There Go the Dinosaurs (Chick tract)
There Go the Dinosaurs is a tract written by the evangelist Jack Chick, concerning the fate of the dinosaurs and the fate of mankind if they do not accept Jesus Christ. It was released to the public in September, 2007.
The 'dragon' hunt
A closeup of a reptilian face displaying a look of horror.
- Dinosaur (thinking): "Gasp... I think he saw me! I've got to hide!"
A 'dinosaur hunter' with a spear in his hand runs out of the forest towards two of his companions.
- Dino hunter 1: "I saw one... I saw one... Everybody follow me!"
- Dino hunter 2: "Grab your weapons!"
The dinosaur is shown climbing a mountain towards the clouds at the peak.
- Dinosaur (thinking): "If I can get into the clouds, I'll be safe. I'm so tired, I have to rest."
Another dinosaur hunter points to large footprints on the ground.
- Dino hunter 3: "I see her tracks... This way!"
Again we see the dinosaur, stopping just a few feet away from the protection of the cloud cover to deliver some exposition.
- Dinosaur (thinking): "I can hear them... they're getting close! A few more feet and I'll be safe."
A close-up of the dinosaur's face, framed by clouds.
- Dinosaur (thinking): "Thank goodness I'm in the clouds. Nobody can see me now."
A dinosaur hunter points off-panel at something he's spotted, while another looks on behind him. Judging from the axe and spear hoisted over their shoulders, we assume that there is a gang of more hunters behind them.
- Dino hunter 3: "I think I see her."
- Dino hunter 1: "Where?"
- Dino hunter 3: "Look!"
(Panel 8) A wide shot of the dinosaur's body sticking out of the cloud - it has foolishly hidden only its head. A dino hunter stands behind it, brandishing a spear and shouting "HAW!"
(Panel 9) Dino hunters climb down the mountain in pairs, carrying large slabs of dinosaur meat lashed to poles. A child and his dog greet them as they pass.
- Dino hunter 2: "Yummy dino-burgers tonight."
- Child: "Yeah, my favorite!"
- Dino hunter 1: "This will take us 36 trips."
'Why is it so hard to find dragons anymore?'
A child and his grandfather are seated at a table. The child is holding what appears to be a shish-kebab.
- Child: "Grandpa... why is it so hard to find dragons anymore?"
- Grandfather: "They're a dying breed. Who knows? You may be eating the very last one!"
- CAPTION: Where did the dinosaurs go?
An angry looking professor stands before a class, pointing to one of many dinosaur posters behind him.
- Professor: "Millions of years ago... ...only the dinosaurs ruled the world."
The professor clutches his fist angrily.
- Professor: "Do you know what killed them? A giant comet hit the earth!"
- CAPTION: Is that how the dinosaurs died?
- CAPTION: No! It's all a story told by people who don't trust God.
A scene of the Garden of Eden, with a faceless God standing before Adam, Eve, and several species of animals, including a large and small dinosaur.
- CAPTION: And God should know. After all, He was there.
- CAPTION: So what did God say happened?
- God created man, animals, and plants - in the same week!* They were created, not evolved.
A scene of various species of animals, including an elephant, lion, zebra, peacock, and stegosaurus.
- CAPTION: That includes the dinosaurs.
- FOOTNOTE: See Genesis 1:1-2:3
- CAPTION: God said that only the fruit of one tree was off limits.
The forbidden tree of knowledge is shown, with a tiny Adam and Eve beneath it. On either side of the panel we see God's admonishing hand on the left, and a large, legged serpent on the right.
- CAPTION: But Eve wanted to try it, and Satan saw her weakness. He pushed her, and Adam and Eve disobeyed God. Mankind was lost.*
- FOOTNOTE: See Genesis 3
- CAPTION: God turned away from them. They were thrown out of the garden.
A caveman stands, arms akimbo and a large club in his right hand, over the bloody body of someone he has apparently just killed. From the captions, we are to assume that this is Cain, and the deceased is Abel.
- CAPTION: Their firstborn killed his godly little brother.* From there, everything went down hill.
- Look what happened next ->
- FOOTNOTE: Genesis 4:1-16
- CAPTION: They rejected God and created their own gods. Before long, the whole world was filled with wickedness.
A statue of a reptilian monster stands on the left side of the panel with a burning brazier in his lap. On the right, a group of worshippers prepares to sacrifice a baby into the fire. It appears as if the baby's mother is in the panel as well, clutching at the child, but this isn't clear.
- CAPTION: "Every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." Genesis 6:5
- CAPTION: God is righteous. He must punish sin. Yet He gave them 120 years to repent. Everyone ignored Him except Noah.
Noah stands before some unrepentant people. In the background, we can see the ark being constructed.
- Noah: "Turn from your wickedness!"
- Crowd (in unison): "Shut up!"
- Unrepentant person: "Why should we?"
- CAPTION: God had him build a ship that could hold every kind of animal in the world.
- CAPTION: God put dragons* and other animals in the ark... because the mother of storms was about to hit.
Two pairs of large dinosaurs walk obediently side-by-side into the loading bay of the ark; behind them, a smaller pair of mammals follow, completely unfazed by the creatures ahead of them.
- CAPTION: When they got inside, God shut the door.**
- FOOTNOTE: * In 1841 they were renamed "dinosaurs"!
- FOOTNOTE: ** See Genesis 7:16
- CAPTION: The storm hit, the earth went into convulsions, the underground water shattered the earth's surface, the canopy of water above the earth collapsed.
We see the ark, rolling waves below it, dark skies and lightning above it.
- CAPTION: Plants, animals and people were drowned and sandwiched with the dinosaurs into layers of mud and rock, except...
- CAPTION: Those dinosaurs that were in the ark were "fruitful and multiplied" like other animals.
This panel is a touching scene, with a small dinosaur hatching from an egg, saying "Mama!", and the mother dinosaur looking over it and sniffing with a tear in her eye, thinking "He's beautiful!"
- CAPTION: But now the dinosaurs had a big problem... THE AIR HAD CHANGED!
- CAPTION: Remember those trillions of destroyed plants? They made the air rich with oxygen. And big animals need lots of it to survive.
Two dinosaurs, a stegosaurus-type and brontosaurus-type, cough as two volcanoes spout smoke and ash into the air.
- CAPTION: In the thinner air it was harder to breathe - they got slower and easier to catch.
We are returned to the child and his grandfather who are enjoying some dinosaur (or is it dragon?) kebabs.
- Child: "Grandpa, I wish I could have seen the earth, and that beautiful garden before the flood!"
- Grandfather: "That's the price of sin, my boy!"
- CAPTION: Now you know how the dinosaurs really died. Because of sin, the Lord destroyed the earth by water*.
But the next time...
- FOOTNOTE: 2 Peter 3:5-6
- CAPTION: IT WILL BE BY FIRE!
Picture of FIRE!!!
- CAPTION: But the day the Lord will come... the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also... shall be burnt up." 2 Peter 3:10
- CAPTION: AND THAT'S NOT ALL...