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The Key of David

By Warder Cresson (Michael Boaz Israel ben Abraham).

Reasons for Becoming a Jew, No. 4

The Scepter of Judah

"The Scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a Lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come." Gen. 49:10. Jews and Christians both admit that Shiloh means the Messiah, and that the Scepter is that Royal staff and sign which Kings hold in their hands, as a mark of their Kingly Power and Authority. When, then, did the Scepter depart from Judah? Above 607 B.C. In proof of this see Dan. 1:1 and 2; 2 Kings, 24:1, 13, and 2 Chronicles 36 6 and 7; and now see Christians' own "Union Bible Dictionary," p. 138, under the head of "Captivity." They there say, that the fourth (and last) "Captivity of Judah took place A. M. 3416," THEN THE SCEPTER DEPARTED.

Jesus, their Messiah, was not born until about A. M. 4004, so that, according to their own account, and the Testimony of God's Word, both declare that there were above 607 years that the Scepter departed from Judah BEFORE their Shiloh, or Messiah, came;--so that Jesus could not be the true Messiah. Christians, what will you do in the end thereof?

I will put it in another form.

If the "Scepter were not to depart from Judah until Shiloh (Christians say Jesus) come," how was it that the Christians' Shiloh was not born until A. M. 4004, and the Scepter departed from Judah 607 years before that? See Dan. i. 1, 2; 2 Kings 24:1 and 13, and 2 Chronicles 34:6, 7. "Is Wisdom no more in Teman?"* i.e. Edom, (Jer. 49:7,) or has the Word of God proved false and untrue? Nay Verily. Because David was the Anointed† or Messiah of God, (see 2 Sam. 23:1,) and will be the Messiah in the Redemption, as is declared in Jer. 30:9; Ezek. 34:23 and 24, and 38:22-24, and Hosea 3:5, and Psa. 89:19 to 30. And David was born above 400 years before the Scepter departed from Judah.

* Teman was a Grandson of Esau, or Edom, Gen. 34:11. Some persons think that the word Scepter does not mean a Mark of Royalty, but translate the meaning of Scheve, to be Rod, or Affliction, which will not pass away until the Messiah's coming. And has it passed away yet from Israel?

† Mark, Messiah in Hebrew, and Christos in the Greek, is the same as Anointed in English.

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