Through Hosea, a prophet in the Northern Kingdom, the Lord issued urgent warnings, chastising Israel for being unfaithful in her symbolic marriage to Him. The warnings were unheeded, and Hosea lived to see the kingdom of Israel fall to Assyria in just a few decades.
"Portraying God to ancient Israel as a loving, forgiving father, Hosea foreshadowed, more than most Old Testament prophets, the spirit and message of the New Testament, the Book of Mormon, and modern revelation," said Elder Ronald E. Poelman.In his April 1982 general conference address, Elder Poelman, a member of the Seventy, said in modern-day revelation the Lord has said:
"For I the Lord cannot look upon sin with the least degree of allowance; Nevertheless, he that repents and does the commandments of the Lord shall be forgiven." (D&C 1:31-32.)
Elder Poelman said, "By disobeying the laws of God and breaking His commandments, we do offend Him, we do estrange ourselves from Him, and we don't deserve His help and inspiration and strength. But God's love for us transcends our transgressions.
"When we disobey the laws of God, justice requires that compensation be made - a requirement which we are incapable of fulfilling.
"But out of His divine love for us, our Father has provided a plan and a Savior, Jesus Christ, whose redeeming sacrifice satisfies the demands of justice for us and makes possible repentance, forgiveness, and reconciliation with our Father. . . .
"We may accept this great gift through faith in Jesus Christ and repentance, followed by a covenant made with Him through baptism of the water and of the Spirit.
"Then, each week, as we receive the sacrament, we renew our covenant that we will
always remember him and keep his commandments.' The promise attached to that covenant is that wemay always have his Spirit to be with usT.' (D&C 20:77.)
"Hosea's ancient message is repeated and elaborated throughout the scriptures."
Prophets' ministries weren't minor
- In the Old Testament are records of 12 religious leaders often referred to as "minor prophets." The designation of these prophets as "minor" does not mean they were less important than other prophets. The warnings issued by them bore as much as weight as any uttered by other prophets.
The term "minor" has to do with the length of their writings or accounts of their ministrations as recorded in the current Old Testament record.
The minor prophets of the Old Testament were Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi.
In the English translation of the Bible, the books named after these prophets are the last 12 books of the Old Testament.