Bible passage: Hosea 3:4-5 Prophet: Hosea Written: about 750 BC Fulfilled: Being fulfilled since AD 70
In Hosea 3:4-5, the prophet said that the people of the Holy Land had turned away from God and would therefore live many days without a king and without the ability to worship in the way that the people were accustomed, such as by being able to offer sacrifices in the Temple. After this, Hosea said, the people would be able to return to their homeland and seek the Lord. This prophecy is two-fold. It includes a promise of desolation followed by a promise of restoration. The desolation took place in 70 AD when the Romans destroyed the Temple and in 135 AD when many Jews were forced out of their homeland. During the past 100 years, however, millions of Jews have returned to their homeland and re-established Israel as an independent country.