The Bible is a truly amazing document. Without contradiction this collection of 66 books displays both man’s view on God and God’s view on man. It displays historical fact as well as events that are yet to take place. But are there secret messages found in scripture? Many books, such as the Bible Code, claim to use mathematical equations and computer algorithms to find hidden names and meanings. Books also claim to have found special hidden knowledge in The Word of God. But you don’t need to be a mathematician or a programer to find things in the Bible. All you need is the Holy Spirit’s guidance, after all, He inspired those who wrote the book.
What we want to show you are two “secret messages” found in scripture that prove not only divine influence but also the predestination of God’s will.
First we will start in Genesis 5 where we have the genealogy of Noah, starting with Adam. Although credit for this find might go elsewhere, we will credit Dr. Chuck Missler since it was through his ministry we first became aware of it. Dr. Missler writes the following on his website, ”Since the ten Hebrew names are proper names, they are not translated but only transliterated to approximate the way they were pronounced. The meaning of proper names can be a difficult pursuit since direct translations are not readily available… A study of the original roots, however, can yield some fascinating insights.” Dr. Missler is saying that the names we have in the Bible are written so that you understand only the name. The names’ translation are not given but their original roots are known after research.
Let us now look at the specific genealogy in question, found in Genesis 5.
Adam (the first man) > Seth > Enosh > Kenan > Mahalalel > Jared > Enoch (taken away) > Methuselah (longest living man) > Lemech (Noah’s father) > Noah
After some research Dr. Missler tells us the meaning of each of these names.
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
Starting to see what this is turning into? Here is the “secret message” that is revealed in this genealogy: “Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow. The Blessed God shall come down (to earth) teaching. His death shall bring the despairing rest.” Fascinating isn’t it? Dr. Missler writes, “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!” Praise God!!
But it doesn’t stop there.
Years ago, our very own Pastor Don Elswick found a very similar message in Revelation 7. The difference with this “secret message” is that it isn’t a genealogy but a listing of the 12 Tribes of Israel. Interestingly, this listing of the 12 Tribal Leaders is different from the two original variations given in the Old Testament. The original goes as follows: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin (Genesis 35:23-26, Exodus 1:1-4, 1 Chronicles 2:1-2). The second listing has Reuben, Simeon, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin, Ephraim, and Manasseh (Numbers 1:20-43). This second listing was due to Levi not being counted as being given a portion of the land and Joseph’s sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, being counted in Joseph’s and Levi’s place.
The listing in Revelation 7 is as follows: Judah, Reuben, Gad, Asher, Naphtali, Manasseh, Simeon, Levi, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin. We find that Dan and Ephraim are no longer present and instead Joseph and Levi have reentered. Even the order given, placing Judah first and Manasseh before his father Joseph seems odd. This is the only location in the Bible in which this order is given, and to the average reader there is no purpose for this. But we all know there is a purpose for everything found in God’s Holy Word.
Looking at the meanings.
Just as Dr. Missler highlighted the meanings of the names for the genealogy found in Genesis 5, lets look at the meaning of the 12 Tribal Leaders mentioned in Revelation 7:4-8.
Judah = Let him be praised
Reuben = Son who is seen, or one son
Gad = A troublesome fortune, or cutting
Asher = Happiness, blessed
Naphtali = My wrestling, or struggle
Manasseh = Forgetting, making to forget a debt
Simeon = He who hears, Man of Hearing
Levi = Joined, or lender
Issachar = There is recompense, or He is wages
Zebulun = Glorious dwelling place
Joseph = He (YHWH) shall add
Benjamin = Son of the right hand, son of strength, Son of the south
Do you see the statement being made here? “Let Him be praised (the) Son who is seen. (He will have) troublesome fortune (but will be) blessed (in His) wrestling. A debt He hears (and has) joined (with) recompense. (To the) Glorious dwelling place He shall add (the) Son of the Right Hand.”
Again we have a marvelous revealing of a “secret message” in scripture. It is no doubt that we have the story of Christ in both Genesis and Revelation, the alpha and omega books of the Bible. But are these things secret? By no means; they are but confirmations of our Christian faith. The Bible is the only document that has been around for thousands of years, has zero inconsistencies, and that has messages still waiting to be discovered. God is Great!
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