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Re: from Hosea
Israel's Salvation in the Latter Days

    "The beginning of the Word of Jehovah by Hosea. And Jehovah said to Hosea, Go, take to yourself a wife of prostitution, and children of prostitution. For the land has committed adultery against Jehovah with great harlotry." (Ho1:2)
I've been a Bible reader my whole life, from since I was old enough to read. What? 2nd or 3rd grade? It was always KJV. And as I was old enough my dad started this program for me (I think he got the idea for it on the Back to the Bible Broadcast program with Theodore Epp, back before they had fallen into apostasy) that I pretty much kept up with through high school....to read the entire Bible through in a year. It's easy, you know: 3 chapters a day and 5 on Sunday. Not knowing any better, at first I would start in Genesis and go straight through to Revelation. Then, along the way, I would break things up: maybe start in the N.T. Maybe read backwards...Revelation thru Genesis, etc.

But one thing I came to know: the minor prophets were terribly DEPRESSING! It was all full of sin, darkness, gloom, God's judgment. Maybe -that's- where I learned to be so -negative- and "judgmental"? You see...it's not -my- "fault". It's the -BIBLE's- "fault". Oh, just don't read those depressing books. What? You want me to leave out part of the Bible? Which books would you like me to leave out? And if I did so, how would I do so whilst also not neglecting the "whole counsel of God"? (Ac20:27)

But here, Hosea is told (by God, by the way) to marry into prostitution. She was not one of the 'upstanding' daughters whose father was on the board of elders. One child's name is "no longer have mercy". (1:6) Another child: "not my people, not your God" (1:9) Quick! Somebody call CPS and whisk those kids away for "abuse"! What a way to smash down their SELF-ESTEEM!!! Shame on you, Hosea! No wonder Gomer decides to leave! Yes?

Well, but, it says she was being the "harlot". (2:5) Her fault.

And against all holiness and morality as taught in other places in the Bible, Hosea is told to go marry her; call her back to himself. (3:1)

Hosea's marriage and children are examples (object lessons) to Israel. Ezekiel builds models of being under seige; goes through the motions of being "in exile". Isaiah has assignments where he walks around with his rear exposed. (Is20:2-4) Jonah is swallowed by the fish. The life of the prophet was not glamorous. When Ezekiel's wife dies, he is told not to mourn her death. (Ezk24:16-19)

They were all a 'sign' against Israel.

If you choose to read the entire book of Hosea, you will see that it represents Israel's entire history. Their sin is in proportion to their length of days. But the promise is that....

    "AFTERWARD the sons of Israel shall return and seek Jehovah their God and David their king. And THEY SHALL FEAR JEHOVAH AND HIS GOODNESS IN -THE-LATTER-DAYS-." (Ho3:5)
When did Israel's rebellion begin? Remember Baal Peor? (Ho9:10) They were still in the wilderness. (Num25) That was during the 40 years of wilderness wanderings. Even before Baal Peor, even -AS- Moses was in the mountain receiving the Law from God, Aaron, the second-in-command, led Israel astray to worship the golden calf...Baal worship!
    "All their wickedness is in Gilgal, for there I hated them. I will drive them out of My house because of the wickedness of their doings, I will love them no more; all their rulers are rebellious." (Ho9:15)
Notice God's verdict upon them! They were in rebellion EVEN FROM THE BEGINNING, and so what did God do to them? There God HATED THEM and DROVE THEM FROM HIS HOUSE.

As Paul, the foremost expert in Judaism (Ga1:14) recounts: "But with most of them God was not well pleased, for they were scattered in the wilderness." (1Co10:5) as he would also say, "For not all those of Israel are Israel" (Rom9:6b)

Do you see what is being said? They had glorious victories across the Red Sea, the walls of Jericho fell down, David has victory over Goliath, and Solomon builds a glorious temple to the Lord...but HOW MANY of all those numbers actually -KNEW- the Lord? "MOST" (how many is "most"?) DID NOT!

Even Solomon! Wasn't he the great MAN OF GOD who built the temple? But he yoked himself to 1000 women, and it says, "For so it was, when Solomon was old, that his wives thrust his heart aside after other gods; and his heart was not perfect with Jehovah his God, as was the heart of his father David." (1Ki11:4)

Here's a question to ponder: Where is Solomon today? Heaven or Hell?

In our days there have been times of great "outpouring", grand halls being filled and people "going forward". How many within the "church" system today truly -KNOW- the Lord? If Israel is an 'example' to us, then, "MOST" DO NOT!

And then, Israel was looking for a 'king' to rescue them.

    "For now they shall say, We have no king, because we did not fear Jehovah. What then should a king do for us?" (10:3)
Israel's salvation is not found in a king.
    "O Israel, you are destroyed, but your help is in Me." (13:9)

    "Take words with you and return to Jehovah. Say to Him, Take away all iniquity and receive us with grace, that we may repay with the calves (sacrifices) of our lips. Assyria shall not save us; we will not ride on horses. We shall not say any more to the work of our hands, You are our gods! For in You the fatherless finds mercy." (14:2-3)

God was promising Israel salvation for the "latter days"
    "Come, and let us return to Jehovah. For He has torn, and He will heal us. He has stricken, and He will bind us up. After two days He will restore us to life. In the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His presence." (6:1-2)
Israel rejected Messiah. They have been in rejection for two "days" (thousand years (2Pt3:8) The "latter days" are now upon us (them). The days of Israel's Redemption are imminent!

What about the Church? Remember, the Church is not made up of those grand buildings made of stone and concrete. It is not the place with the pipe organ. It is not the place with the crosses, spires and towers. When Solomon built those two towers (Jachin and Boaz 1Ki7:21) did God command them? God had commanded them to tear down, and not build, sacred pillars. (Ex34:13, Le26:1, De12:3) "...which God hates" (De16:22) For the most part, what is called "church" today IS NOT. Words called "prayer" ARE NOT. Activities called "praise" is NOT to the Most Holy and Almighty God.

I have often wondered (puzzled) regarding certain words associated with Jesus death and resurrection. It says...

    "..and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and were manifest to many." (Mt27:52-53)
It says, merely, that "many" bodies were raised. It does not say, like later, "which no one was able to number" (Re7:9) We don't get the feeling like...when these people were raised that Jerusalem was 'crowded' with people, trampling over each other for the multitude. In Elijah's day God tells him that there were 7000 who had not bowed to Baal. For an entity that was supposed to be a Godly (God-filled) nation, 7000 was not very many at all. When God sent the flood, we typically think of "eight" coming through the flood. But Peter sheds some light that Noah was "one of eight" (2Pt2:5) Out of the WHOLE WORLD...ONLY -ONE-???? Is it then at all surprising that the kingdom of Nimrod did not take long at all, after the flood, to hit the ground running!

If Israel could have such an auspicious start at Horeb and turn out the way it did, with God saying that He "hated" them...what is the -true- state of affairs today for the Church? Just because there's a "church on every corner" doesn't mean a single thing!

Is this "hate" speech? If so, so be it! Is PB being judgmental? If so, so be it! Israel was recorded for us to look at them and see their "example". What is the record and example of Israel? If you're not sure, read Hosea again. I cannot whitewash the record and pretend it isn't what it is. And by extension, I cannot be like the prevailing message of today: Oh you wonderful people....opening my arms wide....God accepts you all JUST AS YOU ARE. You don't need to change a thing. Repentance? Schmepentance! You don't need that. God luuuuuves you and has a "wonderful plan for your life".

I don't 'hate' you all so much as to feed you such swill. What would I answer to my God who sent me, when people are crying out in the flames: WHY DID YOU TELL US LIES???

I'd rather have you all -hate- me so much that your dander riles up to the point that you would then soften and repent, than to smile at you all, have you return the smiles, we share mutual feelings of lovey-dovey as I greet all your "smiling faces"....

and in the mean time, you end up in the Lake of Fire??

    "Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent" (Ac17:30)

    "For He says: In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you. Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation." (2Co6:2)