Deception in the Church
Israel & Middle East
Jesus the Messiah
One World System
One World Religion
Science & Evolution
We are a Christian Fellowship meeting in North London with a strong interest in teaching
the Bible and understanding our time in
the light of Bible prophecy
Either Messiah has come...
... or Jacob, Daniel and Haggai are false prophets.
The Bible is no ordinary book. Its writers claim that they spoke by the
Spirit of God. It contains prophecies, many of which have been fulfilled in
minute detail. Others are yet to be fulfilled. The main focus of Bible
prophecy is the person of the Messiah. The big question is:
Do the prophecies of the Bible point to someone who has already come or
someone who is yet to come?
In this article I want to look at three passages of the Bible which relate
to this subject.
1. 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.
In the context of this verse Jacob is blessing his sons. The most
significant word comes not for Reuben, his oldest son, nor for Joseph or
Benjamin, his favourite sons, but for Judah, his fourth son. Judah's record
in the Bible is actually the worst of the 12 brothers. He conspired to kill
Joseph and then suggested selling him for 20 pieces of silver. He was not
morally upright and had illicit sexual relations with his daughter in law,
Tamar, whom he mistook for a prostitute. Yet it was to him that Jacob
conferred rulership and through his line that 'Shiloh' would come.
Rabbinic writings agree that 'Shiloh' is a term for the Messiah. Possible
meanings of the word are 'peace' or 'the one sent.'
Rabbi Yohanan taught that all the world was created for the Messiah. What is
his name? The School of Sheeloh taught: His name is Shiloh as it is written
(Genesis 49.10) 'Until Shiloh come and unto Him shall the gathering of the
people be.' Sanhedrin 98b.
'Until Shiloh shall come; He is called by the name of Shiloh because all the
nations are destined to bring gifts to Israel and to King Messiah, as it is
written, 'In that day shall the present be brought to the Lord of hosts.'
The sceptre in this verse is the Hebrew word 'shebet', the tribal staff
which belonged to each tribe as an ensign of their authority. Thus the
tribal identity of Judah would not pass away, as happened to other tribes,
until Shiloh or Messiah comes. It was from the tribe of Judah that the line
of kings descended from King David came. Even after the Babylonian
captivity, Judah continued to have lawgivers (see Ezra 1.5 - 8).
In the early years of the Roman occupation of Judea, the Jewish people still
had a king in their own land. Moreover they were to a large extent governed
by their own laws, and the Sanhedrin exercised its authority. But in the
span of a few years (during the year when Yeshua was twelve years of age and
appeared publicly in the Temple, Luke 2.41-52) Archelaus, the king of the
Jews was dethroned and banished. Coponius was appointed Roman Procurator,
and the kingdom of Judea, the last remnant of the former nation of Israel,
was formally debased into a province of Syria (see Josephus' Antiquities 17,
At this time the Sanhedrin lost its power of passing the death sentence (see
John 18.31). Rabbi Rachmon said, "When the members of the Sanhedrin found
themselves deprived of their right over life and death, a general
consternation took hold of them; they covered their heads and their bodies
with sackcloth, exclaiming, 'Woe unto us, for the sceptre has departed from
Judah and the Messiah has not come.'"
For almost another half century the Jewish people retained the semblance of
a provincial government structure, but in 70 CE all semblance of Jewish
national sovereignty disappeared when Jerusalem and the Temple were
destroyed by the armies of the Roman General Titus.
If Yeshua is the Messiah, then the prophecy of Jacob way back in Genesis was
fulfilled in a remarkable way, with Messiah coming before Judah lost its
national identity, just as Jacob foretold. If Yeshua is not the Messiah,
this prophecy has not been fulfilled and never can be.
2. Know therefore and understand that from the going forth of the
commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince,
there shall be seven weeks and sixty two week; the street shall be built
again, and the wall even in troublesome times. And after sixty two seeks
Messiah shall be cut off, but not for himself; and the people of the prince
who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall
be with a flood, and till the end of the war desolations are determined.
According to this prophecy in Daniel, Messiah had to come 483 years after a
specific date in Daniel's time (69 x 7 years - a 'week' = 7 years - see
Genesis 29.27). Sir Robert Anderson in his book 'The Coming Prince' works
out that the date from the decree of Artaxerxes granting permission to the
Jewish people to return and rebuild Jerusalem to the date of Yeshua's
triumphal entry into Jerusalem. This date he believes was the official
presentation of Messiah as 'Prince' to Israel (details of how he comes to
this date are available on request).
Whether or not one accepts Anderson's findings, it is clear that there was a
great deal of Messianic expectation at the time of Yeshua and reasonable to
assume that Daniel's prophecy had something to do with this. There are
Rabbinic writings which point to the arrival of 'Menachem (the Comforter) ben
Amiel (God is with His people)' who is identified as Messiah and appears at
this time. He started to work around the Mediterranean Sea, went to Samaria,
then Rome and the ends of the world.
Daniel's prophecy speaks of Messiah being 'cut off' (dying a violent death),
but not for himself (not for his own sins but for others) before the
destruction of the second Temple and Jerusalem, which took place in 70 CE.
Later Jewish thought has identified this prophecy with King Agrippa (a
carnal Gentile king) or the Jewish High Priest. Since the goal of Daniel's
prophecy is 'to finish the transgression, to make an end of sins, to make
reconciliation for iniquity' (verse 24), it is clear that neither Agrippa
not the High Priest can be considered as candidates for its fulfilment. If
Yeshua is not the Messiah, then Daniel's prophecy is a false one.
3. And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come;
and I will fill this house with glory, says the Lord of hosts. The glory of
this latter house shall be greater than of the former, says the Lord of
hosts; and in this place I will give peace, says the Lord of hosts. Haggai
The context of Haggai's prophecy is the rebuilding of the Temple after the
return of the Jewish people from Babylon. He says that the glory of the
latter house (the second Temple) will be greater than the glory of the
former house (Solomon's Temple).