Believe it or not, the first person in the bible to receive the gift of prophecy is Enoch. However he only gets a brief mention. We know that Enoch was a prophet, because "God… took him." He was so upright, "righteous" and moral, God told him "you don't belong there (the world of men), you belong in heaven with me, you don't need to die, your time is there is done." As a general rule, only prophets can enter heaven without dying, that is why beliefs within Judaism persist that Moses isn't really dead, like Enoch, Moses is still alive..
Most of the patriarchs are dead, but none of the prophets are; they all reside in the "garden of the righteous.".
Enoch is not officially called a prophet, the first person in the bible actually considered a prophet was Moses, although, an earlier character (Joseph), made more predictions about the future than Moses did. Actually that I think of it, Moses did not make any predictions. All the patriarchs of the 12 tribes of Israel had extreme longevity; Joseph's brothers in fact outlived him. Joseph died, when he was 112, whereas his brothers such as Judah, Simeon, Levi, Isachar and whoever else, lived to their 140's..
My own Hebrew blood is pure; absolutely no European admixture..
Why is it important to me? One of the things I'm scared of, is extreme longevity; I am afraid that I may end up outliving whoever it is I marry..
Even to this day, Misrahi Jews produce a large number of centegenarians, more than any other group of Jews, being an Iraqi Jew, that means I will probably live to be 100 too, assuming no accidents, plagues, whatever. Besides the fact that I practice Tai Chi Chuan and Yoga, extreme longevity is in my blood; full, or nearly full blooded Hebrew people are prone to have long lives. Among Iraqi and Yemeni Jewish families, men and women who see their GREAT grand children are not uncommon..
Ashkenazi Jews though, tend to die off early..
Its one of the curses of being a semite; you need to prepare yourself mentally for being around for a very long time before you are finally given peace..
One of the reasons I neglect my Tai Chi and Yoga training, is because I do not much care for reaching the age of 140, had I a choice in the matter I would want to die at the age of 80. If you yourself are an Arab, a direct largely unmixed descendant of Ishmael whose maternal line is predominantly all Arab women, no slave girls, that is you are an Arab largely on both sides, prepare yourself; Ishmael, I believe died when he was 160..
A friend of mine from Saudi Arabia, told me that one of his uncles on his father side, or rather grand uncles, a Beduin, was a young man during the Lincoln administration, and he did not finally die until the 1980's. Prepare yourself; a lot of descendants of Abraham may end up cursed with extreme age..
I personally don't see it as a blessing; this is an evil world. (MORE)