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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.
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.
"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.
Fact Finder: How and when did Jerusalem become an Israelite city?
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.
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.