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When Shiloh Comes
Shiloh, from the Hebrew word of the Scriptures pronounced shee-lo, was a town in the land of Israel, first mentioned (as a town) in the time of Joshua when the Israelites entered their physical promised land:
"18:1 And the whole congregation of the children of Israel assembled together at Shiloh, and set up the tabernacle of the congregation there [see also Why Did They Face East?]. And the land was subdued before them." (Joshua 18:1 KJV)
The Ark remained at Shiloh for many years after Joshua, through the period of The Judges, until it was captured by the Philistines (who were soon thereafter very eager to return it - see Raiders Of The Lost Ark to understand how and why no one could take the Ark) because of Israelite (all of the tribes of Israel, then together) corruption in the time of Eli.
"4:4 So the people sent to Shiloh, that they might bring from thence the ark of the covenant of the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth between the cherubims [see Christ's Mercy Seat]: and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God." (1 Samuel 4:4 KJV)
Shiloh, the town, thereafter became a ruin because of the people's unfaithfulness to the LORD. Centuries later, in the time of Jeremiah, when the people of Judah in Jerusalem (see The Southern Kingdom) again became corrupt (just as The Northern Kingdom of Israel had done a little over a century before that), the fall of Shiloh was referred to in relation to the imminent destruction of Jerusalem, for the same old reason - "see what I did to it for the wickedness of my people Israel."
"7:11 Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the LORD. 7:12 But go ye now unto my place which was in Shiloh, where I set my name at the first, and see what I did to it for the wickedness of my people Israel." (Jeremiah 7:11-12 KJV)
"Until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be"
There is a much earlier prophetic reference to "Shiloh" however - not about a town, which was named after the symbolism that it held for the coming Messiah, but about Christ:
"49:8 Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father's children shall bow down before thee. 49:9 Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?
The people of Judah were designated as the "chosen people," not because they have ever been more "holy" than any other people, but because it was from them that The Messiah of all people would be born. "Christ" literally means anointed one or chosen one.
The Hebrew word "Shiloh" is derived from a Hebrew root word, pronounced, shaw-law, which means to have peace - something that the world has never truly known, and will never know, "until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be" (Genesis 49:10 KJV). That's what and who "Zionism" is truly about. Notice how Genesis 49:10-11 is fulfilled by what is described in Micah 4:1-4:
"4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. 4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem [see Christ the Conqueror For Peace].