When you hear the word dinosaur, naturally you think of a huge animal like reptile creature that roamed the earth well before man existed, at least that is what we are told to believe. However the Bible tells us a different picture. Of course, many of the dinosaurs were quite large, we have proof of that through the bones found all over the earth. What is not true is their age and what was said to have made them extinct. Here is the very first thing we need to consider when studying about dinosaurs or any of God’s creation, God 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.” – Genesis 1:24.
God created animals of all kind specifically before He spoke the words that would bring man into existence. It is sad to think that many people believe that God who is the Creator of all things, could not have possibly created dinosaurs at the same time as He created everything else on the earth. To question whether or not the dinosaurs were here with man questions the infallibility of the Bible, that states He created everything in six days, after its own kind. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding 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, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” – Genesis 1:27-31.
About The Word Dinosaur
The word “dinosaur” is not found anywhere in the Bible. This is because the word was not invented until the mid 1800’s. The “King James Bible” was translated into English in 1611, but that does not mean that the animals we now call dinosaurs are not in the Bible. The Bible says that Adam named all the animals that God created. So to find the dinosaurs we will have to look for the original Hebrew name given to these giant creatures.
The original name given to the dinosaurs would more accurately describe these animals. The word dinosaur actually means terrible lizard and though they became a menace after sin had entered the earth, the dinosaurs were not created that way. Dinosaurs were beautiful, like all of Gods creation, and if you look carefully you will see that their kind is still around today. Dinosaurs, like all of God creatures, were created to peacefully coexist with man. He did the same for lions and even the black widow spider, but all that changed when sin came into the world. “And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” – Genesis 3:17-19.
The evidence that contradicts the Theory of Evolution is not often shown to the general public. Leaving people with the incorrect belief that these animals really did exist billions of years ago and went extinct through the process of evolution. What is sad is that many Christians trust man’s theories more than the True Word of God, others are left in the position of not knowing what to believe. Some often compromise what the Bible says. They over think the matter, coming up with two completely opposing viewpoints of our origins or they try to add evolution to the Bible, hoping a Biblical compromise will give credibility to the Genesis account. But, in actuality this compromise causes the Bible to lose credibility not gain it. If the very first words of the Bible cannot be trusted as true history, then why would anyone hold the remainder of the Bible in any higher regard? So, with dinosaurs written in the Bible, what would you expect it to say about them? That they were created by God to live peacefully with man, and other animals? Or that they lived millions of years before man, existing only in a violent death filled world?
While it may seem like a ridiculous question, the latter of the two seems more believable than the truth that God did create giant lizards that coexisted with man and that none of them were violent in the beginning. Think about this, when God created everything in six days, He saw that it was good. That means sin had not been introduced and there was no death upon man or beast. Dinosaurs could not have been here at a time that was violent because it is sin that brings death, sin and death was brought to man when Adam and Eve sinned in the perfect world. “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.” – Romans 5:12-14.
How Do Dinosaurs Fit Into The Bible?
There has been such a lack of study by Christians of the Bible, that many cannot answer this question. Growing up, many have been taught so many evolutionary teachings that they do not question evolution, instead they question the Bible. We were repeatedly told that dinosaurs lived millions of years ago, if you are told something repeatedly, year after year, you will begin to believe it, even if it is not true. The amazing thing is there is no evidence to support the belief that dinosaurs lived millions of years ago. In fact, the physical evidence contradicts this very idea.
The Carbon Date of A Dinosaur Bone
Carbon dating is a variety of radioactive dating which is applicable only to matter (substance) that was once living and presumed to be in equilibrium with the atmosphere, meaning taking in carbon dioxide from the air for photosynthesis. Dinosaur bones that are carbon dated give dates of only a few thousand years old, not millions like evolutionists claim. Incidentally, dinosaur bones are NOT actually carbon dated. They are assigned an age based on how old someone thinks they are, based upon the geologic column. Many people are under the false impression that carbon dating proves that dinosaurs and other extinct animals lived millions of years ago. What many do not realize is that carbon dating is not used to date dinosaurs.
The reason? Carbon dating only dates things back to a few thousand years. So, if scientists believe that a creature lived millions of years ago, then they would need to date it another way, but there is the problem. They assume dinosaurs lived millions of years ago, instead of a few thousand years like the bible says. Instead of going with the truth they doctor the info and ignore evidence that does not fit their preconceived notion.What happens when a dinosaur bone is carbon dated? At Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Scientists dated dinosaur bones using the Carbon dating method. The age they came back with was only a few thousand years old. This date did not fit the preconceived notion that dinosaurs lived millions of years ago. So what did they do? They threw the results out. And kept their theory that dinosaurs lived millions of years ago instead.
Scripture Proving Dinosaurs Walked With Man
It is not unusual to see animals referred to with names we do not recognize. If you look in any Bible dictionary under animals, you will see lots of animals and their original Hebrew names. For example who would recognize the word “namer” as being the cheetah? Or “akbar” as being the mouse? The translation of many animal names from Hebrew was quite easy. Scholars could look at the physical descriptions and apply the appropriate English name. But when the translators came to an animal that was not recognized they kept the Hebrew name, for example, the behemoth, they did not know what animal was because no living animal fit that description. So in the King James Bible, they kept animal’s original Hebrew name. Keep in mind, these animals were described by God during a time before the flood. The Book of Job is the oldest book from the Bible that was penned, and contains this information. The time of his life has him living around the same time as Abraham, keep in mind that while the Bible records the history of Abraham’s descendants, Job was not one of them, proving that God had people of all nations believing in and following Him without the Bible having existed.
The King James Bible is the only current translation that keeps the name behemoth, many have changed the word, suggesting that it could be a hippo (sometimes referred to as a water horse), an elephant, or even an ox, but if you study the physical description from the King James Bible, all of these suggestions are incorrect. The word “Behemoth” means, a beast or brute; which signifies, to shut, to lie hid, and to be dumb. In other words it is a huge, brute creature, that lies hidden and is dumb. Strong’s Hebrew definitions defines it as a mute dumb beast, especially any large quadruped (Having four legs and feet.) or animal. If we take a look at the description we can see that it is clearly not an elephant or hippo.
“Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox. Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly. He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together. His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron. He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him. Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play. He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens. The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about. Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth. He taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares.” – Job 40:15-18.
The Attributes of The Behemoth
“he eateth grass as an ox.” The animal is not a meat eater, and since God Himself says he eats grass like an ox, it is a given that it is not an ox.
“his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.” This suggests that animal has great strength in its legs. While elephants do have strength, their strength comes from their trunk, not their legs or the core of their belly.
“He moveth his tail like a cedar:” This suggests that the animal has a huge tail, and strong as a tree. An elephant has a small tail, and so do hippos.
“the sinews of his stones are wrapped together.” Sinews are the tendons of the muscles, these are his testicles.
“His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron.” This suggests they have huge, strong bones. While elephants do have big bones, they are not strong as God describes these animals here. Hippos are big, but not strong.
“He is the chief of the ways of God:” This suggests that the animal was one of authority, probably because of its strength.
“He lieth under the shady trees,” This suggests that the animal was one that stayed on the ground, and stood under the trees for shade.
“he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not:” This suggests that the animal could drink so much that it could draw up a river.
“He taketh it with his eyes:” This suggests that the animal could put its head under water. Hippos can put their eyes in the water, but the other descriptions just do not add up with it being a hippo.
“his nose pierceth through snares.” This suggests that the animal has a hook on its nose. While an elephant has a truck, other parts of the description do not add up with is being an elephant.
Modern Bibles and study Bibles have translated the word behemoth to mean elephant or hippopotamus, which is why it may seem as though dinosaurs were not here the same time as man. Even their concordance puts the same suggestions in the minds of the people. Others will put a note at the edge or bottom of the page, stating that the behemoth was probably an elephant or a hippopotamus (water horse). Although an elephant or hippopotamus can eat grass or lie in the reeds and marsh of the water, the entire description discredits both of these.
The Leviathan (livyathan), means “twisted,” “coiled.” this was it “denotes any large animal that moves by writhing or wriggling the body. Strong’s Hebrew dictionary define it as a wreathed animal, that is, a serpent (especially the crocodile or some other large sea monster); figuratively the constellation of the dragon. Many suggest that this is a whale or crocodile, but as we read the description we can see that it is neither of these. “Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down? Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn? Who can discover the face of his garment? or who can come to him with his double bridle? Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth are terrible round about. His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal. By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning. Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out. Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron. His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth. In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him. The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved.” – Job 41:1,2,14,15,18-23.
The Attributes of Leviathan
“Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook?” This suggests that the animal is of the water and cannot be caught with a fishing hook. While whales have the characteristics of a fish, it cannot twist or coil itself.
“or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?” This further suggests that the animal has characteristics of a fish, it cannot be caught with a fishing rod. It also has a rather large tongue. Again, while whales do have large tongues, they cannot twist and coil themselves.
“Canst thou put an hook into his nose?” This suggests that the animal has a big nose and again, cannot be caught with a fishing hook. While both the whale and crocodile do have a large nose, the previous verses do not suggest either.
“or bore his jaw through with a thorn?” This suggests that the animal has a strong, thick jaw bone.
“Who can discover the face of his garment?” This suggests that the animal has a covering over its face. While crocodiles do have rough skin over the face, they do not have the characteristics of a fish.
“or who can come to him with his double bridle?” A bridle is a bit to restrain the mouth, this suggests that the animal cannot be restrained nor can a bridle fit its mouth.
“Who can open the doors of his face?” This further suggests that the animal has something covering its face, something that cannot be removed.
“his teeth are terrible round about.” This suggests that the animal has lots of round teeth. While a crocodiles strength is in its teeth, and it can twist, it cannot coil its body.
“His scales are his pride,” This suggests that the animal has scales and it is proud. Crocodiles have scales, but not like a fish, they are rough and tough.
“By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.” This suggests that the animal sneezes and has dried up crusty looking eyelids.
“Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out.” This suggests that the animal breathes fire. It almost suggests a dragon like creature.
“Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth.” This also proves that the animal is not a whale or a crocodile.
“In his neck remaineth strength,” This suggest that animal gets its strength from its neck. A crocodiles strength is in its jaw, a whales strength is in its tail.
“The flakes of his flesh are joined together:” This suggest that the animal sheds its skin, it is joined together as one. Crocodiles scales shed one at a time, not all at once.
It is incredible that Bible mentions dragons, after all, we have been taught them to be mythical creatures. However, if God is describing these animals Himself than they must have exited at one time. We must take into account that God is describing something that He created before the flood, and how the new conditions of the earth would change how they adapted after the flood. Yes, He have every animal in existence come on the Ark, but we do not know the state of these animals during that time.
The Bible uses the word “dragon” several times in both the Old and New Testaments. However, the Biblical Dragon is a real animal with a firm foundation in reality. One major reason for the Biblical dragon being dismissed as something imaginary is the image most people already have formed in their heads of what a dragon would look like. The first image that comes to mind when someone says the word dragon, is large four legged fire breathing reptiles with wings, but that is merely speculation from years of fairy tale stories.
Some Facts About Biblical Dragons
1. Not all dragons were large terrifying creatures, some were small enough to live in grassy fields. “And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes.” – Isaiah 35:7
2. Not all dragons had wings or could fly, some had no feet at all and lived in the dessert. “Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.” – Psalm 91:13.
3. Not all dragons emitted fire, the leviathan was just one mentioned. Some lived in the mountains and wilderness. “And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.” – Malachi 1:3.
4. Not all dragons were earthly creatures, one is none other than the devil himself. Satan, the great dragon and serpent. “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” – Revelation 12:9.
What Happened To The Dinosaurs When They Got Off The Ark?
From Creation up until the Flood about 4,400 years ago: the world was very different. During that time people lived to be over 900 years old. Those who argue that dinosaurs were here well before man argue that there was no way they came on the ark with man because they were too big. Think about this, Noah was about 600 years old when he built the ark. He was smart enough to know that he did not have to take the biggest dinosaurs on the planet. He would only have to take two baby dinosaurs of each kind, and not all of them were big. This is something evolution does do, animals, plants, people, they all adapt to their environment, but if they cannot adapt to that environment they will die off. Did you ever see a plant that is contained in a small pot? It will only get as big as its roots can grow in the pot. If if gets replanted in a bigger pot or in the ground, it will get larger. After the flood the animals started returning to the areas they came from, natural things like rain, snow, and other elements that never existed now come into play.
The question about what happened to the dinosaurs has been used in schools to start a conversation about evolution for a long time. One of Satan’s favorite tools to use is the age and extinction of the dinosaurs. Why hasn’t there been a Christian response to this? What the Christians did in the 1800’s to avoid this was compromise Bible beliefs with the Gap Theory, making the illusion that there was some catastrophic event that took place destroying everything, but the earth, leaving it dark and void for millions of years.
What Made The Dinosaurs Go Extinct?
There are about 16 theories as to what happened to the dinosaurs. The most talked about and believed is that an asteroid struck the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, killing them off 65 million years ago. A team of British scientists at John Moores University in Liverpool said, “the dinosaurs killed themselves off with their own flatulence. There are all kinds of ridiculous theories about how the dinosaurs went extinct. There are three main factors as to why the dinosaurs simply died off.
One, The Flood.
Very simply put, they drowned in the flood. Remember, only two of each kind were brought into the Ark. Many would have been covered with tons of mud as the rampaging water covered the land. And because of this quick burial, many of the animals would have been preserved as fossils, which are the bones archaeologists find all the time. Thus, the dinosaur fossils which were formed as a result of this Flood were probably formed about 4,500 years ago, not millions of years ago.
Two, Environmental Changes
Again, true evolution is how nature adapts and survives to their environment. Plants, animals, people, they either adapt and survive in their environment or they die. When everyone got off the ark the environment was a lot different, the climate was different all over the world, the canopy that covered the earth to keep it from aging was gone, and because of that, the atmospheric pressure was different, bringing sunlight, corrosion, and radiation to every living thing. Since God was replenishing the earth very rapidly, things were growing quick, the soil was full of things that they were not use to. Even Noah got drunk drinking wine (grape juice) that got fermented because he just did what he knew to do from before the flood. The dinosaurs also had a hard time adapting to the new environment, and as a result many died.
Simply put, people hunted them. As the population of people began to grow, large dinosaurs began to go down in number. People killed them for several reasons including meat, sport, nuisance, to prove superiority, competition for land, and medicinal purposes.
Because of these factors, the group of animals we now call dinosaurs, also known as dragons, just simply died off. In fact, quite a number of animals become extinct each year. Extinction seems to be the rule in Earth history (not the formation of new types of animals as you would expect from evolution).
Sources: Answers In Genesis, Truth in Genesis, Creation Today