Perhaps the prophecy of the coming Christ. A friend who is a student of the ancient Hebrew language tells me that the biblical names for the lineage of Noah may be a hidden prophetic message declaring the coming of a savior for mankind. He says that when taken together the Hebrew meaning of each name reveals a message about a coming messiah. This is how he explained it to me:
Adam: This name literally means “man” and has root in the Hebrew word for “blood”.
Seth: This name means “appointed”.
Enosh: This name comes from the root word anash, meaning “mortal or frail.”
Kenan: This name comes from a root word meaning “sorrow or dirge.”
Mahalal’el: This name means “blessed God” with “el” representing God in the singular.
Jared: This name has its root in yarad, meaning to “come down.”
Enoch: This name means “commencing or teaching.”
Methuselah: This is a compound name from the root word for “death” and the root word for “bring or send forth” which can be understood as “his death will bring.”
Lamech: This name comes from the root word for “despair or lament”.
Noah: This name is derived from nacham meaning “comfort or rest.”
Reading the Hebrew meanings for these names together this message can be discerned:
Man appointed mortal sorrow. Blessed God come down teaching (that) his death brings the despairing rest.
Since I am not a biblical inerrantist this is curiously interesting to me. I hope others find it as interesting as I do. My friend’s post can be read at http://ignominius.thoughts.com/posts/the-bible-messages-within-messages