Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Who is the Remnant and what brings about the formation of the remnant in the SDA church

Isaiah 10:20-22 KJV Remnant Escape From the house of Jacob ( 12 Tribes of Israel/ the church)
[20] And it shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of
the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon him that smote them; but shall stay upon the
Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. [21] The remnant shall return, even the remnant of
Jacob, unto the mighty God. [22] For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet
a remnant of them shall return: the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness.

Isaiah 1:8-9 KJV Remnant is Small
[8] And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of
cucumbers, as a besieged city. [9] Except the Lord of hosts had left unto us a very small
remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.

Revelation 12:17 KJV Remnant Comes after the war
[17] And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her
seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Amos 9:8-12 KJV Remnant remains , shaft blown away  
[8] Behold, the eyes of the Lord God are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off
the face of the earth; saving that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the Lord. [9]
For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is
sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth. [10] All the sinners of my
people shall die by the sword, which say, The evil shall not overtake nor prevent us. [11] In that
day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof;
and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old: [12] That they may possess
the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the Lord that
doeth this.

Ezra 9:8-9 KJV Remnant renew the house of God. Remnant Repairs the Desolation and rebuilds the walls or the breach. 
[8] And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the Lord our God, to leave us a
remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our
eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage. [9] For we were bondmen; yet our God hath
not forsaken us in our bondage, but hath extended mercy unto us in the sight of the kings of
Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and to repair the desolations
thereof, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem.

Isaiah 1:21-28 KJV The Renewed house a Righteous city ,a faithful city, transgressors destroyed and they that forsake the lord consumed,
[21] How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it;
but now murderers. [22] Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water: [23] Thy
princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after
rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.
[24] Therefore saith the Lord, the Lord of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of
mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies: [25] And I will turn my hand upon thee,
and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin: [26] And I will restore thy judges
as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city
of righteousness, the faithful city. [27] Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her
converts with righteousness. [28] And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners
shall be together, and they that forsake the Lord shall be consumed.

Romans 11:1-5 KJV  Those that DO NOT bow are the remnant.
[1] I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed
of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. [2] God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew.
Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel,
saying, [3] Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left
alone, and they seek my life. [4] But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to
myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. [5] Even so
then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

Statement :
"God has promised that where the shepherds are not true He will take charge of the flock
Himself. God has never made the flock wholly dependent upon human instrumentalities. But the
days of purification of the church are hastening on apace. God will have a people pure and
true. In the mighty sifting soon to take place we shall be better able to measure the
strength of Israel. The signs reveal that the time is near when the Lord will manifest that His fan
is in His hand, and He will thoroughly purge His floor." – {5T 79.4}

Matthew 3:11-12 KJV The sifting is the purging of the floor
[11] I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier
than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with
fire: [12] Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat
into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

What are some of the tools in the purging of the floor or the sifting of Israel the church?

God will arouse His people; if other means fail, heresies will come in among them, which will
sift them, separating the chaff from the wheat. The Lord calls upon all who believe His word
to awake out of sleep. Precious light has come, appropriate for this time. It is Bible truth,
showing the perils that are right upon us. This light should lead us to a diligent study of the
Scriptures, and a most critical examination of the positions which we hold. – {CW 40.1}

To all the testing time will come. By the sifting of temptation the genuine Christian will be
revealed. Are the people of God now so firmly established upon His word that they would not
yield to the evidence of their senses? Would they, in such a crisis, cling to the Bible and the Bible
only? Satan will, if possible, prevent them from obtaining a preparation to stand in that day.
He will so arrange affairs as to hedge up their way, entangle them with earthly treasures,
cause them to carry a heavy, wearisome burden, that their hearts may be overcharged with
the cares of this life and the day of trial may come upon them as a thief. – {GC 625.3}

Those that are afraid disqualified themselves from being in the remnant
Judges 7:1-3 KJV
[1] Then Jerubbaal, who is Gideon, and all the people that were with him, rose up early, and
pitched beside the well of Harod: so that the host of the Midianites were on the north side of
them, by the hill of Moreh, in the valley. [2] And the Lord said unto Gideon, The people that are
with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt
themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me. [3] Now therefore go to,
proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return
and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two
thousand; and there remained ten thousand.

More on the fearful
8But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Sifting by a serious sense of Duty
Judges 7:4-8 KJV
[4] And the Lord said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the
water, and I will try them for thee there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, This
shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall
not go with thee, the same shall not go. [5] So he brought down the people unto the water: and
the Lord said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog
lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself; likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to
drink. [6] And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, were three
hundred men: but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water. [7]
And the Lord said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and
deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his
place. [8] So the people took victuals in their hand, and their trumpets: and he sent all the
rest of Israel every man unto his tent, and retained those three hundred men: and the host
of Midian was beneath him in the valley.

Time and events sorounding the emerging or revealing of the remnant of Israel
Isaiah 10:1,5-6,12-13,15, 20-22 KJV
Verse 1- the time of the Decree- Sunday Law time period. 
[1] Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they
have prescribed

Verse 5- Tghe Asserians / Babylonians the instrument of judgment on unfaithful Israel.
[5] O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine
indignation. [6] I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my
wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them
down like the mire of the streets.

[12] Wherefore it shall come to pass, that when the Lord hath performed his whole work upon
mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria,
and the glory of his high looks. [13] For he saith, By the strength of my hand I have done it , and
by my wisdom; for I am prudent: and I have removed the bounds of the people, and have
robbed their treasures, and I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man: [15] Shall the axe
boast itself against him that heweth therewith? or shall the saw magnify itself against him
that shaketh it? as if the rod should shake itself against them that lift it up, or as if the staff
should lift up itself, as if it were no wood.

Then the Remnant is seen after the war after the decree 
[20] And it shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped
of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon him that smote them; but shall stay upon
the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. [21] The remnant shall return, even the remnant of
Jacob, unto the mighty God. [22] For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet a
remnant of them shall return: the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness.
[24] Therefore thus saith the Lord God of hosts, O my people that dwellest in Zion, be not
afraid of the Assyrian: he shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against thee,
after the manner of Egypt.

Thus persecution is and instrument a tool that bring about the Remnant.

"Much so-called Christianity passes for genuine, faithful soundness, but it is because those who
profess it have no persecution to endure for the truth’s sake. When the day comes when the
law of God is made void, and the church is sifted by the fiery trials that are to try all that
live upon the earth, a great proportion of those who are supposed to be genuine will give
heed to seducing spirits, and will turn traitors and betray sacred trusts. They will prove our
very worst persecutors. “Of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw
away disciples after them;” and many will give heed to seducing spirits. – {6BC 1065.1}

The time is not far distant when the test will come to every soul. The mark of the beast will
be urged upon us. Those who have step by step yielded to worldly demands and conformed
to worldly customs will not find it a hard matter to yield to the powers that be, rather than
subject themselves to derision, insult, threatened imprisonment, and death. The contest is
between the commandments of God and the commandments of men. In this time the gold will
be separated from the dross in the church. True godliness will be clearly distinguished from
the appearance and tinsel of it. Many a star that we have admired for its brilliancy will then go
out in darkness. Chaff like a cloud will be borne away on the wind, even from places where we
see only floors of rich wheat. – {5T 81.1}

No Guile found in the mouth of the Remnant.
Zephaniah 3:13 KJV
[13] The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful
tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them
Revelation 14:1,4-5 KJV
[1] And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and
four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads. [4] These are they which
were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb
whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God
and to the Lamb. [5] And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before
the throne of God.

By Ryan Dollabaile

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