When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.
 The more I called them, the more they went from me; they kept sacrificing to the Baals, and offering incense to idols.
 Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, I took them up in my arms; but they did not know that I healed them.
 I led them with cords of human kindness, with bands of love. I was to them like those who lift infants to their cheeks. I bent down to them and fed them.
 They shall return to the land of Egypt, and Assyria shall be their king, because they have refused to return to me.
 The sword rages in their cities, it consumes their oracle-priests, and devours because of their schemes.
 My people are bent on turning away from me. To the Most High they call, but he does not raise them up at all.
 How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, O Israel? How can I make you like Admah? How can I treat you like Zeboiim?
My heart recoils within me; my compassion grows warm and tender.
 I will not execute my fierce anger; I will not again destroy Ephraim; for el I am God and no mortal, the Holy One in your midst, and I will not come in wrath.
 They shall go after Yahweh, who roars like a lion; when he roars, his children shall come trembling from the west.
 They shall come trembling like birds from Egypt, and like doves from the land of Assyria; and I will return them to their homes, says Yahweh.
In verse one are the words saying, “and out of Egypt I called my son.” This is known as the prophecy that would be fulfilled after Yahweh called Joseph (who had been sent to Egypt with his new wife and son Jesus) to return to Nazareth. While that is a truth that makes this verse and song appear to be a literal – geographic – statement, there is much more being stated in these words; and, to understand the fulfilled prophecy of Joseph and Jesus (both “sons” of Yahweh) leaving Egypt behind, one has to understand why Hosea sang of that unfulfilled prophecy in the Northern Kingdom.
For modern times, when people call themselves ‘Christians’ sit in pews and listen to songs that tell of ‘olden times,’ which seem boring to listen to, thinking there is no Egypt of consequence anymore, the danger comes from not hearing these words being sung by Hosea about all times, especially these times present. It is important to remember that in Hosea 1:1 we are told, “the word of Yahweh that came to Hosea.” This becomes the theme for the entire book of Hosea, as Hosea was a prophet through whom Yahweh spoke. This song in chapter eleven is sung by Hosea, singing what Yahweh led him to sing. Therefore, everything stated is from the All-Knowing Mind of Yahweh, which goes far beyond the restrictions placed on human brains and their inabilities to understand the meaning behind names. The truth of this song demands one look deep into that meaning, to understand this song is prophetic of all times, in all places where souls trapped in human flesh roam.
Christians are equally expected to live up to that name. If they do not, then they are lying about a commitment to Yahweh; and, that constitutes taking Yahweh’s name [being Anointed in marriage to Him, via His Spirit] and using it vainly. The people who lived in a nation named Israel, who were most certainly not those Who Retained Yahweh as His elohim, raise His wrath, spoken through the prophet Hosea. Likewise, those of the world today (primarily the Western world) who are doing the same negligence to Yahweh as were those of that nation of Israel, are the intended readers of this song. This makes it important to understand the names used, with several of them repeated.
The name Israel is listed twice: in verse one and again in verse eight. The name Egypt is stated three times: in verse one, verse five, and verse eleven. The name Ephraim is read three times: in verse three, verse eight, and verse nine. The name Assyria is written twice: in verse five and verse eleven. The names Baals, Admah and Zeboiim are stated just once each. This means one should read the deeper meaning of this chapter in Hosea, by hearing the voice of Yahweh speaking of the meaning behind the name. The surface meaning – as names of nations, individual people, and general rulers over souls – still has application. However, the following should be grasped as why Yahweh spoke those names through Hosea.
Israel: Who Retains Yahweh as one of His elohim
Egypt: Married To Tragedy
Ephraim: Doubly Fruitful
Assyria: Level Plain, Step, Happy, Just
Admah: Red Ground, Earth - One of the five cities on the plain, with Sodom and Gomorrah
Zeboiim: Collectives, Gazelles - One of the five cities on the plain, with Sodom and Gomorrah
In verse one, the translation above shows it saying: “When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.” The only way such a statement can be made by Yahweh is to see the truth that Israel was the spiritual name given to Jacob. Jacob was not given that name as a child. He had already sired all his children when he wrestled with his soul (Genesis 31), with the exception of Benjamin, when Rachel died (Genesis 35). So, the name Israel cannot be applied to Jacob or the nation named Israel, which would not come until well after anyone was called out of Egypt.
The name Israel means one in the flesh “Who Retains Elohim,” where this has to be seen as the creation of Yahweh on the seventh day, when he made Adam. That dust and clay form was filled with ”Yahweh elohim,” where this was the “son” made by Yahweh for the purpose of saving lost souls. When Adam “was a child” he was “loved” by Yahweh, meaning that divine soul of Adam (also to be called Jesus) was the truth of Yahweh’s “love.” It was Yahweh’s “love” that merged with the soul of Jacob, allowing his soul to be given the name Israel, as a Son of Yahweh reborn in the flesh.
Now, the name Egypt means “Married To Tragedy,” where the importance of “Marriage” has to be seen as divine union, where an eternal “elohim” has merged with a soul in the flesh. The meaning of Egypt is this divine union is not a Yahweh elohim, as an Israel. In the history of Jacob’s descendants in the land of Egypt, they went there willingly due to need, found Jacob’s son Joseph had power and influence (as a minister of Yahweh, passed to him by father Israel), so they became married to that land; and, in Egypt the children of Jacob were all taught the value of divine union between their souls and Yahweh’s Spirit. Then, after four hundred fifty years, that marriage soured and it became a tragedy of oppression placed upon these wife-souls of Egypt and its Pharaoh. Thus, Yahweh called His people out of a “Marriage To Tragedy” to go to a new land promised them.
The meaning of “I called my son” is Yahweh raised the soul of Adam-Jesus in Moses. Moses was a soul in the flesh who became Israel at the burning bush. As one “Who Retained Yahweh as one of His elohim” Moses went back to Egypt as the incarnation of Adam-Jesus, with all the powers of Yahweh behind him and his actions.
It is this element of being a “son called by Yahweh” that is then the theme of this chapter, as Hosea spoke as a soul in the flesh who was divinely married to Yahweh – an Israel – who was raised to prophesy in the land named Israel, where the people were great sinners. Verse two says what the leaders of the Northern Kingdom were doing, which made Yahweh angry.
In verse three, the name Ephraim must be known to mean “Doubly Fruitful,” where that is a statement of a divine marriage between Yahweh’s Spirit and a lost soul, where the Yahweh elohim that merges with one’s soul is what makes it become “Doubly Fruitful.” The resurrection of the soul of Adam-Jesus becomes the Lord over one’s soul, with that soul becoming like Moses, in only doing as told by his inner Yahweh elohim. Instead of being a servant of Yahweh, the people worship “Baals,” which is a term that means “Lords.” Instead of a divine marriage that links their souls to Yahweh, the lost souls see outer gods and idols as who to make offerings to, keeping their souls enslaved to demonic spirits their souls marry.
Verse four then is Yahweh speaking as the Father of His children. A Baal is dead and can do nothing for a soul. Yahweh, however, fed His wife-souls, so they became reborn as His Sons (in male and female flesh). The manna from heaven was given to them in the wilderness, as an Eden-like Pablum that nourished their souls. When they entered the Promised Land, this ceased being that semi-physical milk and honey, becoming instead inner insight from their souls marrying Yahweh’s Spirit. This is the “bands of love” that is both symbolic of divine marriage and the rebirth of Yahweh’s “Love” in the soul of His Son. It is this presence of Yahweh’s Son’s soul in each wife-soul married to Yahweh that makes each able to call Yahweh their Father.
In verse five, Yahweh sang through Hosea that those descendants who claimed to have a relationship with Him, while acting sinful in His name, had become again “Married To Tragedy,” where the name Egypt bears no meaning as the land of the Pharaoh. The use of Assyria says the people of the Northern Kingdom had fallen in “love” with new ways that made them “Happy.” This became a divine union to “Assyria,” where the name that means “Level Plain” makes that “King” become synonymous with the “five cities of the plain,” two of which were Sodom and Gomorrah. In other words, the people of the Northern Kingdom had become adulterers, having divorced Yahweh, while retaining His name. This is seen stated in verse six, with verse seven says the priests have not taught the ordinary people to marry their souls to Yahweh and serve only Him.
In verse eight are four questions asked by Yahweh, the first relative to the “Doubly Fruitful” souls that had remained faithful to Yahweh. The second called those wife-souls that were still faithful those “Who Retained Yahweh as one of His elohim.” Here, the translation of “Assyria” as “Level Plain,” where Sodom and Gomorrah are inferenced, can be seen confirmed in the names Admah and Zeboiim. Both were cities included with Sodom and Gomorrah. This means verse eight is fulfilling the prophecy of Genesis 18-19, when Abraham bargained for not destroying Sodom is fifty good souls were there.
Verse nine then says “el I am,” where the Hebrew word ‘el” is the lower-g “god” of Israel, which is a single elohim. This says all who will be saved from destruction will be able to say “I am” with Yahweh, because I “Retain His elohim.” When Yahweh says this is “the holy one in your midst,” this refers to the soul of Adam-Jesus having become merged with the soul of a wife of Yahweh, making each be “Doubly Fruitful.” Those who are possessed by Yahweh, reborn as His Sons, will never perish.
Verses ten and eleven then repeat the name Yahweh, which says those soul in His name cannot be destroyed. They are promised the true Promised Land, which is eternal life. The translation above which says “his children shall come trembling from the west” actually says, “and shall come terrified sons of the sea” (the Mediterranean Sea was to “the west”). In that, the symbolism of the “sea” is where all souls are lost in a sea of souls, where the Leviathan will consume them or lead them to find Yahweh in marriage. This “trembling” that comes is the realization that nothing offered in the world will ever bring the security and comfort of Yahweh.