The Apple of His Eye ... commentary of Psalm 74
The Apple of His Eye
… A commentary of Psalm 74
Psalm 74:14: “Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness.”
“…the crooked serpent…”
In the constellation above, seen in the night sky, is a grouping of stars that represent one of the divisions of the celestial sphere that God Himself has designed.
As we peer into this sky, we can see the crooked serpent.
Now, turn to the book of Job chapter twenty-six, verse thirteen, and we will see that it is God that formed the crooked serpent in the sky:
“By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent.” [Job 26:13]
God formed this crooked serpent in His handiwork in order to display His glory to us:
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.” [Psalm 19:1-2] Amen!
Now, the crooked serpent in the sky shows the crooked serpent is here on this earth.
This crooked serpent is a dragon. DRAGONS do EXIST!
This dragon is also, a piercing serpent.
This piercing serpent [a dragon] is called Leviathan.
Leviathan lives in the sea. The question follows:
Job 41:1: “Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?”
He is a monster worse than anyone found in anyone’s dream or in anyone’s imagination.
Now note: This sea monster has more than one head. Our verse here [verse fourteen] says heads [plural].
Then, how many heads does this creature have?
The Bible in the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ in chapter thirteen [verse one and two] describes an eerie scene by the sea shore by the Apostle John.
A sea monster called a beast rises up out of the water and this beast had seven heads, like Leviathan, yet different than Leviathan, having ten horns with each horn having a crown for a total of ten crowns.
Also, this sea monster had another notable and odd thing to take into account. His seven heads [all seven] had one name: the NAME of BLASPHEMY. Let’s read and take this into our thoughts:
“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.” [Revelation 13:1-2]
From this connection to the beast, rising up out from the sea, found here in the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ in chapter thirteen [verse one] to that of Leviathan in our comments on verse fourteen, we have these following commonalities:
1. The beast and Leviathan are water dragons. One lived in the sea, or in the river, the other rose up out the sea.
2. The beast and Leviathan have multiple heads. One clearly had seven heads, and the other had an unidentified number of heads.
3. The beast and Leviathan are political in type, thus, crowns are involved, primarily with Pharaoh King of Egypt, and secondarily, with Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. See our comments for this given earlier for our verse thirteen of this commentary [Ezekiel 29:3, Jeremiah 51:34].
Thus far, we conclude:
1. DRAGONS do EXIST!
2. Dragons are in the sea, and in the rivers of the earth.
3. Dragons are also in the low places of the earth!
4. Pharaoh is a great dragon.
5. Nebuchadnezzar is like a dragon.
6. The great red dragon will show up in the wilderness [Revelation chapter twelve]. This is the DEVIL, the first person of the evil trinity.
7. There are no crowns on the seven heads of the great red dragon.
8. The beast will show up, rising up out of the sea [Revelation chapter thirteen]. This is the political head of a kingdom, the second person of the evil trinity.
9. There are ten crowns on the ten horns on the seven heads of the beast.
We are ready now to comment on the second part of Psalm 74:14:
“Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in
pieces, and gavest him to be meat to
the people inhabiting the wilderness.”
“…meat to the
people inhabiting the wilderness.”
Look for Leviathan in the sea. We read in Psalm one hundred and four, verse twenty-six:
“There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein.” [Psalm 104:26]
There is a prophecy soon to be fulfilled in the book of Isaiah. See chapter twenty-seven, verse one:
“In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.” [Isaiah 27:1]
Soon there will be a voice that will be heard by the people of Israel and they will flee to the wilderness.
Turn to the book of the Gospel according to Matthew, and we will read from there, in chapter twenty-four, verses fifteen through twenty-one:
“When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” [Matthew 24:15-21]
Now, we need to return to the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ … to chapter twelve.
Now, verse six: “And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.” [Revelation 12:6]
The woman here in chapter twelve is not the church, the body of Christ. The church is called a bride not a woman. Two things different are not the same. This woman is also not Mary as it was taught to me as a Roman Catholic.
This woman clothed … with the sun, and the moon under her feet, having a crown of twelve stars represents the nation of Israel.
Now, each star represents a tribe of Israel.
Thus, we have twelve stars for the twelve tribes of Israel. And something else, this relationship points back to a dream that Joseph had in the First book of Moses called Genesis. See for this in chapter thirty-seven, verse nine:
“And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.” [Genesis 37:9]
What can we see here?
1. Joseph’s father Jacob represents the sun.
2. Second: Joseph’s mother Rachel represents the moon.
3. Joseph’s eleven brothers represent the eleven stars.
4. Joseph represents the twelfth star.
Again, the woman will flee into the wilderness.
This wilderness will be the wilderness of Zin and the wilderness of Paran in close proximity to Petra, and they will hide out, like David did [1 Samuel 25:1].
The wilderness of Zin is located north and east of Kadesh Barnea, whereas the wilderness of Paran is located south and east of Kadesh Barnea. It is a large wilderness area just east of Petra that runs in a north-south direction.
Now there will be at the end of the Tribulation a highway from the Sinai going north through the wilderness to Jerusalem.
This will form the route the SON of GOD, Jesus Christ, takes in His Second Advent to this earth.
In the Fourth book of Moses called Deuteronomy, chapter thirty-three, verse two, we read of it:
“And he said, The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them.” [Deuteronomy 33:2]
One day, very soon, there will be a voice heard by the people hiding in the wilderness on a highway for our God.
This highway is prophesied of … in the book of the prophet Isaiah, in chapter forty, verse three:
“The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” [Isaiah 40:3]
This is that very thing we see in the book of the prophet Isaiah, and in the book of the prophet Hosea:
“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.” [Isaiah 43:19-20]
This way in the wilderness will be a new thing for all to behold, “a highway” through the desert of “the wilderness” from Sinai to Paran … to give commerce to people [Israel] hiding in the “wilderness”.
Thus, Leviathan will be transported on the highway in pieces for meat to feed the people.
The LORD will do this all!
And something else: Soon comfort will come to this people taking refuge in “the wilderness”.
We have this in the book of the prophet Hosea, chapter two, verses fourteen and fifteen:
“Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her.
And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt.” [Hosea 2:14-15]
We now come full circle in this fulfillment of Hosea [when the Jews flee to the wilderness in the Tribulation] back to this fulfillment of prophecy recorded here in the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
Let me read it again:
“And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.” [Revelation 12:6]
Now, see verses fourteen through seventeen:
“And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” [Revelation 12:14-17]
This is the spectacle that the world will observe in much trepidation [both with horror and with anger]. The LORD will go forth with all his hosts “with ten thousands of saints” to do business with his enemies … this in response to the prayers of his people … in the wilderness.
To obtain more illumination, concerning Jesus Christ’s march through the wilderness on this highway prepared of God, we will note this which is located in the book of Psalms, Psalm sixty-eight, verse seven:
“O God, when thou wentest forth before thy people, when thou didst march through the wilderness; Selah:” [Psalm 68:7]
· God went forth before His people in the wilderness in the exodus [from Egypt].
· God will go forth before His people in the wilderness in the Tribulation.
And God’s enemies [and Israel’s enemies] will bow before HIM, and they will lick the dust of the earth … in Psalm seventy-two:
“They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust.” [Psalm 72:9]
Furthermore, Leviathan [a type of the Devil] will take it in the chops, and he will become “meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness”.
Thus, the LORD will feed His people with manna and meat in the wilderness again.
The LAMB will work a mighty salvation in the wilderness “to the people inhabiting the wilderness.”
Check it out in the book of Isaiah the prophet, chapter sixteen, verse one:
“Send ye the lamb to the ruler of the
land from Sela to the wilderness, unto the mount of
the daughter of Zion.” [Isaiah