In the end of the Apocalypse of John we are shown the decent of what I will refer to as Kubus Kristi: The New Jerusalem. It's dimentions are given to
be a cube measuring 12,000 x 12,000 x 12,000 stades, an ancient measure of length. That makes Kubus Kristi more or less precisely 1/21st the
circumference of the Earth if we use Eratosthenes calculation of Earth's circumference.
The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as
wide and high as it is long. He measured its wall and it was 144 cubits thick, by man's measurement, which the angel was using.
Revelation
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As commonly claimed, the Church taught that the Earth was flat, had four corners and was the center of the universe. But reading The Apocalypse of
John, it seems to me the Church overlooked the shape and dimentions of the Earth hidden between the lines of John's masterpiece. It looks to me that
Revelation bases the dimentions of Kubus Kristi on the rather exact measurments of the second century B.C. Greek mathmatician, geographer (he
basically invented geography), poet, astronomer, and music theorist, Eratosthenes of Cyrene (c. 276 BC – c. 195/194 BC), who calculated the
circumference of the Earth quite precisely, missing by a mere 66km. He was also the chief librarian at the Library of Alexandria:
His knowledge of the size of Egypt after many generations of surveying trips for the Pharaonic bookkeepers gave a distance between the cities of
5,000 stadia. This distance was corroborated by inquiring about the time that it took to travel from Syene to Alexandria by camel. He rounded the
result to a final value of 700 stadia per degree, which implies a circumference of 252,000 stadia (...) If we repeat Erathostenes' calculation
with more accurate data, the result is 40,074 km, which is 66 kms different (0.16%) from the currently accepted circumference of the earth.
Source:
en.wikipedia.org...
Have those numbers in mind and take a look at the drawing I made below, where I have drawn in The New Jerusalem on a globe, making the Kubus Kristi
exactly 1/21th of the Earth's circumference:
Looks to me that Revelation actually takes use of Eratosthenes' calculations, and a more precise geometric base-10 system of 400° instead of the
base-60 system of 360° -- which gives 630 stadia per arc-degree instead of 700 stadia per arc-degree in base-60. Thus, a straight angle is 100°
instead of 90°. However, another possibility is that the whole Revelation uses an even more precise base-12 system, giving a 480° circle, 120°
straight angles and 525 stadia per arc-degree if we convert Eratosthenes assumptions into the given base-system. Using a base-12 system in geometry
(and astronomy) has many advantages compared to our current mixed base-10 and base-60 system, combining the strengths of the two, while eliminating
many problems native to the former two systems.
What do you guys think?
edit on 10-1-2014 by Utnapisjtim because: Added birth and death for Eratosthenes
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Utnapisjtim because: Deleted the part about the stadium having varied in length. Irrelevant.
edit on 10-1-2014 by Utnapisjtim because:
Typos