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WORLD CRISIS FORETOLD –CIVIL AND DIVINE LAWS ENDANGERED-part 20-

THE MARK OF THE BEAST-par 1-

THE beast with two horns “causeth [commands] all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name”. (Revelation 13:16-17).  The third angel’s warning is: “If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God”.

“The beast” mentioned in this message, whose worship is enforced by the two –horned beast, is the first or leopardlike beast of Revelation 13-the Papacy. The “image to the beast” represents that form of apostate Protestantism which will be developed when the Protestant churches shall seek the aid of the civil power for the enforcement of their dogmas.  Themark of the beast” still remains to be defined.

WORSHIP CONTRASTED

AFTER the warning against the worship of the beast and his image the prophecy declares: “Here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus“(Rev.14:12). Since those who keep God’s commandments are thus placed in contrast with those that worship the beast and his image and receive his mark, it follows that the keeping of God’s law, on the one hand, and its violation, on the other, will make the distinction between the worshipers of God and the worshipers of the beast.

THE BEAST’S CHARACTER

THE special characteristic of the beast, and therefore of his image, is the breaking of God’s commandments. Say Daniel, of the little horn, the Papacy: “He shall think to change times and the law” (Daniel 7:25), RV. And Paul styled the same power the “man of sin”, who was to exalt himself above God. One prophecy is a complement of the other. Only by changing God’s law could the Papacy exalt itself above God; whoever should understandingly keep the law as thus changed would be giving supreme honor to that power by which the change was made.  Such an act of obedience to papal laws would be a mark of allegiance to the pope in the place of God.

An intentional, deliberate change is presented: “He shall think to change the times and the law”.  The change in the fourth commandment exactly fulfills the prophecy. For this the only authority claimed is that of the church.  Here the papal power openly sets itself above God.

SATURDAY SACREDNESS-part 1-

WHILE the worshipers of God will be especially distinguished by their regard for the fourth commandment –since this is the sign of His creative power and the witness to His claim upon man’s reverence and homage- the worshipers of the beast will be distinguished by their efforts to tear down the Creator’s memorial, to exalt the institution of Rome.  It was in behalf of the Sunday that popery first asserted its arrogant claims; and its first resort to the power of the state was to compel the observance of Sunday as “the Lord’s day. “But the Bible points to the seventh day, and not to the first, as the Lord’s Day.

 THE LAW OF GOD: Exodus 20:3-17

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