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Who is the Remnant of Israel? (The Jersualem Post)

April 28, 2017

Who is the Remnant of Israel?

Lidar Gravé-Lazi, writing for The Jerusalem Post said: “As Israel prepares to celebrate its 69th birthday, the Central Bureau of Statistics announced Thursday that the Jewish state today has 8.680 million citizens, 10 times more than at its founding in 1948. According to the report, the Jewish population in the country represents 6.484 million residents – 74.7 percent of the total population – and the Arab population stands at 1.808 million people – 20.8% of the country’s inhabitants. There are now estimated to be 14.4 million Jewish people in the world and 43% of them are in the Jewish state.

God says: “In that day the remnant of Israel, the survivors of Jacob, will no longer rely on him who struck them down but will truly rely on Yahweh, the Holy One of Israel. A remnant will return, a remnant of Jacob will return to the Mighty God. Though your people be like the sand by the sea, Israel, only a remnant will return. [Quoting this passage, Romans 9:27 says, “Only a remnant will be saved”] Destruction has been decreed, overwhelming and righteous. The Lord, Yahweh Almighty, will carry out the destruction decreed upon the whole land.”… “Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps. And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they remained virgins. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among mankind and offered as firstfruits to God and the Lamb. No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless.” (Isaiah 10:20-23)

The Jerusalem Connection says: Today, the Jewish population of the world stands at 14.4 million. The only place in the Scriptures where a number is given for the Jews that might make up the remnant (or might be saved) is in Revelation 7 and 14, the 144,000. Can that possibly be? 144,000 is 1% on 14.4 million. If this constitutes “the remnant” this is stunning and sobering. It may not be, I hope not, but what does it require of Christians who love Israel and the Jewish people. Certainly it requires a huge intercessory prayer effort for them on the part of followers of Jesus. But more, we need to launch a global witnessing effort that would affirm the saving grace of Jesus their Messiah. After all he was, and is, their only Savior and Redeemer.

*Amen! But see also Zechariah 13: 8-9 with Matthew 24: 15-22, sobering to say the least!  And note I am myself Post-Trib on the so-called “Rapture” or “our gathering together unto Him” (2 Thess 2: 1.. Both the Coming and the Rapture – of Christ – are connected, one Greek article). And only a Remnant of National Israel will be saved at the Second Coming of Christ! (Zech. 14 / Rev. 1: 7 / chap. 19)

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