Hosea 11:1


"When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt."

Messianic Biblical position as written by Shalach Ministries:

It is important to understand whenever interpreting prophecy there are a few basic concepts that must be adhered to:

          1.   Give only one meaning to a Scripture unless it is made clear that a double
                meaning should be inferred.
          2.   Adhere to the rule of "Double Reference" where applicable.
          3.   Comply with the rule of "Prophetic Perspective".

In Genesis 3:15 we see the first use of the "Law of Double Reference", "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel."  The serpent is the visible object addressed, but Satan is the invisible person being addressed.  The seed of the serpent refers to the natural snakes as well as the ungodly men who are called the children of Satan.  (John 8:44; I John 3:8-10).  As a result of God's curse upon the serpent, there is a natural enmity between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent (John 15:18; Galatians 4:29; I John 3:12).  The seed of the woman refers to the natural descendants of Eve and to one seed in particular, YESHUA, who is to destroy all sin and Satan.

In the law of double reference the visible person or entity is immediately addressed while at the same time an invisible person or entity is also being referred to.  For example, in Isaiah 14:12-14, "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High."

In this passage it is clear that both Satan an the king of Babylon are to be understood as the point of reference.  This could not have been only Babylon because it refers also to the earthly rule of Lucifer before the days of Adam.  Moreover, it could not have been since Adam that Lucifer ruled the Earth and fell from Heaven, for he was already a fallen angel before Adam was ever created.  As such, Satan regained dominion of the Earth during the days of Adam and has been the "prince" of this world ever since.

Another example of the law of double reference is taken from the New Testament, "But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men" (Matthew 16:23).  In this passage Yeshua did not actually mean that Peter himself was the literal Satan, but was being used as an instrument to further Satan's purpose.  As such, part of the passage refers to an earthly person while the other part can only refer to the object of an invisible person.  
 
The "Law of Prophetic Perspective" is that of recording future events as though they were continuous and successive, when in fact, the actual fulfillment of such prophesied events may be thousands of years apart.  For example in Isaiah 61:1-3, "The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified."

This passage is again quoted in Luke 4:17-20 by Yeshua.  Although, whenever Yeshua read this passage He stopped His reading of the prophecy at the words, "the acceptable year of the Lord."  He then closed the book and remarked, "This day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears."  If Yeshua had continued reading from this prophecy and had said, "and the day of vengeance of our God," and would have declared that this also was fulfilled that day, His statement would have been untrue.  Why?  It is well noted that the awful and dreadful "Day of the Lord" has not yet come, and will not come until the future Tribulation.  In fact, there has been approximately 2,000 years elapsed since Jesus made this prophetic utterance. 

To better describe what the prophets saw and how they placed them into perspective let us look a quote by Finis Jennings Dake from his book "God's Plan For Man":
 
 "Prophets see things in the same vision as one would look at a distant range of mountain peaks where the valleys between them are not seen.  One must learn to take each separate event in prophecy and collect together all that is said about it in all the Bible and see when it will be fulfilled in connection with other events.  This is rightly dividing the Word of Truth (II Timothy 2:15). 

One main thing to keep in mind in all prophecy is the history of the writer and his times and the circumstances under which he wrote.  One must understand the exact position of the writer as to the age in which he lived and the purpose of his predictions and the people to whom he wrote and the subject of his message.  With a knowledge of the historical background, the manners and customs of the age and of people to whom he wrote, the peculiar idioms and human expressions of his times, and the purpose he had in view, there cannot possibly be any misunderstanding of one thing about which any one of them writes."

With regard to Jesus being called a Nazarene as quoted in Matthew 2:23, "And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene."  This epithet (Gr. Nazaraios) is applied to Christ only once in Matthew 2:23 and in all other cases the word is rendered "of Nazareth" Mark 1:24;10:47;14:67 etc.  When this Greek designation was at first applied to our Lord, it was meant simply to denote the place of His residence.  In the course of time the word became a term of reproach.  Thus, the word "Nazarene" carries with it an allusion to those prophecies which speak of Christ as "despised of men" Isaiah 53:3.  Some, however, think that in this name there is also an allusion to the Hebrew word "netser", which signifies a branch or sprout.  It is this ideology that is thus applied to the Messiah in Isaiah 11:1, i.e., He whom the prophets called the "Netse", the "Branch.".  Moreover, the followers of Christ were called "the sect of Nazarenes" in Acts 24:5.

In summary, all over Palestine and Syria this name is still given to Christians today.