Are there predictions of Jesus’s life in the name lineage of his ancestors? – 2. Noah’s era

Are there predictions of Jesus’s life in the name lineage of his ancestors?  See my first article yesterday.

Genesis 5 : 1 When God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God. 2He created them male and female and blessed them. And he named them “Mankind” when they were created. 3When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth. 4After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. 5Altogether, Adam lived a total of 930 years, and then he died. 6When Seth had lived 105 years, he became the father of Enosh. 7After he became the father of Enosh, Seth lived 807 years and had other sons and daughters. 8Altogether, Seth lived a total of 912 years, and then he died. 9When Enosh had lived 90 years, he became the father of Kenan. 10After he became the father of Kenan, Enosh lived 815 years and had other sons and daughters. 11Altogether, Enosh lived a total of 905 years, and then he died. 12When Kenan had lived 70 years, he became the father of Mahalalel. 13After he became the father of Mahalalel, Kenan lived 840 years and had other sons and daughters. 14Altogether, Kenan lived a total of 910 years, and then he died. 15When Mahalalel had lived 65 years, he became the father of Jared. 16After he became the father of Jared, Mahalalel lived 830 years and had other sons and daughters. 17Altogether, Mahalalel lived a total of 895 years, and then he died. 18When Jared had lived 162 years, he became the father of Enoch. 19After he became the father of Enoch, Jared lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. 20Altogether, Jared lived a total of 962 years, and then he died. 21When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. 22After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. 24Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away. 25When Methuselah had lived 187 years, he became the father of Lamech. 26After he became the father of Lamech, Methuselah lived 782 years and had other sons and daughters. 27Altogether, Methuselah lived a total of 969 years, and then he died.  28When Lamech had lived 182 years, he had a son. 29He named him Noah and said, “He will comfort us in the labour and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the Lord has cursed.” 30After Noah was born, Lamech lived 595 years and had other sons and daughters. 31Altogether, Lamech lived a total of 777 years, and then he died. 32After Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth.

Ok, after copying my spreadsheet into Google Documents here it is:-

Or, here is the document I have hosted by Google.

So bear in mind, I only know a handful of Hebrew words and phrases and can’t write whole sentences, but I do know when you copy a phrase from one language to another, grammar and words might be the wrong way round, but therefore if you read it as “God brought up a man, whose death, then rising up would make comfort”  it loosely makes sense!

The long list of names in Luke 3 is more complicated as I’ll show in next article.

1. Are there predictions of Jesus’s life in the name lineage of his ancestors? – 2. Noah’s era (Genesis 5) – 3. Up to Christ (Luke 3)

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Are there predictions of Jesus’s life in the name lineage of his ancestors? 1.

Does the Bible’s list of descendants Of Jesus from Adam and Noah in Genesis 5 and Luke 3 spell out a secret phrase predicting who the Messiah would be?

There are 76 male descendants of Christ back to God.

luke3 fathers 1I was at a Christian event where were taught healing and prophecy, but this was in the context of praying for each other.   I had several things spoken over me from people I have not previously met that were consistent with my life with Christ so far, and many were touched by the Holy Spirit and it was a great evening.   Someone mentioned in passing that Jesus’s life and ministry

Someone mentioned in passing that Jesus’s life and ministry were predicted by the names of male characters in the bible.  Just like one of my favourite shows Mythbusters (I work in IT so I like all things science)  I wanted to try and research this myself without cheating and looking at someone else’s writings first.

I’m trying to learn databases and ways of managing large amounts of data to change careers in the near future.  Firstly, I copied a chunk of text from Luke 3 and put it into a spreadsheet.  When I copied the names in columns into Hebrew with Google translator, some didn’t copy and some came out wrong like this:-  Jesse ג’סי which should be יִשַׁי.

The letter J doesn’t exist in Hebrew.   Of course, lots of Hebrew names are popular with non-Jews like me, ie; Jonathan, John, Joseph, Jacob.   These names originally started with a Y.  When words with J are transliterated into Hebrew, they have a Gimmel (G type symbol) and an apostrophe, to kind of bodge it to make it readable by Hebrew speakers.  Therefore I had to do a lot of Google searching to find out the original names and meanings.

Genesis 5 shows the Father/Son relationships from Adam to Noah, but Luke 3 shows them backwards from Jesus (including David and Abraham) to Adam.

1. Are there predictions of Jesus’s life in the name lineage of his ancestors? – 2. Noah’s era (Genesis 5) – 3. Up to Christ (Luke 3)

The myth of Palestinian nationalism – part one

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IMG_20160606_151306966_HDR - smallOften common mainstream opinion these days is Israel “goes and helps itself to someone else’s land and justifies it by religion and nationalism.”    But actually, when you look at history this isn’t true.

I found this old book at a library of a charity I was working for in 2016, but one with no interest in Israel.   Its a Reader’s Digest Atlas, its first printed in 1965 and this edition is from 1982.

Contemporary maps may mark out the West Bank and Gaza regions as ‘Disputed territory’ just to be even-handed and diplomatic.

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Jerusalem was recaptured by Israel in the Six Day war of 1967.   Therefore much of this book predates it.   It would appear the 1972 reprint didn’t show a modern Arab Palestine.   Before 1948 Israel was the British Mandate of Palestine, and before 1918 it was owned by Turkey.

A new proposed Palestine is proposed as being sovereign Arabic nation, this is actually a modern concept which leaders around the world are trying to make a reality to appease Islamic authorities in the name of peace.   They are severely misguided.   The most well known father of Islamic Palestinian nationalism is Yasser Arafat.    Who was born in (cough ahem) Cairo, Egypt.

Palestine as a name was invented by Roman emperor Hadrian in AD120.   When crudely transliterated into Arabic, it is pronounced Filastin.   This is because the Arabic language doesn’t have a letter P.

You might think “hold on, you can’t gauge history by just one book?”   – well if you care to look at reliable sources of history, rather than Islamic sources you will find this to be correct.

 

Southern France / Pyrenesse trip – Toulouse’s churches

Toulouse is a large city in France.   I turned back here after I could not proceed any further towards Andorra, see the previous article.

Bars, cafes and shops have all the charm you would expect to see in a French city.

France has a history based on Catholicism, today it is a very secular country.   There are not many evangelical Christians.

When I visited, I did see a nice Christian bookshop which was shut when I went past it on a Thursday evening.

I also saw this really nice church, it’s the Notre-Dame du Taur

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Stain glass windows are some of the best I have seen.

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This painting of Jesus’ trial looks really good, with his disciples to the right, the Sanhedrin and Roman leaders in the middle and members of the public on the left.

IMG_20170923_181804305My church in London sponsor missions in France, as there is a shortage for those to spread the gospel as Africa, Asia or South America.

In another part of Toulouse, I spotted this mission tract whilst waiting for the traffic lights, hope more of these do get seen by the French people.

Here’s the book shop I found above.

Introduction – Newspaper danger – Occitane, little known district of France & wannabe new nation – No Andorra for me – Toulouse’s churches –

Southern France / Pyrenesse trip – No Andorra for me

From travelling around places that interest me in the Bible in Israel and Turkey, and visiting China and Canada and Europe in recent years, I’ve not actually got so stuck travelling and had to give up, until now.

Here’s the problem:-

Getting to Ax le Thermes was not too hard, but my RyanAir flight to Toulouse was cancelled and I had to fly very early Thursday morning.  Then the trains in France had a strike, so I had a replacement bus service.   The trains don’t go to Andorra, so I go to Ax le Thermes, its a pretty town on the outskirts of the Pyrenesse, about 30km away.   I thought it would be simple to take a bus into Andorra itself.  Turns out these are only 3 times a week.    I was told by a lady behind a bar it would be 120 Euros to get a taxi.

andorra plateI even tried doing some hitchhiking.   Doing this made me feel a bit silly, as I don’t think I’d ever pick up a stranger either.  I saw quite a few cars driven by local Andorrans which have plates on their cars like this one.  After an hour of no one stopping, I headed back into the town for another beer.

Borders into countries often aren’t drawn up by government people with a sharp pencil and a ruler either, spot the tiny piece of Spain above the French border?

I would recommend travellers to Europe’s hard to reach mini country should start from Spain and go northwards and you might need a rental car.

So, a quick 60 Euros later and I had a hotel in Ax Le Thermes and headed my way back to Toulouse the day after.

Introduction – Newspaper danger – Occitane, little known district of France & wannabe new nation – No Andorra for me – Toulouse’s churches

 

Southern France / Pyrenesse trip – Occitane, little known district of France & wannabe new nation

Ok, I’ve just seen the shocking riots in Spain over Catalan independence.   I’m not sure if a new country of Catalan is a good idea, nor am I happy with the Spanish authorities beating people up at an election.

I saw the yellow and red stripey flags in Barcelona back in June 2017 when I was there, now I seem similar ones in France.   First of all, I saw this unusual bookshop whilst I was in Toulouse:-

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So I’ve learned this week, that Occitan is an obscure old language spoken in southern France.

Now that this particular county/district has been revived, it would appear the next step is towards pushing another independent nation.

https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/eli/decret/2016/9/28/INTB1617888D/jo

This link from a French government site mentions a new province called Occitanie established in September 2016.

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Notice the star-shaped emblem which reminds me a bit of the Maltese cross.   These oval stickers with one or two digit letters don’t point towards a country or province but towards a nation rather than a county.

So it would seem that Occitan nationalists would aim to make this bottom part of Spain including Toulouse theirs?

Well, I came here to see the little mountain country of Andorra and didn’t expect this close by.

Introduction – Newspaper danger – Occitane, little known district of France & wannabe new nation

 

 

Southern France / Pyrenesse trip – danger newspapers

I saw this rather concerning thing, these two newspapers on sale outside a French shop in Toulouse:-

The paper on the right is the UK based Daily Mail.   The Mail is often considered to be racist for heavy coverage of immigration and concerns about terrorism in the UK, as was pro-Brexit.   The paper is greatly disliked by some.   I think it’s quite a poor newspaper but understand why people are not comfortable with a lot of immigration which has minimal vetting.

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The paper on left in Arabic is Al Quds.  This is a Palestinian newspaper.  Also shown is The Sun, Times, Telegraph which all have a very different style of news and audience.  The bottom left paper is in German and the other Arabic one I am not sure of.

Many people in the UK might consider many things like this to be an equal comparison of two bad news channels.   These sorts of people have never been to a middle east or a Muslim country where you are unlikely to find free of speech or religion.   Al Quds is the Islamic term for the city of Jerusalem meaning “the holy”   Quds/Qudus is similar to Kodesh which is the Hebrew word for holy as Hebrew and Arabic have certain similarities.   There is a big problem of incitement from the media in the Palestinian territories.

A friend told me on the way by text message that this was the city where Jewish people were killed outside a school a few years ago which I now remember well.    I actually saw not that many Muslim people in Toulouse but with newspapers on sale like this, it makes me worry what ideas they are giving people.

Introduction – Newspaper danger – Occitane, little known district of France & wannabe new nation

Southern France / Pyrenesse trip introduction

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As a Christian who tries to travel a lot, I like to see places that have something of value to my faith in Christ.   I spent a few years living in Israel, and have also visited Morocco, Turkey, China, Norway, Canada and other places since then.

This trip was different.  One of my bucket lists was to go and see all the baby countries in Europe.   Now depending on how you define a baby country, this could be a population of half a million or less or just a physically small enough footprint and yet be independent enough to have their government, international telephone code, internet top level domain and car licence plate.

So I had two days off work, and years ago a friend wanting to go to Andorra.   I’ve already been to Gibraltar, Iceland, Malta and Monaco, Andorra is between France and Spain so this should be quite simple, right?  Actually, it was a lot harder with a few hidden surprises.   I find microstates, small countries quite interesting, most of them seem to be a place for buying cheap booze or a tax haven for a business people who want no questions asked banking. In the case of Monaco when I went in 2005, it has the added appeal to me as a young man who likes cars of being the motoring obsessed mini-state of the world, its own royal family and the main streets become a race track on certain days.

Andorra has a similar kind of charm from what I have read.

Introduction – Newspaper danger – Occitane, little known district of France & wannabe new nation

 

My Barcelona trip

In spring of this year, I was working for a big telecoms company and they needed to send me out to install new computers in their European offices in Lisbon, Stockholm, Vienna, and finally Barcelona.   A group of other London based IT pros in my office got to go out to Zurich, Paris, Dublin, Madrid, Frankfurt and some other places.   This was a really interesting couple of months.

So in Barcelona, I came here before quite a few years ago when a friend was living out here.   After getting the project done well just straight on the deadline, I took a look around the town.

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Walking around the city, I have this Freddie Mercury song stuck in my head for some reason.   Much of Barca looks a bit like a US city seeing as the streets are in a perfect parallel grid fashion.

After working for a Christian charity in Israel for four years, it’s funny that people I used to volunteer with find themselves in new and different places but in this case, two different friends of mine were in Barcelona at the same time.   One was in a hotel 20km away from me also on a long project.   This was a difficult journey to get there with taxis on strike (maybe upset about impending Uber expansion?)  so using the bus was fine but required 30-40 stops and another 30 mins of walking to see my friends on the outskirts of the city.

 

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Deli shops with jamon (ham) hanging from the ceiling at common here.

My other friends who were volunteering back in 2009 and studying IT at Uni, now have a successful IT business in South Africa.   It was great to see them after so long.  We met up at the La Ramla, a popular tourist strip.   This was a little disappointing as I ordered a Paella which was 15 Euros and arrived somewhat small and not very inspiring.   The beer was 8 Euros a glass, so I ordered a lemonade and not checking the prices, found out it cost me 7, bah.

The strip is a funny old place with African men with blankets of fake handbags and sunglasses, and more traditional touristy shops as well.    The top of the strip has some more interesting places to see including a kosher Jewish restaurant.   Later the Jewish restaurant caught my eye again in the news in August as in this street is where someone rammed a car and killed 13 people.   Palestinian style attacks now are happening in Europe, this is so sad and frustrating when it seems often Europe isn’t prepared for these threats like Israel is.

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From a Christian perspective, I didn’t get to find out if there is anything in the way of evangelical churches in this part of Spain.   It’s a big place with a lot of young people.

 

Could Kurdish independence be part of prophecy?

Few times I’ve pondered over this scripture passage

Isaiah 19 : 23 In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together. 24In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth. 25The Lord Almighty will bless them, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance.”

I was wondering if a new forthcoming Kurdish state could be whats called Assyria in the bible.   It’s interesting that Kurdish people seem to have a good relationship with Israel.   I’ve met one Kurdish guy in the UK who found Christ.  I don’t expect this to be an easy to make another new nation in the always turbulent middle east, but I would welcome a new nation for the Kurdish people.

This article I read today from Charisma magazine has some similar thinking.   I think this is well worth a read if you are interested in end times and middle east peace from a sensible non-hysteria point of view.

https://www.charismanews.com/opinion/standing-with-israel/67304-12-reasons-syria-may-fulfill-god-s-isaiah-19-promise-for-israel 

A few years ago I wrote about another aspect of Isaiah 19 regarding the 1973 Yom Kippur here.