Metaphysical meaning of Shiloh (mbd)
Shiloh, shi-loh (Heb.)--whole; sound; safe; integral; rest; peace; quiet; security; tranquillity; health; weal; abundance; prosperity; place of rest; pacificator; harmonizer; tranquilizer; Prince of Peace; Savior; Messiah.
a It is thought that in Genesis 49:10 Jacob referred to the coming of the Messiah, which prophecy we believe to have been fulfilled outwardly in Jesus Christ. b A city of Ephraim, and a central city in the time of Joshua (Josh. 18:1-10). Until the time of Eli the tabernacle and the Ark were at this place (Judg. 18:31; I Sam. 4:3); after this, Shiloh seems to have been forsaken, and we find its downfall mentioned (Jer. 7:12-14).
Meta. Peace of mind, wholeness, security, abundant good. In Messiah, Prince of Peace, the significance is that of becoming conscious of the Christ presence, which brings abiding peace, health, and good, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful."
The city of Shiloh, which was a central city in the time of Joshua, signifies the first establishment of that which Shiloh represents in consciousness, through the activity of the will (Ephraim). A certain self-control, which gives a degree of peace and poise, is thus brought about. This peace, however, cannot be lasting because it is of the outer personal or intellectual, like John the Baptist, seeking the attainment of peace and good. True peace has its place of abode in Jerusalem, the heart, or love center in man, and not in the head, or will center. It is from the heart center that it radiates throughout the being of the individual; and it is the result not of control through will power, but of the entrance of the Christ or spiritual consciousness into the consciousness of the individual.