Yeshua reads Torah

 

The “Remnant,” Who are they?

By: John K Johnson

 

Rev 12:17 “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.” KJV

 

rem·nant [rémn?nt] (plural rem·nants) n [as it applies to Rev 12 :17]

4.  small surviving group of people: a small isolated group of people surviving from a particular culture or group 

[14th century. From Old French remanant , the present participle of remanoir (see remain).]
Microsoft® Encarta® Reference Library 2002. © 1993-2001 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

 

Where did these [remnant] people come from; who are they?

 

First of all, they are “present” on the earth when the Tribulation period is in full play; this is contrary to much of the “modern church” doctrine that some “Pre Tribulation” rapture is to take place “before” the Seven years of prophesied turmoil (Jacobs Trouble) is to happen on planet earth… in  other words, the “last generation” of believers (who have a love for the truth of God’s Word) will in fact be the [remnant] that the “dragon” (Satan manifested in the anti-Christ; or anti-Messiah) is so wrathful against… as he makes his last effort to defy Yahweh’s people before Yeshua destroys him with the “brightness of His coming” (2Thes 2:8).

 

There are “others” who will be present: and these are a particularly interesting people group… they are those “deceived” churchmen who “receive not the love of the truth,” and therefore will pay an awful (eternal) price for their choice to refuse Yahweh’s word. The same people are spoken of in Mat 7:12-27; which says, “Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?” and He responds: “depart from me you workers of iniquity, I never knew you.” The scripture is very clear on this:

 

2 Thess 2:8-12

 

“And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” KJV (Bold emphasis added)

 

A couple of points are extremely vital to understand:

 

First, “workers of iniquity,” are those who refuse the teachings of Biblical truth; namely, they refuse to accept the Law (Torah) of Moses (first five books of the Bible); with Torah meaning “instruction,” or the “way to walk with God”… saying it is not relevant for believers today; that it is for the Jews, or was done away with at the Cross… clearly not so.  Next, the word used here for “iniquity” is anomia (lawless, Strong’s #458); and the theme throughout the Bible is that the “lawless” or Torahless person is separated from God. Note the correct meaning of this important Greek word:

NT:458

anomia (an-om-ee'-ah); from NT:459; illegality, i.e. violation of law or (genitive case) wickedness:

 

KJV - iniquity, transgress (-ion of) the law, unrighteousness.

(Biblesoft's New Exhaustive Strong's Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

 

Note also the New Testament’s confirmation of this “iniquity” or “sin” as that which is contrary to God’s Law (Torah), Word.

 

1 John 3:4

“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” KJV

 

Now I know these are “harsh” or “in your face” confrontational statements to most post-modern Church teachings… but the “truth” is the only issue. And, information that you “take in” must be processed in your thinking and then be “acted upon,” or manifested in your lifestyles… otherwise, you will be like the Greek Philosophers and simply let it suffice to “know” of things and consider it adequate. This was the “Hellenized” condition of those of Yeshua’s time… and the Hellenistic thinkers of His day had profaned the Torah’s teachings, resulting in a “mixed” doctrine being practiced… thus, Yeshua’s comments, “your traditions have made the commandment of God of none affect” Mat 15:6 & Mark 7:13. Are not most “church” doctrines doing the same thing today? To remove or add to (or change adherence to) any part of Bible instruction is to profane the Word of God (Deut 4:2).

 

Yeshua came to restore the original thinking of the Torah… and clearly referred to the Old Testament’s relevance to the issues (in Yeshua’s day, it was the “Only” Testament)… note His remarks to the religious leaders…

 

John 5:46-47

“For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. 47 But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?” KJV

 

This is a profound statement… which clearly confirms the proverb that states:

 

Prov 28:9

“He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.” KJV

 

These are mind jarring if you understand the complications of ignoring the truth. Truth is the center issue of “spiritual warfare.” I heard a teacher say, “All spiritual warfare is an information war.” Based upon the preceding paragraphs… It would surely be the case. It is eternally cast in Yahweh’s Torah that He makes the rules and we can only make the choices for our thinking and then our subsequent actions… which, as they comply or rebuke the Torah’s instruction, will determine our blessing or certainly allow the curses.

 

How then, will (or can) we approach this serious issue of being a [remnant] believer? I am glad you asked! The Apostle Paul teaches us the process of being “Grafted” onto (into) the body of Messiah (Yeshua); [Biblically] these special people are God’s eternal people called “Israel.” There is a need to understand that there is only “One” body or “church” or “commonwealth” of people that make up the covenant people of Yahweh (the only people He has covenants with)… there are no additional covenant “groups or bunches” of people with different methods or conditions of relationship with God… you are either “His people” His way, or you are one of the people of the “nations,” “outside the covenants Yahweh has with Israel.” The “people of God” have always been and always will be called Israel. Read Romans Chapters 9-10-11, for Paul’s teachings on this subject.

 

Now let’s look at the encyclopedia discussion on this subject of “grafting.”

 

Grafting (according to Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia)

Introduction

Grafting, joining the cut surfaces of plants under circumstances that will allow [physiological] union. The supporting plant is called the [stock]; the plant part that is grafted to it is called the [scion]. The scion may be a twig, stem, bud, or other part of a plant; grafting in which the scion used is a bud is called budding. The ability of the cut surface to heal is dependent on intimate contact between the cambium layers of the scion and the stock. The cambium layer, a ring of reproductive tissue around the stem, produces callus tissue; this tissue is composed of large, [undifferentiated] cells. Callus tissue, in a successful graft, [differentiates] to form food-conducting vessels, water-conducting vessels, and a cambium layer, which connect the corresponding tissues of scion and stock.

Grafting is frequently used to combine advantageous characteristics of scion and stock. For example, branches or buds of trees known to produce good fruit are grafted to stronger trees that produce fruit of indifferent quality. Grafting is also used in propagating seedless fruits, such as seedless oranges and grapes.

Grafting Methods

Grafts are usually unsuccessful unless plants of the same or closely related kind are used. A seedling or cutting, usually chosen for hardiness and resistance to pests and diseases, or for special characteristics such as dwarfing, is commonly used as the stock in grafting. When a seedling is used as a stock, it is first allowed to establish its root system; a graft is then inserted at the base of the stem. As soon as the union of scion and stock has become established, any remaining portions of the shoot of the stock are cut away; all substances absorbed by the root system are thereafter available to the scion for its development. When a cutting is used, the graft is made first, and then the cutting is rooted. Nursery stock for rubber plantations and for many fruit orchards is produced by the seedling type of grafting.

The area surrounding the juncture of scion and stock is protected by paraffin or by grafting wax, which consists of a mixture of beeswax, beef tallow, and resin. Grafting tape is usually used to cover the waxed wound, so as to exclude moisture and prevent attack by diseases or pests.

Grafting Types

The most popular types of professional grafting are splice grafting, whip or tongue grafting, saddle grafting, cleft grafting, and side grafting. In splice grafting, a simple diagonal cut is made in scion and stock. The cut surfaces are joined, covered with grafting wax or paraffin, and bound with grafting tape. In whip grafting, a sawtooth diagonal is used to provide a larger surface. Saddle grafting is accomplished by cutting one stem, usually the stock, in the shape of a wedge, and cutting the other stem in the shape of a slot that will fit the wedge tightly. In cleft grafting, branches of the stock are sawed straight across, and the stub of the branch is split to depth approximating the diameter of the stock. A temporary wedge, sufficient to open the slit, is inserted at the center of the split. Two scions, each having several buds, are inserted at the edges of the split, and are adjusted so that the lowest bud is close to the top of the stock and facing outward. The wedge is removed without displacing the scions, and the cut is covered with grafting wax and, if necessary bound with grafting tape. Sometimes, more than two scions are used, with all the scions but the strongest being removed in the following season. Cleft grafting is the most widely used method for grafting scions that produce high-quality fruit on mature trees. Side grafting is useful for grafting new branches onto bare spaces of tree trunks. In this method, a longitudinal cut is made through the bark layer. The scion, with its base cut in a wedge shape, is inserted beneath the bark, tied, and then waxed.

Microsoft ® Encarta ® Reference Library 2002. © 1993-2001 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

 

Now let us examine some very interesting words that are used in this encyclopedia article and see how they relate to the way Yahweh provides us “oneness” with Him (to be one of His Israelites). God’s people were “children of Israel,” or, “Israelites” leaving Egypt… they received the Torah at Mt. Sinai (from Yeshua) as Israelites. Now, later, around second temple period, the term “Jew” was coined. Jews, just like anyone else, need to be “grafted in” to the body of Messiah… the extent of that teaching will not be included herein, but suffice it to say, Yahweh only has “One” body.

 

First, Yeshua is the “root and stem” of the “tree,” which is the “Tree of Life,” having its or His beginning in the Garden of Eden (same tree, Gen 2:9) and He, Yeshua, is the “seed of the woman” referred to in Gen 3:15; in the grafting definition above He would be identified as the “Stock”…  and all the “branches” that are to be grafted in are the “Scion.” He (Yeshua) is the “only” good tree that exists in the grand scheme of  Yahweh’s Biblical narrative… there is no “Christian Church” or “Jewish” tree separate from the one Stick (tree) of Ezekiel Chapter 37 (verses 15-28). The only other specific tree mentioned in Genesis 2 is the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” Now the principal of the seed as the origin of everything that produces after its own kind is also included in the Genesis narrative…. There are only two “seeds” of humanity; one is “good” and is of Yeshua, the Heavenly second (man) Adam (1Cor 15:47); and one is “corrupt,” and is of the first Earthly (man) Adam (profaned by the devil in the Garden incident), and both are mentioned in 1Peter Chapter 1 as affecting man’s eternal destiny…  specific to the way to be “born again,” which is the same principal that Yeshua discussed with Nicodemus in John Chapter 3. In fact, the Bible is full of Old Testament and New Testament teachings on the importance of the “seed.” The “Word” or seed rooted in our hearts and minds yields the “new man.” (1Pet 1:23)

 

For now lets look at those words that relate to “grafting.” Carefully notice the similarities of “first the natural, then the spiritual,” which Paul uses to relate to earthly things and Heavenly things 1Cor 15:35-50. All of the “incorporation details” for becoming part of the One “people of God,” Israel… Yahweh’s way, are clearly seen in the natural process which is “universal” language for understanding His ways. All of this “grafting” is by “faith” in Yeshua, and by His Grace alone; this is called “justification,” later on we will see “fruit yielding” related to the “working out our salvation, with fear and trembling” (where Paul notes the importance of obedience to the Philippians, Phil 2:12).

 

stock [stok] n (plural stocks) [as related to this article]

7.  somebody’s reputation: somebody’s standing or reputation

9.  descent: ancestry, usually with reference to race, ethnic group, region, or profession 

10.  original variety: the original variety from which other similar plants, animals, or languages are descended 

11.  biology related organisms: a race, family, breed, or other related group of animals or plants 

12.  linguistics related languages: a group of related languages 

14.  botany trunk: the trunk of a tree or the main stem of a plant 

15.  botany plant receiving graft: a plant or plant stem onto which a shoot or bud is grafted 

23.  supporting part: any upright supporting part 

[Old English stocc “tree trunk.”]

Microsoft® Encarta® Reference Library 2002. © 1993-2001 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

 

*****

sci·on [s??n] (plural sci·ons) n

1.  botany part of a plant for grafting: a living shoot or twig of a plant used for grafting to a stock 

2.  younger member of a family: a child or descendant of a family, especially a rich, famous, or important family 

[13th century. From Old French ciun , of unknown origin.]

scion (n)

cutting, graft, shoot, implant, implantation, insert, splice

offspring, child, heir, descendant, son, daughter

Microsoft® Encarta® Reference Library 2002. © 1993-2001 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

 

*****

un·dif·fer·en·ti·at·ed [un dìff? rénshee àyt?d] adj not differentiated: not having distinguishing characteristics, or not made up of distinguishable components 

undifferentiated (adj)

indistinguishable, homogeneous, identical, the same, interchangeable, like two peas in a pod

antonym: separable

Microsoft® Encarta® Reference Library 2002. © 1993-2001 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

 

*****

dif·fer·ent.iat.es [díff?ring, díffring] adj different: dissimilar or unlike each other

differing (adj)

opposing, contradictory, contrary, divergent, different, opposite, conflicting, clashing

antonym: similar

Microsoft® Encarta® Reference Library 2002. © 1993-2001 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

 

*****

phys·i·o·log·i·cal [fìzzee ? lójjik’l] or phys·i·o·log·ic [fìzzee ? lójjik] adj

1.  of organism’s function: relating to the way that living things function, rather than to their shape or structure 

of physiology: relating to physiology 

physiological (adj)

physical, bodily, biological, functional

Microsoft® Encarta® Reference Library 2002. © 1993-2001 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

 

There is so much to say about this remarkable “likeness” of the “natural and the spiritual,” but I will defer that discussion at this time. Please allow me to say that it would take an obstinate individual to rebuke the wisdom that Yahweh used in bringing salvation to mankind… gentile and Jew alike, all must be “scion” attachments. All must be “grafted onto, or into” Yeshua… the stock and draw from his “roots” for waters of salvation. Yeshua said “apart” from Him, “Ye can do nothing.” Notice when the scion is grafted onto the stock that the miracle of “undifferentiated” cellular formation has in its midst “differentiated” cellular formation for the life-sustaining flow that the scion must have for it to live and produce fruit… all composite within Yahweh’s unparalleled design. Only He knows how to separate these cells and form the “one” new unit.

 

Do you remember Yeshua’s words, the “seed” of the Son of Man (Him) was the “good seed,” and the “seed” of the enemy (producing tares) was the “bad seed,” of the devil? These seeds produce after their “own kind,” from the Beginning (Garden narrative). Let us hear closely (and carefully) what the Spirit is saying:

 

Matt 13:37-43

“He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;

38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.” KJV

 

I believe that we need to understand that “ONLY” the “grafted on,” [remnant] people of the last days are able to produce 100, 60, and 30 fold (only possible if drawing from the “tree of life” and walking in Yeshua’s light “Torah” truth); Now what is this 100, 60, and 30 fold “stuff”? Let’s look at the scripture:

 

Matt 13:23

“But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” KJV (Bold emphasis by this writer)

 

Now, this goes beyond the “justification” (grafted in by faith, not works) into “fruit yielding” that comes with “working out one’s salvation with fear and trembling,” alluded to earlier. The question is, why would Yeshua tell us that the “unfruitful” trees would be cut down and cast into the fire? What is their source of nourishment? Why would the “stock” not equally feed all the branches… which of course it does? The answers to these questions seems to point to this… first, the fruitful trees will come from “good” seed; then, the trees or “branches” [wild (gentile/nations) believers or natural (Jews/House of Israel), both same in Yahweh’s sight when grafted in] have to be doing something between the stock and the outer end of the branch, where the fruit (buds) are produced. I believe it may be that the branches themselves are starving the flow of life if not partaking of authentic and adequate spiritual nourishment. Truth (Torah) is the flow of life for mankind and I believe the free will choices of men will either “draw” the life of the vine (and walk in the light of the real Messiah) or they will simply not receive the truth to allow it to yield its promise. Now, outside of the “vine” (provided it has good soil and water) the life giving source of a plant is the Sun (sunlight); and likewise the life giving source for the believer is Torah, “Sonlight.” A deceived “seeker” can elect to receive life-draining “artificial” light from “bad instruction” that “looks” like truth but is from the “angel of light,” deception that profanes the “Torah–Yeshua, light of the world,” another “Jesus,” if you will. The Hebrew name for this impostor is the “instead of Messiah” (mashiach tachath; a false one who is in place of, or “in stead” of). This understanding is extremely important because the Greek term “anti-Christ,” has more of a distinguishable identity and he is typically expected to come in the “last days.” We know from John’s teaching in 1John 4:1-6, that the “instead of” spirit of error was present even in his day… and that same deception has been at work since his time… no less the same deceiver that was in the Garden of Eden noted earlier in this article. First questioning Yahweh’s Word, and then disputing it. Now, it would seem the 100 fold go for all the life of the Torah and Yeshua likeness they can get, the 60 fold are opting for less and the 30 fold are opting for yet less, perhaps a little careless in their commitment…  the “unfruitful” are broken off and cast into the fire. I think this is about individual interest and effort… “Simply works,” if you will, as James said, must validate the believer’s faith (James 2:26); which quite simply is the act of “faithfulness.” How else could one be a “light to the nations” that Yahweh considers Israel to be? I think it also implies the Heavenly “rewards” will likewise equal these same values.

 

Are you one of the [remnant]? What is your relationship to both Yeshua and Torah; they are inseparable if you believe the Bible… or, do you let the doctrines of men “make the commandments of God of none effect?” Time is running short… the Messiah Yeshua awaits your faithful response to the Truth. If you do not understand these issues, neither ignorance nor complacent erroneous thinking, nor procrastination (disobedience in slow motion) are acceptable… you do not want to hear the Messiah say, “depart from me you workers of iniquity” [iniquity is (anomia) in Greek: lawless or Torahless activity]. The post-modern church is full of Laodicean “lukewarmness,” which is neither “hot nor cold,” according to Yeshua. Which condition causes Him to “vomit” you out of his mouth if you fit that description; a rather graphic grammatical expression to focus your attention on the serious issue of mixing Torah Truth with church (men’s) doctrines.  This is a “front to back” Bible teaching … actually, it relates to the acts (doctrines) of the Nicolaitanes as well, which deeds Yeshua said he hated Rev 2:6 &15. In all cases He admonishes the churches to “repent.” The original meaning of repent is the concept of “turning back, or around,” to a known correct way… that way is the Eternal Torah Word (instruction, statutes, and commandments) of God. The Bible is a book of the fall of man… deceived by deception’s power; with man choosing to disobey the one and only commandment given in the beginning, and Yahweh’s divine plan to restore the fallen world and all “whosoever will” believers to the original plan.

 

There is a Scripture in Isaiah (8:20); that says:

“To the law (Torah) and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” KJV

 

Remember the comments on the “light” and its significance to the “yielding” of fruit? Yeshua is the “light of the world,” and the “Sonlight” is the “lamp unto thy feet, and the light unto thy path” of Psalms 119:105… It is my opinion that Yahweh has given us the same instruction that He expected of Adam, and that is to “tend and keep” the kingdom. In the Hebrew, this means to work at (in the physical or to “do”) and to administrate, or oversee and preserve the “ways” of Yahweh’s instruction… and this is why Yeshua said, “…The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what he see the Father do...”(John 5:19). In other words, Yeshua did not come to establish a new or different way to “tend and keep” the Father’s Kingdom… neither should we… because Yeshua said, “if you love me, keep my commandments.” Paul said, “follow me, as I follow the Messiah.” Now let us hear the words at the end of the Tanach (Hebrew Bible, Genesis through Malachi):

 

Mal 4:4-6

“Remember ye the law (Torah) of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. 5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” KJV

 

I believe the “Spirit of Elijah” is the Messianic teachings of the last days that call all men to the Torah (especially the “Christians” who name Jesus as their Savior and who think Torah is done away with) and the Jews to the Messiah Yeshua, who have the Torah, (who think the Messiah is yet to come). Let us work together to love the brethren and be patient with each other while the Holy Spirit draws our hearts and understanding to the truth. All of us can learn from each other… we simply must judge all our thinking by the complete counsel of the Bible; “every word that proceeds out from the mouth of God.” Not some fragment or out of context allegory or twisted teaching to support a pet doctrine or church program interest… God forbid!

 

Now let us hear the words near the end of the Brit Chadashah (New Testament) Rev 22:4:

“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” KJV

 

[Shalom… End of Article.]   [Suggested related article: Israel, The Land -The People]