As the Israelites wandered through the desert from Egypt to the Promised Land, Balak of Moab hires Balaam son of Beor to curse the people. However, in his attempts to curse Israel, he ends up blessing them and prophesying about their future. In one passage Balamm predicts:
“I see him, but not now;
I behold him, but not near;
A star shall come forth from Jacob,
And a scepter shall rise from Israel,
And shall crush through the forehead of Moab,
And tear down all the sons of Sheth.” Numbers 24:17.
At the time Israel had no land and no king besides God. Yet even in their infancy God had already predetermined that a ruler would come who would destroy Moab as a warrior king. This prophecy looks for that ruler to come from the tribe of Judah within the nation of Israel.
Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of this prophecy in that He is the Messiah from the tribe of Judah of the people of Israel. His birth was announced to wise men from the east by a brilliant star shining in the sky, guiding them to the newborn king. One day, when He returns from heaven, He will conquer as a warrior king and set up a kingdom on earth that will have no end.