Now that we have discovered how consistent, revealing, and pertinent Yahowah’s prophetic testimony is, let’s complete our review of Howsha’s poligious prognostications. Two thousand seven hundred years ago, the prophet began a train of thought which begins and ends with references to sowing and reaping.
“Yisra’el (Yisra’el – individuals who engage and endure with God (a masculine proper noun)) is a wasteful and destructive (baqaq – should have been healthy, fruitful, and plentiful, but was instead a shriveling, degenerating, withering, ruinous, and unhealthy) vine (gepen – tendril).
The fruit (pary) he puts forth (shawah) is for him (la), as (ka) the increases in (rab la) his fruit (pary) are the altars (la ha mizbeah). As (ka) the land (‘erets) improved (tsowb) so too (la) their stone pillars (matsebah – religious memorials of stone to false gods) improved (yatsab – became more numerous and attractive).” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 10:1)
Baqaq is a double entendre; an oxymoron with its own built in contradiction. It was perfect for Yisra’el—and ideal for describing America too. The more productive and luxuriant we have become the more we have shriveled and degenerated. We have become what we desired: a nation for the people. Given the choice between serving God or serving ourselves, we made the wrong call and came to resemble the self-serving and self-reliant vine that was as plentiful as it was pitiful. The only thing they were good at was building religious shrines – not unlike America with its cathedrals and mega churches.
The wealthier we became, and the more powerful our military grew, the more we came to rely on things, the more religious and patriotic we became. It was not the first time, nor the last.
It is as if we think we can buy God’s favor. This is one of many reasons why Yahowah demonstrated wisdom in addition to compassion when He made salvation a gift. Rather than being pleased with our token sacrifices and fancy churches, Yahowah finds them detestable. I doubt His spirit has ever lingered in St. Peters. It would be the last place on earth to look for Him.
Yatsab is another internal irony. It highlights the inescapable connection between success and failure. I recall the day I became a billionaire (albeit for the briefest of moments). My first public statement was “You are never closer to your greatest failure than you are at the moment of your greatest triumph.” It proved prophetic. I was crucified publicly on the cover of Business Week magazine just over a year later. While nothing they wrote was accurate, it was the perfect crucible for this mission.
Simply stated, success breeds self-reliance. Since Yahowah created us for the purpose of relationship, and wants us to rely on His love, there is nothing He dislikes more.
Every word of what follows speaks to our time. “Their heart (leb) is divided and duplicitous (chalaq – shared and apportioned, deceitful and misleading, seducing and dispersing). So now at this point in time (‘atah), they must bear their guilt (‘asham – become liable for wrongdoing, suffer the consequence of violating the standard, be declared guilty and suffer the requisite punishment).” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 10:2) The message is consistent: if we choose azab/damnation we get azab/separation.
And speaking of consistent, Yahowah isn’t politically correct, multicultural, or tolerant: “He (huw’), Himself, will break down and demolish (‘araph – He will destroy by smashing) their altars (mizbeah – religious shrines), totally devastating (shadad – ravaging and destroying) their religious monuments (matsebah – stone pillars and memorials, religious sites, and obelisks).” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 10:2)
A pyramid or obelisk has always been a tribute to sun gods. It is why we should be concerned that one sits in the center of the Vatican’s circle leading to St. Peters and another points skyward at the center of the National Mall directly across from the White House and leading to Capitol Hill. We even have one on our money, with the watchful eye of Horus gazing down upon us. And God is not amused.
There are many gods, but only one is real, only one actually cares, only one can serve as our interests: “Surely (ky), now (‘atah) they will say (‘amar), ‘We have no leader (‘ayn melek) for us (la), because (ky) we do not respect or revere (yare’) Yahowah ( ). As for our king (melek), what (mah) can he do for us (‘asah la)?’
They speak mere words (dabar dabarym) with vain and worthless, destructive and devastating (showa’ – empty and false, lifeless and ruinous, futile and idolatrous) oaths which curse (‘alah – dishonest and improper recitals of divine harm that bind under oath and create great sorrow) they cut (karat – establish through separation) a covenant (beryth – a relationship agreement, binding treaty, and pledge).” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 10:3-4)
Showa’ is one of Scripture’s most devastating terms. In most Hebrew lexicons it reads shav’, but that’s purposely misleading because there is no “v” in the Hebrew alphabet. This linguistic manipulation becomes especially obvious when one considers that the word is Shin-Wah-Aleph (שׁוא), with the vowel Wah producing the “o” sound and the vowel Aleph conveying the same sound as an “a” in English. So this word was originally pronounced showa’. The word means: “to ravage, destroy, and devastate, creating a desolate, lifeless, wasteland.” It addresses that which is “worthless and destructive, false and ruinous.” It even speaks of “concealing by covering over,” which I suppose is why it was selected as the name of the rabbinical ploy called the “Sheva System” deployed to deliberately conceal and corrupt the pronunciation of certain letters, namely the Yowd, Hey, and Wah. Not so coincidently, these just happen to be the only letters which comprise Yahowah’s name (YHWH).
And by implementing the Sheva System, the Masoretic text of the Torah has now been corrupted by these deceivers. So we should not be surprised that they are the very same people who promoted the myth that no one knows how to pronounce the name of God. These rabbis would have you believe that Yehshu and Yehshua are accurate representations of the Hebrew name of the person known to the world as “Jesus,” but who is actually Yahowsha’. Few things have been as “showa’ – devastating.”
Speaking of destructive, had rabbis not concealed the pronunciation of Yahowah’s name, Allah and Islam would not exist. It would have been impossible to fool the world into believing that Allah was the name of the god who authored the Torah, Prophets, and Qur’an. And yet because they committed this heinous crime, the most deceitful, destructive, deadly, and damning of all doctrines has been unleashed, devastating everything it has touched. So we should not be surprised that we find the name of the Islamic god in this statement, ‘alah, or that the name is a “curse, a dishonest and harmful oath.”
As I first approached this passage, I was expecting to make the following point: with God there is but one “beryth – covenant,” but with man there are many. And yet while most every English translation of this verse errantly renders beryth “covenants,” in the text itself, beryth, is singular and absolute – as it is everywhere. So while man is prone to making many counterproductive pledges and agreements, Yahowah is so insistent that there is only one Covenant, He is opposed to presenting beryth in the plural form even when it applies to human schemes.
Beyond this, we are reminded that Ba’alism and Islam are indistinguishable. Howsha’ was speaking about the satanic sun-god cult which worshiped Lord / Ba’al, but this description fits Islam perfectly. It’s as if it came directly out of Allah’s 9th surah in which the Treaty of Hudaybiyah—a sworn oath—was repudiated and rendered worthless. It even contains the Islamic god’s name, and it confirms that while all Islamic covenants are worthless, one of them must be repeated as a binding oath—“There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his prophet.”
For those who revere politicians, Yahowah wants you to know that their words are vain, thus egotistical, and worthless. They are part of the problem, not the solution. They serve their own interests, no one else’s. Moreover, as with Islam, religion and politics are often inseparable. Today in America we have two poligious agendas. On one side is the “religious right,” supporting Republicans with their “moral majority” and “moral values.” On the other side we have “secular humanists,” liberal, elitist Democrats who love the rule of man. They have elevated themselves to the status of God by creating their own morality—something they call “political correctness.”
Such men and their agendas have created the mess we are in today “And legal disputes and official proclamations (mishpat – civil and criminal cases, lawsuits and courthouses, societal regulations and specifications, spoken and written commands which must be obeyed with penalties for non-compliance) sprout (parach – flourish, thrive, and break out) like poisonous (ro’sh – venom produced by a serpent, bitter and gall; irritating, annoying, infuriating, vexing, and maddening) weeds in the furrows of the field.” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 10:3-4)
Many Hebrew words have dark and light connotations. And mishpat is among them. When we “mishpat – exercise good judgment” and come to know Yahowah and embrace His Covenant, God uses His “mishpat – means to justly resolve disputes” to exonerate us, so that we become perfect and can enter His company. But for those who ignore or reject the terms and conditions of the Covenant, the mishpat represent the full force and power of Yahowah’s “judgment.” So in this case, mankind’s political and religious mishpat reflect man’s attempt to usurp Yahowah’s guidance, replacing it with their own judicial systems which must be obeyed.
In this light, it’s hard to imagine a time or place in which there were more “irritating, infuriating, vexing, and annoying criminal cases, lawsuits, and societal regulations” than there are in today’s America. The IRS tax code itself is ten times longer than Yahowah’s Witness. Collectively, there are millions of pages of state and national laws and regulations and yet as a people we become less moral, enlightened, and productive with each passing day. Should we have simply observed the Seven Instructions, or Yahowsha’s summation of them into love God and our neighbor—we would be living in paradise.
What’s really interesting is that Yahowah calls man’s attempts to govern himself “poison,” and suggests that lawsuits and regulations are the product of the “serpent,” better known as Satan. God is even suggesting that this kind of contentious verses harmonious, and over regulated verses free, society is a direct result of separating ourselves from Him. Moreover, “weeds” are Scripturally synonymous with unsaved azab people. They flourish in societies like America, choking out productive plants and infuriating God.
The next verse reveals the source of the Northern Kingdom’s trouble. They had chosen to associate with Halal in the form of Ba’al, the bull representation of the sun god. So Yahowah tells them that they will get the opportunity to spend quality time with their idol—something they did while in Babylonian captivity. The Jews literally followed Satan and his idol home. Yahowah’s use of guwr and ‘aown are especially telling.
“The people who live in the neighborhoods of Samaria [the capital of the Northern Kingdom] will have a temporary stay with (guwr – shall gather together and dwell as aliens with, live as guests in a strange place with, stand in awe of, abide together with and be afraid of and for, seek the hospitality of, stir up trouble and quarrel over) the bull of Beth-Aown (beyth means house and ‘aown is [descriptive of Satan, meaning] vanity, futility, wickedness, affliction, mischief, unrighteousness, evil, falsehood, idolatry, naught, injustice and sorrow). Indeed, its people will mourn and grieve for it. And its idolatrous priests (komer from kamar meaning blackness and gloom) will cry out (gyl – rejoice, exalt, be glad, delight in and be joyful) over it.
Indeed (ky – surely and truly) its monetary value and means to power (kabowd –attribution of high status to or by a person, beneficial reward derived from the giving of gifts) has been revealed (galah – made known, uncovered, and exposed). The thing itself will be carried to Assyria as tribute to King Yareb.” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 10:5-6) Priests adore false gods. They are their source of power and provide their means to control and wealth. Islamic Imams are today’s most glaring examples.
Gyl has a rather ominous secondary meaning—circle. Not only were circles of stones used in Satanic sun-god worship (Stonehenge being a glaring example), the English word “church,” as we have discussed, is derived from “Circe,” the daughter of the Teutonic sun god Helios and the root of our words circle and circus. In that gyl is being tied directly to idolatrous sun-god religions, and thus Satan worship, this is particularly ominous. And when one recognizes that most of the rituals and festivals celebrated in today’s Church are Satanic and not Scriptural (Sunday, Christmas, Easter, Lent and the Mass), and that Yahowah’s name has been replaced with Satan’s title Lord, this is a very black and gloomy picture.
What’s also fascinating is the divergent reaction to the Ba’al bull being sent to the Assyrians as tribute—the nation whose ancestors invented him/it in the first place. The people were mortified and grieving. Their god was being sent away. They had been conditioned to believe in and worship a false deity—an idol crafted in Satan’s image. In that this is Yisra’el and these are Yisra’elites, the land and people of revelation, it proves that it doesn’t take much to fool most people—especially when they are as willingly ignorant as we are today.
The idolatrous priests, who were also Yahuwdym, had the opposite reaction. They praised their false deity and rejoiced in his/its presence. Al, the word translated “over” in the verse, tells us that they were not only exalting Ba’al, and celebrating around him/it, they were “beside it, working on behalf of it, together in accord with it, and concerned about the account of” Ba’al because the Lord was their ticket to power and their license to steal. And that means, according to Scripture, the Jewish religious leaders in the Northern Kingdom, men known as rabbis today, were serving Satan for political and financial gain.
Here is the result of that service “Ephraim [the Northern Kingdom, representing 10 or the 12 tribes] will be taken away in (laqach – be carried away in, receive, be seized with) shame and disgrace. Yisra’el will be ashamed of (bowsh – be confounded, confused, and disappointed by) its own counsel (‘etsah – counselors and advisors; plans and schemes, course of action). Samaria [the Northern Kingdom portion of Yisra’el west of the Yarden River and between Yahuwdah and Galilee] will be cut off (damah – cease and perish, be undone and destroyed, be silenced, be removed from the theophany/God’s presence) along with her king, like irritating foam (qesep – dubious floating debris; a snapped and broken twig or splinter; wrath or indignation; antagonism or discord) on the surface of the water.” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 10:6-7)
It’s safe to say that when we estrange ourselves from Yahowah and form a relationship with Satan, our value in God’s eyes diminishes significantly. We are seen as “pond scum.”
“Also in the high places of Aown [a Northern Kingdom town known for its Satanic, sun god, Lord / Ba’al bull religion] (‘aown – iniquity, wickedness, vanity, affliction, mischief, unrighteous, evil, falsehood, idolatry, sorrow, injustice, and trouble) the sin of Yisra’el will be wiped out (shamad – perish, be destroyed, exterminated, annihilated). Thorn and thistle (daredar – a prickly plant that has no value and produces no fruit) will grow on their altars. Then they will say to the mountains, ‘Conceal us!’ and to the hills, ‘Fall on us!’” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 10:8)
So terrible shall be the calamities associated with man’s preference for Halal’s religions, during the Tribulation men will prefer death to life. This passage is repeated in Luke 23:30 and Revelation 6:16. During the midpoint of the Tribulation, starting on the Feast of Unleavened Bread, Yahowah personally sees to it that all Satanic symbols, sites, and disciples are destroyed. It is the beginning of the last judgment.
After calling wayward Jews pond scum, thorns and thistles, Yahowah reminds them of a divisive and unproductive war they fought among themselves: “From the days of Gibeah [an inhospitable Benjamite town infamous for religious scheming, civil war, rape, and murder] you have sinned, O Yisra’el. There they stand! Will not the battle against the sons of iniquity overtake them in Gibeah?” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 10:9)
Gibeah was Yisra’el’s Civil War as well as their Vietnam, their Iraq. This battle among Jewish tribes accomplished nothing, other than determine who was the lesser of the two evils. It reminds me of America’s last presidential election. The “sons of iniquity” are Halal’s children. Aual, the word translated “iniquity,” actually means: “the evil one.”
“When I am ready, I will chastise (yasar – correct and instruct, reform and reprimand, discipline and admonish) them. And the peoples will be gathered against them when they are captured, tied up, and taken as prisoners into custody for their double guilt.” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 10:10)
This occurred many times, so the Yisra’elites were not good learners. And Onah means more than just guilt. It tells us that the crime for which Yahuwdym would be continually “reformed and reprimanded” is “living unfaithfully in a marriage” with Lord/Ba’al. It literally speaks of “intercourse” suggesting that the Chosen People and their chosen spouse were gratifying and abusing one another.
I recognize that this sounds extreme, but in the very next verse, Yahowah compares the ten tribes of the Northern Kingdom directly to their demonic god’s most common symbol, saying that they had been trained by the Devil to act like the Devil. “And Ephraim is a trained (lamad – skillfully taught and diligently instructed) heifer (‘eglah – female of ‘egel, the bull calf synonymous with the golden calf sun-god incarnations of Satan) that loves to thresh (dush – to tread on, to trample down, to break and tear, to shred flesh and destroy).”
By using the female ‘eglah for heifer, rather than the male ‘egel for bull, in a book focused on marriage partners and divorce, Yahowah is telling these folks that they were married to Satan. Lamad, the word translated “trained,” reveals that they were “taught to trample” the truth. It was part of their religious “instruction.” And this indoctrination was not accidental. Lamad means that the priestly deceptions were “diligently, skillfully, and expertly” communicated to the people and that they were “accepted” by them. They were literally “trained to be submissive” to Satan.
Dush is particularly significant in the harvest of souls, and Yahowah’s frequent use of grain to represent those anointed with His Spirit and living in the beryth – covenant family with Him. The metaphor permeates the Yahowah’s Miqra’ey and Yahowsha’s parables. To dush is to “trample grain stalks and their heads with hooves in order to separate the fruit or grain from the stalk and chaff.” This was spiritual suicide and religious cannibalism. These Jews, working on behalf of Satan, were killing one another and consuming their own souls. And while that is sad beyond words, rabbinical Judaism, and its stepchild Islam, are still doing it today.
I am not alone in seeing this behavior as self-mutilating and criminal. I am not the only one who wishes to awaken those who have been trained to serve Lord/Ba’al. These condemning words were written by God, not me.
Most of Howsha’ is written in first person so this is Yahowah’s plea: “I (any – meaning I or I am) will pass over (‘abar – pass through, pass by, or pass on; cross, cross over, or make a sacrifice) near (‘al – among, close or in proximity to, before, in front of or on) her, riding (rakab – grasping, harnessing, mounting, and sitting astride) her good neck.” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 10:11)
Yahowah is hinting at His ultimate miracle and sacrifice as well as telling the bad boys of Samaria that He will eventually come back to them and for them. In reference to the covenant relationship, ‘abar means “to pass over or through the sacrifice and thus affirm remission of sin by way of Passover.” It is the basis of the Miqra’ of Passover.
To understand this passage more completely, we need to turn to Mattanyah 11:28-30 in which zugos means to join by way of a coupling or yoke. Yahowah is telling us that being yoked to Him is preferable to being harnessed by Halal. After Yahowsha’ explained that He possessed all of God’s authority, and that the only way to know Yahowah was through Him, He told the Jews of Samaria: “Come unto Me all who are weary and over burdened and I will give you rest. Take My yoke (zugos) upon you, and learn from Me, for I Am gentle (praos - affable, friendly, sociable, easygoing, and jovial), humble of heart; and you shall find rest (anapausis – tranquility and recovery) for your soul. My yoke is easy to bear and profitable (chrestos –fit and good, moral and useful, virtuous, equitable, fair, forbearing, and benevolent) and My burden is light.”
It’s interesting in light of the religious indoctrination the Yisra’elites of Howsha’s day received that Yahowsha’ would use manthano for learn. It means: “to understand, denoting instruction by way of facts, to perceive clearly so as to have answers and to know more fully.” Manthano means to “learn with a moral purpose and sense of responsibility.” It is the opposite of lamad, the word translated “trained,” revealing that the Jews were “taught to be submissive.” God clearly wants us to know the facts, understand them, and think rationally. Good things happen when we do; bad things happen when we don’t.
And speaking of the facts, think about how Yahowsha’/Yahowah described Himself. It was so beryth of Him. Our God is “jovial, easygoing, friendly and sociable.”
Yahowah, speaking through His prophet Howsha’ said: “Ephraim will ride (rakab). Yahuwdah (Yahuwdah – Related to Yah and Relating to Yah; a possible union of yada’, meaning know, and Yahuw, thus Yada’ Yahowah—know Yahowah) will be an engraving tool (charash – an implement used for scraping, cutting, dividing, plowing; to bring peace, to inscribe, to write).”
I am not sure what “Ephraim will ride” means other than Yahowah had divorced them and thus they were out of His future plans and were about to be driven out of town—a rendering identical to my Hebrew-English interlinear—“I will drive Ephraim.” But I know precisely what Yahowah intended to do with the Yahuwdah. Through them the Ma’aseyah, the Prince of Peace, would come and He, as He promised, would divide us into those who are with Him and those who are against Him, engraving the names of those choosing to be adorned in His Spirit in the book of eternal life. Moreover, there would be prophets after Howsha’. Yahuwdym still had Scripture to inscribe on Yahowah’s behalf.
Incidentally, according to the Dictionary of Biblical Languages With Semantic Domains, Yahuwdah is derived from yahab, a word that defines the role Yahuwdah would play in our salvation. It means: “to be given as a payment.” It’s related to stauros and ken, the words most directly associated with the Ma’aseyah’s sacrifice in that yahab means to “lay a foundation someone can trust to be taken care of.”
While Yahowah had lots of unfinished business to take care of, for the most part Yisra’el was now on her own because she had chosen that fate. “Ya’aqob (Ya’aqob – father of all twelve tribes, thus all Yahuwdym / Jews) will harrow (sadad – break the clods, till the soil) for himself.”
But alone was not forgotten. As a loving father, Yahowah sent His wayward and unfaithful children off with some sage advice: “Sow righteousness (tsadaqah – justice, truth, and salvation); reap in accordance with loving-kindness (checed – mercy, goodness, faithfulness to the covenant relationship, and love). Choose to be an heir and live in the presence of the light (nyr), for it is time to seek Yahowah ( ) until He comes to teach and direct (yarah – to be a teacher/rabbi, to inform and instruct) you in righteousness.” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 10:12)
Nyr is a multifaceted word enabling us to render this portion of the passage in either or both of the following ways: “Dig a new furrow in unplowed ground so as to bring the land into cultivation.” Or: “Choose to be a lamp in the presence of the Light, reigning as an heir.” The first fits the symbolic context of the passage and is telling the Yisra’elites to plow a new course, one that leads away from Halal and to Yahowah so that they will once again bear fruit and prosper. The second is majestic. By rendering nyr in its most common forms—lamp, light, presence and heir—we witness the full extent of Yahowah’s calling. We are instructed to be a lamp unto the world. Our light is His Word and Spirit. When we are joined we inherit eternal life and abide forever in His presence.
‘Ad, translated “until,” suggests “a significant period of time will elapse before the goal is achieved.” It means “an extent of time within another extent of time.” In hindsight it is predicting that it would be 700 years before Yahowah’s sacrificial advent when He was both teacher and rabbi and informed everyone of His nature while directing us to the lone path leading to Him. The next period of time is that of the ekklesia, an era that would extend 2000 years before the Ma’aseyah would return in power and glory.
Even bow’, the word translated “comes,” is synonymous with the Ma’aseyah’s mission and advents. It means “come and go, arrive and return.” It means “to be included, to pursue, and to formally complete something.” A bow’ is a “harvest, the gathering of crops together.”
Interestingly, yarah also means “autumn” the time Yahowsha’ was born and the time He will return. The Ma’aseyah touched Bethlehem with His presence, becoming Emanuel, God associating with us, during the Feast of Tabernacles (God living with us) in October, and He will return on the Day of Reconciliations, which falls on October 2nd 2033—a Yowbel year. The Millennium Sabbath begins five days later on an autumn Sabbath, of course.
Unfortunately, the Yisra’elites did not heed Yahowah’s advice when He revealed it through Moseh any more than they did when He spoke through Howsha’. “You have plowed wickedness, you have reaped injustice. You have eaten (akal – consumed and devoured) the fruit of lies (kachash – deception and failure, delusion and error), because you have trusted in your way (derek – road, path, direction, habits, and course), in your numerous warriors.” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 10:13) It is a simple choice really. We can rely on Yahowah or ourselves, God or man.
Wickedness, from resha’, also means “evil, injustice, and the violation of the moral standard.” Reaped, from qasar, communicates: “became inadequate, vain, vexed, and grieved.” Injustice, from ‘awal, indicates “wicked, unjust, unrighteous, evil, and perverse.”
While fruit, from pary, is an accurate rendering, the word also means “descendants or offspring and successive generations.” In that akal is literally “to be destroyed by fire,” we see that the consequence of spreading lies, especially when they are cloaked in religion, has devastating consequences. It is why Yahowah despises these schemes more than anything else. The promotion of religion isn’t a victimless crime. It is cannibalism, in which priests, pastors, rabbis, monks and imams condition the populous to consume the souls of their own children.
The most important word in the passage may be batach, translated “trusted.” It means: “to rely upon and to put confidence in a person, object, or spirit.” It lies at the heart of the single most significant choice each of us must make: Who do we trust? Are you willing to trust the words of men over the Word of Yahowah? Can your pastor, priest, imam or rabbi save you or is Yahowah alone capable of offering salvation?
Yes, it all comes down to the object of our trust—is he/He worthy or not. Our faith, our belief, our religion, our politics, has nothing to do with it. It’s all about who or what we trust, and whether that person or God, religion or relationship, is worthy. For example, I can believe that a faulty bridge constructed by men whose religious or political affiliations I embrace, will carry me across a deep chasm to the promised land. I can pay for it to be built and maintained, even sacrifice my life in its defense. But if it is unworthy, I’m going to die when I walk across it.
The word translated “plowed” in this passage is charash again. So the verse could be rendered: “You have written (charash – engraved and inscribed) wickedness.” In the context of history and what follows in the verse itself, this is an accurate and telling rendition. Religious Jews called Masters or Rabbis wrote their own Scripture. They “ate the fruit of lies and deception because [they] trusted in [their own] way.”
Let me explain. Sometime during the first century of the Christian era, Jewish religious leaders, recognizing that the populous was gradually losing their ability to understand Hebrew, paraphrased the Tanakh into Aramaic—the common vernacular of Yisra’elis at the time. So far, so good, but they didn’t stop there. In the third century, they engraved their Aramaic renditions into books called Targums. These were designed to reconcile Scripture with the new rabbinical religion, inserting Pharisaic-rabbinic Judaism into the text. If what God said conflicted with their way, they simply omitted it or changed the passage to reflect their sentiments—often stating the opposite of what Yahowah had revealed.
But that wasn’t sufficient. The Covenant’s means to salvation included sacrifices which were designed to occur in the prescribed (actually prophetic) way in the Temple for the remission of sin. But there was no Temple any longer, so these rabbinical masters created an imaginary one in the Mishnah. But even that was insufficient for these deceitful and self-aggrandizing clerics.
Just outside of old Babylon, in the seventh century of our era, rabbis engraved their ultimate masterpiece—the Babylonian Talmud—the primary scripture of rabbinical Judaism. They claimed that Moseh revealed two Torahs—one written and the other oral—and that rabbinical masters had faithfully passed the oral version along over the chasm of 2000 years and 100 generations without ever writing a word of it down. And as with Roman Catholicism, the religious officials were the only ones allowed to adjudicate or interpret their new scripture, empowering and enriching them. Yahowah became unknown and unrecognizable and religion replaced relationship. And this is precisely what God was telling us in this passage from Howsha’.
The last line of the verse, “you have trusted in your numerous warriors,” was applicable to the Northern Kingdom and is applicable to America. Rather than relying on Yahowah, both of us have chosen to trust warriors and weapons. And while swords, spears, guns and bombs are effective killers, the real problem is that they are controlled by self-serving, self-aggrandizing, delusional and deceitful men. Then they were called kings, now they’re called presidents.
When we trust deceitful men and their doctrines and rely on their power and politics to protect us, this is what always occurs: “Therefore, a tumult will arise among your people, and all your protected cities will be destroyed (shadad – laid waste, devastated, robbed and plundered, violently and utterly ruined).” This is what happened to them and will happen to us.
A “tumult” is a very bad thing. Sha’own means: “horrible uproar and crash, destruction and desolation, corruption and ruin, a state of confusion and social chaos.” It is from the base of sha’at, meaning “despite and contempt.” A bowr sha’own is a “mud-hole, a slime-pit, a trap from which nothing emerges or escapes.” And all of this is a direct result of self-reliance.
“As Shalmaneser (from shalman, meaning fire worshiper), king of Assyria, spoiled (shod – raised havoc with, sacked and plundered, wasted and oppressed) Beth-Arbel [literally, “House of God’s Ambush] on the day of battle, when mothers were dashed in pieces with their children ” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 10:14)
Yesterday’s Assyrians were as barbaric as today’s Muslims. They both served the same god. “ thus it will be done to you at Bethel because of your great wickedness. At morning (shachar – sunrise, the dawn of the morning star or sun) the rulers of Yisra’el will be completely cut off (damah - caused to cease, undone, destroyed, and silenced).” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 10:15) Bethel was the religious capital of the Northern Kingdom—their Jerusalem, Rome, or Mecca. Religion wasn’t going to protect them any more than politics or weapons.
The Hebrew root of “because of your” begins with min. It means: “as a result of your expressions of separation and abandonment.” This is followed by paneh, meaning “in the presence of, reaching toward an object [Lord/Ba’al/Halal/Satan] and turning away from [Yahowah]. Great wickedness is from re’eh, which means “friend or companion, personal advisor, associate or associations.” It is a relationship word which when properly vocalized, has a secondary and sinister meaning. The “e”s were most likely “a”s, something the rabbis didn’t want to admit when they first added their diacritical markings to the Scriptures in the 11th century creating the Masoretic Text, because ra’ah points to the adversary, better known as Satan. Ra’ah means “evil and the evildoer, misery, distress, injury, adversity, affliction, calamity, disaster, discomfort, distress, misfortune, sorrow, woe, wretchedness and wickedness.” These religious Jews were going to enter a time of continual chaos not only because they chose to be self-reliant, but because they elected to associate with the Adversary. It was the worst decision any people ever made.
This is confirmed in a not so subtle way by what follows. Yasha’yah, when he named the Adversary, Halal, told us that Satan would be known as Shachar, the Morning Star. So as a result of the Jew’s personal and collective, religious and political, association with “Shachar,” the Adversary, sun god, and Devil, Lord/Ba’al/Halal/Satan, Yisra’el was “completely cut off, undone and silenced.” The relationship was over—at least for the next 2,700 years.
If you are the parent of a wayward child, you will feel Yahowah’s love and anguish as they are vividly conveyed in the historic and prophetic words presented in the opening verses of Howsha’ 11. “When Yisra’el (Yisra’el) was a youth and helpful (na’ar – young man, teenager, child, lad, babe, age between infancy through weaning to late adolescence; servant, attendant and steward, one who serves and helps the owner) I loved and befriended (‘ahab – enjoyed moral love in a family context, had an affectionate and close family oriented relationship with, saw as lovely and desirable, liked and befriended) him and called (qara’) My son (ben) out of (min) Egypt (mitsraym – the crucible of religious, political, economic, and military oppression).” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 11:1) These seven words tell an amazing and profoundly important story. Let’s examine each of them closely.
First, Yisra’el. It is a name, not a word, so it is correctly transliterated, not translated. But that in itself is very odd in that the English transliteration begins with an “I,” not the customary “J” that is errantly used with most every other Hebrew name which begins with “Y.” For example: Jehovah is an erroneous rendering of Yahowah, Jesus and Joshua wrongly represent Yahowsha’, as do James with Ya’aqob, Jeremiah for Yirmayahuw, Jew for Yahuwdy, and Jerusalem for Yaruwshalaim. Since the English translators recognized that all names should be transliterated and that the Hebrew “Y” sound was unrelated to the Anglo-Saxon “J,” why didn’t they get any of the other names right?
In Hebrew, Yisra’el is a compound of ‘ysh sarah ‘el, meaning “individuals who engage, strive, and endure with God.” So literally, Yisra’el defines the reason we were created—to participate in a relationship with Yahowah. It’s little wonder the name Yisra’el is repeated 2,479 times in the Torah, Prophets, and Psalms. It is profoundly instructive in and of itself.
The second word, na’ar, is almost as revealing. While it refers to Yisra’el’s youth, and the infancy of the nation when the people were being weaned on Yahowah’s love, word and manna, it conveys one third of the chosen people’s purpose, to be “servants, attendants and stewards, people who serve and help the Owner.” This is what Yahuwdym were called to do. It was their mission to be Yahowah’s witnesses and the example of beryth. This is what they failed to do when they reached adolescence. This is also what the ekklesia/calling out was expected to accomplish following the divorce. But this is what we failed to achieve when we evolved from relationship to religion and began to proclaim man’s dogmas instead of Yahowah’s instructions.
The third Hebrew word, ‘ahab, is perfect for the Howsha’ context of marriage and divorce, of relationship and unfaithfulness. Ahab means that Yahowah “enjoyed moral love in a family context, had an affectionate and close family oriented relationship with, saw as lovely and desirable, liked and befriended” the na’ar Yisra’el.
The fourth significant Hebrew term is qara’. This passage is but one of 735 times Yahowah uses it, so it’s safe to say it’s an important word. Qara’ can be translated “to call and to call out, to announce and to proclaim, to invite and to summon, to welcome and to meet, even to read and to recite.” Strong’s defines qara’ similarly to the Greek ekklesia, “to call out, to call unto, to summon, to invite, to appoint, and to endow, to name and to call by name, to be chosen. The Dictionary of Biblical Languages says that in addition to this, qara’ means “to call a person to come into one’s presence and to give them a task.” It means: “to designate by name and title so as to be representative and to represent, to be known as.” Qara’ is synonymous with the concept of beryth because it also means to be “an invited guest, one who receives an offer of hospitality.” And qara’ is descriptive of observing Scripture in that it is a “public reading of something spoken that has been written down.” But most important of all, qara’ forms the basis of Miqra’ – the name Yahowah selected to describe His seven annual Invitations to be Called Out and to Meet God.
So in the context of the verse: “When Yisra’el (Yisra’el – individuals who engage and endure with God) was a youth and helpful (na’ar) I loved and befriended (‘ahab) him and called (qara’ – invited, summoned, and welcomed) My son (ben) out of (min) Egypt (mitsraym – the crucible of religious, political, economic, and military oppression),” many of qara’s meanings come into play because Yahowah is talking about Yahuwdym in addition to Yahowsha’. The Yahuwdym were called out of temporal bondage in Egypt so they could serve as Yahowah’s example, His chosen people and proclaim His Scriptural message. Yahowsha’ was called out of Egypt to spiritually free all people from eternal bondage and be the ultimate example, proclaiming the same message for all to read and know. Both were chosen, summoned and called out, as are we. Both were appointed and anointed, as are we. Yahuwdym and Yahowsha’ alike bore His name and used His name as should we.
All too often, Jews get uptight over the concept of the Ma’aseyah being God’s Son—His representative. They claim that it is an aberration of the Disciples. But yet, such depictions permeate Yahowah’s Towrah, Prophets, and Psalms. And here, the use of the term is explained, set into a context of words and events that help us understand its meaning.
On the surface, ben means son. But these Jews weren’t literally God’s son’s; they weren’t second generation deities any more than Yahowsha’ was a second generation God. So to determine what ben/son means in this context, let’s examine the surrounding words for clues. First, the whole of Howsha’, and particularly this verse, is about a marriage and a family relationship that has gone bad and needs to be fixed. The vows of faithfulness between husband and wife are symbolic of Yahowah’s covenant with the Yahuwdym collectively. The father-son relationship He desires with them and each of us personally is the ideal way to depict the nature of that beryth relationship. The Yahuwdym were called to exemplify and represent this kind of love, trust, reverence, and camaraderie. They failed so Yahowsha’ set the ultimate example. There is no better metaphor than the marriage vows between husband and wife to demonstrate faithfulness or the role Yahowah’s Scriptural vows play in our relationship. There is no better metaphor than that of father and son to demonstrate how that relationship is to be experienced—to be lived and enjoyed.
Second, Yisra’el was presented early on in the verse as being a young male child—figuratively a son. But come to find out, the name Yisra’el defines both Yahuwdym (related to Yah) and Yahowsha’ (who is related to Yah): “Yisra’el – individuals who engage and endure with God.”
Na’ar, the term for youth, is as Yahuwdym as it is Yahowsha’: “servants, attendants and stewards, people who serve and help the Owner.” Ahab defines Yahowah’s “moral love in a family context.” It is the nature of and the reason for Yahowsha’. No word coveys the reason Yahowah chose the metaphor of father-son better.
Qara’ is somewhat akin to the ekklesia and the savior, the “called and called out.” And it is the Word of God as it is “read, proclaimed, and preached by the Son who bore His name, and invited us to come into His presence.” Moreover, ben/son is synonymous with qara’ in that both serve “to designate by name and title so as to be representative and to represent, to be known as.” A son comes from his father and represents his father; he bears his father’s name and often goes about his father’s business. That is what ben means when it is applied to Yahuwdym and Yahowsha’.
The best explanation of the Ma’aseyah being the ben or son of Yahowah is presented in the 9th chapter of Yasha’yahuw / Isaiah. In this passage the prophet tells us that the Ma’aseyah will come as a child and as a prince and that the Ma’aseyah is the Son, is the Father, is the Spirit, and is God. While it would be appropriate to cover here, it is even more pertinent in the Yahowsha’ chapter which follows. I promise to amplify and cover it there.
So to finish the opening passage of Howsha’ 11, we see that Yahowah said I “called (qara’ – invited and welcomed) My son (ben) out of (min) Egypt (mitsraym – the crucible of religious, political, economic, and military oppression).”
Calling out and setting apart are central to Yahowah’s plan and His message. The Yahuwdym were to be a “chosen people set apart unto Yahowah.” The ekklesia is literally a “calling out.” So it should not be a surprise that this verse encapsulating the totality of God’s plan uses both qara’ and min to emphasize the importance of being called out unto Him by Him. Min “expresses separation.” It tells us that this calling out is “away from or out of” something and “after and because of” something.
The first “something” was the Exodus leading to the revelation of the Towrah—calling the Yahuwdym out of bondage and into fellowship. After receiving these instructions, this Owner’s Manual, they knew what they had to do, think and believe to remain set apart in the covenant relationship. The second something was Yahowsha’—the fulfillment of the Covenant promises. Because of His sacrifice we are called out of the bondage of sin and death and set apart unto Him.
In the previous chapter, Yahowah told us that Jewish religious leaders had been trained by Satan to trample their own souls on the threshing floor. It is interesting, then that min is used by Dany’el / Daniel (2:34-5) in his prophecy pertaining to the Ma’aseyah’s role in our salvation, regarding the upcoming harvest, the tribulation and Yah’s return, to tell us that those who are min / separated are taken away from the threshing floor by the Spirit of Yahowah.
Finally, we come to mitsraym—the Hebrew word for “Egypt.” Keep in mind that Egypt is a Greek term first used many centuries after Howsha’ wrote these words. The Greek root implied “House of the Spirit of Ptah or Memphis.” While few take the time to explain why Yahowah elected to call the residents of the Nile who both served and fought Him and His people mitsraym, I’d at least like to share the meaning of the words which surround it in the Hebrew dictionaries and from which some believe it may have been derived. Strong’s says that mitsraym is based upon matsowr, a word translated “siege and besieged, strong and limited, an entrenchment and a fortress.” From Yahowah’s and Yisra’el’s perspective, Egypt was and will continue to be all of these things.
To understand what Yahowah was calling the Yahuwdym out of and away from, let’s look at some of the surrounding words. Mitsora means “diseased and leprous.” A minsnepet is “a turban,” descriptive of the headgear worn by Muslims. Misyrah is “someone who is comparatively smaller and weaker”—Halal verses Yahowah, for example. Consistent with that notion, misar is “something of little or no value.” A mispeh is a “lookout in the wilderness”—the place of separation. Mesar is “distress, anguish and pain, anxiety in the throes of serious illness and death. Mesar describes the hopelessness and oppression of Yisra’el in Babylonian exile.” Mitsraym is “the name of the son of Ham, who was the son of Noah, the ancestor of the Egyptian people.” Masrep is “a crucible in which impurities of precious metals are separated out.” Maq is “rottenness, something that is putrid and unpleasant as the result of decay.” A maqqebet is a hammer used to drive nails and to break up and shape various materials—destroying some things while making others more useful.” And finally, a maqebet is “a manmade pit,” descriptive of mankind creating hell on earth.
And while these ideas all serve to shade our understanding of Mitsraym, Yahowah tells us that mitsraym are “crucibles” where the called out are separated from the dross of religious and political oppression. And these are the very things Yahowah calls us away from today.
The second verse of Howsha’ 11 uses “they” three times so we have to look back into the last statements found in the 10th chapter to know that the first use of “they” refers to the Jewish religious leaders—the idolatrous priests. The second “they” represents the people of Yisra’el.
“They [the Yisra’elite religious leaders] cried out to them [Yisra’el], so therefore they [the Yahuwdym] come and go, walking (halak) in their presence (paneh/panah – turning to them, being turned by them, taking directions from them, and following their own desires / being defiant, ruthless and humiliated), sacrificing to (zabach – giving offerings to, killing, slaying and slaughtering for) the Ba’alim / Lords [supreme male divinity of the Phoenicians/Canaanites] and burning incense (qatar – fumigating so as to drive out the occupant) to idols (pacyl – hewn, graven or carved images, icons of worship, things that represent a god).” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 11:2)
In spite of what Yahowah had done and promised to do for Yisra’el, all so eloquently articulated in the pervious verse, Yahuwdym took their directions from their unfaithful and self-serving rabbis instead. They sacrificed their wealth, freedom, lives and souls to Satan. They literally stunk up the Promised Land, driving God away.
I have always known that the religions of Lord/Ba’al/Halal/Satan/Allah (Babylonian, Egyptian, Greek and Roman Mythology, Constantine’s Christianity, Rabbinical Judaism, and Muhammad’s Islam) and the religions of man (socialism, fascism, communism, and secular humanism) are remarkably similar in that they all are designed to put man in control. But by examining every use of Ba’al in Scripture, I found some interesting evidence. Of the 82 occurrences of the first version of Ba’al used in the Tanakh, the Authorized Version translates the word as “man” 25 times, “owner” 14 times, “husband master, man given, adversary, babbler, and confederate ” the remainder. The word means “lord,” a “foreign or false god” a “citizen ruler,” and a “master of dreams.” So in Ba’al, we have man as the owner and master of a confederacy which relies upon man-made and adversarial babble.
The second version of Ba’al appears 16 times and is translated “marry, husband, dominion, and wife.” It’s chilling in a religious context because it means “to marry, to possess, to rule over, and to own.” From time immemorial, religions have existed to form a bond between clerics and kings, enabling them to possess power, to rule over others, and to own whatever they covet.
The third and fourth form of Ba’al is what is found in this verse, meaning “the supreme male divinity of the Phoenicians/Canaanites. Ba’al = Lord.” The singular form, Ba’al, appears 62 times and the plural, Ba’alim, is used 18 times. If you are serving the Lord, as the religions of Rabbinic Judaism, Constantinian Christianity, and Islam are wont to do, you are serving Ba’al.
Of the two words which precede Lord/Ba’al in the Hebrew dictionaries, bay means “grave and ruin,” and bayr means “beast.” Ba’el, which follows, means “chancellor, owner, and lord.” Ba’al Beryth and Ba’al Gad signify “lord of the covenant” in reference to the religious relationship the Philistines had established with Lord/Ba’al, and “Lord of Fortune,” a city noted for Lord/Ba’al worship. A gadabar, by the way, is a treasurer, letting us know that there is money to be made in religion.
In this next verse, Yahowah is lamenting over how His chosen people could have made such a horrible choice—preferring Lord/Ba’al to Yahowah, man to God. Yahowah had acted like, and wanted to continue to be, their loving Father. “Yet it is I who taught Ephraim [Yisra’el/Northern Kingdom] to walk. I took them (laqach – fetched them, married them, and carried them away) in My arms.” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 11:3)
While Yahowah is Spirit, and only has physical form in His manifestation as the Ma’aseyah, He enjoys referring to Himself in human terms—in this case teaching a child to walk by His feet and holding him in His arms, carrying him away from trouble. It is a wonderful picture of God’s enduring, personal, engaged and self-sacrificing love.
Regel, the Hebrew word translated “taught to walk” implies that the instruction took place alongside the Father and near His feet. Regel can also mean “to follow or journey with” so it is a relational term.
“But they did not know or understand (yada’) that I healed (rapha – was their physician and cured them, reappeared and repaired them, completely healed and restored) them.” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 11:3) Many future prophetic events, like Yahowah’s sacrifice on the upright pole that saved mankind, were so certain in God’s eyes that He predicted them in the past tense as if they had already happened. And from God’s perspective, that is true. He had already been to their future and to ours.
There are yet other connotations to rapha’ that are important. First, Yahowah is comparing Himself to a physician, interesting in that the most accurate term for Torah is prescription. If we want to be healthy we need to ingest His medicine—Scripture. Second, rapha’ means to “reappear to repair, completely heal and restore.” His advent as the Ma’aseyah would not be Yahowsha’s first visit to planet earth. He walked with Adam and Abraham. He appeared to Ya’aqob, naming him Yisra’el once he proved worthy. He spent forty days with Moseh revealing His Towrah. He met with Shamow’el in Shiloh. Then he came as our doctor to permanently and completely heal us. And He will return once again in the same place.
Lastly, this prediction of a future healing revealed in the past tense is equivalent to the Miqra’ey. The sacrificial blood of unblemished lambs offered for the remission of sin during the Passover Feast of Yahowah predicted what the self-sacrifice of the Ultimate unblemished Lamb would accomplish.
“I led them (mashak – drew them out, lifted them up, led them away, and prolonged them) with cords (chebel – sorrowful pangs, painfully difficult work, anguish and burden, suffering, travail, union and destruction) of a man (adam – person, mankind, human being, and Adam), with bonds of (abowt – interwoven foliage, encircling, enveloping and adorning with) love (ahabah – strong affection based upon relationship).”
Mashak (drawing out, lifting up, leading away, and prolonging) combines the concepts introduced by laqach (took out, fetched, married, and carried away) and rapha’ (physician who reappears, completely heals and restores). Therefore in context, the first verse of this chapter was a summary of the relationship God desired with Yisra’el. The second explained what actually occurred—that Yahuwdym had chosen Lord / Ba’al instead. The third verse reveals how ignorant the Yisra’elites were of, and how ungrateful they were for, what God had done and promised to do on their behalf. So now, in the fourth sentence He is restating His prophetic plan in hopes that forgetfulness and unfaithfulness will wane.
But to understand it, one has to look at the words carefully, one has to care about what Yahowah is saying enough to scratch beneath the surface. Both chebel and ‘abowt can be and are translated “cords and ropes.” Therefore, we can safely assume that two words were chosen instead of one because God intended to make a distinction between them. Moreover, in this passage, Yahowah used ‘adam for man instead of the vastly more common ‘iysh. Both words mean “man” but the first, used only 552 times infers a relationship to Adam, the first man, our fallen state, and to one of only two humans created perfect by God in His likeness. ‘Iysh appears 1,639 times in the Covenant Witness and is a completely generic term for “man, men, husband, male, human, person, or mankind.”
By reading Mizmowr / Psalm 22 or Yasha’yah / Isaiah 53, passages which had been revealed 300 and 50 years earlier respectively, and which we will dissect in great detail in the upcoming Yahowsha’ chapter, the Yahuwdym to whom Yahowah was speaking these words would have recognized that the “chebel (sorrowful pangs, painfully difficult work, anguish and burden, suffering, travail, union and destruction of ‘adam (a perfectly conceived man),” was the Ma’aseyah’s atoning sacrifice on their behalf—the one foretold in the Miqra’ of Pesach. Yahowsha’ is the union of God and man, in which the man did a painfully difficult work, was anguished for our burdens, allowing us to destroy His body as the Passover Lamb so He could destroy the consequence of our sin. ‘Abowt describes His Set-Apart Spirit that encircles and envelops us, adorning us in light and love. And the reason is ‘ahabah – love and relationship.”
As beautiful as this picture of salvation, of parental and sacrificial love, is, Yahowah was not through illustrating what He, Himself, intended to do. The next word in this self portrait is hayah—the root of Yahowah’s name—meaning “I Am” and “I Exist.” As a verb, hayah is translated “to be or to become, to make happen, to be done.” Hayah has connotations which specifically apply to Yahowsha’: “to come, to appear, and to arise, to become like, to be with, to accompany and to stand,” all concepts associated with the Ma’aseyah. Its secondary meaning echoes Yahowsha’s last words: “it is finished.”
“I came (hayah) to them as one who is exalted, lifting up (ruwm – praised and acclaimed, raising up and offering to give, taking away and removing) the yoke (‘owl – a wooden frame with straps, used on beasts of burden, often in reference to oppression) from their jaws. I bent down and fed them.” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 11:4)
Yes, just as the Miqra’ of Sukah suggests, Yahowah left heaven so that He could bend down and enter an earthly tent to commune and feast with us. In Bethlehem, on the 14th day of Tishri (October 13, 2 BCE), during the Miqra’ of Shelters, Yahowah, the only Spirit worthy of praise, stooped down to enter our word, giving Himself as an offering for us, taking away the burden of our sin, so that He could raise us up to live eternally with Him.
The word, natah, translated “bent down,” is often rendered in tent-related jargon—“spread out, stretch out, incline, and pitch.” It means that Yahowah “extended” Himself with “outstretched arms,” “bending down” as part of a “plan of action” to “pitch a tent” so as “to dwell in” our presence “turning us back” to Him so that we would “reengage in the relationship.”
Yahowah’s redemptive plan is perfect. Those who avail themselves of it will never be slaves to sin again. But those who compel others to not accept His most generous gift will find themselves hauled off into captivity to be ruled by Satan and his servants. That is what this means: “They will not return to the land of Egypt (mitsraym), but Assyria will be their king, because they refused (ma’an – resisted, rebelled, were defiant to authority, utterly unwilling, and absolutely refusing) to return to (suwb – turn to, turn around and restore the relationship with, change and accept recompense from) Me.”
Assur, the name transliterated “Assyria” is actually the proper name of the primary sun deity of the Assyrians. She was first worshiped in 2000 B.C. and evolved to take on the characteristics of many other satanic deities, particularly the Babylonian sun god Bel (Akkadian for Lord and thus synonymous with Ba’al), and Marduk, meaning “Son of the Storm”—a perfect epithet for Halal. In the choice of rulers—Ma’aseyah verses Marduk—Yisra’el chose the Devil and were handed over to him/her/it.
Having chosen to live with demons rather than dwell with God, these results were predictable. “And her [Assur’s] sword will whirl against (hul – bringing trembling and pain, anguish and grieving, fear, torture and suffering to) their cities, and she [Assur] will demolish their gates and put and end to their counsels, plans, traditions, and schemes (mow’etsah – advice, wisdom, and practices).” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 11:5-6)
“So My people are hanging in suspense, dangling by hooks and ropes (tala’ – hung up, stubborn in an emotional state of anxiety and dread over a future horror that will occur) turning away, backsliding (mishubah – in faithless apostasy and rebellion) from Me. Though they cry out to the Most High (‘al), none at all lifts up, exalts, praises, or glorifies (ruwm) Him.” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 11:7) A god by any other name isn’t God.
What comes next reflects parental anguish over a lost child. These words, spoken in first person, tell us a great deal about the nature of the Most High. He can love, which means He can hurt. He’s just like us in these ways—but fortunately, in all others He is better. “How can I give you up, O Ephraim? How can I surrender you, O Yisra’el? How can I make you like Admah [the third of five cities along the Dead Sea punished by God for their sinful rebellion along with Sodom and Gomorrah]? How can I treat you like Zeboym [the fourth of the five cities]? My heart is turned upside down (haphak – overwhelmed and disturbed, turned over and drained) within Me. All of My compassion and strong feelings of love yearn to be kindled, to grow warm and tender (kamar). So I will not act upon My burning anger. I will not destroy Ephraim again. Because I am God and not man (‘iysh), the Set Apart One (Qadosh / Qodesh) in your midst (qereb – inner person, within, inside). I will not come in wrath.” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 11:8-9)
Man is ‘iysh, not ‘adam, because Yahowah had and would manifest Himself as an adam—a perfect man conceived by God, Himself. As such, Yahowsha’ did tabernacle in our midst just as this verse predicts. But there is more to qereb than that, which brings us to Qodesh. The Set-Apart One is Yahowah but when “Set Apart” is used as a name, it designates the Comforter, the Set-Apart Spirit who dwells within us. When we accept Yahowsha’s atoning gift, we are adorned by way of Yahowah’s Qodesh – Set-Apart Spirit.
While the ekklesia/calling out has received this gift, most Yahuwdym have not. But some will. On the Day of Reconciliations, October 3rd 2033, forty Yowbel from His sacrifice, the Ma’aseyah Yahowsha’ will return, and Yisra’el will accept Him and His gift. After roaring like a lion, and ending the Battle of Armageddon—all battles for that matter—Yahowsha’ will begin His millennial reign five days later on a Sabbath, the Feast of Tabernacles. This is what Yahowah prophesized earlier
“After two days [2000 years] He will revive us (chayah – restore us to life and keep us alive, save us, revive, spare, sustain, and preserve our lives, heal us so we can live forever). On the third day [the start of the final millennium] He will raise us up (quwm – arise, accomplish, confirm and fulfill) and we shall live (chayah – be restored to life, our lives saved, sustained, and preserved, healed so as to live forever) in His presence.” Howsha’ / He Saves / (Hosea 6:2)
Zakaryah / Zechariah says it like this: “Yahowah will save the tabernacles of Yahuwdah . In that day Yahowah will defend the inhabitants of Yaruwshalaim and I will set about to destroy all the nations that come against Yaruwshalaim. I will pour out My Spirit on the house of Dowd and on the people of Yaruwshalaim the Spirit of mercy and of supplication so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son weeping over a first-born in the plain of Megiddo [the source of the term ‘Armageddon, meaning rendezvous].” (Zakaryah / Remember Yah / Zechariah 12:7-11)
Yes, you read that correctly. Yahowah told us that it was He whom we pierced. He confirms that He manifests part of Himself as the Ma’aseyah Yahowsha’ in the 14th chapter. After describing the horror of the attack on Yaruwshalaim / Jerusalem, we read:
Pay attention, a day is coming to approach Yahowah. And that which is good and valuable shall be apportioned in your midst. And I will gather all of the people from different races and places to Yaruwshalaim for the battle. And the city will be captured. And they will pillage and plunder the family. The women will be rapped. And half of the city shall flee in exile. The remainder of the people will not be cut off from the city.
Yahowah shall come forth and He will attack, showing great hostility toward these people from different races and places, similar to the day they fought against Him in the days of war.
Then on that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Yaruwshalaim on the east. And He will divide the Mount of Olives in half, east to west. A very great valley will touch the middle of the mountain from the north and the south.
And you will have a means to escape through My valley to the place you will be set apart and withdrawn, fleeing because of the presence of the great earthquake like in the day of King ‘Uziyah (Yah is My Strength), the king of Yahuwdah – you and all of those who are set apart with you.
Then it shall come to be during that day that there will not be a diminishing of His esteemed and beloved light. It shall be the one and only, exclusive and unique, day He becomes known, personally revealed and respected, understood and acknowledged, distinguished and discerned, according to Yahowah. There shall be no day and no night. And then light shall exist at the point in time of sundown.
It shall come to pass on that day that living waters shall flow out of Yaruwshalaim, the source of restoration and renewal—half of them toward the eastern sea and half toward the final Sea. It shall exist with the summer fruit as with the autumn harvest. And then Yahowah will exist as king over the whole world. On that day He shall be Yahowah—His one and only personal and proper name.
Encircled and changed, the whole region will be like a desert wasteland from Geba’ to Rimmon. But Yaruwshalaim south shall retain her elevated status, positioned and placed as an established dwelling from the Gate of Benjamin to the location of the First Gate to the Corner Gate, and from Hanan’el’s Tower to the wine and olive presses of the Kings. In her they will live. Never again will she be destroyed. Yaruwshalaim shall endure securely with confidence.
And this shall be the plague which Yahowah will inflict upon all the nations and armies which organize to fight against Yaruwshalaim: Now, at this time their flesh will dissolve while they are standing on their feet. Their eyes will melt in their sockets and their tongues will liquefy in their mouths.
It shall come to pass in that day that Yahowah’s greatness will cause consternation and confusion among them. Mankind will be caught and bound by the hand. They will roar ‘Allah,’ hand to hand thinking immorally.
Moreover, Yahuwdah will eat food in Yaruwshalaim. And they will gather up and collect the wealth of all the surrounding Gentiles, gold, silver, and treacherous and faithless garments along with their enduring and abundant power, influence, and force.
Indeed this plague will befall the swiftly flying war machines, serving as recompense upon the divided and scattered asses, and every kind of related beast existing in their military encampments, similarly inflicting them.
The whole existing remnant from all the Gentile nations who came to attack Yaruwshalaim in accord with the multitude of ‘Allah with repeated and repetitious prostrations in accord with their king, will celebrate Yahowah’s festival feast of Sukah.” (Zakaryah / Zechariah 14:1-16)
While the remnant of Yahuwdym return anxiously to Yahowah, the five days between Reconciliations and Shelters will be frightening. Yahowah will oppose those who were opposed to Him – those who have come to plunder Yaruwshalaim and Yisra’el, and they will perish. All sin will be removed from the Earth.
“Then afterward (‘achar) Yahowah ( ) will go forth (halak – He will walk) as (ka) one who plucks out (‘aryah – destroyer; from Yah and ‘arah – to pluck and gather; often translated lion) roaring (sha’ag – boldly calling out, shouting loudly, mightily, and emotionally). Indeed (ky), He (huw’), Himself, will cry out in anguish (sha’ag –mightily call out, boldly roaring), and His children (benym) shall be astonished (wa charad – they will be startled and surprised, even anxious). From the west (min yam – from the western sea) they will be anxious and astonished (charad – they will be surprised and startled) like (ka) birds on wings (tsiphowr – from tsaphar – to arise and depart early) from the crucibles of Egypt (min mitsraym – from Egypt, the crucibles of human religious and political oppression and divine judgment) and as (wa ka – and also similar to) Yownah (Yownah – the dove which is symbolic of the Spirit) from the land (min ‘erets) of ‘Ashuwr (‘Ashuwr – Assyria). And I will allow them to live (wa yashab – I will settle them, enabling them to dwell and remain) among (‘al) their homes and families (beyth), prophetically declares (na’um) Yahowah ( ).” (Howsha’ / He Saves / Hosea 11:10-11)
These wayward children finally come home and their loving Father welcomes His anxious sons back into His land and their homes with open arms.