Dragons in the Bible


by Dr. Michael E. Todd


"And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads." (Revelation 12:3)

It seems like that everywhere we look we see dragons; dragons of all sizes, colors, and types. As a matter of fact we see dragons in books, statues, pictures, videos, movies and even in pottery.

Emblems of dragons are on clothing; sporting goods; and yes, even cute dragons as toys for little children.

If you look up dragons on the internet you will find literally hundreds of sites dedicated to this one subject alone. Hundreds of pictures of dragons are available.

You cannot help but notice the numerous pictures of dragons in the video games. And many of them look so menacing; evil; wicked; ungodly; scary, and downright demonic.

This image was taken from a sweat shirt

What is happening? Why such a fascinating interest in dragons? It never used to be this way.

As most Christians know the dragon has always represented Satan. The Bible is full of references to the dragon and his influence in the last days. He will empower the antichrist. He will control the world.

"And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority." (Revelation 13:2)

"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)

The world will be totally deceived by the dragon and the world is obviously getting ready for him now. Never before in the history of mankind has there been so much interest in Satanism; witchcraft; the occult and other evil practices.

"And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast..." (Revelation 13:4)

The Bible states that the dragon will deceive the whole world through miracles and smooth words.

"And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty." (Revelation 16:13-14)

We are also in a day when people and yes even Christians are looking for miracles. The Bible states clearly that God can perform miracles, but so can the devil and God help the person that cannot tell the difference.

The Bible says that we should be walking by faith and not by sight according to Biblical principles. Today many professing Christians are walking in the flesh; following so called prophets that supposedly perform miracles.

Job warns against trying to deal with leviathan (the dragon) over in the book of job chapter 41.

"Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him? None is so fierce that dare stir him up..." (Job 41:9-10)

"Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth are terrible round about." (Job 41:14)

"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. (Job 41:19-21)

"Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear." He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride." (Job 41:33-34)

Praise God the Devil will one day be thrown down and conquered by the Lord and his power on this earth will cease.

"And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years." (Revelation 20:2)

And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. (Revelation 20:10)

Until then however we need to ever be on guard against the wiles of the devil and stand fast in the whole armour of God.

"Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." (Ephesians 6:11-12)