15 Reasons You Should Care about Dragons

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.

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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).

"Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden," oil painting by Titian, c. 1550; in the Prado, Madrid. Credit: SCALA/Art Resource, New York

“Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden,” oil painting by Titian, c. 1550; in the Prado, Madrid. Credit: SCALA/Art Resource, New York

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).

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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).

Unworthy, But That’s the Grace of God, Rebecca Brogan, courtesy of John the Baptist Artworks

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).

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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).

11.The dragon has seven heads with seven crowns for kingdoms (Rev 12:3). God has seven torches, his perfect Spirit in the churches (4:5).









12. The dragon sprouts ten horns of authority (Rev 12:3). The Lamb has ten crowns because he has purchased a whole kingdom of priests (Rev 5:6, 9–10).


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).

"Two Prophets," courtesy of fmh-child.org

“Two Prophets,” courtesy of fmh-child.org

14. The dragon might fill the sky, but the woman—the church—is clothed with the sky. She stands on the moon, is wrapped in the sun, and wears a crown of twelve stars (Rev 12:1, 3).

"Woman of the Apocalypse," William de Pannemaker

“Woman of the Apocalypse,” William de Pannemaker

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.