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Withhold Nothing


By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

As we live in this time of earth’s history, we are coming close to the moment when all that we possess will be lost and according to the Scriptures, our wealth is worth nothing in the day of God’s wrath.

Houses and lands will be of no use to the saints in the time of trouble, for they will then have to flee before infuriated mobs, and at that time their possessions cannot be disposed of to advance the cause of present truth. I was shown that it is the will of God that the saints should cut loose from every encumbrance before the time of trouble comes, and make a covenant with God through sacrifice. If they have their property on the altar and earnestly inquire of God for duty, He will teach them when to dispose of these things. Then they will be free in the time of trouble and have no clogs to weigh them down. {EW 56.3}

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Our Commitment to the Three Angels Messages

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

How close is it to the coming of Jesus? We have become vividly aware that we are indeed at the very last of the generation that is to see Jesus coming. All that Jesus foretold is culminating and I have a deep sense that during this year and the next, we will be meeting some very serious circumstances. We have been given the assistance of the angels but it is up to us whether we will actually be in tune with them. I would like to spend time with you this hour in considering our commitment to the three angels and their messages and that other angel of Revelation 18.

We are often fascinated in reference to angels, as our Scripture reading expressed – “Are they not ministering spirits?” Angels are actually ministering for us, especially those who are the heirs of salvation. They are “ministering spirits, sent forth to minister” to us. One aspect of their ministry is to communicate light from heaven to us. We see this in the words of the angel of Revelation 1:1 where the message was conveyed from Jesus via the angel to John the revelator and in Daniel 9:20-23 you have Gabriel speaking being sent from heaven to administer light to Daniel. Read the rest of this entry

Are You Narrow-Minded?

By John Thiel

What does it mean to totally give over to God and His way?We have touched on this in the past but we need to be reminded of it frequently.The question is – what really is Gods way when we completely surrender ourselves to Him? Read the rest of this entry

Worthy to Escape

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By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

Jesus spoke and said:

Luke 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

We have been made aware in the study of prophecy that the children of the veterans of World War Two, that generation, will experience the return of Jesus. Within the life span of that generation, it shall not pass said Jesus.

Luke 21:32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.

Which generation? The study of the fig tree, the Hebrew nation coming back to a position of nationhood shooting, was powerful direction in prophecy that identifies that generation since 1948. But there is something more here. We notice in the words of Luke 21:25 to 28 that it points to the Second World War and after. Read the rest of this entry

07 Don’t Forget

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When you compare the righteous with the wicked, the wicked come to heaven’s door knocking expecting to come into heaven thinking the door should be open for them. The righteous look to heaven and long to enter in but in heaven no evil thing may enter yet the Lord says to the righteous, those who look to heaven conscious of their condition; “Come in.” The person may say, “Lord, no sin can enter into heaven. You are calling me to come in but as far as I understand nothing bad can go into heaven.” The Lord says, “Yes, I know that so come in.” Read the rest of this entry

04 Last Generation Social Breakdown

John Thiel, The Last Generation Conference, Audio: mp3

Do you believe we are living in the last generation? There is more material for us to appreciate and fill us with more intense appreciation of the last generation description given by Jesus. In this study we will look at the last generation in its social representation of social breakdown today. We reflect again upon the words of Jesus and glean the aspects.

Matthew 24:33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, [even] at the doors.  34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Read the rest of this entry

03 God Speaks Through Nature

By John Thiel, The Last Generation Conference, Audio: mp3

Psalms 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork. 2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge. 3 [There is] no speech nor language, [where] their voice is not heard. 4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, 5 Which [is] as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, [and] rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.

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02 All These Things Fulfilled

By John Thiel, The Last Generation Conference, Audio: mp3

Our last study was an in-depth search of the words of Jesus. We came away with abundance of proof that the seed of the veterans of the Second World War, that generation will not pass until all things shall be fulfilled. We are confronted with a truth today that Jesus specifically addresses us here now. He spoke to the disciples of His time and He took them through the whole vast line-up of prophecies to our moment now. Let us reflect on His words. He said I am with you even unto the end of the world. He is speaking to you His disciples in the last days as well. The ‘you’ embraces His disciples back there, and His disciples today. Here today Jesus is speaking directly to you and me. What is He saying?

Luke 21:32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.

He is speaking to you and me.

Luke 21:33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. 34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and [so] that day come upon you unawares.

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02 Your Face is Telling

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The best repairer is the manufacturer. In mechanics that’s a fact, whoever built the car is the best person to fix the car. We all need repairing. The whole world needs repairing and the best one to do that is the person who created it, the manufacturer of this planet. He can fix us. When we dwell upon the power of our God, really, is there any excuse, any reason for stress? When the Israelites came before the Red Sea, do you think they were a little stressed? Perhaps a bit more than a little, I think they were very stressed.

Here is this big mass of water and it posed big issues considering the situation behind them and the situation beside them; big mountains, black Pharaoh coming after them and this water mass in front of them. If they considered that in the creation God divided the waters from the waters, they would understand that this little puddle of water before them was nothing that was beyond the capabilities of God. God can separate the waters. The Bible records that God sent a wind. That word ‘wind’ translates as spirit. When Noah was on the ark and the water was everywhere, it says that the Lord sent the wind and it dealt with the water. Read the rest of this entry

Beware of the Leaven of the Pharisees

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

As a Christian church we want to look at Jesus because that is the reason why we are a church. When we look at Jesus, we look at Him coming to this earth with an object. Remember what He said when He came from the wilderness? He began to preach the kingdom of heaven is at hand. He came to launch out the kingdom of heaven on earth. He came to launch out a religion which when I look today has been dreadfully contorted. It is expressed in the words of Jesus to Nicodemus.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Read the rest of this entry

The Crushing Rock

By John Thiel, mp3

Scripture Reading: Romans 16:25 Now to him that is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which hath been kept in silence through times eternal,

Our scripture reading we have just read holds the key to unlock the summary of our conference topic that when the trumpet angel is to sound the mystery of God should be finished. What is the mystery of God that should be finished at the sounding of the seventh trumpet?

Romans 16:25 Now to him that is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which hath been kept in silence through times eternal, 26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

The mystery is to be finished in the seventh trumpet in which we are living at the very end of. Way back in all eternity of the past before any creation, the Godhead planned to create. His plan to create posed a potential disaster. Why should He create when He knew that there could and there would arise a defection among the created intelligences? He would create no robots but intelligent minds who had power to reason and to choose. With that freedom to be given to living creatures, it was in inevitable that something would arise. He knew ahead of time.

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23 The Loud Cry

I want to identify some characteristics and points and prerequisites mentioned in the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy in regards to the loud cry. The loud cry is mentioned in Revelation 18;

Revelation 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel…

This loud cry involves another angel because before this angel there went three before it. The first angel which made its proclamation having the everlasting gospel and preaching to the inhabitants of the earth declaring the hour of Gods judgement had come and to worship God who made the heavens and earth and then the second angels message came proclaiming that Babylon is fallen, is fallen and then the third angels message was come and that was to identify if any man worship the beast or his image or receive his number or his mark they will be punished. Then it shows a comparison of such people that worship the beast and his image. Read the rest of this entry

04 One Thing after Another

Audio: One Thing after Another

God has a church and that church is the pillar and ground of the truth. That truth has been given in its appointed time and the possibilities were there for Christ to come back but man has sought to make improvements in various ways. While the testimony of Jesus was active in his church much advancement came but it was held in check. When the testimony of Jesus, the Spirit of Prophecy was silenced and Ellen White was laid to rest then the mice come out to play. In our last study we read a prophecy of what would happen if the desired changes would take place.

The principles of truth that God in His wisdom has given to the remnant church, would be discarded. Our religion would be changed. The fundamental principles that have sustained the work for the last fifty years would be accounted as error. A new organisation would be established. Books of a new order would be written. A system of intellectual philosophy would be introduced. The founders of this system would go into the cities, and do a wonderful work. The Sabbath of course, would be lightly regarded, as also the God who created it. Nothing would be allowed to stand in the way of the new movement. The leaders would teach that virtue is better than vice, but God being removed, they would place their dependence on human power, which, without God, is worthless. Their foundation would be built on the sand, and storm and tempest would sweep away the structure. Who has authority to begin such a movement? We have our Bibles. We have our experience, attested to by the miraculous working of the Holy Spirit. We have a truth that admits of no compromise. Shall we not repudiate everything that is not in harmony with this truth? {1SM 205.1, 2} Read the rest of this entry

What Did the Early Adventist Church Teach About the Eastern Question?

From the book – Bible Readings for the Home Circle 1914 Edition

Chapter 65 – The Eastern Question

1. WHAT, briefly stated, is the Eastern question?

The driving out of Turkey from Europe, and the final extinction of the Turkish Empire, with the world-embracing events that follow. It has been otherwise described as “the driving of the Turk into Asia, and a scramble for his territory.” Read the rest of this entry

03 Sealed In The Forehead

 Audio: Sealed in the Forehead

When something bad happens man always seems to look for a way out. A way so they can still do what they do but do it without being affected. In 1755 there was a great earthquake. It struck on a holy day, the churches were full. They used candles and the buildings came tumbling down. The candles caused a fire. Those that survived the earthquake had to deal with the fire. The people then went to the ocean shore and then they had to deal with a tsunami. Humans always want to run away from something bad. After the New Zealand earthquake, many have left New Zealand. That is the nature of man.

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The Key to the King of the North

 Who invaded Egypt at the time of the end 1798?  The French under the leadership of Napoleon. On the 5th of March following, Bonaparte received the decree of the Directory relative to the expedition against Egypt. He left Paris May 3 and set sail from Toulon the 29th, with a large naval armament consisting of 500 sail, carrying 40,000 soldiers and 10,000 sailors. July 5, Alexandria was taken, and immediately fortified.   Did the king of the south (Egyptian Mamelukes) push at him (Napoleon)?  In the battle of the pyramids the Mamelukes contested the field against the French. In the vision of Daniel 11 and 12 the king of the south is in all cases the kingdom that occupies Egypt the land south of Palestine.  The time of the end in all cases being the year 1798 and the king of the north in all cases being the power that occupies Egypt. In Daniel 11:5-15 the power occupying Egypt was the Ptolemaic dynasty.  In Dan 11:25 it was the Roman Power under the leadership of Mark Antony and Cleopatra.  While in Dan 11:40 it was the Mamelukes who ruled Egypt as a kingdom of the Ottoman Sultan.  This leads to the conclusion that the king of the north must be whatever power occupies the territories of Asia Minor, Syria and Mesopotamia (the land North of Palestine).  In Dan 11:6-15 it was the Seleucid dynasty while in Dan 11:40 it was the Ottoman Turks.

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Questions on the Sealing Message

By J. N. Loughborough

I. When did the Adventists obtain the light on the Sealing Message?

II. When will the Sealing work begin?

III. Will any who have died in the faith since 1848, when that message was received, be reckoned with the 144,000? Read the rest of this entry

Israel and the Promised Land

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Hebrews 4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left [us] of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. 2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard [it]. 

God led Israel from Egypt. He worked mighty wonders. He led them through the red sea unto the borders of the Promised Land. They fell short of the fulfilment of the promise of God.  Today ancient Israel is still seeking the fulfilment of that promise. The land which was flowing with milk and honey now flows with war and bloodshed as the Jewish nation endeavours to gain the Promised Land. They will never gain the Promised Land because that is not what God promised them. God would lead them all the way. Yet today we find not just the Jewish nation but every nation leading themselves in that way which seemeth right but the ends there of is Armageddon. Read the rest of this entry

The Ends of the World

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

1 Corinthians 10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. 6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.  11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

Welcome ye upon whom the end of the world has come. Is this the end of the world? Today the church is crying as it has cried for centuries. The cry of Gods church for centuries has been the words of John.

Revelation 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Read the rest of this entry

The Present Sealing Work

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By John Thiel

Revelation 7:1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. 2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, 3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

The hymn ‘How Far From Home’ is an early advent hymn that our early Adventist brethren sung. They thought Jesus would come in their time but here we are in the third and fourth generation from there and still here. We are still not home but how near are we?   I wish to contemplate the experience of the sealing time in which we are living and the present engagement right now. Is the sealing time and the sealing work now? As we look at that sealing time, how serious a matter is this? What are the social ramifications in this sealing time? What is required of us to be sealed? How does it impact on our readiness for Christ’s coming?

The Seriousness of This Subject

We have as Adventists have grown up with the messages of the three angels and it has become very familiar to us and sometimes we look upon it as a mere interesting subject. There is seriousness in this subject that should captivate us. It is plainly reflected in our scripture reading. The angel says to the four angels that they should hold the four winds of the earth;

Revelation 7:3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. Read the rest of this entry

10. The Plagues

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By John Thiel, Audio: The Plagues

This study is to behold the picture of those who God denounces.

Revelation 14:9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive [his] mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

Here is the drinking of the wine of the wrath of God. This is written in Revelation 15-16 where the preamble in chapter 15 talks of the angels with the seven plagues and then the actual outpouring of that;

Revelation 16:1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. Read the rest of this entry

The River Euphrates

By Stephen Haskell

The prophetic guide carried the prophet still farther, and revealed the contest between modern nations; he saw the final struggle between the north and the south, and pointed to Constantinople as the seat of contention in the last days. Nations should turn their gaze toward the present occupants of that city and patiently await the removal of the Turk into the “glorious land.” For “he shall come to his end and none shall help him.” p. 285, . Daniel the Prophet – Stephen Haskell. Read the rest of this entry

The Sealing of the 144,000 in the Time of the Judgment

By John Thiel

The bible says that the law of God is to be written in our hearts which is the forehead – the frontal lobe of the brain.

Revelation 7:1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.  Read the rest of this entry

13. Events of the Seventh Millennium

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By John Thiel, Audio: Events of the Seventh Millennium

This study continues on from the previous study on the second coming of Jesus.  As we have studied the three angel’s messages, as they apply to the time of the end, we have come to an appreciation of the meaning.

2 Peter 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. 8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day [is] with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

Did you notice the comprehension of the painstaking work of the three angel’s messages that bring us to the final point of the second coming of Christ? Ultimately after the first and second angel the third comes into function and the coming of Jesus takes place. We know that 1000 years is as a day with the Lord. The end time can be a period of time that is much longer than we expect. We see the events chronicled for the end of the world, the loud cry, the wrath of God in the plagues, the second coming, all these in the harvest comprehension. These were actual events in seasons of time. It is a season of time in which God is patiently working not willing that any should perish but that all may have eternal life. Read the rest of this entry

Orchestrations of God’s love and Earthly Wars

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By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

Our object in mediation in the love of God is chronicled in Ephesians.

Ephesians 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Here we are made aware of what is our aim in studying Gods word and going through different topics of truth. Our motive is to understand Gods love that we may be able to comprehend the depth and length and that we might be filled with the fullness of God we are looking at every detail of God’s love. There are some aspects of Gods love that may surprise us. Every aspect of God’s love needs to be discovered. It is a multi-dimensional figure. Not only the length and depth but also the height. It is four-dimensional and it passes knowledge. If we are going to contemplate Gods love, we are to let it burn into our system. If Gods glory and love was to be here today, we would not be able to contemplate it. Sinful flesh feels uncomfortable with the glory of God. This multi-dimensional picture was revealed in 1844. The message of Gods truth was piece meal. 1844 we read the experience of those who applied themselves to these messages. Read the rest of this entry

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