Scary Monsters You’ll Find in the Bible

SharePinEmailWhen you think of monsters, you may immediately start to imagine the scary creatures in movies and books. But there are some very scary monsters that you’ll discover in the Bible that are capable of giving you nightmares. The Four Beasts In the Book of Daniel, the prophet has a vision of beasts. The four…

When you think of monsters, you may immediately start to imagine the scary creatures in movies and books. But there are some very scary monsters that you’ll discover in the Bible that are capable of giving you nightmares.

The Four Beasts

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In the Book of Daniel, the prophet has a vision of beasts. The four creatures emerge from the sea, representing the four empires. They are terrifying and destructive, but they pass from the Earth with only the kingdom of heaven enduring. 

The first beast is a lion/eagle hybrid, the second is like a bear, and the third is like a leopard, but with four heads and four wings. The final beast has 10 horns and iron teeth, and according to Daniel’s vision, it is the destroyer of the world. 

Pit Locust

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In Revelation, the 10 plagues include five months of torment in the form of pit locusts. These creatures had a scorpion-like stinger and destroyed all the edible plants. While this may not be as scary as some of the beasts on this list, the concept of locusts scouring thousands of square miles is terrifying. 

Leviathan

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The Leviathan is an Old Testament serpentine monster with multiple heads. This fierce monster became more commonplace as humans started to sail to faraway destinations. This beast has inspired sea creatures in fiction across the centuries. 

The First Beast

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Another scary monster is the First Beast. This imposing figure features in Revelation and has 10 horns, seven heads, and numerous blasphemous names. The heads are each supposed to represent a king. Some denominations view the First Beast as the antichrist, but others believe it was simply cast into perdition. 

The Second Beast 

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As its name would suggest, the Second Beast follows the First, emerging from the sea. The description of this monster is slightly sketchy, but “it performed great signs” including causing fire to rain down from the heavens. 

The Second Beast is also credited with the creation of the mark of the Beast, which is used to identify followers of the First Beast. 

The Behemoth

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In the Book of Job, the Behemoth was God’s first creation. It is a massive beast with tremendous power, described as a monster of chaos. This primeval monster was defeated at the beginning of the creation, but historians believe that it could be an exaggerated form of hippo or elephant. 

Nephilim

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The Nephilim are born of the daughters of man and the sons of God, making them demigods. They are described as giants who roamed the Earth. Many interpret the sons of God to be fallen like Lucifer, but others believe they are sons of Seth. 

Nephilim are evil beings and one of God’s purposes for Noah’s flood was to rid the Earth of them. 

Cherubim

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The name “Cherubim” doesn’t strike fear into our hearts. Many people will imagine the fat babies that feature on fountains and greeting cards. The cherubim in the Bible are otherworldly beings that have four distinct faces; a human face; the face of a lion; the face of an ox and the face of an eagle. They emerge from smoke and fire.  

Dragons

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While many would like to claim that dragons are the exclusive domain of fantasy novels, they are mentioned several times in the Bible. The dragon is referred to as an ancient serpent who is the devil, and they are a fearsome monster in the Bible and general fiction. 

Vampires

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Another scary monster that is thought to have been created in fiction is the vampire. There are 50 or more verses in the Bible that contain vampiric imagery. For example, in Proverbs, there is a passage about those whose teeth are swords and whose fangs are knives. 

Giants

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The most famous giant in the Bible is Goliath, but there are numerous mentions of giants throughout the Bible, including the Amorites who were a race of giants. Biblical scholars suggest that these monsters could be over 30 feet tall, with Amorites being as tall as cedars. This means that they could have stood 100 feet tall. 

Werewolves

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Werewolves date back to before Christianity. They can be found in texts from 440 BCE. While they are never mentioned explicitly in the Bible, there are mentions of lycanthropic figures including Nebuchadnezzar who went crazy and fled into the wilderness. 

Unicorns

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Many people think of unicorns as magical and peaceful creatures, but in the Bible, they are very scary. They have a single horn that is used to gore people and a body like a wild ox. 

The Cockatrice

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This is a cunning creature that not only has the bite of a snake, but it is winged and fiery. It is produced from a hen’s egg and denotes evil. 

Witches

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While “Wicca” has become trendy, in the Bible witches are sinful creatures who sacrifice people and have unholy and detestable practices. The act of witchcraft defiles you, so while you may not start a monster, you will ultimately be destroyed and possibly even destroy others. 

Mythical Monsters People Think Are Biblical

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While there are plenty of scary monsters in the Bible, there are some monsters that don’t appear in the Bible. These include:

Sirens

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While there are creatures in the Bible that try to lure or tempt humans, Sirens come from Greek mythology. These enchanting creatures live out at sea and would sing beautiful songs to lure sailors into rocky, dangerous waters. 

Minotaurs

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These part bull, part man creatures are highly dangerous, but they are mythical monsters from Ancient Greek stories. 

Harpies

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Harpies are vicious monsters from Greek Myths. They had the head of a woman and the body of a bird, and would “nail” the souls of lawbreakers and carry them to the Underworld. As agents of punishment, they were cruel and vicious. 

As you can see, the Bible and other ancient stories are filled with scary monsters that have inspired movies, books, and other media for centuries. So, next time you’re watching a scary movie, think about the origins of that big, frightening monster.

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