By Martin Cisneros
It says in Hosea 2:18:
18 In that day I will make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, with the birds of the air, and with the creeping things of the ground.
There's an additional sentence in Hosea 2:18 that I personally believe is a prophecy of what grows out of this Covenant, but it's an end and not an immediate aspect of what we're looking at today. Jeremiah 31:27-28 is an important passage for understanding the nature and goals of this Covenant:
27 “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, that I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man and the seed of beast. 28 And it shall come to pass, that as I have watched over them to pluck up, to break down, to throw down, to destroy, and to afflict, so I will watch over them to build and to plant, says the Lord.
The seed of Gentiles and the seed of Animals were prophesied to be sown into the House of Israel and sown into the House of Judah. After Israel left Egypt, the primary goal towards Gentiles was to pluck them up, break them down, throw them down, destroy them, and afflict them. This had been going on towards Animals for a whole lot longer! This text simply says what it says and the only Christians who have a problem with it are those bound by Aristotle's ideas against Animals that came into the Church through the theologian Thomas Aquinas. Christians also find difficulty with this passage because it confronts their lifestyles and family traditions regarded on the level of Scripture, emotionally. It says in Isaiah 43:18-21:
18 “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. 20 The beast of the field will honor Me, the jackals and the ostriches, because I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to My people, My chosen. 21 This people I have formed for Myself; they shall declare My praise.
In Joel 1:20 it says of them:
20 The beasts of the field also cry out to You, for the water brooks are dried up, and fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness.
They're told in Joel 2:22-23 in response:
22 Do not be afraid, you beasts of the field; for the open pastures are springing up, and the tree bears its fruit; the fig tree and the vine yield their strength. 23 Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God; for He has given you the former rain faithfully, and He will cause the rain to come down for you— the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
This Hosea 2:18 Covenant is as much a Covenant of Increase for the Animals as any area of the New Testament Covenants has ever been for believers. We're told in Romans 8:21 about this:
21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
How far does this Hosea 2:18 Covenant go in giving Animals the glorious liberty of the children of God? Consider with me Isaiah 63:14 regarding the Holy Spirit being their's:
14 As a beast goes down into the valley, and the Spirit of the Lord causes him to rest, so You lead Your people, to make Yourself a glorious name.
In Psalm 23, regarding this valley where the Spirit of the Lord causes the beasts to rest it says:
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Hebrews 12:22 says people have their New Jerusalem existence, right now, in Christ:
22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to ten thousand angels,
Animals are shown the same Covenantal existence in Zechariah 2:4-5:
4 who said to him, “Run, speak to this young man, saying: ‘Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls, because of the multitude of men and livestock in it. 5 For I,’ says the Lord, ‘will be a wall of fire all around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.’”
Some would cry out “but no more eating Animals?”
10 Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will require My flock at their hand; I will cause them to cease feeding the sheep, and the shepherds shall feed themselves no more; for I will deliver My flock from their mouths, that they may no longer be food for them.” Ezekiel 34:10
7 I will take away the blood from his mouth, and the abominations from between his teeth. Zechariah 9:7
8 The fishermen also will mourn; all those will lament who cast hooks into the river, and they will languish who spread nets on the waters. Isaiah 19:8
Animals are much beloved and much provided for in the Hosea 2:18 Covenant and are among the reasons why the Hands of the High Priest of Mount Zion were pierced:
11 He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those who are with young. 12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, measured heaven with a span and calculated the dust of the earth in a measure? Weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance? Isaiah 40:11-12
It says in Isaiah 40:11-12 that He carefully weighed out the dust. Why would He so lovingly weigh the dust in a measuring cup?
24 “It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear. 25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox, and dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,” Says the Lord. Isaiah 65:24-25
It says in Jeremiah 31:27-28 that He would sow the House of Israel and the House of Judah with the seed of Gentiles and Animals to build and plant in their lives. What is desirable after seed has been sown, especially in this context where He said He'd sow so much seed into the House of Israel and the House of Judah, the politics and religion He's a part of in our day?
23 Then He will give the rain for your seed with which you sow the ground, and bread of the increase of the earth; it will be fat and plentiful. In that day your cattle will feed in large pastures. 24 Likewise the oxen and the young donkeys that work the ground will eat cured fodder, which has been winnowed with the shovel and fan. 25 There will be on every high mountain and on every high hill rivers and streams of waters, in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall. Isaiah 30:23-25
9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. Isaiah 11:9
Man and Animal fell together in the Garden of Eden and Creation is only fully reheaded in Christ when the Creation enters into the liberties of the children of God. They must be seen with us for the fire to be fully encircling us. Romans 8:21 and Zechariah 2:4-5 attest to this. No kingdom exists as people only. It's never been that way in any kingdom, yet preachers have wanted us thinking otherwise in the Supreme Kingdom so we could continue to indulge sinful appetites when the Scriptures have always gently said:
30 Then He said, “To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we picture it? 31 It is like a mustard seed which, when it is sown on the ground, is smaller than all the seeds on earth; 32 but when it is sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all herbs, and shoots out large branches, so that the birds of the air may nest under its shade.” Mark 4:30-32
Birds of the air are among those Animals mentioned specifically by name by Hosea 2:18, so the Word must produce large branches according to Mark 4:32. If animals don't yet have a Covenant of grace, safety, protection, provision, and the Spirit's Anointing in your perspective on them, then you don't yet have the large branches Mark 4:32 demands that you have and you're still among the mad men of Gadera whose pigs have not yet gone through the waters of baptism in your eyes. (Look at Isaiah 30:25 and Mark 5:13 for a couple of the passages that speak of the timing of when the Isaiah 30:23 rain would fully be falling on the House of Israel and the House of Judah in Jeremiah 31:27-28 because of the Gentiles and Animals they've been sown with.)
The Hosea 2:18 Covenant is a Covenant of Increase for Animals, it's a Covenant of Restoration and Restitution, and it's been made in the Blood of Jesus Christ. Those of you with Concordances or Interlinears need to look at the word “Covenant” in Hosea 2:18 and verify for yourself that it's a blood sworn oath on the part of God. Christians, as stewards of the earth, are called to stand on it in faith until every yoke is destroyed and every burden is removed from their lives, per Isaiah 10:27 and Isaiah 58 because it says in Zechariah:
11 “As for you also, because of the blood of your covenant, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit. 12 Return to the stronghold, you prisoners of hope. Even today I declare that I will restore double to you. Zechariah 9:11-12