God's Geography

Europe



Europe snow cover
[Image courtesy NASA's Visible Earth]


We'll begin by focussing on the Iberian Peninsula that is home to the nations of Spain, Portugal, Andorra, part of France, and the British Territory of Gibraltar.


Map of Spain
[Map from the Perry Castenada Library,
Courtesy The General Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin]


What struck me most obvious is that the Peninsula is basically square. This was one of the first things that got me thinking about altars because altars were square. For example, Exodus 27:

1 And thou shalt make an altar of shittim wood, five cubits long, and five cubits broad; the altar shall be foursquare: and the height thereof shall be three cubits. 2 And thou shalt make the horns of it upon the four corners thereof: his horns shall be of the same: and thou shalt overlay it with brass.

What else drew me to altars was Gibraltar. I know this isn't how the name was derived, but how interesting that gibr is Hebrew for 'giant'; Gibraltar, giant altar.

An altar needs fire, and for that we look to the Pyrenees, the range of mountains that forms the border between Spain and France:



Pyrenees
[Image courtesy NASA's Visible Earth]


Once again, I know the word Pyrenees isn't derived from pyre, but how interesting that pyre means 'fire'.

The next step is to zoom out, rotate the image 90 degrees, and take a new look at Iberia:



Iberia
[Image courtesy NASA's Visible Earth]

Iberia is actually an enormous, square head. This head has a prominent horn - consistent with the altar theme - as well as a big nose, open mouth, and large Adam's apple, right where the Pyrenees are.

If the Pyrenees represents fire, then we have fire in the throat here, and that leads us to two very important Scriptures; firstly, Jeremiah 5:

14 Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make My words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.

Revelation 11:

3 And I will give power unto My two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. 4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. 5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.

I also find it interesting that just 'below' (or to the east of) the Pyrenees is the Gulf de Leon, or Gulf of Lion because Europe's mouth is open as if roaring at Africa:



Gulf de Leon
[Map from the Perry Castenada Library,
Courtesy The General Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin]


If we zoom out quite a bit on the satellite image, we'll include most of Europe:



Europe
[Image courtesy NASA's Visible Earth]


Italy and Greece are the legs of Europe. Italy is much more obvious than Greece, but in the latter study look for the 'hand'.


I believe the next step is to move farther north, and look at what is on the back of Europe:



Gulf de Leon
[Map from the Perry Castenada Library,
Courtesy The General Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin]


The Channel Islands of Guernsey and Jersey are well known for two breeds of cattle. "Renowned for the quality and natural goodness of their milk, Jersey and Guernsey cows originate from the Channel Islands, though their ancestry is thought to stretch back to cattle from Normandy and Brittany in France" (from The Taste of Goodness).

Of course cows are well known for producing vast quantities of milk from their udders or teats. Here are photos of Guernsey cattle from St. Saviour on Guernsey Island, and a Jersey cow (courtesy Wikipedia):



Guernsey and Jersey cattle


Here's a satellite image of Guernsey:



Guernsey
[Image copyright DigiMap Guernsey]

Did mad cow come to mind? Happy face


How interesting then that these 2 Channel Islands are situated right between what we could call a pair of huge breasts, the northwest shores of France:



Brest, France
[Map from the Perry Castenada Library,
Courtesy The General Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin]


Note the city of Brest on the left breast. Obviously, these don't exactly resemble a woman's breasts, but I believe they are here to convey a message. First and foremost, milk from breasts is symbolic of salvation. Let's go to Hebrews 5:

13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

And 1st Peter 2:

1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, 2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.


Here is a closeup of the left breast on the Breton Peninsula (Brittany):



Brest, France
[Image courtesy NASA's Visible Earth]


Note how the 'nipple' is shaped like a harpoon, and the islands extending up and away help us imagine it shooting out. The most obvious thing that comes to mind is how a woman's nipples can attract the attention of a man. Wow, there's an eyeful! And since we're so close to Paris, I can't help it: Wow, there's an Eiffle (Tower :-) . I'm not just being coy. When something is that large, you can't help but look and admire. For example, let's go to the Song of Solomon, chapter 8:

10 I am a wall, and my breasts like towers: then was I in his eyes as one that found favour.

Now here's a closer look at the right breast which is part of Normandy:



Normandy, France
[Image ISS002-E-9055 courtesy NASA's Visible Earth]


This one has a well-defined shape like a breast with a nipple in the centre. An obvious question is, why would these breasts be on the back of Europe? The only answer I can think of is, because its front is already busy telling another story (see Corsica and Sardinia).

Now I'd like to take a closer look at Gibraltar, the British Territory that is on the nose of Europe:



Gibraltar
[Image STS098-712-29 courtesy NASA's Visible Earth]


Gibraltar is actually on a peninsula, just underneath Europe's nose. "The territory itself is a peninsula of 6.843 square kilometres (2.642 sq mi) whose isthmus connects to the north with Spain. The Rock of Gibraltar is the major landmark of the area and gives its name to the densely populated town, home to almost 30,000 Gibraltarians" (courtesy Wikipedia). Here's a 3D satellite view looking from the west:



Straight of Gibraltar
[Image courtesy NASA's Earth Observatory]


Here's an aerial view from the north, which really emphasizes the Rock of Gibraltar:



Straight of Gibraltar
[Image courtesy Virtual Tourist]


I think this rock is a jewel on the nose of Europe. I believe it is here to help us understand the following Scriptures in Genesis 24. This is the account of Abraham's servant finding a wife for Abraham:

42 And I came this day unto the well, and said, O LORD God of my master Abraham, if now thou do prosper my way which I go: 43 Behold, I stand by the well of water; and it shall come to pass, that when the virgin cometh forth to draw [water], and I say to her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water of thy pitcher to drink; 44 And she say to me, Both drink thou, and I will also draw for thy camels: [let] the same [be] the woman whom the LORD hath appointed out for my master's son. 45 And before I had done speaking in mine heart, behold, Rebekah came forth with her pitcher on her shoulder; and she went down unto the well, and drew [water]: and I said unto her, Let me drink, I pray thee. 46 And she made haste, and let down her pitcher from her [shoulder], and said, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: so I drank, and she made the camels drink also. 47 And I asked her, and said, Whose daughter [art] thou? And she said, The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bare unto him: and I put the earring upon her face, and the bracelets upon her hands.


The word 'face' in this verse is from the Hebrew aph (Strong's Concordance #639) which actually means 'nose'. This was a nose ring, and was a half shekel of gold (verse 22). Now that's a rock! Let's skip to verse 58:

58 And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go. 59 And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham's servant, and his men. 60 And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou [art] our sister, be thou [the mother] of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them.


Thousands of millions are billions of people. Rebekah was the mother of Isaac, and grandmother of Jacob whose name was changed to Israel; and Isaac's sons became known as Saxons, among others. "Between 400-100 B.C. the Celts continued to pour into Britain to form the "bed-rock" of the British race. One group in Spain, known as "Iberes" (the Gaelic name for Hebrews) moved into Ireland as "Scots", naming the island "Hibernia"; a name that still exists. Some Celts remaining in Spain, became known as "Basques"; others, in France, became known as "Bretons" "(from The Abrahamic Covenant by E. Raymond Capt). This is why Spain is known as Iberia.


In other words, in Europe (and Britain) we find the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel which our Lord spoke of (Matthew 10:6; 15:24). And here in Spain we find them controlling the gates of the Mediterranean Sea; Britain at Gibraltar, and Spain at Ceuta on the tip of Morocco; together they were historically known as the Pillars of Hercules:



Ceuta
[Image courtesy Wikipedia]


The Lost Sheep of the House of Israel migrated westward after the Assyrian and Babylonian captivities and, and after Jesus Christ sacrificed Himself - not on an altar - but on the cross, many billions became Christians.


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