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"On that day the LORD with His harsh, great, and strong sword, will bring judgment on Leviathan, the fleeing serpent--Leviathan, the twisting serpent. He will slay the monster that is in the sea." -Isa 27:1 (HCSB)
The word "leviathan" is used several times in scriptures (ie. Job 3:8) and it seems very likely that it is about an actual beast that dwells in the seas, although many say it is about large Nile Crocodiles and how they might catch a goat and twist around in the water with it. At any rate I would have to say in Isaiah 27 it is not just a beast that a group of men could slay but something more like a representative of all the paganism around the various cultures that Isaiah knew of. Paganism and its many doctrines often capture the minds of people and twist their thinking so it is more of a job for the Lord to handle. What are your thoughts?