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A Prophetic Biblical Example: Judgment vs Mercy


Condemnation vs Restoration

(i) Her Judgment (Condemnation) – Past (sins accumulated till the time of restoration comes)

‘Say ye to your brethren — Ammi, And to your sisters — Ruhamah.

Plead ye with your mother — plead, (For she [is] not My wife, and I [am] not her husband,) And she turneth her whoredoms from before her, And her adulteries from between her breasts,

Lest I strip her naked. And have set her up as [in] the day of her birth, And have made her as a wilderness, And have set her as a dry land, And have put her to death with thirst.

And her sons I do not pity, For sons of whoredoms [are] they,

For gone a-whoring hath their mother, Acted shamefully hath their conceiver, For she hath said, I go after my lovers, Those giving my bread and my water, My wool and my flax, my oil and my drink.

Therefore, lo, I am hedging up thy way with thorns, And I have made for her a wall, And her paths she doth not find.

And she hath pursued her lovers, And she doth not overtake them, And hath sought them, and doth not find, And she hath said: I go, and I turn back unto My first husband, For — better to me then than now.

And she knew not that I had given to her, The corn, and the new wine, and the oil. Yea, silver I did multiply to her, And the gold they prepared for Baal.

Therefore do I turn back, And I have taken My corn in its season, And My new wine in its appointed time, And I have taken away My wool and My flax, covering her nakedness.

And now do I reveal her dishonour before the eyes of her lovers, And none doth deliver her out of My hand.

And I have caused to cease all her joy, Her festival, her new moon, and her sabbath, Even all her appointed times,

And made desolate her vine and her fig-tree, Of which she said, A gift they [are] to me, That my lovers have given to me, And I have made them for a forest, And consumed them hath a beast of the field.

And I have charged on her the days of the Baalim, To whom she maketh perfume, And putteth on her ring and her ornament, And goeth after her lovers, And Me forgat — an affirmation of Jehovah.” (Hosea 2:1 – 13)

(ii) His Mercy (Restoration) – Future (In progress)

“Therefore, lo, I am enticing her, And have caused her to go to the wilderness, And I have spoken unto her heart,

And given to her her vineyards from thence, And the valley of Achor for an opening of hope, And she hath responded there as in the days of her youth, And as in the day of her coming up out of the land of Egypt.

And it hath come to pass, in that day, An affirmation of Jehovah, Thou dost call Me — My husband, And dost not call Me any more — My lord.

And I have turned aside the names of the lords from her mouth, And they are not remembered any more by their name.

And I have made to them a covenant in that day, with the beast of the field, And with the fowl of the heavens, And the creeping thing of the ground, And bow, and sword, and war I break from off the land, And have caused them to lie down confidently.

And I have betrothed thee to Me to the age, And betrothed thee to Me in righteousness, And in judgment, and kindness, and mercies,

And betrothed thee to Me in faithfulness, And thou hast known Jehovah.

And it hath come to pass in that day, I answer — an affirmation of Jehovah, I answer the heavens, and they answer the earth.

And the earth doth answer the corn, And the new wine, and the oil, And they answer Jezreel.

And I have sowed her to Me in the land, And I have pitied Lo-Ruhamah, And I have said to Lo-Ammi, My people thou [art], and it saith, My God!’” (Hosea 2:14 – 23)


“And Jesus said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of the heavens is like a head of a household, who brings out of his treasure things new and old.” (Matthew 13:52)

What is the meaning of Ammi and Ruhamah?

Found a nice explanation in the website below (screenshot shown below):

*Hosea 2 agrees perfectly to the Mystery of “All Israel will be saved” in Romans 11.


To quote from another website:

‘In the Book of Hosea, God tells Hosea to name his daughter Lo-Ruhamah, meaning “not loved,” and to name his son Lo-Ammi, meaning “not my people.” Later on, God renames the two Ruhamah, meaning “loved,” and Ammi, meaning “my people.”.’

This agrees amazingly with the verses found in Romans 11 below:

(i) Making sense of “All Israel will be saved” (the ‘taking away of sins’ —> implies Salvation)

“And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

For this is My covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.” (Romans 11:26 – 27)

(ii) The “same Enemies” (temporal state due to ‘sins’) become “Beloved” again (permanent state as ‘sin’ is removed):

“As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.” (Romans 11:28)

(iii) Based on the ‘topic’ and aspect just mentioned in ‘verses prior’:

The Gift = All Israel being Saved
The Calling = Beloved

Are “irrevocable” (will come to pass):

“For the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable (without repentance).” (Romans 11:29)

This Great aspect of God’s Sovereignty to bring “Mercy” on “All Israel” to “Save them” doesn’t end there but is echoed to imply to “all” (Gentiles and world too eventually. —> verses from this ‘same’ chapter below echo it too as apostle Paul uses Israel as the proof/chief example of God’s Will to do it for ‘Israel’ and ‘likewise implied’ for the rest too):

“For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:

Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.” (Romans 11:30 – 32)

“For if the casting away of them (these Israel) be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?” (Romans 11:15)

Apostle Paul ends with a Praise toward God mentioning the “ages” (highlighting & not limiting His Glory to this time period where ‘all these things mentioned must come to pass eventually by His Sovereignty) into which all these things for ‘salvation of the World’ (“all things”, implied) must come to pass too (as each of these words are found in this ‘same’ chapter) according to the Mystery of the Gospel (Good News)! Amazing, isn’t it?

“O depth of riches, and wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable His judgments, and untraceable His ways!

for who did know the mind of the Lord? or who did become His counsellor?

or who did first give to Him, and it shall be given back to him again?

because of Him, and through Him, and to Him [are] the all things; to Him [is] the glory — to the ages. Amen.” (Romans 11:33 – 36)


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