|When we apply Peter’s “mathematical” principle to Hosea’s prophecy, and interpet the ancient Hebrew with the additional light of the early Septuagint translation, we read…
After two thousand years He will revive us;
during the third millennium we shall be resurrected,
that we may live in His sight
In our generation we have the privilege of knowing that the first part of Hosea’s prophecy was fulfilled when Israel was re-born (“revived” as Hosea had written) about 2000 years after the resurrection of Christ (starting in 1948 with the re-establishment of the state of Israel, and, continuing the process in 1967 after the 6-day war with east Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, which were annexed to the state of Israel in1981).
We take note that Hosea did NOT say “after three days”, but “on the third day” (i.e. during the third millennium) which can be anytime in the process of the period of 1000 years that we have already entered after the revival of the state of Israel.
Therefore let it be clear that NO ONE knows the date, however God has already given us a general sense of the timeline of the end-times, but without any specifics. What we know is that the Second Coming of Jesus will happen some time in the next several hundred years and up to a thousand, because Hosea said:
-> “on the third day we shall be resurrected” – so this Bible prophecy says that Israel will be resurrected from the dead… hmmm… “life from the dead” – those were also Paul’s words about Israel:
Romans 11:15 For if their being cast away [is] the reconciling of the world, what [will] their acceptance [be] but life from the dead? 16 For if the firstfruit [is] holy, the lump [is] also [holy;] and if the root [is] holy, so [are] the branches…
25 For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. 26 And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; 27 For this [is] My covenant with them, When I take away their sins.”
So, we don’t know the times, but we know that Israel will be saved when God takes away their sins because of His covenant with them, and that will be the time of the resurrection from the dead that Hosea saw that is going to take place at some point during “the third day”, i.e. the third millennium since the resurrection of Christ.
Meanwhile, we spoke about some of the things that may happen in the process of this new millennium in last week’s article Part 2 where we studied the prophetic words:
-> of Isaiah about the Middle-East,
“there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria”
“there will be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt”
“the LORD will be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know the LORD”
“Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria–a blessing in the midst of the land”
-> of Apostle Paul about Israel,
“ALL ISRAEL shall be saved
after the fullness of the gentiles has come in”
-> of Jesus to Jerusalem,
“You shall see Me no more until you say
Blessed is He who is coming in the Name of the Lord’”
So the words of Hosea about Israel “we shall be resurrected that we may live in His sight”, is likely what Paul had in mind about the “salvation of all Israel” which he said would be like “life from the dead“. In a way it was like he was quoting Hosea.
Also the words of Hosea that “Israel will live in His sight” could be more accurately translated as “Israel will live before His face“. That brings to mind the words of Apostle John in Revelation 22:4 (at the start of this article): “they will see His face” about those who will be with God. In that sense the words of Hosea (also) tie the Second Coming of Jesus with the nation of Israel.
In closing, we may consider that Hosea’s words in verse 1 affirm and seal the prophecy not as something conditional or potential but as final act for which the Lord has already decided and spoken concerning Israel:
“He WILL heal us”, “He WILL bind us up”
So we believe that Jesus is coming back quickly (but not soon), so that we may remain alert and diligent to live holy lives, and also believe that all the Bible prophecies about the end times shall be fulfilled before we come to the closing part of God’s timeline for the era of the Ecclesia (which is the dispensation of the New Testament when the Gospel of the Kingdom of God will be preached to, and will make disciples of, all the nations).
The closing part of the end times, according to many Biblical prophecies and words of Jesus and His first Apostles, is when Israel will receive Jesus as their promised Messiah.