- A Righteous Remnant -
by haRold Smith
a citizen of the Commonwealth
"I have manifested Your Name to those whom You gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to Me, and they have kept Your Word. Now they know that everything that You have given Me is from You. For I have given them the words that You gave Me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from You; and they have believed that You sent me." John 17:3-8
"For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world - to bear witness to the Truth. Everyone who is of the Truth hears My Voice." John 18:37
"Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him." Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, "Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?" Yeshua answered him. "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love Me does not keep My words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father-s who sent me. These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Spirit of holiness, whom the Father will send in My Name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you." John 14:21-26
"But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my Torah within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people." Jeremiah 31:31
While the last article, Raptureology, exposed the myth of the rapture theory as being just that, a religious theory developed by men and not supported by scripture - what scripture DOES support is His appearing in this earthly realm. We are not going to be removed from earth to a more blissful place. But, rather, have been called to bring the Essence of His Nature and Character, which is the Throne (heaven) upon which He resides (within), into this earthly realm for the redemption and restoration of His Creation - which has been His Purpose from the beginning. (Matthew 6:10, Matthew 23:22, Luke 17:20-21, see One Covenant, Part 1 click on highlighted verse to see scripture).
So, if Yeshua's appearing is not the rapture - then what will the manner of His Appearance BE?
We might get an indication of what that appearing will be like by looking at what caused Yeshua to show up the first time. How did that happen? Did He just "pop" into this earthly realm on a whim? Or were there forces at work, purposefully placed, to bring Him into reality? It might surprise many to see that, just as scripture shows there were a series of choices made by men that caused the Father to respond adversely, there also were a series of choices made by a long line of individuals who, by their choices in this earthly realm, by their behavior, became co-participants in the Father's Plan and Purpose to bring Yeshua into realization.
There has always been a Righteous Remnant set apart to the Father through whom He has been actively working to fulfill His Plan and Purpose on this earth. Their behavior was what kept them holy and sanctified, enabling Him to work through them. The definition of both "holy" and "sanctified" in both the Hebrew and Greek means to be set apart. What set them apart was their righteous behavior before YahHoVeH in the earth. A few examples of that Remnant begins with Noah, a man who scripture tells us manifested the righteousness of YHVH because he kept the commandments of the Father. What commandments were these that he kept? Building the ark? Scripture says it was because he kept the commandments that the Father chose him to build the ark and to be rescued from the flood to come. People always point to the "faith of Abraham that was counted to him as righteousness". What is frequently overlooked are the scriptures that tell us his faith was manifested BY his behavior - had he not been obedient to what the Father spoke, he would have never received the Promise contained therein. YHVH told Isaac in Genesis 26:4-5, "And in your offspring all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because Abraham obeyed my Voice and kept My charge, My commandments, my statutes, and my laws." He spoke these things about Abraham 430 years before the Torah (what many call "the law") was given. What commandments were these that he kept? You see, these men did not need a written guide - they KNEW what was required of them to remain in YHVH's Presence because they KNEW Him. They made it a practice to KNOW Truth. (Genesis 6:22-7:1, Hebrews 11:7, Genesis 15:6, Genesis 17).
Throughout scripture, YHVH has always had and worked through a remnant who knew Who He Was because they kept His Commandments. Just as when Elijah sat in his cave and thought himself to be alone, the Father told him there was another 7,000 He had hidden away that Elijah was not even aware of. Just as with Zechariah and Elizabeth, the parents of John the Baptist and Mary and Joseph, the parents of Yeshua; scripture tells us their righteous behavior enabled them a part to play in the unveiling of the Father's Plan. So today, there are others who are hidden away waiting on the prompting of ruach hakodesh. If there isn't a remnant within His people, then why does scripture speak of it? As talked about with Elijah, Isaiah mentions it as well and so does the apostle Sha'ul (Paul). Even in Yeshua's message to the churches in Revelation, He is continually calling out from the midst those that will go deeper with Him. Who are these people? What distinguishes them and sets them apart from the rest? They are people, just like you and me, who have made choices by their behavior as did Yeshua that resulted in the manifestation of the Name of the Father in their lives and, by so doing bore witness to that Name, Who is Truth, and making Him a reality in this earthly realm. So, just how is this done - practically? (1Kings 19:18, Luke 1:5-6, Luke 1:38-40).
Manifest comes from the Greek word phaneroo which means to make actual and visible - to realize. To manifest something means to bring it into reality - to embody it. When Yeshua said He manifested the Name of the Father, He meant He embodied it, He became the Name.
Naming is the act of identifying the essence of something and causing it to be as a purpose in the life of the thing or person so named. In Hebrew, the word spoken and the thing identified are identical, they cannot be separated. It is what we call identity. It is named as a purpose. Its purpose is to separate from the rest, to call apart. Removing the purpose is the same as causing it not to be.
To Bear Witness is translated from the Greek word martyreo meaning to affirm that one has seen or heard or experienced something, to give testimony.
Yeshua stated in the opening verses of this article that His work, His purpose, was to manifest the Name of the Father and in so doing, bore witness to what that Name meant. Isn't it interesting that Yeshua did not say He came to manifest His own name? In manifesting the Essence of the Name of the Father, He became the Name - it was His identity. Thus, HE became One with the Name. He embodied the Name in word, in deed and in Spirit. His Life bore witness to the Name. His prayer was that you and I become One with the Father even as, in the same manner, just like He was One with the Name He manifested. He gave His Life as an example to us of what it means to bear the Essence of the Name of the Father. Before we can bear witness to something, we must first know what it is we are bearing witness to. To KNOW His Name is to KNOW Truth. To KNOW His Name, as Yeshua did, is to embody what that Name means - to embody Truth. (John 17:3, John 17:20-21, John 17:17).
Our purpose in this earthly realm should be the same as it was with Yeshua. The purpose of all who follow haDerek Notzarim (Hebrew for the Way of the Nazarene) into that Narrow Way is to, by the example of their lives, uncompromisingly bear witness to Truth, to Life, that Life might be imparted to others through the Life that is within and flows through them. As we embody His Name of mercy, compassion, longsuffering and loving-kindness before those we come in contact with who are maimed, crippled and heart-broken by this journey of life; our petitions will be heard of the Father, just as Yeshua promised because we are asking IN His Name - the Name we embody just as He manifested. He specifically prayed we not be extracted out of this world but that we be sanctified in the Truth of Who the Father is. He is seeking a people who will manifest His Name in the midst of this world of sorrow, doubt and despair. This has been His Purpose from the beginning. How can we be a witness to something we do not know because we do not believe it and do not embody it? (John 18:37, Matthew 7:14, John 14:13, John 17:15-19).
"And this is Life, that they KNOW You the only true God who abides in eternity, and Yeshua haMaschiach whom you have sent." John 17:3
To Know is translated from the Greek ginosko and means to learn to know, come to know, to become known. Doing the words of the Father, making them manifest in our lives, results in them becoming part of our being. It results in knowing them and, thus, knowing Him.
What we worship is defined by what we serve.
What we serve is defined by what we give ourselves to (our behavior).
Our behavior defines what we believe.
Righteousness comes from the Hebrew word tsedachah and its definition (derived from Isaiah 33:14-16) means rectitude, virtue and justice in behavior. In the Greek, righteousness is translated from the word dikaiosyne, meaning integrity, virtue, purity of life, rightness, correctness of thinking, feeling and acting, the condition acceptable to God.
Righteousness is determined by behavior. It is that behavior that grants us access into His Presence because He is Light and cannot dwell where there is darkness. Our behavior is what determines what we bring with us into the Light. If we bring just a smidgen of darkness into the Brilliance of His Light - there are consequences. As heat causes turmoil in water, so will Light have consequence on darkness. The Father is looking for a people to be as He Is - Light, without a shadow of darkness in the midst of a world of darkness. How we become Light is defined in the expression of His Nature and Character in His Word, the Ten Commandments - all ten of them. (1John 3:7, see the Righteousness of the Law).
"And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people." Leviticus 26:12
Shall Be comes from the Hebrew word hayah meaning to be, to become, to come into being, to manifest. But verse 3 of this passage in Leviticus tells us what it means to manifest Who He Is, HOW to bear witness to Him. It is the same as Yeshua stated in the passage from John 14 that opened this article. To manifest His Name is to keep His Word - to keep His Commandments. Which commandments are those? The same ones Yeshua said grants us access to the Presence of Life. When Yeshua was pointedly asked, "-how do I obtain LIFE?", His answer was, "-to keep the Commandments". He then repeated those commandments so there would be no misunderstanding as to which words He was referring to. How can someone manifest His Name if he first does not KNOW what that Name is - what it means? We can shout "I believe" all day long, but if that belief is not manifested in our life, then that belief is in vain (from the Hebrew shav' meaning emptiness, vanity, worthlessness of conduct). Vanity means to appropriate for selfish purposes - wanting to make YHVH into who we want Him to be instead of listening to Who He says He Is in Exodus 34:1-7. That passage begins with the Father showing His Glory by writing with His Finger the Ten Commandments and giving definition to Who He Is. (Matthew 19:16-22, Luke 10:25-28, also Mark 10:17-21, Luke 18:18-22, see also the Glory).
This walk with Him is not about how many can congregate at a convention but about those who choose to walk in the Present Presence - a walk manifested in their behavior that will, once again, bring Yeshua into this earthly realm to finish the restoration of the covenant the Father made with His People, Israel. And few there are that find it. We have the privilege of, not just living in this time that the patriarchs of old longed to see, but actually choosing to become participants with the Creator in its unfolding. But, it is our choice. As with those exampled above, there comes with that privilege a requirement to be set apart wholly to YHVH. Scripture tells us the whole of creation is reaching, straining and groaning toward the day when the Kingdom becomes manifest IN the Sons of God here in this earthly realm. (John 1:12, Romans 8:19-22).
We should pay attention to the text and realize that Israel is called to be the witness. Israel is the servant and all those attached to Israel accept this role. Their purpose is not to simply establish a closed community of purity in worship and work. Their purpose is to exhibit the Nature and Character of YHVH-s grace by living the story of His acts of mercy in their own lives. They are to embody His Life which is the Light to the rest of the world, the Nations. They are to model what Yeshua modeled - one man representing the true purpose of Israel for all God-s chosen. The "greater works" Yeshua spoke of is that, while He was one vessel through whom the Light of the Father was manifested, the laying down of His Life opened the door by which many vessels might now manifest the Father's Essence in this earthly realm - a "greater work". (John 1:4-5, John 14:12).
"I, I myself, am YHVH; and beside Me there is no savior. I declared and saved and proclaimed, when there was no strange god among you; and you are my witnesses, declares the LORD, and I am God." Isaiah 43:11-12
There is only One Name - YahHoVeH (YHVH). It means "the Present Presence". Yeshua means "YAH saves". YAHshua is the manifestation of the Name of the Father, YahHoVeH, in the flesh. This is why Yeshua did not say He came to manifest His own Name but, rather, the Name of the Father because it is in that Name we are saved. His Life shows us how to be free of the law of sin and death - not the attributes of the Father that make that freedom possible. (1Corinthians 15:27).
Does this statement diminish the Life and the work of Yeshua? Hardly - if anything, it enhances what He has done. What is the most impressive part of the Glory befitting Yeshua is not that He sacrificed His Life at the cross (as glorious as that act is with all of its implications), but that, once accomplished - He did not keep that accomplishment for Himself, but laid it down to become the first among many brethren - equals with Him in the same family of Israel. It should cause us to understand that there is a walk with the Father that He gave us access to, so that the Father's Plan and Purpose might continue - not in our own power, but by the Power bestowed within us in Ruach hakodesh (the Spirit of holiness). (Romans 8:29, Acts 1:8).
We are called to worship the Father and to keep the testimony of Yeshua. That testimony is the rest we find in the Present Presence of the Father, YahHoVeH, Who is the Source of our salvation. Proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom is not a verbal, intellectual lobotomy on the minds of the unconverted. It is the manifestation of the Essence of the Nature and Character of the Holy One of Israel in our own vessels through the manner exampled by the Life shown by the faith OF Yeshua that enables Ruach hakodesh (the Spirit of holiness) to draw and woo those around us to want some of what they are seeing. It does not make any difference what stripe a person is of, if they see someone with Peace in their lives in the midst of circumstances that would dictate a different reaction, a Peace they do not have - they want to know how to get some of that. They begin to ask questions. Their asking then gives us permission to give an answer. (Revelation 19:10, see also the Testimony, Galatians 2:16, Philippians 3:9).
There are some living in this day who, because of the door opened to the indwelling of Ruach hakodesh, understand the significance of righteous behavior setting them apart to fulfill the Father's Plan and Purpose in this earthly realm. They are the ones who keep His Word, His Commandments. They are the Righteous Remnant. His Plan is the restoration of Creation. His Purpose is the realization of His Covenant in and through a People who become as He is. We belong to Him because we have chosen to embrace His Life, causing us to become grafted, or adopted, into His Nature. The same way an adopted child conforms to the standards of the family that has chosen them, we have the opportunity to conform our lives to the standards of the family of Israel. In this world God is not God unless we are His witnesses. God is not restoring the world to its original condition without us. He is in league with us. We are participants with Him. We have been invited to join in His work, to complete with Him the master plan of the redemption of His Creation (1John 4:17, 1John 2:3-5, see also Salvation and Eternal Life).
There are many others who are waiting for their salvation to come riding in on a cloud in the sky sometime in the future, not realizing it is in the behavioral choices made today that establishes their station in eternity. They don't KNOW His Name and what that Name means because they do not believe those words have any bearing on their lives. Today, much of what is called "Christian" is adrift because they have lost their bearings. They have embraced so many lies under the pretext of "freedom" that they have lost their moorings in Truth. They are adrift because they don't KNOW the Holy One of Israel Who IS TRUTH. Just because a lie is popularized makes it no less a lie and if we succumb to believing a lie, then the Truth is not in us - they are two opposing forces like light and darkness. They cannot occupy the same space at the same time. Most are waiting to be whisked away to realize His Power when it is already right here among us today. The scripture says He is coming to restore His Creation - not destroy it. And the vehicle by which He is using to make that appearance is IN those who have wholly given themselves to Him. His appearance will be in His Body. But only those who believe by their behavior will be counted as part of that Body. (see the Law of Grace, John 9:39, see also the Children of the Bridechamber).
This is the point James was making, pointing to the faith of Abraham and said "faith without works is dead." One does not exclude the other - they go hand in hand. The righteousness that allows us to stand in the Present Presence is behavioral - it is what we choose to do, moment by moment, with our lives. It is what causes us to become part of that Righteous Remnant. It is what will cause Yeshua to be manifest in this earthly realm (James 2:17-24).
"But all things that are reproved (exposed) are made manifest by the light,|
for whatever makes manifest IS light." Ephesians 5:13
Please feel free to email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. While not claiming to have all the answers, it would be an honor to share with you what the Spirit is uncovering.