Generally, the biblical prophetic books are divided between the longer books called the Major Prophets [Isaiah – Jeremiah – Lamentations- Ezekiel and Daniel], and the shorter books arecalled the Minor Prophets.
This is a study into the twelve minor prophets: Hosea – Joel – Amos – Obadiah – Jonah – Micah – Nahum – Habakkuk- Zephaniah – Haggai – Zechariah and Malachi.
The twelve Minor Prophets conclude the Old Testament prophets and each of them is about the reasons for the latter day tribulation, the tribulation itself, the future of various nations, the early millennium or about the coming of Messiah.
Definitions and explanations
In dating I will often use the letter “c”; this means circa or approximately.
Physical Israel was called out from bondage in Egypt and is an allegorical example of God spiritually calling people out of bondage to sin. Therefore everything written about physical Israel and physical Judah, also applies spiritually to those that God is calling out of bondage to sin.
As Physical Israel / Judah was corrected when they turned away from God; so professing Christian as a kind of spiritual Israel will be corrected if he is not faithfully diligent to keep and live by every Word of God.
God is not a respecter of persons and God will require the same things of Christians that he requires of physical Israel and Judah; which is a passionate Christ-like zeal to live by every Word of God
The English word “church” can mean a building or a corporate entity which is deceptive since the biblical word “Ekklesia” [which is rendered “church” in English], means neither of these things. The word “Ekklesia” means all those faithful [individually and collectively] who live by Every Word of God [Mat 4:4].
While the minor prophets refer to various nations and Israel / Judah, the word ‘church” or “Ekklesia” is not used in the minor prophets. However I will be using the word Ekklesia as well as brethren, spiritual Israel, brother-hood, assemblies and other general terms to refer to professing Christians and to point out lessons applicable to all professing Christians.
Israel /Judah were one nation until God separated ten tribes of Israel off from Judah for the sins of Solomon.
1 Kings 11:29 And it came to pass at that time when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, that the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found him in the way; and he had clad himself with a new garment; and they two were alone in the field:
11:30 And Ahijah caught the new garment that was on him, and rent it in twelve pieces:
11:31 And he said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces: for thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee:
11:32 (But he shall have one tribe for my servant David’s sake, and for Jerusalem’s sake, the city which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel:)
Since that time the scriptures address Judah [The Levites remained at Jerusalem with Judah] and Israel, as two separate peoples who will be reunited at the coming of Christ.
The book of Hosea is about the vast unending love of God for his wife [physical Israel,, which marriage ended at the death of the Husband; and about the vast love of Messiah for his New Covenant bride of those called into a kind of spiritual Israel, Jer 31:31 and Eze ] and about his unspeakable agony at their continual idolatry and adulteries against him. Hosea is told to take a wife from among the whores to illustrate the situation of the continual adulteries of Israel against a deeply loving husband.
A true Christian is part of a holy nation a kind of spiritual Israel.
Hosea’s historical context is the time just before the captivity of Israel in c 721 B.C., and has God pleading with Israel to stop her idolatries and spiritual adulteries and return to be faithful to him, and prophesies that in the latter days Israel will yet repent and turn to love and be faithful to God.
Physical Israel cannot repent and be faithful until the New Covenant of Jer 31:31 is extended to her, therefore this is also a prophecy of the New Covenant. Remember that God also loves spiritual Israel and that God is in a similar deep agony of spirit, over all of our spiritual adulteries with idols of men, following and obeying them instead of faithfully living by EVERY WORD of God.
This was recorded and preserved for us and for our instruction today, so that when BOTH physical and spiritual Israel are corrected in the soon coming great tribulation; we shall turn to our God in deep sincere repentance to cleave to him alone forever more.
History: Jeroboam II (Hebrew: ירבעם השני or יָרָבְעָם; Greek: Ιεροβοάμ; Latin: Jeroboam) was the son and successor of Jehoash, (alternatively spelled Joash), and the fourteenth king of the ancient Kingdom of Israel, over which he ruled for forty-one years. His reign was contemporary with those of Amaziah (2 Kings 14:23) and Uzziah (15:1), kings of Judah. He was victorious over the Syrians (13:4; 14:26, 27), conquered Damascus (14:28), and extended Israel to its former limits, from “the entering of Hamath to the sea of the plain” (14:25; Amos 6:14).
William F. Albright has dated his reign to 786 BC – 746 BC, while E. R. Thiele says he was coregent with Jehoash 793 BC to 782 BC and sole ruler 782 BC to 753 BC.
Jeroboam’s reign was also the period of the prophets Hosea, Joel, Jonah and Amos, all of whom condemned the idolatry, materialism and selfishness of the Israelite elite of their day.
Remember that all physical sins, especially idolatry and adultery have their spiritual counterparts of disloyalty to the Word of God to whom we were called.
This warning prophecy was not meant exclusively for them, but for latter day physical and spiritual Israel, else it would not have been recorded for US today.
As physical Israel was full of idolatry and sin at that time; today’s physical Israel is full of sin; and today’s professing Christianity [spiritual Israel] is full of the same sin in its spiritual context: following idols of men and exalting the words of men above the Word of God.
Hosea 1:1 The word of the LORD that came unto Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel.
1:2 The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea. And the LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land [Nation of Israel] hath committed great whoredom, departing from the LORD.
God sets up Hosea as an analogy of himself and his relationship with physical Israel and with his relationship with today’s professing Christians; commanding Hosea to marry a whore; analogous to today’s continual spiritual adultery and idolatry, just before our rejection and correction by God.
This also being a lesson for latter day physical Israel and the spiritual Ekklesia, who are full of gross physical and spiritual idolatry and adultery today, just before our correction in the latter day tribulation.
Hosea is a message to Mosaic Israel and it is a message to spiritual Israel today.
Almighty God will not tolerate our following idols of men and exalting them above any zeal to live by God’s Word any longer: God is about to withdraw his blessings and protection and allow us to be thoroughly corrected to humble us and turn us to HIM.
HOSEA is a message to Professing Christianity, the Spiritual Israel of TODAY!
1:3 So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim; which conceived, and bare him a son.
God declares that he will end the kingdom of Israel and send them into captivity for their wickedness, and God will again correct the latter day proud nations of physical Israel and the called out of spiritual Israel as well.
1:4 And the LORD 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.
Jehu slew the priests of Baal, yet he was lukewarm and allowed the golden calves to be worshipped and much idolatry in Israel. This is just as the Ekklesia makes a pretense of condemning sin while following idols of men today.
A Word About Idols
These rulers of the people know that idols are dumb inanimate nothing, so why did they lead the people to worship them? So that they could then teach the people their own doctrine and lead the people to follow themselves by claiming that their gods had so declared.
An idol cannot declare a doctrine! The priest declares his own doctrine and then attributes it to the idol, in that way distracting the people into actually following themselves. An idol is just smoke and mirrors to distract and manipulate people into following its priesthood, thereby controlling and enslaving the people to follow the priests.
Idols are only symbols of false teachings.
Today, we also have our idols: They are called corporate Churches, traditions of men and exalted leaders! We are told that such and such is “God’s Church” and that we must be loyal to it and to its leaders. Then the leaders teach whatever they want and the brethren swallow it up, thinking it is God’s Word.
We must prove ALL things by the Word of God and follow men ONLY as they follow God! If Israel had done that they would never have been led astray.
If we do NOT prove ALL things and hold fast to God’s Word, we shall be rejected by our espoused Husband into great correction, just as physical Israel was also rejected into captivity!
1:5 And it shall come to pass at that day, that I will break the bow of Israel, in the valley of Jezreel.
Because of all Israel’s idolatry God would later break Israel in Jezreel [by the invading Assyrians], and lead them into captivity, rejecting them from off the land. In the same way God will reject physical Israel and spiritual Israel [today’s Ekklesia] today and cast them into great tribulation to bring them to sincere repentance.
1:6 And she conceived again, and bare a daughter. And God said unto him, Call her name Loruhamah: for I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel; but I will utterly take them away.
God declares that his mercy and patience with Mosaic Israel, and with the latter day idolatrous Ekklesia is at an end. God will correct the guilty and will save those faithful to him.
1:7 But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah [Israel went into captivity years before Judah did, being saved by God at that time for the righteous deeds of the good king Hezekiah], and will save them by the LORD their God, and will not save them by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen.
1:8 Now when she had weaned Loruhamah, she conceived, and bare a son.
Loammi is to be a type of Israel when they are rejected by God for their continual sins against him; yet God promises that when Israel does sincerely repent he will accept them back. The same thing is true of today’s spiritual Israel who will be corrected for a short time and when they sincerely turn to the Eternal with a whole heart they will be accepted by him.
The lesson is that God will correct those he loves in order to save them.
1:9 Then said God, Call his name Loammi: for ye are not my people, and I will not be your God. [This is a rejection of physical Israel, and the rejection of the Ekklesia of Rev 3:15]
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.
Speaking of the coming of Messiah the Christ, when Israel and Judah shall be united together again under king David as Messiah the Christ rules the whole earth.
1:11 Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great shall be the day of Jezreel.
This is a promise that after being rejected for a time, Israel will sincerely repent and be brought into the New Covenant of Jer 31:31 and shall be restored to Judea; and in the millennium the kingdom’s of Judah and Israel will again be united.
This is also a prophecy that in the tribulation Laodicea WILL repent and turn away from her idolatry of following idols of men to worship the Living God! And a prophecy that all the faithful will then be united under ONE KING; The Lord of Hosts is HIS NAME!
What follows is a plea for physical and spiritual Israel to repent from their whoredoms after other gods and idols.
It is a plea for physical and spiritual Israel to set aside their whoring [selling themselves to follow others] after their false traditions, leaders and organizations; to turn back to their espoused Husband in passionate love and zeal for his will and law; lest we be rejected by her Husband Jesus Christ and thrown into the furnace of affliction.
Hosea 2:1 Say ye unto your brethren, Ammi; and to your sisters, Ruhamah.
The adulteries of physical and spiritual Israel have come between us and our Husband so that we are an unclean thing to him.
2:2 Plead with your mother, plead: for she is not [no longer] my wife, neither am I her husband: let her therefore put away her whoredoms out of her sight, and her adulteries from between her breasts;
If we do not repent quickly God will remove all our blessings and will reveal all of our sins.
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.
2:4 And I will not have mercy upon her children [spiritually the converts to our spiritual adulteries]; for they be the children of whoredoms.
2:5 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.
God will neither have mercy on us nor on our converts; for we love our increase and our mammon from our turning away from our Husband! We have perverted the Gospel of warning and repentance into a inoffensive to sinners business model quest for supporters selling ourselves for their mammon; we have turned from zeal for God’s commandments to a zeal for idols men and false traditions.
Because we are not zealous to live by EVERY WORD of God, Almighty God will not bless us in our doings.
2:6 Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths.
Because the Ekklesia today seeks the love, support and approval of the worldly and does not love God enough to be zealous to keep his Word; our doings will NOT prosper. Today we are divided, confused and separated from our God for our compromising and idolatry of false traditions and spiritual adultery!
2:7 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; for then was it better with me than now.
Therefore we are under a curse and our ways will not bring us gain but only sorrows, and we shall be divided and our increase shall be cursed for our faithlessness and whoring after our idols of men and false teachings; until we are corrected in the furnace of affliction and turn back to our God.
We have forgotten the source of our blessings and have been lifted up with pride, thinking that we are full of godliness and have need of nothing spiritually.
2:8 For she did not know that I gave her corn [grain], and wine, and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold, which they prepared for Baal [devoted to our idols as in building great monuments to dead men].
2:9 Therefore will I return, and take away my corn [grain] in the time [of harvest] thereof, and my wine in the season thereof, and will recover my wool and my flax given to cover her nakedness.
We have forgotten that our blessing come from our God and are given for faithful zealous obedience to him! Therefore our God will withdraw his blessings from us until we turn back to him. That includes the blessings on the Ekklesia in terms of spiritual understanding as well as in physical things. Because we reject a good understanding of godly things to follow our idols of men, the understanding of spiritual things has been kept back from the called out
Our Husband will permit the shame of our nakedness [our sinfulness] to be revealed; until we repent and seek the righteousness of his law; then we shall be covered with the atoning sacrifice and the pure white linen garments of God’s righteousness.
2:10 And now will I discover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers, and none shall deliver her out of mine hand.
Today most reject God’s New Moons and routinely pollute God’s Sabbaths; therefore God will take all joy far away from us in the furnace of extreme correction.
2:11 I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days, her new moons, and her Sabbath’s, and all her solemn feasts.
2:12 And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees, whereof she hath said, These are my rewards that my lovers have given me: and I will make them a forest, and the beasts of the field shall eat them.
As physical Israel lost all the blessings of God: All our rejoicings and pleasant things will cease and be taken away during the tribulation because of our idolatry and our whoredoms after men and false tradition against our Husband.
2:13 And I will visit upon her the days of Baalim [God will correct our leaders and elders for compromising with God’s Word to lead men into sin for reward like Baalim did.] , wherein she burned incense to them, and she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers, and forgat me, saith the LORD.
God will take away our pleasant things which we have through our idolatry; our organizational unity has already dissolved in to hundreds of schisms because we have rejected the source and the only way to unity; which is complete unity of every person with God. God will make our apostate social club churches desolate for our sins that we might remember HIM!
Then we shall remember him and he will reveal himself to us; calling out to us to sincerely repent and forgiving and delivering those who turn to him with wholehearted zeal.
2:14 Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her.
2:15 And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt.
2:16 And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, that thou shalt call me Ishi [beloved Husband; Personal name meaning, “my deliverer or my salvation.”]; and shalt call me no more Baali [lord master].
2:17 For I will take away the names of Baalim [remove all thoughts of following idols of men from our minds, for out of the mind the mouth speaks] out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name.
And in that day all Israel shall be saved for:
Joel 2:30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. 2:31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD come.
2:32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.
Now God speaks of the New Covenant and God’s spirit changing the whole earth when Messiah comes; and physical Israel which was married to God, which marriage ended with the death of the Husband; will yet be betrothed to God in a New Covenant, Is 11, Is 65, Eze 34:25, Eze 37:26, Jer 31:31.
Hosea 2:18 And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field and with the fowls of heaven, and with the creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and will make them to lie down safely.
2:19 And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.
2:20 I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD.
At that time all flesh including physical Israel shall become a part of spiritual Israel the bride of Christ!
In that day God will hear the people from heaven and they on the earth shall hear and obey his voice.
2:21 And it shall come to pass in that day, I will hear, saith the LORD, I will hear [God will hear the people from heaven] the heavens, and they [the people on the earth shall hear and obey God] shall hear the earth;
2:22 And the earth shall hear [All flesh shall hear and obey God and be filled with his blessings] the corn [grain], and the wine, and the oil; and they [all nations shall see and follow the example of Israel in repentance unto godliness] shall hear Jezreel [Israel] .
2:23 And I will sow her [Israel will be planted a Godly people] unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not [were rejected from being] my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God.
At that time those which have gone astray will be repentant and reconciled to God; and ALL the earth shall be reconciled to God the Father and the Son through sincere wholehearted repentance from all sin and idolatry and the application of the Passover sacrifice of Jesus Christ!
God commanded Hosea to love a woman who would be an adulteress against him as an allegory of God’s marriage to adulterous physical and spiritual Israel; so that Hosdea will understand what it is like to be married to an unfaithful spouse.
Hosea 3:1 Then said the LORD unto me, Go yet, love a woman beloved of her friend, yet an adulteress, [as an allegory of God’s love for unfaithful physical and spiritual Israel] according to the love of the LORD toward the children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of wine.
3:2 So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver, and for an homer of barley, and an half homer of barley:
Hosea purchased a wife with a dowry of silver, which is also an allegory that Christ purchased us as his bride [although at the much higher price of his life]
3:3 And I said unto her, Thou shalt abide for me many days; thou shalt not play the harlot, and thou shalt not be for another man: so will I also be for thee [they entered a marriage covenant].
Hosea is commanded to take a wife and to love her even though she would be an adulteress; to set an example of the love of Christ for his adulteress wife Israel; and the love of Christ for his Laodicean church who are spiritual adulterers.
3:4 For the children of Israel shall abide many days [years] without a king [referring to God as the king], and without a prince [referring to the high priest], and without a sacrifice [without an atonement for sin], and [over time God well destroy their idols and false gods] without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim:
Israel was to go into captivity and be estranged from God, until Messiah comes to reign over them.
3:5 Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days.
This speaks to the fact that Israel was to be rejected by God and be separated from God, during which time God will destroy their idols; until the end of the tribulation and the setting up of God’s Kingdom over all the earth.
God is consistent; if physical Israel beloved of Christ, is rejected for their idolatry; so shall spiritual Israel Beloved of Christ, be rejected by Christ for OUR idolatry, Rev 3.
Hosea 4:1 Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.
4:2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.
It is the same in the Ekklesia today, for they reject truth and knowledge of godly things for false traditions; and our spiritual adultery with our idols of men as well as our many physical adulteries, and our robbing of God’s tithes for personal extravagances by the organizations reaches up to high heaven.
The teaching of tolerance for sin, our idolizing of men and our rampant Sabbath breaking have robbed us of our potential eternal lives, leading us into destruction and death.
Ezekiel 34:2 Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of [physical AND spiritual] Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks?
Spiritually speaking churches are murdering their own and leading men along the path to destruction, when they should be teaching the path to life.
Hosea 4:3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.
Do we not even see this today with bird flu, the oceans being emptied of fish, and the food stocks being diminished? Today’s issues are only a small fore taste of what lies ahead in the tribulation.
Where is the godly man who strives for God against the wickedness in today’s church?
4:4 Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for thy people are as they that strive with the [true man of God] priest.
As Almighty God sent ancient Israel into captivity he will send modern physical and spiritual into captivity for committing the very same sins; of pride, adultery against God with idols and polluting God’s Holy Sabbath Day.
4:5 Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, and the [false] prophet also shall fall with thee in the night, and I will destroy thy mother.
Today’s physical Israel and Judah reject the knowledge of God for their own ways and traditions, while the spiritual Israel of the Called Out also rejects the knowledge that God has promised, Dan 12, and is revealing in these last days. Therefore Almighty God will reject both physical and spiritual Israel, because we have first rejected him by rejecting God’s Word.
I warn the leaders and elders of today’s Ekklesia, who reject the knowledge that God is revealing and who teach the brethren to follow themselves as idols of men; that they shall surely be rejected by God and cast into great correction.
4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children [spiritually God will forget the organizations that we have fathered].
Because they call the Sabbath holy, while teaching men to pollute the Sabbath; and they teach the brethren to idolize themselves; committing spiritual adultery against our Husband, such men shall be rejected and removed as shepherds of God’s Flock.
Most of today’s leaders and elders are extremely wicked, loving to teach the brethren to follow themselves into sin
4:7 As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame.
4:8 They eat up [relish to teach the brethren to sin by making idols of men] the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity.
4:9 And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings.
These leaders count numbers and mammon as gain and prostitute themselves for such physical gain, against the law of their Husband! Brushing aside the practical application of God’s commandments for carnal gain. Changing the Gospel of warning and repentance into an inoffensive business model gospel of the wonders of the Kingdom; without teaching the way into that Kingdom.
Because God has withheld his blessings because of our sins, we have increased our wickedness and have left off of any zeal for living by Every Word of God.
4:10 For they shall eat, and not have enough: they shall commit whoredom, and shall not increase: because they have left off to take heed to the LORD.
The spiritual adultery of listening to others, instead of being zealous to live by EVERY WORD of God; has intoxicated us with pride as with alcohol.
4:11 Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.
We have been deceived into thinking that physical gain is godliness and that God is blessing us; and we have separated ourselves from him to seek that physical gain. Therefore the gain shall never be enough to fill our needs, until we understand that we have been seduced by the deceitfulness of mammon.
1 Timothy 6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
6:4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings [assumptions, imaginations], 6:5 Perverse disputings [against God’s commandments teaching to compromise with the Word of God] of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth [of God], supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
Hosea 4:12 My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declareth unto them: for the spirit of whoredoms hath caused them to err, and they have gone a whoring from under their God.
What is a whore? Let us look beyond the sexual and we shall see that a whore is a mercenary who has NO loyalties and will sell herself to whoever will pay her price. A whore is a woman who’s loyalty is for sale! While whoredoms is the act of selling that loyalty.
We espoused ourselves to a Husband at our baptism; we committed ourselves to be ONE with him! To be of the same mind and spirit, to live by the same principles and laws, to internalize the very mind of our Lord and to become completely ONE mind and spirit with HIM!
If we then follow any other, we have betrayed the loyalty we vowed to our Husband! We are idolaters and in the emotional and spiritual sense we have become Adulterers and have committed whoredom!
If we idolize anyone or anything above the law of our God and above his will; we are apostates and rebellious adulterous wives; UNFIT for entering the marriage of the Lamb as his bride!
4:13 They sacrifice upon the tops of the mountains, and burn incense upon the hills, under oaks and poplars and elms, because the shadow thereof is good: therefore your daughters shall commit whoredom, and your spouses shall commit adultery.
By not worshipping God at his Temple the people worship as they see fit instead of as God commands. Today the called out also worship as they see fit instead of as God commands.
ALL united Israel was commanded to sacrifice where? AT the House of God, the Temple: and NOT on every high hill.
Jeroboam was afraid that if the people put God first and went to God’s temple, that he would lose control of the people.
So it is with the Ekklesia today; they see the brethren following and serving and living by every Word of God, as a personal threat to their pride and vaunted opinion of themselves and their false traditions.
1 Kings 12;26 And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David:
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.
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. 12:29 And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.
12:30 And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.
12:31 And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi.
Jeroboam had no faith and was not willing to live by every Word of God, turning away from God and leading the people into following himself instead of following the Word of God: TO MAINTAIN CONTROL OVER THE BRETHREN!
The sin of Jeroboam the son of Nebat is the same sin that many leaders and elders have fallen into today!
They are afraid that if they teach the people to be faithful to God; that they will lose their power and control over the brethren! Why? Because they will not live by every Word of God themselves!
They teach loyalty to themselves, their traditions and their groups and they ordain ministers based on personal loyalty rather than any loyalty to God! And the organizations have fallen into gross idolatry and spiritual adultery with idols of men!
Hosea 4:14 I will not punish your daughters when they commit whoredom, nor your spouses when they commit adultery: for themselves are separated with whores, and they sacrifice with harlots: therefore the people that doth not understand shall fall.
God is asking why he should punish our spouses if they should commit adultery against us; when we ourselves are adulterers against Christ.
All of us who exalt men, the traditions of men and organizations, above our espoused Husband are idolaters and spiritually adulterers, and we shall all be severely corrected if we do not repent and go up to the House of God to worship him and to live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.
4:15 Though thou, Israel, play the harlot, yet let not Judah offend; and come not ye unto Gilgal, neither go ye up to Bethaven, nor swear, The LORD liveth.
Christ pleads with Judah to remain loyal [but later Judah also sinned greatly and also enters into a captivity].
In the next few years both physical Israel and physical Judah will be severely corrected one last time; and the faithless called out Ekklesia who follow idols of men and will not live by every Word of God, shall be severely corrected along with them.
For we are all backsliders who claim to be godly. We pray and when we get up we follow idols of men and commit adultery against our espoused Husband.
4:16 For Israel slideth back as a backsliding heifer: now [once we are corrected and sincerely repent, God will feed us with his Word] the LORD will feed them as a lamb in a large place.
4:17 Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.
Like the leaders of physical Israel; most of today’s leaders and elders of spiritual Israel are continually exalting idols above the Eternal and committing adultery against the Husband of our baptismal commitment. They love to demand that the brethren give, give, give to them, as they steal their crowns and lead them down the path to destruction like Balaam.
4:18 Their drink [they have polluted the water of God’s Spirit and Word] is sour: they have committed whoredom continually: her rulers with shame do love, Give ye [to them].
God has bound up physical and spiritual Israel in the wind to scatter them and their strength in great correction of tribulation, that by afflicting the flesh he might bring us to sincere repentance and save the spirit.
4:19 The wind hath bound her up in her wings, and they shall be ashamed because of their sacrifices.
The leaders of physical and spiritual Israel love to receive a gift more than they love the commandments of our Husband; therefore God will remove those shepherds and appoint a new shepherd [David over Israel, and Messiah over the whole earth] over his flock.
Our Mighty One will separate out the evil shepherds from the good shepherds and will raise up from death those proven faithful to live by his every Word; exalting them as his faithful priests and kings when he gathers Israel at his coming!
Jeremiah 23:1 Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD. 23:2 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD.
23:3 And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. 23:4 And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the LORD. 23:5 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
23:6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Most of the Levitical priests of God departed from God and became a snare to lead physical Israel astray from the Eternal to follow idols.
Today most of the leaders and elders of the Ekklesia have departed from the Eternal and are become a snare to lead the called out of spiritual Israel astray from the Eternal to follow idols of men.
Judgment is fallen upon us and we will be rejected by the Eternal into great tribulation, if we do not sincerely and quickly repent and become zealous and HOT to live by EVERY WORD of the Eternal.
Hosea 5:1 Hear ye this, O priests; and hearken, ye house of Israel; and give ye ear, O house of the king; for judgment is toward you, because ye have been a snare on Mizpah, and a net spread upon Tabor.
Those who are revolter’s against any zeal to live by every Word of God are going down to, and are leading the brethren into; A GREAT CORRECTION.
The Eternal shall furiously rebuke the leaders and elders who lead the people astray from him to follow idols of men; for they bear a greater responsibility.
5:2 And the revolters are profound to make slaughter, though I have been a rebuker of them all.
Today the spirit of rebellion against the Eternal to go our own ways and follow our own idols fills physical AND spiritual Israel. Even when we claim to be worshipping God we insist on doing so by our own ways and not as the Eternal has commanded.
5:3 I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from me: for now, O Ephraim, thou committest whoredom, and Israel is defiled.
5:4 They will not frame their doings [repent and return] to turn unto their God: for the spirit of whoredoms is in the midst of them, and they have not known the LORD.
The sins of Israel and Judah are recorded for US that we might learn form that history and avoid the same mistakes, yet we know from many scriptures that in the last days we shall be caught up in these same sins and will also suffer great correction.
5:5 And the pride of Israel doth testify to his face: therefore shall Israel and Ephraim fall in their iniquity: Judah also shall fall with them.
In the final great correction Israel and Judah as well as the lax of spiritual Israel shall fall into great correction TOGETHER! This has NEVER happened in history!
In ancient times Israel fell into captivity over 100 years before Judah, therefore this is a prophecy for the last days when BOTH Israel [physical AND spiritual] and the Jewish state WILL fall together with Egypt.
Almighty God will reject us, Rev 3:15, because we have rejected the knowledge that God has promised for these last days, Dan 12, and insist on our own ways and false traditions, rejecting any zeal to live by every Word of God
5:6 They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the LORD; but they shall not find him; he hath withdrawn himself from them.
Today the Ekklesia has leavened the Word of God with the teachings of men.
5:7 They have dealt treacherously against the LORD: for they have begotten strange children: now shall a month devour them with their portions.
Mark 7:13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
Because Israel and Judah have rejected their God for strange gods and idolatry, and because today’s called out has done the same thing; compromising with the commandments of God for gain; and because of the overspreading of our abominations: We shall all be corrected together.
Hosea 5:8 Blow ye the cornet in Gibeah, and the trumpet in Ramah: cry aloud at Bethaven, after thee, O Benjamin.
5:9 Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke: among the tribes of Israel have I made known that which shall surely be.
5:10 The princes of Judah were like them that remove the bound: therefore I will pour out my wrath upon them like water.
In this latter day Judah steals land by removing boundaries; this is speaking of what is going on in Palestine right now, but is more particularly speaking of what will come when the Settler Movement rejects the boundaries set by the coming peace deal. When they break the peace deal, the trumpets of war will sound and the tribulation will begin.
5:11 Ephraim is oppressed and broken in judgment, because he willingly walked after [against] the commandment [of God].
5:12 Therefore will I be unto Ephraim as a moth [to eat them (consume) up as a moth will eat up our wool], and to the house of Judah as rottenness.
5:13 When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb: yet could he not heal you, nor cure you of your wound.
Calling on men and nations will not save us, for our offense is against the Mighty One who inhabits eternity!
5:14 For I [Almighty God will correct the Judeo Anglo Saxon peoples and spiritual Israel in furious rebuke] will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue him.
This thing is of GOD, and it is HIS rebuke for OUR SINS! This is not some nasty NAZI attack, for Germany is our true friend who would save us if she could!
What is coming is GOD’S WRATH UPON A WICKED AND SINFUL PEOPLE!
As Israel failed to be an example of godliness under the Mosaic Covenant; WE have failed to be an example of godliness in the called out of today’s Ekklesia! We have even failed to preach the Gospel of warning and repentance!
God will hide himself from our pleas for relief until we learn our lessons and sincerely repent of our idolatries and spiritual adulteries against our espoused Husband, turning to HIM in wholehearted zeal to live by EVERY WORD of the Eternal God! Then he shall rise up to deliver!
5:15 I will go and return to my place [remain in my place], till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.
God will then go to his place and hide his face from us until we learn our lesson and sincerely repent, returning to him; then He shall rise up to deliver in the third year of our distress!
Hosea 6:1 Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.
6:2 After two days [years] will he revive us: in the third day [year] he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.
After two years and sometime into the third year, many shall sincerely repent and God shall begin to deliver us a war begins between the King of the North and the Asian nations. AS he corrected his people, BOTH physical and spiritual Israel, he will then go out to correct the gentile nations, so that the whole world will be readied for the Kingdom of God.
When we have sincerely repented and begin to live by Every Word of God, God will rain his Holy Spirit on all flesh, Joel 2:28, we shall understand and shall know godliness. The spring rains are a type of the giving of the Holy Spirit to the early harvest, and the fall rains are a type of the Holy Spirit raining down on the main harvest of humanity
6:3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.
When all Israel repents and the world is prepared the Eternal shall come as a refreshing rain to bring peace and righteousness to the earth in the millennial kingdom. God corrects those he loves:
Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Hosea 6:4 O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away.
Physical Israel and Judah will yet become an example of godliness for all the earth; spiritual Israel will yet become an example of godliness for the whole earth; that is the end purpose of the chastening off the Eternal
6:5 Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth: and [so that] thy judgments are [will become] as the light that goeth forth [as an example for all nations].
Oh, Israel [including spiritual Israel] beloved of God; you are like the goodness of the dew but your goodness quickly fades just as the dew vanishes with the sun; therefore God must correct you to save you and he must also correct his beloved saints who have gone astray that they might be saved for eternity.
6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
6:7 But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me.
BOTH Mosaic Israel and the spiritual Israel of Laodicea have dealt treacherously with God our Husband in committing adultery against him with our idols.
6:8 Gilead is a city of them that work iniquity, and is polluted with blood.
Most of the leaders and elders of today’s Ekklesia are full of lewdness for they are full of spiritual adultery against the husband of our baptismal commitment. They are become murders of the brethren by leading them into sinning against the Eternal by teaching them to commit idolatry and lewdness like Balaam did.
6:9 And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way by consent: for they commit lewdness.
Like physical Israel, the spiritual leaders of today are lewd adulterers against their Husband and are the way of death to those who would follow them.
We have sold ourselves to commit adultery against the Husband of our baptismal commitment, to exalt and to zealously follow idols of men in place of any zeal for living by Every Word of God.
6:10 I have seen an horrible thing in the house of Israel: there is the whoredom of Ephraim, Israel is defiled.
6:11 Also, O Judah, he hath set an harvest for thee, when I returned the captivity of my people.
Some of our leaders are not only spiritual adulterers but physical adulterers also. Some even openly living in adultery and letting others do so, via divorce and remarriage within the congregation.
Today the called out consider themselves righteous, thinking that they are God’s people and that God will not hold them accountable for what they do.
They call the Sabbath holy and then routinely pollute it, claiming that they have the right to decide for themselves what is right and what is wrong; thereby exalting themselves above the Word of God, and above the author of that Word; Almighty God himself. When their papers on the Calendar are proven to be full of gross errors and falsehoods, they smile and say: “We have decided” as if they have the authority to sit in judgment of God’s Word, to turn from it and to decide for themselves as Eve did in the garden. So that Romans 1:21 is fulfilled in us also.
Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
Hosea 7:1 When I would have healed Israel, then the iniquity of Ephraim was discovered, and the wickedness of Samaria: for they commit falsehood [teach lies]; and the thief cometh in, and the troop of robbers spoileth without.
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.
7:3 They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with their lies.
7:4 They are all adulterers, as an oven heated by the baker, who [We are like dough that does not rise after it is leavened; we are like dough that does not respond to the bakers work; we are worthless for the purpose we were called to] ceaseth from raising after he hath kneaded the dough, until it be leavened.
Intoxication with wine is a symbol of being intoxicated with pride. Today our nations, and the leaders and elders of the called out are become intoxicated with pride in their idols of men and their own ways and false traditions, and will not exalt the whole Word of God to zealously live by EVERY WORD of God.
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.
7:6 For they have made ready their heart like an oven, whiles they lie in wait: their baker sleepeth all the night; in the morning it burneth as a flaming fire.
7:7 They are all hot as an oven, and have devoured their judges; all their kings [rulers and leaders of both physical and spiritual Israel] are fallen [away]: there is none among them that calleth unto me.
The rulers of Ephraim are drunken with pride and none relies on God, they delight in personal gain even by robbery, exalting themselves above all else and they are full of adulteries.
In the spiritual sense this is quite applicable to the assemblies today, whose leaders love the chief seats and love to exalt themselves, leading the people into spiritual adultery against their espoused Husband. Who compromise with God’s commandments in the hope of gaining a great following, and who exalt and rely on their own ways and false traditions above the Word of God.
We are full of sin; from living in physical adultery through the permissive divorce and remarriage, to Sabbath pollution; from personal politicking and power plays, to idolizing men, and the false traditions of men and organizations. From tolerating sin without rebuke to perverting the Gospel of warning and repentance into a business model false Gospel of entry into a coming Kingdom without zealous obedience of all the laws of that Kingdom.
Like the called out today Ephraim is a pan cake cooked on only one side. We are not wholehearted in our zeal for God but only half hearted, paying lip-service to God while doing as we want. We have become a shallow pretense with no real substance, because we have no zeal for living by the Word of God.
7:8 Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim [the British peoples] is a cake not turned.
As Ephraim is weak by mixing himself with strange peoples, so the called out have become spiritually weak by mixing ourselves with those who have no zeal for godliness, by trying to mix the Word of God with our own ways and the false doctrines of the unconverted [like the Primacy of Peter] and by leavening the assemblies in tolerating willful self justified sin.
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.
Have you ever tried to cook a pancake on only one side? It doesn’t produce a good result does it? Ephraim is half baked meaning that he is half way and his strength has been dissipated by others under her nose and she knows it not.
In the spiritual sense this means that the Ekklesia has deliberately allowed itself to become filled with those who lack understanding and who are not committed to live by every Word of God; this for the sake of numbers and mammon: and they have dissipated our spiritual strength and relationship with God by leavening the body with sin. We are commanded by God to reject the heretic and wicked from among us.
Here is the explanation from the very lips of Jesus Christ:
Matthew 13:36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. 13:37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;
13:38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 13:39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
13:40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 13:41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
This has NOTHING to do with tolerating sin within the Ekklesia, for we are commended to:
Titus 3:10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;
1 Timothy 5:19 Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses. 5:20 Them [the elders] that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.
1 Corinthians 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
Titus 3:11 Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.
Brethren, it is because we have not obeyed the commandments of our God to avoid polluting the congregations with the infidel, that we are now half baked and have become a mixed people; mixing the holy with the profane, the holy being polluted.
And why? Because we have prostituted our loyalty to the sound doctrine of our Husband, Jesus Christ; for supposed gain of numbers and mammon.
Hosea 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.
Why is Laodicea gone astray and will NOT repent? Because their pride is lifted up and they think they know it all!
No one, not even Jesus Christ and the scriptures can tell them anything. They twist the scriptures as they choose or simply ignore and reject as applying to others what they should be applying to themselves.
Revelation 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Hosea 7:11 Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart: they call to Egypt, they go to Assyria.
7:12 When they shall go, I will spread my net upon them; I will bring them down as the fowls of the heaven; I will chastise them, as their congregation hath heard.
As Physical Israel depends upon her allies; the called out seek to avoid offending the mainstream today! Being more afraid of offending men, than of offending our God!
Those who have been called by God the Father and redeemed by the application of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, speak evil of their Redeemer in claiming that he will tolerate and overlook sin, saying that they have a right to live contrary to the Word of God!
7:13 Woe unto them! for they have fled [departed from, run away from godliness] from me: destruction unto them! because they have transgressed against me: though I have redeemed them, yet they have spoken lies against me.
We mourn and call for deliverance from our troubles but we will not turn to zealously live by every Word of God!
7:14 And they have not cried unto me with their [from the heart in sincerity] heart, when they howled upon their beds: they assemble themselves for corn [grain] and wine, and they rebel against me.
Though God has called and redeemed us, we have turned from him to follow idols of men and to live contrary to God’s Word.
7:15 Though I have bound and strengthened their arms, yet do they imagine mischief against me.
We do not do what God intended us to do, which is to live by EVERY WORD of God; that we might inherit life eternal.
7:16 They return, but not to the most High: they are like a deceitful bow [that does not hit the intended target]: their princes shall fall by the sword for the rage of their tongue: this shall be their derision in the land of Egypt.
This is the rebellious Called Out who have been redeemed from among men and espoused to an Husband, The Lord of Hosts?
As God strengthened and blessed us, we became proud and lost sight of our God and instead became focused on our idols of men.