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WORLD CRISIS FORETOLD –CIVIL AND DIVINE LAWS ENDANGERED-part 21-

THE MARK OF THE BEAST-par 2-

SATURDAY SACREDNESS-part 2-

“But the Bible points to the seventh day, and not to the first, as the Lord’s Day. Said Christ: “The Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath”. The fourth commandment declares: “The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord.” And by the prophet Isaiah the Lord designates it: “My holy day”. (Mark 2:28; Isaiah 58:13).

Roman Catholics acknowledge that the change of Sabbath was made by their church, and declare that Protestants by observing the Sunday are recognizing her power. As the sign of the authority of the Catholic Church, papist writers cite “the very act of changing the Sabbath into Sunday, which Protestants allow of… because by keeping Sunday, they acknowledge the church’s power to ordain feasts, and to command them under sin”. (Henry Tuberville- An Abridgment of the Christian Doctrine, page 58). What then is the change of the Sabbath, but the sign, or mark, of the authority of the Roman Church-“the mark of the beast”?

REJECTING THE BIBLE

THE Roman Church has not relinquished her claim to supremacy; and when the world and the Protestant churches accept a sabbath of her creating; while they reject the Bible Sabbath, they virtually admit this assumption. They may claim the authority of tradition and of the Fathers for the change; but in so doing they ignore the very principle which separates them from Rome-that “the Bible, and the Bible only, is the religion of Protestants”.  The papist can see that they are deceiving themselves, willingly closing their eyes to the facts in the case. As the movement for Sunday enforcement gains favor, the papist rejoices, feeling assured that it will eventually bring the whole Protestant world under the banner of Rome.

THE WORSHIP OF THE BEAST

BUT Christians of past generations observed the Sunday, supposing that in so doing they were keeping the Bible Sabbath; and there are now true Christians in every church, not excepting the Roman Catholic communion, who honestly believe that Sunday is the Sabbath of divine appointment. God accepts their sincerity of purpose and their integrity before Him.  But when Sunday observance shall be enforced by law, and the world shall be enlightened concerning the obligation of the true Sabbath then whoever shall transgress the command of God, to obey a precept which has no higher authority than that of Rome, will thereby honor popery above God.

He is paying homage to Rome and to the power which enforces the institution ordained by Rome.  He is worshiping the beast and his image.  As men then reject the institution which God has declared to be the sign of His authority, and honor in its stead that which Rome has chosen as the token of her supremacy, they will thereby accept the sign of allegiance to Rome-“the mark of the beast”. And it is not until the issue is thus plainly set before the people, and they are brought to choose between the commandments of God and the commandments of men, that those who continue in transgression will receivethe mark of the beast”.

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