What is ? Where is it? To understand one must go the Bible and see what is said concerning it. In the Old Testament, it is the same thing as the Garden of Eden. This is understood by the Greek Septuagint and is seen through the Hebrew. In it says ", the garden of God.' In Hebrew, this is Eden Gan Elohim.
GOD DID WHAT ?In where it first mentions a garden (gan), it says "God a garden eastward in Eden." Do you think God put on overalls and came down with a shovel and actually "planted" a garden? Or do you think it is more like the literal Hebrew meaning of the verb which means to or something, as opposed to the figurative ? What and where was ? Eastward from ? The word "garden" in Hebrew means, or . The word "" means or , but should have the same meaning as another word, "Hephzi-bah" ().
Superimpose means or lay (one thing) over another, typically so that both are still evident. God superimposed, or placed the Garden of Eden itself, down here on the earth, somewhere. Adam and Eve could go in and out of it through that eastern gate or entrance, going in and out of the supernatural, until God withdrew it from the earth, thereby driving them out and leaving them standing here in the woods permanently. That "eastern entrance" mentioned in is the eastern gate or pearly gate entrance to , within which lies the Garden of Eden, immediately to the right. The entrance gate to is where the angels with the flaming sword are stationed to guard. That is highly figurative and means you must shed this vile body, or die before entering it or "heaven."
How could the Garden of Eden have been a place here on the earth in the natural?
It would be visible to us right now. In Rev. 2:7 we are told
The flood destroyed everything (Gen.6:13).
A river went out of Eden, parting into four chief rivers which have already been named and no one was even born yet from Adam.
As evidenced by Gen. 11 the whole earth was of one language, one speech (the descendants of Noah were Shem, Ham and Japheth - 1 Chron. 1:4). How is the land of Ethiopia (Cush- Gen. 2:13) even in existence yet, who isn't born until after the flood?
It is obvious that the Hebrew meaning of in the Greek, in the New Testament. So what you have are references throughout to the "the Garden of God" (Ezek. 28:13), "the Paradise of God" (Rev. 2:7), and even the "Mountain of God" (Ezek.28, Isa.14, Psa.48, etc.). is synonomous with . Not because of 2 Cor.12, but because of Luke 23:43, when Jesus tells the thief on the cross, this is where they are both going. And you have to understand Luke's Gospel from the story of the life of Jesus from which it originated, as to how Jesus would have said it.
The place of spiritual reward for the righteous is often referred to in Hebrew as (GAHN ehy-DEHN) (the Garden of Eden). This the where Adam and Eve were; it is a place of spiritual perfection. The Torah speaks of several noteworthy people being "gathered to their people." See, for example, Gen. 25:8 (Abraham), 25:17 (Ishmael), 35:29 (Isaac), 49:33 (Jacob), Deut. 32:50 (Moses and Aaron) II Kings 22:20 (King Josiah). This gathering is described as a separate event from the physical death of the body or the burial. Cf. Gen.15:15
This picture represents what my Grandfather saw from Paradise in 1937. He said the earth looked to him then to be about the same size and had that same blue green look that the astronauts sent back in pictures (1969). The only difference was he was looking directly down at the North pole.