The oldest person who ever lived was a man named Methuselah. He was the grandfather of Noah who built the ark. He lived to be 969 years old and is the oldest person in the history of the world that we have historical written documentation of.
“And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.” Genesis 5:27
The world says that the oldest documented person was Jeanne Calment who lived from 1875-1997 and was 122 years old when she died, which would make her 847 years younger than Methuselah. We know the Bible is true and an accurate source of history so Jeanne Calment was not the oldest documented person to ever live Methuselah was, the world doesn’t believe the Bible and it that is the main reason why it is headed straight to Hell. Back in the early days of Genesis before the Flood people lived much longer lives. There are many reasons possible. The longer lives could have been to populate the earth, but whatever the reason God is ultimately in control of lifespans.
“Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;” Job 14:5
Adam lived to be 930 years old, his son Seth 912, Noah lived to be 950 years old. Noah’s father Lamech died relatively young for the time period at the age of 777 years old. There were many more listed who lived long lives, most are listed in Genesis 5 and it says that they all begat sons and daughters, probably too many to list. It is how the earth first got populated before the Flood. After the Flood Noah’s sons Ham, Japheth, and Shem and their wives were the ones that started to re populate the earth so they lived longer lives but later in Genesis ages started to decrease a bit with Abraham living to the age of 175, Isaac 180, Jacob 147. Still these ages were much longer than the average life expectancies today and still longer than the false world champion of age Jeanne Calment.
“The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.” Psalm 90:10
It seems that in Psalms the Bible describes a more accurate life expectancy to today’s standards which would be 70 years, maybe 80 which in many parts of the world is accurate. King David lived 70 years, Solomon died around the age of 60. It is interesting to see how the lifespans in the beginning of time were very long, then they decreased dramatically and decreased again. Everything is designed to fulfill God’s will and purpose. The one thing to remember is that we are not guaranteed another minute of life. Just because the Bible says “threescore years and ten” does not mean that it is an automatic guarantee you will live to see age 70. What if you died right now?
“Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” James 4:14
Whether God one day allows someone to live to be 969 again like Methuselah or someone lives to be 100 or dies as a young adult, no amount of life comes anything close to eternity. The Bible teaches we all will die and will be judged.
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” Hebrews 9:27
The most important thing you can figure out in your lifetime is that you need Jesus Christ to be saved. Without Jesus you WILL go to Hell. With Jesus you can have eternal life in Heaven. The choice is yours, live whatever time you are granted on earth enjoying the pleasures of sin or repent of your sins with the help of Jesus and become born again to live eternally in Heaven with Him one day.
“10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:10-12