Just What Is a Remnant Believer? :: By Jan Markell

You have heard of the word “remnant.” Some people are called “remnant believers.” There are “remnant churches.” Perhaps you know of some or attend one. I often say that I do “radio for the remnant.”

The most frequent e-mail I get is from people who make up the “remnant.” But what is that? I write about this often and even do radio about it as I’m trying to understand the phenomenon. Here are a couple of e-mails.

“Jan, I feel the remnant is getting smaller every day as the time approaches for the Lord’s return. The world seems to be getting darker and more evil. I know I am not alone as a member of the Body of Christ, but at times it is easy to feel isolated. No one gets it, and no one wants to. If I did not have access to you and a few others online, I would be so isolated! I try to talk to people about issues that are important, including end-times, and they look at me like I am an alien. A few of you help me celebrate my alien status. I feel like a lonely goldfish in a bowl. Prophecy is coming true right before our eyes. You and a few others are making a huge difference with all of us aliens in the world.”

Based on a lot of interactions, including people at my annual conference, I have concluded this about “the remnant.”

  • It is made up of people longing for a solid church and a pulpit that will address issues of the day as well as the nearness of the Lord’s return. The remnant wants a church that will not fear offending with the truth and that will confront apostasy.
  • Remnant believers have offended friends and family simply by telling them the truth of our times or for sharing information that is relevant to our times. This will often bring on mocking and scoffing. At the least, it results in irritated indifference. This doesn’t daunt a remnant believer, and such a tragic response doesn’t keep them quiet!
  • Enthusiastic remnant believers will travel across town or across the country to attend events that present information about which the church is silent.
  • Remnant believers often feel isolated and misunderstood even though they have the truth and the naysayers are clueless! This is what is so frustrating. Remnant believers want everyone to be tuned in and informed. They just want to spread around a wealth of information about which few are interested!
  • Members of the remnant church see our times darkening but remain enthusiastic that this is but a herald of His coming — not signs of doom and gloom. Yet, they will be told they are spreading bad news.
  • When a remnant believer finds someone who is a kindred spirit, it is like discovering a gold mine!
  • Such believers often had a very solid church, but in many cases, it went haywire. A little leaven came in and ruined the whole loaf. They then begin a long journey of searching for a new church which can take years.
  • Very often, these believers approached their church leadership to talk to them about these things, but they are most often shut out or even considered to be troublemakers.
  • Understand that the end-time church is racing towards Laodicea and is more interested in conforming than transforming. Many churches and leaders will focus on “your best life now.”
  • The Bible suggests an end-time church will be small. In Luke 18:8, Jesus asks if He will find any of faith when He returns. Many will have fallen by the wayside.

People who make quilts use a wide variety of mismatched remnants. Such professionals discard sections of fabric from garments that were no longer usable, but they were then sewn into an unbelievably elegant quilt! The tossed aside remnant became an object of creativity and beauty!

If you are a remnant believer, take heart and remember that you, too, are a creative and colorful quilt. Eternity may reveal that you broke through to more people than you thought. And remember that such mocking and scoffing are fulfilling end-time prophecies as well. Hang on, and don’t grow weary in your well-doing!

Bouncing from church to church is likely not the best idea. But sitting multiple times a week under bad theology, music with spiritually unhealthy lyrics, or leadership that is just dysfunctional is also not an option. Cutting yourself off from fellowship is no better.

Our assignment is to be “watchmen” (Ezekiel 33). We’re to be sounding an alarm. Trouble is ahead. The nations of the world seem moved, as though by a hidden hand, into exactly the right positions on a global chessboard. Amazing things are happening before our eyes. How can we be silent?

So, remnant believers, let’s not be silent. Go tell it on the mountains. The King is coming, perhaps today!

Awaiting His return,

Jan Markell

https://olivetreeviews.org

 

I Never Thought I Would See the Day, Part 7 :: By Jan Markell

It just doesn’t stop. Today, up is down, black is white, and evil is good. Thus, I can’t keep up with the astounding stories I read daily, and my conclusion is always—I never thought I would see the day! So, I’ll keep writing just to keep my sanity. I hope I can help you keep yours as well!

I never thought I would see the day when:

  • A Presidential administration would undermine our allies and fund our enemies.
  • Many good people (Christians and conservatives) would be kicked off of Twitter, but a Hamas leader is allowed to celebrate the bombing of Tel Aviv on Twitter.
  • Many Christians, and even pastors, are in complete denial that the whole Covid–19 ordeal could easily usher in the Beast system as it is excellent conditioning of the people/sheeple.
  • The popular term “my body, my choice” would NOT apply to the people who choose to deny the Covid vaccines.
  • Conservatives and Christians in America and Canada would be assigned to second-class status just like the Jews in Germany.
  • Almost everyone on the American Left would fall for the biggest scam in the history of the world – the so-called Green New Deal, that if implemented, would bankrupt the world.
  • The American Left would be more concerned about “white supremacists” (conservatives and Trump supporters) than Antifa or Black Lives Matter.
  • A new book called “Prayer of a Weary Black Womanhas the author asking God to help her hate white people. I thought we were now in a woke generation of tolerance and diversity!
  • Only 6% of Christians now hold to a biblical worldview according to Barna, while 88% of Christians borrow from contradictory worldviews for their beliefs.

That’s enough for this installment. I have to process each bullet point, and my brain hurts thinking about each one.

In my lifetime, how are all of these items possible? It is a privilege and a challenge to be born for such a time as this. Many days I wouldn’t trade it for any other generation. On other days, I would like to go back to the days of my family members who fled Russia in simpler times. But, they wouldn’t call the pogroms simple.

Yet, we may be a privileged generation as we are seeing so many foretold events playing out before our very eyes! Israel back in the land; the convergence of the signs; the predicted perilous times and the anticipated lawlessness.

So, nothing should catch us by surprise! And if the Rapture of the Church is today, that shouldn’t surprise us either! Are you ready? Spiritually ready.

Call on the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ today (Romans 10:13).