The remnant is that which remains. They are the ones who remain faithful to God in a time when deception runs rampant. They are a very small, but more 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, speak Truth, and stand for Truth. They are militant against lies, deception, and compromise. They boldly and courageously swim against the tide of evil and bravely speak the Truth about moral issues. The remnant embraces and supports Israel even 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 for God and their brothers and sisters grow cold, the remnant loves with intensity. They have unoffendable hearts. They are awake while others are asleep. They hunger when others don’t care. They pursue holiness when others commend worldliness. They are talked about, falsely accused, and labeled as legalistic, fanatical, extreme, close-minded, and trouble makers. They are tried and tested and still proven faithful. They are revivalists and revolutionaries. They demonstrate the Kingdom. They usher in the greatest harvest of souls this world has ever seen. They are true, Biblical Christians.
They are the group who accomplishes God’s purposes on this earth. They are the group that God lifts up in triumph over the enemy. It is the small group that will change everything. The remnant is the rag in God’s hand that He will use to clean up the mess. We are among the remnant.
The book of Revelation is primarily written in chronological order of end time events. Every so often, though, it pauses to give an overview. Revelation 12 is one of those times.
Revelation chapter 12 is a history stretching from a time before humans ever existed until just before Christ’s return. It is a concise history of satan’s efforts to thwart God’s plan of redemption. It is an overview of how satan tried to derail God’s plan.
In Revelation 12, there are four major characters: the woman (representing the people of God), the child (representing Jesus), the dragon (representing satan), and the remnant.
Revelation 12:1-4: “A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in great pain as she was about to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its head. Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to earth.”
This was satan’s first attempt at derailing redemption. He rebelled against God and took a third of the angels along with him.
Revelation 12:4-6: “The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born. She gave birth to a son, a male child, who ‘will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.’ And her child was snatched up to God and to His throne. The woman fled into the wilderness to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.”
We see satan’s second attempt at destroying redemption in this passage. In the book of Matthew, Herod tried killing off the children under the age of two. If he had succeeded, He would have killed Jesus.
Revelation 12:7-9: “Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down – that ancient serpent called the devil, or satan, who leads the world astray. He was hurled to earth and his angels with him.”
Scripture tells us that he leads the whole earth astray. That’s satan’s third attempt to destroy God’s plan of redemption.
Revelation 12:10: “Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say, ‘Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.”
Another name for satan is the Accuser of the Brethren – the Accuser of God’s People.
Revelation 12:11: “They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.”
This may be the key verse in the whole book of Revelation. This verse shows the victory that we have because of the blood of Jesus. We need to keep speaking forth our testimony.
Revelation 12:12: “Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.”
Fury means violent anger. The devil is angry. None of his plans have succeeded in coming against the plan of redemption. Never underestimate the nastiness of the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion seeking who he might devour. We have nothing to be afraid of, though, because we have full authority over the enemy. That doesn’t negate our responsibility to be vigilant.
Revelation 12:13: “When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach. Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river, to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent. But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring – those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus.”
That’s us. The King James Version says, “the remnant of her seed.” We have an enemy and he wages war against us. The day that you became saved, you voluntarily enlisted in the Army of God. We win every battle, though, because of the cross. We are the victors; we triumph. But we have to pick up the weapons we’ve been given and fight.