V RaptureChrist Newsletter
There are many prophecies about the coming of the Messiah, known in Hebrew as the "Mashiach".The word "Messiah" means the "Anointed One," or king, the promised savior, since kings were anointed before assuming power.
In Genesis 49, the Bible relates the story of the
blessing given by Israel (Jacob) to his twelve sons. To Judah he
gave the blessing of a kingly line.
Shiloh would be the King whom people would obey. Not only that, the above verse, as stated by Israel to his children when he was about to die, also conveys two more prophecies about the future of his children:
1. The scepter shall not depart from Judah.
2. The lawmaker would not depart from Judah.
Those two conditions had to remain with the tribe of Judah until when?
Until Shiloh would come.
Shiloh, the Messiah, the future King from the tribe of Judah, had to appear before those two conditions were abolished.
The king from the tribe of Judah, descendant of David as promised in the scriptures, had to be able to trace his right to the throne. This was possible due to the fact that the Hebrews were able to trace their genealogy through the Hall of Records which was in Jerusalem. That is the reason Joseph and Miriam went to Bethlehem as required from King Herod. Both of them could prove they were descendants of David. See the December Newsletter: Was Christ Born on Dec. 25?
The Hall of Records was destroyed by the Roman armies
in AD. 70 when General Titus and his soldiers destroyed Jerusalem and the
Temple. See Tribulation.
Another restraint to the time for Messiah's appearance was the prophecy given to Daniel by the angel Gabriel. This prophecy of "seventy sevens" starts when Artaxerxes gave permission to Nehemiah to rebuild the city of Jerusalem and its walls. The prophecy also relates that Messiah would be cut off in the middle of the 70th week. See Daniel's 70 Weeks.
The time for Messiah's birth and ministry is therefore limited by these events: the time for Messiah's appearance as stated in Daniel 9:20-27, and the time when the tribe of Judah would lose its "scepter and lawmaker abilities."
Yeshua came into the world right at the time that was predicted by the prophecies. He is our Savior and soon coming King. Baruch Ha Shem for God's word is true!
The Hebrew word Shiloh comes from the root "shalah" which means "to have rest." Therefore Shiloh means "the man of rest," the "giver of rest," or "rest bringer."
Rest also means peace, because it implies rest for your soul. The word Jerusalem, in Hebrew "Yerushalayim" has also the root "shalah" and means "city of peace."
Therefore, Yeshua our Messiah is also known as "the prince of peace," promising rest for your souls.
Shiloh was located northwest of the Dead Sea, in
central Palestine, NNE of Jerusalem, about 10
miles north of Bethel, west of
the Jordan River on the slope of Mount Ephraim. In biblical times it
lay in the land of Ephraim.
The modern name of this area is Khirbet Seilun.
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