Scripture reading: Matthew 9:13 But go ye and learn what [that] meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
We have a God who is a loving father who pities his child, even though that sinful child is defiled. He waiteth in kindness, pities our blindness, longeth to welcome, though often reviled. God in compassion regardeth our plea. We want to dwell upon this compassion and understand the words of Jesus to the Hebrews. Let us truly tune in to His challenge that is brought to us in these words: Go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice. These words Jesus quoted from the book of Hosea. Here He is saying so emphatically to the Jews who were nigh unto filling their cup of iniquity: Read the rest of this entry
By John Thiel, The Characteristics of the Twelve Tribes of the 144,000 Conference, study 4, mp3
The 144,000 are people who may have come from the worst case scenarios, such as the polygamous circumstances of Jacob’s household. These people who will be standing without fault before the throne of God are a people who were not like that to start with; they were born in very sinful circumstances, like David was.
Psalm 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. 6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden [part] thou shalt make me to know wisdom. 7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Read the rest of this entry
By John Thiel, The Characteristics of the Twelve Tribes of the 144,000 Conference, study 3, mp3
To Be Among The 144,000
There is an item that frightens many Seventh-day Adventist believers and prevents them from believing the truth about the 144,000. It is the truth that there will be a people dwelling on earth such as are described in the following words:
Revelation 14:5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.
These 144,000 have been purged and cleansed from all their sins. Here is yet another reference about these people: Read the rest of this entry
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
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?
By John Thiel, mp3
We are here to worship our Lord, our God; the majesty of the universe. As we aspire to such worship, do we know what it actually is? Do you know what it is to worship God? The dictionary meaning for worship is to adore; to regard with adoration; to adore our Lord, to adore God, to regard constantly with the sense of adoration. Can you put on adoration? To do it unfeigning, we must have a reason for adoration. This is what I want to spend time on, to embrace a reason among many reasons, that causes us to adore Him with inexpressible words; impressions that cannot be expressed to adore Him.
He Has Created us
He has created us. That is a reason for worship; He is our creator. For this quick contemplation we come to Psalm 100:
Psalm 100:3 Know ye that the LORD he [is] God: [it is] he [that] hath made us, and not we ourselves; [we are] his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, [and] into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, [and] bless his name. 5 For the LORD [is] good; his mercy [is] everlasting; and his truth [endureth] to all generations.
By John Thiel, mp3
1 John 5:1 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. 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.
The big problem in modern Christianity around us today is that people do not believe that the Ten Commandments can be perfectly kept. They do not believe that Jesus can save us from sin so that we can have sinless perfection. But here the love of God has been given us so that we can believe that, because the love of God is something that motivates to sinlessness and perfect obedience. Read the rest of this entry