Tuesday, March 1, 2005

Forked tongue

Hi Gary got another question for ya. I had asked someone the other day about what snakes symbolized, meaning since they had a forked tongue and if somehow connected to evil. They said no but there were a lot of references to dragons??? Is that true?   

 A snake is a serpent and the Bible describes the serpent as symbolic of satan.  

Gen 3:1  Now the serpent was more subtle 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?

Satan is subtle and a liar. We have heard it said that someone speaks with a forked tongue, meaning he is not to be trusted. The Bible doesn't speak of a forked tongue but it says this of our tongue...it goes in two directions and like a snake has poison.  

 James 3:8  But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
James 3:9  Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
James 3:10  Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
James 3:11  Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
James 3:12  Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
James 3:13  Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
James 3:14  But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
James 3:15  This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
James 3:16  For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
James 3:17  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

The dragon is a picture of that old serpent the devil.   

Rev 12:7  And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
Rev 12:8  And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
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 12:10  And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
Rev 12:11  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Rev 12:12  Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

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