We are living in the last days. In June, we saw the beginning of the Great Apostasy. The Great Apostasy, or the Great Falling Away, is when Christians who once believed in the Bible no longer believe it to be true. They only believe that certain portions are true. Let me tell you this: if you only believe in certain portions of the Bible, you don’t believe the Bible. It’s all or nothing.
We’re living in a day where Christianity has become counter-cultural. We went from being a Christian nation to a nation that only tolerated Christians. Now, we Christians are no longer tolerated. We’re living in a day where parts of babies are being bought and sold. Those of us that stand up to that atrocity are called terrorists and bigots. Just this week, the Diversity Office at the University of Tennessee posted special instructions for their professors on how to address students. They are to ask for the student’s preferred name and pronoun so as not to single out transgender and non-binary students. Some examples of acceptable, gender-neutral pronouns are they, them, their, ze, hir, hirs, xe, xem, and xyr.
But God has a remnant. In Romans 11:1-6, we see Paul addressing the Church in Rome. Verse one says, “I ask then: Did God reject His people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham from the tribe of Benjamin.” What he’s talking about here is the unfaithfulness of the Israelites to God. They were experiencing a Great Apostasy like we’re seeing today.
Continuing on, “Don’t you know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah – how he appealed to God against Israel…” In essence, what Elijah said to God was, “What a mess, Lord. I’m so discouraged. Am I the only one left who is faithful?” We’re living in times where the enemy is trying to set in discouragement and hopelessness. You hear the discouragement in Elijah’s voice.
“And what was God’s answer to him? ‘I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed their knee to Baal.’” God has always reserved for Himself a remnant. Elijah felt alone, but there were 7,000 that did not bow to Baal.
Verse 5: “So, too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace.” “So, too…” In other words, Paul is comparing his experience to the days of Elijah. The remnant is not chosen based on Jewish law. It’s based on the cross of Christ Jesus. It’s based on the finished work of grace of God.
There has always been a remnant. In the Old Testament, we see the remnant principle at work in Noah and his family. They lived during a wicked generation. For over one hundred years they were scorned and mocked as they built the ark.
We see the remnant principle with Lot while he was in Sodom. We see the remnant principle with Joshua and Caleb when they were the only two spies out of the twelve who believed God. There’s always a remnant that believes God when everyone else doubts or doesn’t believe. In the days of Gideon, the 32,000 was reduced to only 300. Those 300 became the remnant of God. Daniel lived a no-compromise life in Babylon. Daniel became the holy remnant of God. Joseph, standing alone in Egypt was the holy remnant of God. The Old Testament prophets were also the remnant.
In the New Testament, we see the remnant principle at work when Jesus told the 500 to wait in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit. However, out of the 500, only 120 gathered in the upper room. Those 120 were the remnant who God poured His spirit into.
In Matthew 24, Jesus warns that false prophets will arise, many will be deceived, and the love of many will grow cold. However, those who endure to the end will be saved. Those who endure are the remnant. In the parable of the 10 bridesmaids, the 5 who stayed awake and were prepared were the remnant. When Jesus spoke about separating the wheat from the tare and the sheep from the goats- representing the true Church and the false church – the wheat and the sheep are the remnant.
What is a remnant? A remnant is what remains. The remnant represents the group of people that remain after most of the group has fallen away. The remnant was the group that always stood firm in times when truth was absent. The remnant is a very small, but most powerful army of dedicated Christians who are pure, devoted, and fearless. They are loyal to God and they keep His commandments. They cling to the cross and long for the return of Christ. They love truth. They speak truth. They stand for truth. The remnant is militant against lies, deception, and compromise. They boldly and courageously swim against the tide. They bravely speak the truth about moral issues. They embrace and support Israel at a time when the rest of the world does not. While others are asleep to prayer, the remnant are mighty prayer warriors. They stand stalwart against doubt and unbelief. They walk by faith and not by sight. They are overcomers. While others let their love grow old, they love with intensity. They are awake while others are asleep. They are hungry for God when others don’t care. They pursue holiness while others, even pastors of this day, commend worldliness. The remnant is talked about. They are falsely accused. They are labeled legalistic, fanatical, extreme, close-minded, and trouble makers. They are tried and tested, but still proven faithful. They are revivalists and revolutionaries. They change the world. They demonstrate the kingdom and usher in the greatest harvest of souls the world has ever seen. The remnant are true, Biblical Christians. We are the remnant.
It’s exciting to be a part of God’s end-time remnant. God is going to accomplish His purposes on the earth through us. Through the remnant He will rebuild and restore. He will raise up the remnant in triumph over the enemy. The remnant will change everything. I am the remnant. Are you the remnant? Determine today that you are.
Our weaknesses don’t discount us. Trust in the Lord and not yourself. You don’t possess what’s needed to accomplish what God has called you to accomplish. Neither do I. But God does. He will do it through us as He did for the remnant through the ages. Nobody thought they had what it took. Determine that you are willing to stand alone if you have to. And when you do, do so visibly. Take a stand in a very public way. The remnant is not quiet. They are public and loud about the truth. Determine that you will boldly speak the truth at your place of work, your school, on Facebook, and with your family and friends. When you stand for the Lord, He stands with you.