Speaking of the millennial celebration of Shelters in the afterglow of the Day of Reconciliations in Year 6000 Yah, God tells those who have just broken His heart:
“And (wa) I will cut (karat – establish through separation) for them (la) a family-oriented covenant (beryth – a familial relationship), in that, His specific day (ba ha yowm ha huw’), with (‘im – in an associative relationship and manner with) all living things (chayah – life), the environment for growth (ha sadeh), and in harmony with (‘im – in an associative relationship and manner with) winged creatures (‘owph – that which can fly) of the spiritual realm (ha shamaym – the heavens), and creatures that move about (wa remes) of the earth (‘adamah – material realm). And the bow (qesheth), the sword (chereb), and war (wa milchamah) I will abolish (shabar) from the earth (min ha ‘erets), making it possible for them to lie down and rest (wa shakab) confidently (la betach – with complete trust and reliance).” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 2:18)
Reconciliation is about peace, about bringing harmony back into the relationship. The Prince of Peace, the Ma’aseyah, will end man’s propensity for war. This will occur in the Millennium—the seventh day, the one thousand year Sabbath that follows the Tribulation and the restoration of Yisra’el. Therefore, this prophecy pertains to the Ma’aseyah, complementing the opening of Yasha’yahuw / Isaiah 11 where we are told that as the result of a Nazarene from Yshay / Jesse’s lineage with the Spirit of Yahowah resting on Him, all on earth will live in peace.
The word translated “all living things” is chayah. It actually means: “life, to revive and make alive again, to give the promise of renewed life, to nourish, preserve, repair, and restore.” The environment for growth is from sadeh, more completely rendered: “open and cultivated places where things grow.” Winged creatures are depicted as spiritual beings because, owph, describes “creatures with wings that can fly.” And the spiritual realm is as you would expect, from shamaym, or “heaven.” The “creatures that move about the material realm” are translated from remes adamah, which conveys the idea of “beings that move about on the ground.” It is a picture of God’s ultimate renewal. He has promised to return the Earth to the conditions experienced in the Garden of Eden – except this time we as spiritual beings will be able to come and go as we please. And this time there will be no marauding humans outside of the Garden nor death or dying.
With the intermission over, Yahowah confirms that He is remarrying Yisra’el. And the wedding is replete with all of the trimmings. “And I will betroth you unto Me (‘aras la – marry you to Me) forever (la ‘owlam – for eternity). I will marry you to Me (‘aras la – I will make a betrothal pledge to you for Me) in righteousness (ba tsedeq – with vindication, doing what is right), by exercising good judgment, thereby justly resolving every dispute (ba mishpat) in unfailing kindness and love (ba chesed – with steadfast affection on behalf of the relationship), and mercy (ba rachamym – compassion and favor).
I will betroth you unto Me (‘aras la – marry you to Me) with the trustworthy testimony and restoring witness (ba ‘emuwnah – reliably in truth, steadfastly and dependably, in a way that is honest, supportive, confirming, upholding and nourishing). And you shall know (wa yada’ ‘eth – understand as the result of the information provided, recognize and acknowledge, all with a focus on the relationship with) Yahowah ( ).” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 2:19-20)
After all of this it’s hard to believe that so many clerics and scholars, pastors and priests, could be so cold and heartless, so callous regarding the nature and purpose of Yahowah. How is it that they present this individual consumed by love as hateful and mean spirited – as unwilling and unable to save? Why is it that they posture a “new covenant” to replace the one they claim is both merciless and expired? Why is it that they claim that God’s name is not and cannot be known? Why do they lie about Yahowah and His everlasting, loving and merciful, righteous and just, always dependable Covenant?
The verse actually ends with, “And you shall know Yahowah,” and yet in most every translation I own scholars etched out God’s name and replaced it with Ba’al’s title: “the LORD.” I can only assume they knew one but not the other.
And even here when Yah is distancing Himself from His wayward children as a result of their repulsive behavior, He is telling future generations that He will be there waiting for them the moment they are ready to come home.
During this future wedding celebration great songs will be sung “And it shall exist (wa hayah) in this, His specific day (ba ha yowm ha huw’) I will provide the answer (‘anah – I will respond with a melodious song), prophetically declares (na’um) Yahowah ( ). I will respond (‘anah – I will provide answers in a song) in association with (‘eth) the spiritual realm and heavens (ha shamaym) and they (wa hem) will answer (‘anah ‘eth – singing to) the earth (ha ‘erets – the material realm).
And the earth (wa ha ‘erets) will respond to (‘anah ‘eth – singing to) the grain (dagan), the new wine (thyrowsh), and the olive oil (ytshar). And they (wa hem) shall provide answers regarding (‘anah ‘eth – respond to) Yzra’’el (Yzra’’el – conceiving and producing God; from zara’ – to sow, conceive, produce, and yield ‘el – god; commonly transliterated Jezreel).” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 2:21-22)
This is a peek into our eternity. When we are with Yahowah we will sing songs in heaven and on earth, with God providing answers to every conceivable question. We’ll sing songs of thankfulness for the harvest of saved souls (symbolized by grain), for the saving mercy of the Passover Lamb (symbolized by the new wine poured out for us), and to the Spirit (represented by the light that comes from olive oil). Our moans of anguish at Yzra’’el / Jezreel during a time that man was prone to manufacture false gods will be forgotten in this eternal and harmonious chorus.
The etymological meaning of Jezreel, which speaks of man conceiving gods, will be reversed, and now it will be God who will be doing the sowing. Yahowah is promising a day in which: “Then (wa) I will plant her (zara’ – I will seed and sow her) for Myself (la) in the land (ba ha ‘erets – in the material realm). And I will have loving mercy (racham – affection and compassion) for (‘eth) ‘No Mercy (Lo’ Ruchamah – from lo’ serving as a negation and racham – love and mercy)’. And I will say to them who were (wa ‘amar la) ‘Not-My-People (Lo’ ‘Amy – Not My Family)’, ‘You are My family (‘atah ‘am – you are My people).’ And they shall say (wa ‘huw’ ‘amar), ‘You are my God (‘elohym).’” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 2:23) Halleluyah!
This statement affirms the Covenant’s place at the center of Yahowah’s plan. He wants us to celebrate life as His children. He wants to be our God. And these things are achieved as a direct result of His loving kindness, His enduring love and mercy. And all we need do to benefit from this wonderful gift is to listen to His answers and then respond.
Returning to the tangible metaphor of the Covenant, the story of marriage, divorce, and reconciliation, Howsha’ gets personal again and reveals the nature of God’s relationship with Yisra’el:
“Then Yahowah ( ) said to me (‘amar ‘el), Go out again (bow’ ‘owd – repetitiously and without ceasing) and love (‘ahab) a woman (‘ishah) who loves someone else (‘ahab rea’ – another person, a neighbor or friend), who is an unfaithful adulteress (na’ap – a whore), and love her unconditionally (‘ahab) like (ka – similar to) Yahowah’s ( ) with (‘eth) the children of Yisra’el (beny Yisra’el – the children who engage and endure with God), when they approached other gods (wa hem panah la ‘elohym), and became lovers of compressed raisin cakes (wa ‘ahab ‘ashyshah).” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 3:1)
Yahowah is asking Howsha’ to unconditionally love an unfaithful harlot who is sleeping around with anyone she can find so that he comes to appreciate the nature of His affection for the undeserving and idolatrous people of Yisra’el. The cakes of dried wine were used in the ritual rites of Ba’al worship.
Gomer, however, was now owned by the temple priests of Ba’al. “So I bartered (karah – traded, exchanged money and bought) her for me for fifteen pieces of silver and fifteen bushels of barley. I said unto her, ‘You shall live (yasab – dwell, endure, stay) with me many days (rab yowm – an exceedingly long time). You shall no longer be an unfaithful prostitute, and you shall have no other man; for I am indeed tying old and new together and expressing a relational agreement (gam) with regard to and concerning you (‘el).” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 3:2-3)
According to historians, this bartered fee was the going rate at the time to buy someone out of slavery so as to offer them their freedom. It is a lovely picture of our salvation as we are “bought,” literally redeemed, from the marketplace of sin. And it’s interesting that the thirty cumulative units of silver and barley is equivalent to the thirty pieces of silver for which Judas betrayed Yahowsha’.
And while I’m not wise enough to properly convey the full import of the last sentence, I can tell you that preceding, “for I am indeed tying old and new together and expressing a relational agreement with you,” is lo’ ehayah ‘ish. We know that ehayah means “I Am.” It’s the definition of Yahowah’s name, the name God gave to Moseh. And we know that ‘ish can mean “one who exists,” and thus be a confirmation of His name. It can mean “human male,” as in Yahowah’s manifestation as the Ma’aseyah. And ‘ish can mean “husband” a definition that would be consistent with this marriage metaphor and with the nature of the Covenant relationship. Since lo’ serves as a form of negation, meaning “no or not,” Yahowah could be saying: “Have no other Gods, Ma’aseyahs, or Husbands because I am tying everything together—old and new shall be one.”
Whether ‘ish designates God as Yahowah, Yahowsha’, Husband, or all of the above, the paragraph summarizes the magnanimous nature of His love as it painfully transitions from the covenant to its ultimate renewal. After creating us, and providing for us, we went our own way. We not only rejected God, but we aligned ourselves with evil. So Yahowah, by way of example, provided a way back home. He called it Beryth. He formed a Covenant with Abraham and set him apart as a paradigm for us to emulate. Then Yahowah reached out again and redeemed Abraham’s descendants from slavery.
Yet now, after centuries of revelation, prophecy and pleading, His people remained aloof. Righteous and just, God did the only thing He could do. He divorced Himself from the Children of Yisra’el because of their infidelity. Yet this didn’t stop Him from loving them, even in spite of what they had become—what they and we have done. So Yahowah manifest Himself as Yahowsha’ to tangibly demonstrate His love. The Ma’aseyah is thus Yah’s best man. And His wedding gift is the Covenant.
And so that we would be able to enjoy it forever, God redeemed us and made us immortal. All would be forgiven if we would just forsake relations with Lord-Ba’al and return home. But alas, Yahowah knew that we and they would remain whores—slaves to our fleshy desires and pride. And yet He stood, and still stands, at the door to our wedding festival, speaking loving words to our hearts, desiring that we will hear Him and return.
But as a result or our corruption and rebellion, our return would be a long way off “For (ky – indeed) the children of Yisra’el (beny Yisra’el) shall abide (yashab) many days (rab yowmym) without a king (‘ayn melek – without royal authority), without a patron (wa ‘ayn sar – without a leader who is empowered), without a sacrifice (wa ‘ayn zebach), and without a rock pillar that is upright (wa ‘ayn matsebah – a vertical stone pillar, a memorial stone, and someone who takes a stand to establish others), and without the linen vestment to adorn the priest (‘ephowd – the white coat worn by Lowy ministers to aid their service), or household physicians to heal (wa taraphym – the household of God; from rapha’ym – physicians who heal, curing what ails a nation).
Afterward (‘achar), the children of Yisra’el (beny Yisra’el) shall return (shuwb – shall change their attitude and they will come back and be restored), and seek (baqash ‘eth – choose to diligently look for and inquire about) Yahowah ( ), their God (‘elohym), in association with Dowd (wa ‘eth dowd – through love), their king (melek).
And shall revere (pachad – show profound respect for) Yahowah ( ) and His goodness (wa ‘el towb – and for everything which is beneficial and attractive, beautiful and fair, moral and joyous about Him) in the latter days (ba ‘acharyth ha yowmym).” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 3:4-5)
Yah’s prediction proved to be accurate. Solomon, Dowd’s son, was the last king of a united Yisra’el. They have gone nearly 3,000 years without one. And they went nearly nineteen centuries without a leader of any kind because they ceased to be a nation in 135 CE as a result of Rabbi Akiba’s promotion of a false Ma’aseyah. And speaking of the Ma’aseyah, in Yasha’yahuw 9:6, the same concept is used to describe Yahowsha’, the “Patron and Leader of Reconciliation.”
The Temple sacrifices associated with the Miqra’ey haven’t been performed since 70 CE, when the Romans destroyed it. And while the ultimate sacrifice was made by Yahowah via Yahowsha’ in 33 CE, fulfilling Passover, Unleavened Bread, and FirstFruits, most Yisra’elites reject God’s attempt to save them.
In this light, the Upright Stone is a reference to the Rock of our Salvation and to the Upright Pillar of the Tabernacle, both references to the Ma’aseyah. Moreover, the matsebah could also represent the memorial stones Yahowah engraved with His own hand, thereby delineated the Ten Statements which would serve to summarize His Teaching. While they still exist, they have not been seen by Yisra’el since they lost them over twenty-five centuries ago.
Fulfilling the second to last of these dire predictions, for all practical purposes there are no more Lowy, commonly known as Levites. Rabbis, in direct opposition to Yahowah’s Towrah, annulled their divine authority and replaced them. And since only Lowy are authorized by Yahowah to serve as priests, Yisra’el has been without ministers and the white linen coat they wore when ministering on behalf of the people during the Miqra’ey – Invitations to Meet with God.
In this regard it is interesting to note that the ‘ephowd outer garment worn by the priests was corrupted according to what we read in Palylym / Judges 8:27 when “all Yisra’el played the harlot” with Ba’al symbolized by “crescent moon ornaments.”
Taraphym suggests that without the Lowy priests serving the people during Passover, Unleavened Bread, FirstFruits, Seven Sabbaths, Trumpets, Reconciliations, and Tabernacles, there has been no physician to heal the household of Yisra’el. And that is because the only Physician capable of healing the nation is Yahowah – and they have rejected Him.
However, God reminds us that this long “timeout” will one day end because Yisra’el will “shuwb – change their attitude and thinking” toward Yahowah and “return” to Him. They will “baqash – seek” Him once again. This will occur “ba ‘acharyth ha yowmym – in the last days, during the waning hours of the Tribulation.
I suspect that the reason that Kind Dowd is mentioned is that despite all of his human failings, Dowd was a student of the Towrah. And as a result, he came to know Yahowah better than anyone. He came to fully understand the Covenant and engaged in it. His Song to the Towrah, the 119th Mizmowr / Psalm, second only to the Towrah itself, is the most enlightening, inspiring, and indeed important, document ever written. So since the Towrah provides the world’s lone introduction to God, since it alone presents the terms and conditions of the Covenant, and since it is the solitary place the path to God is delineated, Dowd was acknowledged. His Song to the Towrah reveals how to observe Yah’s Guidance so that we come to know Him and understand what He is offering.
To revere Yahowah, to respect Him, you have to know His name. That is why it was used twice in this prophetic pronouncement. Currently, religious Jews won’t say His name. But that will change.
Speaking of changes, most biblical translators want us to “fear the Lord.” And I suppose that is because “god fearing” people are easy to control. But while pachad can mean “fear,” such dread must be changed to respect for a person to embrace Yahowah as their Father – as the Father of the Covenant.
In this light, God not only says that He is “towb – good, pleasing, beneficial, beautiful, and joyous,” He says the exact same thing about His Towrah. And that is because the Towrah and Yahowah are inseparable. It is the manifestation of Yah’s presence in our world.
Now that we’ve analyzed every nuance, let’s review Yahowah’s prophetic announcement: “For indeed, the children of Yisra’el shall abide many days without a king, without a patron or leader who is empowered, without a sacrifice, and without the upright pillar, the rock and memorial stone, and without the linen vestment used to adorn the priest, or household physicians to heal the nation. Afterward, the children of Yisra’el shall change their attitude and thinking and they will return and be restored, and they will seek Yahowah, their God, in association with Dowd, their king. And they shall revere Yahowah and His goodness in the latter days.” (Howsha’ 3:4-5) That’s the whole story; it’s what did happen and what will happen. It’s the what, why, and when of Yahowah’s plan.
In the opening stanza of the fourth chapter, Yahowah explains why He was required to file for divorce. “Listen to (shama’ – hear and pay attention to) the word (dabar – message, communication, account, treatise, record, formal and systematic statement) of Yahowah ( ), children of Yisra’el (beny Yisra’el – children who choose to engage and endure with God), for Yahowah ( ) has a dispute (ryb – an indictment, quarrel, accusation, and hostility) against the inhabitants (‘im yashab) of the land (‘erets), because (ky) there is no trustworthiness (‘ayn ‘emeth – truth, fidelity, reliability, honesty, or loyalty), no devotion (‘ayn chesed – love, kindness, mercy, or steadfastness in relationship), and no understanding (wa ‘ayn da’at – wisdom or knowledge, judgment or discernment) of God (‘elohym) in the land (ba ha ‘erets).” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 4:1) This accounting of accusations hits pretty close to home. Is America, the world at large, or the Christian Church any better?
By providing us with a copy of His case against Yisra’el, Yahowah is telling us what He finds objectionable. And by introducing the list with an admonition, God is telling us how to avoid prosecution.
There are three things listed among the annoyances: one is of the mind, one of the heart, and the third is a marriage of both. But ultimately, the grievances are derivatives of “not knowing or understanding God.” He is the source of wisdom. When we know Him, He helps us understand Him better. That is the purpose of His Spirit and His Word. When we know and understand Him we will exude His qualities: truth, faithfulness, righteousness, trustworthiness, loyalty, love, kindness, devotion, mercy, and steadfastness in relationships. It’s pretty simple, really.
But when the relationship with God is severed, when we are oblivious, willfully ignorant of His teachings, chaos results: “Under a curse for lying under oath (‘alah – inviting and invoking divine sanctions on themselves by swearing oaths opposed to God), and being disowned for dishonesty and bowing in submission (wa kachash – deceiving, promoting lies, and acting deceptively, annulling the relationship by being unfaithful and delusional), and killing (ratsach – committing murder), and stealing (ganab – secretly taking things without permission), and committing adultery (wa na’aph – betrothing themselves to other partners), they are broken and in breach (parats – they are hostile and destroyed). And blood (wa dam) against (ba – with) blood (dam) befalls them, plaguing them (naga’ – has reached and stricken them).” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 4:2)
This list of grievances is important as they formed the basis of the indictment against Yisra’el – and by extension Yah’s accusations against mankind in general. It shouldn’t be a surprise then that they come directly from the Ten Statements Yah etched on the Memorial Stones.
’Alah, the Hebrew word translated “under a curse for lying,” is considerably more telling—especially in this context of Scriptural ignorance, religious deception, and preferring Ba’al to Yahowah. Beyond its obvious similarity to the name of the Islamic god, ’alah means “to utter a curse” and “to speak words harmful to God.” ’Alah literally defines Satan, because the Hebrew word means “accursed—that which has been damned.” Further, ’Alah “binds by way of an oath,” troublesome in this setting because Gomer and Yisra’el tied themselves to Lord-Ba’al.
In keeping with the terror that awaited the unfaithful Yisra’elites, ’alah means: “to mourn, to lament, to wail, howl, and shriek,” for which there would be No Mercy. ’Alah is also “a curse,” one which is self-inflicted. It is the residue of being opposed to God. The word is consistent with Lord-Halal-Ba’al’s inadequacies because it means: “unable and unfit.” As a false god, no matter how loudly or often one swore, ’Alah was “not capable of properly performing any worthy task.” To say ’alah was to “invoke spiritual harm by way of retribution.” As such, the word was prophetic of the hell that would flow from Islam.
Kachash, the Hebrew word translated “being disowned for dishonesty and bowing in submission,” is also revealing, especially in a religious discussion. It means: “to deceive by telling lies rather than the truth and to act deceptively.” To kachash is to: “distort reality, to create a delusion, to promote an errant opinion.” Keeping within the religious context, kachash means: “to bow down in submission.” It means “to cower in fear rather than out of respect,” and “to having been beguiled into an unworthy relationship as a direct result of having been deceived.” Kachash means: “to fail and to disown, to no longer be in association with someone so as to be unfaithful.” A kachash person is: “deceitful, unreliable, and untruthful in rebellion and stubbornness.”
Ratsach, the Hebrew word translated “killing,” also means “murdering.” Ganab, the Hebrew word translated “stealing,” means just that. To ganab is to be a thief, to take without permission by stealth or force.” It can also mean “to kidnap for ransom.” Sadly, to ganab also conveys “to enslave.” The word is a perfect match for Muhammad’s proclamation: “War is deception,” for it means to “secretly and purposely mislead and thereby surprise a foe.” Ganab conveys: “to steal the heart of a victim who has demonstrated a certain willingness to be deceived.”
Na’aph, means to “commit adultery.” So not surprisingly, it means “to be unfaithful spiritually.”
Parats is the Hebrew word translated “befalls them, plaguing them” above. Parats is actually much more sinister. It conveys: “to violently break down and to destroy.” A parats is a terrorist: “being hostile, operating in opposition, harming and killing others while destroying property.” These terrorists “spread out and invade other regions.” They “speak in a way that encourages destructive and harmful behavior from others.” To parats is to “rebel against authority” as in to rebel against Yahowah.
The final phrase, translated “blood against blood,” is dam ba dam. Dam is “blood,” but it also denotes the “violent shedding of blood.” Dam is used to convey “killing and murder, the slaughter of innocents, and bloodguilt for having done something wrong.” And is mankind’s history, especially with religion, blood begets blood – killing brings more killing.
It’s interesting, although not comforting, that this list of horrific grievances directed at the attitudes and behaviors inspired by the religion of Ba’al is a perfect match for Islamic attitudes and behaviors today. That strongly suggests that the religions, gods, and prophets are the same. There is nothing new under the sun. Only the names have changed: Yahowah versus Lord-Ba’al is now Yahowah versus Allah-Halal.
The problem is, and always has been—religion. Religions are manmade constructs designed to elevate and enrich clerics at the expense of the masses. Yahowah hates them as much as he despises those who preach and promote such deceptions. In Qara’ / Leviticus 19 we read: “You shall be set apart (qodesh), for I, Yahowah ( ), your God, am set apart (qodesh).” To be set apart is to be removed from the poison of false teachings – particularly political and religious mantras. “Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves molten gods.”
In Qara’ / Called Out 20, Yahowah continues with this theme: “Say to the sons of Yisra’el, ‘Any Yisra’elite or Gentile sojourning in Yisra’el who gives any of his offspring to Moloch [another name for Ba’al-like sun god], shall surely be put to death.’ The people of the land shall stone him. I will also remove My presence from that man and will cut him off from among his people because he has given some of his offspring to Moloch, so as to defile My sanctuary and to profane My set-apart name.” This is what the world is doing everyday—turning children over to false teachings and false gods.
Yahowah is warning us against tolerance and appeasement: “If the people of the land, however, should ever disregard that man when he gives any of his offspring to Moloch, so as not to put him to death, then I Myself will set My face against that man and against his family. I will cut off from among their people both him and all those who follow him, by serving false gods, turning to mediums and to spiritualists. You should keep yourselves separate therefore.”
Continuing to denounce the religion of Ba’al in the Towrah, and preach intolerance, Yahowah says: “Moreover, you shall not follow the customs of the nation which I shall drive out before you, for they did all these things, and therefore I have abhorred them.” “I am Yahowah, your God, who has separated you from these peoples.” “Thus you are to be set apart to Me, for I Am Yahowah, Set Apart, and I have set you apart from the people to be Mine. As for a man or a woman, if there is a medium or a spiritualist among them, they shall surely be put to death. They shall be stoned because their blood guilt is upon them.” It’s safe to say, it’s unsafe to be religious. The one thing Yahowah can’t tolerate is tolerance.
According to Yahowah, the congregation’s fate and that of their priests is linked. This is what God had to say following His listing of Ba’alism/Islamic atrocities: “Therefore as a result, the land shall dry up, and every one that dwells therein shall languish (amal – be weak-willed, indecisive, pine away in sorrow, be faint and wither) with their livestock and harvest taken away. Yet do not blame other men, because the people are to blame just as much as the insulting priests (kahan – cleric, one who dresses in religious garb and performs religious rites and rituals). Therefore you shall fall (kashal – stumble, falter, stagger, be brought down, be overthrown, and fail) in the day, and the preacher (naby – prophet, one who proclaims the message of a god or God) shall also fall with you in the night, and I will destroy your mother.” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 4:3-5)
Since the people were as corrupt as their clerics, God told the Yisra’elites, and us through them, that no one was in a position to point fingers. The destiny of the deceived would be the same as that of those who deceived them, at least in the sense that they would both fall.
This linkage between cleric and congregation is at the root of the church’s problem today. The religious establishment knows better. Clerics realize that it is Yahowah not Lord, Yahowsha’ not Jesus, Ma’aseyah not Christ, Tabernacles not Christmas, Passover, Unleavened Bread, and FirstFruits not Easter, Reconciliations not Thanksgiving, Trumpets not Halloween, the Sabbath not Sunday, the Torah, Prophets, and Psalms not the Bible, a Covenant not Old and New Testaments, a calling out, not church, and a relationship not religion. But to say so would make their congregations uncomfortable, sparse, and stingy so they promote these deceptions as if they were true. They tell their flock what they want to hear because they know people flock toward those who do. So everyone is equally complicit, equally guilty, and equally damned.
Yahowah’s next line summarizes Yisra’el’s situation and the predicament of religious Jews, Christians, and Muslims...
“My people (‘am) are completely destroyed and they will perish (damah – they are cut off and will cease to exist (niphal perfect – telling us that the people have actively participated in their own absolute demise)) because of (min – from) a lack of understanding (bely – corrupted information, inadequate knowledge, and deficient discernment).
Indeed because (ky) you (‘atah) have totally avoided and rejected (ma’as – spurned and despised, literally refused and disdained (qal perfect – revealing that the avoidance was complete and the rejection was literal)) knowledge and understanding (da’at – information and discernment), so then (wa) I will consistently reject you and avoid you (ma’as – I will actually disassociate from you and will rebuff you (qal imperfect)) from serving as priests and ministers (kahan – from acting as counselors and clerics) on My behalf (la – for Me). Since (wa) you have continually ignored (shakah – you have consistently overlooked and literally forgotten, you have lost sight of the significance of and responded improperly to (qal imperfect waw consecutive)) the Towrah of your God (Towrah ‘elohym – Your God’s Torah Instruction and Teaching, Your God’s Source of Guidance and Direction; derived from: tow – God’s signed, written, and enduring, towrah – way of treating people, tuwr – giving us the means to explore, to seek, to find, and to choose, yarah – the source of instruction, teaching, guidance, and direction that flows from God, which tuwb – provides answers to facilitate our restoration and return, even our response and reply to that which is towb – good, pleasing, beneficial, favorable, healing, and right, and that which causes us to be loved, to become acceptable, and to endure, tahowr and tohorah – purifying and cleansing us, thereby towr – providing us with the opportunity to change our attitude, thinking, and direction toward God), I also (‘any gam) will consistently ignore your children (shakah ben – I will overlook your sons, forget about your children, and view them as worthless).
So as (ka) they grew and became more powerful (rabab – they became more numerous and influential), so much the more (ken) they missed the way (chata’ – they sinned, retreated, and went in the wrong direction). They exchanged (muwr – substituted) their reputation and reward (kabowd – their honor and respect, their glorious manifestation of power, status, and forthcoming abundance) for (ba) shame (qalown – dishonor and disgrace, ignominy and infamy).” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 4:6)
There are few passages as important as this one. “My people” refers primarily to Yisra’el and to the Yahuwdym, but perhaps also to the Ekklesia. Most religious people are ignorant and irrational relative to Yahowah’s Word, and in particular His Towrah – Teaching. They are no longer engaged in the mission of observing, responding to, exemplifying, capitalizing upon, or proclaiming the Word of God because they don’t know it. Having separated themselves from Yahowah, from the source of life, teaching, and truth, they have exchanged the shame of religion for the status of a relationship. People’s lack of knowledge has diminished their understanding, which in turn has destroyed any opportunity they would otherwise have to engage in the Covenant.
So here’s something to ponder: since God’s people are destroyed for lack of understanding His Towrah and a failure to participate in His Covenant relationship, the corollary must be true. God’s people are saved by coming to understand His Towrah and by engaging in the Covenant relationship. That being the case, your decision to study His Towrah will determine your fate. Moreover, your commitment to draw closer to Him through carefully observing His Towrah, will prepare you to become an effective example and a truthful witness engaged in the mission of saving souls. Since those who are ignorant and independent cease to be worthy, those who are prepared and betrothed become Yahowah’s instruments of enlightenment and salvation. That means we work directly with God.
The justification for and the net effect of this divine pronouncement is the same for the Jews as it is for anyone else, only the time of implementation differs. Abraham’s descendants, the Yahuwdym, had served as Yahowah’s official spokespeople for 1400 years. For Yisra’el, representing ten of the twelve tribes, that was almost over. Yisra’el would endure an unpleasant 2,700-year cessation of duties. Yahuwdah / Judea, however, would remain engaged another 700 years, delivering prophets and Ma’aseyah. But they too would falter for lack of knowledge, prompting an intermission Howsha’ predicted would last two thousand years.
Continuing to focus on what is easily one of the most important passages in Scripture, Yahowah just told us that if people observed the Towrah, they would not be ignorant. If people knew Yahowah, they would not perish.
To understand, a person must first observe the evidence and then consider it, exercising good judgment to think about what they have learned. The reason that this process is important is because according to God, ignorance and destruction are related. Those who don’t know cease to exist. Therefore, existence is predicated upon knowing Yahowah.
Also interesting here is that “bely – understanding” contemplates the contribution “inadequate knowledge,” “corrupted information,” and “deficient discernment” play in our “lack of understanding.” Religion, which is corrupted information, is made possible because of a lack of knowledge. Those who know the Towrah are not fooled by these frauds.
The second clause of this verse is a quid pro quo directed at those who would claim to be God’s ministers. It says that since they don’t know Him, they won’t be used by Him. God is thereby calling priests, pastors, and religious ministers “frauds.” Those who claim to know Him and to serve Him, do not and are not. For someone to be useful to God, they must first know God.
Reading this out of context, Christians have seen this as their opportunity. But the possibility of the Christian Church replacing Yisra’el is dashed based upon what follows. More even than Jews, Gentiles, and especially Christians, have disavowed Yahowah’s Towrah at Paul’s urging.
I find it fascinating to note that all too few people have been willing to listen to Yahowah’s prophets. While Yirmayahuw, Zakaryahuw (“Remember Yah”), and Mala’ky (“Messenger”) followed Howsha’, Yahowah ultimately had to do the job Himself. Yahowsha’ therefore entered our world as an expression of Yahowah’s Towrah.
In this light the third stanza of Howsha’ 4:6 becomes particularly revealing. The Towrah, like Yahowsha’, was begotten by Yahowah. As the offspring of God, they represent Yahowah. Yahowsha’ is the Word in the flesh – the corporeal manifestation of the Towrah. God came to express Himself directly because most everyone disqualified themselves through ignorance from serving Him appropriately in this way.
If a person chooses to avoid the Towrah, they will inevitably instruct their children to do the same. Therefore, the offspring of religious Jews, Christians, and Muslims will be unknown to God.
Honestly, the larger human institutions grow, the worse they become. It is the same with nations as it is with religions. They not only feed upon the people’s wickedness, the leaders of such institutions are all too often motivated by little more than influence, sex, power, and money. And so it is with the cleric, so it is with those he has conned. That is why Yahowah said...
“So as (ka) they grew and became more powerful (rabab – they became more numerous and influential), so much the more (ken) they missed the way (chata’ – they sinned, retreated, and went in the wrong direction). They exchanged (muwr – substituted) their reputation and reward (kabowd – their honor and respect, their glorious manifestation of power, status, and forthcoming abundance) for (ba) shame (qalown – dishonor and disgrace, ignominy and infamy).” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 4:7)
By recognizing that rabab serves as the basis of rabbi, this becomes funny in a sad sort of way: “As they became rabbis, all the more they went astray.” But such is the case with every religion. People go along to get along. They assume that their religion is right because so many people believe it. But the truth has never been popular. And for all of human history deceptions have held sway.
This passage presents an ironic twist. As people grow in stature, they recede from God. The more people move in one direction, the more likely it is that they are all headed the wrong way. The more people strive to be influential, the more insignificant they become. They have substituted transitory wealth for an eternal reward, and have exchanged the illusion of power for its genuine manifestation.
Speaking of the Devil’s advocates, the Lord’s representatives, the disenfranchised ministers, Yahowah revealed: “They feed upon (‘akal) the wrongdoing and sin offerings (chata’t – the iniquity and propitiations, the errant ways and misguided beliefs) of My people (‘am – My family). And so (wa) therefore (‘el – accordingly), their perverse distortions (‘awon / ‘aown – their errant perversions and corruptions, their tendency to twist and distort) carry away and beguile (nasa’ – sweep away, deceive, and indebt) their souls (nepesh).” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 4:8)
This is true both literally and symbolically. If not for people’s individual and collective sense of guilt and implied hellish consequence, religions wouldn’t exist. They prey on people’s fear of the unknown, on their fear of punishment.
And as a result, they devour believers’ money by promising their victims that their donations will somehow illicit favor from God. But in the end, the very corruptions and distortions which enriched these clerics, consumed their souls.
Most religions prosper using this strategy. Islam, because it’s so similar to Ba’alism, is the most overt. If a man becomes an animalistic jihadist, according to the cleric, the terrorist’s injustice leads to the sexual indulgence of the flesh in Allah’s brothel. Imams, placating fleshy desires, preach the Qur’anic perversion: lying, stealing, enslaving, raping, and killing are good. Communists promote and exalt men, lifting up man to the status of god. Taught Darwinism instead of the Scriptures, men become animals. And this new animal becomes wicked. Their ministers named Stalin, Hitler, and Mao, move their societies toward hell on earth. The Church has been more subtle, more hypocritical. The Roman Catholic Church fed upon man’s animalistic nature, the desires of the masses, because they prospered as a result. The Church sold indulgences. They consumed the sins of the people because people paid to have their sins forgiven. And lest we forget, the Protestant Church was born in adultery. Today, pastors play to their congregation’s emotions, hoping that they feel good enough about the watered down and ignorant sermon to come back again and fill their coffers.
“And so (wa) it will come to be (hayah – it was, is, and will be) as with (ka) the people (ha ‘am) so as with (ka) the priest (kohen – the minister and cleric). I will record and consider (wa paqad – I will impute and reckon) against them (‘al) their ways (derek – their conduct and way of life). And (wa) their deeds and practices (ma’alal – their actions and activities), I will turn upon them (suwb la – I will return to them, paying them back for what they have done).” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 4:9)
From God’s perspective, the “blame the pastor for misleading me” alibi will not work. Every religious person will be held accountable for what they have done. And that is because at the very least, believers have given priests the pretence of credibility by participating in their religion, and most have corrupted their children by encouraging them to follow their example. So in the end, a person’s religious practices will be held against them. Rather than endearing a soul to God, such activities will convict them of infidelity. And while that isn’t a crime in courtrooms established by men, it is a capital offence with God.
The quid pro quo of this message is a killer. Because Jews and Gentiles have disassociated themselves from Yahowah, either by ignoring Him or by replacing Him with a god conceived by men, they have been spurned by our Maker and have been crippled spiritually. Oblivious, they have been forgotten. Despicable, they have been rejected.
It is Divine justice, but it is also deadly. And people have no one to blame but themselves. The truth was available, but most chose to ignore it. Yahowah stood at the door and called us home, but too few have paid attention. Most have not even bothered to ask the suitor His name. They don’t even know the name of the door (Pesach). They have spurned Him and ignored it, separating themselves from God. So, He left them to flounder about with our lords and their religions.
That means that the religious clerics draped in robes, the rabbis, the priests, and the pastors, the imams and monks, must be serving another spirit—the Lord’s, perhaps. It is then little wonder that they revel in Satan’s Sun-day, the Devil’s conception and birthday, his rites and rituals. It is little wonder then that Lord has replaced Yahowah, Jesus has replaced Yahowsha’, Christ has replaced Ma’aseyah, and Church has replaced the Calling Out based upon the Miqra’ey in the written and spoken word of the religions that have replaced relationships.
Here is the result: “They shall commit prostitution, and shall not increase, because they have separated themselves, no longer heeding Yahowah. Unfaithful and intoxicated, the new wine is taken away from the soul.” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 4:10-11)
Relationship makes us more like God. Religion makes us more like men. Priests and pastors commit acts of pedophilia and prostitution and so do the people. The people promote ignorant deceptions and so do the priests and pastors. The priests and pastors preach in the Lord’s name and so the people act as if Satan owned them.
Through amplification we discover that, “It shall be,” is hayah, the root and meaning of Yahowah’s name. This introduction gives this passage added credibility and significance. It’s like saying “I Am, but they are not.” It’s a positioning thing: Yahowah is on one side of the dividing line, the people and their priests are on the other.
The Hebrew word used for “people” is ‘am, meaning “family, kin, and relatives” in addition to “nation, people, assembly, followers or congregation.” It is a very inclusive word and that’s not good in this context. Kohen, the word translated “priest,” is an official cleric or minister. A kohen “performs religious rites and rituals.” Kohen, like ‘am, is agnostic. The people and their priests can serve Yahowah or Ba’al. They can be good or bad, in relationship or religious.
In this prophetic verse, God is making it clear that the fate of cleric and congregation are linked: “like people, like priest.” Yahowah says of us collectively that He will paqad – “count, inventory, take stock of, record, and summon” our derek – “ways, paths, routes, way of life, conduct, and habits” and shub – “repay them, reward them, turn us away based upon” or maalil – “that which we have done, or evil deeds and conduct.”
Yahowah explains that neither pastor nor people will ever be nourished—no matter how much garbage they consume. They will ’akal – “eat and consume things, they will taste sensations and spend valuables” but they will never saba – “be satisfied, be content, have enough, or be confident.” Saba also infers “a state of disorientation and confusion over events past, present and future.” Then God says that His people and their priests will engage in zanah – “prostitution, exchanging sexual favors for money, be unfaithful, unprincipled, unreliable, and promiscuous, abandoning the covenant.” Yet in spite of this union and love fest with Satan, false gods, false partners, and false teachings, the people and their priests will parats – “break down, be destroyed, break away and be released in their hostility, opposition, and murder.”
Then Yahowah explains why: Ken – “Indeed, surely, truly, by way of emphasis to bring your attention to and thereby strengthen this statement, as a result of this case there is a causal link, because” they ‘azab – “abandoned, rejected, deserted, separated themselves from, forsook, neglected, departed from and stayed away from” shamar – “observing the instructions of” Yahowah.” It was all about ‘azab. The clerics and their congregations, the priests and their people abandoned God so therefore, and as a direct result, God forsook them.
Yahowah has but three potential responses to ‘azab—two of which run contrary to His nature. God can be aloof and unconcerned, but as such He could not be loving. God could be capricious, but that would make Him unjust. Or God could be as He has depicted Himself here: He could make us aware of what He is like and what He wants. He could know what we are doing and saying, and warn us about the consequences. He could give us what we deserve.
Zenut – ‘unfaithful, immoral, prostitutes” yayn – “intoxicated, drunk to the point of being poisoned and sick,” the yaras tyros – “new wine, the best and blessed wine,” the wine that is symbolically used in the Miqra’ey sacrifices to designate be benefit of the Passover Lamb, is yaqah – “taken away, grasped and seized, carrying away” leb – “the heart, soul, spirit, mind, source of life, feelings, thoughts, understanding, and hope.”
Still speaking to the Jewish environmentalists of the day, those who worshiped nature as if the created were the Creator, and who as libertines were promoting their perverted sexual preferences, Yahowah says: “My people consult with the trees and their branches speak to them. The spirit of prostitution, idolatry and illegitimacy have caused them to err (ta’ah – “to wanted, to go astray, to stagger and deceive oneself, to mislead, to hold an erroneous view and false belief which needs to be corrected, to be in rebellion, living in sin and engaged in deception, to exchange opinions for truth) and they have gone into pimping, soliciting bribes and favors for their gods.” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 4:12)
Three of my favorite Divine attributes are displayed in this sentence. God understands human nature. Nothing we do surprises Him. Unimpaired by time, He knows our past and sees how it relates to our present and future. And He is bold and blunt when it comes to exposing deceptions.
Satanic sun-god cults worshiped nature the same way liberal, socialist, secular humanist environmentalists do today. They are in touch with nature, listening to and caring for the trees. The earth reveals its concerns to them as opposed to revealing God’s nature. Such idolatry is illegitimate, elevating the created over the Creator. These zealots err. And as secular professors, liberal pastors, politically correct media spokespeople, and compassionate politicians, they deceive themselves and mislead others. These humanists would have you believe that opinions are entitlements, that truth is relative, that perceptions are reality, that tolerance is a virtue, and that morality is situational. Having elevated themselves and their elitist ideals, having become religious in their fanaticism, they have become little more than pimps, soliciting on behalf of their rebellion. They want to establish the moral standards, they want control over life and death, and they want absolute power—the right to impose their will and judgment on others. They covet that which is God’s.
“They worship and make sacrifices on the summits of mountains and burn incense on the hills, under oaks and poplars and elms, because their shadow (tsel – their interposing blocks the source of light) is deemed good.” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 4:13) Those who promote evil and who are evil always hide from the light. No false prophet can endure scrutiny and no false religion can survive exposure. We can protect our children from these things by shining Yahowah’s Scriptural light on them.
“I will not visit or care for your daughters or wives when they are unfaithful and immoral for they are separated (parad – divided, severed, in a different relationship, broken, and dispersed) with unfaithful, immoral, and unreliable prostitutes, offering sacrifices to temple priests. People (‘am – families, kin, relatives, nations, groups, associations, congregations, and followers) without comprehension (byn – consideration and understanding; teaching, instruction, information, and discernment; knowledge and wisdom imparted; perception and realization of truth, thinking and distinguishing, pondering and processing evidence so as to respond appropriately) come to ruin (labat – live their personal lives in chaos and are destroyed).” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 4:14)
This verse is an explanation of Howsha’s message, and in truth, a summation of the Scriptural message. God does not associate Himself with those who separate themselves from Him. If you choose the company of immoral, unfaithful, and unreliable people and participate in their religious rites, you will spend your eternity with them and not with God. And “But I didn’t know any better” won’t work as an excuse. Ignorance is the cause of separation, not the remedy. As such, Howsha’s message needs to be nailed to every church door and to the entrance of every public building.
It bears repeating: “People, families, nations, congregations, and followers without comprehension and consideration, without teaching, instruction, information, and discernment, without knowledge and wisdom being imparted to them, without perception and understanding, who do not think and distinguish between truth and deception, pondering and processing the evidence so as to respond appropriately, come to ruin, living their personal lives in chaos so that they are ultimately destroyed.”
This is why God said: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge and understanding.” It is why He revealed: “And I will not love, show affection, have mercy on, demonstrate compassion or pity for her children; for they are the children of fornication, prostitution, adultery, idolatry, and illicit relationships with false deities.” Ignorance is a choice, not an excuse. Infidelity is the result. Eternal separation from God is the consequence.
The Hebrew word qadesh, translated “temple priests” in the first half of the passage above, contains the key to understanding Satan’s schemes. It is a slight variation of qodesh, meaning set apart—the word Yahowah uses to describe His Spirit, His people and His plan. A qadesh is “a quasi-sacred person, a male devotee to licentious idolatry, an unclean sodomite.” A qadesh man is often a false teacher, prophet, politician, or preacher, set apart working clandestinely for Satan. They present themselves as “holy” and their rituals “sacred,” but the object of their worship is as unworthy, as immoral, as unreliable, and as unfaithful as they are. Many were prostitutes and pimps pandering for their religious dogmas, political doctrines and lascivious agendas. Most were either homosexual or bisexual.
This is the way Satan battles Yahowah for men’s souls. He focuses on the flesh as opposed to the spirit and corrupts through counterfeiting and sanctification. Qadesh is a corrupted counterfeit of qodesh that men “sanctified” for religious purposes. It’s like the Roman Catholic Church sanctifying the Satanic sun-god festivals of Sun-day, the winter solstice and the spring equinox, and calling them “Christian.” It’s like incorporating the Devil’s night, “all hollow’s eve,” into a religious celebration in which children dress as witches and recite “trick or treat”—bribe me with candy or I’ll deceptively attack you.
For a religion or doctrine to be believable, it has to incorporate a nugget of truth which can then be twisted to serve the deceiver. Hitler and Stalin called it “propaganda.” It’s the art of deceiving using half truths.
This twisting lies at the core of Islam. Muhammad began with the characters found in the Torah, Prophets, and Psalms and then bastardized their message to serve his agenda—one perfectly compatible with Ba’al. The Roman Catholic Church was conceived on the concepts of counterfeit and sanctification. The resulting religion became an ideal platform for clerics and kings to subject the masses to their indoctrination and tyranny. Secular humanists twist reality and truth using revisionist history and relativism. Each doctrine, coveting control, indoctrinates the ignorant with a whitewashing and plastering over of the truth.
“Though you, Yisra’el, are immoral, unfaithful, and unreliable, let not Yahuwdah (Yahuwdah – those who Relate to Yah and are Related to Yah) be declared guilty (‘asham – become liable for wrongdoing, offend, violate the standard, sin). Do not come to Gilgal, neither go up to Bethaven, nor make sworn promises to do something (shaba – swear oaths, take an oath, adjure, threaten penalties or sanctions, bind or command anyone). Yahowah lives.” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 4:15)
While the Northern Kingdom, called Yisra’el or Ephraim, is a lost cause, Yahuwdah isn’t—at least not yet. So Yahowah is pleading with them not to violate the terms and conditions of the Covenant so as to become liable and declared guilty. He doesn’t want Yahuwdah making the same kind of false promises their unfaithful brethren had made. He didn’t want them to be religious. In fact the word “religion” means to “re-bind”—the very thing Yahowah didn’t want done. Religions are the sworn oaths of men, commandments which bind men by threatening penalties and sanctions. That is why Yahowah ends His plea with such utter and profound simplicity: “Yahowah lives.” Once we come to know this, understand this, respond appropriately to this, we are saved and religions are doomed.
By referencing the towns of Gilgal and Bethaven, Yahowah underscored His anti-religious message: “Gilgal” means “circle”—the word which shares the same root as “church.” Both are derived from “Circe,” the daughter of the sun god Helios. Circles, like halos, represent the sun and sun worship. Gilgal had a circle of stones—a meager version of Stonehenge—where elitists engaged in cult worship not unlike America’s Skull and Bone crypt at Yale. A quarter of a mile from Yarychow / Jericho, it became the religious and political center of the tribe of Benjamin—the smallish clan associated with Yahuwdah / Judah. The Yisra’elites confirmed kingship on Saul there and it was at Gilgal that his authority was taken away as a result of his separation from Yahowah.
“Bethaven” is from beth, meaning house, and ‘aown, meaning “trouble, sorrow, wickedness, affliction, distress, evil, falsehood, harm, idols, iniquity, misfortune, vanity, and sorrow.” It literally defines Satan’s agenda, his methods and nature, which is “to pervert and corrupt, to twist and confuse.”
“Indeed (ky – surely and truly) Yisra’el is as stubborn (sarar – defiant, obstinate, rebellious, unwilling to change) as an obstinate bull. So, as a result, (atah – at a point in time, so then, in the sequential relationship of the narrative, what comes next is the focus of and the logical consequence of the speaker) Yahowah ( ) will be their companion (ra’ah – be a friend, build a harmonious relationship based upon common interests, be an attendant of the groom at a wedding) as a male lamb (kebes – a ceremonially clean and perfect sacrificial lamb) in limitless space, comfort, safety and freedom.” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 4:16)
Yahowah had done everything imaginable for His people. He had formed a personal relationship with them, loved them, lavished gifts on them, freed them, given them their nation, their land, and their mission. Yet in rebellion they choose to offer His bounty to Ba’al. No quantity of prophets, no amount of warnings, no measure of pleadings were sufficient to change their thinking or their behavior. They did not respond to the soft touch of their Husband’s caress or the tough love of their Father’s correction. They weren’t just obstinate, they were as rebellious as Halal—represented by the bull.
So, in the ultimate contrast, Yahowah tells the bull that He will become a lamb. On one side of the equation you have rebellion; on the other side relationship. This is ‘azab and beryth. It is good vs. evil. It is light triumphing over darkness, judgment turned to salvation, death redeemed to life. From God’s perspective it’s the perfect response. He is telling Yisra’el that as a result of them separating themselves from Him and linking their spirit to Satan, He is going to do the logical thing: save them. And so, in the relative sequence of events as outlined by His prophets, Yahowah became the perfect sacrificial lamb so as to rebuild a harmonious relationship, rescue, free and comfort His people. The Ma’aseyah would serve as the ultimate attendant of the Groom at the wedding ceremony.
“Ephraim [the Northern Kingdom] is allied (hitchabrut – joined to, in union with) idols (atsab – religious images, false gods, objects of worship). Let him rest (munach – have an intermission, a time out, a period to settle down at the edge of the ark). Their wine and spirits are unacceptable (suwr – rejected, turned away, cause them to be forsaken and cut off). They have been continually unfaithful, immoral, and unreliable. Their rulers love (‘ahab – have an affection for, like and desire, focus on and prefer) shame (qalown – insults, verbal scorn and slander, dishonor, scandals, infamy, personal notoriety, their own reputation and fame). The Spirit/wind has wrapped/bound Ephraim up in His/his wings. And they shall feel ashamed (bowsh – have a feeling of emotional distress over the loss of hope, despair as a result of having committed a serious sin), because of their sacrifices.” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 4:17-19)
The word for rulers, magen, carries some interesting baggage with it. It means “puny shield”—a relatively worthless protector. A magen is “insolent (presumptuous, ill-mannered, rude, audacious, disrespectful), acting with hubris (excessive pride) and haughtiness.” This sounds like today’s politicians, especially when one connects magen with qalown—“the insulting, scornful slanderers who prefer scandals and personal notoriety.”
The reason that I have left “Spirit/wind,” “wrapped/bound” and “His/his” undetermined is because the Hebrew root of spirit and wind is the same—ruwcha. A wind, especially a circular whirlwind from the desert, is symbolic of Satan’s spirit. In this case, Halal would have bound Ephraim in his grasp trying to deceive and destroy him. But ruwcha is often used in reference to Yahowah, signifying His Spirit and the Breathe of Life. In this case His Spirit would have wrapped Ephraim in His wings trying to enlighten and save him. These concepts represent ‘azab and beryth. This is Ba’al verses Yahowah. So the question is, in whose grasp are we?