Judah, Perez, Hezron and salvation by faith.


This post will bring the series I have been posting on the prophetic implications of Jesus Ancestor’s names right up to the end of Genesis. But the prophecy doesn’t stop there! Going forward, the next section will draw out the names recorded between the Exodus and David.

So in the previous post we got to the name “Israel” and concluded the run of names from Shem, seeing a variety of possibilities that ran something like.

The fame of the healer sent from the otherside of the divide: a friend, a vine-branch, a lamp, a wanderer; raised by Father laughing as God’s ruler”.

The final three names to be found in Genesis add a final short sentence which proves that salvation has always been by faith in Jesus, to whatever revelation of Him have.

The last three ancestors are Judah, Perez and Hezron.


Judah comes the verb “yada”/”ידה” meaning to confess or acknowledge, some translators also see of the noun “hud”/”הוד” in the name. “Hud” is a uniquely Hebrew words that is used for used splendor, majesty, authority and other attractive qualities, YHWH is clothed with it in Psalm 104:1. So “Judah” is usually translated as “praise” or “praise him”, but “yada” is broader than just “praise” the King James version regularly translates it as “to confess” or “to thank” it simply means “to acknowledge”. So I translate “”Judah as “To acknowledge him/his quality”, In the prophetic flow of names, the “him” here would also refer back to the healer/releaser described in the previous set of names.


Later in life, Judah had twin son’s by the wife of his deceased firstborn Er. Despite the messy story one of these twins Perez becomes the ancestor of David and ultimately Jesus. Now “Perez” very simply means, “breaks-through” or “breaks out of” or “breeches”. Perez in turn has two sons too, Hezron and Hamul.


Hezron is Jesus ancestor, and “Hezron” means a “walled place” or “enclosure”. As well as being a person, “Hezron” was s also a walled town, which Joshua 15:25 tells us was also called “Hazor” which means “Castle”, making Hezron a stronghold!

So the last three patriarchs from Jesus, family tree to be found in Genesis tell us that:

To acknowledge him/his quality(Judah) beaks out of(Perez) the stronghold(Hezron)”.

Samson and the Gates of GazaThere is an incident in the life of Samson, one of the seven saviour judges that models Jesus, where the gates of Gaza are shut to trap him in Gaza where he visiting prostitute, Samson pulls up the gate posts and drags the whole lot up a nearby hill. Samson is not a great moral example to follow but he wonderfully illustrates the gates of Hades failing to prevail against him. The Cross of Jesus has primarily released us from the prison of our own failure.

We acknowledge him and his victory frees us from every stronghold and debt!

By the end of Genesis the whole gospel is revealed in the names of the Fathers.

Christen Forster

Christen Forster is widely recognised as an original Bible teacher who brings people into a love of and confidence in scripture.

Christen has planted churches, been a youth worker, mission administrator and church leaders. The author of several books, Christen is now an itinerant minister, helping churches to step into a more deliberately spiritual experience of the Christian life while at the same time firmly rooting their practice in scripture.

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2 Replies to “Judah, Perez, Hezron and salvation by faith.”

  1. I got this ” yeshua, the exalted one, beloved father of many will laugh at one who has been strong against God. Let him be praised bringing forth shining fruit that breaks down walled palace (enclosure). Exalted, my kingsmen are noble….that’s what I could figure out so far

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