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The Conflict Between Israel and Palestine in the Old and New Testament

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Isaiah 21:16 For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Within a year, according to the years of an hireling, and all the glory of Kedar shall fail:

Here is a time prophecy that has to do with a literal year not a prophetic year. According to the years of an hireling. Who is Kedar that all his glory shall fail?

Genesis 25:13 And these are the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their names, according to their generations: the firstborn of Ishmael, Nebajoth; and Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam,

Who was Kedar? He was the Arab who came from Ishmael. The Arabs came from Ishmael. Kedar is specifically mentioned to come to his end and none shall help him. All his glory would be taken away within a year. It is interesting to connect Kedar the Arab world and Turkey. Kedar and Mesech are connected and in the ancient world. Mesech was in Turkey. They have always been a trouble spot for the Jews.

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The Israel of God Versus the Israelites of the Flesh

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

The concept that the Jews are God’s people and that Jesus is going to bring back His nation and dwell in Jerusalem with them for a thousand years is being taught by the various different churches.

We want to examine the Bible in regards to Israel and let the Bible speak for itself. It will illuminate our minds as to who is Israel.

As we look in the Scriptures, the God of heaven has chosen a people and made a nation. His very personal own nation. We read of it where the birth of His nation was foreshadowed:

The People of God

Genesis 17:1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I [am] the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. 2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. 3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, 4 As for me, behold, my covenant [is] with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. 5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. 6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. 7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

Any Jew who reads that will tell you, “See, we are to be in God’s expectation, a nation for eternity.” That is precisely where the Israeli confidence comes from. That they are God’s people because a promise has been made: Read the rest of this entry

The Lord and I

By John Thiel

Psalm 16:11 Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence [is] fulness of joy; at thy right hand [there are] pleasures for evermore.

In this study it is my purpose to bring everything that I have ever preached in the past down to a living companionship with God. The term I just expressed, everything I have ever preached, it is something I’ve appreciated from the book Ministry of Healing;

The mere hearing of sermons Sabbath after Sabbath, the reading of the Bible through and through, or the explanation of it verse by verse, will not benefit us or those who hear us, unless we bring the truths of the Bible into our individual experience. The understanding, the will, the affections, must be yielded to the control of the word of God. Then through the work of the Holy Spirit the precepts of the word will become the principles of the life. {MH 514.1}

This statement we must understand. As we hear the sermons and read the Bible, many people still do not find the true benefit of it all. . I’m hoping and praying the benefit of this will be reached out for by us individually as we are in the presence of God today. God is speaking as follows: Read the rest of this entry

The Truth as It is in Jesus

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

Ephesians 4:21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

The Lord is worthy of our worship and we are gathered to worship. We are here to worship as we hear his word, the word of God. We today live in a similar atmosphere of Christianity as did Israel when they were in Babylonian captivity. As the Israelites were caught by Nebuchadnezzar in the time of Ezekiel they accepted they were captives and they would make the best of it and live in Babylon under Babylonian conditions and the Israel of today has accepted the circumstances in which we live in although they are often foreign to true Christianity. The words of Ezekiel can be very applicable to us if we do not guard ourselves. God knew something about the Israel listening to him speaking and preaching. Read the rest of this entry

Modern Baal Worship

2 Kings 17:7 And they burned their sons and their daughters as offerings, and used divination and sorcery, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, provoking him to anger.

What was Ahab thinking? I would never sacrifice my child to the altar of Baal.

1 Kings 16:30. And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD above all that [were] before him.

Take notice of every word. Ahab did evil in the sight of the LORD. It was obviously not evil in his own sight.

1 Kings 16:31 And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat,

It was a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam. Read the rest of this entry

Without the Camp

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By John Thiel

This study embraces God’s character as manifested in the Hebrew camp in the wilderness when the children of Israel were traveling from Egypt to Canaan. The question arises then – how is the experience of the children of Israel in the wilderness relevant to us in these last days?

1 Corinthians 10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat;  4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. 11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Read the rest of this entry

Israel and the Promised Land

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Hebrews 4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left [us] of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. 2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard [it]. 

God led Israel from Egypt. He worked mighty wonders. He led them through the red sea unto the borders of the Promised Land. They fell short of the fulfilment of the promise of God.  Today ancient Israel is still seeking the fulfilment of that promise. The land which was flowing with milk and honey now flows with war and bloodshed as the Jewish nation endeavours to gain the Promised Land. They will never gain the Promised Land because that is not what God promised them. God would lead them all the way. Yet today we find not just the Jewish nation but every nation leading themselves in that way which seemeth right but the ends there of is Armageddon. Read the rest of this entry

Mothers and Fathers in Israel

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By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

Jeremiah 6:16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where [is] the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk [therein].

Deuteronomy 32:7 Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will show thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee.

We are to enquire about the old paths and to walk in them. Who are we to ask? Our fathers and the elders to understand from them what those old paths are.

Leviticus 19:32 Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I [am] the LORD.

The Lord desires His servants today to preach the old gospel doctrine, sorrow for sin, repentance, and confession. We want old-fashioned sermons, old-fashioned customs, old-fashioned fathers and mothers in Israel. The sinner must be labored for, perseveringly, earnestly, wisely, until he shall see that he is a transgressor of God’s law, and shall exercise repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. –Undated Manuscript 111. {Ev 179.5} Read the rest of this entry

The Tares are Melted in the Church/Jerusalem

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 In this time the gold will be separated from the dross in the church.—Testimonies for the Church 5:81 (1882). – {LDE 173.6}

According to Jewish tradition Ezekiel was the founder of the synagogue. You won’t find the word synagogue anywhere in the Old Testament but there are plenty of references to it in the New Testament. Where did Synagogues come from? They were a place of instruction and where legal decisions could be made. The synagogue was important to Jewish survival during the Captivity and so we find Ezekiel in Babylon and it would seem that this is where the synagogue was first founded. But there were no sacrifices there, as these had to be performed only in the temple. Ellen White says we should study the book of Ezekiel which it has been said, is the story of the Seventh Day Adventist movement and generally the church in particular. She says that chapter 9 is the chapter that will be fulfilled to the letter and some of the events portrayed there are very sad events. Read the rest of this entry

The True Israel of God

http://www.eternallifeministries.org/lrs_israel.htm

Fit Man and the Scapegoat

By Present Truth NZ

To understand the Fit Man and the Scapegoat transaction, we need to take our minds back to the time of ancient Israel, to see what was required by God of Israel in relationship to their annual Day of Atonement. The Day of Atonement was observed by ancient Israel on the tenth day of their seventh month – originally called Ethanim, and later called Tishri – which corresponds to September and October of our calendar year. This was the day – and the only day of the year – when the high priest went into the second apartment – called the most holy place – of the earthly sanctuary, where the Ark of the Covenant, containing the Ten Commandments – God’s Covenant – was always placed, and where God’s presence was manifested in the Shekinah Glory. Read the rest of this entry

13. The Twelve Tribes – Benjamin

By John Thiel

What have we learnt from previous studies about the Twelve Tribes? They were not good to start with. But we saw the end result of reaching perfection of character.

James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

We go through trials and difficulty. It works patience in us. We want nothing more. Read the rest of this entry

10. The Twelve Tribes – Zebulun

By John Thiel

What negative influence affected Zebulun by the mothers attitude?

Genesis 30:20 And Leah said, God hath endued me with a good dowry; now will my husband dwell with me, because I have born him six sons: and she called his name Zebulun.

Zebulun means dwelling.  How was this embedded? Read the rest of this entry

9. The Twelve Tribes – Isaachar

By John Thiel

This character is a complete turn around from what we have studied.  We have been studying the negative backgrounds but as we study Isachar, here is one character with good qualities. In Issachar’s situation, we see something good come out of something bad.  Who comes out of this situation?

Genesis 30:14 And Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest, and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them unto his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, Give me, I pray thee, of thy son’s mandrakes.

30:15 And she said unto her, [Is it] a small matter that thou hast taken my husband? and wouldest thou take away my son’s mandrakes also? And Rachel said, Therefore he shall lie with thee to night for thy son’s mandrakes. Read the rest of this entry

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

Israel – The Parable of the Fig Tree

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By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

Amos 4:12 Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: [and] because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.

For how long have these words been uttered in the ranks of Adventism? For a very long time already. Those who have been familiar with Adventism all their life will recall that some of the generations that have now passed away used to preach that they expected Jesus to come in their lifetime. But they have passed away. Their parents too have expected that Jesus would come in their lifetime, and He didn’t. The words of our present message come almost as a mocking to many Adventist people today. “Prepare to meet thy God”? Do the young people think that Jesus is coming in their lifetime? But just a moment, are you sure? So many before you thought they were sure too. Is it possible that we here, at such a time as this, with such a message as this, could be as much disappointed that Jesus will not come in our lifetime too? If that same question would have been asked in Sister White’s time, in the time of my grandparents, they would have said, No! just like you are saying no right now. Read the rest of this entry

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