The prophecy tells us that “the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world so that all nations will hear it, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14).
Our enemy, Satan, knows that when this happens it will be his end as well, so as we approach the time of the end, he focuses his rage on the group that is the greatest threat to his survival: “the rest of her offspring” or as the literal translation of the King James version puts it, “the remnant of her seed” (Revelation 12:17).
The concept of Remnant in the Bible
The concept of a remnant weaves through both the Old and the New Testaments. Here is a sampling of the many scriptures that mention a remnant:
- After vicious attacks “the remnant who have escaped of the house of Judah shall again take root downward and bear fruit upward” (2 Kings 19:30).
- “The remnant of Israel… will never again depend on him who defeated them, but will depend on the Lord” (Isaiah 10:20).
- “Listen to me, all the remnant of the house of Israel… I have made you, and I will bear you; even I will carry you and will deliver you” (Isaiah 46:3,4).
- The apostle Paul called those of Israel who accepted the Messiah a remnant: “Though the people of Israel are as numerous as the sand of the seashore, only a remnant will be saved” (Romans 9:27)
- Joel prophesied that there would be a remnant at the end of time: “And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh… and I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth… there shall be deliverance, among the remnant whom the Lord calls” (Joel 2:28-32).
- In Revelation 12, after the long history of persecution and oppression that we have outlined in this video, the dragon is more “enraged” than ever with “the woman” and especially with “the remnant of her seed” because they “keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus” (Revelation 12:17).
Remnant and law
The remnant “keep the commandments of God,” as a demonstration of their love for Jesus. He said, ‘If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15) and the greatest of the commandments that sums up all are to love the Lord our God with one’s whole heart, soul and mind as well as to love one’s neighbor as oneself (Mathew 22:36-40)
Keeping God’s commandments is not the same as legalism for salvation is 100% by grace, received as a gift by faith. When Revelation says that remnant people keep God’s commandments, that doesn’t mean that people who love Jesus will never sin or succumb to temptation. Satan, the opposer of God, rejects the law of love governing God’s kingdom altogether. When remnant people keep the commandments of God they reject Satan’s lawless worldview and become living examples that God’s ways are the best.
Being a part of the remnant is not the same as being a member of a specific church. It is individual Christians who love God with all their heart, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, keep the commandments of God and share the testimony that Jesus has given them with those around them.
As we will see in the next couple of videos, Satan has a well-laid plan to try to force the remnant to reject God’s law and to silence their testimony.
Now is the time for us to seek the Holy Spirit as never before in order to be ready for the momentous times that are just ahead. It’s going to be a pretty rough patch of road. But we can be sure that Jesus has our back. He says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you” (Isaiah 43:2).
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