Truth, Understanding, Insight

Adam to Messiah

14th February 2012, hej


I like sharing interesting things. This article comes from a recollection of my Hebrew teacher from Jerusalem based eTeacher and features the beauty of the Hebrew Language.

In Hebrew the first use of the word for 'man' is in Genesis 1:26 (Hebrew right to left)

ויאמר אלהים נעשׂה אדם בצלמנו כדמותנו

And God (Elohim) said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness (Gen 1:26)

The word 'man' is 'adam' in Hebrew three letters alef, dalet and mem.




Israel's king David was called 'the man (אישׁ Iysh) of God (Elohim)(2 Chron 8:14 Neh 12:36). King David was the beloved king of the kingdom of the Lord who was given the promise regarding his greater son,

And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou must go to be with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build me an house, and I will stablish his throne for ever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son: and I will not take my mercy away from him, as I took it from him that was before thee: But I will settle him in mine house and in my kingdom for ever: and his throne shall be established for evermore. (1Chronicles 17:11-14)

The king was to come from the line of Judah (Gen 49:10). King David, like the High priests, was anointed (mâshach) to be king. The Son of David who was to inherit the everlasting kingdom, came also to be known as 'Anointed' or Mashiyach or in English 'Messiah'. The three letters of 'man' adam in Hebrew are an acronym for Adam, David and Messiah in Hebrew.




According to my Hebrew teacher it has been proposed that David is at the mid-point between Adam and Messiah. He said they had worked out the era from Adam to David and from David to Messiah was 1967.

This was a conclusion so curious I did some calculations.

Suspecting the date was from a Jewish source, the first calculation uses the Jewish calendar, which is simpler, being linear from creation. Chronologies are notoriously variable. A Jewish source that seems accepted, dates David becoming king over Israel as the year 2892 see and Jewish history timeline

We might double 2892 -1 (for the midpoint year) = Jewish year 5783

The Gregorian year 2012 is the Jewish year 5772 and part of 5773. Therefore the Gregorian year equating to the Jewish year 5784 is 2023 (or if later in the year 2024).

But it's not so simple. According to the Jewish source, David was anointed king in 2883. Double that minus 1 is the Jewish year 5765 / 6 equating to 2005 / 6 CE.

This did not produce 1967. David's reign takes him to 70 years, the life of an average man. So when was he born?

David was 30 when he began to reign & he reigned 40 years: In Hebron 7 years and 6 months: and in Jerusalem 33 years over all Israel and Judah. (2Samuel 5:4-5). Therefore when David was 37.5 years it was the year 2892.

Therefore he was born in the Jewish year 2854 or 2855 (in this Jewish chronology). If this was the midpoint the Messiah's era begins Jewish years 5708 or 5709 which equates to 1948 or 1949CE.

If the mid-point was when David first was king in Hebron it gives the Jewish year 5768 or 2008CE.

So far I had not found 1967.... So I wondered if they had used another chronology. Using Ussher's Chronology with Creation at 4004BC and King David born 1085BC, anointed 1065, king in Hebron 1056, king in Israel 1048 and his death 1015BC. This gives 1834, 1874, 1892, 1908, 1974.

This is an interesting set! Again no 1967. So using the Bible itself based on a spreadsheet of calculations done by a friend, we come up with other dates. We have good information from Creation at least to David. But anything from the era when the Tanakh finishes the record at the time of Ezra crossing into the CE era is doubtful and cannot be accurate to the year. With Adam's beginning at 0 and the temple being built 480 years from the Exodus in the 4th year of Solomon's reign (I kings 6:1) the year 2993. Then David is born 2919, becomes king in Hebron 2949, king in Jerusalem in 2960 and dies 2989. Allowing for 4 lost years at CE and an estimation that David was born circa 1092 or 1085BC from Beecher and Ussher respectively, the era for Messiah from

the mid point of David's birth, gives 1823 or 1830

the mid point of his kingdom, gives 1882 or 1889, 1901 or 1908

the mid point David's death, gives 1963 to 1970 (which includes the whole era of 1967 as the Six Day war began 1964.

No matter which way it's calculated, from which set of chronologies, impressively, it appears to be a fact that King David's life is the midpoint of events from creation to the establishment of the basis of the revived kingdom of the Lord – the modern nation of Israel.

David lived the life span of the average man (Psalm 90:10). He was called 'the man of Elohim' twice. He sinned as Adam, but not in the same manner. The promise of the 'seed' of Eve was given after Adam's sin, as was the Anointed (messiah) or everlasting king from David to come from Bathsheba. It is fitting then that David's life be a midpoint.

But there are two curiosities. The source of the idea is Jewish, yet it names specifically 1967 as the start of a messianic era. This suggests that whoever proposed the beautiful idea accepts that the Jewish state, once Jerusalem is possessed, is part of the sequence to Messiah. Perhaps a time allowing for the preparation for a kingdom and temple.

The other point it raises is that Messiah is from Hebrew adam, a man. It might be wondered if Christians should be more familiar with their own texts. This lovely idea in Hebrew of the acronym does fit the Christian text, but contradicts popular Christian theology!. Firstly, the Jewish Jesus (Y'shua) publicly stated that before Messiah (in Greek 'Anointed' is 'Christ') came, Jerusalem would no longer “be trodden down” by the Gentiles (non-Jews). Secondly, a search of the text of the gospel record shows that Y'shua on only 4 occasions even hints or accepts to be called the son of God. Yet a staggering 80 times it is recorded he calls himself, or others call him, “the son of man.” The apostle John, also a Jew wrote,

Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. (1John 4:2-3)

And again,

For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. (2 John 1:7)

Because it is written,

And God (Elohim) said, Let us make man (adam) in our image, after our likeness (Genesis 1:26)

There is clearly levels of beauty in the Hebrew which even extend to what might be extrapolated from every letter. The Hebrew of the Tanakh gives meaning to the New Testament, which makes sense as the New Testament was written by Jews, or in the case of Luke, a Jewish proselyte.

The detail is at every level. The half point of David's era begins a change in Israel and a point of choices.

Then the Lord awaked as one out of sleep.. And he smote his enemies in the hinder parts: he put them to a perpetual reproach. Moreover he refused the tabernacle of Joseph.. But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved.
And he built his sanctuary like high palaces, like the earth which he has established for ever.
He chose David also his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds.. he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance. So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands. (Psalm 78:65-72)

David becomes the pattern and standard for every anointed king of his line after him,

And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the ways of David his father, and declined neither to the right hand, nor to the left. (2Chronicles 34:2)

If this was interesting you might wish to follow with The year 2012 & Newton's calculations on the end time

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