You just effectively took a verse that applies to the monkeys and quoted it to the elephants. That's a way to sweep it under the rug when we simply want to avoid the issue.
Besides the bible and prophecy, my interests include astronomy, mathematics, anything related to time, gnomonics, and genealogy. These are the same interests and abilities as my favorite theologian, Sir Isaac Newton.
Newton's quote about end of the age date he wrote down:
"This I mention not to assert when the time of the end shall be, but to put a stop to the rash conjectures of fanciful men who are frequently predicting the time of the end, and by doing so bring the sacred prophesies into discredit as often as their predictions fail."
The thread from Babylon to Jesus appears to be 13 generations, but actually fulfills a statement we find in Isaiah 53, and also in Acts 8, where the question is asked, "Who can declare his generation?" Jesus was, and is, and is to come. On earth, that would imply two physical generations, and not one. He was born and died (one generation), he arose and ascended, and will return to rule (2nd generation). When he rules, it will be for 1000 years (2nd generation) from Jerusalem, and then the Great White throne judgment and then ruling forever. This last phase is a sabbath generation (post Great White Throne).
Note in the passage in Matthew that there are then 42 generations. Let's do some math: 42 is 6 sets of 7. So, Jesus' reign completes that, but then transitions to the 'forever' seventh sabbath of peace from the New Jerusalem, and there is no end to that, so the 42 generation becomes eternal, and therefore, 'who can declare it?'
Interestingly, too, David's numerical value to his name is 14, so we are given three witnesses to Jesus' descendency from David just in the numeric representations.
There are several omitted generations in the text, and in the case of the four missing persons, we see that these were descendents of Ahab, and not listed purposefully by God in this list.
By then listing the names this way, we can form three sentences from the Hebrew meanings in each name, and each sentence declares God's plan of redemption in His Son.
The Bible is not in error.
Hope this helps.
Pastor, Patterson Covenant Church, Patterson, CA
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