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The Adult Sabbath School lesson of the Seventh-day Adventist Church for the second quarter for 2013 is entitled Major Lessons from the Minor Prophets. The first lesson begins with the first two chapters of the book of Hosea and skirts around the long standing paradox regarding the meaning of the Hosea’s marriage to a prostitute and whether this marriage is literal, or symbolic and portending of a message of much greater import to God’s people today, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in particular. For centuries scholars and theologians have attempted to explain the message from this unusual family relationship but have failed to come to any consensus. This is to be expected since none make any claims, nor are recognized as prophets of God through whom He can reveal His secrets (Amos 3:7). This being the plain fact of the matter, then when is it that God would make known the meaning of this prophecy except that the right time through HIs appointed servant, a latter day prophet? That day has come and is revealed through the original writings of the Shepherd’s Rod message. Therein is clearly explained the meaning of this allegorical marriage and the subsequent children that arise as a history lesson of God’s church in both the Old and New Testament eras.
However we would not presume for any honest seeker for Truth to take our word on the matter but rather to seek out the message and hear what the messenger has to say comparing scripture with scripture and thus verifying “to the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” (Isa. 8:20). Come and see the deep significance of the meaning of the names of the children, Loruhamah and Loammi and why their names change. Also the role of the figure Jezreel and how God is effecting a last day revival and reformation movement through the laity that is taking place in this very day throughout Seventh-day Adventist churches around the world. Below are the resources to get you started on this most amazing prophecy of God’s love to His last day church and the divine plan to save her from her deep seated adultery with her worldly lovers. This is a must see for every Seventh-day Adventist.
A video reading of an original sermon address on this subject given in 1946. Also included in this link, as a free bonus, is a verse by verse Bible study on the first two chapters of Hosea and a beautiful study chart image to guide your study!
A PDF download of the original tract publication that gives the full details of Hosea’s vision.