Q. In reference to your last article on the Ascension, it seems like most Bible teachers who teach end time eschatology never refer to Hosea 6:2. It surely must have some significance to the timing of the second coming, does it not?
A. The complete passage is Hosea 5:15 -6:2 which has the Lord saying,
“Then I will go back to my place until they admit their guilt. And they will seek my face–in their misery they will earnestly seek me” (Hosea 5:15).
Then in Hosea 6:1-2, Israel will respond.
“Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds.
After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence.”
A number of prophecy students apply the “one day is like 1000 years” comment from 2 Peter 3:8 and speculate that the Lord going back to His place (Hosea 5:15) refers to His ascension. After 2 days (2000 years) the Jews will admit their guilt and return to Him (Hosea 6:1). I believe this is a reference to Zechariah 12:10, where they will finally recognize Jesus as their Messiah. This will take place near the end of the Great Tribulation.
Then at the 2nd Coming He will restore their Kingdom which will begin the 3rd day, the thousand year Kingdom Age, known to us as the Millennium (Hosea 6:2).
While this interpretation makes general sense from our perspective I don’t believe we can use it to pin down the specific time of the Lord’s return. I see it as more of an indication of the general timing. No matter when you start counting and how many days you use for a year, this interpretation of Hosea’s prophecy places us somewhere in the close proximity of the Lord’s return.