If God did not change his mind, human existence would have ended with the flood that consumed Noah’s world. God decided that his patience with humanity would be limited. Humanity through Adam and Eve became of a fleshly substance. Not exactly pleasing to God. Causing God to number their existence, to one hundred and twenty years. Genesis recognizes that the human condition had changed. Men had intercourse with women as the means of procreation. Resulting in a species consumed from the depth of their being to reproduce nothing but evil continually. God apparently saw this as a portrayal of his original intentions. So great was this indignity that God regretted having granted our species life. It was decided by God to destroy all of humanity from the face of the earth. Along with everything associated with the earth. For God was sorry, that he brought these various life forms into existence, Genesis 6:3-7.
But God, changed his mind. A man named Noah found grace in the in the eyes of the Lord, Genesis 6:8-9. Later God had a conversation with Noah saying, “The end of all flesh is come before me. For the earth is filled with violence through them. And behold! I will destroy them from the earth,” Genesis 6:13.
That has been the story of God’s relation with humanity ever since. Where humanity veers on the edge of God’s destructive vengeance. Only to be spared because the eyes of God discovers a Noah, Genesis 6:8. Which demonstrates God’s true nature which is one of mercy. Allowing humanity another opportunity to get it right, time after time through out history.
Which seems to suggest that certain prophecies can be altered, if a Noah is seen by God. It has happened many times through out history. By the way, history is the story of God’s vengeance and mercy. Everything else recorded is peripheral to that struggle. Which has a tendency, to manifest itself as secular history. But must be balanced with the word of God, to be understood.
Finding a Noah or in this case a few Noah’s is what this series ultimately is about. For God found such a Noah in Jacob, Genesis 32:28. Which led to the destines of three nations, Israel, Great Britain and the United States, Genesis 48:16. Which we know through previous postings, to have occurred through Jacob, Ephraim and Manasseh.
Which now brings us to the Old Testament prophet Hosea. Where God declares these nations and their respective people to be revolters whom he has shielded for centuries, Hosea 5:2. God made this promise to Joesph the son of Jacob and father of Ephraim and Manasseh in Genesis 49:23-24. O! how it has played out over the centuries. Modern day examples would be the two world wars of the twenty century. Along with the inability of twenty plus Arab Muslim states trying to annihilate small Israel. The enemies of the world wars could not prevail against Ephraim and Manasseh because of those cited verses. As can not, Israel’s modern day enemies, the Muslim Arab world. The enemies of all God fearing nations.
But change is on the Horizon, according to Hosea. There is no longer any place to hide. Great Britain, the United States and Israel have drifted into behaviors described as whoredoms. Which suggest that these nations have taken an independent path to survival, setting aside God’s laws. As has Israel, despite its resilience’s for survival and prosperity against overwhelming odds. Representing the power of God to protect his own. In the end Israel is described as being defiled. Suggesting that Israel is seen by God as being filthy, Hosea 5:3.
In verse four the prophet employees the word *frame.* Suggesting that God expected Great Britain or Ephraim, the United States as Manasseh and Jacob, to frame their nation states as servants of the Almighty. Executing his purpose within carefully *framed* boundaries of his exhortations. God had instilled this desire into the hearts of nations founding fathers. Even in the not to distant past you would hear politicians declare that the United States as a *beacon of light to the world.* Such expressions came from verses like John 8:12. “Then spoke Jesus again unto them, I am the light of the world; he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” Today America has failed to walk that talk, and shall pay the consequences. Hosea put it this way for those three nations. “They will not *frame* their doings to turn to their God; for the spirit of whoredoms is in the midst of them, AND THEY HAVE NOT KNOWN THE LORD,” Hosea 5:4.
Perhaps the key verse in understanding this prophecy is found in verse five.”And the pride of Israel does testify to his face. Therefore shall Israel and Ephraim fall in iniquity. Judah shall fall with them.” Notice the people and nations mentioned Israel, Ephraim, (Great Britain)Â and Judah, meaning the tribe of Judah and an all inclusive expressions for the Jews. Manasseh is not mentioned, even though his lineage is American. We learned this from previous discussions and with scripture substantiation, note Genesis 48:16-20.
The pride of Israel symbolic of the United States now the superior of the two nations. (testifies to his face) is inclusive of the birthrights Jacob passed onto his grandsons, Ephraim and Manasseh. Blessed with the responsibility and consequences as noted in previous postings. Perhaps from Manasseh Jacob’s America will rise yet another Noah.
Apparently there is an awakening, but it appears to be to late. “… he has withdrawn himself from them,” Hosea 5:6. Because Hosea said, that these nations behavior is marked by a betrayal of the Lord’s confidence. Which seems to be a system of governance, and behavior that is very grotesque. So grotesque that Hosea uses expression, *begotten strange children.* Grotesque enough that God has committed himself to destroy them. This destruction is to be quick, “now shall a month devour them,” Hosea 5:7. Suggesting that a period of only a month will expire for the fall of one nation to the next nations demise, until all three have fallen.
Is Hosea referring to Lunar months or is he referring to the quickness of God’s destruction upon these three nations? Such a question is unanswerable requiring the close observation of world events; paired with the scriptures associated with various postings.
This is very observable, Ephraim made the world safe from God’s enemies for a very long time. Ephraim’s greatness was discussed earlier, but today Great Britain’s greatness as a global power has been destroyed. Great Britain’s survival is depended upon his older brother Manasseh, the United States.
With many observers of scriptural history see serious cracks in Manasseh’s invulnerability as a super power. Suggesting that the United States is about to collapse as a economic and military global power.
Should that occur, Israel is sure to have her hands full, as the tiny nation engages her Muslim Arab enemies in war. More so because for centuries Ephraim and Manasseh have served as Israel’s protector. Then maybe, our Noah will emerge from Israel and save the world again.
So what is the answer to our Lunar question? Swiftness as opposed to thirty day periods. Swiftness in terms of unknown time measurements. For this clergyman, it is a little more than scary. Because the shift away from God among these nations to secularism, is very noticeable. With economic, political and military trends looking very unfavorable for Israel, Ephraim and Manasseh.
But if Israel, Ephraim and Manasseh manage to survive this prophecy. It will be because God observed another Noah. A generation of godliness that caused God to change his mind. Sparing Noah’s generation from the floods of destruction. Genesis records this history for us, “These are the generation of Noah. Noah was a just man, and perfect in his generation. Noah walked with God,” Genesis 6:9.
But for our modern era, our Noah, will have to be the re-energized body of believers, the Church of Jesus Christ. Fighting and struggling to return Manasseh, Ephraim and Israel to live within God’s *frame* of expectations, Hosea 5:4. This what might cause God to change his mind and show mercy.
So for the doubters and skeptics, keep your attention focused on world events. For we know that they, who get the first laugh, also shed the first tears.
The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you. The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace, Numbers 6:24-26.