04 Wooden or Iron Yoke – Don’t Arouse the Authorities/Nebuchadnezzar

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.

Patience and comfort will affect us. The things that were written a long time ago in the Bible are for us today as much as for any other time, but the subject matter that we now want to contemplate is especially for us. The comfort and patience that come from the Scriptures which have been written aforetime, are especially beneficial to us. Read the rest of this entry

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

Sabbath School Lesson 2015 First Half Daniel 11 Revelations of the Day Star by John Thiel

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

Sabbath School Lesson 2015 First Half Daniel 11 Revelations of the Day Star by John Thiel

Men of all characters, righteous and unrighteous, will stand in their positions. With the characters they have formed, they will act their part in the fulfillment of history. In a crisis, just at the right moment, men will stand in the places they have prepared themselves to fill. Believers and unbelievers will fall into line as witnesses, to confirm truth which they do not themselves comprehend. All will cooperate in accomplishing the purposes of God, as did Annas, Caiaphas, Pilate, and Herod.

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but not one jot or tittle of the Word of God will fail. It will endure forever. All men, whatever their position, whatever their religion, loyal or disloyal to God, wicked or righteous, are fitting themselves to do their work in the closing scenes of the day of the Lord. They will trample down each other as they act out their natural attributes and fulfill their purposes; but they will carry out the purpose of God. The priests thought that they were carrying out their own purposes, but unconsciously and unintentionally they were fulfilling the purpose of God. He “revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.

“If the Bible student learns from the great Teacher who inspired Bible history, he will know the truth. The Word is light, and to those who search its pages diligently, it is illuminated by the bright beams of the Sun of Righteousness.” Manuscript Releases Volume Twelve pp. 390.2 -391.2

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.

All audio studies are now published here:

http://sabbathsermons.com/2014-conference-lessons-from-the-life-from-nebuchadnezzar/

Some of the 15 YouTube videos are also now up:

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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

Audio MP3

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

Our Daniel 11 Sabbath School Lesson Pamphlet for 2015

Our recent Sabbath School lesson on Daniel 11 has been deleted until further notice due to numerous Bible reference errors.  It will be up again at some point when corrected.

Our Heritage

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

Scripture reading: Jeremiah 6:16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where [is] the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.

Jesus prayed that His followers might be one; but we are not to sacrifice the truth in order to secure this union, for we are to be sanctified through the truth. Here is the foundation of all true peace. Human wisdom would change all this, pronouncing this basis too narrow. Men would try to effect unity through concession to popular opinion, through compromise with the world, a sacrifice of vital godliness. But truth is God’s basis for the unity of His people. {OHC 329.3} Read the rest of this entry

Fulfilment

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

Scripture reading: Isaiah 49:4 Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: [yet] surely my judgment [is] with the LORD, and my work with my God. 5 And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb [to be] his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength.

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Jesus in All Our Storms of Life

By John Thiel, Audio: MP3

Scripture reading: Psalm 65:5 [By] terrible things in righteousness wilt thou answer us, O God of our salvation; [who art] the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of them that are afar off [upon] the sea: 6 Which by his strength setteth fast the mountains; [being] girded with power: 7 Which stilleth the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the people.

God is able to still noise the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the people.

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Is the Papacy the King of the North?

Anonymous – used with permission.

The king of the north in Daniel 11:40-45 just has to be the papacy! This was the view of Martin Luther back in the 16th century. In 1798 the time of the end began and the book of Daniel was unsealed. Now men began to study this book in earnest and knowledge of the prophecies was increased just as God said would happen. Now that God was opening up men’s understanding, what did some of the prominent Millerites teach on this topic?

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God’s Glory Shall Cover the Earth

By John Thiel, Audio: MP3

Scripture reading: Exodus 34:6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, 7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear [the guilty]; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth [generation].

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The Eastern Question – Willie White

Uriah Smith died in 1903. Here was what Ellen White wrote concerning Elder Smith in 1902:

“We can easily count the first burden bearers now alive [1902]. Elder [Uriah] Smith was connected with us at the beginning of the publishing work. He labored in connection with my husband. We hope always to see his name in the Review and Herald at the head of the list of editors; for thus it should be. Those who began the work, who fought bravely when the battle went so hard, must not lose their hold now. They are to be honored by those who entered the work after the hardest privation had been borne. I feel very tender toward Elder Smith. My life interest in the publishing work is bound up with his. He came to us as a young man, possessing talents that qualified him to stand in his lot and place as an editor. How I rejoice as I read his articles in the Review–so excellent, so full of spiritual truth. I thank God for them. I feel a strong sympathy for Elder Smith, and I believe that his name should always appear in the Review as the name of the leading editor. Thus God would have it. When, some years ago, his name was placed second, I felt hurt. When it was again placed first, I wept and said, “Thank God.” May it always be there, as God designs it shall be, while Elder Smith’s right hand can hold a pen. And when the power of his hand fails, let his sons write at his dictation.” 20MR 220 Read the rest of this entry

The Prophecies of Daniel 11 First Quarter 1904 Sabbath Lesson

No. 35 Oakland California January 1, 1904

Download in Word – Sabbath School Prophecies of Daniel 11 1904

PDF Scanned – Original

See also: http://sabbathsermons.com/2014/12/06/our-daniel-11-sabbath-school-lesson-pamphlet/

The conflict between Israel and Palestine

Table of Contents

Lesson 1 Prophecy Illustrated by Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream………….. 3

Lesson 2 The History of Nations Foretold……………………………………………. 9

Lesson 3 The Papacy and Its’ Work……………………………………………………. 14

Lesson 4 The Vision of Daniel 8…………………………………………………………… 17

Lesson 5 The Two Thousand Three Hundred Days…………………………. 20

Lesson 6 The Sanctuary and Its Cleansing – in Type………………………. 24

Lesson 7 The Sanctuary and Its Cleansing – in Antitype………………… 27

Lesson 8 The Judgment………………………………………………………………………… 30

Lesson 9 The Eastern Question…………………………………………………………… 34

Lesson 10 The Eastern Question (continued)…………………………………… 39

Lesson 11 The Eastern Question (concluded)………………………………….. 43

Lesson 12 The Standing up of Michael………………………………………………. 50

Lesson 13 The Battle of Armageddon…………………………………………………. 53

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How to Receive the Latter Rain

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

Scripture reading: Joel 2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, [that] I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.

Since this [the Holy Spirit] is the means by which we are to receive power, {AA 50.2}

The Spirit is the One by which we can receive an understanding of the reality of Jesus in our life. Read the rest of this entry

When the Tempest Rages

By John Thiel

In the storm when Jesus was walking on the water, the disciples were rowing the boat and they forgot that Jesus was with them. Jesus is in all our storms of life.

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Selling All for the Pearl

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

God is speaking to those who are His children and He says:

Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God [is] one LORD: 5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:

This scripture has a sequel in the New Testament:

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Sorrow Not – How to deal with death

1 Thessalonians 4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep,that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

Notice it says sorrow not. God doesn’t want us to be sad or have sorrow as do others who have no hope when someone dies.

Why? It’s going to keep happening and get worse:

Psalm 91:7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

We are going to see a lot more death and catastrophe of loved ones as we get closer to the end.

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Study Our Sabbath Lesson

We are now producing our own Sabbath Lesson. The second half of 2014 is on the subject of the Atonement. Next year for the first half of 2015 it will be on Daniel 11.

Download it here in pdf – Lessons on the Atonement

Download it here in Word – Lessons on the Atonement

“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same” Hebrews 2:14

“Our impulses and passions have their seat in the body, and it must be kept in the best condition physically and under the most spiritual influences in order that our talents may be put to the highest use.” –Christ Object Lessons p, 346

OBJECTIVES

  • To understand whether Jesus had the flesh of Adam before or after the fall.
  • To explore the meaning of sinful flesh.
  • To appreciate the mortality of the flesh of Jesus.

SDA Reformers and Gossip

Some people thrive on gossip and the faults of others and think and talk of that more than Jesus. They love spreading rumours true and false and tell those that don’t need to know. They speak the name Jesus but don’t know him. Here’s a good article on this topic to help those destined for the lake of fire.

When anyone comes to you with a tale about your neighbor, you should refuse to hear it. You should say to him, “Have you spoken of this matter to the individual concerned?” Tell him he should obey the Bible rule, and go first to his brother, and tell him his fault privately, and in love. If the directions of God were carried out, the floodgates of gossip would be closed. {OHC 293.2}

When the mind dwells upon self, it is turned away from Christ, the source of strength and life. Hence it is Satan’s constant effort to keep the attention diverted from the Saviour and thus prevent the union and communion of the soul with Christ. The pleasures of the world, life’s cares and perplexities and sorrows, the faults of others, or your own faults and imperfections—to any or all of these he will seek to divert the mind. SC 71.2}

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The Restoration of the Caliphate and the Muslim Brotherhood – Daniel 11:45

This article appeared in a popular news website last week about the conflict in the middle east. It relates specifically to Daniel 11:45 and the King of the North.

“The area now under the control of the Islamic State is so vast it has already begun to mark out and control its proposed caliphate. It runs from the southern border of Turkey to the north-eastern gates of Baghdad.

It is from here that they appear to be running their war and building their caliphate headquarters, reportedly painting parts of it black to reflect their forbidding flag, and where their own version of total Sharia law has been instigated.”

http://www.news.com.au/world/middle-east/the-islamic-state-and-its-terrorism-from-syria-to-iraq-is-growing/story-fnh81ifq-1227041715939

Following is an excerpt of an article written by Gene Brown on how this relates to Bible prophecy:

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Questions on Dress

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How to deal with depression

Christ’s agony did not cease, but His depression and discouragement left Him. The storm had in nowise abated, but He who was its object was strengthened to meet its fury. He came forth calm and serene. A heavenly peace rested upon His bloodstained face. He had borne that which no human being could ever bear; for He had tasted the sufferings of death for every man…. – {CSA 33.9}

Please read this study on how to deal with depression:

https://sabbathsermons.com/2014/08/23/how-to-trust-in-god/

 

How To Trust in God

By John Thiel Audio: mp3

Psalm 46:1 God [is] our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 [Though] the waters thereof roar [and] be troubled, [though] the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.

Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I [am] God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. 11 The LORD of hosts [is] with us; the God of Jacob [is] our refuge.

I have experienced over the years that fear, stress, anxiety is even in the ranks of people who are Christians. They shouldn’t have that. We should have such an appreciation of the God who loves us that there is nothing that spoils our peace.

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