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Hosea is considered one of the smaller prophets, but his message is in no
way of less significance. In a very clear and inspired way he tells of the
rejection, punishment, re-gathering and eventual restoration of Israel. He
views the scenario across the ages as from the dispersion of the House of
Israel up until the climax of her deliverance and the restoration of the
Kingdom. This is followed by world-wide peace and prosperity. And in this
way the prophet gives us a preview of the story of the House of Israel
throughout the ages.
The difference between the House of Israel and the House of Judah is
clearly described as well as the reason why God had to punish his people.
He gives clear indications concerning the Anglo-Saxon and Germanic
Nations, as well as the pure element in Jewry, that they are the
descendants of the two Houses. Here we will also see why the House of
Israel was taken into captivity by the Assyrians.
The Northern Ten-Tribes Kingdom of Israel is portrayed symbolically as the
unfaithful wife whom God had divorced and sent into captivity to Assyria.
As a faithful prophet, Hosea warned the nation concerning the judgement
which would come as a result of their sins. He made it very clear that they
would not escape their punishment if they continued to disobey God’s
Laws, Statutes, and Ordinances and persist in following the idol worship of
the nations around them. And yet, the prophet sees the glorious
restoration ahead, of the unfaithful woman when she is forgiven and the bill
of divorce is revoked.
The prophet described this decline, and decay of Israel, as a funeral wherein
she would be buried and forgotten in her Assyrian captivity.
Nevertheless, under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the prophet looks forward
to the day when she (Israel) will be redeemed from the grave and live
This, according to the prophet will happen when Jesus the Christ, the
Redeemer of Israel, has paid the ransom with his own blood. Her eventual
restoration is therefore secured and will take place when the Anglo-Saxon
and kindred nations, (of which we, the white people are part) come to an
awakening and realize that they are the descendants of the House of
Israel. May our dear Lord use this series to help you to understand the
wonderful prophecy of Hosea more clearly.
The day of Jezreel.
Hosea prophesied during the reign 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). He was a contemporary of the prophets Isaiah, Joel,
Amos and Jonah. His name means “Salvation”! He was a prophet for the
Northern Ten-Tribes Kingdom of Israel, but prophesied for Judah also.
His commission was:
“- - - - Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of
whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, by
departing from the LORD” - (Hosea 1:2).
In this way the LORD wanted Hosea to play the role, a reflection of what He
had experienced Himself with his adulterous wife Israel. He wanted Israel
to realize the atrociousness of her sins, for she had deserted her God and
fornicated after strange gods.
Israel had defected so far away from God that the time had come to give
her a bill of divorce and send her off into captivity.
The marriage of Hosea:
Hosea was obedient to the commission from God:
So he went and took Gomer, the daughter of Diblaim - - - ” -
Gomer means complete and Diblaim means two compressed fig cakes or
Their first child was Jezreel, which means: “God will sow, or God will
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 -
The LORD warned Israel that unless they walk in his laws, instructions,
ordinances and statutes, He would:
And I will scatter you among the heathen, and will draw out a sword
after you; and your land shall be desolate, and your cities waste -
And to Jacob saith the LORD:
“- - - - - and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east,
and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall
all the families of the earth be blessed - (Genesis 28:14).
Through blessing and punishment our All Wise Heavenly Father made sure
that Israel was scattered, all over the earth to achieve his purpose. We’ll
see more of this further on in this chapter.
Gomer became pregnant again and bore a daughter - second child, and
God commanded the prophet to call her Lo-Ruhamah,
“- - - - for I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel; but I
will utterly take them away - (Hosea 1:6).
Lo-Ruhamah means: “not pitied”;
Romans 9:25 calls it “not loved”;
And 1 Peter 2:10 speaks of her as having obtained “no mercy”.
But to the house of Judah the LORD says through the prophet:
But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will save them
by the LORD, their God - - - - -” - (Hosea1:7).
Here then we also clearly see the difference between the House of Israel
and the House of Judah. To this day they are two separate groups of
Their third child was a boy:
Then said God: Call his name Lo-Ammi; for ye are not my people
and I will not be your God - (Hosea1:9).
Lo-Ammi means “not my people”. After the fall of Samaria the house of
Israel was taken into captivity to Assyria. In the course of time they
became totally pagan. They truly became as though they had never been
the People of God. They lost the circumcision, and eventually all
knowledge of their identity. But in the time of the incarnation of Jesus and
the ministry of the apostles, they, the apostles knew who they were.
Children of the living God:
Many of them accepted the Gospel and became believers. This is what
Hosea is talking about in verse 10:
Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the
sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; 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 - (Hosea 1:10).
There is but one way in which a person can become a son of the living God
and that is through faith in Jesus Christ:
But as many as received him (Jesus), to them gave he power
(authority) to become the children of God, even to them that
believe on his name - (John 1:12).
According to the great prophets such as Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel and Joel,
Israel and Judah will come to true repentance during Jacob’s Trouble. That
time has arrived, look out for it and prepare yourself accordingly. Then
they will re-unite and make Jesus King, read - (Ezekiel 37 and Hosea 2:1)
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 –
They will then become the rulers of the world. “And they shall come up out
of the land” means to become rulers of the world, according to the original
text. This corresponds with (Daniel 2:37,44; Daniel 7:14,18,22,27;
Luke 1:31-33) and relevant Scriptures.
Then we will:
“SAY unto your brethren: Ammi - - - -
- - - - - and to you sisters: Ruhamah” – (Hos.2:1)
(one who has received mercy).
Israel who became lost has been found and restored and now fulfils the
meaning of her name: “To Rule with God”.
The words: “and they shall come up out of the land” in verse 11, means:
“and they shall become masters of the earth” in the “New English Bible”;
and “rise up from the earth” in the “Ferrar Fenton Bible”;
and “take control of the land” in the “New Afrikaans Translation”.
The Apostle Paul writes to the Corinthians, who were Israelites:
1 Corinthians 6:2-3;
2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? And if the
world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest
3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things
that pertain to this life?”
Chastisement of Adulterous Israel.
In the figurative language where Hosea had to take unto himself a
prostitute, God’s relationship with an unfaithful Israel is portrayed.
Nevertheless, the love of God for his people Israel is described over and
over in the Scriptures. Here are but two:
“ - - - - Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love; therefore,
with lovingkindness have I drawn thee” - (Jer. 31:3)
Is Ephraim my dear son? is he a pleasant child? for since I spake
against him, I do earnestly remember him still; therefore, my
bowels are troubled for him; I will surely have mercy upon him,
saith the LORD - (Jer. 31:20).
But, as with all Scripture, the LORD has to reveal this love He has for his
people through his Spirit before we will truly understand. Because God is
an absolutely just God and true to his word, as Israel’s lawful Husband, He
had to divorce her because of her unfaithfulness. This was a radical step
He had to take which would eventually lead up to the necessity that God
Himself would have to become a Man and to die for his people before He
could betroth Israel again. And that He did, which is the whole story of the
Bible, the most beautiful love story ever written. And to think that we are
drawing closer to the end of this story, surpasses our wildest dreams.
In Hosea 2:1-13, (read it thoughtfully) this unfaithfulness of Israel is
described to us, as well as the punishment that follows. Fortunately Israel
will call out to God in her anxiety and bitter suffering as a result of her sins:
“- - - -I will go and return to my first husband; for then was it better
with me than now - (Hosea 2:7).
In spite of all her disobediences, the true Israel of God has this outstanding
characteristic, namely, that in the time of her greatest trouble, she always
seeks the true, living God. We see it throughout the history of our people.
May this be our comfort and inspiration in this time of trouble we are in.
Israel, the adulterous wife, will be restored: (Hosea 2:14-23)
In this portion of Scripture there is wonderful news: God is not going to
remain angry with this adulterous wife of his, and He will not reject her
It is as David says in:
9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger forever.
Or as Isaiah says:
7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies
will I gather thee.
8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with
everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD, thy
When we think upon these things and that we are the descendants of this
People Israel to whom God has made these promises, we can jump for joy,
especially now when many begin to say:
“ - - - - - Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for
our parts - (Ezek. 37:11).
In Hosea 2 the LORD says that He is going to take us through great trouble
so that He can speak to our hearts. The valley of Achor is the place where
Achan and his entire family was stoned and burnt with fire because of his
disobedience - (Joshua 7).
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God -
God forgives sin, but does not leave it unpunished.
In that day the relationship will be restored between God and Israel:
16 And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, that thou shalt call me
Ishi - - - - -
- - - - and shalt call me no more Baali (Lord).
This is a very delicate matter: For God to be Israel’s “husband” again,
indicates a much more intimate relationship, as that God is merely her
Lord. The entire Scripture leads us there, and finds its climax in Rev. 19.
In Hosea 2:16-22, we find a glorious description of the promise of salvation
which this restored relationship between God and Israel would bring upon
the nation, the land and upon the whole world. Read this prayerfully. No
wonder that the prophets and Paul say that: “all creation groaneth and
travaileth in pain until now” - (Isaiah 43:19-21; Isa. 44:21-23; Isa. 54:1-17;