By John Thiel, Audio: mp3
The beautiful appeals of Jesus’ voice calling us and the deep emotional comfort that is found in the meditation of these words. We can hear His voice calling us; and as we come to Him, He draws us closer and answers us according to our inward need.
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Question: If the sealing of the 144,000 commenced in 1848, and some of that number have died and will be resurrected in the “special resurrection”, how can it be said that the 144,000 are translated without seeing death? If order to find the answer to this question, we must be willing to read the Word of God and the Spirit of Prophecy very, very, carefully, and to take it exactly as it reads. We open the consideration with the following statements:
Revelation 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty [and] four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. 14:2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: 14:3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred [and] forty [and] four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
Revelation 15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, [and] over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. 15:3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous [are] thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true [are] thy ways, thou King of saints. Read the rest of this entry
By John Thiel
Scripture Reading: Hosea 12:13 And by a prophet the LORD brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved.
‘Holy Jesus day by day, lead us in the narrow way’.
All through my life I have been exposed to Adventism and sung these hymns and it used to puzzle me in my early youth and even later if Jesus is going to lead me in the narrow way. Jesus himself leading me in the narrow way, how is he going to do that? I was brought up with the Bible and yes the Bible would be the one who would lead me but being brought up in the conflicts of these last days with so called Bible religion it came to my understanding what I read was different to what others read in regard to interpretation. Read the rest of this entry
“But God will have a people upon the earth to maintain the Bible, and the Bible only, as the standard of all doctrines and the basis of all reforms.” (The Great Controversy, p. 595)“The words of the Bible, and the Bible alone, should be heard from the pulpit.” (Prophets and Kings, p. 626)
By John Thiel
Under the reformation message and the time in which we are living there tends to develop a mentality of duty instead of joy and pleasure. I see this frequently in the leadership thrusts upon the church. We must do this we should be doing the other thing. There is a tendency to place upon the shoulders of the congregation a sense of responsibility instead of a sense of joyful service. Read the rest of this entry
Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
The Bible is for the entire world since it has been codified. Ellen white is for the very end of time for that generation that will be alive when Jesus comes. The Bible was written to direct all men to Jesus Christ, Ellen White’s Spirit of Prophecy was written and her writings came to direct us to what his final work of atonement is in the most holy place. Her message was focused on a different aspect of the work of God in the great controversy. Read the rest of this entry