The Ensign THE GATHERING OF THE REMNANTS “The remnants of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid” (Zephaniah 3:13)It was the counsel of Heaven to give up Israel temporarily, to scatter them among the nationsof Sodom, Egypt and Babylon; that their tribulations in these nations may yield a peoplepurified for the LORD. In AD 70, the declarations of Jesus in Luke 21:24 began to be fulfilledupon the Jews and upon Jerusalem, but the divine wisdom in allowing this was not only to giveto the Gentiles, a dispensation of grace but also, so that the Jews scattered amongst thesemight receive the Son of God, whom they had rejected (Micah 5:1-3, Romans 11:5,7-12, 25-26,Zechariah 13:9, Hosea 8:8-10, Micah 4:10, Hosea 5:15, etc). They can not reject Him one secondlonger than was permitted!Moreover, God is eternally committed to forgiving and gathering the whole of Israel to oneplace. Hear Him, “How shall I give thee up, Ephraim? How shall I deliver thee, Israel? How shall I make thee as Admah? How shall I set thee as Zeboim? Mine heart is turned within me, my repenting are kindled together. I will not execute the fierceness of mine anger, I will not return to destroy Ephraim: For I am God, and not man; the Holy One in the midst of thee: and I will not enter into the city. They shall walk after the LORD: He shall roar like a lion: when He shall roar, then the children shall tremble from the west. They shall tremble as a bird out of Egypt, and as a dove out of the land of Assyria: and I will place them in their houses, saith the LORD” (Hosea 11:8-11)These declarations were made for manifestation in this generation, because speaking furtheron the themes of forgiveness and gathering of the remnants, God says: “For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve Him with one consent. From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering…Behold at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out, and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame. At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and praise among the people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the LORD” (Zephaniah 3:9-10, 19-20)I imagine that, by the time God is done gathering the whole of Israel, the House of Israel will beline one big Temple unto the LORD, and the blood of Jesus would have transformed everyCanaanite into a Jew:
“Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the House of the LORD of hosts” (Zechariah 14:21) The LORD God of Israel is the master of dispensations. Jesus of Nazareth gave us a hint on this,when He said that Jerusalem and her children must suffer oppression and tribulations until thedispensation of the Gentiles is over. Again, Apostle Paul, speaking in Romans 11, said that theIsraeli dispensation will start as soon as the Hour of grace for the Gentiles is over. Now, you ask:if 3 ½ years were this long and glorious, how much more 7 years? How much more thebeginning of eternity? How much more the unveiling of incorruption? Romans 11:26 ascompared with Zechariah 12:10-13:1 reveals the best thing to happen to humanity since thecrucifixion of the Nazarene - the fullness of the House of Israel accepting Jesus of Nazareth astheir LORD and Saviour, my God!Imagine the beauty of it!Imagine the glory!Imagine the return of the Shekinah Presence!Hasten it, LORD!Secular events vis-à-vis scriptural evidence show that we are in that time in universal history:we are counting down to the days of immortality.Jesus Christ in Luke 17:37 told His disciples that wherever the body is, there the eagles aregathered. Similarly, for Zechariah 8:20-23 (a prophecy distinctly made for our generation) to befulfilled before our eyes, God says; “Thus said the LORD: I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain…Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country; And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness” (Zechariah 8:3,7,8)If the LORD’s heart is in Jerusalem, His eagles have no choice but to set their hearts, minds andbodies in Jerusalem. Therefore, let the remnants arise! Let the eagles of the LORD arise!In fact the LORD speaking in Isaiah 13:3, said, “I have commanded my sanctified ones; I have also called my mighty ones for mine anger, even them that rejoice in my highness”Therefore the commandment is not of man but of God, and the reasons are not far fetched. A
few are highlighted here: 1. God wants to raise intercessors for Jerusalem and Israel: “I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence, And give Him no rest till He establish; and till He make Jerusalem a praise in the earth” (Isaiah 62:6-7) You that the blood has saved yet resting or probably waiting for the rapture, ask yourself, is Jerusalem a praise in the earth? If not, why let God rest? God doesn’t utter idle words, if He says this is His desire for Jerusalem, He means it. So make Him do it! There is power in the location of service and suppliants, otherwise God would have allowed Israel to serve Him from Egypt, but He told pharaoh, let my people go that they might serve me! Watchmen, arise and gather at the centre. 2. God wants to raise builders, reformers, leaders and evangelists for the House of Israel, “Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people: Behold the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him” (Isaiah 62:10-11)Do we not know who the salvation of Israel is? He wants them readied to meet their LORD! 3. God wants people who will partner Him to purify the land, rid the land of offenses, “And shall say, cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stumbling block out of the way of my people” (Isaiah 57:14)The filth of Sodom and Gomorrah continually vexed Lot, yet lived there in sorrow because hewas powerless. If there were ten people to partner Lot to cleanse the land, Sodom andGomorrah would have been preserved till today but because there was none, God took Lotaway so that He can cleanse His land with fire and brimstone!However, for this age, it is the decree of Jesus that we rise and cleanse the land; removestumbling blocks; so that you and I might shine forth with our gifts and talents! (Matthew13:41-43) 4. God wants to raise heaven-inspired policy makers, restorers of good and those to lay the foundation for the eternal kingdom,
“And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in” (Isaiah 58:12)The princes of Sodom, Egypt and Babylon are not interested in the welfare of your Father’skingdom. They had their time, and maximally used same to work for the glory of their father. Sountil you rise to build your Father’s house, it lies in ruins to your shame and eventualpunishment.If they are not loyal to the God of Israel, they can not build for the God of Israel.If the God of Israel is not the foundation, it is not good enough!If the God of Israel doesn’t make the policies, they do not belong to Him.If His glory is not in it, it is not good enough for humanity! 5. God wants to raise those who will remove the reproach of Jerusalem, “I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden” (Zephaniah 3:18)I imagine King Solomon, son of our father, the great king David, gathering the House of Israel tothe First Temple! I see the Shekinah Glory descending into the Temple, and the peopleenraptured in their communion with the King of kings! The Lord of Lords asks the priests tosuspend the physical sacrifice; the spiritual union is already so overwhelming. The LORD ofhosts is glad to meet His children!Oh the solemn fellowship, the solemn assembly of the saints!Oh the reproach of the Mountain of the LORD, the Holy Mountain! 6. In Micah 4:1-2, God declared that His Temple has to be set up in Jerusalem. So it is His joy that those who rejoice in His greatness gather together and make it happen, “And they that are far off shall come and build in the temple of the LORD, and ye shall know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you. And this shall come to pass if ye will diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God” (Zechariah 6:15) “The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box tree together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious” (Isaiah 60:13)I groan every time I see the House of Israel abandon or ignore the glory and substance of theirinheritance for filthy shadows. Israel, when will you wake up? Do you need a hammer on yourhead? Heaven can arrange one!! It is possible, with God we can! 7. God has sworn to dwell in Jerusalem and can not fail Himself, therefore, it is only fitting
that His people return and set everything in heavenly order and architecture. Hear Him, “Therefore thus saith the LORD; I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies: my house shall be built in it, saith the LORD of hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem” (Zechariah 1:16) “And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the LORD shall reign over them in Mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever” (Micah 4:7) “And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain” (Zechariah 14:17) Have the kings of the earth set their hearts on Jerusalem yet? Do they yet think to pay homage to the Lord of Lords? Do they yet think to gather on Mount Zion to worship the Most Dread; the Most Holy and true God? Therefore, as decreed by Heaven, so let it be enforced: starting today, all blessings, whether private or corporate, will be a function of allegiance to the King of kings and to Jerusalem. Those who want to dare the resolve of Heaven should dare to think differently. Hmm, the LORD shall reign over Israel, in Mount Zion, for ever! Oh the mysteries of God! The mercies of God towards Israel! Where the body is, there shall the eagles be gathered! Be prepared, be a builder!As we bring this essay to an end, permit us to say that; the LORD God of Israel, the God of truth,whose Word can not be broken, whose laws govern existence, whose decrees dictate history, isparticularly serious about the complete gathering of the House of Israel, wherefore it is alsowritten: “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. And He shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth” (Isaiah 11:11:12)
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