Category Archives: Light in a Dark Place (Seminar)

7. The Rising of the Church Triumphant

By John Thiel, Light in a Dark Place Seminar, Study 7, mp3

We have scanned prophecy as briefly as possible to be able to grasp the important identifying experiences along the road, to illuminate the dark points of the church and observe how the prophecy actually led God’s people out of that darkness. Again and again Isaiah 8:13-14 was repeated, and all through the generations the same event has been displayed.

Isaiah 8:13 Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and [let] him [be] your fear, and [let] him [be] your dread. 

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6. The Church of That Other Angel

By John Thiel, Light in a Dark Place Seminar, Study 6, mp3

Our seminar is now culminating in the most important prophecies that relate directly to us. We want to identify distinctly what Jesus is saying to us in reference to the church of that other angel – the Revelation 18 angel. The angel represents a ministry, a leadership, as in Ephesians 4:11, which is active in saving God’s people, in the same way that salvation was of the Jews in the time of Christ. We are looking at the salvation of God’s people under the Revelation 18 angel.

In our last study we beheld God’s church of 1844 proceeding to a point in time in which they fail to repent and are spewed out by Jesus Christ. Here Jesus is speaking to the church in His time that was on its way out, and, as we will see, in the Spirit of Prophecy this is exactly the same statement that is used for the Seventh-day Adventist Church: Read the rest of this entry

5. The Church of the Three Angels

By John Thiel, Light in a Dark Place Seminar, Study 5, mp3

We are now getting a little closer to our time. In our previous study, our research took us to Revelation 3:7-13 – the period of Philadelphia. There, in 1833, God’s church identified where it stood by the study of two books. What were these books? Daniel and the Revelation. It was study of the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation that William Miller researched, that was for him a light which shone in a dark place. He was an atheist who wanted to find his way as he was looking for a purpose and a meaning in life. He was asking, Where do I go here, Lord? and the Lord helped him through prophecy.

The prophecies of Daniel and the Revelation began to unfold before him, and there, with the beautiful study of the hour of God’s judgment come, the identification in Daniel 8:14 of a sanctuary being cleansed, the 2,300 day prophecy brought them right to 1844. What a revelation! If you were living in his situation, what a thrill would have been yours! Who accepted it? He was a very isolated person, until it gathered momentum. This prophecy brought about the study of the sanctuary, of the judgment, and of the second angel; because in this period of time, the first angel, and the second angel’s messages were being activated. “The hour of God’s judgment has come,” was the first angel’s message. Read the rest of this entry

4. The First Advent and Succeeding Generations

By John Thiel, Light in a Dark Place Seminar, Study 4, mp3
Isaiah 8:12 Say ye not, A confederacy, to all [them to] whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid. 13 Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and [let] him [be] your fear, and [let] him [be] your dread. 14 And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 15 And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken. 16 Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.

There was a question that was placed in my mind when I was speaking to some of the leaders of this church, “Why do you people have so many conferences? Once a year is good enough.” Once a year is good enough, I was told, but here we are besides that having a seminar. Some visitors are here, and some are longing to be here. Why should we be here to have these kinds of meetings to sacrifice time and funds to spend time together like this? Read the rest of this entry

2. Light in a Dark Place of the Human Heart

By John Thiel, Light in a Dark Place Seminar, Study 2, mp3

The hymn Christ Is Knocking at My Sad Heart speaks of a natural condition that our heart is in. “Cold and proud is my heart with sin, dark and cheerless is all within.”  My heart is dark and cheerless. The words “light in a dark place” are recorded in 2 Peter 1, and we have taken them as a leading thought all the way through this series, showing us how prophecy illuminates our pathway. Read the rest of this entry

3. Light in a Dark Place of the Church Militant

By John Thiel, Light in a Dark Place Seminar, Study 3, mp3

Scripture Reading: Zephaniah 3:1 Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city!

We are living in dark, trying times for God’s genuine people, and we need God’s word to illume our pathway. The light that shines in a dark place must illuminate our pathway. In our previous study we looked at a personal dark spot, which is our human heart where God brings Jesus into close, inward proximity, so that in the dark place of our heart the light of Jesus, His face, His truth, can shine. In this study we want to examine the dark place in the church militant. This may sound strange. In God’s church? Is there a dark place in the church militant? How does the scripture that we have been quoting relate to the subject of the church militant? Read the rest of this entry

1. Light in a Dark Place of Denominational Confusion

By John Thiel, Light in a Dark Place Seminar, Study 1, mp3

Amos 5:1 Hear ye this word which I take up against you, [even] a lamentation, O house of Israel. 2 The virgin of Israel is fallen; she shall no more rise: she is forsaken upon her land; [there is] none to raise her up. 3 For thus saith the Lord GOD; The city that went out [by] a thousand shall leave an hundred, and that which went forth [by] an hundred shall leave ten, to the house of Israel. Read the rest of this entry

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