Was the Prophet Speaking to the U.S.?

Posted on April 23, 2019

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By David Ettinger

There are certain passages in the Minor Prophets which seem to be directed at the United States as well as ancient Israel. Of course the U.S. was not in view back then, but how much of what was told the Israelites circa 740 B.C. applies to the U.S. in 2019?

One such passage is Hosea 4:1-6. Not every word uttered by the prophet quite fits the U.S. today, but the overall sentiment comes close enough as our moral and spiritual fiber is eroding by the day.

What do you think? Does this passage describe the U.S. of 2019 (especially the last verse), or am I too much of a Gloomy Gus?

Hosea 4:1-6
Listen to the word of the Lord, O sons of Israel,
For the Lord has a case against the inhabitants of the land,
Because there is no faithfulness or kindness
Or knowledge of God in the land.

There is swearing, deception, murder, stealing and adultery.
They employ violence, so that bloodshed follows bloodshed.

Therefore the land mourns,
And everyone who lives in it languishes
Along with the beasts of the field and the birds of the sky,
And also the fish of the sea disappear.

Yet let no one find fault, and let none offer reproof;
For your people are like those who contend with the priest.

So you will stumble by day,
And the prophet also will stumble with you by night;
And I will destroy your mother.

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Because you have rejected knowledge,
I also will reject you from being My priest.
Since you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children.

Getting There
We’re not quite there yet, but we’re getting there rapidly. I believe our nation has exceeded the point of no return. Of course individuals will continue to come to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ daily, but I see no national revivals on the horizon. I believe that sliver of hope has come and gone.

Well, that’s the opinion of a grumpy old man. If you see things differently, please feel free to share!