A remnant is that which remains. The remnant always represented the part of the people of God who remained faithful to Him even when most did not. They remain after the majority of the group has fallen away. They stand firm in times when truth is 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 keep His commands. They cling to the cross and long for the return of Christ. They love truth; they speak truth; they stand for truth. They are militant against lies, deception, and compromise. They boldly and courageously swim against the tide of evil. The remnant bravely speaks truth about moral issues. They embrace and support Israel in a time when the rest of the world doesn’t.
While others are asleep to prayer, the remnant are mighty prayer warriors. They are stalwart against doubt and unbelief. They walk by faith and not by sight. They are overcomers. While others let their love for God and their brothers and sisters grow cold, the remnant loves with intensity. They are awake when others are asleep. They are hungry for God when others don’t care. They pursue holiness when others, even pastors, commend worldliness. They are talked about and falsely accused. They are labeled legalistic, fanatical, extreme, close-minded, and troublemakers.
They are tried and tested yet still proven faithful. They are revivalists and revolutionaries who revolutionize their world, demonstrate the Kingdom, and usher in the greatest harvest of souls that the world has ever seen.
You and I are the remnant.
In Matthew 24, verses 1-14, Jesus gives his disciples a description of the signs that will appear in the Last Days. As He and the disciples were leaving the temple, the disciples called Jesus’ attention to the building. He said, “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another, every one will be thrown down.” Jesus was prophesying about an event that would happen in A.D. 70 – when the Romans would tear down the temple. Those stones remain in Israel to this day. They serve as a reminder that whatever God says will happen, will happen. God and His Word can be fully trusted.
Verse 3: “As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. ‘Tell us,’ they said, ‘when will this happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming and the end of the age?’” In the remainder of chapter 24, along with chapter 25, Jesus answers the questions of the disciples.
As Jesus told the disciples what signs to look for, He mentioned that they would be the birth pangs of His return. When a woman is pregnant and in her final weeks of pregnancy, she’ll start to feel birth pangs – early signs that the baby is ready. She’ll feel the pangs and prepare as if the baby is coming until the baby really does come. That’s what Jesus is saying these signs will look like.
Everything isn’t a sign, though. That’s an unbalanced view. However, there are actually signs that happen. We need to have an awareness of the signs so we know what to look for and what to expect. That’s why it’s so important to stay in communion with God.
Verse 4: “Jesus answered, ‘Watch out that no one deceives you.’” Right there, we see that deception is a sign. Deception is when one believes a lie. We see that happening today in various forms.
Verse 5: “For many will come in my name claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.” We see and hear of wars and rumors of wars. But we’re not to be alarmed. The signs that we see are meant to excite us, not scare us. The only ones that need to be scared are the ones who aren’t right with God.
Jesus’ return will be the greatest event this world has ever seen. It will be a great celebration for true, Biblical Christians. It will also be the most fearful event for those who are not. However, those of us who are Christians should not be alarmed.
Verses 7 -8: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.”
Verse 9: “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.” We see that hate happening today. Persecution has intensified over the last few months. When persecution comes, we need to stand with one another in unity.
Verses 10-11: “At that time, many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.” Many. Many started on the narrow road, but they will finish on the wide road. Many will betray and hate each other. False prophets will deceive many. Some of those false prophets have television ministries. This is why discernment is necessary.
Verse 12: “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.” We need to love in the highest form of love. We need to have hearts that don’t receive offense. If we get offended over silly things now, how will it be in the end times? Get rid of all unforgiveness. Get rid of all offense. Get rid of all bitterness. Bitterness, offense, and unforgiveness harden the heart and your love will grow cold.
When you have the opportunity to get offended, don’t take it. The remnant stands against offense. The remnant’s hearts don’t receive offense.