The Remnant

By John Martinez

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. Revelation 12:17

At the beginning of my spiritual journey I first heard the word "remnant" among new, spirit-filled Christian Roman Catholics who shared with me their thoughts on who and what would constitute the "remnant".

Interestingly, a "remnant" is a small piece of something left over from the original. It is identical to the original, but in a smaller proportion. When someone is sewing and makes clothes out of a large piece of cloth, the small left over material is called the remnant. That made sense.

Holy Scripture has a number of remnants through time, mentioning "remnant" over 540 times in the Bible. Although remnants could be looked upon as worthless scraps, and many times are, God assigned high value to those of His people whom He had set aside for holy purposes, those He labels as "remnants".

Many of the emails that I am receiving make references to the "remnant". The emails are coming from all over the world; thus, it is clear that these multi-faceted "remnants" are coming together, each piece forming the wedding dress for the Bride of Christ, His church. It is Our Lady and the Holy Spirit that are the seamstresses. We, as the Body of Christ, are being integrated, united by the Holy Spirit, our Blessed Mother and our personal efforts and responses to the calling of God. .

We truly are the beautiful, multi-faceted, assorted remnant bound together by our faith and love in Jesus-sewn lovingly by our Blessed Mother through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Our mission is to bring the whole world to the Holy Person of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Perhaps the best place to start to define the remnant is to look at the original church depicted in Acts-a church that was still pure and unblemished. Then, we can accurately compare it with the churches and doctrines that we see today, and now find a contemporary church or group of believers who most closely resemble the early believers of the original church in their actions, beliefs and lifestyles.

Scripture speaks of the Remnant Church; it is referring to a small percentage of God’s people at the End of Time that has clung to the purity of this original, pure belief system, faith and doctrines as the early Roman Catholic Church. This Church (Body of Christ) will consist of people who have totally given their lives to God and accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

This has been the mission of Our Blessed Mother since she accepted the message from Gabriel the Archangel. "Let it be done to me according to thy Word". Luke 1:38 "And coming to her, he said, "Hail, full of grace" ("highly favored one") The Lord is with you." Luke 1:28. Luke 1:41-42 "When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, "Most blessed are you among women..." Luke 1:42

It is Our Lady and the Holy Spirit currently preparing the Refuges and ultimately, after the tribulation, we will all come together as the Remnant Church. The Remnant church will be the saints (yes, we are the saints) as described in Revelation ... "here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.' Revelation 14:12 'If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.' John 15:

The Holy Trinity has given complete authority and power to Our Lady for the preparation of the Church for the coming of Her Son. It is the Holy Spirit and Our Lady who are preparing the Bride. (The church). The spirit and the bride say come" Revelations 22:17. Mary’s holy and powerful influence is undeniable. We remember the last words of Mary in the Gospel at the wedding feast at Cana; "His mother said to the servers, "Do whatever he tells you." John 2:5. Mary sees a need and appeals to Her Son to satisfy it. He does it.

Every Christian is being called to clearly choose Jesus and to spread the message of salvation. It is we, the remnant, who will be welcoming Jesus. Before this occurs, however, the Holy Spirit will endow his gifts to anyone who asks with a sincere heart. You do not have to worry as to what to do or say. The Holy Spirit will give you the boldness, the grace, the words and wisdom to proclaim salvation in Jesus to those he directs you to reach.

The Spiritual Remnant in the Bible:

Holy Scripture describes a number of "remnants" or "elect" that God chooses for singular purposes and for a deeper, closer relationship with Him.

In Romans 11:1-4, Paul recounts Elijah's complaint and God's subsequent response found in I Kings 19:11-18. From this exchange, the apostle concludes that a remnant still exists, "a remnant according to the election of grace" (verse 5). This spiritual remnant is what several New Testament writers term "the elect," those who have been called and chosen by God through grace. These "elect" have received what Israel did not: spiritual redemption, salvation, a relationship with God and so forth.

There are other remnants—Noah and his family were the remnant saved out of the millions on the earth before the flood (Genesis 6). Only Lot and his two daughters survived the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, a very small remnant (Genesis 19). When Elijah despaired that he was the only one left in Israel who had not bowed down to idols, God assured him that He had reserved a remnant of 7,000. Today, the nations of modern Israel have a combined population in excess of 470 million and one of the questions we may ask is: "what will be the size of the remnant in Israel"?

Now, we want to focus on just one of the remnants—the one that applies to Christians, the spiritual remnant. This is a small group of God-fearing people who survive the persecutions inspired by Satan in the near future. Those who prevail are promised wonderful blessings and rewards for their faithfulness.

End Time Remnant Church:

The Remnant Church is something that many Christians, both Roman Catholics and non-Catholics, don't often ponder. Most Christians trust that their belief alone in Jesus makes them part of the true church of God, whether or not they are truly walking with the Lord. Is this correct? Does God have a true remnant people during these end times? Who is the remnant church talked about in the Bible? Throughout Holy Scripture, God has stated that He would keep a people for Himself, a sincere people who would obey Him and not wander from His truth.

The following verses are evidence of God’s intentions and desires pertaining to His elect or remnant:

'Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.' Isaiah 1:9

'And it shall come to pass in that day that the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon him that smote them; but shall stay upon the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.' Isaiah 10:20 'And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.' Jeremiah 23:3

'Isaias also cried out concerning Israel, though the number of the children of Israel to be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved.' Romans 9:27

Roman Catholic Church and the Remnant:

What I have spiritually experienced through the teachings of Our Lady and the doctrine and teachings of our Roman Catholic Church is that in the "Fullness of Time" all Scripture is going to be fulfilled. There are currently many distortions and artificial prophecies that explain why there is much confusion and misunderstanding concerning the "Remnant" and other end time developments.

"And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore." Isaiah. 2:2-4

"And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever." Rev 11:15

These are just a few of the many prophecies to be fulfilled when Jesus takes over the kingdoms of this world. This will be a time of justice and judgment on the earth. The Antichrist and the False Prophet will be cast into the lake of fire. Rev. 19:20. Satan himself will be chained in the "bottomless pit" for the duration of the Millennial Kingdom. Rev 20:1-7. The nations of the earth will be judged by the Lord Jesus Christ will rule over the earth in righteousness. Mat. 25:31-46; Joel. 3:1-2.

Once all wickedness has been defeated, the Lord Jesus Christ will rule over the earth in righteousness from the Throne of His Glory in Jerusalem. He will be the King of all kings, and all nations will be subject unto Him. Friend, the Kingdom will come and the King of kings will reign.

Vision/Locution of the Remnant

After all the turmoil outside the Refuge, in an instant, I felt complete silence inside the Refuge. I sensed a presence of peace and love all around me. I was taken up in the sky, and I saw all the remnants coming together throughout the world. I, like many others, know that the diverse remnants, in different lands, languages and cultures, were protected by the love of God and guided through the shield of Our Lady and the Holy Spirit.

I had always assumed the remnants would be very tiny, but I saw thousands of God’s children (families, individuals, the young and the old, priest, pastors and people from all walks of life, coming together from all parts of the world). The numbers shown to me could possibly be in the millions; I do not know, but yet, compared to over six billion people in the world today, the number really was relatively small.

Who were the remnant? The remnant consisted of the chosen people that had repented and accepted Jesus Christ into their hearts. They were the ones that listened to the message spoken by Our Lady for centuries; they had been obedient to the calling of Our Lady and Our Lord Jesus. It was through their prayers, sacrifice and through their sharing the message of salvation that the world had been cleansed of all sin and the "banquet" was being prepared. Their persistent faith and trust in God had been rewarded.

At this time in history, the remnants are coming together, organized and guided by Our Lady and the Holy Spirit. We are not alone! The Holy Spirit is touching the hearts of many diverse but like-minded brethren throughout the world. We are a world-wide family, of one mind and spirit; distance is inconsequential. The Lord has opened the spiritual eyes of many, and we must wake up and do battle using the Armor of God (Ephesian 7: 1-10). We are a now a holy and united community of warriors for God as was St. Michael when all of Heaven became silent. St Michael’s battle cry of "Who is like unto God"? that made Satan tremble now reminds him of the gallant clash when the bright Archangel answered the call of the rebel angels.

As a remnant, we are fully equipped with the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. We are all being called as a family of God to battle evil in this world. In reality, Satan has very little power. We give him power by fear and by ignoring that God has furnished us with all that is needed to combat evil-chief among these gifts is the name of Jesus Christ that can rebuke the evil and darkness around us.

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke. Very wise words!

How do we fight Evil? As the chosen people of God we are called to simplicity: to prayer, an active faith and to place all of our trust in God. Urgently, all of us need to be in the state of grace---which means immediate and frequent confession, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and going to daily Mass as much as possible in order to receive the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. It also means prayer, lots of earnest, honest, humble prayer, every day. This can be done silently, as possible when driving, or it can mean finding space and time in our lives for the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet. It only takes 20 minutes or so to say one set of mysteries of the Rosary, and the heavenly protection it gives us is immense.

By invoking the very holy Blessed Virgin Mary as our protector, the demons cannot enter through our senses as easily as they could before. Whatever our particular shortcoming, heartache or weakness may be---whether it be gluttony, lust, anger, greed, envy, pride, or slot---or a trouble or heartache such as our children fallen away from the Church, pray that God will send us the grace to overcome each limitation. Once God realizes that we are sincere and steadfast in our love for Him, and not just paying him lukewarm lip service, our vices, weaknesses and issues will be resolved or vanish, and we will increasingly seek the good and the light.

Now, we must urgently pray as a community of God for the wisdom and strength to face what is before us, and for the grace to accept the gifts being sent to strengthen and prepare us.

"Dear children, also today, I desire, in a special way, to call you to pray for peace. Pray, dear children, for the plans, for my plans for peace. Decide for peace and fight against evil and sin. Dear children, I pray together with you and I intercede for all of you with my Son. Thank you also today for having responded to my call." August 11, 2014 –Our Blessed Mother-Apparition in Medjugorje

Let us fervently ask Our Lady and the Holy Spirit for the guidance, insight and power we need. All of Heaven is on our side, and we have been given spiritual authority, as the Holy Remnant of God, to do spiritual combat. As God’s Holy Remnant, we are now called to battle for the soul of our children, family, friends and the whole world.

Your brother in Christ,

Question and Answers:

We need to simplify all that we hear and receive from all Christian interpretations. I will answer questions that have been asked of me:

Q. Is there going to be a Rapture?

A. No

Q. Is God going to chastise the world for the sin in the world?

A. Yes

Q. When will this occur?

A. I do not know when or where. Only God the Father in heaven knows.

Q. How can I prepare for the tribulation?

A. Simple! Come before God with a sincere heart and ask for His forgiveness and accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.

Q. Will my family be saved from the horror (tribulation) that is coming?

A. It can! Our Blessed Mother has given us messages and instructions to convert, pray and reach out to your family and prepare yourself spiritually before God.

Q. How will God protect me and my family?

A. Our Lady is preparing Refuges all over the world for those that seek salvation and God’s protection.

Q. Why am I having so many problems and everything seems to wrong? Is God punishing me?

A. God is not punishing you. All of God’s children are under a tremendous spiritual attack because Satan knows that the end is near and wants all people to turn away from God. We must stand firm and know that we are not alone. God is with us and has asked Our lady to be our Protector during these evil times.

Q. Is the chastisement the end of the world?

A. No. It is the beginning of a New Era of Peace for the children of God.

Q. When will the warning take place?

A. I do not know. It has not been revealed to me. Our Lady has said that it will come out of Medujgorge.

Addendum: Roman Catholic Position on Private Prophecy

The Catholic Encyclopedia teaches that the acceptance of private prophecies is optional:

The Church allows freedom in accepting or rejecting particular or private prophecies according to the evidence for or against them...The minatory prophecies which announce calamities, being for the most part conditional, may or may not be fulfilled. Many private prophecies have been verified by subsequent events, some have not; others have given rise to a good deal of discussion as to their genuineness. Most of the private prophecies of the saints and servants of God were concerned with individuals, their death, recovery from illness, or vocations. Some foretold things which would affect the fate of nations, as France, England, and Ireland. A great number have reference to popes and to the papacy; and finally we have many such prophecies relating to the end of the world and the approach of the Day of Judgment (Devine, Arthur. Transcribed by Marie Jutras. Prophecy. The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume XII. Published 1911. New York: Robert Appleton Company. Nihil Obstat, June 1, 1911. Remy Lafort, S.T.D., Censor. Imprimatur. +John Cardinal Farley, Archbishop of New York).

Yet, it needs to be understood that Roman Catholics believe that their private prophecies are highly important:

Private revelations (i.e. apparitions and locutions with or without prophecies) are those which have been recorded since the days of Christ. Revelations which were recorded up to the days of Christ are known as public, biblical, or scriptural revelations…

Many Catholic devotions are based solely on private revelations: the Rosary, the Sacred Heart, and the Scapular are cases in point. More recently, devotion to Our Lady of Fatima was accepted and encouraged by the Church. (Dupont, Yves. Catholic Prophecy: The Coming Chastisement. TAN Books, Rockford (IL), 1973, p.9).