The Remnant

 

 

“I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? How he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace” – (Rom.11:1-5).

 

   Remnant means – (a small part – a small remaining group of people). Paul uses the example of Elijah and the 7000 faithful in the days of great apostasy in Israel, to show that God always has a faithful remnant chosen and elect unto himself. The devil never wins them all over to himself, even in the worst of times. There is only an elect remnant of Jews saved in every generation and Paul was one in the early church generation. And there is only a remnant of elect Gentiles saved in every generation. In every generation, there are only a few born again of both Jew and Gentile – only a remnant. Are you a part of the remnant? O’ the marvelous grace of God to be included in the 7000 group, the remnant, one of the chosen few to be included in the true church of Jesus Christ.

 

   How many constitute a remnant? I’m told that one of a thousand Jews get saved today – one tenth of one percent – a very small remnant. Elijah and his 7000 remnant of a probable 5 to 6 million Jews in Israel also comes to one tenth of one percent. No wonder Elijah felt he was totally alone – that’s a very small remnant. How many make up the remnant in the U.S. of Gentiles? Is it more than with the Jews who are especially hardened to the gospel? During the great tribulation a great multitude of Gentiles get saved, but it’s only a pitifully small remnant of 6 billion people on earth. Most don’t repent and get saved. And in the same (chap.7 of Rev.) are 144,000 Jews, 12,000 from each tribe, who are especially marked for God during the great and terrible day of the Lord. They are at the very least, a part or all of the Jewish remnant. “Except the Lord of hosts had left us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom…” – (Is.1:9). Only Lot and his two daughters escaped like the scapegoat from God’s fiery judgment and wrath upon Sodom. A very small remnant indeed. Only a very small remnant today is standing up for God’s truth in the Bible concerning gays. Most of the churches are falling in line with the world in making the vile sin of Sodomy acceptable even in the face of Aids. PTL for the remnant.

 

   We see the great tribulation faithful remnant of both Jews and Gentiles saved by Jesus Christ who stand fast for Christ during the most terrible persecution the church has ever seen. Though the dragon (Satan) thought his Beast, persecutes and kills all who will not bow the knee to Antichrist or receive his mark, the elect remnant will be found faithful to Christ. As it is written – “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” – (Rev.12:17). It is always the elect remnant that remains faithful to the Lord even during great apostasy from (Gen.3:15) to Revelation. They fight the good fight of faith and don’t succumb to the world. PTL – there is always a remnant marked off from a corrupt world and corrupt religions and who are characterized by genuine attachment to Christ. They are the separated ones, the New Testament Nazarites, if you will (2 Cor.6:14-18), that live holy and Godly lives. To claim that the U.S. has 40% born again people is a laugh in this wicked and ungodly nation. And to claim that so many Americans will go up in the rapture that it will totally disrupt our nation is foolishness. It will only be a very small remnant – amen.

 

   We today also have a Christian remnant in the midst of Christendom’s ruins who are true to Christ and His Word. God has in these last days of evil and darkness, a true remnant who live for the Lord Jesus, when you can’t tell the difference between the church and the world. They are the overcomers that overcome the apostasy of the hour. There was only a faithful remnant saved by graced in the days of Noah – “When once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the Ark was a preparing, wherein few that is, eight souls were saved by water” – (I Pet.3:2). Few saved – always just a remnant. “For many are called, but few are chosen” – (Mt.22:14). “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life and few there be which find it” – (Mt.7:14). “Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments: and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy” – (Rev.3:4). A few – none in some churches - one or a few in others – such it is today. We have there in this church, a vivid contrast between dead cold nominal professors and a few born again, true-hearted, earnest lovers of Christ who are the faithful remnant.

 

   When Gods’ judgment fell upon Israel and He carried them away to Babylon for 70 years, only a godly remnant returned to Jerusalem to rebuild and restore the nation again. “And now for a little space grace hath been showed from the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage” – (Ezra 9:8). Only 42,000 Jews returned back to Israel after 70 years – out of millions, only a Godly remnant. And the same grace of God today preserves a remnant in Christ. Most of the Jews loved the city of man, Babylon, better than the city of God – Jerusalem.

 

   It is written in (Is.10:20-22) “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Israel…- the remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God. For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall return.” Here we see the Jews brought back to Israel in these end days. Out of the 5 million Jews in Israel now gathered out of all the nations, a remnant shall be saved. Most have returned to the land of Israel but haven’t returned to the Lord – (Is.10:21). Only a few will return to the Lord out of all the Jews who returned to Israel. God’s Word tells us the same thing in (Is.11:11) “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people.. The faithful remnant of Jews, the elect remnant according to the election of grace, will get saved in Israel today. They will return to the Lord Jesus.

 

   Yes, Elijah and his 7000, are examples of the faithful remnant that God has in every generation. And we can see this clearly with God’s last two prophets, the witnesses of (Rev.11). These two Elijah witnesses, filled with the Holy Ghost, preach for 3 ½ years and finally end up in Jerusalem where they are killed and their bodies are left in the street to rot with no burial. But God authenticates His prophets and raises them from the dead and they ascend up to heaven before the eyes of the world – “And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand. And the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven” - (Rev.11:13). They would not allow burial of the last prophets of God and now 7000 are buried alive in the ruins of Jerusalem. When Elijah thought himself alone, God spoke of a 7000 remnant whom he had preserved. Here things are reversed. Here is judgment and 7000 are killed, like the false prophets of Baal. But then comes the remnant. The rest of the verse shows us the remnant of Jews who believe the preaching of the two witnesses. They watched them resurrect and ascend to heaven, and they repented under fear of God and ‘gave glory to God.’ God’s prophets do not preach in Israel for nothing. A remnant is saved by these two Elijah prophets. This remnant turns in faith to Jesus Christ and this is the remnant that returns to the Lord. Certainly some of them are a part of the 144,000 Jews of (Rev.7). They have their eyes unveiled and unblinded and they get saved – (see 2 Cor.3:7-18). “Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away” – (vs.16). They will not worship the image of the beast.

 

   Giving glory to God is tantamount to repentance because that’s exactly what it represents in the Bible. “Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him: for the hour of his judgment is come..” – (Rev.14:7).And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over those plagues and they repented not to give him glory’ – (Rev.16:9). But the remnant do repent and do give God glory. See also (Rev. 4:9-11) – (Luke 17:15-18) – (Jn.8:24) – (Rom.4:20) – (2 Pet. 1:21) – (Acts12:23) – (Ps.97:8,115:1) – (Josh.7:19,20) – (Is.42:12) – and (Jer.13:15,16). The remnant repents and turns to the Lord Jesus after the earthquake and give God the glory - amen. This is individual salvation, but at the second coming of Christ at Armageddon there will be national salvation of the remnant of Jews left in Israel – “And so all Israel shall be saved..” (Rom.11:26) - all Jews who are left in Israel – the final remnant.

 

   In every generation, even in the darkest of times, we find a devoted remnant dear to the Lord Jesus. There will be a true remnant of Jews and Gentiles waiting and prepared for the second coming of Christ – both at the rapture and the glorious appearing of Christ. Are you a part of this elite group? Are you born again and one of God’s elect, faithful remnant? If you’re not – repent of your sins and believe on Christ in your heart by faith in order to have the imputed righteousness of Christ. Then you will be a new creature in Christ, One of the remnant. “Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of Grace.” God’s remnant is saved by grace. “That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” – (Eph.2:7-9).

 

Be saved and born again and become a part of God’s remnant.

 

Pastor Mike Storti

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Tucson, AZ  85705

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