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Hosea 7 – 9

Hosea 7

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 which we have been 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 have become intoxicated with pride in their idols of men and their own ways and false traditions, and they 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 [in humble sincerity].

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: They compromise with God’s Word in the hope of gaining a great following, and exalt and their own ways and false traditions above the Word of God.

We are full of sin; from living in physical adultery through permissive divorce and remarriage, to Sabbath pollution; from personal politicking and power plays, to idolizing men, and the false traditions of men and organizations. Our elders tolerate sin without rebuke and pervert the Gospel of warning and repentance into a business model false gospel of entry into a coming Kingdom without zealous obedience to the laws of that Kingdom. 

Like today’s called out, Ephraim is a pancake cooked on only one side. We are not wholehearted in our zeal for God but only halfhearted, paying lip-service to God while doing what 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 has become 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.

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 the wicked from among us.

We are commended to remove willful sinners from our assemblies

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.

For:

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. 

We are not to associate with willful self-justifying sinners in our assemblies.
1 Corinthians 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

Brethren, it is because we have not obeyed the commandments of our God to avoid polluting the congregations, that we are now half baked and have become a mixed people; mixing the holy with the profane.

And why? Because we have prostituted our loyalty to the sound doctrine of our Husband, Jesus Christ; for the 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 them 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.

Physical Israel depends upon her allies instead of upon God and 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; so that we might be a godly example for the nations and 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 today’s rebellious New Covenant Called Out who have been redeemed from among men and espoused to an Husband, The Lord of Hosts!

God strengthened and blessed us and we became proud and we have lost sight of our God and instead we have become focused on our idols of men.

 

Hosea 8

God commands his watchmen to blast the warning like a trumpet; repent, repent; the enemy is at the gates the correction of the LORD is at hand! 

I will not keep silent!  I will warn the brethren with all the strength that the Eternal provides! 

Because of our sins of idolatry, Sabbath breaking and rejecting godly knowledge and our spiritual adultery; our correction is at hand!

Hosea 8:1 Set the trumpet to thy mouth. He shall come as an eagle against the house of the LORD, because they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law.

In great tribulation spiritual and physical Israel will call out for deliverance but there will be NO deliverance any more; until we have been thoroughly humbled and have sincerely repented and turned to live by EVERY WORD of God!

8:2 Israel shall cry unto me, My God, we know thee.

Because our Mighty One is against us, the enemy will pursue and overtake us, for the overspreading of all our abominations

8:3 Israel [physical and spiritual] hath cast off the thing that is good [We have rejected the good things of godliness]: the enemy shall pursue him.

The nations of Israel are an instructional allegory of today’s Ekklesia. We have ordained ungodly men and we love mammon more than we love God.

8:4 They have set up kings, but not by me: they have made princes, and I knew it not: of their silver and their gold have they made them idols, that they may be cut off.

Today we have exalted our idols of men and we do not followed the Holy One to live by every Word of God.

We follow idols of men, equating loyalty to them and their false traditions with loyalty to God himself.  We follow such men into sin and away from our Husband, instead of following them ONLY as they follow God the Father and Jesus Christ our Husband!

8:5 Thy calf, [idols] O Samaria [physical and spiritual Israel], hath cast thee off [Our idols of men cannot save us from the wrath of our offended Husband, against whom we have been adulterous.]; mine anger is kindled against them: how long will it be ere they attain to innocency [purity from sin]?

As Almighty God destroyed the idols of the past; he will destroy the idols of today!

Our corporate church’s will be destroyed along with all the unrepentant  wicked shepherds who would lead the people to exalt idols of men above living by EVERY WORD of God.

8:6 For from Israel was it also: the workman made it [idols are made by man and shall perish]; therefore it is not God: but the calf of Samaria shall be broken in pieces.

Our golden calf is our corporate churches!!! They are organizations of men made by men and are NOT God!!!

Almighty God is a jealous Husband and he will destroy our golden calf of corporate churches and turn his bride back to himself.  In the soon coming tribulation our Lord will destroy the corporate churches, and FORCE people to stand or fall spiritually, based on our zeal and fidelity to HIS WORD. 

Almighty God will destroy our crutch and our cloak for our sins [“The elder said it was alright to do this contrary to God’s Word”]; and FORCE us to stand like adults and place our Husband FIRST; or fail to do so and be counted unworthy of eternal life as a part in the bride.   

We are like a wheat plant that has no stalk and cannot produce grain [spiritual fruit], and if we should have some natural good in us, it will perish. Strangers and enemies will swallow us up because we have not remained attached to the Vine of our Salvation, John 15.  We have departed from any zeal to live by Every Word of God the Father and the Son to follow idols of men.

8:7 For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk; the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.

8:8 Israel [both physical and apostate spiritual Israel] is swallowed up: now shall they be among the Gentiles as a vessel wherein is [God has no pleasure] no pleasure.

8:9 For they are gone up to Assyria, a wild ass alone by himself: Ephraim hath hired lovers

Ephraim represents the nations of Israel and they seek out allies of men which cannot save her; and they have rejected turning to the God of Salvation, who ONLY can save; just as today’s New Covenant  brethren seek and follow idols of men and not God.

8:10 Yea, 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.

Physical Israel will not be saved by her allies of men or through compromising with the enemy; and Spiritual Israel will not be saved by her idols of men, when the Eternal corrects her. We shall BOTH be made to sorrow for all our abominations and brought to sincere repentance through that humbling.

8:11 Because Ephraim hath made many altars to sin, altars shall be unto him to sin.

8:12 I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing.

God does not accept us because we are full of sin.

8:13 They 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.

God does not accept our offerings and prayers to him because we are full of pride and unrepented sin; God has hidden his face from us because we have departed from his Word to commit adultery against the Husband of our baptismal commitment. 

We of spiritual Israel, like physical Israel; have forgotten who has made us and we follow idols of men: While Judah trusts in her military strength which the Almighty shall destroy with a wave of his hand for all their sins in idolizing the traditions of men above living by Every Word of God.

8:14 For 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.

Neither our idols of men nor our idols of military might will save us from the wrath of a jealous Husband over his adulterous bride. We will not be saved because we belong to some group or race and consider ourselves the temple of God.  Our deliverance comes through our repentant ZEAL to live by every Word of God!

Jeremiah 7:1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,  7:2 Stand in the gate of the LORD’s house, and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word of the LORD, all ye of Judah, that enter in at these gates to worship the LORD.  7:3 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place.  7:4 Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, are these.

7:5 For if ye throughly amend your ways and your doings; if ye throughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbour;  7:6 If ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place, neither walk after other gods to your hurt: 7:7 Then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, for ever and ever.

7:8 Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit. 7:9 Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not;   7:10 And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations?

7:11 Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the LORD.  7:12 But go ye now unto my place which was in Shiloh, where I set my name at the first, and see what I did to it for the wickedness of my people Israel.

 

Hosea 9

Because physical and spiritual Israel have sold themselves to idols; they will reap strong correction from God.

Hosea 9:1 Rejoice 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 [threshing floor].  9:2 The [threshing of harvest] floor and the winepress shall not feed them, and the new wine shall fail in her.

This is about the first captivity of Israel which began about 721 B.C. and is a type of the final tribulation now about to begin in our day.

9:3 They shall not dwell in the LORD’s land [Palestine]; but Ephraim shall return to Egypt [spiritually a type of bondage], and they shall eat unclean things in Assyria.

Ancient Israel was taken captive to Assyria (2 Kings 17) c 721 B.C.

9:4 They 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.

The coming correction of great tribulation

Brethren, it is far past time for the mourning and fasting of repentance and for the humbling of ourselves before our God in the hope that we might be delivered from the weakness and sin that besets us.

Let us wholeheartedly turn to our espoused spiritual Husband in passionate love, seeking his forgiveness; perhaps he will extend mercy before his anger grows hot and his correction comes upon us. 

What will we do in the Feasts of the LORD during our time of our correction?  

9:5 What will ye do in the solemn day, and in the day of the feast of the LORD?

9:6 For, lo, they are gone [the corporate churches will fail] because of destruction [during the tribulation]: Egypt [in this great tribulation Egypt will also be filled with great multitudes of dead] shall gather them up, Memphis shall bury them: the pleasant places for their silver, [The silver and gold will be taken as spoils and the store houses shall be empty and desolate.] nettles [the store houses will be filled with weeds and briers] shall possess them: thorns shall be in their tabernacles [tents, homes].

9:7 The days of visitation are come, the days of recompence are come; Israel shall know it: the [Today physical and spiritual Israel despise God’s wisdom,and consider God’s true servants fools.] prophet is a fool, the spiritual man is [The true godly person is vexed by the wickedness in today’s assemblies] mad, for the multitude of thine iniquity, and the great hatred [of the wicked against the godly]

The sins and judgment of ancient Ephraim are a type of the sins and judgment of today’s Spiritual Ekklesia 

9:8 The watchman of Ephraim was with my God: but the [false] prophet is a snare of a fowler in all his ways, and hatred in the house of his God.

The ancient watchman of Ephraim [from the British peoples] was a true man of God: but the false leaders hate the truth speakers who are zealous for the Eternal, because they want the people to follow them and not the whole Word of God; therefore such evil doers will be despised and rejected by the Eternal God (Rev 3:15-22).

9:9 They have deeply corrupted themselves, as in the days of Gibeah: therefore he will remember their iniquity, he will visit their sins.

The Watchman speaks the truth to the brethren and trumpets the true Gospel of warning and sincere repentance to live by every Word of God. 

The false prophets deceive the people and ensnare them into being lax for the practical application of God’s Word; saying that they are delivered to pollute the Sabbath and to exalt men and the false traditions of men for the sake of organizational unity.

The false teachers say, “no correction will come upon us for we are the temple of the Lord” (Jer 7:4); they deceive the brethren into idolatry and then lull them to sleep with lullabies of how righteous they are, as the Eternal in his anger turns away from us.  they promise safety and deliverance as they steal our crowns and lead us to our destruction. 

Imagine yourself very hungry as you travel across a desolate place and you happened across some just ripe fresh grapes, or some first ripe figs;  what a great delight;  and after eating them you because sick because they turned bitter in your stomach.  So is the experience of God with physical and today’s called out Ekklesia of spiritual Israel. 

9:10 I 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 [turned from God to their idols], and separated themselves unto that shame; and their abominations were according as they loved.

We were pleasant in our first passionate love when God the Father found us and called us out to be espoused to his Son; then later we played the spiritual whore falling into idolatry and spiritual adultery.

The glory of Ephraim and Israel will dissipate and the brethren will also have their grand buildings and corporate assemblies destroyed.

9:11 As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird, from the birth, and from the womb, and from the conception.

9:12 Though they bring up their children, yet will I bereave them, that there shall not be a man left: yea, woe also to them when I depart from them!

9:13 Ephraim, as I saw Tyrus, is planted in a pleasant place: but Ephraim shall bring forth his children to the murderer.

9:14 Give them, O LORD: what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.

Can one read this and not be reminded of how Jesus Christ [Hebrew: Yeshua Mashiach] drove the wicked out of the Temple.  Jesus did that before he gave up his Godhood to become flesh when he gave ancient Israel over to the Assyrians; and he did this in God the Father’s temple as an instructional example to today’s Spiritual Ekklesia that Jesus Christ will reject and cast out those who commit spiritual adultery against him by following idols of men. 

9:15 All 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.

9:16 Ephraim 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.

9:17 My God will cast them away, because they did not hearken unto him: and they shall be wanderers among the nations.

Ephraim and Israel will be corrected with a great correction; their ancient captivity being but a a small foretaste of that great correction now at our door.

This warning also concerns the great correction of today’s Spiritual Ekklesia and physical Israel for departing from any zeal to live by every Word of God to follow idols of men in spiritual adultery.

 

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