Category Archives: Sermons by John Thiel

Are You Being Marked by the Beast?

By John Thiel, mp3

Scripture reading: 1 John 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. 4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, [even] our faith. 5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

Many people believe that when the mark of the beast of Revelation 13 is applied, that is when we are going to be tested by the mark of the beast. But are you being marked by the beast now?

All of us who have been living ever since 1844 have been tested, and are being tested, by the mark of the beast, whether that mark has been enforced or not. We want to examine closely whether we are being marked by the beast or not. Read the rest of this entry

God’s Love in Our Discouragements

By John Thiel, mp3

Scripture reading: Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God [is] with thee whithersoever thou goest.

May those words be of encouragement to us as we meet the difficulties of trying to follow God, that we may take courage as Joshua was also commanded. Read the rest of this entry

Modern Noahs – God’s Call to Commitment

By John Thiel, mp3

Scripture reading: 2 Peter 3:11 [Seeing] then [that] all these things shall be dissolved, what manner [of persons] ought ye to be in [all] holy conversation and godliness, 12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. 14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

We are in need of looking and hasting unto the coming of the day of God. And seeing that we look for such thing as His coming, we are called upon to be diligent that we may be found of Him in peace, without spot and blameless. The coming of the Lord is compared in the words of Jesus to the days of Noah. We are to be modern Noahs and we are called to a commitment such as was given to Noah. Read the rest of this entry

God’s Love Can Change Everything

By John Thiel, mp3

Isaiah 40:28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, [that] the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? [there is] no searching of his understanding. 29 He giveth power to the faint; and to [them that have] no might he increaseth strength.

We need to understand the true import of these words for our happiness and joy. Read the rest of this entry

The Power of Compassion

By John Thiel, mp3

Scripture reading: 1 Peter 3:8 Finally, [be ye] all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, [be] pitiful, [be] courteous: 9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

We are called upon to be a light where we are, in the corner where we are, even in the church. There is a harmony that exists between Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and He has created intelligent beings who are to be infused with that same harmony. We realise that, as earthlings, we are to be prepared to enter into that harmony that the Godhead and the angels have; but to enter there we need to come into the harmony that exists there. We are part of the three angels’ messages. What does this mean in regards to harmony? Read the rest of this entry

God the True Father Figure

By John Thiel, mp3

Scripture reading: Psalm 103:13 Like as a father pitieth [his] children, [so] the LORD pitieth them that fear him. 14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we [are] dust.

There is a story that is told of an evangelist who tried to evangelize the young street children of a large American city. These rugged young people needed to know that God is a wonderful person; and as the evangelist was trying to communicate to them what God was like, he said, He is just like a father. Then one of those young ruffians turned around and said to him, If He’s anything like my dad, I don’t want to know Him!

What is your impression of father? In this world of sin we have two images of father. One is a harsh, austere, cruel dictator telling me what I have to do, and what I don’t want to do I have to do, and all the like – a man who creates fear inside of a child. Then there is another class of father, the one who is like an indulgent sugar-daddy that lets the children have everything they want, and they don’t know where they stand, whether he loves them or not, because he never corrects them. These are the two kinds of character of father – one engendering fear and hate in the child, and the other leaving a child without knowing whether his daddy loves him because he never corrects him anyway. Read the rest of this entry

The Judgment Has Set

By John Thiel, mp3

Scripture reading: Daniel 7:9 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment [was] white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne [was like] the fiery flame, [and] his wheels [as] burning fire. 10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.

The judgment has set, the books have been opened;
How shall we stand in that great day
When every thought, and word, and action,
God, the righteous Judge, shall weigh?

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Light in the Darkness

By John Thiel, mp3

Scripture reading: Isaiah 9:2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. … 6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

What is meant with these words? The people who were in great darkness saw a great light, which was Jesus. But that still needs to be practically illumined to our minds’ eye. If we want to comprehend light for our blinded, darkened minds, we need to understand the darkness. We must seek Scripture to identify what the darkness is, so that we can then identify more clearly what the light is. It is a little bit like you cannot appreciate the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour unless you first see yourself as sinful and totally broken; therefore we want to look at what is meant by darkness. Read the rest of this entry

Healing of the Mind

By John Thiel, mp3

Scripture reading: Psalm 147:1 Praise ye the LORD: for [it is] good to sing praises unto our God; for [it is] pleasant; [and] praise is comely. 2 The LORD doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel. 3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

There is a call for praising God. It is good to sing praises unto our God. Why? Because He gathers the outcasts of Israel. Don’t we feel that way? He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. We want to understand what God is prepared to do for the outcasts of Israel. Small in number that we may find ourselves in as outcasts, we may still have precious answers from the Lord to bind up our wounds and heal our minds. The description of the time in which we live is often not taken note of. Jesus describes it: Read the rest of this entry

Faith Piercing the Darkness

By John Thiel, mp3

Scripture reading: Psalm 112:4 Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: [he is] gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.

We are living in a time of gross darkness. What is this darkness? It is when we indulge our natural, sinful nature, which we all suffer under to some degree. As we indulge and exercise it, it creates darkness. We see the darkness very heavy around the world because people function according to their natural man. In the darkness we are able to see the light, just as the people who were dwelling in darkness at the time of the first advent saw a great light, and that great light was Jesus – the beautiful character of Jesus that shone in such contrast to the human dilemma that existed even in His time. Read the rest of this entry

Contrition Without Anxiety

By John Thiel, mp3

Scripture reading: 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.

Do we know the reality of the end of fear and doubt? Are we resting? Do we trust God?

Do you suffer anxiety? What is anxiety? What is the source of anxiety? It is a feeling that comes over us and wants to predominate within us: 1. When we are found out that we have done wrong; we feel anxious. It is a feeling. It is something that constricts your sense of freedom; it crowds you inwardly. Another source of anxiety is 2. When I am unable to satisfy the expectations that are laid upon me; I start to feel anxious because I can’t meet up with what is expected of me. Yet another source of anxiety is 3. Fear of the unknown. If I see something in front of me and I don’t know where this is going to end up, I am afraid of the unknown consequences maybe of some of the things that I have done. I feel anxious. There is another source of anxiety which is 4. When those whom I dearly love have turned away and there is a break-down of relationships. There is anxiety that comes from that as well. Read the rest of this entry

The Drying Up of the River Euphrates

By John Thiel, mp3

Scripture reading: Revelation 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed [is] he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. Read the rest of this entry

Doctrines of Devils

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Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

Will we have the wedding garment on, which means what we read in Ephesians is our Scripture reading? Under the ministry of God’s appointment in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God we are to reach unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Read the rest of this entry

Meeting the Oppression of Sin – Why Jesus Became Sin For Us

By John Thiel, mp3

Scripture Reading: 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. 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. 22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

We can see that the work of salvation is nearly finished; and as we examine our own lives, we are in grave danger looking at our success, at our progress in Christian character, that we feel there is so much that is not right in my life yet.

As we approach the closing of probation, believers become progressively concerned. Why?

1 Timothy 5:24 Some men’s sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some [men] they follow after.

If you are a believer, judgment commences now as we are living and sins in the judgment are opened before us. Read the rest of this entry

Light in a Dark Place of Independent Ministries

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Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:5-7 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to [give] the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

The world is in sin, and is always in darkness, but certain times in the Bible reveal extra darkness. In the days of Noah it was extra dark. Just prior to the first advent of Christ it was really dark, and then we are told in Isaiah that prior to the second advent, it is gross darkness. It is during these times of gross darkness that heaven is especially at work to try to illuminate us through prophecy.

In the days of Noah, Noah presented the prophecy that there would be a great flood, and the ark was built.

Genesis 6:5-8 And God saw that the wickedness of man [was] great in the earth, and [that] every imagination of the thoughts of his heart [was] only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. Read the rest of this entry

How to Cultivate Christian Graces


By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

Scripture reading: Romans 12:9 [Let] love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 10 [Be] kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

…nourish the tender plant of love. Cultivate the graces of the spirit, cultivate tenderness, compassion for one another… {HM, January 1, 1892 par. 9} Read the rest of this entry

The Conviction of Sin and Our Effective Response

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

We have a very wonderful God who provides us with such great hope. We are saved by hope. It is a hope in which although we feel condemned and the condemnation is upon us, there is hope through Jesus Christ. Secondly, it is the hope that is spoken of in Titus.

Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

Here is another hope; looking for the appearing of Jesus Christ, the second coming of our Lord and Saviour. When these two hopes are both challenged in our mind, when Jesus is there searching His children through and through with as it were eyes of flame, there is a challenge that is expressed, a challenge that comes to all of us at some point or another; Who shall be able to stand?

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God’s Glory Shall Cover the Earth

By John Thiel, Audio: MP3

Scripture reading: Exodus 34:6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, 7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear [the guilty]; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth [generation].

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I Have Found a Ransom

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3 The Power of the Cross 2014

Scripture Reading: Hosea 6:4 O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness [is] as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away.

We continue the series on the power of the cross. God has compassion over our weakness. With such compassion that He has to help weak sinful human beings in their utter helplessness and depravity to do anything right, our goodness is like the morning cloud; for your goodness [is] as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away. Read the rest of this entry

The Weakness of Christ the Man

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3 – The Power of the Cross 2014

The power of God can actually operate through Jesus Christ. You cannot appreciate the power of God unless you realise your weakness and your smallness. In our weakness and depravity which is the law of sin in my members, the moment that we want to do what is right because our mind has been affected by the purity of God and His truth and His law, we immediately discover there is a law in our members that fights against the law and the expectations of God.

According to the words of Apostle Paul, he says there is a law in my members that works contrary to the law of my mind. O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death, from this power? We read that there is a way by which we can actually conquer the weakness of our sinful flesh.

The body is the only medium through which the mind and the soul are developed for the upbuilding of character. Hence it is that the adversary of souls directs his temptations to the enfeebling and degrading of the physical powers. His success here means the surrender to evil of the whole being. The tendencies of our physical nature, unless under the dominion of a higher power, will surely work ruin and death. {MH 130.1}

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The Dry Desert Can Blossom

By John Thiel mp3

Scripture reading: Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, [and] rivers in the desert. 20 The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, [and] rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.

I wish to share the word of God in reference to when the desert is all parched in our life experience and we need refreshment. I wish to explore God’s word in reference to the spiritual application of Isaiah 43:19-20 where God says that in the wilderness He will give waters, rivers in the desert to give drink to His people.

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Current Church Events in Prophecy

By John Thiel Audio: mp3

We are often perplexed regarding where we stand in the timeline of God’s plans for us as a church and individuals. This has always been a problem in the lives of God’s people in the past. They did not always recognise present truth.

In the time of Noah, many people didn’t realise that in God’s timeline they had to get into that ark. In the time of Babylon they did not know that they were to be there for those seventy years. They were meant to be there.

God had pointed out that they were to be there for seventy years and if they would listen to the prophecy they knew that after seventy years they would go back home but many didn’t. In the time of Christ there was a timeline, there was a recognition of the birth and then of the baptism of Jesus. They did not recognise the timeline for present experience and so for us today. We must know where we should be in God’s timeline.

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What Crucified Jesus and His Disciples

By John Thiel mp3

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.

Can you see a startling element in this scripture? Among brethren who worship together, there are such who tremble at His word and there are others who worship God in the pride of their preeminence as God’s children. Those that tremble at God’s word are disliked by their brethren. There comes a point in time when their brethren will actually regard it as a favour done to God and something to glorify God with, that they shall put these people that tremble at God’s word out of their fellowship.

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Satan’s Subtle Warfare

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By John Thiel, Audio: mp3 

Facing Last Day Perils Conference

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

Earth’s Harvest Time

By John Thiel Mp3

Facing Last Day Perils Conference

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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Lo I Am With You Alway to the end of the world

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By John Thiel mp3 

Facing Last Day Perils Conference

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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A Temple Made of Time

By John Thiel – Audio mp3

Facing Last Day Perils Conference

Deepening Sabbath Rest

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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Approaching Storm Clouds

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By John Thiel – Audio Mp3    

Facing Last Day Perils Conference

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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Heralds of the End

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By John Thiel – Audio: mp3    

Facing Last Day Perils Conference

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

Will Ye Also Go Away?

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By John Thiel

Couched within the natural heart of every human being there is a disposition to flee unpleasant experiences. It’s right inside of every one of us. It is lovely to be part of a church while there is harmony with my expectations, but come hardship, come trials, come imperfections, it is in our hearts to seek for greener hills.

As trials thicken around us, both separation and unity will be seen in our ranks. Some who are now ready to take up weapons of warfare will in times of real peril make it manifest that they have not built upon the solid rock; they will yield to temptation. Those who have had great light and precious privileges, but have not improved them, will, under one pretext or another, go out from us. Not having received the love of the truth, they will be taken in the delusions of the enemy; they will give heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils, and will depart from the faith. {6T 400.3} Read the rest of this entry

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