The People of the Loud Cry Part 1

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

The Nature of the People

Jeremiah 9:23 Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: 24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.

This scripture reveals a challenge to all who make a profession for which they can be proud of to be the people of God. To be wise. We live in the present moment of time in a culture of preeminence in the religious world. The churches and companies that exist today especially among Adventism are flaunting their preeminence. We uphold the pure truth, we are the right ones and we are the true representatives of God’s truth. You see this throughout the planet.

There is a glorying in this and a tendency to parade boastfully. This is the natural turn of mind of every human being who feels they’ve got it right. As we function together I wish to lay upon our hearts something completely different to this mentality to not enter into this culture of preeminence. What does God say to the people who are glorying in their pre-eminence?

Jeremiah 9:23 Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:

These are things that people glory in. Look what I know, look what I have. I am rich and increased with goods and have need of nothing because I know the truth. I am, we are, this church and this company is it. Thus saith the Lord, let not any many glory. The only thing that we may glory in is:

Jeremiah 9:24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me,

Is this a contradiction? Is it not right, then, to display a glory that we are the ones that understand Him? The next few words display a different mentality.

Jeremiah 9:24 that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.

The church of Laodicea is thwarted by the pride in Jeremiah 9:23.

Revelation 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

The true glory of Jeremiah 9:24 is to understand and know the Lord that He exercises loving kindness, judgement and righteousness in the earth. This is the true glory. The Lord delights in people of the following mentality.

Isaiah 66:2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

To glory in the God that exercises loving kindness is of a different glorification than what we imagine by reading those words. Here there are a people that glory in God, which means they appreciate that they are sinners. They are of a poor and of a contrite spirit because they are broken. The glory is in the understanding that God is merciful to them and that He exercises loving kindness upon them as well as righteousness and judgement. That is not a glorying of the condition of Laodicea. It is a glorying in the humble awareness of your own depravity and His wonderful character. It is these kinds of people that God approves of.

Isaiah 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

What does contrition mean? It means that you break because you see and confess your sinfulness. This is the opposite of a sinner. A true sinner who doesn’t want to have God is a proud being. He is as Lucifer revealed himself: I want to reach to the throne of God. That is the true sinner. But the contrite sinner is the one who is content to just be accepted by the Lord and is amazed that God would accept him. God says He sits in a high and lofty place with such a person. A person with the opposite mentality to that of a proud sinner. God is just like that. If He sits in a high and lofty place with him who is of a humble and contrite heart, what does that make God? Humble and contrite. That is the throne upon which He sits, a throne that is humble and contrite. Who was the first man that ever demonstrated the true condition of that contrition on earth in its completeness? Here is the mind of that which sits on the throne.

Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation,

He didn’t glory in anything.

Philippians 2:7 …and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

The death of the cross is the death of an abject sinner. That is the true nature of the One who sits upon the throne. Because this man did that, when He humbled Himself on the cross God exalted him.

Philippians 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

The remnant people of God, the remnant Church, the remnant of her seed of Revelation 17:12 are identified by this mind. The Laodicean people who thought they were the true church of God had Jesus standing outside their hearts door.

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

So many people have an emotional picture of what this means and they’re way off the mark. To sup with Jesus is to be broken and contrite. To eat and drink of the brokenness of the cross is to sup the bitter cup with Jesus. To such people it says:

Revelation 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

You’re not sitting on the same throne, you’re sitting in the throne. Did you notice the language? We sit in His throne. I sit in a high and lofty place with him also that is of a humble and contrite spirit. It is the position not the throne itself that we are in together with the Father and the Son. This is the nature of those who come through as the remnant of her seed. They are a people who overcome as Christ overcame and are in His shoes and experiences in His throne. He came down to the very depths of human depravity to lift us up. Unless we are of the same mind, we cannot be lifted up.

James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.

Humble yourselves and He shall lift you up. Didn’t Jesus do that? He came down and we are called to come down with Him. Come down from the glory of my own imagination. He that glorieth let him not glory in his own glory. Let his laughter and joy be turned to mourning and heaviness. Then he may be lifted up. These are the remnant people of God. There is only one way of understanding God.

Only he who sees his own sinfulness can discern the preciousness of the Saviour. {DA 494.4}

If you want to see and understand God you must see your own sinfulness. Then you will see and discern the preciousness of the Saviour.

The nearer we come to Jesus and the more clearly we discern the purity of His character, the more clearly we shall discern the exceeding sinfulness of sin and the less we shall feel like exalting ourselves. {COL 160.1}

This glorying that we are God’s people will be melted out of our mind.

Those whom heaven recognizes as holy ones are the last to parade their own goodness. The apostle Peter became a faithful minister of Christ, and he was greatly honored with divine light and power; he had an active part in the upbuilding of Christ’s church; but Peter never forgot the fearful experience of his humiliation; his sin was forgiven; yet well he knew that for the weakness of character which had caused his fall only the grace of Christ could avail. He found in himself nothing in which to glory. {COL 160.1}

Can you see how this qualified with Jeremiah 9:23-24? If anyone will glory them him glory in what? That he will understandeth Me. That there is nothing in myself to glory but I see Jesus’ amazing glory, His character. That He loves me even though I’m such a wretch. It’s so touching to see this God in the light of yourself. Where and who are God’s remnant church today? To whom He can entrust the loud cry? What does God say?

Zephaniah 3:11 In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings, wherein thou hast transgressed against me: for then I will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride, and thou shalt no more be haughty because of my holy mountain.

You will no longer be haughty. You will no longer be part of that people that glory and rejoice in their pride.

Zephaniah 3:12 I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the LORD. 13 The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

Can you say that you have never been deceitful? Can you say you’ve got a perfectly clean tongue and that you haven’t said anything sinful? Have you always said everything right? You can only be assured that you do when you acknowledge that you haven’t. Then you don’t have a deceitful tongue. I am God’s people, we are God’s people, we are rich and increased with goods. That’s guile. That’s deceitful.

God’s people understand how sinful they are. They will even preach against themselves. They will preach things that condemn them. Let God be true and every man a liar and because they are liars, they will stop lying. They will acknowledge they are lying and that is not a lie. These are the depths of a people that the 144,000 are without guile in their mouths. They have no fault before the throne of God but where did they come from?

The Twelve Tribes of Israel

Study the natures of the twelve tribes of Israel and you can identify somewhere with them. But you’re going to be part of the 144000 who are perfect and have not fault before the throne of God. It is only possible when there is an activity of humble, broken contrition when one recognises that we are not worthy to be that people. God approves people that tremble at His word. Why do they tremble? Because it reveals themselves to themselves and they tremble. What is the contrast between the two classes of people who will be at the end?

Isaiah 66:2 …but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

These people will no longer be proud that they are the mountain of the Lord. They are treated by those who claim to be the mountain of the Lord in the following way.

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:

They glory in the Lord. They don’t like those that tremble at His word. They are of a different nature and spirit. They say, we are rich and increase and have need of nothing. Who are you? What does the Lord say?

Isaiah 66:5 …he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.

Why is it that these people who glory in their wisdom and riches and think they have need of nothing and parade it are not accepted before God? Because they do not understand by experience the whole exercise of the gospel of Jesus Christ. They have a theory which may be truth but they do not have that theory as it is in Jesus.

The people that He does acknowledge who tremble at His word, they know by experience what they need to do and their task. Here are these people who are lifted up by the Lord who are in a broken state.

Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; 3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

What will these people be and do who never forget that true condition just like Peter? He always trembled along the way just like all these people do.

Isaiah 61:4 And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.

This is the very description of the people of the last days. This is qualified through the man who came down and was that meek and contrite person who releases them from sin. He brings them into a position so that they can be the repairers, the reformers.

Isaiah 58:12 And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: 

Here is the nature of the true reformers, the true restorers. Those who are going to give the loud cry. Here is the admonition of what God’s church is meant to be doing.

Bible religion is not to be boastfully paraded, but quietly practiced in good words and works. {VSS 30.3}

Is there a paradox here? It’s the loud cry. The religion of God’s true people is going to give a loud cry but quietly. Quietly practiced in good words and works. You’ve got to have a change of mind to understand this. Hopefully we will appreciate, adopt and embrace this so that we may be among those people. How can people do this quietly, unobtrusively and not boastfully paraded? People who are poor and afflicted who are of a very small remnant. When I used to meet with people they would say, hi John, how many people have you won over the years? How many wonderful experiences?

How can you few people evangelise the world? You can’t do it. It’s only the Adventists. You’ve got to be part of the whole organization in order to be effective in giving the loud cry. That’s what the ministers of the Adventist church tell me. The word of God tells me something different. The word of God says a small and afflicted people. A very small remnant that quietly practice in word and works the purity of the truth. How on earth can such a people impact the whole earth with the loud cry? God sees to that. It’s not our problem.

Now we seem to be unnoticed, but this will not always be. Movements are at work to bring us to the front, and if our theories of truth can be picked to pieces by historians or the world’s greatest men, it will be done. {Ev 69.1}

We will be brought to face the world’s greatest men. Movements are at work to bring these poor little fragile people to the front.

We must individually know for ourselves what is truth, and be prepared to give a reason of the hope that we have with meekness and fear, not in a proud, boasting, self-sufficiency, but with the spirit of Christ. We are nearing the time when we shall stand individually alone to answer for our belief. Religious errors are multiplying and entwining themselves with Satanic power about the people. There is scarcely a doctrine of the Bible that has not been denied.–Letter 6, 1886. {Ev 69.2}

Where can you find today the old Adventist message in its entirety? Satan has managed to entwine errors into Adventist doctrine. There is scarcely a doctrine in the bible that has not been denied. How are these poor little people going to do it? If they have it right in Jesus as they really should they will be a poor and afflicted people and movements will be at work to bring them to the surface. 

The saints then will be an obscure people, little known to the Catholics… {SpM 1.5}

An Obscure People

Those that are doing quietly the work not parading boastfully their position as God’s church. They are a humble and contrite people little known to the Catholics. Do the Catholics know all the organizations today? Absolutely. Every registered organization is known by the Catholics. But these people are little known to the Catholics. How is it possible that these people little known can evangelize the world? Remember the story of the plain of Dura? How many men evangelized the whole Babylonian empire? There were three on the plain of Dura. They trembled at the Word while all the other Jews around them said get down with the whole crowd. They stood up. Just three. God only needs a tiny little company. He knows how to evangelize the world. The loud cry is coming. Do we wish to be counted among the little company? Then we need to understand our present mission. That needs close attention. The gaining of such a condition is our mission. Many times we think in missionary work that we have to go out there and stir up the people. Our priority is to gain a condition that will constitute us as that company.

While we are out there doing missionary work, we’re not gaining that condition, then we will not be that company. In this series of four studies we shall study the exposing movements. Movements will be afoot that will expose God’s people. Finally we will consider the true nature of the loud cry. May God help us to become touched by His words when he says don’t glory in anything else but that you understand and know me and what that really means. May God help us carry this with us and assimilate it and understand it and look closely to make sure of what we must do to be such a people.

Amen.

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Posted on November 6, 2010, in Divine Service Sermons, Sermons by John Thiel, The Loud Cry. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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