Are Dinosaurs Mentioned In The Bible?

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Hi D____,
It is good to hear from you.
You ask:
“Are we not to believe that the reference in Job 40:15-24 is talking about a dinosaur? Or is that symbolic of something else?”
We are to believe that Job is talking about dinosaurs. What else has a tail like a cedar? An elephant? A rhino? A hippo? Those are about as big as anything on earth today, and they do not have tails like a cedar. It cannot be talking about an alligator, because behemoth “eats grass as an ox.” Behemoth is a dinosaur. There are carvings in stone in the state of Utah of dinosaurs. And they have “tails like a cedar.”

Job 40:15  Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.
Job 40:16  Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.
Job 40:17  He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together.
Job 40:18  His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron.
Job 40:19  He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.
Job 40:20  Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play.
Job 40:21  He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.
Job 40:22  The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about.
Job 40:23  Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth.
Job 40:24  He taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares.

You also ask:
“Also in Job 41:1-10 when speaking of the Leviathan. Have we assumed that these are dinosaurs or are they really dinosaurs?”
Here are those verses:

Job 41:1  Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?
Job 41:2  Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?
Job 41:3  Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee?
Job 41:4  Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?
Job 41:5  Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?
Job 41:6  Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants?
Job 41:7  Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears?
Job 41:8  Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more.
Job 41:9  Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him? Job 41:10  None is so fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before me?

Yes, this too is a dinosaur. But if you read the rest of this chapter you will see that this is a sea- living dinosaur:

Job 41:12  I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion.
Job 41:13  Who can discover the face of his garment? [ or] who can come [ to him] with his double bridle?
Job 41:14  Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth [ are] terrible round about.
Job 41:15  [ His] scales [ are his] pride, shut up together [ as with] a close seal.
Job 41:16  One is so near to another, that no air can come between them.
Job 41:17  They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered.
Job 41:18  By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes [ are] like the eyelids of the morning.
Job 41:19  Out of his mouth go burning lamps, [ and] sparks of fire leap out.
Job 41:20  Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as [ out] of a seething pot or caldron.
Job 41:21  His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth.
Job 41:22  In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him.
Job 41:23  The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved.
Job 41:24  His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether [ millstone].
Job 41:25  When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of breakings they purify themselves.
Job 41:26  The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon.
Job 41:27  He esteemeth iron as straw, [ and] brass as rotten wood.
Job 41:28  The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into stubble.
Job 41:29  Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear.
Job 41:30  Sharp stones [ are] under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire. Job 41:31  He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment.
Job 41:32  He maketh a path to shine after him; [ one] would think the deep [ to be] hoary.
Job 41:33  Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear.

This dinosaur has “scales” and “he makes the deep to boil like a pot; He makes the sea like a pot of ointment.”
But now let’s go back to your first question. You ask:
“is that symbolic of something else?”
And the answer again is: yes, this is also symbolic of something else. And here is why:

Rom 1:20  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

You cannot “compare spiritual with spiritual without expressing your thoughts through ”The things that are made.” “The invisible [ spiritual] things of God are understood by the things that are made.” So you see there really was a physical tree called “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” And there was also a physical tree called “the tree of life.” But both of these trees symbolized something other than what they physically were. Here is what the tree life symbolized:

Joh 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

The ‘tree of life’ symbolizes Christ. Christ is life.
Here is what the tree of the knowledge of good and evil symbolize:

Rom 7:7  What shall we say then? [ Is] the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law : for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

The tree of the knowledge of good and evil symbolizes the law. And “the law is for the lawless” (1Ti 1:9-10).
 God’s entire word is a parable:

Mat 13:34  All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:
Mat 13:35  That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.

God’s Words have been in parables “from the foundation of the world” for the purpose of ‘keeping things secret.”
And so it is with the dinosaurs spoken of here in the book of Job. They are literal dinosaurs which were still on the earth in Job’s day. They were still on the North American continent while the North American Indians were carving their forms into the cliffs in Utah. Our educational T. V. station here in Atlanta, Georgia had film footage which I saw with my own eyes of a pleiseosaur which a Japanese fishing vessel brought up out of the ocean somewhere near Japan. The ‘gap theory’ is just that. It is a theory. It has no basis in God’s Word.
But the dinosaurs mentioned in Job have another meaning to them besides the literal existence of dinosaurs. Just look at how chapter 41 about leviathan ends:

Job 41:34  He [ leviathan] beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.

So God’s spirit has chosen leviathan to symbolize “the king over all the children of pride.”
Here is who leviathan symbolizes:

Rev 12:3  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.
Rev 12:9  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.
Rev 20:2  And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

Once again the serpent which spoke to Eve stands for something other than a physical serpent, even though it was a literal serpent:

Gen 3:1  Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

Here is who leviathan symbolizes:

Rev 12:3  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.
Rev 12:9  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.
Rev 20:2  And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

And here is another physical story which literally happened but is full of symbolism for those with eyes to see. It is the story of the prophet Balaam talking back to his own donkey which was given the ability to talk to his master. It is so very instructive for us if we have eyes to see and ears to hear:

Num 22:22  And God’s anger was kindled because he went: and the angel of the LORD stood in the way for an adversary against him. Now he was riding upon his ass, and his two servants were with him.
Num 22:23  And the ass saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and the ass turned aside out of the way, and went into the field: and Balaam smote the ass, to turn her into the way.
Num 22:24  But the angel of the LORD stood in a path of the vineyards, a wall being on this side, and a wall on that side.
Num 22:25  And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she thrust herself unto the wall, and crushed Balaam’s foot against the wall: and he smote her again.
Num 22:26  And the angel of the LORD went further, and stood in a narrow place, where [ was] no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left.
Num 22:27  And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam’s anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff.
Num 22:28  And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?
Num 22:29  And Balaam said unto the ass, Because thou hast mocked me: I would there were a sword in mine hand, for now would I kill thee.
Num 22:30  And the ass said unto Balaam, [ Am] not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since [ I was] thine unto this day? was I ever wont to do so unto thee? And he said, Nay.
Num 22:31  Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face.
Num 22:32  And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? behold, I went out to withstand thee, because [ thy] way is perverse before me:
Num 22:33  And the ass saw me, and turned from me these three times: unless she had turned from me, surely now also I had slain thee, and saved her alive.

And so it is to this very day. Only those with eyes to see can see the things of the spirit which are written all through the Bible.
I will close with these verses:

1Ti 6:20  O Timothy [ and you and me], keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:

There was no gap between verses one and two of Genesis chapter one. The fact that Adam and Eve were both created naked proves this to be so. God created the heavens and the earth in six evenings and mornings of six twenty four hour days:

Exo 20:11  (a) For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is,

“All” includes the dinosaurs. There are hugh loopholes in carbon 14 dating. It is based on the totally unscientific and unscriptural theory of uniformity. But that is another subject for another time.
I hope this has answered your questions. I hope you can now see that the dinosaurs of Job are real dinosaurs. I hope you can see that those dinosaurs and the trees and fruit and serpent in the garden are all real, and Balaam’s ass speaking to him was also a real event.
And at the same time I hope that God has given you the eyes to see what all of these things and events symbolize.
If you still have a question and I have not answered your questions to your satisfaction, then please let me know.
Mike>

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