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.
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
Don't call Me LORD!!!
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.
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.
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...'”
This also describes the Reformation and the first 100 years of America.
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!
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,
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.
Meaning: 1) ephod 1 priestly garment, shoulder-cape or mantle, outer garment:- worn by an ordinary priest and made of white stuff
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Israel was to be sent out of the land for their sins, and by this time there was no way to avoid that fate.
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.
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.
Snare is pach, figurative of calamities, plots, source or agent of calamity.
Net is resheth, figurative for leaders leading people to sin.
Shachata can have several meanings, slaughter, incorrupting, human sacrifice.
The political and religious leaders are those primarily responsible for the errors of the people.
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)
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.”
The word 'after' should have been translated 'away from'. Ephraim (northern tribes) willingly walked away from God's commandments.
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.
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.
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.
Gilead is where false sacrifices occurred.
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.
Israel is defiled because they had “begotten strange children”, as it was said at Hosea 5:7
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Because we as a people collectively do not learn from history, we repeat it over and over.
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.
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.
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?
Therefore we see that democracy is ungodly.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
Being disobedient is easy when you see no punishment.
They are unrecognizable as children of light when they go after other gods and lusts.
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.
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.
Their children will be destroyed.
Tyre was also a city of Israel.
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.
Empty is baqaq and is used as luxuriant in verse 1.
The more Israelites, the more pagan altars. Yahweh is not pleased.
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”.
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.
In other words, for these reasons the priests shall also mourn for the loss of their pagan idols.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Judgement is a result of sin. Sin inevitably leads to judgement.
The Hebrew reads verse 7 as:
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.
[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.
Yahweh being God, He shall find a way to preserve Ephraim, in spite of Ephraim himself.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
Israel will be punished severely, however they will not be destroyed altogether.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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
Chapter 14 starts here in the Hebrew.
This is an immediate prophecy concerning ancient Israel, and its destruction at the hands of the Assyrians.
Hosea 14:1 (14:2)
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.
Idols have no power to grant either salvation or mercy.
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.
This happened, when the Germanic tribes accepted Christianity, and especially with the Reformation when the idols of Roman Catholicism were done away with.
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'.
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).
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.
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;
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.
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
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).