Posted 25 June 2010 - 02:40 PM
I agree with you that the particular paragraph you mentioned worries me too which relates to looking for hidden codes or messages in places where they may not be. Especially if one fixates themselves on some 'codes or hidden meanings' while neglecting the obvious teachings and commandments. This can easily be a symptom of pride.
The author of this article whom I assume is Protestant has taken a couple of teachings (for example, of the prophecy of Methuselah's father which you referred to) from Jewish sources.
This prophecy is found in the Book of Enoch which I understand is not listed as canonical in the Orthodox Church, however is considered so in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
That being said, many of the earliest Christian did consider this book authoritative (notably St. Athenagoras, St. Clement, Irenaeus, and Tertullian). In fact, this particular prophecy regarding Methuselah's father (Enoch) is explicitly referred to in the Epistle of St. Jude:
Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” (Jude 1:14,15)
This very fact caused much discussion in the past as to whether the Epistle of Jude should be regarded as canonical.
Some other interesting things I have read regarding the Book of Enoch is that it refers to the origin of evil stemming from the falling of angels which was a reason why the Jews rejected the Book of Enoch. Also, it's prophesy of the coming Messiah called "Son of Man", with divine attributes, generated before the creation, Who will act directly in the final judgment and sit on a throne of glory.
Either way, even if one removes these controversial topics out of the article I listed above, it does not in any way affect the point the author originally tried to make, that the names listed express an interesting message consistent with the gospel when translated. While we should always reject those things the Church has explicitly countered and rejected and should always be skeptical of things that seem foreign to us, especially things not explicitly referred to in the writings of the saints or addressed by the Church, we should also heed the final words of the Gospel according to St. John: "And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen."