The Minor Prophets and the Last Days - Hosea
The prophets in the Bible particularly in the Old Testament are grouped as the major and the minor prophets. The major prophets are Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel while the minor prophets are Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi in that order. These are arranged according to the number of chapters of their book or prophecies except for Obadiah and Zechariah. That's the only reason why they are grouped as major and minor prophets- it is not because their inspired messages are inferior to the others. They were inspired by the same Holy Spirit and their prophecies compliments the others and provide very important information for us to understand the prophecies in the better perspective.
Prophets are also called seers. They are the inspired men chosen by God to write about the past or future of Israel and the world in relation to God. They were also God's spokesperson to the people of Israel and to the other nations. Outside of these, there are also other prophets mentioned in the Bible and some did not even write a book. Examples are Abraham, the patriarch (Gen 20:7). Moses (Deut 18:15; 34:10), Miriam, Aaron's sister was also a prophetess (Ex 15:20). During the time of the judges, there are also prophets in the likes of Deborah (Judg 4:4), un unnamed prophet in Judges 6:8, and a group of prophets in 1 Sam 10:5. Samuel, a judge was also a prophet (1 Sam 3:20). During the time of the kings of Israel, the Bible named few prophets aside from King David. They are Gad (1 Sam 22:5; 2 Sam 24:11), Nathan (2 Sam 7:2; 12:25), Ahijah (1 King 11:29), another unnamed old prophet in 1 King 13:11, Jehu (1 King 16:7), and then came Elijah (1 King 18:36) and Elisha who succeeded Elijah (1 King 19:16). There were also a hundred prophets who were hidden by Obadiah in caves (1 Ki 18:4). There was another unnamed prophet who spoke to King Ahab (1 King 20:13). The last prophet was John the Baptist (Matt 11:13) during the time of Jesus who was actually the reincarnate of Elijah (Matt 17:12-13). Except for Moses, Samuel, and King David, the other prophets mentioned here do not have a book in the Bible.
God, however sent prophets who shall record their prophecies for all generations to read and these comprised almost a fourth of the Old Testament. We are so blessed to read those records now starting with the prophet Isaiah through Malachi. Today the works of the prophets however are the least studied books in the Bible due to the difficulty of interpreting their prophecies. But God says that the prophecies are a testimony of His greatness.
What does these passages mean? Amos 3:7 is plainly saying that everything has already been written. It is very clear that everything that will come to pass has already been recorded. God will not do anything unless they were recorded first through the prophets. That is how powerful and accurate our God is. That also means that the prophecies became a law in itself, a powerful Law that should be obeyed. Nobody can change the course of events whether they were written by major or minor prophets. Everything should be fulfilled down to the smallest detail.
We already know through the past topics that the major prophets wrote about the last days. For this topic let us examine if indeed the minor also record the future events, even to our days beginning with the prophet Hosea.
Hosea was a prophet in the House of Israel around 780 BC to 725 BC. Those were the times when Israel were so wicked. God commanded Hosea to marry a whore in order to picture God's relationship with Israel who became like a prostitute to the Lord. His prophecies of downfall of the House of Israel was fulfilled when Assyria conquered the land sometime in 732 BC and exiled all the inhabitants to Assyria. His prophecies are actually (or also) meant for the last days people of Israel:
Here are his other prophecies:
1. The House of Israel and the House of Judah also called the Southern House shall be reunited.
2. But before the restoration of the Old Kingdom of Israel they shall suffer first
3. In the last days, Israel will actually seek the help of her enemy, Assyria and from an ally, Egypt.
It is easier to understand the above verses if we know that Assyria in the last days is the modern day Babylon, Iraq. Assyria and Babylon in the ancient times occupy the same areas. Now, Israel is mostly from the European Union. For more details on the last day Assyrians, read Who Are the Ten Horns of the Beast? - Part 2 and also The Antichrist and the Number "666". Egypt is also the modern day United States of America.
4. The bull-calf, symbol of Israel's strength will be destroyed and Europe will be ransacked
The modern Israel has
forgotten their God, the source of their power and wealth. Now they rely on
their own strength as united people of the European Union. God will destroy
their union and their symbol of power— the bull-calf.
The Egypt mentioned here is no longer the old Egypt. Read The Real Roots of America. In spite of the West's more advance military power, God will put an end to that power through Assyria. And thus, another prophecy for last days Israel will be fulfilled to replay their fate as slaves in the old Egypt:
6. EU will make treaty with Assyria (Iraq) and Egypt (USA). This will happen once the USA becomes the seat of the Antichrist. Check also New York City: The Throne of the Antichrist. Prior to this, the USA will soon sever ties with her European allies (Dan 7:4). Read also Chapter 3 of the book, The Omega Days.
7. The days of Israel's journey to the desert will be repeated
This is pictured in Revelation 12 when they will be taken into the desert for 1260 days or 42 months (3-1/2 years) Read Greenland: The Camp of God's Army - Part 1 for the last days version of wanderings in the desert.
8. God will show compassion on Israel in the end and redeem His chosen from death.
When the Lord Jesus Christ comes again, He will gather His elect from four winds then settle and restore them in the land promised to Abraham.
9. The sins of Ephraim (Israel, now EU) caused their downfall in the last days and repentance will pave the way for their restoration. Here's the message to them:
10. God will restore the Kingdom of Israel
The prophecy above talks about the Millennium. We should recognize the fact that the prophecies of Hosea are intended more on Israel of the last days. Although Hosea warned the ancient House of Israel and prophesied against them, the fulfillment will be ultimately for the last days Israel. The reason we do not understand it clearly is because the House of Israel remains to be the lost tribes and only by locating them will make it clear to us the more comprehensive message of the prophecies. These are for us, the last days.
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