The Book of Hosea

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Chapter 4__Literal

     Hosea 4:1 Hear the word of the Lord, ye children of Israel: for the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.

     The false prophets of Hosea’s time are the same in this generation. They were speaking and preaching lies from their own hearts then just as they do today. There is no knowledge of God today because they aren’t taught the Word of God.

     How can you teach about our Father with one or two verses in a sermon every Sunday morning? At that rate it would take over 500 years to teach the entire bible. How can you let your soul be deprived of that spiritual food unless, in your heart of hearts, you really could care less about any of this stuff?

     Some would say:

 

     “Well, I don’t believe in that bible nonsense anyway…in this life it’s every man for himself.”

 

     It’s not enough to say that when things are all over and the final Judgment is here that they will find out the truth of it all then. By then it will be far too late.

     Something has to be done now, today…we cannot let Satan take all those souls just because they’re too lazy to study or too ignorant to care. So what is a person to do? One must have an interest in something before you can learn and be educated about it.

     If you have no interest in our Father you’re pretty much on your own. No one can force you to study about Him or find out what He wants us to know by reading the bible. It’s up to every individual.

     The people that I try to reach are those that love our Father but are in water that is too deep for them because they listen to the lies of Satan from their local preachers. They’re not going to tread water for much longer.

     Hosea 4:2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.

     Blood toucheth blood means that they kill each other, not just their enemies. Here in America we have a race that kills each other more than they kill people of other races. Self-destructive, to be sure. It’s called Black on Black crime. It’s sad when you do this to your own people.

     Is not this same type of violence occurring in most countries around the world today? If we are to learn from past history in the Old Testament and our Father is doing this to the people of the ten lost Tribes, what will He do to us for committing the same debaucheries?

     Hosea 4:3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.

      Our Father did the very same thing to the Egyptians in Isaiah:

     Ref: Isaiah 19:4 And the Egyptians will I give over into the hand of a cruel lord; and a fierce king shall rule over them, saith the Lord, the Lord of hosts.

     Ref: Isaiah 19:5 And the waters shall fail from the sea, and the river shall be wasted and dried up.

     Ref: Isaiah 19:6 And they shall turn the rivers far away; and the brooks of defence shall be emptied and dried up: the reeds and flags shall wither.

     Ref: Isaiah 19:7 The paper reeds by the brooks, by the mouth of the brooks, and every thing sown by the brooks, shall wither, be driven away, and be no more.

    Ref: Isaiah 19:8 The fishers also shall mourn, and all they that cast angle into the brooks shall lament, and they that spread nets upon the waters shall languish.

    Ref: Isaiah 19:9 Moreover they that work in fine flax, and they that weave networks, shall be confounded.

    Ref: Isaiah 19:10 And they shall be broken in the purposes thereof, all that make sluices and ponds for fish. KJV

     There’s going to be a drought and the water is going to dry up. It’s going to kill all the fish in the ponds, rivers, lakes, streams, and brooks. They’re not going to languish in riches and splendor because languish in the Hebrew means:

      Languish_OT:535 'amal (aw-mal'); a primitive root; to droop; by implication to be sick, to mourn:

     They’re going to be exhausted because of the lack of water and food. They’re going to be despondent, depressed, seeing no hope for the future. They shall be broken in the purposes thereof. It’s going to happen and our Father is going to cause it to happen. Why?

     Because they didn’t listen or follow His commandments. Within these five atrocities: swearing, and lying, and killing, stealing, and committing adultery they have broken five of His commandments.

       Swearing: Exodus 20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

       Lying:  Exodus 20:16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

       Killing:  Exodus 20:13 Thou shalt not kill.

       Stealing:  Exodus 20:15 Thou shalt not steal.

       Adultery:  Exodus 20:14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.

     California is entering its fourth year of a record-breaking drought. When Father puts a plague on you it will usually last for seven years. Will California have this drought for the next four years before it begins to get better? Is our Father trying to tell us something or is this just an abnormal dry spell?

     Hosea 4:4 Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for thy people are as they that strive with the priest.

     If you get into a disagreement with your neighbor who are you going to go to if the priest is a no-account scoundrel to begin with.

     Hosea 4:5 Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with thee in the night, and I will destroy thy mother.

     Day or night, Israel is not going to avoid the punishment that’s coming. Mother here is Mother Israel, the Israelite State where the citizens are the children.

     Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

     Where do people get most of their knowledge about our Father? No doubt, from the church they attend. But if they get the same mantra every Sunday morning, most of which they know by heart, where do they go to increase their knowledge and get closer to our Father? They have to go somewhere other than that church they’ve been attending for so many years.

     Many so-called Christians are more than content to keep going because it’s a security blanket for them. Same ‘ole, same ‘ole = no surprises. No rocking of the boat. No stirin’ of the puddin’. They reject any changes to the format of their church. They’re comfortable right where they are and they don’t want that to change.

     And when the Antichrist comes they’ll fall right in step with whatever he preaches without giving it a second thought.

     Maybe these Christians will be covered by the cloak of innocency that our Lord said He would put over those that just could not escape out of the religious-rut that their church keeps them in. I certainly hope so. They’re not bad people, they’re just scared. They need their horizons enlarged so that they can see the bigger picture.

     The thought of that frightens them and that’s exactly what their preacher wants. Keep that 10% coming in every Sunday. While their soul is kept forever on the edge of darkness. Christ said that we are the children of the light, why doesn’t their preacher give them some light?

     He’s scared too. He doesn’t want to be out there looking for a job a few months down the road or, at least, that’s what he thinks will happen if he teaches the truth. But in reality, if he were to start teaching the Scriptures chapter by chapter he would eventually have more people coming than the building could hold.

     So, the people keep sinning the same ‘ole sins and nothing changes except the leaves on the maple tree out beside the church.

    What a terrible thing to do to the children of our Father whose soul was placed in their hands for guidance and enlightenment. It’s good that some of them are scared because they will be the first to be judged on Judgment Day.

     Ref: 1st Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

     They haven’t been taught the gospel of God, how are they supposed to know what to obey?

     Ref: 1st Peter 4:18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? KJV

     Scarcely be saved is absolutely right! There’s hardly any difference between them and the ungodly! Talk about being saved by the skin of their teeth! Maybe even the ungodly know more about the Scriptures than they do. Satan surely does.

     Hosea 4:7 As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame.

     Generation after generation of these Israelites that progressively get worse in their sin against our Father but soon He will bring shame on them. When? On Judgment Day.

     Hosea 4:8 They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity.

     They enjoy sinning! Look here…..if what you are doing is pleasing to this flesh and blood body, chances are it’s a sin against the laws of our Father.

     Hosea 4:9 And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings.

     The priest is supposed to be teaching them the laws of God but our Father says that they are pretty much alike. Sinning the same sin under the cloak of darkness. I don’t know about you but I, for one, do not want to have anything to do with this reward them their doings. Do you want our Father to reward you for sinning? No way, brother. Don’t want any part of that.

     Hosea 4:10 For they shall eat, and not have enough: they shall commit whoredom, and shall not increase: because they have left off to take heed to the Lord.

     They’re not going to be satisfied or prosper.The day must always come when the piper asks for his money; somebody always has to pay the price and our Father knows exactly how to do it and get their attention.

     Hosea 4:11 Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.

     All this partying takes your mind off of the Father and away from His love. You can thank Satan for these temptations because he knows how the flesh and blood body works as good as the Creator does. Remember sex, drugs and rock and roll of the 1970’s? I sure do. Sometimes it started early in the morning and lasted well into the next morning.

     I'm certainly not proud of it but it's a life-experience that doesn't need to BE experienced.

     Hosea 4:12 My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declareth unto them: for the spirit of whoredoms hath caused them to err, and they have gone a whoring from under their God.

     Good grief. It gets even worse. Do you know what this word stocks means?

     ✡  Stocks_OT:6086 `ets (ates); from OT:6095; a tree (from its firmness); hence, wood (plural sticks):

     This is a direct reference to grove worshipping, carving the likeness of a male penis out of a tree trunk. Not only do they ignore our Father and whore around and stay drunk all the time but in their stupor they ask council of an idol that they carved out of wood.

     Hosea 4:13 They sacrifice upon the tops of the mountains, and burn incense upon the hills, under oaks and poplars and elms, because the shadow thereof is good: therefore your daughters shall commit whoredom, and your spouses shall commit adultery.

     Up there on that tree-covered mountain, carving up their idols out of the oaks and poplars and elm trees and everybody drunk and having an orgy.

 

     “C’mon everybody, let’s party!”

     Think it’s any different today?

 

     “C’mon everybody, let’s jump into my new Dodge Charger and go to some rave party over at this rundown warehouse and rub body parts while we drink and get high on ecstasy and cocaine and 8-balls."

     Hosea 4:14 I will not punish your daughters when they commit whoredom, nor your spouses when they commit adultery: for themselves are separated with whores, and they sacrifice with harlots: therefore the people that doth not understand shall fall.

     The men are separated from their wives and are bumping bellies with the Temple harlots. Didn’t know that there were Temple harlots, did you? They were right outside the Temple doors. Waiting. They also did a little sewing during the times that they weren’t busy or occupied:

     Ref: 2nd Kings 23:4 And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of the second order, and the keepers of the door, to bring forth out of the temple of the Lord all the vessels that were made for Baal, and for the grove, and for all the host of heaven: and he burned them without Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried the ashes of them unto Bethel.

     I want you to get a good understanding of what’s going on here. Inside the Temple of God, in the room that was in front of the Holy of Holies, that room within which our Father would appear as a cloud and the priests could come and communicate with Him, they worshipped the pagan god Baal next to a tree trunk that was carved to look like a male penis.

     INSIDE THE TEMPLE OF OUR FATHER.

      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.

     They burned incense and worshipped everything except our Father: they worshipped Baal and the sun and the moon and the planets and everything they could think of. It had gotten this bad.

     But Hilkiah goes in and has all of these things that were used in idol worship, inside our Father’s Temple, taken outside and burned

     Ref: 2nd Kings 23:6 And he brought out the grove from the house of the Lord, without Jerusalem, unto the brook Kidron, and burned it at the brook Kidron, and stamped it small to powder, and cast the powder thereof upon the graves of the children of the people.

     Burned it all until it was nothing but powered ash and then they threw it on the graves of the people. An insult.

     Ref: 2nd Kings 23:7 And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the house of the Lord, where the women wove hangings for the grove. KJV

     Yep, there were male and female prostitutes outside the Temple and during their idle time the women wove coverings to put over the image of the male penis to hide it after everyone got through worshipping it. Boy, if this doesn’t bring Ezekiel to the front of your mind I don’t know what will…

     Ref: Ezekiel 13:18 And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Woe to the women that sew pillows to all armholes, and make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature to hunt souls! Will ye hunt the souls of my people, and will ye save the souls alive that come unto you?

     This here is what our Father thinks of the fly-away-doctrine but it carries the same thought of covering up something that is vile and offensive to our Father.

     Ref: Ezekiel 13:19 And will ye pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to my people that hear your lies?

     Pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread means that these preachers were preaching for the money, not to save souls, because they were doing the exact opposite…they were selling these souls to Satan.

     Ref: Ezekiel 13:20 Wherefore thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against your pillows, wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make them fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, even the souls that ye hunt to make them fly.

     Our Father is going to rip these souls, His souls, out of the grasp of these wretched preachers and save them because they should be saved. Directly the opposite of what the preachers wanted, they wanted to save the souls that should have been damned to hell.

     Ref: Ezekiel 13:21 Your kerchiefs also will I tear, and deliver my people out of your hand, and they shall be no more in your hand to be hunted; and ye shall know that I am the Lord.

     Here they were hiding the truth of our Father from the people; in Hosea they were hiding the grove idols from our Father. Think He didn’t know it?

     Ref: Ezekiel 13:22 Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life:

     You have saddened the people because they listened to the lies that you spewed from that pulpit and now their soul is going to hell.

     Ref: Ezekiel 13:23 Therefore ye shall see no more vanity, nor divine divinations: for I will deliver my people out of your hand: and ye shall know that I am the Lord. KJV

     Our Father will save as many as will listen to Him. Are you listening?

     Back to Hosea:

     Hosea 4:15 Though thou, Israel, play the harlot, yet let not Judah offend; and come not ye unto Gilgal, neither go ye up to Beth-aven, nor swear, The Lord liveth.

     Do you know why our Father brings up Gilgal here? Because that’s where the ten Northern Tribes, the House of Israel, under King Jeroboam, built the two golden calves because the king told the people that it was too far to travel all the way down to Jerusalem for the required feast days and they could just stay where they were and worship these two golden idols.

     They went from worshipping in a house of God, Beth-el, to worshipping in a house of the Devil, Beth-aven. A house of nothing. A house of vanity.

     Hosea 4:16 For Israel slideth back as a backsliding heifer: now the Lord will feed them as a lamb in a large place.

     For those of you that don’t know that much about farm life, a backsliding heifer is a one-two year old cow that you can’t do anything with. She won’t go where you want her to go, she’s always jumping a fence somewhere and the best thing you can do with her is sell her to someone else. Let them have the headache.

     You can’t feed a lamb or a heifer in a large place..they’re unprotected. You can’t bring them in close to you.

     Hosea 4:17 Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.

     As I’ve said before, Ephraim is just another name for the ten Northern Tribes, the House of Israel. Ephraim is used because it was the largest of the ten Tribes.

     Hosea 4:18 Their drink is sour: they have committed whoredom continually: her rulers with shame do love, Give ye.

     Their sacrifices are contemptable, interwoven with the traditions of men and the church.

     Hosea 4:19 The wind hath bound her up in her wings, and they shall be ashamed because of their sacrifices. KJV.

     What it actually says is the

 

     “wind has bound her up in her skirts”

 

     which means that the House of Israel is all bound up, she doesn’t know where she’s going or where she is. Scattered ‘round the world. No name any more.

     What has our Father told us here in this chapter? His people are destroyed for their lack of knowledge because they have rejected His knowledge. Our Father says that He will also reject their children, the lay people.

     You can’t make them learn anything, just like that old heifer, always jumping fences, spending time chasing the neighbors’ bull instead of being under the yoke to do some good work.

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