Sermon title: What about the Dinosaurs?
Immanuel Baptist Church – Sunday, August 22, 2021
“What about the dinosaurs?”
Unbelievers and critics of the Bible
throw that question at us,
supposing that it proves the Bible wrong.
“The Bible doesn’t mention the dinosaurs,”
We can answer them by pointing out
that the Bible does talk about “dragons,”
and all the evidence points to
dragons and dinosaurs being the same thing.
For thousands of years Adam & Eve's descendants
encountered the dinosaurs that God created
along with the other animals.
They called them “dragons.”
Genesis 1:20 says that, on the 5th Day of Creation,
20 ...God said, “Let the waters swarm
with swarms of living creatures,
and let birds fly above the earth
across the expanse of the heavens.”
21 So God created the great
sea creatures and every living creature
that moves, with which the waters swarm,
according to their kinds, and every
winged bird according to its kind.
And God saw that it was good.
22 And God blessed them, saying,
“Be fruitful and multiply and fill the
waters in the seas, and let birds
multiply on the earth.”
23 And there was evening and there
was morning, the fifth day.
While several translations say,
“God created the great sea creatures,”
many other translations say “great sea monsters.”
And some Bibles such as
the Aramaic Bible in Plain English and
the Literal Standard Version
call them “dragons.”
In fact, it’s the same Hebrew language root word
that the King James Version translates as “dragon”
in 35 other places.
Likewise, when God created the land-animals,
those too included the land-dwelling dinosaurs,
which people also called “dragons”
for thousands of years until the 1800s.
Some dragons swallowed up livestock
and endangered human settlements,
so they were hunted as dangerous predators.
They eventually went extinct—
like the wooly mammoth
and other animals that were hunted to extinction
or whose habitats were destroyed.
Then came the 1800's, when enemies of the Gospel
introduced the theory of evolution,
renamed the dragons as "dinosaurs," and began claiming
they lived 235-to-65 million years ago,
and that they died out
before humans arrived.
But world-wide traditions and historical records
document human interaction with the dragons
during ancient times.
The King James Bible, too, names “dragons” 35 times,
and offers descriptions of creatures
that must have been dinosaurs.
The Bible also agrees with ancient stories
from the Native Americans to the Chinese,
that some of these creatures
breathed fire and smoke—
which can be explained scientifically,
as we will see in a moment.
The word “dinosaur” is not found in the Bible,
because that word was not invented until the year 1841.
A British scientist by the name of Richard Owen
coined the word “dinosaur” in 1841,
after examining skeletons that had been dug up.
The word “dinosaur” comes from root words
that mean terrible lizard,
and that’s what scientists in the 1800’s
concluded the bones they had dug up came from—
a huge or terrible lizard.
Our modern textbooks typically claim
that dinosaurs were discovered then—
that people didn’t know anything about dinosaurs
until that time.
But that ignores the fact
that people had been talking about “dragons”
for centuries before that.
Countries like Bhutan in Asia and Wales in Europe
have dragons on their flags and coats-of-arms.
The Dragon has been the symbol of Wales since 800 A.D.,
from more than 1200 years.
And the descriptions of those dragons
fits the descriptions of the dinosaurs
that the scientists claim they just discovered.
The King James Version of the Bible
mentions dragons a total of 35 times
in both the Old and New Testaments.
In the ancient Greek manuscripts of the New Testament
and the Greek Septuagint version of the Old Testament,
the Greek word was “DRAKON,”
and the King James translators correctly
rendered that word into English as “dragon.”
The Bible writers did not have to
tell their ancient readers what a dragon was,
because ancient peoples
were already familiar with dragons.
For example, the 51st Chapter of Jeremiah
talks about how the Babylonian empire
swallowed up the Jewish nation,
and how God would punish Babylon.
The description names several animals,
by way of comparison, including
lions, lambs, rams, he-goats and dragons.
Yes, dragons are included right along with
the other animals,
that readers were familiar with.
Reading from the King James Version of the Bible,
beginning with Jeremiah 51:34, it says,
34 Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon
hath devoured me, he hath crushed me,
he hath made me an empty vessel,
he hath swallowed me up like a dragon,
he hath filled his belly with
my delicates, he hath cast me out.
35 The violence done to me and to my
flesh be upon Babylon, shall the
inhabitant of Zion say;
and my blood upon the inhabitants
of Chaldea, shall Jerusalem say.
36 Therefore thus saith the LORD;
Behold, I will plead thy cause,
and take vengeance for thee;
and I will dry up her sea,
and make her springs dry.
37 And Babylon shall become heaps,
a dwellingplace for dragons,
an astonishment, and an hissing,
without an inhabitant.
38 They shall roar together like lions:
they shall yell as lions' whelps.
39 In their heat I will make their
feasts, and I will make them drunken,
that they may rejoice, and sleep
a perpetual sleep, and not wake,
saith the LORD.
40 I will bring them down like lambs
to the slaughter, like rams with
The passage illustrates the situation
with Jerusalem and Babylon, using animals.
And it matter-of-factly includes dragons,
along with lions, lambs, rams and he-goats—
knowing that the reader is familiar with all of them.
It wouldn’t make sense for the writer to say,
“he hath swallowed me up like a dragon”
if he didn’t know that his readers knew
how a huge dragon could swallow someone whole.
Dinosaurs—which they called “dragons” because the word
“dinosaur” had not yet been invented—
were known among ancient peoples
to swallow up their livestock.
And it wouldn’t make sense for Jeremiah to say
Babylon would be so desolate that it would be
“a dwellingplace for dragons”
unless his readers knew that dragons dwelt
in desolate places.
Jeremiah makes the same point also at
And Hazor shall be
a dwelling for dragons,
and a desolation for ever:
there shall no man abide there,
nor any son of man dwell in it.
There must have still been some dragons or dinosaurs
still living at that time in desolate places
out of reach of human hunters.
And it’s not just Bible books written between
2,000 and 4,000 years ago
that show that people of that time
were familiar with dragons or dinosaurs.
The ancient writings, sculptures and drawings
of people all over the earth depict dragons,
and they all look pretty much the same—
like a terrible lizard,
like a dinosaur.
The ancient carvings, drawings, writings and art work
depict dragons as having scales—
not hairy or furry or smooth-skinned,
but covered with scales.
This indicates that those people
must have seen living dinosaurs—
complete with flesh and skin—
not just bones.
And they reported them as having sharp claws,
rather than padded paws.
Some of them had wings and could fly,
while others walked on land or were amphibious.
And the ancient peoples reported that dragons reproduced
by laying eggs,
not by live-birth like mammals.
All of the evidence points to the dinosaurs and the dragons
being the very same creatures,
created by God right along with all the other animals.
But a few years after Richard Owen invented
the word “dinosaur” in 1841,
Charles Darwin invented the theory of evolution
when he published his book
On the Origin of Species in 1859.
This was the beginning of
a demonically coordinated attack
on the Bible and the Christian faith.
The theory of evolution denies the Bible’s Creation account,
and claims instead that life on earth originated
through a series of accidents in a mud puddle.
It teaches that non-living chemicals
somehow turned into the first living things
after being struck by lightning or cosmic rays
or some other form of energy.
And it goes on to claim that those first living things
kept changing and improving—all by accident—
over millions of years,
resulting in all of the plants, birds and animals
we see today.
And it claims that we humans similarly evolved—
completely by accident—from those lower life forms.
It leaves God the Creator completely out of the picture,
and replaces God’s creative wisdom
with a series of blind accidents.
But, it really takes more blind faith to believe that
than to believe the Bible’s creation account.
However, our children are indoctrinated
in godless evolution in the public schools.
And many people choose to believe in evolution
instead of believing in God,
so they can feel free to misbehave.
And those people point to dinosaur bones,
and claim that they disprove the Bible.
“The dinosaurs showed up 235 million years ago,
and went extinct 65-million years ago,”
according to the theory of evolution.
And advocates of godless evolution point to
that supposed “fact” as proof against the Bible.
Well, what about the timing?
We all know of animals that have gone extinct.
Some species have died out in recent years,
such as the passenger pigeon and the dodo bird.
And some, like the osprey and the bald eagle,
have been rescued from near-extinction
by conservation efforts during our lifetimes.
When did the dinosaurs really go extinct?
The Bible indicates that it happened
during the lifetimes of our ancestors.
Yes, some dinosaur bones and fossils
are found deep in rock layers in the earth,
but that’s because the global Flood of Noah’s day
swept huge amounts of rock, plants & animals
into deep torrents, and buried them
under tons of sediment.
Petroleum, oil, gas and even diamonds were formed
when huge jungles and sea bottoms
were all swept together and buried
by the tremendous forces that were unleashed.
But other dinosaur bones have been found
just blow the topsoil,
or even jutting out of the sides of hills.
Atheistic scientists juggle their instruments and theories
to come up with ages of millions of years for these relics.
But, which should we believe—questionable theories
that guess at what might have happened
millions of years ago,
or the testimony of people all over the earth
who saw these dragons alive
and wrote about it or drew pictures
to show what they had seen?
There is plenty of evidence from outside the Bible,
when we realize that the dragons
that were seen all over the world by ancient cultures
were the very same creatures
that scientists call “dinosaurs” today.
For thousands of years the Chinese calendar
has included a cycle of 12 years,
each year named after a common animal:
the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake,
horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.
The dragon was a common animal to the Chinese,
and to other ancient cultures from Asia to Europe
and the Americas—all of which reported
human encounters with them,
They did not go extinct 65 million years ago.
They were created by God along with the other animals,
and they were still around recently enough
for ancient people across
Europe, Asia and the Americas
to write about them, draw pictures of them
and make sculptures of them.
And the Bible appears to describe 2 of them
in the Book of Job.
Job 40:15 describes a huge, powerful creature
it calls “Behemoth”
that feeds on vegetation, frequents the River
and that fits the description of a dinosaur
many of us know as the brontosaurus,
with a long neck and long, powerful tail
measuring up to 90 feet from head to tail.
Commentaries today typically identify Behemoth
with the hippopotamus,
because there is no other creature still living
that fits its description
(and I went along with them
when I spoke about this a few months ago).
But the hippo does not really fit,
because Job 40:17 says,
“His tail sways like a cedar.”
A cedar is a huge tall tree, comparable
to the tail of a brontosaurus, whereas
a hippo’s tail is not impressive at all.
The next creature named in the Book of Job
is the leviathan,which modern commentaries
identify as the African crocodile.
But the description in Job Chapter 41
does not fit the crocodile as well,
as it would fit a monstrous sea-going dinosaur.
Verse 7 asks
Can you fill its hide with harpoons
or its head with fishing spears?
indicating that men can not hunt leviathan,
yet ancient Egyptian drawings
show men successfully hunting crocodiles
with harpoons and spears.
Verse 26 says,
The sword that reaches it
has no effect,
nor does the spear or the dart
or the javelin.
But the Egyptians did use those weapons
to hunt African crocodiles.
So, leviathan could not be a crocodile.
Besides, Job Chapter 41 further goes on
to describe leviathan
in a way that does not fit the crocodile at all.
Verse 19 says,
Flames stream from its mouth;
sparks of fire shoot out.
Smoke pours from its nostrils
as from a boiling pot over burning reeds.
Its breath sets coals ablaze,
and flames dart from its mouth.
There is no creature alive on earth today
that can do that, so commentaries treat those words
as figurative or poetic—not to be taken literally.
Why, though, would a lengthy discussion
describing several different animals
suddenly switch to figurative language?
That doesn’t make sense—especially since
there are records of extinct animals
that did breathe smoke and fire,
with flames darting from their mouth
that could set coals ablaze.
“Fire-breathing dragon” is an expression
commonly associated with the description of dragons
in the ancient records of people around the world.
And a thousand-year-old encyclopedia
pictures Leviathan in just that way—
as a fire-breathing dragon.
Could that testimony from the Bible
and other ancient records mean that
that such creatures actually existed?
Before we dismiss it as figurative language,
consider some of the other creatures
that scientists have catalogued today.
Would you believe that fireflies actually existed
if you hadn’t seen them yourself
on a hot summer evening?
Who would believe that little bugs or insects
could produce bright flashes of light
using chemicals in their tails?
Deep-sea explorers have also found varieties of fish
that use chemicals in their bodies
to light up the darkness of the deep.
There is a deep-sea shrimp
that looks like any other shrimp, until it is disturbed,
and then it defends itself by using bioluminescence
to vomit light from its mouth—
almost like a fire-breathing dragon.
And who would believe that a creature
like the electric eel actually exists?
Most of an electric eel’s body is made up of organs
that actually generate electricity,
which has been measured up to 850 volts.
If we didn’t have actual living specimens,
but only read about fireflies, light-producing fish,
and electric eels
in the literature of ancient peoples,
I’m sure people today would dismiss them
as myths, just as they do
with fire-breathing dragons.
Dinosaur bones don’t tell us anything
about the soft tissue or internal organs
some of those extinct creatures may have possessed.
But there are other creatures still alive today,
that can attack their enemies
by expelling smoke and hot, explosive liquids
from their bodies.
I’m referring to the varieties of Bombardier Beetles.
Bombardier Beetles have organs in their bodies
that produce explosive chemicals
that are safe while in separate chambers,
but that the Beetles mix together
in a firing chamber.
They then shoot out the mixture at 212 degrees F—
the temperature of water boiling on a stove—
resulting in a loud explosion and smoke,
which can kill their enemies.
If these Bombardier Beetles went extinct long ago,
and we read about them only in ancient literature,
we would certainly call them myths or fairy-tales.
But, if there were similar chemical organs
in the mouth and nose of a dinosaur,
giving it the same ability to shoot out smoke
and explosive chemicals,
the result is a fire-breathing dragon.
So, the dragons in the Bible
provide the answer to enemies of the Gospel
who throw at us the challenge:
“What about the dinosaurs?”
The dinosaurs were among the many animals
God created according to the Genesis creation account.
And we have testimony from the Bible
and from the history of cultures around the world,
that people everywhere interacted with dinosaurs
before they went extinct.
A close examination of the evidence
strengthens our faith in the Bible
as the written Word of God.