Every prophecy of the Bible is intriguing. There is one in particular that I want to focus on in this particular article, and it is found in the first book of the Bible, called Genesis. In Genesis 49:10-12, we read,
“The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. Binding his foal unto the vine, and his donkey’s colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes: His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.”
Shiloh means Jesus here. In Isaiah 8:6, we see the peaceful government of God is compared to the waters that go softly, called there Shiloah. In John 9:7, Jesus says go wash in the pool of Siloam there. The bringing of a pitcher of water from the pool of Siloam and pouring it out ceremoniously upon the great day of the Feast of Lights tells me that the Jews received this as a symbolic representation of the coming of the Messiah. The Jews would retain their sovereignty until the arrival of the Messiah, after which, that rule would be surrendered, according to Genesis 49:9-12.
Herod, the so-called “Herod the Great,” had a wicked son named Archelaus. Now certainly, Herod, the so-called, “Herod the Great,” was certainly not “Great” as far as goodness is concerned. His son reigned over the Hebrews until he was deposed in A. D. 6. He is mentioned in Matthew 2:22. The Jews were then governed by the Romans through a series of procurators, one being Pontius Pilate. By the time then that the Romans took a direct measure of control over the Jews, the Hebrews’ “scepter” or “ruling power” was completely and permanently gone and Shiloh had already come.
We see some figure expressions used here in Genesis 49. Jesus rode a donkey and shed His blood, represented by grape juice in the Lord’s Supper. His eyes would be red with wine, signifying that the Lord is able to discern right from wrong, properly judging matters. His eyes were like a flame of fire, Revelation 1:14. His teeth would be white from milk. He established the Church in Acts 2 and so this prophecy, I believe, says that when Jesus would come, He would establish His church and the hills would flow with milk, in other words there would be so many blessings in His Kingdom, the church of Christ, Joel 3:18.
Are you a part of the church? I sure hope so! If you are not, then hear the Word of God (Romans 10:17), believe (Mark 16:16), repent (Acts 2:38), confess that Jesus is the Son of God (Matthew 10:32), and be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins (Acts 2:38). Remember that all must live faithful unto death (Revelation 2:10).