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THE HISTORY OF DRAGONS AND DINOSAURS

Sep
27

Dinosaurs are extinct reptiles that were the dominant land animals during the pre-flood  and early post-flood eras. By the early 1800s, many large dinosaurs became extinct, but a few dinosaurs may still be alive in remote regions of Africa, Siberia, Central America, and South America.

Today, we have been taught that dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago.  Many paleontology experts believed these reptiles lived during the Mesozoic Era (between 250 to 65 million years ago). Their theories were developed by the corruptions of Darwinism before many dinosaur fossil discoveries had been made.  Within the past few decades, new fossils are being found and with blood still inside soft tissue and bone.  While many older fossils may have blood in them, they simply have not been cut open to look inside because evolutionism teaches that it is impossible for any blood to remain in animals for 65 million years. They are absolutely right in their conclusions because there is no way blood could survive for millions of years, but it is possible for soft tissue and blood to survive for thousands years under ideal conditions.  Recent scientific investigation and testing show that cells and DNA break down within a few thousand years.  This scientific data confirms that dinosaur remains are thousands years old and not millions of years old.

DINOSAUR AND DRAGON HISTORY

Before the 19th century, dinosaurs were called dragons.  The word “DINOSAURIA” was invented by Dr. Richard Owen, who was a famous British scientist (1804 to 1892).  The word DINOSAURIA became DIONSAUR and it means terrible lizard. The word dragon also means terrible lizard.  They are mentioned many times in ancient historical documents, including the Holy Scriptures.  Many within the scientific community believe that dinosaurs are reptiles.  Because reptiles never stop growing physically, the older dinosaurs are bigger than the younger dinosaurs. Therefore, many dinosaurs are very old reptiles, but of species which are extinct today. A few dinosaurs had posture that was fully erect, similar to that in mammals, while many other reptiles have limbs in a sprawling position.

The Holy Scriptures reveal that God created land animals and humankind on the sixth day of creation. Because dinosaurs were land animals, they must have been made on this day, alongside the first human beings (the man called Adam and the woman called Eve), who were also created on the same day (Genesis 1:24-31, Job 40:15).  If God designed and created dinosaurs, they would have been fully functional, designed to do what they were created for, and would have been 100 percent dinosaur. This fits exactly with the evidence from the fossil record.

DINOSAUR AND HUMAN INTERACTIONS

Today philosophical naturalists seek to make us believe that dinosaurs became extinct 65 million years ago to help support their belief in Darwinism. However, if this dogma were true, there would never have been any interaction between men and dinosaurs.  There are many accounts of dragons in history found all around the world.  There are famous dinosaur and human accounts in the Holy Bible when we read about the Behemoth in Job 40 and the Leviathan in Job chapter 41.

The Behemoth:  “Look at Behemoth, which I made along with you and which feeds on grass like an ox. What strength it has in its loins, what power in the muscles of its belly! Its tail sways like a cedar; the sinews of its thighs are close-knit. Its bones are tubes of bronze, its limbs like rods of iron. It ranks first among the works of God, yet its Maker can approach it with his sword. The hills bring it their produce, and all the wild animals play nearby. Under the lotus plants it lies, hidden among the reeds in the marsh. The lotuses conceal it in their shadow; the poplars by the stream surround it. A raging river does not alarm it; it is secure, though the Jordan should surge against its mouth. Can anyone capture it by the eyes, or trap it and pierce its nose?” (Genesis 40:15-24 NIV).

The Leviathan: “Can you pull in Leviathan with a fishhook or tie down its tongue with a rope? Can you put a cord through its nose or pierce its jaw with a hook? Will it keep begging you for mercy? Will it speak to you with gentle words? Will it make an agreement with you for you to take it as your slave for life? Can you make a pet of it like a bird or put it on a leash for the young women in your house? Will traders barter for it? Will they divide it up among the merchants? Can you fill its hide with harpoons or its head with fishing spears? If you lay a hand on it, you will remember the struggle and never do it again! Any hope of subduing it is false; the mere sight of it is overpowering. No one is fierce enough to rouse it. Who then is able to stand against me? Who has a claim against me that I must pay? Everything under heaven belongs to me. “I will not fail to speak of Leviathan’s limbs, its strength and its graceful form. Who can strip off its outer coat? Who can penetrate its double coat of armor? Who dares open the doors of its mouth, ringed about with fearsome teeth? Its 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. Its snorting throws out flashes of light; its eyes are like the rays of dawn. 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. Strength resides in its neck; dismay goes before it. The folds of its flesh are tightly joined; they are firm and immovable. Its chest is hard as rock, hard as a lower millstone. When it rises up, the mighty are terrified; they retreat before its thrashing. The sword that reaches it has no effect, nor does the spear or the dart or the javelin. Iron it treats like straw and bronze like rotten wood. Arrows do not make it flee; Sling-stones are like chaff to it. A club seems to it but a piece of straw; it laughs at the rattling of the lance. Its undersides are jagged potsherds, leaving a trail in the mud like a threshing sledge. It makes the depths churn like a boiling caldron and stirs up the sea like a pot of ointment. It leaves a glistening wake behind it; one would think the deep had white hair. Nothing on earth is its equal—a creature without fear. It looks down on all that are haughty; it is king over all that are proud.” (Genesis 41:1-34).

EUROPEAN DINOSAURS

Dinosaurs have been seen in Nurluc, France when people renamed their city because of a creature they killed that was bigger than an ox and had three horns coming out of its head.  The early Britons, from whom the modern Welsh are descended, provide us with our earliest surviving European accounts of dinosaurs, one of whom killed and devoured king Morvidus in 336 BC. We are told in the account translated by Geoffrey of Monmouth that the monster ‘devoured the body of Morvidus as a big fish swallows a little one.’ Geoffrey described the animal as a Belua.

CHINESE DIOSAURS

Marco Polo mentioned dinosaurs when he lived in China for 17 years, around 1271 A.D. After he returned from Asia, he reported of families raising dragons, yoking them to royal chariots for parades and special occasions, and using dragon parts for medicinal purposes. The twelve signs of the Chinese zodiac are animals, eleven of which are commonly observed animals (rat, horse, dog, ox, rabbit, tiger, snake, ram, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.)  The 12th is the dragon. Why would the Chinese include the “mythological” dragon with these common living animals?  And we trust Marco for other history why not also dinosaurs or “Dragons”?

THE SANTA CRUZ SEA DINOSAUR

A Plesiosaur washed up on Moore’s Beach

in Monterey Bay, California in 1925. The neck was described as being just over six meters long. A few scientists believed that it was an extremely rare type of beaked whale, while others were convinced that it was a variety of plesiosaur. After thoroughly examining the carcass, the renowned naturalist E. L. Wallace concluded that the creature could not be a whale and might be a plesiosaur that had been preserved and subsequently melted out of glacial ice.

RELATED SOURCES

The New King James Version (NKJV); The Alexandrian Sepuagint LXX transladed by Sir Lancelot C. L. Brenton; Halley’s Bible Handbook by Henry Halley; Three Views on Creation and Evolution by J.P. Morland & J.M. Reynolds; Understanding Creation by Mark Worthon & Hill Roberts; Understanding The Bible by Kendell H. Easley; The Dead Sea Scrolls by Craig A. Evans; Christian Apologetics by Doug Powell; Theories of the Universe by Gary F. Moring; String Theory by George Musser; The New Answers Book by Ken Ham; Biblical Creationism by Henry Morris; Genesis Conflict by Walter Veith, Unformed and Unfilled by Dr. Weston Fields; Creation by Dr. Grant Jeffrey; Starlight and Time by Dr. Russell Humphreys; Panorama of Creation by Dr. Carl Baugh; The Speed of Light Articles by Barry Setterfield; The Inspired Evidence by Julie Von Vett & Brue Malone; The Genesis Conflict by Dr. Walter Veith; The DK Science Encyclopedia Edited by Susan Mckeever. Old Earth Why Not by James NienHuis.

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