Kingdom (Ephraim), which will be quick; and on the Southern
Kingdom (Judah), which would be slow (moth vs. rot, Hosea
5:12). This certainly speaks of the times of the Assyrian King
and later the Babylonian King several centuries before Christ.
But as we will see in the next section, it speaks of God—in the
person of Christ—going back to His place.
Israel had strayed and rebelled against God (Hos. 7:13).
For doing so, certain prophesied consequences would (or will)
occur: God would,
“…turn away from them”
there would be,
“…wombs that miscarry and breasts that are
(Hos. 9:14); the Jews would be,
“…wanderers among the
(Hos. 9:17) ; and they would,
“…have no king…”
(Hos. 10:3). At the end,
“…they will say to the mountains,
‘Cover us!’ and to the hills, ‘Fall on us’”
(Hos. 10:8)! Nations
will gather against them (Hos. 10:10); and they will finally seek
the Lord, Who will come again to Israel (Hos. 10:12). This
“coming again to Israel” refers to that day—the end day.
The history of the Jews since their rejection of God (in the
person of Jesus the Messiah at the cross, or Messiah Ben Jo-
seph), has been one of misery. As He was being led to the
cross, Jesus reminded them of His words from the prophet Ho-
“Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for
yourselves and for your children. For the time will come when
you will say, ‘Blessed are the barren women, the wombs that
never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ Then they will
say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us!’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us’”