When the exiles arrived at the Lord’s Temple in Jerusalem, some of the leaders of the clans gave freewill offerings to help rebuild the Temple on its old site. They gave as much as they could for this work, and the total came to 1,030 pounds of gold, 5,740 pounds of silver, and 100 robes for priests.(Ezra 2:68-69) Good News Translation
The idea that the presence of God dwells in a specific place, as a theme, doesn’t get picked up until King David wanted to build a temple. Up until that time the Lord used a tabernacle as the center of worship.
However, it quickly becomes clear that having a fixed abode was always the intention, and with that in mind we can trace the specific location that God had in mind back through scripture. Not only that, but now that we’ve deduced a Biblical plan for particle physics and a theory of gravitation, we can clearly see that the pattern of creation is to have an absolute frame of reference.
We all have the same evidence. Our choice of paradigm determines what we think it’s evidence of.– Matty’s Razor
In case you’re worried that the theory of relativity makes it impossible for there to be an absolute frame of reference DON’T PANIC. Relativity is Einstein’s attempt to induce a rationalization of the premise that there’s no absolute frame of reference. That’s not the same as proving that there isn’t one, and it’s why he failed to develop a unified field theory.
Part of the meaning of the phrase the foundations of the Earth in Hebrew is that there is a fixed point in space. It’s found in the Hebrew makon. This pertains specifically to the location of the gravitational singularity around which the Earth formed, and which will be the location of the New Jerusalem where the Lord will come down to dwell with his people.
That’s a brief summary of the physics, but we can also see this as a theme throughout scripture. We can resolve the location of Eden with Jerusalem and the temple. The best way to do it is to work our way backwards using the hydrological system which is described in Ezekiel 47. There are 4 data points that we can use to relate Jerusalem in the Millennial kingdom with the garden of Eden.
|1||Ezekiel’s vision of the Millennial Kingdom temple||Ezekiel 47:1-12|
|2||The location of the first temple||2 Chronicles 3:1|
|3||The location where Abraham went to sacrifice Isaac||Genesis 22:2|
|4||The hydrological cycle in the garden of Eden||Genesis 2:10-14|
Eden was where the original hydrological cycle began. Water up-welled in Eden and fed four rivers which watered the surface of the Earth. We develop our doctrine of the formation of the dry land in the devotional for March, and we work out the geography of the original Earth in the series of posts from March 3-8.
The remnants of the garden of Eden were where Abraham went to sacrifice Isaac. It’s also where Solomon built the first temple. This is where the hydrological system will be reestablished in the Millennial Kingdom. We cover this in the devotional for November. Water will again up well at Jerusalem and become a river large and wide enough to heal the waters in the oceans and rivers.
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