Our nation and the Church have been compromised by enemy forces. There is a war, and we are warriors of the One True God. We have been purchased by the blood of Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and predestined by the Father for this season. We are to be a remnant army…
The Maccabees refused to…
- Abandon the promises of the Lord
- Allow the Temple to go unrestored
- Agree and follow the Hellenistic culture and mindset
And so will we!
Isaiah 60:1-3 reads…
- “Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.”
There is a darkness that covers the nations and peoples of today. However, in the glorious light of our Redeemer, we are rescued!
Church, the Light has come! Let us respond to it, arise and shine!
Darkness comes at night. The night is for sleeping, but the Lord calls us to the Light. In the light, we arise, we shine, and we walk.
So then, how do we step into our Kingdom assignment and be the remnant army in this season?
Five Ways to Be the Remnant Army
- Arise and Shine
We must decide today to accept the call and assignment. We are either in or we are not. The culture will try to overpower, just as it did in the Maccabean time. We have a choice as to how we will respond.
Let us consider who dwells with us, Immanuel. He walks with us during this assignment. He chose us for this hour, and He will be with us and for us.
- Receive the Light
The light has come, and the glory is upon us. Yeshua came as the Light of the World. He came giving light so that we might see the reality of our circumstances. He came so that darkness would not consume us.
Light always exposes what the darkness tries to hide. Welcome this light and abide in it. There you will find the love of your Father.
- Embrace Israel
Verse three of Isaiah 60 states, “The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.” Isaiah is speaking to Israel here. He is stating a prophetic fulfillment that will take place. The Maccabees rose up then, and we look forward and embrace Israel now. She will be bright, attracting the nations and kings.
The Holy One of Israel came to bring the nations to His light. Yeshua had a heart of unity for One New Man Believers. We are family, grafted into the promise of Israel.
- Lift Your Eyes
As Isaiah continues to write, we note in verse four he says to “Lift up your eyes…” Many in this hour are in a holding pattern, keeping their heads down and waiting for the storm to pass.
We must lift our eyes and see what the Lord has done and will do! We can count on His Word, as He cannot lie. His Word spoke creation into being. His Word has the power to demolish arguments and pretentious thoughts. His Word has the power to restore.
He poured out grace and truth with the Word. Lift your eyes and see what the Lord has done today!
- Allow Your Heart to Swell with Joy
Image how the hearts of the Maccabees were overflowing with joy as the oil continued to flow so that the menorah stayed lit for eight days! Eight—the symbol of new beginnings.
This is a new beginning for the Bride, for the Church. It is a new beginning and the remnant army will be empowered by the mighty hand of God to be the light on the hill.
The great I Am has given us an assignment. Let us move forward with boldness, fully equipped with His armor. We are victorious. We are one new humanity in Christ.
Five Psalms to Remember in Your Remnant Army Assignment
- “The Lord will give strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.”—Psalm 29:11
- “Blessed be the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle—my lovingkindess and my fortress, my high tower and my deliverer, my shield and the One in whom I take refuge, who subdues my people under me.”—Psalm 144:1-2
- “The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them. Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!”—Psalm 34:7-8
- “Answer me speedily, O Lord; my spirit fails! Do not hide Your face from me, lest I be like those who go down into the pit. Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, for in You do I trust; cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to You.”—Psalm 143:7-8
- “Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy, to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy name. Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, just as we hope in You.”—Psalm 33:18-22
Jesus poured out mercy for us—for you. He offers us spiritual and physical regeneration when we are without strength. By grace, we are heirs. We have been saved, redeemed, and equipped by the Lion of Judah to move forward in authority and power.