Behold-The Remnant!


The Remnant

I was with a girl the other day and the Lord arranged a divine appointment as He always seems to do this. She was sharing some things in her life as I was and we had many hurts in common. I had told her that my faith sustained me and we continued to talk. As she shared her experience of religion, I realized, as I’m sure she did, it was an emotional,ritualistic experience. Nothing like the intimate relationship I had spoken of with the Lord.

I expressed to her that He had made a way for all people to come to Him in an intimate way, without ritual or any mediators. We are to look at Him as our Father now and He even tells us that we are children by adoption, allowing us to call Him, “Abba,” which is very intimate. It is as if we are climbing into His lap and crying “Daddy!” This is what Christ had accomplished for us on the cross, when the curtain had been torn. I reminded her that before that time, only a High Priest of Royal Order, was allowed into the Most Holy of Holies, to make sacrifice for the people of Israel. After Christ made sacrifice for us, He became our High Priest.
As we prayed, she cried and told me she never understood this before.
Well, I told her that religion, in many ways, keeps us focused on the wrong things and we miss, what Christ had really done for us. We go back to trying to work things out on our own.
 
I didn’t see her for a day and on the way back, she was telling me how excited she was after having prayed and wanting to start in a Bible Study. I told her when you have the Holy Spirit as your guide, you can read the bible with understanding, since He is the author. It is important for you to be in a study, rather than just involved in a church experience, which is nothing but ritual. God wants us to draw close to Him and to know Him, and this is how we do it.
Then she looked at a necklace which I was wearing and she said she liked it. It is a Star of David, with a cross in the middle of it. She said, “But the Jesus, will never go back to Israel again.” I dropped my jaw in disbelief. For someone who seemed to know very little about scripture, this remark was so Antisemitic, and out of left field. I said, “Did you know that Jesus was a Jew?” “Yes, but they killed him. And that’s the reason He said, Father forgive them, they don’t know what they’re doing.”
“Ok, listen,” I told her.”This is why it is very important for you to be in a study of the scriptures. You keep telling me this is “what you heard,’ but it is in total contradiction to God’s word.
God has a covenant with Israel and we are all inheritors of that same covenant as believers. Jesus Christ asked the Father to forgive all of us,that day. Every sinner, put Him on that cross. His prayer was as a High Priest, praying the prayer of forgiveness for all of mankind! I had to remind her that there were Roman’s and Jews alike that all took part in the sacrifice. A picture of Jew and Gentile. As I pointed out in scriptures before, “Roman soldiers cast lots for His clothing.” Everyone was implicated on that day. And God sent Him as a sacrifice. He was to make atonement for us. He said, “I lay my life down willingly, only to take it up again.”
But she said, “The Jews don’t believe and He will never go back to Israel again.“And do you know, that all the nations shall rise against Israel, and Christ Himself shall return and set His foot on the Mount of Olives, to put an end to the oppression? The Mount of Olives is in Israel. And God has said, that “I will bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse her.”
“Oh, I didn’t hear that,” she said. “No, this is why you need to know what God says. He loves Israel, even though they have been stubborn and rebellious. Just like all of us. But in scripture you can see that the very first believers were Jews. There was always a remnant. And I told her I have many friends who are Jewish believers.
We do not cut off Israel. She is the Apple of God’s Eye. His love for her is great and His plan is to restore her even though she was unfaithful.
I remember looking at my bible once and being fascinated with the remnant.
In Romans 11, Paul speaks of the remnant. In verse two Elijah appealed to God against Israel. You see that? The prophet to the nation of Israel, appealing to God, against His own people! He was so angry, He told the Lord, “Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me.
This is what God said, “I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal. (v4)
So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace.
(v7)What then? What Israel sought so earnestly it did not obtain, but the elect did.
And this is the important part to remember, God allowed them to stumble and be blind. It says He gave them a “spirit of stupor.” (v8-10)
Why would He do something like this? How could a loving God darken the eyes of the very people He came for? Remember Jesus said, “I came first to the nation of Israel.”
This is why; Israels rejection of Christ resulted in salvation for the whole world. He became a “light to the gentiles.” And this is why it is so important that we understand what a great gift this has been and how much He loves Israel and plans for their return.
In verse 11, Paul repeats his question  to seal the understanding to his listeners. Just as I feel I must when speaking to those who want to make this a message of division or veiled antisemitism. That is demonically inspired and we know that anything surrounding Israel, Satan has hated from the beginning and will until the end.
“Again I ask; Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of the their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious.
Paul tells us “not to be arrogant. If the natural olive branch had been cut off, to allow the wild to be ingrafted, how much more shall the natural be grafted in to their own olive tree?” (v18-24)
People run around with all kinds of wild beliefs and ideas, but if you really want to know God’s heart, then you must know Him in His word.
He also speaks of the Suffering Servant, and many over the years want to argue this point. Those who don’t believe in Jesus as messiah, want to believe it is Israel. I contend, that when any one of us is grafted into this vine, we are His and are called by His name.
All of the true servants of the Lord, are also suffering servants and are part of this remnant. We have His name and all of the promises of Israel apply.
When He speaks to me, He reminds me of this. “Israel, my splendor.” It is not a land, but a people chosen by grace to do the work of His hands and reveal His light to this dark world.
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You Say, “I Am Rich, and Do Not Need A Thing”


One Nation Under God

“But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.

“I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes,  so you can see. Those whom I love, I rebuke and discipline! So be earnest and repent.

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:17-19

Wow, the insights into this portion of scripture are endless as a word to the church age, the nations and to me personally.

It has been a painful journey to be sure and nothing painful comes without cost. But this is what the Lord has stated in this Revelation. Look at our country as an example.

We have desired to remove His presence and proclaim ourselves as pagans in actions and deeds. Separating His name from everything. The apostasy of nations and all being offended at His holy name. Yet Moloch and the pagan gods have their rituals and no one bothers to see the shame. The Bohemian Club practices and  such pagan rituals are looked at as fun and games, even though they extend to people in the highest ranks of our society. It is incredible and  our Lord, has already told us we shall be under judgment  for turning away from Him.

Now we can see the Lord speaking to Laodicea, that she believes to be so rich, in need of nothing.” Self-righteous.  I just heard someone speak the other day that they had faith, in their faith. I had absolutely no understanding in this whatsoever. Since we cannot depend upon a salvation based on faith in faith. We cannot save ourselves. If this were even a remote possibility, we would have had no need of a sacrifice and would have seen someone achieve god status long ago. It just isn’t possible.

Now when Christ “counseled us to buy gold refined in the fire.” First I noticed that there is a price to be paid. Many believers that come to faith in Christ think that a confession of faith is the end as well. So, this is also not the answer. We cannot put “faith in faith.” But it’s also not enough to just say, I believe in Christ and now I have faith in Christ, so I’m saved.” Yes it’s true “it is by grace we are saved and not by works, lest any man should boast, yet the Lord tells us, that we shall be walking as overcomers in this world. In direct opposition to it.

For Christ said, “Even the demons believe and they tremble.” He’s telling us there is more to this walk. It is overcoming. Read the message to all seven churches in Revelation. At the end of each one he says, “To him who overcomes.”

So, what is the price of gold refined by the fire? Well, as most people know, and especially in this day when gold prices are at an all time high, the more  ore  that is in gold, the more impurities. The more intense the fire, the more the impurities will be burned out and the  more refined the gold becomes. In fact, the gold will become liquid in its most pure form.

I would believe this process is for those believers that are willing to become ‘sold out,’ to Him. The world’s riches are worthless refuse as we draw closer to Him.

Next, He tells us”to purchase white garments to wear to cover our shameful nakedness.” How can this be done? if we are covering ourselves? The term ‘covering up’ came from somewhere. You can cover yourself, or become transparent, and allow Him to cover you with His white garments. Yes, this is difficult. The world and its system would say, don’t say anything, unless you get caught. Blah, blah, blah. That is not the Lords truth. He delivers us from evil and this is the way He does it. On that day of His return, we can be wearing the wedding garments that He has bestowed upon us or our own worldly garments to hide ourselves and as we can see from the story in scripture, those invited to the Wedding feast without His garments are not invited in.

He has shown me in so many ways. Everyone builds altars and has false images. Even if it is a false image that we have created of ourselves and we bow down to this false image. He wants us to tear it down.Yes, I was so hurt when I would find that the people I cared about would sit in judgment of me and believed lies about me. That’s when I heard the voice of the Lord speaking to me after reading these scriptures. “Why defend yourself? Let me be your covering.” Then I remembered, yes, it’s true. The truth is, I’m so much worse than the lies, that why do I fight back? As the Lord said, “let the one who is without sin, cast the first stone.”  It is only through this humility that He can really clothe us. So if our faith is in Christ then as Paul stated, our  identity is to be in Christ.

The last thing that He speaks is to “buy eye salve so that you can see.” This is the eye salve of truth. This is once again, a painful price to pay. Some people never want to see the truth. Of course it’s the cliche, “You can’t handle the truth!” The sad thing is that most of us can’t.  If we want His ‘all consuming fire’ to burn the impurities from us, then we must be willing to purchase this eye salve. Yes, it has been painful for me. Every day, I see something devastating from my past. Things that I thought were buried so deep, I lived a different lifetime and would never have to remember again. “Yes, the Lord tells me, You must look at all of this.”

Yes, I was so offended. I was so hurt, by others in my life, yet I had forgotten how much I had been forgiven. How could this be? Now I knew what impurities the Lord was burning on this altar of suffering. I have been in a fire of torment and doors closing in my face by His hand and I would cry out to Him, “Why?” Oh, did I really purchase this eye salve with my prayers? That the answer should come back in a wave of such devastation. It took everything out of me. That I could hardly get out of my bed. Yet his words came to me, “A bruised reed He will not break, nor a smoldering wick He will not snuff out.” Isaiah 42:3

He reminded me that He was with me when the horrific things happened to me and when I made the wrong choices as well. Even when I disgraced Him and He is not like man, He longs to forgive us when we acknowledge our need of Him. Everyone, not just me, but “for those that have been forgiven much, love much.”

Because you have been forgiven, does not mean, you can remain silent. It’s time to remember and to become the one I’ve chosen you to become. WE don’t close the door and say “oh that was B.C. and it doesn’t count. He wants to deal with all of it. Not to bring us harm but for our good. “I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

“Those whom I love, I rebuke and discipline. When our nation and even our world understands this and turns to Him, we will be blessed and set free.