Lee Y. Martin, Ph.D., © 2007
Shiloh is a Jewish idiom for the Messiah and has been so accepted as such by Jewish rabbis from the earliest times B.C.E..
In fact, when the Sanhedrin learned that Caponius, the newly appointed procurator over Judea, had deprived them of their right over life and death, they covered their bodies with sackcloth and their heads with ashes exclaiming, “Woe unto us for the scepter has departed from Judah and the Messiah has not come.” 3 Josephus reports that the Jews mourned over this limitation of their right to put people to death because it was considered as removing the scepter from Israel. Notwithstanding the actions of the Sanhedrin, had Shiloh come?
Absolutely Shiloh had come. Jesus was born in Bethlehem, a Judahite, seven years before the banishment of Herod Archelaus to Gaul and the appointment of Caponius by Caesar. Therefore, when the scepter was removed, SHILOH HAD COME! He was seven years old. The Jewish leaders did not know this at the time of their lamentation over the removal of their national identity. Thus, when Israel’s royal and legal powers were curtailed by Caponius, Shiloh was on the scene awaiting His prophesied entrance 26 years later into Jerusalem on Sunday, April 6, 32 C.E. as Israel’s acclaimed Messiah King [Daniel 9:26]. Even rendering the prophecy as “until he come whose right it is” which some Bible translations do, it does not change the fact that the One whose right it is had arrived in the person of Jesus Christ.
The fact that the Jews regarded the removal of their authority over life as the removal of the scepter from Judah, clearly identifies Jesus as the one who ….shall… come forth unto (God) that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting [Micah 5:2]. Throughout the gospels we find the scribes, Pharisees, and priests by their actions confirming Jesus as the One for whom they were waiting. Jesus’ appearance fulfilled Jacob’s deathbed blessing over Judah and established Him as the Messiah.
A dictionary definition of Diaspora is “the dispersion of Jews outside of Israel from the sixth century B.C.E., when the Jews were exiled to Babylonia until the present time” (The American Heritage Dictionary). Having been scattered for 2500 years without a country, it is nothing short of miraculous that these people still maintain integrity as a group of people. Scattering is one thing, but how do you gather a people who have been spread out and rooted in remote areas of the planet for hundreds of generations?
Much gathering of the Jews has already been done. But there are still a lot of Jewish people scattered amongst the nations. Because the restoration of Israel occurs in a progressive fashion, all the Jews do not have to be brought back into the land all at once. As we have noted, restoration began at the arrival of King Messiah in the person of Jesus. The Scepter was given to Him at His resurrection and ascension to heaven, and it has been with Him ever since. But only a hand full of the Jews comparatively speaking participated in the initial stage of restoration under King Jesus in 32 C.E. Being rejected by His people, the King started gathering a new body of believers from among the Gentiles which He called “My” church in Matthew 16:18 indicating that this was going to be the start of a new house of the Lord. I’ll come back to that. The King has been working for 2,000 years to restore the Kingdom although it has been a covert work in the hearts of people. It is so big now that it is urgently pressing to be birthed into manifestation.
We have discovered the reason for Jesus’ change of body politic – Israel’s rebellion in unbelief. However, the time has come for the final week of Daniel’s unfulfilled 70 weeks prophecy to be fulfilled which signals when the Messiah will return in glory. The 70th week cannot begin, however, until the second ecclesia of God is removed from earth making way for the beginning of the full restoration of Israel. Although restoration has begun in earnest, she has yet a time of trouble that will finalize her discipline and cause her to receive God’s anointed One in the person of Jesus of Nazareth.
God knows how to make the wickedness of men glorify Himself. The purging of sin from off the earth in the tribulation will be the cause of the spiritual awakening of God’s elect nation of Israel. That period of time is summed up in the book of Revelation. After that seven year period of tribulation, Jesus returns and …sends His angels …to gather his elect from …one end of heaven to the other [Matthew 24:31]. These will be the fortunate ones who survive the awful persecutions perpetrated on the people of God by the ‘man of sin’. But the Lord has made it very clear that He is going to regather them and restore them to their former greatness for His holy name’s sake.
The above Scripture is crystal clear. The Lord has not done away with Israel forever as many Christians are teaching. If God’s Word is not good in any part, then we do not have any confident assurance that the verses are true which teach us that our eternal security is safely preserved in the promises of God’s Word.
If you are a new Christian, you might not know that types and antitypes are important sources of biblical revelation about God’s agenda for humanity. Let me explain why they are used in Scripture.
The Bible is replete with figurative language. Symbols ,metaphors, idioms, and similes are frequently used because we live in a dual world where the physical world is a reflection of the spiritual world having been created by it. The real world is the spirit world and this seems incongruous to people dominated and controlled primarily by the sensory organs. Nonetheless, the Bible teaches that we are spirits living in physical bodies and have a soul that mediates between the two.
Because of this dichotomy of material and immaterial worlds, figurative language must be employed to convey truths related to the unseen spirit world. Symbolisms however, are not used in Scripture willy-nilly. We must be careful when using substitutions because one can go overboard and stray afar when using some figures of speech. Such is the problem with allegorizing because it stretches the envelope of metaphors and similes to where one is hard pressed to find the truth. Anyone good at imagination can dream up an allegory to fit any scenario in the Bible. That is why it is important to stay as close to the literal and exact meaning of words as possible. When studying the Word of God, students must be careful to measure every Word along with their revealed concepts by other Scripture to be sure that boundaries have not been transgressed.
For example, only in this last century could anyone conceive how the whole world would be able to witness the dead bodies of God’s two powerful witnesses lying in the streets of Jerusalem in the tribulation period [Revelation 11:7-9]. They will not only witness their dead bodies, but moreover, the whole world will witness them rising from death and in astonishment watch them being raptured to heaven. Before the past century, people considered this bit of information from the Holy Spirit as a figurative piece of language and simply dismissed it as something we are not supposed to understand. Television has dispelled that notion.
Some Hebrew scholars tell us that as much as 45% of the Old Testament is invested in idiomatic expressions. And since idioms are expressions peculiar to a particular language, it might take a little effort to unravel the meaning of some things. That is why the Bible tells us to study in order to rightly divide the Word of truth [2 Timothy 2:15]. The book of Revelation has 404 verses and someone has counted as many as 800 allusions to the Old Testament. This is why one must have at least a minimum working knowledge of the Old Testament in order to rightly divide and teach the book.
My reason for explaining very briefly and hastily about figurative language in Scripture is so that you will understand that the Spirit has shown me that the vision we are to decode is based upon types and antitypes – a figurative method of conveying truth in Scripture. A type is a figure, representation, or symbol of something to come, such as an event in the Old Testament that foreshadows another event in the New Testament.
Abraham’s test of faith to sacrifice his son Isaac, although aborted by God before the actual sacrifice, was a type of God’s sacrificial giving of His Son for the sins of the world. Read the whole chapter of Genesis 22 for a picture of what happened in reality which portrayed what God did in truth with His Son Jesus approximately 2,000 years later. Therefore, Jesus’ sacrificial death on Mt. Moriah outside Jerusalem was the ‘antitype’ foreshadowed by the ‘type’ of Isaac’s sacrificial death, albeit in a figure [Hebrews 11:9], on the same spot on Mt. Moriah.
Another example of a type/antitype biblical teaching of truth is in Joseph’s life adventure. Joseph was one of Jacob’s sons who was envied by his brethren and sold into slavery in Egypt. In studying his life story, you will discover dozens of similarities between what happened to him and what happened to Jesus. As I studied Genesis, I found over 75 similarities (the type) between events in his life that foreshadowed similar events (the antitype) in Jesus’ life. In this case there were a lot. In most cases, there will be few and perhaps just one such as Enoch being a type of the rapture generation, the antitype.
In the Ezekiel opening text, Israel is the nation in view whose bones are coming together. The process is not yet completed, but it is sure to happen. At the time of completion, Israel’s two houses – the southern kingdom called Judah and the northern kingdom called Israel – will have become one nation again. The two houses are then referred to as the whole house of Israel [Ezekiel 37:11]. This is significant to our interpretation of this vision.
The houses merging will happen just as soon as Israel recognizes Jesus as their Messiah whom they wounded in His hands [Zechariah 13:6] and pleads for Him to come back and save them [Luke 13:35]. At that point in time, they will be in great distress in the great tribulation and in need of rescuing [Matthew 24:21]. Jesus identified Himself as the nation’s hope of restoration to greatness, i.e., their Messiah. Since they rejected Him, though, He prophesied to His people, …Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord [Matthew 23:39]. Jesus was quoting from Psalms 118:26 which was a scripture verse everyone in His day knew applied to the Messiah which was to come.
Our vision only incorporates the first fourteen verses of Ezekiel 37; therefore, we do not want to overstep our boundary for matching the antitype with the type. In the vision, Jeannette represents the church and not the nation of Israel. We know this by the first words of God’s prophetic message. He said, “the church is slain, and there is no breath of life”. Here is where one must stay with the exact words spoken by God and not stray away from the whole counsel of biblical teaching which many have done.
We must keep a clear distinction between the nation of Israel and the church of God. Israel is portrayed as an unfaithful wife to God. (Read the entire book of Hosea for insight into this truth.) God loves her, disciplines her for her unfaithfulness, but eventually redeems her [Micah 4:10]. People who say that the church has replaced Israel …know not the thoughts of the Lord, neither understand they his counsel; for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor [Micah 4:12] to be threshed and crushed. Micah was speaking about people who thought that God had utterly rejected his people. If God did utterly reject his people, dozens of prophecies in the Old Testament that could not possibly fit the church would have to be done away with making God a Liar. But Jesus said not one ‘jot or tittle’ of Scripture, much less one verse, would go unfulfilled.
In Revelation chapter three and verse nine, Jesus said, I will make them of the synagogue of satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie;… This is a heavy warning to the church not to say they are Jews and have replaced Israel. Our Lord said this is a lie. In other words, if you say you want to be a Jew, then you will be a member of the synagogue of satan who hates the Jews. Thus, anyone who has contempt for Jews is a participant of the evil one’s synagogue.
I would suggest that persons adhering to Replacement Theology reassess their commitment to this ideology. This vision is not the place to discuss the wisdom of tossing Israel aside and saying God is through with her. I refer you to Romans chapters 9, 10, and 11, which does discuss it, and especially chapter 11 which opens with …Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. …God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. In this chapter you will find Paul stating that …blindness in part is happened to Israel, UNTIL the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved… [11:25,26]. I rest my case.
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