Sun, Mar 09, 2008

SHILOH HAS COME? GENESIS 49:8-12

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SHILOH HAS COME?
GENESIS 49:8-12
 

            Please turn in your Bibles this morning to Genesis chapter 49 as we look at the blessings and prophecy given to Judah and his descendants by Jacob.  In fact, here in Genesis chapter 49 we see the last words of Jacob to his sons, his farewell speech you might say as he is dying. Folks, the last words we say can have a powerful impact on those around us and they can be passed on to future generations. Let me give you a few examples of what some have said on their deathbed and you will see what I mean.

John Bacon, eminent 18th-century English sculptor, said on his deathbed, “What I was as an artist seemed to be of some importance while I lived, but what I really am as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only thing of importance to me now.”

English physicist and chemist Michael Faraday (1791-1867) was asked, “Have you ever pondered by yourself what will be your occupation in the next world?” Faraday hesitated awhile and then responded, “I shall be with Christ, and that is enough.”

The 17th century Scottish theologian Samuel Rutherford gave this triumphant testimony before he stepped into eternity: “Mine eye shall see my Redeemer. He has pardoned, loved, and washed me, and given me joy unspeakable and full of glory. Glory shines in Immanuel’s land!”

- Daily Walk, April 10, 1992

When John Owen, the great Puritan, lay on his deathbed his secretary wrote (in his name) to a friend, "I am still in the land of the living."

"Stop," said Owen. "Change that and say, I am yet in the land of the dying, but I hope soon to be in the land of the living."

- John M. Drescher

A few days before his death, Dr. F. B. Meyer wrote a very dear friend these words: "I have just heard, to my great surprise, that I have but a few days to live. It may be that before this reaches you, I shall have entered the palace. Don't trouble to write. We shall meet in the morning." 

- Quoted in Consolation, by Mrs. C. Cowman, p. 70

I have only a little longer of earthly darkness, and then the sunshine of the Father's throne. God is love. Good night, good night. 

- Ira Sankey, who lived in Brooklyn the last years of his life and after years of blindness died in 1908

I am not come hither to deny my Lord and Master.

- Anne Askew--July 16, 1545/burned at the stake after torture on the rack, at the age of 25

"Our God is the God from whom cometh salvation: God is the Lord by whom we escape death." 

- Martin Luther

"Live in Christ, live in Christ, and the flesh need not fear death." 

- John Knox

"Thou, Lord, bruisest me; but I am abundantly satisfied, since it is from Thy hand." 

- John Calvin

"The best of all is, God is with us. Farewell! Farewell!"

- John Wesley

"I shall be satisfied with Thy likeness--satisfied, satisfied!" 

- Charles Wesley

            Now that is just a brief but powerful sampling of the last words of those who loved the Lord, people of faith in Christ.  Death to them was not the end of life; it truly was a new beginning for them as they went to be with the Lord.

            Before we get to our text this morning, I want to read to you what Genesis 49:1 says. We are told, And Jacob called his sons and said, ‘Gather together, that I may tell you what shall befall you in the last days.’  In other words, Jacob will speak of what these 12 tribes of Israel will be like, what they will grow into and specifically, what will transpire inthe last days.

            Now, when did these last days or end times begin or have they even started? We don’t have to guess because the Bible tells us in Hebrews 1:1-2, God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds.  So the last days began with God becoming flesh and dwelling with us, the birth of Christ and they continue on through His Second Coming!

            Thus, what Jacob tells his sons is related to the last days. Now this morning we are going to specifically focus on the tribe of Judah and the prophecy given to this tribe and how they relate to the last days, how they relate to Jesus.  I do realize that some people don’t believe in Jesus, they reject Him as being real; they reject the existence of God. Well, let me share this with you because it is vital that you understand that God is real, He does exist and you must receive Him, you must receive Jesus into your life as Lord and Savior or you will die in your sins. We are told that:

A man went to a barbershop to have his hair cut and his beard trimmed. As the barber began to work, they began to have a good conversation. They talked about so many things and various subjects. When they eventually touched on the subject of God, the barber said: “I don’t believe that God exists.”

“Why do you say that?” asked the customer.

“Well, you just have to go out in the street to realize that God doesn’t exist. Tell me, if God exists, would there be so many sick people? Would there be abandoned children? If God existed, there would be neither suffering nor pain. I can’t imagine loving a God who would allow all of these things.”

The customer thought for a moment, but didn’t respond because he didn’t want to start an argument. The barber finished his job and the customer left the shop. Just after he left the barbershop, he saw a man in the street with long, stringy, dirty hair and an untrimmed beard. He looked dirty and un-kept. The customer turned back and entered the barber shop again and he said to the barber: “You know what? Barbers do not exist.”

“How can you say that?” asked the surprised barber. “I am here, and I am a barber. And I just worked on you!”

            “No!” the customer exclaimed. “Barbers don’t exist because if they did, there would be no people with dirty long hair and untrimmed beards, like that man outside.”

Ah, but barbers DO exist! What happens is, people do not come to me.”

“Exactly!” affirmed the customer. “That’s the point! God, too, DOES exist! What happens is, people don’t go to Him.”

            And so, this morning I am going to bring you to Jesus. To encourage those of you who believe and for those who don’t, that you may see Jesus. With that said, let’s begin reading in Genesis chapter 49, starting in verse 8 and see what the Lord has for us this morning as Jacob gives the blessing and prophecy to the tribe of Judah!

GENESIS 49:8-12

            Reading through these five verses I see three main points emerge that are related to the Messiah, to Jesus Christ.  You see, Jesus is called the Lion from the tribe of Judah because that was His linage. The Messiah came from the tribe of Judah!  Thus, that is the focus of these verses, the coming Messiah!

            In GENESIS 49:8 we will see an OVERVIEW. Then, in GENESIS 49:9-10 the focus is THE FIRST COMING of the Messiah, of Jesus.  And the third point in GENESIS 49:11-12 focuses on THE SECOND COMING of the Messiah, of Jesus. And finally, we will rap this up with a CONCLUSION.  So let’s dig in and see what the Lord has for us as we study His Word.

1.  OVERVIEW – GENESIS 49:8

            This is a pretty broad overview of what the Messiah will do and it is setting the stage for what will flow next, more details of the coming Messiah. Here are three important points that Jacob makes regarding the Messiah.

            a.  ALL BOW DOWN BEFORE HIM – GENESIS 49:8a

            Some today have that defiant attitude that they will never bow down before Jesus, they don’t believe in Him and that is it! Sorry if you feel that way because the Bible says otherwise! Paul, in Philippians 2:5-11 tells us, Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

            You see, all will bow the knee to Jesus, not some, not most, but every knee will bow before Him. But why will all bow the knee before Him?  Because He is God and He deserves our worship, He gets the glory and honor that is due Him. Now, you can either bow before Him out of love and you are willing to do that or you will be compelled to bow your knee before Him because He is God. You see, what you believe and don’t believe about Jesus doesn’t change who He is, but because He is King of kings and Lord of lords, Almighty God, all will bow the knee before Him but only those who have received Him as Lord and Savior will enter into eternity with Him!

            We are also told in Isaiah 45:22-25, Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. I have sworn by Myself; The word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, And shall not return, That to Me every knee shall bow, Every tongue shall take an oath. He shall say, ‘Surely in the Lord I have righteousness and strength. To Him men shall come, And all shall be ashamed Who are incensed against Him. In the Lord all the descendants of Israel Shall be justified, and shall glory.’ Again, this points to Jesus, the Savior of the world and that every knee will bow before Him but for those who look to Him, believe in Him, they alone will be saved. But if you reject Him, well, that leads us to part b in this section.

            b.  DESTROY HIS ENEMIES – GENESIS 49:8b

            Throughout the Scriptures we see God speaking of destroying those who have rejected Him, casting them into outer darkness, the Lake of Fire and-so-on. In Psalm 110:5-6 we are told, The Lord is at Your right hand; He shall execute kings in the day of His wrath. He shall judge among the nations, He shall fill the places with dead bodies, He shall execute the heads of many countries.

            Also, in Isaiah 63:1-6 we are told, Who is this who comes from Edom, With dyed garments from Bozrah, This One who is glorious in His apparel, Traveling in the greatness of His strength? —  ‘I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save’. Why is Your apparel red, And Your garments like one who treads in the winepress? ‘I have trodden the winepress alone, And from the peoples no one was with Me. For I have trodden them in My anger, And trampled them in My fury; Their blood is sprinkled upon My garments, And I have stained all My robes. For the day of vengeance is in My heart, And the year of My redeemed has come. I looked, but there was no one to help, And I wondered That there was no one to uphold; Therefore My own arm brought salvation for Me; And My own fury, it sustained Me. I have trodden down the peoples in My anger, Made them drunk in My fury, And brought down their strength to the earth.’  So God is going to destroy the wicked, His enemies, those who have rejected Him as Lord and Savior of their lives. Make no mistake about that, He will do it!

            c.  ALL ISRAEL SHALL BE SAVED – GENESIS 49:8c

            Yes, the early church was all Jewish at one time but that quickly changed as the hearts of the gentiles were open and they received Jesus as their Lord and Savior and the nation of Israel became hardened to Jesus. Now, because of that, some feel that God is done with Israel and somehow the church is spiritual Israel. That is just plain foolishness. And I do love how they do this. They want all the blessings from God but they don’t want any of the cursings that go with them.  It is interesting how they do that!

            Folks, God is not done with Israel. In fact, they will once again be the focus after the church is raptured to the Lord or caught up to be with the Lord prior to the start of the 7-year Tribulation Period. And here is the thing, Israel as a nation will turn to Jesus as their Messiah during the Tribulation Period. Yes, many Jewish people have turned to Jesus today but the nation as a whole has not done so as yet!

            Paul spends 3 chapters in his letter to the Romans, chapters 9, 10 and 11 dealing with the salvation of the Jewish people as a nation.  And in Romans 11:25-27 he writes, For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: ‘The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; For this is My covenant with them, When I take away their sins.’

            You see, once the church is taken to be with the Lord, the eyes of the nation of Israel will be open and they will eventually receive Jesus as their Messiah, they will be saved! How do I know this is speaking of Jesus here in Romans?  Because only Jesus can take away their sins while the Law, with the sacrificial system, can only cover them for a short time, until you sin again!  So Israel shall be saved as they turn to Jesus!

2.  FIRST COMING – GENESIS 49:9-10

            Here in these verses the focus is the first coming of Jesus Christ, from his birth to His death and resurrection. So let’s dig in and see what we can glean from these verses.

            a.  THE MESSIAH GROWS UP – GENESIS 49:9a

            God did not just step into the time-space dimension, He was born into this world or as John tells us, And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. The Amplified Bible puts this verse like this, And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we [actually] saw His glory (His honor, His majesty), such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father, full of grace (favor, loving-kindness) and truth. [Isa 40:5.]

It is the fulfillment of what Micah 5:2 spoke of, But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.  God gave to the nation of Israel and to us the specific location that this child was to be born. That He would be a ruler.  And, that He is eternal, the eternal God became flesh and dwelt among us. And please understand that Jesus grew like any child, He matured as Luke 2:52 tells us, And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.  The Amplified Bible puts it like this, And Jesus increased in wisdom (in broad and full understanding) and in stature and years, and in favor with God and man.  You see, the Messiah grew up from infancy to manhood, from a young lion to the Lion of the tribe of Judah!

            b.  THE MESSIAH WAS TAKEN UP – GENESIS 49:9b

            I believe what we see here is a picture of the ascension of Jesus as the Romans and others surrounded him, He was lifted up on that cross and ultimately rose from the dead and ascended up into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father!  Yes, the prey tried to destroy Him but they couldn’t hold Him down, He rose from the dead and ascended into heaven. It is as we are told in Acts 1:9-11, Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.’

            c.  THE MESSIAH WATCHES OVER US – GENESIS 49:9c

            What a comfort to know that the Lion from the tribe of Judah is watching over us because He loves us.  In Deuteronomy 31:6 we are told, Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.  What a comfort to know that and apply that to our lives!

In Psalm 121:1-8 we are told, I will lift up my eyes to the hills — From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore. Praise the Lord that He watches over us and He will never stop!

            d.  SHILOH HAS COME – GENESIS 49:10

            The scepter and lawgiver spoken of in verse 10 is speaking of authority, rulership, one who decrees. This rulership is not to depart from Israel until Shiloh comes.The word Shiloh is a name of a town but that is not what is spoken of here. The Septuagint translates this verse, “Until the things laid up in store come into his possession.”

This can be cross referenced with Ezekiel 21:27, which says, Overthrown, overthrown, I will make it overthrown! It shall be no longer, Until He comes whose right it is, And I will give it to Him.  Both are speaking of Jesus Christ. Even the Jewish Talmud, (The collection of ancient Rabbinic writings constituting the basis of religious authority for traditional Judaism), translate “Shiloh” as one of the names of the Messiah!

Around 7 A.D. the Roman government took away the right of capitol punishment for the Jews. That is why the Jewish leaders presented Christ to the Romans for they wanted Him executed and they could not do it, not legally anyway!  During this time, around 7 A.D. the High Priest put on sackcloth and ashes for the scepter had departed from Israel and Shiloh had not come and they felt the Word of God had been broken. But, around this same time there was a carpenter’s son named Jesus, He could have even been around 12 at this time and in the Temple teaching. Thus, Shiloh had come before the scepter had departed from Israel. Jesus was born around 4 B.C. before the death of Herod the Great.

            You see, in Numbers 24:17 we read, I see Him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near; A Star shall come out of Jacob; A Scepter shall rise out of Israel, And batter the brow of Moab, And destroy all the sons of tumult.  Again, this is speaking of Jesus. If Shiloh had not come before the scepter had departed, then He would never come! But He has come from the tribe of Judah and so we too can offer our praise!

            But again, notice the blindness of Israel, they did not see Jesus as the Messiah, even though they were told by the prophets of His coming, even to the exact day He would ride through Jerusalem as Messiah the king on the back of a donkey!  And because they did not recognize what time it was on God’s prophetic time clock, He held them responsible. In Luke 19:41-44 we are told, Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, ‘If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.’  I wonder how many Christians today don’t know what time it is on God’s prophetic time clock?  If you don’t God will hold you responsible!

            In regards to prophecy in the Bible, Dr. Charles Ryrie says that according to the laws of chance, it would require two hundred billion earths, populated with four billion people each, to come up with one person whose life could fulfill one hundred accurate prophecies without any errors in sequence. Yet the Scriptures record not one hundred, but over three hundred prophecies that were fulfilled in Christ’s first coming alone. There is no excuse for not knowing and believing in what God has said!

            But one of the saddest aspects of our world is the blindness of Israel. Even the Orthodox Jews, who strongly affirm their belief in the Old Testament Scriptures, seem unable to see what the Scriptures clearly show, that their Messiah has come and gone. In the first book of the Torah, we read: “The scepter 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” (Genesis 49:10). Ancient Jewish commentators agreed that Shiloh was another name for Messiah, but this very fact should prove to modern Jewish expositors that Messiah has already come, for the scepter (the symbol of national leadership) did depart from Judah.

King David was the first descendent of Judah to attain the scepter of leadership among the tribes of Israel, and the divine promises were clear that Messiah would be in David’s lineage. That Jesus’ legal father, Joseph, and human mother, Mary, were both in that lineage was shown in the genealogies of Matthew 1:1-17 and Luke 3:23-38, respectively, both of which were written when the genealogical records in the Temple were still intact. No one at that time ever questioned their validity, in spite of intense opposition by the Jews to the claims of Jesus and His disciples.

In 70 A.D., the records and the Temple were destroyed, so that no later claimant to the title could ever prove his right to the throne. Messiah had come, and was slain, so the scepter departed from Judah until He comes again. It is certain that Jesus was, indeed, the Jews’ promised Messiah, and we should pray that God will soon open their eyes to see and believe. And one day they will!  You see, Shiloh has come; the Scepter did not depart from Judah before He came, just as Jacob Prophesied!

3.  THE MESSIAH’S SECOND COMING – GENESIS 49:11-12

            In these two verses we see two points that are being made. One is for the believer and the other for the unbeliever, blessings and cursings you might say. So let’s look at these a little closer.

            a.  THE BLESSINGS IN CHRIST – GENESIS 49:11a-b

            For those who have received Jesus as their Lord and Savior, not only will they spend eternity with the Lord, but all the spiritual blessings are theirs to use for His glory. In Ephesians 1:3-6 Paul tells us, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

            Back during the great depression of the 1930’s many of the banks would allow their customers to withdraw no more than 10 percent of their accounts during a given period of time. The reason was simple, the banks did not have enough resources to cover all the depositors if they wanted to withdraw all of their money.  They did not want a run on the bank.

            But God’s heavenly bank has no such limitations or restrictions. No Christian, therefore, has any reason to be spiritually deprived, undernourished, or impoverished. In fact, he has no reason not to be completely healthy and immeasurably rich in the things of God.  Now please don’t misunderstand me, I am not speaking of a health, wealth and prosperity gospel. I am speaking of our spiritual resources and that God shall supply those needs as we have need. You see, God’s heavenly resources are more than adequate to cover all our past debts, all our present liabilities, and all our future needs and still not reduce God’s heavenly assets!  That is the amazing thing of God’s gracious provisions for His children, He never runs out!

            Now the key to all these spiritual blessings is that we must be IN CHRIST or we must be saved.  Yes, God pours out His rain on the just and the unjust, the saved and those that are not saved because He is a gracious God but His spiritual blessings are only for His children, those who have been adopted into the family of God by faith in Jesus Christ!

            Of this, Whitfield makes these comments, “Observe the superabundance of Judah's blessings, and their deep spiritual import: "binding his foal unto the vine; and his ass'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." Judah is here depicted as having attained, even before the coming of Shiloh, to a rest acquired by victory over surrounding foes, and enjoying in peaceful repose the abundance of his inheritance. But such a view is far from exhausting the words here brought before us. Indeed, in no full sense were they ever realized in the tribe of Judah. It is to the many and great spiritual blessings of the Lion of the tribe of Judah these words refer. We read of "the love of Christ that passeth knowledge"; of "joy unspeakable and full of glory"; that if all the things about Jesus were to be written "the world itself could not contain the books that should be written;" that "eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man to conceive, the things that God hath prepared for them that love Him." And let us notice, every one of these blessings are directly connected with Christ Himself.”

            These blessings that the Holy Spirit gives to us are inexhaustible, they will never run out and one day, when the Lord returns to set up His Kingdom on this earth, after the 7-year Tribulation Period, we will come with Him!

            b.  THE JUDGMENT OUTSIDE OF CHRIST – GENESIS 49:11c-12

            Here we see the righteous Judge come to judge those who have rejected Him, those living in rebellion against Him. In Psalm 2:7-9 we are told, I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter's vessel.’

            And in His Second Coming we read in Revelation 19:11-21, Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, ‘Come and gather together for the supper of the great God,  that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great.’. . .

. . . And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh.

            Make no mistake about it, God’s judgment is coming and if you are not in Christ, if He is not your Lord and Savior, you will be judged and ultimately cast into the Lake of Fire, outer darkness to spend eternity apart from the One you have rejected – JESUS!

4.  CONCLUSION

            As I bring this study to a close I hope you have seen that what Jacob prophesied about Judah has and will come to pass. To put this in perspective, what choices we have:

            In Warren Wiersbe's Meet Yourself in the Psalms, he tells about a frontier town where a horse bolted and ran away with a wagon carrying a little boy. Seeing the child in danger, a young man risked his life to catch the horse and stop the wagon. The child who was saved grew up to become a lawless man, and one day he stood before a judge to be sentenced for a serious crime. The prisoner recognized the judge as the man who, years before had saved his life; so he pled for mercy on the basis of that experience. But the words from the bench silenced his plea: "Young man, then I was your savior; today I am your judge, and I must sentence you to be hanged." One day Jesus Christ will say to rebellious sinners, "During that long day of grace, I was the Savior, and I would have forgiven you. But today I am your Judge. Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire!"

- Doug Van Essen.

            Don’t negate the reality that the Messiah has come as the Lamb of God to take away the sins of the world and if you reject Him, then He is coming again for you as the Lion from the tribe of Judah to judge you and to judge this world!  As hard as that may seem, it all boils down to this, For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.  John 3:16-21.

            For those of you who believe, I pray that you are encouraged and are looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our Great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, because He is coming back!  For those of you who don’t believe, I pray that you would soften your heart and receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, but it truly is your choice. Just understand the consequences if you reject Him!

            You see, God won’t force you but if you reject Him you will die in your sins. God doesn’t send you to Hell; you go there by your own choice, by rejecting Him. In fact, it is very hard to go to Hell, but if you try hard enough, you can get there, but why would you want to go?  God has done everything possible to save you and all you must do is come to Him and ask Him into your life. You see, Shiloh has come and He is coming again!

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