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True Identity of the Remnant in Rev 12.

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Revelation 12.17 says: “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”.

The dragon’s wrath is against the woman, but he wares with


the remnant.

The dragon, the woman, the seed.


Who is the dragon? Satan. Rev 12.8,9. In a secondary sense,
the dragon represents persecuting powers of the earth. See
Dan 7.7,8. Rev 12.4. Ez 29.3
Who is the woman? Zion, Isaiah 52.1; 66.8. Micah 4.7-13. This
is Jerusalem. The Israel of God. To Israel pertaineth the
“adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, and
the service and the promises.” Rom 9.4. Eph 2.12. Israel is the
professed church of God.

During the time when the church was in the wilderness (Rev
12. 6), the body of believers were not all organized into one
central administrative structure like the church of Rome. The
believers were scattered into multitudes of separate movements
and sects all over Europe that opposed the supremacy of the
papacy. Yet scripture portrays these scattered and widely
separate groups as one woman. They were united into one
body by the Spirit of Christ. So it may also be today - the Israel
of God is not one particular earthly organization.

Who is her seed? Christ. Rev 12.5. Gen 3.15, Gal 4.4. All who
are in Christ are in the seed. In the closing days of earth’s
history a remnant is left.
What are the commandments of God? His law - which includes
the statutes and judgements. Mal. 4.4. The statutes and
judgements were moral instructions that God gave Israel to
illustrate, exemplify and safe guard the principles of the
Decalogue. These included health and dietary laws, laws on
tithe and offering, laws on marriage and sexuality, laws on holy
convocations. etc. These laws were not shadowy types that
passed at the cross, but are as eternal as the moral law itself.

The Testimony of Jesus


What is the testimony of Jesus Christ? The spirit of prophecy.
Rev 19.10. The gift of prophecy is one of the gifts of the spirit.
The earliest record of this gift was manifest in Enoch Jude 14 –
15. The latest historical manifestation was through Ellen
White. The last manifestation would be seen among the
remnant of Rev 17.10. But this manifestation would be much
more abundant than in all other past generations. See Joel
2.28. Rev 18.20.24. 16.6, Rev 11.3.

The Remnant
The remnant always come from Zion, Israel, the woman,
Jerusalem, the professed church of God. Rom 9.6, 27. Is 4.2,3;
4.4. 37.31,32. Mic 2.12.

The term “remnant church” is an extrapolation and is not


textural. It seems to be a reference to the visible church that
profess to possess the qualities of the remnant. The General
Conference of Seventh Day Adventists claims to be this
“remnant church”. Yet there are many within the General
Conference of Seventh Day Adventists as well as outside it,
(within the home churches, independent fellowships and
ministries and small companies) who are faithful to the law of
God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. These meet the biblical
criteria of being among the remnant.
There is only one remnant: simply all those who keep the
commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus. Not those
who profess to keep. In other words, anyone on earth who
meets the criteria of keeping the law of God (including the 4th
commandment) and the testimony that Jesus sent through the
prophetic gift is part of the remnant. Circumscribing this
remnant exclusively to any current visible organization or
denomination is not biblical.

There are yet others who have not yet seen the light (especially
of the 4th commandment) who are scattered in Babylon – these
are yet to be called out by the voice of the 4th angel (Rev 18. 1-
4), to complete the gathering of the remnant. John 10.16, Mic
4.1,2; 2.12; Is 66.19,21;11.11-16. All who profess to be the
remnant but are not sanctified by the law of God and the
testimony of Jesus will be shaken from the ranks of Zion, Israel
and join the enemy.

At this time, the remnant’s real identities are only known to


God. But as the dragon shall marshal his forces against Zion,
the woman - the visible church – it shall be clearly seen who
the remnant are.

5.08.2010. Elder B. Tsikada.