Bible Study-HO-Chapter 9
The Book of Hosea
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Our Father can get pretty graphic sometimes and some people, preachers mainly, but also the high-minded, better than thou, muckety-ducks sitting out there in the pews, like to whitewash over some of His words…..His words…..and interject their own. I mean, we can’t say something like that in front of little children, can we?
The words whore, whoredoms and whoring have been used by the Father quite often in this book of Hosea so far and I feel that He chose those particular words because they are the words that we would most likely understand and be able to relate to and therefore obtain the true meaning of what it is that He is telling us.
That’s special, isn’t it? As human beings, He certainly thinks that we have a good understanding of what whoring around really means.
Preachers don’t like to use words like that, they’re too goody-goody.
“Well, I would never use those words in my own daily life, I certainly can’t say them to the congregation on Sunday morning. Someone could get offended by it.”
To that I say to hell with them. If they’re too good to say the Scriptures as they are written then go peddle your wares somewhere else. But of course they don’t have to do that, their pastor will “protect them” from hearing such vile things and tickle their ears with lying words.
And while the good preacher is whitewashing our Father’s words, he’s reinforcing their belief in the rapture theory, the any-moment and fly-away doctrines every time he opens his mouth. Something our Father said was an absolute lie.
Hypocrites. Every one of them.
Hosea, chapter nine…
Hosea 9:1 Rejoice not, O Israel, for joy, as other people: for thou hast gone a whoring from thy God, thou hast loved a reward upon every cornfloor.
Let’s look closely at some of the words that our Father uses here:
✡ Whoring_OT:2181 zanah (zaw-naw'); a primitive root [highly-fed and therefore wanton]; to commit adultery (usually of the female, and less often of simple fornication, rarely of involuntary ravishment); figuratively, to commit idolatry (the Jewish people being regarded as the spouse of Jehovah):
✡ Loved_OT:157 'ahab (aw-hab'); or 'aheb (aw-habe'); a primitive root; to have affection for (sexually or otherwise):
✡ Reward_OT:868 'ethnan (eth-nan'); the same as OT:866; a gift (as the price of harlotry or idolatry):
They’ve gone after their idols with the fervor of someone who is sexually aroused and has to end up paying for the opportunity to have sex with them. Relate this to today….they’re out there paying some preacher to lie to them. They want it done to them. I guess it gives them some sort of security, repeating the same lies over and over again. It’s familiar to them.
Hosea 9:2 The floor and the winepress shall not feed them, and the new wine shall fail in her.
They’re not going to make a profit on what they produce. The threshing floor prepares the seed and the wine press prepares the grape.
Hosea 9:3 They shall not dwell in the Lord's land; but Ephraim shall return to Egypt, and they shall eat unclean things in Assyria.
This is repeated from the previous chapter…they’re not going back to Egypt, this is to remind them of their previous bondage to the Egyptians.
Hosea 9:4 They shall not offer wine offerings to the Lord, neither shall they be pleasing unto him: their sacrifices shall be unto them as the bread of mourners; all that eat thereof shall be polluted: for their bread for their soul shall not come into the house of the Lord.
Bread of mourners is funeral food. Let’s all take a covered dish over to so-and-so’s house, help them through this bad time, keep their strength up.
They’re not going to be worth burying in their own land but rather swept out and used for manure or burning.
Hosea 9:5 What will ye do in the solemn day, and in the day of the feast of the Lord?
What is this solemn day and when will it happen? The solemn day is the day of the marriage feast, on the day that the Lord returns. He’s coming back and He’s expecting a virgin bride but that’s not likely to happen because they have whored around, not only with their idols of wood and gold, but with Satan/Antichrist as well.
Figuratively speaking, they will be with child, with Satan’s child when He returns because they believed the lies of their preachers and they didn’t know the difference between the true Messiah and the fake. What a messed up bunch of people. They’re so deep in the quagmire they can’t even see daylight.
And there’s no Millennium for these scoundrels. They knew what they were doing, they loved to hear the lies every Sunday morning, and they loved the world more than they loved the Lord or the Father.
Hosea 9:6 For, lo, they are gone because of destruction: Egypt shall gather them up, Memphis shall bury them: the pleasant places for their silver, nettles shall possess them: thorns shall be in their tabernacles.
Spiritual desolation. Their churches have been dead for centuries and are now grown over with weeds. No spiritual life in those buildings whatsoever. Beth-aven. Houses of nothing. Houses of vanity, now desolate.
Hosea 9:7 The days of visitation are come, the days of recompence are come; Israel shall know it: the prophet is a fool, the spiritual man is mad, for the multitude of thine iniquity, and the great hatred.
Satan, as the antichrist, is coming for a visit and some of them know it, they can feel it. The hollowness in their soul from the lack of any spiritual food, denied to them by their preacher, growls within them. Your prophet, your preacher, rather, is a fool.
He teaches for money, destroys souls with his lies, and is encouraged by Satan himself, and perhaps some of them realize what they have done and they’ll begin to hate themselves for it but it’s far too late. No chance to turn around now.
Sure, these preachers can be forgiven, by our Father, for what they’ve done but there will still be a price to be paid for each and every soul that they damaged and committed to hell. Our Father is not going to overlook the souls that have been destroyed by these men and women.
He’s not going to say:
“Yeah, you lied to them, they believed your lies, they followed Satan/Antichrist, they’re going to walk into the Lake of Fire but now you’re forgiven and all is good again.”
No way in hell, partner. Somebody is going to have to pay.
Hosea 9:8 The watchman of Ephraim was with my God: but the prophet is a snare of a fowler in all his ways, and hatred in the house of his God.
You’ll notice that both words God is spelled with a capital G and not a lowercase g. This indicates in the King James that it refers to the Father and not some idol.
The word in the Manuscripts is Elohim, our God as the Creator of all things.
There were some within this House of Israel that truly loved our Father and watched for the signs and the seasons, they studied the Word, anticipated and kept their eyes open. Perhaps people like you and me that care enough to study His letter to us.
That study to know what the signs are and what to look for and if you are reading this today you are a watchman. Standing on top of the house, looking out over the horizon, seeing if the enemy is close. Figuratively speaking, of course.
Whoever you are, you are the reason that I write.
The prophet, the preacher, is a tool of Satan because he sets the snares and traps that entangle the innocent souls and our Father hates them.
Hosea 9:9 They have deeply corrupted themselves, as in the days of Gibeah: therefore he will remember their iniquity, he will visit their sins.
Corrupted themselves means that they went into moral decay on purpose. They chose to do so. They liked that kind of lifestyle.
But what happened in the days of Gibeah? Why is our Father associating this city with Hosea and the House of Israel? What does He want them to remember?
We can find Gibeah in the book of Judges and the entire story entails the 19th, 20th and 21st chapters. A sketch of the story would be as follows:
The main character is never identified by name, simply called a Levite. And he put together a concubine and one of the women left and went back home to her father. So the Levite packed a couple of asses and followed her to her dad’s house.
He intended to speak cordially with her and simply take her back home but the woman’s father persuaded the Levite to have a few glasses of wine and stay for the night. The following day the Levite procrastinated and again spent a second night.
On the third night he decided to leave and he and his servant got as far as Jerusalem by the time the sun was setting and not wanting to spend the night in this city, they continued on to Gibeah.
Once there they couldn’t find a room for the night but an old man was coming in from the fields and convinced the Levite and his servant and his concubine to spend the night in his home as it was too dangerous to stay on the street.
Gibeah was a town that was inhabited by the people of the Tribe of Benjamin, they were Benjamites. When they heard that there was a stranger, this Levite, spending the night with this old man they surrounded the house, beat on the door loudly and demanded that the Levite be brought out so that they may know him.
Ref: Judges 19:22 Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him. KJV
And yes, you are right if you think that to know this Levite was for the men of Gibeah to have carnal knowledge of him. They wanted to have a homosexual encounter with this Levite.
But the old man offered his virgin daughter and the women of the Levites’ concubine to these men of Gibeah if they would simply leave the Levite alone. The men of the city ravaged the women all night long and when it was over the woman lie dead on the doorstep of the old man’s house.
The Levite was so enraged at what the Benjamites had done that he took a knife and cut the woman’s body up into twelve pieces and delivered a piece of her to the leader of each of the twelve Tribes.
The Chief of all the Tribes gathered them all together for a meeting and assembled 400,000 foot soldiers and a select group of these soldiers went to Gibeah to seek out the men who committed this vile act but all the Benjamites stood together and decided to go to war rather than give up these men.
The battle was hard fought and lasted for three days but Israel triumphed over Benjamin finally and destroyed nearly all of the people of the Tribe of Benjamin.
I mentioned earlier that when the Kingdom of Israel was broken into two nations, that Judah and the remnants of the Tribe of Benjamin would become the House of Judah and remain around the area of Jerusalem. This is the story of why the Tribe of Benjamin was nearly annihilated, because of an intended perverted act of homosexuality and the murder of a young woman.
Those who believe that homosexualism is a byproduct of genetics are at odds with Him because our Father doesn’t think about it in that light. He knows the hearts and minds and genetic structure of each and every one of us and if it were indeed a “wiring” problem within the individual, I’m of the belief that He would have more compassion for them and the sexual practices that they engage in.
It is an abomination in His eyes and I cannot help but believe that one can love the sinner and not the sin. My conviction goes no further than that. Love them in spite of the sin. Genetics or no genetics.
He says that He will remember that sin, He won’t forget it because it nearly took the twelve Tribes down to eleven Tribes.
Hosea 9:10 I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the firstripe in the fig tree at her first time: but they went to Baal-peor, and separated themselves unto that shame; and their abominations were according as they loved.
Uncultivated grapes are bitter, not sweet.
Baal-peor was a Moabite idol and the practice was to have young women prostitute themselves, a sin which Israel took to heart and loved every minute of it.
That shame was from the continued worshipping of the ‘Asherah, the carved tree trunk that resembled the male appendage.
I feel that it needs to be pointed out that the ‘Asherah could almost be looked at as penile worship and that along with the sin committed in Gibeah would lead one to believe that this was THE paramount idol.
The conundrum here is that the very process that our Father put into place to repopulate this earth at the close of the first heaven/earth age, the creation of flesh and blood bodies that would, through sanctioned sexual encounters, provide enough earthly bodies within which to place each soul that was created before in the world that was, that we humans would exploit that special act of propagation and eventually let it be the downfall of all Israel.
Hosea 9:11 As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird, from the birth, and from the womb, and from the conception.
Everything that they received they threw away. Conception, womb and birth.
Hosea 9:12 Though they bring up their children, yet will I bereave them, that there shall not be a man left: yea, woe also to them when I depart from them!
When He leaves you, you are in for some serious times. Israel has gotten to the point, in their pagan worshipping of these various idols, that our Father is about to forsake them. With some of their minds clogged with wanton desire to satisfy their sexual needs, they are glad to see Him depart from them. They don’t like to be reminded of how low they have sunk morally.
Much like an alcoholic telling everyone to leave his house and leave him alone so he can continue to get drunk without accusing eyes staring at him.
This takes me back to the two possessed men who lived in a cave near the city of Gergesenes that were possessed of devils and when our Lord had commanded the devils to leave these men and go into a herd of some 2000 swine that the swine ran off a cliff and killed themselves in the sea. Even these animals would rather be dead than demon possessed.
But when the townspeople came to see what was going on, instead of thanking and praising our Lord for what he had done they asked Him to leave, which He did and went back to the boat.
The Lord had relieved the fear that they all had of these two men, made them feel more comfortable, and they asked Him to leave them alone!
So, whether He leaves of His own accord or you ask Him to leave you alone, He will do it, He will leave, He will forsake you and leave you to your own devices.
Have a nice day, Bubba.
Hosea 9:13 Ephraim, as I saw Tyrus, is planted in a pleasant place: but Ephraim shall bring forth his children to the murderer.
Ephraim’s children will only be brought up to be killed. Physically.
But what about spiritually? Who was the first murderer? Cain, the offspring of Satan. Israel is already firmly within Satan’s grasp, what are they to do? Change the way they live. Ask our Father to forgive them for all their sins. He’ll do it.
Hosea 9:14 Give them, O Lord: what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.
Stop any further children from being born? The bareness of their wombs may be a blessing though it will be described as great misfortune.
Hosea 9:15 All their wickedness is in Gilgal: for there I hated them: for the wickedness of their doings I will drive them out of mine house, I will love them no more: all their princes are revolters.
What happened in Gilgal?
Ref: 1st Samuel 11:14 Then said Samuel to the people, Come, and let us go to Gilgal, and renew the kingdom there.
Ref: 1st Samuel 11:15 And all the people went to Gilgal; and there they made Saul king before the Lord in Gilgal; and there they sacrificed sacrifices of peace offerings before the Lord; and there Saul and all the men of Israel rejoiced greatly. KJV
They made Saul their first king and rejected our Father at Gilgal. Do you think that our Father would have taken Israel into the depths of sexual perversion, as did all of Israel’s kings, had He been their king? Not a chance in hell of that happening.
Yep, they rejoiced greatly and in ignorance. At the time they had no concept of what their future held.
Hosea 9:16 Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb.
No point in having any more kids, our Father says that He’s going to kill them all anyway. Why? Because of the depths of their degradation. It must be better, in His mind, to kill the offspring rather than let them grow up and continue in this sin.
Hosea 9:17 My God will cast them away, because they did not hearken unto him: and they shall be wanderers among the nations. KJV
And surely they were. They were called the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel. The world may have lost them, they may have lost themselves but our Father knows where each and everyone went. They’re His children and He loves them, regardless.
And isn’t that the saving grace for us today? No matter what we do, or how far we sink into the cesspool as human beings, our Lord died on the cross so that we could ask for forgiveness and crawl back up onto solid ground and be in good standing with Him and the Father once again.
All you gotta do is ask.
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