The Messianic Prophecy of Genesis 49:10
by Brian Chilton
Unfortunately, messianic prophecies are not given the attention today that they were in previous generations. Perhaps such a lessening of the prophecies come by a preconceived anti-supernatural bias against predictions of future events. Possibly. Or, it could come by the impression that Christians are reading into the texts what they desire. It is true that some passages may have been stretched to fit the Christian worldview. However, many held messianic prophecies in the Hebrew Bible (i.e., Old Testament) are legitimate. They hold a great deal of weight and are quite useful in modern apologetics.
Michael Brown mentions an often-forgotten messianic prophecy in the Torah found in Genesis 49:10. The text comes from Jacob’s final address to his sons before his death. Jacob says, “The scepter will not depart from Judah or the staff between his feet until he whose right it comes (Shiloh, mine) and the obedience of the peoples belongs to him” (Gn. 49:19, CSB). The text has been considered messianic for many years—that is, it predicts the future coming of Messiah. But is this text an authentic messianic prophecy? It appears so for four reasons…