You have probably seen a documentary or even a movie highlighting the massive mountain ranges that exist at the bottom of the earth’s oceans.
Since they are located thousands of feet below the surface, no one knew of their existence until the 1800s.
One of the first hints appeared in 1875, when scientists on board the HMS Challenger were plotting a route for a telegraph cable across the Atlantic. But at that point, they had no idea of the size or extent of these under-ocean mountain ranges.
It wasn’t until the 1950s, when American-based Columbia University using a research vessel discovered a massive mountain range that extended up the middle of the Atlantic ocean.
At first they thought this mountain range – called the Mid-Atlantic Ridge – was unique to the Atlantic. But as they surveyed the bottoms of the earth’s other oceans they discovered other ranges as well.
Though these underwater mountains are only a recent discovery, the Bible actually spoke of them several times, thousands of year before scientists actually discovered them.
Perhaps the most unusual reference involves the story of Jonah who God had called to preach repentance to the city of Nineveh. Fearing the city might actually turn to God and escape punishment, Jonah refused and fled by ship to Tarshish — a city located along the coast of Spain.
During his flight, God whipped up a storm threatening Jonah’s escape ship. After Jonah confessed he was the problem, the sailors tossed the prophet overboard. After being swallowed by a large fish or whale and stuck in its belly for three days, Jonah came to his senses and repented. The fish coughed the disgruntled prophet up on a beach and he obeyed God and headed to Nineveh.
But there is evidence supporting this Divine story because of something Jonah said:
“Water encompassed me to the point of death.
The great deep engulfed me,
Weeds were wrapped around my head.
6 “I descended to the roots of the mountains.
The earth with its bars was around me forever,
But You have brought up my life from the pit, O Lord my God. (Jonah 2:5-6 NASV)
As he slowly sank into the deep, Jonah saw giant mountains at the bottom of the ocean.
Notice how Jonah described mountain(s) plural. Jonah was not describing one mountain, but rather a series of mountains – a mountain ridge.
Of course, he could not sink that deep without drowning or being crushed, so either God was protecting him or the Lord gave Jonah a vision of his ultimate destination if he didn’t repent. Either way, Jonah saw something in 790BC that man knew nothing about until the 1800s, and didn’t fully understand till 1950s.
There are also other Biblical references. Psalm 104 refers to the waters covering the mountains. Most commentators agree the context indicates this Psalm is describing creation and not Noah’s flood. And when Jehovah created the oceans, it is clear there were mountains down below:
He established the earth upon its foundations,
So that it will not totter forever and ever.
6 You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
The waters were standing above the mountains. (Psalm 104:5-6 NASV)
Then in one of David’s psalms recorded in the Book of Samuel, he refers to great channels or valleys at the bottom of the seas:
“Then the channels (Heb. api-qe) of the sea appeared,
The foundations of the world were laid bare
By the rebuke of the Lord,
At the blast of the breath of His nostrils. (2 Samuel 22:16 NASV)
Translated channel in the NASV, the Hebrew word ‘api-qe’ also refers to valleys (Ezekiel 6:3). In order for there to be valleys, there must be mountains.
So here we have the Bible telling us about deep ocean mountains that science only first discovered 150 years.
- Ancient Mountain Mystery confirms the Bible: Premier
- Mid-Ocean Ridges: BBC
- Bible knows best: Jonah’s underwater mountains: David Drives Ministry
- Science in the Bible: Underseas mountains: Bible-Science Guy