Posted - 22 Jan 2006 : 21:19:13
TEN NAMES AND THEIR MEANINGS
Bible Reading: Genesis 5:1-32.Aim: To see the spiritual history of the earth from a prophetic point of view in the names of the ten pre-flood patriarchs.
All the names in the Bible have a spiritual and practical meaning for us today. All changes of names in the Bible also have lessons for us now, eg Abram ( high father ) changed to Abraham ( father of many nations ); Jacob ( supplanter ) changed to Israel ( prince with God ); etc. The 10 names of Genesis 5 set forth at least 7000 years of sacred history.
1. ADAM = RED EARTH
Adam, or red earth, speaks to us of the natural man who is by nature away from God's righteousness and holiness. He is self-centered and does not make his decisions with reference to God but only on sight. Let us learn to see as God sees for ' the Lord sees not as man sees, but the Lord looketh upon the heart."
"The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven" (I Corinthians 15:47). Let us seek not to think like Adam, but like Christ. Adam made a wrong decision because he thought according to earthly wisdom: what he could see, rather than setting his affections on things above. Colossians. 3:2
2. SETH = SUBSTITUTE
Cain murdered Abel his brother, and Seth was given instead of Abel. Thus, Seth speaks of Christ as the substitute for fallen man. Christ is our substitute.
"The Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all". Isaiah 53:6. "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him". II Corinthians 5:21. We must receive Christ as our substitute or Savior to be saved.
3. ENOS = FRAILTY, MORTALITY, DYING
Enos speaks of Christ dying for us. Seth speaks of the Substitute, and Enos speaks of the Substitute dying, the just for the unjust, the innocent for the guilty. Therefore, Christ our Substitute ( Seth ) died ( Enos ) that we might have life and have it more abundantly.
"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8
4. CAINAN = TO PURCHASE, BUY BACK, AQUIRE
When Christ died ( Enos ), He purchased us out of the slave market of sin, and through his atoning blood He brought back all and more than Adam lost in the Garden of Eden.
"Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us." Galatians 3:13.
Christ also purchased the field, which is the world, and also the two treasures in the field:
a) Israel ( Matthew 13:44 and Exodus 19:5 )
b) Church ( Matthew 13:45.46 )
Christ, therefore, became our Cainan, buying back that which Adam lost in the Fall.
5. MAHALALEEL = SPLENDOUR OF GOD
Christ, after dying, was resurrected from the dead by the power of God, which showed the "splendor of God" in resurrection power, and thus Christ became our Mahalaleel. Romans 8:11. Christ's resurrection is proof of our future resurrection. It means Praise or Strength of God.
Praise - The cause for us to praise God is Christ's resurrection. Strength - The resurrection shows Christ's strength over sin, the grave and death, assuring our victory over death.
6. JARED = DESCEND, COME DOWN, POUR OUT
Christ, after His resurrection, ascended on high, received the promise of the Father, and poured out the gift of the Holy Spirit on the waiting disciples on the day of Pentecost. Thus Christ became our Jared. This brings us to the present church age we are now in, which is the dispensation of the Holy Spirit. Before Jesus died, He promised the Comforter to His people and said that when the Comforter was come He would teach them all things. John 14:26.
7. ENOCH = TEACH, INSTRUCT, TRAIN UP
We are now also living in the Enoch age. The Holy Spirit has been poured out to instruct, to teach and to lead us all into truth. Enoch was translated that he might not see death, and before his translation he walked with God, enjoyed the witness that he was righteous, and was raptured without passing through the valley of the shadow of death. Genesis 5:22-24.
Seven is the number of perfection and Enoch is the seventh name mentioned. He was raptured that he might not see death. Enoch was a foreshadow type of all those who are alive and will remain unto the coming of the Lord.
Note the following about Enoch:
a) The times in which he lived were full of evil.
b) He walked with God: in Harmony in Unity in Fellowship.
c) He enjoyed the witness of the Holy Spirit.
"He had this testimony that he pleased God' Hebrews 11:5
d) He was a living rebuke to sin. " He testified of judgment to come". Jude 14
e) He was a preacher of righteousness. " Enoch prophesied saying..."
f) He was translated. " God took him ".
8. METHUSELAH = WHEN HE IS DEAD IT SHALL BE SENT
(or something will happen after a long extent of time ) Enoch walked with God and God revealed to him a secret. God told Enoch that God would judge the world for it's sin by a great flood. A son was born to Enoch and he was to be named Methuselah, meaning "When he is dead, it shall be sent". Methuselah lived to 969 years, and the very year that he died, the flood came on the earth. God lengthened his life to almost 1000 years because, at his death, mankind was to be destroyed. We see the marvelous long-suffering of God who is not willing that any should perish. After the Enoch's of this present age are resurrected and raptured, the Great Tribulation will burst upon the earth. The Old Testament flood was a foreshadow of the New Testament Great Tribulation.
9. LAMECH = CONQUEROR, KING
After the Tribulation, Christ is coming to earth as it's conquering King and the millennial day of rest and peace will begin.
10. NOAH = REST, QUIET
The main quality of the millennium will be rest, peace and quiet, with Christ ruling on the earth in person. It will be like the Sabbath day for 1000 years. No wars, just peace, joy and prosperity.
Christ our Substitute (Seth) died for us (Enos = morality) and bought back all and more that was lost in the fall (Cainan). Christ rose again (Mahalaleel = splendor), ascended on high and poured out the Holy Ghost. (Jared = poured out, descend) who has come to cleanse, fill and instruct us in the things of God during this dispensation (Enoch = teach). This dispensation will end with the Rapture, and then will begin the period called the Great Tribulation, ending with the coming of the Conquering King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Lamech) and the starting of the millennial reign of Christ on earth (Noah = rest).
Here are set forth in 10 names over 7000 years of sacred history.
Are you living your life from the point of view of eternity, and are you laying up treasure in heaven? Abraham" looked for a city which has hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God". Hebrews 11:10. Which world are you living for? Which world are you making your decisions for? Start living for Christ.