Thursday, May 24, 2007

A Fascinating Macrocode

I often run across atheists and agnostics who have taken it upon themselves as their goal in life to disparage, bash, and quite frankly, demonstrate hatred towards the God of the Bible. They comb the Scriptures to find errors in order to cement their beliefs.

I have often thought that it is quite weird that those protesting and spewing that there is no God, spend so much time trying to refute something (the Bible) and Someone (God) whom they reject and don't believe in!

The truth is, there aren't any errors in the Bible. However, there are fallible human beings claiming that the difficulties in the Bible are to be perceived as errors.

I like to do the opposite. I like to find things in the Bible that demonstrate it's miraculous nature.

The Bible is God's Word to all mankind. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.
(See 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalms 12:6; 119:105, 160; Proverbs 30:5)

There are also facinating discoveries called "macrocodes" that have been found within the Scriptures which can be seen as evidence that links the Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah with the New Testament revelation of Jesus Christ as the fulfillment of those prophecies.

The following is an excerpt from an article entitled, "The Mystery of the Cross." I found this link back in 2004. I just visited the link and apparently, the article either has been moved or deleted. Now I wish I had copied the entire article. However, this portion was truly fascinating to me and I wanted to share it here!

Christine



GENESIS 5

I find it interesting that the passage in Hosea about God using models and types comes within the context of Him using names to illustrate a point. This is how we find our first type in this study…

Who loves reading through all the genealogies in the Bible? While at first glance they seem long and boring, they are there for a reason. Take a look at this passage…

1This is the book of the genealogy of Adam. In the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God.

2He created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created.

3And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.

4After he begot Seth, the days of Adam were eight hundred years; and he had sons and daughters….

…And on and on it goes. However, there is a great mystery under the surface of this chapter just waiting to be discovered.

What’s in a name? How many of you have looked up your name to see what it means? As a society, this practice is all but lost today, but in ancient times it was simply the way it was done. Parents named their children after key events of the times, or after God (or gods in pagan cultures). That’s why the term “el” appears in so many Hebrew names for instance. It is a name for God. With this genealogy however, not only do the names give insights to man’s early history, they also paint a much broader picture. Let’s take a look…

ADAM

The first name, Adam, comes from adomah, and means "man." As the first man, that seems straightforward enough.

SETH

Adam's son was named Seth, which means, "appointed." When he was born Eve said, "For God hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew." (Genesis 4:25) See, the Bible even helps us out with the name meanings.

ENOSH

Seth's son was called Enosh, which means "mortal," "frail," or "miserable." It is from the root word anash: which means 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 by the way)

KENAN

Enosh's son was named Kenan, from which can mean "sorrow," dirge," or "elegy."

MAHALALEL

Kenan's son was Mahalalel, from mahalal, which means "blessed" or "praise"; and EL, the name for God. Thus, Mahalalel means "the Blessed God."

As I said, often Hebrew names included El, the name of God, such as Dani-el, "God is my Judge," Nathani-el, "Gift of God," etc.

JARED

Mahalalel's son was named Jared, from the verb yaradh, meaning "shall come down." Some authorities suggest that this might have been an allusion to the "Sons of God" who "came down" to corrupt the daughters of men, resulting in the Nephilim ("Fallen Ones") of Genesis 6, but that’s a whole other study…

ENOCH

Jared's son was named Enoch, which means "teaching," or "commencement." He was the first of four generations of preachers. In fact, the earliest recorded prophecy was by Enoch, which amazingly enough deals with the Second Coming of Christ. (Found in Jude 14-15)

METHUSELAH

The Flood of Noah did not come as a surprise. It had been preached on for four generations. But something strange happened when Enoch was 65, from which time "he walked with God." Enoch was given a prophecy that as long as his son was alive, the judgment of the flood would be withheld; but as soon as he died, the flood would be sent forth.

Enoch named his son to reflect this prophecy. The name Methuselah comes from two roots: muth, a root that means “death”; and from shalach, which means "to bring," or "to send forth." Thus, the name Methuselah signifies, "his death shall bring."

And, indeed, in the year that Methuselah died, the flood came. Methuselah was 187 when he had Lamech, and lived 782 years more. Lamech had Noah when he was 182. The Flood came in Noah's 600th year. 187 + 182 + 600 = 969, Methuselah's age when he died.

Here’s a riddle for you…

If Methuselah was the oldest man in the Bible, how could he die before his father?

The answer: Enoch never died, he was translated, or raptured, before the flood (a type of the Church before the great tribulation)! “Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.” Genesis 5:24, Hebrews 11:5

It is interesting that Methuselah's life was, in effect, a symbol of God's mercy in forestalling the coming judgment of the flood. It is therefore fitting that his lifetime is the oldest in the Bible, symbolizing the extreme extensiveness of God's mercy.

LAMECH

Methuselah's son was named Lamech, a root still evident today in our own English word, "lament" or "lamentation." Lamech suggests "despairing."

NOAH

Lamech, of course, is the father of Noah, which is derived from nacham which means, "to bring relief" or "comfort," as Lamech himself explains in verse 29...

“And he called his name Noah, saying, "This one will comfort us concerning our work and the toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD has cursed.”

Let me ask you this; was the curse lifted after Noah? Did man no longer have to toil with his hands, or work for his provision? No. In fact, one doesn't need to be a rocket scientist to realize that the curse is very much alive, well, dead actually, today. So even here we see an allusion to something greater within the text…

So let’s see what all these names say when we put them together, in the order they are given in the Bible…

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
Rest, or comfort


Simply add a few simple conjunctions and read it again…

Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow; (but) the Blessed God shall come down teaching (that) His death shall bring (the) despairing rest.

Here is a summary of God's plan of redemption, hidden here within a genealogy in Genesis! You will never convince me that a group of Jewish rabbis deliberately "contrived" to hide the "Christian Gospel" right here in a genealogy within their venerated Torah!

Remember our key verses here…

“The volume of the book it is written of me…” and “Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”

Now just for something to throw out to you, these types of models (actually called Macrocodes) are all throughout the Old Testament. For our purposes here, we have only covered one that reveals the identity of the true Messiah and illustrates salvation through the cross. Remember, “Jesus Christ and Him crucified”, and also Jesus’ words directing us to the Law of Moses, the prophets and the Psalms. That’s where we should direct our attention.

Written by Jerry Cesario

4 comments:

ebsfwan said...

I like to the do same with the lyrics from Phantom of the Opera.

Christine
She
Does
Jest

:)

So when can we expect your discussion of the Bible Code? :)

Christinewjc said...

That's all you have to say about it?

You don't find it the least bit interesting?

Sheesh!

Kingdom Advancer said...

I didn't read this article, Christine, so I can't comment one way or the other.

I just wanted to let you know that I linked to your article about DefCon in a post I wrote about the Creation Museum.

Christinewjc said...

Hi Kingdom Advancer,

Thanks for the link to your article. I think it's important to show how intolerant and biased the "evolution only" crowd really is!

When you get a chance, please read this post. I know it looks a bit boring at first, but when you complete the entire post it is really an exciting discovery!