The people of Northern Israel boarded ships that took them up the major rivers as far as ships could sail. Many of those rivers are now dry, but the people are still there. One such example is the population near the ancient river ports in Kashmir, at the headwaters of the Indus river in India far from the sea coast. That river happens to still be active, but the one coming from the Sahara Desert that emptied into the Mediterranean at Tripoli in Libya is not. Even a cursory look at the area on Google Earth will show the extent of the rivers and lakes that once caused the Sahara to be the breadbasket of the rest of the world. Many such dry river beds are visible in the southeast Sinai as well.
It is impossible to say whether the mountains rising on the western rim was the cause of the failing of the rains, or the continued melting of snow caps on mountains at higher and higher levels, such as those that caused the river that fed the second of the “two lands” of the Queen of Sheba resulting in the migration of the entire population of that area into Ethiopia was responsible for the many ancient rivers that are dry today, but the people are being found along their shores where habitation is still possible.
One of the more startling finds is the shape of the sealing canoes of the Native American Makah in Washington State on the northwest coast of America at the Canadian border. They are smaller versions identical to the Phoenician trading vessels, including the horse head prow ornaments in a land where the horse was unknown. One thing is certain: that ship pattern came to America long after the ice bridge across to Alaska was no longer there. Whether the pattern was brought from the east or west is unknown. What is known is that the Asians on the west side of that ice bridge have no record of such a vessel.
One theory is that the Solomon Islands got their name from being the last supply station for ships headed for South America, and from there they traveled all up and down the west coast of both north and south America. Thor Heyerdahl proved that the ancient ships made of bundled reeds were capable of making such journeys. Recent finds of ancient ships revealed that the construction of triple-hull ships was known as far back as Noah’s Ark. These triple hulls were made of an outer hull of tongue-and-groove planks, a central core of bundled reeds with melted tar poured over them to fill the available space and make them waterproof, and an inner hull also of tongue-and-groove planks. These ships could take a major break in their outer hull and still be serviceable until a port could be reached for repairs.
Guidance by the stars was a trade secret among the Phoenicians, and wrecked ships 30 miles from the coast in the Mediterranean have shown that the Phoenicians made good use of it.
There have also been reports of finding copper ingots that, when signature traces are run, trace back to the Black Hills of the north-central United States. The natives there have legends that they supplied these ingots in ancient times, but ceased when they realized that what they were receiving in return was not worth their labor in producing it. That would also explain the source of sufficient copper to make the two columns and the brass sea in the temple of Solomon. That quantity of copper simply was not available in the ancient Middle East, or by trade.
The one who promised to sift the people like grain through all nations had the entire earth in mind, and that’s where we need to look.