What is the meaning of the term "Shiloh"?


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The word Shiloh appears 33 times in the Old Testament and all but one usage refer to an area of Palestine. The verse in which Shiloh is used as a Messianic prophecy is Genesis 49:10: "The scepter s...

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My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
Shiloh has 2 meanings. It could be used of the Messiah (Genesis 49:10). 

Also, it could refer to God's judgment or rejection (Psalm 78:60; Jer. 7:12-15; 26:6-9).

September 25 2019 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Image Chip Creech
Shiloh is a place.
Read Jeremiah 7: 12-15 where the lord said, “Go now to the place in Shiloh
where I once put a tabernacle for my name." That tabernacle was there for 369 years. The lord destroyed that tabernacle, because his people continued

I believe Shiloh is a place precious to the Lord and a possible location for 
the temple that is to come.

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Mini John Appelt
Other than the place name, Shiloh appears only once as a unique term in Genesis 49:10. 

In this prophecy of Moses concerning Judah, Genesis 49:8-10, Judah, as one of the twelve sons of Jacob, is to have a prominent position of leadership. The birthright belonged to Joseph, but Judah was God’s choice to be the ruling tribe, I Chronicles 5:2, Psalm 60:7, 78:67-68. The scepter, the royal staff, would be in the possession of Judah as the lawgiver until Shiloh came. 

“Shiloh” is a transliterated word, which has become the recognized Jewish title for Messiah. Daniel 9:25 mentions the Messiah being the prince or ruler, the same word as in I Chronicles 5:2. Some ancient texts spell the word “Sheloh” meaning, “The one to whom it belongs,” as in Ezekiel 21:27. The verse in Ezekiel speaks of the same promise as Genesis 49:10, except Ezekiel mentions it at the overthrow of Zedekiah, the last king of Judah. There were rulers, judges, and lawgivers but there would be no king of the lineage of David ever again until the Lord Jesus comes to take up the kingdom.

Shiloh seems to be the sense in Galatians 3:19 where it reads, “…till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made…” It is therefore not a name or title, but a specific reference to the Messiah who will come. 

Even when Babylon took Judah into captivity for 70 years and afterwards, Judah continued to have its own judges and lawgivers. At the time of the New Testament, the Roman Empire had control over Israel. When the unpopular Herod Archelaus was banished from being ethnarch of Samaria, Judea, and Idumea, Coponius was appointed Roman procurator and Judah became a part of the province of Syria. At this time the Sanhedrin, the supreme council and tribunal consisting of the high priest and 70 members of rulers, lost the power to pass the death sentence. It is said that when they found themselves deprived of their right over life and death, they covered their heads with ashes and their bodies with sackcloth, and exclaimed, “Woe unto us, for the scepter has departed from Judah and the Messiah has not come.” They were not aware that in that year, a twelve-year old boy, who had been in the temple in their midst, was the Messiah who had come, Luke 2:41-52.

Jesus is the Shiloh from the tribe of Judah, Hebrews 7:14, Revelation 5:5. But Shiloh will come again. The end of Genesis 49:10 promises that “to Him shall be the obedience of the people.” This looks forward to the Millennial kingdom at which time Christ will rule firmly with a rod of iron, Revelation 2:27, 12:5, 19:15, meaning there will be a strict, reverent obedience to Him.

Genesis 49:10 will be fulfilled in Christ the Lion of Judah, Revelation 5:5, sitting on His throne with all authority as the King of kings. He is forever worthy of all praise (the meaning of Judah) and honor.

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