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God Wanted The Dinosaurs To Die, Dinosaurs Were Just Larger Older Lizards Theory, Reptiles And Amphibians Continue To Grow Throughout Their Lives, Iguanas And Iguanodons, Major Skeletal Differences, Harmony And Balance Between God And Man Was Broken By The Fall, Aspects Of The Curse, God Uses Pests Pestilences And His Own Creation To Chastise Humanity, Creation Gone Amuck Following Man's Fall?, God's Desire For Repentance And Healing, How Did Dinosaurs Originate, Plant Eaters And Meat Eaters, Why Did God Destroy Man And Beasts?, All Flesh Was Corrupted, Marred Ruined And Spoiled, Source Of Earth's Corruption: Fallen Angels Grigori And Watchers, Foolish Pact Is Made On Mount Hermon, Roman Catholic Church Fathers Reject Book Of Enoch, Azazel And Companions Teach Men Wickedness, Nephilim Giants Born To The Fallen Angels, Humanity Devoured By Nephilim, Excerpts From Book Of Enoch
As I concluded in part one, while modern scientists embrace the view that the dinosaurs disappeared from the Earth due to sudden climatic change -- that is, a nuclear winter -- which resulted from a theorized asteroid, comet or meteor striking the Earth, my study of the Scriptures has led me to believe otherwise. Even if it were possible for the Patriarch Noah to have taken smaller, herbivorous dinosaurs onto the Ark -- or even dinosaur eggs for that matter -- I am convinced that God did not instruct him to do so. Furthermore, it is my opinion that God purposely wanted all of the dinosaurs to die. Why would God do this?
I believe that the answer lies in understanding what may be the true origin of the dinosaurs. Regarding their origin, one popular theory which has been embraced by a lot of Christians who adhere to the Creationist point of view, is that ancient dinosaurs were normal lizards which had grown to a tremendous size, as a result of their greatly expanded life spans which they enjoyed prior to the Flood. On the surface, even some of the scientific literature would appear to support this claim. For example, on page eleven of "A Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians: Eastern and Central North America" -- which is part of the Peterson Field Guide Series that was sponsored by the National Audubon Society and National Wildlife Federation -- under the section called "Size", authors Joseph T. Collins and Roger Conant note the following:
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"Reptiles and amphibians may continue to grow as long as they live, rapidly at first but more slowly after maturity. Hence, giant specimens may be encountered on very rare occasions."
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If we consider that both man and some beasts had opportunity to live for hundreds of years prior to the Flood, and that reptiles continue to grow as long as they live, it is very easy to imagine that certain lizards could have attained to the size of dinosaurs. In fact, one dinosaur which has been used to support this belief is the Iguanodon. The Iguanodon was one of the earliest formally named dinosaurs, having been preceded by the Megalosaurus. The fossil remains of Iguanodon were discovered by English geologist Gideon Mantell during the early Nineteenth Century. Creationists propose that this beast -- which fossilized evidence indicates may have grown to an average length of thirty-three to forty-three feet -- was nothing more than an overgrown iguana.
When I first examined this issue years ago, I believe that I may have also embraced this same erroneous point of view. It is possible that I may still mention it in a few of my older articles. However, more recent personal research reveals that this position really is not supported by taxonomic evidence. Taxonomy is the branch of science which classifies organisms. Equating a modern lizard such as the iguana with the ancient Iguanodon simply won't work; the reason being that there are very substantial skeletal differences between modern reptiles and true dinosaurs. These include differences in the skull, teeth, backbone, pelvis, ribs, etc. I will leave it to you to delve deeper into this topic if you so desire.
If ancient dinosaurs were not just older and larger versions of God's original creations, then were did they come from? Furthermore, why was it God's Will that they all be destroyed during the Flood? At this point we are going to delve deeper into the arena of personal speculation. Being as it is only my personal speculation, you are obviously not obligated to believe it or accept it if you don't want to.
As I explained in part one, following actual Creation Week, everything was in perfect harmony and balance. God had made a very beautiful, peaceful world. It was not until after the First Pair had disobeyed the Lord that the situation began to unravel in a very serious way. That balance was broken; both the natural balance in the world, as well as Adam and Eve's relationship with God. It would never be the same. In describing the curse and punishment which befell the First Pair as a result of their disobedience to the Lord, Moses writes the following:
"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, KJV
The implication in the previous verses seems to be that prior to the Fall of man, thorns and thistles did not exist. It may also be that they already existed, but that God had just not allowed them to sprout forth from the ground yet. As I point out in a few other articles, the Bible makes it clear that not only did God create pests and pestilences, but He will often use His own Creation as a tool of chastisement against disobedient men. This fact is made evident by verses such as the following:
"And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair. The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house. And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and camels. And the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram's wife."
Genesis 12:14-17, KJV
"And the LORD said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth. For now I will stretch out my hand, that I may smite thee and thy people with pestilence; and thou shalt be cut off from the earth."
Exodus 9:13-15, KJV
"And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me; I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins. I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, and destroy your cattle, and make you few in number; and your high ways shall be desolate. And if ye will not be reformed by me by these things, but will walk contrary unto me; Then will I also walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins."
Leviticus 26:21-24, KJV
"And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread. And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died."
Numbers 21:5-6, KJV
"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, KJV
"If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY GOD; Then the LORD will make thy plagues wonderful, and the plagues of thy seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance. Moreover he will bring upon thee all the diseases of Egypt, which thou wast afraid of; and they shall cleave unto thee. Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the LORD bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed. And ye shall be left few in number, whereas ye were as the stars of heaven for multitude; because thou wouldest not obey the voice of the LORD thy God."
Deuteronomy 28:58-62, KJV
"I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else. I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things."
Isaiah 45:5-7, KJV
If we examine the Book of Revelation, we discover that it is likewise due to the sins and rebellion of godless men that the Lord allows great plagues and other calamities to befall the people of Earth. Is it possible then that as a part of the curse, God simply allowed His Creation to go amuck, and that the dinosaurs somehow evolved in the process? While it may seem like a plausible possibility, personally, I am not convinced that it is so; the reason being that, as I pointed out in part one, God's intention was not to destroy Adam and Eve, it was simply to punish them for their disobedience. If He had allowed bloodthirsty, carnivorous dinosaurs to roam the Earth, there is no way that man would have possibly been able to survive to our present day.
As I explain elsewhere, when God is forced to deal with His children, the purpose of His chastisements is not to destroy, but rather to bring about repentance and healing. In other words, His chastisements are actually meant to be remedial punishments which bring about positive change in our lives. This is made evident by verses such as the following:
"Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?"
Ezekiel 33:11, KJV
"For the Lord will not cast off for ever: But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies. For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men."
Lamentations 3:31-33, KJV
"And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. And they went to another village."
Luke 9:51-56, KJV
"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."
2 Peter 3:9, KJV
"And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed."
Hebrews 12:5-13, KJV
So that is the dilemma. If God did not create the "terrible lizards" -- from the Greek "deinos sauros" -- during the Six Days of Creation, then where did these monstrous beasts come from? It is evident that they did exist, unless we choose to simply ignore the abundance of fossilized evidence which has been uncovered during the past two centuries.
By the way, in case you are wondering, yes, I am aware of the fact that not every dinosaur was a bloodthirsty, meat-eating monster. The fossil record does seem to indicate that certain dinosaurs were carnivorous while others were herbivorous, and may not have posed as serious a threat to our human ancestors. However, being as we are primarily concerned with the impact that these creatures had on humanity, I have emphasized the sharp-toothed carnivores in this series.
Concerning their possible origin, we find hints of an answer to this dilemma in the verses that I shared in part one. One question we need to ask ourselves is this: Why did God choose to destroy His crowning creation in the first place? Genesis informs us that it is because man had grown extremely wicked. But if that alone is the reason, does it make any sense that God would choose to destroy everything -- both man and beast -- if man alone was to blame for the wickedness and violence which filled the antediluvian world? Why punish the innocent animals?
In re-examining the verses from Genesis chapters six through eight, it becomes obvious that when Moses writes "all flesh", he means exactly that. He is referring to both man and beast. This is evident in the following verse which describes the animals that left the Ark after the Flood waters had receded:
"Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth."
Genesis 8:17, KJV
In other words, it was not just man. All flesh -- both man and animal -- had in some way become totally corrupted. The corruption was so pervasive, and so profound, that God was not only heavily grieved by it, but He determined that He had no choice but to destroy all land-based, air-breathing life, and basically start all over again. The full extent of this wickedness and corruption in both man and beast -- that is, in all flesh -- is made evident by the following verses as well:
"The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth."
Genesis 6:11-12, KJV
In the previous verses, the word "corrupt" is derived from the Hebrew word "shachath". Pronounced shaw-khath', one of the meanings of this word is to mar, ruin or spoil. How is it that both man and beast could become marred, ruined or spoiled? Furthermore, marred, ruined and spoiled in what way?
In order to understand what was the source of the corruption, wickedness and violence which filled the Earth, we need to go back to the beginning of Genesis chapter six, to see exactly what happened in the years leading up to the Flood. If you happen to be familiar with the events of Genesis chapter six, and if you have read my articles entitled "The Book of Enoch: Truth or Heresy?" and "Nephilim: The Giants of Genesis", you will already know that the source of this great evil which covered the Earth in the century or two prior to the Flood, was none other than an extraterrestrial assault on the Earth.
Don't worry; I am not suggesting that it was an invasion by advanced aliens beings from another planet. Rather, it was an incursion by a group of about two hundred Fallen Angels who had rebelled against the Lord. Due to their foolishness and lust, and their desire for human women, they chose to leave their Heavenly Abode. This is evident by the following verses which are found in both the Old and New Testaments, as well as in the Book of Jubilees:
"And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown."
Genesis 6:1-4, KJV
"For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;"
2 Peter 2:4-5, KJV
"And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day."
Jude 1:6, KJV
"For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water."
1 Peter 3:18-20, KJV
". . . And in the twenty-eighth jubilee Noah began to enjoin upon his sons' sons the ordinances and commandments, and all the judgments that he knew, and he exhorted his sons to observe righteousness, and to cover the shame of their flesh, and to bless their Creator, and honour father and mother, and love their neighbour, and guard their souls from fornication and uncleanness and all iniquity. For owing to these three things came the flood upon the earth, namely, owing to the fornication wherein the Watchers against the law of their ordinances went a whoring after the daughters of men, and took themselves wives of all which they chose: and they made the beginning of uncleanness. And they begat sons the Naphidim, and they were all unlike, and they devoured one another: and the Giants slew the Naphil, and the Naphil slew the Eljo, and the Eljo mankind, and one man another. And every one sold himself to work iniquity and to shed much blood, and the earth was filled with iniquity. And after this they sinned against the beasts and birds, and all that moves and walks on the earth: and much blood was shed on the earth, and every imagination and desire of men imagined vanity and evil continually. And the Lord destroyed everything from off the face of the earth; because of the wickedness of their deeds, and because of the blood which they had shed in the midst of the earth He destroyed everything . . ."
Book Of Jubilees 7:20b-26a
As I explain in the aforementioned articles, this group of Fallen Angels -- who were also known as the Grigori, or the Watchers -- made a pact between themselves, descended to the Earth on Mount Hermon -- which is located in the northern region of the present-day Golan Heights -- and proceeded to commit all kinds of evils upon the Earth. It is because of the pact that they made, that Mount Hermon is also known as "the mountain of oath".
Most Christians are not aware of the full impact that this incursion by the Fallen Angels had on humanity, due to the fact that the early Roman Catholic Church "fathers" decided to exclude the primary text source where these events are discussed, from the Canon; that is, the accepted Scriptures. That source is the Book of Enoch, which contains much more information regarding the Fallen Angels than both the Bible and the Book of Jubilees combined.
One of the leaders of this group of two hundred Fallen Angels who chose to rebel against God was named Azazel. Together with his rebel companions, Azazel taught humanity many evil works. As a result, the Patriarch Enoch informs us that men "were led astray, and became corrupt in all their ways". But the greatest evil of all, was the fact that the Fallen Angels intentionally corrupted -- or marred, ruined and spoiled -- the human gene pool, when they engaged in sexual intercourse with human women. This resulted in the birth of the violent, giant Nephilim. Following are some actual excerpts from the Book of Enoch for your consideration:
"And it came to pass when the children of men had multiplied that in those days were born unto them beautiful and comely daughters. And the angels, the children of the heaven, saw and lusted after them, and said to one another: 'Come, let us choose us wives from among the children of men and beget us children.' And Semjaza, who was their leader, said unto them: 'I fear ye will not indeed agree to do this deed, and I alone shall have to pay the penalty of a great sin.' And they all answered him and said: 'Let us all swear an oath, and all bind ourselves by mutual imprecations not to abandon this plan but to do this thing.' Then sware they all together and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it. And they were in all two hundred; who descended in the days of Jared on the summit of Mount Hermon, and they called it Mount Hermon, because they had sworn and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it. And these are the names of their leaders: Semiazaz, their leader, Arakiba, Rameel, Kokabiel, Tamiel, Ramiel, Danel, Ezeqeel, Baraqijal, Asael, Armaros, Batarel, Ananel, Zaqiel, Samsapeel, Satarel, Turel, Jomjael, Sariel. These are their chiefs of tens."
Book of Enoch 6:1-8
"And all the others together with them took unto themselves wives, and each chose for himself one, and they began to go in unto them and to defile themselves with them, and they taught them charms and enchantments, and the cutting of roots, and made them acquainted with plants. And they became pregnant, and they bare great giants, whose height was three thousand ells: Who consumed all the acquisitions of men. And when men could no longer sustain them, the giants turned against them and devoured mankind. And they began to sin against birds, and beasts, and reptiles, and fish, and to devour one another's flesh, and drink the blood. Then the earth laid accusation against the lawless ones."
Book of Enoch 7:1-6
"And Azazel taught men to make swords, and knives, and shields, and breastplates, and made known to them the metals of the earth and the art of working them, and bracelets, and ornaments, and the use of antimony, and the beautifying of the eyelids, and all kinds of costly stones, and all colouring tinctures. And there arose much godlessness, and they committed fornication, and they were led astray, and became corrupt in all their ways."
Book of Enoch 8:1-3a
"Thou seest what Azazel hath done, who hath taught all unrighteousness on earth and revealed the eternal secrets which were (preserved) in heaven, which men were striving to learn: And Semjaza, to whom Thou hast given authority to bear rule over his associates. And they have gone to the daughters of men upon the earth, and have slept with the women, and have defiled themselves, and revealed to them all kinds of sins. And the women have borne giants, and the whole earth has thereby been filled with blood and unrighteousness."
Book of Enoch 9:6b-10a
"And again the Lord said to Raphael: 'Bind Azazel hand and foot, and cast him into the darkness: and make an opening in the desert, which is in Dudael, and cast him therein. And place upon him rough and jagged rocks, and cover him with darkness, and let him abide there for ever, and cover his face that he may not see light. And on the day of the great judgement he shall be cast into the fire. And heal the earth which the angels have corrupted, and proclaim the healing of the earth, that they may heal the plague, and that all the children of men may not perish through all the secret things that the Watchers have disclosed and have taught their sons. And the whole earth has been corrupted through the works that were taught by Azazel: to him ascribe all sin.'"
Book of Enoch 10:4b-9a
"And Enoch went and said: 'Azazel, thou shalt have no peace: a severe sentence has gone forth against thee to put thee in bonds: And thou shalt not have toleration nor request granted to thee, because of the unrighteousness which thou hast taught, and because of all the works of godlessness and unrighteousness and sin which thou hast shown to men.'"
Book of Enoch 13:1-3a
"Wherefore have ye left the high, holy, and eternal heaven, and lain with women, and defiled yourselves with the daughters of men and taken to yourselves wives, and done like the children of earth, and begotten giants as your sons? And though ye were holy, spiritual, living the eternal life, you have defiled yourselves with the blood of women, and have begotten children with the blood of flesh, and, as the children of men, have lusted after flesh and blood as those also do who die and perish."
Book of Enoch 15:3-5a
"And I asked the angel of peace who went with me, saying: 'For whom are these chains being prepared ?' And he said unto me: 'These are being prepared for the hosts of Azazel, so that they may take them and cast them into the abyss of complete condemnation, and they shall cover their jaws with rough stones as the Lord of Spirits commanded. And Michael, and Gabriel, and Raphael, and Phanuel shall take hold of them on that great day, and cast them on that day into the burning furnace, that the Lord of Spirits may take vengeance on them for their unrighteousness in becoming subject to Satan and leading astray those who dwell on the earth.'"
Book of Enoch 54:4-6
"Ye mighty kings who dwell on the earth, ye shall have to behold Mine Elect One, how he sits on the throne of glory and judges Azazel, and all his associates, and all his hosts in the name of the Lord of Spirits."
Book of Enoch 55:4
"And after this judgement they shall terrify and make them to tremble because they have shown this to those who dwell on the earth. And behold the names of those angels [and these are their names: the first of them is Samjaza, the second Artaqifa, and the third Armen, the fourth Kokabel, the fifth Turael, the sixth Rumjal, the seventh Danjal, the eighth Neqael, the ninth Baraqel, the tenth Azazel, the eleventh Armaros, the twelfth Batarjal, the thirteenth Busasejal, the fourteenth Hananel, the fifteenth Turel, and the sixteenth Simapesiel, the seventeenth Jetrel, the eighteenth Tumael, the nineteenth Turel, the twentieth Rumael, the twenty-first Azazel. And these are the chiefs of their angels and their names, and their chief ones over hundreds and over fifties and over tens]."
Book of Enoch 69:1-3
"And I, Enoch, answered and said unto him: 'The Lord will do a new thing on the earth, and this I have already seen in a vision, and make known to thee that in the generation of my father Jared some of the angels of heaven transgressed the word of the Lord. And behold they commit sin and transgress the law, and have united themselves with women and commit sin with them, and have married some of them, and have begot children by them. And they shall produce on the earth giants not according to the spirit, but according to the flesh, and there shall be a great punishment on the earth, and the earth shall be cleansed from all impurity. Yea, there shall come a great destruction over the whole earth, and there shall be a deluge and a great destruction for one year.'"
Book of Enoch 106:13-16a
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