Let us Return to the Lord

Hosea 6:1-3 Come: Let us return to the Lord, He has punished us1 but He will restore us. After two days He will revive us2, on the third day He will raise us up and we will live in His presence3. Let us strive to know the Lord, whose coming is as sure as the sunrise. His coming will refresh us like the spring rains.

Hosea 6:4-11 How shall the Lord deal with His people? Their loyalty is like the morning mist, that is why His prophets castigate them and His Word indicts them. Their God requires loyalty, not sacrifices, belief and trust in Him rather than offerings. But they have transgressed the Covenant and brought defilement upon themselves. The House of Israel has prostituted itself and for Judah too, a harvest of reckoning will come4.

Hosea 7:1-2 & 13-16 When the Lord decides to restore the fortunes of His people6, their guilt will stand revealed. He constantly watches5, they are unaware that He has kept account of their misdeeds and faithlessness. Disaster will strike4 them for their rebellion, even though He desires to deliver them, but their false beliefs and insincere worship indicts them. Their leaders will be killed for speaking falsely, foreigners will deride them for their foolishness. Ref:REB Abridged

1/ Punishment by exile from the holy Land for 2730 years. Ezekiel 4:4-6, Lev. 26:18-28

2/ 2 days = 2000 years.  Psalms 90:4, 2 Peter 3:8

3/ The 1000 year Millennial reign of Jesus.  Revelation 20:6, Luke 13:32

4/ The terrible Day of the Lord’s vengeance and wrath. Ezekiel 7:1-9, Hosea 8:14, Zephaniah 2:1-2, 2 Peter 3:10-11, Revelation 6:12-17

5/ God is watching us.  Job 34:21-23, Psalm 11:4, Psalm 33:13-15, Jeremiah 16:17

6/ The time of Restoration: The period between the 2nd Exodus and the Return of Jesus.  Described in Ezekiel 36, Jeremiah 31, Isaiah 61 and Joel 2:22-32

The great gathering and judging of the Israelites:

      Ezekiel 20:34-38 By My strong hand and outstretched arm and outpoured wrath, I shall bring you out from the nations and gather you from the lands where you have been dispersed. I shall bring you into the place of judgement and there I shall confront all of you, even as I did to your forefathers in the wilderness. I shall make you pass under the rod of judgement, counting you as you pass. I shall purge out all those who revolt and rebel against Me, they will come out of the nations where they now live, but they will not set foot on the holy Land of Israel. This is the Word of the Lord God.      Deuteronomy 30:1-10, Acts 3:19