Are we sure of the time frame?
I just realized something. At the beginning of the incident episode, Jacob and fella are sittin there lookin at the ship in the distance. The ship is inside the island “bubble” right? Then who is to say that we are in fact looking at a scene that takes place within the past 200 or so years? Our losties just “landed” on the island 30 years before they were expecting to. It’s 1977 for them, instead of 2004 (or whatever).
First of all, I never saw any evidence that the ship that Jacob and MIB were looking at was indeed the Black Rock to begin with (although it probably is). Secondly, how do we know that the ship didn’t just cross into the island’s bubble into some timeframe close to the B.C. period? As in, it jumped back in time a few thousand years? The statue is perfectly intact as well, almost looked freshly sculpted, indicating that maybe that scene is in fact taking place a VERY long time ago. It really doesn’t matter much what year it is during that conversation between the two guys, I know. It’s a little interesting to think that we could be seeing the island thousands of years ago during that scene though.