Bible Study-HO-Chapter 2
The Book of Hosea
Chapter 2__The Latter State
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Hosea 2:1 Say ye unto your brethren, Ammi; and to your sisters, Ru-hamah.
These words will be spoken after the fulfillment of Chapter 1, verse11 has been accomplished. Let’s review:
Hosea 1:11 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. KJV
What is this Ammi?
✡ Ammi: OT:5971 `am (am); from OT:6004; a people (as a congregated unit); specifically, a tribe (as those of Israel); hence (collectively) troops or attendants; figuratively, a flock:
And what is Ru-hamah?
✡ Ru-hamah: OT:7355 racham (raw-kham'); a primitive root; to fondle; by implication, to love, especially to compassionate:
You are My people and I love you. Who is our Father saying this to? Both the House of Israel and the House of Judah. This is what they’ll be saying AFTER the punishment is over and He again shows them His love for them.
Hosea 2:2 Plead with your mother, plead: for she is not my wife, neither am I her husband: let her therefore put away her whoredoms out of her sight, and her adulteries from between her breasts;
Plead with Israel and Judah, twice for emphasis. Mother is being used of the nation and the people of those nations are asked to plead for a change of heart from the nations misguided. Father is saying that He is no longer married to Israel or Judah.
This analogy of being wed to our Father and a “marriage” taking place and being with child is used throughout the scriptures because we can better understand what He’s telling us if He uses day-to-day activities in our lives to represent something spiritual.
If we are with child when He returns it means that we have gone to bed and slept with Satan, a metaphor that simply means that we have believed the lies that Satan has put forth rather than believing the truth that our Father has put forth.
The whoredoms and adulteries that are committed by this present generation of Israel are what our Father wants them to stop. Or else there’s going to be some kind of punishment.
Hosea 2:3 Lest I strip her naked, and set her as in the day that she was born, and make her as a wilderness, and set her like a dry land, and slay her with thirst.
If we take this in the spiritual sense, the unfruitful land and thirst would be for the Word of God as illustrated in Amos, chapter 8:
Ref: 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: KJV
And being naked is a result of not having any good works to take with us when we return to that heavenly realm for the Millennium and the Eternity. If you don’t believe in or listen to the Word of God, you live according to the world around you, you will certainly be naked and not have the robe of comfort as the result of our actions in this life:
Ref: Revelation 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
There’s that analogy again that we were just talking about.
Ref: Revelation 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
Ref: Revelation 19:9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. KJV
This righteousness is comprised of all our good works. Well, exactly what constitutes a "good" work? Do we have to be a fantastic preacher and save most to the world? Do we have to dedicate our lives to doing well for others like Mother Theresa?
Nope. A kind word to someone will do. A smile from you when others are facing a serious problem. All it takes is love and concern for your fellow man to receive some basic threads and if you take all of the good deeds, from the length of your entire life, you’re probably going to have a pretty nice robe to wear up there.
Just don’t lie, cheat, murder….and so on. You’ll not be called to the marriage supper if this is how you lived in this life.
Hosea 2:4 And I will not have mercy upon her children; for they be the children of whoredoms.
These are not the sins of the father passed on to the children; these are the children committing the same sins as their fathers.
Hosea 2:5 For their mother hath played the harlot: she that conceived them hath done shamefully: for she said, I will go after my lovers, that give me my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, mine oil and my drink.
The analogy continues… I representing the House of Israel as a whole and the bread, water, wool and so on are payment for listening to Satan and not our Father. Presents from the world. Not the spiritual. Remember what Jesus said about the world in general?
Ref: James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. KJV
Satan makes it look so wonderful; our Father says that you are in danger of going to hell if you like it more than Him.
Hosea 2:6 Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths.
He’s going to confuse her.
Hosea 2:7 And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them; and she shall seek them, but shall not find them: then shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband; for then was it better with me than now.
Who was the first husband? I would hope that it was Christ.
Hosea 2:8 For she did not know that I gave her corn, and wine, and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold, which they prepared for Baal.
Our Father blessed them and gave them all these wonderful things and what did they do with them? They offered them up to a false god, a god associated with Satan. His gifts going to Satan. Do you think that made Him happy?
Hosea 2:9 Therefore will I return, and take away my corn in the time thereof, and my wine in the season thereof, and will recover my wool and my flax given to cover her nakedness.
He’s going to put a hole in their bucket big enough to drive a freight train through.
Hosea 2:10 And now will I discover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers, and none shall deliver her out of mine hand.
The sins that Israel is committing are the same kind of sins that we commit today. We’re all human; we are basically the same today as those people back in the days of Hosea.
That pretty little lady, standing on the street corner in Jerusalem, with the earrings and painted lips is not different than the bleached-blonde with the plastic boob job that you were watching on your favorite porn channel the other night after your wife went to bed.
Or the wife telling hubby that she’s going out with the girls only to find out she’s rubbing body parts with Bubba down at the Dew-Drop-In bar in the next town over.
Don’t get self-righteous and a big head….we’re just as treacherous today as they were back then.
Hosea 2:11 I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days, her new moons, and her sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts.
Our Father is still wailing on these people and they’re going to be sad.
Hosea 2:12 And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees, whereof she hath said, These are my rewards that my lovers have given me: and I will make them a forest, and the beasts of the field shall eat them.
Father is going to strip away all the goodies they received through their sinning. He’s going to take away all His protection and let them go one-on-one with Satan and see how they like that. I give you all these blessings and you STILL want to dance with ‘ole Slew Foot? Hey, go for it because Satan will chew you up and eat you for breakfast every day of the week.
At least when our Father punishes us He does it in love, Satan never loved us and he does if for revenge. He will have no mercy on you.
Hosea 2:13 And I will visit upon her the days of Baalim, wherein she burned incense to them, and she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers, and forgat me, saith the Lord.
They get all prettied-up and take off to Satan’s church on HIS feast days and you might think that we don’t do that sort of thing nowadays but how about going to sunrise services on Easter morning? Remember what word Easter is translated from?
Ref: Acts 12:4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. KJV
This is the only verse in the entire Bible where the word Easter is used but the Greek Septuagint has the word pascha and not Easter:
✡ Easter_ NT:3957 pascha (pas'-khah); of Aramaic origin [compare OT:6453]; the Passover (the meal, the day, the festival or the special sacrifices connected with it):
Every other occasion of the word pascha is found it has been properly translated as Passover EXCEPT in this particular instance. At the time of the Crucifixion of our Lord, when He gave His life for the sins of all mankind SOMEONE chose to use the word Easter instead of Passover, on the holiest day of the Christian year.
What does Easter mean?
From Nelson’s Bible Dictionary:
"Easter was originally a pagan festival honoring Eostre, a Teutonic (Germanic) goddess of light and spring. At the time of the vernal equinox (the day in the spring when the sun crosses the equator and day and night are of equal length), sacrifices were offered in her honor. As early as the eighth century, the name was used to designate the annual Christian celebration of the resurrection of Christ."
Eostre was a fertility goddess and the great Christian churches also associated some other fertility symbols with Eostre as well and they came up with the Easter bunny, egg coloring, and sunrise services.
And we’re different than the people of Hosea’s time? Yeah, right.
Hosea 2:14 Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her.
I will try to bring her back to Me, Israel, that is
Hosea 2:15 And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt.
What happened in the valley of Achor that it might bring hope to the House of Israel?
Remember Joshua and the city of Jericho? Long story short: After the walls of Jericho came tumbling down……I have to stop here and tell you something that is really unique and demonstrates the vast love of our Father towards His children even in the smallest things:
When these walls, made of stone and dirt, came tumbling down part of the rubble fell INTO the ground, level with the ground so that it was easy for the Israelite army to walk into the city. The parts that DIDN’T fall INTO the ground lay in such a way as to make an inclined ramp up into the city and they just walked right on in. I’ve always thought that that was remarkable.
Now, our Father told them that they were to burn everything that was in the city of Jericho and utterly destroy it but since there’s always ONE knucklehead in every bunch, ‘ole Achan decided to take some of the spoils and hide it with his personal stuff in his tent.
Part of the spoils was a robe that was worn by a Baal priest and Achan just fell in love with it because it looked soooo religious; it made him feel sooooo important. Trouble was, it ticked our Father off, kindled His wrath and that’s not a good thing to do.
No one knew about it except our Father and when Joshua sent 3000 troops into the city of Ai, they were defeated and killed. Joshua asked our Father why He had left them and Achan was the reason why.
Judgment came swift to Achan and his family for every Israelite there stoned him and his family to death and they burnt all of their belongings. The valley within which Achan and his family were destroyed was named the Valley of Achor and later became the Valley of Trouble.
But hope sprang anew after Achan’s transgression against our Father and that’s why He mentions it here in Hosea. He will again bring hope to the House of Israel, after His judgment on them, just like He did in the Valley of Trouble.
Hosea believed that that which is to be hath already been, the great principle of the divine government living on through all the ages, and issuing in similar acts when the circumstances are similar. King Solomon believed the exact same thing when he said that there is nothing new under the sun.
Hosea 2:16 And it shall be at that day, saith the Lord, that thou shalt call me Ishi; and shalt call me no more Baali.
We need to know what the words Ishi and Baali mean:
✡ Ishi_OT:376 'iysh (eesh); contracted for OT:582 [or perhaps rather from an unused root meaning to be extant]; a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation):
In the case of it being used here in Hosea, it would mean husband.
✡ Baali_OT:1180 Ba`aliy (bah-al-ee'); from OT:1167 with pron. suff.; my master; Baali, a symbolical name for Jehovah:
It started out to be a general term for Lord but over time it became associated with a general term for any heathen god, Baal.
Father is saying that we will refer to Him in the sense of a husband and not a higher authority. And, symbolically, He is our husband because we are to be wed to Him and not to Satan. And if you take up with Satan and believe his lies you, according to our Father, will be with child, a traitor, and you will have succumbed to the Antichrist in the last days.
Hosea 2:17 For I will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name.
The House of Israel will no longer worship or call upon the name of some pagan god but they will call upon the True Father. But through it all, they will still be scattered and everyone will forget their name and who they were. Scattered across this globe.
If you were to say to someone today that they might have some Jewish ancestry in their blood they might take offense to it. Personally, I would be proud to make such a claim.
Hosea 2: 18 And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven, and with the creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and will make them to lie down safely.
This can apply to the present day, I reckon, but where can you lie down safely today? The days of going to bed at night and leaving your doors unlocked are long gone.
But if we look at the spiritual side of it, those who are wed to Him during these end times will defeat Satan, in the aspect that they will know that he is the fake messiah and not believe his lies. This will put the seal of our Father in their brain and they will make it successfully through the five-month tribulation of the Antichrist and enjoy the spiritual life throughout the Eternity.
And that’s the place where you can lie down safely and securely. Even the carnivorous animals will lie down beside us in complete peace and safety.
Ref: Isaiah 65:25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the Lord. KJV
Hosea 2:19 And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee
We will wed Him at the marriage.
Hosea 2:20 I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the Lord.
Believe in Him and He will be your God and you will be His people. You will know Him by studying and reading His letter to us….the Bible. You will understand that He has feelings just like we do. Read enough of the Old Testament and you’ll see His anger followed shortly thereafter by His love as He reprimands us and turns us back to Him and away from the ways of this world. Satan’s world.
Thank God He loves us enough to reprimand us. Indifference is love-less and a sure trip to hell.
Hosea 2:21 And it shall come to pass in that day, I will hear, saith the Lord, I will hear the heavens, and they shall hear the earth;
Hosea 2:22 And the earth shall hear the corn, and the wine, and the oil; and they shall hear Jezreel.
The earth and heaven are one, a togetherness that can never be separated.
Hosea 2:23 And I will sow her unto me in the earth;
and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy;
and I will say to them which were not my people,
Lo-ammi….not my people.
Thou art my people;
Ammi….they are My people.
and they shall say, Thou art my God. KJV
Is He your God or is the world your god? How much time is left for you to make that decision? How much time is left for you to build up a store of rewards that will be given to you on Judgment Day? If you’re going through this life with next to nothing, never promoted at work, never getting that raise in pay, always being on the short end, NEVER RECEIVING HIS BLESSINGS, then keep on doing the same ‘ole same ‘ole.
And we’ll forget about you very quickly after Judgment Day…
But if you want to connect to Him and become a part of something that will last forever and ever, get down on your knees and talk to Him. You don’t need some memorized prayer, you don’t have to pick up a hymnal and sing and you don’t have to go to some church, some beth-aven.
Find a quiet spot at home where you can be undisturbed for a short period of time and then just talk to Him. Don’t try to be eloquent, don’t be self-effacing, He knows who and what you are before you begin to kneel.
Just talk to Him.
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