Based on Hosea chapter 9
Â The Danger to Ephraim of Islam. Hosea 9Â
1. The Ten Lost Tribes of Israel are a Special People
2. Predicted Terror Attacks Agaisnt Ephraim
3. The Jews Suffered Under Islam
4. Ephraim in Egypt
5. Ephraim Has Strayed from the Path
6. MOHAMED IN THE PROPHECY OF HOSEA
7. Islam and Ishmael
8. Barak Hussein Obama
9. Farrakhan and Islam in the USA
10. Conclusion. Time to Return to the God of Israel through Support of Israel.
Â Â Â Â Â Â The Prophet HoseaÂ (chapter 9) warns that Israel will be punished for its idolatry and wrongdoing even though other peoples are not. Israelites are different. They have a different task and a separate goal from other peoples. Their reward will be greater. Because of this more is expected of them.Â
Â Amos (KJV) 3:
2 You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.
The Ancient Hebrews after the death of King Solomon had divided into two separate Kingdoms: 'Israel' in the north and 'Judah' in the south. Less than two centuries later the northern Kingdom of Israel comprising Ten Tribes was conquered by Assyria. Its inhabitants were exiled. The Exiles were taken to different regions of the Assyrian Empire. Prophecy tells us that in Assyrian Exile the Israelites will no longer keep the Law. In Hosea chapter 9 we are told how special laws apply to Israelites that are not relevant to other peoples.
1 Do not rejoice, O Israel, with joy like other peoples,
For you have played the harlot against your God.
Â You have made love for hire on every threshing floor.
Hire: Hebrew "etnan" expressly meaning the gift given to a prostitute, cf. Deuteronomy 23:19. On every threshing floor: It was evidently the custom for ladies of fortune to hire their services at the threshing floor where the grain was prepared.
Hosea chapter 9 tells us that acts of terrorism of disastrous proportions will be committed against Ephraim by the followers of Mohammad. The Prophet of Islam is referred to as a 'mad-man.' He will be associated with "Egypt" which in Biblical Terms could also mean Arabia, and/or Russia. Egypt also has a connection to Ephraim through prophecies concerning the End Times.Â
Â Â Â Â Â Over the centuries many Jews dwelt in Muslim countries. After the establishment of the State of Israel most Jews in Arab and MuslimÂ countries left. In many cases they were forced to leave and had to leave tthier wealth and property behind them. Many of these Jews came to Israel. The number of Jewish refugees from Muslim nations was ca. 800, 000. By contrast the number of Arab Palestinians who left Israel was ca. 400, 000 or less. It is sometimes claimed that if it were not for the State of Israel the Jews in Muslim countries would not have had to leave and that traditionally Jews and Arabs had usually gotten along together. This is not so.Â With some exceptions Jewish existence under Muslim Rule was difficult. Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon ('Maimonides' 1135-1204) in his "Letter to Yemen" spoke against Islam and identified Mohamed as the "Mad Man", evil prophet, and religious leader prophesied about in Hosea ch.9:7.
Excerpt from Maimonides, "Letter to Yemen"
concerning Mohamed and Islam,
# Understand this, my brothers, the Holy One Blessed HE due to our liability created by iniquity cast us amongst this nation, the people of Ishmael [Muslim Arabs], who with tyranny rule over us and who connive to do us wrong. They despicably debase us. This was decreed by the Almighty as a punishment (Deuteronomy 32:31, "Your enemies shall judge you").
# There never came against Israel a more antagonistic nation. They oppress us with the most oppressive measures designed to lessen our number, degrade us, and make us as despicable as they themselves are. King David, may he rest in peace, saw through Divine Inspiration all the calamities that were destined to come upon Israel. Nevertheless [even though he saw all the other troubles], he still began to shout out and lament in the name of the whole nation against the oppression that would be occasioned by the Ishmaelites. David said, "WOE IS ME, THAT I SOJOURN IN MESECH, THAT I DWELL IN THE TENTS OF KEDAR!" [Psalms 120:5]. #
# Notice how David emphasizes "Kedar" out of all the other Children of Ishmael. This is because that Mad Man [Hebrew: "meshuga"] came from Kedar according to what has been published concerning his genealogy. # Source: Maimonides, "Letter to Yemen" 1:4.
In his mention of Kedar concerning Mohamad, Maimonides is referring to the fact that Mohamed was from the Koresh clan of Arabs and they claimed descent from Kedar son of Ishmael (Genesis 25:13). -Maimonides continues to explain from Daniel 8:10 that Ishmael will ultimately be defeated by Israel.
Maimonides ("Rambam", 1135-1204). Born in Muslim Spain, he was one of the greatest Jewish legal authorities and religious philosophers. Maimonides served as personal physician to Saladin King of Egypt. Saladin is famous for having been the principle antagonist facing Richard the Lion-heart of England in the Crusades.
Â Egypt and Assyria are recalled as places of Exile (cf. Hosea 8:13). Various verses indicate that a portion of the exiles returned to Egypt apart from those who went to Assyria.
The present chapter 9 of Hosea speaks of Ephraimites in Egypt.
3 They shall not dwell in the LORD's land,
But Ephraim shall return to Egypt,
And shall eat unclean things in Assyria.
Historically, some of the Ten Tribes went almost straight away to Egypt. In addition to this, the Commentary of the Radak (on Hosea 8:13) says that some of the Ephraimites had moved to Egypt shortly before the Assyrian Exile.Â The Ephraimites in Egypt moved apparently to Ireland. Others reached Ireland and Britain after first being taken overseas to Spain and neighboring regions.
Â Radak (Kimchi): #But Ephraim shall return to Egypt. # Even though the Kingdom of Ephraim was sent into exile by the King of Assyria, nevertheless many amongst them, prior to the Assyrian Exile, went to Egypt due to the famine and disasters overtaking their own land. In addition there were small numbers of refugees from Ephraim amongst the remnants of Judah and Benjamin who later moved to Egypt despite Jeremiah the Prophet having warned them not to.#
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â The above quotation is from the Commentator Rabbi David Kimchi (1160-1235 CE). Irish legends also indicate a second return to Egypt. Alternately, there may have been more than one place with the name 'Mitsraim' which is translated as 'Egypt.'Â Scripture on occasion uses the same name for two different areas due to some common denominator between them, or a similarity in the names they sued for themselves.Â The name "Mitsraim" in Scripture, usually translated as "Egypt", could also in some cases apply to Arabia, or to Russia, or to some other area including part of the former USSR region. This was also known as Scythia and the Lost Tribes sojourned in Scythia for several centuries before continuing westward.Â Nevertheless, in the following passages we shall explain this Prophecy of Hosea as meaning 'Egypt' when it says it.Â
Â 5. Ephraim Has Strayed from the Path
THEY SHALL EAT UNCLEAN THINGS IN ASSYRIA (Hosea 9:3): While in the Assyrian Exile they shall no longer practice the Mosaic Law.
4 They shall not offer wine offerings to the LORD,
Nor shall their sacrifices be pleasing to Him.
It shall be like bread of mourners to them;
All who eat it shall be defiled.
For their bread shall be for their own life;
It shall not come into the House of the LORD.
Â Hosea has reminded us that the Ten Tribes had been exiled for worshipping false gods and copying heathen practices (2-Kings ch. 17). In their places of Exile by the Assyrians the Ten Tribes will continue their froward ways. Their forms of worship and how they practice good-doing, i.e. the charities and deeds they consider to be of social benefit will not be acceptable in the sight of the Almighty.
5 What will you do in the appointed day,
And in the day of the feast of the LORD?
APPOINTED DAY: Hebrew "YomÂ Moed" literally "Day of Appointment,"Â Rashi: The day of appointed time when the enemy is appointed to come against you.
THE FEAST OF THE LORD. Rashi: A feast of sacrificial slaughter that HE (God) shall bring against you. This is a Prediction of Disaster!
6 For indeed they are gone because of destruction.
Â Egypt shall gather them up;
Â Memphis shall bury them.
Nettles shall possess their valuables [Hebrew: Machmad] of silver;
Thorns shall be in their tents.
DESTRUCTION: Hebrew "shod" denoting "robbery and ravage". It can also mean "acts of terrorism."
EGYPT SHALL GATHER THEM UP: Also translatable as saying, Egypt shall gather them (the terrorists) together. Egypt inÂ Hebrew isÂ "Mitsraim" and in Mesopotamian tongues "Mutsri." Apart from Egypt, there were places named Mutsri in what is now Arabia and to the north of Syria.
"Machmad" is also another form of the name Mahomet!
Rabbi Moshe David Valli (1697-1777, Padua, Italy) comments:
# "Machmad" means the Prophet of the Ishmaelites who is actually named 'Machmad!' #
Machmad is another way among the Arabs of pronouncing the name "Mahomad."
We have here the name "Mahomad" interjected in a prophecy concerning destruction and disaster directed against Ephraim.
Taking the different Commentaries together and in line with the literal Hebrew of the Bible we have re-translated the passage in Hosea 9 as:
6Â Behold they have gone up from the spoliation of Mitsraim. Noph shall gather them in. Mahomet will bury them, for their silver. Wild beasts shall inherit them, animals be in their lodgings.
7 The days of punishment have come;
The days of recompense have come.
The prophet is a fool,
The spiritual man is insane,
Â Because of the greatness of your iniquity and great enmity.
The Aramaic TranslationÂ known as 'Targum Yehonathan' implies that at the time of retribution Israel shall know that they let themselves be misled by false prophets and did not listen to the Prophets of the Bible.
THE PROPHET IS A FOOL: Hebrew, "evil ha-Navi."Â The word translated as A FOOL is "evil" or "avil" and connotes foolishness in an evil sense or something like criminal irresponsibility. This word begins with an "aleph."Â There is another Hebrew word that almost sounds the same ("avil") and begins with an "ayin" and means injustice. Both words are similar in intent and apparently gave rise to the English word "evil" meaning wickedness.
THE SPIRITUAL MAN: Hebrew "ish" [meaning "important man"] ha-Ruach [meaning "of spirit]." This may also be understood to say "spiritual leader".
MAD: Hebrew "meshuga."Â Maimonides [d. 1204 CE] uses this same expression when he refers to Mohammed founder of Islam.
Here is the next verse as rendered by Brit-Am:
Â Hosea 9: 8 [Alternative]: Ephraim looks out with the god of the Prophet, a hidden trap on all his paths to snare others, hatred in the House of his god.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Ephraim in these verses means either the Ten Tribes in general or the forces of Joseph in particular. Out of Joseph came the two Tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh.Â Ephraim came to dominate the British Peoples whereas Manasseh was represented by the USA. Nevertheless in some cases the term "Ephraim" is also applied to America. Ephraim will have been sent Guidance from God but not have hearkened to it. The Great Men of Ephraim in the past had hearts that favored the Almighty even if their theological doctrines might not have done. The "Prophet" referred to here appears to be Mahomet who was recalled in the previous verse (9:7). Islam will become an entrapment for Ephraim. The Moslem enemy stores hatred in his House of Worship. These verses may not be clear to us but they do describe Islam and the present day situation. The Moslems preach hatred in their mosques while perpetrating deeds of malicious cruelty.Â
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Hosea 9:7 tells us (as we translated) "The days of visitation have arrived, the days of payment have come, Israel shall know, the prophet is evil, the spiritual leader is mad because of your transgression there is great hatred."Â The Muslims are not rational. Anyone in the west who acted as Islam seems to require its adherents to think and act would not be considered normal. The relevant verses concerning Ephraim suffering at the hands of Muslim terrorists are there in the Book of Hosea and they do have a specific intention. And they are pertinent to Muslims! As we recalled in our work "Ephraim" (1995) chapter two:
# Regarding the future, some type of ill-fated bond between Ephraim and the followers of Islam is spoken of in the Biblical Book of Hosea. It is obvious that the same Biblical Prophecies may legitimately often be understood in several entirely different ways - as they were perhaps intended to be. The verses should be seen in their context. The overall message is that the Prophet Hosea condemns Ephraim, uses a word which is a form of the name "Mohammed", speaks of the region of Egypt and the east, and predicts a disaster which somehow involves a spiritual leader and mad prophet who also appears to be identified by Maimonides as "Mohammed."
Basing ourselves mainly on the Commentary to Hosea (given above) we may paraphrase the verses as warning us:
Ephraim will be punished for their sins and corruption and departure from the God of Israel. [Abandoning the settlement of Judah in the State of Israel is another aspect of abandoning the God of Israel.] Terrorists will commit acts of terrible destruction against Ephraim. They will be inspired by a spiritual leader, a madman, a Mahomad who desires their wealth. Wild beasts of men will feast on their ruins.Â As mentioned above, "The Mad Prophet" was indicated by Maimonides (1135-1204), in his "Letter to Yemen" to be a reference to Mohamed. The name of Mohammed (in Hebrew and Arabic: "Machmad")Â appears in the passage. Mohamed is reported to have suffered from epilepsy.
Â 7. Islam and Ishmael
Â Â Â Â Â The Religion of Islam in effect is derived from Arabic culture. Ishmael the son of Abraham and Hagar his Egyptian maidservant was the father of leading elements amongst the Arabs. Prior to the birth of Ishmael his mother was told:
11 And the angel of the LORD said to her,
Now you have conceived and shall bear a son;
Â Â you shall call him Ishmael,
Â Â for the LORD has given heed to your affliction.
12 He shall be a wild ass of a man,
with his hand against everyone,
Â Â and everyone's hand against him;
and he shall live at odds with all his kin.
Â Â Â Â Â The Arabs are often violently disposed towards their neighbors and other people dislike them.Â The simple meaning of the above passage as well as its translation are both pertinent here.Â Â Onkelos (1st century CE) translated the expression, "his hand against everyone, and everyone's hand against him" (Genesis 16:12) as meaning that he will need everyone and everyone will need him. This is the case today. Everyone needs Arab oil and the Arabs need everyone else to develop this oil and market it.Â Â There were once settlemetns of Jews in Arabia who were wiped out by Mohamed himself. Historically, the Arabian Jews whom Mohammed massacred may have been an offshoot from the Lost Ten Tribes, i.e. "Ephraim". Their settlements in Arabia appear to date from shortly after the Assyrian Exile. Regarding the future the message of Hosea is a warning that the forces of Islam are a danger. Association with them threatens disaster upon Ephraim which mainly means Britain. Ephraim also includes important elements in North America, South Africa, and Australia. A portion of Ephraim is also to be found amongst the Jews. The name 'Ephraim' in Scripture can stand too for the leading power amongst the Ten Tribes or all of the Ten Tribes in general. The said verses may well contain a hint that Ephraim will attempt some type of rapport with "the god of the prophet" and this will not turn out well.
The attempted rapport of the USA with Islam may have begun recently.
The USA already had a President who may have been a closet "Muslim" i.e. President Barak Hussein Obama. The putative father of Obama in Kenya had a name suggesting descent from an Arab slave-trader. The step-father of Obama was a Muslim from Indonesia. Obamaia himself had as a child attended a Muslim Religious school in Indoneisa.Â Obama managed to represent himself as a strong sympathizer of Islam, perhaps an adherent, and ALSO the Great Champion of Gay Rights and Liberal Agendas. These causes may seem to be drastically opposed to each other but Obama managed to being them together. He used them against the USA and against Israel.
For decades Saudi Arabia has been funding universities and supporting academic programs in order to instill an anti-Jewish and anti-Israel attitude among the intellectual elites of the USA. This has paid off for them since today many of the secular anti-religious leading lights in US society are agaisnt Jews and Israel and agaisnt Biblical values.Â
Another example of Islamic Influence in the USA may be seen in the large numbers of Afro-Americans who have become Muslims or joined religions based on Islam such as the Nation of Islam led by Louis Farrakhin. This person, Louis Farrakhan (born 1933 age 85), is now old and sick. He may, or may not, be able to do much harm BUT he shows what can be done, has many followers, and they who come after him may be worse than he was.
Farrakhan is described as "an American religious leader, black nationalist, activist, and social commentator. He is the leader of the religious group Nation of Islam (NOI) ." His parents came from the Caribbean. The NOI had been founded by somebody else and then disbanded. Fakkarakhan however revived it.
# In 1985, Farrakhan obtained working capital in the amount of $5 million, in the form of an interest-free loan from Libya's Islamic Call Society. Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi had also offered Farrahkan guns to begin a black nation. Farrakhan said that he told Gaddafi that he preferred an economic investment in black America.#
In 1994 Farrakhan organized the Million Man March. Approximately 440,000 were in attendance.Â It took place a day or so after the acquittal of O.J. Simpson for allegedly murdering his white ex-wife and her Jewish lover. The significance of the two events occuring in conjunction with each other was not lost on the attendees of the Farrakhin rally. Louis Farrakhan gave money and moral support to Barak Hussein Obama after meeting with him personally. Farrakhan presents himself as Muslim and boasts about the great honor he received when he visited Mecca. Historically black slaves were treated very badly by the Arabs but Muslim apologists claim that they were treated well. Farrakhan wants the Afro-Americans to believe that each one of them is a physical descendant of God. He has however a realistic appreciation of their capabilities and vulnerabilities. He does not however want a direct physical confrontation at this point between his people and the Jews. He would like to see a portion of the USA given to black people for their separate existence, i.e. reverse Apartheid. He will probably back any force that furthers that of Black People. It should be remembered that Obama for more than 15 years was a regular attendant along with his wife at the services of Reverend Jeremy Wright. This person was a rabid Jew-baiter and fomenter of hatred against the Jewish People A white politician would not get away with associations of that nature. Obama did.
Farrakhan has received support and encouragement from Saudi Arabia.
Farrakhan will also be inclined to support any force that is against the Jewish People. He seems to that among the American whites there may arise some kind of future Hitler and that the Black people should make a deal with him. Let this Hitler-type take care of the Jews and the weaklings among the whites, give the Blacks a separate existence and their own space and the blacks will support him.Â That is why Farrakhan has been putting out feelers to the Klan and white supremacist groups. All this is consistent with what Farrakhan himself has been publicly announcing. The Church of Scientology has recently joined forces with Farrakahn.
Farrakhin has stated that whites were created 6,600 years ago as a "race of devils" by an evil black scientist named Yakub, and that "white people deserve to die." Farrakhan has also said, "I recognized that the Blackman will never be free until we address the relationship between Blacks and Jews."
Â In conclusion Ephraim needs to repent and change his ways and return to the God of Israel.Â
The Powers of Islam are invidious and harmful to Ephraim. Ephraim needs to realize this. One way for Ephraim to draw closer to the Almighty is to adopt Biblical vlaues and support the Tribes of Judah and the State of Israel. Helping the Jews and the State of Israel is parallel to helping re-institute the Divine Service in the Holy Temple. This is something Ephraim needs to do and if Ephraim does not do this the effects will not be positive ones (see Hosea (9:4). God wants us to return to HIM and do the good we can according to HIS word through the Prophets!