Maps of the Ancient World
In 1929, at the Old Imperial Palace, now known as Topkapi Palace, in Constantinople, Turkey, the Piri Reis map was found. This map which dates 1513 A.D., was unique in that it was compiled from many other ancient maps dating back to the days of Alexander the Great (4th century B.C.). Some of its amazing features are:
• It appears to be one of the earliest maps of America and even included Antarctica which was not discovered until 1818.
• The map shows mountain ranges on Antarctica free of ice that were later re-discovered in 1954. Some of the portions of the ice cap of Antarctica are one mile thick.
• The map legend mentions an Italian infidel by the name of Columbo (Columbus) and states that the northwestern part of this map was based on his chart.
Though some scholars have rejected the conclusions of the Piri Reis map concerning Antarctica, further evidence in support of this map is found on the Oroteus Finaeus World Map of 1532. This map shows rivers, inlets and mountain ranges free of ice as well. In regard to the closeness of Antarctica to South America, like the Piri Reis, this map was obviously not the original source map. The original map was probably constructed somewhere between 2,100 1,500 B.C. Further research reveals that another map, Mercator’s World Map of 1538, also shows Antarctica in the same position as the other two maps.
An interesting point was that in all of these maps, Australia was not labeled as a separate continent. The map does seem to indicate a land mass attached to Antarctica which resembles Australia. The proximity of Antarctica to South America, as well as Australia being part of Antarctica, dates this map to within a few hundred years after the Great Flood. Even evolutionists believe that Australia was once a part of Antarctica in their theory of Pangea-that all the continents were once joined together in the beginning. This thought is supported by the Bible and would explain how all land animals were able to get to Noah’s Ark. Genesis 1:9 says that the waters were gathered together in one place. This would explain Genesis 10:25 which states, “...for in his days, (Peleg), was the earth divided”. In other words, the land masses were broken apart at the flood, but further division occurred in the days of Peleg (continental drift). For example, the kangaroo would have needed to be able to reach Australia from the middle-eastern ark of Noah on Mount Ararat in Turkey.
The Piri Reis Map of 1513
The above map and information can be studied further in Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings by Charles Hapgood. As an evolutionist, he draws a different conclusion about these ancient maps than the view presented here. Though the ancient record speaks for itself, his faulty conclusion is based on his belief that these maps were drawn by an advanced civilization about 35,000 years ago before the ice age. This is due to the fact that the mathematics that were used to draw the original maps are still unknown to this present day or that the map was drawn from an aerial view.
This also leads to the fact that there is strong evidence that ancient man possessed the science and ability to fly. When one studies the Great Pyramid of Giza, one will discover that the technology used to construct it is still a puzzle to modern man. This structure has stood for 4,000 years and hasn’t sagged but a fourth of an inch and is still perfectly aligned with true north. The Bible tells us that Ham migrated to Egypt with his son, whom the land is named after. It would seem that Ham, as well as his brothers and father, had knowledge unheard of in our present day.
The Piri Reis map yielded more amazing information. It shows that parts of the Amazon River were depicted accurately long before that region of South America was even discovered. The most important fact about the map is that it was drawn using a highly advanced form of projection that shows the surface of the earth from one point on its surface. In his book, Professor Hapgood believed the place to be the ancient city of Syene, Egypt, the very city where Eratosthenes, who was Alexandria’s librarian, calculated the circumference of the earth. The writing on the map indicates that ancient people explored Antarctica when it was free of ice.
Since these maps, as well as others, show that an ancient people possessed a higher knowledge, they attest to the Biblical record that man was created in the image of his Creator. He possessed the abilities to make musical instruments, build boats and know farming. The maps also show that the earth, perhaps around 4,500 years ago, went through a worldwide deluge. This deluge would have moved the continents from their original places, thus destroying all life as we know it.
Mercator’s World Map of 1531
Professor Hapgood in an earlier work wrote about the earth’s shifting crust, in which he discusses the possibilities of a major disruption in the earth’s crust several thousand years ago.
Important Note: These maps have never been questioned. They have been tested for authenticity. Good science should teach us that a theory is only as good as the evidence it supports. These maps, as well as others, are ignored and rarely talked about because of their testimony against the present theory of evolution.
Oroteus Finaeus world map of 1532
These maps show that the earth went through a rapid, not a gradual drift. This type of rapid movement would in fact destroy all life on the earth. This also supports that all that were outside the Ark and that breathed through their nostrils would have died. This evidence supports the creationist’s view that man, in the image of his Maker, possessed the intelligence to make these maps, consistent with Scripture, and within a relatively short period of time. Because of man’s sin, the information was not passed down and these wonders were forgotten.
“… there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us. There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.” Ecclesiastes 1:9-11
If these and other things show consistent evidence that the Bible is true, then one can have the most important questioned answered.
How does anyone get to heaven?
First realize that they cannot get to heaven on their own merits. The Bible says that “For all have sinned and come short (that means everybody can’t get to Heaven on their own) of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
Jesus Christ (who is the Son of the living God) came to earth and was born of a virgin woman (therefore he was not born of the curse of mankind) he lived a sinless life and died on a cross for all the sins in the world. Three days later, God the Father raised Him from the dead. He was seen of 500 witnesses and returned to heaven. God’s word says that if we believe these things and call upon the Lord, we will be saved. Romans 10:9 - 13