02 Probation’s Imminent Conclusion and the King of the North

By John Thiel, Preparation for the Close of Probation Conference, Study 2, Audio: mp3

Probation is a time that is given us to gain a fitness for heaven. It is the period of time in which the gospel, through the work of justification, puts us in a position where, through the wonderful revelation of God’s character to us, we may pick up on the process and also receive the power to change our character, and to sanctify us. It is the period of the sowing and the growing of the crop according to the parable that Jesus gave us until the people like the grain are ready to be placed into the heavenly garner. Read the rest of this entry

What the Adventist Church once Believed and Taught on the 144,000

Sadly, this doctrine is no longer taught or understood as it once was.  The prophet said in May 1905:

Where shall we find safety unless it be in the truths that the Lord has been giving for the last fifty years?– Review and Herald, May 25, 1905. {CW 53.2}

This article was then published in July and August of the same year.  This article addresses every argument possible regarding the literal number of the 144,000 and the sealing commencing in 1848 leaving no doubt in the readers mind exactly what the early SDA church taught on this topic back then. When the prophet said not to call the early SDA church Babylon, she meant the pioneers.  Don’t call the pioneers confused.  They laboured hard to establish these truths sometimes staying up all night in prayer.
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1. The Meaning of Probation

By John Thiel, Preparation for the Close of Probation Conference, Audio: mp3

Scripture reading: Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

To prepare for the close of probation we have a need to understand what probation actually is and also what is involved in this preparation during the time of probation before it closes.

We want to go right back to when Adam and Eve first sinned. It looked like that was it. God had said, In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. But God gave them another chance. Another opportunity was given. God said that there would be a woman’s seed that would be born. He will put enmity between thee, Satan, and the woman, between thy seed and her seed; and her seed shall bruise the head of the serpent, and the serpent shalt bruise His heel. Here is spelt out for us the probation that was given to man. As Jesus was going to be that seed, man was given an opportunity to receive that seed and to have a restoration from sin. This is the privilege and the opportunity that was given to the human race through Adam, through Christ. Read the rest of this entry

The Principle of Creation in the Work of Redemption

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Tell me the old, old story of Jesus and His love.

We need a comfort when we feel the overwhelming power of our natural human nature, when we feel the power of something that binds us to our old life and habits. We have spent some time in appreciating the love of God in discouragement, and we now want to look at this old, old story of redemption, from which we will receive tremendous comfort. Read the rest of this entry

15. Eyes to Heaven

By John Thiel, Lessons from the Life of Nebuchadnezzar Conference, Audio: mp3

Our convention has played out before us in a very living picture the operation of God upon a soul whom He took from the quarry of the world, a rough stone, until he came forth beautifully purified. The lesson is for us to understand what God wants to do with every one of us. As it was with Nebuchadnezzar:

Even so, the mighty cleaver of truth has taken out a people from the quarry of the world and is fitting this people, who profess to be the children of God, for a place in His heavenly temple. We want the cleaver of truth to do its work for us. {3MR 231.4} Read the rest of this entry

14 Hopeful Insanity

By John Thiel, Lessons from the Life of Nebuchadnezzar Conference, Audio: mp3

The lessons from the life of Nebuchadnezzar have taken us to a very climactic point. Is there such a thing as hopeful insanity? There is because there is also a hopeless insanity as well. In the repeated awakening and reverses of Nebuchadnezzar’s life and the discovery of the same in us, we are learning lessons from Nebuchadnezzar that pertain to our own experience.

I am not sharing anything to have a go at anybody. I am sharing the truth which has affected me and I have had to struggle and am struggling with the things that you all struggle with no differently. But I thank God that He has been merciful to me and I know He can be merciful to you too as we open our hearts to this seesawing experience in us between the natural heart and the inroads of God in our life as we see them in exemplified in Nebuchadnezzar’s life. Read the rest of this entry

Melchisedec king of peace the Holy Spirit

Melchisedec the King of Peace, the King Of Righteousness, the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 7:2 & 3)

We read in the holy writings that the Holy Spirit is an eternal heavenly being. He is called the Comforter but He is also called the third person of the Godhead by Ellen White. She says he is a very real eternal being himself and not just part of the other two personages of the Godhead, God the Father or God the Son or some essence that floats around from off of them. The three of them are all in co-partnership. The Bible teaches that the Father is the Most High as He is called that all through the Old Testament’s book of Daniel. Examples of the many places recorded there are such verses as Dan.4:24 and 34, 7:18, 22, and 27 to show just a few. In the New Testament a second witness is John who records for us more words on it. Read the rest of this entry

The Two Laws

The Two Laws By ELD. J. N. ANDREWS.

THERE is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things.” 1Cor. 8:6. From him all beings derive their existence. He who creates and upholds has certainly the right to govern and control. Hence it is that he is represented in the Scriptures as the one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. James 4:12. Existence being derived from the benevolence of the Creator, all intelligent creatures are amenable to his just government. Of all the creatures made by God to inhabit the earth, man alone is capable of learning the distinction of right and wrong, and he alone is placed under the control of moral law. Deriving his existence from a Being of infinite purity, he was himself once innocent, pure, and upright. He was the creature and the loyal subject of God, and God was the author of his existence, and his rightful Sovereign. But God did not anything toward man the position of saviour and redeemer; for man needed not pardon. Read the rest of this entry

13 A Year to Forget

By John Thiel, Lessons from the Life of Nebuchadnezzar Conference, Audio: mp3

There is a vast field of lessons to learn in the life of Nebuchadnezzar.  

In the experience of Nebuchadnezzar is contained a lesson to which we should give heed, lest we fall into temptation. The perils of the last days are upon us, and we should watch and pray, read and heed the lessons that are given us in the books of Daniel and Revelation. {13MR 67.1} Read the rest of this entry

Islamic Powers and the King of the North

The first four trumpets constitute the breaking up of the western Roman Empire, and the fifth and sixth trumpets represent the overthrow of the eastern Roman Empire by the Ottoman Empire, and the seventh trumpet represents the destruction of all nations, and the setting up of Godʼs eternal kingdom. So if the fifth trumpet, the 1st woe, found in Revelation 8:13 to Revelation 9:11, dealt with the Muslim power, and the sixth trumpet,
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12 Nebuchadnezzar’s Second Dream

By John Thiel, Lessons from the Life of Nebuchadnezzar Conference, Audio: mp3

Psalm 103:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, [bless] his holy name. 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; 4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

Nebuchadnezzar was blessed so richly, and yet he forgot the blessings that were poured upon him and he ascribed it all to himself. We are admonished in this reading to realise that the blessings we have experienced from the Lord, that He has forgiven us for our iniquities in the past – and we know He has – we must not forget when we come into other circumstances which make us think that, Although I have had such a wonderful experience at my earlier conversion, now I feel completely dejected and hopeless. He does not forget us and we must not forget Him. Read the rest of this entry

11 Half-Converted

By John Thiel, Lessons from the Life of Nebuchadnezzar Conference, Audio: mp3

We have come to the point in our contemplation of Nebuchadnezzar where we see him brought a second time to a deep heart-conviction that the God of heaven is to be honoured. How did he come to this second one? Having had the original dream.

Having been privileged that God would show to this heathen king this vision of the image that gave the history of the world after him right through to the very end. Read the rest of this entry

10 In The Fiery Furnace

By John Thiel, Lessons from the Life of Nebuchadnezzar Conference, Audio: mp3

We have now arrived at an important climax in the process of God’s work upon the heart of Nebuchadnezzar. What we are now about to behold is how God reaches into a heart to bring to the surface the hidden qualities that may be buried under the surface of hopeless idolatry.

Nebuchadnezzar appeared to be in a terribly hopeless state. He had fallen upon his face recognising God, and then, after a time, he had lost that recognition of God and he entrenched himself more heavily in idolatry. It looked pretty hopeless. But we are now looking at what God will do no matter how hopeless a case may appear. He has a knowledge of the heart of every individual, and no matter how corrupt that individual may reveal himself, yet God knows what is hidden inside of that heart and which He wants to bring to the surface. Read the rest of this entry

9. A Selfish Reaction

By John Thiel, Lessons from the Life of Nebuchadnezzar Conference, Audio: mp3

We are beginning to discover what is actually behind the events of the rising of the Babylonian empire; the life of Nebuchadnezzar in developing that empire, God entering into his mind very decidedly, the vision that Nebuchadnezzar had, and the way God orchestrated the events that finally explained the vision.

The history of man is to show us the philosophy of history, which is to learn that the strength of the individual is measured by the fidelity with which he fulfils the purposes of God. This is our study – the purposes of God and our fidelity. Remember what the purposes of God are. They are to have God’s people be instrumental in saving people who are not God’s people. This is God’s purpose; this is the reason why He raised Israel. But only a small company did the work correctly. And so it is for our time today. It is in reference to our relationship and association with every member of the human family. That is what we are learning in the lessons from Nebuchadnezzar. Read the rest of this entry

08 Nebuchadnezzar’s First Dream

By John Thiel, Lessons from the Life of Nebuchadnezzar Conference, Audio: mp3

God touched Nebuchadnezzar by displaying before him the faithfulness and intelligence and power of God in the lives of the four young princes. Nebuchadnezzar had a sensitivity by which he could recognise that these young men were special. Unconscious to him, he was actually recognising the image of God in them. He had trained them for those three years thinking that they were eating of the king’s meat, thinking that by giving them the names of his gods, they would be strategically influenced to lose their faith. But these young men were used of God to outwit this strategic man. God had conditioned Nebuchadnezzar’s mind and paved the way for the next step to impact his heart by using Daniel in a very meaningful manner. Read the rest of this entry

Restoration of the Marriage Institution

We are in need of understanding a question that has been tossed about in many minds and in ranks of Adventism. This question deals with the Words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount, the mount of blessings and yet this verse has caused all sorts of complications and problems in the minds of people.

Matthew 5:31 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: 32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

Among the Jews a man was permitted to put away his wife for the most trivial offenses, and the woman was then at liberty to marry again. This practice led to great wretchedness and sin. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus declared plainly that there could be no dissolution of the marriage tie, except for unfaithfulness to the marriage vow. “Everyone,” He said, “that putteth away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, maketh her an adulteress: and whosoever shall marry her when she is put away committeth adultery.” R.V. {MB 63.1} Read the rest of this entry

07 Meeting the Four Princes

By John Thiel, Lessons from the Life of Nebuchadnezzar Conference, Audio: mp3

Isaiah 43:12 I have declared, and have saved, and I have showed, when [there was] no strange [god] among you: therefore ye [are] my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I [am] God. 

We want to behold God’s way of using the faithful of His flock to interact with the heathen for the purpose of converting them. The Jewish people failed as a nation to be His witnesses. “Therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God. Read the rest of this entry

06 Cruel Captivity

By John Thiel, Lessons from the Life of Nebuchadnezzar Conference, Audio: mp3

We are focusing upon the invasion of Judah by Nebuchadnezzar. We are often ignorant as to the details of this subject. Therefore we are now looking at the detail of this invasion for one important purpose, to learn the character of this king, so that in our continuing studies we may be able to see what sort of a character he had and what the Lord was doing to operate in his life. So that we may have an object lesson for dealing with our own character. Read the rest of this entry

04 Wooden or Iron Yoke

By John Thiel, Lessons from the Life of Nebuchadnezzar Conference, Audio: mp3

Nebuchadnezzar was chosen of God as a servant to execute God’s wrath upon Israel. We have some very important lessons to learn for ourselves in relation to him. Another very important item in these lessons is that God would use Nebuchadnezzar, and Judah could make their time under him tolerable if they would listen to God. Read the rest of this entry

03 Nebuchadnezzar and Judah

By John Thiel, Lessons from the Life of Nebuchadnezzar Conference, Audio: mp3

We now come to know Nebuchadnezzar by the way in which he handled the Jewish nation – Judah. In the time of Isaiah and Jeremiah, Judah was in wicked apostasy. Here are some excerpts from the book of Jeremiah in which the apostasy is being identified by God and by which we see the warnings that were given to Judah. Read the rest of this entry

02 God’s Outreach to Heathen Kings and Nations

By John Thiel, Lessons from the Life of Nebuchadnezzar Conference, Audio: mp3

We puzzle over the thought that God reaches out to heathen kings and heathen nations. The purpose that we have is to study the life of a heathen king. To learn of a heathen king? Read the rest of this entry

01 Nebuchadnezzar’s Bible Chapter

By John Thiel, Lessons from the Life of Nebuchadnezzar Conference, Audio: mp3

Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

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The Sapphire Stone of the Blue Ten Commandments

It is understood that the tablets of the Ten Commandments were cut from the clear blue sapphire seen on Mount Sinai. When Moses ascended Mount Sinai it was of sapphire stone:

Exodus 24:10 And they saw the God of Israel: and [there was] under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in [his] clearness.),  Read the rest of this entry

Our Daniel 11 Sabbath School Lesson Pamphlet for 2015

Sabbath School Lesson 2015 Daniel 11 Revelations of the Day Star WORD format

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How God’s People Will Give the Loud Cry

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

Scripture reading: John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth.

The loud cry is to be given by a very small people. We want to understand how the people of the loud cry will be exposed. The knowledge that the word of God imparts on this matter is very much misunderstood by a large number of Christians who believe in the loud cry. We have to remember that when we come to subjects of this nature, God’s communications to us will be misunderstood because God’s ways are not our ways and we need to open our hearts to the way God is trying to communicate it to us. Read the rest of this entry

Lessons from the Life of Nebuchadnezzar

Our recent conference was on the topic of the life of Nebuchadnezzar and the object lessons we can gather from this great heathen king.

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Through Daniel and others of the Hebrew captives, the Babylonian monarch had been made acquainted with the power and supreme authority of the true God; and when Zedekiah once more solemnly promised to remain loyal, Nebuchadnezzar required him to swear to this promise in the name of the Lord God of Israel. Had Zedekiah respected this renewal of his covenant oath, his loyalty would have had a profound influence on the minds of many who were watching the conduct of those who claimed to reverence the name and to cherish the honor of the God of the Hebrews. – {PK 447.2}

This has been the danger of the people of God in all ages; and especially is this the danger of those living near the close of time. We are cited by the apostle to the unbelief, blindness, rebellion, and repeated sins of the Hebrews, as a warning. Paul plainly states that “all these things happened unto them for ensamples; and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” If, in these last days of peril, for the encouragement of persons in responsible positions, God in mercy gives them a testimony of favor, they frequently become lifted up, and lose sight of their frailties and weaknesses, and rely upon their own judgment, flattering themselves that God cannot accomplish his work without their especial aid. They trust in their own wisdom; and the Lord permits them, for a time, to apparently prosper, to reveal the weakness and folly of the natural heart. But the Lord will, in his own time, and in his own way, bring down the pride and folly of these deceived ones, and show to them their true condition. If they will accept the humiliation, and by confession and sincere repentance, turn unto the Lord, perfecting holiness in the fear of God, he will renew his love to them. But if they shut their eyes to their own sins, as did the Jews, and choose their own ways, the Lord will give them up to blindness of mind, and hardness of heart, that they cannot discern the things of the Spirit of God. – {2SP 52.4}

Saved by Hope


By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

This is a message of hope, practical, meaningful hope. The people who approach unto God make interesting and quite unexpected experiences. Often they are fraught with opposites of emotion. Coming before Him, have you experienced a contradiction of expectations? When we come to God, to Jesus, we expect comfort and acceptance, but we are shocked many times with the sense of overwhelming unworthiness. So overwhelming that we wonder whether we are ever going to be saved. We see our shortfall in the light of God’s perfect character and of His high calling and expectation.

Many people don’t realise that when they meet the real Jesus such as Saul met Him on the road to Damascus, they meet an experience similar to his, just with different circumstances. But Romans chapter 7 tells us what apostle Paul met in his inward experience when he met Jesus. Read the rest of this entry

How to Cultivate Christian Graces


By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

Scripture reading: Romans 12:9 [Let] love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 10 [Be] kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

…nourish the tender plant of love. Cultivate the graces of the spirit, cultivate tenderness, compassion for one another… {HM, January 1, 1892 par. 9} Read the rest of this entry

The Conviction of Sin and Our Effective Response

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

We have a very wonderful God who provides us with such great hope. We are saved by hope. It is a hope in which although we feel condemned and the condemnation is upon us, there is hope through Jesus Christ. Secondly, it is the hope that is spoken of in Titus.

Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

Here is another hope; looking for the appearing of Jesus Christ, the second coming of our Lord and Saviour. When these two hopes are both challenged in our mind, when Jesus is there searching His children through and through with as it were eyes of flame, there is a challenge that is expressed, a challenge that comes to all of us at some point or another; Who shall be able to stand?

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Gods Compassion for the 144,000

By John Thiel

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As the people who we want to be standing on the historic advent message, we are destined to be part of the 144,000. We have no other alternative. That is to be us because of the knowledge we have.

Revelation 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty [and] four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. 2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: 3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred [and] forty [and] four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. 4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, [being] the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

The description belongs to us with the knowledge of the three angels’ message. Read the rest of this entry

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