A little more about geography and theology: Maps up until about the 1500’s placed Jerusalem in the middle of the map and that was based on Ezekiel 5:5; later a major issue in the church was the location of heaven and hell. Queen Isidore of Seville told her people that paradise was in the first country to the east. Most people believed that hell was somewhere below but they couldn’t agree upon a specific location. Gog and Magog have also received a lot of attention; who where they and where were they? In Revelation we see that Satan was released to deceive the nations in the four quarters of the earth. So the church world was very slow to except that the earth was round and floating in space and even today I can recall hearing only one sermon that dealt with a modern understanding of the ” heavens.” and the great distance involved.
Jim Price | PentecostalTheology.com