I had thought to start a study about some of the awesome types that point forward to our Lord Jesus Christ, but recently I have felt led to first conduct a series on the world before the flood. I don’t really know why I’m writing this series, but there are some awesome things to consider in God’s Word concerning the antidiluvian (pre-flood) world. In this first post we are going to consider what God’s Word says about dinosaurs. Most Christians might immediately say that there is not much if anything about dinosaurs in the Bible, but I beg to differ and ask the reader to please join me and read the entire post. I sincerely believe that your thoughts about dinosaurs may be much different as we ask God to give us light from His Word on this subject.
If I would ask you where you would go to find out information about dinosaurs, what would your answer be? I think most Christians would be of the opinion that you would have to go outside of the Bible. If I then asked what sources within the world would you go to for information about dinosaurs, what would your answer be? More than likely I think the answer would be to scientists. But what if I told you that the Bible provides information about dinosaurs? And what if I told you that once you get a Biblical view of dinosaurs that you would see traces of truth concerning dinosaurs by not looking to scientists, but instead the various dragon fables from around the world, would you think I’m crazy? Well before we look at these things, let’s just consider what some of the devil’s motives are behind the use of evolution and dinosaurs. First, through the use of propaganda in educational systems, he would have us think that scientists belong to a higher, more noble profession which earnestly seeks the truth. When you do the research though you find out that what motivates scientists are the same things that motivate all of the worlds organizations and affiliations: money in the form of funding and grants as well as political and social motives and pride. Evolutionary science is an atheistic religion, pure and simple. The devil uses evolutionary science to “blind those who don’t believe” and to scare, silence and give doubts about God’s Word to those who do believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. If he is not successful in silencing the Christian, then he wants the Christian to fight against evolutionary science using the tools of the world, which basically consist of trying to disprove the evolutionist theories using science itself. The problem with this is that we are cautioned against this method in 1 Timothy 6:20 and what usually results is that the Christian finds out that even if he/she can logically present his/her case against evolutionary science to an adherent of that atheistic religion, there will usually be a refusal to admit to the facts. But folks, what the adversary doesn’t want us to do is actually read God’s Word and see what God says about these things and the adversary doesn’t want us to use the common sense that God gave us to look at the creation and world around us and make associations and connections to God’s Word. * see Appendix A
Ok so this post is going to be full of questions I would like you to consider, so here we go. What physical evidence do we have for dinosaurs? Answer: Bones and fossils. What do these bones suggest? Answer: Some sort of huge creatures that resemble reptiles that once walked the earth and are now extinct. Do we really know what their skin or exterior looked like? Answer: We assume them to be reptilian based on bone structure, but the exterior depiction of these creatures was largely the product of scientists and media imaginations. So we’ve discovered the bones of large reptilian like creatures that are extinct, when thinking of a large reptile like creature that no longer exists, is there any parallel to this type of creature mentioned in history? Answer: Why yes, there exists numerous stories of dragons, they resemble certain types of dinosaurs and dragon stories are found throughout many cultures and on many continents throughout history. Ok, so I will stop with the questions for a bit. Let’s consider something right now, let’s consider that throughout history and cultures there are many accounts of the great flood. These accounts of the flood have survived for thousands of years and are found on different continents and in different cultures, while the accounts differ, the main theme is the same, a flood that destroyed the whole world, while one man and his family was saved. As Christians we know that in God’s Word the true account of the flood was recorded, and the rest of the accounts from around the world were corrupted accounts, and they contain some, but not all elements of the truth. So for our study today, we will see the same thing about dragons, we have various accounts of dragons handed down for thousands of years from all over the world, but to get the truth we have to go to God’s Word, let’s do that now.
The Dragon/Dinosaur Connection
The word “dragon” is found 28 times in the Old Testament. The Hebrew words for “dragon” are Tanniyn and Tanniym. These two words literally mean “monster”, but maybe not exactly the same meaning “monster” holds for us today, it is more reflective of the enormous size and strength of this creature which God made and in my opinion intelligence as we shall see. In the KJV Bible the Hebrew words have been translated into the english word “dragon” 21 times, but 7 times they were translated into other words. By looking at the times when the Hebrew word for dragon was not translated literally, we will gain much insight in our study. Ok, so if we were looking for dinosaurs in God’s Word where would be the first logical place we should look? Answer: Genesis, to see when God created all of the creatures. So we need to look at the six days of creation and see if we find any mention of dinosaurs or dragons. At first glance we don’t see any mention of dragons, but let’s look a little closer at the fifth day of creation. We read in Genesis 1:20 that on day 5, God created the birds and the sea creatures and then in verse 21 we read, “and God created the great whales, and every living creature the moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good“. Now I would like to point out the english word “whales” is actually the Hebrew word Tanniym, which means “dragons” . So literally we have God creating a group of creatures, known as “dragons” on the fifth day of creation. While we have much ground yet to cover, I would just put forth that this verse is describing when God created the dinosaurs, a classification of animal that was reptilian, huge in size, and depending on the specific type of dinosaur had it’s environment in the sea but also was able to walk about the earth and if it was a type that had wings, fly in the sky.
The Dragon, the old Serpent
Ok, so for now we see that there was a classification of animals created by God on the fifth day, called “dragons” in the original Hebrew, which we are considering were dinosaurs. So what happened to them? Well to begin to answer this we need to look further in Genesis. Let’s consider when the serpent tempted Eve in the garden of Eden, which is recorded in Genesis 3. The Hebrew word for “serpent” is “nachash” which in the form it is used in Genesis 3 is consistently translated “serpent” in the rest of the Old Testament. So essentially the word serpent means the same as what we call a snake today. For hundreds of years we have been told and seen art work which depicts two things that are incorrect regarding the temptation that occured in the garden of Eden. The first is that the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil which Adam and Eve ate was an apple. Genesis 3 does not specify what the specific fruit was, so we can’t be sure that it was an apple. The second common misconception associated with the temptation in the garden of Eden is that the creature that tempted Eve was a snake as we now know that animal today. This is not true because though the creature was called a serpent, at that time it did not look like a serpent. To prove this we need to consider the judgements which God declared after Adam and Eve had sinned and partaken of the forbidden fruit. In Genesis 3:14-18 we see the different sentences pronounced on Adam, Eve, and the serpent because of what they had done. For now let’s look at the first part of the judgement pronounced on the serpent.
And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because you have done this, you are cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon your belly shall you go, and dust you eat all the days of your life.
Please pay particular attention to the phrase, “upon your belly shall you go”. This was a judgement pronounced on the serpent because he tempted Eve and this was issued after the serpent had tempted Eve and she and Adam ate of the fruit. So if the punishment handed to serpent was to go on his belly, that means the before this judgement he was a creature that stood upright. So when we consider the word serpent, we affirm that it means snake, but we also affirm that before the judgement was carried out on this creature the serpent was a creature that stood upright and looked different than a snake looks today. When the serpent tempted Eve he did not slither up to her, he walked and what I am proposing is because his form was a dragon. We need to prove this in God’s Word though. Could there be a connection between dragons and snakes? Let’s take a look at a verse in Revelation. When John is describing when the devil if finally cast out of heaven we read:
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the devil, and satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth and his angels were cast out with him.
So we can see the association of the dragon being the same as the serpent and folks what I am proposing to you is that the words “dragon” and “serpent” are describing the same creature when regarding the devil and also the same creatures when regarding dinosaurs and reptiles today. The difference is their form before and after the judgement which took place after the garden of Eden. Well, someone might ask why was the serpent not called a dragon in Genesis 3, if he was in fact a dragon at that point? Because I believe that the Hebrew words for dragon and serpent though they are different words are synonymous and interchangeable. And let me show where I believe the Holy Spirit has given us the illustration that these two Hebrew words are synonymous. If we turn to the book of Exodus and begin with chapter 4 and verse 3 we see that God had given Moses a sign to perform to the children of Israel if they would not believe that God had sent him. If Moses threw down his rod, it would become a serpent on the ground. The Hebrew word for serpent in this verse is the standard Hebrew word “nachash” which is correctly translated “serpent”. Later in Exodus 7:15 we read of God giving Moses a command about the “rod which was turned to a serpent”. Again this is the Hebrew word “nachash” which is serpent. But now we have to back up a bit for in Exodus 7: verse 9, verse 10, and verse 12, when reading about Aaron casting down the rod and it becoming a “serpent” and Pharoah’s magicians doing the same thing, we have the english word serpent used 3 times, once in each verse. But when we check the original Hebrew we find that these three times the words which are translated into the English word “serpent” are not “nachash” but “instead are the Hebrew word tanniym/tanniyn”! So if we translate this literally the rod turned into a dragon! Does this mean that Aarons rod became a huge dinosaur? No, I don’t believe so but rather I am of the opinion that the Holy Spirit inspired Moses to use this term when writing the book of Exodus, because it was synonymous with the word serpent. Just think of it this way, today we primarily call the slithery creatures, snakes. But they are also known as serpents, though when one usually uses the word serpent it may have another feeling or connotation associated with it. So technically “dragon” pertained to what a serpent was before the Eden judgement, and “serpent” pertained to what a serpent was after the judgement, but as we see in Exodus the terms could be used interchangeably.
So just to sum up what we have been considering: On day 5 of creation, God created a group of animals, known as “dragons”, which we are putting forth to be dinosaurs. In the garden of Eden, the devil was incarnate in one of these dinosaurs and tempted Eve to sin. And since we know from Scripture that he was the chief angel, we can probably assume that in his physical manifestation he was also the chief dragon/dinosaur. God pronounced judgement on this dragon/dinosaur, which resulted in a judgement that applied not just to the devil in his physical “dragon/serpent” state, but also to the whole classification of these enormous reptiles. Now I realize I just added a couple of things which seem that I stretched things a bit, but I intend to directly talk to these.
What did a dinosaur actually look like?
In God’s Word, we learn that before his fall, the devil was originally the chief angel called Lucifer, the cherub that covereth, we also learn in Genesis that he had a physical manifestation and was in the garden of Eden as a serpent. He did not look like a snake, but rather like a dragon or dinosaur. As we shall see in a minute, God created Lucifer this way before his fall, because when God created everything in His creation, He pronounced everything in the heavens and earth and every creature good. This was before sin had entered in either by Lucifer’s fall or by Adam and Eve sinning. With this in mind, it would be benefit us to turn to Ezekiel 28, and though I am going to quote just one verse, please read this chapter in it’s entirety. In this chapter we see a prophecy against the “King of Tyre”, but so often there are different layers to prophecy and so it is with this specific prophecy. While it is about the “King of Tyre”, it is also a prophecy about the devil. And as we read this, let’s keep in mind what we have already considered about the dragons or dinosaurs being created the fifth day, and about the chief dragon or dinosaur (the devil) being in the garden of Eden and tempting Eve. By doing this we may just get a description of what the dinosaurs looked like, at the very least what the head dragon/dinosaur, the devil, looked like.
Thou hast been in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, the gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou was created.
Wow, so we see a creature that was literally covered with precious gems and gold and that was created with the ability to produce music (tabrets and pipes). This is a little different than what the scientists tell us dinosaurs looked like huh?! Are we sure we believe it takes thousands of years for a gemstone to form, or are they the remnants of dinosaurs? Now to be fair we don’t know if this is just how the devil looked in his specific state prior to his fall or if this is also what all the dragons/dinosaurs looked like. But now can you see how the standard description of some snake slithering up to Eve to tempt her is incorrect? It seems that the serpent was a dragon that tempted the woman and it is very interesting to consider that as in the beginning days of Genesis we have a dragon tempting the woman, so have we a dragon and woman mentioned in the end days in Revelation chapter 12, remembering that the woman in Revelations 12 is not one single woman but rather a symbol of a group of people, which some would say is Israel and others would say is Jerusalem, but we won’t weigh in on that at this time. We also point out that the dragon in revelations is a symbol pointing to the antichrist’s empire in the last days with 7 heads (seven nations, which I believe (I could be wrong) to be Rome, Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Syria, Iran, and Iraq) and ten horns (ten kings from these nations).
What actually happened to the Dinosaurs then?
Let’s take a quick look at the judgement pronounced on the serpent in Genesis 3:14-15
14 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because you have done this, you are cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon your belly shall you go, and dust shall you eat all the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; it shall bruise your head and you shall bruise his heel.
I would actually ask you to read all of Genesis 3:14-19 before we continue. What is interesting to note is that the judgements given to Adam, Eve, and the serpent, are all physical judgements pertaining to everyday life except for verse 15. In verse 15 it is simultaneously both physical (concerning seed lines) and spiritual, and contains the prophecy of the “seed of the woman” that shall bruise or crush the serpents head. We have looked in other posts at how this was the first prophecy of the coming Messiah, our Lord Jesus Christ and His ultimate destruction of Satan. But in the verse prior to this, in verse 14 we have a physical judgement/curse pronounced on the serpent. As we look at the physical judgements pronounced on Adam and Eve, they would not only apply to them, but to all mankind after them. So as we look at verse 14 it is my opinion that this curse on the serpent applied all of it’s kind, meaning all of the different types of dinosaurs, even the ones that weren’t exactly like him. They all went on their belly, through a sort of de-evolution (though I cringe to use that word) in regards to their offspring. They became what we know today as reptiles; turtles, lizards, snakes, gators and so on. This is pure speculation on my part, but I speculate that the other angels who fell were also of the same type of dinosaur that the devil was. And that his specific kind of dinosaur, were the dinosaurs that actually became snakes. My reasoning for this is based on the fact that when you read the description of the devil when he was in the garden of Eden in Ezekiel 28:13 and consider he was covered with all sorts of gemstones and precious metal, this resonates with the fact that many snakes have patterns and names which resemble gemstones and metals. (i.e. Copperhead, Diamondback, etc.). To be fair I am doing quite a bit of speculation here though, so this is just one of those “hmm…I wonder” type of thoughts.
If we go to the generations listed in early Genesis and do some calculating we will find that the flood occured approximately 1600 years after the creation of Adam, in the last year of Methuselah’s life. When God warned Adam not to eat any fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, He stated that if Adam did eat that fruit, “the day you eat thereof you shall surely die”. As we have looked at in another post, the original Hebrew of this verse says, “the day you eat thereof, dying you shall die”, which is a Hebrew figure of speech, which shows something immediate, that continues on. In that post we considered that when Adam sinned, He died that day in the sense that His spirit went from a state of “alive” to “dead”. We also considered that his body went from a state of “alive” to “dying” though he would not physically die for hundreds and hundreds of years. After this when we read of his son Seth, we read that he was born in Adam’s image and likeness, which was marred by sin. So all this to say that when we think of the judgement/curse that was issued to the Dragon/Serpent and all his kind. My opinion which could obviously be wrong, is that the dinosaurs of that day died in the sense that their spirits died or the fallen angels that resided in them were forced out of them, but the physical creatures continued on until the flood. Their offspring though would not be the size they were due to the curse to “go on their belly” and were more similar looking to the reptiles we see today, which also went on the ark of Noah. As we consider in verse 14, the serpent was cursed above all cattle, I think this refers to the fact that God originally created the dinosaurs as extremely intelligent creatures, which is evidenced by the fact that the devil resided in one of them and could talk. But when the species was “cursed above all cattle”. Their intelligent spirit beings were removed from them and they had a lower intelligence than even the cows. But once again want to clarify that I am speculating. So in regards to the one mysterious event that scientists refer to killing off the dinosaurs, I think it was the original dinosaurs that God created in Day 5, some of which or all of which lived until the flood destroyed them.
God’s Word is the truth, what we see in the world is not truth, but is often a corrupted/twisted version of the truth as we shall see in a few moments. What we have sought to do is to consider dinosaurs, dragons, and serpents based on what the Bible says. We need to always be first grounded in God’s Word, and once we are grounded and we take a look at the world we will see things for what they really are. We have to realize that the devil is a liar and seeks to blind those who don’t believe in our Lord Jesus Christ, by promoting lies that often contain truth that has been twisted and corrupted, he is also prideful and so he wants to put his mark on things. Consider this, remember when we looked at fact that most people consider that the apple was the forbidden fruit that Adam and Eve ate. Well, let’s consider the computer company Apple, what is their logo? An apple with a bite taken out of it! I am not saying that computers are bad and we should never use them, but what I am saying is that the devil seeks to lure Christians away by seeking the world’s wisdom instead of God’s Word and while I am not saying that the company Apple is some sort of satanic organization, but what I am saying is that Scripture states that the devil is temporarily the “god of this world” and the “the prince of the power of the air” and he wants people and especially Christians to be led astray by the “wisdom of this world” instead of firmly grounded in God’s Word.
Again repeating that we need to firmly grounded in God’s Word before looking to the things of world, let’s consider some things about dragons in different cultures. In Asia we often see festivals which have replicas of creatures which have a dragon’s head and a snake’s body. Based on what we looked at in God’s Word we can see that though they might not know it, they are telling how the dragon and the serpent are the same, the head representing the creature starting out as a dragon, the body representing what the dragon became. As we looked at in Ezekiel 28 concerning the dragon in Eden having musical organs,”tabrets and pipes” built in him, we have a number of children’s books and cartoons that have musical dragons. When we look at classic “dragon tales” from various cultures, we usually notice that the dragon has a lair with gold and precious gems, usually there is always a woman or girl associated with the dragon, which he has taken captive. And usually there is a man that is going to slay the dragon. So let’s point some interesting things concerning these associations. First in dragon lore, the dragons abode is called a “lair”, interesting then that snakes are associated with “lairs” also. When we consider that Ezekiel 28 points out that the dragon in Eden was covered with gold and precious gems, it is interesting that in dragon lore, dragons are associated as having gold and precious gems in their lair. Considering what we know about the serpent (dragon) tempting Eve and causing her to sin, and the woman and dragon in Revelation 12, it is interesting that in dragon lore, there is usually a woman that is held captive by the dragon. Concerning prophecy of the woman’s seed that would crush the serpent’s head, which we know is a Messianic prophecy, it is interesting to note how usually in dragon lore there is a man that is going to slay the dragon and rescue the woman. So by just looking at a couple of examples we can see how some trace elements of truth (albeit twisted) came down through history. When God’s Word is our foundation, we can see these things for what they really are.
In closing, in a prior post we had looked at how when Eve was formed by taking a rib from Adam’s side, this was a type that pointed forward to how the church, the body of Christ was formed by Christ Jesus our Lord and His death, burial, and resurrection. We had looked at how the rib taken out of the side of Adam correlated with the blood and water which flowed from Christ’s side when he was pierced. We began that study by noting how Ephesians 5:25-32 speaks to the fact that the church, the body of Christ, is the “wife” of Christ, and how in verses 30 and 31 of that chapter we have a quote from Genesis concerning Adam and Eve which points us back to Genesis to gain further information. Well, in light of our study today let’s continue that type a bit. Let’s consider that Eve prior to her eating the forbidden fruit typifies the church, the body of Christ, but Eve after partaking of the fruit typifies the professing church or “christendom” as we have called it before. Folks, basically Christendom has partaken of the forbidden fruit, if we see the forbidden fruit as a type that points to the world’s wisdom. We each have to ask ourselves some hard questions. Am I holding forth God’s Word to others as the truth, or I am holding out the forbidden fruit to others, an amalgamation of truth and error? Am I seeking to reconcile God’s Word with the prevailing wisdom of the world and therefore polluting the truth or am I establishing that God’s Word is the truth and any deviation the world produces is false. Do I seek what God’s Word says or what scientists say? When raising our kids are we holding out God’s Word to them or some amalgamation which is part truth and part wisdom of the world? When I need advice to raise my kids, do I go to God’s Word or do I go to the world? These are all sobering questions meant for individual contemplation and prayer and not finger pointing, may the Lord give us eyes to see and discern the world around us and ears to hear His Word. May we rejoice in the fact that though we are not always faithful our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is always faithful!
In the Lord Jesus Christ,