Wednesday, 12 August 2009
THERE BE DRAGONS HERE?
Hello again folks! Last Sunday the Sinclair clan went over to Wales for a 'social' with some great Christian friends. We went to Welshpool and caught a steam train to Llanfair Caereinion on the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway. We savoured a nice Sunday lunch and enjoyed some great fellowship. We also visited a 'Prayer House' and had a great tea with another friend in the Lord. While we were meandering the time away in Llanfair Caereinion; we thought it a good idea to take a peek inside the local 'Church in Wales'; St. Mary's. What caught my attention was one  of the stained glass windows up near the altar. The picture opposite does not do it justice. It shows [I believe] St. Michael [surely not St. George - we were in Wales!] slaying a dragon. It makes me think of that "... great dragon ... that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world ..." [Revelation 12:7-9] A lot of folks believe that the "restrainer" in II Thessalonians 2:11 is the Holy Spirit or Holy Spirit filled believers and they sometimes use this verse to "prove" that this refers to a Pre-Tribulation rapture. But I'm not so sure that it does. There is also a strong case for this "restrainer" being the Archangel Michael [a la Daniel 10:13; 10:21 & 12:1; Jude 1:9 and Revelation 12:7-9] - the 'chief prince'; the prince of Israel; Israel's angelic protector. Who MAY move aside for Jacob's real troubles to commence [Jeremiah 30:7]. Do you not find it interesting that there are so many references that can be found to dragons &/or the Dragon - not only in the Bible but also in Church imagery; and in our general culture. I believe that the references to the serpent in the Garden of Eden are multi-layered, as is most Jewish/Hebraic text using 'midrash'. If ever there was a good Bible study that could be carried out - this is it! I also agree with AiG; CMI and other Creation ministries that references to dragons and leviathan refer to what we nowadays call dinosaurs [a word invented in 1841 - a full 230 years after the KJV was published]. And don't cast aside totally the possibility of reptilians being around either. Just because the likes of David Icke are new age and are wrong on their overall belief system [as opposed to the Truth of the One Triune God]; it doesn't mean that they are wrong about the NWO; Illuminati and/or reptilians. Keep an open mind but be Bereans at the same time. I have a feeling that the end times may pan out a little differently to what is predicted in the models of most end time 'experts'. Because most folks got it wrong at the 1st Advent of the LORD and no-one knows the whole mind of God. There is always a need for faith to fill in the gap where our present knowledge hits the horizon! Be Bereans; watchmen must warn; evangelists must compel! God bless you and God bless Israel ... Keith JS ... 12-Aug-2009