 12 and Leviathan in verse 13.
The Rahab in all these scriptures is definitely not the prostitute called by the same name in Joshua chapter 2 who lived in the city of Jericho, but rather, a sea monster or water spirit, a principality.