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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

My Sheep Hear My Voice- Rev. 13:6

My Sheep Hear My Voice- Rev. 13:6

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 he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven" (Rev. 13:6).
and them that... Heaven is now inhabited (Rev. 13:6; 5:13; 12:12; Col. 1:15-18; Heb. 12:22-23). The angels and glorified saints who are before the throne of God and serve Him day and night.
blaspheme his name... This identifies God and summarizes all His attributes (compare Exodus 3:13-14).
and his tabernacle... This is symbolic of heaven (compare Heb. 9:23-24).



"The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty two months. It is Satan's secret desire to have others worship him. The Jews accused Jesus of blasphemy because He said He was God, and He was crucified for blasphemy. But declaring that one is God is blasphemous only when untrue.
In the case of Antichrist during the Tribulation period, it will be untrue, but such supernatural powers will be given him by the devil himself that he will appear to have Godlike characteristics and thus deceive many human beings.
Thus, during the first 3-1/2 years of the Tribulation the Antichrist will be merely a man endowed with demonic power. But during the last 3-1/2 years, he will actually be Satan himself, clothed with the Antichrist's body as the antichrist is the second person to be indwelled by Satan. Judas was the first. Remember Satan is not divine. He does not have the power to create, that is, to make something out of nothing.
He can only take what God creates and manipulate it or manufacture it into something else. He can, however, indwell individuals. Even his demonic demons have that power.

His blasphemous assumption of the role of God continues for 42 months, during which time he blasphemes God as well as heaven and those who live in heaven.

Asaph who wrote Psalm 83, and the coming battle for Israel

Asaph who wrote Psalm 83, and the coming battle for Israel

Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing His plan to His servants the prophets.” Amos 3:7
End-time experts are talking a lot about the Gog-Magog war of Ezekiel 38–39, a prophecy that predicts a powerful confederacy, apparently led by Russia, that is destined to someday invade Israel. Some think that its fulfillment is even knocking at our door.
But a lesser known prophecy is gaining momentum and importance for our day: Psalm 83, in which a different confederacy attempts to wipe out Israel.
This psalm seems to be addressing current issues in the Middle East–nations conspiring to destroy Israel.
Asaph’s Vision of a Future War



O God, do not remain silent; do not turn a deaf ear, do not stand aloof, O God. See how Your enemies growl, how Your foes rear their heads.” Psalm 83:1–2
Psalm 83 is more than a prayer or a plea to God for vengeance on Israel’s enemies; it reveals that a 10-member confederacy wants to destroy the Chosen People and possess the Promised Land.
This psalm, however, was not written during a time of war. It was written some 3,000 years ago by King David’s worship leader, Asaph, during a time of great prosperity, liberty, and peace.
King David had decisively triumphed over Israel’s enemies, and Israel could expand freely since the superpowers of Egypt and Assyria were both declining. (Aish)
David’s kingdom, therefore, extended from the Red Sea to the Euphrates.
But Asaph was not just a worshiper; according to 2 Chronicles 29:30, he was also a chozeh (seer or prophet).
As a prophet, Asaph saw beyond this period of peace, to a time when this confederacy would seek the utter destruction of Israel. That time now seems to be nearing.
Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation, so that Israel’s name is remembered no more.” Psalm 83:4
Even though Asaph’s vision was received in a time of peace, it must have been cause for some concern since many named in the confederacy had previously demonstrated their hatred.
Of course, even today, conspiring against the Jewish People is considered nothing new. From the Philistines to the Nazis, the Jewish People have been plotted against.
See how your enemies growl, how your foes rear their heads. With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish.” Psalm 83:2–3


The Coalition’s Motive: Break the Abrahamic Covenant
With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you.” Psalm 83:5
The ten-member coalition of Psalm 83 forms a covenant with each other against not only the nation of Israel, but the God of Israel.
The coalition is not satisfied to only destroy Israel as a nation; they want to wipe out the memory of the name of Israel; in effect, breaking the Abrahamic Covenant.
In the Abrahamic covenant, God pledges that a Chosen People will come through Abraham (Genesis 22:17–18), through Isaac (Genesis 26:2–4), and through Jacob (Genesis 28:14) and that God would give them the Promised Land (Genesis 15:18; Joshua 1:4).
The Lord appeared to Isaac and said,... ‘For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham. I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed.’” Genesis 26:2–4



Of course, if through a human coalition the adversary could wipe out the name of Israel, that would effectively make the God of Israel look powerless and a liar in the face of the entire world.
It would also nullify other promises, including the following:
  • Davidic Covenant / Eternal Throne 2 Samuel 7:12–13; Isaiah 9:6–7; Luke 1:31–33
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, on the throne of David and over His kingdom.” Isaiah 9:6–7
  • New Covenant / Eternal Relationship Jeremiah 31:33; John 14:16–17
This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.” Jeremiah 31:33



The Word of God, however, is accurate, reliable, and no adversary can thwart God's plans.
His covenant with Abraham is unconditional and everlasting. Even after Israel’s disobedience, which He foresaw, He would bring His people home to their own land after a period of exile.
It is not for your sake, people of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of My holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone.... For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land.” Ezekiel 36:22, 24
And God has been fulfilling this prophecy and others like it, much to the dismay of those seeking to wipe out the very memory of Israel.



The Ten-Member Coalition
While Israel’s many enemies have wanted to destroy the nation of Israel and the Jewish People, Asaph specifically identifies ten nations / groups that unite to form a coalition for this very purpose:
With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you–the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, of Moab and the Hagrites, Byblos [Gebal], Ammon and Amalek, Philistia, with the people of Tyre. Even Assyria has joined them to reinforce Lot’s descendants.” Psalm 83:5–8



While these groups are no longer identifiable by their ancient names, Bill Salus, author of Israelistine and Psalm 83: The Missing Prophecy Revealed ascertains the modern-day equivalents / descendants of these coalition members as the following:
  • Tents of Edom: Palestinians and Southern Jordanians
  • Ishmaelites: Saudis (Ishmael is the father of the Arabs)
  • Moab: Palestinians and Central Jordanians
  • Hagrites: Egyptians (Hagar is an Egyptian matriarch)
  • Gebal (Byblos): Hezbollah and Northern Lebanese
  • Ammon: Palestinians and Northern Jordanians
  • Amalek: Arabs of the Sinai area
  • Philistia: Hamas of the Gaza Strip
  • Tyre: Hezbollah and Southern Lebanese
  • Assyria: Syrians and Northern Iraqi’s
Salus has worked to identify some of these ancient groups based upon their ancient locations and others by where they migrated.
Author and prophecy expert Joel Richardson has identified each member group, as well, basing his conclusions only on their ancient location in 10th century BC; therefore, his locations and conclusions differ slightly from those of Salus.


The Coalition's Goal: Destroy Israel


While this 10-member coalition might not yet be overtly united in an action against Israel, these nations do exist today and are already united under the values of Islam.
Moreover, Islam is influenced by a sibling rivalry that dates back to Ishmael and Isaac, as well as Esau and Jacob.
This ancient resentment against the son of promise is perhaps fueling attacks and conspiracies against the existence of a Jewish homeland.


Of course, these Psalm 83 countries are actively conspiring today to either take over the land of Israel and make it their own or to prevent Israel from being a Jewish state. In other words, they want to make Israel a country that cannot protect and shelter the Jewish People from those who hate them. Let's look a little closer at these groups:
  1. Palestinians–Tents of Edom (Esau); Moab and Ammon (sons of Lot)
Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority (PA) president, has made his intentions about Israel’s existence very clear:
We won’t recognize and accept the Jewishness of Israel. We have many excuses and reasons that prevent us from doing so,” Abbas said.
We will march to Jerusalem in the millions, as free people and heroes,” he asserted. (JPost)
And that sentiment remains to this day.
2. Jordanians–Tents of Edom; Moab and Ammon
Although Jordan and Israel have enjoyed a peace treaty since 1994, Jordan’s Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh told his parliament that Israel should not be recognized as a Jewish State nor should Jordan take in the Palestinian refugees (Tents of Edom). (ArutzSheva)
Jordan’s parliament voted to not recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
That sentiment permeates society as well, where even 81% of Jordanians have anti-Semitic views and 70% have positive views of Hamas. (JPost)
  1. Hezbollah and Lebanon–Gebal (Byblos) and Tyre
While Hezbollah, the terrorist group based in Lebanon, has been helping Syrian President Assad wage war against the rebels. Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah, came out of hiding to remind the people of Lebanon that “Israel poses a danger on all people of this region ... including Lebanon, and removing it is a Lebanese national interest." (JPost)
That belief remains today.
4. Hamas–Philistines
Although Gaza is officially a part of the Palestinian Authority ruled by President Abbas, the terrorist group Hamas (similar to the word for “violence” in Hebrew) rules Gaza and has been trying to form a coalition with any Muslim group willing to resist Israel.
Its charter states: “[Hamas] will only be of help to all associations and organizations which act against the Zionist enemy and those who revolve in its orbit.”
Hamas Interior Minister Fathi Hamad said that the goal of Hamas is total destruction of Israel.
We are coming after the Zionists with all our leaders and soldiers,” Hamad said. “You have only eight years on the land of Palestine before your demise.” (JPost)
We now have about five years left.
5. Egyptians (or possibly Northern Jordanians)–Hagrites or Hagarenes
Some commentators believe that Egypt and Israel are experiencing the highest level of peace and cooperation since they signed their peace treaty of 1979, especially in security against Hamas, where they have been destroying hundreds of terror tunnels that smuggle weapons to ISIS in the Sinai Peninsula from Gaza.
This makes sense if prophecy watchman Joel Richardson is correct. He believes that the Hagarenes are not Egyptians but northern Jodanians (based on 1 Chronicles 5:10, which specifies a region east of Gilead).
In this scenario, the peace and cooperation that Israel is currently enjoying with Egypt might continue through the coming war. (wnd)
  1. Saudis (or all Arabs)–Ishmaelites
Bill Salus believes Saudi Arabia represents the Ishmaelite people in Psalm 83. Like most Arabs throughout the Middle East and Africa, the Saudis claim to be the true chosen people (as descendants of Ishmael).
Considering that Saudi Arabia is an ally of the US and a foe of Iran, it may seem that it would not be involved in a coalition against Israel.
Nevertheless, Saudi Arabia voted “no” to the 1947 UN resolution to create a Jewish state and supported the Arab invasions of 1948, 1967 and 1973 with troops, as well as with finances. And they do not have diplomatic relations with Israel.
7. Arabs of the Sinai (or of the Negev area)–Amalek (grandson of Esau)
Salus places the Amalekites in Sinai. He believes they were a part of Esau’s family (the Edomites) who migrated into the Sinai area, which is part of Egypt.
Others, however, think that the Amalekites originated near Mecca and by the 10th century BC, migrated to the Negev area of modern Israel (wnd). It is possible, therefore, that some Arab-Israelis currently enjoying citizenship within Israel are of this group.
Indeed, some Arabs inside of Israel look for its destruction as a Jewish state, and even have Arab representation in the Knesset (parliament):
"Israel should be defined as a state of its own nationalities. There are two nationalities in Israel. One is [the] Jewish majority, one is [the] Arab-Palestinian minority,” said the deputy speaker of the Knesset Ahmad Tibi. He went on to say: “Israel is the Jewish state is neglecting our existence, our very existence and our narrative, and I will not accept that," he added. (CBC)
  1. Syrians and Northern Iraqis (and possibly Turkey)–Assyria
Since the creation of both Israel and Syria in the mid-20th century, diplomatic ties have never been established between these two countries, which share a border.
Syria has attacked Israel in three major wars in 1948, 1967, and 1973.
The situation in Syria is incredibly volatile. While Syria’s President Bashar Assad shares his neighbors' common hatred for Israel, if he is defeated in his civil war, the many thousands of jihadist rebels, including Hezbollah and ISIS, could take control and eagerly rally support for a war against Israel.
Any invasion could potentially include Russia some day, which now has a permanent navy and air base in this nation to Israel's north.


The Prophet Appeals for Victory


In Psalm 83, the prophet Asaph appeals to God, asking Him to make the coalition members perish in disgrace Psalm 83:9–18.
In fact, Obadiah, Ezekiel 25–27, 37:10, and Jeremiah 49:1–6 prophesy that these coalition members will indeed perish and be cursed, as Genesis 12:3 predicts:
I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
These connecting prophetic verses seem to be referring to Israel’s victory in Psalm 83.
A resulting sense of regional security may make Israel ripe for the battle of Ezekiel 38–the invasion of a nine-member coalition whose leaders say,
I will go up against the land of unwalled villages.  I will fall upon the quiet people who dwell securely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having no bars or gates, to seize spoil and carry off plunder...” Ezekiel 38:11–12
While Israel today is indeed prospering and is a generally safe country to visit, she will have incredible riches and live in unparalleled safety after the victory of Psalm 83 is complete.



Psalm 83: A Pending Prophecy


Some theologians have argued that the battle highlighted in Psalm 83:5–8 was fulfilled in Israel’s 1948 War for Independence; however, the tents (refugees or military encampments) of Edom (Southern Jordan) only came into existence in 1949, after the war ended.
And since Psalm 83 lists them first, Salus believes the tents of Edom will play a key role in this coming war.
Other theologians have made the argument that the 1967 Six-Day War fulfilled this prophecy; still, only a portion of the ten members listed were involved in that war, so the Six Day War does not seem to be the fulfillment of this end-time prophecy.
Since neither of these wars precisely fulfill the prophecy, we can understand that some future war involving a 10-member coalition will fulfill it.
Today that coalition, which is united under the common values and motives of Islam, fits the prophecy’s requirements like no other time in history.
Therefore, many believe the war in Psalm 83 will happen soon, before the invasion of Ezekiel 38.
In fact, none of the ten coalition members of Psalm 83 are mentioned in Ezekiel 38, though the book of Ezekiel mentions them elsewhere.


Pitfalls in Interpreting Prophecy


"I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the LORD, give yourselves no rest, and give Him no rest till He establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth." Isaiah 62:6–7
There is a saying that hindsight is 20/20. Likewise, Bible prophecy is more easily understood in hindsight, after its fulfillment.
Still, Psalm 83 reminds us that we must keep a watchful eye on the Middle East and pray for the peace of Jerusalem, as well as diligently study God’s Word.
As we watch, pray and study, God will give us wisdom as events unfold and the pieces of the prophetic puzzle come into place.
And when they do, that picture will be illuminated on the same wall where God has displayed His plan for Israel and mankind and where the Messianic prophecies are permanently hung.


Israel will be saved by the LORD with an everlasting salvation; you will never be put to shame or disgraced, to ages everlasting.” Isaiah 45:17

Thursday, November 28, 2019

My Sheep Hear My Voice- Rev. 13:5

My Sheep Hear My Voice- Rev. 13:5

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 there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. Rev 13:5
there was given... The sovereign God will establish the limits within which Antichrist will be allowed to speak and operate. God will allow him to utter his blasphemies, to bring the rage of Satan to its culmination on earth for 3-1/2 years (verse 5; 11:2-3; 12:6, 13-14).
Eventually the Beast turns this unbridled animosity toward all the people of God (as Rev. 13:5-7), makes clear.
Earlier John makes it plain that the beast's power, authority and kingdom are given to him by Satan (verse 2). And John also tells us something revealed to no one else. This is the beginning of the Great Tribulation which Daniel spoke about in when the sacrifice and the oblation ceases. This is called the Abomination of Desolation (also see Matthew 24:15).
He speaks blasphemy against God. The power and authority of the Beast come from Satan himself. Satan has his own false "trinity".
forty and two... The final 3-1/2 years, 1260 days, of the “time of Jacob’s distress” (Jer. 30:7), and Daniel’s 70th week (Dan. 9:24-27), known as the Great Tribulation (see 11:2; 12:6; compare Dan. 7:25). This last half is launched by the Abomination of Desolation (see Matt. 24:15).


This apparently explains how the beast could become world ruler without a war.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

My Sheep Hear My Voice- Rev. 13:4

My Sheep Hear My Voice- Rev. 13:4

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 they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? Rev 13:4
Who is like... Questions 6-7. Next, Rev. 15:4.
who is able... This confirms the absolute power that Satan will have over the world at this time. No one else will be able to stop the rise of the Beast to world dominion.
Recognizing the supernatural character of Satan and the ruler, the question is raised, Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him? (Rev. 13:4)

Sunday, November 24, 2019

My Sheep Hear My Voice- Rev. 13:3

My Sheep Hear My Voice- Rev. 13:3

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 saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. Rev 13:3
Some believe this means the apparent death of the Antichrist himself and the healing of the "wound" the apparent resurrection of the Antichrist.
his deadly wound... This statement could refer to one of the kingdoms that was destroyed and revived (i.e. the Roman Empire). But more likely it refers to a fake death and resurrection enacted by the Antichrist, as part of his lying deception (compare verses 12, 14; 17:8, 11; 2 Thess. 2:9).



Some believe it to be the decline and apparent disappearance of the old Roman Empire, then the revival of the new Roman Empire.
world wondered after... People in the world will be astounded and fascinated when Antichrist appears to rise from the dead. His charisma, brilliance, and attractive but deluding powers will cause the world to follow him unquestioningly (verse 14; 2 Thess. 2:8-12).
This revival causes amazement throughout the world.


The fatal wound of the beast (Rev. 13:3)
The seven heads of the beast seem to represent important rulers, and one of them, probably the seventh, suffered a fatal wound caused by a sword (Rev. 13:14), which was subsequently healed, causing astonishment in the entire world.
Many have attempted to identify this beast as someone in the past or present who is to become the final world ruler. Among the suggestions have been Nero, Judas Iscariot, Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin, Kissinger, and many others; but such men obviously do not fit the details of this yet-future ruler.
What is the meaning of the fatal wound that is healed? Two possibilities seem to fit this description. Some see the deadly wound as the destruction of “the Roman pagan Empire” by “the Christian Roman Empire,” thus making it a matter of history rather than prophecy. The revival of the Roman Empire would then be its miraculous healing. Another plausible explanation is that the final world ruler receives a wound which normally would be fatal but is miraculously healed by Satan. While the resurrection of a dead person seems to be beyond Satan’s power, the healing of a wound would be possible for Satan, and this may be the explanation. The important point is that the final world ruler comes into power obviously supported by a supernatural and miraculous deliverance by Satan himself.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Punishment Coming for Israel and Judah

Punishment Coming for Israel and Judah


Hear ye this, O priests; and hearken, ye house of Israel; and give ye ear, O house of the king; for judgment is toward you, because ye have been a snare on Mizpah, and a net spread upon Tabor. Hos. 5:1


Hear ye this,... The 7th prophecy in Hosea (Hos. 5:1-15, fulfilled). Next, Hos. 6:1.
Fourteen Predictions—Fulfilled:
1. Israel and Ephraim will fall for their iniquity (Hos. 5:5).
2. Judah also will fall with them.
3. They will go with their flocks to seek the Lord, but will not find Him (Hos. 5:6).
4. A month will devour them with their portions; that is, this will happen in a month (Hos. 5:7).
5. Ephraim will be desolate in the day of rebuke (Hos. 5:9).
6. I will pour out My wrath upon them like water (Hos. 5:10).
7. I will be unto Ephraim as a moth (Hos. 5:12).
8. I will be to the house of Judah as rottenness.
9. I will be unto Ephraim as a lion (Hos. 5:14).
10. I will be like a young lion to Judah.
11. I will tear them and go away.
12. None will rescue them.
13. I will go and return to My place, till they acknowledge their offense, and seek My face (Hos. 5:15).
14. In their affliction they will seek Me early.
ye house of... Both the nation and the king are mentioned here as committing the same sins (Hos. 5:1-2). The book of Hosea could be called the Record of the Sins of Israel.
spread upon Tabor... Tabor was not in Ephraim. The name means mound, and the idolatrous altar on this mound may have been called Mizpah, the place which became a snare to Israel.
Hosea addressed the priests, the people and the royal family; the 3 imperatives demand attention. The religious and civil leaders had entrapped the people (compare 6:9; 7:7).
Mizpah” and “Tabor” were prominent sites of Baal worship. There was a Mizpah of Benjamin in the south and a Mizpah of Gilead, east of the Jordan. Tabor was located in the north. Depending on which Mizpah is in view, the land is depicted as sin-ridden from south to north, or from east to west, in other words, sin was everywhere.
This is speaking of this judgment being not just on the people, but the king, as well. The sin in the land was so great; it had even reached the priests. Places that had been a great advantage to them, like Mizpah and Tabor, had now been converted into places to worship false gods.
And the revolters are profound to make slaughter, though I have been a rebuker of them all. Hos. 5:2

And the revolters... The revolters are all those that have cast off the law of God, both in matters of religion and civil government.
are profound... Dig deep to hide their counsels, or have taken deep root since their apostasy from God, and revolt from the house of David. They have deeply designed a slaughter, and I will chastise them all.
to make slaughter... All their religion is but a butchering of cattle, no sacrifice to God; or, which is worse, a murdering of men.
though I have... Hosea, “have been a rebuker": A preacher, who ill the name and word of God have sharply inveighed against their brutish religion and their bloody slaughters.
of them all... None that have been guilty have escaped the reproof; I have declaimed against idolatrous priests and bloody usurpers, such as were in those times, Shallum, Menahem, and Pekah.
It appears, there was much opposition to going up to Jerusalem to worship. There were people, who had revolted against God, lying in wait to kill them, as they passed by Tabor and Mizpah.
I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from me: for now, O Ephraim, thou committest whoredom, and Israel is defiled. Hos. 5:3

I know Ephraim... Ephraim was the largest tribe, and the name became that of the northern kingdom, just as Judah became the name of the southern kingdom because of it being the ruling tribe (Hos. 5:3, 5:5, 5:9-15). Ephraim, the tribe so called, as distinguished from "Israel" here and the other nine tribes. It was always foremost of the tribes of the northern kingdom. For four hundred years in early history, it, with Manasseh and Benjamin, its two dependent tribes, held the pre-eminence in the whole nation. Ephraim is here addressed as foremost in idolatry.

not hid from... Not withstanding their supposed profound cunning (Hosea 5:2; Rev. 2:2, 9, 13, 19).
for now, O... Though I have been a rebuker of all them (Hosea 5:2), who commit such spiritual whoredoms, thou art now continuing in them.
Ephraim was the most prominent of the tribes of Israel. Just as many times, Judah was spoken of as both the tribe of Judah and Benjamin, and other times was separated out, so is Ephraim. It appears, Ephraim was even more idolatrous than the other tribes. They had received the right hand blessing, so perhaps they were also, more responsible.
They will not frame their doings to turn unto their God: for the spirit of whoredoms is in the midst of them, and they have not known the LORD. Hos. 5:4

They will not... Turning from a direct address to Ephraim, he uses the third person plural to characterize the people in general. The Hebrew is against the Margin, their doings will not suffer them" the omission of "them" in the Hebrew after the verb being unusual. The sense is, they are incurable, for they will not permit (as the Hebrew literally means), their doings to be framed so as to turn unto God.
for the spirit...Implying that they resist the Spirit of God, not suffering Him to renew them; and give themselves up to "the spirit of whoredoms", in antithesis to "the Spirit of God" implied in "suffer" or "permit" (Hosea 4:12; Isa. 63:10; Ezek. 16:43; Acts 7:51).
they have not... We see in this verse, not only were they practicing idolatry, but they had the spirit of idolatry, as well. They have turned their will over to evil, instead of to God. Plain and simple, they have fallen in love with false gods and left the One True God.
This wording is probably drawn from Num. 5:20, 5:27-28 where the same verb (ṭāmā) describes the effects of adultery on the unfaithful party (cf. Lev. 18:20, 18:24). Sinful Israel had become so overpowered by a spirit of prostitution (Hos. 5:4; cf. 4:12) that any possibility of repentance and recognition of the Lord’s authority was precluded for the time being.

And the pride of Israel doth testify to his face: therefore shall Israel and Ephraim fall in their iniquity; Judah also shall fall with them. Hos. 5:5

pride of Israel... Israel’s pride in idolatry provided self-incrimination (compare 7:10).
The words “Ephraim” and Israel” are interchangeable here.
God had blessed Israel and Judah above other nations. Instead of this humbling them, they had become very proud, and thought themselves better than others.
fall in their... They had become so proud, they believed they could do anything, and God would still bless them. They had brazenly worshipped false gods. They thought they were above sin.
The nation’s own arrogance served as a legal witness (testifies; cf. the same expression in 1Sa. 12:3; 2Sa. 1:16) to its guilt and, in accordance with the famous proverb (Pro. 16:18), had led to its fall (cf. stumble in Hos. 4:5). Judah had followed Israel’s example and had come to mortal ruin as well.

They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the LORD; but they shall not find him; he hath withdrawn himself from them. Hos. 5:6

They shall go... And seek to make their peace with God and to induce him to be favorable to them by a multitude of sacrifices; but they shall not find their expectations answered. This is spoken of the people of Judah, mentioned in the latter part of the foregoing verse. Who, though they attended the temple worship, yet did it without any true sense of religion, for which the Prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah particularly reprove them.
to seek the... The prophecy seems to look forward to the times of Hezekiah and Josiah, declaring that the attempts of those God fearing kings to reclaim the people from idolatry, and to restore the true worship of God, would fail of any durable effect, and would not avail to reverse the doom pronounced upon the guilty people.
but they shall... Whilst he might have been found they would not seek him, now as a punishment, and to leave them remediless, God will not be found of them; he will not either accept a sacrifice, or pardon their sin, or return to save them.
He hath withdrawn... All of the sacrifices they would make now would be totally unacceptable to God. God warned them of the danger of worshipping false gods, and they had not taken heed. Now, it is too late.
The Lord’s punishment of His people would be expressed in two ways: withdrawal of aid and blessing (Hos. 5:6-7, 5:15), and active warfare (Hos. 5:8-14). In the days ahead Israel in desperation would seek the Lord through sacrifices of flocks and herds. However, this hypocritical ritualism, devoid of genuine covenant loyalty, would be ineffective (cf. Hos. 6:6; 8:11-13; Isa. 1:10-17).

They have dealt treacherously against the LORD: for they have begotten strange children: now shall a month devour them with their portions. Hos. 5:7

they have dealt... God’s people had been unfaithful. The Hebrew verb (bāg̱aḏ) often refers to a failure to carry out the responsibilities of a natural (cf. Jer. 12:6) or contractual (cf. Jdg. 9:6, 9:23; Mal. 2:14-16) relationship.

for they have... Here marital infidelity provides the background (cf. Jer. 3:20). As in the preceding chapters, Hosea pictured Israel as the Lord’s adulterous wife. Carrying on the figure, she had even given birth to illegitimate children, an inevitable result of her promiscuous activities. The reality behind the figure was perhaps those Israelite children whose birth was attributed to cultic sexual acts (cf. Hos. 4:13-15).
and shall a... If the statement “the New Moon shall devour them” is the correct translation, it probably means that these festivals, which had become tainted by Israel’s disobedience, would be additional cause for God’s judgment (see Isa. 1:13-14). Another option is to translate it “[God] the New Moon [festival].
God had forbidden His people to marry the heathen people around them. This is possibly, where they picked up their practice of worshipping false gods. This could also be speaking of their unfaithfulness to God, and then their children being unfaithful to God. The fact that a month is mentioned here, could be telling them that it would be just a short time until the enemy would come and overcome them. Note that God has to allow this to happen. They could not attack God's people without God's permission.
Such rituals only heightened the people’s guilt. Participation in religious festivals (here represented by the New Moon celebrations; cf. Hos. 2:11) would actually hasten their destruction, not avert it. Rather than experiencing population growth, the people would ultimately be devoured by their own sins (cf. Lev. 26:21-22; Deut. 28:62-63). The fields, for which they sought fertility through Baal worship, would be destroyed by drought, blight, and insects, and would be overrun by invading armies (cf. Lev. 26:16, 26:19-20; Deut. 28:17, 28:22-24, 28:33, 28:38-42, 28:51).
Blow ye the cornet in Gibeah, and the trumpet in Ramah: cry aloud at Bethaven, after thee, O Benjamin. Hos. 5:8


Gibeah … Ramah”: Located on Judah’s northern border with Israel.
These places mentioned are the line of attack. It shows the progression of the battle. The cornet was an instrument that could be heard from great distance, and the silver trumpet was blown to call the people to battle. Beth-haven was a place near, and the trumpet could be heard by Benjamin.
Blow ye the... The sound of battle trumpets was about to be heard in Israel. An invading force would sweep to the borders of the Southern Kingdom. Gibeah and Ramah were located a few miles north of Jerusalem in Benjamite territory in the Southern Kingdom (cf. Jos. 18:25, 18:28). The enemy was already upon them and thus her watchmen were to sound the alarm (Num. 10:9).
cry aloud at... Beth Aven (probably Bethel; cf. Hos. 4:15), though originally a Benjamite town (Jos. 18:22), was then just inside Israel’s southern border. Beth-aven, (Bethel). situated in southern Israel (4:15). All three were strategic defense cities.
After thee, O... The significance of the last clause in Hos. 5:8, lead on, O Benjamin (lit., “behind you, O Benjamin”) is not clear. The same expression appears in Deborah’s song in reference to mustering Israel’s troops (Jdg. 5:14). At that time Benjamin went ahead of Ephraim into battle against the northern Canaanite forces (NASB). Perhaps this ancient song was given a sarcastic twist by Hosea.
Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke: among the tribes of Israel have I made known that which shall surely be. Hos. 5:9


shall be desolate... In the upcoming invasion Ephraim would be devastated. Rather than leading Ephraim into battle, Benjamin would be pursued by the same invader. The line might be paraphrased, “behind you, O Benjamin, Ephraim’s conqueror advances.” It shall not be lightly rebuked, nor even more grievously chastened; it shall not simply be wasted by famine, pestilence, and the sword; it shall be not simply desolate, but a desolation, one waste, in the day of rebuke, when God brings home to it its sin and punishment. Ephraim was not taken away for a time; it was never restored.
shall surely be... The desolation of Ephraim was certain to take place because it had been announced by the Lord, whose word is inviolable (I proclaim what is certain). This coming judgment would fulfill the covenant curse in Lev. 26:32-35.
Doubt not that this which I say shall come upon thee, for it is a sure saying which I have made known;" literally, one well-grounded, as it was, in the mind, the justice, the holiness, the truth of God. All God's threatenings or promises are grounded in past experience.
So it may also be, as though God said, "Whatever I have hitherto promised or threatened to Israel has come to pass. In all I have proved Myself true. Let no one then flatter himself, as though this were uncertain, for in this, as in the rest, I shall be found to be God, faithful and true."
This just speaks of the surety of the coming battle and their captivity. God has given them ample warning, and they have not taken heed.
The princes of Judah were like them that remove the bound: therefore I will pour out my wrath upon them like water. Hos. 5:10

the princes of... Judah had followed in the sinful footsteps of Israel. Hosea compared Judah’s greedy princes to those who move boundary stones in order to steal land from others. The Law condemned this practice (Deut. 19:14; 27:17).
remove the bound... Boundaries, marked by stones, could be easily moved at night. Moving them was tantamount to stealing land from a neighbor (Deut. 19:14; 27:17; Prov. 22:28; 23:10). Worse, Israel’s leaders were moving spiritual lines established by God (compare verse 11).
pour out my... This is speaking of a time when God's fury has come up in His face, and He has poured His wrath on His unfaithful. It appears, they had moved the landmarks, that God had strictly forbidden them move. This automatically brings judgment from God.
Even Judah would not be spared ultimately (cf., however, Hos. 1:7). Its leaders were also guilty of breach of covenant. They were like those who move boundary stones for they showed no respect for God’s commands. Moving boundary stones was clearly forbidden in the Law (Deut. 19:14) and carried a curse (Deut. 27:17). The act was tantamount to theft as it obscured the legal boundary between properties and was a way of taking some land that belonged to another. Perhaps this particular crime was cited in order to allude to the acts of social injustice being carried out by the Judean upper class (cf. Isa. 5:8; Mic. 2:1-2). On Judah’s sinful leaders the Lord would pour out His anger like a flood of water (lit., “like water”), possibly meaning like rainwater (cf. Amos 5:8; 9:6).
Ephraim is oppressed and broken in judgment, because he willingly walked after the commandment. Hos. 5:11

Ephraim is oppressed... He is delivered over to oppressors by God’s just judgment. Such were Pul and Tiglath-pileser, kings of Assyria. Archbishop Newcome distinguishes between these phrases thus.
He willingly walked... It was not forced upon them, they did it willingly. Though there was a law commanding, yet there was in the people a forwardness and too great a readiness, to comply and obey that law which made idolatry the establishment in the ten tribes.
after the commandment... To forbear going to the temple, and to worship the calves at Dan and Beth-el, as Jeroboam son of Nebat required.
God allowed Ephraim to be oppressed and broken by his neighbors, as judgment from God for his unfaithfulness to God.
According to Hos. 5:11-14, judgment had already begun. Ephraim was oppressed and trampled. Again Hosea alluded to a covenant curse (cf. Deut. 28:33 2, NASB). This judgment may refer to the Assyrian invasion of 733 B.C (cf. 2Ki. 15:29). However, Israel’s troubles were ultimately attributable to her own sin, not to Assyrian imperialism. The word idols is a conjecture (cf. NIV marg.), for the Hebrew word ṣāw is obscure. “Man’s command” (NASB) is a highly unlikely translation. The word is possibly a corruption of “vanity” (šāw’, RSV, following the LXX) or “filth” (ṣāw’, i.e., “excrement”. The reference is probably to false gods (hence NIV’s “idols”). The Hebrew literally reads, “for he persistently walked after vanity/filth (?).” The idiom “walk after,” translated “follow(ed)(ing),” appears elsewhere with false gods as an object (cf. Deut. 4:3; 6:14; 8:19; 28:14; Jer. 2:5; etc.).

Therefore will I be unto Ephraim as a moth, and to the house of Judah as rottenness. Hos. 5:12

as a moth... Ten Things God Compared To:
1. A moth (Hos. 5:12)
2. Rottenness, or a worm (Hos. 5:12)
3. An old lion (Hos. 5:14; 11:10)
4. A young lion (Hos. 5:14)
5. The rain (Hos. 6:3)
6. The latter and former rain (Hos. 6:3)
7. A plowman (Hos. 11:4)
8. A leopard (Hos. 13:7)
9. A bear bereaved of her whelps (Hos. 13:8)
10. The dew (Hos. 14:5)
as rottenness... Moths rot a garment, and termites produce rottenness in wood. Both prey upon the substance in which they lie hidden; and they slowly but effectively do a work of destruction. This pictures God bringing judgment upon both Ephraim and Judah. The decay caused by moths and that by termites are both slow, yet that of the termites is slower. The reference is to Judah being destroyed more slowly than Ephraim. The idea is that when men sin God withdraws from them and as they continue in rebellion they become dead to spiritual things.
Hosea used similes to create vivid pictures of God’s wrath toward both kingdoms of sinful Israel (Job 13:28). God’s judgment would slowly but surely bring about the demise of both Israel and Judah, much like “moths” and “rottenness” slowly eat away at an object until it is destroyed. The sinner overlooks this erosion of his conscience and character. Only God can awaken him to his condition.
A garment riddled by a moth is ruined. The moth eats away at the material, until it is of no use. "Rottenness" speaks of decay from within. For a long time, Judah's rottenness will not show. This is saying, their destruction will not come instantaneously, but will be progressive until they are destroyed. We certainly know this to be true with Judah, because Babylon took many years to totally destroy them.
When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb: yet could he not heal you, nor cure you of your wound. Hos. 5:13

to king Jareb... Another name for Tiglath-pileser who punished both Ephraim and Judah (2Ki. 15:27-31; 16:7-10). When the moth and termites had performed their work on both nations of Israel, then God became a lion to Ephraim and destroyed the nation (2Ki. 17:1-41); later He became a young lion to Judah and destroyed her (2 Ki. 24-25). Jareb means “warrior” and refers to the king of Assyria, to whom Israel (2 Ki. 15:19-20), and later Judah (2 Ki. 16:5-9), turned to for help.

It appears from the verse above, that Ephraim and Judah became aware they had a problem. The sad thing was that Ephraim did not go to God with the problem, but went to the Assyrians. Neither was willing to admit that their problem was because of their worship of false gods.
could he not... The world has no answers to problems then or now. The worldly king Jareb was no help at all.
For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue him. Hos. 5:14

as a lion... First the trans-Jordanic tribes, then additional provinces, and lastly the whole population, were carried away as in the teeth of a beast of prey (compare Amos 3:6). Assyria is here referred to as represented by Tiglath-pileser. A similar fate overtook Jerusalem (in 587 B.C.), at the hands of Babylonia, in the reign of Nebuchadnezzar (2 Chron. 36:4-10; 2 Kings 24:10-16; 2 Kings 25:1-11).
and none shall... None shall rescue him: none have courage to attempt or power to affect a rescue, the prey must hopelessly perish; so it will be with Ephraim and Judah, when God appears as a lion against them.
I, will tear... The destruction of Ephraim is actually a little worse than the destruction of Judah. Perhaps that is why God speaks of Himself as being as a lion to Ephraim, and a young lion to Judah. The young lion would not do as much damage as the lion.
I will take... Notice that God tells them of the many battles that will take place, when He says; He will "tear and go away". This is a judgment of God, and no one will be able to stop it.
The moth (Hos. 5:12) is transformed into a raging lion which violently kills its prey. The use of six first-person forms (I) in the Hebrew emphasizes God’s role in this judgment. In the final analysis the Lord Himself would be the attacker and destroyer, even though He would use foreign armies as His instruments.


For Ephraim this prophecy was fulfilled a few years later when Assyria conquered Samaria and carried the people into exile (2Ki. 17:1-41). Judah was overrun by the Assyrians in 701 B.C, but she experienced a miraculous deliverance after being severely ravaged (cf. Hos. 1:7). The prophecy about Judah’s fall and exile (Hos. 5:14) was eventually fulfilled through Nebuchadnezzar (2Ki. 25:1-30).


I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early. Hos. 5:15


I will go... Tenderness blends with judgment, and insulted love bleeds and hopes. The image of the lion is dropped. Jehovah speaks of “His own place”, Heaven. He will cause all manifestations of His regard for them to cease till “they suffer punishment, and seek my face,” and, like the prodigal in the flush of a new morning, will arise and go unto the Father.


till they acknowledge... Till they confess and humble themselves for their sins. Their offence, and seek my face, God said He would return to His place till both houses of Israel would acknowledge their sins and seek Him (Zech. 12:10-13:1; Rom. 11:25-29).
And seek my... Me their God, my mercy, and my law; their Sovereign as well as Savior.
In their affliction... In deep distresses they will, at least some will, seek me diligently, as indeed they did at the end of Judah’s seventy years’ captivity.
This speaks of the time being extended for their captivity. The lion tears at its victim and then carries it away. The lion then goes to his den and rests. This is also, what this is speaking of here. God will allow all of these terrible things to happen to them.
they will seek...He will not intervene and stop it, as He has in the past. It is such a shame that they have to be in such destitute condition, before they reach out to God. The captivity is to cause them to repent and turn back to God. God will not seek them, they must seek Him. Because of the great affliction, they will seek God sooner than they would, had they not suffered so greatly.