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What Is In A Name?
by Arthur Griffith

In America when we choose names for our children we may choose names from our ancestors or our friends, or names that we just like. But Hebrew people did not do this. Every Hebrew name had a meaning. For example, "Methuselah." Methuselah was the firstborn son of Enoch. Enoch was the man who walked with God [followed God's way]. Enoch had a very close relationship with God. God decided to take Enoch to heaven without letting him die.

Now, the wonderful thing about the name Enoch chose for his firstborn son is that "Methuselah" means "when he is dead, it shall be sent." {Meredith's Book of Bible Lists, Bethany House Publishers).

What does "it shall be sent" mean? What would be sent? The great Flood of Noah's time came when Methuselah died. So God must have told Enoch about the coming great Flood. The Bible says: "The Sovereign Lord never does anything without revealing his plan to his servants, the prophets" (Amos 3:7, TEV).

Did Enoch keep the secret about the Flood? I do not think so. A name like Methuselah would tell the world what would happen in the future. Enoch is called "a prophet" in Jude 14. Prophets are responsible to tell the people what God says. For the 969 years of Methuselah's life, people would ask, "What is going to be sent?" Methuselah would warn people about what God said was going to happen.

Today, the world is speeding toward another destruction. Only a few people will listen to the warning, the same as in the days of Methuselah and the Flood. Read Matthew 24:38, 39. Enoch and Methuselah warned the people before the Flood. Today we need more people the same as Enoch and Methuselah to warn the world of the coming end of the world.

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