1. Dragons and their forerunner serpents are understudies for Satan, our Accuser (Rev 12:9). They play this role from Genesis to Revelation. Not every snake is Satan, but every snake hints at the evil one.
2. The great dragon deceives our parents (Gen 3:4). God tells our parents the awful truth (3:19). This cycle repeats throughout Scripture until the day that the great dragon attempts to deceive their son, God’s Son, and in the face of awful truth, fails (3:15; Matt 4:1–11).
3. Dragons are the lions of their domain. Lion is the king of the beasts. Bird-of-prey is lion of the air. Serpent is lion of not much: the dust (Gen 3:14). Dragon, a composite of the three, is king of the physical wilderness and of metaphysical chaos.* But God is lion of Judah (Rev 5:5).
4. Dragons execute a sentence of punishment, but to humans is given judgment (Gen 49:16–18).
5. Dragons bite God’s people with poisonous fangs because the people become impatient and denounce God as a fraud. Acknowledging their sin by looking to a fake snake neutralizes the poison (Num 21:4–9).
6. Dragons in the form of a guy called “Snake the Ammonite” attack God’s people to disgrace them, but God’s people deliver each other in the power of the Spirit (1 Sam 11:1–15).
7. The great dragon accuser prosecutes the High Priest Yeshua, but the Advocate vests Yeshua in fine clothes (Zech 3:1–10).
8. Not even evil men give their children dragons for dinner. How much more does God gives his children the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:11–13)?
9. A dragon bites Paul with poisonous fangs. In his survival, people see God (Acts 28:3–6).
10. The dragon might appear in the sky, but God has wings (Rev 12:3; Exod 19:4). He protects his own under his wings (Ps 36:7; Matt 23:37). His ministers fly on wings (Ps 18:10). Even his daughter is given wings (Rev 12:14).
13. The dragon pours water from its mouth in a failed attempt to consume God’s own (Rev 12:15). God breathes fire and consumes his own (2 Sam 22:9; Heb 12:29). Even his witnesses breathe fire (Rev 11:5). Those he’s redeemed pass through the fire (Isa 43:1–2).
15. The dragon is, at best a counterfeit of God, at worst, a counterfeit of his people. The Dragon is a fake, a big one, one that fills our vision sometimes, but ultimately the dragon is a fraud. God is the real thing. We his children are the real thing.
*Scott C. Jones, “Lions, Serpents, and the Lion-Serpents in Job 28:8 and Beyond,” JBL 130, no. 4 (2011): 663–86.