ALL THINGS IN CHRIST
In all wisdom and prudence making known to us the mystery of His will according to His
good pleasure which He purposed in Him the plan for the fullness of the times
TO HEAD UP THE ALL THINGS IN THE CHRIST ,
the things in the heavens and the things upon the earth, in Him ….
(Ephesians 1:8b-10)
By – Stuart H. Pouliot
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This article is the second in a series that deals with the tenth.
As stated in article #27, December 2009, The Tenth ― The Kingdom Tax [Tithe] , I was writing on
the subject of the tithe and received a revelation of a truth that I had never seen before or read
from others. Perhaps it is not new to others, but it is new to me, and this is what led me to
write this article.
Simply stated, the tenth signifies the birthright and sonship as seen through Joseph, who is a
type of the Son of God and His coming a second time to establish His kingdom among the
nations during His 1,000-year reign. Further, this tenth ties in with Abram giving a tenth to
Melchizedek, a type of Christ, which is addressed in the next article (#29). This all has to do with
sonship in the coming kingdom of God.
Sonship.
At the outset, let us be clear that sonship is about the Father having many sons and daughters.
Paul makes it very clear to us.
(16) For you are a temple of the living God, even as God said, “I will dwell in them and walk
among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” Lev. 26:12; Ezek. 37:27
(17) Because of this, “come out from among them and be separated,” says the Lord, “and do
not touch the unclean thing, and I will receive you.” Isa. 52:11 (18) “And I will be a Father to
you, and you will be sons and daughters to Me,” says the Lord Almighty. 2 Sam. 7:8, 14; Isa.
43:6 (2 Corinthians 6:16-18 LITV)
Sonship is a collective term that speaks of position in God’s kingdom; it is not based on gender,
for both men and women will qualify to be sons in the coming kingdom of God.
Individually, believers are a temple of the living God; but, collectively, all believers are being
fitted together, growing into a holy temple in the Lord, being built together into a dwelling of
God in spirit (Ephesians 2:21-22).
God’s dwelling is New Jerusalem, and it will begin to be manifested with the fall feasts of
Trumpets (first resurrection) and Tabernacles (transfiguration, glorification) that usher in the
kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ.
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Those who come forth in the first or better resurrection [men and women (Hebrews 11:35-40)]
neither marry nor are given in marriage, for they cannot die anymore, because they are like
angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection (Luke 20:35-36).
Thus, sonship speaks mightily of God’s purpose and plan of the eons to become all in all new
through a family of sons.
The person who conquers will inherit these things. I will be his God, and he will be my son .
(Revelation 21:7 ISV)
The number 10.
To begin, it should go without saying that the tenth (tithe) is based on the number 10, which is
one of the perfect numbers.
As E.W. Bullinger, in his book titled Number in Scripture , states:
“Ten is one of the perfect numbers, and signifies the perfection of Divine order ,
commencing, as it does, an altogether new series of numbers. The first decade is the
representative of the whole numeral system, and originates the system of calculation
called “decimals,” because the whole system of numeration consists of so many tens , of
which the first is a type of the whole. Completeness of order, marking the entire round of
anything, is, therefore, the ever-present signification of the number ten . It implies that
nothing is wanting; that the number and order are perfect; that the whole cycle is
complete.”
This is a vital point in our understanding of the tenth that Jacob-Israel gave to God, as well as
the tenth Abram gave to Melchizedek, which, by the way, is the first mention of the tenth.
Jacob promises the tenth to God.
In a dream, Jacob saw a ladder on earth and its top reaching to heaven, and then he heard the
Lord promise to give him and his descendants the land upon which he stood. When he awoke
from his sleep, Jacob knew he had met the Lord in that place, which he called Bethel , meaning
“house of God.”
(12) He had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to
heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. (13) And behold,
the LORD stood above it and said, “I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the
God of Isaac; the land on which you lie, I will give it to you and to your descendants.” (Genesis
28:12-13 NASB)
(16) And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I
knew it not. (17) And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! This is none other
but the house of God , and this is the gate of heaven . (18) And Jacob rose up early in the
morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and
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poured oil upon the top of it. (19) And he called the name of that place Bethel : but the name
of that city was called Luz at the first. (20) And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with
me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put
on, (21) so that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God:
(22) and this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou
shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee. (Genesis 28:16-22 KJV)
Jacob knew that he had met the Lord, but given his character as a supplanter and a deceiver, he
made a deal, so to speak, with God. I can imagine God laughing. If God would keep him, bless
him, and provide for him, then the Lord would be his God and he would give God the tenth of
what God had given him. Notice that his vow to God was based on God giving to him. “If God!”
It was a conditional vow that God had to agree to and do for Jacob. We could say that the ball
was in God’s court and He caught the ball, so to speak. Jacob was rather brazen in his request,
but God honored it, knowing his heart and knowing that Jacob, one day, would be changed into
Israel.
But the question is: Did God bless Jacob, and if so, did Jacob ever fulfill his promise to give God
the tenth of what God had blessed him with? If so, what was the tenth that he gave back to
God? Was it material possessions? Or, was it something of an entirely different nature? I
believe it was of the latter.
The answer to this question is rather fascinating. I want to build the answer with seven points,
so please bear with me.
The birthright and the two mandates.
First , God most assuredly did bless Jacob. When God met him at Paddam-aram and gave him
the name Israel , meaning “God rules,” God blessed Israel.
Jacob was named Israel not on the basis of physical requirements (i.e., genealogy) but based on
a changed heart. The name indicates that his heart was circumcised, and the divine law of God
was written upon his heart. Simply, he had a new nature that desired to obey and serve God.
As an aside, all who have this same heart are joined with Israel; in fact, they are spiritual Israel .
This is the ecclesia, which is the body of Christ, the new creation and the Israel of God
(Galatians 6:15-16).
Consider the blessing that God gave Israel.
(11) God also said to him, “I am God Almighty; be fruitful and multiply ; a nation and a
company of nations shall come from you, and kings shall come forth from you. (12) The land
which I gave to Abraham and Isaac, I will give it to you, and I will give the land to your
descendants after you.” (Genesis 35:11-12 NASB)
Does this blessing look familiar? It should, for it was first spoken to Adam, the son of God (Luke
3:28), and the first man (1 Corinthians 15:35) and king of the earth.
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God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be f ruitful and multiply, and fill the earth,
[fruitfulness mandate] and subdue it; and rule [dominion mandate] over the fish of the sea
and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis
1:28 NASB)
Adam, by right of his creation in the image of Elohim , was given two mandates, one pertaining
to procreating, that is, begetting sons and daughters, and the other pertaining to ruling or
having dominion over the earth.
The first one is called the fruitfulness mandate and the second one is called the dominion
mandate . Together, they form what could be called the birthright , for Adam was given these
mandates by right of his birth as a son of God. It is the right to have dominion in the kingdom of
God on earth as a son of God (King Adam) and to produce more sons to fill the kingdom. Thus,
the two mandates signify a king (ruler) and a kingdom (sons and citizens). The two are
inseparable if God is to fulfill His plan to have a kingdom of many sons with His only begotten
Son on the throne.
For a little more understanding of the birthright, please see my periodical, The Upward Call ,
issue #03-09143, September 3, 2009, The Birthright: Two Mandates .
God the Father is after a large family, and this is expressed through His desire for many sons
(Exodus 4:22-23; Hebrews 2.10; Revelation 21:7). The birthright speaks of sonship , and the
birthright name is Israel .
When Adam died, the birthright and its mandates were passed down to his descendants from
generation to generation, and this can be seen throughout Hebrew Scripture in types and
shadows. The two mandates were passed on together to make up the birthright; that is, they
were not separated, and, together, they were passed on to a son in each generation. As
revealed through the blessing from God, Jacob was the recipient of the birthright and its two
mandates, for he was blessed to produce many sons (i.e., fruitfulness), which, in turn, would
lead to the coming forth of many nations and kings (i.e., dominion).
The law of the inheritance.
Second , under the law of inheritance, the birthright was reserved for the firstborn son;
however, it was not guaranteed, for it could be forfeited, which is what happened to Esau,
Jacob’s twin brother who entered the world first. Esau was famished and wanted Jacob to give
him some lentil stew. Being the shrewd one that he was, Jacob said: “First sell me your
birthright.” Esau thought he was about to die and saw no value in the birthright, so he sold it to
his younger brother. Thus Esau despised his birthright (Genesis 25:27-34), and it passed on to
Jacob.
When their father was old and his eyes were too dim to see, Isaac wanted to bless Esau, his
older son, but, as the story goes, Jacob, at the prodding of his mother, deceived his father and
received Esau’s blessing. Esau cried out over what his brother had done to him: “Is he not
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rightly named Jacob, for he has supplanted me these two times? He took away my birthright ,
and behold, now he has taken away my blessing (Genesis 27:36 NASB).
Notice that the first supplanting pertained to the birthright and the second one pertained to
blessing. The birthright establishes who has the right to rule over a father’s estate, that is, who
will become the successor to the estate when the father dies. However, to receive the right to
rule, the son must be appointed or placed by the father as the successor or, in kingdom terms,
the ruler. Generally, the first son to be born is the recipient of the birthright; however, he must
be placed as the ruler.
In the day of the patriarchs, it was customary for a father who was near the end of his life to
formally establish his successor, the one who would rule over his estate after he was gone, and
he did this as a blessing. In the case of Esau, not only had he sold the blessing of the birthright
(fruitfulness) to Jacob, but Jacob stole the blessing of the dominion mandate from him. So,
when Esau cried out over his loss, he was crying over his loss of sonship and rulership.
We see the same principle applying to believers in our day. When we are born from above, we
are given a new life, the seed of God planted within our inner man, and we become children of
God. As children, we are also sons of God, but, to be a son of God in the coming kingdom, we
must be placed or adopted as a son through the glorification of Tabernacles.
This is what Paul meant as he wrote that God predestined us to adoption as sons through
Jesus Christ to Himself (Ephesians 1:5), that we might receive the adoption as sons (Galatians
4:5), that you have received a spirit of adoption as sons (Romans 8:15), and that we are
waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body (Romans 8:23).
I imagine that some people will be crying out, just as Esau did, when they realize that they are
not adopted or placed as a son in the coming kingdom of Christ. Such ones will have to wait for
the second resurrection and the Great White Throne judgment; saved, yet so as through fire (1
Corinthians 3:15).
As I often remind, when we are given the faith to believe on Jesus and we confess Him as Lord,
we receive the promise of immortal life. It is not a question of if we will become immortal but
of when we will become immortal, that is, in the first resurrection or in the second resurrection.
Jacob-Israel prophesied over his sons.
Third , as his life was coming to a close, Jacob-Israel called his sons together to give them a word
that would explain or sum up their lives. We could say that he prophesied over their lives by
telling them what would befall them. The word befall refers to what one will encounter.
(1) Then Jacob summoned his sons and said, “Assemble yourselves that I may tell you what
will befall you in the days to come. (2) Gather together and hear, O sons of Jacob; and listen
to Israel your father.” (Genesis 49:1-2 NASB)
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The fading elder spoke to his sons as Jacob, their natural father, who was a supplanter, and as
Israel, their spiritual father, who came to know God and His rule. One of his responsibilities, if
not the most important one, was to pass on the birthright to one of his sons.
Judah received the dominion mandate .
Fourth , however, in prophesying over his sons, Israel did not pass on the dominion mandate as
part of the birthright. He altered the rules, so to speak, and gave the dominion mandate to his
fourth son Judah.
(8) “Judah, your brothers shall praise you; your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies;
your father’s sons shall bow down to you. (9) Judah is a lion’s whelp; from the prey, my son,
you have gone up. He couches, he lies down as a lion, and as a lion, who dares rouse him up?
(10) The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until
Shiloh comes, and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.” (Genesis 49:8-10 NASB)
In other words, Israel removed the dominion mandate from the birthright, which was all in
accord with the plan of God. It pointed to the fact that dominion or kingship would come
through the house of Judah (Psalm 78:68; Revelation 5:5).
When He came the first time, Jesus was born of the Davidic line of Judah in the region of Judea
in the town of Bethlehem. He is the Son of David and through His death and resurrection
secured the scepter of the kingdom and the right to rule over the house of Judah. This is
prophesied in the picture of Judah couching down as a lion that died and needed to be roused
up.
Shiloh, the place where God first placed His name, refers to God’s Son ruling over the nations,
that is, when the people (nations) will be obedient to Him. But according to Jacob’s prophetic
word, Shiloh is not a place but a person, and it appears that the scepter will pass from Judah to
Shiloh, which means that, in type, both Judah and Shiloh refer to Jesus.
The record does not indicate that Judah had a son by this name, but as we will see, the sons of
Joseph were linked to the town of Shiloh.
Please hold this thought; we will come back to it in a moment, for it is significant in regard to
reuniting the two mandates with the birthright.
The disqualification of Jacob’s sons.
Fifth , when it came to Jacob’s sons, there are two ways to look at the matter of the firstborn
son. Strictly speaking, Rueben, who was born of Leah, was the first son out of the twelve sons
begotten of Jacob. Simply numbering the brothers in the order of their birth reveals that the
birthright bypassed most of his sons that stood in line of birth.
Rueben lost the birthright because of his immoral act of defiling his father’s bed (Genesis 35:22;
49:4; 1 Chronicles 5:1). Simeon and Levi were next in line but were disqualified because of their
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violence and anger as evidenced by their massacre of Shechem’s house (Genesis 34:25-31;
49:5-7). Judah was next in line, but he too was disqualified from receiving the birthright, for it
was his idea to sell his brother Joseph into slavery. Judah was a deceiver like his father, for he
deceived Jacob into believing that Joseph was dead by dipping Joseph’s tunic in the blood of a
goat (Genesis 37:26-36).
The fact of the matter is that the first ten brothers in the line of succession were disqualified
from receiving the birthright.
However, there was another way to determine the firstborn in Jacob’s household. Jacob had
four wives. Rachel was the one he truly loved and for whom he labored in Laban’s camp all
those years. The firstborn of Rachel was Joseph.
Joseph received the birthright.
Sixth , Israel loved Joseph, the eleventh in line but the firstborn of his wife Rachel, and he chose
him as the firstborn of his twelve sons.
Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was the son of his old age; and he
made him a varicolored tunic. (Genesis 37:3 NASB)
Joseph’s status as the birthright son was proven by the varicolored tunic given to Joseph by his
father (Genesis 37:3). In those days, it was customary for the father to make known to all the
identity of his birthright son by giving him a multi-colored coat to wear.
Obviously, Jacob’s other sons knew that Joseph was favored, and they resented him, even more
so when he recounted a dream of his brothers bowing down to him. Their jealousy led them to
sell their 17 year-old brother to some Ishmaelites heading to Egypt, who, in turn, sold him into
Egyptian bondage at the age of 18. However, the blessing of God was upon him, and, after a
period of trial, he rose in power to become the Prime Minister of Egypt at the age of 30; only
Pharaoh exceeded him in authority. He was in God’s place (Genesis 50:19).
For 21 years, Jacob thought his son was dead. However, when Joseph was 39 years of age, he
was reunited with his father, and the entire family joined Joseph in Egypt during the time of the
great famine.
When it came time for him to die, Israel did three things. First, he summoned Joseph to himself
and made Joseph pledge not to bury him in Egypt. Second, he met with Joseph and his two
sons, Ephraim and Manasseh. He took the two sons as his own and blessed them with his
name, the name of Israel.
“Bless the lads; and may my name live on in them….” (Genesis 48:16 NASB)
As a result of this blessing, the name of Israel was forever attached to the house of Joseph. This
is an important point that is often missed by many Christians. The name of Israel was not
attached to the house of Judah. As long as the house of Judah remained with the house of
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Joseph, which became known as the house of Israel, the name of Israel stood over all twelve
tribes, including Judah. After the reign of Solomon, the kingdom was split into the house of
Judah [southern nation comprised of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin] and the house of Israel
[northern nation comprised of the remaining ten tribes] (1 Kings 12:16-24).
Judah alone cannot claim the right to the name of Israel, something that the present Middle
East state of Israel has done. They have usurped the name of Israel that rightfully belongs to
what Jesus referred to as the lost sheep of the house of Israel (Matthew 10:6; 15:24).
Prophetically and typologically speaking, Joseph must be found and reunited with Judah for the
kingdom of Christ to be established among the nations, and, for this to occur, the birthright
sons of Israel must be manifested, for they are the ones who will rule and reign with Christ.
Some of this might appear to be a bit of a diversion from our topic; however, I see these as
crucial to our proper understanding of Israel and the birthright.
Now, as we have already seen, the third thing that Israel did as he was about to die was to
assemble his sons to speak a word over their lives.
The prophetic blessing given to Joseph stands out in its length and breadth, and is rather
unique, for it is the only one that includes blessings from Israel and God the Almighty. To his
other sons, Jacob simply intimated the future character of their lives, but not so in the case of
his son that had been separated from him for 21 years; the son who, allegorically speaking,
came back from the dead.
“Joseph is a fruitful bough [ ben meaning “son”] , a fruitful bough by a spring; its branches run
over a wall. The archers bitterly attacked him, and shot at him and harassed him; (24) but his
bow remained firm, and his arms were agile, from the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob
(from there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel), from the God of your father who helps you,
and by the Almighty who blesses you with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep
that lies beneath, blessings of the breasts and of the womb. (26) The blessings of your father
have surpassed the blessings of my ancestors up to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills;
may they be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of the one distinguished
among his brothers.” (Genesis 49:22-26 NASB)
Israel prophesied that Joseph would be a fruitful bough, meaning the fruitfulness mandate was
passed on to him. The Hebrew word for bough is ben , meaning “son.” Thus, Joseph would be a
son who bore much fruit, that is, one who would bring forth many sons.
However, Israel did not stop with fruitfulness, for he proceeded to bless his son, something he
did not do for the others. In fact, the words bless or blessing are not to be found in the
prophetic words given to Israel’s other sons.
The Hebrew word for bless is barak , which is a primitive root meaning “to kneel’ and, by
implication, “to bless God.” The Hebrew word for blessing is brakah , which is derived from the
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root word barak , meaning “benediction” and, by implication, “prosperity.” These words only
appear in the prophecy pertaining to Joseph.
There are two parts to the blessing given to Joseph. The first part was the blessing of the
Almighty that had been on Joseph. For about 13 years, Joseph was attacked and harassed, but
God was with him, strengthened him, and helped him. God had blessed him with blessings of
heaven, blessings of the deep, and blessings of the breasts and wombs. God’s blessing upon
Joseph extended from heaven to earth and beneath the earth, and to the womb, which, again,
speaks of fruitfulness in producing sons.
The question is: How do we know that the blessing given to Joseph by Israel was the blessing of
the birthright? We see the fruitfulness mandate in the blessing but how do we know that this
refers to the birthright? The answer is found in the Chronicles.
Now the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel (for he was the firstborn, but because he
defiled his father’s bed, his birthright was given to the sons of Joseph the son of Israel ; so that
he is not enrolled in the genealogy according to the birthright. (2) Though Judah prevailed
over his brothers, and from him came the leader, yet the birthright belonged to Joseph) …. (1
Chronicles 5:1-2 NASB)
These two verses pretty much sum up what Israel spoke over his son as he was about to die.
The birthright belonged to Joseph and was given to his sons. The name of Israel was upon the
sons of Joseph. This is not only the birthright but also the name of the birthright. Notice how
Judah is singled out and identified with the leader, which refers to the dominion mandate.
At this point, it appears that the dominion mandate was separated from the birthright and the
fruitfulness mandate, essentially, became the birthright; that is, the two became synonymous.
As long as Judah and Israel are separated this appears to be true; however, this is only a
temporary situation, for the two houses must be reunited for the kingdom of Christ to take root
among the nations.
Obviously, the prophets that would come later foretold of their reunification (Jeremiah 3:18;
31:31; 33:14; Isaiah 14:1; Zechariah 8:16; Hebrews 8:8), but Israel was the first to prophesy of
it. The fact of the matter is that he foretold of their split and their reunification when he spoke
over the life of Judah. The split was foretold when Israel gave the scepter to Judah and not to
Joseph. However, the reunification also was foretold with the mention of Shiloh within the
prophecy spoken over Judah’s life.
Until Shiloh comes .
So, let us return to Judah for a moment. Earlier, I said that we would come back to Shiloh, for it
is significant in regard to reuniting the two mandates with the birthright.
(8) “Judah, your brothers shall praise you; your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies;
your father’s sons shall bow down to you. … (10) The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor
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the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until Shiloh comes, and to him shall be the obedience
of the peoples.” (Genesis 49:8, 10 NASB)
Notice that the scepter will not depart until Shiloh comes. Judah’s retention of the ruler’s staff
was temporary, for it would be relinquished upon the arrival of Shiloh. In other words, Shiloh
would replace Judah as the rightful holder of the scepter.
But who is Shiloh? No one by that name appears in Scripture. When this occurs, the general
rule is to consider the meaning of the name.
According to A.R. Fausset’s Bible Encyclopedia and Dictionary , Shiloh means “the Peacemaker,”
as it comes from the word shalah , meaning “to be at peace” or “to be tranquil or at rest.” Thus,
prophetically speaking, Shiloh is the name of the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).
There is only one Person who fits this descriptive title, and it is none other than the Son of God,
our Lord Jesus. He alone is Shiloh, for the nations are destined to bow the knee to Him and
confess Him as Lord.
As I see it, with His death and resurrection, Jesus rightfully took the scepter of the kingdom and
fulfilled Jacob’s prophecy regarding Judah. It seems that the prophecy regarding Judah ended
with the first coming of the Son of God, and the emphasis shifted to Shiloh and its meaning.
God’s King had to come from the line of Judah, but once He did come and take the scepter, the
emphasis shifted from Judah to Shiloh, and this shift has to do with Joseph and the birthright.
By the way, Jesus had to come from the line of Judah in order to fulfill the promise of the Lord
regarding King David, a descendant of Judah.
“For thus says the LORD, ‘David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of
Israel….’” (Jeremiah 33:17 NASB)
“He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him
the throne of His father David….” (Luke 1:32 NASB)
Further, Jesus could not have come from the line of Levi, for if He were, He would not be a high
priest according to the order of Melchizedek. The fact that Shiloh means “Prince of Peace” and
Melchizedek means “King of Peace” should catch our attention, for this links Shiloh to
Melchizedek, which, again, shifts the emphasis from Judah to Shiloh.
But there is more, for Shiloh shifts the emphasis to Joseph as well.
There are two other significant facts about Shiloh that shift the emphasis from Judah to Joseph
and that is discovered in the history and location of Shiloh. According to Scripture, Shiloh does
not appear in history until Joshua led the sons of Israel out of the wilderness and into their
inheritance in the land of promise.
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Joshua is a type of Christ who will lead the sons of God into their inheritance of immortal
bodies . Shiloh was where Joshua and company pitched the tent of meeting and then divided up
the land that had not yet been allotted to the tribes (Joshua 18:1-3). Shiloh was within the
territory of the sons of Joseph , specifically, the sons of Ephraim (Joshua 16:4-10), Joseph’s
younger son.
I might add that, although it was within Ephraim’s territory, a Biblical map of that area in that
day reveals that Shiloh was nearly on the border of the territory of Manasseh, the firstborn son
of Joseph, as if to signify that it refers to both sons of Joseph. However, Israel purposely gave
the greater blessing to Joseph’s younger son Ephraim.
(18) Joseph said to his father, “Not so, my father, for this one is the firstborn. Place your right
hand on his head.” (19) But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know; he also will
become a people and he also will be great. However, his younger brother shall be greater
than he, and his descendants shall become a multitude of nations.” (20) He blessed them that
day, saying, “By you Israel will pronounce blessing, saying, ‘May God make you like Ephraim
and Manasseh!’” Thus he put Ephraim before Manasseh. (Genesis 48:18-20 NASB)
Consequently, it appears the greater blessing that fell upon Ephraim is also connected to the
coming of Shiloh.
Although God later removed His name and departed from Shiloh because of the disobedience
of the sons of Israel (Joshua 18:1; Jeremiah 7:12; Psalm 78:60-61), it appears that His name,
once again, will come to rest, not on a piece of earth but on His Son, the Prince of Peace, and
upon a people (Revelation 3:12) that will rule and reign with Him as a kingdom and priests
(Revelation 5:10). In turn, as pointed out already, this should remind us of Melchizedek, the
king of Salem, the king of peace; the type of Christ and the many sons that are destined to
become a kingdom and priests.
Putting these facts together indicate that Shiloh appeared in the prophecy over Judah’s life to
reveal that the line of Judah was necessary to bring forth the Messiah, the King-Priest to fulfill
the promise to David, but this was not the endpoint, for something greater was to follow and
that has to do with Shiloh and the second coming of Christ. The coming of Shiloh is a clear
reference to Jesus coming as both Joshua and Joseph and bringing the sons of God into their
inheritance of immortal, glorified, celestial, spiritual bodies. It refers to the blessing of the
birthright given to Joseph.
Now, with this in mind, let us return again to the blessing given to Joseph by Israel, for here we
see a reference to a crown, and further indication of the blessing that Joseph received.
The blessings of your father have surpassed the blessings of my ancestors up to the utmost
bound of the everlasting hills; may they be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the
head of the one distinguished among his brothers.” (Genesis 49:26 NASB)
Strictly speaking, in this case, the Hebrew word for crown refers to the top of the head.
However, by inference, I believe that the crown also points to a kingly crown. Part of the
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blessing is the crown of kingship. Thus, we have Shiloh following Judah and a blessing on the
crown of Joseph’s head. Both speak of kingship, and both point to one king, our beloved Lord
Jesus.
I find it curious that the prophecy given to Judah is not called a blessing. Truly, receiving the
scepter is a glorious blessing. So why wasn’t it called a blessing. I do not want to minimize
Judah’s scepter, but it seems to me that Judah, in fact, did not receive a blessing because the
blessing truly belongs to Joseph. Judah was given the scepter as a temporary measure until
Shiloh comes, which means until Joseph comes, and, when he arrives, the entire original
birthright as given to Adam belongs to him alone.
Joseph alone brings reunification of the house of Judah and the house of Israel to bring forth
the true Israel of God.
The key to our understanding is in the fact that Joseph is a type of Christ coming a second time
to establish His kingdom among the nations and to manifest the sons of God.
Again, consider Israel’s blessing of Joseph, for in this we see Jesus. Read the following with
Jesus in mind and take note of the references to suffering, to heaven and earth, to the womb,
which speaks of children or, to be more precise, sons, and to the crown on the head.
“Joseph is a fruitful bough [ ben meaning “son”] , a fruitful bough by a spring; its branches run
over a wall. The archers bitterly attacked him , and shot at him and harassed him; (24) but his
bow remained firm, and his arms were agile, from the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob
(from there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel ), from the God of your father who helps you,
and by the Almighty who blesses you with blessings of heaven above , blessings of the deep
that lies beneath , blessings of the breasts and of the womb . (26) The blessings of your father
have surpassed the blessings of my ancestors up to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills;
may they be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of the one distinguished
among his brothers.” (Genesis 49:22-26 NASB)
After His resurrection, Jesus declared to His disciples: “All authority has been given to Me in
heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples (i.e., sons) of all the nations” (Matthew
28:18-19).
The Hebrews were given the word of sonship: For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all
things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author
of their salvation through sufferings (Hebrews 2:10 NASB).
And, when heaven is opened and the King of kings is revealed, He is clothed with a robe dipped
in blood , and on His head are many diadems (Revelation 19:12-13 NASB)
Under Pharaoh, Joseph had all authority in Egypt; with His Father, Jesus has all authority.
Joseph suffered and brought forth sons; Jesus suffered and is bringing forth many sons to glory.
Joseph saved all of Egypt; Jesus saves the whole world. Joseph’s birthright coat was dipped in
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blood; Jesus will return clothed in a robe dipped in blood. Joseph had a blessing on the crown of
his head; Jesus will return with many diadems (crowns) upon His head.
Also, take note that within Joseph’s blessing is the mention of the Stone of Israel , which, not
only speaks of Christ the Rock but also of Christ as the King of the Stone Kingdom (Daniel 2:35;
7:9-14).
God’s plan cannot and will not be achieved until the dominion and the fruitfulness mandates
are joined together once again; something that has yet to take place but will occur soon with
the second coming of God’s Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. The two mandates are fulfilled and
reunited in Him alone, and Joseph is the type.
The fact of the matter is that separation of the birthright into two mandates was essential, for it
was a prophetic sign of the two comings of Christ. However, the reunification of the two is
essential for the King and His Kingdom to be established on earth.
Further, it is essential to restore the birthright as first given to Adam. The first Adam was a type
(Romans 5:14) of the last Adam, and ultimately, both mandates are fulfilled for mankind in
Jesus, the Second Man, the Son of God.
When the Son of God came to this earth the first time, taking on the form of man over 2,000
years ago, He (Jesus) was of the tribe of Judah and rightfully took the scepter as the King of
Judah. Judah, Jacob’s son, was the type, and Jesus is the antitype (the fulfillment, the reality). In
other words, the Son took possession of the dominion mandate. The Father declared it; Jesus
confirmed it; and John saw and heard it.
“But as for Me, I have installed My King upon Zion, My holy mountain. (7) I will surely tell of
the decree of the LORD: He said to Me, ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You. (8) Ask of
Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance , and the very ends of the earth as
Your possession. (Psalm 2:6-8 NASB)
Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I
am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the
truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” (John 18:37 NASB)
“All authority [i.e., Kingship] has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” (Matthew 28:18
NASB)
And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF
LORDS.” (Revelation 19:16 NASB)
Since Calvary, all who believe on Jesus are joined to the King of Judah and come under His
reign. Thus, the dominion mandate speaks of the King, the One who holds the scepter of the
kingdom. In essence, this mandate was settled at the Cross and has been fulfilled in Christ.
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However, for His kingdom to take root among the nations, the King must receive the nations as
His inheritance (Psalm 2:8), and to do this, He needs sons of God to rule and reign over the
nations with Him; that is, He needs conquerors (overcomers) that will sit upon His throne
(Revelation 3:21). Simply, He needs a kingdom and priests (Revelation 5:10; 20:4-6).
Joseph was sold into bondage and suffered for a period of time, but he overcame or conquered
through his trials. He is a type of the conquerors who will overcome the trials of life and be
counted worthy to sit upon the throne of the King of kings. Just as Joseph rose to be Prime
Minister so will the conquerors rise to be kings and lords in the kingdom of Christ.
Children of God must grow up in Christ to be placed (adopted) as sons (Romans 8:12-25;
Galatians 4:4-7); they must be trained and disciplined (Hebrews 12:4-11), and God’s divine laws
written on their hearts (Hebrews 8:10), so that they can judge the world (1 Corinthians 6:2) in
righteousness and with justice and equity and full of lovingkindness (Psalm 32:5; 96:10, 13;
97:2; 98:9). But first, they must grow up and mature to be complete in Christ (Colossians 1:28),
to be conformed to His image (Romans 8:29), to become His complement or fullness (Ephesians
1:23; 3:19). Many sons must be brought to glory for the kingdom of Christ to come to the
nations.
For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in
bringing many sons to glory , to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings.
(Hebrews 2:10 NASB)
To whom did God will to make known what is the riches of the glory of this secret [mystery]
among the nations―which is Christ in you , the hope of the glory . (Colossians 1:27 YLT)
When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.
(Colossians 3:4 NASB)
In other words, without sons, the kingdom of Christ cannot and will not come to the nations.
The Son’s inheritance begins with the inheritance of many sons of glory. The fruitfulness
mandate must be fulfilled for the King to establish His Kingdom. Again, the dominion mandate
speaks of the King, and the fruitfulness mandate speaks of His Kingdom of many sons. The two
mandates must be reunited in order for the kingdom of Christ to come to the nations, and this
will take place with the first resurrection and transfiguration (glorification) in fulfillment of the
fall feasts of Trumpets and Tabernacles when Christ reveals Himself to His elect, the first fruits
anointed.
Dear brethren, this is our hope and with perseverance and patience we wait eagerly for it. Paul
tells us so.
For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until
now. (23) And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even
we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons , the
redemption of our body. (24) For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not
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hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? (25) But if we hope for what we do not see,
with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. (Romans 8:22-25 NASB)
The redemption of our body comes through resurrection and transfiguration. All who believe
will eventually come to this glorious state, either in the first or the second resurrection. The
issue is whether we are walking in a manner worthy of the kingdom in this day, so that we will
be counted worthy to enter the kingdom through the first resurrection and transfiguration. If
not, we will have to wait for another thousand years for God’s Day to come into view.
We need to be like Paul who is an example of one who endured to the end and who will be
counted worthy of the kingdom (2 Timothy 4:7-8, 18). Paul was truly a conqueror.
(12) Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. (13) Brethren, I do not
regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and
reaching forward to what lies ahead, (14) I press on toward the goal for the prize of the
upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:12-14 NASB)
Now, if you can believe it, all that has been presented so far is background information for the
final point, which is the question that was raised at the beginning.
Seventh, did Jacob give the tenth to God as promised?
A quick read of Jacob’s life might indicate that he never did give God the tenth. However, on
careful examination, Jacob indeed did give God the tenth, but it is not the usual tithe or tenth
that comes to the mind of most trained by the tradition of men, of which the Lord Jesus was
most critical (Mark 7:8). In fact, we must throw off the shackles of the “church tithe” of our day
in order to understand what follows. It is not about 10% of one’s income or even 10% of the
increase of production from the physical land. It is far greater.
As we consider the answer, let us be reminded that the tenth is based on the number 10, which
signifies “the perfection of Divine order.” Again, according to E.W. Bullinger, “it implies that
nothing is wanting; that the number and order are perfect; that the whole cycle is complete.”
The tenth that Jacob gave completes a mighty and glorious perfect order.
As I was meditating on this question, I felt a prod from the spirit of God to number the
prophecies Israel spoke over his sons. When I did, I realized that the tenth was more than a
future view of what would befall one of his sons; it contained a prophetic blessing and it is none
other than the blessing given to Joseph and all that we have seen in regard to this blessing in
relation to the birthright.
Here is the explanation.
In the line of sons, Joseph was the eleventh in order of the prophecies, but he was the tenth in
prophetic order because Jacob-Israel prophesied over Simeon and Levi together. In other
words, one and the same blessing went to these two brothers.
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(5) “ Simeon and Levi are brothers ; their swords are implements of violence. (6) “Let my soul
not enter into their council; let not my glory be united with their assembly; because in their
anger they slew men, and in their self-will they lamed oxen. (7) Cursed be their anger, for it is
fierce; and their wrath, for it is cruel. I will disperse them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.
(Genesis 49:5-7 NASB)
The plural pronouns are underlined to emphasize that this was one prophecy for two brothers.
Thus, the first prophecy was for Reuben, the second for Simeon and Levi together, the third for
Judah, who, as we have already seen, is a type of Christ in His first coming when He took the
scepter as the King of Judah; the fourth for Zebulun, and the fifth for Isaachar, and so on, until
we come to the tenth prophecy, which was for Joseph.
The tenth prophecy given by Jacob for his beloved son Joseph exceeds all the other prophecies
spoken over the lives of Joseph’s brothers because this tenth prophecy spoke of the blessing of
the birthright that is fulfilled in God’s Son.
Again, the birthright consists of the dominion mandate , which was fulfilled by the Son of God
coming the first time, taking the scepter as the King of Judah , and the fruitfulness mandate ,
which will be fulfilled when the Son of God comes a second time bringing forth many sons of
glory . The dominion mandate refers to the King , and the fruitfulness mandate refers to the
Kingdom of many sons. Both mandates must be fulfilled for the kingdom of our Lord and of His
Christ to take root among the nations of the world in the next eon.
Here is the answer to our question: The tenth is the blessing of sonship that reunites the two
mandates of the birthright! In essence, the tenth signifies the birthright.
To add more proof to this answer, let us return to Jacob’s promise to God.
(17) And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! This is none other but the house
of God, and this is the gate of heaven . … (22) And this stone , which I have set for a pillar, shall
be God’s house : and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.
(Genesis 28:17, 22 KJV)
Notice that before he promised the tenth, Jacob acknowledged that the place was the house of
God and he stood at the gate of heaven. In other words, he saw the kingdom of the heavens in
relation to God’s heart to have a spiritual house . So, Jacob set up a pillar of stone and called it
God’s house .
This is another prophetic picture that speaks of the kingdom of the heavens coming to earth
and the Stone Kingdom that will crush all the kingdoms of men (Daniel 2:35, 44) when the
saints (sons) shall take possession of the kingdom (Daniel 7:18, 22, 27). God’s Stone Kingdom is
God’s spiritual house constructed of living stones who are priests (1 Peter 2:5) and the many
sons of God who will reign with Christ as kings, lords, judges, and administrators.
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God’s blessing of Jacob will be fulfilled: “I am God Almighty; be fruitful and multiply; a nation
and a company of nations shall come from you, and kings shall come forth from you” (Genesis
35:11 NASB).
Thus, when Israel gave the tenth blessing to his son Joseph, a type of Christ and His coming the
second time to fulfill the birthright and reunite the fruitfulness and dominion mandates, he was
fulfilling his promise to give God the tenth of all that God had blessed him with.
Spiritually speaking, with his tenth blessing, Israel blessed God with his son who was a type of
the Son of God. Joseph, who was thought dead for 21 years, came back into Israel’s life; he was
likened unto the dead, but then he was found alive, just as the Son of God died and rose from
among the dead to appear to many.
Prophetically speaking, Israel blessed God’s Son with many sons. The Son of God will bring forth
many sons of glory to reign in the kingdom of God.
This is the meaning of the tenth. “It implies that nothing is wanting; that the number and order
are perfect; that the whole cycle is complete.” The birthright of the first Adam is fulfilled in the
last Adam, and the kingdom has come.
Well, I close this writing with two thoughts.
First , in Scripture, the tenth is associated with the land. Given this, how could the tenth refer to
the birthright and sonship in the coming kingdom? We need spiritual sight that moves our
thinking beyond the natural and into the spiritual.
According to Paul, the physical (natural) comes first, then the spiritual (1 Corinthians 15:46).
The physical land of Canaan was promised to the ancient Israelites, and they tithed from this
land, but the land we are promised is a new body, a dwelling from heaven (2 Corinthians 5:2).
Our future land of promise is a spiritual body that can traverse both heaven or the celestials
and earth. It will be a physical (flesh and bones, no blood) and a spiritual body.
Our human bodies came from the soil of the earth. We were sown a natural body. The first
man was out of the earth, soilish; the second Man is the Lord out of heaven (1 Corinthians
15:47 CV). We are destined to wear the image of the Celestial One, for flesh and blood cannot
inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 15:48-49; 50), but flesh and bones will (Luke 24:39).
Consequently, our land is not a patch of dirt on earth or in heaven; rather, it is a new body
constituted of both heaven and earth. This is our kingdom inheritance.
The redemption of our body, our heavenly land, is required for us to be placed as a son in the
kingdom. The sons of God will bring heaven to earth in their person.
The tenth is the completion of the whole cycle from the soilish to the heavenly and the
joining of the two into one. It is heaven kissing earth and the two becoming one. It is the gate
of heaven opened up so that heaven and earth truly become one. It is the perfection of
Divine order.
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We have not arrived at this divine destiny, so we press on toward the goal for the prize of the
upward all of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14). As Paul sought to attain to the out-
resurrection [first resurrection] (Philippians 3:11), being counted worthy of the kingdom of
Christ in the next age and encouraging others to do likewise (1 Corinthians 9:26-27; 2 Timothy
4:6-8, 18; 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12), so must we.
Just as Joseph is a type of God’s Son who overcame (conquered) the world, sin and death, so
too is Joseph a type of the sons of God who overcome (conquer) while occupying mortal
bodies. The conquerors could be called the Joseph Company . The time is approaching when
this company will be revealed and the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ will be manifested
among the nations.
“The one who is conquering, to him will I be granting to be seated with Me on My throne as I,
also, conquer, and am seated with My Father on His throne.” (Revelation 3:21 CV)
May we be counted among the conquerors to be revealed at Tabernacles!
Second , as great as this is for those who, throughout our present eon, have been given the faith
to believe and have gone on to conquer, we would be woefully remiss if we missed the heart of
the Father.
The blessing of the tenth is for God the Father, for He desires many sons like His only
begotten Son. It is not about earthly possessions and giving a tenth of our income; it is about
God receiving the increase from among men that he formed from the soil of the earth. His
harvest or, if you will, crop that He desires to come forth from His soil is a living, spiritual house
of sons conformed to the image of His only begotten Son.
God’s increase is an increase of sons. He started with one Son, and His kingdom will be filled
with many sons like the Son.
John not only heard the words from the One who sits on the throne, but he also heard the very
heart and passion of God for sons.
(5) And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said,
“Write, for these words are faithful and true.” (6) Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the
Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the
spring of the water of life without cost. (7) He who overcomes [conquers] will inherit these
things, and I will be his God and he will be My son .” (Revelation 21:5-7 NASB)
Verse 7 pretty much sums up the blessing of the tenth.
Endure a bit longer; it won’t be long until Shiloh comes, and Joseph and his company of sons
are revealed.
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