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Hosea 4 – 6

Hosea 4 

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 the COG Groups 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,  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. 123:5 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.

 

Hosea 5

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 worshiping 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.

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.

 

Hosea 6

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.

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