The Book of Hosea

Hosea (meaning salvation), son of Beeri, and the first of what many call the minor prophets. However, there is nothing minor about this book. Hosea was a prophet to the ten tribes (Northern Kingdom), but he had warnings for Judah also, as well as promises of future blessings. During Hosea's lifetime, the kings of the Northern Kingdom, their aristocratic supporters, and the priests had led the people away from the Law of God, as given in the Pentateuch. Forsaking the worship of God, they worshiped other gods, especially Baal, the Canaanite fertility god. Other sins followed, including homicide, perjury, theft, and sexual sin. Hosea declares that unless they repent of these sins, God will allow their nation to be destroyed, and the people will be taken into captivity by Assyria, the greatest nation of the time.

Hosea 1

 1The 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. The Lord gave this message to Hosea during the years when Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah were kings of Judah, and Jeroboam was king of Israel.

 2The 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 hath committed great whoredom, departing from the LORD. He was instructed by the Lord to go and marry a woman of the northern kingdom among the Israelites, who were a people remarkable for spiritual fornication or idolatry. "This was to illustrate how Israel has acted like a prostitute by turning against the LORD and worshiping other gods." Also to warn us of the end times when the judgment of the great whore takes place that sits upon many waters (people). With whom kings of the earth have committed fornication and have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. (Revelation 17:1-2, 17:5). "Babylon the great, the mother of harlots."

 3So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim; which conceived, and bare him a son. So Hosea married Gomer, and she became pregnant and gave Hosea a son.

 4And 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. The Lord told him to name the child Jezreel (meaning God will sow), also the name of two places in Palestine. The Lord was about to punish King Jehu's dynasty to avenge the murders he committed at Jezereel. (II Kings 10:10-11, 10:29-31).

 5And it shall come to pass at that day, that I will break the bow of Israel, in the valley of Jezreel. I will break its military power (Psalm 46:9, Jeremiah 51:56), in the Jezreel valley. (Joshua17:16).

 6And 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. Gomer became pregnant again and had a daughter. The Lord told Hosea to name her Lo-ruhamah (not compassionated), for I will not longer show love to the people of Israel or forgive them. (Isaiah 27:11).

 7But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, 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. I will show love to the people of Judah. I will free them from their enemies by My power, not theirs. "God does not need weapons, armies, or horses." (This looks forward to the future fulfillment, which will exhaust the prophecy in the destruction of antichrist).

 8Now when she had weaned Loruhamah, she conceived, and bare a son. Gomer became pregnant again and gave birth to a second son.

 9Then said God, Call his name Loammi: for ye are not my people, and I will not be your God. The Lord said to name him Lo-ammi (not My people), for Israel is not My people, and I am not their God. (Jeremiah 15:1).

 10Yet 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. Israel's people will become like the sands of the sea, to many to count! (Genesis 32:12, Romans 9:27-28, Hebrews 11:12). This is end time prophecy. "They will become children of the living God." (Romans 9:25-26, II Corinthians 6:18). Those ten lost tribes that went north over the Caucus mountains and settled in Europe and the Americas.

 11Then 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. The people of Judah and Israel will unite together. They will choose one leader for themselves, and they will return from exile together. "Referring to the future conversion and restoration of the Jews and Israelites, under one head, Jesus Christ; so that there will be one flock and one Shepherd. (Ezekiel 34:23-24).

Hosea 2

 1Say ye unto your brethren, Ammi; and to your sisters, Ruhamah. In that day you will call your brothers "Ammi" (My people), and your sisters "Ruhamah" (Pitied One, having obtained mercy). (Jeremiah 31:33, Hosea 2:23).

 2Plead with your mother, plead: for she is not 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. But now bring charges against Israel-your mother-for she is no longer My wife and I am no longer her husband. God divorced Israel. (Isaiah 50:1, Jeremiah 3:6-8).

 3Lest 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. Otherwise I will strip her as naked as she was on the day she was born. Leave her to die of thirst in the wilderness. In the future sense, God will send a famine in the land, not for food, but for the Word of God. (Amos 8:11), They will seek the Word of the Lord but will not find it. (Amos 8:12-13).

 4And I will not have mercy upon her children; for they be the children of whoredoms. I will not love her children, because they were conceived in prostitution. "They are all idolaters; and have been consecrated to idols." (Isaiah 57:3).

 5For 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. Their mother is a shameless prostitute. Mystery Babylon of the end times, "the mother of harlots." (Revelation 2:20-23, 17:1-5).

 6Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths. I will fence her in with thorns and make her lose her way.

 7And 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. She (Mystery Babylon, Satan's political system), runs after her lovers but won't be able to catch them. She will search for them but will not find them. Then they want to return to the Lord. (Jeremiah 3:22-25, Hosea 6:1).

 8For she did not know that I gave her corn, and wine, and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold, which they prepared for Baal. I gave her everything and she gave all My gifts to Baal.

 9Therefore will I return, and take away my corn in the time thereof, and my wine in the season thereof, and will recover my wool and my flax given to cover her nakedness. Because of this I will take back all My gifts from her and she will be naked.

 10And now will I discover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers, and none shall deliver her out of mine hand. I will strip her naked in public while all her lovers watch and no one will be able to rescue her from My hands. (Ezekiel 16:36, 23:29).

 11I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days, her new moons, and her sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts. I will put an end to all her annual festivals and her new moon celebrations. (Jeremiah 16:9, 25:10).

 12And 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. I will destroy her grapevines and fig trees, the things she claims her lovers (false gods) gave her. (Isaiah 5:5), she will be made desolate.

 13And I will visit upon her the days of Baalim, wherein she burned incense to them, and she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers, and forgat me, saith the LORD. I will punish her for all the times she burned incense to the image of Baal. All dressed up in earrings and jewels looking for her lovers and forgot all about Me. (Idol worship and never bringing God into the picture).

 14Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her. I will win her back again and speak tenderly to her in the desert.

 15And 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. I will return to her the vineyards and turn the valley of trouble into a gateway of hope. She will give herself to Me there as she did when I freed her from captivity in Egypt. (Ezekiel 37:11-14), They are spiritually dead, but will be brought back to life again through prophesy. (The Word makes you spiritually alive).

 16And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, that thou shalt call me Ishi; and shalt call me no more Baali. "When that day comes they will call Me husband instead of master." (Revelation 19:7).

 17For I will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name. I will wipe the many names of Baal from your lips, never to be mentioned again. (Jeremiah 10:11). No more false gods and idol worship. Just one God and one system under God.

 18And 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. On that day all the wild animals will no longer be harmful (Isaiah 11:6-9, Ezekiel 34:25), and all the weapons of war will be destroyed and removed. (Psalm 46:9, Isaiah 2:4). We will live in peace and safety. What day? The day of the Lord at His return at the second advent. We will be in a new earth age with the living God.

 19And 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. I will make you My wife (Spiritually speaking), and show you love and compassion.

 20I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD. I will be faithful to you and you will finally know Me as the Lord. (Hebrews 8:11, I John 5:20).

 21And it shall come to pass in that day, I will hear, saith the LORD, I will hear the heavens, and they shall hear the earth. Again, what day? "The Lords Day."

 22And the earth shall hear the corn, and the wine, and the oil; and they shall hear Jezreel. The earth will be plentiful with it's grain, grapevines, and olive trees. (This word Jezreel means God will sow). The children of Israel and Judah will be gathered back together. (Hosea 1:11), This took place on May 14th, 1948 when Israel became a nation.

 23And I will sow her 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 my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God. Those who were scattered abroad will return and God will show love to them and call them My people and they will call Me their God. (Lo-ammi "not My people" to Ammi "My people"), (Romans 9:25-26, Revelation 21:3-4).

Hosea 3

 1Then said the LORD unto me, Go yet, love a woman beloved of her friend, yet an adulteress, according to the love of the LORD toward the children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of wine. Hosea was instructed to go and love a woman, not Gomer, she had died and this was a (second marriage), from the northern tribes (adulteress, i.e. an idolatress), even though she commits adultery with another lover for it's own special signification. "This will illustrate that the Lord still loves Israel, even though the people have turned to other gods and love to worship them." (Judges 9:27, Amos 2:8).

 2So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver, and for an homer of barley, and an half homer of barley. Bought her for 15 pieces of silver, or fifteen shekels (the price of a slave), and five bushels of barley.

 3And 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. You must live in my house for many days and stop your prostitution. No sexual relations with anyone, not even me.

 4For 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. This will show that Israel will go a long time without a king or prince, and without sacrifices and idols. 

 5Afterward 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. The children of Israel will return and devote themselves to the Lord their God and to David's descendant in the last days. (Ezekiel 38:8, Micah 4:1). Who is this descendant of David in the last days? "Jesus Christ." "King of Kings and Lord of Lords." (I Timothy 6:15, Revelation 17:14, 19:16).

Hosea 4

 1Hear 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. The Lord had brought charges against Israel because of no knowledge of the truth in His Word. He is saying here that My people are a little stupid and have no understanding. They are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge. (Jeremiah 4:22, I Corinthians 15:34).

 2By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood. You make vows and break them. You kill, steal, and commit adultery. "Killing all the prophets I sent you." (Acts 7:52, I Thessalonians 2:15, Revelation 17:6).

 3Therefore 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. This is why your land is morning, and everyone is wasting away. Even the wild animals and birds of the sky are disappearing. (Isaiah 24:4-12, Jeremiah 12:4).

 4Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for thy people are as they that strive with the priest. Don't put the blame on anyone else. "My complaint is with you priests." (Bunch of hypocrites and false teachers).

 5Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with thee in the night, and I will destroy thy mother. You will stumble in broad daylight, and your false prophets will fall with you in the night. I will destroy Israel, your mother. "The whole nation." Put her away and cut her off. (Isaiah 50:1, Jeremiah 50:12).

 6My 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. My people are destroyed because they do not know Me. Your priests refuse to know Me, so I will refuse to recognize them as My priests. (Isaiah 28:7, Jeremiah 2:8, Malachi 2:7-8).

 7As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame. The more priests there are, the more they sin against Me. They exchange the Glory of God for the shame of their idols. (Jeremiah 2:26-27).

 8They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity. When the people bring their sin offerings, the priests get fed. So the priests are glad when the people sin. (Romans 16:18), "just bring us a little donation and confess your sins to us and all will be fine." (It's going on in churches today my friend).

 9And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings. "And what the priest do the people also do." (Matthew 15:14), The blind leading the blind. "I will punish both priests and the people for their evil doings says the Lord." (Jeremiah 5:31, 23:11-12).

 10For 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. They will eat and still be hungry, and continue to whore after false god. "Just as the famine in the end times is not for bread or water, but for hearing the truth of the Word." (Amos 8:11).

 11Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart. Worshiping other gods. "Wine has robbed My people of their understanding." (Isaiah 28:7).

 12My 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. They ask a piece of wood or statues made of stone for advice. They think these things can tell them the future. Longing after idols has made them foolish, serving other gods and deserting the living God. (Look at the people today that are praying to idols and statues).

 13They 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. Your daughters turn to prostitution. (Well, that would never happen to my daughter). Hmmm. Really? They are also sacrificing and burning their incense, turning to idolatry. (Romans 1:23-28).

 14I 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. Why should I punish your daughters for prostitution and adultery? Your men are doing the same thing, sinning with whores and sacrifice with prostitutes. (I Corinthians 6:16), "You refuse to understand, so you will be punished." Why? Because they are alienated from God through ignorance that is in them. (Ephesians 4:18).

 15Though 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. "Though you, Israel, are a prostitute, may Judah avoid such guilt. Don't join in on the false worship of Gilgal (Jeroboam had erected a idolatrous temple there), or Beth-aven. (Beth-aven means House of naught), (Hosea 9:15, 10:5).

 16For Israel slideth back as a backsliding heifer: now the LORD will feed them as a lamb in a large place. Israel is like a stubborn heifer. (Jeremiah 8:5, 14:7, Zechariah 7:11), So why should the Lord feed her like a lamb in a lush pasture?

 17Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone. Leave Israel alone, because she is married to idolatry. (Psalms 81:12, Revelation 22:11).

 18Their drink is sour: they have committed whoredom continually: her rulers with shame do love, Give ye. (Deuteronomy 32:32-33, Isaiah 1:21-22), They love shame more than honor.

 19The wind hath bound her up in her wings, and they shall be ashamed because of their sacrifices. The mighty wind (the spirit of whoredoms) will sweep them away, and their sacrifices to idols will bring them shame. (Jeremiah 51:1). In the future sense the four winds of (Revelation 7:1-3), held back till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. There will be no shame for those who have the seal of God. However, those who receive the beast mark through deception will be in trouble.

Hosea 5

 1Hear 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. Listen you priests, leaders of Israel, and members of the royal family. Judgment has been handed down against you. You led the people into a snare by worshipping idols. (False teachers who deceive the people).

 2And the revolters are profound to make slaughter, though I have been a rebuker of them all. You dug a deep pit to trap them and I will settle with you for what you have done.

 3I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from me: for now, O Ephraim, thou committest whoredom, and Israel is defiled. Ephraim being the largest of the ten tribes. You left Me as a prostitute leaves her husband. (Never listening to what God has to say).

 4They will not frame their doings to turn unto their God: for the spirit of whoredoms is in the midst of them, and they have not known the LORD. Your evil deeds will not let you return to God and you do not know the Lord. (I John 2:3-4, John 16:3).

 5And the pride of Israel doth testify to his face: therefore shall Israel and Ephraim fall in their iniquity: Judah also shall fall with them. The pride of Israel testifies against her. (Pride was the downfall of Satan). Israel and Ephraim will stumble and Judah will fall with them. (Amos 2:4-5).

 6They 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. They come to offer their sacrifices to the Lord, but they will not find Him. (Amos 5:21-23, Micah 3:4, John 7:3).

 7They have dealt treacherously against the LORD: for they have begotten strange children: now shall a month devour them with their portions. They betrayed the Lord, bearing children (apostates), that are not His. Their false religion will devour them along with their wealth. 

 8Blow ye the cornet in Gibeah, and the trumpet in Ramah: cry aloud at Bethaven, after thee, O Benjamin. Sound the alarm in Gibeah (the hill), and Ramah, and Bethaven (house of vanity). Lead on into battle, you warriors of Benjamin.

 9Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke: among the tribes of Israel have I made known that which shall surely be. Israel will become a heap of rubble on their day of punishment. (Amos 7:9). And so it will be in the last days when Christ returns. "Not one stone will stand upon another in Jerusalem." Were not talking about the siege on Jerusalem in 70 A.D. by Titus, (walls were still standing), but when Christ returns at the second advent. (Mathew 24:1-2, Mark 13:1-2).

 10The princes of Judah were like them that remove the bound: therefore I will pour out my wrath upon them like water. The leaders of Judah have become thieves, so I will pour My anger upon them like water. The wrath of God from the seven vials of the end times. (Revelation 16).

 11Ephraim is oppressed and broken in judgment, because he willingly walked after the commandment. The people of Israel will be crushed because they continue to worship idols. (The idolatrous commandment of Jeroboam). (I Kings 12:26-33).

 12Therefore will I be unto Ephraim as a moth, and to the house of Judah as rottenness. I will destroy Israel like a moth consumes wool.

 13When 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. When Israel and Judah saw how sick they were, Israel turned to Assyria, to the great king there, but he could not help or cure them. (II Chronicles 28:20-21).

 14For I 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. I will be like a lion to Israel and Judah. I will tear them to pieces and carry them off and no one will rescue them.

 15I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early. I will return to My place until they admit their guilt and turn to Me. When the trouble comes, they will search for Me. (Proverbs 1:27-28, Jeremiah 2:27, Zephaniah 2:1-3). And so it is today, people always seem to turn to God when the trouble starts. "He will return from His place in Heaven at the second advent." Be ready for Him and do not be deceived. Stay in His Word so that you can show yourself approved by God. (II Timothy 2:15).

Hosea 6

 1Come, 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. Let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces; but now He will heal us. "This would be in the future." (Jeremiah 3:22, 50:4).

 2After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. The Lord will revive us, referring to the resurrection of new Israel in the end times. (Ezekiel 37:11-13), when Ezekiel was told to prophecy to the dry bones (the spiritually dead). This would also resemble the resurrection of Messiah. (I Corinthians 15:4, 15:20).

 3Then 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. Know what? The mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 13:11). What is this former and later rain? The latter rain, ripening earth's harvest, represents the spiritual grace that prepares the church for the coming of the Son of man. But unless the former rain has fallen, there will be no life; the green blade will not spring up. Unless the early showers have done their work, the latter rain can bring no seed to perfection. This was spoken about by the prophet Joel. "That in the last days (the later rain), God will pour out His Spirit upon all flesh." (Joel 2:28-29, Acts 2:16-21).

 4O 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. Your love for the Lord vanishes like the morning mist and disappears like the dew in sunlight. (You cannot hang on to the truth).

 5Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth: and thy judgments are as the light that goeth forth. I sent My prophets to cut you to pieces with My Words.

 6For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. I don't want your burnt offerings, I want your love.

 7But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me. But like men (Adam), you betrayed My trust. (Genesis 3:6, 3:11, Job 31:33).

 8Gilead is a city of them that work iniquity, and is polluted with blood. Gilead is the city of sinners referring to the sin of Idolatry.

 9And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way by consent: for they commit lewdness. Gangs of robbers in the company of priests wait for men and ambush their victims.

 10I have seen an horrible thing in the house of Israel: there is the whoredom of Ephraim, Israel is defiled. Worshipping idols and other Gods. (Jeremiah 5:30-31), A bunch of false prophets and teachers that mislead the people and the people love it. (You can see it going on in many churches today).

 11Also, O Judah, he hath set an harvest for thee, when I returned the captivity of my people. The end time harvest is coming when it is ripe. (Jeremiah 51:33, Joel 3:13, Revelation 14:15).

Hosea 7

 1 When I would have healed Israel, then the iniquity of Ephraim was discovered, and the wickedness of Samaria: for they commit falsehood; and the thief cometh in, and the troop of robbers spoileth without. I want to heal Israel, but its sins are too great. Samaria is filled with liars and thieves.

 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. Their sinful deeds are all around them, and I see them all. (You can't hide anything from God).

 3 They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with their lies. They entertain the king with their wickedness, and the princes laugh at their lies. (I John 4:5), Applying to us today. These men and women belong to the world and are always concerned about world affairs; that is why the world pays attention to them. (False teachers and false prophets).

 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. They are all adulterers always aflame with lust, just like an oven that is kept hot while the baker is kneading the dough.

 5 In the day of our king the princes have made him sick with bottles of wine; he stretched out his hand with scorners. Partying on the royal holidays and carousing with those who mock them. (Proverbs 20:1).

 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. Their heart is like a blazing oven and their plots smolder through the night. In the morning it breaks out like a raging fire. (Micah 2:1).

 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. They consume their leaders and kill their kings one after another. No one cries to Me for help. (Of the two houses of Omri and Jehu: Nadab, Zimri, Tibni, Jehoram, Zachariah, Shallum, Pekahiah, and Pekah, were all slain by their successors, or others).

 8 Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned. The people of Israel mingled with godless foreigners, making themselves as worthless as a half-baked cake! (Psalm 106:35).

 9 Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knoweth it not: yea, gray hairs are here and there upon him, yet he knoweth not. Worshipping foreign gods has drained their strength, but they don't even know it. They are getting old and grey but they still don't realize that they are old and weak.

 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. Their arrogance testifies against them, but they still won't return to the Lord or even try to find Him. (Deuteronomy 4:29, Psalm 10:4) "Remember that "pride" was the downfall of Satan."

 11 Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart: they call to Egypt, they go to Assyria. The people of Israel are like silly, witless doves. First calling to Egypt, then flying to Assyria for help. (II Kings 15:19, 17:3-4).

 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. When they fly about, I will throw My net over them and bring them down like a bird from the sky. I will punish them for all the evil they do. (Ecclesiastes 9:12).

 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. Only sorrow awaits those who have deserted Me! Let them die, for they have rebelled against Me. I wanted to redeem them, but they have told lies about Me. (Isaiah 59:13, I John 1:10).

 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. They don't cry to Me with sincere hearts. Instead, they sit on their couches and wail, begging other gods for grain and new wine, and turn from Me.

 15 Though I have bound and strengthened their arms, yet do they imagine mischief against me. I had trained them and made them strong, but now they plot evil against Me. (Psalm 18:34, 144:1), made them strong in war.

 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. They look everywhere except to the Most High God. They are as useless as a crooked bow. (Psalm 78:57). Their leaders will be killed by their enemies because of their boldness towards Me. Then the people of Egypt will laugh at them.

Hosea 8

 1Set 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. The enemy descends swift as an eagle like a large bird of prey. Why? The moral climate had plummeted. Lack of faith, murder, stealing, adultery, deceit, drunkenness and dishonesty in business etc. While there might be some differences between our condition today, the similarities are very familiar in today's society.

 2Israel shall cry unto me, My God, we know thee. They say they know God but their works deny Him. (Titus 1:16).

 3Israel hath cast off the thing that is good: the enemy shall pursue him. It is to late because the people of Israel have rejected what is good and their enemies will chase after them. "It seems today that everything that is good is evil and everything that is evil is good." (Isaiah 5:20), Just the opposite of what it should be.

 4They 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. They bring on their own destruction because they have known God and were free, but turn again to weak and beggarly elements putting themselves in bondage again. (Galatians 4:9). It is going on today when people are put into bondage with false teachings and traditions of men. Don't let your church or any man or woman keep you in bondage. The truth of God's Word will set you free! (John 8:32).

 5Thy calf, O Samaria, hath cast thee off; mine anger is kindled against them: how long will it be ere they attain to innocency? The Lord's fury is against them for idol worship and false teachings. (Isaiah 45:20, Acts 7:41).

 6For from Israel was it also: the workman made it; therefore it is not God: but the calf of Samaria shall be broken in pieces. Just another man made idol. Not of God! (Acts 17:29).

 7For 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. Whatever you sow you shall reap. They sow iniquity and that is what they will reap. (Proverbs 22:8, Ecclesiastes 5:16, Galatians 6:7).

 8Israel is swallowed up: now shall they be among the Gentiles as a vessel wherein is no pleasure. The people of Israel have been swallowed up; and they live among the heathen nations. (Leviticus 26:33, Jeremiah 22:28).

 9For they are gone up to Assyria, a wild ass alone by himself: Ephraim hath hired lovers. Went to Assyria and sold themselves to many idols. (Ezekiel 23:5-9).

 10Yea, though they have hired among the nations, now will I gather them, and they shall sorrow a little for the burden of the king of princes. Even though they have sold themselves to many allies, I will gather them back together for judgment.

 11Because Ephraim hath made many altars to sin, altars shall be unto him to sin. Israel has built many altars to take away sin, but these altars became places for sin. (Remember that judgment begins at the pulpit).

 12I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing. I gave them My law, but they think the law does not apply to them. An arrogant rebellious people and lying children that will not hear the law of the Lord. (Isaiah 30:9), Many think that the law of the Lord does not apply today. (Just break one of the ten commandments and see if you don't get into trouble).

 13They sacrifice flesh for the sacrifices of mine offerings, and eat it; but the LORD accepteth them not; now will he remember their iniquity, and visit their sins: they shall return to Egypt. They love their rituals and sacrifices, but to Me they are meaningless. I will hold them accountable for their sins. Look at the rituals and traditions going on in many of the churches today. God's judgment is coming upon the nations real soon." (Again, judgment begins at the pulpit).

 14For Israel hath forgotten his Maker, and buildeth temples; and Judah hath multiplied fenced cities: but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour the palaces thereof. Israel has forgotten their Maker and built great places, and Judah has fortified its cities. But, I will send fire upon their cities and burn them up. (Amos 2:5), Remember that God is a consuming fire. (Hebrews 12:29), A fire that can destroy evil, or warm the hearts of the good people who believe in Him.

Hosea 9

 1Rejoice not, O Israel, for joy, as other people: for thou hast gone a whoring from thy God, thou hast loved a reward upon every cornfloor. Don't rejoice Israel because you have been unfaithful to your God, whoring yourselves like prostitutes worshipping other Gods. How does this apply to us today. What many are not taught is that the antichrist comes first pretending to be Christ. "Many will whore after him thinking he is Christ."

 2The floor and the winepress shall not feed them, and the new wine shall fail in her. Your harvest will be to small to feed you and the new wine shall "fail" you. This word "fail" Strong's H3584 is "kachash" to be untrue, disappoint, deceive, deal falsely, to lie. Remember that the famine in the end times is for hearing the Words of the Lord. (Amos 8:11).

 3They shall not dwell in the LORD's land; but Ephraim shall return to Egypt, and they shall eat unclean things in Assyria. No longer in the Lords land. You will return to Egypt and in Assyria you will eat unclean food. Not into Egypt itself, but into another bondage as bad as that. Never let any church, denomination, or man put you in bondage. (God Word is meant to set you free).

 4They shall not offer wine offerings to the LORD, neither shall they be pleasing unto him: their sacrifices shall be unto them as the bread of mourners; all that eat thereof shall be polluted: for their bread for their soul shall not come into the house of the LORD. Any sacrifices to the Lord will be unclean to Him. Why? Because they have been deceived, and won't listen to God.

 5What will ye do in the solemn day, and in the day of the feast of the LORD? How will you observe the Lord's feasts. "They love to listen to their false prophets." (Isaiah 10:3, Jeremiah 5:31).

 6For, lo, they are gone because of destruction: Egypt shall gather them up, Memphis shall bury them: the pleasant places for their silver, nettles shall possess them: thorns shall be in their tabernacles. This word "nettles" Strong's H7057 is "qimmosh qiymosh" to sting, a prickly plant. (Isaiah 34:13), This should bring your attention to Christ's teaching of the tares. (Matthew 13:24-30). 

 7The days of visitation are come, the days of recompence are come; Israel shall know it: the prophet is a fool, the spiritual man is mad, for the multitude of thine iniquity, and the great hatred. It is coming soon in the end times. The day of reckoning (Israel's punishment). Because of their great sin and hostility. Even the prophets have been deceived. (Ezekiel 14:9-10, II Thessalonians 2:10-12), God sends them strong delusion so that they will believe a lie. (Look around you today and see how many understand nothing about God Word, only what they hear from man).

 8The watchman of Ephraim was with my God: but the prophet is a snare of a fowler in all his ways, and hatred in the house of his God. You are supposed to be a watchman for God. However, these prophets had a trap set for them wherever they go because of their ways. (Lamentations 2:14, 4:13).

 9They have deeply corrupted themselves, as in the days of Gibeah: therefore he will remember their iniquity, he will visit their sins. The things my people do are as depraved as they did in Gibeah long ago. (Judges 19:22-30), rape and perversion.

 10I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the firstripe in the fig tree at her first time: but they went to Baalpeor, and separated themselves unto that shame; and their abominations were according as they loved. When I first found you it was like good fruit, then you deserted Me for Baal, giving yourselves to shameful idols. "You are what you eat, you are what you worship." (Deuteronomy 32:17, Jeremiah 5:31, Ezekiel 20:8).

 11As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird, from the birth, and from the womb, and from the conception. Comparing to the rapture (fly away) doctrine of today. They whore after Satan in the end times. Brought up all their lives with traditions of men and false teachings. (Luke 23:29).

 12Though 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 Lord is very mad at Israel and removed them from His sight. Just as it will be in the end times. (II Kings 17:18), Why? Because they turned against the Lord. (Hosea 7:13).

 13Ephraim, as I saw Tyrus, is planted in a pleasant place: but Ephraim shall bring forth his children to the murderer. I have watched Israel become as beautiful as Tyre. (Ezekiel 28:12), Now they will bring their children to the slaughter. Keep in mind who the king of Tyre is in the end times as a type. (The anti-Christ). He will deceive many and bring many to the slaughter.

 14Give them, O LORD: what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts. This should also bring our attention to the end times when many are deceived and are whoring around with anti-Christ at his return before the real Christ. (Matthew 24:19, Mark 13:17, Luke 21:23). Christ is returning for a virgin bride spiritually speaking. But, He will return and find that many have become spiritually impregnated by antichrist. Nursing along his teachings, not God's Word. Stay a spiritual virgin for the return of Christ. Do not be deceived by Satan!

 15All their wickedness is in Gilgal: for there I hated them: for the wickedness of their doings I will drive them out of mine house, I will love them no more: all their princes are revolters. Their wickedness began in Gilgal. The place where Jehovah was rejected, and man's king set up; and where, on account of his impatience and disobedience Saul got his first message of his rejection. (I Samuel 13:4-15), and his second (I Samuel 15:12-33).

 16Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb. The people of Israel are struck down. They are all dried up and produce no fruit. Even their children will be spiritually dead. (You can see it going on in churches today). No truth in them because they do not obey the laws of the Lord. (Isaiah 5:24).

 17My God will cast them away, because they did not hearken unto him: and they shall be wanderers among the nations. God would reject the people of Israel because they would not listen or obey. They would be wonderers and homeless among the nations. (Amos 9:9). To the tribes that were scattered abroad. (James 1:1), many of them do not know who they are as the lost tribes of Israel went north over the caucus mountains into Europe and the Americas.

Hosea 10

 1Israel is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself: according to the multitude of his fruit he hath increased the altars; according to the goodness of his land they have made goodly images. Your an empty vine Israel. (Empty of the truth), but your loaded with your own fruit. (False teachings and traditions of men), the richer the people get, the more pagan alters you build. Look around you today and see the fancy buildings and the traditions in the churches. They look good and act so holy, but their is no truth in them. They teach what you want to hear to keep the people coming back. (Philippians 2:21). 

 2Their heart is divided; now shall they be found faulty: he shall break down their altars, he shall spoil their images. Their hearts are divided and they can't make up their minds whether to listen to man or God. Living the ways of the world instead of the ways of God. (James 1:8, 4:4, I John 2:15, Revelation 3:15-16).

 3For now they shall say, We have no king, because we feared not the LORD; what then should a king do to us? They had a King, and He was the "King of Kings and Lord of Lords," but they crucified Him. (John 19:15).

 4They have spoken words, swearing falsely in making a covenant: thus judgment springeth up as hemlock in the furrows of the field. They spout empty words that mean nothing (traditions of men), and make contracts they don't keep. Injustice springs up among them like hemlock in the fields. (This word "hemlock" Strong's H7219 is "Poppy" a poison plant). They poison your minds with false teachings and despise anything that is good. (II Timothy 3:3).

 5The inhabitants of Samaria shall fear because of the calves of Bethaven: for the people thereof shall mourn over it, and the priests thereof that rejoiced on it, for the glory thereof, because it is departed from it. The people of Samaria (meaning watch station), fear for their idol of Bethaven (meaning house of vanity). Their idolatrous priests wail, because its glory will be stripped away. (II Kings 23:5, Revelation 18:11-19).

 6It shall be also carried unto Assyria for a present to king Jareb: Ephraim shall receive shame, and Israel shall be ashamed of his own counsel. Their idols will be carried away to Assyria (Turkey, Iran, Syria, Iraq of today), and they shall be ashamed and will go into confusion. (Isaiah 45:16). Syria of today is best explained in: (Isaiah 33:1-4). Never let anyone keep you in bondage. Gods Word and the truth will set you free.

 7As for Samaria, her king is cut off as the foam upon the water. Samaria and its king will be cut off.

 8The high places also of Aven, the sin of Israel, shall be destroyed: the thorn and the thistle shall come up on their altars; and they shall say to the mountains, Cover us; and to the hills, Fall on us. Their pagan shrines of Aven, a place in Coele Syria, one in Egypt, and one in Palestine (Bethel), the place of Israel's sin will crumble. Thorns and thistles will surround their altars and they will beg the mountains to fall on them. Why? Because they are ashamed for worshipping the wrong God. "Just like in the end times when many fall for the anti-Christ." (Luke 23:30, Revelation 6:16, 9:6).

 9O Israel, thou hast sinned from the days of Gibeah: there they stood: the battle in Gibeah against the children of iniquity did not overtake them. Ever since Gibeah (the hill), you just kept on sinning with no progress at all. (Hosea 9:9, Judges 19:22-30), performing wicked perverted deeds.

 10It is in my desire that I should chastise them; and the people shall be gathered against them, when they shall bind themselves in their two furrows. Whenever it fits My plan, I will attack you with the armies of the nations to punish you for your many sins. (Zachariah 14:2-3, Jeremiah 16:16, Ezekiel 23:9), and so it is in the end times, the nations (the people), will come against Israel and will be delivered into the hands of the Assyrian.

 11And Ephraim is as an heifer that is taught, and loveth to tread out the corn; but I passed over upon her fair neck: I will make Ephraim to ride; Judah shall plow, and Jacob shall break his clods. A yoke will be put on Israel's neck and she will be forced to break up the hard ground and Judah will pull the plow.

 12Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you. If you plant the good seeds of righteousness you will harvest a crop of love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts and seek the Lord. This word "rain" here is the later rain of teaching that will be poured out upon the children of Israel. (Hosea 6:3, Isaiah 44:3, Ezekiel 34:26), and in the end times the Spirit of the Lord will pour out upon His servants and they will prophecy. (Acts 2:18).

 13Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of lies: because thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men. However, you have cultivated the wicked and harvest sin. You eat the fruit of lies and deception trusting in men. "If you listen to man (or the flesh), instead of God you will only reap corruption." But if you listen to things of the Spirit (the Holy Spirit), you will reap everlasting life. (Galatians 6:7-8). In other words, you reap what you sow.

 14Therefore shall a tumult arise among thy people, and all thy fortresses shall be spoiled, as Shalman spoiled Betharbel in the day of battle: the mother was dashed in pieces upon her children. The terrors of war will rise among your people and your fortresses will fall, just as Shalman (king of Assyria), destroyed Beth-arbel (house of God's ambush). Look around and you can see it going down today in the middle east.

 15So shall Bethel do unto you because of your great wickedness: in a morning shall the king of Israel utterly be cut off. You will share the same fate. Bethel (house of God), will do the same to you because of your great wickedness. In the day of judgment, the king of Israel will be completely destroyed. The false king (antichrist of the end times), who stands in the holy place claiming to be God. Not our King which is Jesus Christ. "The King of Kings and Lord of Lords."

Hosea 11

 1When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt. I called Israel My son out of Egypt. (Exodus 4:22, Matthew 2:15).

 2As they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed unto Baalim, and burned incense to graven images. The more I called to him (Israel), the farther he moved from Me. Offering sacrifices to the images of Baal. (Isaiah 65:7, Jeremiah 44:15).

 3I taught Ephraim also to go, taking them by their arms; but they knew not that I healed them. They didn't even know it was God who took care of them. (Trusting in their false Idols).

 4I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love: and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat unto them. I the Lord led Israel along and broke the yoke from their neck. God even fed them from heaven when they were without. (Psalms78:23-25, 105:40).

 5He shall not return into the land of Egypt, and the Assyrian shall be his king, because they refused to return. They refuse to turn to Me, so they will be forced to serve the Assyrian king. So it will be in the end times for those who fall for the antichrist who comes before the real Christ. Zephaniah describes the Assyrian as the king of the north. (Zephaniah 2:13). Daniel similarly describes "the king of the north" at war with the king of the south, until the king of the north finally places the "abomination of desolation" in the temple. (Daniel 11:31), Also noted by Jesus to be an event in the future times. When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, whoso readeth, let him understand. (Matthew 24:15) The abomination that makes desolate. (From this point on he is enforced by Satan). You will find the same antichrist in (Daniel 11:36), the king of the north. His wicked career begins in (Daniel 11:21). In (Daniel 11:40), we find that "in the end times" the king of the south will collide with the king of the north. The wicked king of the north "comes to his end" in (Daniel 11:45), as does the wicked prince of (Daniel 9:26). Note: Neither reference can be to Titus in AD 70, because he died naturally; and was not the "king of the north." Finally the king of the north meets his death at the time of the great tribulation and resurrection spoken of in (Daniel 12:1-2).

 6And the sword shall abide on his cities, and shall consume his branches, and devour them, because of their own counsels. War will be throughout their cities and the enemies will trap them in their own evil plan. (Malachi 4:1). Keep in mind that God is a consuming fire. His fire can destroy the wicked, or warm the hearts of the righteous.

 7And my people are bent to backsliding from me: though they called them to the most High, none at all would exalt him. Always backsliding, that is why God divorced Israel. (Jeremiah 3:8). They speak of the Most High God, but they don't truly honor Me. The same goes on today. Just a bunch of pew potatoes in most of the churches. They seem so holy, but they never get around to knowing the truth to truly honor the Heavenly Father.

 8How shall I give thee up, Ephraim? how shall I deliver thee, Israel? how shall I make thee as Admah? how shall I set thee as Zeboim? mine heart is turned within me, my repentings are kindled together. I will not give up on her and will not cause My anger to fall on her. (Jeremiah 3:12). God is not angry at you, only the evil ones.

 9I will not execute the fierceness of mine anger, I will not return to destroy Ephraim: for I am God, and not man; the Holy One in the midst of thee: and I will not enter into the city. I could destroy you Israel, but I have not come to destroy, but to be the Holy One who lives among you. "The Living God."

 10They shall walk after the LORD: he shall roar like a lion: when he shall roar, then the children shall tremble from the west. He shall summon His people with a lions roar and they will prevail over the enemy. (Isaiah 42:13, Jeremiah 25:30, Joel 3:6).

 11They shall tremble as a bird out of Egypt, and as a dove out of the land of Assyria: and I will place them in their houses, saith the LORD. He will gather the house of Israel from the people among who, they are scattered. (Ezekiel 28:25).

 12Ephraim compasseth me about with lies, and the house of Israel with deceit: but Judah yet ruleth with God, and is faithful with the saints. Israel surrounds Me with lies and deceit, but Judah still obeys God and is faithful to the Holy One.

Hosea 12

 1Ephraim feedeth on wind, and followeth after the east wind: he daily increaseth lies and desolation; and they do make a covenant with the Assyrians, and oil is carried into Egypt. The people of Israel feed on the wind of foreign alliances and they pile up lies and violence. They send olive oil to buy support from Egypt. (Hosea 5:13, II Kings 17:4-6).

 2The LORD hath also a controversy with Judah, and will punish Jacob according to his ways; according to his doings will he recompense him. The Lord brings charges against Judah. He will punish Jacob for all his deceitful ways. Why? Because of their backsliding. (Jeremiah 3:8-11).

 3He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God: Jacob struggled with his brother and even fought with God. (Genesis 32:24).

 4Yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made supplication unto him: he found him in Bethel, and there he spake with us. Jacob wrestled with the Angel and won where he met God face to face. (Genesis 32:9-12).

 5Even the LORD God of hosts; the LORD is his memorial. His memorial name Jehovah (Yahveh).

 6Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment and wait on thy God continually. Come back to your God and depend on Him. (Always wait and depend on God, not man).

 7He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand: he loveth to oppress. The people are like crafty merchants selling from dishonest scales and they love to rip people off for their money. Sound familiar? It's going on in many churches today, always begging for money and ripping off the people with traditions of men and false teachings. (I Timothy 6:9-10).

 8And Ephraim said, Yet I am become rich, I have found me out substance: in all my labours they shall find none iniquity in me that were sin. They boast about the fortunes they made and say that no one has caught them cheating. Making the house of God a house of merchandise. (John 2:16). The same as when Jesus entered the temple and turned over the tables of the money changers.

 9And I that am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt will yet make thee to dwell in tabernacles, as in the days of the solemn feast. I am the Lord your God who rescued you from Egypt. I will make you live in tents again, as you do each year at the festival of shelters.

 10I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets. I sent My prophets to warn you, but you did not listen.

 11Is there iniquity in Gilead? surely they are vanity: they sacrifice bullocks in Gilgal; yea, their altars are as heaps in the furrows of the fields. The people of Gilead and Gilgal are worthless because of their idol worship.

 12And Jacob fled into the country of Syria, and Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep. Jacob fled to the land of Syria (Aram, Mesopotamia), and tended sheep.

 13And by a prophet the LORD brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved. The descendants of Jacob (Israel), were brought out of the land of Egypt by a prophet. (Genesis 32:27-28). The prophet Moses.

 14Ephraim provoked him to anger most bitterly: therefore shall he leave his blood upon him, and his reproach shall his LORD return unto him. But the people of Israel provoked the Lord and they will pay for their sins. (Micah 6:4, Acts 3:22-23, 7:35-37).

Hosea 13

 1When Ephraim spake trembling, he exalted himself in Israel; but when he offended in Baal, he died. When the tribe of Ephraim spoke, the people shook with fear and they were important in Israel. But now they sinned by worshipping Baal. (II Kings 17:16-18).

 2And now they sin more and more, and have made them molten images of their silver, and idols according to their own understanding, all of it the work of the craftsmen: they say of them, Let the men that sacrifice kiss the calves. They continue to sin by making hand crafted idols and they even kiss their silver calf idols. (Jeremiah 10:8, Romans 1:22-25). "They do it today."

 3Therefore they shall be as the morning cloud and as the early dew that passeth away, as the chaff that is driven with the whirlwind out of the floor, and as the smoke out of the chimney. They will disappear like the morning mist and like smoke in a chimney. (Our Heavenly Father is not happy with them).

 4Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me. There is no other Savior. (Isaiah 45:21-22).

 5I did know thee in the wilderness, in the land of great drought. I fed you in the wilderness in a dry and thirsty land. (Fed them angels food called manna).

 6According to their pasture, so were they filled; they were filled, and their heart was exalted; therefore have they forgotten me. Once you had eaten and were full, then you forgot about Me. (Jeremiah 2:31). Once they get what they want, they forget about God and where it came from.

 7Therefore I will be unto them as a lion: as a leopard by the way will I observe them: So, I will attack you like a lion and the leopard. (Amos 3:8).

 8I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps, and will rend the caul of their heart, and there will I devour them like a lion: the wild beast shall tear them. Like a bear whose cubs were taken away, I will tear out your heart and devour you like a hungry lioness.

 9O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thine help. You are about to be destroyed by your only helper.

 10I will be thy king: where is any other that may save thee in all thy cities? and thy judges of whom thou saidst, Give me a king and princes? Where is your king now to save you. Where are all your leaders of the land that you demanded of Me. "Remember that king Hosea was in prison." (II Kings 17:4).

 11I gave thee a king in mine anger, and took him away in my wrath. In My anger I gave you kings because you wanted them, and in My fury, I took them away.

 12The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up; his sin is hid. Ephraim's sin has been stored up for punishment.

 13The sorrows of a travailing woman shall come upon him: he is an unwise son; for he should not stay long in the place of the breaking forth of children. You pains are like the pain of childbirth, but they are like a child who resists being born. (Isaiah 37:3).

 14I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes. I will not pity them anymore. Repentance will be hid from their eyes, and I will bring the plagues of destruction on them. What plagues? The seven vials of wrath in the end times. Judgment day! (Revelations 20:13, Revelation 16).

 15Though he be fruitful among his brethren, an east wind shall come, the wind of the LORD shall come up from the wilderness, and his spring shall become dry, and his fountain shall be dried up: he shall spoil the treasure of all pleasant vessels. Ephraim was the most fruitful of all his brothers. But the east wind, a blast from the Lord will rise in the desert and will dry up all their springs and wells. (Ezekiel 17:10).

 16Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up. They must pay for their rebellion against God. They shall fall by the sword. Taken by the king of Assyria. (II Kings 17:6). What is the double edge sword of the end times? The sword of the Lord. (Psalm 149:5-6, Revelation 1:16, 2:16). The sword of the Lord in the end times is the Word of God that comes out of His mouth. "It can cut you down, or build you up." It is up to you.

Hosea 14

 1O israel, return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity. Your own sins have brought you down because you don't listen to God. Repent and return to the Lord. (Jeremiah 2:19).

 2Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips. Quit your backsliding and confess your sin to the Lord.

 3Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses: neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, Ye are our gods: for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy. Assyria and it's war horses cannot save us. We won't say to the idols that they are our gods, but you alone are our God.

 4I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him. I will heal you from your backsliding. He justifies them through faith in Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 2:4-9).

 5I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon. I will be to Israel like a refreshing dew from heaven and send their roots deep into the soil like the cedars in Lebanon. Israel will blossom and but, and fill the face of the world with fruit. (Isaiah 27:6), the fruit being the truth in the Word.

 6His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon. It's branches will spread out like beautiful olive trees. (The oil of our people). The true vine is Christ. (John 15:1).

 7They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon. Those who put their faith in God and live under the shadow of the Holy Spirit. (John 11:25), Those who believe in Christ, even though they may have been spiritually dead, will live. (Eternal life).

 8Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree. From me is thy fruit found. Stay away from the idols and traditions of men and your prayers will be answered. Here is where God compares Himself to the evergreen tree (fir tree), and we are the fruit of the tree. (Isaiah 60:13).

 9Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein. Those who are wise in the Lord will understand these things. Those who can discern the truth. The path of the Lord is true and righteous, but the path of the sinner will stumble and fall. (Romans 9:32-33, II Thessalonians 2:9-12, I Peter 2:7-8). Remember that Christ is our rock. The rock of the righteous, but Satan is their rock, the rock of the unjust. Satan is coming soon and will be a stumbling rock to many who have been deceived in the Word. Trust in the Lord and be His people. "Lo-Ammi" (not My people), Israel then, and "Ammi" (My people), Israel now.

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