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Discover the Book - Oct. 5, 2008

  • 2008 Oct 05
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Dinosaurs, Dragons, and Our Creator

RESIST THE DRAGON OF OLD

Dragons throughout history: The term "dragon" comes from the Greek drakon, which was used originally for any large serpent. (The term "dinosaur" is derived from the Greek meaning "terrible lizard," alluding to its gigantic size.)

The notion that dinosaurs were extinct "millions of years ago' doesn't seem to explain the prevalence of the "dragons" so prevalent throughout early history.

The dragon of mythology, despite whatever shape it later assumed, was essentially a serpent.

In the Middle East, the serpent or dragon was symbolic of evil. The Egyptian god Apepi was the great serpent of the world of darkness.

The Chaldean dragon tiamat had four legs, a scaly body and wings.

The Greeks and the Romans also at times conceived the drakontes as beneficent powers dwelling in the inner parts of the Earth.

Their protective and terror inspiring qualities led to their adaptation as warlike emblems on shields, prows of ships, etc.

The Chinese dragon, lung, was a majestic mythological beast that dwelt in rivers, lakes, oceans, and roamed the skies. They were generally depicted as four-legged animals with scales, snakelike body, horns, claws, and large, demonic eyes. They were regarded as the source of power and commonly adopted as imperial emblems.

Ancient Chinese cosmogonists defined four types: Ten Lung, "Celestial Dragon," who guards the heavenly dwellings of the gods; Fu Tsang Lung, "Dragon of Hidden Treasure"; Ti Lung, "Earth Dragon," who controls the waterways; and Shen Lung, the "Spiritual Dragon," who controls the winds and rain.

Both Chinese and Japanese dragons are usually wingless, but were also regarded as being able to change their size at will, even to the point of becoming invisible.  It is remarkable that they were also referred to as the "power of the air," which is also a provocative Biblical reference.

THE BIBLICAL "DRAGON"

The Nachash, or "Shining One" of Genesis 3 is, of course, well known. Here we encounter the "anointed cherub" that is rendered a serpent as a result of the curse.

Leviathan Re-examined. The passage describing the "leviathan" in Job also goes beyond his denotative zoological characteristics and alludes metaphorically to him as a malevolent evil spirit. In fact, "He beholdeth all high things: he is king over all the children of pride.”

This secondary allusion technique is repeatedly employed to describe the background and career of Satan. He, indeed, is the father of the children of pride.

In the Book of Revelation, Satan is also presented as the "Red Dragon”. This identification with the "dragon" seems to be also picked up in the prophecies in Isaiah: Isaiah 27:1 In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea. (KJV)

(It is interesting that in the Book of Revelation, we notice that the two final players are also presented as "beasts" that rise out of the sea and land, provocatively parallel to the two large creatures highlighted in the book of Job.)

REMEMBER THE PLAN OF GOD

In the Book of Revelation, we also view Satan's doom:

And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.  And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled.- and after that he must be loosed a little season - the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.  Revelation 20:1-3, 10

The Reality. So there is a real "dragon" far more fearful than any "cloned dinosaur” of Jurassic Park fame. His destiny, fortunately, is sealed as result of the empty tomb that we celebrate each Easter morning.  The next time someone brings up "dinosaurs," then why not really get into it. (After all, he brought it up.) It can be a great witnessing opportunity if you do your homework.

WE MUST WORSHIP OUR CREATOR

Revelation 4:11 "You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created." (NKJV)

The Eternal Gospel is a gospel that reveals God as Creator Revelation 14:7 saying with a loud voice, "Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water." (NKJV) = We must respond to our CREATOR

Our Creator is the Judge first by water then by fire 2 Peter 3:3-7 knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, 4 and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as [they were] from the beginning of creation." 5 For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, 6 by which the world [that] then existed perished, being flooded with water. 7 But the heavens and the earth [which] are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. (NKJV)

Christ as creator is the head of the Church and He alones gives us the order for Leadership, home, church, role of men and women, standards of modesty, etc. Colossians 1:15-18  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. (NKJV)

Creation Groans waiting for Redemption Romans 8:20-22 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected [it] in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. (NKJV)

Adam’s sin cursed the world Romans 5:12, 19 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned - 19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous.  (NKJV)

The decline and descent of man versus the ascent of Darwin’s man Romans 1:18-320

We need to:

  • Let our eyes see the Majesty of our Creator
  • Let our hearts overflow with worship of our  Creator
  • Let our mouths be confessing Him as Creator

 

 

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