Hosea chapter 1
Some people wonder why these twelve wondrous books are called "Minor" Prophets. It is only because they are shorter in length than the other prophecies, not because they are of minor importance. However, in all the Hebrew manuscripts and printed Hebrew Bibles they are written and printed in unbroken sequence and are combined together to form one book, just as the twelve Tribes of Israel, each a separate entity in Israel, combined to form one nation.
It is to that nation, mother Israel and her children (vs. 2), particularly the Ten Northern Tribes known as the House of Israel, that Hosea prophesied, though he had warnings for Judah also. His prophecies were given during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, all Kings of Judah, and during the days of Jeroboam, the King of Israel. We also find that Hosea's work basically contains two sections, the first of which is contained in chapters 1-3 and the second in the remainder of the book. (Note: For further background and structural information on the Book of Hosea and the Minor Prophets, refer to pages 1206 - 1208 in the Companion Bible.)
Editor's note: We are going to stop here in our study of Hosea, and take a little side trip, all with a blue background below, to be sure you know who these twelve tribes of Israel (God's Chosen People), being talked about are; And where they came from.
The Hebrew word translated "man" is adam. In the manuscripts it is not preceded by the definite article 'eth and so it does not refer to a specific person, i.e. the word adam means human being or mankind, and no gender is implied.Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
And so God said, let "us" make mankind in "our" image. The words "us" and "our" refer back to Elohim, which is to say God and the host of heaven, or God and the angels. It does not say that man just looks like God, does it? Keep that in mind as we continue.
On the sixth day God created mankind, the different races, the ethnos. And He created them male and female!Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Was this before "'eth ha Adam" and his wife Eve were formed? Yes it was! This was the sixth day. The man we call Adam was formed on the eighth day and we haven't gotten there yet. So hang in there! However, you now know the answer to a question that often puzzles ministers and even scholars, "When Cain was sent forth into the land of Nod, it says he took a wife. Where in the world did she come from?" The answer is simple, she was of the sixth day creation.
 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
The above verse describe the creation of mankind in general (the races) Next we'll discuss the Forming of the individual man Adam
We now come to the eighth day, the seventh having passed away. We only call this the eighth day because it happened after God's day of rest.
Now, you will find that in just about every commentary of the Bible extant, that the creation which follows is presented as a parenthetical insertion, a more detailed account of the creation of man which we read of in chapter 1 beginning in verse 26. This false assumption will lead to great difficulty in explaining how it is that in chapter one the animals are created first, then man, while here in chapter two man is created first and then the animals. Which is it?
The answer is BOTH. There are two separate creations. We begin to "see" in the next verse.
Do you recall that we noticed there was no mention in chapter one, whatsoever, of a farmer, a man to till the ground and plant seeds? The sixth day man was given dominion over the fowl of the air and the fish of the sea. They were only hunters and fishers.Genesis 2:5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.
And so here on the eighth day, following God's day of rest (Sabbath), God says that He has "no man to till the ground". It is significant that eight, in Biblical numerics, means "new beginnings", because God is about to form a new man for a very, very special purpose.
There are several important things to notice in this verse: But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.
 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
First, the Hebrew word for "formed" is yatsar, meaning to "mould" or "form" as a potter. It is not the same word as "created" in Gen. 1:26, which is bara.
Secondly (and this is crucial to our understanding), the word "man" used here is "'eth-ha adham", with the article and particle, and means "this same man Adam". It means a specific man, not mankind in general. Again, if you are fortunate to have a Companion Bible, it will document this for you.
Lastly, we see God "breathed" into Adam's nostrils the "breath of life". The word translated "breathed" is naphach, which means to "inflate", as in He inflated Adam's lungs. But the word translated "breath" is neshamah, which means "divine inspiration", "intellect", "soul" or "spirit".
 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
Now having gone over all that; We can talk about who these twelve tribes of Israel are. And we can say that the purpose of this separate forming of this individual man "'eth-ha adham" and his help meet Eve, was to start a pure blood seed line through which Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God would descend from.
After a whole lot of trouble caused by Satan, to render this blood line impure (but that is another story, you'll have to read about yourself); The reason for Noah's Flood, a pure blood strain was introduced through Isaac, and his son, Jacob (whose name God changed to Israel); Therefore his twelve son, are now known as "The Twelve Tribes of Israel".
This is an extremely important point to understand, in order that you may fully comprehend the events in the next few chapters, even, your whole Bible, because the Bible is really the story God tells us about the physical lives of these people, the descendants of this individual man "'eth-ha adham" and his help meet Eve, and how those events let us know what we can expect to happen to us spiritually in these last days. If you have a Companion Bible it will document it for you.
Now back to our Hosea study. Sorry for the long side trip, but we felt this was important for you to know.
So the question is... "What is a book titled "Salvation" doing in the Old Testament?"
The answer is quite simple. Our Father placed it here for our understanding, to learn not only why salvation is necessary, but especially how He feels about His children who have gone astray (even from the first earth age), and to understand the tremendous love He has in that He would not only give His life but He would take back a wife who was once an unfaithful adulterous.
To that end, this book of Hosea is written which contains very graphic and descriptive language presented in such a way that we might be able to form a PICTURE in our minds of the spiritual things our Father wants us to SEE!
The Word of God is full of such imagery. In fact, all that is necessary for our spiritual understanding, including not only such things as salvation, but even all the prophecies written for this final generation, have been acted out in history and recorded for us in His Word. Paul documents this in 1 Cor. 10:11, "Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come."
For example, we know that the Satan is soon coming as the false-christ and will claim to be the real Jesus Christ. As the "destroyer" he will spiritually "slay the souls of men and women" through the sword of deception. Well, our Father knows we cannot see an invisible spiritual sword slicing through a soul, so He gave us the complete analogy of this spiritual battle of the end time in the historical record of the slaughter and captivity by Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon.
Then too, even nature itself is designed to enable us to understand the things that are invisible, i.e. the things that are spiritual, even our relationship to our heavenly Father.
The very reason we begin our trip through earth school as babies, completely dependent upon our parents, and then mature into adults and become the mommies and daddies ourselves, is so that we can experience and learn about those different relationships.Romans 1:20
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
You see, Israel (the woman) was married to the Lord at Mount Sinai. That's right, Christ entered into a marriage covenant with her whereby He became the husband and vowed to provide her with all her needs as long as she remained faithful. But she did not remain faithful! She soon went astray and started "cheating on Him" and became an adulteress, meaning she became "Idolatrous". Remember, we cannot see spiritual things such as idolatry, as in a person's idolatrous thoughts, but we can see and understand adultery!
So you know what Christ did with backsliding Israel? He divorced the whore! That's right, He served her with a "Bill of Divorce"!
And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.
There are three important things to note in this first verse. #1. First and most important is to understand that this is the Word of the LORD, not the words of man. #2. The second is to take note of the names that are given, for as we shall see, they all have meanings that give us much insight, even as we learned that the name "Hosea" means "salvation". #3. The third important item is to notice is that Judah and Israel have separate kings. That is because the 12 Tribe Nation of Israel became TWO separate nations following the reign of king Solomon and HAVE BEEN SO EVER SINCE. The two southern tribes of Judah and Benjamin became known as the House of Judah and the northern ten tribes became known as the House of Israel. (Most Bibles have maps in their appendixes which will clearly show these two nations as separate.)Hosea 1:1
The word of the LORD that came unto Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel.
You see, without understanding who and where the ancient House of Israel and the ancient House of Judah are today, one cannot understand Bible prophecy. Unfortunately, most preachers and ministers do not know where they are... well... they know where Judah is, in part (they think they are that little mid-east nation we call Israel TO-DAY but, that's only partly true, some of the good figs are there along with the bad figs, but most of the House of Judah is right along side the House of Israel, scattered throught north-western Europe and the Americas, i.e. "The Christian Nations of the World") but they do not know that the 10 northern tribes migrated over the Caucasus Mountains and became known as the Cimmerians, the Celts, the Saxons, etc. In fact, the word "Saxons" means 'Saac's Sons as in Isaac's Sons.
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Now let's take a look at the names in verse one. People often overlook the fact that names have significant meanings in the Bible. For instance, "El" in Hebrew means God and is the suffix of many names such as:
Then we have the many names beginning or ending with (Y)ah, God's covenant name:Samu-el = Asked of God or God-heard
Ezeki-el = God is strong or God strengthens
Dani-el = God is Judge
Jo-el = Yah is God
Micha-el = Who is like unto God?
Here then are the definitions of the names in Hosea 1:1:Isai-ah = The Salvation of God
Jeremi-ah = Whom God raises up, launches forth
Obadi-ah = Servant of God
Zephani-ah = Hidden of God
Zechari-ah = Remembered of God
Mic-ah = Who is like God?
Yah-shua = God's Savior = Jesus
So Hosea, whose name means salvation, is the son of Beeri, the "man of a well" or fountain, symbolic of the "Fountain of Life", Jesus Christ. And Hosea's prophecy was given in the days of Jeroboam for the time when "The people would become numerous" as the sand of the sea, a time when God would "hasten to help".Beeri = Man of a well
Uzzi-ah = Might of Yah
Jo-tham = Yah is upright
Ah-az = God has sustained
Hezeki-ah = Strength of Yah
Jeroboam = The people become numerous
Jo-ash = God has hastened (to help)
Our Father wants us to understand exactly how He feels about His children who depart from His Word and follow after the traditions of men, which is idolatry, which is "Spiritual Adultery". Have you ever read what Jesus Christ said regarding "spiritual adultery" to THIS final generation?Hosea 1:2
The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea. And the LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the LORD.
If the bridegroom returns from a long trip and sees His bride, who is supposed to be virgin, nursing her baby, what would that tell Him? She was unfaithful and had been in bed with someone else, right? Woe unto her! He is going to be angry with her! Wouldn't you be? However, those virgins who remain "barren" shall be blessed, for they shall be His bride when He returns.Luke 21:23
But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.
So God told Hosea to go marry an adulterous woman, who would be a woman of the backsliding House of Israel (who departed from the LORD). You see, that is what the Lord would have to do in order to take back Israel, isn't it? He would have to marry woman of whoredoms!Luke 23:29
For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck.
The Book of Hosea, whose name means "salvation", is written to and concerns the salvation of the 10 tribes of the House of Israel. To most Christians and even to most scholars they are known as the 10 Lost Tribes! Are they really "Lost"? The answer is a resounding NO! They are not lost, except to themselves. Yet they are still God's people, the people of the Book, the children of Abraham, but because of their ignorance due to the idolatry of the traditions of men they call themselves "gentiles" and not His people by heritage! They are so biblically illiterate, they don't know who they are!
It is written many places by the prophets of God in the Holy Scriptures that Israel would be taken captive and scattered among the nations and then re-sown as a nation that in the latter days. That nation would become the head of nations and no longer the tail. So if you would like a hint as to where the so-called "10 Lost Tribes" went, then you can start by answering the question, "Who is the head of the nations, the great superpower in the world today?"
You see, God has a Plan for the salvation of His children and for the restoration of their kingdom! He knows exactly what He is doing and if His children would just study His Word they would know also, for He has written it all down for them.
Consider the following:
Imagine a king who bequeaths great riches and wealth and even great authority to his children and has their inheritance and his instructions to them all written down in his Will and Testament! But alas, his children do not know who they are because they had been taken and educated by a stranger. They therefore have no idea and the thought never even crosses their minds that they are actually the king's children. That would be a real shame, wouldn't it?
But then one day someone knowledgeable in Testaments comes along and reveals to the children their true heritage and they soon discover with great delight that they are really children of the great king. Oh what a joyous day for the children of the king!
Anyway, today's study concerns the heritage and destiny of the house of Israel. It is written in both the Old and the New Testaments that Israel shall be saved.
Here are the words of Isaiah:
We are going to learn about that "salvation", which is everlasting, and God's plan to bring it to pass in our study of Hosea.Isaiah 45:17
But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.
Well, God told Hosea to go marry one of those unfaithful women and have some children with her. In this heartfelt analogy we will not only see how God feels, but we will find contained in the Hebrew names of the children the very plan of salvation for the House of Israel. We begin with verse three where Hosea has just been instructed to go marry a "wife of whoredoms" (vs. 2).
Gomer means "completeness" which Dr. Bullinger points out in the Companion Bible on page 1209 means completeness as in "filling up the measure of idolatry". In other words, Gomer represents the complete or whole idolatrous House of Israel who has become the daughter of sensualities, which is what her mother's name "Diblaim" (a double cake of figs) means.Hosea 1:3
So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim; which conceived, and bare him a son.
Note: Students of history who know and understand the migrations of the descendents of Noah, and how his grandson, whose name was Gomer, became the progenitor of the Cimmerians and various branches of the Celts and the Gauls, etc., will see the deeper significance in the name "Gomer", a name that also means "perfect". (see Smith's Bible Dictionary)
So Gomer conceived and bare Hosea a son, a son whom the LORD Himself named! So we can be sure there is great significance in that name.
This fourth verse is pivotal to understanding that which our Father would have us know and understand in this first chapter of Hosea concerning His Plan of Salvation for His people Israel. First of all, one must learn to read carefully if he or she desires to understand the simplicity of God's Word. Notice that the LORD has NOT said that He would cause the "children" of the house of Israel to perish or cease. It is only their "kingdom", their national identity as the "House of Israel" with a king reigning over them, that He would take away!Hosea 1:4
And the LORD said unto him, Call his name Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and will cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel.
Secondly, we learned earlier that names have meanings and are therefore important, sometimes even essential as in this case, to our understanding. Many preachers and ministers have a real difficulty understanding this chapter of Hosea and that is simply because they do not do their homework and rightly divide the Word of God as instructed in 2 Tim. 2:15.
The word "Jezreel" in Hebrew actually has two meanings: (1) may God scatter (Jer. 31:10); and (2) may God sow (Zech. 10:9). And so the very name Jezreel itself is actually prophetic because that is exactly what God has purposed to do which He is explaining to us in this chapter of Hosea: (1) He will take away the kingdom and scatter his people among the nations; and (2) in the latter days He will re-sow them in their own land.(Think north-west Europe, the far western island of Britain and the Americas)
Now let us understand this next tasty treat of hidden manna in God's Word:
The words "Jezreel" and "Israel" are rhyming words in both English and Hebrew, though even more so in Hebrew. They form a figure of speech called a Paronomasia which is the repetition of words similar in sound (see appendix 6 in the Companion Bible).
Here they are as they appear in Strong's Concordance:
There is a great significance in this figure of speech which is like a "play on words". You see, it would be because of whoredoms, i.e. their idolatry, that the "sons" of Israel would lose their identity as the House of Yisrael and would be called by a different name. But you know what? Just because they would be as "Yizreel", scattered and "lost" as to who they really are, they would still always be God's children, "Yisrael", for He would never lose sight of even the least among them. And in the last days, even now, many would begin to learn their true identity (vs. 10). How about you? Have you ever read the little booklet "The Abrahamic Covenant", by E. Raymond Capt? If not, you can purchase one from Artisan Publishers, P.O. Box 1529, 1409 West Shawnee, Muskogee OK, 74402 www.artisanpublishers.com 1-918-682-8341.Yizre`e'l, yiz-reh-ale', Hebrew 3157; from Hebrew 2232 (zara`) and Hebrew 410 ('el); God will sow; JizreŽl, the name of two places in Palestine and of two Israelites :- Jezreel.
Yisra'el, yis-raw-ale', Hebrew 3478; from Hebrew 8280 (sarah) and Hebrew 410 ('el); he will rule as God; JisraŽl, a symbolical name of Jacob; also (typically) of his posterity :- Israel.
The reality is that the scattering and sowing of this prophecy has already come to pass and God's Word stands confirmed as true and accurate. There is no Kingdom of Israel today who has a king over it. The northern 10 tribes of the House of Israel began to be broken up in 2 Kings 18:11-12. And do not be confused by that little nation in the Middle East who we call Israel today, because she is actually, if only in part, Judah, NOT the House of Israel. Today, it is basically the Christian nations of the world who make up the House of Israel and her identity and markings are pasted all over those nations if one will just take the time to read history and observe the signs.
With that background in mind, let us return to verse 4 to complete our understanding of this verse.
We see in this verse that God is going to take vengeance on the house of Jehu (*which means "the living") because of the "blood" of Jezreel. What does that mean? What did Jehu do wrong, because if you read 2 Kings chapter 10 you will see that Jehu, as the king of Israel, was told to go cleanse the land and get rid of the Baal worshippers of the house of Ahab, which he did do even though he shed much blood? And the LORD said unto him, Call his name Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu (*living should be eternally-see below), and will cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel.
However, over and above the blood he shed in Jezreel, Jehu committed a far more serious offense. He formed an alliance with a man named Jehonadab, the son of Rechab, the son of Hemath! In other words, Jehu made a covenant with an influential Kenite, a son of Cain (Kayin in Hebrew).2 Kings 10:11
So Jehu slew all that remained of the house of Ahab in Jezreel, and all his great men, and his kinsfolks, and his priests, until he left him none remaining.
Here is the account of Jehu's little covenant:1 Chron. 2:55
And the families of the scribes which dwelt at Jabez; the Tirathites, the Shimeathites, and Suchathites. These are the Kenites that came of Hemath, the father of the house of Rechab.
In other words, Jehu asked Jehonadab, "Are you as loyal to me as I am to you?" And Jehonadab answered back, "You can trust me!"2 Kings 10:15
And when he [Jehu] was departed thence, he lighted on Jehonadab the son of Rechab coming to meet him: and he saluted him, and said to him, Is thine heart right, as my heart is with thy heart?...
You see, Jehonadab the kenite "was highly esteemed and possessed great influence in the country. Jehu saw in a moment the advantage that his cause would gain from the friendship and countenance of this venerable man in the eyes of the people, and accordingly paid the distinguished attention of inviting him to a seat in his chariot. 'Give me thine hand' was not to simply aid him in getting up, but was for a far more significant and important purpose - the giving, or rather joining hands, being the recognized mode of striking a league or covenant, as well as of testifying fealty to a new sovereign; accordingly it is said, 'he [Jehonadab] gave him [Jehu] his hand'." (Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown)... And Jehonadab answered, It is. If it be, give me thine hand. And he gave him his hand; and he took him up to him into the chariot.
So here we have Jehu, king of Israel, leading the charge with a kenite right by his side. Well, there is nothing new under the sun, is there? We see much of this same "hand shaking" and "bonding" with kenites by many of our leaders today! And he said, Come with me, and see my zeal for the LORD. So they made him ride in his chariot.
Yep, Jehu did what God told him to, but with good old influential Jehonadab right by his side! And when he came to Samaria, he slew all that remained unto Ahab in Samaria, till he had destroyed him, according to the saying of the LORD, which he spake to Elijah.
This is certainly good news for Jehu. Did he continue to listen to the LORD and walk in His ways?2 Kings 10:30
And the LORD said unto Jehu, Because thou hast done well in executing that which is right in mine eyes, and hast done unto the house of Ahab according to all that was in mine heart, thy children of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel.
Too bad. I guess Jehu's heart really was the same as Jehonadab's after all! You see, it is kenites of the house of Hemath, the direct descendents of Cain, who through their control and influence of the Four Hidden Dynasties shall afflict the House of Israel right up to the end of this flesh age. Even now at this very hour, the powerful economic and political stranglehold they have on the nations of the world, including this one, would shock most people. God warned us if we let them in and covenant with them we would have nothing but trouble and more trouble: But Jehu took no heed to walk in the law of the LORD God of Israel with all his heart: for he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam, which made Israel to sin.
The word "afflict" is "lachats" in Hebrew, which means to press and to distress as in "to oppress". "Unto the river of the wilderness" is an expression which simply means "until the end". And it is the kenites, who do not believe in our God and His Christ, who carry forth the spirit of antichrist and bring about the "leaven" of idolatry into the house of Israel. That is why Christ said in Matthew 16:6 "Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees."Amos 6:14
But, behold, I will raise up against you a nation, O house of Israel, saith the LORD the God of hosts; and they shall afflict you from the entering in of Hemath unto the river of the wilderness.
Let's return to the prophecy of Hosea.
And it shall come to pass at that day, that I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel.
Gomer now conceives again and has another child, this time a daughter!2 Kings 18:11
And the king of Assyria did carry away Israel unto Assyria, and put them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes:
 Because they obeyed not the voice of the LORD their God, but transgressed his covenant, and all that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded, and would not hear them, nor do them.
THIS IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE (in type) OF WHAT IS HAPPENING spiritually TO THE Christian NATIONS OF THE WORLD, IN THIS 21st. CENTURY.
Our Father also named this child and He called her Lo-ruhamah, which means "not beloved". It was not that God actually stopped loving His children, God forbid, but because of their idolatry, their whoring around with other gods, He would no longer keep them from the consequences of their actions.Hosea 1:6
And she conceived again, and bare a daughter. And God said unto him, Call her name Lo-ruhamah: for I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel; but I will utterly take them away.
Nevertheless, as we read in verse 4, our Father utterly "took away the kingdom which belonged to them" and the kingdom of Israel was never restored from that Assyrian captivity. Judah on the other hand, at least a remnant thereof, did return from her captivity after 70 years.
II Kings 18:13 Makes it clear that much of the House of Judah was also taken by Assyria and most likely went with the House of Israel over the Caucasus Mountains when Babylon over threw Assyria!
That means it was only those in and around Jerusalem, the remnant, who were
left of the House of Judah for Nebuchadnezzor
to carry into Babylon 135 years later.
This prophecy of Hosea now moves forward in time to our day and beyond.
Again, this verse shifts the time to the end of this earth age. (See the note on verse 7 in Companion Bible, pg. 1210.) There is a time coming at the end of this earth age when our Father will directly intercede and save His people, and He will not be needing horses and chariots and swords this time.Hosea 1:7
But 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.
Looks like fertile Gomer was at it again. At this rate the children of the idolatrous house of Israel will become as numerous as the sand of the sea. Oh my goodness, they are! My how time flies!Hosea 1:8
Now when she had weaned Lo-ruhamah, she conceived, and bare a son.
"Lo-ammi" means "not my people". Plain and simply, our Father will not be the God of a bunch of whores, i.e. an idolatrous people. Until such time as they repent and quit following after the traditions of men and turn and walk in His ways, they can have the rock of Jehonadab and his people, for "their rock(rock with a small r is Satan) is not our Rock(with a large R, being Christ Jesus)" (Deut. 32:31). In fact, they will worship the god of Jehonadab, Satan, when he comes with band of merry angels (Rev. 12:7-9) claiming he is Jesus Christ. Then said God, Call his name Lo-ammi: for ye are not my people, and I will not be your God.
But there is wonderful news from our Father, right here in the Book of Hosea, concerning the salvation of our many people (many, thanks to Gomer - just kidding):
And although most of them do not know who they are, for they have lost their national identity, true Israel HAS become as numerous as the sand of the sea. God first made that promise in His covenant to our father Abraham, which He confirmed in Isaac and Jacob! (Think "The Christian nations of western Europe and the Americas)Hosea 1:10
Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered;...
It has already come to pass that the spirit of God is being poured out on the sons and daughters of the forefathers of Israel, as both Joel and Peter said would happen in the last days. And through His Spirit, His Word, they have come to "see", i.e. to understand, the visions of the prophets and they are prophesying (teaching the prophets) to our people, who are those sons of the Living God who know not who they are (the 10 "Lost" Tribes).... 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.
To prophesy simply means to teach and God's watchmen are teaching. They are speaking to those spiritually "dry bones" of true Israel (Ezek. 37), made dry because of the great endtime famine for hearing His true Word in our land (Amos. 8:11). And many of those dry bones are coming to life as the Spirit of Truth enters them and they are beginning to realize who they are. Yes, many Americans and Canadians and British, etc. who have always called themselves gentiles, not the sons of Abraham, not His people Israel, are beginning to understand that which has been "Jezreel" for so long. How about you? Are you a son or daughter of the living God? Even if you are a gentile, do you have eyes to see and ears to hear the truth of His Word?Acts 2:17
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God,I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
And there is even more good news! The two houses of Judah and Israel (when our true Lord returns) shall soon be joined together under one head, even the King of kings and the Lord of lords.
Speaking of the valley of the "dry bones", this prophecy of the joining back together of the two houses of Judah and Israel is exactly the same as God gave to His watchman, Ezekiel.Hosea 1:11
Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great shall be the day of Jezreel.
The two branches shall be soon be joined together when Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior returns at the sound of the 7th Trump and gathers His people together.Ezekiel 37:16
Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions:
 And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.
What a great day that shall be, indeed!
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