PANGEA (300 Instances Ago)
Jerusalem is the center of the world and The Temple Mount where the Dome of the Rock Mosque of the Islamic Religion is the focus of the center. It's where some believe that Adam is buried (including the Muslims), the Mt. Moriah where Abraham was tested to sacrifice his son, David bought the threshing floor there from Araunah, and Christ was crucified there on Golgotha, according to Jewish writings "the place of the skull of Adam". In Islamic writings it is claimed that Mohammad ascended from the Temple Mount and went bodily to heaven. (That's easy to claim, but hard to believe because he's still entombed.)
If one looks at all the empires which ever existed, Jerusalem was indeed the center of the world. Kings, Pharoahs and Caesars looked upon the Temple Mount with different ideas in mind. It David's time it became Mt. Zion. There for instance the Roman General, later Caesar, built a temple to Jupiter and erected a statue of his own God, himself, in front of Jupiter's Temple. As each world empire grew, Jerusalem, even when utterly destroyed, became the center of the empire (or the civilized world). Why then could not this be the location of the Garden in Eden?
Scripture was very specific as to the location of the Garden. It was at the headwaters of four rivers: The Pison (around Havilah), the Gihon (around Ethipia), the Hiddekel (east of Assyria, which is the Tigris), and lastly, the Euphrates.
There is one problem: All four of these rivers don't run from a common head, In fact normally rivers flow into a common head. The solution to this enigma is that the world has changed. Continental drift is the term used to describe the pulling apart of the continents from one to what is there today. Experts look for the Garden on the globe of today. However, when Eden was created, the world was much different!
Psalm 65:9 "Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water: thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it."
It is clear that the river of God is the water created by God when he visited the earth. It was and is the "pure water of life". We can readily see from both verses that the river of God was the waters that he made in the beginning.
What is described here is a big island in the midst of the waters of the of the earth. This island had all the land that would be . Of course since this is ante-diluvian, either more or less of the land mass would be above the waters. At any rate it was huge because the "firmament" is an "expanse", suggesting that it was more a continent than and island.
Now refer to the map above. This is Pangea, what scientists have named the configuration of early earth. Of course they claim that the continents separated over 300 million years ago, and that is a big problem! It would be silly to imply that Moses knew the events so long ago, but of course he was inspired by God. If God can inspire wisdom such as this, he is indeed omniscient. He very well is because he created it! To be Creator God must be omnipotent. He is indeed Almighty God. With these two attributes God has the power to create mature things as easily as to incubate them to maturity. Adam was created mature. So was the earth!
We have been taught that to God one day is as a thousand years and vice-versa. (2 Peter 3:8). That is not an equation. It's rhetorical speech for "God is not bound by time!" That's true. He is the beginning and he divided the night from the day when he created the solar system's clock; the sun! (Genesis 1:5). Before sun time, it was God's time.
That solves the 300 million years dilemma! In one instant (one divine day) God thought and it happened. On the earth Eden was created. Eden wasn't an area nor a country. It was all the mass of land in the midst of the waters. That would imply that the river of God flowed from the oceans up into the east of Eden where the Garden was located. (Genesis 2:8).
God made the expanse (Eden) surrounded by water (the expanse of waters below) and the skies which gave moisture (the expanse of waters above). This partially validates that water was created in the east of Eden (the continent) and the Garden of God.
If one looks at the map of Pangea this may be a close representation of Eden, or the land surface of the newly created world. If one looks closely at "the east" the Mediterranean means "middle of the earth". That adds to the notion that indeed Jerusalem is at the center of it all, not because it is the center of the land mass, but on the Mediterranean, "the river of God" according to my theory.
Back to the map above. The Mediterranean was more of a river than a sea in Pangea. It was also in the east of the land mass, of Pangea or Adam's Eden. What rivers may have flowed in or out of (depending on ante-deluvian water tables) are the Euphrates, the Tigris, the Nile (from Ethiopia) and the sea of Arabia which then was a river. Of course the above Tigris and Euphrates aren't showed flowing that direction then, but they do now. Who knows how they flowed then?
But does the Bible mention the Continental Drift? Possibly so:
Of course theologians say that the land was divided into the nations of peoples when the tower of Babylon was destroyed, but this can also be taken at face value for God means things when he says things! Also, during the days of Noah the land was already divided by peoples.
In the case of Noah the nations were divided after the flood. Although "earth divided" is more precise than "nations divided", the flood and it's mark could easily be responsible for continental drift since upheavals came from the bowels of the earth. This is reinforced by recent scientific theories that beneath the surface 400 miles deep with water reserves thrice what our oceans hold. In theory the drift may have started with the flood and ended with Peleg.
From the scientific viewpoint Pangea drifted apart over time into todays' world. From God Eden drifted apart in about 2250 BC. Jesus was born ca 3760. Hence from the Creation to Peleg was approximately 1500 years. If this assumption is true then the Continental Drift occurred not in 300,000,000 years, but fifteen-hundred or so. That's 200, 000 times as fast! If we considered the comparison in 2 Peter 3:8 to be an equation, then the ratio is 365,000 days to one-thousand years, of similar magnitude of the estimated time between the Creation and Peleg, not even considering the time for the early part of Creation since Adam came last.
In other words continental drift makes sense using God's time and the time of Peleg. Continental drift also points toward the Garden being in Jerusalem as many millions of people believe! It all makes sense since Jerusalem is the Center of the earth from a spiritual, cultural and civic standpoint and Eden was too!
It also explains why The Temple Mount may be the place of the skull of Adam!