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Monday, November 18, 2019

My Sheep Hear My Voice- Rev. 13:1

My Sheep Hear My Voice- Rev. 13:1

Before Jesus was crucified He told the disciples to watch and pray, something so simple, but they let their physical bodies take over and they fell back asleep. In these last hours of time you need to hear His voice. When He tells you something, it is very important, but most ignore my voice or just discuss it and go on with what they were doing. You will see many things start to happen shortly and if you do not hear and obey His voice,... it will mean death for some of you....Jesus has only your best interest in mind. Christ knows you heart, and if you are truly His you will hear His voice. He awakes many of you at 3am on the dot, but most will roll over and go back to sleep. There are a few who will get up and pray. Your day is filled with so many things and Jesus is the last thing many of you give your time to. But Christ needs to talk to you,... to fellowship with you and only when you are still and quite (3am) can you hear Him,... the rest of your day is so busy you do not have time for Him,... but you need to make time, for time is short and the Lord has instructions for you.


The Beast Out of the Sea
The First Beast
"And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. Rev. 13:1
I, John saw these things (Rev. 22:8). The pronoun "I" is found 165 times in Revelation All together personal pronouns are used in Rev. 2:1-29,074 times.
of the sea... The Mediterranean Sea, because the nations under Antichrist surround it on 3 sides. Sea represents peoples in symbolic passages (Rev. 13:1; 17:1, 17:15; Dan. 7:2-3, 7:17).
beast rise up... Twenty facts about the first beast of Rev. 13:1-18:
1. He will be a man (Rev. 13:18).
2. He will rise out of the sea of humanity (Rev. 13:1; Dan. 7:24; 9:27; 11:36-45).
3. He will become ruler of the territory of the 7 kingdoms symbolized by the 7 heads (Rev. 13:1; 17:8-17).
4. He will become ruler of the 10 kingdoms that are yet to be formed inside the old Roman Empire territory (Rev. 13:1; 17:8-17; Dan. 7:23-24).
5. He will be a blasphemer (Rev. 13:1, 13:5; 17:3).
6. He will revive the old Grecian Empire. The beast is like a leopard, which, in the book of Daniel, symbolizes the Grecian Empire (Dan. 7:6; 8:20-23; Rev. 17:8-17).
7. He will also have characteristics of Medo-Persia (the bear, Rev. 13:3; Dan. 7:5) and Babylon (the lion, Rev. 13:3; Dan. 7:4).
8. He will receive his power, throne, and great authority from Satan (Rev. 13:2; 16:13-16; 2Th. 2:8-12; Dan. 8:24-25; 11:38-39).
9. He will not be assassinated and resurrected from the dead, as taught by some. It is one of the heads on the beast that is wounded to death and is healed, not the beast itself (Rev. 13:3). Therefore, all the theories of Antichrist being a resurrected man, a reincarnation of some historic man, an incarnation of the devil, etc., are false.
10. He will have all the world wondering after him (Rev. 13:2-4, 13:8-18).
11. He will be an object of worship (Rev. 13:4, 13:14-18; 14:9-11; 15:2; 16:2; 20:4-6).
12. He will be a supernaturally gifted orator (Rev. 13:5-6; Dan. 7:8, 7:11, 7:20, 7:25; 8:23; 11:36).
13. He will be given power and success for 42 months (Rev. 13:4; 11:1-3; 12:6, 12:14; Dan. 7:25; 12:7).
14. He will defy God and claim to be God himself (Rev. 13:6; 2Th. 2:3-4; Dan. 7:25; 8:25; 11:36-39).
15. He will make war on the Jews and Christian and multitudes will be killed by him (Rev. 13:7, 13:15; 7:9-17; 14:13; 15:2-4; 20:4-6; Dan. 7:21; 8:23-25).
16. He will be given power over all nations inside the 10 kingdoms of the old Roman Empire territory (Rev. 13:7; Dan. 7:23-24; 8:23-25; 11:36-45).
17. He will be worshiped as God (Rev. 13:8, 13:14-18; 14:9-11; 20:4-6).
18. He will have a religious leader in the false prophet of Rev. 13:11-17; 16:13-16; 19:20; 20:10.
19. He will permit image worship of himself (Rev. 13:14-17; 14:9; 15:2; 20:4-6).
20. He will cause the mark or emblem of his kingdom, or his name, or the number of his name to be branded upon the right hand or forehead of his followers (Rev. 13:16-18; 14:9-11; 15:2; 16:2; 20:4-6).
and saw a... Both Daniel and John also saw political systems and leaders that they described using the term "Beast". John sees this beast coming up "out of the sea." This beast is a Gentile leader of a Gentile system. John didn't call it a beast because it was a Gentile. He called it a beast because It comes up out of the sea of "nations".
In Daniel Chapter 7, the prophet records a dream that he had in which he saw the rise and fall of four gentile world empires. Each was characterized as a beast coming from the sea of nations. So, the beast from the sea is the political part of the Antichrist's system. Satan is a counterfeiter. So he has an "unholy trinity" that consists of himself (Satan), the Antichrist (the political, beast), and the false prophet, (the religious, beast).
The sea here represents the Gentile nations of the world, from which this beast comes. The beast is the Antichrist, the false messiah (Matt. 24:5, 24: 1 John 2:18). He is the final Gentile world ruler, also known as the "little horn" (Dan. 7:8, 20-21, 24-25), the willful king (Dan. 11:36), the coming prince (Dan 9:26), and the man of sin (2 Thess. 2:3).
This "sea" means large numbers of people. One writer says unstable nations of peoples. This beast has to do with the powers of this earth opposed to Christendom. Whether John or the dragon stood on the edge of the sea is not material, since we are distinctly told that the ten-horned beast rose from the sea.
These "heads" show dominion. We have said before that "ten" has to do with world government and "horns" show power. We know then that this has something to do with world government and rulers of that. "Crowns" show dominion. This "blasphemy" denies the true God. It doesn't matter who the "I" is here, but it is probably John.
We see a terrible vicious world power. I believe this "ten" here is the ten common market nations which were formed from the old Roman empire. The old Roman empire has been reestablished in the ten common market nations. The sad thing is, that it appears, the power that this group has is from the evil one.
It is not difficult to understand where their power comes from. "Upon his heads the name of blasphemy". This beast has the ten horns of power. This is the personification of what Satan does with this world power. The personification of evil when it takes over governments and people who are heads of these governments.


6. The Sixth Personage: The Beast Out Of The Sea (Rev. 13:1-10)
The beast out of the sea introduced (Rev. 13:1-2)


Rev. 13:1-18 presents a most important personage of the end time — a beast coming out of the sea. His 10 horns and 7 heads, with 10 crowns on his horns, depict the revived Roman Empire, which was also represented by the fourth beast of Daniel, which also had 10 horns (Dan. 7:7-8; cf. Rev. 13:3; 17:3, 17:7). In Rev. 13:1-18 and Rev. 17:1-18 the beast is the world ruler, whereas in Dan. 7:1-28 the little horn on the beast was the world ruler.
The fact that the beast comes out from the sea indicates that he is a Gentile, for the sea of humanity is involved as his source (cf. Rev. 17:15).
Many have said that the beast refers to some character in past history, but the context clearly refers to the final three and one-half years before Christ’s second coming. Under the control of this central ruler in the Middle East during the Great Tribulation will be 10 nations (cf. Dan. 7:24, “The 10 horns are 10 kings”).

Friday, November 15, 2019

My Sheep Hear My Voice- Rev. 12:17

My Sheep Hear My Voice- Rev. 12:17

Before Jesus was crucified He told the disciples to watch and pray, something so simple, but they let their physical bodies take over and they fell back asleep. In these last hours of time you need to hear His voice. When He tells you something, it is very important, but most ignore my voice or just discuss it and go on with what they were doing. You will see many things start to happen shortly and if you do not hear and obey His voice,... it will mean death for some of you....Jesus has only your best interest in mind. Christ knows you heart, and if you are truly His you will hear His voice. He awakes many of you at 3am on the dot, but most will roll over and go back to sleep. There are a few who will get up and pray. Your day is filled with so many things and Jesus is the last thing many of you give your time to. But Christ needs to talk to you,... to fellowship with you and only when you are still and quite (3am) can you hear Him,... the rest of your day is so busy you do not have time for Him,... but you need to make time, for time is short and the Lord has instructions for you.


    The Remnant of the Woman
"And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ" (Rev. 12:17).
remnant of her... The remnant of Israel who do not flee from Judea into the wilderness when the main body of the nation does. Satan will turn his frustrated rage against every follower of the Lamb he can find, Jew or Gentile. This really angers Satan. He cannot get to Jesus, as we said before, so he is venting his anger on the followers of Jesus. Notice here that there is only a remnant left that has not fallen for the devil’s false doctrine. A remnant means a very small portion that is left. The word remnant is never used of the church or Gentiles (Isa. 1:9, refs.).
which keep the... They are not saved when the 144,000 are translated as the man-child before this war on Israel (Rev. 12:5; 14:1-5). Every one whose name is in the book of life in Israel will go at that time (Rev. 7:1-3; 14:1-5; Dan. 12:1). These will have turned to God and believed on Jesus Christ after seeing the 144,000 Jewish Christians instantly missing from the earth. You see here, that this small portion (remnant), of Christians are keeping God's commandants, and even though the opposition has been great
testimony of Jesus... This means the spirit of prophecy, proving that the remnant who turn to God and believe on Jesus Christ receive the Holy Spirit (Rev. 19:10). The Holy Spirit will not be taken from the world at any time (John 14:16; Acts 2:16-21; Zec. 12:10-13:1; etc.). You see here, they still have given the testimony of Jesus Christ. These two names (Jesus and Christ), together mean The Savior, the Anointed One.
The revealed truth from God and Christ contained in Scripture. Obedience to God’s Word always marks a genuine believer (compare John 8:32).
Notice here that there is only a remnant who have not fallen for the devil’s false doctrine. A remnant means a very small portion that is left. You can easily see here that what we were talking about before is true. You see here, that this small portion (remnant), of Christians are keeping God's commandants, and even though the opposition has been great, they still have given the testimony of Jesus Christ.


Though only one-third of Israel in the land is thus preserved (of which the 144,000 of Rev. 7:1-17 are a portion), Satan the dragon continues to war against the rest.
Rev. 12:1-17 introduces four important persons and one group of people living at the end time: Israel, Satan, Christ, the archangel, and the remnant of Israel. In Rev. 13:1-18 two important persons complete the scene.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

My Sheep Hear My Voice- Rev. 12:12

My Sheep Hear My Voice- Rev. 12:12

Before Jesus was crucified He told the disciples to watch and pray, something so simple, but they let their physical bodies take over and they fell back asleep. In these last hours of time you need to hear His voice. When He tells you something, it is very important, but most ignore my voice or just discuss it and go on with what they were doing. You will see many things start to happen shortly and if you do not hear and obey His voice,... it will mean death for some of you....Jesus has only your best interest in mind. Christ knows you heart, and if you are truly His you will hear His voice. He awakes many of you at 3am on the dot, but most will roll over and go back to sleep. There are a few who will get up and pray. Your day is filled with so many things and Jesus is the last thing many of you give your time to. But Christ needs to talk to you,... to fellowship with you and only when you are still and quite (3am) can you hear Him,... the rest of your day is so busy you do not have time for Him,... but you need to make time, for time is short and the Lord has instructions for you.


Satan Thrown Down to Earth


Therefore rejoice, [ye] heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time" Rev. 12:12.
having great wrath... Ten things constituting the 3rd woe:
1. Great tribulation such as never was or will be again (Mat. 24:15-22; Dan. 12:1; Rev. 7:9-17; Rev. 11:15-19:21)
2. War on Israel (Rev. 12:13-15; Dan. 8:24; 11:40-45; 12:1; Mat. 24:15-22)
3. War on the remnant (Rev. 12:17)
4. Forced worship of Satan and Antichrist (Rev. 13:4-18; 14:9-11; 15:2-4; 20:4-6)
5. War on Christians (Rev. 12:11; 7:9-17; 13:7-10; 14:13; 15:2-4; 20:4-6)
6. Deception by miracles (Rev. 13:13-17; 16:13-16; 19:20; 2Th. 2:8-12; Mat. 24:24)
7. Physical brands on people enforced by law and the death penalty (Rev. 13:16-18; 14:9-11)
8. Forced denial of God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit (Rev. 13:1-5; 14:9-11)
9. World wars (Dan. 11:40-45)
10. Mobilization of all nations to Armageddon where they will be killed by the millions (Rev. 14:17-20; 16:13-16; 19:19-21; Eze. 39:2; Joel 3:1-21; Zec. 14:1-21)
he hath but... Knowing that his time is limited, Satan will intensify his efforts against God and mankind, and specifically target Israel (verses 13, 17).
Here we Christians are told to look up and rejoice when we see terrible things happening, because our redemption draweth nigh. The devil, even now, is in an all-out push to destroy the church as it used to be fifty years ago. He realizes his time is running out, and he is working on the believers, trying to convert them to his way. His scheme is to tell us not to be a radical Christian. He is trying to make us not take God seriously. He doesn't mind going to most churches, because he hears very little pure Word of God and no sermons on the blood. Watering down Jesus is one of his favorite tools to destroy the church.
It will be Satan's final attempt to prevent the return and the reign of Christ. He has only a short time to try to prevent the establishment of Christ's kingdom. Therefore, he has great wrath and intensifies his persecution of Israel, God's chosen nation, while setting up his own counterfeit kingdom through the Beast, the false messiah.


Those in the heavens were called on to rejoice because of Satan’s defeat, but the earth was warned that the devil was filled with fury, because he knew that his time was short. The devil knew that his time was limited to 1,260 days, the period of the Great Tribulation. By no stretch of the imagination can these prophecies be spread to cover the whole Interadvent Age as some attempt to do.

Monday, November 11, 2019

The Lord Accuses Israel

The Lord Accuses Israel


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. Hos. 4:1


Hear the word... The 6th prophecy in Hosea (Hos. 4:1-19, fulfilled). Next, Hos. 5:1.
Twenty Predictions—Fulfilled:
1. The land will mourn (Hos. 4:3).
2. Every man will languish with the beasts and fowls.
3. Fish will be taken away.
4. You will fall in the day (Hos. 4:5).
5. The prophet will fall with you in the night.
6. I will destroy your mother.
7. I will reject you (Hos. 4:6).
8. You will not be a priest to Me.
9. I will also forget your children.
10. I will change their glory to shame (Hos. 4:7).
11. I will punish them for their ways (Hos. 4:9).
12. I will reward their doings.
13. They will eat and not have enough.
14. They will commit whoredom and not increase (Hos. 4:10).
15. Your daughters will commit whoredom (Hos. 4:13).
16. Your spouses will commit adultery.
17. I will not punish them (Hos. 4:14).
18. The people that do not understand will fall.
19. The Lord will feed them as a lamb in a large place (Hos. 4:16).
20. They will be ashamed because of their sacrifices (Hos. 4:19).
controversy with the... A judicial inquiry and cause. Compare Hos. 3:1-5:13-14; Hos. 12:2; Isa. 1:18; 34:8; Jer. 25:31; Mic. 6:2. Turning from the analogy of his own marriage, the prophet made the judicial charge in God’s indictment against Israel. We have stressed so much in these lessons, that wisdom is a gift from God, but knowledge takes an effort upon our part. Knowledge is accumulated learning. Notice, first they must hear the Word of God. The Word is spoken through the prophet Hosea, but he is like an "ambassador", who brings someone else's message to the people. In this case, it is God's message.
because there is... Four great reasons for God’s controversy:
1. There is no truth in the land (Hos. 4:1).
2. There is no mercy in Israel.
3. There is no knowledge of God.
4. Sins of Israel (Hos. 4:2).
The purpose of this Bible study is so that we can accumulate more learning and understanding of God's Word. The land spoken of (in verse 1 above), is a perfect description of our land today. They are at odds with God. They are disobedient to His Word. Truth and mercy are both God's gift to mankind. The knowledge of the will of God for their lives was far from them, because they did not diligently seek the truth and knowledge.
By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood. Hos. 4:2

Note the many infractions of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:3-17).
By swearing, and... Again, we see so much of this in our society today, that there is not enough jail cells to hold the criminals. It is interesting to me, that this begins with swearing. In the loose society we live in, this has become so commonplace, it is not even considered a crime anymore. There was a time, when swearing got a person tied to a whipping post for 10 or 15 lashes of a whip.
When people are out of the will of God, they commit all of these things and many more. Drugs and alcohol add to the immense number of crimes committed. Even drugs and alcohol is a sign of a society out of fellowship with God.
Instead they blatantly disobeyed the Decalogue, which epitomized God’s ideal for Israelite society. Violations of five of the Ten Commandments are specifically mentioned: cursing, lying (cf. Hos. 7:1; 12:1), murder, stealing, and adultery (commandments 3, 9, 6, 8, and 7, in that order). “Cursing” does not refer to improper speech as such, but to calling down a curse on another (cf. Job. 31:30). Because such imprecations (for Israelites) entailed invoking God’s name, they would be violating the third commandment when such an imprecation was unjustified (Exo. 20:7; Deut. 5:11; for an example of a justifiable curse invoking the Lord’s name, see Num. 5:19-23).

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. Hos. 4:3

Sin plays havoc with lower creation and nature (Joel 1:17-20; Rom. 8:19-22).
Therefore shall the... The civil authorities may allow these things to happen and go unpunished, but God will not.
Therein shall languish... Implies sickness, and is another way of saying mourn. There is a sickness, and it is called sin. When these things happen in any land, God removes His blessings from them.
Zephaniah 1:3 "I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumblingblocks with the wicked; and I will cut off man from off the land, saith the LORD."
Because of these sins the land will mourn, every man will languish, and the beasts will be destroyed. Because of Israel’s sin, severe drought would sweep over the land and people would die (waste away). The three verbs in this verse should be translated in the future tense (cf. Hos. 2:9, 2:12). Drought was one of the curses threatened by the Law for breaking the covenant (cf. Lev. 26:19; Deut. 28:23-24).

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

let no man... Rationalizing and denying their wrongs, the people protested their innocence, like those who would not humbly accept the decision of the priests (Deut. 17:8-13).
nor reprove another... It appears that no one was above sin, so no one was not in a position to judge, or reprove another. Even the people were trying to tell the priest what was wrong.
that strive with... The priests addressed in these verses shared the guilt of the people and therefore would not be exempt from punishment.

The guilt of the population as a whole is further established. The first two lines in this verse prohibit either lawsuits among the people (NIV) or formal opposition to God’s charges. In either case the reason for God’s prohibition was that all the people were guilty of rebellion. They were like those who brazenly defy God’s established human legal authorities (cf. Deut. 17:12).

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

Therefore shalt thou... Here the accusation (Hos. 4:4) is extended to the religious leaders (NIV) or the demise of the religious leaders is announced (KJV, NASB).

fall in the... Stumble refers to their moral shortcomings (cf. Hos. 14:1 2, NASB; Isa. 3:8; Jer. 18:15; Mal. 2:8) or their coming downfall (cf. Hos. 5:5; Isa. 8:15; 28:13; 31:3; Jer. 6:21; 8:12; 20:11).

and the prophet... These priests and prophets were attached to the official sanctuaries and royal court. Their allegiance was to their human king, not God (cf. 1Ki. 22:6-8; Amos 7:10-17), and they were characterized by self-gratification (cf. Isa. 28:7; Jer. 23:11) and greed (Jer. 6:13; Mic. 3:11).

destroy thy mother... The Israelite nation of which the people are the children (compare 2:2).
It appears from this, the prophet suffered with his people. The first part of the above sentence seems to be speaking of individuals who will not be spared. It will not matter whether it is day or night, the outcome is the same. The nation Israel is spoken of as "mother" as above.
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. Hos. 4:6

My people are... The cause of man’s problem is “lack of knowledge.” It does not stem from a shortage of information, but rather from rejection of information.
thou shall be... Having rejected the Lord’s instruction, Israel could no longer serve as His priest to the nations (Exodus 19:6; James 3:1).
This is almost like saying; they did not study the Word of God and hide it away in their hearts. When God says "my people", he is speaking of each individual in the nation of Israel. To reject the knowledge of the Word of God is to reject God. We can see from the following Scriptures that God speaks of all of His followers as priests.
1 Peter 2:5 "Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 2:9-10 "But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:" "Which in time past [were] not a people, but [are] now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy."
Those who do not remember God will be forgotten of God, as well.
The priests were eager to “eat up the sin” of the people. They did this by urging the people to offer hypocritical, ineffective sacrifices for sins (6:6; 8:11-13). The more the people sinned, the more the priest ate and sold the sacrificial meat to make money.
Like people, like priest”. The people enjoyed sin in excess while the priests, who should have been faithful, encouraged it (Mal. 2:1-9; 2 Tim. 4:3-4).
The Lord held these leaders responsible for the people’s lack of knowledge (cf. Hos. 4:1). The priests in particular had ignored their duty to communicate the Law of… God to the nation (cf. Deut. 31:9-13; 33:8-10; Mal. 2:7). So they would be severely but justly punished. Because of their part in the people’s moral ruin mothers would be destroyed. This judgment, though unusual, appears elsewhere (cf. Jer. 22:26). In this way the source of the priestly line would be eliminated. As punishment for their rejection of knowledge, the priests themselves would be removed from their office by the Lord. Also because the priests ignored the Law, the Lord said He would ignore their children, apparently meaning they would not inherit their fathers’ office (cf. 1Sa. 2:27-35). In this way the future of the priestly line would be cut off.

The repetition of the verb in each cycle of the announcement of judgment (destroy… destroyed.… rejected… reject… ignored… ignore) emphasizes that each punishment fits each crime perfectly.
As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame. Hos. 4:7


As they were... The increase in numbers and prosperity probably refers to the priesthood, who, as they grew in numbers, became more alienated from the true God. These eat up, or fatten on, the very sins they ought to rebuke.


therefore will I... Therefore I will divest them of all those glories for which they pride themselves, and lead them away in a poor and miserable condition into captivity.
change their glory... God had blessed them, and they had increased, but they could not handle prosperity. The minute they were out of trouble, they sought false gods. He turned the blessings into cursings.
Deuteronomy 30:19 "I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, [that] I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:"
Just as it was their choice, it is our choice to receive blessings, or cursings. God will not bless those who are unfaithful to Him.
One would expect that an increase in the number of priests would have positive effects on the nation’s moral climate. However, in Israel it only brought greater sin.
According to the NIV, Hos. 4:7 continues the accusation. This reading, which has some external support (cf. NIV marg.) suggests that the priests ex-changed their Glory, the Lord, for something disgraceful (idols; cf. Psm. 106:20; Jer. 2:11). The Masoretic text, which reads, “I will change their glory into shame” (KJV, NASB, RSV), seems preferable. The Lord will take away the honor (kāḇôḏ, trans. here “glory,” frequently carries this meaning) which they received because of their position.
They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity. Hos. 4:8


They eat up... They are the problem; that is, the priesthood. They have not helped the people face their sin and deal with it. Rather, they have gloried and taken pleasure in the sin of the people.


the sin of... Sin Hebrew: chatta’ah, translated "sin offering" 116 times. The sin offering of My people. Such was supposed to be a burnt offering, but the people ate the sin offerings instead (Lev. 6:26, 6:30).


they set their... There was an offering for sin. Perhaps, this is speaking of the evil priest being pleased with their sin.
He would receive more offerings to eat, instead of correcting their iniquity.
And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings. Hos. 4:9

like people, like... The priest of God is corrupted and made like the sinning people, not vice versa.
and I will... God punishes the priests, the same as He does the people when they sin. He also blesses the priests, as the people when they keep His commandments.
Because the priests were no different from the other people, they also would experience the effects of the covenant curses.

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. Hos. 4:10

Despite their greedy schemes to accumulate food, their appetites would not be satisfied for drought would make food scarce (cf. Hos. 4:3; Lev. 26:26; Mic. 6:14). Their efforts to promote fertility through cult prostitution would not succeed (cf. Hos. 2:13; Deut.28:18).


The priests’ sin is summarized here. They had deserted the Lord by breaking His covenant (cf. Deut.28:20; 29:25; 31:16). The NIV puts the last three words of Hos. 4:10 with Hos. 4:11, to give themselves (lit., “to keep or watch”) to prostitution (RSV, “to cherish harlotry”).
Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart. Hos. 4:11


take away the... Here is a moral truth applicable to all people and times. (Verses 12-13), are illustrations of the enslavement in Israel.
Drunkenness and whoredom go together. Those who drink too much lose control of their own will.
The Hebrew reads literally, “for the Lord they have forsaken to obey” (KJV, NASB). In this case the clause must be understood as highly elliptical, the sense being, “they have forsaken the Lord, refusing to observe His commandments.”
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. Hos. 4:12


spirit of whoredoms... A prevailing mindset and inclination to worldly spiritual immorality, i.e., idolatry (compare 5:4).
The "whoredom" spoken of here, is of a spiritual nature. This is speaking of the worship of false gods. They have left the One True God for the false gods.
The scope of the accusation widened to include the people in general. Sensual pleasures had robbed them of their senses, leaving them without understanding. They engaged in pagan worship practices, including divination (seeking answers by a stick of wood), sacrificed to false gods, and engaged in cult prostitution (cf. Hos. 5:4).
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. Hos. 4:13


They sacrifice upon... Bereft of righteous teaching and understanding, they sacrificed to idols. Hilltops and groves of trees were favorite places for idolatrous worship (Deut. 12:2; Jer. 2:20; Ezek. 6:13), including religious prostitution.
This is a description of the various types of false worship that went on in the country.
and your spouses... God caused their wives to be unfaithful to them, as they had been to Him.
The Canaanite shrines, which Moses had commanded Israel to destroy (cf. Deut.12:2-3), were located on hills and/or under shady trees (oak, poplar, and terebinth) throughout the Northern Kingdom (cf. 2Ki. 17:10-11). Here many young women (daughters) of Israel took part in sexual rites with male cult prostitutes (cf. Deut. 23:17-18; 1Ki_14:24).
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. Hos. 4:14


I will not... This means that God will leave such sinners to follow their own corruption until the time when He will judge them in the next life. "I will not punish your daughters" (that is, punish them in particular more than you).
for themselves are... For you all commit adultery; and the men "are separated with whores." All of you may live as you want to in this life, but there is a judgment day coming for everyone.
your daughters when... Your daughters who become temple women (those consecrated to the unclean worship of heathen idols, by which the most foul corruptions in sex were considered holy duty). Your women commit whoredom and your men are "separated with whores".
and they sacrifice... To idols with harlots; therefore, the whole nation will fall.
Although all who sin will be judged, God forbade punishing the adulteresses alone and leaving the men who patronized them to go free. The heaviest punishment would not be on the women who sin, but the fathers and husbands who set such a bad example by their engagement with prostitutes.
therefore the people... Doth not understand”: (compare 4:6).
Sin feeds upon itself. God was the husband of Israel in the spirit. They, who worshipped false gods, committed spiritual adultery against God. That sin was so terrible that physical adultery paled in comparison. It had been the law to stone to death someone caught in the act of physical adultery. But why punish that individually, when the majority of the nation was guilty of spiritual adultery?
Though thou, Israel, play the harlot, yet let not Judah offend; and come not ye unto Gilgal, neither go ye up to Bethaven, nor swear, The LORD liveth. Hos. 4:15

let not Judah... Israel of the northern kingdom was past turning back to God, so He advised Judah to take a lesson from this and not offend Him or go past repentance and the place of surrender to Him. History records that Judah did not learn her lesson though; 133 years after the fall of Samaria she also was destroyed (2 Kings 17-25).

and come not... Judah was commanded not to go up to Gilgal where Jeroboam had erected an idolatrous temple, and where they had rejected Jehovah as King many years before. The idea was that they must not go after idols and reject Him. Gilgal, Between Jordan and Jericho in the area of Samaria, this was once a holy place to God (Josh. 5:10-15; 1 Sam. 10:8; 15:21), afterwards desecrated by idol worship (9:15; 12:11; Amos 4:4; 5:5).

neither go ye... Judah was also told not to go up to Beth-aven. This word, meaning house of naught, was substituted for Beth-el, house of God, in the place where Jeroboam set up the worship of a golden calf (1Ki. 12:28-33; 13:1; Amos 3:14). Beth-aven, Judah was to stay away from Israel’s centers of false worship, including Beth-aven (“house of wickedness/deceit”). This was a deliberate substitution for the name Bethel (“house of God”), once sacred to God (Gen. 28:17, 19), but made by Jeroboam a place to worship calves (1 Kings 12:28-33; 13:1; Jer. 48:13; Amos 3:14; 7:13).

Israel got into this type of sin long before Judah did. In fact, Israel went into Assyrian captivity more than a hundred years before Judah was taken captive by Babylon. Jeroboam had set up a calf to worship in Beth-haven. Gilgal had become a place of worship of false gods. God did not want them mingling with those of Judah, for fear Judah would pick up their idolatry.
For Israel slideth back as a backsliding heifer: now the LORD will feed them as a lamb in a large place. Hos. 4:16

slideth back as... Has been stubborn, restive, or rebellious like a heifer unbroken to be led by a rope, and who pulls back, refusing to go along.
now the Lord... The Lord will permit them to go into dispersion among the heathen.
Because Israel was like a stubborn calf, God no longer attempted to corral her, abandoning her as a lamb in a vast wilderness.
This gives a reason for the warning in the other verse. This shows that Israel is falling further into idolatry. She is slipping further and further in. When people or nations slip further into sin, they go further and further from God.
Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone. Hos. 4:17

joined to idols... Mated or united to his idols and will not get a divorce from them.

Ephraim is joined… As the largest and most influential of the northern 10 tribes, Ephraim’s name was often used as representative of the northern nation. This was an expression of God’s wrath of abandonment.
let him alone... When sinners reject Him and are bent on fulfilling their wicked purposes, God removes restraining grace and turns them over to the results of their own perverse choices. This king of wrath is that (in Rom. 1:18-32; compare Judges 10:13, 2 Chron. 15:2; 24:20; Psalm 81:11-12).
The name given to Israel because it was the largest tribe of the northern kingdom is completely given over to its idolatry and accompanying practices. He is beyond recall.
Ephraim was the predominant tribe in Israel. They should have been the leaders. They are seemingly the deepest in sin. Idol worship was a rebellion against God, as well as being spiritual adultery.
Their drink is sour: they have committed whoredom continually: her rulers with shame do love, Give ye. Hos. 4:18

her rulers with... Her rulers love to give sacrifices to the idols, but have contempt for the sacrifices of Jehovah.

This is the only instance where the Hebrew word magen is translated by the English word “rulers.” It occurs in the Old Testament more than 50 times and is usually translated by the English word shield. The leaders God gave to the nation, with the express purpose of shielding it from sin and leading it to God, have instead led in its spiritual defection.
It appears that the leaders, as well as the people, were continually sinning. It had become a way of life for the whole nation.
The wind hath bound her up in her wings, and they shall be ashamed because of their sacrifices. Hos. 4:19

wind hath bound... The spirit of whoredoms has bound her up in her wings (skirts), which has hindered her race; so they will be ashamed of the idol worship. That is, the wind in its wings hath bound up Ephraim, Israel, or the ten tribes. Compared to a heifer; meaning, that the wind of God's wrath and vengeance, or the enemy, the Assyrian, should come like a whirlwind, and carry them swiftly, suddenly, and irresistibly, out of their own land, into a foreign country.

they shall be... They of the ten tribes, the people of Israel; or their magen's, their rulers, as Aben Ezra, shall be filled with shame, being disappointed of the help they expected from their idols, to whom they offered sacrifices; and the more, inasmuch as they will find that these idolatrous sacrifices are the cause of their ruin and destruction.
The most ridiculous thing of all was the fact that they were still going through the formality of worshipping God. The wind, spoken of here, has to do with the wind of God's wrath. This type of sin leads nowhere, but to shame and disgrace.

My Sheep Hear My Voice- Rev. 12:11

My Sheep Hear My Voice- Rev. 12:11

Before Jesus was crucified He told the disciples to watch and pray, something so simple, but they let their physical bodies take over and they fell back asleep. In these last hours of time you need to hear His voice. When He tells you something, it is very important, but most ignore my voice or just discuss it and go on with what they were doing. You will see many things start to happen shortly and if you do not hear and obey His voice,... it will mean death for some of you....Jesus has only your best interest in mind. Christ knows you heart, and if you are truly His you will hear His voice. He awakes many of you at 3am on the dot, but most will roll over and go back to sleep. There are a few who will get up and pray. Your day is filled with so many things and Jesus is the last thing many of you give your time to. But Christ needs to talk to you,... to fellowship with you and only when you are still and quite (3am) can you hear Him,... the rest of your day is so busy you do not have time for Him,... but you need to make time, for time is short and the Lord has instructions for you.


Satan Thrown Down to Earth


And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Rev. 12:11
blood of the... No accusation can stand against those whose sins have been forgiven, because of Christ’s sacrificial death (see Rom. 8:33-39).
Victory is Theirs! Thank God that His Word does not leave the story of the Tribulation saints with their earthly demise, but loudly proclaims their ultimate victory through the blood of the Lamb.
You can see here the word of our testimony is when we open our mouths and declare that we believe Jesus Christ is Lord, and also believe He rose from the grave; we will be saved. We must proclaim this, even if we know it will mean our life. We are not to regard life here on this earth as very valuable. The life that is important is in heaven. This world is not the Christian's home. We are just passing through. We read in Romans:
Romans 10:8-10 "But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, [even] in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;" "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." "For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
The "they" here are the Christians. When Jesus shed his blood on Calvary and became the perfect Lamb sacrifice once for all time, Satan was defeated.


The principle by which he was overcome and cast out of heaven was the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony. Not only did Christ provide the victory, but also those who were martyred took part in that victory.

Friday, November 8, 2019

My Sheep Hear My Voice-Rev. 12:10

My Sheep Hear My Voice-Rev. 12:10

Before Jesus was crucified He told the disciples to watch and pray, something so simple, but they let their physical bodies take over and they fell back asleep. In these last hours of time you need to hear His voice. When He tells you something, it is very important, but most ignore my voice or just discuss it and go on with what they were doing. You will see many things start to happen shortly and if you do not hear and obey His voice,... it will mean death for some of you....Jesus has only your best interest in mind. Christ knows you heart, and if you are truly His you will hear His voice. He awakes many of you at 3am on the dot, but most will roll over and go back to sleep. There are a few who will get up and pray. Your day is filled with so many things and Jesus is the last thing many of you give your time to. But Christ needs to talk to you,... to fellowship with you and only when you are still and quite (3am) can you hear Him,... the rest of your day is so busy you do not have time for Him,... but you need to make time, for time is short and the Lord has instructions for you.


Satan Thrown Down to Earth

And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. Rev. 12:10
Now is come... Fourfold Announcement
1. To all concerned—now is come:
(1) Salvation
(2) Strength
(3) The kingdom of God
(4) The power of Christ
That is, God and Christ have demonstrated their power over Satan and all rebels, as they predicted they would in the plan of God. The great mystery of why God has allowed the devil to continue operating against Him so long without definite action to stop Him is finally answered. Delay in fulfilling this mystery is no longer (Rev. 10:6-7).
2. To saints: the accuser is cast down and all courts of heaven are closed to Satan. The prosecutor of saints is cast out of heaven once and forever and saints will no longer be accused by him (Rev. 12:10).
3. To the inhabitants of heaven: rejoice, for Satan has access to heaven no longer (Rev. 12:12).
4. To the inhabitants of earth: woe, for the devil is come down among you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but 1,260 days or 3 1/2 more years to be loose before being confined to the abyss (Rev. 20:1-3).
This is the 3rd of the 3 woes announced by the angel of Rev. 8:13 (cp. Rev. 9:12; 11:14). This 3rd woe is so much more terrible than the torment of people for 5 months (Rev. 9:1-12), and the slaying of one third of man (Rev. 9:13-21), that a special announcement is made of it here (Rev. 12:12).
for the accuser... (see verse 9). Satan will no longer accuse believers before the throne of God because he will no longer have access to heaven.
He (the devil), is tossed out once and for all time. His day is over. The Great Tribulation will be a time of terrible trouble on earth (Jer. 30:7; Dan 9:27; 12:1; Zeph. 1:15; Matt 24:15-22). It will be Satan's final attempt to prevent the return and the reign of Christ. He has only a short time to try to prevent the establishment of Christ's kingdom, so his wrath intensifies of his persecution of Israel, God's chosen nation


John then heard a hymn of praise uttered by a loud voice in heaven. Announcement was made of the coming demonstration of divine salvation and power with the advent of the millennial kingdom. Satan was characterized as the one who accuses believers before our God day and night.