Although it is not expressly stated in the Book of Hosea, it is apparent from the level of detail and familiarity focused on northern geography, that Hosea conducted his prophetic ministries in the Northern Israel (Samaria) of which he was a native.
In Hosea 1:1, the prophet identified the kings that ruled during his prophetic ministry. The first four—Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah—reigned over the southern kingdom of Judah from 790 BC to 686 BC, while Jeroboam II ruled the northern kingdom of Israel from 782 BC to 753 BC. This indicates that Hosea lived in the middle to late eighth century BC (755–715 BC), making him a contemporary of the prophets Isaiah and Micah. Hosea is often seen as a "prophet of doom", but underneath his message of destruction is a promise of restoration. The Talmud claims that he was the greatest prophet of his generation. The period of Hosea's ministry extended to some sixty years, and he was the only prophet of Israel of his time who left any written prophecy.
The identity of Israel (Samaria) is almost unknown today, but you can easily prove who the nations of the world descended from today! Read our study showing how England, America and many Western European countries are LOST ISRAEL. So almost every time in prophecy that we read that something will happen to Israel in the End Days, it will happen to the USA, Canada, Britain and parts of Western Europe. Israel in end time prophecy is not the Jewish nation of Israel today! The nation we call "Israel" is in fact named JUDAH in the Bible. Jews do not have the claim to the name Israel! 11 of the 12 tribes of Israel ARE NOT JEWS! Are you aware that the first time the word "Jew" is used in the Bible, that the "Jews are at war with the House of Israel to this day!" Jews fighting Israel! Did you know that?
When we read the Bible, which was written about 2,000-3,000 years ago, we often don't get the "feel of it" and how it relates to what is going on today, especially when reading prophecy about the end times and which nations are going to be involved. We read about Israel, of course, as well as Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Ethiopia and a list of unrecognizable nations and names. Yet what about nations like China, Russia, Germany, Italy, England or the United States? Why aren't they mentioned in our Bible? How can it be, if the Bible is the word of God, that he didn't know that these modern nations would exist? After all, if God knows the future, didn't God know about the United States or Europe or China? How can we trust prophecy or understand it when most of the time the scenario just doesn't fit what we know about the world today? Is there going to be another Assyrian Empire as the Bible claims? Does Assyria even exist today? Is Greece going to be the most powerful nation under another Alexander the Great as the book of Daniel suggests? It doesn't seem very likely to me and I am sure not to most of you either. Are we indeed living in the end times and how can we know what to look for and what today's news means? Will the world as we know it really ever end, as Jesus foretold?
Believe it or not, the Bible is as current and relevant today as the day when it was first written. The fact is that it is even more relevant today because much of what was predicted by the prophets was meant for today and beyond and not for the time these men were living! The hard-to-pronounce nations mentioned in the pages of prophecy written so ,long ago still exist, and you can prove it to yourself! God has given us tools to understand His predictions for our world and has had uncanny accuracy that nobody could ever duplicate without divine influence. God has rightly predicted:
the fall of Babylon
The fall of Assyria
The fall of Alexander
The fall of Rome 7 times (it has now fallen five or six times depending on what expert you believe!)
Chernobyl by name!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Global man-made pollution
the Muslim religion and their fight with Europe known as Crusades and the final yet to come conflict between these two powerful regions
The rise of England and the USA to be two most powerful nations ever to exist on this planet!
That England would have a monarchy, and that monarchy would claim to be David's descendants and that they would sit on his literal throne over the same rock that David himself was coronated over.
That the #13 would be important to the United States of America and that our form of government would be by election and not by a divine monarchy from the line of David.
To understand the Book of Hosea in today's world takes some knowledge of who he was, when he lived and when exactly he is talking about, and believe it or not, most of what he wrote was NOT FOR HID DAY!
The Study of HOSEA:
Hosea 1- 3: Hosea is ordered by God to marry a whore, who will not be faithful to him. To God, praying to false pagan deities is akin to human sexual adultery. As we are torn apart to find out that our spouse has been unfaithful, God feels the same torment when His people are unfaithful to Him! Adultery symbolises pagan worship in the Bible. Both Israel (America, England and parts of Western Europe) and Judah (modern day Jewish nation) have worshipped pagan deities throughout history and have suffered for it.
Hosea 4: a translation to better understand how to understand Bible prophecy:
Hosea 4 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)
The Lord Is Angry Against The United States, Great Britain and much of Western Europe
People of America, listen to the Jesus' message to you. Jesus, the Lord God Almighty has filed a lawsuit against you listing the following charges: “The people in this land are not honest or loyal. They don’t really know God the Father or Me. 2 They are always cursing, lying, killing, stealing, and committing adultery. They murder one person after another. 3 So the country is like someone crying for the dead, and all of its people are weak. Even the animals of the field, the birds of the sky, and the fish in the sea are dying because of the curse upon you.
4 “Don’t point your finger at someone else and try to pass the blame to him! Look, priest, I am pointing my finger at you.
5 As a sentence for your crimes, you, the priests and ministers of My people will stumble in broad daylight as well as in the night, and so will your false ‘prophets’ too; and I will destroy the land.
6 “My people are destroyed because they have no knowledge. You so-called Holy ministers have refused to learn, so I will refuse to let you be priests for Me. You have forgotten the Ten Commandments, so I will forget your children. 7 They became proud. They sinned more and more against me, so I will change their honor to shame.
8 “The priests rejoice in the sins of the people; they lap it up and lick their lips for more!
9 So the priests are no different from the people. I will punish them for the things they did. I will pay them back for the wrong things they did. 10 They will eat, but they will not be satisfied. They will commit sexual sins, but they will not have babies. This is because they left the Lord and became like prostitutes.
11 “Sexual sins, strong drink, and new wine ruin a person’s ability to think straight.12 My people are asking pieces of wood for advice. They think that idols, pieces of wood, or some horoscope will answer them! They have chased after those false gods like prostitutes and have left their own God. 13 They make sacrifices to other gods and worship money rather than Me. Your daughters will become prostitutes, and your daughters-in-law's whores for free.
14 “I cannot blame your daughters or your daughters-in-law for doing this, because your men go and have sex with the same whores and pay them. This is how foolish people destroy themselves.
The Shameful Sins of America and Great Britain who carry the name of Jacob or Israel
15 “Israel, just because you act like a prostitute doesn’t mean that Jews should feel guilty too. People, Don’t use the Lord’s name to make promises. Don’t say, ‘As the Lord lives …!’ 16 The Lord has given many things to you. He is like a shepherd who takes his sheep to a large field with plenty of grass. But you are stubborn, like a young cow that runs away again and again.
17 “The United States has joined Their politicians and so called holy leaders and rejoice in sin; they lap it up and lick their lips for more! 18. Therefore, a mighty wind shall sweep them away; and they shall die in shame because they have forgotten me and worshipped gods of money and greed.
My friends, believe it or not THIS IS the message of Hosea. Hosea is a prophecy for TODAY- for America, the England Commonwealth of Nations, Ireland, France, Denmark and Scandinavia! It has never been fulfilled. In part 2 I will show you why with more of Hosea. Chapters 5-7.. In Part 3 8-10, Part 4 11-12. Part 5 Chapter 15.