I am asking you to read the entire fifth chapter of Genesis because of what the chapter reveals to the reader. You may be saying, he wants us to read a chapter in the scripture that is a "genealogy" which in the first place is very difficult to read and what could we possibly learn from a genealogy.
That question is a good one but the answer is that you can learn much from your reading of this particular genealogy, as well as most genealogies. This is the second genealogy in Genesis with the first brought out in some of the fourth chapter.
This genealogy is from Adam, at the time of Creation, all the way to Noah, just before the "flood". There are many truths that can be learned from a study of Genesis 5, for one that men do die. The passage repeats over and over again that so-and-so lived so many years and he died.
This is the case except for one man, Enoch,verses 18 to 24. Enoch is only one of two men that have lived on this Earth and have never died. Enoch is one and the other is Elijah, 2 Kings 2:1-11. This has great significance in the end of times.
Revelation 11:3-12tells us of "two witnesses" that will preach for the first three and one half years of the Tribulation period. They will be headquartered in the city of Jerusalem on the Temple Mount and will have results, the salvation of many that hear the "gospel of the kingdom" and come to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.
I believe the "two witnesses" are Elijah and Enoch, the only two men that have never died and must do so because of Hebrews 9:27. After their three and one half years of ministry they will be killed and then raised from the dead and called into the heavens by Jesus.
Another fact you can glean from this passage is how long it was from Creation until the "flood". If you add up the numbers you will see that it was 1,656 years from Adam to Noah and the time of the flood. This number helps us to see that from Creation till today is in the area of 6,000 years, a number that comes from adding to the 1656 the 4,500 years since the flood until today.
Some one has said that in six days the Lord created the heavens and earth and all that is in them, then He rested the seventh. It's been six thousand years since creation and the 1,000-year Kingdom Period will make seventh thousand-year period.
There is nothing in scripture about this, however, with the events of our day looking like the events describe in Bible Prophecy it does seem that we are quickly approaching the time for the Rapture to take place when Jesus calls to join Him in the heavens. Maybe that will happen today, keep looking up.
PRAYER THOUGHT: Thank you Lord for what we can learn from all of scripture, even genealogies. Help me to continue to study all of scripture as I await Your shout for me to join You in the heavens, may it be today.