The People of the Loud Cry Part 4

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

The True Loud Cry

The last three studies have found that the loud cry is different to human expectation.

Bible religion is not to be boastfully paraded, but quietly practiced in good words and works.–Ms 74, 1897. {VSS 30.3} 

Those that are prudent will be silent in that time. The others weren’t boastfully parading, but quietly practicing good works and words. Consider now the nature of the loud cry. Remember it says, come out of Babylon my people. This turns your mind to the Babylon in the time of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego; the firey furnace. Their story is the symbolic picture of the lesson for us today.

Dan 3:28 Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God. 29 Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort.

Was this a loud cry? To whom? To every people, nation and language which spoke anything amiss against God. The Babylonian empire covered the civilised world. That civilise world received the loud cry. How? Arise, shine thy light has come. The gentiles, the kings shall come to thy light. How did King Nebuchadnezzar come to that light? By three men that said nothing.  Put yourself in their shoes. Would you have gone to stand in that great multitude of people without complaint? Would you just quietly go there? No, you would say, no I’m not going to stand around an image where there is music playing and everybody has to bow. They didn’t say a word. They didn’t argue about it. They were there in that great crowd that surrounded that image. There were other Jews there too. When the music played and everyone bowed except the three individuals. That was the loud cry. Their silence spoke louder than their attack upon the system. At that evil time, the prudent are silent.

The king declared to the three Hebrew youth, if “ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?” {HP 149.3}

Notice how they get answered him.

The youth said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. {HP 149.3}

They are being very respectful. When we have to stand in the courts be very respectful. In all of our communication about Babylon do not vilify anyone. Not even the Catholic church.

But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. . . .” (Daniel 3:15-19). . . . Those faithful youth were cast into the fire, but God manifested His power for the deliverance of His servants. One like unto the Son of God walked with them in the midst of the flame, and when they were brought forth, not even the smell of fire had passed on them. . . . {HP 149.3}

Thus these youth, imbued with the Holy Spirit, declared to the whole nation their faith, that He whom they worshiped was the only true and living God. {HP 149.4}

How did they do it? They were imbued with the holy spirit. What is the lead up to the loud cry? The latter rain. To be imbued with the holy spirit is the introduction to the loud cry. These boys were imbued with the holy spirit, and under the holy spirits gentle loving kindness they made their statement.

This demonstration of their own faith was the most eloquent presentation of their principles. {HP 149.4}

The most eloquent. The greatest argument in favour of the truth.

In order to impress idolaters with the power and greatness of the living God, His servants must reveal their own reverence for God. They must make it manifest that He is the only object of their honor and worship, and that no consideration, not even the preservation of life itself, can induce them to make the least concession to idolatry. These lessons have a direct and vital bearing upon our experience in these last days. {HP 149.4}

The story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego is a direct lesson for the people of the loud cry. These lessons have a direct and vital bearing. What is the specific lesson we are to take from this? Here is the instruction to be God’s true servants today.

2 Timothy 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive;

That’s a very plain statement. We do not strive. We are to be gentle.

2 Timothy 2:24 …but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,

Remember, here are the patients of the saints.

2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; …

When you meet somebody that opposes themself, what do you do? You usually react in some sort of way like, you’re being ridiculous here. You’re opposing yourself! That is an unnatural nature, especially if you think you’re wiser than somebody else.

2:25 if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

We read the statements so flippantly and don’t pick up what they’re trying to say. A servant of God is not to strive. Remember it said, he is to reprove and rebuke with all long suffering and doctrine. Self must not come into the equation. It’s meekness. What is meekness?

There is a continual waiting upon God and a submission of the will to His. The understanding grasps every divine truth, and the will bows to every divine precept, without doubting or murmuring. True meekness softens and subdues the heart… {RC 264.2}

So when you come face-to-face with challenges you do exactly what Shadrach, niche act, and Abednego did. You will be respectful in a soft and loving manner. That is meekness.

…and gives the mind a fitness for the engrafted Word….{RC 264.2}

If I am meek I am not trying to flaunt my religion. I’m actually opening my mind to be fitted to receive the engrafted Word.

It brings the thoughts into obedience to Jesus Christ. It opens the heart to the Word of God, as Lydia’s was opened. It places us with Mary, as learners at the feet of Jesus. “The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way” (Psalm 25:9). {RC 264.2}

The servant of God is identified in the loud cry by meekness, instructing those that oppose themselves. It’s a very meek and humbling experience to face the darkness of the attack of the enemy and not respond with like antagonism. Wasn’t that Jesus is example? When he was reviled he reviled not again. That loud cry is the meek and quiet spirit that deals with the factors that will expose God’s people. It will expose the true nature of the true servant of God.

1 Peter 3:14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; 15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

The reason why people will ask you is because your silence speaks so loudly that they will want to know. They will come and ask you. The Kings will ask you questions, as Nebuchadnezzar did.

1 Peter 3:16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.

Remember I brought out in the beginning that we would be put into the courts by those who are our enemies, even our own family. As they falsely accuse, when we stand before the courts and the people are watching us, if we are meek and in the fear of the Lord and meet this challenge, they will say, there is something very special there. They are depicting the true Christian attitude.

1 Peter 3:17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

If you go to court because you’ve stirred up trouble, don’t think that is a good thing. God is not happy with that. Here is the example.

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: 19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;

Jesus was challenged. He did it meekly and quietly.

1 Peter 3:20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

As Jesus suffered quietly and gave the right example, the spirit by which he communicated is the same spirit that he communicated through Noah. In the days of Noah he went to preach to the spirits that were imprisoned. Many people put the wrong construction on this and say that Jesus went to hell to preach to them in prison. These were the people who were imprisoned by Satan in the days of Noah. Jesus spirit is what was manifested by Noah as Noah was preaching. In the days of Noah. In meekness and fear. Now we have another wonderful object lesson. We had the object lesson of the three worthies. Now we can see once more, how did Noah do it.

“By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.” Hebrews 11:7. {PP 95.1}

How did he condemned the world? Did he rant and rave and say you cruel, awful people. You’re going to be dammed. You are the papacy. You are terrible. You’re under the papacy, and you’re going to be lost. Did he say anything like that? It is said, by the fact that he moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house. By that action he laid out the loud cry. While Noah was giving his warning message to the world, his works testified of his sincerity. He didn’t have to convince the people that he was sincere. His words testified of his sincerity.

It was thus that his faith was perfected and made evident. He gave the world an example of believing just what God says. All that he possessed, he invested in the ark. {PP 95.1}

Family, children, houses, land, everything is made secondary to that which is to be upheld in the cause. That is what Noah did. Imagine it. He had to build an ark. This huge ship. Everything that he had was invested in that. All that he possessed, he invested in the ark.

As he began to construct that immense boat on dry ground, multitudes came from every direction to see the strange sight and to hear the earnest, fervent words of the singular preacher. Every blow struck upon the ark was a witness to the people. {PP 95.1}

Everything you do and the words you speak, not flaunted by parading our religion but by the words and works quietly being practiced. When somebody asked about your faith, the quiet words of conviction and love, this is the example for the loud cry that the whole world will be condemned by.

Those who have had living faith in the messages of God for the time in which they have lived, and who have acted out their faith in obedience to his commands, have been accepted of God, and have escaped the judgments that were to fall upon the disobedient and unbelieving. The word came to Noah, “Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me.” Noah obeyed and was saved. The message came to Lot, “Up, get you out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city.” He placed himself under the guardianship of the heavenly messengers, and was saved. Those who obeyed the warning of Christ in marking the sign of the coming ruin, and in fleeing from Jerusalem, were not involved in her destruction. The message comes in our own time, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen. . . . Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Those who obey this message will escape the terrible plagues that will surely be visited upon her. {RH, November 5, 1889 par. 11}

The days of Noah was a loud cry to protect the people if they would listen. In the days of Lot the same thing. In the days of Christ, just before the destruction of Jerusalem, it was a loud cry to protect them from destruction. The loud cry of today is exactly the same. The parallels are wonderful objects lessons for us to see just precisely how we are to go about the loud cry. When you discover that you’ve got to do it that way and start to think you’re not going to make an impact, don’t become so animated by the lack of impact. Don’t think you’re not doing the loud cry.  We are living in the last days, and the generation that is to witness the final destruction has not been left without warning of the hastening judgments of God. Says the apostle, “I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. And I heard another voice from heaven saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.”

Through the warning that God has sent to the world, an opportunity is given to all to escape the general ruin that is threatened to fallen Babylon. {RH, November 5, 1889 par. 7 & 8}

Don’t panic and think, they’ve got to be warned. We already know how they are going to do it. It is going to be through the courts. The whole earth is to be lightened with the glory of this message, and hearts and minds will be prepared by its reception, for the coming of the King of kings.

But this gracious message will be as generally rejected by the professed Christian world, as was the message of the Messiah by the Jewish nation. Only a few will receive the testimony of truth, for every influence that Satan can bring to bear against the reception of the truth of God will be employed. {RH, November 5, 1889 par. 8 & 9}

Here you are trying to warn these people in this Godly manner and you think it’s not making an impact. Satan is confusing all these peoples’ minds, you start to become agitated and start ot become enthusiastic in such a way that you become reactive. That’s just what Satan wants. All that you are supposed to be doing is, come out of her MY people. God’s people will not respond to anything else but the gentle shepherd’s voice. If they are my sheep, Jesus says, my sheep will know my voice. If we are the people of the loud cry, we must give the shepherd’s voice to God’s people in Babylon. If we come across in any other form, God’s sheep out there will not recognize it. It will be generally rejected by rest of the Christian world. Only the sheep will recognize it.

In these last days the agency of the evil one will be hidden under a cloak of godliness, so that if it were possible even the very elect would be deceived. The word of God declares that Satan will work “with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish.” His miracle-working power will be displayed to its utmost. But none who wish to know the truth need be deceived. God has promised to give to his people the Spirit of truth, to guide them into all truth. {RH, November 5, 1889 par. 9}

In our anxiety to warn our loved ones, those who are antagonistic to the message we have, don’t fall for the trappings of Satan. We do not need to enter into debates like others do. All we do is stand there, like Noah, like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. They’ll be going from this argument to that one, but they will see, this people have got the right atmosphere. They are sheep that will recognize the shepherd’s voice. This is the loud cry. Noah’s example is the true loud cry. His faith amounted to action.

If our brethren, who profess to believe the truth, would show their faith by their works, they would honor God and be enabled to convince many souls that they have the truth, for according to their faith and their obedience will they realize the fulfillment of the promises of God and be endowed with power from on high. {UL 102.5}

Do we want to give the message in power? It’s a different power than we imagined. It is the power of a people who profess to believe the truth and show their faith by their works. They will honour God and be enabled to convince many souls that they have the truth because their faith and their obedience will be realized. God will step in with His power as He did with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.

To souls that are earnestly seeking for light and that accept with gladness every ray of divine illumination from His holy word, to such alone light will be given. {5T 729.2}

Notice how that hinges on what we read about meekness? The person who is meek will open himself to the Word of God and will not grumble or murmur about what he is reading. He will humbly obey. These are the souls that every ray of divine illumination from His holy word will come to.

It is through these souls that God will reveal that light and power which will lighten the whole earth with His glory. {5T 729.2}

There is another strong indication that these are a people who are meek and quiet. What are they doing? They are earnestly seeking for light and accept it with gladness. Thus, every ray of divine illumination comes to them and they obey it. It is these souls that will be the instrument of the loud cry. The earth will be covered by that brightness. We look at Apostle Paul’s example now so we can appreciate that this is really true, what I’m sharing with you.

The Saviour knew that no argument, however logical, would melt hard hearts or break through the crust of worldliness and selfishness. He knew that His disciples must receive the heavenly endowment; that the gospel would be effective only as it was proclaimed by hearts made warm and lips made eloquent by a living knowledge of Him who is the way, the truth, and the life. The work committed to the disciples would require great efficiency; for the tide of evil ran deep and strong against them. A vigilant, determined leader was in command of the forces of darkness, and the followers of Christ could battle for the right only through the help that God, by His Spirit, would give them. {AA 31.1}

This is what apostle Paul said. That he, with his great masterminded background of Jewish arguments, he was a great Pharisee. He could logically argue very powerfully. But he has learnt what we just read. Here is his testimony as to how the Lord caused him to win so many at that time.

1 Corinthians 2:1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

Today, preachers are preaching everything but. Or if they preach the surface message of Christ and him crucified, they will quickly go into the attacks of the false Christian religions around us. I determined to know nothing among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified. If you’re going to study the prophecies that unveil Babylon, you don’t have to concentrate on Babylon. Concentrate on Jesus as He is relating to Babylon. Concentrate on Jesus in the prophecies and you will discover a totally different course of action. Most people study prophecy to become knowledgeable about the events of the world and the political scenes. They can do it so well, they can tell you the future. But there’s one thing missing all the way through. That is the Great Prince who is right through all of those prophecies. Apostle Paul goes on. Was he meek? Did he suffer?

1 Corinthians 2:3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

The power of this angel, of the loud cry, is here delineated. We can read of Apostle Paul’s example amplified under the spirit of prophecy.

Paul carried with him the atmosphere of heaven. All who associated with him felt the influence of his union with Christ. The fact that his own life exemplified the truth he proclaimed, gave convincing power to his preaching. Here lies the power of truth. The unstudied, unconscious influence of a holy life is the most convincing sermon that can be given in favor of Christianity. {AA 510.2}

Remember what we read in the earlier parts of our study. The strongest argument to convince the world is a loving and lovable Christian. Here is the most powerful sermon that was preached: apostle Paul’s engagement with the beauty and power of Jesus Christ; the unstudied. I’m not studying how I can strategically win these people.

Argument, even when unanswerable, may provoke only opposition; but a godly example has a power that it is impossible wholly to resist. {AA 510.2}

That is the loud cry. The true loud cry. Compare the following scripture.

Revelation 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

Can we know appreciate what that means. The unstudied, unconscious influence of a sanctified life. That’s the power. Great power. There is a people here represented by the angel who have great power. The earth was lightened with his glory. Just like those 300 men in Gideon’s time. From all corners of the earth they come with their lights burning. This is the light, this is the power that we have been identifying. Those who are silently, quietly practicing, living and communicating the atmosphere of Heaven.

Habakkuk 2:14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

The knowledge of the glory of God will be displayed by these people so that everybody knows it. That’s the loud cry.

God can and will use those who have not had a thorough education in the schools of men. A doubt of His power to do this, is manifest unbelief; it is limiting the omnipotent power of the One with whom nothing is impossible. O for less of this uncalled-for, distrustful caution! It leaves so many forces of the church unused; it closes up the way, so that the Holy Spirit cannot use men; it keeps in idleness those who are willing and anxious to labor in Christ’s lines; it discourages from entering the work many who would become efficient laborers together with God, if they were given a fair chance.{ChS 24.4}

I love it when the beautiful truth is communicated to the church members and they go forward with enthusiasm, but they’re not working along the lines that the leaders of the church want them to. They squash and hinder God’s power. These people, in an unstudied way, can be very powerful. The holy Spirit is to use men and we are not to interfere with that.

It is the privilege of every soul to make advancement. Those who are connected with Christ will grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Son of God, to the full stature of men and women. If all who claim to believe the truth had made the most of their ability and opportunities to learn and to do, they would have become strong in Christ. Whatever their occupation,–whether they were farmers, mechanics, teachers, or pastors,–if they had wholly consecrated themselves to God, they would have become efficient workers for the heavenly Master.{ChS 25.1}

We as a whole company, whatever we are, mechanics, farmers, bricklayers, the work goes on. It is done in a way very much out of the common order of things. This is God’s loud cry principle.

Not all the books written can serve the purpose of a holy life. {ChS 26.1}

There is no end to writing and making spiritual books today. One addition after the after. All we think may be useful.

Men will believe, not what the minister preaches, but what the church lives. {ChS 26.2}

That’s the loud cry.

Too often the influence of the sermon preached from the pulpit is counteracted by the sermon preached in the lives of those who claim to be advocates of truth.{ChS 26.2}

The very opposite to what the sermon was meant to be impacting.

The life of Christ was an ever-widening, shoreless influence, an influence that bound Him to God and to the whole human family. Through Christ, God has invested man with an influence that makes it impossible for him to live to himself. Individually we are connected with our fellow men, a part of God’s great whole, and we stand under mutual obligations. No man can be independent of his fellow men; for the well-being of each affects others. It is God’s purpose that each shall feel himself necessary to others’ welfare, and seek to promote their happiness.{ChS 26.3}

This is a kind of ministry that has power to gather together God’s true people. I remember as a youth, when I heard the arguments and debates, it froze my spirituality. But when I heard the beautiful interchange of brethren and sisters who loved the message, it drew me to them. I know that is the case with every child of God. This is the characteristic of the loud cry.

The message will be carried not so much by argument as by the deep conviction of the Spirit of God. The arguments have been presented. The seed has been sown, and now it will spring up and bear fruit. The publications distributed by missionary workers have exerted their influence, yet many whose minds were impressed have been prevented from fully comprehending the truth or from yielding obedience. Now the rays of light penetrate everywhere, the truth is seen in its clearness, and the honest children of God sever the bands which have held them. Family connections, church relations, are powerless to stay them now. Truth is more precious than all besides. Notwithstanding the agencies combined against the truth, a large number take their stand upon the Lord’s side. {GC 612.2}

That is the reality today. Don’t the people have their books. Haven’t the missionaries gone out over the years. You can go do shops today where the Adventist books that were sent out by the colporteurs are now being sold. The people had read them and they say, I don’t need them anymore. When the loud cry comes, the things they have read will come flashing back to their minds, because they see it in a people. They say, I love the Lord. I’ve been confused by all these bewildering arguments and debates, but now I know where to be. As we understand this principle, what is to be our primary focus in preparation for the loud cry? If the lord is burning in our hearts with his wonderful truth, this is our focus.

Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. 14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings: 15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

Isn’t this a tremendous summary of our duty. If we want to let the glory of God shine in the darkness, what must I do? My focus is to get my life into total harmony with everything that God has demonstrated to us in His word. Do it without murmuring and disputing. We are to live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Live by it. Don’t murmur. Don’t dispute. Exercise the meek, humble spirit of Jesus, that he is working in you. Then you will be blameless and harmless and you will shine as lights in the world that is in gross darkness. In the midst of a crooked and perverse nation.

Our conscience must be purged from dead works to serve the living God. Sanctification means perfect love, perfect obedience, entire conformity to the will of God. If our lives are conformed to the life of Christ through the sanctification of mind, soul, and body, our example will have a powerful influence on the world.{UL 99.2}

May God help us to do the things that will be the loud cry. This is what it’s about. If we will press together and help each other that way, God will bring movements about to expose us. We don’t have to expose ourselves. This is not an expose society. This is a society of Jesus Christ that we want to be part of. It must demonstrate, so that when we are brought to the attention we will only expose Jesus Christ. May God help us to this end.

Amen.

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Posted on November 12, 2010, in Divine Service Sermons, Sermons by John Thiel, The Loud Cry. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I find it to be true, that when I have tried to convey my adventist beliefs to those of another faith, that these people are blind to the sabbath truth. They always seem as though they are the ones who have the only truth to be followed. In fact, their body language shows that they are proud and self absorbed in their deception. to the point of lending a deaf ear to the truth of God’s word. It is my personal opinion that the time has arrived, where each one has drawn a line, and this line shall not be crossed. Probation is at hand, each must decide on which side of the battlefield they shall stand. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. AMEN

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