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.

Isa 48:3
3 I foretold the former things long ago, my mouth announced them and I made them known; then suddenly I acted , and they came to pass.

Amos 3:7
7 Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.

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.

Luke 16:17
17 It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law.

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:

Hos 3:5
5 Afterward the Israelites will return and seek the LORD their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the LORD and to his blessings in the last days.

Here are his other prophecies:

1. The House of Israel and the House of Judah also called the Southern House shall be reunited.

Hos 1:11
11 The people of Judah and the people of Israel will be reunited, and they will appoint one leader and will come up out of the land, for great will be the day of Jezreel.

2. But before the restoration of the Old Kingdom of Israel they shall suffer first

Hos 5:8-12
8 "Sound the trumpet in Gibeah, the horn in Ramah. Raise the battle cry in Beth Aven; lead on, O Benjamin. 9 Ephraim will be laid waste on the day of reckoning. Among the tribes of Israel I proclaim what is certain. 10 Judah's leaders are like those who move boundary stones. I will pour out my wrath on them like a flood of water. 11 Ephraim is oppressed, trampled in judgment, intent on pursuing idols. 12 I am like a moth to Ephraim, like rot to the people of Judah.

3. In the last days, Israel will actually seek the help of her enemy, Assyria and from an ally, Egypt.

Hos 5:13
13 "When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah his sores, then Ephraim turned to Assyria, and sent to the great king for help.

Hos 7:11
11 "Ephraim is like a dove, easily deceived and senseless — now calling to Egypt, now turning to Assyria.

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

At the left is EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium with a statue of the pagan goddess Europa riding a bull. At right is the Europa statue in front of the Winston Churchill Building. (Source: The Messianic Center)

Hos 8:5-8
5 Throw out your calf-idol, O Samaria! My anger burns against them. How long will they be incapable of purity? 6 They are from Israel! This calf — a craftsman has made it; it is not God. It will be broken in pieces, that calf of Samaria. 7 "They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no head; it will produce no flour. Were it to yield grain, foreigners would swallow it up. 8 Israel is swallowed up; now she is among the nations like a worthless thing.

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.

5. Israel (EU) will return to Egypt (now USA) taken to Assyria (Iraq) while Judah (Israel today) will fortify her defense. Read Where Are We Now? What To Expect? for the sequence of wars in the last days that will put an end to their power.

Hos 8:13
Now he will remember their (Ephraim, now EU) wickedness and punish their sins: They will return to Egypt.

Hos 9:3
3 They will not remain in the LORD's land; Ephraim will return to Egypt and eat unclean food in Assyria.

Hos 11:5-6
"Will they not return to Egypt and will not Assyria rule over them because they refuse to repent? 6 Swords will flash in their cities, will destroy the bars of their gates and put an end to their plans.

Hos 8:14
14 Israel has forgotten his Maker and built palaces; Judah has fortified many towns. But I will send fire upon their cities
that will consume their fortresses."

Hos 10:13-14
Because you have depended on your own strength and on your many warriors, 14 the roar of battle will rise against your people, so that all your fortresses will be devastated — as Shalman devastated Beth Arbel on the day of battle,
when mothers were dashed to the ground with their children.

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:

Isa 14:16-17
16 Those who see you stare at you, they ponder your fate: "Is this the man [Antichrist] who shook the earth and made kingdoms tremble, 17 the man who made the world a desert, who overthrew its cities and would not let his captives [Israel] go home?"

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.

“...its wings were torn off...” (Daniel 7:4). The Western allies shall be divided.

Hos 12:1
Ephraim feeds on the wind; he pursues the east wind all day and multiplies lies and violence. He makes a treaty with Assyria and sends olive oil to Egypt.

7. The days of Israel's journey to the desert will be repeated

Hos 12:9
9 "I am the LORD your God, [who brought you] out of Egypt; I will make you live in tents again, as in the days of your appointed feasts.

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.

Hos 11:8-11
8 "How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? How can I treat you like Admah? How can I make you like Zeboiim? My heart is changed within me; all my compassion is aroused. 9 I will not carry out my fierce anger, nor will I turn and devastate Ephraim. For I am God, and not man — the Holy One among you. I will not come in wrath. 10 They will follow the LORD;
he will roar like a lion. When he roars,his children will come trembling from the west. 11 They will come trembling like birds from Egypt, like doves from Assyria. I will settle them in their homes," declares the LORD.

Hos 13:14
14 "I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. Where, O death, are your plagues? Where, O grave, is your destruction?

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:

Hos 14:1-2
1 Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God. Your sins have been your downfall! 2 Take words with you and return to the LORD.
Say to him: "Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips."

10. God will restore the Kingdom of Israel

Hos 14:4-8
4 "I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them. 5 I will be like the dew to Israel; he will blossom like a lily. Like a cedar of Lebanon he will send down his roots; 6 his young shoots will grow. His splendor will be like an olive tree, his fragrance like a cedar of Lebanon. 7 Men will dwell again in his shade. He will flourish like the grain. He will blossom like a vine, and his fame will be like the wine from Lebanon. 8 O Ephraim, what more have I to do with idols? I will answer him and care for him. I am like a green pine tree; your fruitfulness comes from me."

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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