The People of the Loud Cry Part 3

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

The Process of their Exposure

Isaiah 59:14 And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. 15 Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.

God wants us to understand Him. He rejoices over those who know Him. This is to consider the worship of God. There is something regarding God that we need to understand and know. God reveals to us something very deep about Himself.

Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

What a thing to contemplate as we worship God! We are coming to someone who is way above us. We are to understand that. That is what Jesus spoke to the woman at the well. We often think we have the preeminence over others and that we are worshiping God according to where we are. This was the question that the woman at the well from Samaria asked Jesus. She said, our fathers worshiped in this mountain and you say that in Jerusalem is where men ought to worship. People are always proud of their place or system of worship. How did Jesus answer?

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.

There is something very precious in this statement: the Father seeks people to worship Him. Who is he seeking? Those that understand Him. My thoughts are not your thoughts. We need to understand something that is not natural to ourselves. God is a spirit. You are a spirit, I am a spirit. We have spirits. Some people are very spirited, others are less spirited, the spirit of man. God is a spirit means he is an intelligent being like you are an intelligent being and is seeking a people to worship him intelligently according to his intelligence in spirit and in truth. This comes back to glorying. To worship God in one mountain or another or in this church or that church system is not what we should glory about. This is what we can glory in.

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.

I love it when God communicates the things that he delights in. Are you eager to tune in to that which God delights in? The people of the loud cry need to become prominent in the world. What is the process of their exposure? How will these people become prominent in the world? The final loud cry that God gives to this planet, the final warning, is totally different to human expectation. His thoughts are not our thoughts. His manner for dealing with the needs of this planet is a manner of work that is different to how the world anticipates it to be. Wasn’t that the Jewish nation and the disciples’ problem? They anticipated the coming of the Messiah completely differently to the reality of it. Do we think it’s different for us today? We often think, we’ve got it clear but really it’s different.

When light goes forth to lighten the earth, instead of coming up to the help of the Lord, they will want to bind about His work to meet their narrow ideas. Let me tell you that the Lord will work in this last work in a manner very much out of the common order of things, and in a way that will be contrary to any human planning.(1885) {Ev 118.1}

People develop strategies for public ministry. They say our counsel has concluded a particular ministry and it’s going to go according to our plans. The Spirit of Prophecy says, let me tell you, it’s going to be contrary to human planning.

There will be those among us who will always want to control the work of God, to dictate even what movements shall be made when the work goes forward under the direction of the angel who joins the third angel in the message to be given to the world.{Ev 118.1}

As this is developing there are people in the churches that will want to dictate and control according to the leadership mentality.

God will use ways and means by which it will be seen that He is taking the reins in His own hands. The workers will be surprised by the simple means that He will use to bring about and perfect His work of righteousness.–Testimonies to Ministers, p. 300. {Ev 118.1}

This is a very important revelation that we need to take to heart, so we yield ourselves to God’s thoughts that are not our thoughts especially on this topic of the loud cry. Let’s behold the revelation of God’s thoughts. It’s in His words. We need to be very careful as we read. What do we recall about the people He will use, the angels, these people that are working in harmony with the universe, preaching the message on earth?

Isaiah 1:9 Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.

Is the world like Sodom and Gomorrah? Yes, you can see it so vividly. Even the churches who claim to be the churches of Jesus Christ are Babylon like Sodom and Gomorrah. If it would not have been that there would be a very small remnant, the world would already be destroyed. Here God is speaking to the people who have become backslidden and affected by Babylon. The message is come out of Babylon my people. Here is the message in a slightly different tone.

Jeremiah 3:14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion: 15 And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.

To understand and know Him is the purpose that the Lord is sending workers that are approved by Him. We see the concept here of a very small remnant. When we talk of a loud cry, it has been instilled into our mind that we can expect big public mission outreaches and that we have to convert the world. Come on, let’s get out there. Let’s do big things because it’s going to be a loud cry. So they develop strategies to do that but remember the following words. Here is the enemy that needs to be dealt with just like Satan and the host of evils must be dealt with. They are overwhelming and have conquered the world. The Philistines are a symbol of that.

1Samual 14:6 And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few.

Is God reliant upon a large number for the loud cry? We have the story of judges in the story of Gideon (Judges 7:2, 4 and 7). There God is saying, the army you’ve got is too many. The first time He told them to narrow them down and there they were less now. There was the great multitude of the Midianites in the valley and God says, it’s still too many. He weeded those out who were of feeble heart and those who were thinking they could bow down and drink deeply of the water at the brook. Only those who were scooping the water did He keep. How many were left? 300 soldiers. So it is today through test and trial the Lord scaled down a people who like the 300 of Gideon’s time are astute and watchful and they will not be distracted by any desire for comforts. That is to drink deeply symbolically speaking. No, they were watching closely for true understanding.

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

This article is in reference to the last moments of Earth’s history when God’s people are going to do this complete work. They will be an obscure people little known to the Catholics. I always ask, do the Catholics know all the registered organizations? Absolutely. They are following closely. But these people are little known to the Catholics. A people that are not well accepted.

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

Notice how these people who God looks to, who understand Him, are treated.

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.

This is the little remnant, the poor and afflicted people who are very astute and they tremble at his word. They are watching closely whatever God says they are ready to do. They are hated by their brethren and their brethren cast them out. Isn’t that the history of God’s faithful church all through history?

The Outcasts

Jesus was the forerunner. He was outcast. All through History if you read the book ‘Desire of Ages page 232’, it happened to every succeeding generation. The people that dismissed these ones that trembled at His word said this is God’s doing let the Lord be glorified. It’s always the same but in the last moments of earth’s history and Jesus arrives, they shall be ashamed while those who tremble will be redeemed. What can be done by such a people who are a small remnant, a poor and afflicted people. This is what you get time and time again if you are in the shoes of those who wish to follow God exactly. They are so few in number. What can you small people do? You must be part of our big organisation to deal with the proclamation just before Jesus comes. What can a small and feeble number do on a world scale?

All who would be soldiers of the cross of Christ, must gird on the armor and prepare for conflict. They should not be intimidated by threats, or terrified by dangers. They must be cautious in peril, yet firm and brave in facing the foe and doing battle for God. The consecration of Christ’s follower must be complete. Father, mother, wife, children, houses, lands, everything, must be held secondary to the work and cause of God. {2BC 1003.7}

That doesn’t mean you ignore your relatives. It means if the cause of God calls you into action and your relatives say no, what comes first? The cause of God. That’s what it’s saying.

He must be willing to bear patiently, cheerfully, joyfully, whatever in God’s providence he may be called to suffer. His final reward will be to share with Christ the throne of immortal glory . . . [Judges 7:4 quoted] (ST June 30, 1881). {ibid}

Whatever people are suffering, whatever is required, will be done cheerfully.

The Lord is willing to do great things for us. We shall not gain the victory through numbers, but through the full surrender of the soul to Jesus. We are to go forward in His strength, trusting in the mighty God of Israel. {2BC 1003.8}

There is a lesson for us in the story of Gideon’s army. . . . {2BC 1003.9}

The Lord is just as willing to work through human efforts now, and to accomplish great things through weak instrumentalities. {2BC 1003.10}

…How weak do you feel? These feeble little people, a very small remnant.

It is a dangerous thing for men to resist the Spirit of truth and grace and righteousness, because its manifestations are not according to their ideas, and have not come in the line of their methodical plans.{2BC 1004.2}

It’s a dangerous thing. How many people have fallen for that danger?

The Lord works in His own way, and according to His own devising. {2BC 1004.2}

My thoughts are not your thoughts, remember?

Let men pray that they may be divested of self, and may be in harmony with heaven. Let them pray, “Not my will, but thine, O God, be done.” Let men bear in mind that God’s ways are not their ways, nor His thoughts their thoughts; for He says, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” In the instruction that the Lord gave Gideon when he was about to fight with the Midianites,–that he should go out against his foes with an army of three hundred blowing trumpets, and carrying empty pitchers in their hands, and shouting, “The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon,”–these precise, methodical, formal men would see nothing but inconsistency and confusion. {2BC 1004.2}

That is a ridiculous strategy. How can you win a whole world’s attention by something like that?

They would start back with determined protest and resistance. They would have held long controversies to show the inconsistency and the dangers that would accompany the carrying on of the warfare in such an extreme way, and in their finite judgment they would pronounce all such movements as utterly ridiculous and unreasonable. How unscientific, how inconsistent, would they have thought the movements of Joshua and his army at the taking of Jericho! (RH May 5, 1896). {2BC 1004.2}

There is a lesson for us in the story of Gideon. That’s what we want to explore. What is the lesson?

Ten members, who were walking in all humbleness of mind, would have a far greater power upon the world than has the entire church, with its present numbers and lack of unity. The more there is of the divided, inharmonious element, the less power will the church have for good in the world. {5T 119.1}

How is Seventh Day Adventism today? Perfectly united? If you’re under the umbrella of the major organisation, there is still vast differences. Then there’s the independents and they all think they’re going to do a great work. How many does God need? 10 members. They would have a far greater power than the entire church with its public outreach. That is something to learn. That is a puzzle. 10 members have power to move the world? How? Recall the 300 men and the method. How did they conquer the multitude in the valley? When did they attack? At night. What was the strategy. Scatter them around the army from three sides. 100 men on each mountain in the middle of the night. Down they came with a shout and torches ablaze. What does a torch look like in the middle of darkness? They’re all around us! Away they went. They light that is to cover the whole earth is not that everyone has the light. It is Gideon’s army. These people are called to do what?

Isaiah 60:1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. 2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. 3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

When God has developed a people who tremble at his word he will say, you understand me. I have given you my answers. You have surrendered. Now rise and shine, my glory will be revealed.

The appearance of Christ to John should be to all, believers and unbelievers, an evidence that we have a risen Christ. It should give living power to the church. At times dark clouds surround God’s people. It seems as though oppression and persecution would extinguish them. But at such times the most instructive lessons are given. As in the darkest night the stars shine the brightest, so the most brilliant beams of God’s glory are revealed in the deepest gloom. The darker the sky, the more clear and impressive are the beams of the Sun of Righteousness, the risen Saviour.—Manuscript 106, 1897. {CTr 311.6}

God’s glory upon those who tremble at his word will become manifest in the darkest times. Ponder this.

The time is not far distant when the test will come to every soul. The observance of the false sabbath will be urged upon us. The contest will be between the commandments of God and the commandments of men. Those who have yielded step by step to worldly demands and conformed to worldly customs will then yield to the powers that be, rather than subject themselves to derision, insult, threatened imprisonment, and death. At that time the gold will be separated from the dross. {PK 188.1}

We usually say that the dross will be separated from the gold. But here, it says the gold will be separated from the dross. The people who are the dross won’t be separated. The faithful ones are the ones who will be separated.

True godliness will be clearly distinguished from the appearance and tinsel of it. Many a star that we have admired for its brilliance will then go out in darkness. Those who have assumed the ornaments of the sanctuary, but are not clothed with Christ’s righteousness, will then appear in the shame of their own nakedness. {PK 188.1}

Among earth’s inhabitants, scattered in every land, there are those who have not bowed the knee to Baal. Like the stars of heaven, which appear only at night, these faithful ones will shine forth when darkness covers the earth and gross darkness the people. In heathen Africa, in the Catholic lands of Europe and of South America, in China, in India, in the islands of the sea, and in all the dark corners of the earth, God has in reserve a firmament of chosen ones that will yet shine forth amidst the darkness, revealing clearly to an apostate world the transforming power of obedience to His law. Even now they are appearing in every nation, among every tongue and people; and in the hour of deepest apostasy, when Satan’s supreme effort is made to cause “all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond,” to receive, under penalty of death, the sign of allegiance to a false rest day, these faithful ones, “blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke,” will “shine as lights in the world.” Revelation 13:16; Philippians 2:15. The darker the night, the more brilliantly will they shine. {PK 188.2}

Gideon’s army was visible all around but it was a little company, only 10 men in one place, two or three in another; they will be exposed in the darkness. This is the manner of their exposure. Now we seem to be unnoticed, but this shall not always be. Movements are at work to bring us to the front. What are these movements of darkness that will expose God’s people?

Isaiah 59:14 And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.

59:15 Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.

If you go to court today to defend heterosexuality, what is going to happen to you? You will become a prey. Laws are afoot that demand that you do not stand up and make people feel bad. To meet the situation today, to defend the pure holy ways of God, is a way that only God can help us do.

2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

This is the condition of society today.

3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

The darkness is perilous. The darkness it’s talking about is a lifestyle that surrounds us today. The laws of the land demand respect for those perilous situations. In that darkness those who are little known to the Catholics who have turned away and been separated from the churches that have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof, who claim to be Christians who say how dare you and dare I say anything about it. It’s dark. Under such conditions, there is a movement.

As the movement for Sunday enforcement becomes more bold and decided, the law will be invoked against commandment keepers. They will be threatened with fines and imprisonment, and some will be offered positions of influence, and other rewards and advantages, as inducements to renounce their faith. But their steadfast answer is: “Show us from the word of God our error”–the same plea that was made by Luther under similar circumstances. Those who are arraigned before the courts make a strong vindication of the truth,… {GC 607.1}

Conscientious obedience to the word of God will be treated as rebellion. Blinded by Satan, the parent will exercise harshness and severity toward the believing child; the master or mistress will oppress the commandment-keeping servant. Affection will be alienated; children will be disinherited and driven from home. The words of Paul will be literally fulfilled: “All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” 2 Timothy 3:12. As the defenders of truth refuse to honor the Sunday-sabbath, some of them will be thrust into prison, some will be exiled, some will be treated as slaves. To human wisdom all this now seems impossible; but as the restraining Spirit of God shall be withdrawn from men, and they shall be under the control of Satan, who hates the divine precepts, there will be strange developments. The heart can be very cruel when God’s fear and love are removed. {GC 608.1}

As the storm approaches, a large class who have professed faith in the third angel’s message, but have not been sanctified through obedience to the truth, abandon their position and join the ranks of the opposition.{GC 608.2}

Jesus said, your enemies will be those of your own household. In this darkness of these last days, these words become realistic. What’s going to happen to those who are faithful and conscientious? What are their parents and peers going to do?

Those who are arraigned before the courts make a strong vindication of the truth, and some who hear them are led to take their stand to keep all the commandments of God. Thus light will be brought before thousands who otherwise would know nothing of these truths.{GC 607.1}

This is the loud cry. Where will it come from? The courts. The media will spread across the world the court session. There will be believes in companies all over the world. That which happens in an isolated spot is beamed across the world by the media. The news media does it where ever people live. God’s people are going to be in court. What took them in court? Is it is the Sunday law that took them to court? Remember, arise, shine and the kings will come to your light. How will this happen?

Kings, governors, and great men will hear of you through the reports of those who are at enmity with you, and your faith and character will be misrepresented before them. But those who are falsely accused will have an opportunity to appear in the presence of their accusers to answer for themselves. They will have the privilege of bringing the light before those who are called the great men of the earth, and if you have studied the Bible, if you are ready to give an answer to every man that asketh you of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear, your enemies will not be able to gainsay your wisdom. {Mar 253.3}

That’s what will happen in the courts. Why will we be in court? Because have been misrepresented if we are faithful, by our own friends and relatives. Because there are laws out there that they know would get you, they will put you to court. In this way, God’s people are going to give the loud cry. Thousands will hear through this procedure. Our primary focus in being the people who will give such a loud cry must be in such a life of submission to all of God’s ways which are not man’s ways that we can actually in silence be brought to the attention of God’s people in Babylon. I can actually become prominent in silence? Those who will stand true will become a prey. In such a time when you become a prey, what should you be doing?

Amos 5:10 They hate him that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor him that speaketh uprightly.

5:11 Forasmuch therefore as your treading is upon the poor, and ye take from him burdens of wheat: ye have built houses of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye have planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine of them.

5:12 For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins: they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate from their right.

5:13 Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time.

5:14 Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken.

5:15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.

He will be gracious to the remnant. Why? Because they follow the correct procedure. They are silent and at the same time, they are rebuking. How can you do that? What is meant by this being silent in that evil time. Today many people think they must arouse the evil. They become very vocal, they are activists. But here it says if you are doing that in this evil time, you will become more than a prey, you will draw attention of persecution to yourself.

God is angry with those who pursue a course to make the world hate them. If a Christian is hated because of his good works, and for following Christ, he will have a reward. But if he is hated because he does not take a course to be loved, hated because of his uncultivated manners, and because he makes the truth a matter of quarrel with his neighbors, and because he has taken a course to make the Sabbath as annoying as possible to them, he is a stumbling-block to sinners, a reproach to the sacred truth, and unless he repents it were better for him that a millstone were hung about his neck, and he cast into the sea. {Mar 157.5}

To be an activist and to arouse people’s antagonism against you by your personal thrusts, God is angry with that. God is angry with doctrinal argument and discussion that ends in debates and tares people of gentle appreciation to shreds. If we are persecuted because we are showing love and gentleness and care and all the characteristics of God, yes we will be persecuted.

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

What is the source of the persecution? Those that live godly in Christ Jesus. It is the life of the purity and submission to God and a practice of preaching the Word in very careful attractive manner. To worship God as we do this day means in spirit and in truth. His spirit and his truth. We need to appreciate the true loud cry. To make a big noise in terms of what we say and how we will tell people the Sabbath is this and that and they are wrong here and there and we are right and we are true Gods representatives, this is what God is angry with but he will protect and care for those who will become a prey while they are silent. A silent witness is far more powerful than one who mouths off all the time. May God help us to understand that His thoughts are not our thoughts and that he will work out of the common order of things.

Amen.

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Posted on November 7, 2010, in Divine Service Sermons, The Loud Cry and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Thank you for the sermon. There is so much to unlearn, thanks for making things more clearly from SOP and KJV instead of the hype. God bless.

  2. Now days people are very busy, i think they want short sermon but inspired and conviction from the lesson. how do you think? May God Bless u in everything!

  3. This are truely inspired writes.keep them coming!blessings

  4. Your Sermon Is so long.Very tired to read! But its discuss widely so open my mind and inspired me..TQ!

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