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The Year of the Dragon

We've just finished celebrating Chinese New Year here in Taiwan, and I'll tell you guys a dirty little secret: A number of Taiwanese people are not all that crazy about this lengthy holiday that is typically about seven or eight days long, sees many business establishments closed for much of that, and occurs in January or February when the weather tends to be chilly and drizzly.

But worst of all, no matter where you go in Taiwan during Chinese New Year, it is absolutely guaranteed to be packed to overflowing with people who are just as desperate as you are to get out of the house and go somewhere and do something. As it is sometimes sarcastically opined in Taiwan in regard to this traditional holiday of holidays, which for people here is Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the regular New Year's celebration all rolled into one:

"Taiwan is a small island nation with about 23 million people and about 23 good places to visit. Do the math."

They're joking, but just barely. It was always worse for me personally in the years before I got married, since I lived alone and all my friends were students in my classes who went to their homes for the duration. As I used to whine in class after it was over:

"There's nothing to do and nobody to do it with!"

Forgive me for yammering on about Chinese New Year, but the topic I want to discuss in this article is intimately associated with that holiday and with end-time prophecy in ways that I found as intriguing as I did stunning. And not so much with the holiday itself, but rather the menagerie of 12 animals associated with what is commonly referred to as the Chinese zodiac.

At least with one particularly serpentine member of that menagerie:

The dragon.

As you may know, God's Word is replete with references to dragons, the great majority of which are connected to Satan.

Now, just to be clear, I'm not heavy into any kind of zodiac-related stuff (Western or Chinese) or anything pertaining to any species of astrology. On the contrary—I normally eschew that sort of thing as far as viewing it as a means of prognostication (as should all believers, not to put too fine a point on it).

As it happens, however, just out of idle curiosity I was fooling around with the numbers a bit and I stumbled across something about the Chinese zodiac that raised the little prophetic hairs on the back of my neck, and it got me digging deeper because I knew the Holy Spirit had more to show me.

Don't you love it when that happens?

And so here we are. What I want to do in this article is (a) go over a mercifully brief bit of history behind the dragon and the worship and glorification thereof in Chinese culture. Then I want to discuss (b) the dragon's potential connection with Satan's attempt to outplay God by having the Messiah crucified two thousand years ago, and (c) its potential connection with Satan's attempt to outplay God a second time by launching his effort to establish his kingdom and put Christ's kingdom on ice.

And how all this relates to the current year, 2024.

Now, let me put this out there, right from the get-go: Some of what I will discuss in this article is speculative. But as speculative as it is, I see nothing in God's Word that precludes any of the things I am going to say, and I honestly think these things are compelling, to say the least.

And I hope you agree.

A few historical notes

The dragon has a very long and colorful history—not only in Chinese culture, but also in European culture. That said, one of the first things I want to clear up is the fact that there is a distinct difference between the European dragon and the Chinese dragon.

The European dragon, a popular image in medieval mythology, is more of a fire-breathing, dinosaur-like creature, rather squat and with large, stout hind legs and wings so it could fly like a pot-bellied lizard. It is often depicted in medieval art as either being slain in battle by an intrepid knight, or possibly being flown by such an intrepid knight as his fire-breathing steed.

On the other hand, the Chinese dragon is noticeably different. Depictions vary, but the Chinese dragon is most commonly represented as a long, sinuous, snake-like creature with four very short, useless legs and a large, hoary, demonic head and face. And for what it's worth, unlike the European dragon, I have never seen the Chinese dragon depicted as being ridden.

Although carved dragon relics have been discovered in China that date back to at least 3000 BC, much of the Chinese mythology concerning dragons is considered by many to have started with Huang Di (or Huangdi), the Yellow Emperor, somewhere around 2700–2600 BC (and I have to play it rather fast and loose with some of the time frames because various sources report different historical dates and other information).

For example, one article states the following concerning dragon artifacts:

One of the earliest creatures to appear in the tales and legends of ancient China, the dragon is most often depicted as a giant and lithe beast which dwells in either water sources or clouds. The Chinese dragon is extraordinarily powerful, and when it flies, it is usually accompanied by lightning and thunder. When, by whom, and on what reality the dragon was first invented is not known, [try reading Genesis 3 sometime] although some historians suggest a link with rainbows and a "serpent of the sky" which is seen after rain showers or at waterfalls. Carved jade dragons have been excavated at sites of the Hongshan culture, which can be dated to 4500–3000 BCE, [that could potentially place it not all that terribly long after the Garden of Eden] far before any written records of the creature appeared.

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"The Dragon in Ancient China" by Mark Cartwright [Source]

The basic story that is related in most sources is that a powerful pre-dynastic leader named Yandi was allegedly born from a dragon, and he joined forces with Emperor Huang Di in about the twenty-seventh century BC. Together, these two powerful leaders conquered their enemies, unified China, and launched what we recognize today as Chinese culture:

(One) theory posits that (Yandi), a legendary Chinese leader from pre-dynastic times, was born of an encounter with a powerful dragon. As a result, Yandi was more powerful than most leaders. He partnered with Emperor Huang Di and together they conquered their enemies, unified China and, according to myth, pioneered Chinese civilization. [These two men—Yandi and Huang Di—became legendary leaders ostensibly due to their interactions and association with the dragon. And since it is believed they essentially got what we know as Chinese culture rolling roughly 4,600 to 4,700 years ago, give or take, the dragon became solidly entrenched in Chinese culture.]

As time progressed, many Chinese came to believe that Yandi was one of their ancestors, which by extension meant that they were also the descendants of dragons. [To this day, the dragon continues to be the single greatest symbol of power and wisdom in all of Chinese culture.]

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— "Chinese Dragons: Their Types, History, and Significance" [Source]

OK, I promised this would be mercifully brief, so I'm not going to get too bogged down in the tangled underbrush of ancient history concerning the dragon in Chinese culture and get neck-deep in all the related mythology. That's not the primary point of this article anyway. My point is simply this:

It is beyond dispute that the ancient Chinese people were worshiping what is essentially a snake with short, stubby legs as a wise, powerful, auspicious symbol at the very least as far back as the dispersion of people from Babel under Nimrod (Gen. 11), which occurred about 2200–2300 BC according to most Old Testament timelines. And according to most sources, such dragon worship goes back a number of centuries earlier.

That's what I want to clearly establish for the purposes of this article.

So with this bit of historical background firmly in hand, let's take a little stroll back in time and check in with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

Back to the Garden

You're no doubt familiar with the scene in the Garden of Eden, where Adam and Eve had dominion over all the earth and only one rule to obey:

Don't eat the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

And I'm sure you know what happened when a strange creature showed up and struck up a fateful conversation with Eve:

1Now the serpent was more subtle [Hebrew: a form of arum, which in this verse is often translated "crafty," "shrewd," or "cunning"...that is, highly intelligent but with secret evil intent] than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, Yes, has God said, You shall not eat of every tree of the garden? [First, Satan creates doubt about what God said.] 2And the woman said to the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3But of the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die. [God didn't say anything about not touching the fruit, He just said don't eat it—Eve adds to what God said.] 4And the serpent said to the woman, You shall not surely die: [Then Satan contradicts what God said.] 5For God does know that in the day you eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. [Then Satan misinterprets what God said.] 6And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also to her husband with her; and he did eat. [Eve falls for Satan's lies and half-truths, and entices Adam to follow suit.] 7And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. [Now Adam and Eve had "knowledge of good and evil"—but sadly that knowledge of evil was now experiential in nature. Satan neglected to mention that part.]

(Genesis 3:1–7 AKJV / emphasis & [comments] added)

At the climax of the scene, God confronts Adam, Eve, and the serpent and pronounces curses on them all, in addition to announcing the original promise of a coming Redeemer (i.e. the protoevangelium) in verse 15:

14And the LORD God said to the serpent, Because you have done this, you are cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; on your belly shall you go, and dust shall you eat all the days of your life: [Snakes crawl on their bellies (or "eat dust"), and they do that because they lost the legs they once had (or at least the species of snake that Satan was controlling did).]

15And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed [the Antichrist] and her seed; [Christ] it shall bruise your head, [Christ will throw the Antichrist and the False Prophet into the lake of fire when He returns (Rev. 19:20)] and you shall bruise his heel. [Satan played a major role in coaxing the Jewish religious leaders into demanding the Romans crucify Christ (which involved driving a large spike through both His heels).]

16To the woman he said, I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; in sorrow you shall bring forth children; and your desire shall be to your husband, and he shall rule over you.

17And to Adam he said, Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree, of which I commanded you, saying, You shall not eat of it: cursed is the ground for your sake; in sorrow shall you eat of it all the days of your life;

18Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to you; and you shall eat the herb of the field;

19In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread, till you return to the ground; for out of it were you taken: for dust you are, and to dust shall you return.

(Genesis 3:14–19 AKJV / emphasis & [comments] added)

I'm not going to give in to the temptation right now to dive more deeply into what is easily one of the most important chapters in the entire Bible, however, because all I want to do here is point out a couple of facts that come from a straightforward interpretation of the plain text of Scripture:

Satan took control of an animal and spoke to Eve through it. The animal Satan took control of was a snake, and at the time that species of snake, whatever it may have been, had legs (if it hadn't, God wouldn't have wasted His time cursing it to crawl on its belly). And this snake with legs possessed great cunning and guile, slyly deceiving Eve into breaking the one command God had given them by slyly misinterpreting God's rationale for forbidding them from eating the fruit of the tree.

Lies, half-truths, and deception: Sounds like Satan's man the Antichrist is going to turn out to be a top-drawer political leader, dontcha think?

Now, this is some of what we get from Scripture. But how does this jive with what we get from secular history?

The Chinese have been worshiping a long, demonic-looking snake with four short, stubby legs and honoring and venerating this creature as a wise, powerful, god-like leader at least since the days of the dispersion of people from Babel in the twenty-third century BC, and probably several centuries earlier...possibly not long after the Fall.

Nod if any of this is starting to get a few of your neurons buzzing.

Before we go any further, however, there is an important point that needs to be addressed. Although I am by no means an expert in this sort of thing, I will address it as best I can:

When God cursed the serpent and said it would crawl on its belly in Genesis 3:14, I see nothing in Scripture that would require this to mean that the legs of the species of snake in question immediately vanished into thin air. I believe the legs of that particular species of snake began to shrink and finally stopped growing due to a natural process that took time. Why? Simple: One thing God very rarely does in Scripture is say "abracadabra" and wave a magic wand. Why? Because He's God. He doesn't have to. After the miracle of Creation, God tends to use the natural physical forces and processes that He created to accomplish His will.

And while we're at it, let's get a little vocabulary issue cleared up. The Hebrew word translated "serpent" in the book of Genesis is nachash, and this word is normally translated "serpent" or "snake" in English translations (and these two words are synonyms). It doesn't mean "lizard" (Hebrew: semamith). And anytime the word "dragon" appears in any English translation, the Hebrew is usually tannin and the Greek is usually drakón, which appears a total of 13 times in the New Testament, all of which are found in the book of Revelation and are invariably connected to Satan.

Now, I am well aware that many scientifically minded people will insist that the disappearance of such a physical trait would have taken millions of years, not a few thousand years, and this is precisely the kind of argument that brings us up close and personal with the age-old conundrum of Science vs the Bible.

Godless atheists vs Bible-thumping bozos: Since we're on the subject of science, I just have to say this concerning the endless sniping that goes on between what many Christians call godless atheists and what many scientists call Bible-thumping bozos: Whenever it appears that what the Bible clearly states and what scientists think they know seem to contradict, I go with what the Bible clearly states and graciously give science a chance to catch up. Sadly, this will never happen as long as its ranks are filled with people who actually take professional pride in refusing to believe in a Creator God and who go to great lengths to disparage and dismiss anything that even appears to lend support to any biblical account. And to make matters worse, there are Christians who clumsily misinterpret the Bible in ways that contradict known and established scientific facts (and I mean real facts, not gussied-up theories that are arrogantly passed off as facts).

Or, as I like to put it:

When that glorious day finally comes when we have a full, correct understanding of everything the Bible says and means, and also a full, correct understanding of everything in science, we will discover something that would cause the brains of most of today's scientists to explode:

Science and the Bible are in

perfect, 100 percent agreement!

No? Well, it's literally impossible for it to be otherwise. To see why this absolutely must be the case, I invite you to ponder the following pop quiz:

Q. Who authored the Bible?

A. A Creator God who created all things.

Q. Who created science?

A. That same Creator God, who cannot contradict Himself.

Quod erat demonstrandum. So this whole "Science vs the Bible" dust-up is a foolish game that does nothing but perpetuate inane arguments and venomous hostility between two groups of sincere, intelligent people, neither of which knows quite as much as they fancy they do.

That said, however, one thing that did catch my attention not long ago is an article about recent research that has been done on certain snake species. Scientists are just beginning to learn about a genetic mechanism in the DNA of these species that is capable of switching the growth of limbs on and off.

Now, does that mean it's possible that a certain species of snake could have stopped growing legs much more rapidly than might normally be the case with other physical traits found in other species? Does this "switching on and off" genetic mechanism make this a different kettle of fish? I don't know. And I'm not going to pretend to understand the science behind this or how it all meshes together. But what I do know with 100 percent certainty is this:

God's Word clearly indicates the snake in the

Garden of Eden had legs, and today they don't.

Get there any way you want, and deal with it any way you wish.

Evolutionary misstep: People love to mock and attack the Bible and the idea that Adam was the first man in the Garden of Eden roughly 6,000 years ago with archaeological evidence that humans have been around for a couple of hundred thousand years. Oh yeah? Read it again:

7And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

(Genesis 2:7 AKJV / emphasis added)

God breathed a spirit into Adam, and only then did that man become a human being with a spiritual nature, with an awareness of a Creator and of spiritual things—this was a crucial part of the creation process. This is the part science misses because it can't deal with such things. There had been lots of (nonspiritual) humans around for a couple hundred thousand years (a fact indirectly supported in Scripture), but Adam was the first human with a spiritual nature. And that's when human civilization really started to take off. One day we were hunting animals, making stone tools, and carving pictures on cave walls, and the next we were building cities, writing poetry, and seeking to know the Creator we instinctively knew existed.

In other words, in a sense the name of our species is a misnomer. In "Homo sapiens," the word "sapiens" is Latin for "wise." But you might say that the "sapiens" bit didn't actually kick in until God breathed a spirit into Adam.

In reality, we should probably mark the introduction of a new species with Adam: Homo spiritualis. But since you can't put it in a test tube or describe it with equations, scientists will continue ignoring it.

The point is that we need to follow the apostle Paul's admonition in Romans 3:4 to "let God be true, but every man a liar." And keep one thing in mind:

What is passed off and widely accepted as unassailable

scientific fact today cannot trump the Word of God.

As usual, the world has it backwards.

Now, I won't be dogmatic about it, but considering what the Bible tells us and what we see from ancient Chinese culture, it is not impossible for me to believe that Satan pulled his talking-snake shtick again at some point after Adam and Eve's expulsion from the Garden of Eden, and that he pulled it on the ancient people who would give rise to Chinese culture. And when he did so, I am inclined to assume he did so by talking through the same type of snake he used in the Garden of Eden, whose legs may have already become the useless, stubby little appendages that we see in paintings and statues of the dragon throughout China and Taiwan as a result of the curse God placed on that species of snake in the Garden of Eden.

A tad on the far-fetched side? OK, well...failing that, it's also possible that (true) stories about the snake with legs in the Garden of Eden were passed on within the people groups that grew and developed following Adam and Eve's expulsion from Eden, and over time these stories became viewed as myths in the absence of any remaining snake species that possessed legs.

So, a snake with legs became inextricably linked with Satan starting in the Garden of Eden, and this creature, which later acquired the moniker of "dragon," went on to become intimately connected with Chinese culture. This connection to Chinese culture leads to another piece of our puzzle, and that involves the Chinese zodiac and a special group of 12 animals.

One of which is that elusive snake with legs.

Satan's first Big Day

Like virtually everything else in Chinese culture, there are different stories about the creation of the Chinese zodiac and its collection of 12 animals that follow a 12-year cycle. One source has this to say:

The Chinese zodiac consists of twelve animals that first appeared in the Zhan Guo period (5th century BC). No one knows the exact date as of when the zodiac was essentially created, but they were officially identified during the Han Dynasty (206 BC–AD 9), which was over 2000 years ago. The zodiac became a popular way to determine a person's birth year during the North Zhou Dynasty (AD 557–581) and is still very commonly used today.

Myths say that Emperor Huangdi, the first Chinese emperor, in 2637 BC invented the Chinese lunar calendar, which follows the cycles of the moon.

— "Chinese Zodiac—The Great Race" [

So some say it goes all the way back to Huang Di in the twenty-seventh century BC, while some say it it was officially introduced in the fifth or even the third century BC. Actually this doesn't matter for the purposes of this article, because as you will see in a moment, I am only going to focus on a point in time two thousand years ago—and the 12-year Chinese zodiac cycle with its collection of 12 animals was certainly well established and in common use in Chinese culture long before then.

The 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac are as follows, and they appear in the following order:

1. Rat
2. Ox
3. Tiger
4. Rabbit
5. Dragon
6. Snake
7. Horse
8. Sheep
9. Monkey
10. Rooster
11. Dog
12. Pig

Notice that the idea of a snake with legs lived on and remained distinct from the reality of what snakes became as we know them today, since the eminently legless snake still appears on the list of animals at no. 6, right after what most have traditionally presumed is the mythical dragon at no. 5. And I say "presumed" because according to Scripture, the dragon (i.e. a snake with legs), may not be quite as "mythical" as most people have been led to believe.

Speaking of the dragon, as you can see it's fifth in the 12-year cycle. If a person was born after Chinese New Year (which generally falls in late January or early February) of the year associated with a certain animal, then we say they were born in the Year of the (Whatever). For example, I was born on March 7, 1956, so I was born in the Year of the Monkey. If you're curious about your Chinese zodiac animal or the animal associated with any particular year for whatever reason, here is an online calculator that will help you out.

Based on what we have discussed so far, however, it's easy to imagine that Satan's favorite year of this 12-year Chinese zodiac cycle would be linked to the animal he has always been most closely identified with: the dragon, or a long snake with legs that he manipulated to effectively steal dominion over the earth from Adam and Eve. In other words, it's easy to assume Satan's year of choice has long been the Year of the Dragon.

Now, as I mentioned earlier, I was just idly fiddling around with the numbers pertaining to the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac, and I accidentally stumbled across something about the Year of the Dragon that made the little prophetic hairs on the back of my neck stand at attention.

As you probably know, no one is 100 percent certain what year Christ was crucified. We are virtually certain it was somewhere between AD 30–34, but within that range, AD 32 and AD 33 seem to be by far the most common picks by those who study this. For many years I was dead set on AD 32, but a couple of years ago I read some things that made me view AD 33 more favorably than I had previously—although I admit that I still tend to lean toward AD 32.

But what I stumbled across is something that—as a Westerner—I had never even so much as wondered about before, and that's the Chinese zodiac animals associated with the years in this time frame of Christ's death.

Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle:

AD 32 was the Year of the Dragon.

Before God: When I saw this, I just froze. Suddenly something just went CLICK and fell into place. And after the Holy Spirit put His joy buzzer away, I was off and running with this article.

Understand that when Christ was crucified on a cross at Calvary, Satan thought he had won. This was a momentous victory for the devil—a victory he had ardently dreamed of and carefully planned for ever since he had usurped dominion over the earth from Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden by manipulating a long snake with legs before getting slapped with the promise of a Redeemer who would come to crush his head someday.

So when that Head-Crusher died on the cross, for a brief period of time Satan believed he had emerged victorious—that he had roundly defeated this Redeemer that God had sent. And as a result, Satan believed he would get to keep the dominion over the earth that he had snookered Adam and Eve out of, and our world would end up being his little corner of the universe where he could strut around with his Most-High hat on for the rest of eternity.

This was Satan's Big Day.

His first of two such Big Days.

 Only two?! In reality, you could say Satan has several Big Days, such as the day he sweet-talked Adam and Eve out of dominon over the earth, the day he is released at the end of the Millennial Kingdom to mount one last rebellion, etc. But for the purposes of this article, I'm just going with these two.

It's not too difficult for me to believe, however, that God allowed Satan to have his short-lived victory in his favorite year, the Year of the Dragon. It's not hard for me to imagine that God was perfectly happy to let Satan have his Big Day in his favorite year before raining on his parade. I think God was content to let Satan have his brief moment in the sun, and let him believe he had vanquished the promised Redeemer and thwarted the divine plan.

No? Consider: By allowing Satan to briefly savor his victory in his own special Year of the Dragon, Christ's resounding response in the spiritual realm during the three days He was in the tomb would have been that much more powerfully poetic. Think of it: Jesus suddenly shows up in Hades and crashes Satan's big victory party, does a little preaching, and then empties Paradise and leads all the righteous Old Testament saints with Him to heaven because their sins had been eternally removed by His precious blood, not just temporarily covered by the blood of sheep and goats.

And imagine Jesus doing this—spoiling Satan's efforts to keep the dominion over the earth he had won in the Garden of Eden, and also spoiling Satan's efforts to permanently rob Him of the chance to return to establish His promised kingdom on earth—in the year that was (and still is) so near and dear to Satan's heart:

The Year of the Dragon.

Sweet, wouldn't you agree? After all, God and Satan have had their fair share of tête-à-têtes, just as we read about in Job 1:6–12 where Satan approaches God and engages Him in a bit of gamesmanship, for lack of a better word. Satan challenges Job's faithfulness, and in response God allows Satan to test Job (with the limitation set in place that Satan couldn't take his life). God puts His money on Job remaining faithful.

And God wins.

Or how about during the Tribulation, when God sends a strong delusion onto the hardened, unbelieving portion of His people Israel around its midpoint to make sure they all believe the lie that Satan's man is the promised Redeemer. Now, understand that by doing this, God is actually making Satan's job a little easier—in a sense He is helping to clear the way for Satan to establish his pathetic little excuse of a kingdom. Why? So His righteous judgment on Satan and all his followers will be even more fully, gloriously justified when God crushes Satan's kingdom out of existence.

And God wins.

Anyway, so much for Satan's first Big Day two thousand years ago, in which Christ played the role of the party pooper, to put it mildly. But with that said...

Stand by: The second of Satan's two

Big Days is drawing excitingly close.

Satan's second Big Day

Although Satan's first Big Day two thousand years ago turned out to be a Big Dud, never fear: He has another Big Day to look forward to. His next Big Day will be the day he is finally turned loose to establish his kingdom, during the latter part of which he will make a supreme effort to pull the plug on the Second Coming by completely wiping out the Jewish people so they cannot implore Jesus to return to save them at the climax of the Great Tribulation, as per Hosea 5:15.

And by "turned loose," I mean "unrestrained." OK, time for one last pop quiz:

Q. When does Satan become unrestrained?

A. When the Restrainer is removed...duh.

Q. And when is the Restrainer removed?

A. When His temple is removed from earth and relocated to heaven.

Q. And when does that happen?

A. At the Rapture, when His temple is caught up to be with the Lord.

So Satan's first Big Day may very well have occurred in Satan's special year—the Year of the Dragon—in AD 32, and anyone who is watching the unfolding of end-time prophecy knows that Satan's second Big Day is looming and could literally occur at any time.

But if Satan's first Big Day really did occur in AD 32 during Satan's special year (and it's a safe bet that it did according to the work of a lot of pretty sharp people whose opinions I respect), it would make scary sense if his second Big Day was likewise set to occur in his special year—the Year of the Dragon.

And that would be (drum roll, please): 2024.

T-h-a-t-'s right, boys and girls. If you've seen or heard anything at all about the Chinese New Year on TV or on the Internet or wherever, then you probably already know this:

2024 is in fact the Year of the Dragon.

 * * * (brief pause to let that sink in) * * *  

Note that 2024 completes the 166th of these 12-year cycles since AD 32:

32 + (166 x 12) = 32 + 1992 = 2024.

Hmm...166 cycles, eh? Interesting. And as I said, I'm sure that it wouldn't bother God one little bit to accommodate Satan by allowing him kick off his efforts to establish his kingdom in his pet year, the Year of the Dragon. God would essentially be toying with him, in effect saying to him:

"You're on, Dragon Dude! It's your big Year of the D-R-A-G-O-N! Show us whatcha got...before I drop judgment on you!"

The day or the hour: I am 100 percent certain that Satan does NOT know the day of the Rapture. However, I can live with the idea of God allowing him to know the year it will fall in—and I suspect Satan already knows it's going to fall in his special year, as was probably the case for the Crucifixion.

Of course, Satan's second Big Day is also going to turn out to be a Big Dud just like the first, because in spite of the best efforts of Satan and his man the Antichrist—efforts that will be formally launched the day of the Rapture when Satan becomes unrestrained—God is ultimately going to protect the believing Jewish remnant in the wilderness until He returns at the Second Coming. And a believing Jewish remnant that survives until the end of the Tribulation so they can call upon the name of the LORD to save them from certain annihilation spells doom for Dragon Dude and his fledgling kingdom.

So, just like Satan's grand plan to take out the Messiah two thousand years ago failed, so will his grand plan to completely wipe out the Jews in the Tribulation during his kingdom and as a result cancel Christ's return to establish His kingdom. And make no mistake: *That's precisely why wiping out the Jews is an absolutely essential part of Satan's plan:

He's got everything riding on it.

*Note: Try explaining this to people who are sashaying through cities with their Palestinian flags and their "From the river to the sea" signs, and spewing venomous, anti-Semitic vitriol at pro-Hamas demonstrations—and watch it bounce off their heads and their hearts. May a merciful God get through to at least a few of them before it's too late.

One clear, compelling picture

Again, let me emphasize that some of what I have discussed in this article is Greg's personal brand of home-brewed, grade A speculation. And that's how I want you to take it. If you are inclined to agree with what I have written, that's fine. If not, that's fine, too. It's in the job description.

I'm literally groaning as I write this, however, because even though I personally have eyed 2024 as a compelling year for the Rapture for several years now, a couple of months ago I actually swore to myself that I wouldn't write anything that smacked of YouToobery in regard to a 2024 Rapture for the rest of the year—you know, like "RAPTURE IN 2024!!! IT'S A BIBLE LOCK!!!," ad infinitum, ad deridiculum. I was planning to do my best to abstain from writing anything sensational about the Rapture possibly being in 2024 until I woke up on the morning of January 2, 2025 (you know, the International Dateline and all that). That was sort of my New Year's Resolution, more or less. And I have to say it lasted longer than most I've made in the past.

Which explains why I so seldom make New Year's Resolutions anymore.

But here's the thing, and there's really no way around it. There's no easy way to just toss this all off or summarily dismiss it all with a wave of the hand. It's difficult to casually write it all off as coincidence, because...

The dragon really is a snake with legs, and it really is a creature closely linked with Satan. And the Chinese really have worshiped and venerated a wise, powerful creature remarkably similar to the one that deceived Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden since well before the dispersion of people from Babel. And AD 32 really was the Year of the Dragon. And there's an excellent chance that Christ really was crucified in AD 32. And so that particular Year of the Dragon really may have been the year in which Satan helped arrange to have the Redeemer crucified, wrongly assuming he had outplayed God. And so it would be extremely fitting if it were also in the Year of the Dragon when Satan finally became unrestrained and was able to launch his efforts to establish his kingdom and ultimately try to outplay God a second time as soon as the Restrainer is lifted at the Rapture—which really could occur in the current year of 2024.

Yes, some of these items qualify as speculation—but taken all together I believe they paint one clear, compelling picture.

Oh, I forgot to add one final item to the above list:

...and the current year of 2024 really is the Year of the Dragon.

So, as a result of everything we have discussed, it is with a profound sense of end-time excitement and active anticipation that I say to you all:

Happy Year of the Dragon!

Hope to see you all

soon and very soon!

From Greg Lauer @ A Little Strength—FEB '24
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  1. There are many reasons to believe that the rapture may occur this year. I don't think it will ever be possible to know with certainty the date of the rapture in advance. However, God has given us signs to watch for and commanded us to watch. It's very possible the fact that 2024 is the year of the dragon is highly significant. The 24 elders in Revelation are symbolic of the raptured church, so the fact that this year is 2024 may also matter. This is the 7th year since the sign of the woman; that may matter as well. I've posted a paper where I discuss this topic in a lot more detail: http://stories.cyragon.com/2024/01/predicting-the-rapture/

  2. Brother Greg, love this article and your sense of humor. Makes a lot of sense --especially in combination with all else that is going on on so many fronts. I don't know what to think about ancient civilizations pre-dating the 6000 year timeline from Adam, but I just leave those things that are too much for me to grasp to the side to chew on the meat of what I can. Thanks again! Blessings

  3. Also...

    When you go into some of the details of these pagan (solar) worshiping cults all around the world who also seem to build pyramids for some reason (essence of Nimrod maybe), it sure is funny how many fathered "serpents" show up as a main deity.


    Prayers for Israel and her people.

    Keep the word, and don't deny His name. Endure patiently.

    🚫 🍇

    🦊 Jack Foxman on the Wall

  4. And I remember Rev 12 again after all these years...

    Revelation 12:3-9

    Then another sign appeared in heaven: a huge red dragon with seven heads, ten horns, and seven royal crowns on his heads. His tail swept a third of the stars from the sky, tossing them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, ready to devour her child as soon as she gave birth.

    And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter. And her child was caught up to God and to His throne. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where God had prepared a place for her to be nourished for 1,260 days.

    Then a war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But the dragon was not strong enough, and no longer was any place found in heaven for him and his angels. And the great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.

  5. Brava Greg L.! This 'monkey' agrees and applauds your research and theory. May Ruach HaKo'desh continue to lead and guide you this year. Thank you for this well presented article. On Sept. 23, 2017 I Identified Revelation 12 as having a great part in current day events, and have not varied from that attitude. This year is a definite " high watch time "!

    1. Along this line I think about the fact that next month is the second eclipse of the set, almost 7 years apart.

      Tends to remind me of the abundant 7 years, before the lean 7 years, of Joseph's interpretation of Pharaoh's dreams of corn and cows.

      Sure, a lot has happened in the last 6 1/2 years, but relatively speaking we've all had it good. And now just about everybody believer or not is waiting for a shoe to drop on the world.

      2024 makes a lot of sense for our exit.

  6. Could there be a correlation between the year of the dragon and the second part of the Revelation 12 sign? We'll know when we see an intense meteor shower. Thanks Greg!

  7. There is an interesting prophetic dream from pastor Ryan Johnson on the topic of the dragon. I downloaded the script about 7 years ago but the video is no more on YouTube (I couldn't find it). In short: He sees a flood in Washington DC and people are wading through the water. Then a huge crocodile comes out of the water devouring some people radomly. People are terrified who would be next. Then a huge dragon appears and this beast fights with the crocodile. Finally the dragon manages to kill the crocodile and people cheer the dragon. In his vision the people begin to worship the dragon because he overcomes the crocodile. Pastor Ryan Johnson then explains that the huge crocodile of which the people were afraid, symbolizes Donald Trump. He will face an opponent who will "kill" him. It all appeared to be a vain vission because it was not fulfilled in the 2020 election and the current president is not a dragon. But it seems to me that it could be fullfilled this year in the november 2024 election. The people will begin to worship whoever defeats Donald Trump. In this respect I don't think it will be Joe Bidden so perhaps his health will not permit him to run a second time for office and another leader (the antichrist?) would take his place. It is still speculation but it does make sense with the above article of brother Greg. "The year of the dragon"

  8. Neat! And 7 years later iss the year of the pig. When the devils are cast into swine and fall in the pit!

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  11. It could be that huge prophetic events will occur in the run-up to Passover and Pentecost. I think we also have to monitor the elections for the European Parliament in June of this year. Because these elections can easily usher in the formation of the 10-nation European Revived Roman Empire and the subsequent arrival of the antichrist from that empire.

    Europe wants to strengthen its defense, see https://defence-industry-space.ec.europa.eu/eu-defence-industry/edis-our-common-defence-strategy_en "European Defence Industrial Strategy" and https://www.politico.eu/article/peace-dividend-dead-brussels-plan-war-ukraine-eurobonds-thierry-breton/ "Europe starts war machine to wean itself off US weapons".

    This could be a part of the fulfillment about the Revived Roman Empire.

  12. IT'S OFFICIAL...

    Sweden officially joins NATO, becoming alliance’s 32nd member

    Quoting, CNN,

    " Sweden officially joined NATO on Thursday after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine spurred it to rethink its defense policy and abandon its long held position of neutrality."

    "Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson formally handed over accession documents to the US State Department in Washington, DC, the final step of a months-long process to gain the approval of all members to allow his country to become the alliance’s 32nd member."

    Now, how about a fun fact?

    It's now 77 days to the bright morning, Bethlehem Star event in the constellation Taurus at the right-hand of the Sun before the seven stars of the Pleiades.


    1. PR, end times ministries, irvin Baxter 3/14 video on macron ac

  13. What no rapture predictions? Haven't seen many lately. So much for that fig tree gen theory.

  14. Brother Greg, Happy Birthday! As is written on your article. Great work before the Lord! Thank you! Studying and sharing it!

  15. Wonderful encouragement by our Brother Greg Lauer in the above article for a very possible 2024 Rapture!

    More and more evidence is coming forth to confirm this, but the ULTIMATE PUZZLE PIECE is Israel, specifically, Jerusalem, "the cup of trembling" of Zechariah 12. In a Commentary I read that CALVIN with the Septuagint translates it as, "threshold of destruction," on which the nations shall stumble and be crushed when they attempt to cross it.

    We may possibly see this FINAL PUZZLE PIECE --the dividing of Jerusalem--be announced at the commemoration of Passover--also known as the Threshold Covenant! (For more on this read PASSOVER ACCELERATION--"MY SON'S RETURN FOR THE BRIDE IS IMMINENT"

    As most here know, the Hebrew calendar shows Passover beginning April 22 (14 days after the 2nd Great American Total Solar Eclipse). Whether the nations announce Israel's division then or not, I join those who are expectant of events accelerating the REV 12 MAN CHILD into TRANSITION and hopefully a 2024 BIRTH!

  16. While some may consider it myths, I personally have seen a small and whitish snake with small leg. I was very much surprised but I couldn't relate it well because I was jut young and people couldn't understand me. I therefore submit to have seen a snake ŵith small legs and it walks up head While the rest of it body crawling down.

    1. Somewhere in my stash is an article showcasing a fossil of a four legged snake. Not myth but physical reality. Biblical truth.

    2. This was identified as a snake. IIRC, snakes have remnants of legs.

    3. Ah! I just noticed the link Joe. That may be the specimen I spoke of. The article is several years old by now that I found.

  17. Interesting side note to the "Year of the Dragon". I'm not sure what other think of Jonathan Cahn, but his newest book, due out this fall is called "The Dragon's Prophecy: Israel, the Dark Resurrection, and the End of Days ". Coincidence?

  18. PUTIN 2024

    Now that the activity of appearing to hold an election in Russia has concluded, the plot thickens as to who's who as the stage is set for those to receive goads in their cheeks and be drawn into battle against the Children of Israel,

    Quoting, CNN,

    "President Vladimir Putin has tightened his grip on the country he has ruled since the turn of the century, winning Russia’s stage-managed election by an overwhelming majority in a result that was a foregone conclusion.

    Putin won 87.3% of the vote on a record turnout of 77.5%, the Central Election Commission (CEC) reported Monday after all the ballots from the three-day presidential vote were counted.

    The result means Putin will rule until at least 2030, when he will be 77. Russia’s longest-serving leader since Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, he will secure a third full decade of rule.

    With most opposition candidates either dead, jailed, exiled or barred from running – and with dissent effectively outlawed in Russia since it launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 – Putin faced no credible challenge to his rule."

    Thus is some of the news of this last day of Winter per the Essene calendar. The calendar of the Zadok priest and the Order of Melchizedek. What evil is taking root in the world? Summer is drawing nearer and nearer.

    Come Lord Jesus, come!



    Today is New Year's Eve (Adar 30) on the Essene calendar. Tomorrow is what is known as the Tekufah; one of four uncounted days on the calendar that mark the change from season to season which begins at sunset. Tomorrow night at sunset begins (Nisan 1) the Spring Day of Remembrance (New Year's Day) along with the Spring Equinox at 0306 (UTC). Just 66 days to the bright morning, Bethlehem Star.

    Another day closer to the Day of our Blessed Hope!

  20. Explosive star event will create once-in-a-lifetime sight in the sky.

    Quoting, CNN,

    "Astronomers are expecting a “new star” to appear in the night sky anytime between now and September, and it promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime celestial sight, according to NASA.

    The expected brightening event, known as a nova, will occur in the Milky Way’s Corona Borealis, or Northern Crown constellation, which is located between the Boötes and Hercules constellations."

    With everything that's going on in the world today. Hmmm....

    Wouldn't that be something if a supernova was part of the sign?

    Regardless, Jesus is coming back!



    1. quoting from a song by the Ozark Mountain Daredevils,. " there's a new star * on the horizon, and it nearly fills the sKy, Thank you Lord,. You made it right" ~~~

    2. PR--When I heard about this coming supernova (can't remember how I heard about it but it was recent), it reminded me of a prophetic dream a Brother in Christ had which I shared in The Christmas Star and the Rapture.

      In his dream, however, the star was not an expected supernova but an extraordinary sign that amazed all the religions of the world. The celestial signs just keep coming☀️🌎🌑🪐

    3. The Silent Guns of LOVE will B L A S T the sKy! ~ just sayin' *

  21. Did you know that there is a slight increase in seismic activity before, during and after an eclipse? Well, let's just say this could be another reason why regions are instating disaster preparedness, declaring a State of Emergency, and sending National Guardsmen to cities along the path of totality. With all the prophecies of a New Madrid-related earthquake I was led to post an--




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