Let me start with my view of dinosaurs. I know that dinosaur is an odd topic for a Bible study. I would bet you are saying the Bible doesn’t say anything about dinosaurs. Well come over to my side of the table for a while and let me point out some of the things I believe the Holy Spirit has pointed out to me. I want to start with this subject because even those who do not study the Bible should be able to understand what has happened to the very large and small reptiles which once walked on this earth. If you are one of these perhaps, when you see some truth in the Bible, you will be tempted to find more. I have, am, and will pray that you do also.
We usually think of Satan as a man, but the Bible says,(Gen 3:1 NIV) “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made.“ So one can see that, though the followers of Satan are men, Satan himself is a wild animal and not a man. Satan didn’t take control of the serpent in Genesis, he is the serpent. He is never described as a man in the Bible. He is referred to as a dragon. From my side of the table it seems wrong to picture Satan as a man. He was not made in the image of God: man was. Men desecrate the image of God when they act like an animal, or Satan; who is an animal.
In the book of Genesis, chapter three, verse 14, God said to the serpent, (NIV) “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. Think about this for a minute. We know that serpents, or snakes as we call them today, do crawl on their bellies. It stands to reason that before the curse Satan did not crawl on his belly. This is the key to understanding what became of dinosaurs. It would not have been much of a curse if serpents were already slithering about in the dirt: would it? Serpents are reptiles without legs. Dinosaurs are, or were, reptiles with legs. Just to be as clear as I can be, am I saying God removed the legs of the dinosaur, which made him the snake that we know today!
There are many kinds of reptiles today. Not just snakes. There are lizards, crocodiles, turtles, and others. They all have one thing in common. They do not walk upright. The difference between reptiles and dinosaurs is that reptiles have legs that come out at right angles to their body, and an unusual knee structure. Dinosaurs had leg and hip structures close to that of mammals. This is, the trait, that one thing dinosaurs had in common that the world looks for when they wonder what happened to dinosaurs and they have yet to see it, but it is written about in the very first book of the Bible! The world compares dinosaurs to warm blooded animals when they try to determine what happened to them. They say it was a climate change which destroyed dinosaurs, but why didn’t the cold spell destroy all reptiles? Aren’t all reptiles cold blooded? There once were large, medium, and small reptiles which walked upright. Even reptiles which flew and though there are still reptiles living today, there are no reptiles which walk upright: no large ones, medium ones, or small ones! It is said one should not beat a dead horse, but this is what dinosaurs had in common and what caused their demise, they were reptiles which walked upright, and of course one of them tempted Eve which is really what caused their demise.
Only one serpent tempted Eve yet all reptiles suffered the curse. This does not seem out of line with the Bible when you consider all men suffer the curse that God pronounced on Adam and all women suffer the same curse as Eve.
One of the rules of truth is, if something seems true it must fit with all truth. In other words if something in the Bible seems right it must agree with everything else in the Bible. So let’s examine another book of the Bible, the book of Job.
Job chapter 41 talks about a creature called a leviathan. The description is that of a dinosaur or what we would call a dragon. Let me quote some of the verses from Job 41 that physically describe this creature. Job 41:9-34 (NIV) Any hope of subduing him is false; the mere sight of him is overpowering. No one is fierce enough to rouse him. “I will not fail to speak of his limbs, his strength and his graceful form. Who can strip off his outer coat? Who would approach him with a bridle? Who dares open the doors of his mouth, ringed about with his fearsome teeth? His back has rows of shields tightly sealed together; each is so close to the next that no air can pass between. They are joined fast to one another; they cling together and cannot be parted. Strength resides in his neck; dismay goes before him. The folds of his flesh are tightly joined; they are firm and immovable. His chest is hard as rock, hard as a lower millstone. When he rises up, the mighty are terrified; they retreat before his thrashing. The sword that reaches him has no effect, nor does the spear or the dart or the javelin. Iron he treats like straw and bronze like rotten wood. Arrows do not make him flee; slingstones are like chaff to him. A club seems to him but a piece of straw; he laughs at the rattling of the lance. His undersides are jagged potsherds, leaving a trail in the mud like a threshing sledge. He makes the depths churn like a boiling caldron and stirs up the sea like a pot of ointment. Behind him he leaves a glistening wake; one would think the deep had white hair. Nothing on earth is his equal‑‑ a creature without fear.
The description, as it applies to a dinosaur, seems to break down with verse 18. (NIV) “His snorting throws out flashes of light; his eyes are like the rays of dawn. Firebrands stream from his mouth; sparks of fire shoot out. Smoke pours from his nostrils as from a boiling pot over a fire of reeds. His breath sets coals ablaze, and flames dart from his mouth.”, but verse 34 is the key to understanding all the verses from 1 to 33. (NIV) “He looks down on all that are haughty; he is king over all that are proud”. Ask yourself who is king over all that are proud? Is not Satan “king” of all of the proud.
When one understands it is a description of Satan then verses 18 thru 21 finally become clear. You see, words come from ones breath. One must breathe out to speak and it is the words of Satan which send men to Hell. Hell is described as a place where the fire never goes out. Doesn’t it seem right to describe his words, or breath, as firebrands and flames?
The breath of Satan is the opposite of the Breath of God. God’s breath, which He breathed into Adam, gave life to all mankind. Satan’s breath, when he spoke to Eve, brought death to all mankind.
Consider verse 18 (NIV) “His snorting throws out flashes of light; his eyes are like the rays of dawn.” Light is a symbol of God’s word. Satan’s words come close to the truth, but only to confuse men, so the light from his mouth are only flashes. Now there is a characteristic of dinosaurs that the world hasn’t even thought of, dinosaurs, or at least one of them, could speak (Gen. 3:1-4&5).
If you do not yet think the Leviathan is Satan consider Isaiah 27:1, where the last days are spoken of. (NIV) “In that day, the LORD will punish with his sword, his fierce, great and powerful sword, Leviathan the gliding serpent, Leviathan the coiling serpent; he will slay the monster of the sea.” You can see from this verse that a Leviathan is a serpent, and we know Satan is a serpent from Revelation 12:9 (NIV) “The great dragon was hurled down‑‑that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.” And Revelation 20:2 (NIV) “He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.” One can understand from these verses the words serpent, leviathan, devil, or dragon used in the Bible mean Satan. Now we can add one of our words to the list, “dinosaur” which means terrible lizard.
Many ancient civilizations depict dragons with fire coming from their mouths. This no longer seems odd to me when I realized dragons played such an important part in the very first story in the history of mankind. This story was closer, or more recent, to all mankind in ancient times. They understood the symbolism of fire coming from the mouth of the Dragon. They knew who the dragon was: we have, or had, forgotten.
Every time the bones of a dinosaur are found, physical proof of the first story in the Bible is presented to the world, and the world doesn’t see it. Isn’t that amazing? !!!! What seems so amazing to me is God wrote the account down in plain view of all mankind and yet concealed it!
If you are an unbeliever (thanks for wading through the Bible verses) the view from your side of the table is different than mine, and you are not so amazed, but you owe it to yourself to reconcile a few points. Why are there no longer any reptiles which walk upright, or that fly, though there once were, and how could someone write a description of a dinosaur, never having seen, nor heard of one, and how could one write an account of the destruction of a whole breed of animals if they had never even seen one. I think you will have to admit it is quite a coincident that there is a book which speaks of them, describes them, and even explains the cause of their demise.
Think about it for a while before you discount the view from my side of the table. Know this, I am not a teacher. I am only a student. Be a Berean (Acts 17:11) examine the Scriptures every day to see if what I said is true. God wants to speak directly to you, not through me to you. God speaks, through His Scripture, to anyone who will listen and He wants to speak to you. If God would grant me the ability to teach one thing it would be, with great eagerness examine the Scripture every day to see if what any man said is true.