Monday, January 16 2012
The Garden In Eden
In the beginning, "the LORD God" (see The First Act Of Faith) created the heavens and the earth (see Are We In Heaven Now? to understand why the Word of God uses "heavens"; see also What Does Word of God Mean To You?).
"2:4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, 2:5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. 2:6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. 2:7 And 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 [see What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?]." (Genesis 2:4-7 KJV)
The English word "Eden" originated from a Hebrew word, pronounced ay-den, which means pleasure or delightful. Such was the name, not given to the "garden of Eden," but to the place where the LORD planted the garden i.e. "the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden." According to the Holy Scriptures, Eden wasn't the garden; Eden was the larger area within which the limited-area garden was planted. There, the LORD God "put the man whom he had formed." The LORD also then planted the trees of the garden in Eden.
"2:8 And the LORD God [see also From The Foundation Of The World] planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil." (Genesis 2:8-9 KJV)
The specific location of the garden that the LORD planted in Eden is not recorded in the Scriptures, other than that "a river went out of Eden to water the garden" i.e. a single river of Eden flowed into the Garden in Eden (or "Garden of Eden" - both terms are correct, while "the Garden was Eden" is not Biblically correct). It then divided into four rivers; while two of them are unknown today, two others remain evident - the Euphrates and the Hiddekel (an earlier name for the Tigris River). Note from the topographical map why the rivers flow as they do in that valley region; the map also shows why Noah's ark landed to the north, on the mountains there (see The Voyage To The New World).
"2:10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. 2:11 The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; 2:12 And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone. 2:13 And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia. 2:14 And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates." (Genesis 2:10-14 KJV)
While the first human was created in Eden, he was not created in the Garden of Eden - as we've read, the Garden in Eden didn't yet exist when "Adam" was created. The first (and only) human to begin life in the Garden of Eden was the woman (Adam was created outside of the Garden, but in Eden; Eve's children were born outside of the Garden, but in Eden).
"2:15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
"The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there He put the man whom He had formed"
The Garden in Eden was the place where humans became sinners - by doing as they lustfully pleased with Satan's "interpretation" of God's Word (see Do You Want A Servant Or A Serpent?) - the very same tactic that Satan used in the Temptation of Christ e.g. "4:6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone" (Matthew 4:6 KJV).
"3:1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
The humans were then evicted from the Garden in Eden. The first humans thereafter found themselves outside of the Garden boundaries ("the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden") - still in Eden (as we will read momentarily), but outside of the Garden.
"3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them. 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: 3:23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life." (Genesis 3:21-24 KJV)
The first humans to be born did so in Eden, but outside of the Garden; "Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground."
"4:1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. 4:2 And she again bare his brother Abel.
While his parents had been cast out of the Garden in Eden, Cain was then exiled from Eden itself - "Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden."
"4:9 And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother?
This Day In History, January 16
27 BC: With his defeat of the remnant of the Greek Empire (see The Cleopatra Connection), Octavian ("Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus"), thereafter known as Caesar Augustus, became the first Roman emperor (see The Politics Of Rome and Pax Romana: The Birth Of The Roman Empire). Augustus was emperor at the time of the birth of Jesus Christ (Luke 2:1-7; see also Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate?).
1120: The Council of Nablus established the laws of "the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1412: The Medici family was appointed the official banker of the Papacy.
1547: Ivan IV (Ivan the Terrible) became the first Russian Czar ("Czar" is the Russian version of "Caesar").
1556: Charles I of Spain was succeeded by his son, Philip II.
1572: Thomas Howard, the 4th Duke of Norfolk, was tried for treason for his involvement in the Ridolfi plot to restore Catholicism in England.
1581: The English Parliament outlawed Roman Catholicism after repeated attempts at invasion, government overthrow and assassination of English kings by the Papacy after Henry VIII (reigned 1509-1547) declared independence from Rome.
1604: At the Hampton Court Conference in England, John Rainolds presented to King James I the motion "that there might be a new translation of the Bible." Approved the next day, Rainolds' motion led to the 1611 publication of the "Authorized" King James Version of the Bible.
1642: French settlers were given land in Acadia (what is today eastern Canada). Years later, when the British took possession of the area, many of the Acadians left for the French colonies in Louisiana, where "Acadian" came to be pronounced as "Cajun."
1756: The Treaty of Westminster was signed by King George II of England and Frederick of Prussia, providing Hanover's neutrality during the Anglo-French wars.
1780: The British under Admiral George Rodney defeated a Spanish squadron at Cape St. Vincent, thus relieving Gibraltar.
1809: The British army under Sir John Moore defeated a superior French force at the battle of Corunna; Moore was killed in the battle.
1920: "Prohibition" in the U.S. began, outlawing the sale or manufacture of alcohol. It became the biggest money-maker for organized crime for many years (later replaced by narcotics).
1945: Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) returned to his Berlin bunker (the "Fuhrerbunker" - the "leader" then led his country from a hole in the ground) where he would remain for the few remaining months of his life. This date is also regarded as the end of the failed German Ardennes offensive, known as the Battle of The Bulge.
1950: Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg recognized Israel de jure.
1956: The Egyptian government made Islam the state religion.
1969: The Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 completed the first-ever docking of manned spacecraft in orbit, and the first-ever transfer of crew from one space vehicle to another.
1979: The Shah of Iran was forced into exile by Ayatollah Khomeini. Iran thereby went from being ruled by a fascist (i.e. an unelected dictator) CIA-controlled king to a Muslim-controlled "democratic" state.
1982: Britain re-established full diplomatic relations with the Vatican i.e. the Church of Rome ("18:3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her" Revelation 18:3 KJV).
1991: The (first) Iraq war ("Operation Desert Storm") began with the massive bombing of targets in Iraq and occupied Kuwait.
2003: The Space Shuttle Columbia was launched on its final mission; it disintegrated 16 days later while attempting re-entry.