There Will Always Be a Remnant
On that day the branch of the Lord will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be the pride and glory of Israel’s survivors. Whoever remains in Zion and whoever is left in Jerusalem will be called holy – all in Jerusalem who are destined to live – when the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and cleansed the bloodguilt from the heart of Jerusalem by a spirit of judgment and a spirit of burning. Then the Lord will create a cloud of smoke by day and a glowing flame of fire by night over the entire site of Mount Zion and over its assemblies. For there will be a canopy over all the glory, and there will be a booth for shade from heat by day, and a refuge and shelter from storm and rain. Isaiah 4:2-6 (HCSB)
This passage is one of the many in the Bible we overlook the significance. Beginning in the 19th Century, many in the Church wanted us to believe that the Rapture of the Church would be a removal from this earthly existence. However, the Lord Himself is quoted as saying here, echoed by Jesus in the Gospels, it is the wicked who will be removed from the land, not the holy remnant preserved by their faith.
“On that day” is a phrase used to depict the day of judgment by God when we all will be required to give an accounting for our lives. When Isaiah was inspired to write this passage, the people of Jerusalem chose prideful ways contrary to what God desired. Despite repeated warnings, they persisted in selfish ways and earned one more warning regarding “that day” would arrive upon them. (For those who are not historians, in 586 BC the Babylonian Empire not only completely conquered but dismantled the city of Jerusalem).
If it is God’s purpose to remove the “holy ones” from this world, then why are we saved by faith into the family of God in this life? Why aren’t we freed from the wickedness and arrogance of the world? Why is it that we pray so fervently to get healed from our illnesses and certain death to continue to live in this world? If the “Rapture” is the hope of the Church, then why pray to continue to live here now? Why would God create mankind only to find fault in it so that it must be destroyed along with all of creation? Did God make a mistake in creating this world? Is the evil in this world beyond his powers to cleanse and restore what he intended to be holy and in relationship with him?
I am not a notable theologian or philosopher, yet in reading through and studying the Bible for many years, I have discovered many man-made positions the Church bought into because it served the purposes for Church, much instilled a sense of fear, not by faith for adherence. Jesus said only the wicked should fear, not the faithful. He pointed to the fact that the unfaithful and wicked would be separated and taken away to oblivion or destruction. God’s Word reveals repeatedly, where faith remains, hope and love also prevails, and there fear cannot exist!
By faith begin a journey to invest in God’s Word prayerfully every day. Seek God’s will, ways, and wisdom with an open heart and mind. I believe you will be enlightened as I have over the recent years. Approach God’s Word humbly and something new will be revealed, no matter how many times you read it. God is the creator of life, the unmatched, unconquerable author of all life. In this life we are to remain as his faithful remnant to seek out and share the God’s message of life among the living with others. This continues to be what God intended since the Genesis of mankind’s existence.