I Am for Peace, but When I Speak they are for War

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Let’s continue on with our examination of the consequences come from rejecting God. As we saw yesterday Hosea 4:11 describes the rejection and accepting another as whoredom. The verse goes on to include the further depiction as when wine and new wine take away the heart. Those who study with us know the heart as being the rational center of our intellect (our ability of right reasoning). In this we see wine and news wine as what dulls our intellect and feelings, all our natural God given ability to recognize or consider the consequences. Hosea 4:6 tells us just this and verse 7 goes on to tell of the progeny being where the degeneration is seen. This is where the ramifications are eventually manifested as (sins) errors in judgment (inability to rightly reason or even consider the implications of their actions). We have raised up a nation of sociopaths who now as adults infest all our institutions and have infected every crevasse of society.

My definition of a sociopath: someone who viciously and with premeditated malice attacks other people and does not feel guilty about such behavior. (They call it politics and public discourse. The violence is the lie, the fabrication of the context, and the intentional defamation and demonization. And don’t give me that crap about how it has always been this way and therefor is normal. Sociopathic behavior has always been with us but has never been normal. They are those who endanger the security and stability of civilized society.)

Hosea 4
6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you shalt be no priest to Me. Seeing you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children.
7 “As they were increased, so they sinned against Me; therefore will I change their glory into shame.
8 They eat up the sin of My people, and they set their heart on their iniquity.
9 And it shall be: like people, like priest; and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings.
10 For they shall eat and not have enough; they shall reject God for another (whoredom) and shall not increase, because they have left off taking heed of the LORD.
11 “Rejecting God for another (whoredom) and wine and new wine take away the heart.
12 My people ask counsel from their stocks, and their staff declares unto them; for the spirit of rejecting God for another (whoredom) has caused them to err, and they have gone a whoring from their God.
13 They sacrifice upon the tops of the mountains, and burn incense upon the hills under oaks and poplars and elms, because the shadow thereof is good; therefore your daughters shall reject God for another (whoredom), and your spouses shall reject God in the same way (adultery).

The word of the LORD for today is Jeremiah 13 wherein we are again told of the worthlessness that comes from the rejection of God’s pure truth.

Jeremiah 13
1 Thus says the LORD unto me, “Go and get a linen girdle, and put it upon your loins, and put it not in water.”
2 So I got a girdle according to the word of the LORD and put it on my loins.
3 And the word of the LORD came unto me the second time, saying,
4 “Take the girdle that you have got, which is upon your loins, and arise, go to the Euphrates and hide it there in a hole of the rock.”
5 So I went and hid it by the Euphrates, as the LORD commanded me.
6 And it came to pass after many days, that the LORD said unto me, “Arise, go to the Euphrates and take the girdle from there, which I commanded you to hide there.”
7 Then I went to the Euphrates and dug, and took the girdle from the place where I had hid it; and behold, the girdle was marred; it was profitable for nothing [It had become worthless].
8 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
9 “Thus says the LORD: ‘In this manner will I mar the pride of those that lead my people (Judah) and the great pride of those I have taught and founded in the ways of My peace (Jerusalem).
10 This evil people, who refuse to hear My words, who walk in the stubbornness of their heart, and walk after other gods to serve them and to worship them, shall even be as this girdle which is good for nothing.
11 For as the girdle cleaves to the loins of a man, so have I caused to cleave unto Me the whole house of this people I have chosen (Israel) and the whole house of their rulers (Judah),’ says the LORD, ‘that they might be unto Me as a people, and as a name, and as praise, and as glory; but they would not hear.’
12 “Therefore you shall speak unto them this word: ‘Thus says the LORD God of Israel: Every bottle shall be filled with wine.’ And they shall say unto you, ‘Do we not certainly know that every bottle shall be filled with wine?’
13 Then shall you say unto them, ‘Thus says the LORD: Behold, I will fill all the inhabitants of this land — even the kings that sit upon David’s throne, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem — with drunkenness.
14 And I will dash them one against another, even the fathers and the sons together,’ says the Lord. ‘I will not pity, nor spare, nor have mercy, but shall destroy them.’”
15 Hear you, and give ear; be not proud, for the LORD has spoken.
16 Give glory to the LORD your God before He cause darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark high places of that have risen up and rule over the land (mountains), and, while you look there for light, He turn it into the shadow of death, and make it gross darkness.
17 But if you will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places for your pride; and mine eye shall weep sore, and run down with tears, because the LORD’s flock is carried away captive.
18 Say unto the king and to the queen, “Humble yourselves, sit down; for your principalities shall come down, even the crown of your glory.”
19 The cities of the South shall be shut up, and none shall open them. Your rulers (Judah) shall be carried away captive, all of it; it shall be wholly carried away captive.
20 Lift up your eyes, and behold them that come from the north. Where is the flock that was given thee, thy beautiful flock?
21 What wilt you say when He shall punish you? For you have taught them to be captains, and as chief over you. Shall not sorrows take you, as if a woman in the midst of bringing forth her child (travail)?
22 And if you say in your heart, “Why come these things upon me?”—for the greatness of your own iniquity is your shame and your pain come (are your skirts uncovered, and your heels made bare).
23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? Then may you also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.
24 “Therefore will I scatter them as the stubble that passes away by the wind of the wilderness.
25 This is the consequence of your decisions (lot), the payment (portion) of your reasoning (measures) from Me,” says the LORD; “because you have forgotten Me, and trusted in falsehood.
26 Therefore will I uncover thy skirts upon thy face, that your shame may appear.
27 I have seen your adulteries and your calling to those you have chosen instead of Me (neighings), the lewdness of thy whoredom and your abominations on the hills in the fields. Woe unto you, O Jerusalem! Will you not be made clean? When shall it once be?”

Colossians 1
9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you and to desire that you might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
10 that you might walk worthy of the LORD, in all pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
11 strengthened with all might according to His glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
12 giving thanks unto the Father, who hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.
13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the Kingdom of His dear Son,
14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of our errors (sins).
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature.
16 For by Him were all things created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones or dominions or principalities or powers: all things were created by Him and for Him.
17 And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.
18 And He is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He might have the preeminence.
19 For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell,
20 and having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself — by Him, I say, whether they be things on earth or things in heaven.
21 And you, who were once alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, even now has He reconciled
22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and un-blamable and un-reprovable in His sight,
23 if you continue grounded and settled in the faith, and be not moved away from the hope of the Gospel, which you have heard and which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I (Paul) am made a minister.
24 I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is lacking of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh, for His body’s sake, which is the church,
25 of which I am made a minister according to the dispensation of God, which is given to me for you, to fulfill the Word of God—
26 even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to His saints.
27 To them God would make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
28 Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus,
29 for which I also labor, striving according to His working, which works in me mightily.

Psalms 120
1 In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and He heard me.
2 Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips and from a deceitful tongue.
3 What shall be given unto you, or what shall be done unto you, you false tongue?
4 Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper!
5 Woe is me that I sojourn among those that sow violence (in Meshech), that I dwell in a time with the house departed from truth and light (tents of Kedar)!
6 My soul has long dwelt with him that hates peace.
7 I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war.

Warnings Unheeded Bring Self-Destruction

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There is a storm coming. All things happen for a reason. We are often unable to see the purpose until later events show us. For some reason, it isn’t my time to be in DC.

Hosea 4
1 Hear the word of the LORD, you children of God’s chosen people (Israel); for the LORD has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth nor mercy nor knowledge of God in the land.
2 “By swearing and lying, and killing and stealing and committing adultery, they break out, and blood touches blood.
3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwells therein shall languish with the beasts of the field and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.
4 Yet let no man strive with, nor reprove another; for this people are as they that strive with the priest.
5 Therefore shalt you fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with you in the night; and I will destroy your mother.
6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you shalt be no priest to Me. Seeing you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children.
7 “As they were increased, so they sinned against Me; therefore will I change their glory into shame.
8 They eat up the sin of My people, and they set their heart on their iniquity.
9 And it shall be: like people, like priest; and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings.
10 For they shall eat and not have enough; they shall reject God for another (whoredom) and shall not increase, because they have left off taking heed of the LORD.
11 “Rejecting God for another (whoredom) and wine and new wine take away the heart.
12 My people ask counsel from their stocks, and their staff declares unto them; for the spirit of rejecting God for another (whoredom) has caused them to err, and they have gone a whoring from their God.
13 They sacrifice upon the tops of the mountains, and burn incense upon the hills under oaks and poplars and elms, because the shadow thereof is good; therefore your daughters shall reject God for another (whoredom), and your spouses shall reject God in the same way (adultery).
14 I will not punish your daughters when they commit whoredom, nor your spouses when they commit adultery; for the men themselves consort with whores, and they sacrifice with harlots: Therefore the people that do not understand shall fall.
15 “Though you, God’s chosen people (Israel), play the harlot, yet let not Judah offend; and come not you unto Gilgal, neither go you up to Bethaven, nor swear, ‘The LORD lives.’
16 For God’s chosen people (Israel) slides back as a backsliding heifer; now the LORD will feed them as a lamb in a large place.
17 “Ephraim is joined to idols; leave him alone.
18 Their drink is sour; they have rejected God for another (whoredom) continually; her rulers with shame do love, ‘Give you.’
19 The wind has bound her up in her wings, and they shall be ashamed because of their sacrifices.

2 Peter 2
1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the LORD who bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways, by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evilly spoken of.
3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you — they whose judgment now for a long time lingers not, and their damnation slumbers not.
4 For if God spared not the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness to be reserved unto judgment;
5 and spared not the old world, but saved Noah, the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the Flood upon the world of the ungodly;
6 and, turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to be overthrown, making them an example unto those who thereafter should live ungodly;
7 and if He delivered righteous Lot, vexed with the filthy conduct of the wicked
8 (for that righteous man, having dwelt among them seeing and hearing, was vexed in his righteous soul day after day with their unlawful deeds)—
9 then the LORD knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust unto the Day of Judgment to be punished,
10 but chiefly those who walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise governance. Presumptuous are they and self-willed; they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities,
11 whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the LORD.
12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not, and shall utterly perish in their own corruption,
13 and shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as those who count it pleasure to revel in the daytime. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceptions while they feast with you,
14 having eyes full of adultery and who cannot cease from sin, beguiling unstable souls; their hearts they have exercised with covetous practices; accursed children!
15 They have forsaken the right way and have gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness,
16 but was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with a man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet.
17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried by a tempest, for whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.
18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh and through much wantonness those who had clean escaped from those who live in error.
19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption; for by whom a man is overcome, by the same is he brought into bondage.
20 For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the LORD and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
21 For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they had known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
22 But it has happened unto them according to the true proverb: “The dog turns to his own vomit again,” and, “the sow that was washed, to her wallowing in the mire.”

The place Gilgal mentioned above in Hosea 4:15 is the word meaning wheel. It is used as the name 41 times and only once as the word (gilgal) – translated as wheel. Hosea 9:15 tells of the place and gives the context. Judah as representing the leaders of God’s people is told not to come to this place. The name Bethaven also describing the place these leaders are told not to come to literally means the worthless house.

Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary definition: Strong’s #205: ‘aven (pronounced aw-ven’) from an unused root perhaps meaning properly, to pant (hence, to exert oneself, usually in vain; to come to naught); strictly nothingness; also trouble. vanity, wickedness; specifically an idol:–affliction, evil, false, idol, iniquity, mischief, mourners(-ing), naught, sorrow, unjust, unrighteous, vain ,vanity, wicked(-ness).

Hosea 9
7 The days of visitation have come, the days of recompense have come; Israel shall know it. The prophet is a fool; the man of the spirit is mad because of the multitude of your iniquity and great hatred.
8 The watchman of Ephraim was with my God; but the prophet is a snare of a fowler in all his ways, and hatred in the house of his God.
9 They have deeply corrupted themselves, as in the days of Gibeah. Therefore He will remember their iniquity; He will visit their sins.
10 “I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the first ripe of the fig tree at her first season. But they went to Baalpeor, and separated themselves unto that shame, and their abominations were according as they loved.
11 As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird from the birth, and from the womb, and from the conception.
12 Though they bring up their children, yet will I bereave them, that there shall not be a man left; yea, woe also to them when I depart from them!
13 Ephraim, as I saw Tyre, is planted in a pleasant place; but Ephraim shall bring forth his children to the murderer.”
14 Give them, O LORD — what will You give? Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.
15 “All their wickedness is in Gilgal, for there I hated them; for the wickedness of their doings I will drive them out of Mine house. I will love them no more; all their princes are revolters.
16 Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit; yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb.”
17 My God will cast them away, because they did not hearken unto Him; and they shall be wanderers among the nations.

The one time gilgal is used as “wheel” is in Isaiah 28:28. The chapter begins by addressing the “drunkards of Ephraim.” This is the same context as ends Hosea 4.

Isaiah 28
1 Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which is on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine!
2 Behold, the LORD has a mighty and strong one, which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the hand.
3 The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be trodden under feet;
4 and the glorious beauty, which is on the head of the fat valley, shall be a fading flower and as the early fruit before the summer, which when he that looks upon it sees; while it is yet in his hand he eats it up.
5 In that day shall the LORD of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty unto the residue of His people,
6 and for a spirit of judgment to him that sits in judgment, and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate.
7 But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way. The priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink; they are swallowed up by wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.
8 For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean.
9 “Whom shall he teach knowledge? And whom shall he make to understand doctrine? Them that are weaned from the milk and drawn from the breasts.
10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little and there a little.”
11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will He speak to this people,
12 to whom He said, “This is the rest wherewith you may cause the weary to rest,” and, “This is the refreshing” — yet they would not hear.
13 But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little and there a little, that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken and snared and taken.
14 Therefore hear the word of the LORD, you scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem,
15 because you have said, “We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we in agreement. When the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us; for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves.”
16 Therefore thus says the LORD God: “Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; he that believeth shall not make haste.
17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet; and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.
18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then you shall be trodden down by it.
19 From the time that it goes forth it shall take you, for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night; and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.”
20 For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it, and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it.
21 For the LORD shall rise up as in Mount Perazim; He shall be wroth as in the Valley of Gibeon, that He may do His work, His strange work, and bring to pass His act, His strange act.
22 Now therefore be you not mockers, lest your bonds be made strong; for I have heard from the LORD God of hosts a consuming even determined upon the whole earth.
23 Give you ear and hear my voice; hearken and hear my speech.
24 Doth the plowman plow all day to sow? Doth he open and break the clods of his ground?
25 When he has made plain the face thereof, doth he not cast abroad the dill and scatter the cummin, and cast in the principal wheat and the appointed barley and the rye in their place?
26 For his God doth instruct him to discretion, and doth teach him.
27 For the dill is not threshed with a threshing instrument, neither is a cart wheel turned about upon the cummin; but the dill is beaten out with a staff and the cummin with a rod.
28 Bread corn is beaten, because he will not ever be threshing it, nor break it with the wheel of his cart, nor bruise it with his horsemen.
29 This also cometh forth from the LORD of hosts, who is wonderful in counsel and excellent in working.

Isaiah 28:14 Therefore hear the word of the LORD, you scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem, 15 because you have said, “We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we in agreement. When the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us; for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves.” 16 Therefore thus says the LORD God: “Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; he that believeth shall not make haste. 17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet; and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place. 18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then you shall be trodden down by it. 19 From the time that it goes forth it shall take you, for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night; and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.”

2 Peter 3
1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you, in both of which I stir up your purity of mind by way of remembrance,
2 that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior,
3 knowing this first: that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts
4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.”
5 For of this they are willfully ignorant: that by the Word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water,
6 whereby the world as it then was, being overflowed with water, perished.
7 But the heavens and the earth which now are, by the same Word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the Day of Judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing: that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
10 But the Day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat. The earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in all holy manner of living and godliness,
12 looking for and hastening unto the coming of the Day of God, wherein the heavens, being on fire, shall be dissolved and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness.
14 Therefore, beloved, seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that you may be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless.
15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation, even as our beloved brother Paul also, according to the wisdom given unto him, hath written unto you,
16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things. Therein are some things hard to understand, which those who are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other Scriptures, unto their own destruction.
17 You therefore, beloved, seeing that you know these things beforehand, beware lest you also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness.
18 But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

Warning to Persecutors – Part Five – The Table of Salvation

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Today a few words about “salvation.” From my own experience I know it to be when the LORD comes in the midst of our troubles and delivers us into peace. These are states of mind, while also physical and material circumstances.

Those studying with us know we have looked at the Hebrew word yshuw’ah that is translated as salvation. It is the origin of the name Jesus. It is from the root word yasha’ meaning wide open, or set free. We have previously looked at it in the context of what the writer of Hebrews tells us in chapter 13 verse 23 of Timothy being “set at liberty.”

Here are the Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary definitions of the two words.

Strong’s #3444: yshuw`ah (pronounced yesh-oo’-aw) feminine passive participle of 3467; something saved, i.e. (abstractly) deliverance; hence, aid, victory, prosperity:–deliverance, health, help(-ing), salvation, save, saving (health), welfare.

Strong’s #3467: yasha` (pronounced yaw-shah’) a primitive root; properly, to be open, wide or free, i.e. (by implication) to be safe; causatively, to free or succor:–X at all, avenging, defend, deliver(-er), help, preserve, rescue, be safe, bring (having) salvation, save(-iour), get victory.

As seen above, one of the translations of yshuw’ah is as welfare. Of the 78 times the word is used it is only once in this form. We are told in Job 30:15 of yshuw’ah passing away as a cloud (according to the scriptures departing and taken up in a cloud). This chapter defines the cloud in describing the conditions. It tells of Job’s accusers and of their ignorance that agitates them (as Legion) to continually do so.

Job 30
1 “But now they that are younger than I hold me in derision, whose fathers I would have disdained to have set with the dogs of my flock.
2 Yea, for what might the strength of their hands profit me, in whom old age was perished?
3 From want and famine they were solitary, fleeing into the wilderness, in former time desolate and waste,
4 who cut up mallow by the bushes, and juniper roots for their meat.
5 They were driven forth from among men; they cried after them as after a thief,
6 to dwell in the cliffs of the valleys, in caves of the earth and in the rocks.
7 Among the bushes they brayed; under the nettles they were gathered together.
8 They were children of fools, yea, children of base men; they were viler than the earth.
9 “And now am I their song; yea, I am their byword.
10 They abhor me, they flee far from me, and spare not to spit in my face.
11 Because He hath loosed my cord and afflicted me, they have also let loose the bridle before me.
12 Upon my right hand rise the youth; they push away my feet, and they raise up against me the ways of their destructiveness.
13 They mar my path, they set forward my calamity; they have no helper.
14 They came upon me as a wide breaking in of waters; in the desolation they rolled themselves upon me.
15 Terrors are turned upon me; they pursue my soul as the wind, and my welfare passeth away as a cloud.
16 “And now my soul is poured out upon me; the days of affliction have taken hold upon me.
17 My bones are pierced in me in the night season, and my sinews take no rest.
18 By the great force of my disease is my garment changed; it bindeth me about as the collar of my coat.
19 He hath cast me into the mire, and I am become like dust and ashes.
20 I cry unto Thee, and You dost not hear me; I stand up, and You regardest me not.
21 You are become cruel to me; with Your strong hand You opposest Thyself against me.
22 You liftest me up to the wind; You causest me to ride upon it, and dissolvest my substance.
23 For I know that You wilt bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living.
24 “Yet He will not stretch out His hand to the grave, though they cry in His destruction.
25 Did not I weep for him that was in trouble? Was not my soul grieved for the poor?
26 When I looked for good, then evil came unto me; and when I waited for light, there came darkness.
27 My bowels boiled, and rested not; the days of affliction came upon me.
28 I went mourning without the sun; I stood up, and I cried in the congregation.
29 I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls.
30 My skin is black upon me, and my bones are burned with heat.
31 My harp also is turned to mourning, and my flute into the voice of them that weep.
This is the end of the mystery.

As we have studied many times in the past, Jesus is defined in Hebrews 7:2 as, “Melchizedek first being by interpretation ‘king of righteousness,’ and after that also king of Salem, which means ‘king of peace.'” This is connected the verse of Psalms 69:22 that we have recently studied which tells of the snare and the trap that has come upon all that dwell upon the earth; “Let their table become a snare before them, and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap.” (Also according to the scriptures, in like manner as in Acts 1:11 – the same cloud.) The word here translated “welfare” is shalom (same as Salem). As we have studied, the snare and the trap are positions that those fixed upon them refuse to reconsider and in their ignorance remain stuck therein until their self-destruction (the fall of Babylon).

The word in the name Melchizedek that literally means righteousness is Zadok. Zadok is the righteousness (the rightness – without error – the position changed from corruption to incorruption) that brings the Ark of the Covenant back into the city (see 2 Samuel 15:23 – 27). 1 Corinthians 15:54 “So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” 55 “O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.”

The strength of sin is the law of righteousness. These concepts in combination tell us that the LORD himself becomes the one who gives us the victory that can’t be obtained through our own righteousness. 1 Corinthians 15 end with these two verses saying this same thing. “57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our LORD Jesus Christ! 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be you steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the LORD, for you know that your labor is not in vain in the LORD.”

This is what we are told in Roman about this aspect of bringing the Ark of the Covenant back. (Much has been written and said by my persecutors about me saying I found the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark of the Testament is Jesus Christ and I did find Him (according to the scriptures). I found him is the same manner described in Revelation 11:19: “And the temple of God was opened in Heaven; and there was seen in His temple the Ark of His Testament.” We see the full context in what is written of where we find the Christ.

Romans 10
4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth.
5 For Moses describes the righteousness which is of the law: that “the man who doeth those things shall live by them.”
6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaks in this manner: “Say not in your heart, ‘Who shall ascend into Heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down from above)
7 or, “‘Who shall descend into the deep?’” (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead).
8 But what says it? “The Word is nigh thee, even in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith which we preach:
9 that if you shalt confess with your mouth the LORD Jesus, and shalt believe in your heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, you shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the Scripture says, “Whosoever believeth in Him shall not be ashamed.”
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek, for the same LORD over all is rich unto all who call upon Him.
13 For “whosoever shall call upon the name of the LORD shall be saved.”
14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?
15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the Gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”
16 But they have not all obeyed the Gospel. For Isaiah says, “LORD, who hath believed our report?”
17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.
18 But I ask, have they not heard? Yes, verily: “Their sound went out into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.”
19 But I ask, did not Israel know? First Moses said, “I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you.”
20 But Isaiah is very bold and says, “I was found by them that sought Me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after Me.”
21 But to Israel he says, “All day long I have stretched forth My hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.”

The word yshuw’ah is the word used twice in Psalms 3 telling of the salvation that comes in the form of the LORD as our deliverer. The word is first translated as “help” in verse 2 in telling of those who mock saying God cannot deliver those that trust in Him. Then in verse 8 it is “salvation” that come from the LORD.

Psalms 3
1 LORD, how they have increased that trouble me! Many are they that rise up against me!
2 Many there be that say of my soul, “There is no help for him in God.” Selah
3 But You, O LORD, are a shield for me, my glory and the lifter up of mine head.
4 I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and He heard me from His holy hill. Selah
5 I laid me down and slept; I awaked, for the LORD sustained me.
6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people that have set themselves against me round about.
7 Arise, O LORD! Save me, O my God! For You hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheekbone; You hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.
8 Salvation belongs unto the LORD. Your blessing is upon Your people. Selah
Selah means, think about it.

When the LORD Jesus tells us of the coming of the son of man this is the cloud he comes in. The cloud caused by the ignorance of the crowd of accusers. The Book of Job tells us of the cloud of ignorance wherein men are unable to see the salvation that is in the cloud and meant for their good. Instead that same table the LORD prepares before me in the presence of mine enemies becomes a snare and trap come upon the whole world.

Job 37
11 Also by watering He wearies the thick cloud; He scatters His bright cloud,
12 and it is turned round about by His counsels, that they may do whatsoever He commands them upon the face of the world in the earth.
13 He causes it to come—whether for correction, or for His land, or for mercy.
14 “Hearken unto this, O Job; stand still and consider the wondrous works of God.
15 Dost you know when God disposed them, and caused the light of His cloud to shine?
16 Dost you know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of Him who is perfect in knowledge?
17 How your garments are warm, when He quiets the earth by the south wind?
18 Hast you with Him spread out the sky, which is strong and as a molten looking glass?
19 Teach us what we shall say unto Him, for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness.
20 Shall it be told Him that I speak? If a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up.
21 And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds, but the wind passes and cleanses them.
22 Fair weather cometh out of the north; with God is fearsome majesty.
23 Concerning the Almighty, we cannot find Him out; He is excellent in power and in judgment, and abounding in justice; He will not afflict.
24 Men do therefore fear Him; He respects not any that are wise of heart.”

Psalms 23
1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepares a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; You anoints my head with oil; my cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Attempted Censure By Rowan Republicans of RINO Richard Hudson (Mr. Establishment)

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Resolution to Censure Congressman Richard Hudson

As leaders in the Republican Party, we are obligated to fully support our Party, platform, and its candidates. Only in times of great crisis or betrayal is it necessary to publicly censure our leaders. Today we are faced with both. For too long we have waited, hoping Congressman Hudson would return to our Party’s values on his own. That has not happened. So with sadness and humility we rise and declare:

Whereas Congressman Hudson has amassed a long and terrible record of drafting, co-sponsoring and voting for legislation best associated with liberal Democrats, such as Amnesty, funding for ObamaCare both included in the Cromnibus, and assaults on the Constitution like the NDAA. Also casting his vote for John Boehner for Speaker ignoring his constituents wishes for him to vote for anyone else.
Whereas this record has been disastrous and harmful to Rowan County, North Carolina, and the United States; and

Whereas Congressman Hudson has campaigned as a conservative and made promises during his re-election campaigns, such as stopping Amnesty, and repealing ObamaCare only to quickly flip-flop on those promises; therefore

BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that the Rowan County NC Republican leadership censures Congressman Hudson for his continued disservice to our County, State and Nation, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that until he consistently champions our Party’s Platform, we, the Republican leadership in Rowan County NC will no longer support, campaign for or endorse Richard Hudson as our U.S. House Representative.

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Warning to Persecutors – Part Four – Their End

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In the previous post we’ve mentioned the “swelling of [the] Jordan.” In past studies we have seen the word “swelling” having the meaning of being puffed up with pride – an inflated self-opinion of how much better you are and therefor having no need to hear anything contrary to your own wisdom. We have also seen the phrase is further defined when used in both chapters 49 and 50.

In Jeremiah chapter 12 we are told of it in the context of the many pastors speaking against Jeremiah and treating him with treachery. There we are told that these are the many pastors who have destroyed the LORD’s vineyard. This is the foundation the LORD Jesus was expounding upon when he speaks the parable of the tares sown among the wheat, and of the husbandmen who have been left to tend the vineyard and refuse to return it to it rightful owner.

In the two later chapters of Jeremiah we are told of this swelling of Jordan from the perspective of it as a position that will never be inhabited again (as we have looked at in recent posts about the snare that come upon all the earth). In these chapters we see the added description of this being as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. Here we see the tares that are gathered are Edom, the name for Esau, Jacob’s brother (the true Israel but still in rebellion – the same as Gomer and Jezreel – see Hosea 1 from the previous post).

Jeremiah 49
10 But I have made Esau bare; I have uncovered his secret places, and he shall not be able to hide himself; his seed is despoiled, and his brethren and his neighbors, and he is no more.
11 Leave thy fatherless children; I will preserve them alive; and let thy widows trust in Me.”
12 For thus says the LORD: “Behold, they whose judgment was not to drink of the cup have assuredly drunk. And art you he that shall altogether go unpunished? You shall not go unpunished, but you shall surely drink of it.
13 For I have sworn by Myself,” says the LORD, “that Bozrah shall become a desolation, a reproach, a waste, and a curse; and all the cities thereof shall be perpetual wastes.”
14 I have heard a word from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent unto the heathen, saying, “Gather you together, and come against her, and rise up to the battle!”
15 “For lo, I will make you small among the heathen and despised among men.
16 Thy terribleness hath deceived you, and the pride of your heart, O you that dwells in the clefts of the rock, that holds the height of the hill; though you should make thy nest as high as the eagle, I will bring you down from thence,” says the LORD.
17 “Also Edom shall be a desolation; every one that goes by it shall be astonished and shall hiss at all the plagues thereof.
18 As in the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighbor cities thereof,” says the LORD, “no man shall abide there, neither shall a son of man dwell in it.
19 Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the swelling of the Jordan against the habitation of the strong; but I will suddenly make him run away from her. And who is a chosen man, that I may appoint over her? For who is like Me? And who will appoint Me a time? And who is that shepherd that will stand before Me?”
20 Therefore hear the counsel of the LORD that He hath taken against Edom, and His purposes that He hath purposed against the inhabitants of Teman. Surely the least of the flock shall draw them out; surely He shall make their habitations desolate with them.
21 The earth is moved at the noise of their fall; at the cry the noise thereof was heard in the Red Sea.
22 Behold, He shall come up and fly as the eagle, and spread His wings over Bozrah; and at that day shall the heart of the mighty men of Edom be as the heart of a woman in her pangs.

How was Sodom and Gomorrah overthrown? First we know from 2 Peter 2 that in these cities there were those speaking against Lot, and these same persecutors were making railing accusations against the LORD himself, and they reused to heed the warnings.

2 Peter 2
1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the LORD who bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways, by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evilly spoken of.
3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you — they whose judgment now for a long time lingers not, and their damnation slumbers not.
4 For if God spared not the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness to be reserved unto judgment;
5 and spared not the old world, but saved Noah, the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the Flood upon the world of the ungodly;
6 and, turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to be overthrown, making them an example unto those who thereafter should live ungodly;
7 and if He delivered righteous Lot, vexed with the filthy conduct of the wicked
8 (for that righteous man, having dwelt among them seeing and hearing, was vexed in his righteous soul day after day with their unlawful deeds)—
9 then the LORD knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust unto the Day of Judgment to be punished,
10 but chiefly those who walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise governance. Presumptuous are they and self-willed; they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities,
11 whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the LORD.
12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not, and shall utterly perish in their own corruption,
13 and shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as those who count it pleasure to revel in the daytime. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceptions while they feast with you,
14 having eyes full of adultery and who cannot cease from sin, beguiling unstable souls; their hearts they have exercised with covetous practices; accursed children!
15 They have forsaken the right way and have gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness,
16 but was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with a man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet.
17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried by a tempest, for whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.
18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh and through much wantonness those who had clean escaped from those who live in error.
19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption; for by whom a man is overcome, by the same is he brought into bondage.
20 For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the LORD and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
21 For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they had known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
22 But it has happened unto them according to the true proverb: “The dog turns to his own vomit again,” and, “the sow that was washed, to her wallowing in the mire.”

The Greek word in verse 1 above translated “privily” is pareisago, meaning to bring in secretly because it wouldn’t be approved otherwise. This is what is spoken of later in the chapter when we read of these accusers as those that, “speak evil of the things that they understand not, and shall utterly perish in their own corruption.”

2 Timothy 3
5 having a form of godliness but denying the power [to change people] thereof. From such turn away.
6 For of this sort are those who creep into houses and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7 ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Genesis 19
11 And they [the two angels] smote the men who were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great, so that they wearied themselves to find the door.
12 And the men said unto Lot, “Have you here any besides? Son-in-law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whomsoever you have in the city — bring them out of this place.
13 For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them has waxed great before the face of the LORD, and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.”
14 And Lot went out and spoke unto his sons-in-law, who married his daughters, and said, “Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city!” But he seemed as one who mocked unto his sons-in-law.
15 And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, “Arise, take thy wife and thy two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the iniquity of the city.”
16 And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife and upon the hand of his two daughters, the LORD being merciful unto him; and they brought him forth and set him outside the city.
17 And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth outside, that he said, “Escape for thy life! Look not behind you, neither stay you in all the plain. Escape to the mountain, lest you be consumed!”
18 And Lot said unto them, “Oh, not so, my lord.
19 Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and you have magnified thy mercy, which you have shown unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die.
20 Behold now, this city is near enough to flee unto, and it is a little one. Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.”
21 And he said unto him, “See, I have accepted you concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city for which you have spoken.
22 Hasten you, escape there; for I cannot do any thing till you have come there.” Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.
23 The sun had risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.
24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire, from the LORD out of heaven;
25 and He overthrew those cities, and all the plain and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.
26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
27 And Abraham got up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD;
28 and he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld. And lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.
29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow when He overthrew the cities in which Lot dwelt.

2 Peter 2
4 For if God spared not the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness to be reserved unto judgment;
5 and spared not the old world, but saved Noah, the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the Flood upon the world of the ungodly;
6 and, turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to be overthrown, making them an example unto those who thereafter should live ungodly;
7 and if He delivered righteous Lot, vexed with the filthy conduct of the wicked
8 (for that righteous man, having dwelt among them seeing and hearing, was vexed in his righteous soul day after day with their unlawful deeds)—
9 then the LORD knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust unto the Day of Judgment to be punished,
10 but chiefly those who walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise governance. Presumptuous are they and self-willed; they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities,
11 whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the LORD.
12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not, and shall utterly perish in their own corruption,
13 and shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as those who count it pleasure to revel in the daytime. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceptions while they feast with you,
14 having eyes full of adultery and who cannot cease from sin, beguiling unstable souls; their hearts they have exercised with covetous practices; accursed children!

Here is yesterday’s post, for full context.

In troubling times such as these I remember words written in Jeremiah 12:5 “If you have run with the footmen and they have wearied you, then how can you contend with horses? And if in the land of peace, wherein you trusted, they wearied you, then how will you do in the swelling of the Jordan?
6 For even your brethren and the house of your father, even they have dealt treacherously with you; yea, they have called a multitude after you; believe them not, though they speak fair words unto you.

The chapter begins with Jeremiah complaining about his mistreatment at the hands of his own brothers and neighbors. The response from the LORD is to ask him the above questions. This scripture is again fulfilled before our eyes.

Here is the chapter:
Jeremiah 12
1 Righteous are You, O LORD, when I plead with You; yet let me talk with You of Your judgments: Why doth the way of the wicked prosper? Why are all they happy that deal very treacherously?
2 You have planted them, yea, they have taken root; they grow, yea, they bring forth fruit. You are near in their mouth, but far from their reins.
3 But You, O LORD, knows me; You have seen me and tried my heart toward You. Pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, and prepare them for the day of slaughter.
4 How long shall the land mourn and the herbs of every field wither, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein? The beasts are consumed, and the birds, because they said, “He shall not see our last end.”
5 “If you have run with the footmen and they have wearied you, then how can you contend with horses? And if in the land of peace, wherein you trusted, they wearied you, then how will you do in the swelling of the Jordan?
6 For even your brethren and the house of your father, even they have dealt treacherously with you; yea, they have called a multitude after you; believe them not, though they speak fair words unto you.
7 “I have forsaken My house, I have left My heritage; I have given the dearly beloved of My soul into the hand of her enemies.
8 My heritage is unto Me as a lion in the forest: it cries out against Me; therefore have I hated it.
9 My heritage is unto Me as a speckled bird: the birds round about are against her. Come you, assemble all the beasts of the field; come to devour.
10 Many pastors have destroyed My vineyard, they have trodden My portion under foot, they have made My pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.
11 They have made it desolate, and being desolate it mourns unto Me; the whole land is made desolate, because no man lays it to heart.
12 The despoilers are come upon all high places through the wilderness; for the sword of the LORD shall devour from the one end of the land even to the other end of the land. No flesh shall have peace.
13 They have sown wheat, but shall reap thorns; they have put themselves to pain, but shall not profit; and they shall be ashamed of your produce because of the fierce anger of the LORD.
14 “Thus says the LORD against all My evil neighbors, who touch the inheritance which I have caused My people Israel to inherit: Behold, I will pluck them out of their land, and pluck out the house of Judah from among them.
15 And it shall come to pass after I have plucked them out, I will return and have compassion on them, and will bring them back, every man to his heritage and every man to his land.
16 And it shall come to pass, if they will diligently learn the ways of My people, to swear by My name, ‘The LORD lives,’ as they taught My people to swear by Baal, then shall they be built in the midst of My people.
17 But if they will not obey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation,” says the LORD.

Yes, I am talking about the political situation and attacks of the day. It is the same pattern of corrupted leaders misleading God’s people and attacking those speaking truth to power and thereby threatening their hold on it. My own party attacks in a way that is no different than an enemy. In doing they prove themselves as part of one common corrupt system (establishment) that only thinks of keeping its hold on power and will use any devious means to do so. They claim to be “good Christians” while their deeds – today, now at this moment – prove otherwise.

The answer is, I will not be wearied by the attacks. I will run with horses. I will not fear the swelling of the Jordan. Isaiah 40:28 Have you not known? Have you not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, faints not, neither is weary? There is no searching of His understanding.
29 He gives power to the faint, and to them that have no might He increases strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall;
31 but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint.

The LORD answers (verse 14 above) those persecuting their brother (one of their own house) while hiding behind their power and their faith in their power. Their power is to do evil and increase corruption.

Here is more of what the LORD says:

Hosea 1
1 The word of the LORD that came unto Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel.
2 The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea: And the LORD said to Hosea, “Go, take unto you a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms; for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the LORD.”
3 So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim, who conceived and bore him a son.
4 And the LORD said unto him, “Call his name Jezreel; for in yet a little while I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and will cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel.
5 And it shall come to pass at that day, that I will break the bow of Israel in the Valley of Jezreel.”
6 And she conceived again, and bore a daughter. And God said unto him, “Call her name Loruhamah [that is, Not having obtained mercy]; for I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel, but I will utterly take them away.
7 But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will save them by the LORD their God, and will not save them by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen.”
8 Now when she had weaned Loruhamah, she conceived and bore a son.
9 Then said God, “Call his name Loammi [that is, Not My people], for you are not My people, and I will not be your God.
10 Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass that in the place where it was said unto them, ‘You are not My people,’ there it shall be said unto them, ‘You are the sons of the living God.’
11 Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head; and they shall come up out of the land, for great shall be the day of Jezreel.