God Says: For “OUT OF JERUSALEM” Shall go Forth a Remnant!

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Dear Reader, 

I received the following question from a person for whom I have answered the question many times on SDAIssues forum. I responded to the same issue when it was recently raised by Ulicia Unruh. She said essentially the same thing; that one must remain in Jerusalem to receive the mark of the man in Linen, Ezekiel 9.


I just treated that issue in the last week and the following individual raises the question again. I am treating this issue as a singular issue in the short document because it is a question that many surface readers seem to get hung up on. Here is his email to me on SDAIssues forum: 


And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. (Ezekiel 9:4 KJV).

Those who ARE NOT in the midst of Jerusalem will not receive the mark upon the foreheads.

Ron, you and your separatist buddies have removed yourself [or maybe God removed you] from the midst of Jerusalem. Now how will you wiggle out of that?


Ron responds: The Holy Spirit never has to “wiggle” out of anything and that is the source of my message and my answers. Isaiah prophesied what took place in the prefigure of the two calls to Jerusalem in Matthew 22. Jerusalem rejected the two calls and the third call went out of Jerusalem to the then known world. Jesus went elsewhere as well. He went DEPARTED from Jerusalem. No Christian was sealed at the apostate church in Jerusalem. When the disciples received the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, they were in the upper room of Peter’s father’s house hiding from the apostate Jews. 

Recall that Ellen White said that all the ancient prophets wrote more for us than the Jews of old.

 "The Bible for Our Time.--Never are we absent from the mind of God. God is our joy and our salvation. Each of the ancient prophets spoke less for their own time than for ours, so that their prophesying is in force for us. 'Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come' (1 Cor. 10:11). 'Not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven which things the angels desire to look into' (1 Peter 1:12).'" E.G. White, Selected Messages, Bk. 3, p. 338.

     Prophets Wrote for Their Own and Our Day.—“The last books of the Old Testament show us workers taken from the laborers in the field. Others were men of high ability and extensive learning, but the Lord gave them visions and messages. These men of the Old Testament spoke of things transpiring in their day, and Daniel, Isaiah, and Ezekiel not only spoke of things that concerned them as present truth, but their sights reached down to the future, and to what should occur in these last days.”--Letter 132, 1898. {3SM 419.5, 420}

 Thus, the following occurrence in the “prefigure” of A.D. 27-70, will be fulfilled again because “Jerusalem,” the apostate church will reject both calls and will be pronounced unworthy, Matthew 22:8. The only “remnant” that was saved in the “prefigure,” was those who were “gathered out” by Christ and His disciples. All the remainder in Jerusalem were destroyed. 


Isa 37:31  And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward:  


Isa 37:32  For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the LORD of hosts shall do this. 


To the non-adept surface readers, the following texts will make Isaiah “appear” to contradict chapter 37:31, 32 (above), but nothing contradicts to those with discernment to  


Isa 4:1 ¶ And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.  


Isa 4:2 ¶ In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth [shall be] excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.  


 Isa 4:3  And it shall come to pass, [that he that is] left in Zion, and [he that] remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, [even] every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem:  


 Isa 4:4  When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning. 


Isaiah is referring to the New Jerusalem, the New Heaven and the New Earth. Jerusalem also symbolizes the world (Great Controversy, chapter 1). The Lord washes away the filth of the daughters of Zion just the same way He did it in Ezekiel 17-31, an Ezekiel 9 slaughter beginning at His Sanctuary, the House of Jacob, and the House of Judah. 

 "The Sanhedrin had rejected Christ's message and was bent upon His death therefore Jesus departed from Jerusalem, from the priests, the temple, the religious leaders, the people who had been instructed in the law, and turned to another class to proclaim His message, and to gather out those who should carry the gospel to all nations.

As the light and life of men was rejected by the ecclesiastical authorities in the days of Christ, so it has been rejected in every succeeding generation. Again and again the history of Christ's withdrawal from Judea has been repeated. When the Reformers preached the word of God, they had no thought of separating themselves from the established church but the religious leaders would not tolerate the light, and those that bore it were forced to seek another class, who were longing for the truth. In our day few of the professed followers of the Reformers are actuated by their spirit. Few are listening for the voice of God, and ready to accept truth in whatever guise it may be presented. Often those who follow in the steps of the Reformers are forced to turn away from the churches they love, in order to declare the plain teaching of the word of God. And many times those who are seeking for light are by the same teaching obliged to leave the church of their fathers, that they may render obedience." E.G. White, Desire of Ages, 232.


Consider the issue from this facet friend: After the two calls to the Jews in Matthew 22 and they were found not worthy, verse 8, the call of the disciples went to the then known world. Where were their converts sealed? Was it in the apostate Jewish church at Jerusalem, or the church of Christ, which had headquarters in Jerusalem as well?


Also, consider that the first Christian church became apostate and many left that fold, that “Jerusalem.” The formally organized church became Roman Catholic Babylon. The true reformers of the Dark Ages left that “Jerusalem,” and tens of thousands of them were martyred. Was that all in vain because they did not remain in the apostate “Jerusalem” of the day? And what about the Protestant Reformation which abandoned apostate “Jerusalem,” Roman Catholicism Babylon? Then what about Adventists who abandoned apostate “once Jerusalem” mainline Protestantism? What about all the true reformers of every generation who left the “Jerusalem” of their fathers? Where were they sealed? I pray you get the picture. True Jerusalem is those who love God and keep His commandments. That is Zion. That will constitute the New Jerusalem.


And yet from another facet, consider that in the prefigure of Israel, the dross (tares) was gathered into the midst’s of Jerusalem for slaughter, burning and melting. Ezekiel 22:17-31. No sealing going on there except being sealed for eternal doom.


So Ulicia Unruh and others are saying that we must remain in Jerusalem to be sealed, while God says: For OUT OF JERUSALEM shall go forth a remnant.


I pray I have made the issue clear this time around. It is so crucial to realize and remember that the only ones who were saved in the “prefigure” of the calls of Matthew 22 to Jerusalem, were those who WENT OUT OF JERUSALEM, and that included Christ and His disciples. So it will be in the next literal fulfillment of Ezekiel 9 and Matthew 22.