There is a lot of contention within the Christian world about who is the Remnant church.
Currently there are a multitude of Christian denominations. Is one of these the Remnant church or is the Remnant yet to emerge?
The best place to start looking to be able to identify who or what the remnant church is has to be the Bible. It is our only guide that can give us the full definition, and therefore let us identify the criteria that we need to check off to find a match.
Firstly what exactly is a remnant? It is a piece of something left over from the original which is identical to the original, but just smaller.
What then will the remnant church be? It will be filled with people who have the identical doctinal beliefs as the original church that we find described in the book of Acts. It will be a church who passionately follow Christs teachings and strive to follow His example in their own lives. Just as Jesus kept all of the Ten Commandments, the Remnant will keep all of the Ten Commandments out of love for Jesus, because this is what He instructed. John 15:10 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. This includes keeping the seventh day Holy as God ordained, and not the first day which is a man-made tradition.
This point is further clarified in the Book of Revelation where is speaks about Satan making war with the remnant who keep the commandments. Revelation 12:17 And the dragon (Satan) was wroth with the woman (Church), and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
The Bible makes is clear that at the end of time God will call His faithful people out of Babylon (the apostate Christian Churches) and into His remnant Church. Revelation 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. This clearly demonstates that at present there are many of Gods true people in the wrong Churches, due to ignorance, to whom God will reveal the truth and draw out in the last days.
Babylon is symbolic of an apostate (non-Biblically based) Christian church which does not follow all the Commandments of God. Sin is the transgression of the law, and Churches who teach that only eight or nine of the commandments are relevant, are teaching their children to sin.
What where to other beliefs of the early church that have been lost in the modern Christian world?
Paul spoke of how we should look after our earthly bodies, because they are the temple of the Holy Spirit. He himself would have followed all of the health laws in relation to clean and unclean (healthy and unhealthy) foods which God had given to Moses for the benefit of mankind. The early chruch also believed that when they died, they would sleep until the resurrection to life at the second coming of Jesus. Pauls writings also clarified that this was his understanding 1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.
They understood that hell-fire was to be an event and not a place, that the wicked would be raised at the second resurrection (resurrection to damnation), which occurs 1000 years after the resurrection to life (at the second coming). They believed that the wicked would receive their judgment and then be destroyed by hellfire.
Many Christians today believe that this Hell Fire will last forever and that the wicked will be eternally tormented but the Bible says that the Wages of Sin is death (not eternal life in torment). Malachi 4:1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
The book of Luke makes it clear to us that He knew the Biblical timeline which went back to creation to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. When quoting the genealogy of Jesus, Luke sited the names of all of the forefathers of Jesus, going all the way back to Adam. Luke 3:23-38. This uninterrupted genealogy represented approximately 4000 years, not millions of years of evolution. No one doubted the ability of our awesome creator God to create our world in six days.
The early Church believed that Jesus is our only mediator and our High Priest. 1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; They did not exalt Mary to the position of co-mediator. They know that Jesus alone could forgive our sins. They detested idol worship and did not pray to statues named after saints. They followed the example of Jesus by getting baptised by full immersion in water. They acknowledged God’s ownership of this world and everything in it by faithfully returning tithes and in fact many of them sold everything to fund the initial works of evangelism.
They also believed that marriage was divinely established by God in Eden and affirmed by Jesus to be a lifelong union between a man and a woman in a loving relationship and that the only cause for divorce was if a spouse committed adultory.
Revelation speaks of a huge outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the end times. It says that our sons and daughters will prophecy. The gospel message will be taken to the entire world. Revelation also specifically speaks of three Angels messages that will be announced to everyone. Angels symbolise messengers and in fact the Greek word αγγελος (angelos) translates to both angel and messenger. These messages are:
Revelation 14:6-12 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. 8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. 9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: 11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. 12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
We can surmise that these symbolic angels refer to the message given by Gods end time remnant Church. Interestingly there is one denomination who is active in proclaiming these messages and have a Satellite TV channel called 3 Angels Broadcasting Network which seems to be teaching solid Biblical doctrine with no pagan influence. This is possibly part of a fulfilment of prophecy. Also to be able to teach these messages it would be vitally important that the Remnant had a good understanding of the meanings of the prophecies of Revelation, using the scriptures and not private interpretations. Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. The Church who actively preaches the three angels messages must understand and preach who the beast is, and what their mark is.