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Monday, May 3, 2021

UNTIL SHILOH COMES

By Doug Krieger

Part 1 of 2

The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh comes; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. Gen. 49:10


UNTIL SHILOH COMES - THE LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH

This article is in response to one of our readers concerning the Second Coming of Christ. Many, like Caleb, are troubled by the many voices predicting the timing of His Coming and the preparation of God's people regarding the immediacy of His Coming Again in Glory. Hopefully, this response will give some hope in His Coming Again in Glory to all who have called upon the Name of the Lord during these troublesome times in which we live.

Dear Caleb:

First of all your name signifies the Tribe of Judah from whence "the Scepter shall not depart from Judah . . . until Shiloh comes" - read on and you will know why Judah and Shiloh are intrinsically connected.  You appear sincere but somewhat all over the map on inquiry - let's concentrate the focus of my reply to the Second Coming of Christ - UNTIL SHILOH COMES.


THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST - UNTIL SHILOH COMES

The Importance of Knowing the Day and Hour of His Coming!

First of all, in the last days there will be those who scoff at the Second Coming as in "Where is the promise of His Coming" (2 Peter 3:4) - these are they who, as in the "days of Noah - so shall it be in the the days of the coming of the Son of Man" (Matt. 24:37-39) - yes, those, not that His coming again is unknown to them but they could care less about His Second Coming juxtaposed to this statement:

I would likewise commend to you the following verse:

"But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what hour the thief was coming, he would have watched, and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore be ready also, for the Son of Man is coming in an hour that you don't expect him." [Matt. 24:43]

That is, the prophets of the Hebrew Scriptures earnestly sought - in that the Spirit of Christ was in them so testifying - when would our Passover, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, be slain ("sufferings of Christ') AND they likewise earnestly sought TO DETERMINE THE TIME of the "glories to follow."  What are these "glories to follow?"  

10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets who foretold the grace to come to you searched and investigated carefully, 11 trying to determine the time and setting to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, when they foretold the things now announced by those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.…[1 Pet. 1:10-12 - Berean Study Bible]

I affirm "unto Him be glory in the Ekklesia" (Eph. 3:21) is certainly one of them and the Son received the glory He had with the Father before the world began in His "glorified body" (John 17:4-5) - possessing that glory but accorded that glory in a HUMAN GLORIFIED BODY - now, today, there is a HEAVENLY MAN in the glory and in a glorified human form! [Ref. 1 Cor. 15:49] - indeed, "He is the firstborn among many brethren" [Rom. 8:29] wherein we are destined to be glorified as He is today!

Now, this should put an end to all who criticize them who earnestly seek the glory of the Son of Man coming in His glory:  

Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven" [Acts 1:11] . . "When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, He will sit on His glorious throne."  [Matt. 24:31]

Therefore, and now that the glorified Son of Man knows all things in that:

"For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form" [Col. 2:9] and "in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" [Col. 2:3] . . .

. . . that to suggest the Son who possesses all the fullness of Deity (i.e., the godhead) and Who NOW possesses all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, somehow does NOT know when He shall come again in glory - is, in a word PREPOSTEROUS!  He most definitely knows when He shall return in glory to reign over the earth!

Now, allow me to conjecture a bit concerning the coming of the Son of Man to His inheritance--"for the earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof" [Psalm 24:1-3] . . . He shall claim His inheritance and shall extricate the interloper (Satan) from what is rightfully His when the 7-fold sealed book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ is opened to reveal the True Owner of the earth!

In order to calculate or come near the precise "day and hour" as some say we shall never know; however, we can certainly know the "times and the seasons" of the coming of the Son of Man [1 Thess. 5:1] - but do NOT excuse this ambiguity to mean there is no precise time frame embedded therein.  No, no, no!  The word translated "times" denotes time absolutely without regard to circumstances; and the word rendered "seasons" denotes a definite point of time; not merely the day but the hour [Mark 13:32] (Ref. here @ 1 Thess. 5:1).

That said - and I do not have sufficient time to explain all of this--please secure my text:  Signs in the Heaven and on the Earth, man's days are numbered and he is measured. This will help immensely.

King Hezekiah and 712 BC - The "Countdown" Begins & Ezekiel

Now, there are several precise prophesies to know the time when man's days, which are numbered, are concluded.  What I am sharing here are my personal perceptions which I believe are derived from Scripture, however, I am the first to admit that my "calculations" could be inaccurate insofar as the precision of these dates--that does not inhibit me from offering these insights--hopefully, to the glory of God. That said, feel free to quote me but know this: The graveyard of prophetic pundits grows by each day--however, even a clock is absolute in time at least twice daily (e.g., 12 Noon, 12 Midnight). Again, there are hills worth fighting over--this is NOT one of them--we can agree or disagree but we are still within the Kingdom of His Beloved Son wherein our unity is in Christ and not in "set times."

Notwithstanding, suffice it to say, virtually all Rabbinical and early Christian scholars of repute have concluded that "man's days" are 6,000 years (rotations of the earth around the sun - be that rotation 360-days prior to King Hezekiah's life extension of 15 years or thereafter of some 365.2425+ days - in that "man" was created on the sixth day and "one day is as a thousand years" - Psa. 90:4 and 2 Peter 3:8).  

To the best of our calculations, King Hezekiah's extension was cir. 712 BCE when the armies of the Assyrians under King Sennacherib were annihilated [2 Kings 19-20].  It was at this time, as well, that the final "era" of Israelite deportations ceased (Note:  "Israel" refers both to Judah's 2 Tribes + the Levites of the Southern Tribes and "Israel" refers to the 10 Northern Tribes who also have the name of EPHRAIM, Jezreel, and Samaria).  Please closely examine the "Reign of the Kings of Israel and Judah" in Lambert Dolphin's outstanding recordation of their reigns at Lambert's Library.  From Lambert's outstanding chronological calculations the 712 BCE date is fixed pretty much in solid stone.  (Note:  The fall of the Israelite Northern Capital of Samaria occurred in 722 BCE by all reliable accounts.)

The prophecy, therefore, given to Ezekiel in Ezekiel 4:1-8 bears great significance to the judgment of BOTH the House of Israel (Ephraim) - 390 days; and the House of Judah - 40 days.  The prophecy is as follows:

1 Thou also, son of man, take thee a tile, and lay it before thee, and portray upon it the city, even Jerusalem: 2 And lay siege against it, and build a fort against it, and cast a mount against it; set the camp also against it, and set battering rams against it round about. 3 Moreover take thou unto thee an iron pan, and set it for a wall of iron between thee and the city: and set thy face against it, and it shall be besieged, and thou shalt lay siege against it. This shall be a sign to the house of Israel. 4 Lie thou also upon thy left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel upon it: according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon it thou shalt bear their iniquity. 5 For I have laid upon thee the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days: so shalt thou bear the iniquity of the house of Israel. 6 And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year. 7 Therefore thou shalt set thy face toward the siege of Jerusalem, and thine arm shall be uncovered, and thou shalt prophesy against it. 8 And, behold, I will lay bands upon thee, and thou shalt not turn thee from one side to another, till thou hast ended the days of thy siege.  (Ezk. 4:1-8)

Thus:  We cannot grasp these "days" as "years" in their fullness unless we come to terms that when the Almighty would judge His elect He would compound/multiply their judgment by "7" - i.e., 7 times whatever the judgment's time frame is - see Leviticus 26 where the "7 times" is mentioned 4 separate times.

Thus:  Israel's 10 Northern tribes (Ephraim) 7 X 390 years = 2,730 years and the peculiar judgment of Judah is judged 7 X 40 years = 280 years and together their judgments are 2,730 + 280 = 3,010 years.  However, the sum of these number sets (2,730 and 280 = 3,010) is NOT in their significance (per se) - although 3,010 in "prophetic days of 360 days per prophetic year" tally to 1083600 or 1,083,600 but by elimination of "zero" we see both "18" and "36" wherein "18" is the cardinal number of the Holy City, New Jerusalem (Ezk. 48:35 - 18,000 cubits - its "earthly expression") + Rev. 21:15-16 wherein 12,000 furlongs X 660 ft. (1 furlong = 660 ft.) = 7,920,000 ft. ÷ 5,280 ft. (1 mile) = 1,500 miles X 12 edges of a cube = 18,000 linear miles or "18" - therefore, 18 (of Ezekiel's Holy City) + 18 (of the heavenly New Jerusalem) = "36" or the "18" of Ezekiel + the "18" of the New Jerusalem witnesses to the combined "36" of both the earthly and heavenly expressions of the Holy City, New Jerusalem and to the 360° in a circle representative of the Eternal God without beginning or ending.  Moreover, as "factors" these days can be multiplied as follows:  1 X 8 X 3 X 6 = 144 which "144" is all over the New Jerusalem and is the 144-cubit wall of the New Jerusalem with the 12,000 X 12,000 furlong measurements of each side or 12 X 12 = 144 (dropping the zero--See Rev. 21:16-17).  

The 430 Years from Promise to Passover

430 YEARS OF PASSOVER PROMISE

But what IS of major consequence regarding the 390 + 40 = 430 is the 430 in that Exodus 12:40 states: 

"Now the sojourn of the children of Israel who lived in Egypt was four hundred and thirty years.  And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years--on that very same day--it came to pass that all the armies of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt." 

This "430" is directly connected to Galatians 3:16-17:  

"Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made.  He does not say, 'And to seeds,' as of many, but as of one, 'And to your Seed,' who is Christ.  And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by God in Christ, that it should make the promise of no effect.  For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no longer of promise; but God gave it to Abraham by promise" [Gal. 3:16-18].

This "promise" of the inheritance was given to Abraham via faith - And to your Seed - which is Christ with a CAPITAL "S" - but what was portrayed in Abraham's immediate seed was his "son of promise"--that is, ISAAC:  

"Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise" [Gal. 4:28]. 

Therefore, the PROMISE was domiciled in Isaac (who never departed from the Good Land for he is an archetype of Christ, our Good Land) and conveyed through the Messianic line unto the Messiah Himself, even the "Seed" but the understanding is that from PROMISE to the PASSOVER was some 430 years.  That PROMISE was substantiated through Isaac and REAFFIRMED in Genesis 26 - to wit:

"Then the LORD appears to him [Isaac] and said: 'Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you.  Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father.  And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your SEED all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws." (Gen. 26:2-5)

Isaac was 40 years of age when he was married to Rebecca (Gen. 25:20) and was 60 years of age when Jacob and Esau were born (Gen. 25:26) but he was 52 years of age when he was assured the promise found in Gen. 26:2-5; thus, 12 years after he married Rebecca he was given the PROMISE (he would have seed) and 8 years thereafter received his two sons (8 = new beginning and 12 = divine government).  However, Isaac, in the line of the patriarchs (i.e., from Adam to Isaac) is #21 in that line and, consequently, some 2,100 years passed between the creation of Adam (which creation of Adam we calculate was in 3975 BC) unto some 2,100 years to Isaac at age 52 [or in the year 1875 BC] when he received the promise from the Almighty (using the Masoretic text only); thus, from 1875 - 430 years (period of Promise to Passover) we come to the year 1445 BC.

[Could I insert that Adam's creation date of 3975 BC taken as "factors" calculate as follows:  3 * 9 * 7 * 5 = 945 whereupon the Earth is some 94,500,000 miles (or "945") from her sun.  We know that He is the Sun of Righteousness Who on the day whereof we contemplate shall appear with "healing in his wing" - Malachi 4:2.]

This "21" (i.e., of the 21 patriarchal generations and the 2,100 years from Adam's Creation to Isaac at year 52) is most significant in that it conveys the measurement in feet of the Hebrew Sacred Cubit of 2.1 feet or 25.20 inches (as per 360 degrees in a day or rotation of the earth X 7 days = 2,520 degrees or 252).  The Hebrew Royal Cubit is akin to the Assyrian and Persian ROYAL cubits and can be ascertained by Ezekiel 40:5 wherein 6 ROYAL Cubits is the length of the Rod/Reed given to Ezekiel and likewise to John in the Revelation or 6 X 2.1 ft. = 12.6 feet or 1,260 days or 42 months or 3 1/2 days or 3 1/2 years or time, times and half a time which 12.6 feet is the express time frame of 1,260 days or 42 months of our Lord's ministry upon the earth and of the very Testimony of Jesus which shall be lived out by His holy ones/elect during the final week of Daniel's prophecy yet future.

All this said - we must acknowledge that this "430 years" of promise is from Genesis 26 unto the Passover and depicts the Seed, which is Christ (Gal. 3) - and, in particular His PASSOVER; therefore, the judgments upon the 10 Northern and 2 Southern Tribes is OVERSHADOWED by the BLOOD OF THE LAMB of God who takes away the sin of the world.  Even in His judgment of the 12 tribes there is the express image of His Passover, His mercy whereby His intention was to include all in disobedience that He might have mercy on us all until ALL ISRAEL is delivered because of Messiah's perfect sacrifice; our Paschal Lamb (Romans 11:25-32).

[Again, may I insert that the 2,100 years X 360 prophetic days in a year = 756,000 days.  This "756" constitute both the 30 cubit circumference of King Solomon's Mystical Sea of Caste Bronze [2 Chron. 4:2] and the linear edges of the Great Pyramid of Giza @ 756 feet X 4 = 3,024 perimeter feet - which "3024" is a fractal resemblance of the Wall of the New Jerusalem @ 144 Cubits X 2.1 Ft. = 302.4 Ft. or 3024.  Therefore, is the Great Pyramid of Giza built by the sons of Shem? Also:  756 Ft. ÷ 2.1 feet of the Hebrew Sacred Cubit = 360 HSC X 4 base edges of the GPG = 1,440 HSC or "144" which equates to the New Jerusalem's measurements.  This begs the question:  Is the GPG that "Altar unto the Lord at the border (or "Giza") of Egypt" (Isa. 19:19-20)?]

The Start & Finish of the 2,730 Years of Ephraim's Judgment

Now, we acknowledge that the 2,730 years of Ephraim/Israel's judgment commences, I affirm, at the "time change" in 712 BC of King Hezekiah of Judah's life extension and extends itself unto 2018 AD (some 2,730 years) and that the 280 years of Judah's judgment interestingly enough extends beyond the Breach of Jeroboam's separation from Judah in 992 BC into the reign of King David.  It is noteworthy that most evangelical commentators affirm that the original Passover date in Egypt was in the year 1444-1445 BC and that according to 1 Kings 6:1 the laying of the Solomonic Temple's foundation took place in the 4th year of King Solomon's reign - this date constitutes 480 years from the original Passover according to 1 Kings 6:1; therefore, if the first Passover took place in 1444-1445 BC less 480 years = 965 BC (4th year of King Solomon's reign) - less 36 years (for King Solomon's reign was for 40 years) = 929 BC - commencing the division of the 12 Tribes of Israel into Judah and Ephraim at the "Breach of Jeroboam" due to Solomon's idolatry.

If we calculate 929 BC to be the starting point for the 280 years of Judah's "judgment" until 712 BC (King Hezekiah's confrontation with the armies of Assyria and his life extension) we will find that 929 - 280 = 649 BC and would NOT suffice the 280 years (because it does not "land" at 712 BC) - no, we must go back further to calculate the commencement of the 280 years of Judah's alleged "judgment."  That is:  712 BC + 280 years = 992 BC.  Therefore, King Solomon's 4th year was in 965 BC and David's reign ended in 969 (+ 4 years) + 40 years (David's reign) = 1009 BC (the year King David commenced his reign).  We can see from this that 280 years extended unto 992 BC or if we take David's commencement of his reign to be in the year 1009 BC less 992 BC = 17/18 years (David's reign was from 1009 BC until 969 BC or 40 years + 6 months).  In other words the 280 years of Judah's judgment begins in the 18th year of King David's reign or cir. 992 BC (again, David reigned from 1009 BC until 969 BC).  

Through a multiplicity of calculations it MAY have been in the 18th year of King David's reign (i.e., in the year 992 BC) that the establishment of the Tabernacle of David was set up in Jerusalem where it would have remained some 21/22 years - again, we might be able to see the "21" of the Hebrew Sacred Cubit.  Most certainly, Judah, under King David, was a United Kingdom of all 12 tribes with the establishment of the Tabernacle of David in the City of David (Jerusalem) taking place, most likely, in 992 BC - 280 years = 712 BC (King Hezekiah's time change and Ephraim's commencement of the 2,730 years).

In other words:

 "Judah is a young lion—my son, you return from the prey. Like a lion he crouches and lies down; like a lioness, who dares to rouse him? The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the staff from between his feet, until Shiloh comes and the allegiance of the nations is his" (Gen. 49:9-10). 

Shiloh is a Hebrew name, primarily for a girl, which has an ambiguous meaning; however, it may be interpreted as "tranquil" or "peace" as in "peaceful" or "the sent One" or "Messiah" - it was the location in the Tribe of Ephraim where Joshua, the son of Nun, positioned the Tabernacle, which was in the Wilderness, and relocated it to Ephraim; therefore, Joshua (aka, "Jesus") was positioned in Ephraim, in Shiloh wherein the Ark of the Covenant did abide for a number of centuries until it was captured by the Philistines and thence found its way into the threshing floor of Obed-Edom (the Edomite) and thence to the City of David/Jerusalem.

It is, therefore, of supreme interest to me, that we find these verses when Jesus came to the City of Ephraim--i.e., UNTIL SHILOH COMES:  Please go to Part 2 of 2 of this two-part series.




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