The Remnant and The Law

In the days past, the children of Israel turned away from Gods’ commandments. They called His covenant, His testament, His Law “old.” Some turned to other gods. Some decided to worship the One True God using their own traditions. The God of Israel judged these rebellious, stiff necked people and drove them out of the promised land, the land of Israel. It is revealed to us through The Word of God that in the last days a small group of people, a “remnant” of the children of Israel who were kicked out of the land and scattered throughout the nations would one day repent of their sins and return to obeying Gods’ voice and His covenant with all their heart and soul.

It is this remnant that The God of Israel will bring back to the promised land, as it is spoken through the prophet Moses, “And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon you, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before you, and you shall call them to mind among all the nations, where the LORD your God has driven you, And you shall repent unto the LORD your God, and shall obey his voice according to all that I command you this day, you and your children, with all your heart, and with all your soul; It is then the LORD your God will turn your captivity, and have compassion upon you, and will return and gather you from all the nations where the LORD your God has scattered you. If any of you are driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from there will the LORD your God gather you, and from there will he fetch you: And the LORD your God will bring you into the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it; and He will do you good, and multiply you above your fathers. And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart, and the heart of your children, to love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, that you may live. And the LORD your God will put all these curses upon your enemies, and on them that hate you, which persecuted you. And you shall repent and obey the voice of the LORD, and do all his commandments which I command you this day.” De 30:1-8 A remnant, who are currently scattered throughout the earth who will repent, and once again obey Gods’ voice and His covenant given to the children of Israel at Mount Sinai.

We see glimpses of these people, the remnant of the children of Israel spoken of through the prophets. In the Book of Revelation, we find passages of a people victorious over the evil one, a remnant who obey not only Gods’ commandments given through Moses, but also Gods’ voice given through the Messiah and Holy One of Israel, Yeshua of Nazareth (Jesus), as it is written, “And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb.” Rev 15:3 Elsewhere it is written, “And the dragon was angry 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.” Rev 12:17 Again, “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” Rev 14;12

Yeshua of Nazareth, The Messiah and Holy One of Israel, spoke very clearly on the subject of obeying Gods’ commandments, as it is written, “Do not think that I have come to destroy the law [of Moses,] or the prophets.” Mt 5:17 We know that when our Lord and Savior says something that it is important, but when He says something twice in a row, we really need to pay attention, as Yeshua continues, “For verily I say unto you, until heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass away from the law [of Moses,] until all be fulfilled.” Mt 5:18 Concerning this subject of obeying Gods’ commandments, Yeshua considered it so important that He repeats Himself a third time, as it is written, “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments [in the Law of Moses,] and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven.” Mt 5:19. Three times in three different ways Yeshua states unequivocally that He did not come to abolish the requirements for Gods’ people to love Him by obeying His commandments given through Moses. Instead, He came to fill our understanding of them “to the full” (“fulfill”) so that we could obey them correctly, as it is written, “I did not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” Mt 5:17

How does our Lord “fulfill” the commandments? He immediately gives us several examples of this, as it is written, “You have heard that it was said by them of old time, You shall not murder; and whosoever shall murder shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment.” Mt 5:21-22 Does Yeshua abolish the commandment, “Do not murder” in this text? Did He make it “old?” Heaven Forbid! He “fulfilled” this commandment by “filling” our understanding to the “full” to include “do not be angry without a cause.” In addition, it is worthy to point out that the word “But” is not in the original text. Editors have placed this word in there as an editorial discretion to include the doctrine that Jesus made the law at Mt Sinai “old” to try to give the impression of replacement theology. (They said “that “BUT I say “this.”) Yeshua did not come to “destroy” the law or make it “old” in any way. but to “fulfill.”

Again, Yeshua explains, “You have heard that it was said by them of old time, You shall not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looks at a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.” Mt 5:27-28 Again, Yeshua did not abolish the commandment “Do not commit adultery,” but he fulfilled this commandment by teaching us that this commandment includes “thinking” about it. In this, Yeshua is teaching us that obeying Gods’ commandments with our “soul,” by controlling our physical actions is not enough. We must also obey God’s commandments with our “heart” which includes our desires, thoughts, and intentions, thus fulfilling the greatest commandment, “Hear O Israel! The LORD is your God, The LORD is one. And you shall love The LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.” De 6:4

In the last days, The God of Israel will again judge those who do not obey His voice and call His covenant “old.” Yeshua declared this when He said, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” Mt 7:21-23

We receive the Spirit of God in our hearts when we baptized and declare Yeshua as Lord. Acts 2:38-39 We receive the Word of God in our hearts when we obey Yeshua as the Lord we have declared. Isa 51:7-8 It is as James teaches us, “What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?” Jas 2:14 James then answers his own question, as it is written, “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” Jas 2:17-18

Having the Spirit of God in us is not enough. We must also have the Word of God in us. In the last days, God will separate those who obey the law from those who are are “law – less.” How can we recognize the children of Israel who are fulfilling the prophecy concerning the remnant? They are singing two songs. The “song of Moses, the bond-servant of God, and the song of the Lamb.” Rev 15:3 They did not discard the song of Moses and replaced it with the song of the Lamb. They obey the commandments given through Moses with the understanding that comes from a heart that is “one” with Yeshua of Nazareth, The Living Law of Moses, The Messiah and Holy One of Israel, as it is written, “But no one puts a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch pulls away from the garment, and a worse tear results. Nor do people put new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wineskins burst, and the wine pours out and the wineskins are ruined; but they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved. Mt 9 16-17

Ultimately, we all manifest the God we serve. The only way evil can win is if good people stand by and do nothing. May The God of Israel Bless The United States of America. – Michael Okulski.org Praise Yah!

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