Monday, July 29, 2013


Good day everyone!

I pray all is well with you all out there! What is your favorite winter or summer tradition? Sledding? Picnics? Hot cocoa? Cold lemonade or sun tea? Wintery hikes and summer swimming? No matter what it is, it is something we enjoy doing. And these behaviors becomes our traditions.

What about dinosaurs/dragons? Can we find out about any of their particular behaviors? Yes. There are several places that we can glean the truth from; historical records, drawings and depictions, fossils, and the bible.

Let’s look at four different scriptures that pertain to dragon behavior. Jeremiah 49:33 says, “And the wild asses did stand in the high places, they snuffed up the wind like dragons; their eyes did fail, because there was no grass.” What exactly does this tell us. Horses and donkeys (and other ungulates) have a particular habit of ‘snuffing up the wind’ then blowing out a huge, loud snort. This behavior is utilized as an alarm system. The sound of the loud snort carries far and sounds fierce. According to the above scripture, some of the dragon kind did this as well. It is not unusual to think dragons would share such a trait with other animals. They also share the behavior of eating, fighting, sleeping, fleeing, hunting etc. with other creatures.
Jeremiah 51:34 says, “Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon hath devoured me, he hath crushed me, he hath made me an empty vessel, he hath swallowed me up like a dragon, he hath filled his belly with my delicates,
he hath cast me out.” Now this is an interesting bit of insight into dragon behavior. Let’s break it down. First, the dragon mentioned here must be enormous in size. At least his jaws, throat and stomach had to be big enough to swallow a man “up” (it could be translated as whole). There are several animals that are extant today that have this same behavior. For example, snakes and several species of owls. Both of these creatures ‘fill their bellies’ with their prey which gets ‘crushed’, then some time later the indigestible parts such as bone, fur and teeth are regurgitate. These undigested parts are cocooned in a solid mass and are referred to as pellets or ‘castings’. It seems to me that the dragon Jeremiah is referring to is a one of the great dragons such as a plesiosaur or land serpent. Marco Polo in his travels to China wrote, "Leaving the city of Yachi, and traveling ten days in a westerly direction, you reach the province of Karazan, which is also the name of the chief city....Here are seen huge serpents, ten paces in length  (about 30 feet), and ten spans (about 8 feet) girt of the body. At the fore part, near the head, they have two short legs, having three claws like those of a tiger, with eyes larger than a forepenny loaf (pane da quattro denari)1
and very glaring. The jaws are wide enough to swallow a man, the teeth are large and sharp, and their whole appearance is so formidable, that neither man, nor any kind of animal can approach them without terror.”

Micah 1:8 gives us insight to a particular type of vocalization one or more species of dragons had; “Therefore I will wail and howl, I will go 2 so at least one particular kind of dragon we know had the behavior of howling.
stripped and naked: I will make a wailing like the dragons, and mourning as the owls.” The hooting of an owl can certainly be called a ‘mourning’ sound—a very accurate description. Also, “There is an intriguing Hebrew word found in Isaiah 13:21. The word ‘oach’ is actually translated ‘dragouns’ in the Wycliffe Bible of 1388. Other translators have translated it ‘ostriches,’ ‘doleful creatures,’ or ‘howling creatures.’ It seems that this word doesn’t name a particular animal, but describes it as a ‘howler.’ It is fascinating that Wycliffe in the Middle Ages identified this howler with the dragon.”

Even secular science believe dinosaurs are warm blooded
Finally Lamentations 4:3 says, “Even the dragons draw out the breasts, and give suck to their young, but the daughter of my people is become cruel like the ostriches in the wilderness.” I find it fascinating that throughout the bible you find references to animal behavior that is all quite accurate. Female ostriches indeed abandon their eggs in the wilderness. An act that is easily considered cruel. It is the male ostrich that actually incubates their brood. Likewise, according to this verse, there were particular dragon kinds that could only be mammals. And within recent studies of dinosaurs, more and more scientists are inclined to believe there was some dinosaur/dragon kinds that were warm blooded. Hm-m-m…can the bible say “I told you so”?

Until next time, take care and God bless!
Willow Dressel

This week in the night sky; “Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter shine low in the east-northeast during dawn. Jupiter is the highest and brightest (magnitude –1.9). Look for faint Mars (magnitude +1.6) a little to Jupiter's lower left. Look below them, and perhaps a bit left, for Mercury, which brightens from magnitude +1 to 0 this week. Best time: about 60 to 40 minutes before your local sunrise. See the illustrations above. Binoculars may help with the fainter two planets, especially through summer haze. Venus (magnitude –3.9) shines brightly low in the west in evening twilight. In a telescope Venus is still small (12 arcseconds) and gibbous (83% sunlit). Saturn (magnitude +0.6, in Virgo) glows in the southwest just after dusk, with Spica 12° to its lower right. Look almost as far to Saturn's left for fainter Alpha Librae. Less than 0.9;° upper right of Saturn this week is dim Kappa Virginis, magnitude 4.3. Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.8, in Aquarius) are nicely placed in the southern sky before the beginning of dawn.”3
            Hogue, Bodie, Dragons, Legends and Lore of Dinosaurs, 2011, Master Books, pp. 5, 14.

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