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Hosea Hosea wrote to the Northern Nation of Israel. He was a contemporary of Isaiah, Amos, and Micah. Hosea was prophesying to the Northern Kingdom, and warning them of God’s impending judgment. The Northern Kingdom (the House of Israel) was experiencing unprecedented blessing as they were in the position of being the wealthiest of any nation around, the largest military since the days of Solomon, they were the most prosperous since King Solomon, but were more spiritually bankrupt than ever in their history. It was the best of times, and it was the worst of times. Idolatry of all kinds was rampant, and the Northern Kingdom attributed their success to their idols, the primary of which was Baal. The parallels between the Northern Kingdom’s status and that of the United States is frightening. If you were to substitute the United States for the name Israel in this passage, you would think Hosea was writing to our nation today, as his descriptions of the evil prevalent in the Northern Kingdom describe our nation perfectly. God declared through Hosea that He would not withhold judgment from the Northern Kingdom, would not have mercy upon them, and would use their enemies to execute his judgment. In addition to idolatry, other sins denounced by Hosea included social injustice, violent crime, religious hypocrisy, political rebellion, dependence upon foreign alliances, selfish arrogance, and spiritual ingratitude. - Does this describe the United States? As we progress further and further into the book, we get less personal with relation to Hosea’s family, and the focus of the prophesy will shift more and more to the “end times”. Tonight we encounter the most important end time prophesy in the entire bible, that’s ignored by most commentators (they don’t want to touch this controversial one with the preverbal 10 foot pole), and explains why Satan is still so anti- Semitic.
The Formal Indictments against Israel Gone after other Gods Gave credit to them for God’s blessing Forgot God The Specific Charges No Truth in the Land No Mercy No knowledge of God Swearing Lying Killing Stealing Committing Adultery Violence Violence Among Family Members Pollution of the Land Beasts, Birds, and Fish diminish No one stands up for right No one reproves another Argue with Priests The common people are destroyed for lack of knowledge Forgotten the law of God The General Charges social injustice violent crime religious hypocrisy political rebellion dependence upon foreign alliances selfish arrogance spiritual ingratitude Promise of Judgment/Restoration - Never to return for the Northern Kingdom - Promise to Judah for judgment for following the Northern Kingdom’s example - Promise of restoration for Israel (collectively) - Prophecy of the ‘Diaspora’ - Prophesy that God would bring them back into the land, but in unbelief - Prophecy that God would again drive them into the wilderness - Prophecy of restoration - At that time they will call upon him, admit their mistake, and petition him to return - Three days later he does - He speaks kindly to them, and heals them - They no longer call him ‘baali’ but now ‘ishi’ Items Covered So Far - The Assyrian Conquest - The Babylonian Conquest of Judah - The Diaspora - The End Times - The separation of the ‘sheep’ and the ‘goats’ with respect to who runs to the ‘Antichrist’ for support during the tribulation period and who flees to the wilderness and to God - The refuge in the wilderness during the tribulation - The petition for God’s return - The turning again to God - Israel’s restoration before and after the tribulation
Num 13:21 So they went up, and searched the land from the wilderness of Zin unto Rehob, as men come to Hamath. Num 13:22 And they ascended by the south, and came unto Hebron; where Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the children of Anak, were. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.) Num 13:23 And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs. Num 13:24 The place was called the brook Eshcol, because of the cluster of grapes which the children of Israel cut down from thence. Num 13:25 And they returned from searching of the land after forty days. Num 13:26 And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land. Num 13:27 And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it. Hos 2:3 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. Milk and Honey are idioms for plenty. Honey comes from bees, who only make it if there is plenty of flowering plants, or crops. Milk is only produced by animals if there is plenty of feed and water available.
You remember what started all of this: After the civil war, Jeraboam in the Northern Kingdom erected two golden calves as idols for Baal, one in Dan at the far North, and one at Samaria (Bethel) in the Southern part of the Northern Kingdom in order to change the worship of the Northern Kingdom away from the traditions of Judaism. 1Ki 12:25 Then Jeroboam built Shechem in mount Ephraim, and dwelt therein; and went out from thence, and built Penuel. 1Ki 12:26 And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David: 1Ki 12:27 If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah. 1Ki 12:28 Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. 1Ki 12:29 And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan. 1Ki 12:30 And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.
God continues the case for the prosecution, bringing more charges Hos 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. God wants to heal them and restore them, but when He examines them, there is no one that is doing good. They are all liars. Ephraim was the site of the worship center, and Samaria the political center. He is saying that there is no truth in their pulpits, nor in their government. Sound familiar? We have pulpits that preach racial hatred, that spend their entire preaching time on extoling how one mythical group has oppressed them, and they are all victims. Lack of truth? We have political leaders, even the highest leader of our land, lying under oath before a court of law, then getting off scot-free without any repercussions at all, and when repercussions were attempted to be brought, those in favor of such repercussions had their political careers destroyed. Lies in government? Stealing from the common people, from within and without. Taking away something that is legitimately owned by the individual on the pretense of it benefiting the state. There are laws on our books that specify that the “property” can be assumed as having committed the crime, and thus is forfeited to the state as payment for the crime. The property is then sold at auction by the seizing group with the prophets from that auction going directly back into the budgets of the seizing group (read that as an incentive to seize, which has been shown to be the case and happen on a regular basis). Exodus 20:15 Thou shalt not steal. Properties that have been in families since the founding of this nation are being confiscated by the government using ‘eminent domain’, taken away from the families, and sold at auction to land developers for the sole purpose of bringing in more taxes to the state coffers (Kelo vs. New London, 2005). Since the ruling in favor of the state in the Kelo case, from 2005 to 2008 more than 10,000 cases of eminent domains seizures for the sole purpose of increasing tax revenue have been recorded. In Huston, 92 properties (homes, businesses, etc.) were seized for the sole purpose of building a metro buss line to an affluent part of town where the mayor lived.
God continues the case for the prosecution, bringing more charges Hos 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. Hos 7:2 And they consider not in their hearts that I remember all their wickedness: now their own doings have beset them about; they are before my face. “Everybody’s doing it.” They mistakenly thought that standards of right and wrong should be judged by their own accepted practice. ‘beset about them’ indicates they are totally engulfed by them. Everybody WAS doing it, and that was the problem. Hos 7:3 They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with their lies. Not only were they sinning, their leaders were approving of their sin and happy they were doing it!! Rom 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Rom 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Rom 1:30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Rom 1:31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Rom 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
God continues the case for the prosecution, bringing more charges Hos 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. Hos 7:2 And they consider not in their hearts that I remember all their wickedness: now their own doings have beset them about; they are before my face. Hos 7:3 They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with their lies. Pro 16:12 It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness. The abandonment of righteousness weakens the seat of government and the stability and security of the nation. Pro 29:4 The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it. The issue of bribery is at root the issue of private truthfulness and acting on principle as opposed to being driven by expediency. When integrity is forsaken justice is overthrown. Bribery doesn’t have to be focused on monetary compensation, but can be in the form of political favors, or political correctness. Any compromise on justice for the sake of anything falls into this category! How many judges have refused to look at the legal question of President Obama’s birth and thrown the cases out of court or denied judicial procedures because it was politically incorrect, or potentially politically inconvenient? Pro 29:12 If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked. Gal 5:9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
Hos 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. Unfortunately, this is a rather poor translation from the Hebrew. What it is indicating is that there is a baker’s oven with a fire smoldering in it, while the baker kneads the dough and waits for the leavening process. But when the time is right, and the leaven has reached its peak and done it’s job, the fire will flair up and consume the wood. Hos 7:5 In the day of our king the princes have made him sick with bottles of wine; he stretched out his hand with scorners. Hos 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. Hos 7:7 They are all hot as an oven, and have devoured their judges; all their kings are fallen: there is none among them that calleth unto me. Again, the same idiom. They party with the king until the king is drunk, but at the same time they are plotting his murder. One day soon, their plots and schemes will flair up like a fire. During this time, four different kings have taken the thrown, and been assassinated after ruling only several months to several years. Between 752 and 732 B.C. four of Israel’s rulers were assassinated (cf. 2 Kings 15). Not only the murders of Zechariah, Shllum, Pekahiah, and Pekah, but it may also refer to the disastrous reign of Menahem, who allowed Israel to become a vassal of Assyria (2 Kgs 15:19), and prophetically to Hoshea (who was soon to be imprisoned by Assyria (2 Kgs 17:4)).
Hos 7:8 Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned. Ephraim had a ‘half-baked’ foreign policy. In verses 8-12 it will give us a few details. Hos 7:9 Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knoweth it not: yea, gray hairs are here and there upon him, yet he knoweth not. The Northern Kingdom had promised monies and support to foreign governments for building programs, resource developments, compensations, and tributes at the expense of their own people. These alliances (and tributes) depleted their resources. The nation is compared to an elderly man who has failed to notice the gradual effects of the aging process (loss of physical strength, graying hair). This loss was epitomized by the tribute payments that were an excessive drain on its wealth and economy (2 Kings 15:19-20; 17:3), as well as the costly Syro-Epharaimite War, in which she allied with Syria (Isa 7:2). Like Sampson, “He did not know that the Lord had left him.” (Judg 16:20). Hos 7:10 And the pride of Israel testifieth to his face: and they do not return to the LORD their God, nor seek him for all this. Hos 7:11 Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart: they call to Egypt, they go to Assyria. Hoshea (ca. 732-722 B.C.), after acknowledging Assyrian rulership for a time, stopped tribute payments and sought an alliance with Egypt (2 Kgs 17:3-4a). This act of rebellion led to the destruction of the Northern Kingdom (2 Kgs 17:4b-6), the inevitable result of a foreign policy which for 20 years had been characterized by vacillating and expedient measures... like a silly dove, flying to and fro. Hos 7:12 When they shall go, I will spread my net upon them; I will bring them down as the fowls of the heaven; I will chastise them, as their congregation hath heard.
Hos 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. Hos 7:14 And they have not cried unto me with their heart, when they howled upon their beds: they assemble themselves for corn and wine, and they rebel against me. Hos 7:15 Though I have bound and strengthened their arms, yet do they imagine mischief against me. Hos 7:16 They return, but not to the most High: they are like a deceitful bow: their princes shall fall by the sword for the rage of their tongue: this shall be their derision in the land of Egypt. Redeemed: Padah – to be commercially ransomed by having the debt price paid Howled: Yalal – to ritually cut their bodies and chant – a clear sign of satanic influence involves people cutting their bodies – forbidden in Deut. 14:1 – a major part of Baal worship (1 Kings 18:28) 1Pe 3:10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Jas 3:5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! Jas 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. Jas 3:7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: Jas 3:8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Jas 3:9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Jas 3:10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
Have you heard the phrase: sown to the wind, and will reap the whirlwind That comes from Hosea 8:7, which we will encounter next. God has been stating some of the indictments against Israel, followed by some of the judgments and promises of restoration. Now, we move into more consequences for their actions. Hos 8:1 Set the trumpet to thy mouth. He shall come as an eagle against the house of the LORD, because they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law. Hos 8:2 Israel shall cry unto me, My God, we know thee. How pathetic is that!?! Here they have completely ignored all of God’s commandments, and done their own thing, reveling in their own sin, bragging about it, rejecting God’s Word and even their leaders are praising them for their sin, and then when problems come, they run to God and say ‘we know thee!!’ Wait a minute…. don’t we personally do the same thing?? Luk 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Mat 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. Mat 5:23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Mat 5:24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Mat 5:38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: Mat 5:39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. Mat 5:40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. Mat 5:41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Mat 5:42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
“Your actions speak louder than your words” “Your actions are so loud I can’t hear what you are saying” Hos 8:3 Israel hath cast off the thing that is good: the enemy shall pursue him. A last ditch pretense. That’s a pretense prevalent today: people claim to know God—but they don’t. They forget that God is to be obeyed and they therefore must live their lives in obedience to him 24/7, not just on Sunday morning, or on Thursday night, or when you meet a fellow Christian on the street. Israel made a pretense of devotion to the Lord, addressing Him as her own God and claiming to acknowledge His authority over her. Yet, this profession, however, was mere lip service (Hosea 4:1,6 5:4). Her sinful actions spoke louder than her words. In reality, she had rejected (cast off) what was good (the Lord’s moral and ethical requirements; Amos 5:14-15; Micah 6:8). Hos 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. Bad religion leads to bad leaders, and vice versa. The cycle of decline. If we are supposed to be ruled by- the-people, for-the-people, and our leaders are our employees, then where is the outrage of the people when our elected officials lie to get into office, then do not support the people who brought them there? There is a solution to that problem, it is called impeachment, and it exists for EVERY position in government, INCLUDING judges, and supreme court judges. The people should have responded with outrage at the removal of God from our society at the opinion of so very few against so many, and fired those clowns. But they didn’t. Hos 8:5 Thy calf, O Samaria, hath cast thee off; mine anger is kindled against them: how long will it be ere they attain to innocency? Hebrew says: “He has rejected your calf, O Samaria” forming a wordplay against verse 3. ‘You cast off me and my ways, I have cast off your and your ways!’
Hos 8:5 Thy calf, O Samaria, hath cast thee off; mine anger is kindled against them: how long will it be ere they attain to innocency? Hebrew says: “He has rejected your calf, O Samaria” forming a wordplay against verse 3. ‘You cast off me and my ways, I have cast off your and your ways!’ Mat 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Mat 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Mat 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Mat 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. Hos 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. All of mans idols shall be broken. Their religious idols, their political idols, their sports idols, their commercial idols, their consumer idols, their idols of desire and covetousness. Make your own list, they will all be broken. (money, economy, stock indexes, the latest car, the latest truck, that one computer you have been wanting, or that big screen TV, or how you look, what clothes to wear, or what cell phone you have, or that favorite dish you like to eat, or what political ideology you follow, whatever!!)
Pro 11:29 He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind Hos 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 shall swallow it up. Hos 8:8 Israel is swallowed up: now shall they be among the Gentiles as a vessel wherein is no pleasure. Israel had troubled their own house, and now they were going to reap the whirlwind. For 200 years they sowed to the wind, and for 2000 years, they reaped the whirlwind, scattered among the Gentiles. How long have we sown to the wind? It goes on to say that Israel is a stalk with no fruit on it. A fruitless tree. Even if it did bear fruit, other nations will be the ones that will benefit. Mar 11:13 And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. Mar 11:14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it. … Mar 11:20 And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. Mar 11:21 And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away. Mar 11:22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. What about us? Do we DO what Jesus told us to do? Do we give it lip service only and proceed to live our lives as we will until problems come into our lives, then we run to God and say “But, we are your people!?!” What would God say to us about our actions toward Him? God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. His is a wonderfully merciful God, But he is a Holy God, and His mercy has limits. Sooner or later His justice and holiness must also be vindicated.