Friday, September 11, 2009

Restoration of Israel in the Last Days

Our LORD does not give bad news without also giving hope. Israel would be restored again in the last days, beginning with the return to their homeland in 1948, following the holocaust destruction of six million Jews. From evil, the LORD will bring good to those who trust in him.

Hosea 2:14 Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her.

I will allure, open wide the way, and bring her into the wilderness, a place of privacy, and speak comfort to her.

Hosea 2:15 And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt.

Vineyards will be restored in the land. The valley of Achor, meaning "trouble", will be for a door of hope. Hope: expectation; something yearned for and eagerly anticipated. God's blessings on the land will change it from Achor, "trouble, to the door of hope. When the LORD opens a door we must go through it to receive His blessings. Joy and singing will come back as the days of your youth as you were freed from captivity from Egypt. This is the expression of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Remember where you came from and rejoice in the LORD. Israel will again return to their promise land of blessing and like Abraham, spiritual Israel will go into that heavenly city. We also can apply joy and hope to our life in Christ Jesus. We follow his lead through open doors of opportunity and service, hoping and trusting in Him for our future home with him in glory. Continue in faith and overcome this life by your faith and hope. We walk in His Spirit and do His will.

Hosea 2:16 And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, that thou shalt call me Ishi; and shalt call me no more Baali.

Ishi refers to "my husband" whereas Baali refers a husband of "ownership". In Ishi, the relationship of a wife to a husband is of intimate fellowship. Baali, is the ownership of a wife as a piece of property. These are as different as being the bride of Christ or the property of "Baal" or the devil. Jesus bought us from the slave ownership of the devil and has given to us intimate fellowship in him, through the Holy Spirit.

Eph 1:12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
Eph 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Eph 1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

He purchased us, who were the property of the devil and he has loved us and set us free. We choose to serve him of our own free will.

Hosea 2:17 For I will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name.

The worship of Baal would be removed from the land. It was not of the LORD, for It was seeking after material things, sensuality and witchcraft; prosperity messages, unbridled lusts and spiritual empowerment, in ways not of God. God's people are to seek holiness and put off the evil from among them.

Hosea 2:18 And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven, and with the creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and will make them to lie down safely.

During the millennial reign of Jesus.

Isa 11:9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

Hosea 2:19 And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.
Hosea 2:20 I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD.

They would be betrothed, given new vows and a new covenant. The new creation will be known by righteousness, judgment, loving kindness and mercies. The Lord is faithful and we shall know him intimately; not as property, but as a loving bride to her faithful loving husband.

Hosea 2:21 And it shall come to pass in that day, I will hear, saith the LORD, I will hear the heavens, and they shall hear the earth;
Hosea 2:22 And the earth shall hear the corn, and the wine, and the oil; and they shall hear Jezreel.

God will hear the needs of Israel. The earth shall hear and not reject, the corn, and the wine, and the oil; and they shall hear Jezreel "God will sow".

Mat 6:31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
Mat 6:32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
Mat 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Hosea 2:23 And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God.

The LORD will sow Israel unto him in the earth; there will be an increase, for He shall have mercy and grace upon all who will receive of him. There will be one people calling upon the one true God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

1 Pet 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
1 Pet 2:10 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.

Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

The LORD will have mercy on Israel and the Gentiles who receive him by faith.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The God of Justice

Hosea 2:8 For she did not know that I gave her corn, and wine, and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold, which they prepared for Baal.

God, Israel's spiritual covenant husband and provider, supplied her with all the blessings that she gave to other gods.

Isa 55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
Isa 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

Hosea 2:9 Therefore will I return, and take away my corn in the time thereof, and my wine in the season thereof, and will recover my wool and my flax given to cover her nakedness.

God keeps his covenant promises with Israel. Because she has turned to other gods, the LORD must turn from her and remove his blessings.

Deu 11:16 Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them;
Deu 11:17 And then the LORD'S wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the LORD giveth you.

Hosea 2:10 And now will I discover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers, and none shall deliver her out of mine hand.

She will be seen for what she is. God has hands of mercy and grace, or hands to correct and chasten. Will we be in his hands bowing to another god? I fear that many serve themselves and give lip service to the LORD who holds them in his hands. If we will not repent, we will be corrected by him. Israel's correction would be severe under the law. We who are under grace will be corrected as well. Some may not be under grace because they are not truly of the Lord's New Covenant. Your lack of deep rooted faith will be exposed to you and for others to see.

1 Pet 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

Hosea 2:11 I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days, her new moons, and her sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts.
Hosea 2:12 And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees, whereof she hath said, These are my rewards that my lovers have given me: and I will make them a forest, and the beasts of the field shall eat them.

All the feasts shall cease, the days of observing the LORD in a special way. Look around now at our nation. The Holy days (the holidays) are being removed and not honored. Christmas and Easter have lost their meaning in the world. The world is afraid to say Christmas, because of the spirit of the age; the antichrist spirit. The nation of Israel was being punished, losing it's purpose and joy, even the economy would get bad. The land will be turned back to overgrown weeds and forests, with wild animals shall eat what crops that remain. Israel would be taken captive and taken to other lands.

Hosea 2:13 And I will visit upon her the days of Baalim, wherein she burned incense to them, and she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers, and forgat me, saith the LORD.

Judg 2:11 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim: (heathen gods and idols)
Judg 2:12 And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the LORD to anger.
Judg 2:13 And they forsook the LORD, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.