Bible Study-HO-Chapter 10

The Book of Hosea

Chapter 10__Empty Vine

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     Hosea 10:1 Israel is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself: according to the multitude of his fruit he hath increased the altars; according to the goodness of his land they have made goodly images.

     The Hebrew for the word empty means to spread-out as in our Father’s blessings pervading throughout all of Israel and the good things they produce they do for themselves and not our Father. The land is good because He has blessed it for them.

     But there is still an abundance of idolatry.

     Hosea 10:2 Their heart is divided; now shall they be found faulty: he shall break down their altars, he shall spoil their images.

     They’re pulled both ways, they’re double-minded. It can be read as

 

     “if the Lord is your God, then follow Him; if Baal is your god, then follow him.”

 

     In one sense they love the Father but they also love the practices of idol worshipping.

     “Well, I go to church and I worship God there, I don’t worship some idol.”

 

     If you go to church and the Word of God is taught there, then you’re statement is probably true but if you’re taught the practices of some church domination or church system or the thoughts of one preacher, if you’re taught to believe in things that are a lie to our Father then, you have worshiped nothing.

     What is an idol? It’s a false god. A golden pig is a false god. A wooden structure that resembles the male appendage is a false god. Satan is a false god because he simply mimics the true God. He’s a fake.

     If you build a bunch of altars and put false gods on them He will get to the point where He will tear them down Himself, He’ll tire of asking you to do it and when that happens He usually tears down a whole lot more than just a false god and its altar.

     Many people think that they are above idol worship in these days and times, but if you’re working 60-70 hours a week, for months on end, to buy a new Tracker Pro Team 195 TXW Mod V bass boat to take up to the lake and go fishing with the family and you ignore Him throughout, that boat may be an idol to you.

     Let me be a little more explicit on defining idol worship in today's culture:

     Materialism & covetousness. Wanting to have things that you really cannot afford and being envious of those that DO have them.

     Self indulgence. Alcohol, drugs or food, such as caviar. A sought after delicacy, which is very expensive, is slink veal. The meat of an unborn calf, usually harvested at the expense of the cow. Or just veal, the meat of a calf, AFTER it has birthed.

     He didn’t put us here to be great lawyers or physicians or parents or custodians of the planet, He put us here because He didn’t want to kill a good many of us when we screwed up in the first heaven/earth age.

     Everything that is created or built on this planet by human hands is secondary to our primary purpose for being here. Sure, some of these things make our life easier and He is not against us using the very brain power that He endowed us with, to make our life here just a little more comfortable, while we put in the days, months, and years until this life is spent and we go back to Him, but we have to put Him first in our life.

     Everything else is secondary. Matthew said it pretty well:

     Ref: Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. KJV

     You can’t serve our Father and idols at the same time. You can’t serve the world and our Father at the same time. You can’t serve yourself and our Father at the same time.

     Focusing on Him and this book that tells us all we need to know to get back to Him and be in good standing with Him should be our primary purpose. If you can’t study on your own, study with me at this website. It’s the very reason that I put this site up and try to keep it current new works from the Scriptures, primarily, and with current events of the world that intertwine those Scriptures.

     If you have a question that you can’t get an answer to, send me an email and I’ll try my best to resolve the problem.

     Or not. It’s up to you.

    Hosea 10:3 For now they shall say, We have no king, because we feared not the Lord; what then should a king do to us?

     They didn’t believe that our Father would do anything to them if they continually transgressed His laws and Commandments, why should they fear some man who might be king over them?

     Hosea 10:4 They have spoken words, swearing falsely in making a covenant: thus judgment springeth up as hemlock in the furrows of the field.

     They made a deal with Shalmaneser and reneged on it and made another one with King So of Egypt. King Shalmaneser of Assyria made siege against them and put King Hoshea of Israel in prison. (Make note of the difference between the prophet Hosea and King Hoshea.)

     Regardless, our Father forbid the Israelites to make a covenant with any heathen nation. They didn’t listen, they didn’t love Him enough to have faith in what He told them. That He would watch over them and protect them and bless them.

     When the Israelites reached the Land of Canaan they were told to kill and destroy all the inhabitants thereof and they disobeyed our Fathers’ instructions and made friends and covenants with the Amalekites, Hittites, Jebusites, Amorites and the rest of them.

     Why did our Father want these people killed off so His people could move in and live there? Because many of them were descendants of the fallen angels and they had made it through the flood and because they disobeyed our Father these people would bring hardship and bloodshed to the Israelites for many years to come.

     Our Father knew what He was talking about, they didn’t.

     It’s ALWAYS good to listen to the instructions of our Father when He gives them to us. The Bible is plum full of these instructions. Have you ever read them?

     His judgment will be as poison (hemlock) on their crops. Their crops will not nourish them. He will not nourish them.

     Hosea 10:5 The inhabitants of Samaria shall fear because of the calves of Beth-aven: for the people thereof shall mourn over it, and the priests thereof that rejoiced on it, for the glory thereof, because it is departed from it.

     There are two kinds of churches: a Beth-el, a church where the Word of God is taught and Beth-aven, a church where the Word of God is NOT taught.

     And in the church where the Word of God is NOT taught, the Israelites worshipped a couple of golden calves. Today, in a church where the Word of God is NOT taught, the people are misled with traditions and practices of established religion.

     Just because a verse or two is included in the good preachers’ sermon doesn’t make it a House of God, a Beth-el. And yeah, the preachers rejoiced on it because it kept the congregation and the tithes coming in.

     There is no glory in it and our Father will separate Himself from those houses and the people and the preacher.

     This word priests in the Hebrew is:

     Priests__kamar (kaw-mawr'); from OT:3648; properly, an ascetic (as if shrunk with self-maceration), i.e. an idolatrous priest (only in plural): KJV - Chemarims (idolatrous) priests.

     They are best known as Chemarim because they go about in black, i.e., ascetics and they’re written about in 2nd Kings 23:5 (in the margin) and in Zephaniah 1:4.

     Ref: 2nd Kings 23:5 And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem; them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven.

     Don’t overlook the highlighted parts of that verse…whom the kings of Judah had ordained.

     If they were ordained from the Father, they were called k’ohen.

     If they were ordained by man, as the kings of Judah had done, they were called K’marim or in the English Chemarim.

     Ref: Zephaniah 1:4 I will also stretch out mine hand upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, and the name of the Chemarims with the priests; KJV

     Punishment is also extended to Judah and Jerusalem.

     Hosea 10:6 It shall be also carried unto Assyria for a present to king Jareb: Ephraim shall receive shame, and Israel shall be ashamed of his own counsel.

     This king Jareb might be a figurative king or the nickname of another unmentioned king but the reference by our Father is quite simple: Jareb, in the Hebrew, means:

     Jareb--OT:3377 Yareb (yaw-rabe'); from OT:7378; he will contend; Jareb, a symbolical name for Assyria:

     Jareb really means adversary on the one hand and the Assyrian, from Isaiah 14:25, is another name for Satan or the Antichrist:

     Ref: Isaiah 14:25 That I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders. KJV

     The Assyrians will bring judgment against the House of Israel while the Assyrian, Antichrist, will appear just before that last Day of Judgment for all the people of this world.

     Israel will be ashamed of their own council because they never went to the Lord to seek His council, they went to men instead.

     Hosea 10:7 As for Samaria, her king is cut off as the foam upon the water.

     ‘Ole King Jeroboam will be cut off faster than your hand can flick the foam off the top of seawater.

     Hosea 10:8 The high places also of Aven, the sin of Israel, shall be destroyed: the thorn and the thistle shall come up on their altars; and they shall say to the mountains, Cover us; and to the hills, Fall on us.

     The sin of Israel are the places of Aven. What does Aven mean? Nothingness. A house of God where nothing concerning the Father is taught to any extent that it might do some people some good. And once the people that go to such a church realize that, they’ll pray for mountains to fall on them, to cover up their embarrassment at being a part of such deception.

     This prophesy is also a direct reference to Revelation chapter 6:

     Ref: Revelation 6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

     Ref: Revelation 6:16 And said 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:

      Ref: Revelation 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? KJV

     Everyone that followed the Antichrist will not be able to stand, that’s for sure. Are you going to be able to stand? Is it coming in your lifetime? It’s coming in the generation of the fig tree and we’re living in that generation right now, Y’all.

     Hosea 10:9 O Israel, thou hast sinned from the days of Gibeah: there they stood: the battle in Gibeah against the children of iniquity did not overtake them.

     Sinned from the days when the Tribe of Benjamin did unspeakable things to two young women and the eleven other Tribes tried to annihilate them.

     Hosea 10:10 It is in my desire that I should chastise them; and the people shall be gathered against them, when they shall bind themselves in their two furrows.

     There’s that double-mindedness again. Our Father said that it is His desire to punish them and He certainly will use the Assyrians to accomplish it.

     Hosea 10:11 And Ephraim is as an heifer that is taught, and loveth to tread out the corn; but I passed over upon her fair neck: I will make Ephraim to ride; Judah shall plow, and Jacob shall break his clods.

     You might have sympathy on one little ‘ole heifer and instead of putting her out in the fields every day, pulling against the traces and digging up the furrows, you might put her in the barn and let her pull the windmill as she walks on the grains of corn to grind them up and if you keep the muzzle off of her, she can get a few mouthfuls of corn throughout the day.

     Makes for a pretty nice day for that little heifer. Easy work, easy food.

     Our Father is saying that He’s going to leave that heifer alone and make Ephraim, Judah and Jacob do all the plowing, all the breaking up of the clods, all the work.    

     Hosea 10:12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.

     The good things that you do in this life will bring righteousness and mercy upon you from our Father but you have to seek the Lord, look for Him and all those blessings will come to you. How do you look for Him? Humble yourself, get down on your knees and ask for forgiveness of your sins. Then tell Him that you love Him and then He will come into your life.

     He won’t do it until and unless you ask!

     If you break His laws and Commandments, you’re not going to be able to hide under mountains or hills. Just stand up and take His righteousness because when it’s over you will be cleansed and your heart and soul will feel so much better for it.

     He’s not going to kill you…if He wanted to do that He would have done it back in the first heaven/earth age but instead He put us here so stand up and take it. You deserve it.

     Hosea 10:13 Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of lies: because thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men.

     His people, and this includes us as well, have listened to so much hogwash from people calling themselves “men of God” that it chokes the very light from your world. You live in spiritual darkness and you don’t even know it. You think that you’re doing well but the only person telling you that, is the lying mouth standing behind that podium.

     Our Father isn’t telling you that. He says that the fruit of their lies is tainted fruit. Looks good on the outside but it’s rotten as hell on the inside.

     Hosea 10:14 Therefore shall a tumult arise among thy people, and all thy fortresses shall be spoiled, as Shalman spoiled Beth-arbel in the day of battle: the mother was dashed in pieces upon her children.

     Well, we’ve had Beth-el and Beth-aven and now we’ve got Beth-arbel. What’s that all about?

     Beth-arbel-- OT:100 Beyth 'Arbe'l (bayth ar-bale'); from OT:1004 and OT:695 and OT:410; house of God's ambush; Beth-Arbel, a place in Palestine:

     It means AMBUSHED. What does ambushed mean?

     1. A sudden attack made from a concealed position.

         a. Those hiding in order to attack by surprise

         b. The hiding place used for such an attack

     You and your wife go to a church on some Sunday morning, maybe for the first time, the kids are all spiffed up and you take a seat in a pew, not up front, but somewhere in the middle or towards the back. You sit down and expect what? A sideshow?

     Of course not. You expect something religious. Music, songs from the hymnal, a lot of shaking hands and welcoming, a sermon that is so full of insight, assuring you that God loves you in spite of your wicked ways, and it makes you weep inside because it took you so long to finally come through those huge heavy doors of the church.

     The sermon lasts for 30-35 minutes, a schedule has to be kept because they get restless if you go on and on, a few verses are quoted from a version of the Bible, which is important, because it adds validity to the rest of the words that this preacher will drone on about.

     You smile and shake hands, again, as you leave, you climb into the car and as you’re leaving the parking lot your wife may ask you this:

 

     “Honey, did you know about that rapture theory because I didn’t. But I’m glad the pastor talked about it because now I’m not worried about anything scary happening to us if the Lord returns next week. We’ll all be taken out of here before it all begins. We’ll be safe.”   

     Ambushed. In a house of nothing. And they went home feeling good about it.

     I remember as a child a morning that my father took me to the barber shop to get my hair cut. The barber took him first so I had some idle time to just look around at the pictures on the wall or out the window.

     There was a poster hanging on one wall, a cartoon depiction really, of a car going down the interstate. The driver was missing but there was a woman sitting in the front passenger seat and a small boy and girl sitting in the back. The woman had a very frightened look on her face, apparently because the driver was gone and there was no one to steer the car.

     The caption at the bottom said:

 

     “Do you want to be raptured out of here?”

     Many years later I understood how powerful that poster really was. Did people really think that God would actually do that sort of thing? Leave some of His children helpless like that while taking the good husband to heaven to be saved from the fire and brimstone destruction that is soon to follow?

     I decided right then that it was not possible for this “rapture” whatever to be something a loving God would do to those that loved and trusted in Him.

     Ambushed. By the lies of established religion.

     That poster touched me so deeply that 64 years later I can still see it as clear as day, as if I had stood in front of it yesterday.

     Hosea 10:15 So shall Bethel do unto you because of your great wickedness: in a morning shall the king of Israel utterly be cut off. KJV

     This word Bethel is the same as Beth-el or Beth-El, just a different spelling for House of God.

     In the period of time that is designated as a “morning”, our Father can change anything and it’s always for the good of His children.

     He will never lie to us or deliberately confuse us. He is not the author of confusion. Satan is. The Antichrist, Satan in another disguise, is. If there are verses in Scripture that seem to contradict each other it is our understanding of these verses that is awry. He is always faithful and true.

     Ten chapters so far and the subject is still the same: Stop listening to and consulting with some man; stop worshipping idols and turn your thoughts and heart back to Him so that He can shower you with His righteousness.

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