Chapters 6 through 14 of the Book of Hosea gives Divine prophetic oracles concerning the time of the end of the great exile of Ephraim /Jacob in the “last days”, immediately before the Messianic Era. YHVH’s assessment of Ephraim in those last days is that “they “return” but not to Him. Here the Great Creator clearly states that Jacob-Ephraim, while he may think and argue that he is returning to YHVH, is not returning to Him, but is instead returning to something of his own choosing that is right in his own eyes (Deut 12:8; Prov 3:7; Isaiah 5:21) … Such a situation is a grave self-deception.
Over the past 3 decades, there has been a significant outpouring of the Spirit of the Most High across the globe calling His blood washed people to repent and “come out” of the Judeo-Christian religious polemic and its consequent worldviews and replacement “systematic theologies”.
At the same time, in the last decade, while claiming to return to the biblical “Hebraic Roots” of the faith, the contemporary Hebraic Roots “Movement” and Messianic Jewish “Movement” have chosen to return to an eclectic mixture of Christian/Rabbinical/ Karaite Judaism(s) roots and their associated worldviews. In the past decade profound archeological biblical scholarship has revealed the ancient testimony of the Zadok priesthood that existed in the few decades prior to the coming of Yahushua Messiah giving insight into the ancient origins of the Pharisee/ Rabbinic religion as a profaned way, belonging to the ancient “sons of darkness” which has worked but to usurp the “Way” of YHVH, the “Teacher of Righteousness”, and the “Sons of Light”.
If the “Hebrew Roots Movement” were truly a repentant biblical movement seeking biblical truth they would honestly and prayerfully consider the historical Zadok testimony and its revelations, which describes the dynamics of the religious conflict that was the context of the days of the first coming of Yahushua Messiah. But instead of seeking the proper historical context by which the Words of Yahushua concerning the scribes and Pharisees can be properly discerned and understood, the choice has been rather to simply ignore the ancient historical testimony and to blindly continue with their own preferred view of ecumenical reunion with the orthodox Judaism(s), instead of continuing to seek revelation of the great return to the authentic set-apart paths of YHVH in accordance with the call of Jeremiah 6:16. This ancient “Way” was demonstrated to all by the authentic walk and testimony of Yahushua Messiah, the Holy One Of Israel, the begotten of The Most High, biblical Israel’s only Divinely appointed Redeemer.
This contemporary reality thus appears to fit precisely with Hosea’s tragic prophetic oracle of YHVH”s assessment of Jacob/Israel that even in the very last days of the exile, immediately preceding the great restoration and redemption, Ephraim still chooses to continue to feed on and follow after an east (Babylonian) wind (Hosea 12:1).
Consequently YHVH declares that He will send a Lion – who is Yahushua Messiah – to meet His people in “the wilderness of the peoples” (Ezekiel 20:35-36) in the last days and He will roar… and then Jacob-Ephraim will tremble (Hosea 11:10).
The Hebrew word “tremble” is Strong’s 02729 “charad”, which means to tremble, quake, move about, be afraid, be startled, be terrified . This prophecy fits the Ezekiel 20: 30-44 prophecy of the process of redemption which indicates that Jacob/Israel/Ephraim will be meeting with Yahushua Messiah in the “wilderness of the Peoples” and brought under the authority of His rod, and that consequently He (The Holy One of Israel, YHVH’s Redeemer) will rule over Jacob-Ephraim with fury poured out (Ezekiel 20:33-34).
Thus YHVH’s declaration in Hosea is “Therefore turn thou to thy Elohiym: keep mercy and judgment and wait on thy Elohiym continually” (Hosea 12:6), and again in Hosea 14:1 “ O Israel, return unto YHVH they Elohiym for thou have fallen by thy own iniquity” which in the Words of Yahushua is that the last generation should take care to be a wise and not a foolish virgin… , just as the prophetic injunction similarly ends in Hosea with the following:
Hosea 14: 7-9 They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.
8 ¶ Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree. From me is thy fruit found.
9 Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of YHVH are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.
But for those of Ephraim who are not aware of the deep pleading of YHVH for all Yahushua-redeemed “Jacob” to completely come out of religions and traditions of men in these last days and to return to Him … the full declaration of Hosea 7:16 should cause all of us to make sure of the ground on which stand in these days.
Hosea 7: 16 They return, but not to the most High: they are like a deceitful bow: their princes (Strong’s 08629 – leaders, overseers) shall fall by the sword for the rage of their tongue: this shall be their derision in the land of Egypt.
It might be that we are on the very verge of the appointed time of meeting our Redeemer Yahushua Messiah face-to-face. If that be the case, the prophet Hosea calls us all to examine ourselves, and set ourselves apart from any denominations, leaders or teachers that call for submission to authorities other than Yahushua Messiah, as they pursue diverse agendas for increased ecumenical and eschatological religious unfication.
May we all be encouraged to read Hosea Chapters 6-14 with prayer for discernment and full revelation in these days.
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