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8. Spiritualism


By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

In our quest of understanding the second angel we are looking now at the subject of spiritualism. The second angel’s message leaves you to puzzle as to where spiritualism comes into this.

Revelation 14:8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

Where is spiritualism in these words? In our past studies on the second angel we saw that when it says, Babylon is fallen, it particularly pertains to the USA – Apostate Protestantism. We saw that it is fed by Roman Catholicism, and how Roman Catholicism was fed by pagan Rome, which was itself fed by Babylon way back in Nimrod’s time. The ingredient of Paganism is what has fed and supported and sustained the Babylonish influence thereafter. Paganism infiltrated. Read the rest of this entry

1. The Judgment Regarding Babylon


By John Thiel, Audio: The Judgement Regarding Babylon

The second angel’s message is necessary because the first angel’s message was not heeded. In rejecting the first angel’s message, a warning needed to be given in the second angel’s message – Babylon is fallen, is fallen that great city because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

That message was first proclaimed by the servants of God in the summer of 1844. As a result, many left the fallen churches. In connection with this message the midnight cry. [SEE MATTHEW 25:1-13.] was given: Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him. In every part of the land light was given concerning this message and the cry aroused thousands. It went from city to city, from village to village, and into the remote country regions. It reached the learned and talented, as well as the obscure and humble. This was the happiest year of my life. My heart was full of glad expectation; but I felt great pity and anxiety for those who were in discouragement and had no hope in Jesus. We united, as a people, in earnest prayer for a true experience and the unmistakable evidence of our acceptance with God. {CET 51.1}

May we also seek earnestly for a true experience with God in Christ Jesus as we continue to study this second angel’s message and find an answering chord in our heart to come out of her my people. Read the rest of this entry

6. Ancient and Current Practises of Babylon


By John Thiel, Audio: Ancient and Current Practises of Babylon

Under the second angel’s message Babylon is always applied to the people or the church having once been faithful becoming corrupt from Noah’s time right through. This message is appropriate for people in modern times as it was way back there. Ancient Babylon was the city that set the stage for all the others to follow. Rome today is still affected by the events of the past and also for the future. Ancient Babylon has affected the world all through history until now.

Their children, along with new converts, came forward and new-modelled the cause. To secure converts, the exalted standard of the Christian faith was lowered, and as the result a pagan flood, flowing into the church, carried with it its customs, practices, and idols. GC 385 Read the rest of this entry

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