Pinpointing exact location of Biblical Garden of Eden and four rivers reveals the magnificent creation of God in the book of Genesis. Reviews of this living history is written in Bible in Genesis on three rivers in Eden that waters garden, and parts to became 4 heads. The name of first river is Pison: which compassed whole land of Havilah or Saudi Arabia where there is gold; The gold of the land is good including liquid gold oil, there is bdellium and the onyx stone. Name of second river is Gihon it compassed the whole land of Ethiopia in East Africa. In Ancient Bibles described as land of Cush or Abyssinia from Abyss lowest point on earth gorge in Ethiopia. The 3rd river Hiddekel goes toward east Assyria. 4th river Euphrates in Genesis 2:10-14.
The Bible says single river flowed “out” of Eden river, split into four tributary heads of river flowing downstream, all fed from a common single river source. Most rivers start from a single source or fed by multiple sources tributaries. For example, the Ohio River actually begins from two rivers the Monongahela and Allegheny flowing together at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Ohio River terminates when it flows into the Mississippi river as one of the river’s many tributaries. The names of rivers denote portions of a greater complex stream system, with one stream flowing into another, which in-turn, may flow into yet another. This pattern of rivers, as observed in nature, is opposite of what the Bible describes as river of Eden. Modern map regions mentioned in Genesis shows exactly where Garden of Eden was, at least by present topography of the lands of the Middle East. The four rivers: Euphrates, is known by the same name in modern times. Presently originates in mountains of Turkey and terminates merging with Tigris River near Iraq / Kuwait border region and Tigris is the river Hiddekel.
This Garden of Eden stretches from the location in Turkey, through to Africa so because of the historical archaeological findings in Turkey. Present headwaters of Euphrates River originates in Turkey, as do headwaters of the Tigris. Others proposed other end of Euphrates River, where it meets Tigris continues flow of true location. The Tigris river is one of three (Hiddekel) tributary confluence of rivers as a river head, and locating at least two more rivers (or old river beds) as the other missing two. Having done so, they claim Garden of Eden passed through present day Kuwait. Bearing in mind tectonic plates movements literal wording of Bible’s geological realities of part of river headwaters source origin.
The present day headwaters of Tigris and Euphrates rivers in Turkey close to other in mountainous terrain. Logically, one would assume if two of the rivers started there, the other two must have done so, as well, if Turkey was location of Eden. Pison and Gihon rivers are not mentioned again in the Bible. However, the Hiddekel River is: “And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by side of the great river Hiddekel in Daniel 10:4. Reference by the prophet Daniel comes from vision he had while with children of Israel in Babylonian Captivity. By rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion in Psalm 137 : 1 puts Daniel in the area of present-day Iraq and present-day Tigris “Hiddekel” river spoken of by prophet, the only river known in region today. Bible says this river goes towards east of Assyria and historical map of location of Assyria, shows Tigris southeastward.The geographical area “Assyria” is easy to pin down. Assyrian Empire centered near Nineveh, extended into present-day Syria and Palestine. Prophet Daniel in geographical area at time of visions, Tigris shows best possible modern-day candidate for Hiddekel. The locations of other two rivers in the Garden of Eden stretching from Turkey into Kuwait or geographical region of Pison river. The Bible says: “Pison compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold and gives 2 good clues. Recently discovered Fossil River from western mountain of Saudi Arabia to Kuwait. This old river course is now a dry riverbed in desert. detected by satellite imaging. Part of the ancient Pison, dry about 3,500 to 2,000 BC. Saudi Arabia marginally qualify for land of Havilah as fossil riverbed flows across mountains bordering the eastern side of present day Red Sea south Israel.
The mountain range on western side of the Red Sea tectonic spread zone part of Great Rift system runs from northward in Turkey, down through the Dead Sea, down through Red Sea and southward deep into African continent. When the mountain range split by Rift waters of proposed Pison river dried up. But this proposed river path does not seem to naturally “fit” the overall pattern. The better fit for river to flowe down today is the Gulf of Aden south of present day Yemen southern tip of Arabia. Yemen has gold, onyx and eastward trending fault branch from Afar triangle as the natural riverbed in days prior to Noah’s flood when sea levels lower than today.
The Pison River, one of the four rivers flows from Garden of Eden corresponds with present-day headwater sources of Euphrates, Tigris in Turkey. Geography river Gihon is spoken of as: “Gihon: the compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia” in the African land area west of Red Sea, southward. The political boundaries of Ethiopia is similar in the Biblical times, so correct. This river flows down Red Sea basin and southward into Africa at Afar Triangle. So fits description of river “compassing the whole land of Ethiopia in Genesis 2:13 correctly identifies four rivers. The 2 rivers Euphrates and Tigris originating in Turkey running down the Red Sea south of Israel deep into Africa, following the path of present-day Great Rift system. The “fossil river” running through Saudi Arabia and river lines cross Saudi Arabia Haviland parts of the four rivers proposed as discussed. These natural routes traced the Euphrates and Tigris rivers to present-day sources. Terminates close to Great Rift fault zone line continues original path of “Gihon” beyond the top of Red Sea, terminates at “Pison” at Great Rift fault zone line. And all 4 rivers one connection to Great Rift system. This mystery 2 rivers presently originate from Turkey to north 2 fossil rivers flow south of Israel. Geographical land of Eden points to flow from Turkey by Kuwait center near general region of present day Israel and Jordan. The Bible lends further credence to Israel within the location of Garden of Eden. “Eden” Bible reference provides the insightful clue: Behold, Assyrian cedar in Lebanon with fair branches shadowing shroud of high stature top among thick boughs. So these waters made him great, the deep set him up on high and her rivers run roundabout her plants and sent out her little rivers unto all trees of field. Height exalted above all trees of field bough multiplied and branches became long because of multitude of waters he shot forth. The fowls of heaven made their nests in his boughs, and under his branches did all the beasts of the field bring forth their young, and under his shadow dwelt all great nations. He is fair in his greatness, in the length of his branches for his root was by great waters. Cedars in garden of God could not hide fir trees not like his boughs, chesnut trees not like branches; nor any tree in garden of God like him in his beauty. I made him fair by multitude of branches, all trees of Eden in garden of God envied him in Ezekiel 31:3-9 KJV.In passage Bible says Assyria ‘within’ Lebanon. Spiritually speaking, “trees” in passage refer to men and leaders. Cedar trees mentioned in Bible as references to Lebanon in Judges 9:15, Psalms 29:5 & 104:16, Song of Solomon 5:15, Isaiah 2:13, Jeremiah 22:23 and more. In last passage the Spirit associates trees in “Eden” in Garden of God.” Lebanon, although not a part of modern political Israel was part of Biblical lands ruled by the Kings of Israel in times past. From this we infer Garden source of rivers of Garden close to land of Lebanon. If this correct the source of 4 rivers was near Lebanon interconnecting river systems like map below. 4 rivers connect to the Great Rift fault system is complex river network emerging from common point of origin flows both north and south. So North and south extension splits into 2 separate of 4 rivers into the 4 separate heads. Present day Tigris, Euphrates are sources of headwaters in ancient times.The main tributaries previously flowing from Lebanon at time as headwaters of those 2 rivers. Kuwait River, proposed as the lost river Pison, does not seem to match common denominator of others as Great Rift branching fault systems. Based on the description of its path in the Bible which says, “compasseth the whole land of Havilah” and knowing from the geology of present day Yemen onyx can be found there as this part of the verse, “where there is gold; The gold of land is good: there is bdellium and onyx stone” suggest path for River Pison south of Yemen, gives path indicated by blue markings. All factors considered in Bible text and geology show the paths indicated by lines on large map are the probably route these rivers flowed. The Southern path Yemen puts fourth river into the basin of the Great Rift system, flowing east from the Afar Triangle.The paths of the 4 rivers geographically meets requirements of the Biblical text because the single river water source, originating from high ground in or near present day Israel, hits the Rift Valley so flowed both north and south along the paths of the Rift zone. With both north and south forks splitting a second time intercepting the other fault zones. The course of rivers around and through the vicinity of Great Rift fault system may change or dry because of block faulting all along the Rift zone. Certainly Horst and Graben faulting along Rift could, and would change surface topography. Horst and Graben faulting is defined as “elongate fault blocks of Earth’s crust raised and lowered in the surrounding areas as direct effect of faulting. Horsts, Grabens range size of block centimeters wide to tens of meters wide in a vertical movement to several thousand feet.”
Most likely time frame years following Noah’s Flood. The Bible says there was a significant geologic event that happened 101 years after Noah’s Flood The “Earth was divided” says Genesis 10:25 & 1 Chronicles 1:19. Bible describes tectonic / volcanic activity in the Rift valley in Abraham’s days causing the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19:28. Imaging of Dead Sea indicates the river bed of Jordan River once flowed across land surface now at the bottom of the Dead Sea. There was Horst and Graben faulting at the southern end of present Dead Sea abruptly terminated former flow of river southward. That stream was probably feeder channel to ancient Gihon River, running down the floor of the Red Sea into Ethiopia and through the Rift basin south from the Afar Triangle. Supporting evidence for this is fish species in African Rift valley river and lake systems are very similar to those found in Jordan River system. The 4 Eden rivers match origin of the living history of Israel from garden of Eden in Canaan, to Egypt, Canaan land, migration in many directions globally as shown in these maps below.The aquatic life of African lakes, rivers belongs in the Ethiopian geographical region. Annandale’s explanation of the Ethiopian affinity of fish fauna of the Jordan is the Jordan formed at one time part of a river system down Great Rift Valley. Jordan was one branch of these 4 huge river system, chain of lakes in East Africa represents the other; and together opened into the Indian Ocean. R. Washbourn, Percy Sladen Expedition Lake Huleh, 1935, Palestine Exploration Fund, Quarterly Statements, (1936), p. 209, website The Great Rift and Jordan). Returning to general area of Lebanon as Biblical location of The Garden of Eden and water source for four rivers in the present-day geology and topography of that area. This map shows a great deal of block faulting in area of Lebanon just north of modern day Israel. Satellite image of the entire area note from the topographical relief, had waters once flowing out of this area, so they would naturally flow northward Euphrates Fault system river basin. At the time of Garden of Eden the main headwaters of the Euphrates could have come from that direction. If the water flow at time continued northward along path of the Great Rift, it intersects the present-day Tigris river basin. Dead Sea Rift Valley, Israel and Jordan 1984. It has altitude of 190 nautical miles 350 meters.
The prominent bodies of water along the Rift zone are Dead Sea (bottom) and Sea of Galilee (top). They are connected by Jordan River flowing south. Earth was divided by Rift mountainous land on both the Israeli and Jordanian sides once joined. Garden of Eden expands into Africa is another important point to remember. The Bible says rivers flowed out of Eden so geographically àccurate of what constitutes actual areas of Eden. Actual sources of these waters south of Lebanon could originate in Jerusalem in present-day Israel, or even up welled from a massive spring under the sea of Tiberius. The Israel/Lebanon region as the location of Eden and the lost river finds considerable support in the Bible. Support for line of reasoning is found in the fact God considers the land of Israel as HIS HOLY LAND. It was upon one of the mountains in the “land of Moriah“in Genesis Abraham was told to sacrifice his son a type of the Lord’s sacrifice of Jesus. Solomon was told to build Temple “at Jerusalem in mount Moriah” in 2 Chronicles 3:1 and Jerusalem is where Lord Jesus was crucified. God sacrificed an animal to cover Adam and Eve with skin in Genesis 3:21, animal was a Lamb in Revelation 13:8. Adam and Eve at the center of Eden Garden of God is within geographical Jerusalem of Abraham.Bible’s Spiritual realities location of the river of Eden in future Lord Jesus Christ establishes His Kingdom and Righteous Temple in Jerusalem, the Bible speaks of a river flowing from Temple. Prophet Ezekiel spoke of seeing in vision that he brought me again unto door of house; and, behold, waters issued out from under threshold of house eastward: for the forefront of house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at south side of the altar. Then brought me out of way of gate northward, and led way without unto the utter gate by the way looketh eastward, behold, ran out waters on right side. And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, he brought me through waters; the waters were to the ankles. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to knees. Again measured thousand, and brought me through; to waters to loins. Afterward he measured thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over. And he said unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen this? Then he brought me, and caused me to return to the brink of the river. Now when I had returned, behold, at the bank of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other. Then said unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed. And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, moves, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh. And it shall come to pass, that the fishers shall stand upon it from Engedi even unto Eneglaim; they shall be a place to spread forth nets; their fish shall be according to kinds, fish of great sea, exceeding many. But the miry places thereof and the marishes thereof shall not be healed; they shall be given to salt. And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit to his months because waters issued out of sanctuary: the fruit thereof shall be for meat and leaf for medicine in Ezekiel 47:1-12 KJV. He shewed me a pure river of water of life clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it on either side of the river, there is tree of life, which bare 12 fruits and yields her fruit every month and leaves of the tree were for healing of nations Revelation 22:1-2. Since original “Tree of Life” in Garden of Eden, does it not make sense that when the Lord makes all things new again the future “Tree of Life” would be restored to its proper place? And that place is in Israel, the same place upon mountains of Moriah (Jerusalem). The Bible tends to indicate that the river from the Garden of Eden originated in Judea and from there became these four heads. forensic study of the region’s geology tends to support theory of alternatively proposed locations of Turkey or Kuwait. What is not shown is a geologic model for source of the waters originating from the area of Jerusalem. Keep in Mind Jerusalem sits just west of the Great Rift Valley. It is quite possible the legendary river of Eden originated from a massive artesian aquifer, source of which has long since disrupted by block faulting along the Rift. We know for a scientific fact is a considerable amount of “fossil” water under Middle East in deep-rock sandstone aquifers of region Nubian sandstone aquifers equivalent formations. In days of Adam and Eve a “mist” went up to water face of Earth within Garden (Genesis 2:6). Fountains of waters, underground waters under pressure gushing upwards logically is source for generation of mist and would be a logical feed-source for the 4 rivers. Certainly possible to locate and trace the modern-day geology topography of Middle-East to readily reveal the exact location of the Garden of Eden and four rivers source. Guidance by faith from Holy Bible and forensic study of region’s geology reveals matter. Available data shows that present-day Israel is central location of Garden of Eden. Abraham’s covenant lands stretches beyond Israel into all the land encompassing the Nile and Euphrates and the whole world. So are you saved, Sure? Accept the Gospel Truth for your SALVATION!
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