Hosea

HOSEA

 

Hosea began his prophesying, according to his own introduction, at the time when Uzziah (who is also sometimes confusingly called Azariah in the King James Version) ruled over Judah and Jeroboam II ruled over Israel. Both of these men reigned for a long time: Uzziah, who was stricken with leprosy while he ruled, from about 791-739 BC and Jeroboam II from 793-753 BC. Therefore Hosea began to prophecy before 753 BC. He wrote until the days of Hezekiah.

Hosea wrote from no later than 753 BC unto at least 722 BC, a period of at least 32 years during the time described in the Bible from II Kings chapters 14 to 20, and from II Chronicles chapters 26 to 32.

 

Although the general message of all the prophets was inevitably warning, remonstrance, and plain speaking as to the result of persistent wrong-doing and idolatry, each prophet was given, by Yahweh, an individual message, not only for his own times, but also for future ages, called 'the latter days', which refer to the second coming of Yahshua Messiah to this earth to rule.

 

Hosea was a countryman, and illustrations from rural life appear naturally in his book. Hosea was a tender-hearted man, as so often the true countryman is. He was a man of the northern Kingdom of Israel, and his ministry, which lasted for about 60 years, was mainly to that northern Kingdom, during the reign of it's last seven kings.

Hosea's style is terse and rapid. His writings were known to our Prince Yahshua and to Paul, both of whom quoted from them.

This book has a unique quality in that we are given an insight into Hosea' private life. Hosea symbolized that which was being enacted on a national scale in the life of his countrymen in the Kingdom of Israel.

In the Song of Solomon, the people of Israel stood in the relationship of wife to Yahweh; betrothed, married, faithless, and divorced as a result of that faithlessness, also, that the prophetical books take up the story and foretell her re-betrothal.

Here, in the life of Hosea, we have a complete symbolism of that picture.

His wife was faithless and adulterous, and in Hosea's constancy, tenderness and desire for her return, is a parallel, easily understood by human minds, of Yahweh's mercy and oft-proclaimed call, through the prophets, to His 'bride' Israel, to return to Him in repentance and restoration.

Hosea had three children, who stood for 'signs'.

 

Hosea is Hoshea in the Hebrew, meaning 'salvation'.

Hoshea is H1954 and derives from H3467 yasha, meaning 'to be delivered'.

Hoshea was the original name of Joshua (Yahshua) until Moses was commanded by Yahweh to change his name to Joshua.

 

 

Hosea 1:1  The word of Yahweh that came unto Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam II the son of Joash, king of Israel.   

This is, for the most part, the same period of time during which the prophet Isaiah wrote.

The prophets Amos, Jonah, and Joel all prophesied in the time of Jeroboam II and Uzziah, near

or perhaps slightly earlier than the time of Hosea and Isaiah. Micah and Nahum wrote towards the end of this same period.

 1:2  The beginning of the word of Yahweh by Hosea. And Yahweh said to Hosea, Go, take unto you a wife of whoredoms (improper foreign relations) and children of whoredoms (improper foreign relations): for the land hath committed great whoredom (international religious fornication), departing from Yahweh.

Whoredoms comes from several Hebrew words. Depending on which one is used in the context, they can mean: play the harlot, prostitution, adultery, fornication, idolatry, infidelity, unfaithfulness to Yahweh, international religious fornication, improper foreign relations, improper religious fornication. This is all about idolatry which always includes worship of foreign gods, illicit sex, interracial sex, child sacrifice, and every other abominations that Yahweh hates.

Later in Hosea's prophecy we will see the relationship between Yahweh and Israel explained allegorically as that between a Husband and a Wife – the wife being the nation.

Here, Yahweh instructs the prophet to go find a whore for a wife, and therefore God is using the prophet as a direct example of His Own relationship with Israel, the nation of whores.

 1:3  So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim; which conceived, and bare him a son.

The real meaning behind the name of the woman here is that Gomer means 'completion'. The Old Kingdom had run its course and the children of Israel had fulfilled their sin, and therefore Yahweh would make an end of that kingdom and send them all off into captivity. The name of Gomer's father is Diblaim, which means 'two cakes', and while Gomer would have three children by Hosea, the “two cakes” may of course be representative of Judah and Israel.

 1:4  And Yahweh said unto him, Call his name Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and will cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel.

The first son signified the withdrawal of the Kingship from northern Israel for a time--'Many days without a King,' (Hos 3:4) but he was also a sign of their cessation of idolatry, 'without an image.' (Hos 3:5) We now know that, after the captivities, the Israelites, as a people, did not again fall into idolatry. This son, Jezreel, was also a sign of their return to Yahweh 'in the latter days.'

 1:5  And it shall come to pass at that day, that I will break the bow (power, might) of Israel in the valley of Jezreel.

Jeroboam II, the king of Israel when Hosea begins to prophecy, is a member of the house of Jehu. Jezreel means 'God (El) sows'. This is a reference to 2 Kings chapter 10 and the destruction of the House of Ahab. Jehu had a commission from Yahweh to supplant the wicked house of Ahab, but he did not use that commission righteously, and he turned out to be just as wicked as Ahab – and therefore Yahweh here uses Jehu as a prime example of the wickedness of Israel. Elisha the prophet sent the following message to Jehu, and the delivery of that message is recorded in 2 Kings 9:5-10. When Jehu told his fellows - all of them servants in the army of the king - they accepted the message and proclaimed him their king. Ahab was already dead, and his son Joram, a son whom he had with Jezebel, was king in Israel. Jehu being a captain in his army, was commissioned by Yahweh to lead a mutiny. Jehu slew Joram in Jezreel, as he was meeting with Ahaziah the king of Judah, and then Jehu also had Ahaziah killed as he tried to retreat. So it is evident that immediately Jehu overstepped his commission, since Ahaziah was not of the house of Ahab.

As it is related at the end of 2 Kings chapter 9, Jehu witnessed the fact that Jezebel's corpse was eaten by dogs before it could be buried. Seeing then the words of the prophet who gave him his commission fulfilled, Jehu exclaimed that “This is the word of Yahweh, which he spake by his servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, In the portion of Jezreel shall dogs eat the flesh of Jezebel”. So there is no doubt that Jehu should have known the source of his ability to be king over Israel, as the prophet had anointed him, seeing these two prophecies come true in short time. It may be fitting to read the rest of the story of Jehu, from 2 Kings chapter 10:1-36

Even with all that Jehu acknowledged of the word of God, and saw fulfilled with his eyes, he chose not to complete the reforms which he had undertaken. He was commended for everything that he did well, which he was told to do, so it cannot be the blood of the house of Ahab that Yahweh would avenge, since Yahweh commissioned Jehu to destroy the house of Ahab. Rather, it must be the innocent blood that Jehu shed at Jezreel that Yahweh would avenge, where Jehu went beyond his commission. Once we recognize the power of God, we must continue to walk in His ways. If we falter, we shall be held accountable for our errors.

Jehu, after all that he witnessed, yet still taking “no heed to walk in the law of Yahweh God of Israel with all his heart”, is used as our example here, of why Yahweh found it necessary to “cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel” as it says in Hosea 1:4. Note that it does not say that the house of Israel itself would be cut off, but only the kingdom of the house of Israel, placing the blame for the corruption of the people on its rulers. Jehu, the best of men, who fully acknowledged the power of the Word of God when he saw it, still could not bring good government to the people.

 1:6  And she conceived again, and bare a daughter. And God said unto him, Call her name Loruhamah: for I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel; but I will utterly take them away.

Loruhamah, simply means 'no mercy' or 'uncompassionated'.

The house of Israel had been much further into apostasy than the house of Judah.

Israel was told through the prophet that they would be utterly taken away. The Assyrians had already been taking away and resettling other nations, and the Assyrian threat to the sovereignty of Israel was already evident .

 1:7  But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will save them by Yahweh their God, and will not save them by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen.

Israel would be carried away, but Judah would be preserved. Now it is clear from the records, that the Assyrians carried away 46 fenced cities of Judah, many thousands of its people, along with Israel.

However the inhabitants of Jerusalem were not taken, and the kingdom remained intact in spite of losing many of its cities. Judah would be preserved from the Assyrian conquests.

2Kings 19:34-36

34  For I will defend this city, to save it, for Mine own sake, and for My servant David's sake.

35  And it came to pass that night, that the messenger of Yahweh went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.

36  So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh.

Hosea's second child was a mercy sign to the royal house of Judah, and 2Kings, Jeremiah and Ezekiel show how, by a daughter, the continuance of the royal line was insured.

 1:8  Now when she had weaned Loruhamah, she conceived, and bare a son.

 1:9  Then said God, Call his name Loammi: for you are not My people, and I will not be your God.

Hosea's third child was a sign of the disappearance even of the name by which Yahweh's people had been known. Israel means 'ruling with God (EL)'.

Loammi means 'not My people'. Here we see it prophesied of the children of Israel, that they would not be considered to be the children of Yahweh any longer - but Yahweh is not disclaiming them – rather, they simply won't be considered His people although they shall always be His people. Verse 10 substantiates that assessment.

This is the end of chapter 1 in the Hebrew.

 

 1:10 (Hosea 2:1)  Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not My people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God.

Roman 9:26  And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not My people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.

The Jews can easily be numbered. We, the Anglo-Saxon true children of Israel cannot be numbered. The pieces must fit the puzzle. Here in America, the Jews have polluted our “churches” and they teach that we are not God's people. Verse 10 is a prophecy that we shall be called the sons of the living God. The Jews are not Israel, we are true Israel.

 1:11 (2:2)  Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great shall be the day of Jezreel.

Here Jezreel should be taken in its literal sense, meaning God sows. Here we see the word Jezreel used in connection with the Israelites of the captivity.

Yahweh God had the children of Israel, along with an often-overlooked but significant portion of Judah, all taken away and sown elsewhere in the countrysides of northern Mesopotamia. From there they would branch into Asia and Europe, and eventually on to America, the regathering place of the 12 tribes. America was born in a day, we elected one head, and we brought the gospel to the world.

 

Hosea 2:1 (2:3)  Say you unto your brethren, Ammi; and to your sisters, Ruhamah.

Ammi is 'My people', and Ruhamah is 'to have mercy'. We are not following the last verse of chapter 1 here. Rather, the end of chapter 1 looks to the future reconciliation of Yahweh and Israel, which cannot happen until the first coming of Christ, because Israel is being divorced by Yahweh here. Here in chapter 2 the focus shifts back to Hosea's own time, where the final warnings are issued to Israel, the wife of Yahweh, concerning her adultery.

 2:2 (2:4)  Plead with your mother, plead: for she is not My wife, neither am I her husband: let her therefore put away her whoredoms (improper foreign relations with alien gods) out of her sight, and her adulteries from between her breasts;

Isaiah 50:1  Thus saith Yahweh, Where is the bill of your mother's divorcement, whom I have put away? or which of My creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have you sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away.

 2:3 (2:5)  Lest I strip her naked, and set her as in the day that she was born, and make her as a wilderness, and set her like a dry land, and slay her with thirst.   (Jer 13:22, Amos 8:11)

 2:4 (2:6)  And I will not have mercy upon her children; for they be the children of whoredoms.

 2:5 (2:7)  For their mother hath played the harlot: she that conceived them hath done shamefully: for she said, I will go after my lovers (pagan idols), that give me my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, mine oil and my drink.

The children of Israel were commanded to be a separate people, period. The command to be holy – to be separate from all other peoples of the earth, begins with the Exodus in chapter 19 when Israel became the Wife of Yahweh, and it is repeated all throughout the Scripture. Here we see, that one of the main reasons why in ancient times Israel disobeyed the command to be separate, was commerce. Commerce, the hopes of greater profits from the wider exchange of goods, and the hopes of the procurement of cheaper labor for industry, they are the same reasons given today as an excuse for a multicultural society. Nothing has changed in 3000 years. Our pursuit of commerce with aliens is what makes us whores, because it compels us to accept the ways of the aliens, and eventually – without fail – we end up in bed with them. We sell out our heritage, our principles, and our covenants with our God for the sake of commerce, which is in itself idolatry. The people of Hosea's time did not heed the warning, and they were stripped naked.

 2:6 (2:8)  Therefore, behold, I will hedge up your way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths (idiomatic usage for 'course of life').

 2:7 (2:9)  And she shall follow after her lovers (false gods), but she shall not overtake them; and she shall seek them, but shall not find them: then shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband (figurative for Yahweh); for then was it better with me than now.

The children of Israel were to be taken away captive, and would not be able to return to Palestine. Rather, the Israelites, later generally known as Kimmerians, Scythians, and Sakae, along with the more peculiar tribal names which they adopted in captivity, sought after their pagan gods until finally Christianity caught up with them, a thousand to fifteen hundred years later. Adopting Christianity, Israel indeed returned to her first husband: Yahshua Christ was the physical incarnation of God Himself. Yahweh tells us in Hosea that He is the “first Husband” of Israel, who will return to Him. Later in this chapter we shall see Yahweh promise to betroth once again those same people of Israel. There is no promise of any relationship between Yahweh and any other people to be found anywhere in the Old Testament or New.

The theme of the entire Bible is built around the marriage relationship of Israel and Yahweh their God, their sin, their alienation from Him, and their reconciliation to Him in Christ.

 2:8 (2:10)  For she did not know that I gave her corn (grain), and wine, and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold, which they prepared for Baal.

Isaiah 1:3  The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not know, My people doth not consider.

 2:9 (2:11)  Therefore will I return, and take away My corn (grain) in the time thereof, and My wine in the season thereof, and will recover My wool and My flax given to cover her nakedness.

 2:10 (2:12)  And now will I discover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers (pagan idols), and none shall deliver her out of Mine hand.

 2:11 (2:13)  I will also cause all her mirth (exhaltation) to cease, her feast days, her new moons (months), and her sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts.

Amos 8:10  And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day.

 2:12 (2:14)  And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees, whereof she hath said, These are my rewards (hire as a harlot) that my lovers (idols) have given me: and I will make them a forest (a testimony), and the beasts of the field shall eat them.

The ancient children of Israel were blessed by God, but imagined that their blessings had come to them through their intercourse with the other nations of the world. Therefore they shared their blessings with the other nations around them, where here it uses the expression “which they prepared for Baal” to describe that very thing. So it is today, that we are being led to imagine that our success is to be found in our diversity, and we are compelled to freely share our blessings with the other races of the world. Yet in reality diversity only leads to our destruction.

 2:13 (2:15)  And I will visit upon her the days of Baalim, wherein she burned incense to them, and she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers (idols), and forgat Me, saith Yahweh.

 2:14 (2:16)  Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her.

The wilderness was unsettled, no Canaanites to corrupt the children of Israel.

This describes the eventual transition period of ancient Israel, as the Germanic tribes (of dispersed Israel), away from Canaanite paganism and Baal worship and back to a return to God through Christianity. To this very day, we coddle aliens and suffer their evil ways, their false religions, their race-mixing proclivities, and their false gods, in the name of commerce and false commercial prosperity.

 2:15 (2:17)  And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing (respond) there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt.   (Josh 7:24-26; Jer 2:2, Ez 16:8)

 2:16 (2:18)  And it shall be at that day, saith Yahweh, that you shalt call Me Ishi; and shalt call Me no more Baali.

 2:17 (2:19)  For I will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name.

We must recognize that we are the children of God – our race – and that our relationship to Him as a race is the same relationship that a wife should have to a husband. Ishi, 'my Husband', and not Baali, which is merely 'my Lord'.  Lord is a title, and it references Baal, which is Satan. When you use the 'title' Lord, you are calling on Satan. God's name is Yahweh (I AM).

Exodus 23:13  And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of your mouth.

Psalm 16:4  Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.

Don't call Me LORD!!!

 2:18 (2:20)  And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven (the sky), and with the creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth (land), and will make them to lie down safely.

 2:19 (2:21)  And I will betroth you unto Me for ever; yea, I will betroth you unto Me in righteousness, and in judgment (justice), and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.

 2:20 (2:22)  I will even betroth you unto Me in faithfulness: and you shalt know Yahweh.

 2:21 (2:23)  And it shall come to pass in that day, I will hear, saith Yahweh, I will hear the heavens (skies), and they shall hear the earth (land);

Zechariah 8:12  For the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the skies shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things.

 2:22 (2:24)  And the earth (land) shall hear the corn (grain), and the wine, and the oil; and they shall hear Jezreel (Yahweh sows).

 2:23 (2:25)  And I will sow her unto Me in the earth (land); and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not My people, You art My people; and they shall say, You art My God.

Romans 9:25  As He saith also in Osee (Hoshea), I will call them My people, which were not My people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.

1Peter 2:10  Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

So, as by the sign of the adulterous and restored wife, representing an Adamic people ('I will sow her unto Me in the land') so, by the sign of the son (Jezreel) they 'which were not My people shall say “You art my God”' we see the ultimate victory of Yahweh's love and forgiveness to those to whom He stands, in that closest of all relationships, 'Husband' and 'Father'. Thus once again, Yahweh's relationship to national Israel, as an entity, and to individual Israelites, is revealed.

In chapter 1, Hosea recorded warnings of punishment followed by a promise of hope, here in chapter 2 we see that same pattern. It started off as a chastisement for whoredom, and ended with a promise of redemption. When we return to Yahweh, we will again be considered His people.

 

 

Hosea 3:1  Then said Yahweh unto me, Go yet, love a woman beloved of her friend, yet an adulteress,

       according to the love of Yahweh toward the children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love

       flagons of wine.

The chapter's opening phrase may be read “go again”. This is the second time that Hosea has been told to take a whore for a wife, in order to illustrate the relationship between Yahweh and Israel.

Jeremiah 3:20  Surely as a wife treacherously departeth from her husband, so have you dealt treacherously with Me, O house of Israel, saith Yahweh.

The 'friend of the woman' may also represent the other “church” denominations, which are all perversions of the original.

Rather than “flagons of wine”, the original Hebrew, the older Septuagint Greek and Dead Sea Scrolls versions have “raisin cakes” at the end of the verse.

The Greek is a lot clearer than the KJV, which is from the Masoretic Text, and here is Hosea 3:1 from the Septuagint: “And Yahweh said to me, Go yet, and love a woman that loves evil things, an adulteress, even as Yahweh loves the children of Israel, and they have respect to strange gods, and love cakes of dried grapes.” The translation of this verse found in the Dead Sea Scrolls Bible by Abegg, Flint and Ulrich, has the Hebrew thus: “And Yahweh said to me, 'Go again, love a woman who has a lover and is an adulteress, even as Yahweh loves the children of Israel, though they turn unto other gods, and love raisin cakes...'”

 3:2  So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver, and for an homer of barley, and an half homer of barley:

 3:3  And I said unto her, Thou shalt abide for me many days; you shalt not play the harlot, and you shalt not be for another man: so will I also be for you.

This also describes the Reformation and the first 100 years of America.

 3:4  For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim:

As the whore would be without her lovers, which is what makes her a whore, then Israel would be without those symbols and institutions which are the substance of nationhood. And if the lovers are what made the woman a whore, then it is the offices of the kingdom or society that are the vehicle by which Israel the nation became a whore!

8655  teraphiym   ter-aw-feme'

Meaning: 1) idolatry, idols, image(s), teraphim, family idol 1a) a kind of idol used in household shrine or worship

The teraphim were the “household gods” found among the ancient Syrians, and also among the Romans and other branches of our race. In Rome they were called lares and penates, and the idols came to be seen as guardians of the household. Genesis chapter 31 gives us insight into the importance of the teraphim. Here is Genesis 31:19, where the KJV translates that very word as images: "And Laban went to shear his sheep: and Rachel had stolen the images [teraphim] that were her father's." The teraphim were important to Rachel, because they were the symbols of the family inheritance. The child who possessed them evidently had a right to claim the family estate. Departing from the household of her father, Rachel took them for herself. Laban noticed they were missing in a short time. To Laban, it was important that his own sons - and not the children of his daughters – should have the inheritance. For this reason he had to have the teraphim. Therefore, after he had caught up with Jacob and Rachel, as Jacob and his wives and children departed Laban's house, and he searched Rachel's tent for them and could not find them, he was quite exasperated. When Jacob became disturbed at Laban's continued insistence, not realizing what Rachel did,  Laban begged that Jacob take an oath.

Therefore at Genesis 31:51-53 we read: “51 And Laban said to Jacob, Behold this heap, and behold this pillar, which I have cast betwixt me and you; 52 This heap be witness, and this pillar be witness, that I will not pass over this heap to you, and that you shalt not pass over this heap and this pillar unto me, for harm. 53 The God of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge betwixt us. And Jacob sware by the fear of his father Isaac.” Here it is evident, that if Jacob indeed possessed the teraphim, he was bound by the oath not to cross the pillar to take the inheritance away from Laban's sons. So the teraphim were the household symbols of inheritance.

0646  'ephowd   ay-fode'

Meaning: 1) ephod 1 priestly garment, shoulder-cape or mantle, outer garment:- worn by an ordinary priest and made of white stuff  2 worn by the high priest - more costly, woven of gold, blue, purple, scarlet, and linen threads provided with shoulder-pieces and a breast piece of like material, ornamented with gems and gold

The ephod was the garment of the priesthood. It was not only associated with the Levitical priesthood, as we see throughout the Old Testament, but also with pagan priesthoods, as it is evident in Judges chapters 17 and 18. Mentioned here with kings, princes, and teraphim-images, it is only representative of the religious aspect of nationhood. Discussing Hosea chapter 1, it became evident that while Israel as a people would always be preserved on the earth, Israel the nation was to be broken.

Hosea 1:4: “And Yahweh said unto him, Call his name Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and will cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel. “

Isaiah said at 7:8: “within threescore and five years shall Ephraim be broken, that it be not a people.”

Ephraim is sybolic of the northern House of Israel.

The kings, the princes, the ephod which is a symbol of the priesthood, and the teraphim which are idol images, but were also used as symbols of familial inheritance, all of these things were symbols of Israel's nationhood, and the prophets had warned that the kingdom was to be broken. Furthermore, verse 5 reinforces the idea that these had to do with the dissolution of the kingdom.

Because the rulers and leaders of the people had caused the nation to sin, the people would be without the trappings and status of the kingdom as a part of their punishment. The children of Israel were for a long time in the dispersion without any of these things. While of course they had many men who fulfilled particular roles, they did not have the organized institutions which these symbols (ephod/teraphim) represent. After the great migrations from Mesopotamia into Asia and eventually Europe, it took them quite some time to again develop into a recognizably civil society.

 3:5  Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek Yahweh their God, and David their king (Yahshua Christ); and shall fear Yahweh and His goodness in the latter days (end of days).

But what were the children of Israel to return to? Through Jeremiah the prophet Yahweh said of the old city of Jerusalem that “Even so will I break this people and this city, as one breaketh a potter's vessel, that cannot be made whole again” (Jer 19:11). At 2 Samuel 7:10, a scripture repeated in 1 Chronicles. Yahweh said “Moreover I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime.” Therefore, returning to Palestine is out of the question. Isaiah chapter 55 explains the return of Israel to Yahweh their God:

Isaiah 55:1-8: “1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come you to the waters, and he that hath no money; come you, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2 Wherefore do you spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto Me, and eat you that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. [Christ repeated these ideas often in reference to Himself, notably as it is recorded in John chapters 4 and 6.] 3 Incline your ear, and come unto Me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. [As Hosea says here, “5 Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek Yahweh their God, and David their king...”] 4 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people. 5 Behold, you shalt call a nation that you knowest not, and nations that knew not you shall run unto you because of Yahweh your God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for He hath glorified you. 6 Seek you Yahweh while He may be found, call you upon Him while He is near: 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto Yahweh, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. 8 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith Yahweh.”

The children of Israel were not to return to some 9000-square-mile patch of sand in the desert. The children of Israel were to return to Yahweh their God, through David their King. Christ is the prophetic David. The children were regathered in America.

Ezekiel 37:24 states that “David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in My judgments, and observe My statutes, and do them.” Yahweh is the God of the whole earth, as we see it proclaimed in Zechariah 4:10 and Micah 4:13. The idea of limiting the domain or the efficacy of a god to a certain land is an ancient pagan idea which has no place in Christianity. It is much more important that the children of Israel return to their God, than to some patch of desert. Besides, that patch of sand could not possibly hold the innumerable seed of Abraham, the white race.

 

 

Hosea 4:1  Hear the word of Yahweh, you children of Israel: for Yahweh hath a controversy (legal case) with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.

The national consciousness is manipulated when “truth” becomes whatever is politically expedient and therefore it is not really truth at all. This is why the apostle James warned us to despise the rich men of the world, who only sought to use their wealth so that they could rule over us and enslave us even further. One means of captivating us today is to use their wealth in order to purchase our academic and religious institutions and corrupt them so that they now teach what is politically expedient for the wealthy, rather than what is true and beneficial for the people.  Jeroboam was the first king of the House of Israel after the ten tribes had broken away from the rule of the House of Judah. The first thing he did was change religious “truth” for reason of political expedience, as described at 1 Kings 12:26-33

Jeroboam perverted the whole nation, so that he could maintain political control. Here in America, in 1913 with the Federal Reserve Act and related legislation, we handed over control of the economy of our nation to the international bankers, nearly all of whom happen to be Jewish. Today, a hundred years later, all so-called “Christian” churches are really peddling the political desires of their Jewish masters, and packaging them as truths in support of the false gods of Judaism.

 4:2  By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.

Willful wickedness.

These are the sins of the land which resulted from a departure from the commandments of Yahweh, and a turn to immoral paganism. The change of religion results in a change in the moral codices of the nation, and then a change in the behaviour of the people themselves.

The Masoretic (KJV) text here, at the end of the verse, has the phrase “and blood toucheth blood”. In the Hebrew, the word blood here appears in the plural.

Many times in Hebrew, the word for blood appears in the plural, and it is an idiomatic use of the word representing the idea of bloodshed. The context wherever the word for blood appears in the plural in the Old Testament is quite clear in that regard, that it refers to bloodshed, except here in this one verse. In this verse, it is clear from the context that the phrase “and blood toucheth blood” is related not to the sin of murder mentioned earlier in the passage, but rather to the sin of adultery which it follows. The Septuagint agrees with this assessment, and translates the passage a little more clearly, where Brenton somewhat accurately renders the Greek: “Cursing, and lying, and murder, and theft, and adultery abound in the land, and they mingle blood with blood.”

The mingling of blood with blood is not bloodshed here. Rather, it is a reference to adultery: the mingling of blood with blood is the result of race-mixing, and that too is tantamount to bloodshed because it destroys a race. Race-mixing is what happens when the children of Israel forsake the commandment of their God to be a separate people, and go following after the strange gods and the intercourse in trade and culture with the other nations and races. In the case of ancient Israel, it was mostly the Canaanites which were the focus of concern. Today it is expanded to include all of the world's non-White races as well.

 4:3  Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven (the sky); yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.

 4:4  Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for your people are as they that strive with the priest.

 4:5  Therefore shalt you fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with you in the night, and I will destroy your mother.

The phrase “I will destroy your mother” is, again, another way of saying that the kingdom will be broken. Each of us as individuals sin at diverse times. However when we as a nation generally depart from the commandments of God, we suffer depressions, and famines, and plagues, and various other trials. We become overrun with aliens and they steal our wealth. All of these things are among the ancient curses of disobedience described in Deuteronomy and Leviticus. It is not an evil God who persecutes us from the clouds of heaven. Rather, it is the inevitable result of our departure from His ways.

 4:6  My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because you hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you shalt be no priest to Me: seeing you hast forgotten the law (torah) of your God, I will also forget your children.

Ignorance.

 4:7  As they were increased, so they sinned against Me: therefore will I change their glory (honor) into shame (dishonor).

1Samuel 2:30  Wherefore Yahweh God of Israel saith, I said indeed that your house, and the house of your father, should walk before Me for ever: but now Yahweh saith, Be it far from Me; for them that honour Me I will honour, and they that despise Me shall be lightly esteemed.

Malachi 2:9  Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as you have not kept My ways, but have been partial in the law.

 4:8  They (the false priests) eat up the sin of My people, and they set their heart on their iniquity.

 4:9  And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings.

They did not pursue the truth. They had the ability to do so, and they followed their political leaders and priests instead. So for their punishment, they lost their kingdom, and their descendants were put away from the polity of God. Now they have reconciliation in Christ, and so do we, however once again today we as a people have neglected to pursue the truth. Rather than read their Bibles, our people worship the Jews, because that is what is politically expedient – in order that the Jews maintain the world hegemony which they have acquired through their assumption of a false identity and their imposition of the usury banking system upon all Christendom. If our people would read their Bibles, they may realize that the Jews are really the antichrist, and they are the eternal enemies of God who today are posing themselves to be gods. For this reason, under Jewish control, the world has been plunged into all sorts of corruption and perversion. Thus is the essence of Mystery Babylon, and we empower it when we fail to pursue the will of our God, and instead we follow the political desires of men.

 4:10  For they shall eat, and not have enough: they shall commit whoredom, and shall not increase: because they have left off to take heed to Yahweh.

Leviticus 26:26  And when I have broken the staff of your bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall deliver you your bread again by weight: and you shall eat, and not be satisfied.

 4:11  Whoredom (fornication, infidelity, idolatry) and wine and new wine take away the heart.

 4:12  My people ask counsel at their stocks (wooden idols), and their staff (wooden phallic symbols) declareth unto them: for the spirit of whoredoms hath caused them to err, and they have gone a whoring from under their God.

Jeremiah 2:27  Saying to a stock, You art my father; and to a stone, You hast brought me forth: for they have turned their back unto Me, and not their face: but in the time of their trouble they will say, Arise, and save us.

Isaiah 44:20  He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?

Our people today look for answers in all the wrong places. So rather than read the plain words of the Bible, and absorb the more austere moral lessons which it contains, they would rather seek for truth in places where they shall never find it: in the false gods of the Jews and the vain mysticism of the non-White races. If Confucius (and an apt play on that name is “confuse-us) had ever done the Chinese any good, they would have developed a civil and efficient society apart from acquiring the technology and organization of the White man. If animism had done the African any good, they would not be living in dung-huts and using urine for bug repellant. If the idols of the Hindus and Buddhists and their vile yoga practices had done the Near East any good, they would not be living in total squalor in New Delhi and in Bangladesh. If Mohammed ever had the truth, then his followers would not be the backwards, uncivil and maniacal animals that they are today. When we go whoring after these idols, we become like the people who espouse them. According to Genesis 1:26-28, it can be argued that we should be the zookeepers, and instead we end up in bed with the monkeys.

 4:13  They sacrifice upon the tops of the mountains, and burn incense upon the hills, under oaks and poplars and elms, because the shadow thereof is good: therefore your daughters shall commit whoredom, and your spouses shall commit adultery.

Idolatry.

Isaiah 1:29  For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which you have desired, and you shall be confounded for the gardens that you have chosen.   (Pagan groves and high places)

 4:14  I will not punish your daughters when they commit whoredom, nor your spouses when they commit adultery: for themselves are separated with whores, and they sacrifice with harlots (female cult prostitutes): therefore the people that doth not understand shall fall.

 4:15  Though you, Israel, play the harlot, yet let not Judah offend; and come not you unto Gilgal, neither go you up to Bethaven, nor swear, Yahweh liveth.

1Kings 12:29  And he (Jeroboam) set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan. (Golden calves)

Israel was to be sent out of the land for their sins, and by this time there was no way to avoid that fate.

 4:16  For Israel slideth back as a backsliding heifer: now Yahweh will feed them as a lamb in a large place.

Jeremiah 3:6  Yahweh said also unto me in the days of Josiah the king, Hast you seen that which backsliding Israel hath done? she is gone up upon every high mountain and under every green tree, and there hath played the harlot.  (Groves, high places, worship of the gods)

The symbol of Ephraim, as the ten-plus tribes of the House of Israel would often be called from this point in Hosea, was an ox. The children of Israel under Jeroboam I had also turned to the worship of the golden calves, that same idolatry which they turned to at Sinai, and which they also carried into the Mediterranean in their travels, to Cyprus and to Crete and beyond. The golden calf cult was not removed under the partial reforms of Jehu, and persisted right to the end of the kingdom. So the backsliding heifer allegory is appropriate in several respects.

Hosea wrote “Now Yahweh will feed them as a lamb in a large place”. This is a prophecy that the children of Israel would be moved to a much larger land, away from the influences of the aliens and the enemies of God. This was the first step in the fulfillment of 2 Samuel 7:10, which said in the time of David that the children of Israel would be moved to another place. The first warning of the Assyrian deportations is found as early as Numbers chapter 24, where it is said that Asshur – the name of the eponymous ancestor of the Assyrians - would take the nation of Israel away captive.

 4:17  Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.   (Ephraim represents the northern kingdom of Israel)

Matthew 15:14  Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

 4:18  Their drink is sour: they have committed whoredom (religious fornication) continually: her rulers with shame (dishonor) do love, Give you.

 4:19  The wind (metaphor for invading Assyria) hath bound her up in her wings, and they shall be ashamed because of their sacrifices.

They would wallow in their idolatry until Yahweh should choose to feed them in that place to which He sent them. This happened, of course, when the dispersed Israelites, who eventually became the Germanic tribes, heard the Christian gospel. For some of them, that came before the third century, among the Alans, some of the Goths, and some of the Sakae. For others, it would not occur until the eighth or ninth centuries! Once having returned to Yahweh their God through Christianity, the children of Israel were indeed - for the most part - ashamed of their pagan practices. This will also go for those that realize that today's “churches” are masking the same practices. Judaism is not Christianity. The Jews are not Israel. And Jesus was certainly not a Jew.

 

 

Hosea 5:1  Hear you this, O priests; and hearken, you house of Israel; and give you ear, O house of the king; for judgment is toward you, because you have been a snare on Mizpah, and a net spread upon Tabor.

Snare is pach, figurative of calamities, plots, source or agent of calamity.

Net is resheth, figurative for leaders leading people to sin.

 5:2  And the revolters are profound to make slaughter (shachata- uncertain meaning), though I have been a rebuker of (chastisement for) them all.

Shachata can have several meanings, slaughter, incorrupting, human sacrifice.

The political and religious leaders are those primarily responsible for the errors of the people.

Isaiah 29:15  Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from Yahweh, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?

Isaiah 56:10-11

10  His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.

11  Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.

Ezekiel 34:2  Son of Adam, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith Yahweh GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks?

 5:3  I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from Me: for now, O Ephraim, you committest whoredom (religious fornication), and Israel is defiled (by idolatry).

Amos 3:2  You (Israel) only have I known of all the families of the land: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.

 5:4  They will not frame their doings (religious practices) to turn unto their God: for the spirit of whoredoms is in the midst of them, and they have not known Yahweh.

 5:5  And the pride of Israel doth testify to His face: therefore shall Israel and Ephraim fall in their iniquity; Judah also shall fall with them.

As Paul explained in his epistles, Yahweh God cannot “lose” His people. The Greek word so often translated as lost in the New Testament is a word that Liddell and Scott in their Greek English lexicon describe as meaning to be destroyed, ruined, or driven off from one's own homeland. These definitions perfectly describe the deported children of Israel, and these are the people to whom Christ was referring at Matthew 15:24 where He said “I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” (Ez 34, Jer 50:6)

 5:6  They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek Yahweh; but they shall not find Him; He hath withdrawn Himself from them.

 5:7  They have dealt treacherously against Yahweh: for they have begotten strange (alien) children: now shall a month devour them with their portions (land inheritance).

Willful wickedness.

Jeremiah 3:20  Surely as a wife treacherously departeth from her husband, so have you dealt treacherously with Me, O house of Israel, saith Yahweh.

They have “begotten strange children”. This corroborates the interpretation of the phrase “blood touches blood” in regard to race-mixing. The Word of God is true, and that the bastard children among our ancestors were not permitted to thrive among us. One place this promise is found is in the words of the prophet Amos, at Amos 9:9: “For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the ground.” Yahweh promises that He would sift the House of Israel through those nations to which she was deported, to ancient Assyria and Persia and Media.

The Septuagint ends verse 7 as: “...now shall the cankerworm devour them and their heritages.”

 5:8  Blow you the cornet in Gibeah, and the trumpet in Ramah: cry aloud at Bethaven, after you, O Benjamin.

 5:9  Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke: among the tribes of Israel have I made known that which shall surely be.

 5:10  The princes (officers) of Judah were like them that remove the bound: therefore I will pour out My wrath upon them like water.

Deuteronomy 19:14  You shalt not remove your neighbour's (kinsman's) landmark, which they of old time have set in your inheritance, which you shalt inherit in the land that Yahweh your God giveth you to possess it.

 5:11  Ephraim is oppressed and broken in judgment, because he willingly walked after the commandment.

The word 'after' should have been translated 'away from'. Ephraim (northern tribes) willingly walked away from God's commandments.

 5:12  Therefore will I be unto Ephraim as a moth, and to the house of Judah as rottenness.

 5:13  When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb: yet could he not heal you, nor cure you of your wound.   (2 Kings 15:19)

 5:14  For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion (as a hunter), and as a young lion (as a blood thirsty enemy) to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue him.

 5:15  I will go and return to My place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek My face: in their affliction they will seek Me early.

And so it was, not long after Hosea wrote these words, that Israel and much of Judah began to be taken away in bondage by the Assyrians - a process which lasted from about 745 BC to about 676 BC.

 

 

Hosea's unique 'time' message.

In chapter 6 is given a remarkable 'three day' period.

It follows the passage in which Yahweh's favor is declared to be withdrawn. (Hos 5:6)

It is concerned with Israel to whom Hosea is referring all the time in his book.

Hosea is writing of the second coming of our Prince Yahshua.

Hosea 6:1  Come, and let us return unto Yahweh: for He hath torn, and He will heal us; He hath smitten, and He will bind us up.

Deuteronomy 32:39  See now that I, even I, am He, and there is no god with Me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of My hand.

Jeremiah 30:17  For I will restore health unto you, and I will heal you of your wounds, saith Yahweh; because they called you an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.

 6:2  After two days will He revive us: in the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight.

Matthew 16:21  From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto His disciples, how that He must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.  (20:19, 27:64)

Acts 10:40  Him God raised up the third day, and shewed Him openly;

1Corinthians 15:4  And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

 6:3  Then shall we know, if we follow on to know Yahweh: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth (land).

This latter and former rain, or early and latter rain in the Septuagint, is symbolic of the two promised Messianic advents, and since we have seen the first, we should know with certainty that there shall be a second. This is also illustrated at Joel 2:23, which says: “Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in Yahweh your God: for He hath given you the former rain moderately, and He will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.” Hosea is also relating the latter and former rain to the awakening of the children of Israel mentioned in the previous verse. In the second chapter of Acts, Peter quoted from that same prophecy of Joel in relation to the coming of the New Covenant gospel. If therefore the spread of the gospel is the early or former rain, we must examine what that latter rain is going to be.

Talking with His disciples, we see the following exchange between them and Christ, at Matthew 17:10-13: “10 And His disciples asked Him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elijah must first come? 11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elijah truly shall first come, and restore all things. 12 But I say unto you, That Elijah is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. 13 Then the disciples understood that He spake unto them of John the Baptist.”

Luke 1:17 says of John the Baptist, who is yet about to be born: “And he shall go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Prince.”

So Elijah shall come, and has come already, speaking of the spirit and power of Elijah – not necessarily of Elijah personally. The disciples understood that the Elijah that had come was represented by John the Baptist. But Christ also said that Elijah shall come, meaning at some future point. Therefore we see that the early rain, and the latter rain, are both precipitated by the spirit and power of Elijah – who is used as an allegory.

In Malachi chapter 4 we see the following: “1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith Yahweh of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. 2 But unto you that fear My name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in His wings; and you shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. 3 And you shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith Yahweh of hosts. 4 Remember you the law of Moses My servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. 5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of Yahweh: 6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”

Malachi chapter 3 talks about the first coming of Christ, and the promises and prophecies made there have been fulfilled in Christianity. However these things described in Malachi chapter 4 were never fulfilled with the early rain, in the first century or unto this day. This is the latter rain, that the hearts of the children are turned to the fathers, and the hearts of the fathers to the children. This describes a racial awakening. It describes a realization of the knowledge that we are indeed the children of the ancient Israelites, and that the covenants of God belong to us - to our race - and that we therefore have an obligation to safeguard them so that they may be passed on to our children, who must be children of that same race according to the Mosaic laws. The early rain is the spread of the Gospel, and the latter rain is our National awakening – the raising up of the people of Israel described in Hosea 6:2.

Some also see the former and latter rain as the Old and New Testaments.

 6:3  Then shall we know, if we follow on to know Yahweh: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth (land).

Isaiah 54:13  And all your children shall be taught of Yahweh; and great shall be the peace of your children.

2Samuel 23:4  And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the ground by clear shining after rain.

 6:4  (Yahweh speaking) O Ephraim, what shall I do unto you? O Judah, what shall I do unto you? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away.

 6:5  Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of My mouth: and your judgments are as the light that goeth forth.

 6:6  For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

The Septuagint has verse 5 to read: “Therefore have I mown down your prophets; I have slain them with the word of My mouth: and My judgment shall go forth as the light.” The goodness of Israel had evaporated like the morning dew, because the people were chasing idols and following the false prophets of the idols. A prophet is someone who speaks for a god, not necessarily for Yahweh the God of Israel.

Christ quoted this very passage of Hosea 6:6 in rebuttal to the legalism of the pharisees.

Matthew 9:13  But go you and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Isaiah 1:11  To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto Me? saith Yahweh: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.

 6:7  But they like men (adam) have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against Me.

 6:8  Gilead is a city of them that work iniquity, and is polluted with blood.

Gilead is where false sacrifices occurred.

 6:9  And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way by consent: for they commit lewdness.

How does this not still describe our priests (preachers) of today? The Septuagint has Hosea 6:9 to say: “And your strength is that of a robber: the priests have hid the way, they have murdered the people of Shechem; for they have wrought iniquity in the house of Israel.” Our priests (preachers) murder our people by lying to them. It was the priests and the false prophets who were primarily responsible for teaching the people to race-mix, and so it is today. The priests were installed by the king, in the Old Kingdom, Jeroboam replaced the legitimate priests with those of his own, who would do his bidding. In order to keep political control, he replaced the true religion with one of idolatry. Today's Christian pastors have themselves surrendered to the commercial religion of multiculturalism and diversity, and they too once again murder our people daily – encouraging them to race-mix and seek after the false gods of Judaism. Teaching that Jesus is a Jew, and many other perversions of scripture.

 6:10  I have seen an horrible thing in the house of Israel: there is the whoredom (religious fornication) of Ephraim, Israel is defiled.

 6:11  Also, O Judah, he hath set an harvest (figurative of punishment) for you, when I returned the captivity of My people.

Israel is defiled because they had “begotten strange children”, as it was said at Hosea 5:7

 

 

Hosea 7:1  When I would have healed Israel, then the iniquity of Ephraim was discovered, and the wickedness of Samaria: for they commit falsehood; and the thief cometh in, and the troop of robbers spoileth without.

The thief within – the aliens which we have let run roughshod throughout our nations, and the robbers without – those alien lands which now possess our technology and our debt-notes which the Jews have contrived for them in order to induce them against us. Today it is a little more sophisticated than it was in ancient times, but the problems are the same: we learn the ways of the heathen nations who do not have our moral ethics, and we fall into a state of decay.

 7:2  And they consider not in their hearts that I remember all their wickedness: now their own doings (practices) have beset them about; they are before My face.   (Jer 17:1)

 7:3  They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes (officials) with their lies.

When we repeat the propaganda that our masters fabricate for us, we please our masters. The Jews are happy with race-mixing, politically correct, obedient “gentile” cattle. The Jews are happy when they hear the made-up holocaust lies being repeated by the “goyim”. The Jews are happy when we follow along with the false idea that some evil arab terrorists were responsible for 9/11. The Jews are happy when we pronounce that “Jesus was a Jew”. The Jews have organized the IRS code in order to reward “churches” that teach the politically expedient falsehoods. These “churches” get tax benefits, and teach lies in exchange for retaining those benefits. Later on, they will indeed have to face the wrath of God! Ask your “church” if they are 501-C3.

 7:4  They are all adulterers, as an oven heated by the baker, who ceaseth from raising after he hath kneaded the dough, until it be leavened (leavened with their sin).

Our sin is a national sin. We are indeed all adulterers, whether we like it or not. We have all bought the lies at one time or another, and so have our ancestors. We have all traded with the enemies of our God, and so have our ancestors. We all have something from China or Japan or Mexico, which helped to put our brethren out of jobs.

 7:5  In the day of our king the princes (officials) have made him sick with bottles (poison) of wine; he stretched out his hand with scorners.

The KJV the way it stands is easy to misinterpret. It is fitting to read this passage from the NAS, because it agrees with the Septuagint version: “On the day of our king, the princes became sick with the heat of wine; He stretched out his hand with scoffers,” Good leadership, of course, requires sober vigilance. Again, it is the failure of our rulers which ultimately causes the people to go astray.

 7:6  For they have made ready their heart like an oven, whiles they lie in wait: their baker sleepeth all the night; in the morning it burneth as a flaming fire.

 7:7  They are all hot as an oven, and have devoured their judges; all their kings are fallen (assassinated): there is none among them that calleth unto Me.

Isaiah 64:7  And there is none that calleth upon Your name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of You: for You hast hid Your face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.

These same passages from the NAS: “6 For their hearts are like an oven as they approach their plotting; Their anger smolders all night, In the morning it burns like a flaming fire. 7 All of them are hot like an oven, And they consume their rulers; All their kings have fallen. None of them calls on Me.” Because of a lack of true godly leadership, the nation as a whole suffered the losses which resulted from warfare without, and immorality within.

As verse 5 stated, poisoned with wine. Four of the last six kings were assassinated by poison.

 7:8  Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned.

Ephraim is a cake not turned, because he mixed himself with the other nations. A “cake not turned” is a cake which is half black!

You do not make steel bars stronger by mixing clay into the process, and the same is true of people. Here we see that diversity is odious to God. God hates diversity, and punishes us for it.

 7:9  Strangers (Foreigners) have devoured his (Ephraim's) strength, and he knoweth it not: yea, gray hairs are here and there upon him, yet he knoweth not.

Because we as a people collectively do not learn from history, we repeat it over and over.

 7:10  And the pride of Israel testifieth to His face: and they do not return to Yahweh their God, nor seek Him for all this.

 7:11  Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart (a mind): they call to Egypt, they go to Assyria.

 7:12  When they shall go, I will spread My net upon them; I will bring them down as the fowls of the heaven (sky); I will chastise them, as their congregation hath heard.

The Israelites, rather than humbling themselves and repenting, arrogantly sought deliverance from the Assyrians through an alliance with Egypt. Yet Egypt was no salvation for them, and they ended up being taken away captive by the Assyrians, as God had willed. We also see that self-pride and vanity are factors in the national downfall.

Leviticus 26:14  But if you will not hearken unto Me, and will not do all these commandments;

 7:13  Woe unto them! for they have fled from Me: destruction unto them! because they have transgressed against Me: though I have redeemed them, yet they have spoken lies against Me.

Those lies are the same lies we had seen mentioned in verse 3: “They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with their lies.” The rulers are drunken with power, and the people have learned to repeat the same lies and propaganda (from the media, schools, and churches) which keep those rulers in power.

 7:14  And they have not cried unto Me with their heart, when they howled upon their beds: they assemble themselves for corn (grain) and wine, and they rebel against Me.

Job 35:9-10

9  By reason of the multitude of oppressions they make the oppressed to cry: they cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty.

10  But none saith, Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night;

 7:15  Though I have bound (disciplined) and strengthened their arms, yet do they imagine mischief against Me.

 7:16  They return, but not to the most High: they are like a deceitful bow: their princes (officers) shall fall by the sword for the rage of their tongue: this shall be their derision in the land of Egypt.

Psalm 78:56-57

56  Yet they tempted and provoked the most high God, and kept not His testimonies:

57  But turned back, and dealt unfaithfully like their fathers: they were turned aside like a deceitful bow.

Egypt is a symbol of captivity.

If we today partake in all of the same sins, how can we be so arrogant as to think that we can escape the same punishments?

 

 

Hosea 8:1  Set the trumpet to your mouth. He shall come as an eagle against (over) the house of Yahweh, because they have transgressed My covenant, and trespassed against My law.

Deuteronomy 28:49  Yahweh shall bring a nation against you from far, from the end of the land, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue you shalt not understand;  (Assyrians)

Jeremiah 4:13  Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots shall be as a whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe unto us! for we are spoiled.

 8:2  Israel shall cry unto Me, My God, we know You.

 8:3  Israel hath cast off the thing that is good: the (hated) enemy shall pursue him.

 8:4  They have set up kings, but not by Me: they have made princes, and I knew it not: of their silver and their gold have they made them idols, that they may be cut off.

Therefore we see that democracy is ungodly.

 8:5  Your calf, O Samaria, hath cast you off; Mine anger is kindled against them: how long will it be ere they attain to innocency?

“Thy calf, O Samaria, hath cast you off”, this saying is an allegory which tells us first that the idols of the people were not able to save them, and then that they were cast off by their true God on account of those idols.

“How long will it be ere they attain to innocency?” is a rhetorical question which asks how long it will be before the people are able to cease from their wrongdoing.

Jeremiah 13:27  I have seen your adulteries, and your neighings, the lewdness of your whoredom, and your abominations on the hills in the fields (groves). Woe unto you, O Jerusalem! wilt you not be made clean? when shall it once be?

 8:6  For from Israel was it also: the workman made it; therefore it is not God: but the calf of Samaria shall be broken in pieces.   (Isa 44:15-17, 46:6-7; Jer 10:2-6)

 8:7  For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers (foreigners) shall swallow it up.

The whirlwind is the wind which blows back around in a circle. It is another way of saying that we reap just what we have sown: that our national calamity is a result of our sinful ways.

Proverbs 22:8  He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.

 8:8  Israel is swallowed up: now shall they be among the Gentiles (Nations) as a vessel wherein is no pleasure.

2Kings 17:6  In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria took Samaria, and carried Israel away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.

Jeremiah 22:28  Is this man Coniah  (the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah) a despised broken idol? is he a vessel wherein is no pleasure? wherefore are they cast out, he and his seed, and are cast into a land which they know not?   (48:38)

Among the Nations: the children of Israel were taken away captive and relocated in northern Mesopotamia and along the Black and Caspian Seas. These were the nations of the Medes, Persians, Assyrians, and other related white peoples of Genesis chapter 10. It is from these places that after a few generations they would emerge as Kimmerians, Scythians, Sakae, Parthians, and the other names by which they have been called.

 8:9  For they are gone up to Assyria, a wild ass alone by himself: Ephraim hath hired lovers (allies).

Jeremiah 2:24  A wild ass used to the wilderness, that snuffeth up the wind at her pleasure; in her occasion who can turn her away? all they that seek her will not weary themselves; in her month they shall find her.

Ezekiel 16:33-34

33  They give gifts to all whores: but you givest your gifts to all your lovers, and hirest them, that they may come unto you on every side for your whoredom.

34  And the contrary is in you from other women in your whoredoms, whereas none followeth you to commit whoredoms: and in that you givest a reward, and no reward is given unto you, therefore you art contrary.

 8:10  Yea, though they have hired among the nations, now will I gather them, and they shall sorrow a little for the burden of the king of princes (officers).

 8:11  Because Ephraim hath made many (pagan) altars to sin, (pagan) altars shall be unto him to sin.

 8:12  I have written to him the great things of My law, but they were counted as a strange thing.

Deuteronomy 4:6,8

6  Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.

8  And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?  NONE but America. We are true Israel.

 8:13  They sacrifice flesh for the sacrifices of Mine offerings, and eat it; but Yahweh accepteth them not; now will He remember their iniquity, and visit their sins: they shall return to Egypt.

Zechariah 7:6  And when you did eat, and when you did drink, did not you eat for yourselves, and drink for yourselves?

Egypt here is a symbol for captivity, and Israel would for a time return to captivity, being under the yoke of the Assyrians for over a hundred years. After the tribes began to disperse, some remained under the yoke of the Babylonians and Persians for several centuries longer.

 8:14  For Israel hath forgotten his Maker, and buildeth temples; and Judah hath multiplied fenced cities: but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour the palaces thereof.

Deuteronomy 32:18  Of the Rock that begat you you art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed you.

Isaiah 29:23-24

23  But when he (Jacob) seeth his children, the work of Mine hands, in the midst of Him (Christ), they shall sanctify My name, and sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and shall fear the God of Israel.

24  They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine.

Jeremiah 17:27  But if you will not hearken unto Me to hallow the sabbath day, and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched.

 

 

Hosea 9:1  Rejoice not, O Israel, for joy, as other people: for you hast gone a whoring from your God, you hast loved a reward (for hire) upon every cornfloor (grain threshingfloor).

Jeremiah 44:16-17

16  As for the word that you hast spoken unto us in the name of Yahweh, we will not hearken unto you.

17  But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.

Being disobedient is easy when you see no punishment.

 9:2  The (threshing)floor and the winepress shall not feed them, and the new wine shall fail in her.

 9:3  They shall not dwell in Yahweh's land; but Ephraim shall return to Egypt (captivity), and they shall eat unclean things in Assyria.

 9:4  They shall not offer wine offerings to Yahweh, neither shall they be pleasing unto Him: their sacrifices shall be unto them as the bread of mourners; all that eat thereof shall be polluted: for their bread for their soul (teaching) shall not come into the house of Yahweh.

Jeremiah 6:20  To what purpose cometh there to Me incense from Sheba, and the sweet cane from a far country? your burnt offerings are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices sweet unto Me.

They are unrecognizable as children of light when they go after other gods and lusts.

 9:5  What will you do in the solemn day, and in the day of the feast of Yahweh?

 9:6  For, lo, they are gone because of destruction: Egypt (captivity) shall gather them up, Memphis shall bury them: the pleasant places for their silver, nettles shall possess them: thorns shall be in their tabernacles (tents).

 9:7  The days of visitation are come, the days of recompence are come; Israel shall know it: the prophet is a fool, the spiritual man is mad (driven to despair), for the multitude of your iniquity, and the great hatred.

Micah 2:11  If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will prophesy unto you of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.

Luke 21:22  For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

 9:8  The watchman of Ephraim was with my God: but the prophet is a snare of a fowler in all his ways, and hatred (animosity) in the house of his God.

 9:9  They have deeply corrupted themselves, as in the days of Gibeah: therefore He (Yahweh) will remember their iniquity, He will visit their sins.   (Judg 19:1-30)

The references to the prophet must be references to false prophets, of Israel's false religions, since Israel's idolatry is still the scope of the context.

The days of Gibeah:

In Gibeah a woman, a concubine of a Levite traveler, was raped and murdered by “men of Belial”. Belial is a word which can infer that one is of mixed race. It comes from a word which means worthlessness, but that word in turn comes from a word which means mixed. If something is worthless, there must be a reason for it!

The entire tribe of Benjamin supported the evil deed, by defending these men of Belial against those who would avenge the woman. This led to a civil war, and most of Benjamin was destroyed as a result. The iniquity of Israel which Hosea speaks of is every bit as horrible as the iniquity at Gibeah, and we see a that strong connection is being made between the men of Belial, the strangers in Ephraim, and the sin of Israel for which the kingdom is here being judged by God. Race-mixing is indeed the worst of all sins. At Gibeah the perverted crimes of race-mixed men were then defended by the people, which is a horrible situation. It is also a situation that we have once again today, where most people would again actually defend someone's “right” to be a sexual deviant, a race-mixer, or to engage in sexual promiscuity.

 9:10  I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your (fore) fathers as the firstripe in the fig tree at her first time: but they went to Baalpeor, and separated (dedicated) themselves unto that shame; and their abominations were according as they loved.

Numbers 25:3  And Israel joined himself unto Baalpeor: and the anger of Yahweh was kindled against Israel.

Psalm 106:28  They joined themselves also unto Baalpeor, and ate the sacrifices of the dead.

This again is a reference to race-mixing, where in Numbers chapters 24 and 25 the men of Israel are described as having joined themselves to Baalpeor, and to the daughters of Moab. Most Christians are ignorant, that ancient Baal worship included fertility rituals and public acts of sexual intercourse. This event set off a plague among the Israelites in which 24,000 men died in a single day. The plagued was stayed only when Phinehas slew one of the princes of Israel who had joined in the race-mixing, along with the woman whom he was coupled with.

 9:11  As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird, from the birth, and from the womb, and from the conception.

Their children will be destroyed.

 9:12  Though they bring up their children, yet will I bereave them, that there shall not be a man (adam) left: yea, woe also to them when I depart from them!

Deuteronomy 31:17  Then My anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide My face from them, and they shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles shall befall them; so that they will say in that day, Are not these evils come upon us, because our God is not among us?

 9:13  Ephraim, as I saw Tyrus, is planted in a pleasant place: but Ephraim shall bring forth his children to the murderer.

Tyre was also a city of Israel.

 9:14  Give them, O Yahweh: what wilt You give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.

Luke 23:29  For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck.

 9:15  All their wickedness is in Gilgal: for there I hated them: for the wickedness of their doings I will drive them out of Mine house, I will love them no more: all their princes (officials) are revolters (rebels).

Isaiah 1:23  Your princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.

 9:16  Ephraim (being compared to a tree) is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb.

 9:17  (Hoshea speaking)My God will cast them away, because they did not hearken unto Him: and they shall be wanderers among the nations.

Appropriately, Gilgal is a place, but the name means a wheel, or rolling. After the deportations the Scythian tribes did just that for ten centuries. Gilgal was an ancient seat of the prophets (i.e. 2 Kings 4:38), and the home of Samuel and of Saul. Apparently it later became a place for false prophets and idolatry, which can be seen in Amos chapters 4 and 5.

And a great number of our people, the Germanic tribes, indeed wandered for as many as a thousand years in Asia and into Europe. Today our people still wander, metaphorically, from one false idea to the next, and they never have a solution. Yet in the chapters of Hosea yet to come, there is still a message of hope to be found.

 

 

Hosea 10:1  Israel is an empty (luxuriant) vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself: according to the multitude of his fruit he hath increased the altars; according to the goodness of his land they have made goodly images (pillars, sun pillars, carved Asherah poles).

Empty is baqaq and is used as luxuriant in verse 1.

The more Israelites, the more pagan altars. Yahweh is not pleased.

Nahum 2:2  For Yahweh hath turned away the excellency of Jacob, as the excellency of Israel: for the emptiers have emptied them out, and marred their vine branches.

Israel is an empty vine. This allegory is much like the one we see concerning Israel in Isaiah chapter 56, which uses the allegory of a dry tree.

Isaiah 56:3: “Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to Yahweh, speak, saying, Yahweh hath utterly separated me from His people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree.”

The son of the stranger here represents the descendants of those same outcasts of Israel, who were estranged by Yahweh and therefore were as good as strangers to Yahweh. While the nation was outcast, the individuals who kept His ways during the estrangement were here promised an ultimate reward.

These are four passages from here in Hosea which illustrate that Israel became as a “eunuch” to Yahweh, when the nation was cast off, and therefore individual Israelites are allegorically the eunuchs of Isaiah 56, and each of these verses promises a reconciliation between Yahweh and those very same children of Israel:

Hosea 1:10: “Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not My people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God. “

During the period of alienation from Yahweh, the children of Israel were not recognized as children to Him. This is an allegory, and it is also promised that nevertheless one day it would be explained to those very same people that they are indeed His children.

Hosea 2:4-7: “4 And I will not have mercy upon her children; for they be the children of whoredoms. 5 For their mother hath played the harlot: she that conceived them hath done shamefully: for she said, I will go after my lovers, that give me my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, mine oil and my drink. 6 Therefore, behold, I will hedge up your way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths. [In other words, the captivity of Israel will not return to Palestine.] 7 And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them; and she shall seek them, but shall not find them: then shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband [Christ]; for then was it better with me than now.”

Again, we see prophesied an estrangement, and then a reconciliation. The prophecy of Daniel concerning Christ, at Daniel 9:24: “24 Seventy weeks are determined upon your people and upon your holy city, to finish the transgression [to finally end the ancient nation], and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.” The apostle John spoke of that anointing of the most holy, where he said at 1 John 2:27: “And the anointing which you have received from Him, it abides in you and you have no need that one should teach you, but as His anointing teaches us concerning all things and is true and is not a lie, then just as He has taught you, you abide in Him.” The purpose of Christ is to offer reconciliation, and to offer His anointing to those of His people who choose to follow Him.

Hosea 3:4-5: “4 For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim [all the symbols of their national heritage]: 5 Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek Yahweh their God, and David their king; and shall fear Yahweh and His goodness in the latter days.”

Again we see the promise of the reconciliation of Israel to God. And Paul explains that to be his ministry, at 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 where he states: “18 But all things from Yahweh, who has reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and is giving the service of reconciliation to us. 19 How that Yahweh was within Christ reconciling the Society to Himself, not accounting their offenses to them, and placing in us the word of that reconciliation.” Paul knew the nations he went to, that they were the “lost sheep” of the House of Israel, and he knew that his message was one of reconciliation between Israel and God, as promised in the prophets and as he explains throughout his epistles.

Hosea 9:12: “Though they bring up their children, yet will I bereave them, that there shall not be a man left: yea, woe also to them when I depart from them!”

The children of Israel were as eunuchs to God, until the promised reconciliation in Christ, which Daniel 9:24 says is “to make reconciliation for iniquity”.

 

Hosea 10:2  Their heart is divided (slippery- figurative of deception or faithlessness); now shall they be found faulty (held guilty): He (Yahweh) shall break down their (pagan) altars, He shall spoil their images (pillars, idols).

1Kings 18:21  And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt you between two opinions? if Yahweh be God, follow Him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

Matthew 6:24  No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

 10:3  For now they shall say, We have no king, because we feared not Yahweh; what then should a king do to us?

 10:4  They have spoken words, swearing falsely in making a covenant: thus judgment springeth up as hemlock (poisonous herbs) in the furrows of the field.

Justice is perverted into evil sprouting like poisonous herbs. Not real justice.

In 2 Samuel 8 it is described how the children of Israel, who had God for their king, wanted earthly kings, like the surrounding nations had. Yahweh warned them of much of the treachery that earthly kings would do, and they did not heed His warning, persisting in their own devices. Here in Hosea we see that earthly kings would make false oaths, treacherous covenants, and judgment would come because of those things.

 10:5  The inhabitants of Samaria shall fear (lament) because of the calves of Bethaven: for the people thereof shall mourn over it, and the priests thereof that rejoiced on it, for the glory thereof, because it is departed from it.

In other words, for these reasons the priests shall also mourn for the loss of their pagan idols.

 10:6  It shall be also carried unto Assyria for a present to king Jareb: Ephraim shall receive shame, and Israel shall be ashamed of his own counsel.

 10:7  As for Samaria, her king is cut off as the foam upon the water.

 10:8  The high places also of Aven (pagan worship sites), the sin of Israel, shall be destroyed: the thorn and the thistle shall come up on their altars; and they shall say to the mountains, Cover us; and to the hills, Fall on us.

Luke 23:30  Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us.

Revelation 6:16  And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

The golden-calf idols of Bethaven, a name which means “house of vanity”, were to be carried off as booty to Assyria.

This is the second time in Hosea that we have seen the king of Assyria called after the word “jareb”, the other being in Hosea 5:13. The word in Hebrew means contender, and need not be a personal name, but seems to merely describe the role for which Assyria was elevated by Yahweh and chosen to play in history at this time.

The “high places also of Aven, the sin of Israel” shall be destroyed. Aven here is a play on words in contrast to Bethaven, and the word, meaning vanity, refers to the vanity of the places of idol-worship. The people, wishing that the mountains could bury them, would rather die than go into captivity.

 10:9  O Israel, you hast sinned from the days of Gibeah: there they stood: the battle in Gibeah against the children of iniquity did not overtake them.   (Judg 19:1-30)

Once again Gibeah is used as an example of the sin of Israel. This is the last mention of Gibeah in Scripture. At Hosea 9:9 Yahweh said “They have deeply corrupted themselves, as in the days of Gibeah: therefore he will remember their iniquity, he will visit their sins.”

The mention of the “days of Gibeah” is a reference to the civil war which was caused when a woman, a concubine of a Levite traveler, was raped and murdered by “men of Belial” in Gibeah, which was in the land of Benjamin. The tribe of Benjamin defended these men of Belial against those who would avenge the woman. The result was that at first the other tribes of Israel took heavy losses, but ultimately most of Benjamin was destroyed.

 10:10  It is in My desire that I should chastise them; and the people shall be gathered against them, when they shall bind themselves in their two furrows (iniquities- the two golden calves).

Jeremiah 16:15-17

15  But, Yahweh liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither He had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers.

16  Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith Yahweh, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.

17  For Mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from My face, neither is their iniquity hid from Mine eyes.

 10:10  It is in My desire that I should chastise them; and the people shall be gathered against them, when they shall bind themselves in their two furrows.

If the appropriate reading is two furrows, then the reference is to the Assyrian and coming Babylonian captivities. But the NAS has this last clause from a marginal reading, When they are bound for their double guilt. That agrees with the Septuagint which has “when they are chastened for their two sins”, where the word is actually injustices in the Greek. What the two injustices may be is arguable. In context, in the first verse of the chapter Israel is criticized for two things, where it says of Israel that “according to the multitude of his fruit he hath increased the altars; according to the goodness of his land they have made goodly images.” The primary injustice – which leads to all other sin – is the acceptance of the false gods of the other nations.

 10:11  And Ephraim is as an heifer that is taught, and loveth to tread out the corn; but I passed over upon her fair neck: I will make Ephraim to ride (draw- to pull a plow); Judah shall plow (to control the plow), and Jacob shall break his clods.

 10:12  Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy (according to kindnesses); break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek Yahweh, till He come and rain righteousness upon you.

Jeremiah 4:3  For thus saith Yahweh to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.

 10:13  Ye have plowed wickedness, you have reaped iniquity; you have eaten the fruit of lies: because you didst trust in your way, in the multitude of your mighty men.

Humanism.

Galatians 6:7-8

7  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

8  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

They trusted in themselves, and not in God. They created their own moral climate, rather than live by the word of their God. The Septuagint has verse 11: “Ephraim is a heifer taught to love victory, but I will come upon the fairest part of her neck: I will mount Ephraim; I will pass over Judah in silence; Jacob shall prevail against him.” This repeats the already-promised continuance of the Kingdom of Judah, while Ephraim - representing the rest of Israel - shall ride, into captivity.

However where Septuagint has in verse 11 the phrase “Jacob shall prevail against him”, meaning against Ephraim, the King James has “Jacob shall break his clods”. The literal translation is practically nonsensical. Ephraim has a multitude of sins, and is deserving of death. Ephraim loves his sin, where the allegory is that “Ephraim is as an heifer that is taught, and loveth to tread out the corn. Yet although Ephraim deserves death for his sin, Jacob shall prevail against him, meaning that the promises which Yahweh made to Jacob shall prevail over anything which Ephraim does. The seed of Israel is preserved not for themselves, but for Yahweh, on account of His promises to the fathers. In verses 12 and 13, Ephraim is once again encouraged to seek Yahweh God, and if indeed he does, he shall yet be rewarded in spite of the sins that had been committed.

Ephraim represents the 10 northern dispersed tribes of Israel.

 10:14  Therefore shall a tumult (din of battle) arise among your people, and all your fortresses shall be spoiled, as Shalman spoiled Betharbel in the day of battle: the mother (the kingdom) was dashed in pieces upon her children.

 10:15  So shall Bethel do unto you because of your great wickedness: in a morning shall the king of Israel utterly be cut off.

Shalman is short for the Assyrian king Shalmaneser, who is described as having invaded Israel and having taken away many captives in 2 Kings chapters 17:3 and 18:9.

Beth-Arbel means "house of God's Ambush". Many commentators assume it to be a place, but it cannot be identified and it is not necessarily a place. It may only indicate that the Assyrian conquest of Israel was indeed the will of God.

Verse 15 seems to be in error in the King James Version. Bethel is in Israel, and will not be doing anything to Israel. The NAS has it “Thus it will be done to you at Bethel because of your great wickedness. At dawn the king of Israel will be completely cut off.” The Septuagint has Hosea 10:15 “thus will I do to you, O house of Israel, because of the unrighteousness of your sins.” Either of those readings better fits the context and history of the chapter.

 

 

Hosea 11:1  When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called My son out of Egypt.

here in Hosea it is evident that the words clearly and primarily refer to the nation of Israel. Figuratively as a nation Israel is often depicted as the bride of Yahweh, but here figuratively Israel the nation is depicted as the son of Yahweh, which is also true of the children of Israel both collectively and as individuals. This applies to Christ as well.

Exodus 4:22  And you shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith Yahweh, Israel is My son, even My firstborn:

Matthew 2:15  And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Prince Yahshua by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called My Son.

 11:2  As they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed unto Baalim, and burned incense to graven images.

There seems to be some pronoun confusion here. The Septuagint more clearly has this verse: “As I called them, so they departed from My presence: they sacrificed to Baalim, and burnt incense to graven images.” No sooner, coming out of Egypt, than when the children of Israel encountered other peoples did they quickly follow their ways, and depart from Yahweh their God for the enticements of Baal worship.

 11:3  I taught Ephraim also to go (walk), taking them by their arms; but they knew not that I healed (restored favor, forgave) them.

 11:4  I drew them with cords of a man (adam), with bands of love: and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat unto them.

The Septuagint has Hosea 11:3: “Yet I bound the feet of Ephraim, I took him on My arm; but they knew not that I healed them.” Even coming out of the captivity of Egypt and the wars and conquests of Canaan, the people did not put things in their proper perspective, and give appropriate honor to Yahweh their God for their success.

Deuteronomy 1:31  And in the wilderness, where you hast seen how that Yahweh your God bare you, as a man doth bear his son, in all the way that you went, until you came into this place.

 11:5  He shall not return into the land of Egypt, but the Assyrian shall be his king, because they refused to return.

Having strayed from the God which they owed their very existence to, they refused to return to Yahweh, meaning to repent of their wickedness. The Geneva Bible has “refused to convert.”

 11:6  And the sword shall abide on his cities, and shall consume his branches (bars of his gates), and devour them, because of their own counsels.

 11:7  And My people are bent to backsliding (hung up in their apostasy) from Me: though they called them to the most High, none at all would exalt him.

Judgement is a result of sin. Sin inevitably leads to judgement.

The Hebrew reads verse 7 as:  And My people are hung up in their apostasy from Me: though they are called to go upwards, none at all would rise up.

 11:8  How shall I give you up, Ephraim? how shall I deliver you, Israel? how shall I make you as Admah? how shall I set you as Zeboim? Mine heart is turned within Me, My repentings are kindled together.   (Gen 10:19, 14:2,8; Deut 29:23)

These questions are all rhetorical. The second question asks how Israel could possibly be saved. The other questions ask how Israel could possibly be destroyed. Admah and Zeboim were among the wicked Canaanite cities of the plain that had been destroyed along with Sodom and Gomorrah. The quagmire is due to Yahweh's own honor: for He keeps both His laws, by which Ephraim should die, and His promises, which preceded the laws, and on account of which Ephraim must live.

Quagmire- n.  Soft wet land, which has a surface firm enough to bear a person, but which shakes or yields under the feet.

[that is, quake-mire.]

QUAKE, v.t. To frighten; to throw into agitation.

QUAKE, n. A shake; a trembling; a shudder; a tremulous agitation.

MIRE, v.t. To plunge and fix in mire; to set or stall in mud. We say, a horse, an ox or a carriage is mired, when it has sunk deep into mud and its progress is stopped.

1. To soil or daub with mud or foul matter.

MIRE, v.i. To sink in mud, or to sink so deep as to be unable to move forward.

Jeremiah 9:7  Therefore thus saith Yahweh of hosts, Behold, I will melt them, and try them; for how shall I do for the daughter of My people?

 11:9  I will not execute the fierceness of Mine anger, I will not return to destroy Ephraim: for I am God, and not man; the Holy One in the midst of you: and I will not enter into the city.

Yahweh being God, He shall find a way to preserve Ephraim, in spite of Ephraim himself.

Numbers 23:19  God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent: hath He said, and shall He not do it? or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good?

 11:10  They shall walk after Yahweh: He shall roar like a lion: when He shall roar, then the children shall tremble from the west (Christendom).

 11:11  They shall tremble as a bird out of Egypt (captivity), and as a dove out of the land of Assyria: and I will place them in their houses, saith Yahweh.

The Septuagint reads verse 11: “They shall be amazed and fly as a bird out of Egypt, and as a dove out of the land of the Assyrians: and I will restore them to their houses, saith Yahweh.”

The Hebrew has chapter 12 start here.

 11:12 (Hoshea 12:1)  Ephraim compasseth Me about with lies, and the house of Israel with deceit: but Judah yet ruleth with God, and is faithful with the saints.

We saw in the previous chapter of Hosea the reference to Shalmaneser, and to events which occurred in the days of Hoshea the last king of Israel. During this same period, Hezekiah is the ruling king in Judah, and we see in Hosea 1:1 that the time of his prophecy ends while Hezekiah is the king of Judah. Here we are told by the prophet that Judah during this period is faithful to Yahweh their God, and 2 Kings chapter 18 corroborates all of this for us.

2 Kings 18:1-7: 1 Now it came to pass in the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign. 2 Twenty and five years old was he when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Abi, the daughter of Zachariah. 3 And he did that which was right in the sight of Yahweh, according to all that David his father did. 4 He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan. 5 He trusted in Yahweh God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him. 6 For he clave to Yahweh, and departed not from following Him, but kept His commandments, which Yahweh commanded Moses. 7 And Yahweh was with him; and he prospered whithersoever he went forth: and he rebelled against the king of Assyria, and served him not.

With Hezekiah's ruling the kingdom of Judah righteously at this time, we see it fulfilled that “Judah yet ruleth with God, and is faithful with the saints”. So the kingdom of Judah was spared total destruction at the hand of the Assyrians, and continued for many decades after. However a great number of Judah had already been taken by the Assyrians, which fulfilled other prophecies since Judah is indeed a part of Israel.

 

Hosea 12:1 (12:2)  Ephraim feedeth on wind, and followeth after the east wind: he daily increaseth lies and desolation; and they do make a covenant with the Assyrians, and oil is carried into Egypt.

2Kings 17:4  And the king of Assyria found conspiracy in Hoshea: for he had sent messengers to So king of Egypt, and brought no present to the king of Assyria, as he had done year by year: therefore the king of Assyria shut him up, and bound him in prison.

Hosea 2:5, 3:1, and 8:7-11 it is explained that Israel's national sin was related to Israel's desire for foreign trade:

Ephraim sought out trade and discourse with Assyria and with Egypt, and therefore Yahweh punished Ephraim by giving the nation over to Assyria and back into the captivity that was suffered anciently in Egypt. Ephraim sewed the wind and reaped the whirlwind. Ephraim feeds on that wind (the trade winds), and does not look to Yahweh his God for sustenance. Today China is our Assyria. The world is our Egypt. Because we forsook Yahweh's commandment to be a separate people, we are held captive by Mystery Babylon: the great satanic international mercantile beast system, because we sought the trade of other peoples, thereby respecting the false gods of those peoples.

 12:2 (12:3)  Yahweh hath also a controversy with Judah, and will punish Jacob according to his ways; according to his doings will He recompense him.

We see Judah is not out of scope, but that Yahweh would deal with Judah separately. The reference to Jacob is a reminder that all of Israel, Ephraim and Judah, would be punished for their iniquity.

 12:3 (12:4)  He (Jacob) took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God:   (Gen 25:26, 32:28)

The Hebrew ends verse 4 as: “...and by his manly vigour he persevered (overcame) with an Elohiym (divine messenger)”. Which is why Yahweh changed his name to Israel.

 12:4 (12:5)  Yea, he had power over the angel (messenger), and prevailed: he wept, and made supplication unto him: he found him in Bethel, and there he spake with us (Elohiym);   (Gen 28:10-22, 32:30)

The name Jacob comes from a Hebrew phrase which means "heel holder" or metaphorically "supplanter".

Because the name Jacob may mean "supplanter", when Jacob received the blessing from his father, Esau said “Is not he rightly named Jacob?” Esau then plotted to kill Jacob for what had happened, because he saw that Jacob had supplanted him. Yet Esau should have realized that Jacob's supplanting of him in the birthright and the blessing was Providential, because of his own actions resulting from his demonstrated contempt for his birthright and blessings. Jacob was not really to blame for Esau's losing these things, Esau himself was.

Jacob obeyed his parents, cared for his birthright, and did as he was told.

 12:5 (12:6)  Even Yahweh God of hosts; Yahweh is his memorial.

 12:6 (12:7)  Therefore turn you to your God: keep mercy and judgment (justice), and wait on your God continually.

 12:7 (12:8)  He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand: he loveth to oppress.

In verse 7, 'He is', it italicized, meaning it was added. The merchants were Canaanites. Jews who oppress and deceive.

The Hebrew word for Canaan was originally from a root which meant to humiliate or vanquish, but apparently became synonymous with the idea of trafficking at some point in ancient Hebrew history. That alone should tell us just who the merchants of the earth truly are. Verse 7 here may mean more than what it appears to say, and here are readings from various sources:

GNV, Hosea 12:7 He is Canaan: the balances of deceit are in his hand: he loueth to oppresse.

LXX, Hosea 12:7 As for Chanaan, in his hand is a balance of unrighteousness: he has loved to tyrannize.

NAS, Hosea 12:7 A merchant, in whose hands are false balances, he loves to oppress.

The NAS is seemingly the most literal, but the pronoun whose is added, and it is not necessarily the most correct. The Septuagint is quite literal and correct, speaking of the Greek. Overall the sentence seems to be ambiguous, however that may be purposely so. It was the prospect of Jacob's mixing with the Canaanites which his parents feared most, and here the descendants of Jacob have begun to do that very thing, for which they are also going to be punished.

The Hebrew reads: 7  Ephraim is as a Canaanite merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hands, he loves to practice extortion.

 12:8 (12:9)  And Ephraim said, Yet I am become rich, I have found me out substance: in all my labours they shall find none iniquity in me that were sin.

 12:9 (12:10)  And I that am Yahweh your God from the (time of the) land of Egypt will yet make you to dwell in tabernacles, as in the days of the solemn feast.   (Lev 23:42)

Israel was to be a separate people, and they would obtain the endless blessings of God. Yet Israel turned to trade and intercourse with the despised peoples of the earth, as all the other Genesis 10 nations had already done, and therefore Israel would lose all of the wealth it had gained in this manner. Israel became a merchandising nation. "A merchant shall hardly keep himself from doing wrong; and an huckster shall not be freed from sin." - Sirach 26:29

 12:10 (12:11)  I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes (parables), by the ministry of the prophets.

2Kings 17:13  Yet Yahweh testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn you from your evil ways, and keep My commandments and My statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by My servants the prophets.

So we have a wealth of recorded prophets around this time, notably Isaiah, Amos, Jonah, and Joel, in addition to Hosea. Micah and Nahum followed very shortly after, and they were followed shortly after by Habakkuk and Zephaniah.

 12:11 (12:12)  Is there iniquity in Gilead? surely they are vanity (worthless): they sacrifice bullocks in Gilgal; yea, their altars are as heaps (of stones) in the furrows of the fields.

The sacrifices would do the nation no good, its punishment for its iniquity is sealed, and there is no help except for any mercy which Yahweh their God may offer them in their captivity.

The Hebrew does not have the beginning of verse 12 as a question, it should read: “There is idolatry in Gilead...”

When they plowed, the kids walked behind and tossed the stones aside. The altars are being described as these heaps of stones that were tossed out of the field that blocked fruitful crops of righteousness.

 12:12 (12:13)  And Jacob fled into the country of Syria (Aram), and Israel served (Laban) for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep.   (Gen 28:5, 29:1-20)

 12:13 (12:14)  And by a prophet (Moses) Yahweh brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet (Joshua) was he preserved.   (Ex 12:50-51)

 12:14 (12:15)  Ephraim provoked him to anger most bitterly: therefore shall he leave his blood (guilt) upon him, and his reproach shall his Lord (Adoni- title applying to Yahweh) return unto him.

Israel was delivered from the captivity in Egypt through the hands of Yahweh's prophet Moses, and Israel was preserved in the land of Canaan through the hands of Yahweh's prophet Joshua. Now Israel is being delivered into Assyrian captivity, and is warned by Yahweh's prophet, Hosea. The idea of bitterness in Hebrew was used metaphorically of rebellion. Therefore the beginning of verse 14 may be rendered “Ephraim provoked to anger most rebelliously”.

 

 

Hosea 13:1  When Ephraim spake trembling, he exalted himself in Israel; but when he offended (became guilty) in Baal, he died.

James 4:10: “Humble yourselves in the sight of Yahweh, and he shall lift you up.” Submitting oneself to the will of God, that is true humility. When we submit ourselves to Yahweh God, He exalts us. When we rebel against His Word, He humbles us.

 13:2  And now they sin more and more, and have made them molten images of their silver, and idols according to their own understanding, all of it the work of the craftsmen: they say of them, Let the men (adam) that sacrifice kiss the calves.

There will be no healing of any Christian nation until the television, the movies, the magazines, the newspapers, the pulp novels, schooling, today's “churches”, and anything else that promotes decadence and this new Baal worship are gone from the homes of Christians everywhere. We must cast off our idols before we can ever expect the mercy of our God.

 13:3  Therefore they shall be as the morning cloud, and as the early dew that passeth away, as the chaff that is driven with the whirlwind out of the floor, and as the smoke out of the chimney.

Israel will be punished severely, however they will not be destroyed altogether.

Daniel 2:35  Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole land.

 13:4  Yet I am Yahweh your God from the land of Egypt, and you shalt know no god but Me: for there is no saviour beside Me.   (Is 43:11)

 13:5  I did know you in the wilderness, in the land of great drought.

Deuteronomy 2:7  For Yahweh your God hath blessed you in all the works of your hand: He knoweth your walking through this great wilderness: these forty years Yahweh your God hath been with you; you hast lacked nothing.

 13:6  According to their pasture, so were they filled; they were filled, and their heart was exalted; therefore have they forgotten Me.

In good times, we easily forget about our God. In good times, we seek profligacy and wantonness. In hard times or in times of crisis, only then do we see calls for prayer and repentance. This is our own most common form of hypocrisy. If we had a humble and repentant attitude all of the time, we would not so readily be led off into sin.

 13:7  Therefore I will be unto them as a lion: as a leopard by the way will I observe them:

 13:8  I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps, and will rend the caul of their heart, and there will I devour them like a lion: the wild beast shall tear them.

All of our wars and other travails which we have suffered throughout our history are due to our national disobedience and rebellion from our God.

 13:9  O Israel, you hast destroyed yourself; but in Me is your help.

 13:10  I will be your king: where is any other that may save you in all your cities? and your judges of whom you saidst, Give me a king and princes (officers)?

 13:11  I gave you a king in Mine anger, and took him away in My wrath. Saul

1Samuel 8:7  And Yahweh said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto you: for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them.   (10:17-24, 15:26)

Our ancient ancestors rejected Yahweh God as King, and sought an earthly king. We have it now, in our documented history, that no matter what government of man we set up, it becomes corrupt, because man cannot fashion a perfect government.

 13:12  The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up; his sin is hid (treasured, stored up).

 13:13  The sorrows of a travailing woman shall come upon him: he is an unwise son; for he should not stay long in the place of the breaking forth of children.

The words “the place of” are an interpolation of the King James translators. Here we shall read two alternate versions, the NAS and Brenton's Septuagint, which is a fair translation of the Greek in this instance:

NAS Hosea 13:13 The pains of childbirth come upon him; He is not a wise son, For it is not the time that he should delay at the opening of the womb.

LXE Hosea 13:13 Pains as of a woman in travail shall come upon him: he is your wise son, because he shall not stay in [or abide in] the destruction of your children.

Ephraim, the name standing for the Israelites of the divided kingdom, had been destroying his children with his idolatry. Here, with either reading, there is a promise that Ephraim would be forced to cease from this behavior, that his children are not destroyed. The promise of future children for Israel is seen in Isaiah 66:8: “Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.”

Isaiah 13:8  And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames.

The children described here by Isaiah are all the tribes of the dispersion, which soon after appear in European history as the Parthian and Scythian and Kimmerian and Saxon Germanic people.

 13:14  I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be your plagues; O grave, I will be your destruction: repentance (vengeance) shall be hid from Mine eyes.

Where the King James version has repentance, the NAS has compassion, and the Septuagint Greek has consolation. The Hebrew has vengeance, in the sense of, to ease oneself by taking vengeance upon an enemy  (Isa 1:54, 57:6). However here the subject is not Israel, but death and the grave. This too, is both a Messianic prophecy and a promise of restoration to the obedient of Israel.

1Corinthians 15:54  So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

 13:15  Though he be fruitful among his brethren, an east wind (figurative of Assyria) shall come, the wind of Yahweh shall come up from the wilderness, and his spring shall become dry, and his fountain shall be dried up: he (king of Assyria) shall spoil the treasure of all pleasant vessels.

Jeremiah 4:11  At that time shall it be said to this people and to Jerusalem, A dry wind of the high places in the wilderness toward the daughter of My people, not to fan, nor to cleanse,

25:34  Howl, ye shepherds, and cry; and wallow yourselves in the ashes, ye principal of the flock: for the days of your slaughter and of your dispersions are accomplished; and ye shall fall like a pleasant vessel.

Chapter 14 starts here in the Hebrew.

 13:16 (Hoshea 14:1)  Samaria shall become desolate (be held guilty); for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up.

This is an immediate prophecy concerning ancient Israel, and its destruction at the hands of the Assyrians.

Hosea 14:1 (14:2)  O Israel, return unto Yahweh your God; for you hast fallen by your iniquity.

 14:2 (14:3)  Take with you words, and (re)turn to Yahweh: say unto Him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips (we will give praise as a sacrifice).

Both the Septuagint Greek and the NAS render the Hebrew word for calves metaphorically, as fruit. The phrase may be a double-entendre, referring also to the calves which were idols in Israel, that if Yahweh were to remove the iniquity, His people were also to remit to Him by removing the idolatry from their mouths.

 14:3 (14:4)  Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses: neither will we say any more to the work of our hands (their idols), Ye are our gods: for in You (speaking of Yahweh) the fatherless findeth mercy.

Idols have no power to grant either salvation or mercy.

 14:4 (14:5)  I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for Mine anger is turned away from him.

 14:5 (14:6)  I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.

Proverbs 19:12  The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass.

 14:6 (14:7)  His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon.

Psalm 52:8  But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.

Lebanon was, at one time, a much more fertile place than it is now. In the ancient Epic of Gilgamesh, a piece of literature perhaps 4000 years old, Lebanon is described as a vast and thick forest of cedars stretching all the way to the seacoast. The Biblical phrase “cedars of Lebanon” made a lot more sense at that time than it does now.

 14:7 (14:8)  They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn (new grain), and grow as the vine: the scent (renown, remembrance) thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.

Psalm 91:1  He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

 14:8 (14:9)  Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard (answered) him, and observed (regarded) Him: I am like a green fir tree. From me is Your fruit found.

This happened, when the Germanic tribes accepted Christianity, and especially with the Reformation when the idols of Roman Catholicism were done away with.

 14:9 (14:10)  Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of Yahweh are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.

Proverbs 10:29  The way of Yahweh is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.

 

 

 

HOSEA – CHURCH DOCTRINE VS. SCRIPTURE

Below are 3 sources of what the modern churches preach today about the book of Hosea.

The purpose is to expose the apostasy and perversion of the scriptures, and to educate our people about the truth of our heritage. That we, the anglo-saxon race who are the descendants of ancient Israel, are the people of Abraham's seed and therefore the heirs of the promises of Yahweh. Not the Jews who distort and pervert the scriptures and teach the 'traditions of men'.

 

 

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The book of Hosea is a Narrative History and Prophetic Oracle. Hosea is the first book in the sections of Minor Prophets. They are called Minor Prophets not because their material is less important or insignificant, but because of the size of the book they wrote was shorter in length. The prophet Hosea wrote it at approximately 715 B.C. More like 753-722. It records the events from 753-715 B.C. including the fall of the Northern Kingdom in 722. The key personalities are Hosea, Gomer, and their children. The prophecy is about Ephraim, which represents the 10 northern tribes of Israel, as well as the house of Judah, the southern kingdom.

Its purpose was to illustrate the spiritual adultery of Israel and God’s boundless love for His sinful people. Hosea brings God’s message to the wicked Northern Kingdom. It's for Judah as well.

During this time, they are active in oppressing the poor in slavery and worshipping idols. God, because of His grace, sent another opportunity for Israel to repent and turn to Him. Shortly thereafter, the Northern Kingdom went into permanent captivity. It wasn't permanent.

•    In chapters 1-3, God gives Hosea instructions to marry an unfaithful woman and he obeys. His unfaithful wife Gomer leaves him and finds another man. Hosea is faithful; he finds her, redeems her and brings her back home to him. “Then I said to her, ‘You shall stay with me for many days. You shall not play the harlot, nor shall you have a man; so I will also be toward you” (3:3). This commentator, just like today's “churches” just don't get it. God would not tell us to marry whores. Hosea and his prophecy are not about him and a whore, it is an allegory of the children of Israel and our whoring after strange gods. When the nation sins and disobeys Yahweh, we are punished. Hosea prophesied of the coming Assyrian invasion, which was Yahweh's punishment for Israel. Christ is our husbandman and we are the bride, He redeemed us when He died for us.

•    Chapters 4-14 Hosea describes how Israel has been unfaithful to God. God wants Israel to repent and turn from their wickedness. He wants to restore Israel however, they continue to disobey and follow their own ways, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children” (4:6).

 

 

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Summary of the Book of Hosea

Author and Date

Hosea son of Beeri prophesied about the middle of the eighth century b.c., his ministry beginning during or shortly after (before) that of Amos. Amos threatened God's judgment on Israel at the hands of an unnamed enemy; Hosea identifies that enemy as Assyria (7:11; 8:9; 10:6; 11:11). Judging from the kings mentioned in 1:1, Hosea must have prophesied for at least 38 years, though almost nothing is known about him from sources outside his book. He was the only one of the writing prophets to come from the northern kingdom (Israel), and his prophecy is primarily directed to that kingdom. But since his prophetic activity is dated by reference to kings of Judah, the book was probably written in Judah after the fall of the northern capital, Samaria (722-721 b.c.) Hosea would not have prophesied after the event. He most likely prophesied between 753-722, before the Assyrian invasion.

Background

Hosea lived in the tragic final days of the northern kingdom, during which six kings (following Jeroboam II) reigned within 25 years (2Ki 15:8 -- 17:6). Four (Zechariah, Shallum, Pekahiah, Pekah) were murdered by their successors while in office, and one (Hoshea) was captured in battle; only one (Menahem) was succeeded on the throne by his son. These kings, given to Israel by God "in anger" and taken away "in wrath" (13:11), floated away "like a twig on the surface of the waters" (10:7). "Bloodshed" followed "bloodshed" (4:2) This is referring to blood mingling with blood, race mixing. Assyria was expanding westward, and Menahem accepted that world power as overlord and paid tribute (2Ki 15:19-20). But shortly afterward, in 733 b.c., Israel was dismembered by Assyria because of the intrigue of Pekah (who had gained Israel's throne by killing Pekahiah, Menahem's son and successor). Only the territories of Ephraim and western Manasseh were left to the king of Israel. Then, because of the disloyalty of Hoshea (Pekah's successor), Samaria was captured and its people exiled in 722-721, bringing the northern kingdom to an end.

Theological Theme and Message

The first part of the book (chs. 1 - 3) narrates the family life of Hosea as a symbol (similar to the symbolism in the lives of Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel) to convey the message the prophet had from the Lord for his people. God ordered Hosea to marry an adulterous wife, Gomer, and their three children were each given a symbolic name representing part of the ominous message. God did not order Hosea to marry an adulteress. Again, this is an allegory for an adulterous people, Israel. God does not change His mind and laws. Ch. 2 alternates between Hosea's relation to Gomer and its symbolic representation of God's relation to Israel. The children are told to drive the unfaithful mother out of the house; but it was her reform, not her riddance, that was sought. The children being the nation, and are told to cast out sinners, the unfaithful and disobedient of the society. The prophet was ordered to continue loving her, and he took her back and kept her in isolation for a while (ch. 3). This is not talking about Hosea's immediate family. It's message represents the nation. The affair graphically represents the Lord's relation to the Israelites (cf. 2:4,9,18), who had been disloyal to him by worshiping Canaanite deities as the source of their abundance. The commentary only gets half of it. The affair is of the nation, not Hosea's wife, and the Canaanites are the Cain branch of Jews. The enemy of God's people, which teach us to err. Israel was to go through a period of exile (cf. 7:16; 9:3,6,17; 11:5). But the Lord still loved his covenant people and longed to take them back, just as Hosea took back Gomer. Gomer was not the adulteress, the nation was. Yahweh will remarry us when He returns. This return is described with imagery recalling the exodus from Egypt and settlement in Canaan (cf. 1:11; 2:14-23; 3:5; 11:10-11; 14:4-7). Hosea saw Israel's past experiences with the Lord as the fundamental pattern, or type, of God's future dealings with his people.

The second part of the book (chs. 4 - 14) gives the details of Israel's involvement in Canaanite (Jewish) religion, but a systematic outline of the material is difficult. Like other prophetic books, Hosea issued a call to repentance. Israel's alternative to destruction was to forsake her idols and return to the Lord (chs. 6; 14). Information gleaned from materials discovered at Ugarit (dating from the 15th century b.c.) enables us to know more clearly the religious practices against which Hosea protested.

Hosea saw the failure to acknowledge God (4:1,6; 8:2-3; 13:4) as Israel's basic problem. God's relation to Israel was that of love (2:19; 4:1; 6:6; 10:12; 12:6). The intimacy of the covenant relationship between God and Israel, illustrated in the first part of the book by the husband-wife relationship, is later amplified by the father-child relationship (11:1-4). Disloyalty to God was spiritual adultery (4:13-14; 5:4; 9:1; cf. Jer 3;  Ex 34:15). Israel had turned to Baal worship and had sacrificed at the pagan high places, which included associating with the sacred prostitutes at the sanctuaries (4:14) and worshiping the calf images at Samaria (8:5; 10:5-6; 13:2). There was also international intrigue (5:13; 7:8-11) and materialism.

Special Problems

The book of Hosea has at least two perplexing problems. The first concerns the nature of the story told in chs. 1 - 3 and the character of Gomer. While some interpreters have thought the story to be merely an allegory of the relation between God and Israel, others claim, more plausibly, that the story is to be taken literally. Among the latter, some insist that Gomer was faithful at first and later became unfaithful, others that she was unfaithful even before the marriage. Nowhere is Gomer described as an actual whore, or adulteress. The prophecy has nothing to do with Hosea and Gomer other than to use as an illustration of the people of Israel. If you really believe that God would command us to sin, even fornicate, then you are truly ignorant of the scriptures.

The second problem of the book is the relation of ch. 3 to ch. 1. Despite the fact that no children are mentioned in ch. 3, some interpreters claim that the two chapters are different accounts of the same episode. The traditional interpretation, however, is more likely, namely, that ch. 3 is a sequel to ch. 1 -- i.e., after Gomer proved unfaithful, Hosea was instructed to take her back. Blind fools. It's not about Hosea and Gomer. Please re-read from page 1 if you still don't comprehend.

 

 

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Who wrote the book?

Hosea revealed little about his background, though his book of prophecy offers a few glimpses into his life. The prophet’s name means “salvation,” likely a reference to Hosea’s position in Israel as a beacon of hope to those who would repent and turn to God because of his message. Following the command of God, Hosea married Gomer, a bride God described as “a wife of harlotry” (Hosea 1:2) and a woman who bore Hosea three children, two sons and a daughter (1:4, 6, 9). Again, another blind fool. Gomer was not unfaithful. Only the Jews and the “churches” would believe that God would command such a sin. God used the names of Hosea’s children, along with his wife’s (nations) unfaithfulness, to send specific messages to the people of Israel.

Where are we?

In Hosea 1:1, the prophet identified the kings that ruled during his prophetic ministry. The first four—Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah—reigned over the southern kingdom of Judah from 790 BC to 686 BC, while Jeroboam II ruled the northern kingdom of Israel from 782 BC to 753 BC. This indicates that Hosea lived in the middle to late eighth century BC (755–715 BC), making him a contemporary of the prophets Isaiah and Micah.

Hosea directed the early portion of his prophetic warnings to Jeroboam II, a descendant of the house of Jehu whose son, Zechariah, would soon come to ruin (Hosea 1:4; 2 Kings 15:8–12). Because this prophecy against the descendants of Jeroboam involved the birth of Hosea’s children, we can conclude that he lived in the northern kingdom, where the names of his children would have had the greatest impact.

Why is Hosea so important?

More than any other prophet, Hosea linked his message closely with his personal life. By marrying a woman he knew would eventually betray his trust and by giving his children names that sent messages of judgment on Israel, Hosea’s prophetic word flowed out of the life of his family. Total unscriptural bull dung! This is a false doctrine of scripture. If God commands us to sin, then what kind of God is He? The God of scripture, Yahweh, is not the God that the “churches” teach. He is not a Jew, He demands we be separate from the other races, and  does not command us to sin. The cycle of repentance, redemption, and restoration evident in Hosea’s prophecy—and even his marriage (the illustration) (Hosea 1:2; 3:1–3)—remains intimately connected to our lives. This sequence plays itself out in the lives of real people, reminding us that the Scriptures are far from a mere collection of abstract statements with no relation to real life. No, they work their way into our day-to-day existence, commenting on issues that impact all our actions and relationships.

What's the big idea?

Structured around five cycles of judgment and restoration, the book of Hosea makes clear its repetitious theme: though God will bring judgment on sin, He will always bring His people back to Himself. God’s love for Israel, a nation of people more interested in themselves than in God’s direction for their lives, shines through clearly against the darkness of their idolatry and injustice (Hosea 14:4).

Throughout the book, Hosea pictured the people turning away from the Lord and turning toward other gods (4:12–3; 8:5–6). This propensity for idolatry meant that the Israelites lived as if they were not God’s people. And though God told them as much through the birth of Hosea’s third child, Lo-ammi, He also reminded them that He would ultimately restore their relationship with Him, using the intimate and personal language of “sons” to describe His wayward people (1:9–10; 11:1).