THE UPWARD CALL
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,
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God
IN CHRIST JESUS.
(Philippians 3:13-14 NASB)
by – Stuart H. Pouliot
December 26, 2014
Until Shiloh Comes
In one of my latest posts, the number 110 was presented in reference to Joseph and Joshua, who both lived to
110 years, as types of Jesus in His second coming or, as some call it, His second work . His first work was to die for
the sin of the world; His second work is to deliver the world by establishing the righteous rule of God over the
nations through His conquerors that will be fully conformed to His immortal image. See Oldest Man Dies @ 110;
the Number 110: http://www.kingdomandglory.com/tuc/tuc619.pdf
Now, in this issue, let us consider another facet of Joseph and Joshua as types of Jesus in His second coming. This
is discovered in Jacob-Israel's blessing of his son Judah and the name Shiloh .
"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? 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 49:9-10 NASB)
It is here that Judah and his tribe is identified with the lion, prophetically pointing to Jesus. Pilate had an
inscription placed on Jesus' cross, written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek, that read "Jesus the Nazarene, The King of
the Jews" (John 19:19-20). The word Jews could have been just as easily written as Judahs or Judahites . He died as
the King of the Judahs. The linkage to the lion of the tribe of Judah is made clear in Revelation.
Behold, the Lion being of the tribe of Judah , the Root of David…. You were slain , and by Your blood purchased
us to God out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation…. (see Revelation 5:5-10)
Clearly, all the above referenced verses link Jesus' title as King and the Lion of the tribe of Judah with His first
coming. By the way, Jesus' title as King of the Jews appears eighteen times in the New Testament.
Take note that in the blessing of his son Judah, Israel indicated the Judah-scepter that Jesus acquired at the cross
as King is to be held until Shiloh comes. The scepter shall not depart until , meaning there is a future event at
which time the scepter of kingship will pass to another with the name or nature of Shiloh . Obviously, Jesus does
not give up His scepter to another. But, who is Shiloh? There is no one mentioned in scripture by that name. Is this
"My new name" that Jesus promises to give His conquerors (Revelation 3:12)? How are we to resolve this
challenge? The first way is to understand the possible meaning of the word Shiloh . The second is discovered in the
fact that, although Shiloh is not identified with a man's name, it is the name of a very historic place in the history
of the ancient sons of Israel that is also identified with Joseph and Joshua, types of Jesus in His second work.
First, the meaning of the word Shiloh : There are differing views among commentators regarding its meaning.
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), which is in line with the coming of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, to establish
His Kingdom of Peace and Righteousness as the King-Priest according to the order of Melchizedek (Hebrews 5, 7).
This seems to be the more appropriate meaning of Shiloh .
Second, the history of the place called Shiloh : Shiloh was where Joshua and the tribes of Israel set up tent after
entering the Promised Land and subduing it. It was also here that seven years after entering the land they cast lots
for their inheritance in the land. The tribes were divided according to tracts of land.
Until Shiloh Comes
Then the whole congregation of the sons of Israel assembled themselves at Shiloh, and set up the tent of
meeting there; and the land was subdued before them. … (10) And Joshua cast lots for them in Shiloh before
the LORD, and there Joshua divided the land to the sons of Israel according to their divisions. (Joshua 18:1, 10
The location of Shiloh has great significance in the scepter departing Judah. Shiloh was in the land of Ephraim,
meaning that it was historically and prophetically linked to the name of Israel , not Judah. Not only this, but it was
located 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, adding more weight to its significance.
Jacob-Israel blessed Joseph and his two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, with his spiritual name Israel , meaning God
rules. "May my name ( Israel ) live on in them" (Genesis 48:16). The name Israel is most associated with the
birthright that was given to Joseph: Though Judah prevailed over his brothers, and from him came the leader
[i.e., King of Judah] , yet the birthright belonged to Joseph (1 Chronicles 5:2) whose name is most associated with
Israel, not Judah. Further proof of this is discovered in Shiloh being located in the nation of Israel, not Judah, after
Solomon's United Kingdom was split into two nations─Israel and Judah.
The meaning of the birthright is too involved to explain here, but the simple explanation is that it signifies the
King and His Kingdom made up of the sons of God . By right of his birth as a firstborn son, Adam was given two
blessings or mandates, be fruitful and have dominion (Genesis 1:28), which constitute what is called the
birthright . This blessing was passed down from son to son until Jacob-Israel, who as the supplanter stole it from
his brother and split it between two of his sons. Of course, all of this was according to the plan of God. Judah was
blessed with the scepter ( have dominion ), signifying the King or kingship ; and Joseph-Israel was blessed with
fruitfulness (be fruitful), being a fruitful son (Genesis 49:22), signifying the Kingdom of many sons . At this point,
the birthright was identified with Joseph, even though he only had the fruitfulness blessing. This created a breach
in the birthright. But it is also apparent that, with his blessing on Judah, Jacob-Israel intended the birthright, both
the Kingship and the Kingdom, to be reunited in Shiloh, meaning the breach would be repaired with the coming of
Shiloh. There is only one who can repair this breach, and it is none other than Jesus. Consequently, when Jesus
comes a second time, He comes as the repairer of the breach, the Peacemaker .
So, we have Joseph-Israel linked to Shiloh, who is Jesus, and when He comes a second time He comes to repair the
breach in the birthright. As the King of kings, He will usher in the Kingdom of many sons of glory (Hebrews 2:9-13)
and manifestly reign over the nations on earth.
But, there is one more type in reference to Shiloh, and that is Joshua, who was an Ephraimite, which makes him a
descendant of Joseph, linking him to the birthright as well. Joshua was chosen to lead the sons of Israel into the
Promised Land, to subdue it, and divide it as an inheritance for all the tribes of Israel. Again, this took place at
Shiloh, the place of peace and tranquility, which signifies the coming Prince of Peace and His Kingdom of
Righteousness and Peace. In a much greater type, this speaks of Joshua-Jesus delivering His people, His Body, into
their new land of immortal bodies, which is their inheritance in the Kingdom of God. This is part of the second
work of Christ when He comes at the end of this age to resurrect and transfigure His conquerors into His image,
redeeming their bodies by transfiguring them into immortality and then seating them on His throne to reign with
Him for a thousand years of righteousness, justice, and peace.
As a closing thought; the word Judah appears twice in the Revelation (5:5; 7:5), both in reference to conquering or
overcoming. The word Lamb or, as the Concordant Literal Version translates it, Lambkin appears thirty times. See
It would appear that on the other side of conquering (i.e., the side of immortality), the conquerors have the
nature of a little lamb. Perhaps Shiloh is the Lambkin!
Until Shiloh comes , let us practice righteousness and peace in our daily lives. We may yet have things to conquer
in our lives, but as the glorious Day of Christ draws near, let us desire to be in the image of the Lambkin and wage
a war of peace. See War of Peace: http://www.kingdomandglory.com/tuc/tuc606.pdf