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A friend of mine has his BIRTHDAY TODAY!!! But I do not think he has a DA account, so I’ll just give this shout out for the sake of celebrating!

However, I had previously decided to get a more than 1-year Promise at least partially fulfilled. Due to the approach of this particular day, and that my own b-day was a few days ago, I uploaded PART ONE of my Revised Dragons in The Bible article! Its in 3-Installments, which can be found linked below!

Can Christians Like Dragons? Expanded and Updated Edition! Part 1, Installment 1: ambassadorherald.deviantart.co… Punishments and Curses
Can Christians Like Dragons? Expanded and Updated Edition! Part 1, Installment 2: ambassadorherald.deviantart.co… Honor and Praise
Can Christians Like Dragons? Expanded and Updated Edition! Part 1, Installment 3: ambassadorherald.deviantart.co… Draconic Traits

Since he is a Messianic Jew, allow me to provide a traditional blessing they give, which is also Biblical!

“The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26 KJV)
  • Listening to: MLP Songs and Brony Music
  • Reading: The Tanakh (Old Testament)
  • Watching: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
  • Playing: Star Trek Online: 6th Anniversary
  • Eating: Big Texas Cinnamon Rolls
  • Drinking: V-Fusion: Strawberry Banana

Can Christians Like Dragons?
Expanded and Updated Edition!


The Original: ambassadorherald.deviantart.co… “Can Christians Like Dragons?”
Update Installment 1: ambassadorherald.deviantart.co… “Punishments and Curses”
Update Installment 2: ambassadorherald.deviantart.co… “Honor and Praise”

In other words, is it un-Christian to be a fan of massive, fire-breathing reptiles? The reason this question is being addressed is because many Christians have decided that dragons are satanic/demonic. They say that this is the only conclusion you can draw from what we know of dragons in The Holy Bible. But is this true or is there more than what meets the common eye in The Sacred Book? Let us explore The Bible, ancient legends, and modern science to see if there is anything that could be being missed.

***Note that this is much longer and more detailed than the original. If you want a shorter read, go to the link above, and you will get the basics. If, however, you are more curious and adventurous, like I am sure many dragon-lovers are, then read on! Fascinating facts await you below! Also, no need to read it all in one sitting. There is no shame in reading a section now and another later and so on. Please enjoy your time here, whatever you choose to do!

THE BIBLICAL EVIDENCE



The place one must always begin with is The Sacred Scriptures. Nothing anyone else says matters even an inch if it does not line up with what God has revealed to us in His Pure Word.


Proverbs 30:5-6 KJV, “Every Word of God [Eloah] is pure [Heb. “purified”]: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him. Add thou not unto His words, lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.”

Note: brackets will be used to show the Hebrew names of God, the KJV Marginal Notes, and other minor things for clarity.


Before we can begin, though, it should be noted that if one is using a modern translation of The Holy Bible, then one will find following along in The Biblical Evidence difficult, as some have had with the original version of this article. Most translations have removed the word “dragon” from the entire Bible except for the 13 uses in the book of Revelation. This is probably why there is so much confusion as to what God really told us about these magnificent creatures He made.

Therefore, I recommend you look up all passages in the Authorized King James Version (KJV or AV; 1769), which is the base-translation of this treatise. However, nearly the same results can be found with other old translations, such as the Geneva Bible (GNV or GB; 1587), Bishops’ Bible (Bish; 1568), Douay-Rheims Bible (DV, DRA or DRB; 1899), and Young’s Literal Translation (YLT; 1863). These and other translations will be heavily consulted.

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The Masoretic Hebrew word used for dragon(s) is “tanniyn” and shows up 29 times in The Old Testament. Although, the English word dragon is not always used, even in the KJV, so searching for that word will not find all the uses. These verses are divided up in this treatise into general uses of tanniyn, specifically named dragons, similar creatures to dragons, and other assorted references. This first part of the treatise will only cover dragons in general.

Part 1: Dragons in General



These are dragons who have no names and spoken of the same way we would mention animals someone finds in a Zoo. Just the species, its habitats, some behavioral traits, and a few physical characteristics.

Installment 3: Draconic Traits



God gave us more than just descriptions of where dragons lived, who they called neighbors, and general statements about their past, present, and future. There are several places in The Sacred Scriptures where we see attributes which at least some of the dragons possessed, if not all of them. Remember, like Dinosaurs, there are various types of Dragons in legends, yet all are known under the one term collectively. You could say, “Yeah, the park had a dinosaur statue in the playground and I sat on its back!” Without needing to specify a Tyrannosaurus Rex, Brachiosaurus, or Parasaurolophus. The same goes for dragons.

Although, if you said the dinosaur had two powerful hind legs and two smaller front legs, which it could use as hands while standing on its hind legs, and had a boney crest on the back of its head, you would likely know it was a Parasaurolophus. Likewise, if you lived at a time filled with dragons of many types, you could have likely identified which one was being spoken of by the below characteristics mentioned. So keep that in mind, just because one dragon had it does not mean all dragons had it, but it also does not mean they all did not have it either. Most dinosaurs had similar characteristics to each other that they shared, like most mammals do with each other.

Poisonous Bite




Deuteronomy 32:28-33—For they [Israel] are a nation void of counsel, neither is there any understanding in them. O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end! How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and The LORD [Yahweh] had shut them up? For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges. For their vine is of the vine [or, “worse than the vine”] of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomorrah: their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters are bitter: their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps.


Unfortunately, as already seen earlier, the Jewish people did not always follow The True God of all things. Even today they are mostly failing, because they do not accept The Messiah—or Christ—Who is Jesus. Jesus was a Jewish Carpenter from Nazareth and followed all of the God-given Laws in the Torah—our Pentateuch. Christianity is Jewish at its core and would not even exist if the Jews had accepted Jesus when He came 2,000 years ago. Gentiles would be being adopted into Judaism when they accepted Jesus as Savior, and thus be grafted into the same Jewish Tree and be one people (see Romans 11:16-24). Technically we already are one people, but the Jews and most Christians don’t realize it yet.

However, we do get some bonus information about dragons from the Jews not following their God. The Hebrew word here for poison is “chemah” and it literally means something which makes you burn. Out of the 124 times this word is used in The Masoretic Text, 67 of them it is translated “fury” and 34 as “wrath” (KJV) because these are both times when one burns inside. This could mean that dragons have a short and terrible temper, because only six times is this word translated as poison, but each time is for a good reason.

In Deuteronomy 32:24, Psalm 58:4 (double usage), and 140:3 it is used for serpents, of which many are poisonous, or adders, which is a type of poisonous snake. In Job 6:4 it is used in conjunction with “arrows” and “drinking”, which many arrows had poisoned tips and many poisons can be drank. In Hosea 7:5 it is translated as “bottles” for wine. Then here in Deuteronomy 32:33 it is coupled with “the fierce venom of asps”, which are another poisonous snake. Not to forget that Deuteronomy 32:24 is only nine verses previous.

There can be little doubt that some dragons had a venomous bite similar to many serpents. Interestingly, Beowulf’s dragon (circa 500s AD) also had a venomous bite, and it is from said venom that Beowulf meets his death. This surprised me in a good way because I had not seen many people portray dragons as being poisonous. This has been lost in recent years, apparently. But the ancients knew, and Beowulf even said the bite made his neck burn, which is the literal meaning of this Hebrew word. Beowulf could be a true account of a real battle with a dragon, and many portions of the poem are even Christian in nature!

For Deuteronomy 32:33 Coke makes the following notation:


“The Hebrew word תנים tanim, rendered dragons, signifies a kind of large serpents, which make a doleful and horrid noise and hissing. This property of theirs is observed by Aelian [Claudius Aelianus]; and to this Job alludes, chap. xxx. 29. [Job 30:29] and Micah 1:8.”


Above we see Coke referring to the sounds we have seen previously that dragons are said to make in Isaiah 13:21-22 and Jeremiah 51:37-38. Gill contributes the following, to which Poole gives a summary of the same:


“Of these creatures, both land and sea dragons; see Gill on Micah 1:8; Pliny [Pliny the Elder, 23-79 AD] says the dragon has no poison in it; yet, as Dalechamp [Jacques Dalechamp? 1513-1588], in his notes on that writer observes, he in many places prescribes remedies against the bite of the dragon; but Heliodorus [Heliodorus of Emesa? Circa 250s-363 AD] expressly speaks of some archers, whose arrows were infected with the poison of dragons; and Leo Africanus [Joannes Leo Africanus, circa 1494-1554] says, the Atlantic dragons are exceeding poisonous: and yet other writers besides Pliny have asserted that they 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.”


Beowulf was in Denmark and Sweden, so we can add those locations to the list of venomous dragons that Gill provides: African and Arabian.

In regards to why Pliny would deny dragons having venom and yet offer remedies for people who have suffered a bite, we today would likely explain this as germs. Vampire Bats cause numerous deaths to their victims, more if people would go without care afterwards, but the cause of death is not the bite or the blood they take from you. The problem is blood attracts bacteria which spread disease, like the crusted blood on the bat’s teeth, and are then inserted into your bloodstream when you get bitten. Dragons were primarily carnivorous after the Noachian Deluge and therefore would carry the same bacteria as Vampire Bats, which would require treatment.

Deep Breathing




Jeremiah 14:1-7—The Word of The LORD [Yahweh] that came to Jeremiah concerning the dearth [Heb. “the words of the dearths”, or, “restraints”; drought]. “Judah mourneth, and the gates thereof languish; they are black unto the ground; and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up. And their nobles have sent their little ones to the waters: they came to the pits, and found no water; they returned with their vessels empty; they were ashamed and confounded, and covered their heads. Because the ground is chapt, for there was no rain in the earth, the plowmen were ashamed, they covered their heads. Yea, the hind [doe] also calved [gave birth] in the field, and forsook it [the fawn], because there was no grass. And the wild asses [donkeys] did stand in the high places, they snuffed up the wind like dragons; their eyes did fail, because there was no grass.” O LORD, though our iniquities testify against us, do Thou it for Thy name’s sake: for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against Thee.


Here dragons do not show up in the physical way, but as an example. The only animals mentioned are the deer and donkey. The land is once again parched and dry, just as where dragons are often said to live, only this time it is because of a God-sent drought as punishment. So bad was the “dearth” that the doe who had just given birth would abandon her own newborn fawn to die, because there was no way to care for it anyways. The donkeys would stand on the bare heights to try to spot some water and all they’d do is pant heavily in desire for even a drop. A terrible drought is being described.

Different translations of the phrase “they snuffed up the wind”:


“[she] drowen wynde [drowns wind]” – Wycliffe’s Translation
“drewe in their winde [drew in their wind]” – Bishops’ Bible
“They have swallowed up wind” – Young’s Literal Translation
“they pant for air” – ASV
“they gasp for air” – Jewish Publication Society
“they sniffed at the wind” – King James 2000 (KJ2000, 2001)
“are opening their mouths wide” – Bible in Basic English (BBE, 1949)


The Hebrew word “sha`aph” literally means to gasp, pant, breathe heavily, inhale eagerly, to hasten, and devour. Gill gives some astounding information here:


“Dragons: which, being of a hot nature, open their mouths, and draw in the wind and air to cool them. Aelianus [Claudius] reports of the dragons in Phrygia, that they open their mouths, and not only draw in the air, but even birds flying.”


That is one serious gulp of air! Poole adds more incredible info:


“Dragons, of whom Aristotle [Aristoteles, 384-322 BC] and Pliny [the Elder] report, that by reason of the great heat of their bodies, they ordinarily stand upon high places sucking in the cool air, and they tell us those creatures will live upon it for some time. The prophet describing this great drought, tells us the wild asses [donkeys] did the like.”


This explains why dragons often favored snowcapped mountains to live in, they were using it like air conditioning today! John Trapp’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments (Trapp, 1654) contributes a bit more to the above:


“Dragons. Quorum est vehementissima spiratio ac sorbitio; who, in defect of water, can continue long by drawing in the air, as Aristotle likewise testifieth of the goats in Cephalonia, that they drink not for various days together, but instead thereof gape and suck in the fresh air.”


John Calvin’s Verse-Specific Commentary (Calvin, 1509-1564) gives testimony to the above remarks, but in an odd way:


“And thence drew in wind like serpents: for great is the heat of serpents; on account of inward burning they are constrained to draw in wind to allay the heat within.”


Mere serpents are cold-blooded, we know this and to any ancient observer it would be obvious as well in the behavior of them. Serpents would have no need of sunbathing if they were already scorching internally, so either Calvin is mistaken here, or he is using old slang for dragons because they were often called serpents. For the sake of not assuming Calvin to be ignorant, we shall go with the slang hypothesis.

Using the above accounts, we get our first Biblical hint that dragons were warm-blooded like mammals, despite being reptilian in appearance. Even though the warm-bloodedness comes from extra-Biblical sources, this behavior of dragons trying to cool themselves is recorded in The Bible, even if only as an example of what the donkeys were doing. We can see how this matches earlier passages too, though. A great deal of the larger sea creatures are warm-blooded, with which dragons are clumped in Genesis 1:20-23. Plus, most of the animals they are mentioned to be living near are warm-blooded: the hyena, lion, ostrich, moko, jackal, night-raven, and falcon. Only the arrow-snake is arguably cold-blooded.

However, there is an alternative reason for why the dragons might be gasping. The Geneva Bible Footnotes (Geneva-FN, 1599) give a curious tidbit here:


“Dragons – Who are so hot by nature, that they cannot be cooled by drinking water, but still gasp for the air to refresh them.”


They cannot cool themselves with water? Air is a far worse coolant than water is, so why would air work and not water for dragons? Trapp seemed to imply water could cool them, but what if the assumption of their extreme body temperature is not why they gasp? More of the possible answer is pointed to in Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible (Henry, 1706-1721):


“Nay, one would be sorry even for the wild asses [donkeys] (though they are creatures that none have any great affection for); for, though the barren land is made their dwelling at the best (Job 39:5-6), yet even that is now made too hot for them, so hot that they cannot breathe in it, but they get to the highest places they can reach, where the air is coolest, and snuff up the wind like dragons, like those creatures which, being very hot, are continually panting for breath.”


This is a very true fact; heat can affect how one breathes. Ever gotten inside a car in the summer and the temperature is over a hundred degrees due to the beating sun? I, for one, suffocate in such conditions. Not because the air is bad, but just too boiling hot. But heat is not the only method of making air harder to breathe.

We know that the amount of air a creature needs depends on its body size. Well, dragons are oftentimes huge, so the air they need is higher. But air isn’t even the right word, oxygen is what we truly need. Dragons require more oxygen per breath than we do, but, what if our atmosphere is too short on supply of oxygen for them? Up until Henry every commenter alluded to only periods of time, long or short, of requiring gulps of air, but Henry changed that by stating dragons “are continually panting for breath”.

Is it possible our modern atmosphere was deadly to dragons? I believe so, because in Amber—fossilized tree sap—we find air-bubbles equaling approximately double todays atmospheric pressure and 35% more oxygen than now! Scientifically we know this is beneficial because of Hyperbaric Treatments, which use this amount of air-pressure in their sessions. It does a body good in numerous ways, including allowing your blood to assimilate and hold more oxygen than otherwise. This combined with more oxygen period would allow dragons to breathe easy.

But when did this super-atmosphere get lost, causing dragons to be fighting for oxygen like mountain climbers? The answer can be none else except the Flood of Noah’s time, if one is seeking The Scriptural Answer. The easiest way to get more atmosphere is to put a cap on it, because our gravity can’t hold more than we got right now. This is why Mars has no surface water and very little oxygen, its gravity is too low. But if there were a dome surrounding the entire planet, holding in the atmospheric gases, the density could be greater.

The ironic thing is, just about every ancient culture speaks of a dome in the sky, as if they knew there once was such a thing. The Holy Bible does teach such a thing existed, despite all the modern Liberal Theologians who try to make it just a myth. A Liberal Theologian is simply a person who studies The Bible but does not believe it. They like to call Biblicists like myself “literalists” because we take Scripture at face value and dig deeper from there, unlike them who spiritualize, symbolize, or discredit it all. Here are the base verses from which the Canopy Theory is founded:


Genesis 1:6-8—And God [Elohim] said, “Let there be a firmament [Heb. “expansion”] in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were [Heb. “And the evening was, and the morning was”] the second day.


The waters above are usually seen as meaning clouds, but we know this to be false. If there were to be clouds, then that would indicate the current Hydrological Cycle was in place, because what goes up must come down. But we have it plainly stated below that rain, or precipitation, was not happening.


Genesis 2:5-6—And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for The LORD God [Yahweh Elohim] had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.


So if clouds are not the waters above, it must be something we no longer have due to the Flood. The Hebrew word for firmament is “raqiya`” and Strong’s says it means “the visible arch of the sky”. This word is derived from “raqa`” which means something similar to metal pounded by a hammer to expand it into thin sheets and overlaid together. In other words, it means a physical arch of the sky, unlike the nonphysical arch we now observe. This would imply an Ice Canopy, since water at temperatures near Absolute Zero acts like a metal.

For those who may feel the birds in Genesis 1:20 provided previously would go against this, it actually doesn’t, as Young’s Literal Translation and the KJV Marginal Notes reveal. The birds flew in the “open” space against the firmament, at the firmament, at the edge of the firmament, in the face of the firmament, at the forefront/forepart of the firmament, in front of the firmament, over against the firmament, in the presence of the firmament, in sight of the firmament, within the firmament, so on and so forth. No problems at all.

And if any would object to the Sun, Moon, and Stars being inside this Ice Canopy, they’d be correct. See below.


Genesis 1:14-19—And God [Elohim] said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night [Heb. “between the day and between the night”]; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth:” and it was so. And God made two great lights; the Greater Light to rule the day [Heb. “for the rule of the day”], and the Lesser Light to rule the night [Heb. “for the rule of the night”]: He made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were [Heb. “And the evening was, and the morning was”] the fourth day.


These are all put in a Firmament, sure, but it is not the same firmament. On Day #2 the Firmament, or “expanse”, is around our planet, which on Day #5 the birds fly in. This is our atmosphere and the Ice Canopy around it. But the sun, moon, and stars are placed in the “Firmament of the Heavens”. This would be the expanse of Outer Space. When trying to understand Scripture, paying close attention to details is important.

Speaking of details, Young’s Literal Translation makes it clear that the original Hebrew says the stars are to rule the night too, but here we see an issue. If the stars rule the night along with the Lesser Light, then this means both must be out just as often as the other. The stars are out every single night, but the moon is out only 50% of the night. A king who ruled only half the month would not do well in his job. So the moon does not fit the Lesser Light, but an Ice Canopy would. Ice has the ability to transfer light through it. This would mean the Ice Canopy would be the Lesser Light, indicating it was where the sun and other stars are: outside the atmosphere.

So, here we see the gift of God which allowed dragons to live abundantly. The large sauropod dinosaurs have baffled scientists a long time. Even the mighty Brachiosaurus—my favorite dinosaur—had nostrils not much larger than those of a horse. Compered to body size, the nose was like us trying to breathe out of two of our skin pores. Without the Ice Canopy, dragons and dinosaurs alike suffered and struggled to cling to their every gasp of oxygen. See what a price sin has? We dragon fans wouldn’t have to dream of them so much if God had not needed to flood this planet!

Wailing Cry




Micah 1:8-9—“Therefore I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked: I will make a wailing like the dragons, and mourning as the owls. For her wound is incurable; for it is come unto Judah; he is come unto the gate of my people, even to Jerusalem.”


Here we have Biblical confirmation of Isaiah 13:22 where dragons are said to “cry to one another” in similar fashion as wolves. Dragons are now said to “micepd”, which means to lament, mourn, and wail. It is used with its root word “caphad” which means roughly the same in noise, but also to rip out your hair and beat your chest in grief, as the Jews still do today.

The comparison animal this time is an owl, which is said to “ebel”. Again, a similar meaning word and used for mourning the loss of a life. This word comes from the word “abal” which means to bewail. Does this mean that dragons “hoo”? I’d likely say no, because the finale word used is “yalal” which means to howl in a wailing tone, but their sound would be a lamenting one similar to owls.

To recap the other sounds dragons are said to make in Jeremiah 51:37-38—hissing, growling, and roaring.

Milk Producing




Lamentations 4:1-6—“How is the gold become dim! How is the most fine gold changed! The stones of the Sanctuary are poured out in the top of every street. The precious sons of Zion [Jerusalem], comparable to fine gold, how are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter! Even the sea monsters draw out the breast, they give suck to their young ones: the daughter of My [Yahweh’s] people is become cruel, like the ostriches in the wilderness. The tongue of the sucking [nursing] child cleaveth to the roof of his mouth for thirst: the young children ask bread, and no man breaketh it unto them. They that did feed delicately are desolate in the streets: they that were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills. For the punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of My people is greater than the punishment of the sin of Sodom, that was overthrown as in a moment, and no hands stayed on her.”


This is a passage of comparisons, what once was and what now is. At least most of it is. Israel once was like shining gold, but that gold is now dirty and dim. The people of Jerusalem who were once as precious as gold are now as worthless as clay pottery. Those who were once well fed are now starving, those who had rich clothes are now in rags, and those who had fancy houses are now shoveling refuse. But all of this was avoidable, if only Israel had remembered their God. God punishes His children like any father should. In this case, Sodom had it better than Israel, partly because they were not God’s Chosen People. Sodom shows up with dragons three times, which is another curious fact that one can only speculate as to why God did that.

Tanniyn in this passage was translated as “sea-monsters” in the KJV, but the Bishops’ Bible, Geneva Bible, and Young’s Literal Translation all say dragons. They are used here to show how bad it was in Israel. Even dragons feed their young when they are hungry, but not so with Israel. The babies were dry in the mouth from their mothers’ neglect, and the children asked their fathers for bread and none was provided. Sad day indeed when people stoop so low as to become worse than the animals that God put in our care (Genesis 1:26-28). How unloving we can become.

For obvious reasons, this is the most rejected dragon passage in The Holy Bible. “Dragons and milk? Can’t be serious can you?” Honestly, I thought the same thing. I still remember the first time I read this verse, I was like “WHAAAAAAAT?!?” I had missed it in my earliest studies of dragons because I had only looked up the English word, not the Hebrew word, so it was a bombshell. My eyes were wide, my jaw dropped, and I was completely stunned. Afterwards I had to show it to my Dad because it was unbelievable.

I would not say unbelievable anymore, because I am a firm believer in all things Biblical.


2 Timothy 3:16-17—All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.


Clearly God inspired it to be written in His Scriptures, so who am I to question it? If you are going to question a word’s meaning in one passage, then you must give a reason why it is not to be read the same way in other passages. I see no such reason to change the meaning here or anywhere. So yes, I believe dragons could produce milk for their young. I also believe that this is likely a trait they all shared with one another, at least the quadruped land-dwellers and their swimming sea-monster cousins.

The first question anyone would likely ask, especially about dinosaurs here, is: “Didn’t they lay eggs?” Answer is: Yes. Dragons in legends laid eggs and fossilized dinosaur eggs have been found, the largest of which is just a little longer than an NFL football. So, this would automatically disqualify any sort of milk production, right? That is what one would typically assume, but it is fascinatingly false. There are actually five species of egg-laying milk-producing mammals alive today, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica. These are known as Monotremata and include the Duckbilled Platypus and the four types of the Spiny Anteater, a.k.a. Echidnas. All of these are indigenous to Australia, Tasmania, and New Guinea. Let’s take a closer look at the most unique Monotremata.

The Duckbilled Platypus mate between August and October. The females seal themselves inside one of the burrow’s chambers to lay their eggs two weeks after mating. A mother typically produces one or two eggs in each clutch and incubates them by holding them between her body and her tail. After 10-14 days the infants hatch, but platypus infants are the size of lima beans and totally helpless. The mother nurses them without the benefit of typical mammal organs. The mammary glands rest underneath the mother’s chest. The infants push against the chest wall with their soft, pliable bills, then lick the oozing milk off their mother’s skin and fur. The infants leave the burrow at 17 weeks of life and live with their mother while they are being raised. When the youngsters can swim and get food on their own the nursing period ends, which is around March. They reach adult maturity at two years old and the father does not help at any stage of their development.

Whales follow a similar method of nursing their young, minus the egg-laying, in order to keep the milk warm under their blubber. Science is increasingly showing that dinosaurs are not reptiles, no matter how much we want to call them such. One of the easiest examples is that reptiles have their legs to the side of their body and need to push up to walk, like alligators and komodo dragons. While dinosaurs stood and walked upright like most mammals, with legs pointed down underneath their body. One will observe the same structure in most Occidental Dragons.

There is also strong evidence that many dinosaurs, and by extension dragons, were warm-blooded and not cold-blooded. This is due to their super-large size, which could not be warmed enough by the sun to function properly. Cold-blooded creatures depend upon external heat, most commonly the sun, to warm their body thoroughly in order to become active. This is why fish move slower during the winter months in colder climates, they are cold-blooded. This form of living only works up to a certain size, however. Eventually one would require living in a desert, such as the Sahara, in order to get enough heat to move. The downside is deserts get extremely cold at night, which would overcompensate the warm days in a large cold-blooded creature. This would ultimately result in death.

These are both not reptilian traits, and both are present in dinosaurs and dragons. Application is, if God has already done an egg-milk combination, and dinosaurs and dragons are not true reptiles, then they could have had the same nursing mechanism installed. Soft tissue rarely fossilizes and one could not tell from just the bones how a creature nursed. Just compare a human of either gender to their skeletal system; you’d never guess how you looked based solely on your bones and no other knowledge.

Now, dinosaur milk has been professionally suggested already. Professor Paul Else proposed this in February 2013 to The Journal of Experimental Biology. Paul Else is a professor at the University of Wollongong, which is in Australia. You can read the source for the following information in the March 17, 2013 article of the Illawarra Mercury, the local newspaper, titled “Did Mother’s Milk make Dinosaurs so Big?” www.illawarramercury.com.au/st…

Using the evolutionary claim that dinosaurs evolved into birds as a base, which is scientifically impossible and Biblically false, Else began working with the idea of dinosaurs giving milk to their young in a manner similar to bird—like pigeons, emperor penguins, and flamingos. They feed their young from crop glands at the back of the throat by opening their mouths. Paleontologists already knew that dinosaur babies grew quickly, like pigeons grow to 85% of their adult size in just four weeks. Else assumed that there must be similar events happening to cause the two similar results. He observed that milk is often “spiked” with additives, such as antibodies, antioxidants, calcium, minerals, fat, protein, carotenoids, and growth hormones. If dinosaurs did the same thing, then the mystery of their rapid growth would be solved.

Else decided to take his hypothesis and apply it to the herbivorous duckbills: Hadrosaurs. These are pretty common in the fossil record, so a fair amount is known about them. Hadrosaurs were herd breeders with nest-bound young fed by parents. There is also strong evidence that hadrosaurs raised their hatchlings in vast nesting colonies where they cared for them for some time, similar to the nesting colonies of seabirds. Baby hadrosaurs would not have been able to feed themselves enough to sustain life, yet somehow they managed to grow rapidly—from a 300-gram hatchling to a 20-kilogram juvenile in just eight weeks. Personally, knowing it was eight weeks is a just guess, since fossils do not tell time but are merely a splint moment captured in stone.

Professor Frank Seebacher, of the University of Sydney, has told Australian Geographic that the controversial idea will be very difficult to prove and will likely remain only an idea, although that’s what science is made of. With the modern trend of dinosaur bones, such as finding fossilized skin, fully mummified corpses, and even un-fossilized blood (look these up online or inquire in the comments), we may prove it yet. But Paul Else is probably hypothesizing the wrong method of milk-production. Birds would not be applicable except to the winged pterosaurs, which are the flying dinosaurs.

God is pretty clear in Lamentations 4:3 that dragons lactate, because they have “shad”, or the mammalian pouch(s) to hold and dispense milk. Birds do not lactate, which disqualifies Else’s hypothesis as far as method. He is almost certainly correct about dinosaurs and milk, because God agrees, but he needs to think more mammalian and less avian. This is just one Biblical example of why getting your scientific information in-line with The Bible is important. It’s so you don’t go into mythology, such as evolution.

For the sake of being completely honest in my findings, Susan Fletcher published a novel on March 9, 2010 called “Dragon’s Milk” and is part of her Dragon Chronicles series. I have not read these and so cannot vouch for their morality. The point is simply to show that at least one person has played with dragons giving milk in modern fantasy.

Regretfully, this is where we must leave it for Part 1. Stay tuned…

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Can Christians Like Dragons? EXPANDED: Part 1.66
Howdy to all those who find this Triple Installment of the First Part of my expanded and updated treatise on if liking dragons is unChristian. The original was my first upload to DeviantART and was 6 years ago. That first attempt at this study of dragons in The Holy Bible was a bit over 6 pages long. Just this first part of the revision is nearly 29 pages (all three thirds combined), and there are still two more parts of comparable length to finish. Sorry to say, they are not currently ready for upload, but I was tired of having the above completed and no one able to appreciate it. So I am allowing what is ready to be enjoyed and hope people learn about dragons in their Scriptural and Scientific contexts.

NOTE: this treatise is written from a Biblicist point-of-view (POV). That means it assumes The Sacred Scriptures are inerrant. All are welcome to read, but if you are just desiring to mock, then please refrain from doing so. Honest questions and concerns are encouraged, so please don’t be ashamed to seek more knowledge.

*A link back to the original: ambassadorherald.deviantart.co… Can Christians Like Dragons?
**Also a link to a similar article on DA: dragonlore229.deviantart.com/a… Ratio De Draco {Theories of Dragons}.
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Can Christians Like Dragons?
Expanded and Updated Edition!


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In other words, is it un-Christian to be a fan of massive, fire-breathing reptiles? The reason this question is being addressed is because many Christians have decided that dragons are satanic/demonic. They say that this is the only conclusion you can draw from what we know of dragons in The Holy Bible. But is this true or is there more than what meets the common eye in The Sacred Book? Let us explore The Bible, ancient legends, and modern science to see if there is anything that could be being missed.

***Note that this is much longer and more detailed than the original. If you want a shorter read, go to the link above, and you will get the basics. If, however, you are more curious and adventurous, like I am sure many dragon-lovers are, then read on! Fascinating facts await you below! Also, no need to read it all in one sitting. There is no shame in reading a section now and another later and so on. Please enjoy your time here, whatever you choose to do!

THE BIBLICAL EVIDENCE



The place one must always begin with is The Sacred Scriptures. Nothing anyone else says matters even an inch if it does not line up with what God has revealed to us in His Pure Word.


Proverbs 30:5-6 KJV, “Every Word of God [Eloah] is pure [Heb. “purified”]: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him. Add thou not unto His words, lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.”

Note: brackets will be used to show the Hebrew names of God, the KJV Marginal Notes, and other minor things for clarity.


Before we can begin, though, it should be noted that if one is using a modern translation of The Holy Bible, then one will find following along in The Biblical Evidence difficult, as some have had with the original version of this article. Most translations have removed the word “dragon” from the entire Bible except for the 13 uses in the book of Revelation. This is probably why there is so much confusion as to what God really told us about these magnificent creatures He made.

Therefore, I recommend you look up all passages in the Authorized King James Version (KJV or AV; 1769), which is the base-translation of this treatise. However, nearly the same results can be found with other old translations, such as the Geneva Bible (GNV or GB; 1587), Bishops’ Bible (Bish; 1568), Douay-Rheims Bible (DV, DRA or DRB; 1899), and Young’s Literal Translation (YLT; 1863). These and other translations will be heavily consulted.

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The Masoretic Hebrew word used for dragon(s) is “tanniyn” and shows up 29 times in The Old Testament. Although, the English word dragon is not always used, even in the KJV, so searching for that word will not find all the uses. These verses are divided up in this treatise into general uses of tanniyn, specifically named dragons, similar creatures to dragons, and other assorted references. This first part of the treatise will only cover dragons in general.

Part 1: Dragons in General



These are dragons who have no names and spoken of the same way we would mention animals someone finds in a Zoo. Just the species, its habitats, some behavioral traits, and a few physical characteristics.

Instalment 2: Honor and Praise



On the flip side, dragons have a lot more to them in The Holy Bible than just inhabiting the places God punished. Take a look at these verses.

Honor




Isaiah 43:18-20—Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I [Yahweh] 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 [or, “ostriches”: Heb. “daughters of the owl”]: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to My people, My chosen [Israel].


The Biblical Illustrator (BibIllus or BI, 1887) gives an astounding quote from Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) which I think speaks to every Christian and even those nonbelievers who are fond of dragons:


“I have sometimes laid hold of this text, and have been comforted by it concerning the conversion of the very worst of men. Some people say, “What is the good of going among blasphemers and profane persons with the Word of God?” Well, if the beast of the field, and the dragons, and the owls shall honour Him, we need never think of leaving any of the sons of men to perish. It is not what they are, but what God is, that should give us confidence concerning them.”—C. H. Spurgeon


This passage is a prophecy, one which likely has two fulfillments. The first fulfillment was in the springtime of 454 B.C. when Nehemiah was given permission to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, just before the restoration of Israel after the Babylonian captivity. This date comes from Anglican Archbishop James Ussher’s The Annals of the World (Annals, 1658). This restoration began the 483-year countdown to the baptism and public ministry of Jesus Christ our Savior, as foretold in Daniel 9:24-25 (for details see the commentaries used thus far and below in this treatise). The second fulfillment has yet to happen, and will be when Israel is forced to “fly into the wilderness” to escape The Red Dragon in Revelation 12:13-14, which will be discussed in Part 2.

Therefore, we know that at one point in the past and another time in the future dragons did/shall honor God—“kabad” in Hebrew. This word has a meaning of being so heavy that one cannot do anything else. In the case of this passage, it means that dragons shall be so overwhelmed with gratefulness to their Creator that they will be unable to do anything else under the weight of this feeling, and they will give complete glory to God Almighty! This would have been, and will be, a sight to behold, indeed.

As Thomas Coke’s Commentary on the Holy Bible (Coke, 1801-1803) expounds on Isaiah 43:18:


“God says, that he will make a way in the desart, rivers in the wilderness; that he will cause the beasts of the field, the dragons and the ostriches, to honour him, for the advantage of his people. … He [Isaiah] describes the wild-beasts of the desart, and the dragons themselves, as having been parched with thirst, and praising God with their hisses and nocturnal howlings, for watering the sandy plains of Arabia.”


But not only dragons, but also the ostrich and “beast of the field”. Now, one must not confuse this for either the “beast of the desert” or the “beast of the island” that we discussed earlier. Those were translations of a single Hebrew word; this time the entire phrase is in the original language. It literally means “life (chay) of the flat-land (sadeh)”. The first time this phrase is used in The Bible is Genesis 2:19-20, and the first creature we know to be one of them is the serpent (nachash) in Genesis 3:1, which satan entered into to tempt Eve.

As long as we are here, it should be pointed out that Genesis 2:19 is one of the extremely rare times when the NIV is more accurate than the KJV. Many try to argue that Genesis 1 & 2 are contradictory versions of the creation of our universe, but the NIV shows the actual Hebrew intent here by translating it as,


“Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky.”


The original word “yatsar” in this passage is in the past tense, meaning already done in the past, not being done at this moment. Tyndale’s Translation (Tyn, 1525-1535) agrees “had make”, Wycliffe’s Translation “weren [were] formed”, DBY “had formed”, Bishops’ Bible “had shapen [shaped]”, DV “having formed”, and still others. There is seamless harmony here in the Book of Beginnings.

Praise




Psalms 148:7-10—Praise The LORD [Yahweh] from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps: fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling His Word: mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars: beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl [Heb. “birds of wing”]:


Here is a verse that is not given a time specification, and in it dragons are told to praise God. The Hebrew “halal” has many meanings: to be clear in music, to be clear in art, to shine for, to flash forth light, to make a show, to boast, to rave over, to look foolish for, to celebrate, to commend, to glorify, to praise, to make renowned, and to make praiseworthy. These are the types of things dragons are to give to Almighty God!

Now it is true that some translations—like the NIV—render tanniyn as “great sea creatures” in this verse. That is likely due to the mentioning of “tĕhowm” or abyss, translated as “deeps” in the KJV, which means a surging mass of water. But this verse also speaks of “erets”, which means a firm plot of ground. The Hebrew language has no punctuation like we use, so tanniyn could be paired with either or both words.

The KJV is not alone in its translation, though. Wycliffe’s Translation, Young’s Literal Translation, DV, the Bishops’ Bible, and Geneva Bible (the translation the American Pilgrims used) all render it as “dragons” as well. Those translations had different translators too, distinct from the KJV and each other. Even Gill agrees these are dragons, though he jumped to the conclusion dragons are evil, here:


“Either land dragons, or rather sea dragons, the water or sea being the proper place of them, Psalm 44:19; these, as cruel, as poisonous, and pernicious as they are, are made to honour and praise the Lord, Isaiah 43:20;”


In the end it makes little difference whether these are terrestrial or aquatic, because there were sea-monsters very similar to land-dragons in many aspects. Both were large, both were reptilian looking, both terrorized the hearts of mankind, and both were therefore hunted. What is important is that these creatures were given the order to praise God, and that they do so without complaint as seen in our previous verse, which Gill lists.

As a matter of fact, Psalm 148 begins and ends with the word “Hallelujah”, and its followed by the phrase “praise ye The LORD” in the first verse. The KJV translates them the same, but the two are “Halal Yahh” and “Halal Yahweh”. This entire chapter is nothing but God calling everything in the universe to worship Him. It is a very interesting psalm. Rather than give an extensive breakdown of it all, which would be very lengthy, allow me to quote it for context on where dragons fit.


Psalms 148:1-14
Praise ye The LORD [Heb. “Hallelujah”].
Praise ye The LORD [Yahweh] from the heavens:
praise Him in the heights.
Praise ye Him, all His angels:
praise ye Him, all His hosts.
Praise ye Him, sun and moon:
praise Him, all ye stars of light.
Praise Him, ye heavens of heavens,
and ye waters that be above the heavens.

Let them praise the name of The LORD:
for He commanded, and they were created.
He hath also stablished them for ever and ever:
He hath made a decree which shall not pass.

Praise The LORD from the earth,
ye dragons, and all deeps:
fire, and hail;
snow, and vapour;
stormy wind fulfilling His Word:
mountains, and all hills;
fruitful trees, and all cedars:
beasts, and all cattle;
creeping things, and flying fowl [Heb. “birds of wing”]:

kings of the earth, and all people;
princes, and all judges of the earth:
both young men, and maidens;
old men, and children:
let them praise the name of The LORD:
for His name alone is excellent [Heb. “exalted”];
His glory is above the earth and heaven.

He also exalteth the horn of His people,
the praise of all His saints [Christ-ones];
even of the children of Israel, a people near unto Him.
Praise ye The LORD [Hallelujah].


One might notice that when put in a poetic format, like music often is meant to be—such as psalms—that this chapter often pairs opposites together: sun and moon, fire and ice, insects and birds, elderly and children, boys and girls. Based on this, one could easily argue that “dragons and oceans” are meant to be taken as both being part of the world, which even the oceans are on top of the solid crust of the earth. This would make them opposites again.

Now, it should be noted that dragons and the other creatures of the earth are not the only ones who know God exists. Even satan knows the truth according to,


James 2:19—Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.


What is the difference? Satan is not worshiping God as God, while this entire universe is doing it every second of every day.


Psalms 19:1-4a—The heavens declare the glory of God [El]; and the firmament sheweth His handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard [or, “without these their voice is heard”; Heb. “without their voice heard”]. Their line [or, “rule”, or, “direction”] is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.


Satan is evil, but he will worship God one day.


Philippians 2:10-11—That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [Messiah] is Lord, to the glory of God The Father.


So if you are reading this treatise and are not a believer in Jesus The Messiah. If you do not give Him the credit worth His due, but you are a fan of dragons. Follow their example and honor The Creator of this universe. If you do not do it here and now, then you will do it when satan does, and that moment is too late.

Very Good




Genesis 1:20-23—And God [Elohim] said, “Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving [or, “creeping”] creature [Heb. “soul”] that hath life, and fowl that may fly [Heb. “let fowl fly”] above the earth in the open firmament of heaven [Heb. “face of the firmament of heaven”].” And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.” And the evening and the morning were [Heb. “And the evening was, and the morning was”] the fifth day.


Here we see “great whales” in the KJV, but the ASV and DBY say “great sea-monsters”, the WEB says “large sea creatures”, Young’s Literal Translation says “great monsters”, and the NIV says “great creatures of the sea”. Yes, this is the word tanniyn, as the Jubilee Bible (JUB, 2000) confirms: “the great dragons”. This is actually the first use of the word, because how can you go back before they were in existence? Although not everyone agrees it should be rendered as dragon, they all do agree the word means something very big.

Now, there are three things that must be taken into consideration from these verses alone to decipher what tanniyn are here. The first is that when God was planning what to create, He said two types: moving creatures that have life, and birds that fly. Yet when He actually created them, He made three types: living creatures that move in the water, winged birds, and tanniyn. Dragons could go into either category since they are a third grouping. Sea-monsters were a type of dragon in the ancient world, and many kinds of dragons could fly, but there is nothing to say that all dragons could not swim, being reptilian-like. Dragons could be both aquatic and avian in one, and we must not forget land is already in existence so they could rest.

Second, dragons are paired with “every living creature that moveth” when it says “which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind”, which that is a great description of most sea creatures. They do not walk to move around; they just simply move. It might be side-to-side like a shark, up-and-down like a dolphin, “flying” like a manta ray, a “wave” like an eel, a “wiggle” like a giant sea-serpent, or flippers like a plesiosaur. Dragons are paired with these as being said to be in the water, so these were likely not the typical Occidental Dragon.

And third, in the blessing which God puts on all these creatures He just made He says, “fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.” Here again God goes back to sea creatures and birds, just like He did in the planning stage. Looking forwards and looking backwards to His creation on Day #5, God sees only swimming and flying. Even though “owph” in the Hebrew can mean “covered with wings” for which many dragons were, it seems from God’s commentary on what He did, He did not create quadruped dragons on this day. Biped Wyverns are built similar to birds, though, with two feet and two wings—equal to four limbs—so they could still have been created here.


Genesis 1:31 KJV—And God [Elohim] saw every thing that He had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were [Heb. “And the evening was, and the morning was”] the sixth day.

Bishops’ Bible—And God sawe euery thyng that he had made [And God saw every thing that He had made]: and beholde, it was exceedyng good [and behold, it was exceeding good]. And the euenyng & the mornyng were the sixth day [And the evening and the morning were the sixth day].

Tyndale’s Translation—And God behelde al that he had made [And God beheld all that He had made] ad loo they were exceadynge good [and lo they were exceeding good]: and so of the evenynge and mornynge was made the syxth daye [and so of the evening and morning was made the sixth day].

Wycliffe’s Translation—And God seiy alle thingis whiche he made [And God sees all things which He made], and tho weren ful goode [and they were in full good]. And the euentid and morwetid was maad, the sixte day [And the eventide and morntide was made, the sixth day].


We must also remember that at the beginning of creation, everything was “mĕ`odtowb” in Hebrew, or “very exceedingly fully inside good” in English, or what we would call “perfect” today. God did not say perfect, even though it was, since He is even more holy, thus this universe was below His level. Perfect means, though, that dragons were good too, because by this time everything was created, including Adam and Eve (Genesis 1:26-28). Even if quadruped dragons were not included in sea creatures, or flying creatures, they had to be included inside land creatures.


Genesis 1:24-25—And God [Elohim] said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind:” and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.


The “remes”, or creeping things, are most often considered the insects and other similar creatures. This would be spiders, centipedes, ants, butterflies, grasshoppers, etc. Many think this also includes many types of reptiles, especially lizards, because they too need to “creep along the ground”. But most dragons did not creep in this way, and rather walked or swam or flew, so they are likely not a creeping thing.

The “bĕhemah”, or cattle, as discussed earlier, are likely wild animals. Although, commentators are in complete agreement that these are likely tamable and able to be domesticated. The word also has a sense of them being herd animals, like elephants, cows, horses, sheep, dogs, etc. As we will see later in Part 2, it is possible that dragons fit in this word, and it would be fascinating info if they do. All those dreams of being dragon-riders would be reasonable if one could tame dragons. Yet, at the same time, from what we have seen previously, dragons seem pretty wild to be tamed, but those might be specific types of dragons, while other types may be gentler.

The “beast (chay) of the earth (erets)” is also agreed upon to mean wild animals, but in this case ferocious and carnivorous. This would match the dragons inhabiting Babylon and the like pretty well. So the quadruped dragons may fit into this category. Or they may simply fit into the “chaynephesh”, or breathing creature. As we have been discussing, dragons do not really fit anywhere in a lot of cases. They could walk, many could fly, and surely most could swim. So really, they breathe, are alive, and are a creature. So they may be wrapped up in this general description.


Genesis 1:29-30—And God [Elohim] said, “Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed [Heb. “seeding seed”], which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed [Heb. “seeding seed”]; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life [Heb. “a living soul”], I have given every green herb for meat:” and it was so.


Here we see some of what a perfect world is to be like: everyone is an herbivore, no omnivores or carnivores. This means everyone eats plants only, no meat or a combination of both. The word here “oklah” means simply food, not meat as we mean it today. The reason for this is because death, which predators undeniably cause, did not begin until after Adam sinned in Genesis 3. There was not even a possibility to scavenge before that time, and it was not legal to eat meat until after the Noachian Deluge in Genesis 9:1-4 when God gave us permission. At that point, all remnants of this perfect world were erased until Jesus brings a terraform to this planet at His Second Coming, putting it back to how it was at the beginning.

Peace




Isaiah 11:6-9—The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid [young goat]; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox [bullock]. And the sucking [nursing] child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ [or, “adders”] den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of The LORD [Yahweh], as the waters cover the sea.


Many paintings have been done—some famous—of this passage of Scripture, and with good reason. They describe what this planet’s restoration will look like in regard to the animals. While dragons are not specifically mentioned, any which are left will be under the same restoration power of Jesus. We know from Revelation 20 that this blessed time will last for 1,000 years—a.k.a. The Millennium! During The Millennium we shall once again ride dragons, just as Adam and Eve likely did and perhaps some of their early posterity. We await this day with eager anticipation!

In case there is any doubt as to when this happens, we must merely look earlier in the chapter:


Isaiah 11:1-5—And there shall come forth a Rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: and The Spirit of The LORD [Yahweh] shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of Wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of Counsel and might, The Spirit of Knowledge and of the fear of The LORD; and shall make Him of quick understanding [Heb. “scent” or, “smell”] in the fear of the LORD: and He shall not judge after the sight of His eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of His ears: but with righteousness shall He judge the poor, and reprove [or, “argue”] with equity for the meek of the earth: and He shall smite the earth with The Rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips shall He slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of His loins, and faithfulness the girdle of His reins.


This rod is spoken of three times in Revelation: Rev. 2:27, 12:5, and 19:15. All of these refer to Jesus Christ, so this chapter of Isaiah cannot mean anyone else but The Messiah’s Second Advent. Also, there can be little doubt that it is The Holy Spirit being described. There is a similar passage, though, and still in Isaiah.


Isaiah 65:24-25—“And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I [Adonai Yahweh] will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock [ox]: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain,” saith The LORD [Yahweh].


This passage is not speaking of The Millennial Restoration like the previous one, however. This one parallels Revelation 21, as demonstrated by the below verse:


Isaiah 65:17—For, behold, I [Elohim of Truth] create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind [Heb. “come upon the heart”].


So, if there have been any doubts in your mind as to whether or not the New Universe will include animals, let those doubts be at rest. We see five animals that are listed as crossing-over to the next Earth, so there is no reason to suppose the seven or more from the earlier passage will not be there too. And if all of them are there, so will all the other unnamed kinds of animals—extinct and extant. So even if dragons will not, for some reason, be in The Millennial Reign, they shall for sure be on the new planet Earth!

The Gospel




Mark 16:15-18—And He [Jesus] said unto them, “Go ye into all the world, and preach The Gospel [Good News] to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; in My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”


This verse has intrigued me for years. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not just for people but also for animals! The Companion Bible Notes (CBN, 1922) states the Greek literally equates to “all the creation” and Marvin Vincent’s Word Studies in the New Testament (VWS, 1888) confirms it means “to the whole creation.” Unfortunately, the only other similar reference is:


Colossians 1:23—If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of The Gospel [Good News], which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;


Here we simply learn that The Gospel has been proclaimed to every creature. In both passages the same word is used: “ktisis”. The most common translation of this word in these verses is “creature” or “creation”. While it is true commentaries basically unanimously make this to mean only humans, and more specifically Gentile nations, I just cannot help but wonder why Jesus would not have used that phrase instead. Why include animals in the literal meaning?

Gill correctly points out that animals “need not the preaching of the Gospel”, and I concur in the next section. But, animals do still benefit from the proclaiming of The Gospel, as is evident from Jesus’ command. They do not need it in the sense of Salvation, but in some way creation benefits from The Good News.

One way is, I believe, what one person had done, but which I cannot source. They had prayed and prayed over their house’s yard and for the animals in it or who passed through it. He asked that it would be filled with peace, much like the previous section. Eventually, the prayers were granted. Foxes stopped chasing rabbits, and the fear of man was largely removed. His yard had become a paradise, of sorts, for animals. If that is not a benefit, I do not know what is.

Teaching




Job 12:7-10—But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. “Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of The LORD [Yahweh] hath wrought this? In Whose hand is the soul [or, “life”] of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind [Heb. “all flesh of man”].”


In the same vein as Psalm 19:1-4, quoted in the Praise section, where we see that the universe is declaring God’s glory in a language that every human can and DOES hear, here we see all of the animal kingdom is telling us the same thing—that God has created them. Dragons would be included in this as well. And I have long wondered how literal these verses might be. If we could speak the language of the dolphins, what might they tell us? Would they tell us about God? Would they tell us evolution is wrong? I would think yes, because of these verses, and others already discussed.

There are no atheistic animals, and there are no atheistic people. God said so here, Psalm 19, and the below verse:


Romans 1:18-22—For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold The Truth in unrighteousness; because that which may be known of God is manifest in them [or, “to them”]; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead [trinity]; so that they are [or, “that they may be”] without excuse: because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,


Pretty self-explanatory, do you not think?

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Can Christians Like Dragons? EXPANDED: Part 1.33
Howdy to all those who find this Triple Installment of the First Part of my expanded and updated treatise on if liking dragons is unChristian. The original was my first upload to DeviantART and was 6 years ago. That first attempt at this study of dragons in The Holy Bible was a bit over 6 pages long. Just this first part of the revision is nearly 29 pages (all three thirds combined), and there are still two more parts of comparable length to finish. Sorry to say, they are not currently ready for upload, but I was tired of having the above completed and no one able to appreciate it. So I am allowing what is ready to be enjoyed and hope people learn about dragons in their Scriptural and Scientific contexts.

NOTE: this treatise is written from a Biblicist point-of-view (POV). That means it assumes The Sacred Scriptures are inerrant. All are welcome to read, but if you are just desiring to mock, then please refrain from doing so. Honest questions and concerns are encouraged, so please don’t be ashamed to seek more knowledge.

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Can Christians Like Dragons?
Expanded and Updated Edition!


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Update Installment 3: ambassadorherald.deviantart.co… “Draconic Traits”

In other words, is it un-Christian to be a fan of massive, fire-breathing reptiles? The reason this question is being addressed is because many Christians have decided that dragons are satanic/demonic. They say that this is the only conclusion you can draw from what we know of dragons in The Holy Bible. But is this true or is there more than what meets the common eye in The Sacred Book? Let us explore The Bible, ancient legends, and modern science to see if there is anything that could be being missed.

***Note that this is much longer and more detailed than the original. If you want a shorter read, go to one of the links above, and you will get the basics. If, however, you are more curious and adventurous, like I am sure many dragon-lovers are, then read on! Fascinating facts await you below! Also, no need to read it all in one sitting. There is no shame in reading a section now and another later and so on. Please enjoy your time here, whatever you choose to do!

THE BIBLICAL EVIDENCE



The place one must always begin with is The Sacred Scriptures. Nothing anyone else says matters even an inch if it does not line up with what God has revealed to us in His Pure Word.


Proverbs 30:5-6 KJV, “Every Word of God [Eloah] is pure [Heb. “purified”]: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him. Add thou not unto His words, lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.”

Note: brackets will be used to show the Hebrew names of God, the KJV Marginal Notes, and other minor things for clarity.


Before we can begin, though, it should be noted that if one is using a modern translation of The Holy Bible, then one will find following along in The Biblical Evidence difficult, as some have had with the original version of this article. Most translations have removed the word “dragon” from the entire Bible except for the 13 uses in the book of Revelation. This is probably why there is so much confusion as to what God really told us about these magnificent creatures He made.

Therefore, I recommend you look up all passages in the Authorized King James Version (KJV or AV; 1769), which is the base-translation of this treatise. However, nearly the same results can be found with other old translations, such as the Geneva Bible (GNV or GB; 1587), Bishops’ Bible (Bish; 1568), Douay-Rheims Bible (DV, DRA or DRB; 1899), and Young’s Literal Translation (YLT; 1863). These and other translations will be heavily consulted.

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The Masoretic Hebrew word used for dragon(s) is “tanniyn” and shows up 29 times in The Old Testament. Although, the English word dragon is not always used, even in the KJV, so searching for that word will not find all the uses. These verses are divided up in this treatise into general uses of tanniyn, specifically named dragons, similar creatures to dragons, and other assorted references. This first part of the treatise will only cover dragons in general.

Part 1: Dragons in General



These are dragons who have no names and spoken of the same way we would mention animals someone finds in a Zoo. Just the species, its habitats, some behavioral traits, and a few physical characteristics.

Installment 1: Punishments and Curses



Unfortunately for dragons, they are often the subject of God’s punishments on nations. Let us look at the following verses.

Babylonian Empire




Isaiah 13:19-22—And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees’ Excellency, shall be as when God [Elohim] overthrew [Heb. “as the overthrowing of God with”] Sodom and Gomorrah. It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there. But wild beasts of the desert [Heb. “Ziim”] shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures [Heb. “Ochim”]; and owls [or, “ostriches”: Heb. “daughters of the owl”] shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there. And the wild beasts of the islands [Heb. “Iim”] shall cry in their desolate houses [or, “palaces”], and dragons in their pleasant palaces: and her time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged.


If one uses the New International Version (NIV, 1973) they will find Isaiah 13:22 substitutes jackals for dragons, but the NIV also puts jackals in place of “doleful creatures” in v21 even though it is a different Hebrew word—“oach”, which means an animal which howls. Interestingly, Wycliffe’s Translation (first English translation ever; WYC, 1388) puts dragon in v21, but as already pointed out, it is not the word tanniyn so is unlikely to be the same creature. Unfortunately for Bible Studies, this word for “howling creature” is only used this once. The Pulpit Commentary (Pulpit, circa 1890) notes that Mr. Cheyne (Robert Murray M’Cheyne? 1813-1843) translates this as “hyena”, which hyenas are known to “howl” in their own way.

God is not clear what “tsiyiy”, or desert-dwelling animal, is being referred to in v21 but the Bishops’ Bible translates this as “fearefull wylde beastes [fearful wild beasts]”. According to Pulpit we have found lions, jackals, and porcupines in the ruins of Babylon in Iraq. This Hebrew word has a very limited usage in The Bible, with a total of six cases and none of them very clear on a specific creature. Albert Barnes’ Explanatory and Practical Notes on the Old and New Testaments (Barnes, 1832-1872) says the Latin Vulgate (circa 382 AD; Anno Domini, “in the year of our Lord”) could be translated “dragons”, which John Gill’s Exposition of the Old and New Testaments (Gill, 1690-1771) states “The Targum renders it by a word which signifies monstrous, astonishing creatures”, but as discussed above this is not tanniyn. Barnes further states that Bochart (Samuel Bochart? 1599-1667) suggests catamounts—or wild cats of any kind—are the intended meaning, to which Gill agrees by pointing out, “The Hebrew word does not much differ from the Arabic one used for “wild cats”.” This would add credibility to the lion which is known to, at least at one time, live in the ruins.

The full Hebrew meaning of “bath ya`anah” in v21 is “daughters of the owl”. It is unclear what this exactly means so it is easy to see why it was shortened by both the KJV and NIV to just owls. Barnes does note that the Septuagint (LXX, 285-247 BC; Before Christ) renders this as “Sirens”, but this is just due to the base meaning of ya`anah, which is “sound or clamor”. Pulpit quotes Sir A. Layard (Sir Austen Henry Layard, 1817-1894) that “A large grey owl is found in great numbers, frequently in flocks of nearly a hundred, in the low shrubs among the ruins of Babylon”. Pulpit also quotes a Mr. Rich (no info available), “In most of the cavities of the Babil Mound there are numbers of owls and bats.” Most commentators and several translations—including the KJV Marginal Notes—conclude this is the ostrich, and according to Barnes Bochart argues extensively to this cause.

Now we reach a very strange translation in the KJV: satyrs! Unfortunately for those mythology lovers out there, “sa`iyr” does not likely literally mean a satyr, and is only translated this way by the KJV twice out of 59 times. The most common translation is that of the NIV here: a goat or a kid, which is a young goat. If this translation were to be used, a kid would likely be the best fit, since very often this word is used with the phrase “of a goat”, such as a doe (she-goat) in Genesis 37:31 and a buck (male goat) in Daniel 8:21. But as Pulpit confirms, this word simply means “shaggy” or “hairy one” and notes that a Dr. Kay (no info available) “gives “baboons,” since the Moko—a kind of baboon—is known in Babylonia.” Apparently goats are not found in Babylonia, but this would go along with the rendering of the Bishops’ Bible: “Apes”.

The Hebrew word “iy”, which is translated as “the wild beasts of the islands” in the KJV, is translated “Wylde cattes [wild cats]” in the Bishops’ Bible, jackals in Darby’s Translation (DBY, 1859-1885), wolves in the American Standard Version (ASV, 1901), and hyenas in the NIV. Gill mentions that the Syriac version translates this as “sirens” and the Septuagint as “onocentaurs”, which are donkey-centaurs, but it is unlikely any supernatural or mythological beast is intended. Pulpit confirms that this word means literally something that wails or howls, which probably eliminates felines of any sort. The most likely meaning is a canine breed of some sort, such as the jackal which Pulpit acknowledges still lives in the area. Interestingly, this word is only used three times in The Bible, two of which in close proximity to dragons, and the third time in Jeremiah 50:39.


Jeremiah 51:36-38—Therefore thus saith The LORD [Yahweh]; “Behold, I will plead thy cause, and take vengeance for thee; and I will dry up her sea, and make her springs dry. And Babylon shall become heaps, a dwelling-place for dragons, an astonishment, and an hissing, without an inhabitant. They shall roar together like lions: they shall yell [or, “shake themselves”] as lions’ whelps [cubs].”


And we get to the creature of interest—the dragon. Just out of plain peculiarity, it is interesting to be aware that Gill says the Vulgate (Biblia Sacra Vulgata) translates tanniyn as “sirens” in Isaiah 13:22. This is the third time in this passage that they were suggested, and by three different translations of the verses (the LXX, Syriac, and Vulgate). But the suggestion should be passed off as speculative since “daughters of the ostrich”, “wild beasts of the islands”, and “dragons” were all made to be these demonic singing seducers. All of the animals make sense as being natural creatures, nothing out of the ordinary needed.

From these two passages there are some interesting things one might be able to glean about dragons, the tanniyn of The Bible. Dragons are said to “cry” in Babylon’s pleasant palaces. This Hebrew word is “anah” and can be translated as it is or as shout and sing. DBY renders this as “shall cry to one another”, to which Barnes and the Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset, and David Brown Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (JFB, 1871) agree by stating the Hebrew literally means “Shall answer, or respond to each other”. They use wolves as an example of this kind of animal behavior, so did dragons do this same type of thing? It appears so from Isaiah 13:22.

Next we see that Babylon will be a “hissing” which is the Hebrew word “shĕreqah” and means a sound of derision, and its root word “sharaq” means to shrill, whistle, or hiss. This word is used only seven times in The Bible, but just here with dragons, though it is used with its root word in Jeremiah 19:8. This might mean that dragons could make this kind of sound much like a snake can, which comes as no surprise considering the similarities in their forked tongues.

Lastly, the dragons are said to “roar together like lions” and “yell as lions’ cubs”. There is no confusion on that lions are the animal being compared to here, so we can accept this readily as is. The Hebrew word for roar is “sha`ag” and means a mighty rumble, moan, or roar. Yell is a bit trickier and even the KJV authors put an alternate translation for “na`ar” in the Marginal Notes: shake themselves. The definition given in Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance (base of Hebrew study; Strong’s, 1890) is the one favored by most today, which is a growl. Together is “yachad” and means unitedly. Therefore, dragons did a collective mighty sound of some sort, similar to lions. Again, this is no surprise, as legends abound with the roars of dragons.

Pulpit gives a quotation from Sir John Mandeville (1356-1357) for Isaiah 13:22,


“The lande of Baby-lone was fulle of dragons and grote serpents [The land of Babylon was full of dragons and thick serpents], and dyverse other veney-mouse ecstes alle abouten [and diverse other venomous unknown-creatures all about]”—Mandeville, quoted by Ker Porter, ‘Travels,’ vol. 2. p. 36.


The word “ecstes” is unclear to me and my internet searches could not find any info on what this means, any help would be appreciated.

Gill notes for Jeremiah 51:37,


“Dragons, as Aelianus [Claudius Aelianus, circa 175-235 AD] observes, love to live in desert places, and such now Babylon is; it lies in ruins; and even its palace is so full of scorpions and serpents, as Benjamin of Tudela [Rabbi Benjamin MiTudelo, 1159-1173] says it was in his time, that men durst not enter into it; see Jeremiah 50:39.”


Gill further notes for Isaiah 13:22,


“The word [tanniyn] is commonly used for “whales” [see Genesis 1:21], and sometimes for serpents, which seems to be the sense here; and to this agrees the account that R. Benjamin Tudelensis gives of Babylon, who, when he was there, about five or six hundred years ago [circa 1090-1271, based on Gill’s years of writing], saw the palace of Nebuchadnezzar in ruins, but men were afraid to enter into it, because of serpents and scorpions, which were within it. Rauwolff [Leonhart Rauwolff, 1535-1596], a German traveller, about the year 1574, reports of the tower of Babylon, that it was so ruinous, so low, and so full of venomous creatures, which lodge in holes made by them in the rubbish, that no one durst approach nearer to it than within half a league, excepting during two months in the winter, when these animals never stir out of their holes.”


Therefore, it is confirmed that dragons did live in the ruins of Babylon at one time, and possibly may still except now in hiding. We have many new advances in technology that could inspire fear into dragons because of their loudness and bad smell—such as airplanes and vehicles.

Edomites (Idumea)




Isaiah 34:13-15—And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in the fortresses thereof: and it shall be an habitation of dragons, and a court for owls [or, “ostriches”: Heb. “daughters of the owl”]. The wild beasts of the desert [Heb. “Ziim”] shall also meet with the wild beasts of the island [Heb. “Ijim”], and the satyr shall cry to his fellow; the screech owl [or, “night monster”] also shall rest there, and find for herself a place of rest. There shall the great owl make her nest, and lay, and hatch, and gather under her shadow: there shall the vultures also be gathered, every one with her mate.


Here we see the only other place the KJV uses the word satyr, which was discussed above. This is also the only other place where dragons and the wild beasts of the islands show up together, which was discussed above. The reason for discussing all of these different creatures is to show which animals were living with and around dragons according to God Himself. These are more accurate than any legend, if one can identify the creatures being spoken of. Some of these could be extinct by now, which could mean they will remain a mystery until we reach Heaven.

The KJV authors put an alternate translation in their Marginal Notes for the “screech owl”: night monster. Strong’s agrees: night spectre. This Hebrew word is used just once in all of The Bible and, curiously, is “liyliythor”—more commonly spelled Lilith. Allow me to quote from Pulpit:


“The word here used, Lilith, occurs only in this place. It may be doubted whether any bird, or other animal, is meant. Lilit was the name of a female demon, or wicked fairy, in whom the Assyrians believed—a being thought to vex and persecute her victims in their sleep. The word is probably a derivative from leilah, night, and designates “the spirit of the night”—a mischievous being, who took advantage of the darkness to play fantastic tricks. A Jewish legend made Lilith the first wife of Adam, and said that, having pronounced the Divine Name as a charm, she was changed into a devil. It was her special delight to murder young children (Buxtorf, ‘Lex. Rabbin.,ad roe. [1742]). The prophets, when they employ poetic imagery, are not tied down to fact, but are free to use the beliefs of their contemporaries in order to heighten the force of their descriptions.”


C. S. Lewis (author of The Chronicles of Narnia) is a famous example of a holder to this belief of Lilith being the mate of Adam in Genesis 1:27 before Eve was created in Genesis 2:21-25. Albeit, God never tries to give this impression anywhere in The Sacred Scriptures, so it can only be counted as false. It could simply be the ancient Jews altered an Assyrian belief for whatever purpose. It could be that there is a real demon out there named Lilith who haunts our children at night. Which if this is so, that dragons are co-habiting with her is disturbing in and of itself, and would not be a good sign.

However, it could also be that this is indeed a “night creature” (NIV) or, more specifically, a night-bird of some sort, contrary to Pulpit’s doubts. Such as the “nyctycorax” (scientific name) or “night raven” suggested by Adam Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible (Clarke, 1826), more commonly known today as the black-crowned night-heron. Matthew Poole’s English Annotations on the Holy Bible (Poole, 1685) says that Lilith will “find for herself a place of rest” at Edom and “shall rest there” “because there shall be no men left to disturb or affright them, Isaiah 17:2.”


Isaiah 17:2—The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.


This makes more sense in my mind, seeing as everything else here are animals of one form or another.

Another singularly used Hebrew word is “qippowz”, translated here as “great owl” but could also mean an arrow-snake. Ultimately the meaning is uncertain, and this further indicates that dragons had some pretty rare-to-find friends. We do have details this time, though. This creature nestles—“qanan”—which could mean build a nest, but the root word “qen” could indicate just occupy a room, such as a chamber like a den or lair. It also lays (malat), hatches (baqa), and broods (dagar) over eggs. And it gathers (dagar) its young under its protective care (tsel). This is a good parent animal, therefore a bird of some sort would be a likely match. Young’s Literal Translation renders it “bittern”, which are in the heron family.

On the line of the arrow-snake, Pulpit gives it the name “serpens jaculus”, which Barnes elaborates on:


“Gesenius [Heinrich Friedrich Wilhelm Gesenius, 1786-1842] supposes that this is the arrow-snake, so called from its darting or springing, in the manner of the rattle-snake – from an obsolete root to draw oneself together, to contract. Bochart (Hieroz. ii. 3. 11. 408-419) has examined the meaning of the word at length, and comes to the conclusion that it means the serpent which the Greeks called acontias, and the Latins, jaculus – the arrow-snake. The serpent is oviparous, and nourishes its young.”


Strong’s definition is in complete agreement with the above Hebrew word study from Gesenius’ Hebrew Chaldee (Aramaic, Syriac) Lexicon of the Old Testament Scriptures (Gesenius). Gill adds more detail by stating,


“Bochart thinks that one kind of serpent is here meant, so called from its leaping up, and which may be said to make nests, lay eggs and hatch them, as follows:

and lay, and hatch, and gather under her shadow; lay its eggs, sit upon them, and hatch them; or “break” them, that is, the eggs, by sitting on them, when the young ones spring out of them; and then being hatched, and running about, gather them under their wing, especially when in any danger:” ”


The ASV, World English Bible (WEB, 2003; Public Domain), Jewish Publication Society Old Testament (JPS, 1917) and DBY, among others, favor the arrow-snake or dart-snake. This, therefore, would make for a maternal Winged Serpent, which fits a type of dragon in many legends. We shall return to these winged snakes later on in Part 2 of this treatise.

The bird translated “vulture” here is “dayah” in the Hebrew and only shows up twice in The Bible, the other place is Deuteronomy 14:13. It comes from the root word “da`ah” which means to dart or fly rapidly, indicating this might actually be a bird-of-prey, like the falcon or kite. Not much else can be gleaned from this word.

Jerusalem




Jeremiah 9:10-11—For the mountains will I take up a weeping and wailing, and for the habitations [or, “pastures”] of the wilderness a lamentation, because they are burned up [or, “desolate”], so that none can pass through them; neither can men hear the voice of the cattle; both the fowl of the heavens and [Heb. “from the fowl of the heavens even to”] the beast are fled; they are gone. And I will make Jerusalem heaps, and a den of dragons; and I will make the cities of Judah desolate [Heb. “a desolation”], without an inhabitant.


Here we have less specific animals mentioned and just the three main categories: “miqneh” which are any form of domesticated livestock, like cattle, “owph” which is any type of bird, and “bĕhemah” which means any type of wild animals, but this word is similar to one we will be looking at later on in Part 2.

Judah




Jeremiah 10:18-22—For thus saith The LORD [Yahweh], “Behold, I will sling out the inhabitants of the land at this once, and will distress them, that they may find it so. Woe is Me for My hurt! My wound is grievous: but I said, “Truly this is a grief, and I must bear it.” My tabernacle is spoiled, and all My cords are broken: My children are gone forth of Me, and they are not: there is none to stretch forth My tent any more, and to set up My curtains. For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought The LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered. Behold, the noise of the bruit is come, and a great commotion out of the North Country, to make the cities of Judah desolate, and a den of dragons.


Here we see the pain God goes through when people who should be following Him do not follow Him and neglect His items. But up till now we have seen a lot of the creatures with which dragons share their land. It should be studied exactly what these lands are described to be like. The following is based on all the previous passages and the one following below.

The lands are not inhabited (yashab) by people, which means—simply—to sit down on with intent to stay and dwell. The artificial basins (yam) are parched (charab) and the dug wells (maqowr) have failed (yabesh) because their builders did not prosper (sakal). The cities (iyr) are heaps (gal) of rolled over ruins (shammah) in the midst of a devastation (shĕmamah). Broken pots (ciyr) are everywhere, alongside prickly (qimmowsh) and thorny (chowach) plants, such as nettles, thistles, brambles, briers, and thorn-bushes. All the pastures (midbar) are burned with fire (yatsath).

Dragons have to be pretty tough and resourceful creatures to live in such desolate and inhospitable areas with little water and food, but being at least part reptilian they could easily have very slow metabolisms. Often dragons are said to sleep for long periods of time—decades or centuries even. This would seem to confirm those reports as truthful. Although, these dragons moved in after the cities were destroyed, unlike what many legends say about dragons destroying cities.

One must wonder if it is simply assumed that the dragon did the destruction, when in actuality it just made use of what had already happened. No doubt dragons had the capacity to do the destruction themselves without much effort and, therefore, very likely did sometimes do such actions, but no such tale is told within The Holy Bible. This would be evidence that dragons only encroached on our territory when God said it was okay, making them obedient servants of Adonai Yahweh Elohim. This is far from evil.

Kingdoms of Hazor




Jeremiah 49:33—And Hazor shall be a dwelling for dragons, and a desolation forever: there shall no man abide there, nor any son of man dwell in it.


The last verse on our list of punishments. There are only two Hebrew words used to describe how a dragon has made the lands it is seen in above. The first is “naveh” and is translated “habitation” in Isaiah 34:13 (KJV), and means literally a home. It has a variety of uses, though, depending on if used for people, sheep, God, or wild animals. In this case it is almost certainly the wild animal sense, so would be a den-type meaning. The root word “navah” means a place one can be at rest, which would be the definition of a home.

The second is “ma`own” and is translated “den”, “dwelling”, or “dwelling-place” in the KJV, and means literally an abode or place to retreat for refuge. This word has a variety of uses also depending on if used for people, God, or animals of any sort. In this case we can be sure the animal sense is meant, and therefore would be a lair-type structure. A very similar word—“ownah”—means a place one goes with your mate to have offspring, which would again be the definition of a home.

From all of the above, we can guess that dragons were extremely territorial and wild creatures, being that God placed them as curses to keep people away. This does not equate them to being evil, though. By that logic, one would need to conclude the other creatures above are also evil—such as the hyena, lion, ostrich, moko, jackal, night-raven, arrow-snake, and falcon. Admittedly, if Lilith is speaking of a demon, then that is bad, but the contextual words seem to indicate a demon is not being spoken of. Dragons are being grouped with common and rare animals of various species, and that would make the dragon yet another real animal and no more, though pretty high on the rarity scale.

Continue reading in Installment 2: ambassadorherald.deviantart.co… “Honor and Praise”
See the Original: ambassadorherald.deviantart.co… “Is Liking Dragons unChristian?”
Can Christians Like Dragons? EXPANDED: Part 1.00
Howdy to all those who find this Triple Installment of the First Part of my expanded and updated treatise on if liking dragons is unChristian. The original was my first upload to DeviantART and was 6 years ago. That first attempt at this study of dragons in The Holy Bible was a bit over 6 pages long. Just this first part of the revision is nearly 29 pages (all three thirds combined), and there are still two more parts of comparable length to finish. Sorry to say, they are not currently ready for upload, but I was tired of having the above completed and no one able to appreciate it. So I am allowing what is ready to be enjoyed and hope people learn about dragons in their Scriptural and Scientific contexts.

NOTE: this treatise is written from a Biblicist point-of-view (POV). That means it assumes The Sacred Scriptures are inerrant. All are welcome to read, but if you are just desiring to mock, then please refrain from doing so. Honest questions and concerns are encouraged, so please don’t be ashamed to seek more knowledge.

*A link back to the original: ambassadorherald.deviantart.co… Can Christians Like Dragons?
**Also a link to a similar article on DA: dragonlore229.deviantart.com/a… Ratio De Draco {Theories of Dragons}.
***RECOMMENDED off-site thesis on ancient civilizations and their interactions with Dinosaurs: www.genesispark.com/exhibits/e… Ancient Dinosaur Depictions
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Nathanael Eisner, AFC.
Artist | Student | Literature
United States
Welcome to my little meadow in this jungle! Although there is nothing magical about this spot, I hope that what you do find is worth more to you.

Before I go too far, the image in my Webcam was made by Answers in Genesis www.AnswersInGenesis.org .

Also, let me explain my Avatar. It is a photo taken by NASA of “the ‘X’ Structure at the Core of the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51)”. Or, I should say, that is what NASA named it. I don’t think it takes a Rocket Scientist to see that it is a Cross! When God put this universe in place, He had the plan for Salvation painted out at the center of M51! How many other paintings did God put out in space that we might never know about because NASA and Astronomers deliberately named them something we’d never look under to find them?

Howdy! My name is Nathanael Eisner. My online handle is Ambassador Herald. Now, you might wonder about two things: why is my first name spelled weird and what do I mean by ‘ambassador’? Well, let me tell you.

My name is spelled the way it is in The New Testament (The New Covenant) of The Holy Bible (The Sacred Scriptures)! The reason for that is my parents named me after a Bible character: Nathanael of Cana! His history can be found in John chapter 1 verses 43-51. He is also mentioned in John 21:2.

My handle is based on two things, first, a verse from The Holy Scriptures. “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:20 (Authorized King James Version). Second, the king had a Herald to proclaim his news to the people. Jesus is The King of Kings (Revelation 19:16) and I am a Herald of His.

I am 20 years old. I gave my life to The Lord of Lords (Revelation 19:16) at the age of 5. That puts my spiritual age at 15! I know it is amazing that it happened so young, but I have always been sensitive to spiritual things. I can still remember that day as if it happened yesterday.

I was standing alone on the back porch of the house (still the same one I live in now) when I heard, as well as felt, a voice inside me say, “Follow Me!” I could see no answer but yes, so I asked Jesus into my heart right there and then. Afterwards, I felt a burden lift from my shoulders and I was filled with immense joy, so much so that it gave energy enough that I thought I could jump to the moon. I couldn’t keep myself still, I ran as fast as I could until I could control myself again. I then ran inside and informed my Dad of what happened. I was still bursting with energy when Mom came home from work some hours later. My life was forever changed!

Two years later, at the age of 7, I was watching TV when I spotted a picture which was just used to look cool, but my first thought was, ‘that would make a good story’. For the longest time (6 years) it stayed that, a thought. Then at the age of 13, I heard God’s calling, telling me to turn that thought, into an idea! Then, use that idea, and write a novel! Well, I agreed, simple as that. Not that I wanted to choose any other way. He gave me excitement for the plan. Over the next 4 years I gathered concepts to put in the novel. I created a full world, so much so, it would take 5 novels just to introduce it all! At the age of 17, I was ready! I broke ground in September 2007 and began the first draft of my first novel. By June of the next year (2008), it was completed. I took a writing class over the June-July crossover. Ever since then, I have been writing short stories in the world I had previously developed. I have also been continuing work on its history. I now have 12 novels waiting to be written! I also intend to grow my short stories into novels. I was also not including the two other worlds I’ve done some work on. That adds at minimum, another 3 novels.

I am eternally grateful to Jesus Christ for all of these ideas He has given me! The glory for everything I write goes to Him!

Current Residence: Earth, I’m just passing through!
Print preference: The Book of Life of The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world! (Revelation 13:8, 21:27)
Favourite genre of music: Contemporary Christian and Christian Country
Favourite photographer: ~Rising-Dark, a.k.a. ‘Dragonrider Rakab’
Favourite style of art: Elohim’s! (Genesis 1:1)
Operating System: Salvation through Jesus Christ!
MP3 player of choice: Real Player
Shell of choice: The Truth! (Psalms 91:4)
Wallpaper of choice: Fantasy, Horses or Astronomy
Skin of choice: Eagle Feathers
Favourite cartoon character: Spirit-that-could-not-be-Broken (Stallion of the Cimarron)
Personal Quote: The man who won’t stand up for his own principles is not really a man at all.
Interests
A friend of mine has his BIRTHDAY TODAY!!! But I do not think he has a DA account, so I’ll just give this shout out for the sake of celebrating!

However, I had previously decided to get a more than 1-year Promise at least partially fulfilled. Due to the approach of this particular day, and that my own b-day was a few days ago, I uploaded PART ONE of my Revised Dragons in The Bible article! Its in 3-Installments, which can be found linked below!

Can Christians Like Dragons? Expanded and Updated Edition! Part 1, Installment 1: ambassadorherald.deviantart.co… Punishments and Curses
Can Christians Like Dragons? Expanded and Updated Edition! Part 1, Installment 2: ambassadorherald.deviantart.co… Honor and Praise
Can Christians Like Dragons? Expanded and Updated Edition! Part 1, Installment 3: ambassadorherald.deviantart.co… Draconic Traits

Since he is a Messianic Jew, allow me to provide a traditional blessing they give, which is also Biblical!

“The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26 KJV)
  • Listening to: MLP Songs and Brony Music
  • Reading: The Tanakh (Old Testament)
  • Watching: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
  • Playing: Star Trek Online: 6th Anniversary
  • Eating: Big Texas Cinnamon Rolls
  • Drinking: V-Fusion: Strawberry Banana

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LadonXE Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2016  Hobbyist
Of course they are. And thank you
God bless you :)
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Evometheus6082 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
HAPPY EASTER
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AmbassadorHerald Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2016  Student Writer
HAPPY RESURRECTION SUNDAY to you too!!!
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gayandsavedbyJesus Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016
The Lord knows all and sees all <3
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Evometheus6082 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Happy birthday dragon of the Lord
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