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Jacob blesses his sons...but who is "Shiloh?" GEN 47

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PARASHA: “VaYechi” (and he lived)

GEN 47:28-50:26.........1 KINGS 2:1-12......MATT 20:1-21:46

In this we see Jacob (Israel) in his last days, he prepares to “go the way of all men” (As king David put it), Jacob is getting ready to die. He prepares himself and makes sure that his sons and grandsons are blessed and they know what is ahead of them. A father's blessing to his children is very important.

We see that he lives 17 years in Egypt, and strangely enough, Yosef comes to Egypt at age 17! When we add up the two “17s” we get “34”, then adding 3+4 = 7, we are back to the number “7” which is God's number, Both Jacob and Joseph were in God's perfect will and HE fulfilled HIS perfect purpose through those men. Jacob lives for 147 years. Those numbers and significant also. Jacob has “12” sons altogether, the “founding fathers” of what and who are the Israelis, Israelites, Jewish people today. When we add up the numbers 1 +4+7 in the number 147, we get 1+4+7= “12”. To write the number 147 using Hebrew letters we would use a “Qoph” (Q or K) “mem” (M) and a “Zayin” (z) Qoph = 100, Mem = 40, Zayin = 7, how do these numbers tell us about Jacob/Israel?

Jacob/Israel was set side “Kadosh” for YHVH's special purpose, to bring forth a “multitude of people “mem” and this people, the Jewish people would have to “fight” (Zayin) for survival, “zayin = weapon”,” mem” = “multitude, water, or chaos”

Before he dies, Jacob blesses his 12 children and his 2 grandkids and tells them about their futures, some are bleak, not so nice (one reaps what one sows). Each name of “b'nei Israel” (children of Israel) has a symbolic meaning, what do these names mean to us as “born again believers in Yeshua HaMashiach?” well, let's see;

RUEBEN (Re'eh) “to see”, SIMEON (Sh'ma) “to hear”, LEVI (lev=heart) “united, joined together” Y'HUDAH (contains the most sacred name of God, YHVH) “praise”, DAN “judge”, NAPHTALI “wrestling” GAD “a troop comes”, ASHER “blessed” , ISSACHAR “wages”, ZEBULUN “dwelling with husband”, YOSEF “YHVH will add a son”, BENJAMIN “son of the right hand” MANASSEH “forget my toil and my father's house” (pray 4 Zion, the significance of the twelve tribes of Israel).

One interesting note in the prophecy concerning Y’hudah is the verse; “The scepter shall not depart from Y’hudah, nor a scholar from among his descendants until Shiloh arrives and his will be an assemblage of nations” 49:10

Who is “Shiloh?” We can pretty much agree that it is Messiah Yeshua. Even Rashi and Onkelos render: “until the Messiah comes to whom the kingdom belongs.”

All nations of the world will be gathered unto Messiah Yeshua when he returns to reign 1000 years, we can also see that in gematria, the name “Shiloh” (Sheen, Yod, Lamed, Hey) sum 345. The words HaShem (a title for YHVH) also sums 345, and also “Moshe” sums the same. Of course, it does, since HaShem and Moshe contain the same letters. Moshe was a type of Mashiach who redeemed Israel from Egyptian slavery, as Messiah Yeshua redeemed us all from slavery to sin. Also, with the name “Shiloh” we see “Yah” (Yod, Hey) which of course is the shortened form of YHVH.

There is one interesting thing about “Yosef” it is the blessing that Israel pronounces on his favorite son. It is found in Gen 49:22; “Yosef is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall” We wonder what could this mean? If we take some of these words in the original Hebrew, we see the words; “porat” which is a boy’s name in Israel, it means; “fruitful” from the verb “Parah” which means “to bear fruit” then we have the combined words “Alei-Ayin” which, when searched in the dictionary is very hard to find an exact meaning. But in Hebrew letters, it would be spelled out; “Ayin, Lamed, Yod (then a line connecting) Ayin, Yod, Nun.

In the basic Hebrew dictionary, I found two meanings for the word; Ayin, Lamed, Yod (Alei) one is “On” the other “Pestle” which is part of the flower. The word “Ayin” is “eye” what could we understand with this phrase? Perhaps something like “a bough that bears fruit on the eye, that goes “on” the wall, and then “over the wall” being watered by a spring. Here is one idea, we have to say; “an idea” because one can never be 100% certain of some meanings. What does the “eye” have to do with a plant? a bough? Tree? A pestle which is part of a flower which is part of a tree?

Yosef will be “porat” fruitful, because of him bringing his family to Egypt, they “multiplied” in population in four-hundred years. The family began with 70 some persons and left Egypt four-hundred and some years later with perhaps two-million! Now THAT is what I call being FRUITFUL (porat) The verse also says; “Ben Porat” or “son of fruitfulness” this is mentioned TWICE, before and after the name YOSEF. Could this mean a “double portion of fruitfulness?” again, we see 70 persons become two-million. Take even the sons of Yosef; Manasseh and Efraim, they became many and it is believed that the descendants of Efraim spread out to many nations, yet Israel claims his grandsons as “his own” meaning they are part of the 12 tribes, which is “Adat Yisrael” (Community of Israel) .

But what is a possible meaning of “Alei-Ayin?” perhaps we could say that the flowers that bloom on many trees have pestles, and the leaves, well, many are shaped like “eyes” and if the tree is connected to a spring/well of water, it will flourish. The letter “Ayin” in Hebrew symbolizes “sight” or “insight” if we take the two words “Alei-Ayin” and look at the meaning of the words from an ancient Hebrew perspective, we could see the following; “insight through instruction/direction is a done thing! (Alei) and “insight accomplished leads to life” (ayin).

What were the names of the two trees in the Garden of Eden? The Tree of Knowledge, and the Tree of Life! Is there a connection? If we, as descendants of perhaps Efraim, who descends from Yosef, if we adhere to the instruction of the Torah, we will be blessed with life and life in abundance and we will be fruitful, not so much biologically, but in bringing “spiritual fruit” bringing others close to Messiah, through witness and teaching others HIS Word. We are then “B’nei Porat” (sons of fruitfulness) This is just an idea. We can think on this.

What do we see when we apply these meanings to our lives as “born again believers?” We can all SEE the changed lives, the miracles that have been done in believers' lives, and we HEAR of the faith of others who have been challenged by oppressive governments, we HEAR God's Word through SEEING the words in the Torah, and take them into our HEART, so that the words of Torah are JOINED TOGETHER to our lives, so that we may PRAISE the name of YHVH. We must all look at our lives and JUDGE ourselves in light of the scriptures, are we living the way YHVH wants us to live? We must judge ourselves, lest we be judged, yet we will ALL incur JUDGEMENT at the “Judgment Seat of Messiah. Every day is a kind of “WRESTLING” match between our old nature and our renewed nature, the sinful flesh against our new “born again” selves.

We are Adonai's TROOPS, we are at war against HaSatan and his unholy fallen angels, it is spiritual warfare, and our weapons are the WORD of God, His Holy Spirit and HIS holy angels, and our prayers, we have been BLESSED with a new relationship with our creator and redeemer and we will receive WAGES for our good works, (mitzvoth) in the form of rewards in heaven, as “gold, silver, precious stones”

Our future hope is one day, to DWELL WITH OUR HUSBAND, who is Messiah Yeshua, who loves us as his “bride”. Every time a lost person is “born again” a SON IS ADDED, to God's redeemed family of believers. We are sons of Adonai's RIGHT HAND, who is Messiah Yeshua, who stretched out his HANDS to receive the nails. We can forget our TOILS, rest from them on the Sabbath, Every Sabbath day is our time to rest from our TOILS, and to be in OUR FATHER'S HOUSE. Someday, we will have our permanent “Sabbath rest”.

We must not forget that one of the blessings of Judah is the coming forth of SHILOH, who is Yeshua, who will have the ruler's scepter, who will be “king over all the earth” to him will gather ALL nations.

The book of Genesis ends with the word “Egypt” yet begins with “B’Reisheet” (in the beginning)

Do you think there is a sort of symbolism here? Could we perhaps say; Israel had its “Beginning” in “Egypt” when they began their 400-year sojourn, to become a “multitude?” something to think about.

1 KINGS 2:1-12

King David is on his death bed and calls his son Solomon, and tells him “what it is to be a MAN!” so here's the truth to all “macho guys out there who just THINK they know what it is to be a real man. Melech David tells the truth through the Holy Spirit who guides his words;

” Keep the charge of YHVH thy God, Walk in HIS ways, Keep HIS commandments as they are written in the Torah, SO THAT, you may prosper in ALL you do. So, there you have it, what it is to be a man, (or a woman) of God, Trust in Yeshua as LORD and Savior, Depend on HIS righteousness through his blood and sacrifice on the cross of Calvary, which will lead us to a right relationship with HIM and with his written word, to put into practice as our way of life. But always remember that salvation is through FAITH, and by FAITH only, and never depending on works! (mitzvoth) the “works” are an “aftermath” of our faith experience.

MATT 22:1-23:39

Yeshua tells the story of a king who invited guests to his son’s wedding feast. Yet those who were invited did not show up, so he called others, who DID attend the wedding feast. He says that the “Kingdom of Heaven” is similar to that situation. He ends by saying; “Many are called yet few are chosen.

How do we relate that to ourselves? We are part of the human race. The perfect will of Adonai is that ALL come to repentance and accept the free gift of “Yeshuah” (Salvation) which was provided through “Yeshua” (no play on words). The gospel message has gone out to all, which means ALL people on this planet called earth. The great Wedding Feast of the “Son” is in the making. His bride is in the making. Yet many do not heed the calling, they are those who love the world, love darkness, these are the lost and unsaved people of humanity. We ask how can one refuse such an invitation? Perhaps because the things and enjoyments of this world are too appetizing, and they would rather live for the moment, instead of eternity’s bliss.

Then there are those who DO accept the wedding invitation. Those of us who accept will be part of the wedding feast. We are part of the bride, the “Kehilah” the “Adat” (Congregation of the redeemed). No matter what name a church is called by, we are all part of “One Assembly” we are all part of “B’nei Elohim” (sons of God) includes women too.

There is mention of one who was not properly dressed for the wedding, yet in ancient times, those who did not come with wedding attire were usually provided clothing by the bridegroom, so there in no excuse for not being in proper attire.

Yeshua also talks about our relationship with others in heaven. Specifically, our marriage partners. Unlike on earth, where we relate with our partners both emotionally, sexually, and spiritually, in heaven, it will not be so. Of course, we will recognize each other, but we will be like “brothers and sisters” since our “Husband” will be “Yeshua.”

There is the question; “What is the greatest commandment?” and Yeshua quotes Deut 6; “You shall love Adonai your God with all of your heart, soul, and strength” and He adds “and love your neighbor as yourself.” This is interesting. The word “Torah” in gematria adds up to be 611. (Tav, vav, resh, Hey) and when we add this Commandment in Deut 6, and “love your neighbor” these are “2”, when we add “2” to “611” we get “613” which are the total amount of commandments in the entire Torah (first 5 books).

To make it very simple, the whole Torah is condensed to “loving God” and “loving your neighbor” That is the gist of ALL the commandments. Our love and devotion to our God, and our love and respect towards our fellow man. Guess that includes animals. He made the animals and we need to respect and treat them also with loving-kindness because they are part of Elohim’s creation. (you may want to exclude cockroaches) Yes, they were created, but to serve as a curse, not a blessing.

Shabbat Shalom…… Ben Avraham
 
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A long post so I hope you can endure my long response....

By now it should be quite apparent that at least according to the Scriptures, it is said that in the last days it is by and through the true and worthy Scepter of Judah, King Messiah, that God’s Kingdom shall be established. It is in Him, Daniel's coming one, who will be "like unto a son of man” (Daniel 7), that the stick of Joseph, and the stick of Judah would be reunited into one stick (Ezekiel 37:19). This coming “one” is the LORD’s human Sanctuary; the Tabernacle of God “with us“, of whom it has been written, "I will set My Tabernacle among you…and I shall be your God, and you shall be My people" (Leviticus 26). He is the fallen tabernacle of David that was raised up. The Tabernacle not made with hands. In this one, called elsewhere the Branch (natzar/tsemech), it has been revealed that the Messiah that the Rabbi’s later called the son of Joseph, and the awaited Messiah, the son of David, are actually one and the same person.


Now the Lord tells Israel, in Zechariah 2:10-11 to “Sing and rejoice, O’daughter of Zion, for behold, I come, and I will come and dwell (tabernacle) in the midst of you“, says YHVH, “and multitudes from many nations (gentiles) shall join themselves to the Lord in that day, and shall be My people. And I will dwell in the midst of you, and you shall know that the LORD of Hosts has sent me to you“ (parenthesis mine).


We see this same principle being expressed in John 1:14 when the Apostle tells us, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt (skeenoo – pitched tent or tabernacled) among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”


Now if you have ears to hear and eyes to see, go back to the Zechariah passage and name the YHVH who would come and dwell, and the YHVH who sent the YHVH who comes and “dwells in the midst” of us? The truth is, there is only one YHVH so what we see here are two eternally distinct personae, the Father and the one we call His Son! In fact, according to Isaiah 11, the LORD of Hosts, the LORD most High, sends the one elsewhere called "the Lord our Righteousness" twice (Isaiah 11). The first time as “a light unto the gentiles”, and the door of grace was opened unto “whosoever will“ that would come, until the “fullness of the Gentiles“ (melo' goyim/Genesis 48) comes in, and many of every nation and tongue are gathered unto Him, and then He is sent again, a second time, to claim that which was redeemed (Zechariah 12:10).


In that Day, they all shall stand together as the one end time people of God, Jew and Gentile, one in Messiah, having embraced YHVH‘s manifest Glory, the Word. He is none other than the Epiphinea, or the “Me/him“ who first was pierced to do away with sin and establish everlasting righteousness, over whom the House of David, and all the end time inhabitants of Jerusalem shall mourn. Of whom it is also written that, in that Day, He will be King over all the earth!


The first time He came, His garments were washed in the wine of the grapes of God’s wrath (Genesis 49). The second time He comes wearing the reddened garments of His wounding, that He received in the house of His friends, to claim those whom He redeemed with His own blood, to deliver the final bruising to the head of the Serpent, and to his seed forever (Genesis 3:15). Only then shall the era of Peace be.


Psalm 96:11-13, tells us, “Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; Let the sea soar, and the fullness thereof. Let the field be joyful; and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice before the YHVH, for He is coming, for He comes forth to Judge all the earth with a righteous judgment, and the people with His truth".


When Judgment Day comes, the door of salvation, this wonderful fountain of grace, will be closed forever, and with the first resurrection, victory over sin, sickness, and death will have been realized for the saved, but for the unsaved who rejected Him and the knowledge of Him it is a Day of terror and outpoured wrath. All thanks and praise be to the Lord of lords and the God of gods, “the whole earth will be full of His Glory“.


Genesis 49:8-10 gives us another clue when it says, “Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father's children shall bow down before thee. Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people (goyim/gentiles) be.


So note that verse ten speaks of a being whose “shem” or name (character, presence, and authority), is called “Shiloh“. The pronoun “him“, again indicates a singular male person, who will come at a time when Judah loses the scepter of its rulership from among the children of God. When they do, it is written that this coming one shall offer a “glorious rest” (a shabbat), and to him shall all the gentiles will flow. The obedience of many peoples of the world, as well as many of the Jewish people, would be unto Him when He comes.


There is a rather loose fitting, rather forced, modern Rabbinical interpretation, that again tries to imply that Shiloh refers to the nation of Israel, but truly I say unto you, this is not weighed out by either the grammatical context, or by the witness of history, for when did the nation of Israel ever lose their scepter just before the nation of Israel came? Absurd! This would not make any sense. It should likewise be pointed out that neither was such an interpretation ever accepted by the Rabbis of old. And when did all the gentiles flow to Israel or Judaism? This is an entirely post-resurrection contrivance added centuries later. The reason for this re-interpretation is because of the one to whom the gentiles (and many of the children of Israel) have indeed flocked.


As it turns out, many Rabbis agree that Shiloh is not a literal name, it is a title, and it refers to “the one who brings shalom“. Genesius, the Hebrew scholar, interprets the name Shiloh as having to do with "rest" precisely because of its association with the word Shalom in its root. In the Targum Jonathan, reflective of accepted pre-Christian Jewish thought, Jonathan ben-Uzziel, the student and grandson of the revered Rabbi Hillel, interprets the root "Shil", as "the son", and as referring to a particular man. So what we have here is a particular man who is the Son, or Messiah, who brings to us true peace (shalom). He causes us to cease from our striving to obtain righteousness and through Him we find the Lord’s true rest (shabbat). Therefore, we must conclude that Shiloh is both "the Ruler of Peace" (the son of Isaiah 9:6,7), and also the Lord or giver of shabbat (rest). All who have faith in Him can and do have continual Shabbat, because He is the bringer and dispenser of peace with God (John 14:27). In my opinion, Shiloh is none other than the Son of the Father who would be given to heal the chastisement of our peace (Isaiah 53:5), just as the Isaiah prophesied.


Being Shiloh, He comes to restore the lost throne of David. Do you think it is strange that He arrived when the throne of David had just been lost (Herod was a semi-Edomite) and when He returns He shall restore it? Of the Son it is written that "the government shall be upon His shoulders". Could it be that after this, Judah who haphazardly lost the scepter would then be awarded it? No! After they lost it, Shiloh would come and take it up on their behalf. But elsewhere we are told that Messiah would do this, and that it is He who will make the true and lasting peace.


Y'shua ha'Moschiach, whom we have come to call Jesus the Christ, is the King of all the earth, and He told His inner most circle of followers, “My peace I leave you with, my peace I give unto you, but not peace as the world gives...”! All who have accepted His gift, freely offered on our behalf, will testify that King Messiah is the one who truly gives us a peace (shalom). His peace is so much more than the world's cessation of strife, or lack of war! Yeah! His is truly a shalom, which is a peace brought by redemption, restoration, and reconciliation with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the very Creator of the Universe and Father of all who are of the household of faith. He did this by removing the obstacle that was in the way, yeah, even the barrier we had erected through our sin, and finally He overcame the enemy of God, even death itself by raising Himself back to life. Resurrection means the standing up of the corpse. It is in Him we rest (shabbat) as it tells us in Hebrews 4.


His peace is not like the world’s peace. His shalom is a spiritual completeness and wholeness which only He could restore and obtain through the cross (Isaiah 53)! It is a peace that remains even in the most troublesome adversity. This is why it is such a blessed assurance! He provided for our shalom with God, by paying the redemption price, and filled us with the shalom of God, so he could teach us the way of true shalom with one another. Does that mean we would agree on all things? No! Does it mean that we would we never again have hurt emotions? No! But what it does mean is that despite these things we could now love one another. When we bring others the good tidings of reconciliation and restoration, we are letting Messiah do this for them through us. We thus become the peacemakers or Shalom-makers of God. The beatitudes tell us, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they are the children of God.”


You see, this does not make us special or more holy than someone else, we are merely mimicking Him. As the YHVH, He set all this up in order to satisfy His justice and restore the relationship of peace (reconciliation) which mankind so selfishly shattered. As soon as they had severed it, Adam and Eve instantly felt this deep darkness of un-fillable emptiness. Why? I believe their connection to God was lost (Isaiah 59:2). For the first time, they were sore afraid. But in His love, He promised them the seed of the woman who would come one day.


It was by His death, burial, and resurrection, that the redemption price was paid. The transaction had been completed, and by this He brings this shalom. The atonement for our sins has been procured. And for all the children of faith, be they Jew or Gentile, we are told that "whosoever will may come", and He will give to all of us who labor and are heavy laden, rest (shabbat), and what a glorious rest it is! Then He tells us we are to keep the unity of the Spirit, in the bond of shalom (peace). That is His shalom which we all share and now are to extend to one another through the household of faith. We are assured that if we do this, we will be blessed (Psalm 133:1). It is the Lord’s doing (Psalm 29:11), and it is marvelous in our eyes! Amen?


Through this redemption, i.e., the healing of sin’s wounded relationship with God, restoration is provided. It has been provided through the blood required as the payment due for sin which was shed on the cross by one who knew no sin (the lamb without blemish). Justification for this is witnessed by His overcoming death itself (which is the consequence of sin). For though our peace was disturbed, “the chastisement of our peace was placed upon Him”. That is how He paid the price! Apart from the sinless blood shed on our behalf (an unblemished Lamb), we are ever separated from God, and not by His punishment of us, but because of our willful sin (Isa. 59:2) we choose to walk away from Him.


We insist on being our own lord (like a god unto our self – Gen. 3:5), there being no room for some other Lord. The cross experience restored that broken relationship. It provided the means of reconciliation between God and the man whom He loved. The price had to be paid, for it is written that the wages of sin are death (Romans 6:23). It was always this spiritual death, even from the beginning when He told our original parents in the day they ate thereof they would surely die (Genesis 2:17). The transaction for us is completed when God counts His Son’s death as our own. He becomes our l'shelem (the one who completes the transaction). When we are placed by the Spirit into Messiah we are as crucified with Him on the cross. YHVH counts our old self lord as judged, condemned, and dead. We who faithe and are baptized died in Christ. The life we now live is in Him and it is a new life (of His) which dwells in us, and when properly yielded to He lives His life through us. Yeah! We are now a new spirit man. In salvation, we are judged and found guilty, and we are crucified with Him, and then we are born anew in Him along with His resurrection, and our seal by the Holy Spirit keeps us in Him until the day when we are also raised and glorified in our flesh.


Now we all have our own inner enemies of peace and our own efforts do not encourage a genuine inner shalom, nor provide the inward shabbat needed for our spirit man. These self-efforts are only attempts to deal with that outer peace that we seek, as the world knows peace, and they are not always successful. The Scripture rightly declares, “there is no rest for the wicked“, because who among us is without sin? All have fallen short of the glory of God! Therefore we are all in need of this divinely provided restoration. Without it, such inner enemies to our shalom keep us from being able to rest securely (having true shabbat). Therefore only “in Him” can we have this rest. Likewise this has been the unimpeded testimony of the many millions of Jews and Gentiles who have entered into His rest (shabbat) for over 20 centuries.


Messiah is Shiloh, Judah had lost its scepter and then He came. The gentiles have flowed unto Him just as the prophecy has declared, and finally He has provided a rest that the world and the worldly know not. Therefore we need not worry any longer, no matter how difficult a situation or circumstance looks from the perspective of the flesh or the world.


Now then, we are likewise commissioned to bring this peace (Shiloh's shalom) to others, and to take it back from those who refuse the good news. In Matthew 5, Y'shua teaches us, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God“. Therefore go forth and share the ministry of reconciliation with others, and as they accept the finished work of the gospel of peace, they will also enter in to His glorious rest and be saved.


They are suffering from a breach of that relationship that the Lord is all about. Jesus is the one who completes the transaction (He is the l’shalem). This is a major part of bringing them this peace. We need to get them reconciled to God in Christ. Remember, “the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace“ (James 3:18). And how do we make that peace? By ministering the finished work and encouraging them to take reconciliation! This is the gospel (good news) that we preach, and the gospel is the power of God unto salvation for every person. For the fear of hell saves no one, rather it is the unmerited love and mercy of God that leads us to change our thinking which changes our actions (repent). So what is the result of our commitment to peace with all men? The fruit of Righteousness! Oh, Blessed is His Name! See how important sharing the gospel and praying for the lost is? We plant and water and the LORD of Peace gives the increase. Again, this is the Lord’s doing and it is wonderful in our eyes. But it is true and it does work. I tell you the truth and lie not, this humble servant has seen such fruit.


Only by and in Him who heals the disturbance of our peace (Isaiah 53:5), can we have such shalom (John 16:33). The very Lord our Peace (YHVH-Shalom), becomes the cause of our rest (Ephesians 2:14-17/Hebrews 4) through the cross, and this is His ministry of reconciliation (Colossians 1:20) toward us. Finally in this regard, He has given this ministry of reconciliation, even the Gospel of Peace, to us to share with others, and we have been delegated the keys to the kingdom (John 3:3-8/Acts 3:38), in order to bring others into that eternal shabbat (rest) which provides the true shalom (peace).


As to His work against sin He said, “It is finished“! Likewise, when can we rest if not after such work is finished? We are called to share in the blessing that the work is finished. We are called to tell them in truth that the Lord loves them and has done all this for them but it is up to them to believe it and receive it. If they were the only one alive, the Lord still would have done this for them. Therefore it is a personal salvation and not just a general salvation. What a great peace the awareness of such an unfathomable love brings us.


The word of the Lord says that however many as received Him He has empowered to become the children of God. We who have received Him have been born of and filled with the Holy Spirit, and empowered to witness, and can go about sharing the Good News. Whoever’s sins we remit through Him on earth, those people’s sins will be considered remitted in Heaven, whose sins we retain on earth (those we beckoned who will not receive Him), their sins are retained. But how is this? Do men have the authority to forgive sins? God forbid, though some would preach this. Rather we go forth, in His authority and with His presence, by His Spirit, bringing with us the good tidings, and where ever we are received, we give them His shalom, and if they accept the engrafted word, and turn to Messiah, they will be saved, and their sins will be remitted, and God will give them the Holy Spirit. For repentance and the remission of sin are preached in His name. Our sin is the problem and Jesus is the solution. He Himself is the pardon for our death sentence. For us it has been commuted because of what He did on our behalf. Oh how glorious a rest we have knowing this and what great unfathomable peace fills our hearts. It is so overwhelming at times the joy of it cannot be contained.


I see that Shiloh may be the first Scriptural allusion by name/title, as to one of the roles and character of Messiah in the Holy Scriptures, but remember it was also the name of a place! It is indicative of His shem, but also a place. It is the place where we find the Tabernacle of God, where the Glory of God (YHVH-K’vod) would descend and be with His people. Again Shiloh is more than just a literal name, and like “Immanu-El“ in Isaiah 7:14, it reflects that He will be “God with us”! This Messiah will be our Tabernacle.


In my study I found this should become even more apparent as we explore the relative terms and concepts that this shem Shiloh invokes. To do this we must look at some of the various Hebrew words that have similar roots. So to begin with, “Shiloh” was the name of the place where the physical “tabernacle” of God first came to rest. The place where God was with his children Israel. It was preserved among the Ephraimites throughout the time of Judges, placed there originally by Joshua, who was in fact a child of Ephraim, son of Joseph. Caleb, his assistant, was of the House of Judah, the house of the as yet future King! It was in Shiloh the place, where God’s shinning ‘Glory’, called “the Shekinah”, was in fact “with us“. In the place called Shiloh, God Himself was present as and in the Shekinah Glory, tabernacling among His people.


I believe all this was to indicate that Shiloh, the person, would also be a tabernacle of God, and thus also to be a place of “God with us”, which is the meaning of His shem Immanu-El! The gospel according to John, in chapter 1, tells us of Y’shua that we beheld His (God’s) glory, and that He "dwelt", or “tabernacled” in the flesh, among us. This is the same one of whom it was written that He should come and suffer many things (Psalm 22/Isaiah 53) on our behalf. When we receive the Father’s revelation of who the Son is, and accept the offer of His provisional benefits, the Holy Spirit immerses us into His presence, and we also become a type of the temple of the living God wherein the Holy Spirit (the gift of God in Acts 2:38 comes and dwells in us (so that we become tabernacles for others as His body).


The mysterious glorification event on the Mount of Transfiguration, took place on the Feast of Tabernacles to show us that Shiloh/Messiah is Himself the true meaning of Tabernacles (which was but shadow), and whosoever is saved, likewise will become a sort of glorified tabernacle at the Parousia (a partaker of the divine nature). As a type of Tabernacle, if we are living for the Lord, others may come unto us seeking Him, or asking that we pray on their behalf, in His name, and may by the move of God's Spirit experience a place of God with us through us!


Finally, in the end of the age, Tabernacles (the only feast mentioned), will be a continuous experience for the people from among every nation and tongue for those who know the LORD. Now does this mean the feast itself literally? We cannot know for sure, but most interpret this as literal and taking place in the New Jerusalem, when He is with us ‘face to face’ (Zechariah 14).


The initial prophecy of Jacob unveils some things about Shiloh that we should look at, so let us consider them here. This very early prophecy says “The scepter (the shebbet) shall not depart from Judah...until Shiloh comes“! Now the scepter here was literally a stick, and it refers here to the tribal staff of leadership, and represented rule over the houses of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel. But was the prophecy referring to the leadership of Judah only, or that from this tribe should the leadership be when Shlioh would take over? Will we know it is from this tribe that God prophesied many times that He would raise up the one who would be King! As the following centuries of history advanced we saw this prophecy unfolding.


Yes brothers and sisters, the scepter had indeed departed Israel since Shiloh came, and it will not return to for the many until the King of kings, Messiah, the Son of the living God, son of David, son of man, comes a second time (Isaiah 11). Then the stick of Judah and the stick of Joseph will again become one (only in His hand)! This is what is meant when we say that the lion shall lay down with the lamb! Today you have heard this in your ears, so be not dismayed! And as for the peace (shalom) that Y’shua promised He would give, millions in every generation have testified unto it. It is a lasting peace…even amidst the most adverse circumstances.


This brings us to the next point. It is written in Genesis 49:10b that unto “him” (Shiloh, a singular male) “shall be the gathering of the peoples“. The word “peoples” here is literally “goyim” which means nations or gentiles! This ties Shiloh rather nicely to “the messenger of the covenant“, who is said to be “an ensign to the nations“, i.e., the gentiles, and also to Him who is called “a light unto the gentiles“.


In other words, it is because of Shiloh’s coming, the bringer of Peace, that the “melo’ ha’goyim” of Genesis 48:19, that is “the fullness of the Gentiles“, will be brought in. The one who brings in the gentiles is also the same Servant who in the end, will “bring Jacob back”, who is Israel. This Shiloh cannot be talking about the people of Israel generically, because when did Israel ever bring back the peoples of itself to a saving knowledge of YHVH (Isaiah 49:5,6), or into a reconciled relationship with the LORD of Lords? Indeed they have not. Referring further to this coming one, the Scriptures also say that, “the whole earth shall see the yeshuah of our God ", that is, His salvation. The whole earth then necessarily includes the gentiles who clearly were not Israel at this time (though at this time the Kingdom of Israel have been thoroughly mixed into the gentiles and their nations).


Therefore, it is in Him, who is our covenant of peace, that we will find God's shalom, shalom with God, and thus God's promised eternal shabbat or rest. He has destroyed the wall of separation. In Him there is no difference…no superior inferior, no slave or free, no male and female, all are one (God is no respecter of persons). Because the Son had paid the redemption price in full (as the Child), we are saved from God’s wrath that is justly due us, freed from bondage under Satan's rule, and reconciled unto Him, thus finally able to live in peace with one another. I am speaking of course of those who are saved and do not expect this but hope for it from the worldly.


Saved from the curse of the law we can now cease from our striving by works to obtain righteousness. Hebrews 4:9-11 says, “There remains, therefore, a rest (shabbat) for the people of God. For he that would enter His rest, ceases from his own works, as God did from His. Let us therefore labor to enter in to that rest (shabbat), lest any fall after the example of those who do not believe“! Y'shua told us, “All you who labor and are heavy laden, come unto me, and I will give you rest” (shabbat). And what a glorious rest it is! But be warned, "Whosoever does not believe is condemned already ", for they have not believed in His shem (Mark 16:16). So again I say this is spoken for those people who were not a people but are now a people, the children of God, one in Messiah.


Interestingly the various Jewish Targums also allude to the early Rabbinical acceptance of the idea of “Shiloh” as being none other than the Messiah, in spite of what some moderns have said. The import of this fact holds significance for us today, in that we know the roots of the Targumim traditions originated from a time preceding the birth and ministry, and especially before death, burial, and resurrection, of the only Messiah figure who was “cut off” just before the fall of the Second Temple (Daniel 9), when the sacrifices ceased, and who alone became “a light unto the gentiles”, Jesus Christ.


Targum Jonathan says, “Behold the day comes, says the Lord, that I will raise up...Messiah, and He shall reign as King...”! Targum Onkelos, although written around 70 A.D., also called the Babylonian Targum, alludes to this likewise, when he writes, “Until Messiah comes, whose is the Kingdom…" So by these two references alone we can see the Rabbinical Targumim of both Jerusalem and Babylon tied together Scriptures like Genesis 49:10-12 with others like Isaiah 9:6-7! Thus, this is not merely the interpolation of hopeful Christians, who at some later time were trying to deify the man Jesus. This is, and always was, the accepted description of the one called Shiloh, “the bringer of peace“, who would provide us with His glorious rest. In all of human history, only Jesus of Nazareth, though His finished work, fulfills these most ancient expectations, and the scriptures suggest that when He returns as one like a son of man there will be 1,000 years of shalom. This is certainly the most glorious “shabbat” that one could ever have expected. Amen? Amen!


The Talmud Berachot 7b teaches us that a given Hebrew shem/name affects its recipient. So let us explore this concept regarding the roots of the name/title “Shiloh“, and see if some things do not become clear. As we have already have seen, Shiloh, the bringer of peace, is a word intimately related to the word “shalom” at its root. The two words share three Hebrew characters.


This also refers to He who becomes the rightful heir to the throne of David, who is called "the ruler of Shalom" or in English, the “Prince of Peace.” He is prophetically destined and appointed by the LORD to be the rightful holder of the true shebbet (related to shabbat) or scepter of Rulership. The two concepts are intimately joined to one another. Then we are told that He will come with a glorious rest, and this is, a new type of Shabbat, an eternal Shabbat, like that according to Hebrews. In Him, we will rest because of the peace His coming brings, and we will have a peace from the rest that He has provided, because of the remission of our sins, and the imputation of His Righteousness, and life eternal. In Him, at His second coming in the clouds, we will also have peace on earth from the enemies of God.


Other words which are related to Shiloh in their roots invoke further images that indicate Messiah. For example, the word “Shala“ in Hebrew means security, or to be at ease. Who cannot see how this again intimately ties in with and is relevant to the person and work of Messiah. To me this speaks directly to the blessed assurance we have when we know we are placed into Messiah by the Holy Spirit, as the redeemed of God through faith. Messiah is also to be our “l’shalem“ (shalem being related to both Shiloh and shalom). The l’shalem is the one who completes a transactional equation. When I come to you and lay my offering or my product at your feet. If you set decide it acceptable and as the price paid to purchase it, once you accept the price of redemption you have completed the transaction. To redeem us, Messaih would have to pay in full all that which was owed as the wages for our sin (Romans 3:23; 6:23). In this case, He would have to do this by becoming our “shlamim“, that is our “peace offering” (Isaiah 53:5), by restoring our “shlomeno“, or wellbeing and approval in the sight of God! When His redemptive payment that buys us back (shalem), completes the transaction (shelem), it is finished, which in the Hebrew is “nishlam”. When His redemptive sacrifice will have made deal complete (shelem), only then can we then can have a real and lasting peace (shalom) with God, and therein we find our true rest (shabbat). This is the rest that God always intended for His children. It was also written, there is yet a rest for the children of God, and this is that rest (shabbat). He who now holds the shebbet (staff of rulership) is then our Shabbat (our Sabbath).


Because of all this, the ancient Jewish sages knew well this referred to Messiah. Midrash Rabbah tells us, “Until Shiloh comes; this alludes to Messiah. And to Him shall the obedience of the people be: he will come and set on edge the teeth of the nations of the world“, and in the Babylonian Talmud, Sukkah 52a, we are told “...what is the cause of the mourning?...the slaying of Messiah ben-Joseph (see Genesis 49:24), as it is written, They shall look upon Me whom they have pierced (Zecharaiah 12:10)“.


So since Messiah is the ruler of Shalom, as well as the dispenser of God’s Shalom. He alone is the one who heals the chastisement/disturbance of our peace by His l’shalem. Jesus the Messiah then is "the Lord our Peace" (YHVH-Shalom)! He is the King (ruler, possessor of the shebbet) who alone provides real security, and thus secures our eternal rest (the Shabbat). Since our true shalom is in Him, so also is our eternal shabbat. Y’shua Ha’Moschiach, (Jesus Christ) understanding these roles and functions, tells us He is Lord of Shabbat, thus YHVH-shabbat (Mark 2:28), and thus is Himself our rest (Hebrews 4). Only “in Him” who has made provision of Atonement, and paid off the redemption obligation, is there the means to deliver, save, and sustain us. Only in Him can we cease from our striving and be truly blessed (Ephesians 1), and He has done it all, which we could never have done on our own, on our behalf, for His name’s sake (Titus 3:3-8)!


Beloved, this is truly marvelous in our eyes! But who has believed our report? Without Him who paid the wages that we ourselves owed, we are still in our sin and we can have no real or lasting peace (shalom) with God or in this world (Isaiah 57:20). The only way to have “peace with God“ is to satisfy the demand of His Law (the soul that sins it shall die) for which we can only be justified by faith. But we cannot satisfy this demand and live, so the old man must be condemned. We have no power to do this on our own. It cannot happen except by the remission of our sins, through the application of the shed blood of the Lamb of Sacrifice that God Himself has provided. By this door alone we enter into His mediating, reconciling (Ephesians 2:14) rest (Acts 2:37-39; Hebrews 10). He alone therefore is the door to the sheepfold of the great Shepherd. So come unto Him, and He will give you this rest (Matthew 11:28) as well. He who cannot lie has promised. For all things written in the Law and the Prophets were but shadows and types of that which Messiah is the substance. Jesus Christ is the Shiloh ancient Israel anticipated go out now and share the good tidings.
 
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