The Belly of the Dragon
Jesus told His apostles, "Do not be surprised at this, for the hour is coming when the dead will leave their graves at the sound of his voice: those who did good will rise again to life; and those who did evil, to condemnation." (Jn.5:28-29).
Prophesying about that coming time, Jeremiah quoted God thus, "I will punish Bel in Babylon and take from his mouth what he has swallowed." (Jer.51:44).
It is possible to see our concept of the grave (i.e., 'Forest Lawn ') as an image of the mouth of the dragon. When it swallows us up in death Satan seems to have won his war. But the promise of Jesus is that God's power over the grave is absolute.
When God called us into this world to live for a time in the flesh, He raised us up out of a dungeon -- a dungeon scripture calls the belly of the dragon -- a pit we can see reflected in the graves we must return to at the end of our lives . And it is from this same belly that we will be resurrected on the Day of Judgement.
On that day those who pursue evil will follow the dragon into the lake of fire, but the people who chose to follow Jesus will escape with their lives.
1. 'The Clock of God', Chapter 3, 'The Return of God'
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