Mountain of the Lord Garden of God
I am a 61 yr. old Baptist Missionary to tribal people of Southern Zambia. Maps and places are a passion with me. I am convinced the Mountain area of Zion, is the same place as the mountain of the Lord original, and that mountain was the location of the the Garden of God, Eden Ez 28, of course completely rearranged in the flood.
I believe it will be restored, but with more magnitude at the return of Jesus Messiah our Lord and Our great God and Savior. Now, there are references to Zion everlasting in Is 35, the mountain of the Lord in Is. 2, Micah 4:1-2, and many other verses tie to these passages with the " day of the Lord", when kingdoms of earth become kingdoms of our Lord and His Messiah Rev.11 Hebrew 12.
Next, notice in Gen 13 that Lot was from the area of Bethel, again in the vicinity of, or maybe part of, the whole of original Zion, the mountain of the Lord before the flood, looked at all the plain of Jordan and chose it, as (like) the garden of God BEFORE destruction of Sodom and Gomorrow (now the dead sea east of Jeru, Zion etc.).
Is 51:3 shows restoration of the same. Many try to put the locale of the original garden that was on the mountain of the Lord again look at Ez 28 obvious and plain reference to that old serpent, continuing king of wicked result of his sin (Tyre and Babylon) in Irag area because of rivers in Gen 2.
Not a problem because; how big was the garden and the mountain of the Lord before the flood, and the change during the flood being beyond comprehension? Check out Dr. Walter E. Brown's hypothesis re: that subject. Centrally speaking, I have come to the conclusion that Zion and the surrounding area is that same mountain and garden area of the original creation, shifted catastrophically at the flood, and the dead sea was part of the garden, again shifted by the flood, which was further erased by fire from heaven on Sodom and Gomorrah.
Remember those cities were proof of abject corruption of the wicked, seen in the Garden of our God when Satan, the red dragon of sin, brought rebellion to a place of meeting with Jehovah and man.
Ruminations of and old missionary.