Shiloh is Coming Again

 

The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet until Shiloh Come: and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. Binding his foal unto the vine and his ass’s colt unto the choice vine: he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes.” (Gen.49:10-11)

 

Notice all the times we find (his-him-he) in these two verses. It’s a man. Notice Shiloh is capitalized. It’s a proper name. It’s not just a place, a city, but a special title of a special man. Shiloh is the symbolic name for the ruler and savior of Israel from the tribe of Judah, the Messiah. Shiloh means peace. He’s the Savior of peace and also the Prince of Peace. (Shiloh is taken away in N.I. Perversion in Gen.49.)

 

This is most definitely a prophecy of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. He’s the Savior of Peace and the King of Peace. Shiloh came the first time as the (Savior of Peace). “And having made peace through the blood of his cross.” (Col.1:20). “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Rom.5:1). And so we “Preach the gospel of Peace.” (Rom.10:15).

 

It was ‘His’ foal of an ass (Jesus’) that he rode on Palm Sunday straight to the cross of Calvary. Multitudes shouted Hosannas – “Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.” (Mt.21:5). The Jews wanted a king in power and might and the meek and lowly Jesus of Nazareth was not that sight. Shiloh had come the first time to be the suffering savior and to give God’s peace in the hearts of those that are saved by Him. Jesus raised the cup of the fruit of the vine (grape juice) and said, “Drink ye all of it: for this is my blood of the New Testament which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” (Mt.26:28). Ah, yes – the blood of the grapes, prophesied in (Gen.49) soon to be fulfilled on the cross. His garments and his clothes were bloodied that day of the cross and now we can wash our robes and make them white in the blood of the Lamb. (Are you saved today?) PTL – Jesus - for He is our Shiloh, our savior who gives us peace with God.

 

Many hundreds of years had passed since (Gen.49) and the prophecy of Jacob. But now praise the Lord – Shiloh had come, riding his ass’s colt to the cross of Calvary. “Until Shiloh come” – And now Shiloh had come – The savior of peace. The Lord Jesus Christ – son of Judah – son of King David (according to the flesh) had come. He said “That in me ye might have peace.” (John.16:33). Every Jew should have known Jesus was Shiloh, the promised Messiah, when he rode on the ass, but most rejected him. They wanted the King Shiloh not the savior Shiloh at his first coming.

 

In (I Sam. 1:3, 3:21, and 4:22) - we see Shiloh as a place, a city. The house of God was only in one other city besides Jerusalem. That was the city of Shiloh: Shiloh was the religious center of Israel and their headquarters during the time of the Judges for 400 years. The Tabernacle and Ark of the Covenant was kept in Shiloh until the disastrous defeat by the Philistines in the great battle of Ebenezer. This was the time of Eli the High Priest and his two wicked sons who were priests also.

 

Israel lost 34,000 soldiers and also lost the precious Ark of God. Eli died and his two sons died and his daughter in-law died giving birth to Ichabod –“The glory is departed from Israel.” That was the beginning of the end for Shiloh as the religious capital of Israel. Finally the Ark was taken to Jerusalem by King David and later placed in Solomon’s temple. Jerusalem now became the center of worship for the nation.

 

When the unbelieving Jews crucified the Lord Jesus – Shiloh had come – and the glory departed from Israel. And Jesus cried out on the cross – “Eli, Eli, lama sabach thani.” My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me. I believe this Eli was also a reference back to Eli the priest when God had punished Israel for their sins and wrote Ichabod over them.

 

See (Jer.7:12-15) and (Jer.26:1-5) God says he will destroy the house of God in Jerusalem like the house of God in Shiloh. He will make Jerusalem a curse to the whole earth. The city would become desolate and the temple burned. This happened with Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon when Israel was carried away captive for 70 years. But the real fulfillment was in A.D. 70, when the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and sent them captive around the world for 1900 years until 1948. Shiloh had come. The Lord Jesus had come. And judgment fell on the unbelieving Jews. A remnant of Jews will be saved when Shiloh-Jesus comes back again at Armageddon.

 

Let’s turn to (I Kings 11:26-43). Ahijah the prophet from Shiloh who prophesied of Israel’s division into two kingdoms because of her sins, especially of idolatry. Ahijah confronted Jeroboam outside of Jerusalem and rent his new garment into twelve pieces and told Jeroboam to take ten of them. This symbolic action indicated that Jeroboam would be king over 10 of the tribes which would be known as the northern kingdom of Israel. The other kingdom would be Judah which included Benjamin also.

 

The two kingdoms of Judah and Israel were operated as separate kingdoms for over 200 years. At times they were at war with each other. First Israel fell and then Judah fell 150 years later by Nebuchadnezzar. They were a kingdom divided against itself and would not stand (Mt.12:25). God raised up a prophet form Shiloh (peace) to show that they would lose their peace when they sinned. Solomon, whose name also means peace, had made images to worship and God was now dividing the kingdom at Solomon’s death. “There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.” (Is.59:21).

 

The prophet Ahijah and Jeroboam were both mighty soldiers for God but later on Ahijah stood his ground but Jeroboam fell away from God. In (I Kings 14:2-18) we see Ahijah pronounce judgment on Jeroboam when he sent his wife in disguise to seek help of the blind prophet for their sick son. But the prophet had inner eyes and God enlightened him with the truth. O, Ahijah had excellent spiritual vision. He could not see physically for he was old, but his spiritual sight was 20/20. God had enlightened him concerning the visit.

 

“The righteous are as bold as a lion.” But now Jeroboam was a coward and could not meet with the prophet face to face, for he was a wicked King. So he sent his wife to confront the blind prophet and sent the prophet’s favorite food with her. – bread and cracknels (crackers) and honey, oh, yes, honey, the food of prophets. Remember Jonathon the son of King Saul who said “See, I pray you, how mine eyes have been enlightened, because I tasted a little of this honey.” (I Sam.14:29). God gives the same enlightenment to his New Testament saints –“The eyes of your understanding being enlightened.” (Eph.1:18). “

 

I’m reminded of our country’s great civil war battle at Shiloh, Tn. on April 6-7, 1862 when our nation was divided like Israel – north and south. The battle centered around a little white church called Shiloh Church. And in the very center of the battle was a place known in history as “The Hornet’s Nest. The battle of Shiloh cost the lives of 24,000 men.

 

I believe the battle of Shiloh in our civil war points to the battle of Armageddon when King Jesus – (Shiloh) comes again and defeats the beast and his armies that surround Israel… and then comes the millennium of peace. The prince of peace is come- Shiloh is come again. And those that get saved by the savior of peace will rule and reign on the earth.

 

See (Gen.49) again. See (vs.8) – the warrior. Judah would be successful in war. The lion of Judah- Ariel. – The royal tribe. The tribe of David- Shepherd, soldier and king of Israel. Shiloh is coming again as king of kings and the prophecy of (Gen.49) will be totally fulfilled. Shiloh – Jesus comes back as a conquering King leading his mighty army of saints and angels and his enemies will be made his footstool. (Rev.19). Shiloh came the first time as a lamb. He comes the next time as a conquering lion. He’s coming again to hold the scepter and rule the earth and he shall be crowned lord of all. King of Kings and Lord of Lords. – Amen. When that happens Shiloh’s blood will not be his own but the blood of his enemies.

 

See (Gen.49) again (vs.11). Notice garments and clothes. And the foal of an ass. In (Mt.21) it says when Jesus rode the ass – “And a very great multitude spread their garment in the way.” When Ahijah the prophet prophesied in (I Kings 11) he tore his garment into 12 pieces. (Joel 2:10 and 13) – God wants us now to rend our hearts and not our garments. True repentance is inner not outer. God wants a broken spirit and a contrite heart. (Ps.51:17) – A broken spirit and heart – not a broken garment. (John 19:23-24) the rending of garments in Old Testament points right to cross. To rend our hearts at the cross of Christ – not our garments. But his coat was not rent – but the soldiers cast lots for it – thus fulfilling the scriptures perfectly of (Ps.22) (The four parts of his garment probably points to the four quarters of earth.)

 

Shiloh came the first time 2000 years ago to shed his precious blood of grapes and save people from their sins and give them peace with God – Shiloh is Savior at his first coming. Shiloh is coming again at the battle of Armageddon and then will come peace on earth and nations will not learn war anymore. Shiloh is coming back as a mighty warrior king at the head of his army.

 

Are you saved? Do you have Shiloh? Do you have peace with God? Be on the winning side. Rend your heart and repent of your sins and believe on Christ. Then you can be in his army on a white horse at Armageddon. The Sceptre will be in Jesus’ hand. He will be the Lawgiver and all the world will be gathered to him at Jerusalem. Don’t be an unsaved church member. – Ye must be born again. Amen and Amen.