Hello again! We have been having some awesome thunderstorms here lately. It is beautiful to watch and the rain is very needed. If we had nocturnal eyes we would even be able to see the storm clouds at night. And just as the bible said, many dragons/dinosaurs did have eyes designed for night vision as we saw in the last blog. What else does the bible say about these wonderful creatures that science has since discovered. Let’s take a look…
The bible also tells us in other types of dragons/dinos that lived in much more pleasing places. For example, Isaiah 13:22 says “And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and dragons in their pleasant palaces…” also Isaiah 35:7 says “And the parched ground shall become a pool, and thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes.” And of course in the book of Job there is a most wonderful description of the behemoth which “eats grass like and ox” and disappears in the rushes of the Jordan. Isaiah 13:22 and 35:7 could also be referring to the behemoth, but most likely to other species of dragons since the behemoth did not inhabit mountains. We know from stomach contents of fossilized dragons that some indeed inhabited marshlands. For example a Baryonyx fossil has been discovered with fish as the main part of the contents in its stomach.
The bible tells us that there are species of marine/lake dragon/dinos/serpents in Ezekiel 32:2 and 29:3, “Son of man, take up a lamentation for Pharaoh King of Egypt, and say untio him, thou art like a lion of the nations and art as a dragon in the sea; thou castedst out thy rivers and troubledst the waters with thy feet, and stampedst in their rivers.” “Speak, and say, thus saith the Lord GOD; behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself.” Psalm 74:13 says “Thou didst divide the sea by the strength; thubrakest the heads of the dragons in the waters.” And also in Job is the account of leviathan, the greatest of all marine dinosaurs. Again the fossil record holds many species of these sea creatures encased in stone and time.
Not only do we know that dragons lived in desolate and well watered regions, we also know they inhabited areas to the south of Israel as Isaiah 30:6a tells us “The burden against the beasts of the South. Through a land of trouble and anguish, from which came the lioness and lion, the viper and fiery flying serpent.” Dr. John Gill (1700’s) wrote “Atlantic dragons are exceeding poisonous: and yet other writers besides Pliny have asserted that they (dragons) are free from poison. It seems the dragons of Greece are without, but not those of Africa and Arabia; and to these Moses has respect, as being well known to him.” It is quite likely that during both Pliny and Gill’s time dragons, though rare were still living. In this written account not only does Dr. Gill confirm scripture that dragons live to the south (of Israel) in Arabia and Africa, but that there are species that are poisonous as well. And ammianus Marcellius, 4th a Century Roman Historian, wrote in his book (Book XXII chapter 15 verse 26a) “These same birds (the Ibis) meet winged armies of snakes which issue from the marches of Arabia, producing deadly poisons, before they leave their own lands…” So Marcellius addresses both dragons living in the south and winged dragons/dinosaurs, and that those species are poisonous. He could only be writing about pterosaurs. And most certainly there are many fossils of winged dinosaurs…dragons.
The bible is accurate even when it comes to dinosaurs/dragons. We can put our full confidence in scripture no matter how doubtful it may seem on the surface. Once we examine what the scripture is saying it always will prove to be correct. Next time we will learn some more interesting facts about dragons/dinosaurs and the bible.
Until then, may our Lord Jesus bless you all!
Hogue, Bodie, Dragons, Legends and Lore of Dinosaurs, 2011, Master Books, pp. 5, 14.