Category Archives: The Sanctuary Series

14. The Refreshment of the Sabbath in the Sanctuary

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

We are now moving into the different aspects that we gain by way of the truths, of the doctrines, that surface out of the sanctuary study. This study enters into a research of the Ten Commandments as they are in the heavenly sanctuary. The Ten Commandments are there, in the most holy place. When Ellen White received the vision, she came into the heavenly sanctuary, and she saw something as these Ten Commandments were opened up. Read the rest of this entry

8. Reflecting the Work of Salvation in the Most Holy Place

By John Thiel, Audio: Reflecting the Work of Salvation

Our last study went as far as the work of salvation up to the holy place. After Jesus had been sacrificed on the cross for us which was here on earth the outer court, He then became a priest. He progressed in His work by taking with Him our sins and brought them before God in the heavenly sanctuary. As He went there the first thing He dealt with was the candlesticks in the heavenly sanctuary. The apostles were waiting as He said wait till I send you the Spirit. The candlestick in heaven was the seven spirits of God that were close to the throne of God. When Jesus lit the candlesticks as it were, He actually sent the Holy Spirit and fire came down on the heads of the disciples just as the candles were burning in the symbolic picture. Flames came upon their head. Read the rest of this entry

28. The Scapegoat

By John Thiel, Audio: The Scapegoat

This study is a conclusion of the whole sanctuary service. The scapegoat was the last activity in the sanctuary. Everything that was written in the Law of Moses was to be fulfilled concerning Christ and the whole plan of salvation. Everything that the sanctuary unveils, Gods way in the sanctuary, leaves us with one more item. Read the rest of this entry

7. Reflecting the Work of Salvation in the Sanctuary

By John Thiel, Audio: The Work of Salvation

This study is the detail of the gospel service, the actual saving work of Jesus. It is looking at the work of salvation as typified in the sanctuary. The Hebrew sanctuary is a prophetic picture of what the gospel of Jesus Christ is all about. Read the rest of this entry

27. The Science of Prayer

By John Thiel, Audio: The Science of Prayer

Our brain is a living computer and our prayers are recorded in the altar of incense where the angels stand. It is the altar of incense which is the altar between the angels that have the coals between them. There are the wheels within wheels that record everything. Everything God says is recorded by those instrumentalities. Under the altar the people who were slain for their faith are crying. Read the rest of this entry

26. God’s Way of Unity in the Sanctuary

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

The whole subject of the sanctuary has been a doctrine that communicates unity from heaven to earth. The sanctuary that was built by the Hebrews was a copy of the sanctuary in heaven; there was a unifying concept. Jesus’ body also was a sanctuary. The body of Jesus was also an exercise of unity as the church being the body of Christ, and this was connected with the sanctuary because the church is also a sanctuary. All the sanctuary applications are communicating the concept of unity just from that perspective. Read the rest of this entry

24. No Strange Fire In the Temple

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

From the creation and fall of man to the present time, there has been a continual unfolding of the plan of God for the redemption, through Christ, of the fallen race. The tabernacle and temple of God on earth were patterned after the original in heaven. Around the sanctuary and its solemn services mystically gathered the grand truths which were to be developed through succeeding generations. {FLB 194.2} Read the rest of this entry

23. God’s Way of Healing in the Sanctuary

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

There are a huge number of subjects that come out of the sanctuary, and as we look at those subjects they continue to expand in their subject matter. Each truth becomes broader and wider as we look into it. Every subject we have looked at so far has only laid out the foundations, the basics, but as we study the subject, we find that each subject on its own continues to widen. We could go on into eternity studying all the different subjects that come out of the sanctuary, because they will continue to increase in their depth of appreciation. The scripture of Ezekiel 47 displays this fact in connection with the sanctuary of heaven, that the sanctuary source flows forth in truth that unfolds and gets deeper and deeper. Read the rest of this entry

21. Unquestioning Obedience

Warning: This sermon has been misconstrued and is being referenced at two negative websites attacking this ministry. Please note John Thiel was speaking in the third person speaking of what God would say to us about obedience. It is not John Thiel telling people what to do. 

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

An aspect of the sanctuary on earth, which typified the heavenly sanctuary, was the ark of the covenant, where the shekinah glory, God’s glory, shone. And this represented His throne in heaven. In the sanctuary message there was the Day of the Atonement, which represented in type the beginning of the hour of God’s judgment. Read the rest of this entry

20. Understanding The Way of Judgement in the Sanctuary

By John Thiel

This particular study is very valuable just after we have studied the three segments of the dress reform, because once we get information as to what is right and what is wrong in regards to actions, we fall into a terrible danger of becoming judgmental, of judging by what we see and making certain conclusions which don’t help anyone. Our careful study into judgment, the way that we judge, must be revealed to us as it is from the sanctuary. Read the rest of this entry

17. God’s Way of Dress in the Sanctuary Part 1

By John Thiel

In studying the sanctuary we are actually studying God’s way. And His ways are different to our ways. To help our minds grasp what the sanctuary is actually trying to teach us, we read the words of the psalmist as he is exonerating the Lord, Read the rest of this entry

16. God’s Way of Organisation in the Sanctuary

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

We are looking at the sanctuary and appreciating what the sanctuary actually depicts. We want to reignite our understanding as to what we are really doing in the study of the sanctuary, and what is the deep value of beholding the sanctuary. Read the rest of this entry

22. God’s Way of Music as Reflected in the Sanctuary

By John Thiel

Music is another one of those points of personal sensitivity which is very hard to address, to try and help people in. But I thank God for the sanctuary, because there it reveals something that helps us to be able to handle it. Music is simply a sequence of vibrations that come to our sense of hearing and to which we respond according to our hereditary and cultivated background. Read the rest of this entry

15. The Refreshment Of The Sabbath And How It Becomes Polluted

John Thiel, Audio: mp3

In the sanctuary, in the ark of the covenant, are the Ten Commandments, and around the Sabbath there is a halo that is brighter than all the other commandments. We have seen that the Sabbath is a day that is the day of the Lord our God, and that therefore Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath. The Sabbath has everything to do with our relationship with God. We also touched on the fact that the Sabbath is to be the seal of God because in the Sabbath is the seal, the name, the title and the domain that He rules. In the true keeping of the Sabbath lies the seal of God, not so much in being a Saturday-keeper. Read the rest of this entry

11. The Presiding Influence of the Sanctuary Doctrine

John Thiel, Audio: The Presiding Influence of the Sanctuary Doctrine

The Hebrew sanctuary was a symbol of the heavenly sanctuary, the services were prophetic symbolism of the realities of the plan of salvation. In our last studies, we came up to the subjects, not only of the work of Jesus as He gave His life at the cross, but that He also worked then as a priest, for a period of time in the holy place, and then He moved into the most holy place. We saw that the message for these last days since 1844 is the time of judgment, the Day of Atonement, in which Jesus our High Priest is doing a different kind of work than He did before, and we are called upon to purify our lives. And in such a serious time in which we are living, we have the comfort of the High Priest, that was our last study, the comfort we find in the High Priest. Read the rest of this entry

12. The Investigative Judgement

By John Thiel, Audio: The Investigative Judegment by Jesus

As we saw in our last study, the sanctuary message was the key that unlocked the mystery of the disappointment of 1844. Read the rest of this entry

13. My Life and Health Principles

John Thiel, Audio: My Life and Health Principles

We are living in the Day of Atonement, in which an investigative judgment is taking place, and the life and death seriousness of that investigative judgment calls for a serious self-examination as it did in the typical Day of Atonement. They were called upon to fast, to examine themselves, to make sure that there was no sin left in their life. That was the symbolic picture for us living since 1844. Now we are called upon to fast and to examine our lives to make sure that for eternity our sins have all been confessed and we have put away our sins not only in confession but also in living reality. Therefore we need to examine ourselves. Read the rest of this entry

10. The Comfort of the High Priest

By John Thiel, Audio: The Comfort of the High Priest

Hebrews 8:1 Now of the things which we have spoken [this is] the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;   A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.  3 For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore [it is] of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer.  4 For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law:  5 Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, [that] thou make all things according to the pattern showed to thee in the mount.  Read the rest of this entry

9. Was the Atonement Completed at the Cross?

By John Thiel

The sanctuary relates to our salvation. We have studied the meaning of the different furniture. The courtyard of the sanctuary had the altar of sacrifice which was where the animal was slain and represented the sacrifice of Jesus when He died on the cross as our sins slew Him. He was the lamb that was sacrificed. Read the rest of this entry

6. The Priesthood of the Three Sanctuaries

By John Thiel, Audio: The Priesthood of the Three Sanctuaries

We have been studying the three sanctuaries – the Hebrew sanctuary which was the tent that was set up, the temple that Solomon built, the heavenly sanctuary and the body temple sanctuary. Read the rest of this entry

5. The Sanctuary of the Body

By John Thiel, Audio: The Sanctuary of the Body

In our last study we looked at the sanctuary of the heart, the sanctuary in the court and the two apartments.  We saw the brain of the body was the two apartment sanctuary.  We will now enter into a more protracted study in reference to the physiology of the body as a whole. This study is precisely what the Spirit of God has brought to the attention of those who are meant to be presenting God’s word. Read the rest of this entry

2. Christ in the Hebrew Sanctuary Part 1

By John Thiel, Audio: Christ in the Hebrew Sanctuary Part 1

In our last study we learnt that God wants to come very close to sinners and to the Hebrews back then who He used to illustrate this. Read the rest of this entry

4. The Sanctuary of the Heart

By John Thiel, Audio: The Sanctuary of the Heart

In the first few studies of this series of Christ in the Sanctuary we saw that Christ is found in three sanctuaries – the Hebrew sanctuary, the sanctuary of His body, the heavenly sanctuary. We also observed the detail of what Christ was according to the Hebrew sanctuary. The furniture and the structure of the Hebrew sanctuary identifying each item which points to Jesus. Read the rest of this entry

3. Christ in the Hebrew Sanctuary Part 2

By John Thiel, Audio: Christ in the Hebrew Sanctuary Part 2

We are looking at Christ in the Hebrew sanctuary. In our last study we looked at the furniture and the structure of the sanctuary gaining from it the symbolisms that depicted Jesus Christ. In this study we are looking at Christ in the sanctuary service itself. Read the rest of this entry

1. Christ in the Sanctuary

By John Thiel, Audio: Christ in the Sanctuary

We are commencing a new series of studies on the sanctuary and we are studying the sanctuary in heaven which the Hebrew sanctuary was a copy of. This subject is distinctive of the Seventh Day Adventist faith. The early Adventists brought this out of the scriptures in all its beauty.

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19. Dress Reform in the Sanctuary Part 3

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

We are studying God’s way in the sanctuary. Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary. Everything that we are studying about God’s way is not our natural way. Read the rest of this entry

18. Dress Reform and the Sanctuary Part 2

By John Thiel

God’s way in the sanctuary is the way of holiness.

Isaiah 35:8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it [shall be] for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err [therein]. Read the rest of this entry

Dress Reform and the Sanctuary Series 1 (2001)

By John Thiel

We are researching God’s ways in a series of studies on the sanctuary. When it comes to the subject of dress, unfailingly it is one of those subjects that we always fall into difficulty with. It is imperative that we look at the subject in the framework of the sanctuary. This study deals with the true motive of dress reform and the motivation behind dress reform.

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25. The Internet Headquarters of the Universe

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

The title of this study is a very modern approach to the subject of the sanctuary, but you will see how realistic it really is. The Hebrew sanctuary was a human-built small-scale model of the real sanctuary in heaven. Read the rest of this entry

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