I remember learning that the great prophecy leading up to the Great Flood was that it was to occur after the death of Methuselah. God was merciful and Methuselah was the oldest living human at 969 or 960(Jasher). Methuselah means "his death shall bring"
[By the way if you take all the names of the Patriarchs from Adam to Noah, the names prophesy of Christ. The names together read:
Adam = man
Seth = appointed, placed, set
Enosh = mortal, human
Kenan = sorrow, low, humble
Mahalalel = blessed God, praise of god
Jared = descent, shall come down, descending
Enoch = dedicated, teaching
Methuselah = his death shall bring
Lamech = despairing
Noah = comfort, rest
Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow; (but) the Blessed God shall come down teaching (that) His death shall bring (the) despairing rest."]
Could there be a parallel prophesy for the Last Days. Except this time the prophecy involves the oldest city in the world and not the oldest man. Isaiah 17:1-3 warns:
"Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. . . The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim,"
I'm not sure what this means for Damascus or Ephraim but it doesn't sound good. I'm keeping my eye on Damascus.