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Dracula Dracos The Constellation Draco And Dragon In The Sky, Draco Islam And Prophecy, Greek Myths - Hercules Typhon And Revelation's Beast From The Earth, Widespread Dragon Legends, Satan's Goal And The "Sides Of The North", Mount Zion And The Heavenly New Jerusalem, North Pole Arrival?, Satan Cast Into Lake Of Fire, Similarities Between Bible And Dragon Legends, Satan Cursed to Crawl On His Belly, Future U.S.A. China War? Quetzalcoatl The Feathered Serpent God Of Mexico, Sacrifices Of Blood And Jesus' Final Atonement, Satan A Bloody Murderer, U.S.A. And Babylon The Great, Scavenger Birds Armageddon And God's Feast, Unfit For Burial - King Of Babylon And Jezebel, Is America Attracting Lying Deceiving Spirits Due To Her Sins?
Now, if you find what I just stated concerning the "Dracos", or "Reptilians", odd, and perhaps even a little difficult to accept, let me share with you the rest of the information I discovered while surfing the Internet a number of years ago. This is the first time that I will be sharing some of this information with my readers, and some of it is very strange indeed.
In my series "Dracula, Nosferatu, Twilight: The Vampire Fad", I mention the fact that the name "Dracula" -- yes, the very same legendary, blood-sucking demon of darkness of horror movie fame -- is derived from the Latin word "draco", which just so happens to mean "dragon". In Greek, it is the word "drakon", which also means "dragon". We must wonder if it is merely a coincidence that this alleged race of space aliens are also referred to as the "Dracos". As I explained in part seven, in UFO literature, they are often described as possessing reptilian or lizard-like characteristics; and what is a dragon, if not a reptile? Strangely enough, these Draconian "space aliens" are also said to enjoy feasting on blood; be it blood drained from livestock, or from human abductees. In reality, the story gets even stranger than that, but I don't wish too unsettle my readers too much.
But this mystery runs even deeper. If you happen to possess an interest in astronomy, then you will probably already be aware of the fact that there is a constellation in the polar region of the Northern Hemisphere, which is known as Draco. This particular constellation, which the ancients viewed as a winged dragon, is located in the same area of the sky as the constellations Ursa Major, Ursa Minor, Cassiopeia, Lyra, Cygnus and Cepheus. In fact, one characteristic which makes it unique like some of its nearby companions, is that unlike most other constellations we know, which travel a regular course through the heavens, Draco, the winged serpent, or dragon, maintains a quasi-stationary position in the polar sky. In other words, it actually coils around Polaris, that is, the North Star, just like a snake. Polaris is found in the end of the handle of the well-known Little Dipper, which is technically known as Ursa Minor. In other words, Draco more or less winds in between Ursa Major and Ursa Minor.
This strange story of a winged dragon in the northern skies doesn't end here. Some of the stars which form Draco, also possess some rather interesting names. These stars include Thuban, which means "snake"; Rastaban, which means "head of the snake"; Gianfar, which means "dragon"; Etamin, which means "sea monster"; and Grumium, which means "jaw". Please note that there are some spelling variations with some of these Arab names. Likewise, these are not all of the stars which comprise the constellation of Draco the dragon. There are other stars which are related to an Arab superstition concerning four mother camels which protect a baby camel from two jackals. In ancient Babylon, Draco was associated with the dragon Tiamet, also spelled Tiamat or Tiamay. She was the goddess of creative chaos, which was conquered by the sun god Marduk. I find this constellation's association with the Arab world, and thus with Islam, rather interesting, as it suggests a possible tie with some of the many other points I have made regarding Islam in other articles.
It might interest you to know that the belief in a winged dragon in the northern sky is not limited to Arab culture alone. As I noted a moment ago, the Romans recognized the constellation as Draco, while to the Greeks it was Drakon. From what I have read, there are actually two Greeks myths. According to the first, there was a great battle between the old Titanic gods and the Olympics gods for the supremacy of the Universe. As the battle peaked, the Olympic goddess of Wisdom, Minerva, grabbed the dragon by the tail and threw him into the sky. According to the legend, his body twisted as it sailed through space, and he could not remove all of the knots in his body before he froze, due to his proximity to the North Celestial Pole.
The other Greek myth concerns the strongman Hercules and the last of the so-called "Twelve Tasks", which he was commanded to do by King Eurystheus. Hercules was to gather the Golden Apples of Hesperides, which were carefully guarded by the dragon, Landon. Hercules asked Atlas to obtain the apples, and in return, he, Hercules, would temporarily hold up the heavenly globe. Atlas did get the apples; however, he did not want to take back the globe, and Hercules had to trick him into doing so. The Golden Apples of Hesperides are said to be represented by the three stars in the handle of the Big Dipper, or Ursa Major, while the constellation Bootes is viewed as being Atlas.
Finally, the dragon is also viewed as the the fire-spitting demon, Typhon, which was born of the Earth goddess, Gaia. As we saw earlier, the worship of Gaia is also incorporated into New Age beliefs. But here is another profound thought which will undoubtedly cause you to pause and wonder. Just as the demonic dragon, Typhon, was born of the Earth; the Book of Revelation also informs us that the Second Beast, that is, the False Prophet, also comes forth from the Earth, and speaks as a dragon, as we see here:
"And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon."
Revelation 13:11, KJV
Whether these ancient legends are true or not -- I seriously doubt that they are -- one purpose which they do accomplish, is to demonstrate that a dragon or a serpent in the sky, or in the heavens, is not limited to the Book of Revelation. This was apparently a common belief which was embraced by a number of the ancient cultures, which were spread across a rather wide area, from China -- where Draco was seen as an evil dragon which swallowed up the Sun or the Moon during eclipses -- to the Middle East, to Europe. In fact, dragon legends are still embraced by some people today.
Regardless of which legend we examine, the dragon was viewed as being an evil beast, just like the serpentine Satan found in the Bible. The primary difference, is that in the pagan legends, after a mighty war between the gods, the dragon was imprisoned in the sky, while in the Bible, following a great war against Michael and his Angels, Satan and his demons lose their place in the heavens, and are punished by being cast down to the Earth.
There is another disturbing similarity between the ancient legends, and what is found in God's Word. In the Book of Isaiah, we discover what Lucifer's goal is. Consider the following verses:
"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit."
Isaiah 14:12-15, KJV
Notice that those verses specifically say "I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds". So Satan the dragon, the subtle serpent, wanted to ascend where? He didn't just want to ascend to the heavens; more specifically, he wanted to ascend to "the sides of the north"; just like Draco the dragon of the ancient legends, which guarded the North Pole! But, God casts Satan down to the ground! Thus, Jesus said:
". . . I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven."
Luke 10:18b, KJV
At this point, I would like to share something else with you which has mystified me for many years; for decades in fact. It is something I have wondered about a number of times. Why is it that the Devil is so obsessed about the polar regions of the sky? Why does the Prophet Isaiah specifically tell us that Lucifer's desire is to ascend above the height of the clouds, even above the stars of God, and to occupy the sides of the north? What is it that draws this demon there? Is it possible that the Scriptures offer us a small clue? Perhaps. Several decades ago, I discovered another verse which I find equally intriguing. This verse is found in the Book of Psalms and reads as follows:
"Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King."
Psalms 48:2, KJV
It is interesting to note that the verse from Isaiah, and the above verse from Psalm forty-eight, are the only two places in the entire King James Bible where the phrase "the sides of the north" is used. Lucifer is desperate to occupy this place, and the second verse seems to tell us why: That is where Mount Zion is located; the city of the great King; and do notice that in the King James Bible, the word "king" is capitalized.
We could easily rationalize that the phrase "mount Zion" is referring to the city of Jerusalem, and "the great King" is referring to King David, or perhaps to some other great king who ruled Israel. If we consider that the Prophet Isaiah was prophesying about the haughty king of Babylon, and how God was going to defeat him, we could interpret these verses as meaning that the Babylonian king had his eyes on Jerusalem -- which he most certainly did -- as did the Assyrians as well. We could also posit that the phrase "stars of God" represents the people of God; or in this case, the people of Jerusalem. As I have shared in other articles, such as "The Children of Light: Are You One of Us?", there are a number of places in the Bible, where the writers use symbolism and allegory. For example, the Prophet Daniel wrote the following:
"And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever."
Daniel 12:3, KJV
Finally, we could easily interpret the phrase "mount of the congregation" to mean Mount Moriah, which was the most holy place in Jerusalem, where the temple was constructed. That is also where Abraham offered up Isaac, which is why Mount Moriah is also deemed sacred to the Muslims as well, being as Abraham is the father of both peoples. So, from a human perspective, this seems like the right interpretation of the verses; because to conquer Mount Moriah, was to conquer all of Jerusalem. The loss of the Temple Mount would cause a severe loss of morale for the people of Jerusalem.
However, I am not fully convinced that this is what those verses are describing. For a long time now, I have suspected that there might possibly be something much deeper, and much more wonderful, than what appears on the surface. In other words, those verses could have a double meaning; that is, a superficial meaning, as I just described for you, and a much deeper, esoteric, spiritual meaning, for those who know how to see it.
For one thing, the ancient city of Jerusalem was by no means the "joy of the whole earth". It undoubtedly was to the Jews who lived there, of course, but cities like Babylon, Nineveh, Rome, Alexandria, etc., were much greater, richer, and more powerful in the Gentile world. Furthermore, Israel is by no means located "on the sides of the north"; and Jerusalem is not located "on the sides of the north" either. The city is actually located more or less in the central area of Israel, in Judah. Considering also that Satan is a spiritual being, I'm not convinced that he would be content with possessing a city on Earth, even if it was Jerusalem; although he surely was behind the enslavement, slaughter and death of the Jews which occurred there.
There is also the issue of the capital letter "K" being used with the word "king". That could have been the result of the whim of the translators; or it may have been intentional, in order to denote the greatest King of all; God Himself. Of course, being as the Temple was located there, God did make His habitation in Jerusalem for a time, until the Jews just totally rebelled against Him, and He was forced to destroy Jerusalem and the Temple on more than one occasion.
Given the manner in which Isaiah wrote the previous verses, as well as Satan's keen interest in conquering "the sides of the north", and God's equal determination not to allow Satan to do so, I suspect that those verses may be speaking of a different Mount Zion; that is to say, an eternal Mount Zion; the great City of God, which would undoubtedly bring joy to the entire Earth. It is this wonderful Eternal City, that is, the New Jerusalem, which God's Word informs us descends from Heaven, which all the devoted Patriarchs of the Bible sought for; and it is the very same Holy City that all God-fearing Christians desire today as well. We find this wonderful place mentioned in such verses as the following:
"These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city."
Hebrews 11:13-16, KJV
"And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful."
Revelation 21:2-5, KJV
By comparison, earthly Jerusalem is a city which has been filled with violence, blood, death and sorrow for millennia, including the death of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Sadly, the violence, blood, death and sorrow continues to this day as well, because there can be no peace, without the Prince of Peace reigning in our hearts and lives.
Continuing my speculations regarding the earthly Jerusalem versus the Heavenly Jerusalem -- or New Jerusalem, as it's called in the Book of Revelation -- if what the Apocalypse has to say regarding this wonderful city is to be taken in a literal, physical sense, then we can only conclude that it must by necessity approach the Earth from a very specific direction. Is it possible that the Scriptures are offering us clues that it descends over the North Pole; that is to say, "the sides of the north"?
If this is true, and I admit that this is merely my personal speculation, might this possibly explain why the evil dragon which is mentioned in legend, myth and the Bible, has been jealously guarding the north, and has even sought to control it for all of this time? Is it also a coincidence, that in a chronological sense, in the pages of the Book of Revelation, New Jerusalem descends from God after the red dragon has been taken out of the way? As you will recall, that old serpent is cast out of the heavens during the Great Battle with Michael the Archangel and the Heavenly Host; and is ultimately cast into the Lake of Fire following the Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ, as we see here:
"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, KJV
These similarities between legend, myth and the Bible should not be overlooked. We must wonder why it is that they exist. Is one account a distortion or perversion of the other? Were the facts simply skewed as a result of the passage of time? Is there some long-forgotten basis in fact, which was simply embellished and exaggerated, as the story passed by word of mouth from one generation to the next? Is it possible that some time in the distant past, there was some encounter with an evil being, or beings, which are not of this world, and which came down from the sky?
With so many animals to choose from, why is it that the Bible specifically compares Satan to a serpent and a dragon? As we all know, both of these creatures are reptiles; assuming, of course, that you accept that a dragon was, and/or is, a real creature. Also, if a dragon is clipped of its wings so that it can no longer fly, then it is obviously going to be bound to the Earth, much like a serpent. All Christians know that there is a serpent which was cursed to crawl upon its belly, following the sad rebellion in the Garden of Eden. As we are told in Genesis:
"And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:"
Genesis 3:14, KJV
So again, perhaps we should ponder why God chose to describe His archenemy, Satan, in this particular manner in His Word. Is there more to it than just mere symbolism? Is there any correlation between Satan and the constellation Draco, and the defeat and punishment which they both suffer? Why is it that these various ancient cultures have this common legend? Why were they all so fascinated by this legendary beast? Of course, as many of you will already know, even in our modern day, there are some societies which continue to worship the dragon, such as the oriental cultures. Will Red China, the land of the dragon, play some important role in the future? In looking at current world events, it certainly seems like it. A showdown is definitely coming between the U.S.A. and China, as both nations continue to build up their military.
Returning to the topic of aliens and UFOs, why is it that some UFO believers claim that the deceptive "Reptilians", or "Dracos", will someday return, or are already here, and are just waiting for the day when they'll be able to subdue the people of Planet Earth, just as Satan the dragon would like to do? Similar to some of their other strange beliefs, is this merely an attempt by New Agers to distort the Scriptures, by offering a cheap counterfeit without the added religious overtones, which might offend some people?
I am also reminded of the legend I was taught many years ago while studying Spanish as a young high school student. I am referring to the feathered serpent god "Quetzalcoatl", which was worshipped by both the Aztecs and Toltecs of Mexico. If one visits some of the pyramid sites in Mexico, such as at Teotihuacan on the outskirts of Mexico City, he or she will see images of this legendary creature. If you are wondering why it is referred to as the feathered serpent god, this is because the last half of the name "Quetzalcoatl", that is "coatl", means "snake". Additionally, there is a very rare, and possibly endangered, colorful bird called the "Quetzal", which is the national bird of Guatemala. This beautiful bird grows to a length of approximately fourteen inches, and has tail feathers which can extend as much as three feet. So Quetzalcoatl was said to be a plume-covered serpent, which, according to some people, came down from the sky. I would submit that a feathered serpent that descends from the sky, sounds very much like a winged dragon.
Could it be that sometime in the past, the natives of Mexico actually saw this strange visitor who came down from the sky? Might it be that they were so impressed, that they began to worship it as a god? Like these other ancient legends we've discussed, might there possibly be a certain degree of truth in this strange story of Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent god, which has been lost or distorted due to the passage of time? Again, what is a bit troubling, is the similarities we find between these different accounts. The Bible informs us that Satan, the sly serpent, is permanently cast down to the Earth. UFOlogy claims that the Dracos/Reptilians are coming, or are already here. And this legend from Mexico also says that someday, Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent god, will return. And there are undoubtedly other similar legends of which I am not personally aware.
As I explain in a few other articles, such as "The Fruits of Disobedience", while in their backslidden state, the ancient Israelites sacrificed their own young children to the false gods. The Aztecs and the Toltecs were equally as brutal, and sacrificed humans upon the steep steps of their pyramids as well. In fact, I recall seeing a re-enactment, on video, of this very thing, in Spanish class. The true God of Heaven would never require this of us. As I have pointed out many times before, while the ancient Israelites were required by the Lord to make animal sacrifices as an atonement for their sins, Jesus Christ became the final Atonement for sin, when He lovingly offered up His own life to the Father, some two thousand years ago.
On the other hand, Satan, the false god of this world, has long demanded blood sacrifices of his followers. If you would like to know where that subtle serpent has wandered about on the Earth, all you have to do is to follow the trail of blood down through history. As we saw earlier, Jesus said that the Devil is a liar and a murderer. To this very day, he continues in his ungodly ways. From reading the daily news, it is very easy to see that blood offerings, both animal and human, are still a regular part of some satanic rituals. How many horrible accounts have we heard where some crazy person claims that Satan told them to kill somebody? And what about the millions of babies which are aborted each year worldwide? Oh how God must weep! Need I mention the millions of lives which have been lost as a result of wars caused by greed and a lust for power? All of these evil deeds are inspired by the king of murder: Satan himself!
But getting back to aliens and UFOs, while I was reading a certain article concerning alleged "alien abductions", I was once again reminded of the words of the ancient Prophet. In the Book of Revelation, the Apostle John wrote these words:
"And he cried mightily with a strong voice saying, Babylon the Great is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird"
Revelation 18:2, KJV
In the previous verse, the Angelic Messenger is describing for John, a place that is so spiritually dark and evil, and so filled with violence, that the devils and foul spirits flock to it like birds. Can you imagine a place like this?
If we consider the fact that, as I pointed out in part two, these so-called "alien abductions" appear to be primarily an American experience, as well as the fact that within certain Christian circles, there exists the widely-held belief that the United States of America may represent Babylon the Great -- please note that I disagree with this view -- could this verse be revealing a truth which totally exposes the lies which are being propagated by some UFO cultists; one of them being that these so-called "aliens" are benign creatures?
As you may already know, the Bible is filled with symbolism and allegory. For example, the dove represents peace, hope, and the Spirit of God. On the other hand, the above verse of Scripture describes a very different kind of bird; that is, a ravenous, hateful bird. Exactly what is meant by this?
The picture that immediately comes to my mind, are vultures, and related predatory birds, such as hawks, eagles, owls, etc. In fact, according to the Laws that God gave to Moses, these types of birds are considered unclean; exactly as the above verse describes them. This is because after catching their prey, be it rabbits, mice or some other rodent, they proceed to devour it alive, tearing it apart limb by limb. In some cases, such as with vultures, their diet primarily consists of dead, rotting flesh. In other words, they are scavengers; and dead bodies are considered to be unclean in the Scriptures; which is apparently why these birds are also classified as being unclean. Some people, such as those who raise small livestock, don't care much for these varieties of birds, because they can become quite a nuisance, as well as a danger to their livelihood.
It might also interest you to know, that in the Apocalypse, we are told that following the Battle of Armageddon, God sends these very same kinds of birds, to devour what remains of the armies of the Beast and the False Prophet. In chapter sixteen, we find the following verses. The Lord considers these ungodly people to be so unclean, that He doesn't even allow them to be buried:
"And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh."
Revelation 19:17-21, KJV
In the Old Testament, there are other examples where we see that God was so disgusted with certain people, due to their evil, rebellious nature, that they likewise did not receive a proper burial; but rather, were eaten by animals, or left to rot on the ground. In the case of the king of Babylon, the Bible tells us the following:
"All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house. But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet. Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned."
Isaiah 14:18-20, KJV
Evil Queen Jezebel, who was the ungodly wife of wicked King Ahab, and who persecuted the Prophet Elijah, suffered a very similar, if not worse, fate. Consider the following account found in the Second Book of the Kings:
"And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she painted her face, and tired her head, and looked out at a window. And as Jehu entered in at the gate, she said, Had Zimri peace, who slew his master? And he lifted up his face to the window, and said, Who is on my side? who? And there looked out to him two or three eunuchs. And he said, Throw her down. So they threw her down: and some of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses: and he trode her under foot. And when he was come in, he did eat and drink, and said, Go, see now this cursed woman, and bury her: for she is a king's daughter. And they went to bury her: but they found no more of her than the skull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands. Wherefore they came again, and told him. And he said, This is the word of the LORD, which he spake by his servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, In the portion of Jezreel shall dogs eat the flesh of Jezebel: And the carcase of Jezebel shall be as dung upon the face of the field in the portion of Jezreel; so that they shall not say, This is Jezebel."
2 Kings 9:30-37, KJV
But returning to that verse found in the Book of Revelation, I don't believe that it is just a coincidence that "devils", "foul spirit" and "unclean and hateful bird" are all used in the same sentence. Notice too that Babylon is described as a cage. A cage is normally used to contain something; that is, to keep it in.
So allow me to offer an interesting question. Is it possible that similar to the mysterious Babylon, America has likewise become a spiritual dumping ground, and a magnet, which is attracting the evil forces of the world? By her turning her back on the Lord, not only has she become unclean in His sight, but she has also created a spiritual vacuum, which, by necessity, must be filled with something else; because as we know, nature abhors a vacuum. In this case, could it be that the vacuum, or cage, is being filled with demonic lying spirits which are deceiving, and being worshipped by, those people who have rejected God's truth?
Please go to part nine for the continuation of this series.
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