Gen 49:10 Shiloh 11/4/2001

 

 

 

 

#1. Trust Ye Not in Lying Words (Jer 7:1-15)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2. Until Shiloh Comes (Gen 49:1,10)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3. It Was All in God's Plan (Deut 31:16-17)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of II Kings, chapter 21. (2X)

In the year 697 BC, at 12 years old, Manasseh became a coregent to the throne of the kingdom of Judah with his father Hezekiah. But 11 years later, when king Hezekiah died, Manasseh became the sole autocratic ruler of the kingdom of Judah. This was the time shortly after the Northern kingdom of Israel was completely destroyed by the Assyrian empire. All of Judah could see why God had wiped out the Northern kingdom of Israel. They had turned to idolatry for more than 200 years. Therefore God sent the Assyrians and they destroyed Israel. That was a great warning to the nation of Judah? But did they heed the warning? Hezekiah was a good king, but Manasseh was a very wicked king.

2 Kings 21:1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Hephzibah.

2 Kings 21:2 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, after the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.

God says here that Manasseh was as bad an idolater as the Canaanites were, whom God commanded to be destroyed by the children of Israel. And the whole country rallied after Manasseh.

2 Kings 21:10 And the LORD spake by his servants the prophets, saying,

2 Kings 21:11 Because Manasseh king of Judah hath done these abominations, and hath done wickedly above all that the Amorites did, which were before him, and hath made Judah also to sin with his idols:

2 Kings 21:12 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Behold, I am bringing such evil upon Jerusalem and Judah, that whosoever heareth of it, both his ears shall tingle.

2 Kings 21:13 And I will stretch over Jerusalem the line of Samaria, and the plummet of the house of Ahab: and I will wipe Jerusalem as a man wipeth a dish, wiping it, and turning it upside down.

God says here that the line drawn for the destruction of Samaria, the capital of the Northern kingdom of Israel, will now also be applied to Jerusalem. And like God destroyed king Ahab and his descendants, so God would destroy king Manasseh and his descendants.

2 Kings 21:14 And I will forsake the remnant of mine inheritance, and deliver them into the hand of their enemies; and they shall become a prey and a spoil to all their enemies;

2 Kings 21:15 Because they have done that which was evil in my sight, and have provoked me to anger, since the day their fathers came forth out of Egypt, even unto this day.

This essentially is the first clear prophecy that God would destroy Jerusalem. Then we read:

#1. Trust Ye Not in Lying Words (Jer 7:1-15)

Please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of Jeremiah, chapter 7. (2X) The time in history is now about 80 years later. Another good king was reigning in Judah. His name was Josiah. But God still remembered His oath to destroy Jerusalem, because of the idolatry of Manasseh, and because of the idolatry of all those in Judah who followed after Manasseh. This time God sent the prophet Jeremiah. And in Jer 7:1-15 God repeated His oath to destroy Jerusalem:

Jeremiah 7:1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,

Jeremiah 7:2 Stand in the gate of the LORD'S house, and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word of the LORD, all ye of Judah, that enter in at these gates to worship the LORD.

Jeremiah 7:3 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place.

Jeremiah 7:4 Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, are these.

Jeremiah 7:5 For if ye throughly amend your ways and your doings; if ye throughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbour;

Jeremiah 7:6 If ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place, neither walk after other gods to your hurt:

Jeremiah 7:7 Then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, for ever and ever.

Jeremiah 7:8 Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit.

Jeremiah 7:9 Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not;

Jeremiah 7:10 And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations?

Jeremiah 7:11 Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the LORD.

Jeremiah 7:12 But go ye now unto my place which was in Shiloh, where I set my name at the first, and see what I did to it for the wickedness of my people Israel.

Jeremiah 7:13 And now, because ye have done all these works, saith the LORD, and I spake unto you, rising up early and speaking, but ye heard not; and I called you, but ye answered not;

Jeremiah 7:14 Therefore will I do unto this house, which is called by my name, wherein ye trust, and unto the place which I gave to you and to your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh.

Jeremiah 7:15 And I will cast you out of my sight, as I have cast out all your brethren, even the whole seed of Ephraim.

There are two statements that stand out in this passage. The first is found in verse 4, "Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, are these". If you live like the devil, but you believe that God will not destroy Jerusalem because the temple is here, then you believe a lie. If you do not amend your ways, and do not worship Jehovah only, then I will bring evil on this place like I did with Shiloh, = the second statement that stands out.

Where was Shiloh? Please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of I Samuel, chapter 4. (2X) Shiloh was a city in the mountains of Ephraim. Shiloh was the city where Joshua set up the Tabernacle of the Lord with the Ark of the Covenant, which they had carried all along through the wilderness for 40 years. Therefore, Shiloh became the capital city of the new nation of Israel, almost immediately after Joshua and the children of Israel entered the land of Canaan. For example we read in:

Joshua 18:1 And the whole congregation of the children of Israel assembled together at Shiloh, and set up the tabernacle of the congregation there. And the land was subdued before them.

The Tabernacle remained at Shiloh for about 340 years. That came to an end when the children of Israel began to worship the Ark of the Covenant as an idol god whom they could order around to perform miracles for them on command. This time they wanted God to defeat the Philistines for them.

1 Samuel 4:4 So the people sent to Shiloh, that they might bring from thence the ark of the covenant of the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth between the cherubims: and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God.

1 Samuel 4:5 And when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth rang again.

That was a very wicked thing that they did. They believed that this golden artifact was their god. They desired this god to perform on demand, and also they used the Ark of the Covenant as their good-luck-charm. But God did not cooperate. God did not want to play their games. We read in V.10,

1 Samuel 4:10 And the Philistines fought, and Israel was smitten, and they fled every man into his tent: and there was a very great slaughter; for there fell of Israel thirty thousand footmen.

1 Sam 4:11 And the ark of God was taken; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were slain.

That was a great disaster that came upon the nation of Israel. 30,000 soldiers died, the two sons of the High Priest died, and the Philistines captured the Ark of the Covenant. It so happened that the Philistines returned the Ark of the Covenant within a year, but from that time on the Ark of the Covenant never returned to Shiloh. The city of Shiloh became a place of shame and contempt.

Was Shiloh destroyed? No! Then why did God say in Jer 7:14, Therefore will I do unto this house, as I have done to Shiloh. What did God do to Shiloh? God removed His presence from there, because of the wickedness of Israel. This is what God promised to do to Jerusalem. They trusted in The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD. But God said that He was going to remove His presence from that temple, so that it would no longer be the temple of the Lord. And then God said in Jer 7:15,

Jeremiah 7:15 And I will cast you out of my sight, as I have cast out all your brethren, even the whole seed of Ephraim.

Here God promised to do with them as He did with the entire Northern kingdom of Israel.

We have seen the first time where God promised the destruction of Jerusalem, in II Kings 21. We have seen the second time where God promised the destruction of Jerusalem, in Jer 7. And we have seen why God compared Jerusalem to Shiloh. Like at the time that Shiloh was abandoned, the people of Judah and Jerusalem were regarding the temple and the presence of the Ark of the Covenant as idolatrous good-luck-charms, which would protect them from the invading armies of Babylon. What a silly people! But let us learn from their example.

We look at these people as a people that lived a long, long time ago in a land far, far away, doing things that were so, so silly. It really does not touch us a great deal. But then we have forgotten that the whole Bible was written for our salvation, and these examples were written for our admonition.

When we think of Manasseh, we think of someone who is a child of the Devil. But we forget that we all were born like that. God says in Psalm 58:3

Psalm 58:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.

This applies to each and every one of us. We all at one time were siding with the Devil, and we all at one time were enemies of God. God says in Eph 2:3 that we all were at one time the children of wrath, even as others. Manasseh was a very good example of what each one of us would have been if God would not have restrained us from sinning. If we then, like Manasseh, were all enemies of God, how can so many people believe that we, of our own self, can extend a hand of peace to God? The Bible declares this to be impossible. "Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? Not one!" J.14:4

God's message through Jeremiah was that we must not put our trust in things. If we trust that God will not destroy His church, because He promised that "the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it", then we trust in a verse taken out of context, which means that we trust in a slogan, like "the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord". We may not put any trust in a trinket, like a cross around our neck, or a good-looking Bible, or a nice church building, and so on. We may not put any trust in a preacher, or a good Bible teacher, because one day he may lead us astray.

Who then can we trust? We can trust God only, and we can trust the words that God dictated to His Apostles and prophets, and we certainly should not take God's words out of context, no matter how convincing that Bible teacher on the radio sounds. God declared to us that we must trust only Him, and not our own actions or our own decisions. If we believe that our salvation is entirely a gift from God, given by grace to all those for whom the Lord Jesus Christ suffered and died, and that our salvation does not depend on us taking any action on our part, and it does not depend on our action of departing out of Jerusalem as you hear these days on the radio, then we are on safe ground.

Also, do not trust that attending a faithful church saves you, because that action on your part cannot save you. But it will help to bring you under the hearing of the true Gospel, so that God sav. y.

There is more to Shiloh than just a city of shame and contempt. God declared that Shiloh is also the name of a person. Please turn with me to Genesis, chapter 49 (2X). There we find the words:

#2. Until Shiloh Comes (Gen 49:1,10)

Jacob is at the end of his life. Before Jacob died he gave blessings to every one of his twelve sons. But before Jacob gave the blessings, he introduced these blessings as follows, as we read in:

Genesis 49:1 And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days.

What are the Last Days? God defines the Last days in Acts, chapter 2. The Last Days in the Bible are the days from Pentecost in AD 33, until the end of time. What we find here in Gen 49 is a series of parables applicable to each one of the tribes of Israel. When Jacob blessed Judah, he uttered at least five parables. One of those parables concerns Shiloh, in Gen 49:10,

Genesis 49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering (lit: the obedience) of the people be.

Who is Shiloh? This verse is a Messianic prophecy. Shiloh refers to Christ. The name Shiloh is a compound word, which means: "Whose it is", or "To whom it belongs" (2X). Paraphrased, Gen 49:10 is saying that Judah shall continue to rule his own land until Shiloh comes, and then Judah's self rule shall cease. When Shiloh comes, when He comes to whom it belongs, then unto Him shall be the obedience of the people. And in Gen 49:1 God says that this prophecy applies to the N.T. time.

History proved this prophecy right. Except for a period of 47 years of captivity in Babylon, the Jews ruled their own affairs in the land of Judah. Even when they were under the Persian Empire, or under the Greek Empire or under the Roman Empire, the nation of the Jews was always allowed to rule their own religious affairs. But after Christ had come, after Shiloh came, after He to whom it belongs came, the nation of the Jews was destroyed in 70 AD, and the Jews were scattered throughout the world. This was the fulfillment of the prophecy of Gen 49:10.

This also points to an utter destruction of Jerusalem, in 70 AD. Has this destruction been described in the Bible? Not after the fact but before the fact. Jesus spoke about the fact that Jerusalem was to be destroyed. Please turn in your Bibles the Gospel According to Luke, chapter 19.

You know that in this chapter the Lord Jesus arranged for His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, when He was hailed as the King of Israel, five days before His crucifixion. The Lord Jesus sat on the colt of an ass, riding toward Jerusalem. Then we read in Luke 19:41-44,

Luke 19:41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, (2X)

Luke 19:42 Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! But now they are hid from thine eyes.

Luke 19:43 For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,

Luke 19:44 And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.

What did Jesus mean when He wept? What did Jesus see? Did He just see Jerusalem? Why did Jesus weep? We can be sure that the Lord Jesus was not shedding tears over bricks and mortar. Jesus did not weep over the Saints in Jerusalem, because their death is just a stepping-stone to be with God. But Jesus wept over the unsaved in Jerusalem. He saw a people that had come under the hearing of the Gospel, but had remained unsaved. Jesus could see what no other man could see on that day: Billions of people who were unsaved and who were doomed to endure the Second Death in the Lake of Fire. These were billions of people throughout time who heard the Gospel, but remained unsaved. Jerusalem was such a picture, or a type, of the externally visible church.

So, why did Jesus weep for unsaved people at this particular time? First of all, He saw the results of His preaching for 3 years. The perfect teacher of all times has been teaching the Jews the Gospel of salvation. But what did they cry out? "Blessed be the king that cometh in the name of the Lord". After all this preaching they still wanted an earthly king who would drive the Romans into the sea. Just like the Church today is looking for a Messiah who will set up for us a kingdom on this sin cursed earth. What do they really want? They want Jesus, but they want this sin cursed earth too.

Secondly, when Jesus beheld the city of Jerusalem, the wicked city that would condemn Him to death in five days, He saw at the same time the N.T. Church that was symbolized by that old city of Jerusalem. Jesus was laden with the sins of those He came to save, and He knew whose sins He was not bearing. Jesus wept. He demonstrated that God has no pleasure in the death of the wicked.

Jesus wept over people in the Church going to Hell. The N.T. Church, just like the O.T. Congregation, have heard the Word of God but they only pick and choose what they like, and in this way they have rejected the Word of God. They have rejected the Bible as a whole. They actually want nothing to do with the whole Word of God. That is why Jesus said in Luke 19:42,

Luke 19:42 Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! (Meaning salvation.) But now they are hid from thine eyes.

Paraphrased, Jesus says to the O.T. Congregation: "If your ears had been open, you could have known Me. But now, it is too late." Paraphrased Jesus says to the N.T. Church: "If your ears had been open, you could have known Me. But now, I will remove thy candlestick out of his place, and I will not put it back." The principle is this: When sinners harden themselves against God's will, then God in turn will harden them even more in their stubborn unbelief. The result will be that there will be:

What did Jesus mean by that?

Luke 19:43 For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,

Luke 19:44 And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.

Was Jesus speaking about the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD? Let the Scriptures speak. Since the prophecy about Shiloh in Gen 49:10 must apply in the N.T. time, after Christ's coming, the destruction of the nation of Judah in 70 AD was most likely what Gen 49:10 referred to.

Many people object to this explanation, saying that the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD is not in the Bible. Let the Scriptures speak. When Jesus said at the end of verse 44, "because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation", what was Jesus referring to? Jesus referred to the fact that the Jewish nation did not recognize Christ as Messiah when He came. In fact the verb "thou knewest not" is in the Aorist tense, which means that except for a remnant chosen by grace, the Jewish nation knew Him not when He came in 33 AD, they still do not know Him today, and they will not know Him in the future. The Lord Jesus says very plainly: "They shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation". In other words, He says: This is the reason why you will be destroyed, "because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation". What other reason could t

Is it true that not one stone was left upon another? History proved that this was indeed literally true. A Jewish rebellion in 70 AD had the result that the Romans under the leadership of Titus destroyed Jerusalem. Another Jewish rebellion in 134 AD was overwhelmingly crushed, and what was left of the city was leveled to the ground, even the foundations being plowed up.

But we must remember that Jerusalem is also a picture of the external church, also known as the corporate church. Jesus was at the same time speaking about the attack upon the corporate church. God speaks about the great apostasy during the FTP, which will definitely come before Christ returns, as it is recorded in many places in the Bible. "The beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against the Saints, and shall overcome them." It will seem that Satan has won.

Jesus wept for the Church, which will be assaulted to the extent that it will be entirely scattered, so that not one stone will be left upon another. Jesus said in Luke 21:22

Luke 21:22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

Jesus said: "That all things which are written may be fulfilled". What were the things that are written? Jesus was referring to the O.T. where the destruction of Jerusalem and of the Temple in

Jerusalem in 587BC was a BIG event, which was written about many times in the O.T.

That physical destruction was a picture of the Final Tribulation Period, which is a spiritual assault by Satan on the church. It will seem that Satan has won. But Satan will not be victorious. Jesus said: "These be the days of vengeance". God will avenge Himself on Satan and his angels.

What is the lesson for us in all this symbolic language? Jesus reminds us: "Be Faithful". We live presently in the FTP. Today it is so easy to be deceived with gospels that look so close to the true Gospel of the Bible. Jesus wept for the Church, because the majority of the N.T. Church is being deceived, like the O.T. Congregation was.

Why does God bring in the FTP, which will be so devastating to the Church? Because of the wickedness of man, this is what God has to do. We must remember that:

#3. It Was All in God's Plan (Deut 31:16-17)

God was never out of control. But God knows the wickedness of man's heart so thoroughly, that God knows what sins mankind is going to commit. That is why God knows the end from the beginning. God is not the author of sin, but any sin does not catch God by surprise. God revealed to Moses that great calamity was in the works. God said in Deut 31:16-17,

Deuteronomy 31:16 And the LORD said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep with thy fathers; and this people will rise up, and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, whither they go to be among them, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them.

Deuteronomy 31:17 Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide my face from them, and they shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles shall befall them; so that they will say in that day, Are not these evils come upon us, because our God is not among us?

Can you see that God anticipated the apostasy that led finally to the destruction of Jerusalem? God said: "I will forsake them", "and they shall be devoured". But can you also see the loving hand of God for His elect in all of this? Those who remain in rebellion against God will not be persuaded to repent. But His elect will recognize that they have sinned, and they will have a desire to be right with God. They will say: "Are not these evils come upon us, because our God is not among us?" For example, it is only a remnant of the Jews chosen by grace who would remember these words: "Are not these evils come upon us, because our God is not among us?" and they would understand that their unbelief in 33AD has been the cause for the Jewish nation to be scattered for 19 centuries, "because (Jesus said) thou knewest not the time of thy visitation". But it is only a remnant chosen by grace that is coming to their senses.

God showed in Deut 31 that God included it in His plan all along to have Jerusalem destroyed in 587 BC, because of the wickedness of Manasseh, king of Judah.

God showed in Gen 49:10 that God included it in His plan all along to have Jerusalem destroyed after Christ's first coming, "because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation".

The big question for us is this:

Look again at Gen 49:10.

Has Shiloh, or Christ come for us? Has He come for you? Has He taken care of your sin problem? Each one of us must ask this, and answer this for himself. When we read this verse:

Genesis 49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering (lit: the obedience) of the people be.

Do these words represent more than just a prophecy and a fulfillment of prophecy? Can you get excited about this one verse, like I get excited about it? Can we say individually: Christ came for me! He took all my dirty rotten sins, the sins that I would not dare to tell even my closest friend, and forgave me those sins. How does God forgive sins? Not by killing a thousand sheep for each one of my sins. The N.T. tells us that all the animal sacrifices of the O.T. could not take away one sin. There is only one way God can forgive sins, and that is by having Christ suffer the equivalent of an eternity in Hell for each one of our sins. And He did that in 33 AD, on the cross. That is the atonement required to forgive any sin. We can say to one another: "I am sorry", and we can say to one another: "I forgive you", but all these sins in the final analysis can only be forgiven if Christ has atoned for those sins. And if He has not atoned for those sins, then they are not forgiven.

How do I know if Christ has atoned for my sins? The answer is given in that same verse. Look again at Gen 49:10. God says there: "And unto Him shall the obedience of the people be". In other words, I can discover from my desire to be obedient to Him, if He indeed has come for me also.

"The obedience of the people" refers to the obedience of His people. Only those who have received a born again soul from God the Holy Spirit will have any inclination to come to faith in Christ and have any intent of obeying Him. Do we obey Him because we have to obey Him, or do we delight to obey Him? The difference between these two is a difference between eternal death and eternal life.

One other question is: Wherein do we obey Him? This could be a long list. But for starters, let us look at a few points from the outline of this sermon.

1.      We may not trust in lying words. We cannot claim to belong to Christ and live like the Devil.

2.      If we claim to belong to Christ, then repentance should be seen in our life.

3.      We may not regard the God of the Bible as our servant, like they requested it from Shiloh.

4.      We can trust only the Word of God. Never trust people who say: You must do this, or else you will come under the wrath of God.

5.      Believe that the catastrophes in your life were in the plan of God before the foundation of the world. God designed them for our good.

Most of all, do we delight to hear the voice of the Bridegroom coming from the pages of our Bible?