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Satan’s fingerprints, his name, nature and means, have been encoded throughout this prophetic revelation. Yahuweh wants us to know that those who represent and do the following things are working for the Devil: "foes in open hostility, animosity, enmity, and rancor, who chase after, persecute, hound, and strive against" Israel. Those serving Satan will be: "foreigners outside of the cultural group; people from a different place who are estranged from the society." They will be "alienated and separated from a relationship" with Yahuweh, "living in a state of apostasy and rebellion," serving another god. Halal’s followers will be "offensive and loathsome ones who stink like the devil." Their religion will emanate from the land of "the Assyrians." And they will balah: be those who try "to do away with, destroy, and devour" Israel. Satan’s team wants Israel to be "made invisible."

We will be able to recognize the Devil’s inspiration, because those who league with Satan will: "stand before God in judgment." They will be responsible for the "holocaust," making "burnt offerings" of Jews. Their god will be "Halal," the Morning Star, who "breaks the day." His followers will "cause [Jews] to burn." They will "carry them away, and cut them off," while "exalting themselves." They will even "tax" the Jews, "making them pay." Those who submit to Halal will: "profane" God’s chosen people, "treating them with contempt." Like Muslims, they will "be seen violating the Covenant." They will "bear false witness," and will "pierce and mortally wound" Jews, causing them to "become carnage in battle." Like "wild asses" they will be "wicked and perverse."

Halal’s followers will perpetrate these savage crimes against the Jews, not because God wants them to, but because the Jews opened themselves up to it. "Since Ephraim has multiplied altars for sin, they have become altars of sinning for him." (Hosea 8:11) Satan will get his way with the Jews because they placed themselves on his altar.

Lord knows, God tried to warn them, tried to keep them separated from Satan’s torments. "Though I wrote for him [Israel] ten thousand instructions (towrah - prescriptions of things that should be done, teachings, and laws), but they considered them (chashab - determined that their value was, accounted them as, regarded them as, plotted with the purpose and plan to render them) a strange thing (zuwr - something that is estranged from society, separated from the culture, something to be rejected, abandoned and not associated with, fulfilled or completed; something that is offensive and stinks)." (Hosea 8:12)

The Hebrew word translated "wrote" is katab. Since Yahuweh is speaking in first person in this passage, katab means that God "wrote, engraved, and inscribed" His instructions. Katab means: "to communicate by symbols or alphabet on stone, parchment or papyrus using instruments like pens and ink." Therefore a katab is "a written record of a message and of events which includes the signature of the author." In short, katab is Scripture inspired by Yahuweh. So when people don’t value it and separate themselves from it, they are putting themselves in open defiance against God.

Yahuweh saves; religion doesn’t. That is the message of the next verse. The atoning sacrifices were designed to temporarily absolve man of sin so that we could fellowship with a perfect God. They were for us, not Him. And they were prophetic. Those who understood them and remembered them would be able to recognize the Messiah when He made atonement universal and permanent. "As for the sacrificial offerings, they sacrifice the flesh and consume it themselves. Yahuweh takes no delight in them. Therefore, He will remember their iniquity (aown - sin and wickedness, habitual wrongdoing and guilt), and hold them accountable for their sins." Without a Savior, we are all accountable for our sins, and the consequence of sin is death and eternal separation.

Salvation is liberation. Damnation is separation and thus bondage. That is why the exodus is referenced here: "They will return to Egypt." The reason was simple: "For Israel has forgotten (shakach - become lame, crippled and ceased to care about) his Maker." Rather than revere and trust God, they came to revere and trust things. "Instead they built palaces (heykal - temples for worshiping (false gods), sanctuaries (to Satan), and great public halls). And Judah has multiplied fortified cities."

But it was and will be for naught. "But I will send a fire on its cities that it may consume its palatial dwellings." (Hosea 8:13-14) In this case fire is both literal and symbolic. It is symbolic of judgment, and God is clearly unimpressed with our behavior and our things. Moreover, raging fires did consume every palatial shrine, hall and dwelling in the land. It happened because the Jews put their faith in things. Are we not following them into the fire?