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Isaiah 51:2 Look unto Abraham your father....for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.
In ages past there were periods with more of an overlap between the visible and invisible church, and yet there was never a time when the two groups had identical membership. Judas belonged to the visible church, but was excluded from the invisible church; whereas Cornelius for a time, did not belong to the visible church, but was a member of the invisible church.
As we read of what the Bible speaks of the great apostasy, of the condition of the visible church and the world at this time, we are to expect that the invisible nature of Christ's church will become more and more prevalent as they come out from, or are forced out of the visible church. This will culminate during the Great Tribulation period when the two groups will be entirely exclusive of each other, causing the Antichrist to bring out the mark for identification of the tribulation saints who refuse it. Nevertheless, as this division happens, the Lord is taking out for Himself a people for His name, one here, one there, and a couple from over there. As Romans 11:3-5 suggests, their numbers may be larger than their visibility, and yet as Matthew 7:21-23 teaches, their numbers will be much smaller than most men will admit to.
Whether there are several of you or you are alone, may the Lord Jesus Christ alone count you into His invisible church by the Holy Spirit.
Romans 11:3-5 Lord...I am left alone...But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
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