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The Remnant Church and the End-Time Testimony of Jesus Christ

Posted by appolus on October 28, 2012

The Remnant church is, at it’s core and most fundamentally, God’s witness here on earth. Truly we have been called first and foremost to be a witness. Now most saints know that this word in its Greek form translates to martyr. Does that mean that every saint, every witness since the beginning of the church has been called to martyrdom? Certainly not. Yet let us not forget brothers and sisters that in every century God’s people here on earth have been persecuted and martyred for their faith. The danger for us saints in the Western world in the last 100 years has been that we have not been so-called. Other saints around the world cannot say that, whether that is Africa or Asia or China or the Middle East, they have continued to be persecuted and martyred for their faith. For most of Europe and North America, this has not been the case with some noticeable exceptions during periods of war and so on. Now, one would imagine that living in an atmosphere where one is allowed to worship freely without any state or religious interference that Christendom would thrive, yet, if we look at the state of Europe and North America we see something that at best, is a shallow faith. In the case of Europe we definitely see a post Christian society. In North America what is predominant is a cultural Christianity, a cross-less Christianity and a Christ-less Christianity and some cross-pollination or in many cases a hybrid of the all of these. Cultural Christianity would be a Christianity that is simply shaped to suit our culture. In this kind of Christianity Jesus would rarely be mentioned and God would be seen as some kind of Santa Claus. A cross-less Christianity would cover movements like the prosperity gospel, name it and claim it groups, Word of faith believers and health and wealth believers. Or again, a hybrid of all three. A Christ less Christianity would cover dead denominations for whom the Word of God has ceased to be authoritative even in pretense and where all things are acceptable, this would include things like gay marriage and gay ministers, abortion, divorce and so on.

Now what does the genuine saint look like, what does the true witness look like? Consider this passage from the book ” The Pilgrim Church.”They have drunk of the water that flows from the Sanctuary of God, from the Well of Life, and from this have obtained a heart that cannot be comprehended by human mind or understanding. They have found that God helped them to bear the cross and they have overcome the bitterness of death. The fire of God burned in them. Their tabernacle was not here on the earth but was pitched in Eternity, and they had foundation and certainty for their faith. Their faith blossomed as a lily, their faithfulness as a rose, their piety and uprightness as flowers of God’s planting.

The Angel of the Lord had swung his spear before them , so that the helmet of salvation, the golden shield of David, could not be wrested from them. They have heard the horn blown in Sion and have understood it- and on that account they have cast down all pain and martyrdom and not feared. Their Holy temper counted the things valued by the world as a shadow, knowing greater things. They were trained by God, so that they knew nothing, sought nothing, willed nothing, loved nothing, but the eternal heavenly Good only. Therefore they had more patience in their sufferings than their enemies in inflicting them.” (The Pilgrim Church)

The Remnant man or woman carries their cross. Carrying a cross is a lonely business. Its their very loneliness that compels them to seek an even closer walk with the Lord. The trials of the cross, the narrowness of the path, the desert and wilderness that often stretches out before them, a lack of fitting in, no acknowledgement of anything that you do, what you do you do in secret, you only seek to see the Lord high and lifted up. You often despair at your own walk even although people tell you what a man or woman of God you are, you hear that and it makes you cringe because you know how far you fall short of a God that you have seen high and lifted up. You continually seek Him, you live for the next encounter with Him. You know that it is only a moment but there will come a time when it will be an eternity. You long for everyone to radically encounter the Living God for themselves. You hear people say that they would like your anointing and you wonder. You wonder if they could walk through the refining fires of the living God. Would they really want their whole lives dismantled piece by piece? Would they like the bread of adversity and the waters of afflictions to be their teachers? God’s Remnant people walk this path.

The remnant know that just as the world hated their Lord and crucified Him, they too will be hated and killed all the day long for His names sake. And just as He arose, they know that they too will arise. As they draw nearer to “the one who was pierced,” and He pours out His Spirit on them and they become more like Him, then the same forces that came against their Jesus, hell and all its fury, will come against them. They know that “unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it abides alone, but if it dies it brings forth much fruit.

The Remnant saint knows something of the glory of God. He has been touched by it, ruined for the things of this word by it. He has a fire that burns in his bones that will not and cannot be quenched. He is single-minded in his devotion. He arises in the morning with thoughts of His Lord. He walks through the day thinking about His Lord and communing with Him. He ever lives to serve His God. He knows he falls short but continues on, continues to pursue. He is relentless in his pursuit of God, he is diligent to walk worthily before His Lord for His Lord is not a God that dwells in a lofty ivory tower who may or may not be watching him.His Lord and his God dwells within his very heart and he walks with him daily and his heart burns within him. Those who have experienced the glory of God walk in victory. It is this victory that allows for joy even in the midst of suffering. For those who walk in the presence of God, who have seen the glory of God in the face of Jesus cannot help but radiate His glory. It is not something that is achieved. If the remnant saint radiates joy it’s because he is like the moon. The moon is a dead object, yet the light of the sun reflects off the moon and lights up a dark world. And just as the moon, by virtue of its position to the sun and the earth, radiates the light down into the darkness, then so to do those Christians who come before the throne and kneel before the King, radiate the light from this glorious place into the darkness of the world. Yet while the remnant saint is dead to the world, he is alive to his Christ and Lord.

All of the above mentioned virtues of the remnant saint makes him a deadly enemy of the adversary. And the adversary, through his proxy’s, has and does and will continue to attack them relentlessly in any way that he can. The particular enemy of the remnant saint is not the world, it’s the religious man. Every part of the remnant’s saints walk exposes the religious man for who and what he is. Fundamentally the religious man is a man who knows nothing of the Lord. The religious man has head knowledge for sure. He typically has position in life. He is typically political. He cares for the things of this world. He cares about himself and his own. He cares for his reputation. At his core he is an enemy of the cross of Christ. Not Christ Himself, for he loves the notion of Christ and would never deny the fundamental doctrines for he is at his core very orthodox but he is as Paul describes…. ” For many are walking, of whom I have told you often and now tell you weeping, as the enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, those who mind earthly things.” (Phil 3:18-19) You see a religious man would never willingly suffer. The notion of suffering and sacrifice to the religious man is an abhorrent one. This is a spirit that has existed almost from the beginning. We see it in Cain and Abel. Abel’s sacrifice was acceptable to God. Fire always falls on sacrifice. The fire of God’s Spirit falls upon what is acceptable to God. Cain realizes this and hates his brother and kills his brother. We see it in David and Saul. We see Saul taking up the spear and trying to pin David to the wall. Yet all David was doing was worshipping the Lord and undoubtedly experiencing the presence and favor of God. Saul knew this and hated it and hunted him down with ruthlessness and with violence. We further see it with the Pharisees and the Sadducees and their scribes. These two groups of people who were religious and political enemies, came together in common purpose, along with the crowd and with zealots to do away with Jesus. Better Jesus to die and them to keep their positions and save their own necks. And after all, had not Jesus exposed them as hypocrites?

We see it in the Romans who hated the remnant believers because they would not bow their knee to the gods of this world. And because of this they poured out great fury and destruction against the saints. And then we see the Catholic church take up the same cause for the saints would not bow their knee to popes nor false doctrine. The saints would rather suffer death that live a compromised religious life. Now why would they do this? Because they had some alternative religion or philosophy? No, no, these saints had ” tasted ,” of the heavenly gifts. They had been touched by the glory of God. It burned in their very souls. They, like Paul could say that whatever things were gain to them that they would count it as loss for Christ. In fact they too, like Paul would count all things loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus. Now this ” knowledge ,’ was not a head knowledge but was an intimate word. Scripture tells us that Joseph did not ” know,’ Mary until after Jesus was born. It is this sense of ” knowing,’ that is related to here, not a physical intimacy but a spiritual one which is actually much deeper than any physical union. We are one in Christ actually, not theologically. The remnant saints knows this ” knowledge.” This is why they were and are willing to give up everything, to count all things as loss and rubbish so that they can be found ” in Christ,” and that they may ” know Him.”

And so we can see that in every age, in every century, the real saint, the remnant saint, the saint that has not bowed his knee to the gods of this world, is the deadly enemy of the religious man. In every century they have hunted him down and killed him. And now we are approaching the end of the ages. The forces that have lay dormant in the west in regard to persecuting the saints to any great degree have not gone away. The spirits behind this persecution simply lay in wait for the right time. And now, with our Lord coming back soon, their time is short. The prophetic calendar has a mighty role to play in what is to unfold shortly. If you can accept that the Lord is coming back soon, then you must accept that the anti-christ will soon rise. In 2 Th 2:3 it says ” Let not anyone deceive you by any means, for that day shall not come unless first comes a falling away, and the man of sin shall be revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God.” So we know that when Scripture warns us not to be deceived, that there is a great propensity to be deceived and so we must be careful. There must come first a great falling away. I would like to argue brothers and sisters that this great falling away has taken place before our very eyes and is unfolding as you read this. Christendom is Europe is all but dead. A mere 3% of British people go to church and the numbers in Europe, excluding Catholics is even worse. We have previously described the state of Christianity in North America as mostly cultural, cross-less and Christ-less. And it precisely because of this great falling away that the remnant saints are coming out , separating themselves, from what passes as Christendom. As the process of the falling away deepens and speeds up, and as wrong becomes more and more acceptable and actually becomes ” right,” to the religious, then more and more remnant saints will separate themselves from what is now known as Christendom. This separating is not a call by men but it is a call from God. God is calling His people out of the deadness of denominationalism. It is vital and necessary because God always has a witness on the earth. As the days darken and become more and more like the days of Noah, and as the remnant believers come out in greater numbers, then God will begin to pour out His Spirit more and more on His saints as they begin to dwell in unity and love one another. And the more anointed God’s remnant saints become, then the greater the persecution becomes.

God’s people, His remnant people stand in direct opposition to the cultural winds that blow. And the more of a witness that they are, the more that their light shines in the darkness then the more of a threat they become. Scripture warns us of a great whore church that will arise in the end times. What will be the make up of this great whore church and how will it operate? Well we know that war is made upon the saints and this war will be led by the whore church at the behest of its leader. The anti-christ will have come initially as a man of peace, he will in all likely hood save the world from imminent disaster or post disaster. He will unite Christendom, Islam and Judaism. Now brothers and sisters, as preposterous as this seems now, can I tell you that we can already see the building blocks of this being put in place, stepping-stones if you like. Even today we see movements such as “Chrislam,” led by dead denominations devoid of the Spirit and of truth where they have joint services with Muslims. Research that term at your own leisure. We also know that Dispensationalism, which is much broader than you may know and in fact carries a majority position within Christendom in matters relating to end times, has a radical position within its movement. This position in regards to Israel allows them to have joint services with Jewish people. And so even today, we see the beginnings of the great whore church that will encompass the world when it moves into the times of tribulation.

Dispensationalism is also the biggest proponent of the pre trib rapture so they could never accept what we are speaking of here without jettisoning their fundamental doctrines. And so, religious people, united under one god, led by the anti-christ and the false prophet and with the support of the world/state will ruthlessly and with an ancient spirit come against every saint across the planet. In every tribe and every tongue and every nation the saints of God, the remnant saints who refuse to bow down to this god will be persecuted and imprisoned and killed like lambs to the slaughter. Will this be our generation or a generation soon to come? No one knows, but it will, in relative terms, be soon. The Bridegroom is coming soon for His Bride. It is time to ready ourselves for what is to come. There is much said about preparation in the Scriptures. And so we must prepare ourselves. The essence of preparedness can be seen and is highlighted at Gethsemane. This is where the battle of Calvary was truly won. Jesus fought the battle on His knees and by His obedience and willingness to embrace the will of His Father. This is where we too will prepare and will win the battle before it is even fought. It will be on our knees, and with an overwhelming desire to carry out the Lord’s will for our lives, even if it means actual martyrdom. We must be willing to embrace our God who could call us to martyrdom. We must be willing to embrace the cross and all that it means. It is vital to remember that the wrath the Lord saved us from is the wrath of eternal damnation, not the wrath of men who will persecute us and kill us. Some modern-day Christians would have you believe that because Jesus suffered and died for us then we will not have to suffer and possibly die for Him. This is preposterous and is in direct violation of countless Scriptures. And not only that, we have nineteen centuries of our brothers and sisters, starting with the apostles, suffering, being persecuted and dying for the cause of Christ.

Brothers and sisters, this upcoming time of persecution and end of ages is not something to be feared. Yes, in the natural it would be, but God’s saints do not operate in the natural. They know from experience that perfect love casts out all fear. They know that they have not been given a spirit of fear. They know that the Lord will never leave them nor forsake them. They know that even as the enemy comes in like a flood that God Himself will raise up a standard. Now what is a standard? A standard is a flag. A standard-bearer in times of war is a carrier of a flag and leads the way into battle. A flag denotes oneness and unity. Our flag, our standard, our unity is that we are one in Christ, united in His sufferings and sharers of His glory, the glory that was given to Him by His Father. This glory will only increase as the darkness increases. For even a small candle gives off a great light in total darkness, yet we do not have a small light burning in us brothers and sisters we have a mighty flame. We have been baptized in the Holy Spirit and in fire. The same fire that lit up the desert night sky and led the children of Israel through the wilderness, also lights up and illuminates our path brothers and sisters, only now the fire is within is and we are the light of the world for Christ Himself dwells within us. Do not be afraid of things to come, do not be afraid of the gathering storm. Simply let your light so shine before men and keep your eyes on Jesus. This light that you have is part of the glorious light of eternity for it is the very light of Christ Himself, that outshines the sun, that burns in us. We have glimpsed eternity saints. We ” know,” something of it. We have tasted of the heavenly gifts. we have been partakers of the Holy Spirit, we have been ruined for the things of this world because of these glimpses.

Keep your eyes on Jesus and your mind on things eternal. This will allow you to praise the Lord your God in everything and give thanks. For because of your eternal mind-set you will know that nothing will separate you from the love of Jesus. Persecution cannot separate us, trials and tribulations cannot separate us, those who seek to kill us and death cannot separate us from the love of Jesus for we know that for His sake we are killed all the day long and that we are counted as sheep for the slaughter. We know this because we know Jesus and we know His word.Yet we also know that in all of those things we are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus because of His great love for us. And so brothers and sisters ” I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor powers,nor things present,nor things to come,nor heights nor depths, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus.” Look forward saints, look upwards and cast your spiritual eyes into things eternal, to our resting place and you will overcome because he  is your Lord and Savior Jesus and your eternal reward will be to dwell with Him. There is nothing in this world that is worth more than this.

5 Responses to “The Remnant Church and the End-Time Testimony of Jesus Christ”

  1. Not Alone said

    Reblogged this on Not Alone and commented:
    I believe we are the end time saints, the remnant church of the last days… And I believe this is an awesome encouragement & astonishment for us as we face this ever darkening world. “Therefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand!”

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  3. Not Alone said

    *admonishment not astonishment

    (& PS, I think you have a typo in your 1st sentence, “at ITS core” 🙂

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  5. W.E. Smith said

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    1 After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was made bright with his glory. 2And he called out with a mighty voice,

    “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great!
    She has become a dwelling place for demons,
    a haunt for every unclean spirit,
    a haunt for every unclean bird,
    a haunt for every unclean and detestable beast.
    For all nations have drunk
    the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality,
    and the kings of the earth have committed immorality with her,
    and the merchants of the earth have grown rich from the power of her luxurious living.”

    4 Then I heard another voice from heaven saying,

    “Come out of her, my people,
    lest you take part in her sins,
    lest you share in her plagues;
    for her sins are heaped high as heaven,
    and God has remembered her iniquities.
    Pay her back as she herself has paid back others,
    and repay her double for her deeds;
    mix a double portion for her in the cup she mixed.
    As she glorified herself and lived in luxury,
    so give her a like measure of torment and mourning,
    since in her heart she says,
    ‘I sit as a queen,
    I am no widow,
    and mourning I shall never see.’
    For this reason her plagues will come in a single day,
    death and mourning and famine,
    and she will be burned up with fire;
    for mighty is the Lord God who has judged her.”

    There are two voices here, one in verse 1, and the other in verse 4. Do you see that? The one in verse is a mighty angel indeed, yet the voice in verse 4 I am quite certain is our Lord and Captain, Jesus the Christ. “Come out of her, my people” is the appeal of His heart. The mustard plant has grown into a great tree, and unclean birds (demons) have made a home in this great thing called christianity. All the nations, yes including America, have been seduced and drunk the wine of her fornication.

    The Judge of all things sees, and remembers and He is taking accounts. ” I am rich and in need of nothing” says the Laodecian pretender. “I sit as a queen, I am no widow.”

    Dear saints, please heed this word from our dear brother. For judgment is coming. It is imminent. It has been delayed but now this great beast, and the filthy whore who rides it, their sins are heaped high as heaven. HIGH AS HEAVEN! So much wickedness, falseness, perversion, impurity, covetousness, spiritual fornication, FLESH, FLESH, FLESH!

    Oh saints, how great will be her judgment and destruction! A double portion! Torment and mourning, and burning with fire! Does that not pierce your very soul? Does that not make you tremble for what is upon us?

    Come out therefore lest you take part in her sins – AND HER JUDGMENT!

    Oh dear ones, precious, blood-bought saints – fall on your face and plead with Him – where Lord, must I come out? Show me Lord. Get it out of me Lord, and I out of it! Show me where I have lovers other than you Lord, even though it hurts me, and turns my world upside down. I want only You Lord, to know only You!

    Are you sitting at the gates of Sodom, involved in the business, the politics of Sodom? Then come out!

    Are you in any manner part of this whore’s religion, are you drunk on the wine she is offering? Then come out!

    Are you seeking ease and luxury, the American dream and not the Kingdom of God? – then Come out!

    Are you serving two masters or more; is your heart divided? Then come out!

    Are you following some man, some preacher or great one and not the True Shepherd who commanded us to follow Him alone? Then come out!

    Are you seeking some quiet, uncontested, cultural christianity? Then come out!

    Oh dear ones, just come out. Come out of her His people!

    It is all filth and ruin. Note how strong the language above is – detestable, a very stench in His nostrils. Why because she has charmed and seduced so many of His little ones. Her religion. Her earthly, carnal religion, and all of the luxuries and enchantments of the Beast – wealth, ease, comfort, power, influence.

    She has woo’ed so many away from their first love, with fleshly appeals amounting to that of a corner prostitute. Read all of Hosea and you will see what this means in spiritual terms.

    Bro. Frank – the Lord gave me this word the other day as I contemplated the absolutely sickening involvement of children of God in this political circus –

    Ezekiel 14 –

    And the word of the LORD came to me: 13“Son of man, when a land sins against me by acting faithlessly, and I stretch out my hand against it and break its supply of bread and send famine upon it, and cut off from it man and beast, 14even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver but their own lives by their righteousness, declares the Lord GOD.

    15“If I cause wild beasts to pass through the land, and they ravage it, and it be made desolate, so that no one may pass through because of the beasts, 16even if these three men were in it, as I live, declares the Lord GOD, they would deliver neither sons nor daughters. They alone would be delivered, but the land would be desolate.

    17“Or if I bring a sword upon that land and say, Let a sword pass through the land, and I cut off from it man and beast, 18though these three men were in it, as I live, declares the Lord GOD, they would deliver neither sons nor daughters, but they alone would be delivered.

    19“Or if I send a pestilence into that land and pour out my wrath upon it with blood, to cut off from it man and beast, 20even if Noah, Daniel, and Job were in it, as I live, declares the Lord GOD, they would deliver neither son nor daughter. They would deliver but their own lives by their righteousness.

    21“For thus says the Lord GOD: How much more when I send upon Jerusalem my four disastrous acts of judgment, sword, famine, wild beasts, and pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast! 22But behold, some survivors will be left in it, sons and daughters who will be brought out; behold, when they come out to you, and you see their ways and their deeds, you will be consoled for the disaster that I have brought upon Jerusalem, for all that I have brought upon it. 23They will console you, when you see their ways and their deeds, and you shall know that I have not done without cause all that I have done in it, declares the Lord GOD.”

    Lord, breathe on these words. May you have Your precious remnant, all those who love you first and last!

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