Bible Geography Pt. 1
The subject of Bible geography is a very interesting one. Since the time of Creation, Bible geography has played a huge role in the understanding of so-called “pre-history”, which has sadly been perverted with devilish doctrines of anaerobic organisms and evolutionary progression. Although scientists won’t admit it, much of the geographical knowledge we have to day about the Middle East actually originates right from the Bible. The location of rivers and deserts in the Bible are very close to the location of those rivers and deserts today. The location of mountains and mountain ranges in the Bible is very accurate compared to other books of its day. Over the years, we have seen more and more archaeological excavations that confirm the locations of many biblical events, from both the Old and New Testaments. Let’s just face it–the Bible is complete truth. Not only is it truth about the spiritual, it is truth about the physical, and therefore we can glean very important knowledge from God’s Word, as well as spiritual food for our soul. It is so sad that the minds of many scientists today are blinded from seeing the truth and many scientists simply ignore the Bible in their attempts to come up with an “evolutionary plan” of progression for the human race. Alright, enough on that. Let’s move on.
I think the most interesting part of Bible geography would be at the time of Creation. Think about that for a second. The Earth was basically brand new, all the rivers and gardens and forests had just been created by Almighty God. God’s brilliance is manifested throughout all of Creation, even after the Flood. The first reference to geography in the Bible is in Genesis 2:8.
And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
Genesis 2:8 (KJV)
The Bible says that the “LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden…” Prior to this first geographical reference, the Bible never tells us any specific location as to where God put the animals and everything he created. However, based upon the wording of the first chapter of Genesis, we can infer that these events were universal. Here, God decides to give a location to indicate that this garden did not extend across the entire earth, but rather in an individual location. God planted the garden eastward in Eden.
The second mention of geography in the Bible is in Genesis 2:10-14.
“Genesis 2:10” And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.
“Genesis 2:11” The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;
“Genesis 2:12” And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.
“Genesis 2:13” And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia.
“Genesis 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)
We see here that the Bible begins to get very specific about the location of man and the garden. However, if we look a little deeper into our text, we notice that the LORD becomes more descriptive about geography after man was created. God wanted to make sure that he placed mankind in the right part of the garden, where they would flourish and be able to multiply. How brilliant is God! In this verse, we also see the first mention of a river: “And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.” Notice the intelligence of God in this verse. Instead of God just letting one river water just a portion of Eden, God decided to allow the river to spread out into four tributaries, such that the entire region would be watered, not just one section of it. In verses eleven through fourteen, God gives us the names of those tributaries: “The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;” We immediately see the richness that God created the Earth with. We already see the first mention of gold in the Bible. The land of Havilah is thought to be in the proximity of northern Saudi Arabia today. Although that land is not rich in gold any more, another natural resource has developed out of that region: oil.
In verse twelve, not only does God tell us that there was gold in that land, he tells us that the gold is pure. “And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone. And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia. 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.” All of these four rivers ironically remain today. Even after the flood, these rivers are still in their same general locations as they were since the beginning of Creation. If that’s not evidence of biblical truth, I don’t know what is. In the next article on this subject, we will be discussing the striking similarities between the Bible geography in Genesis and the prophecies of the new Heaven and new Earth in Revelation.
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