posted on Mar, 23 2013 @ 08:22 PM
I had a conversation about this on Facebook last week - and for some of the people in that conversation, it was completely new information, and quite
the revelation - so I thought I'd share it here too.
Many of us in the Christian community know Chuck Missler's
teaching well, but this is, I think, one of the most
revelatory. It shows us, in no uncertain terms, that Jesus Christ was no afterthought, but was present and planned from the very beginnings of
What we find in Genesis 5 is that the names listed in the genealogy there provide a perfect overview of the gospel.
I'll quote, just to whet your appetite. The full link is below.
in Genesis chapter 5... we have the genealogy of Adam through Noah. This is one of those chapters which we often tend to skim over quickly as
we pass through. But God always rewards the diligent student. Let's examine this chapter more closely.
In our Bible, we read the Hebrew names. What do these names mean in English?
A Study of Original Roots
The meaning of proper names can be difficult in some cases since a direct translation is often not readily available. A study of the original roots,
however, can yield some fascinating insights.
(A caveat: many study aids can prove rather superficial, however; and any inferences are certainly not free of controversy.)
Let's take one of them as an example.
The Flood Judgement
Methuselah comes from Muth, a root that means "death"; and from shalak, which means "to bring." The name Methuselah means, "his death shall
Methuselah's father was given a prophecy of the coming Great Flood, and was apparently told that as long as his son was alive, the judgement of the
flood would be withheld. (Can you imagine raising a kid like that? Every time the boy caught a cold, they must have panicked!) The year that
Methuselah died, the flood came. It is interesting that Methuselah's life, in effect, was a symbol of God's grace in forestalling the coming
judgement of the flood. It is, therefore, fitting that his lifetime is the oldest in the Bible, speaking of the extensiveness of God's grace.
The Other Names
If there is such significance in Methuselah's name, let's examine the other names to see what may lie behind them.
Adam's name means "man." As the first Man, that seems straightforward enough.
Adam's son was named Seth, which means "appointed." Eve said, "For God hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew."
Seth's son was called Enosh, which means "mortal," "frail," or "miserable." It is from the root anash, to be incurable, used of a wound,
grief, woe, sickness, or wickedness. It was in the days of Enosh that men began to defile the name of the Living God.
Enosh's son was named Kenan, which can mean "sorrow," or "wandering nomad." (The precise denotation is somewhat elusive; some study aids even
assume that Kenan is synonymous with "Cainan."
Balaam, looking down from the heights of Moab, puns upon the name of the Kenites when he prophecizes their destruction.
We have no real idea as to why these names were chosen for the children. Often they may have referred to circumstances at birth, etc.
Kenan's son was Mahalalel, which means "the Blessed God." Often Hebrew names include El, one of the many names of God, as Daniel, "God is my
Mahalalel's son was named Jared, from a verb yaradh, meaning "shall come down." (Some authorities also tie this to the "Sons of God"
corrupting the daughters of men, resulting in the Nephilim of Genesis 6.)
Jared's son was Enoch, which means "teaching." He was the first of four generations of preachers. In fact, the earliest recorded prophecy was
by Enoch, and which, amazingly enough, dealt with the Second Coming of Christ, (although it is quoted in the Book of Jude in the New Testament):
"And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute
judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard
speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him."
Enoch was the father of Methuselah, who we have already mentioned. Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah.  Apparently, Enoch received
the prophecy of the Great Flood, and was told that as long as his son was alive, the flood would be withheld. The year that Methuselah died, the flood
Enoch, of course, never died; he was translated.  (If you'll excuse the expression, "raptured.") That's how Methuselah can be the oldest
man in the Bible, yet he died "before" his father!
Methuselah's son was named Lamech, which means "despairing." This same root also seems to lie behind our English word lamentation. (While a
similar root can mean "strength." this name is linked, through traditional Jewish sources, with the Lamech in Cain's line, who inadvertently killed
his son Tubal-Cain in a hunting incident. 
Lamech, of course, is the father of Noah, which is linked with nacham, "to bring relief" or "comfort." This is highlighted in Genesis 5:29.
Now let's put it all together:
Hebrew = English
Adam = Man
Seth = Appointed
Enosh = Mortal
Kenan = Sorrow
Mahalalel = The Blessed God
Jared = Shall come down
Enoch = Teaching
Methuselah = His death shall bring
Lamech = The Despairing
Noah = Comfort (or Rest)
That's rather remarkable:
Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow; (but) the Blessed God shall come down teaching (that) His death shall bring (the) despairing rest."
Here is the "gospel" hidden within a geneaology in Genesis! (It is hard to imagine Jewish rabbis "conspiring" to place the "Christian Gospel"
right here in their venerated Torah!)
The Bible is an integrated message system, the product of supernatural engineering. Every number, every place name, every detail every jot and tittle
is there for our learning, our discovery, and our amazement. Truly, our God is an awesome God!
For the full rundown, head over here: www.joshuanet.org...
...it's certainly worth the read!