3 And it
shall come to pass, that he that is left [sha'ar] in Zion, [Tsiyown] and he that remaineth [yathar] in Jerusalem, [Yaruwshalaim]
shall be called ['amar] holy, [qadowsh] even every one that is written [kathab] among the living [chay] in
Jerusalem: [Yaruwshalaim] KJV-Interlinear
3 And it
will come about that he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be
called holy — everyone who is recorded for life in Jerusalem. NASB
Here is the promise of deliverance and rescue, of those who remain faithful in Jerusalem, in the last days of human history, just prior to the beginning of the Kingdom of God, when it will be established immediately after the Tribulation and Second Coming of Christ.
Now this verse does not mention the second coming, but that principle has been implied repeatedly throughout the Old Testament since when the Savior comes the first time it is for a sacrifice, then He departs to be crowned and glorified, and then He will return. That is the second coming concept.
What this verse does say emphatically, is that in that day, previously mentioned, there will be survivors who will be believers, or members of the family of God, offspring of the branch also previously mentioned, and more specifically they will be in Jerusalem.
This is one of Satan's many objectives in defeating God, and that is to destroy both the city and the believers, and the Jewish people, but God promises that the city will not only survive until those last days, but there will be believers in the city, and more specifically, they will be Jewish believers.
Throughout history, the world, behind the evil policies of Satan, has tried to destroy both Jew and city. To separate them from each other, to prevent Jews from living in the city, to do anything that will make this promise void.
Jerusalem is the city of peace. That represents the content of the spiritual life. Zion is representative of the dwelling of God. God is truth and doctrine is truth. Those left in Zion, are not only Jewish, not only believers in Christ, but they will be spiritually mature believers residing in the city. They reside in Zion, which is residence in doctrine.
Those who remain written among the living, is not a reference to the Book of Life as spelled out in Revelation, but is a reference to those who have been designated to remain alive during those final days of the Tribulation.
Now remember that when the Rapture occurs, all believers will be taken from the earth. Only unbelievers will remain. During those seven years of the Tribulation, many people will believe in Christ. Most will die.
Even at the mid-point of the Tribulation, when the anti-christ makes an abomination within the Temple (which too will be rebuilt) in Jerusalem, and while everyone is warned to run to the mountains, there will be some who will remain in the city.
There will be some people who will believe in Christ, and will study and grow up to spiritual maturity, within and during the most horrific period of human history. Do not forget the many laws that will be passed in order to prevent economics by those who do not bow down to the anti-christ. Do not forget the hordes of criminals who will be roaming the streets committing high crimes. Do not forget the government that will be hunting down and killing Jews and believers. Do not forget the many natural disasters that will be occurring.
This will be the single most difficult time in all of human history. And yet, through it all, some will not only find their faith, but will hold on to it, when most will fade from faith.
It is interesting that even in our present day, the pressures of life will never come anywhere near that which will be hurled at the world in the future, and yet today far too many folks simply fade from faith. Far too many simply do not have what it takes to stick with doctrine.
But God has promised, that despite the humongous obstacles that will be placed on the world, there will be Jewish believers resident in Jerusalem and He will deliver them, and there is nothing that man nor angel, not even Satan, can do to prevent it.
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