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06 An Active Living Helper

By John Thiel, Preparation for the Close of Probation Conference, Study 6, mp3

We have received much from God’s word to help us understand what this preparation for the close of probation really means. Jesus and the angels and the Father in heaven are active in trying to bring us to this. What we want to do now is to examine more closely the living helpfulness that is found in Jesus Christ, our active, living Helper. We have gained the understanding from the following quote that,

[Jesus] was to stand between the sinner and the penalty of sin; yet few would receive Him as the Son of God. He would leave His high position as the Majesty of heaven, appear upon earth and humble Himself as a man, and by His own experience become acquainted with the sorrows, and temptations which man would have to endure. All this would be necessary in order that He might be able to succor them that should be tempted. {AG 345.2} Read the rest of this entry

05 Reaching for Perfection

By John Thiel, Preparation for the Close of Probation Conference, Study 5, mp3

Probation is a period of time in which we are to be sanctified, rendered holy and without fault before God.  Jesus is at work to achieve that. We are to engage and participate with Him in that. That probation time is very, very close to coming to its completion. It is just like in the days of Noah, the people saw the animals coming into the ark; they could see that the door was about to close. For seven days those animals came. Then, after those seven days, if they would have listened and noticed the signs that probation was closing for them, they would have gone in the ark. But no, they were careless about it, they were scoffing. Read the rest of this entry

23. God’s Way of Healing in the Sanctuary

By John Thiel, The Sanctuary Series, study 23, 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

16. God’s Way of Organisation in the Sanctuary

By John Thiel, The Sanctuary Series, study 16, 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

11. The Presiding Influence of the Sanctuary Doctrine

John Thiel, The Sanctuary Series, study 11, mp3

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

13. My Life and Health Principles

John Thiel, The Sanctuary Series, study 13, mp3

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, The Sanctuary Series, study 10, mp3

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

The Faith Once Delivered to the Saints

By John Thiel

Malachi 3:16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard [it], and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. 

 3:17 And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. 

 3:18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.  Read the rest of this entry

Colossians 2:16 explained

The Hebrew sanctuary was the not the real thing as it was a shadow of the real. The sacrifices that were being made were not doing very much for the sinner in reality because it didn’t really cleanse him. It was a symbolic function. It did not make him that did the service perfect as it was only in symbolic activities.

Hebrews 10:1 For the Law having a shadow of good things to come, [and] not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.

It was a symbolic activity with the holy days, meats and drinks. They were not something that could cleanse a person from sin.

Colossians 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath [days]: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body [is] of Christ.

Because these are not the actual body, when Jesus died and the curtain was rent from top to bottom; this meant that the ceremonial laws were no longer to be practised. It was done away with. Don’t let anyone put you back on that symbolic path anymore. It is finished. Let no one judge you in not keeping the ceremonial laws – meats, drinks and holy days connected with the sanctuary. It’s not necessary, that was done away with. That’s what it means, don’t let anyone judge you for NOT keeping the ceremonial laws.

6. The Priesthood of the Three Sanctuaries

By John Thiel, The Sanctuary Series, study 6, mp3

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

Isaiah 22 : Fasting in the Anti-Typical Day of Atonement

Compilation of statements by Stephen Haskell and Ellen White

Isaiah 22:12 AND IN THAT DAY did the Lord GOD of hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth: 22:13 And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine: let us eat and drink; for to morrow we shall die. 22:14 And it was revealed in mine ears by the LORD of hosts, Surely this iniquity shall not be purged from you till ye die, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.

IN WHAT DAY? The antitypical day of atonement.

“The Saviour says that during the time of the judgment, while individuals are being “accounted” worthy or unworthy, we are to take heed lest we become overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness. Surfeiting is taking too freely of food, whether it be good or bad. Drunkenness is partaking of improper food. We are to be the master, and not the slave of our appetite.” The Story of Daniel the Prophet, p. 310, Outline study.

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5. The Sanctuary of the Body

By John Thiel, The Sanctuary Series, study 5, mp3

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, The Sanctuary Series, study 2, mp3

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, The Sanctuary Series, study 4, mp3

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

1. Christ in the Sanctuary

By John Thiel, The Sanctuary Series, study 1, mp3

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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