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Recently I came across Hosea 4, a very odd passage of scripture, so I decided to take a closer look. What I found was more interesting and shocking than I could have expected. We’ll start in verse 1.

Hear the word of the LORD, You children of Israel, For the LORD brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land: “There is no truth or mercy Or knowledge of God in the land.” Hosea 4:1

This is the Lord sending out a warning. He is sending out this warning because He isn’t pleased and is about to bring a nation into judgment. His charge is against the inhabitants of the land. It’s here I belive He is speaking to the world. This warning is to all. Then He goes on to say there is no truth or mercy, or knowledge of God in the land. This definitely relates to the world, especially the “western world”.

By swearing and lying, Killing and stealing and committing adultery, They break all restraint, With bloodshed upon bloodshed.” Hosea 4:2

The Lord describes the situation further; stealing, lying, killing, swearing, and committing adultery. This is definitely speaking to our culture on the whole, but I belive the last mentioned here (adultery) is specifically targeting the Church in America. We have forsaken our first love for the pleasures of this life. Overindulging in entertainment, and creature comforts. Things that make us feel good, instead of pursuing God and His will. He’s not happy to say the least. He is jealous for His Bride, and we have ,as a people, forsaken Him.

He continues “They break all restraint, With bloodshed upon bloodshed”. Here it speaks of the great violence of out time, endless wars, killings, and abortion. All of this with no restraint. As if we no longer place any value on human life.

Therefore the land will mourn; And everyone who dwells there will waste away With the beasts of the field And the birds of the air; Even the fish of the sea will be taken away.”4:3

Here He begins to speak of what is about to happen on the earth. The Land will mourn. This, I belive, is referencing the catastrophe we see currently, earthquakes, volcanoes, major floods; this is the land mourning. It also says all who dwell there will waste away. When I read this I felt the Lord telling me to look up the original word “dwell” in the hebrew. That word “dwells” literaly means to sit, to remain, or stay. That leads me to think that for some, destruction may be avoided. Foe those that heed the signs, they have a chance to get out before it’s too late.

It goes on “ With the beasts of the field And the birds of the air; Even the fish of the sea will be taken away”.

Now this is very eerie. If you haven’t been under a rock recently then I’m sure you are aware of the massive fish and bird die offs around the world. Although it may have started in Arkansas, it didn’t stop there. There have been reports around the globe of similar happenings: Brazil, the UK, Sweden, New Zealand, just to name a few. There is defiantly something major going on. And to find a clear parallel in scripture is something I think we must pay attention to.

Skip ahead to the end of verse 5 “And I will destroy your mother.”

Immediately when I read this it struck me as odd, I mean, “Kill you mother,” that’s a bit harsh and odd thing for God to say. So I asked the Lord about it and right away He told me this refers to Government. This was an amazing insight, but I must say, not all to surprising. I mean for such a long time now we have looked to the Government, and not God, to sustain us. And Him being jealous for His people, He doesn’t like this at all. So He hits where it will hurt; forgive the expression but “the teet have been sucking on for far too long”. God wants us to seek Him, not the Government, for guidance and direction. And because we have ignored Him, He will strike it down in attempt to awaken His sheep.

This is also not surprising because for a long time now there has been this big ugly elephant in the room. We have known that this all will coming crashing down at some point. A country that produces nothing, prints money out of thin air, has more enemies than friends, and is drowning in debt, cannot survive. Nations rise and fall.

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me;” 4:6

Here I think the Word is speaking on multiple levels. The Lord is Addressing the Church as a whole, but also the priests and pastors of our day.

First, the Church, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”. Here in-lies a warning, that if we do not seek the “knowledge of the Lord”, (discernment from Him, about the current times) we will be destroyed. If you earnestly seek God’s face in this time He will deliver you from the coming peril. And its the knowledge He will give you that will save you. because an explanation from the Lord is all that can save you from the coming strong delusion. If you have no idea what im talking about, I highly suggest you start praying and looking now.

The second part “ Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me;”. This is where it is talking about the Preachers, and the Pastors of our day. Because many, many of them have rejected the knowledge God is talking about. And I sure nearly all of them, at one time or another, have come across this knowledge, but many reject it. Ither because the hold too tightly upon their tradition and religious nature that is neither from nor of God. And others I’m sure have rejected this Knowledge out of pure ignorance and disbelief. No matter the reason, the Lord here is clearly saying their time is up. He has waited long enough.

Lets move to verse 7: “The more they increased, The more they sinned against Me; I will change their glory into shame.”

Ok, if it isn’t clear that this is a direct reference to Western culture, then I don’t know what is. Think of the founding of America and look at us today. 1776 we declared our freedom and rose to become most powerful nation the world has ever seen. The more we grew the more prosperous we became, yet the more we grew the more our morality as a nation declined. Think of the puritans of the 1600’s and now think of the Godless, perverted, MTV, Jersyshore, Lady Gaga,Celebrity Rehab, culture we currently live in. If you cannot see the problems in our society then there may be no hope for you my friend. Verse 7 is clearly talking to us.

Let’s move on to verse 10: “for they shall eat, but not have enough;”

This again I belive is speaking of us, and the current consumer culture we live in. From birth we are brought into a world that tells us to always want more. It’s a cruel example but, the current obesity problem in this country is a clear example of this. We never have enough. American culture in general is an even greater example. Bigger house, bigger car, bigger salary, all for what? More creature comforts, more adultery. We find joy in our possessions, not God.

The next part of the passage: “They shall commit harlotry, but not increase; Because they have ceased obeying the LORD.”. I feel that this is saying we will try and salvage our nation and way of life, by entering into some form of “selling our souls”. What exactly that looks like? I don’t know, I just feel the Lord telling me we will vainly try to save ourselves. It wont work, why? “ Because they have ceased obeying the LORD.”.

This leads into verse 11: “Harlotry, wine, and new wine enslave the heart.”

Again this is referring to what we will attempt to do. Harlotry: “selling our soul”. “Wine” here I belive stands for our mentality as Americans, our paradime, or worldview. But then it says something strange “ New Wine”. Here I also went to the Lord, because it seems a bit of and odd term, new wine, what does that mean?

I feel the Lord made it clear to me. “wine” referes to our paradime, like I said before, and this term “new wine” is talking about a new paradime that will be introduced. A new way of thinking. It will be very popular. A breath of fresh air that many will accept blind because they think it will save them. What does this look like, again I’m not sure.

Verse 12 explains further: “My people ask counsel from their wooden idols, And their staff informs them”

When things go bad, all many will think of is their way of life, they will look to their idols, witch matter more to them than God does. And there staff informs them, here I belive it’s again talking about the Government. Although the word staff here is referring to a literal staff, we will look to our government with their new ideology to create/ give us the answers we all need.

The rest of the verse explains further: “For the spirit of harlotry has caused them to stray, And they have played the harlot against their God.”

this is speaking of the evil spirit(s) behind this new way of thinking. It will lead many astray, many of “God’s people”. Witch is spoken of else where within the scriptures. And if we look back to the “staff”. What was the staff used for in Egypt when Mosses was trying to get Pharaoh to free the Israelites? Pharaoh’s priests used their staffs to counterfeit miracles. “lying signs and wonders” perhaps? they have played the harlot against their God, refers to many choosing this lie over God.

Verse 13: “They offer sacrifices on the mountaintops, And burn incense on the hills, Under oaks, poplars, and terebinths, Because their shade is good. Therefore your daughters commit harlotry, And your brides commit adultery.”

When I sought the Lord about this, I get the sence that this new paradime will be widely excepted and pushed by the women… that’s just what I feel the lord telling me. Why will this be led by women, I don’t know?

Verse 14 has more to say: “I will not punish your daughters when they commit harlotry, Nor your brides when they commit adultery; For the men themselves go apart with harlots, And offer sacrifices with a ritual harlot. Therefore people who do not understand will be trampled.”

This I belive explains why God doesnt punish the women or hold them responsible. Here God places the responsibility of what is happen, on the men. It’s their job to be the leaders, the protectors. They have failed in their duty and they themselves go apart with harlots, And offer sacrifices with a ritual harlot.

Therefore people who do not understand will be trampled. Again here the Lord is saying that if you do not seek Him and His knowledge of whats actually going on, you will be destroyed.

Lets skip ahead to verse 16 : “For Israel is stubborn Like a stubborn calf; Now the LORD will let them forage Like a lamb in open country.”

Here I belive the Lord is giving us a glimpse of what things will be like very soon because of all of this. Because of our stubbornness our way of life, our country will be destroyed. And we will be reduced to a 3rd world type of living. Something I fear is very similar to a Book of Eli type world.

So to sum things up, I think the lord is giving us some every clear warnings, and we need to recognise them before it’s too late. There is hope, but it’s only found in the Lord. So friends, hold on tight, things are about to get bumpy!