You will not find any references in the Bible to Yeti, Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Loch Ness Monster, Cyclops or other similar beasts that interest wildlife biologists looking for unverified examples but possible terrestrial animals. However, this does not mean that the Bible does not contain descriptions of a whole series of unknown creatures – the province of modern cryptozoology. Taking in turn the real of the air, the land and the sea, what do we find?
Note: All references below refer to the King James Version of the Bible.
* Cherubim: Of all the strange and wonderful creatures that appear between Genesis and Revelation, Ezekiel takes first prize for the weirdest and most wonderful of all. Ezekiel, assuming here that he had not eaten too much fermented grape juice, witnessed a whirlwind, a large cloud, full of fire with much clarity and overall the amber color, when he says that everything happened in the thirtieth year, the fourth month, the fifth day of the month. Okay, maybe it's a volcanic eruption (or maybe a descending spaceship)! Well, apparently, it is not of volcanic origin because it happens that four creatures are associated with this phenomenon that Ezekiel extremely identifies as a Cherub (Ezekiel 9: 3) or Cherub (Ezekiel 10 :).
Ezekiel also says that these four living creatures (or perhaps crew members) "had the likeness of a man" (ie, that they were humanoids but not human). And each of these creatures had four faces and four wings. The four faces were similar to those of a man, an ox, an eagle and a lion. And these creatures were shining. In retrospect, Ezekiel may have eaten a little too much grape juice! However, to be fair to the man, if you have never had a close encounter before and no concept of ET, then you can only interpret and describe what you see in familiar terms, such as an eagle or a lion or something that looks like a man but not a man.
No matter where, Ezekiel also describes the glowing gear or vehicle associated with this quartet, which in ancient astronaut literature is noted as the "Wheel of Ezekiel," a biblical encounter of # 39; UFO. Then he hears a voice that, in his confused confusion of state, must be a deity, in fact Divinity (well, that's understandable – at the time, I would probably have assumed that I did not know the ancient astronauts and UFO traditions and the whole concept of life on other planets). In a manner similar to his description of the extraterrestrials in familiar terms (a bit like a man), Ezekiel could explain in the only possible way the message that he had received as a message from God. The messengers were certainly not his neighbors next door holding a conversation with him!
It would seem that creatures who have posed as the Lord or that Ezekiel misunderstood as the Lord have left around Ezekiel 3: 2-14. Thus Ezekiel concluded his first contact, a close encounter of the third type.
However, there was a second coming, a rehearsal around Ezekiel 8: 1 when he arrived for Ezekiel the sixth year, the sixth month, the fifth day of the month. Again you get descriptions of these four faces, slightly modified as this time around as the four faces looked like a cherub, a man, a lion and an eagle (Ezekiel 10:14) – the ox was gone, so can be extraterrestrial. But you still get wheels and clouds technology and brightness and fire and lifting and starting, and so second touching ends with the conclusion of Ezekiel 10.
However, something seemed wrong at first glance because the first contact was in the "thirtieth year", but the second touch was in the "sixth year". I understand that the thirteenth year was his 30th year in captivity at the riverbank in Chebar, while his sixth year was his sixth year at home after. At a minimum, it means at least six years between first and second contact, not that it is of great importance.
There is one more follow up to these four-faced creatures. Revelation, like Ezekiel, is dominated to an almost excessive degree by four living creatures. Revelation 4: 7 relates four other creatures, all with now familiar faces – the lion, the calf, the man and the flying eagle. But in the time elapsed since the day of Ezekiel (a time that has not yet happened, apparently), these aliens had sprouted an extra pair of wings, for a total of six wings like in the following verse, Revelation 4 8. These creatures may have a variable number of wings due to their age (they have more wings as they age), or sex (females have four wings , males six or vice versa) as part of their own natural selection. and evolution.
These six-winged cattle are probably the Seraphim according to Isaiah 6: 2 and 6: 6. They love to shout "holy, holy, holy" (catches them), exactly the same sentence you uttered in Revelation 4: 8 They, the four beasts with the six wings, were also blessed with a myriad of eyes (as of more than two) from all sides. Many eyes can be found in Greek mythology too. Argus was a giant of 100 eyes, extremely slain by Hermes who introduced the corpse to Hera (Mrs. Zeus) who incorporated Argus' eyes into his iconic symbol – the peacock.
In any case, the four-winged spirits & # 39; were commonly represented in ancient Mesopotamia, so there was nothing unique in the neural network and the visions of Ezekiel, and perhaps Ezekiel did not touch he's not the bottle after all.
These intelligent beings could be considered to be outside the province of cryptozoology or zoology, but Sasquatch / Bigfoot, Yeti, and similar hominoids are considered legitimate. But since Ezekiel's creatures are unknown humanoids of science, whether they are intelligent or not, whether or not they fall into the realm of cryogravity, well, that only divides needlessly the hair. Yet, one could argue that cherubim (and seraphim) might fall more in the interest of astrobiologists and / or ufologists if my promise is right and that they are truly extraterrestrial.
* Cockatrice: Isaiah and Jeremiah both recognize the cockatrice who is a relatively small two-legged dragon, but with the head of a cock. In some versions, it is cited instead as a basilisk, which in legend is the king of snakes with the evil eye (a bit like the Gorgon, Medusa), but without wings. Some editions have just pissed off and call it a viper.
* Dragon: There are many references to the concept of dragons in the Bible, but the biggest is Revelation 12: 3 – "And there appeared another wonder in heaven, and here is a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns "And Revelation 12: 7 -" And there was a war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought the dragon, and the dragons and his angels … Of course, in this context, the dragon is likened to Satan but "seven heads and ten horns" must be a rather strange description of Satan, an original angel, it seems to me, yet here is the reference: Revelation 12: 9 – "And the great dragon was cast out, an ancient serpent, called the devil, and Satan, who deceives the whole world: he was cast into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. "So there!"
* Flying Horse: When you think of a flying horse, you think of Pegasus, but Pegasus is not mentioned in the Bible, but you get a Pegasus relationship, quoted in 2 Kings 2:11 when Elijah is taken away, placed on a chariot of fire pulled by fire horses and carried to the sky, whether he likes it or not, I suppose that to get from the ground to heaven, the horses must have wings Then there is the revelation I think that Revelation 9:17 confuses the concept of the horse with the dragon since we normally do not associate the mouth of a horse spewing out of smoke, fire and sulfur! And our poor confused author of the Apocalypse has trouble distinguishing the head of a lion from the head of a horse – even a very young child can distinguish the two.However, later on the track, we have white horses and riders (one of them is JC himself – as a rider, not as a horse) who goes to the leather to strut. Presumably, these horses will be descendants of Pegasus, others at the moment they (the riders) will reach the firm ground of the sky, they will be splat-city (unless they have parachutes of course).
* Locusts: In Apocalypse you also have a locust plague that does not seem too unusual or abnormal, except that these grasshoppers were horse-shaped and had the faces of men and crowns on their heads that were covered in Women's hair and teeth that you associate with lions and the tail of a scorpion. Do you feel that the author here had magic mushrooms for breakfast or was inflating the good stuff?
* The Behemoth is referenced only once in Job (Job 40:15) and is the biblical kiss of Leviathan (see below). The Behemoth is a primordial terrestrial monster who lives in swamps and rivers and loves to hunt the grass like an ox. It is presumed by modern schools to be the hippopotamus, but positive-proof is lacking given the unique reference.
* Hairy Men: There is no reference to today's hairy apes like the Yeti in the Bible. Yet there is this interesting passage from Genesis 27:11 – "And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man. Do whatever you want with it.
* Lambs with horns: In the Apocalypse, you get two references to lambs with horns. The first (Revelation 5: 6) speaks of a lamb with seven horns and seven eyes. However, he further stated that these represent the seven Spirits of God (whatever that really means, although I'm sure mystics and scholars have everything under control), so that does not really represent anything of zoological. Then there is this third beast of the earth who "had two horns like a lamb", but who obviously was not, since she "spoke like a dragon" (Revelation 13:11). So, what exactly was it?
* Giants: Genesis, Numbers, Deuteronomy and Joshua all testify to the existence of giants. "Giants in the land" otherwise known as Nephilim; "the land of the giants" (more than Nephilim); "rest of the giants"; in the "valley of the giants" there were giants in abundance. I guess it was the presence of giants (the Nephilim) who so terrified the Israelites in the Sinai desert that they refused to continue their journey to the Promised Land. Instead, they preferred to turn around and go back to Egypt! This cowardice angered the Almighty and he thus condemned them to roam the desert for another forty years. So what has terrified the chosen people of God?
By the way, there is nothing really unique about the biblical giants. Greek mythology is a block of giants, good, bad but usually ugly, as they are in many other cultures. Their popularity remains throughout the ages, and while not being a staple of our society, the stories or descriptions of these elusive hairy monkey men report beasts that are anything but dwarves.
* Snakes: We all know the serpent (aka Satan) in the Garden of Eden, but wait, there will be more shape changes in store. There is this parlor trick prepared by Moses and Aaron before the Egyptian pharaoh to impress the ruler enough to "let my people go". This parlor turned a wand or stick into a snake and vice versa. In figures, God sends a fiery serpent to bite his chosen people – exactly where they were bitten is not bound, but the bite must have been toxic to many dead! However, Moses did a bit of hocus-pocus and some who were bitten have lived to tell the story. Isaiah then speaks of an "inflamed flying serpent" as also of a "snake" and a "crooked serpent" – presumably one and the same snake. Jeremiah talks about this biting snake that the Lord likes to use. The Revelation makes the complete turn and likens the serpent to the dragon who is likened to Satan. Whatever is abnormal from a zoological point of view, it is in the zoologist's eye.
* Satyr: You would not have believed that possible, but Isaiah 13:21 and Isaiah 34:14 add credibility to the satyr that the hybrid half-goat, half-human one's own. normally associated with ancient Greece.
* Unicorns: Although I am skeptical about horned lambs, unicorns are a well-established part of the mythology of mega-wildlife at many times and places. The unicorn gets its due in the Bible as a real creature. Discover Isaiah 34: 7 for example.
* The whale or big fish that swallowed Jonah and kept Jonah alive in his bowels should be a species unique to science.
* Leviathan is a kind of sea monster from the Old Testament (Isaiah, Job, and Psalms), the kissing cousin of Behemoths (see above).
* Sea monsters receive green light in Lamentations 4: 3.
* A strange composite beast rises from the sea in Revelation 13: 1-2: a hybrid of leopard, bear, and lion (which are severely beastly seafarers) with seven heads and ten horns. It looks like Daniel 7: 3-7. Here Daniel describes four different beasts from the sea. The first was like a lion with eagle wings. The second was like a bear (a pseudo-bear obviously). The third was a four-headed pseudo-leopard with four wings. The last was something radically different or diverse, something "terrible and terrible" with iron teeth, brass nails and ten horns. Then another little horn pops up and starts talking! It sounds like something technological, like the Wheel of Ezekiel. As with Revelation 13: 1-2, the first three beasts, coming permanently from the sea, are strictly typical marine animals. Something dirty somewhere!
An interesting question arises. I suppose or at least I suppose that none of the above beasts has entered Noah's Ark in mating pairs, two by two, especially the most terrestrial ones and the more aerial. So how did they survive this flood to produce offspring that would drive hell further down the track?
CONCLUSION: There is much here to interest those who like to read and study mythology, especially animal mythology, comparative mythology and symbolism. There is not much here to excite the cryptozoologist, although these giants may be of interest to physical anthropologists, and Cherubim and Seraphim to those who like to play with the reality of eventualities. ancient astronauts.