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On the remnant - Part Four

Posted by Stephen Pidgeon on Friday, June 12, 2015 at 6:00 AM

 

The remnant, or the residue, has one connotation at the time of MASHIACH, and another at the time of the end of the age.

Lucas (Luke) 8:10

And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of ELOHIYM: but to the remnant in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.

This is the second witness as to the claim that the talmidiym have been given the ability to know the mysteries of the kingdom of ELOHIYM, i.e., the yahsod, and unto the remnant, i.e., those who have eyes that cannot see, and ears that cannot understand, a certain blindness to these same mysteries.  Consider Sha’ul’s discussion on this point:

Romayim (Romans) 11:7-11

What then? את eth Yisra’el has not obtained that which he seeks for; but the election has obtained it, and the others (remnant) were blinded 8 (According as it is written, YAHUAH has given them the ruach of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day. 9 And David says, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them: 10 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back always. 11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? Never: but rather through their fall YAHUSHA is come unto the other people, for to provoke them to jealousy.

Interesting passage, isn’t it?  Those who made the election to accept MASHIACH have obtained that which they sought – i.e., the understanding of the mysteries of the Kingdom of ELOHIYM, the Torah, the testimony of MASHIACH, and the spirit of prophecy, while the remnant – those who are not of this same election – did not, and instead were given the spirit of sleep: to have eyes which do not see, and ears which do not hear, and, according to Sha’ul, are asleep even unto this day! 

Those of us who continue to marvel at the assemblies within the American corporate church who do not see the fearful sights and greats signs in the heavens, who do not hear of wars and commotions, who do not see the nations rise against other nations, and kingdoms rising against other kingdoms, who pay no attention to the propitious rise of great earthquakes in divers places, who ignore the famines and pestilences happening not only throughout the world, but throughout America as well.  The average corporate “Christian” sleeps through the betrayals of parents, brethren, kinsfolk, and friends, even when Christians are being put to death in record numbers throughout the world.

Soon, however, we all shall see Yerushalayim compassed with armies and the coming of the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.  For there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

And then even those asleep shall see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory, for when these things begin to come to pass, then it is time to look up, and lift up your heads; for redemption draws nigh.

Lucas (Luke) 21:29

And he spoke to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; 30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. 31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of ELOHIYM is nigh at hand.

Yet, when it comes to the remnant, Yahuchanon also speaks in Chizayon.

Chizayon (Revelation) 9:15-21

And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. 16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand: and I heard the number of them. 17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. 18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. 19 For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt. 20 And the remnant of the men which were not killed by these plagues did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: 21 Neither did they repent of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

Here, the remnant have the following traits: they worship devils, idols of gold, silver, brass, stone and wood, and they are unrepentant concerning the murders, sorceries, fornication and thefts.  Sounds like your average American.

So the pivotal question is - will there be a righteous remnant?

Chizayon (Revelation) 11:3-13

And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. 4 These are the two olive trees, and the two menorahs standing before the ELOHIYM of the earth. 5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceeds out of their mouth, and devours their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. 6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will. 7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. 8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our ADONAI was crucified. 9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. 10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. 11 And after three days and an half the RUACH of life from ELOHIYM entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. 12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. 13 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 ELOHIYM of heaven.

With the death and resurrection of the two olive trees, the two menorahs which stand before ELOHIYM, a remnant finally gives glory to the ELOHIYM of heaven. It seems that we see this repentance only following the 10th chapter of Chizayon, when Yahuchanon is told to prophesy again.

Chizayon (Revelation) 10:11

And he said unto me, You must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.

And again, we begin to see righteousness and the choosing of ELOHIYM in the remnant thereafter.  Consider this from Chapter 12:

Chizayon (Revelation) 12:12-17

Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knows that he hath but a short time. 13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. Re 12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. 15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. 16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. 17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of ELOHIYM, and have the testimony of YAHUSHA HAMASHIACH.

Suddenly, we have new criteria for the remnant which become the target of the dragon.  They must keep the commandments of ELOHIYM and have the testimony of YAHUSHA HAMASHIACH – which is the spirit of prophecy.

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