This movie requires Flash Player 8. Download Flash Player 8

© 2020ApologeticsPress
(800) 234-8558
syndication   |  About AP   |  Sign up for E-mail Newsletter    |    Privacy Policy    |    Contact Us
Issue Features
View this issue online as it looks in print
Discovery Magazine 11/1/2019

Fiery Flying Serpents

Flying reptiles are interesting to us today because they are extinct. To the people in the past, however, flying reptiles may have been more “everyday” animals, especially the smaller ones. Think about this: what animals do we see alive today that people in the future would find remarkable? I think giraffe fossils would be odd and interesting to those who have never seen one. What about an octopus or an ostrich?

The flying serpent was one of those interesting animals that lived in the past. What was this creature? We are not exactly sure. We read about it in Isaiah 30:6:

Through a land of trouble and anguish, from which came the lioness and lion, the viper and fiery flying serpent. They will carry their riches on the backs of young donkeys, and their treasures on the humps of camels.

As you read this verse, you see that animals such as the viper, lion, camel, and donkey are all listed. These animals don’t seem unusual to us, because we still have them around. In that same list we read about a “fiery flying serpent.”  We no longer see snakes with wings, so this creature seems unusual or even unreal. Since it is listed along with other real animals in the verse, there is no reason to think it is imaginary or impossible. In fact, other history sources talk about flying serpents. The ancient historian Herodotus wrote in about 450 B.C. He said:

There is a place in Arabia to which I went, on hearing of some winged serpents…. The form of the serpent is like that of a water-snake; but he has wings without feathers, and as like as possible to the wings of a bat.

Wouldn’t it have been neat to have been alive during the days of Isaiah or Herodotus and see those flying serpents? Maybe hundreds of years from now, people will be talking about how cool it would have been to have lived during the time of jelly fish or the giant octopus.

Copyright © 2019 Apologetics Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

*Please keep in mind that Discovery articles are written for 3rd-6th graders.

This document may be copied, on the condition that it will not be republished in print unless otherwise stated below, and will not be used for any commercial purpose, as long as the following stipulations are observed: (1) Apologetics Press must be designated as the original publisher; (2) the specific Apologetics Press Web site URL must be noted; (3) any references, footnotes, or endnotes that accompany the article must be included with any written reproduction of the article; (4) textual alterations of any kind are strictly forbidden; (5) Some illustrations (e.g., photographs, charts, graphics, etc.) are not the intellectual property of Apologetics Press and as such cannot be reproduced from our site without consent from the person or organization that maintains those intellectual rights; (6) serialization of written material (e.g., running an article in several parts) is permitted, as long as the whole of the material is made available, without editing, in a reasonable length of time; (7) articles, excepting brief quotations, may not be offered for sale or included in items offered for sale; and (8) articles may be reproduced in electronic form for posting on Web sites pending they are not edited or altered from their original written content and that credit is given to Apologetics Press, including the web location from which the articles were taken. Further, documents may not be copied without source statements (title, author, journal title), and the address of the publisher and owner of rights, as listed below.

For catalog, samples, or further information, contact:

Apologetics Press
230 Landmark Drive
Montgomery, Alabama 36117
Phone (334) 272-8558

Web Store

Defending the Faith Study Bible

We are very excited to announce the NEW AP Defending the Faith Study Bible now available.

Featured Audio


Click the following link to visit our Multimedia section.

Featured Audio