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Tuesday, February 12 2013
Hosea: A Wife And Children Of Whoredoms
Hosea, from the Hebrew name pronounced ho-shay-awh, meaning salvation, was a prophet of the LORD of, and to, the northern kingdom of Israel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel and Judah) before they fell to Assyria (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes). Hosea is unique in that he is evidently the only native prophet of the northern kingdom from whom we have a written record i.e. the book of Hosea. Although it's not apparent in English and other-languages translations, experts in the original ancient tongues recognize Hosea's "northern accent" by the structure and wording of his writing - the same Galilee "Aramaizing diction" that Jesus of Nazareth spoke centuries later (see The Syrian Tongue Of Jesus).
As was the case for most of the other prophets, the chronology of Hosea's ministry was stated in relation to the reigns of kings of Israel and/or Judah (the "Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel" was Jeroboam II - see Kings of Israel and Judah):
"1:1 The word of the LORD [see also What Does Word of God Mean To You?] 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." (Hosea 1:1 KJV)
Hosea was given to make an immoral spectacle of himself in the eyes of Israel, with a grossly unfaithful wife, as a portrayal to the people of Israel of how they had made themselves into an immoral spectacle in the eyes of the LORD.
"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." (Hosea 1:2 KJV)
Although Hosea loved and supported them, as the LORD had done for Israel for some time even after they had forsaken Him for idols, his wife was "a wife of whoredoms" whose unfaithfulness produced "children of whoredoms" of other men (see The Children Of The Two Kingdoms).
"1:3 So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim; which conceived, and bare him a son.
As we will read, Hosea's message from the LORD was timeless. The nation of Israel was created by the LORD (see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria and A Biography Of Jacob: When Jacob Became Israel). The object lesson that was given to Israel (which was itself an object lesson of the Church of God, and the goal of the Church of God, the Kingdom of God; see The Church: Mission Accomplished) applies to faithfulness to the LORD, through Whom the Children of God will be born (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?). Those who follow another spirit, that of Satan's influence, produce children of rebellion, following the first rebel, Satan.
The Messiah's conflict with the religious authorities happened because they had once again become unfaithful to the LORD and followed their own vanities (see How Did The Messiah's Levite Priesthood Change?, Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism and Why Did The Sadducees Fear The Messiah?).
"8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. 8:35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. 8:37 I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. 8:38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.
The lesson wasn't merely about ancient Israel who rejected the LORD, or Judaism that rejected the Messiah when He came. It's moreover about the self-Christianity that millions of people have created for and about themselves, using Christ's Name for their fantasy religions. Merely claiming to be Christian is worthless, as the Messiah warned about a yet-future rebuke that is coming: "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 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? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
"7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it [see The Messiah's Teachings About Gates].
Hosea would immediately recognize the end-time "Babylon the great, mother of harlots" (which has existed already for centuries; see (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and Satan's Masquerade) - it's exactly what Hosea's "wife of whoredom" lesson and warning was all about.
"17:1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: 17:2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. 17:3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 17:4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
Studies For The Book Of Hosea
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This Day In History, February 12
881: Pope John VIII crowned Charles (known as "Charles the Fat") as king of Italy (see also Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1294: Kublai Khan, the "conqueror of Asia," died at age 80.
1429: The French were defeated by the English at the Battle of Herrings (or Rouvray).
1502: Vasco da Gama set sail from Lisbon, Portugal on his second voyage of exploration to India.
1541: Santiago, Chile was founded by Pedro de Valdivia.
1554: Lady Jane Grey, Queen of England for 13 days, was beheaded on Tower Hill at the age of 17.
1586: Augustus I died at age 60. As elector of Saxony and the leader of Protestant Germany, he reconciled his fellow Lutherans with the Roman Catholic Habsburg Holy Roman emperors (see The Holy Roman Empire), thereby helping to bring the initial hostility of the Reformation in Germany to an end.
1733: English philanthropist James Edward Oglethorpe arrived with the first colonists at (what was later known as) Savannah, Georgia.
1818: Chile became independent from Spain.
1851: Edward Hargraves discovered gold at Summerhill Creek in New South Wales, triggering the Australian gold rush.
1895: China surrendered at the Battle of Weihaiwei, ending the Sino-Japanese War.
1912: The Manchu dynasty under Pu Yi abdicated in China and a provisional republic was established under Sun Yat-sen.
1924: Tutankhamen's sarcophagus was opened to reveal his coffin, 15 months after the tomb was first discovered.
1935: The Macon, the last U.S. Navy dirigible, crashed off the coast of California, killing 2 people.
1947: The Sikhote-Alin asteroid strike in eastern Siberia. An iron-nickel asteroid with a mass estimated at 100 tons streaked through the sky as a multicolored bolide brighter than the sun itself (one witness said that it looked like a piece of the sun had broken off). The asteroid shattered while still in the air and scattered meteorites over a wide area. Investigators located 106 craters and pits, the largest recovered meteorite weighed 3,845 pounds / 1,745 kilograms (see The Blood Moon Prophecy).
1953: The Soviet Union broke off diplomatic relations with Israel after a bomb exploded at the Soviet Legation in Tel Aviv.
1955: U.S. President Eisenhower sent the first imperial "advisors" to become involved in the Vietnam War (which was actually a civil war between the Vietnamese people whose single country had been partitioned in 1954, by the colonial French at the end of the First Indochina War, into North and South Vietnam).
1986: The Channel Tunnel treaty between Britain and France was signed.
1994: More than 100 people walked the English Channel Tunnel in a sponsored walk for charity. They became the first humans to walk from France to Britain since the Ice Age.
1999: The U.S. Senate failed to pass two articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton. He had been accused of perjury and obstruction of justice by the House of Representatives.
2004: The city of San Francisco, California began issuing "marriage" licenses to same-sex "couples."