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Sunday, November 29 2015

Ezekiel 36: Was The Garden Of Eden At Jerusalem?

"And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea"

There are some who believe that the Garden of Eden was located where the city of Jerusalem was later built (see Salem In History And Prophecy and the Fact Finder question below). They further believe that the river that watered Eden, as it flowed from Eden, then divided into the four major rivers of the Middle East and northern Africa that are specified in the Genesis account.

"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.

2:8 And the LORD God 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.

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 2:7-14 KJV)

Eden

It's a very interesting theory, apart from the geologic difficulties of having those four rivers get to what is today Iraq and Ethiopia from Jerusalem, while maintaining the natural purpose of rivers - to drain continental land masses into the oceans and seas that are at sea level. Gravity is the force of rivers. That God-created natural law is plainly evident in even the prophetic "living waters" that will indeed flow from Jerusalem - into the Mediterranean Sea and the Dead Sea.

"14:8 And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be. 14:9 And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one." (Zechariah 14:8-9 KJV)

It is nevertheless a very interesting theory that deserves careful consideration

With that in mind, carefully consider also a prophetic declaration of the LORD about mountains, and rivers, and Eden, as recorded by Ezekiel.

Mountain

"36:1 Also, thou son of man, prophesy unto the mountains of Israel, and say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the LORD: 36:2 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the enemy hath said against you, Aha, even the ancient high places are ours in possession: 36:3 Therefore prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because they have made you desolate, and swallowed you up on every side, that ye might be a possession unto the residue of the heathen, and ye are taken up in the lips of talkers, and are an infamy of the people: 36:4 Therefore, ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD; Thus saith the Lord GOD to the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys, to the desolate wastes, and to the cities that are forsaken, which became a prey and derision to the residue of the heathen that are round about; 36:5 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Surely in the fire of my jealousy have I spoken against the residue of the heathen, and against all Idumea, which have appointed my land into their possession with the joy of all their heart, with despiteful minds, to cast it out for a prey. 36:6 Prophesy therefore concerning the land of Israel, and say unto the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I have spoken in my jealousy and in my fury, because ye have borne the shame of the heathen: 36:7 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I have lifted up mine hand, Surely the heathen that are about you, they shall bear their shame.

36:8 But ye, O mountains of Israel, ye shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel; for they are at hand to come. 36:9 For, behold, I am for you, and I will turn unto you, and ye shall be tilled and sown: 36:10 And I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, even all of it: and the cities shall be inhabited, and the wastes shall be builded: 36:11 And I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bring fruit: and I will settle you after your old estates, and will do better unto you than at your beginnings: and ye shall know that I am the LORD. 36:12 Yea, I will cause men to walk upon you, even my people Israel; and they shall possess thee, and thou shalt be their inheritance, and thou shalt no more henceforth bereave them of men.

36:13 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because they say unto you, Thou land devourest up men, and hast bereaved thy nations; 36:14 Therefore thou shalt devour men no more, neither bereave thy nations any more, saith the Lord GOD. 36:15 Neither will I cause men to hear in thee the shame of the heathen any more, neither shalt thou bear the reproach of the people any more, neither shalt thou cause thy nations to fall any more, saith the Lord GOD.

36:16 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 36:17 Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own way and by their doings: their way was before me as the uncleanness of a removed woman. 36:18 Wherefore I poured my fury upon them for the blood that they had shed upon the land, and for their idols wherewith they had polluted it: 36:19 And I scattered them among the heathen, and they were dispersed through the countries: according to their way and according to their doings I judged them. 36:20 And when they entered unto the heathen, whither they went, they profaned my holy name, when they said to them, These are the people of the LORD, and are gone forth out of his land. 36:21 But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went.

36:22 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name's sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. 36:23 And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.

36:24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. 36:25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. 36:28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God. 36:29 I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you. 36:30 And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen. 36:31 Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations. 36:32 Not for your sakes do I this, saith the Lord GOD, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel.

36:33 Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities I will also cause you to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be builded. 36:34 And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by. 36:35 And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited. 36:36 Then the heathen that are left round about you shall know that I the LORD build the ruined places, and plant that that was desolate: I the LORD have spoken it, and I will do it.

36:37 Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will yet for this be enquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them; I will increase them with men like a flock. 36:38 As the holy flock, as the flock of Jerusalem in her solemn feasts; so shall the waste cities be filled with flocks of men: and they shall know that I am the LORD." (Ezekiel 36:1-38 KJV)

Fact Finder: How and when did Jerusalem become an Israelite city?
See the complete study series for the history of Jerusalem, beginning with A History Of Jerusalem: In The Beginning (links to all 20 of the studies are provided in each study)


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This Day In History, November 29

561: King Chlothar I died at Compiegne. His four sons (Charibert I, Guntram, Sigebert I and Chilperic I) divided the Frankish Kingdom, while continuing the Merovingian Dynasty.

Europe in 560
800: Charlemagne arrived at Rome to investigate the crimes of Pope Leo III (see The Holy Roman Empire and The Struggle For The Papacy).

1394: Korean king Yi Seong-gye, founder of the Joseon Dynasty, relocated his capital from Kaeso(ng to Hanyang (known today as Seoul).

1612: The Battle of Swally that reduced the Portuguese Empire's control of India.

1760: British forces took possession of Detroit. It was prior to that time a French military and trading colony, founded in 1701 by the French explorer Antoine de la Mothe, sieur de Cadillac (one of his descendants named the Cadillac automobile after him). "Detroit" is a French word that means the straits i.e. in that case referring to the river that flows from Lake Erie to Lake St. Clair (another French name).

1787: King Louis XVI of France granted political recognition of Protestants.

1798: In Canada, the legislature of the Island of St. John voted to change its name to Prince Edward Island.

1812: Napoleon's "Grand Army" crossed the Berezina River in retreat from a disastrous defeat in Russia.

1864: Over 400 Cheyenne and Arapahoe people (women, children and old men - most of the young men were already dead in battles to defend their homelands from the European invaders) who had surrendered, and were told that they could camp there in peace, were massacred by a force of 700 Colorado Militiamen led by Colonel John Chivington at Sand Creek, Colorado. That particular incident of the genocide of native Americans (among many, many others) is variously known to historians as "the Sand Creek Massacre" or the "Chivington Massacre."

1922: King Tutankhamen's tomb was opened by archaeologists.

1947: The United Nations General Assembly voted to partition "Palestine" (a word that is merely another pronunciation of "Philistine") into Jewish and Arab territories (see also Israel In History and Prophecy: The Balfour Declaration).

1961: NASA launched a chimpanzee named Enos into Earth orbit. The Russians had already launched the first human into space, Yuri Gagarin, earlier that year, on April 12 1961.

1963: U.S. President Lyndon Johnson appointed Chief Justice Earl Warren to head a commission to investigate the assassination of John F. Kennedy The "Warren Commission" declared that Lee Harvey Oswald was the sole assassin.

1964: The Roman Catholic Church replaced Latin with English in masses in some countries.

1974: A bill to outlaw the Irish Republican Army became law in Britain.

1989: Czechoslovakian dissidents ousted Communist party leader Milos Jakes.





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