Hosea chapter 4
The "quick" are those who are "spiritually alive", i.e. have eternal life. Their judgment shall be reward and their relief shall be eternal life whereby they are no longer subject to further judgment or the second death (Rev. 20:6).Tim. 4:1
I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
It is written concerning the judgment that shall come that it will begin at the house of the Lord (1 Pet. 4:17), i.e. with the preachers and teachers of His Word. Therefore, our Father begins His case in this fourth chapter of Hosea against the priests of our land for their failure to perform their duties and educate our people in the knowledge of His Word.
Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye, ye children of Israel! Thus saith the Lord God! The LORD has a "controversy" with the inhabitants of the land. The word "controversy" is a legal term meaning "contest" or "suit". (Let's see, we here in America, are now certainly in a "contest" period as a nation, aren't we?) Think abortion and same sex marriage! Think "GO ALONG TO GET ALONG" as most Christian churches do.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.
"They break out" means they "breach" the law, "the Word of God" and "blood touches blood" is a figure of speech meaning they commit "one sin after another". We have already learned that adultery is symbolic of idolatry, so while these sins of swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery certainly are prevalent in our land, one must understand that in reality they are but "symptoms" of our spiritual sickness caused by the lack of the knowledge of the Word of God.controversy = riyb, reeb, Hebrew 7379; or rib, reeb; from Hebrew 7378 (riyb); a contest (personal or legal) :- + adversary, cause, chiding, contend (-tion), controversy, multitude [from the margin], pleading, strife, strive (-ing), suit.
 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.
There shall be, even as there is already is, great lamentation (mourning) in the land, not only among the inhabitants thereof but even among nature itself which groans in travail. In other words there is both spiritual pollution as well as physical pollution. 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.
Here are few quotes from some other translations to make the point.Hosea 4:4
Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for thy people are as they that strive with the priest.
Have you got the point? As stated before, the problems in our land are symptoms of our spiritual degeneracy. The question is, "Who is responsible to teach and give spiritual guidance unto our people?" Right, the priests and ministers are to "Feed the Sheep" the truth and knowledge of God's Word. Where are those teachers of truth? They are few and far between. But know this: If you are teacher of God's Word you had better be knowledgeable and not mislead God's people by withholding truth and teaching the fairy tale traditions of men, like snakes and apples and rapture theories and Easter bunnies, etc., for it is written that God will hold you responsible for the spiritual death of the people of your congregation and even the "sicknesses" in our land."Don't point your finger at someone else, and try to pass the blame to him! Look, priest, I'm pointing my finger at you!" (LB)
"But it is not for any man to bring a charge, it is not for him to prove a case; the quarrel with you, false priest is mine." (N.E.B.)
"But let no man denounce, no man rebuke; it is you, priest, that I denounce." (JB)
 Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with thee in the night, and I will destroy thy mother.
How many Christians, even Christian ministers, do you know who understand the Law of God; not the Ten Commandments, but the "Law" as in Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy? It used to be a requirement in this nation that in order to be a judge of our people you needed to know the books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy. 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.
The word "sottish" is an old Celtic term meaning "stupid"! (See note in the Companion Bible) If your preacher isn't teaching you the Word of God chapter by chapter and line by line, then what are you doing listening to him or her?Jeremiah 4:22
For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.
Christ said there would be "Many" who would come in His name, as Christian ministers, and deceive Many of our people" (Mat. 24, Mk. 13). How, you ask? By teaching the traditions of men, i.e. playing church and promoting every good work EXCEPT teaching the knowledge of the Word of God! The PROOF is the fact that we are nation of Biblical illiterates with a huge United Way fund!Hosea 4:7
As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame.
Note: It is fitting as we discuss teaching God's Word to remember that we are admonished in 2 Tim. 2:15 to not only study His Word, but in doing so to rightly divide it. To that end, be advised that the latter portion of Hosea 4:7 is not correct as it appears in the King James Version. The Sopherim confess that they "altered" the primitive text (for details see appendix 33 in the Companion Bible).
Hosea 4:7 should read as follows:
The priests and preachers are a bunch of whores/idolaters who change His glory into shame through their harlotry.Hosea 4:7 As they were increased, so they sinned against me: changing My glory into shame.
Many preachers in our land not only consume the "sin offering" of people for their own gain. So they are "covering up" the sins of the people while they "sheer the sheep".Hosea 4:8
They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity.
 And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings.
There is a GREAT famine in the United States of America this very day, RIGHT NOW! Did you know that? Has your preacher informed you of the "famine" Jesus Christ warned us about in Mat. 24 and Mark 13 that would be one of the major "Signs" just preceding His second coming? That famine is recorded in these Minor Prophets in the Book of Amos. 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.
Our nation has become a spiritual desert, a Valley of Dry Bones (Ezek. 37), as result of this great famine. And we are suffering from the "pestilences" which always follow famine, even those pestilences described in verse 2 (Hos. 4:2), i.e. the adultery, the sodomy, the abortion, the lying, the cheating, the stealing, the corrupt justice, etc.Amos 8:11
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
Again, our people are being spiritually starved to death. They wander from "sea to shining sea" trying to find some spiritual food, some meat from God's Word that satisfies the soul, but they cannot find it! And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.
Remember those 10 Virgins and how 5 of them did not make it to the marriage of the true Bridegroom? They did not have enough "oil" in their lamps from the Word of God, did they? In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.
Many Christians wonder why their prayers are not answered and why they are not blessed. It may well be "because they have left off to take heed to the LORD"? They do not study His Word so how could they take heed to His Word? Should our Father reward their disobedience to Him, even though they have been blinded by the blind (preachers)?Hosea 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.
Yes, judgment day is soon coming and our Father is presenting His case right here in this Book of Hosea. So consider yourself briefed on the complaint. However, if you are one of His faithful virgins and your name is written in the Book of Life as one who is forgiven and exempt, then you are blessed indeed, for you are not named as a defendant in this case.
All others shall give testimony and present their case before the Judge.
Jesus Christ warned us in Mat. 24, Mark 13, & Luke 21, that in the last days there would be great famine in the land because of the MANY Christian priests and preachers who would deceive and starve our people (to spiritual death) by not feeding them the Truth, i.e. the bread of life from the table of the Lord. These false prophets teach not from the true prophets but from "quarterlies" handed down by deacon boards and they cause our people to believe and practice the traditions of men; But, NOT OF GOD!!!
Therefore, as we learned in verse 10 in our last study, our people have become harlots and they commit gross spiritual whoredoms because they do not listen to the LORD, the Word of God.
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 traditions of men would have Christians believe that the fruit was an "apple" and that the serpent was just a "snake". Not so! If those men, had read their Bible before they started that tradition; They would know that IS NOT SO!!!!
Editor's note: Eve knew what Satan wanted to do to/with her or else she wouldn't have said what she did in Genesis chapter 3 verse 3.
Genesis 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
But she believed the lie (his bad fruit) Satan told her in verses 4 and 5 and had sex with him anyway.
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
Look up the word touch in your Strong's Concordance. OK I'll do it for you. The Hebrew word is nâga‛ It means lay the hand upon (for any purpose; euphemistically, to lie with a woman); naw-gah' A primitive root; properly to touch, that is, lay the hand upon (for any purpose; euphemistically, to lie with a woman); by implication to reach (figuratively to arrive, acquire); violently, to strike (punish, defeat, destroy, etc.): - beat, (X be able to) bring (down), cast, come (nigh), draw near (nigh), get up, happen, join, near, plague, reach (up), smite, strike, touch.
The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (note: trees do not know anything about good and evil) was the beautiful and charismatic archangel, Satan himself, the first super-preacher of this flesh age. (For those with eyes to see, Satan is "the first and the last" false messiah of this flesh age.) He was that corrupt tree who brought forth the evil fruit in the beginning, i.e. the lies and false doctrines concerning the Word of God, that Adam and Eve "ate" from, as in consumed. It is written that the Tree of Life (Jesus Christ) was also in the garden of Eden, but Adam and Eve "took heed" and listened to the wrong tree! "Fruit" is symbolic of that which a person produces? Here is Jesus Christ explaining the fruit produced by "trees" which themselves are symbolic of persons (read Ezk. 31).
And so it is that Satan, the evil and corrupt tree, that old box cedar (Ezk. 31:30), will be cast into the lake of fire along with all the saplings (Kenites) he produces. So where should Christians get their "fruit" from? The answer is from the Tree of Life, from the eternal Word of God. In fact, later on in this Book of Hosea, (salvation) our Father will liken Himself to an evergreen tree (symbolic of eternal life) and He will declare that Ephraim, representing the 10 Tribes of the House of Israel, should get his "fruit" from Him:Matthew 7:17
Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
It is also written in Rev. 22:1 that throughout eternity we will receive "fruit" from that Tree of Life: "In the midst of the street of it [New Jerusalem], and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations."Hosea 14:8
Ephraim 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.
So what happened to Adam and Eve after they ate the evil fruit from the corrupt tree in the midst of the garden? It is important that we take the time to understand what happened in the beginning, for the rest of this chapter in Hosea is actually self explanatory if you know how it was in the beginning.
So... to the garden we go...
This is the basic salvation message, from the very beginning, stated in the negative.Genesis 3:2
And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
It must be pointed out again that the word "touch" in Hebrew has to do with "seduction".
Here is Strong's definition.
Now, here is what the first false preacher of God's Word had to say to Eve, for you can be sure He represented himself as one possessing great spiritual wisdom and knowledge:touch = naga`, naw-gah', Hebrew 5060; a primitive root; properly to touch, i.e. lay the hand upon (for any purpose; euphemism, to lie with a woman); by implication to reach (figurative to arrive, acquire); violently, to strike (punish, defeat, destroy, etc.) :- beat, (× be able to) bring (down), cast, come (nigh), draw near (nigh), get up, happen, join, near, plague, reach (up), smite, strike, touch.
 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Satan used "religion", the profane reasoning of the Word of God, to deceive and seduce mother Eve. He told her that you do not need the Word of God to discern between Good and Evil, the Holy and the Profane, The Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, i.e. between Satan and Jesus Christ. That ability to "discern" between the Holy and the Profane will be what is taught in the Millennium by God's elect to those of the House of Israel who are deceived by the spurious messiah, Satan: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
As it is written, Satan's ceremonies and his sweet words
of comfort and promise of reasoned salvation (i.e., you won't surely die
if you are a good person) all sounded real good and reasonable to Eve.
She started to listen to the corrupt tree's profane wisdom and told her
husband Adam all about her newly found source of knowledge and wisdom. And the next thing you know, there was a orgy going
on! Right there in the Garden (Fig Grove)
Here we go again: (1) it looked and sounded good (like the correct interpretation of God's Word, i.e. like the good food, like the bread of life), (2) it "felt" real good, and (3) so it MUST BE the right tree to make one wise and lead one to salvation. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he* did eat.
* Note: For more details concerning what really happened in the garden of Eden, log unto and read "Genesis (Part 1)". Also, we receive many questions asking whether or not Adam participated in the seduction, the "affair", which took place in the fig grove. It is written that they both were deceived, i.e. ate of the bad fruit, Eve directly from the voice of Satan and Adam through the voice of the woman. It is not written that they both "touched" the tree, though they will both discover their nakedness. Obviously Eve did "naga" because she conceived and the result was that her punishment was to be sorrow (labor pangs) in child bearing which follows conception. Genesis 3:16 "Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee."
Adam's punishment was meted out because he listened to the sweet talking voice of the woman and thus ate of the SAME fruit of the tree, repeated through the mouth of the woman. Genesis 3:17 "And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;". It seems apparent that Adam did not "dress and keep" the garden according to God's commands as it is written in Genesis 2:15-17 where we read, "And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.  And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:  But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." Had Adam properly "dressed and kept" the garden he was given charge over he would not have listened to the voice of Eve. Even so, if you properly "dress and keep" and "sow and cultivate" the Word of God, you won't be deceived either.
Now, let us pause for a moment and consider mother Eve. Do you think she was a bad person? Of course not! In fact, Eve knew of God's command not to eat of the fruit of the tree which was in the midst of the garden and she let Satan know so. Furthermore, there is no record of her disbelieving the command not to eat (consume) Satan's fruit (his lies)! How is it then that she was so easily deceived and seduced?
Must we re-quote Hosea 4:10?
Adam and Eve, God's children, were just like the MANY good Christian folks today. They did not "take heed" to the Word of God. Instead, they listened to Satan and swallowed his religious lies when he said "God said this and God meant that" when He did NOT! They did not return unto the Father and seek His counsel because... hey, it all looked and sounded true and it felt real good, just like Churchianity does today! Since they did not return unto Him, He would come to visit them in the "cool" of the day, i.e. in the "ruach" which is in the spirit (if you understand)!Hosea 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.
They got one rude awakening, didn't they? Then they tried to cover-up what they had done and hide themselves from the presence of the LORD God.Gen. 3:7
And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
As it was in the beginning, so shall it be in the end, when the Lord returns in the "cool of the day" and visits those who were deceived by the false-christ, "that old serpent called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world" who is "cast out into the earth, and his angels are cast out with him (Rev. 12:9)". It is written in Rev. 6:15-16 that when Yeshua returns those who were deceived will try to "hide themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;  And say to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb". They will know that they are spiritually naked and that they have been whores and harlots, and they will be greatly ashamed. And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
Go ahead, listen to the Christian preachers and consume their fruit without checking them out in the Word of God! But be "warned" that if you do, you may find yourself as Adam and Eve, trying to hide your shame from the face of the Lord God because you thought the "fruit" you were eating at church was "good" to eat when all along you were being deceived and seduced and had become a spiritual WHORE! Your Father has told you NOT to eat bad fruit, so you had better check it out! Yes, if it all looks good, sounds good, and feels good, you better watch out! And He said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
Wine is produced from fruit and the wine that takes away the heart, which means takes away understanding, is made from BAD FRUIT! Our Father consistently, throughout His Word, use adultery and drunkenness to symbolize idolatry and spiritual fornication. Remember the famine of Amos 8:11?Hosea 4:11
Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.
Only the "bread" and pure "wine" from the Word of God can give you life!Isaiah 29:8
It shall even be as when an hungry man dreameth, and, behold, he eateth; but he awaketh, and his soul is empty: or as when a thirsty man dreameth, and, behold, he drinketh; but he awaketh, and, behold, he is faint, and his soul hath appetite: so shall the multitude of all the nations be, that fight against mount Zion.
Many people are spiritually drunk with religion, such as Churchianity, and it has blinded their eyes to truth. Our Father allows it to be so in order that they might discover their shame and their salvation may be effected. Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry ye out, and cry: they are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink.
The preachers and ministers, with all their sheepskins and Degrees of Divinity and Doctorates of Theology, cannot understand the simplicity of what happened in the garden of Eden. They present the Word of God to the people as being full of mysteries that only they, the learned, can understand. For the LORD hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered.
You should hear the many "stupid" interpretations of the Book of Revelation by these so-called learned men of the cloth. Oh well, anyone who thinks a garden snake can trick someone into eating an apple cannot be expected to possess much in the way of spiritual understanding, can they? So let's take the Good Book to a layman (is that like a nagaman?) of the church:And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed:
The church member who has perhaps sat in a pew faithfully each week for 30 or 40 years says, "You will have to ask the minister, the learned man, what this verse means." And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned.
They sing praises and give glory to God, but they "have none understanding", i.e. their heart is removed ("taken away" as in Hos. 4:11), because all they know about God is what they have learned through the traditions of men! And that is BAD FRUIT! Again, many, many good natured Christians have attended church and Sunday school for years and years and yet they are still completely Biblically illiterate. Why? You know why, because of the famine, because the Word of God is not taught to them chapter by chapter and line by line. How can a person understand the Book of Hosea if they do not know the basic principles of His Word, like what happened in the garden? How long have you been a Christian? Have you gotten to the meat of His Word? Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
Our people sit in church pews and sing songs and give praise but they learn NOTHING. Their church is therefore a "House of Emptiness" which is "Beth-aven" in Hebrew. "Beth" means "house" in Hebrew. So Beth-el is "House of God", Beth-lehem is "House of Bread", etc.Hebrews 5:12
For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
If you are unskillful in the Word of God, of how much use can you be to your Father? How could you possibly "dress and keep" His garden and "sow and reap" in His field, if you do not even know His instructions, much less "do" them? For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
Unless you "take heed" to the Word of God and follow Him, neither shall you be able to tell the difference between the Good Tree and the Bad Tree. Again, most Christians today eat exactly the same fruit Adam and Eve ate and they do not even know it! Their day of shame is soon coming! But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
"Stocks and staffs" are symbolic of "idolatry" and "divining rods" that people turn to for counsel and comfort instead of God's Word. Did you know an idol can be a church or a religion that even calls itself "Christian"? (Rev. 12:7-9) Did you know that when Satan is cast out of heaven to this earth he will call himself "Jesus"? You see, any spirit that is not of God and does not align with His Word is a "spirit of whoredoms" which cause God's people to err and go "whoring from under their God". Have you ever read what Jesus told the scribes and Pharisees, the religious leaders of the people, in Matthew 22:29 concerning erring? "Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God."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.
To that end we are instructed in 1 John 4:1"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world." There are a bunch of "bad trees" out there who will cause you to be seduced. Our Father says "Test them" ALL with the Word of God before you believe them. You can either take heed to that command or take your chances and "wing it". Good luck!
Here is another question: Have you ever read about the "grove worship" upon the tops of the mountains, i.e. the religious sexual orgies of Ashtoreth, also known as Ishtar, from whom we get the word "Easter"? Speaking of whoredoms, did you know that Ishtar (Easter) was a "sex goddess" and that Ishtar "eggs" and "quick-like-a-bunny rabbits" are symbols of sexual fertility? Better get yourself a good Bible Dictionary and do a little research. You might be eating some really bad fruit, or shall we say rotten eggs!Hosea 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.
To understand this verse you need to look up the word "themselves" which means "men", as in priests. (Note: If you have a Companion Bible it will explain this verse.) In other words, what God is saying is that He is not going to just punish the whoring daughters and adulterous spouses (both of the House of Israel), because the men, the priests, are "seducing" the Temple-women right in the temples, which are supposed to be houses of God, i.e. Beth-els! You see, the same thing is occurring spiritually in the churches in this great nation! Do you understand? "The people that do not understand shall fall (Hos. 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.
You better be careful where you "swear" as in where you give your allegiance and worship God. Father has instructed us not to "go ye up" and worship in a Beth-aven, a House of Nothingness, wherein there is no truth taught. As far as Judah is concerned... well, historically the House of Judah survived a little longer but also went the way of the House of Israel and became an harlot!Hosea 4:15
Though thou, Israel, play the harlot, yet let not Judah offend; and come not ye unto Gilgal, neither go ye up to Beth-aven, nor swear, The LORD liveth.
Your Companion Bible will explain this verse which basically means that Israel has been as stubborn as an old heifer and so Father has to treat her and feed like a baby.For Israel slideth back as a backsliding heifer: now the LORD will feed them as a lamb in a large place.
Ephraim is symbolic of the 10 tribes and the word "joined" means "mated" or "united". The House of Israel is joined, as in "mated to", to idolatry, which is simply Churchianity disguised as Christianity! You might even say that our people are barking up the wrong tree! You see, our people cannot tell the difference between religion and reality, between the fake Christianity and the real Christianity, between the fake Jesus and the real Jesus, between Satan and Jesus Christ, between the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Tree of Life! They do not test the fruit they eat because (1) it looks good to eat, (2) it tastes and feels real good, and (3) therefore it must be the good and righteous tree! WRONG! Always remember where are you supposed to get your fruit? Remember also that the day is soon coming when Jesus Christ will return and (for 1000 years, during the Millennium) Ephraim, the 10 Tribed House of Israel (in fact ALL of Israel, Judah included), will no longer eat fruit from the bad tree. Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.
Until then...Hosea 14:8
Ephraim 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.
Their "wine" that they think is so sweet and good tasting is SOUR, i.e. it is BAD STUFF, the product of Bad Fruit! It is the wine of the wrath of fornication and our people wallow in spiritual drunkenness from that sour wine. Their "rulers" tell them that the way to show your love to God is to "just believe" and do good deeds for your fellow man and give of your tithes and offerings. So what if God hates Easter! And you don't have to do all that "dressing and keeping" of the garden. You can fool around with the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. You also do not need to "try the spirits". Just have love in your heart.Hosea 4:18
Their drink is sour: they have committed whoredom continually: her rulers with shame do love, Give ye.
Excuse me dear Christian! Did you know that our good parents, Adam and Eve, died? The real question is, do you really know why?"Surely God will not cause a good hearted person who loves the Lord and tries his or her best to be kind and generous to die, WOULD HE?"
The "wind" is "ruach" in Hebrew which is symbolic of "spirit". Does the "spirit of whoredoms" have you bound up, i.e. in bondage, which is what the first part of this verse means? If so, you shall be as Adam and Eve, standing naked before the Lord while trying to cover your shame, because you have eaten the fruit from the wrong tree which your Father has warned you to stay away from, and you have become an harlot! May God give you eyes to see and ears to hear the truth of His precious Word.Hosea 4:19
The wind hath bound her up in her wings, and they shall be ashamed because of their sacrifices.
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