Hosea chapter 8
It is the dawn of The Millennium and the prophecies contained in the Word of God are rapidly coming to pass exactly as they are written, exactly as God said they would in both the Old and the New Testaments. You see, there eventually comes a time when the last grains of sand finally run out of the hour glass signaling that "Time's about Up"! We are now down to those last few grains of sand, or as Jesus Christ said in Luke 21:31 "So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand." We now see those things He spoke of coming to pass.
We have been studying the great Book of Hosea, the book written concerning the salvation of the 10 tribes of the house of Israel, which details the adulterous (idolatrous) transgressions of God's children and their ensuing chastisement that they were duly warned would befall them should they choose to break His covenant. In other words, Israel's captivity by the Assyrian and their subsequent scattering among the nations was written and pre-determined to befall them long before they actually took place. AND, they were given sufficient notice and warned by the true prophets of God that unless they repented and turned from their whoredoms and returned to their true Husband, the LORD God who brought them out of the bondage of Egypt with a mighty hand, they would face the swift onslaught of the Assyrian and be taken away captive. However, as it is written, they preferred listening to the soothsaying priests who told them not to worry and that God would protect them from the Assyrian. I guess they were both in error, weren't they? They should have listened to the Word of God instead of heeding the words of men, especially preachers! The rule you should ALWAYS go by is to NEVER let any man, this man or any other, convince you that the Word of God says this or that without any documentation and more importantly, without you first checking it out in His Word.
And it all happened as a example of what we, in this last generation will face SPIRITUALLY IN THESE LAST DAYS!!!!! 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.
And so it came to pass exactly as it was written, exactly as the prophets of God WARNED them would happen, that the Assyrian did come swiftly against the house of Israel because of their idolatry and took them all away (2 Kings 17:4-6). Let it be known, therefore, to the children of God in these last days, that the prophecy and the history stand written and they combine to confirm that the Word of God is true! Why is that important? Because what happened historically to the House of Israel was a type of that which WILL befall us in these last days. Do you remember Paul's words in 1 Cor. 10:11 which we quoted above? "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." Don't FORGET IT!!!
Therefore, as it is written, the Assyrian, one of the names given to Satan (Isa. 14:25 ), is about to descend swiftly against the present day house of Israel and take them all away into captivity once again. Only this time it will be a spiritual captivity, and effect your SOUL for all ETERNITY, not your Physical body!
So the question now is, "Are you are a watchman of God?" Do you know the duties of a watchman? Do you know that His watchmen of this final generation are those sons and daughters spoken of by Joel the prophet and quoted by Peter on Pentecost Day in Acts 2, who would understand (See) the visions of the prophets and teach and warn God's children that the Assyrian, the false-christ, is soon coming BEFORE the return of Jesus Christ (2 Thes. 2)? If you know that and you are one of His watchmen, then next verse is written to you.
Blow ye the trumpet! Sound the alarm! Warn our people! He, the Assyrian, the spurious messiah, shall come swiftly, as an eagle (or vulture) descends, against the House of Israel, i.e. the Christian nations of this 21st. century, because they have broken His covenant and played the role of the harlot though their idolatry! Do you think that Hosea is being told to preach some "new" revelation to the House of Israel, something they did not or should not already know? No, it was already written in God's Word, in the "law"!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.
That nation is the Kenites.Deut. 28:49
The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand;
So blow ye the trumpet! Sound the alarm, watchman!
Oh yes, it is also written in Eccles. 1:9 "The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun." When the sand finally runs out of the hour glass in the final "hour" of this last generation and it is too late to heed the warning of the trumpet, then shall our people shall cry unto God, as they did in the past, "We know thee, Lord!" Hmmm, this will once again pose a severe credibility problem for them because obviously they did not believe His Word nor heed His warning! If this next statement comes as shock to you, then so be it, unless you are newly converted Christian; But if you have been a Christian for some time now, then to SAY that you KNOW the Lord God, the "Living Word of God", and yet you do not KNOW the "Written Word of God", makes you a liar!"Hosea 8:2
Israel shall cry unto me, My God, we know thee.
His "commandments" are not just the 10 Commandments, as this verse even documents. His commandments are His WORD, the TRUTH, which cannot be IN those who have not studied it or even read it with understanding, can it? John 17:17 "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth." Therefore, you can do all the "things" your church may tell you, will "make you" a good Christian, like going to church every Sunday, and helping with the food drives, and giving money to charities and missionaries and the church, and recruiting members, etc. etc. Certainly we are not condemning doing good and wonderful works. However, is it through all those wonderful works that you can come to KNOW the Lord God or is it through His Word, His Spirit of Truth?1 John 2:4
He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
"Israel shall cry unto me, My God, we know thee" (Hosea 8:2).Matthew 7:22
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Why doesn't He KNOW them? Because they never took the time to KNOW Him, to keep His Word, to "study to show themselves approved unto God" (1 Tim. 2:15). As James said in James 4:8, "Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded." Their hearts were not right with God. They did not hunger and thirst and seek to consume their "daily bread", i.e. His Word. They were satisfied with milk and crumbs perhaps once a week on Sunday morning! Sure, they were very religious and went to their Beth-Avens (houses of emptiness) regularly and did all sorts of wonderful humanitarian works, etc., but they did not "keep", i.e. hold fast, His Word and they allowed themselves to be led astray into idolatry, to stand before the golden calves, which is to become a spiritual whore as this Book of Hosea so declares! Therefore, they were not sanctified according to John 17:17, were they? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
It is a fact that "We the People" of The United States of America, the leader of the free Christian nations of the world, have true to prophecy become a nation of Biblical illiterates. The great spiritual "famine" of the end time prophesied by Jesus Christ and recorded in Amos 8:11-13, has come to pass! Yes, the house of Israel has cast off the knowledge of His word, His truth, and today they have gone one step further and even cast off the knowledge of their own heritage.Hosea 8:3
Israel hath cast off the thing that is good: the enemy shall pursue him.
You should know the story of the golden calves of Samaria and how Jeroboam set up the altars and the calves so that the people could worship God without going to Jerusalem as God commanded. Thy calf, O Samaria, hath cast thee off; mine anger is kindled against them: how long will it be ere they attain to innocency?
It all looked so religious but it was a bunch of "Bull" and it was sinful indeed as far as the Word of God is concerned.Then Jeroboam built Shechem in mount Ephraim, and dwelt therein; and went out from thence, and built Penuel.  And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David:  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.  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.  And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.  And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.  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.  And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and he offered upon the altar. So did he in Bethel, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made.
The golden calves of Samaria, which means "watch mountain" where the watchman are supposed to be on guard, were made by and set up by men CONTRARY to the Word of God, just as the traditions of men, the system of worshipping God, set forth in substitute for studying and keeping His Word, are concocted and set up by men.Hosea 8:6
For from Israel was it also: the workman made it; therefore it is not God: but the calf of Samaria shall be broken in pieces.
In summary, "Make sure you seek the Lord and study His Word so that the Truth dwells in you!" Otherwise, as it is written, you are full of "Bull"!
1 John 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him
The questions to consider for today are: If you have never read the Personal Letter that your heavenly Father has written to you, then how would you know for sure what it is that pleases or displeases Him? Do you rely on the words of some man (your preacher) who claims to be an official letter reader to tell you what your Father wrote to YOU? Certainly it is a good and wonderful thing to have a knowledgeable and gifted teacher, but is the Word of God just written to ministers and priests to read and understand?
Some churches claim that is so, but it is NOT SO! In fact, you can read in Acts 17 where the Bereans, after listening to the words of the apostle Paul, the servant of God who wrote the major portion of the New Testament, searched the scriptures "daily" themselves to see if what Paul was telling them aligned with God's Word!
That's right, they
checked him out just as you are commanded to do in
1 John. 4:1 with what you hear preached or taught! So do you test the words of your preacher or priest or pope or bishop or elder, etc., to see if they align with God's Word? Hopefully you do! Otherwise you are already disobedient to His Word starting with 1 John 4:1 and 2 Tim. 2:15.
Here is the account of the noble Bereans readiness to seek and verify the truth of God's Word:
Why is this so important? Because of deception and because it is written and it is a fact that "whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap". Never forget this because God will not be mocked by man, either on purpose or in ignorance!Acts 17:10
And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
You see, many Christians in their ignorance, in their blindness to truth caused by listening to the traditions of men, i.e. the doctrines and rituals of churchianity, believe that their "sacrifices" and their "offerings" are pleasing to God.Galatians 6:7
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
For example, you may be told by some likeable though misinformed preacher type and you may believe with all your heart that the corn seeds you are planting are watermelon seeds! Do you then think that just because you are expecting watermelons to grow that that is what you will get? Sorry! You plant corn seeds, even if you believe they are watermelon seeds, you get a corn crop! As the teenagers say, "Deal with it!" Seems to me a wise person would what to make certain he (or she) knows what he is planting, especially if his life depends on it!
Then too, we have the historical record of our forefathers
who did some sowing of their own! Remember in our last study that they
set up kings, but not according to God's counsel, and they worshipped,
went to church, where the Golden Calves were set up rather than go down
to Jerusalem as commanded by God.
Hey, they were told it was OK, but not by God! On the contrary, we documented in our last study that they were WARNED against such idolatry!
Let's continue in the 8th chapter of Hosea and see what our Father has to say about their worship practices and their "own version" of sowing seeds of faith:
Even though Christ Himself said that many Christians will be deceived in the last days (Mat. 24, Mk. 24) and they will later come to Him claiming to have worshipped and done wonderful works in His name (Mat. 7), some Christians just do not see how a good church-goer could be said to be doing anything wrong because they are worshipping God and Jesus, are they not?Hosea 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.
Yes, you can worship God in vain by following the doctrines and traditions of men and the church systems they have set up on the hill! You may think that you are sowing good seeds but even in your ignorance if you are in fact sowing to the wind, you will reap a crop of wind, even a whirlwind! And of course without God's blessings, without pleasing Him by listening to Him, even if you did yield a crop of corn, God would chastise you, His child, and see to it that it was consumed by strangers!Mark 7:6
He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
And so it came to pass, in the past, even as it has once again come to pass this very day, "that Israel (Today's descendants, being the Christian nations of western Europe and the Americas) has forgotten his maker (vs. 14)", i.e. left off His Word, and "sowed to the wind" according to the traditions of men, all the while believing he was (and is) doing the right thing and worshiping God. Nevertheless, he did reap what he sowed and he was taken captive by the Assyrian as swiftly as an eagle swoops down and captures its prey and carries it away!
Israel was indeed swallowed up and his chastisement came to pass exactly as it was written. Remember 2 Kings 17:6? "In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria took Samaria, and carried Israel away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes." Therefore the once great nation of Israel has become about as pleasing to God as a "broken pot"! Israel is swallowed up: now shall they be among the Gentiles as a vessel wherein is no pleasure.
Like a wild ass wandering astray in the wilderness all alone, so go the children of Israel who have forgotten their God by committing fornication and adultery (idolatry).Hosea 8:9
For they are gone up to Assyria, a wild ass alone by himself...
This is a hard reality check! God says that even a dumb ass knows his master's crib, but Israel is not even that smart! They are dumber than a dumb ass because they do not "consider" as is "discern" and "understand", i.e. they do not use their brains and study His Word!Isaiah 1:3
The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.
Will the 10 tribes of the House of Israel (Christians of Western Europe and from the Americans) get away with turning their backs on the Holy One of Israel? Ha! Can donkeys fly? He said, " Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." You can rest assured and be confident that our Father is completely fair and everyone gets exactly what they have coming to them. Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.
So Israel, represented by the largest tribe of Ephraim, having forsaken God by forgetting God, by not considering His Word, resorted to hiring (buying) friends and allies for protection and security. That's a "Big No No" according to His commands.
This practice of buying friends and allies is continued big time by the United States of America as long as I can remember! And you want to talk about "dumb and dumber"? An harlot usually charges her lovers for her services, right? Not good old Israel (America). She PAYS THEM!Hosea 8:9 (continued...)
Ephraim hath hired lovers.
She pays them to be her lovers/allies! The word contrary means "reverse" or as we say "bass ackwards"!Ezekiel 16:32
But as a wife that committeth adultery, which taketh strangers instead of her husband!
They give gifts to all whores: but thou givest thy gifts to all thy lovers, and hirest them, that they may come unto thee on every side for thy whoredom.
 And the contrary is in thee from other women in thy whoredoms, whereas none followeth thee to commit whoredoms: and in that thou givest a reward, and no reward is given unto thee, therefore thou art contrary.
What have we learned so far today? "You reap what you sow", right? Therefore, because Ephraim has forgotten God and acted contrary to His commands, instead of his allies helping him and coming to his aid, God will gather them against him and Ephraim will suffer for a little while under the tribute (burden) paid to the king of princes.Hosea 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.
What does it mean that Ephraim, who is representative of the 10 tribes of Israel, has made (multiplied) many altars? It means that there are a multitude of churches in the nation, one on every street corner in some towns, but as we have learned, many are merely Beth-Avens, houses of emptiness, whereas they should be Beth-Els, houses of God. Therefore, Ephraim's religions and his churches are a sin unto him even as the worship services before the golden calves of Samaria were sin unto him. Because Ephraim hath made many altars to sin, altars shall be unto him to sin.
The sad part of all this is that our people are really without excuse. Unlike those who lived in the Dark Ages where access to the Word of God was prevented and denied by the church*, i.e. the Light of Truth was all but snuffed out (hence the term the Dark Ages), we in this nation do have access to the entire written Word of God. But now, there are many times more Bibles in this land than there are people, but there are few people who have "considered it", i.e. read it with understanding.
* If you have not read "The Letter to the Reader", the
rather lengthy preface written to the English reader by the translators
of the King James Bible, then log unto this file.
Chances are that you did not even know this document exists because the Kenite publishers have removed it from the pages of your Bible.
This is our Father speaking! He has now given us the entirety of His WRITTEN WORD! And it is not just the critics and scoffers of today who consider it a strange, foreign, alien thing! Most Christians believe it is a "strange thing", as in hard to read and understand. But it is really not that difficult at all if you use common sense, a good translation, and allow the Holy Spirit to guide and direct you instead of preconceived ideas! As we have learned in this Book of Hosea (vs. 6:6), all our Father wants is for His children to love Him and obey His commands, His Voice, i.e. His Word, the Bible. It is not their "sacrifices" and their "offerings" and the rest of their religious practices and traditions that He seeks.Hosea 8:12
I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing.
He wants His children to be well, to be happy and successful and secure.Jeremiah 7:21
Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Put your burnt offerings unto your sacrifices, and eat flesh.
 For I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices:
 But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.
You cannot buy happiness. It comes as a result of listening and obeying your Father. You reap what you sow! But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.
All the words of those prophets are written and recorded for you and me. In other words, those same prophets have been sent to us this very day (they're all recorded in your Bible)! But, Do our people read them, listen to them and hearken unto their voices? NO!!!! Since the day that your fathers came forth out of the land of Egypt unto this day I have even sent unto you all my servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them:
They could give two corn cobs! Yet they hearkened not unto me, nor inclined their ear, but hardened their neck: they did worse than their fathers.
 Therefore thou shalt speak all these words unto them; but they will not hearken to thee: thou shalt also call unto them; but they will not answer thee.
There is a great famine in our land, "not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD" (Amos 8:11). But thou shalt say unto them, This is a nation that obeyeth not the voice of the LORD their God, nor receiveth correction: truth is perished, and is cut off from their mouth.
It is so true that our brothers and sisters whom we love very much truly believe that God approves of their sacrifices and offerings. They truly believe that the church they go to is a Beth-el and not a Beth-aven. Remember what we just covered in Jeremiah and in Hosea 6:6 which we covered just a few short studies ago? Our Father wants His children's "love" and He wants them to "know" Him (through His Word) rather than all their burnt offerings (sacrifices). But they are so deceived by the traditions of men perpetuated by the churches and the many ministers who come in the name of Christ, that they believe that what they do is pleasing to our Father! You can be sure most of them have never read the Book of Hosea and you can be sure that they have no idea, no clue, that they are spiritual whores! Again, we not judging nor condemning them. Our Father loves all of His children very dearly and He will see to it that they are chastised and disciplined and that He is brought into their remembrance.Hosea 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.
Now back to our study:
But because they have forgotten Him and because they have not "considered" His Word but have become spiritual harlots by allowing themselves to be deceived by the traditions of men, they shall return to Egypt, which is to return to captivity! They shall reap what they have sown! The Assyrian, as antichrist/Satan, shall soon come again and take them captive.
Just as the House of Israel has forgotten who they are, i.e. that they are true Israel, they have also forgotten who their true Maker is because they have not listened to His voice, His Word. But they continue to build one church after another and both Israel and Judah think they can protect themselves with "fortification made by man" instead of relying upon their Maker. 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.
Deception as defined by Webster is "believing something to be true when it really isn't"!Galatians 6:7
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
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