Current Church Events in Prophecy

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By John Thiel Audio: mp3
 

We are often perplexed regarding where we stand in the timeline of God’s plans for us as a church and individuals. This has always been a problem in the lives of God’s people in the past. They did not always recognise present truth.

In the time of Noah, many people didn’t realise that in God’s timeline they had to get into that ark. In the time of Babylon they did not know that they were to be there for those seventy years. They were meant to be there. God had pointed out that they were to be there for seventy years and if they would listen to the prophecy they knew that after seventy years they would go back home but many didn’t. In the time of Christ there was a timeline, there was a recognition of the birth and then of the baptism of Jesus. They did not recognise the timeline for present experience and so for us today. We must know where we should be in God’s timeline.

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How to Deal With Opposition

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I learnt a lot from the testimonies when I first came to the truth. The truth that we espouse is an unpopular truth.

Let us not feel that we have heavy trials to bear, severe conflicts to endure, in representing unpopular truth. {6T 120.2}

Why is it unpopular? People say all sorts of lovely things about Jesus but the real Jesus, they don’t want. It is an unpopular truth that Jesus stands as head of.

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What Crucified Jesus and His Disciples

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By John Thiel mp3

Isaiah 66:5 Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name’s sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.

Can you see a startling element in this scripture? Among brethren who worship together, there are such who tremble at His word and there are others who worship God in the pride of their preeminence as God’s children. Those that tremble at God’s word are disliked by their brethren. There comes a point in time when their brethren will actually regard it as a favour done to God and something to glorify God with, that they shall put these people that tremble at God’s word out of their fellowship.

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The Wisdom of the Wise

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By John Thiel mp3

We have been realising the harvest of what has been sown and that is met in these last days. The end of this world has produced perils which come as a result of what has been sown. The seeds of dissension produced strife, confusion, and heartache. They produced a devouring of one another. This is what transpires in the last days, people doing this. In this time of harvest, in the end of the world, we are in need of being able to find our way through. The future studies will be the subtleties of Satan that are manifested in these last days and the bundling experience that is written of for the last days. As we go through these experiences as are written, we need wisdom to understand those subjects. We now recall the words of Daniel chapter 12 when Daniel stands in his lot just now. This is speaking about the total closing of the events of the end. There are a people standing there.

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Hiding Securely

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By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

Facing Last Day Perils Conference

Scripture reading: Isaiah 26:20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.

There are very troublesome frightening perplexities ahead of us and already upon us and there is a danger that when we look at them and focus upon them we may lose our focus upon Jesus. However Jesus is the one who will be with us through those perplexities. This must lace all the subjects that we pursue so that those perplexities, although they are perplexities are illuminated by the presence of Jesus so that while they are perplexing and fearful and awesome and awful, we will not be discomfited with those terrible realities. To complete our contemplations and to take with us an intelligent strength and comfort, we want to focus upon our hiding place, hiding securely in our hiding place.

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The Swelling of Jacob’s Trouble

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By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

Facing Last Days Perils conference

Many people think that Jacob’s trouble is just bang, there it is. Is it true that Jacob’s trouble is something that swells into greater and more intense activity? This is what we want to examine.

In the 1840s onwards, perplexities began to threaten. In 1848 a world war was threatening but then it just suddenly stopped. From that time as we look back through the history, we got to the time of 1914 and there was the First World War and all the horrendous experiences that were involved there. But they were even small in comparison to the Second World War and to the terrible time of the depression that happened in between. Then it moved on to a time in which there was the cold war with men’s hearts failing them for fear of the things that were coming on the planet. Now we are seeing them gathering more and more momentum.

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The Love of God and Mans Discouragement

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Those who worship God in spirit and in truth know and understand what the scripture says, God is love. We need to continue to worship God in the deep sense of that love. The God that created man and all that surrounded man at creation, this beautiful planet that He created, when you look at it closely, it was all created by a motive of love; and it was simply addressed in this beautiful account of God having finished His creation and looking upon it: Read the rest of this entry

Remarriage in the Light of the Inspired Word

Marriage was divinely established in Eden and affirmed by Jesus to be a lifelong union between a man and a woman in loving companionship. For the Christian a marriage commitment is to God as well as to the spouse, and should be entered into only between partners who share a common faith. Mutual love, honor, respect, and responsibility are the fabric of this relationship, which is to reflect the love, sanctity, closeness, and permanence of the relationship between Christ and His church. Regarding divorce, Jesus taught that the person who divorces a spouse, except for fornication, and marries another, commits adultery.

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The Bundling Experience – The Gleaning Time is Now

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By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

This meditation is in reference to what the angels the reapers, are doing in the time of harvest. It’s really hard for us to visualise what Jesus was teaching when he taught about the harvest and the angels reaping, but we want to try and understand the experience of the bundling.

Matthew 13:37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked [one];

Now we come to the reaping:

Matthew 13:39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

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Divorce

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DIVORCE. – A correspondent sends to the Office the following request: “Will you give your opinion in regard to divorces, as there are some that do not feel satisfied on this subject?” {April 15, 1862 JWe, ARSH 160.1}

ANSWER. – We think that for one cause, that mentioned by our Lord as recorded in Matt.xix,9, divorce may lawfully be obtained, and that the parties divorced are as free as if the marriage contract had never existed between them. Some have drawn what are evidently extreme views from Paul’s language in Rom.vii,1-3. But Paul is there only giving us an illustration, and not laying down rules in regard to the marriage relation. To enforce his illustration, he takes the general rule; and it would be by no means proper for him in that connection to go out of his way to state exceptions. U. S. {April 15, 1862 JWe, ARSH 160.2}

“There is only one other record of official action on divorce and remarriage during the 19th century. At the General Conference Session in 1887, the following resolution was passed:

WHEREAS, Our Saviour has laid down the one sole ground on which parties once married can be divorced; and,  WHEREAS, the practices of society have become most deplorable in this respect, as seen in the prevalence of unscriptural divorces; therefore,  RESOLVED, That we express our deprecation of this great evil, and instruct our ministers not to unite in marriage any parties so divorced. This resolution made official what was surely the consensus of Adventists at the time: only adultery was “grounds” for divorce and remarriage. To this was added one of the first official rules regarding second marriages, namely, that Seventh-day Adventist ministers should not perform weddings for people entering second marriages without biblical justification. A decade after Ellen White’s death, Seventh-day Adventists still had very little in the way of official policy on divorce and remarriage. As the church grew both in size and complexity of organization, there was greater need felt for such policy. In 1925, the church adopted a brief statement of general policy on divorce. The Autumn Council that year approved of a statement that deplored divorce and placed “emphatic disapproval upon any legal action for the separation of those once married, on any ground other than that given in Matthew 5:32.”(10) The church had not yet developed a church manual, so such resolutions like this were considered advisory.”  http://family.adventist.org/home—divorce-and-remarriage-in-the-seventh-day-adventist-church—sda-policy-on-divorce-and-remarr.html

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The Pearl of Great Price Sermons on YouTube

2 The Pearl for Which Christ Died

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3 Christ’s Pearl Through the Ages

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4 The Gathering of Christ’s Pearls

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5 The Final Display

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Audios: http://sabbathsermons.com/audio-sermons/2012-conference-the-pearl-of-great-price/

Transcripts: http://sabbathsermons.com/category/the-pearl-of-great-price-in-the-hour-of-temptation/

Satan’s Subtle Warfare

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By John Thiel, Audio: mp3 

Facing Last Day Perils Conference

There is an object lesson to preface this study:

Have you ever watched a hawk in pursuit of a timid dove? Instinct has taught the dove that in order for the hawk to seize his prey, he must gain a loftier flight than his victim. So she rises higher and still higher in the blue dome of heaven, ever pursued by the hawk, which is seeking to obtain the advantage. But in vain. The dove is safe as long as she allows nothing to stop her in her flight, or draw her earthward; but let her once falter, and take a lower flight, and her watchful enemy will swoop down upon his victim. Again and again have we watched this scene with almost breathless interest, all our sympathies with the little dove. How sad we should have felt to see it fall a victim to the cruel hawk!  {MYP 103.2}

We have before us a warfare,–a lifelong conflict with Satan and his seductive temptations. The enemy will use every argument, every deception, to entangle the soul; and in order to win the crown of life, we must put forth earnest, persevering effort. We must not lay off the armor or leave the battlefield until we have gained the victory, and can triumph in our Redeemer. As long as we continue to keep our eyes fixed upon the Author and Finisher of our faith, we shall be safe. But our affections must be placed upon things above, not on things of the earth. By faith we must rise higher and still higher in the attainment of the graces of Christ. By daily contemplating His matchless charms, we must grow more and more into His glorious image. While we thus live in communion with Heaven, Satan will lay his nets for us in vain.–The Youth’s Instructor, May 12, 1898.  {MYP 104.1} Read the rest of this entry

Harvest of Dissension

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By John Thiel mp3

Facing Last Day Perils Conference

As we look at the harvest of this earth we see that whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. What is sown is also reaped. God does not arbitrarily deal with the wicked or with anybody that disobeys Him. It is the consequences of what we have been harboring in our mind, in our heart, that will finally punish us. We get to know God correctly when we study the sowing and the harvest correctly.

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Earth’s Harvest Time

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By John Thiel Mp3

Facing Last Day Perils Conference

The theme is “Facing Last Day Perils”. What does facing mean? To face up to it, to face the last day perils. The perils are of a nature that you don’t want to face up to. They are of a nature that you want to escape.

You don’t want to see it. You don’t want to experience it. But we are to face them, and in facing them we will be tossed about. The truth, although it becomes beleaguered by the terrible attacks that are upon it, will continue through and we need to attach ourselves to that. We might become battered by the storm, by the floods and by the logs that are knocking us around, but if we hold on to the truth that will carry us through the storm, we will come out safely on the other side.

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Lo I Am With You Alway

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By John Thiel mp3 

Facing Last Day Perils Conference

We are called upon to persevere through the storms of life that are prophesied for our time. They are prophesied for the purpose that we can identify them and meet them in the precious comfort that is found in Jesus.

We have been given the heralds of the last day and among them is the spirit of Elijah the prophet. It is the testimony of Jesus through the spirit of prophecy and in it are described experiences that are of a devastating impact upon people.

I have found many people that said, I don’t want to read Sister White’s writings, it depresses me. We must not be depressed in view of the many statements in reference to the time of harvest, bundling, the harvest of dissensions, and all those details that are written. It must not depress us but we must find comfort through it all.

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A Temple Made of Time

By John Thiel – Audio mp3

Facing Last Day Perils Conference

Deepening Sabbath Rest

A temple made of time and its connection with the wonderful redemptive story. Jesus rested after His terrible suffering. I want to spend time in this precious deepening Sabbath rest that we are privileged to participate in. The whole experience of these last perilous times in which we live, the day of the Lord, is not a very good time.

We will be looking at the depths of these perils and as we look into these, we want to understand how we can rejoice in them. This is the most puzzling situation of the Scriptures. We are told to rejoice in tribulation. How can that be? We want to understand this. We want to understand the true Sabbath rest in the midst of tribulation. If we are going to be true Sabbath keepers, what will be our experience?

2 Timothy 3:12-13 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

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Approaching Storm Clouds

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By John Thiel – Audio Mp3    

Facing Last Day Perils Conference

The heralds of the last days were preparing the minds of the people that the end has come in 1879 to 1844. There were heralds that were declaring the end. I will reveal to you said Gabriel, the end of the indignation. At that time even from 1755, the herald of the great Lisbon earthquake together with all that followed afterwards, Daniel standing in his lot pointed to the fact that from 1844 onwards the judgment would be set and the three angels’ messages were launched. That was only the beginning; it was only the heralding of the future. We want to look at the fact that back there in Sr White’s time the storm was only just approaching.

The period of development of the three angels’ messages was actually given to us in the words of the Spirit of Prophecy. E.G White was one of the heralds and God would speak through her in the spirit of the prophet Elijah to prepare a people. It is the Spirit of Prophecy that would show us the detail.

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What Is That To Thee? (reposted)

Busy Bodying in Other Men’s Matters

1 Peter 4:15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or [as] a thief, or [as] an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.

A busybody in other men’s matters. Was Eve content after eating the fruit without busy bodying herself into the mind of her husband? She was a busybody into another man’s matters. Here we have a testimony to help us understand this principle:

Each should diligently and interestedly attend to his own work, leaving others to their own Master, to stand or fall. There are too many busybodies in —–, too many who are interested in watching their brethren, and for this reason are constantly weak. They will bear testimony in meeting, and because they have not Jesus in their hearts to confess, they will try to impress upon their brethren their duty. {2T 245.3}

via What Is That To Thee?.

Mother Church with Her Infants

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

In the subjects of justification, sanctification and prayer, we behold Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. Read the rest of this entry

Heralds of the End

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By John Thiel - Audio: mp3    

Facing Last Day Perils Conference

Scripture reading: Daniel 8:11 Yea, he magnified [himself] even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily [sacrifice] was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. 12 And an host was given [him] against the daily [sacrifice] by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practiced, and prospered. 19 And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end [shall be]. 

What is your lamp, what is the lamp that has to be burning? Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, so it is the Word. That Word needs to be burning in our hearts so we understand what it is, how it enlightens our life. We are here at this time of earth’s history realising that things are not as they used to be. The people in the world know this. That there is an ominous sense that something is going to happen. Those who know their Bible, know that we are living at the end. Our message is to look at the Scriptures and find the heralds of the end. Who are the people, who are the heralds that declare the end of the world? When did they start coming onto the scene? The purpose of our conference is to become enlightened as to how to meet the last days. Read the rest of this entry

Foundations of the Advent Faith

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Origin and History of Seventh-Day Adventists by Arthur W Spalding 

The pioneers dug for truth as for hidden treasure. James White, Joseph Bates, Hiram Edson, John N. Andrews, and others quarried out the building stones to make the temple.

Some of the stones in that temple were already well established doctrines in Christian faith; some had been lost or misshapen and were recovered; some were fresh from the quarry, waiting for the need of the building, which had now come. Nor is it to be understood that these pioneers grasped completely all the truths now held by the denomination. Knowledge of truth is progressive, and only they who grow in that knowledge are living Christians. Some of the truths hereinafter stated categorically were years in developing fully; they represent the present platform of Seventh-day Adventists, and there will doubtless be new concepts and, therefore, new statements of those truths. But the pioneers laid the solid foundations and erected the walls of the building; its modifications have been minor; and its finishing, according to pattern. Their blueprint was the Bible, the Inspired Word of God, through which runs in golden outline the love of God to man. Read the rest of this entry

Will Ye Also Go Away?

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By John Thiel

Couched within the natural heart of every human being there is a disposition to flee unpleasant experiences. It’s right inside of every one of us. It is lovely to be part of a church while there is harmony with my expectations, but come hardship, come trials, come imperfections, it is in our hearts to seek for greener hills.

As trials thicken around us, both separation and unity will be seen in our ranks. Some who are now ready to take up weapons of warfare will in times of real peril make it manifest that they have not built upon the solid rock; they will yield to temptation. Those who have had great light and precious privileges, but have not improved them, will, under one pretext or another, go out from us. Not having received the love of the truth, they will be taken in the delusions of the enemy; they will give heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils, and will depart from the faith. {6T 400.3} Read the rest of this entry

Practical Righteousness by Faith

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By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 33:14 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah. 15 In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land. 16 In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this [is the name] wherewith she shall be called, The LORD our righteousness.  Read the rest of this entry

Our All Important Duty for this Time

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By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

What is the most important work that is upon our shoulders as God’s people that is upon the shoulders of every human being at this present time? The priority that should occupy the people of God just now?

The antediluvians were presented for 120 years with a most important message, a most important duty. What was it? What did Noah have to do? He had to build an ark so that the people could be saved. The building of the ark was important, but was that the most important? Read the rest of this entry

Present Church Events in Prophecy

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By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

This is not the full transcript which is to follow soon…. watch this space….

I asked the meaning of the shaking I had seen, and was shown that it would be caused by the straight testimony called forth by the counsel of the True Witness to the Laodiceans. This will have its effect upon the heart of the receiver, and will lead him to exalt the standard and pour forth the straight truth. Some will not bear this straight testimony. They will rise up against it, and this will cause a shaking among God’s people. – {1T 181.1} Read the rest of this entry

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