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The Meaning Behind the Title "War with the Remnant"

Coming up with the title for a book can be one of the most challenging aspects of the entire writing process. It's tricky to be succinct (experts recommend 3-7 syllables), catchy, and somehow mix in symbolism or meaning from the book. The title you see on the front cover of a book is often not the original title from early drafts. Some manuscripts remain untitled for most or all of their existence. Sometimes, publishers will impose a title on the book that the author doesn’t even like.

My process in coming up with a title is similar to that of many authors. I started out with a temporary place-holder title and maintained a “Possible Book Titles” document. It included options like The Second Horseman’s Shadow, The New Horseman, Saints under Siege, Rage in their Hearts, No Weapon Formed Against Thee, The Adversary’s Arsenal, and All that Fight against Zion. I updated the list as I conducted research and analysis, trying to find something new and unique. Eventually, with about 85% of the draft manuscript complete, I wrote down War with the Remnant and found that to be a perfect fit.

I had read these words in scripture several times, but they took on new meaning as I read them while writing this book. They hold special meaning and are representative of the crux of the conflict I describe in the book.

In Revelation 12, John sees a series of scenes depicting the Great Apostasy, the War in Heaven, and persecution of the Saints today. Among the symbols in this chapter are the dragon (Lucifer), the woman (the Church), and the remnant of her seed (today’s Saints).


Depiction of Rev. 12

Source: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/new-testament-studentmanual/revelation/chapter-55-revelation-12-16?lang=eng


The final verse (Revelation 12:17) reads as follows:

“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.”

The New Testament Institute Manual states, “the remnant of the woman’s seed that Satan and his followers war against includes the latter-day Church restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith,” and that, “Satan wages his fiercest battles against the Saints of the true and living Church.” This often involves spiritual attacks focused on claiming more souls for hell, but terrorism is an extremely tangible and perceptible form of this fierce opposition. Hence, my book title War with the Remnant is representative of Satan’s war with Saints today, fixating on one of his weapons of war: terrorism.

To learn more about the significance of this scripture and how Satan instigates terrorism and opposes the Saints today, read War with the Remnant from Cedar Fort.

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