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Jacob gave a mysterious prophecy in Genesis 49:10 about Judah, saying,
10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until Shiloh comes, and [after he comes] to him shall be the obedience [or submission] of the peoples.
Jacob worded his blessing by assuming that the scepter would be given to Judah but stated that it would be temporary. He said it will “not depart from Judah… until Shiloh comes.” Turning it around, he was saying that the scepter WILL depart from Judah when Shiloh comes. When Shiloh comes, the people will transfer their obedience or submission from Judah to “Shiloh.”
When Jesus came the first time, He came through the tribe of Judah. Hence, while He fulfilled the first half of the verse above, claiming the scepter of Judah, He did not fulfill the second half of the prophecy. It would require a second coming as Shiloh to fulfill the permanent portion of Jacob’s prophetic blessing.
We see, then, that Judah’s claim to the scepter was not permanent, nor did it end with the first coming of Christ. Although many of the common people declared Him to be king during His triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Luke 19:38), His claim to the scepter was immediately disputed by the chief rulers, who rejected Him and then crucified Him as a blasphemer.
This dispute between Christians and Jews has lasted to the present time, and God was in no hurry to enforce His declaration from the divine court. Paul tells us in 1 Timothy 6:13-15,
13 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who testified the good confession before Pontius Pilate, 14 that you keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which He will bring about at the proper time—He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings, and Lord of lords.
Paul thus testifies that Jesus Christ is “the King of kings,” making Him the rightful Inheritor of the scepter, “which He will bring about at the proper time.” What is that “proper time?” It is now. It is “when Shiloh comes.”
At the conference in Branson on Sunday, October 27, 2019, the revelation came forth that Shiloh was standing outside the door with the hosts of heaven, awaiting the invitation to enter. We then invited them into our midst, indicating that we were willing to submit to His leadership and to recognize Him as the King of Kings and Lord of lords.
This tells us that Jacob’s prophecy is finally being fulfilled, though not in the manner that we had thought previously. My assumption had been that it would be fulfilled in the second coming of Christ itself—and, indeed, that must be the ultimate fulfillment. But we now see that this prophecy is being fulfilled incrementally at the end of the age.
Perhaps that is also why our Tabernacles conference was a week late this year. The eighth day of Tabernacles fell on October 21, 2019, but the hotel did not have any available space until the following week. So we met a week late. So if the coming of Shiloh had come on the literal eighth day of Tabernacles, it might have been the ultimate fulfillment of the prophecy. So the event was more comparable to Palm Sunday, where Christ was acclaimed as King by the people as He rode the donkey into Jerusalem.
Even so, our acceptance and declaration of Shiloh as the true King marked a very important time in the progression of events leading to the formal establishment of His rule in the earth. Whereas He was ultimately rejected in His first coming, this time He will overcome all opposition. Why? Because the outpouring of the Holy Spirit is imminent, which will indeed turn the hearts of the people. The Stone is even now crushing the Babylonian image on its feet and at the same time is growing until it fills the whole earth (Daniel 2:35).
Shiloh is Accepted
The transfer of authority from the final beast to the saints of the Most High, prophesied in Daniel 7:22, 26, 27, took place from 2014-2017, as I explained in earlier articles. Now, two years after that final transfer of authority, Shiloh has come in this manner. He came to us, I believe, partly because we represent the saints of the Most High and partly because we have had sufficient revelation to recognize the King and to submit to His authority.
As such, we were comparable to those who proclaimed Him as King at Palm Sunday in Jerusalem. But having received the authority of the saints of the Most High two years ago (2017), we also stood in a position to accept Him officially, whereas the chief rulers in Jerusalem had rejected Him in His first coming.
The New Prophetic Year
It will be interesting to watch how this works out in the coming year and beyond. I have no direct revelation yet, but I am beginning to suspect that October 27 was the start of the new Prophetic Year.
Recall that each Prophetic Year climaxes with the eighth day of Tabernacles. We always see a short interim before the start of the next Prophetic Year. It appears that this interim was only six days and that the new Prophetic Year then began October 27. If that proves to be the case, then, as usual, we must count two cycles of 76 days hence, as these are two cleansing cycles that always prepare us for the feast of Passover.
The first cleansing cycle should end January 10/11, 2020.
The second cleansing cycle should end March 26/27, 2020.
Palm Sunday is April 4, 2020.
Passover is April 9/10, 2020.
The wave-sheaf offering is April 12, 2020.