Hosea: Heart and Holiness of God

May 31, 2016

Hosea: this study show us how God works in our everyday lives. Most people underestimate Gods’ compassion and true nature. If you believe He rules only by a iron rod this study is for you.

HoseaAn Overlooked Study:The Book of Hosea.

by Chuck Missler

When Moses asked Pharaoh to “Let my people go,” Pharaoh responded, “Who is the Lord that I should obey His voice to let Israel go?” If Pharaoh could have read the book of Hosea, he would have known that the Lord was a sovereign God (Chapters 1-3); a holy God (Chapters 4-7); a just God (Chapters 8-10); and a loving God (Chapters 11-14).

Pharaoh, of course, never had the benefit of the depth of knowledge that Israel was given through the mouth and pen of the prophet Hosea, and yet the people were as stony-hearted toward God as Pharaoh was those many centuries before.

Hosea is one of the most remarkable books of the Old Testament. No other messenger gives so complete an outline of the ways of God with His earthly people as does Hosea:

1)God suffers when His people are unfaithful to Him;
2)God cannot condone sin;
3)God will never cease to love His own; and, consequently
4)He seeks to win back those who have forsaken Him.

Hosea was a contemporary of Isaiah (for most of his ministry) and Amos (in his earlier years); he was the “Jeremiah” of the Northern Kingdom. His main target was the Northern Kingdom, yet his message encompassed the entire people of God.

“Not My People”?

One of the pivotal insights occurs in the setting aside of his adulterous wife, and in the remarkable naming of his children: Jezreel, Lo-ruhamah (“not loved”), and Lo-ammi (“not my people”). The blood of Jezreel figures prominently throughout Israel’s history and climaxes at Armageddon. In the New Testament the Holy Spirit confirms the application of these prophetic names to the State of Israel since they have been cast out of their land.1 Their restoration is one of the key pronouncements in Hosea. Dr. Charles Feinberg, an outstanding Jewish believer and scholar, says of Chapter 3:

“It rightfully takes its place among the greatest prophetic pronouncements in the whole revelation of God.”

Hosea is frequently quoted in the New Testament and each time reveals some surprises.2
The Fatherhood of God

Among the provocative hermeneutical insights is the strange application of Hosea 11:1 by Matthew (2:15), which links the Fatherhood of God toward Israel and His calling His Son out of Egypt.3 He didn’t just adopt them; He cared for them. How tenderly and compassionately the Lord taught and cared for His son, Israel. These words seem to parallel Moses’ description of Israel’s being carried through the wilderness as a father carries his son.4

In response to the love of God as seen in their redemption from Egypt, Israel, like a prodigal son, turned a deaf ear to God’s prophets, choosing Baal and other idols instead.5

“The Best of Times and the Worst of Times”

Their material prosperity was unequaled since Solomon (2 Kgs 14:25-28; 2 Chr 26:2, 6-15). Jeroboam had recovered all the territory lost to Israel, even the possession of Damascus. Yet material prosperity is not a guarantee of safety to a people whose stability rests not on the moral basis of the fear of God and obedience to His laws. Hosea’s warning was that God would use their enemies as His means of judgment. (We have explored the apparent parallels with America in our briefing pack, “Hosea, Can You See?”)

An Incredible Book

The Lord’s self-disclosure in Chapter 11 is so intense that many rank it as one of the greatest in the Bible. Perhaps among the most surprising of the prophetic insights in Hosea is the discovery of the prerequisites for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.6

It is truly an amazing book and, like all of the books of the Bible, the Holy Spirit always rewards the diligent student. And Hosea is among the most rewarding.

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  1. Rom 9:26, “Not beloved”; 1 Pet 2:10, “nor having obtained mercy.”
  2. Mt 2:15; 9:13; 12:7; Rom 9:25, 26; 1 Cor 15:55; 1 Pet 2:5, 10.
  3. Jesus always called God “my Father”; (e.g., Jn 20:17). The only time Jesus didn’t call Him Father was when He was on the cross-in our shoes-and cried out, “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Cf. Ps 22). In the Old Testament, God is only called the father of Israel as a whole, never of individuals (14X: Ex 4:22; Ps 103:13; Isa 64:8; Jer 3:19,20; et al.)
  4. Deut 1:31-32; 32:10-11.
  5. Hosea 11:2, v.7; 2 Kgs 17:13; Jer 7:25; 25:4; Zech 1:4; et al.
  6. Hosea 5:15ff See also The Next Holocaust and the Refuge in Edom.

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    December 1999 Personal Update News Journal.

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Hosea, Can You See?: Hosea’s Challenge to America.

by Chuck Missler

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. 

Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities

Hosea was a prophet (or seer) who was called to declare God’s indictment against the Northern Kingdom.

(Almost a century later, Jeremiah would be called to render a similar service to the Southern Kingdom.)

The Predicament

The kingdom divided after Solomon’s death into two kingdoms: Judah and Jerusalem in the south, under Rehoboam, Solomon’s successor, which in large measure remained faithful to God and the temple worship; and the Northern Kingdom under Jeroboam, called Israel, which plunged into idolatry.The Northern Kingdom, with a successful standing army, recovered to Israel all the territory lost – even the possession of Damascus. They enjoyed material prosperity unequaled since days of Solomon. 1

It was, indeed, “the best of times.” At least, so it seemed from their own point of view.However, they also had sunk to their lowest ebb of immorality and idol worship. In addition to idolatry, other sins denounced by Hosea included social injustice,2 violent crime, 3 religious hypocrisy, 4 political rebellion, 5 dependence upon foreign alliances, 6 selfish arrogance, 7 and spiritual ingratitude. 8

It was also, indeed, “the worst of times.” Particularly from God’s point of view.

Hosea’s Message

This is the burden of Hosea: that although a loving and caring God had provided their abundance and prosperity, their sin, disloyalty and abandonment of Him will force Him to vindicate His justice with judgment.

After detailing the indictments against the nation, Hosea then declares that God is going to use their enemies as His instrument of judgment. Shortly they will be history…

An Uncomfortable Parallel?

The parallels with America are very, very disturbing. We, too, are experiencing unprecedented prosperity. The stock indexes are caressing 11,000. People are purchasing their third and fourth cars. Almost every home has a computer.

It’s difficult to find a pedestrian without a cellular phone in his ear or on his belt. Fuel for our cars costs less than a bottle of water.

It is, indeed, “the best of times.” Or so it seems.

And yet we have sunk to moral depths lower than could have been imagined only a generation ago. We are so “sophisticated” that we condone homosexuality as an “alternative life-style.”

We murder babies that are socially inconvenient. We change marriage partners like a fashion statement.

We have abandoned the sanctity of commitment in our marriages and in our business enterprises.

Our entertainment industry celebrates adultery, fornication, violence, aberrant sex practices, and every imaginable form of evil. We have become the world’s leading exporters of all that God abhors.

It certainly is “the worst of times” from His point of view. God rebuked Israel for their brutality: there was murder, there was violence, and there was warfare. We, too, have had Waco… and Columbine High School. New York City has recorded more crimes than England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands, Norway, and Denmark, combined. 9 And we, too, have had Vietnam, Kosovo, et al. We should have been sending Bibles, not bullets and bombs. Missionaries, not missiles.

Immorality and deceit have also come to characterize the highest offices of our nation as well. Our politics have condoned and covered up more murders than we dare list.

Our public enterprises have been prostituted to the convenience of the elite. We have clearly disconnected character from destiny.

There is nothing new in the “new morality.” They practiced it in 700 b.c. and were ultimately destroyed as a result. And so may we be.

Israel had neglected the Word of God for two hundred years. So have we.

All this is but a mirror of the American soul. Behind all of our problems is the big problem: that we are not recognizing God. We are virtually ignorant of God’s Word. We have outlawed Him from our schools and exiled Him from our lives.

The minute you get away from the Word of God, you are doomed to failure in both your Christian life and your national life.

The Rise of Paganism

When the knowledge of the true and Living God is refused, false gods inevitably fill the vacuum. 10And we become like the gods we worship! 11

Are idols of stone cold, unresponsive, and impersonal? If you worship them, you too will become cold, unresponsive, and impersonal.

Is the world materialistic, harsh, and unforgiving? If you worship the world, you too will become materialistic, harsh, and unforgiving.

And if you worship Christ, you will become like Him! …Ah! Devoutly to be wished! It is staggering to attempt to understand the insanity of paganism. Who can tally the blood which has been spilled upon the altars of the gods who are not, and the demons who are! Covetousness and greed (also called idolatry 12 are now the gods of America, too.

The Prognosis for America

“It could never happen here.” That was the cry in Eastern Europe, doubting that Communism would ever take over. Yet it did.

This also is the presumption that pervades our own country regarding God’s judgment. It is the slogan of a fool in ignorance of God’s nature and His commitments.

Yet, let’s take an honest, hard look at ourselves. We are hated by major segments – one might say most – of the world’s population.

As you read this, alliances are being formed between Russia, China, and Islamic countries against us. Weapons of mass destruction are becoming increasingly available, and America’s defenses are rapidly being depleted, dissipated, and appearing increasingly inadequate.

We would seem to be ripe for judgment. Have we crossed the Rubicon? Is it too late? Some think so.

Yet, remember Nineveh. This pagan capital ruled the world for several centuries. And it was scheduled for God’s judgment. It was 40 days from “ground zero!”

Then God called Jonah, the Reluctant Prophet. He wasn’t excited about the assignment until God explained it to him a bit more clearly.

And Jonah wasn’t very tactful in his message: “Forty days and you get yours!”

Then, the biggest miracle in the Old Testament occurred: within those forty days the king on down all repented!

And the kingdom was spared for almost another century! God, we must remember, is in the miracle business…

God has declared His clear and exciting principle:If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

This is not addressed to our President, our Congress, or our population in general: It is addressed to “My people, who are called by my name.” It is addressed to the Body of Christ.

If we will humble ourselves, and pray, and seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways – then He will forgive our sin and heal our land.

We need a national revival – but it must begin with you and me. It is our sin that is standing in the way of what God would prefer to do: to have America continue as a beachhead for the Gospel to a hurting world.

It’s up to us. It’s high time we got serious about it.

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      1. 2 Kings 14:25-28; 2 Chronicles 26:2, 6-15.
      2. Hosea 12:7.
      3. Hosea 4:2; 6:9; 12:1.
      4. Hosea 6:6.
      5. Hosea 7:3-7.
      6. Hosea 7:11; 8:9.
      7. Hosea 13:6.
      8. Hosea 7:15.
      9. James Montgomery Boice, The Minor Prophets, Vol. 1, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids MI, 1983, pp. 38-39.
      10. Romans 1:22, 23.
      11. Psalm 135:15-18.
      12. Colossians3:5

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August 1999 Personal Update News Journal.
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