A Message In The Begets Of Genesis 5: Flood Series Part 6 of 8

Genesis 5:1-3
“1 This is the book of the genealogy of Adam. In the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God.  2 He created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created. 3 And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.”
Recap.
In parts 1-5 we discussed what the world was like at the time of the flood, Who was with them “IN” the Ark (Jesus) during the flood, the changes to the Jewish calendar, some interesting things about doves and ravens, and about the covenant of the rainbow.
Now we’re going to study the beautiful message from God to us in Noah’s genealogy and prophetic elements of this story.  It tells us more wonderful things about Jesus, about the Church, and about the 21st century.  Exciting!
Not Boring Anymore! 
The opening passage is the beginning of Genesis chapter five.  It’s one of those portions of scripture that is one begat after another. {Yawn}
Did you ever wonder why God put this chapter and others like it  in the Bible?  I did.  They used to make me very sleepy. To be honest, half of the time, I would just sorta skim over the whole thing.
When I began to study the meanings of names in Hebrew, now all those beget chapters have come alive.  They’re anything but boring anymore!
If you have felt the same way, perhaps what I learned that has blessed me will bless you, too.
The “Begets.”
So, Church, let’s go through those “boring” begets.
Adam begot Seth.
Seth begot Enosh.
Enosh begot Cainan.
Cainan begot Mahalalel.

Mahalalel begot Jared.
Jared begot Enoch.
Enoch begot Methuselah.
Methuselah begot Lamech.
Lamech had a son and he called his name Noah.
(Are you snoring yet?  ZZZZzzzzzzz)

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Nothing Arbitrary.
See what I mean?  By themselves, they’re pretty boring stuff, aren’t they?  Now, besides the obvious historical significance, why does God put these chapters in the Bible?
Well, it turns out, this is another amazing example that there is no such thing as a superfluous detail in the Bible.  Nothing is arbitrary.  Nope, NOTHING..  The Holy Spirit has a reason for every single letter, every single word, and every single phrase from Genesis to Revelation.  Even the order in which they are placed has meaning.  
There are nuggets of truth hidden that tell us bout Jesus in the names of people, places, and things as well as in each Hebrew letter.  There is even meaning in all the numbers in Hebrew.  This is known to the rabbis as “Gematria.”  Everything contains wonderful messages woven together to tell the incomparable story of Jesus!
(For more on the meaning of nunbers, please follow the link below:
Best of all, the Bible begins to take on new and deeper meaning.  And the greatest benefit of all?  Falling head over heels in love with Jesus!
End-Time Prophecies. 
Genesis is a very prophetic book.  Incredible as it may seem, there are many end-time prophecies contained within its 50 chapters.  It may quite possibly be the most prophetic book of them all.  In the last days, the entire book of Genesis will play out again.  It has already begun to happen, in fact.
      
 (Noah preached to his generation.)
The Hollywood version of Noah’s flood in early 2014 was not Biblically accurate by ANY stretch of the imagination and it definitely did NOT accurately portray our AWESOME GOD.  But it does indicate a curiosity about things written in the Bible, however skewed.  Perhaps it inspired some to actually crack open the Book and read the real story.
I hate the way our Father was portrayed, however.  He is not some vengeful, absentee landlord dispensing judgment from a distance.  NO!!!  He is the Most wonderful, the most loving, and the most gracious Father Who gave up His only begotten, beloved Son to save all of us!
Secrets In The Hebrew Language.
Now, let’s look at the opening passage again, align each name with it’s meaning translated from the Hebrew, and read the wonderful message from our Father that the Holy Spirit has hidden for us.
Adam………….man
Seth……………appointed
Enosh………….mortal
Cainan…………sorrow
Mahalalel……..blessed God
Jared……………down
Enoch…………..mouth
Methuselah……HIS DEATH WILL BRING
Lamech………..powerful
Noah……………rest
 –
“Man is appointed mortal sorrow. But the blessed God will come down teaching (with his mouth).  His death will bring powerful rest.”
It’s a message of encouragement to us!
Prophetic Of The 21st Century.
What does this passage have to do with the end times?  I’m sure you noticed the curious meaning of Methuselah’s name.  Why do you think Enoch was so motivated to serve God with his whole heart?  Because God had spoken to him and shared with him what He was planning to do.  That’s why he gave his son that name.
That’s our God!  He always warns His people what He is about to do so we will not fear and will be prepared.
It’s very clear from the meaning of Mutu’s name that, when this boy died, God was going to bring down worldwide judgment on all mankind.  All of their neighbors who knew Enoch and his son no doubt understood what his name meant.  I’ll bet with every sneeze or hiccup they wondered, “Is this it? Is this the day God is going to send judgment?”
With every birthday, can’t you just imagine all the angels, (particularly the warrior ones), asking God, “This year, God?”….and next year….”is it this year?” (Water pails in hand perhaps?).
But our God LOVES mercy, NOT judgment.  He is SLOW to anger (aren’t we glad for that!). This boy is the embodiment of that particular attribute of God.
That’s why Methuselah was the oldest living man.  God drew that boy’s years out on and on and on and on until he was 969 years old; older than even Adam, who lived to be 930.  He did not want to give that order.
But at last, He had to say, “Enough!”  The very day Methuselah died, Noah and his family were shut into the ark.  
Rapture!
At some point prior to this event, however, Enoch, who walked with God like no one before him, just “walked right into heaven.”  God translated him and he is there to this day before the worst of times happened to the earth up to that time.
At God’s command, the fountains of the deep burst open, the windows of the heavens were opened, and the greatest destruction of all time fell upon the earth.  Everything in which was the breath of life and everyone, except for the eight people in the safety of the ark, DIED.
Prophetic Of Our Times. 
Enoch, who never tasted death but was translated instantly by God and taken into heaven, is a picture of the RAPTURE GENERATION.  That’s us, Church!  Before the worst of times of all hits planet earth, we who belong to Jesus will quite suddenly and without warning be taken out of this world in the greatest disappearance of all time!  I’m sure this will cause no little terror and confusion.
That’s right:  When the worst tribulation hits the earth threatening to destroy all life, BELIEVERS WILL NOT BE HERE.  In fact, the Bible says that if God did not cut those days short, all life would be extinguished!
Most importantly, God is pointing to Jesus in this account of the real-live, world-wide deluge.
Who was it that took our place?  JESUS.
Who endured all God’s fiery indignation and wrath in our stead?  JESUS.
Who’s death brought powerful rest?  JESUS!
See what I mean?  Even if we don’t always understand….and we don’t…..God really does have a reason for everything He wrote in the Bible.  And that, Church, is one of the reasons why Genesis 5 is in the Bible!
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