Category Archives: Facing Last Day Perils

08 The Wisdom of the Wise

By John Thiel, Facing Last Day Peril Conference, mp3

We have been realising the harvest of what has been sown and that is met in these last days. The end of this world has produced perils which come as a result of what has been sown. The seeds of dissension produced strife, confusion, and heartache. They produced a devouring of one another. This is what transpires in the last days, people doing this. In this time of harvest, in the end of the world, we are in need of being able to find our way through. The future studies will be the subtleties of Satan that are manifested in these last days and the bundling experience that is written of for the last days. As we go through these experiences as are written, we need wisdom to understand those subjects. We now recall the words of Daniel chapter 12 when Daniel stands in his lot just now. This is speaking about the total closing of the events of the end. There are a people standing there.

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12 Hiding Securely

By John Thiel, Facing Last Day Perils Conference, mp3

Scripture reading: Isaiah 26:20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.

There are very troublesome frightening perplexities ahead of us and already upon us and there is a danger that when we look at them and focus upon them we may lose our focus upon Jesus. However Jesus is the one who will be with us through those perplexities. This must lace all the subjects that we pursue so that those perplexities, although they are perplexities are illuminated by the presence of Jesus so that while they are perplexing and fearful and awesome and awful, we will not be discomfited with those terrible realities. To complete our contemplations and to take with us an intelligent strength and comfort, we want to focus upon our hiding place, hiding securely in our hiding place.

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11 The Swelling of Jacob’s Trouble

By John Thiel, Facing Last Days Perils Conference, mp3

Many people think that Jacob’s trouble is just bang, there it is. Is it true that Jacob’s trouble is something that swells into greater and more intense activity? This is what we want to examine.

In the 1840s onwards, perplexities began to threaten. In 1848 a world war was threatening but then it just suddenly stopped. From that time as we look back through the history, we got to the time of 1914 and there was the First World War and all the horrendous experiences that were involved there. But they were even small in comparison to the Second World War and to the terrible time of the depression that happened in between. Then it moved on to a time in which there was the cold war with men’s hearts failing them for fear of the things that were coming on the planet. Now we are seeing them gathering more and more momentum.

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10 The Bundling Experience – The Gleaning Time is Now

By John Thiel, Facing Last Day Perils Conference, mp3

This meditation is in reference to what the angels the reapers, are doing in the time of harvest. It’s really hard for us to visualise what Jesus was teaching when he taught about the harvest and the angels reaping, but we want to try and understand the experience of the bundling.

Matthew 13:37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked [one];

Now we come to the reaping:

Matthew 13:39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

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09 Satan’s Subtle Warfare

By John Thiel, Facing Last Day Perils Conferencemp3 

There is an object lesson to preface this study:

Have you ever watched a hawk in pursuit of a timid dove? Instinct has taught the dove that in order for the hawk to seize his prey, he must gain a loftier flight than his victim. So she rises higher and still higher in the blue dome of heaven, ever pursued by the hawk, which is seeking to obtain the advantage. But in vain. The dove is safe as long as she allows nothing to stop her in her flight, or draw her earthward; but let her once falter, and take a lower flight, and her watchful enemy will swoop down upon his victim. Again and again have we watched this scene with almost breathless interest, all our sympathies with the little dove. How sad we should have felt to see it fall a victim to the cruel hawk!  {MYP 103.2}

We have before us a warfare,–a lifelong conflict with Satan and his seductive temptations. The enemy will use every argument, every deception, to entangle the soul; and in order to win the crown of life, we must put forth earnest, persevering effort. We must not lay off the armor or leave the battlefield until we have gained the victory, and can triumph in our Redeemer. As long as we continue to keep our eyes fixed upon the Author and Finisher of our faith, we shall be safe. But our affections must be placed upon things above, not on things of the earth. By faith we must rise higher and still higher in the attainment of the graces of Christ. By daily contemplating His matchless charms, we must grow more and more into His glorious image. While we thus live in communion with Heaven, Satan will lay his nets for us in vain.–The Youth’s Instructor, May 12, 1898.  {MYP 104.1} Read the rest of this entry

07 Harvest of Dissension

By John Thiel, Facing Last Day Perils Conferencemp3

As we look at the harvest of this earth we see that whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. What is sown is also reaped. God does not arbitrarily deal with the wicked or with anybody that disobeys Him. It is the consequences of what we have been harboring in our mind, in our heart, that will finally punish us. We get to know God correctly when we study the sowing and the harvest correctly.

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06 Earth’s Harvest Time

By John Thiel, Facing Last Day Perils Conferencemp3

The theme is “Facing Last Day Perils”. What does facing mean? To face up to it, to face the last day perils. The perils are of a nature that you don’t want to face up to. They are of a nature that you want to escape.

You don’t want to see it. You don’t want to experience it. But we are to face them, and in facing them we will be tossed about. The truth, although it becomes beleaguered by the terrible attacks that are upon it, will continue through and we need to attach ourselves to that. We might become battered by the storm, by the floods and by the logs that are knocking us around, but if we hold on to the truth that will carry us through the storm, we will come out safely on the other side.

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04 Lo, I Am With You Alway

By John Thiel, Facing Last Day Perils Conferencemp3 

We are called upon to persevere through the storms of life that are prophesied for our time. They are prophesied for the purpose that we can identify them and meet them in the precious comfort that is found in Jesus.

We have been given the heralds of the last day and among them is the spirit of Elijah the prophet. It is the testimony of Jesus through the spirit of prophecy and in it are described experiences that are of a devastating impact upon people.

I have found many people that said, I don’t want to read Sister White’s writings, it depresses me. We must not be depressed in view of the many statements in reference to the time of harvest, bundling, the harvest of dissensions, and all those details that are written. It must not depress us but we must find comfort through it all.

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03 Deepening Sabbath Rest

By John Thiel, Facing Last Day Perils Conferencemp3

A temple made of time and its connection with the wonderful redemptive story. Jesus rested after His terrible suffering. I want to spend time in this precious deepening Sabbath rest that we are privileged to participate in. The whole experience of these last perilous times in which we live, the day of the Lord, is not a very good time.

We will be looking at the depths of these perils and as we look into these, we want to understand how we can rejoice in them. This is the most puzzling situation of the Scriptures. We are told to rejoice in tribulation. How can that be? We want to understand this. We want to understand the true Sabbath rest in the midst of tribulation. If we are going to be true Sabbath keepers, what will be our experience?

2 Timothy 3:12-13 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

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02 Approaching Storm Clouds

By John Thiel, Facing Last Day Perils Conferencemp3    

The heralds of the last days were preparing the minds of the people that the end has come in 1879 to 1844. There were heralds that were declaring the end. I will reveal to you said Gabriel, the end of the indignation. At that time even from 1755, the herald of the great Lisbon earthquake together with all that followed afterwards, Daniel standing in his lot pointed to the fact that from 1844 onwards the judgment would be set and the three angels’ messages were launched. That was only the beginning; it was only the heralding of the future. We want to look at the fact that back there in Sr White’s time the storm was only just approaching.

The period of development of the three angels’ messages was actually given to us in the words of the Spirit of Prophecy. E.G White was one of the heralds and God would speak through her in the spirit of the prophet Elijah to prepare a people. It is the Spirit of Prophecy that would show us the detail.

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01 Heralds of the End

By John Thiel, Facing Last Day Perils Conference, mp3    

Scripture reading: Daniel 8:11 Yea, he magnified [himself] even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily [sacrifice] was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. 12 And an host was given [him] against the daily [sacrifice] by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practiced, and prospered. 19 And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end [shall be]. 

What is your lamp, what is the lamp that has to be burning? Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, so it is the Word. That Word needs to be burning in our hearts so we understand what it is, how it enlightens our life. We are here at this time of earth’s history realising that things are not as they used to be. The people in the world know this. That there is an ominous sense that something is going to happen. Those who know their Bible, know that we are living at the end. Our message is to look at the Scriptures and find the heralds of the end. Who are the people, who are the heralds that declare the end of the world? When did they start coming onto the scene? The purpose of our conference is to become enlightened as to how to meet the last days. Read the rest of this entry

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