the phrase "scepter and ruler's staff" means the royal authority andpower of a sovereign. and the phrase "until he (shiloh) comes to whom it belongs "and "to him shall be the obedience of the peoples," means the one who possessed the sovereign power (royal authority) and the prophecy(prophethood) to whom the obedience of the peoples belong.
prophet muhammad (pbuh) was the fulfillment of the prophecies of the earlier prophets. he wasthe one to whom god's revelations throughout history were culminated and perfected, thus forming a universal religion as ordained by god for mankind to follow.
prophet muhammad (pbuh) replaced the jewish worn-out royal authority and prophecy (scepter and the ruler's staff) which was adulterated, and the corrupt priesthood who were burdensome and oppressive. he removed all forms of idol worship from a greater part of the globe. he has brought with him the purist monotheistic religion which is islam – the religion of total surrender, submission and obedience to the only one true god (allah). he has established the kingdom of god on earth by producing the desired fruits prophesied by prophet jesus (pbuh) in matthew (21:42-44). in fact, in less than a century, islam spread throughout africa, asia and europe.
god (allah) says in his book:
"…this day have i perfected your religion for you, completed my favour upon you, and have chosen for you islam as your religion…"
(quran, chapter 5, verse 3)
what george bernard shaw said about muhammad (pbuh):
"he must be called the savior of humanity. i believe that if a man like him were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world, he would succeed in solving its problems in a way that would bring much needed peace and happiness."
(the genuine islam, singapore, vol. 1, no. 8,1936).
i conclude with honest conviction that no other prophets of god rendered so great and admirable service to man than muhammad (pbuh).
he was the one prophesied by the earlier prophets. he was the noblest and the greatest prophet of all times.