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Strange Monsters and Creatures in the Bible!






"Leviathan"

The creature called "Leviathan" that is described in Job 3:8, Job 41:1-34, Psalm 74:14, Psalm 104:26, and in Isaiah 27:1 . Is portrayed as a terrifying fire breathing sea monster. I know what you're thinking. The leviathan is a whale, right? Not at all. The Bible calls a leviathan a leviathan and a whale a whale! In the very first book of the Bible, God specifically speaks of whales, calling them by their name. As such, we know a whale is a whale and a leviathan is a leviathan!

And God created whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:21

Now lets go on to read Job 41:18-21 The Bible is telling us that Leviathan breathes fire. That alone will eliminate almost every living animal. Yes, there is one animal like that in today?s world. It is called a bombardier beetle. This beetle is a native of Central America, and has a nozzle in its hind end that acts like a little flame thrower. It sprays a high-temperature jet of gas (fueled by hydroquinones and hydrogen peroxide with oxidative enzymes) for protection. Now, if a Central American beetle can do it, Don't you think the Leviathan of the Bible could have too?

Many fossil dinosaur skulls contain unexplained, empty passages in them. Scientists have not been able to guess the reason for these passages. Maybe these passages were used as (gas tanks) for the combustible mixture used to (breathe fire)? Wouldn't it make sense that some of the dinosaur skulls that have been found might be the bones of what the Bible calls "Leviathan"? I think so...

"Can you pull in the leviathan with a fishhook or tie down his tongue with a rope? Can you put a cord through his nose or pierce his jaw with a hook? Will he keep begging you for mercy? Will he speak to you with gentle words? Will he make an agreement with you for you to take him as your slave for life? Can you make a pet of him like a bird or put him on a leash for your girls? Will traders barter for him? Will they divide him up among the merchants? Can you fill his hide with harpoons or his head with fishing spears?

If you lay a hand on him, you will remember the struggle and never do it again! Any hope of subduing him is false; the mere sight of him is overpowering. No one is fierce enough to rouse him. 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 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.

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. 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. He looks down on all that are haughty; he is king over all that are proud."
Job 41:1-34 (New International Version)





The more I research the historical literature, the more I realize there is overwhelming evidence that "dragons" were real fire breathing beasts, much like our modern reconstructions of dinosaurs. The history of every culture is filled with stories of fire breathing dragons. It is also easy to imagine "Leviathan" and "Fiery Serpents" as members of the dragon (tanniyn) family. (Plus, Isaiah 27:1 strongly implies this connection).





"fiery flying serpents"

The burden of the beasts of the south: into the land of trouble and anguish, from whence come the young and old lion, the viper and fiery flying serpent, they will carry their riches upon the shoulders of young asses, and their treasures upon the bunches of camels, to a people that shall not profit them.
Isaiah 30:6 (King James Version)

Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken: for out of the serpent's root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.
Isaiah 14:29 (King James Version)

Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint.
Deuteronomy 8:15 (King James Version)

Deuteronomy 32:33, Job 30:29, Psalm 44:19, Psalm 74:13, Psalm 148:7, Isaiah 13:22, Isaiah 34:13, Isaiah 35:7, Isaiah 43:20, Jeremiah 9:11, Jeremiah 10:22, Jeremiah 49:33, Jeremiah 51:34, Micah 1:8, Malachi 1:3, Revelation 12:3





"Cockatrices"

From The Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Main Entry: cock?a?trice
Pronunciation: 'k䭫&-tr&s, -"trIs
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English cocatrice, from Middle French cocatris ichneumon, cockatrice, from Medieval Latin cocatric-, cocatrix ichneumon: a legendary serpent that is hatched by a reptile from a cock's egg and that has a deadly glance.

And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.
Isaiah 11:8 (King James Version)

out of the serpent's root shall come forth a cockatrice.
Isaiah 14:29 (King James Version)

They hatch cockatrice' eggs, and weave the spider's web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth.
Isaiah 59:5 (King James Version)

For, behold, I will send serpents, cockatrices, among you, which will not be charmed, and they shall bite you, saith the LORD.
Jeremiah 8:17 (King James Version)





"Rahab"

And one sea monster became sufficiently well-known to the ancient people to be given the special name "Rahab" (Isaiah 51:9). The prophet Ezekiel likens Pharaoh to a sea monster that invaded the Nile river and stirred up the mud (32:2). The Hebrew word, "Tannin," is from the root meaning "to extend." The language conjures up an image of a large long necked beast coming up the river and stirring up the mud. Just such a creature is depicted by the ancient Egyptians who may have netted one just as Ezekiel describes in verse 3.

" 'You are like a lion among the nations; you are like a monster in the seas thrashing about in your streams, churning the water with your feet and muddying the streams. " 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: " 'With a great throng of people I will cast my net over you, and they will haul you up in my net. I will throw you on the land and hurl you on the open field. I will let all the birds of the air settle on you and all the beasts of the earth gorge themselves on you.
Ezekiel 32:2-4 (New International Version)

Even the Sea Monsters draw out the breast, they give suck to their young ones.
Lamentations 4:3 (King James Version)

Awake, awake! Clothe yourself with strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in days gone by, as in generations of old. Was it not you who cut Rahab to pieces, who pierced that monster through?
Isaiah 51:9 (New International Version)





"Behemoth"

And then there is a creature called "Behemoth" that is described in Job 40: 15-24. Behemoth (gigantic, in Hebrew) is a massive animal. Behemoth is described as an immense land animal with a tail like a cedar in Job. Some have attempted to say the elephant or hippopotamus was meant. However, the elephant and hippopotamus do not have a tail "like a cedar".

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





"unicorn"

The "unicorn" is mentioned nine times in the KJV Bible, Unicorn is the Hebrew word "Re-em." (one-horn) which was used in Bibles until the 19th century when Akkadian and Ugaritic records were found that mentioned the "Re-em" being hunted like a wild ox. We do not know exactly what the re'em looked like because it is extinct.

In Job 39:9-12 God asks, "Will the unicorn be willing to serve you, or abide by your crib? Can you bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after you? Wilt you trust him, because his strength is great?" This passage shows that the unicorn, whatever it was, could not be tamed to be used in farming, as could an ox.

As I was thinking about this, suddenly a goat with a prominent horn between his eyes came from the west, crossing the whole earth without touching the ground. He came toward the two-horned ram I had seen standing beside the canal and charged at him in great rage. I saw him attack the ram furiously, striking the ram and shattering his two horns. The ram was powerless to stand against him; the goat knocked him to the ground and trampled on him, and none could rescue the ram from his power.
Daniel 8:5-7

God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn.
Numbers 23:22 (King James Version)

God brought him forth out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn.
Numbers 24:8 (King James Version)

His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns.
Deuteronomy 33:17 (King James Version)

Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog. Save me from the lion's mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns. I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.
Psalm 22:20-22 (King James Version)

The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedars; yea, the LORD breaketh the cedars of Lebanon. He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn. The voice of the LORD divideth the flames of fire.
Psalm 29:5-7 (King James Version)

But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.
Psalm 92:10 (King James Version)

And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness.
Isaiah 34:7 (King James Version)

The Jewish Talmud also makes many similar references to the Unicorn. Three times the Re'em is mentioned in the Talmud as the victim of Adam's first sacrifice. And then again in Jewish folklore the Re'em is mentioned as the fiercest of all animals and is able to kill an elephant with a single thrust from its horn.

The first time Adam witnessed the sinking of the sun he was also seized with anxious fears. It happened at the conclusion of the Sabbath, and Adam said, "Woe is me! For my sake, because I sinned, the world is darkened, and it will again become void and without form. Thus will he be executed the punishment of death which God has pronounced against me!" All the night he spent in tears, and Eve, too, wept as she sat opposite to him. When day began to dawn, he understood that what he had deplored was but the course of nature, and he brought an offering unto God, a unicorn whose horn was created before his hoofs, and he sacrificed it on the spot on which later the altar was to stand in Jerusalem. The Legends of the Jews By Louis Ginzberg 1909. Chapter II: Adam. http://www.sacred-texts.com/jud/loj/index.htm

Throughout history, the church has interpreted the Unicorn in a number of different ways. In medieval times, it became a symbol of Christ himself, and its horn was symbolic of the unity of Christ and God. Some medieval paintings show the Trinity with Christ represented by a Unicorn. On the other hand, the Unicorn also appears as a symbol of evil in the book of Isaiah. Overall, however, the Unicorn has come to be regarded as a pure and virtuous animal.

It is evident that there was a strong belief in the animal's existence during Biblical times, as well as in the following centuries. The fact that it appears in the Bible meant that no devout Christian of that time could doubt its authenticity.





"satyr"

According to the Bible "Satyr" is a sylvan deity "goat-demon", A he-goat called the hairy one's. It also says worship of them is forbidden.

From The Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Main Entry: sa?tyr
Pronunciation: 'sA-t&r, chiefly British 'sa-
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Latin satyrus, from Greek satyros
1 often capitalized : a sylvan deity in Greek mythology having certain characteristics of a horse or goat and fond of Dionysian revelry

But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there.
Isaiah 13:21 (King James Version)

The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the wild beasts of the island, and the satyr shall cry to his fellow; the screech owl also shall rest there, and find for herself a place of rest.
Isaiah 34:14 (King James Version)