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Riots. That’s all you see worldwide. Riots for the economy; riots against wallstreet; riots against political leaders; riots for and against a coach who failed to do something about a child being abused- riots. These riots no longer look peaceful. Revolutions are ruining countries. Remember Egypt? Are they really better off now? Riots fill people with terror. Yesterday at Penn State students rioted and even flipped a news van. What is that? That’s animalistic. Can we act civilised?

I understand that times are getting tough. Berlusconi resigned, and I never thought I’d see the day. I thought Europe would have it’s issues, but that things would be quietly bad. No, things got really bad. Yesterday on BBC world talk, reps from different Eurozone countries spoke and they started blaming each other. So much for unity. What they did was let the national divides speak.

Prophecy speaks in Daniel ch. 2:41-45

There is a list of Kingdoms which we know to be Babylon, then Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome, after Rome come the divided kingdoms of Europe (the toes of iron and clay) look at what it says about Europe…

 41 Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just as you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay. 42 And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile. 43 As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay.

They would try to mingle, in other words mix, but it would not be so because iron does not mix with clay. God said they would not be united. They tried but have failed. The Eurozone is trying to adhere but it’s falling apart. Europe would never be united.

This is at the toes of the statue in King Neb.’s dream. After that statue comes an end to earthly kingdoms.

44 And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. 45 Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold—the great God has made known to the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure.”

(If you study the book of revelation the dream in Daniel ch. 2 correlates to the beasts in Revelation, which also represent kingdoms.)

We are living in perilous times. The Bible tells us that in the last days the Holy Spirit will be departing from the Earth because of increased wickedness.

Matthew 24:10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

I do admit that as we look at other countries, we still have it good here despite our issues. I just hope people hold on to their sanity for a little bit longer. Let’s be civilised. Let’s put morality first for crying outloud. There are people who wanted Joe Paterno to finish his season. HE MADE A MISTAKE. I mean we are all human, but what if that was your kid? Is football that important? Wouldn’t you want him out of there? That’s what the Board of Trustees did, so get over yourselves you conscienceless protestors.

Let us behave as “a nation under God; indivisible with liberty and justice for all.”

Let us not forget that at this point, the only thing that matters is our salvation and our spiritual lives. These world issues led me to think about important spiritual things. I hope all who stumble upon this entry will take the time to read it completely and prayerfully.

Don’t stop reading.

John 14:15

15If ye love me, keep my commandments.

1 John 2:4

He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

Revelation 14:6-13 Three Angel’s Message at the close of Earth’s history

6 Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people— 7 saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.”   
8 And another angel followed, saying, “Babylon[f] is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”   
9 Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”
12Here is the patience of the saints; here are those[g] who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. 13 Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me,[h] “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’”
“Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.”

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NATURE AND TIME OF THE MESSAGE

     In the fourteenth chapter of Revelation,
there are three angels who give a final warning message to the world just before
the return of Jesus.  Mankind is to make a choice between worshipping God or the
beast.  Revelation 6-12, “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven,
having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and
to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, saying with a loud voice,
Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgment is come:
and worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountain of
waters.  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.  And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud
voice, 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, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and
he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of he holy angels,
and in the presence of the Lamb:  And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up
for ever and ever:  and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast
and his image [the lost], and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
Here is the patience of the saints [the saved]; here are they that keep
the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”

The First Angel’s
Message

     Let us take a look at the message from the
first angel.  There are three phases of the judgment mentioned in the
Scriptures:  the investigative judgment, preceding the second advent; the
judgment of the lost world and wicked angels by Christ and the saints during the
one thousand years following the second advent; and the executive judgment, or
punishment of the wicked at the close of this period.  The investigative
judgment takes place in heaven before Christ comes, in order to ascertain who
are worthy to be raised in the first resurrection, at His coming, and who among
the living are to be changed in the twinkling of an eye, at the sound of the
last trump.  It is necessary for this to take place before the second advent, as
there will be no time for such a work between the coming of Christ and the
raising of the righteous dead.  The executive judgment on the wicked occurs
after their cases have been examined by the saints during the thousand years
(Revelation 20:3,4; 1 Corinthians 6:1-3).  The investigative judgment is that
which is announced to the world by the first angel’s message.

     Notice the prophetic view of the judgment
that was given to Daniel.  “I beheld till the thrones were cast down
[placed], and the Ancient of days did sit: . . . thousand thousands
ministered unto Him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him: the
judgment was set, and the books were opened.”
Daniel 7:9,10.

     In Acts we read of a day in which the world
will be judged.  “Because He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge
the world in righteousness by that man whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath
given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead.”

Acts 17:31.

      In this first angel’s message we see how
extensively this message will be proclaimed, “To every nation, and kindred
and tongue and people.”
  The world is called upon to, “Fear God, and give
glory to Him.”
  This is done because of a coming event, “For the hour of
His judgment is come.”
  We are then told whom we are to worship, “Him
that made heaven, and earth.”

      There is only one gospel (Romans
1:16,17; Galatians 1:8), first announced in Eden (Genesis 3:15), preached to
Abraham (Galatians 3:8) and to the children of Israel (Hebrews 4:1,2), and
proclaimed anew in every generation.  In its development the gospel meets the
needs of every crisis in the world’s history.  John the Baptist in his preaching
announced the kingdom of heaven at hand (Matthew 3:1,2), and prepared the way
for the first advent (John 1:22,23).  Christ Himself, in His preaching of the
gospel, announced the fulfillment of a definite-time prophecy (the sixty-nine
weeks, or 483 years, of Daniel 9:25), and called the people to repentance, in
view of the coming of the predicted Messiah (Mark 1:14,15).  So when the time of
the judgment comes, and Christ’s second advent is near, a world-wide
announcement of these events is to be made in the preaching of the everlasting
gospel adapted to meet the need of the hour.

     There is a prophetic period which extends to
the time of the cleansing of the sanctuary, or the investigative judgment.
And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall
the sanctuary be cleansed
”  Daniel 8:14.  This 2,300 days or actually
prophetic years, ended in 1844.  The 70 weeks or 490 years prophecy, and the
2300 days or years prophecy, both began in 457 BC with Artexerxes decree to
rebuild Jerusalem.  Our Lord based His preaching of the gospel on the
fulfillment of the first part of the 2,300 days, or years (Mark 1:14,15), a
prophecy which determined the time of the first advent.  The whole period
extends to the time of the judgment, just preceding the second advent, and at
its expiration a special gospel message is sent to all the world, proclaiming
the judgment hour at hand and calling upon all to worship the Creator.  The
facts of history answer to this interpretation of the prophecy, for at this very
time, 1844, just such a message was being proclaimed in various parts of the
world.  This was the beginning of the great second advent message which is now
being proclaimed throughout the world.

CALL TO WORSHIP THE CREATOR

     In this first angel’s message, we are called
upon to worship our Creator who also formed this earth.  There are other Bible
texts which call for us to do the same, Jeremiah 10:11,12; Psalms 95:3-6,
Revelation 4:10-11, and most importantly Exodus 20:8-11 “Remember the Sabbath
day, to keep it holy. . . For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the
sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day; wherefore the Lord
blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.”
  In this message of judgment, we
are called upon to worship the Creator, who also created the Sabbath day.  Note
how the Sabbath has a part in salvation, Moreover also I gave them My
Sabbaths, to be a sign between Me and the, that they might know that I am the
Lord that sanctify them” 
Ezekiel 20:12.

THE STANDARD FOR ALL

     Here we are told who will be judged, “For
we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may
receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it
be good or bad.”
2 Corinthians 5:10.  The standard by which we will be
judged is also given, For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend
in one point, he is guilty of all.  For He that said, Do not commit adultery,
said also, Do not kill.  Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou
art become a transgressor of the law.  So speak ye, and so do, as they that
shall be judged by the law of liberty.”
  James 2:1-12.

     We are told what the whole duty of man is,
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter; Fear God, and keep His
commandments; for this is the whole duty of man.  For God shall bring every work
into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be
evil.”
  Ecclesiastes 12:13,14.

     Friend, we will all be judged according to
the light of truth that we have come in contact with, in relation to our obeying
the Ten Commandments.  By Jesus coming into our heart and living through us, we
are capable of obeying Him.

The Second Angel’s
Message

     “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.”
  Revelation
14:8.

THE FALL OF ANCIENT BABYLON

     In the old testament we are given a
prophetic warning regarding the fall of ancient Babylon, “Flee out of the
midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul; be not cut off in her
iniquity; for this is the time of the Lord’s vengeance; He will render unto her
recompence.”
  Jeremiah 51:6.

    At the time of the fall of the Babylonian
Empire to the Medes and Persians, we are told how Belshazzar and his court
defied the true God, “They brought the golden vessels that were taken out of
the temple of the house of god which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his
princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them.  They drank wine, and
praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of
stone.” 
Daniel 5:3,4.

     The gospel of the kingdom was preached in
Babylon through Daniel, and Nebuchadnezzar was brought to acknowledge and to
worship by his experience.  But after Nebuchadnezzar’s death his successors
failed to profit by his experience.  The climax was reached when Belshazzar used
the sacred vessels from the house of God, dedicated to His worship, in which to
drink the Babylonian wine of idolatrous worship.  Then came the handwriting on
the wall, the fall of ancient Babylon, and the death of Belshazzar.  See the
Steps to Life Bible studies.

     Notice how Babylon had caused the whole
earth to become, “Babylon hath been a golden cup in the Lord’s hand, that
made all the earth drunken; the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the
nations are mad.”
  Jeremiah 51:7.  Through the centuries the astrological
beliefs of the Chaldeans of Babylon eventually “penetrated as far as India,
China, and Indo-China, where divination by means of the stars is still
practised. . . In the opposite direction they spread to Syria, to Egypt, and
over the whole Roman world.”  Franz Cumont, Astrology and Religion Among the
Greeks and Romans.

MODERN BABYLON

     In the visions of John there were
interpretations given of the impure woman with a golden cup in her hand, seated
on a seven-headed beast, “And the woman which thou sawest is that great city,
which reigneth over the kings of the earth.”
  Revelation 17:18 (See verses
3, 4, 9.)  The great city which reigned over the kings of the earth in John’s
time was Rome; and that seven-hilled city has given its name to the power which
succeeded to its dominion–the organization which is represented by the woman,
the Church of Rome, ruled by the Papacy.

     In this same prophecy, this
religio-political power, the Roman Church, or the Papacy, is designated as the
counterpart of ancient Babylon.  “And upon her forehead was a name written,
MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT.” Verse 5.  The parallels between the Roman Church and
ancient Babylon are striking, as we view the pagan Babylonian state religion
with its wealthy and politically powerful hierarchy, its elaborate temple
ritual, its priestly monopoly of learning, its liturgy performed in an ancient
language unknown to the common people, its processions of divine images, its
great spring festival in which mourning is followed by rejoicing, its ubiquitous
virgin mother goddess who intercedes for her worshipers.  But there is even more
than a parallel; there is a genuine line of inheritance, from Babylon through
the Roman Empire to the Roman Church, of many religious elements.

     “The mighty Catholic Church was little more
than the Roman Empire baptised.”–A. C. Flick, The Rise of the Mediaeval
Church
(Putman’s, 1909 ed.), p. 148.  Cardinal Newman lists many examples of
things admittedly “of pagan origin” which that church introduced “in order to
recommend the new religion to the heathen”; “the use of temples, and these
dedicated to particular saints, and ornamented on occasions with branches of
trees; incense, lamps, and candles; votive offerings on recovery from illness;
holy water; asylums; holydays and seasons, use of calendars, processions,
blessings on the fields; sacerdotal vestments, the tonsure, the ring in
marriage, turning to the East, images at a later date, perhaps the
ecclesiastical chant, and the Kyrie Eleison.”  J. H. Newman, An Essay on the
Development of Christian Doctrine
, 373

     The Roman Empire was heir not only to the
territories but also to the religions of Greece and the East.  Later Roman
paganism was orientalized through the adoption of eastern deities, all
influenced by astrology and many of them transformed into sun gods, such as, for
example, Mithra, who combined Persian and Chaldean elements.  (See Franz Dumont,
Astrology and Religion Among the Greeks and Romans [1912 ed.], pp.
89-91.)

     “With whom the kings of the earth have
committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk
with the wine of her fornication.”
Rev. 17:2. (See verse 4.)

     Ancient Babylonian religion had immoral
features, but modern Babylon commits spiritual fornication, polluting the church
with false doctrines and pagan practices, and having illicit connection with the
secular powers to enforce her teachings; and like her ancient namesake, Roman
Babylon has made many nations drink impure wine from her cup.

THE CUP OF CHRIST AND THE CUP OF
BABYLON

     Notice the cup Jesus offers in the Lord’s
supper.  “This cup is the new covenant in My blood.”  Luke 22:20, R.V. 
The new covenant is described with an essential teaching, “For this is the
covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the
Lord; I will put My laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts; and I
will be to them a God, and they shall be to Me a people.”
  Hebrews 8:10. 

The heart makes a true transformation when Christ ministers the law within,
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the
law of sin and death.  For what the law could not do, in that it was weak
through the flesh, God sending His own son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and
for sin, condemned sin in the flesh; that the righteousness of the law might be
fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

Romans 8:2-4.

     Mankind has substituted a different teaching
in an attempt to made void the law of God.  “Howbeit in vain do they worship
Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. . . . And He said unto them,
Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own
tradition.”
  Mark 7:7-9.

     There are two cups, the cup of the Lord and
the cup of Babylon.  The Lord’s cup contains the living truth “as the truth is
in Jesus”; the cup of Babylon, her false doctrines–her human tradition
substituted for the living word and law of God, and her unlawful union with the
secular power, upon which she depends to enforce her teachings rather than upon
the power of God.  Thus, while maintaining a form of godliness, she denies the
power thereof. (2 Timothy 3:1-5.)

     The Roman Church says of the Bible and
tradition, “Though these two divine streams are in themselves, on account of
their divine origin, of equal sacredness, and are both full of revealed truths,
still, of the two, TRADITION is to us more clear and safe.”  (emphasis supplied)
Catholic Belief, p. 45, 1884.

     Notice how Babylon’s daughters reveal their
mother’s characteristics, “And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY,
BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”
Revelation 17:5.
  The authoritative Creed of Pope Pius IV says in Article
10: “I acknowledge the Holy Catholic Apostolic Church for the mother and
mistress of all churches.”  When professed Protestant churches repudiate the
fundamental principle of Protestantism by accepting human speculation,
tradition, or political power, in place of the authority and power of God’s
word, they may be regarded as daughters of Babylon.  Their fall is then included
in hers, and calls for a proclamation of the fall of modern Babylon.

     The extent of the apostasy, or fall, of
modern Babylon, the mother, and of her daughters, will reach a certain low
point.  “And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven,
having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.  And he cried
mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen,
and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a
cage of every unclean and hateful bird.  For all nations have drunk of the wine
of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed
fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the
abundance of her delicacies.”
  Revelation 18:1-3.

GOD’S CALL TO COME OUT

     Modern Babylon will meet its end through
vengeance from a Holy God.  “And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great
millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great
city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. . . . And in her
was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of al that were slain upon
the earth.” verses 21-24

     There will be a certain final call to come
out of Babylon that will sound forth.  “And I heard another voice from
heaven, saying, Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her
sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.  For her sins have reached unto
heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.”
  verses 4,5.

     Those who come out of Babylon will sing a
certain song of triumph, “Alleluia; for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.  Let
us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him.”  Revelation 19:6,7.

Third Angel’s Message

A WARNING AGAINST FALSE WORSHIP

     Notice how these messages fit together into
a threefold message, “And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud
voice.” 
Rev. 14:9, first clause.  Their apostasy from the true
worship of God is then described, “If any man worship the beast and his
image
, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand.”
  (Same
verse, last part.)

     What is to be the fate of those who, instead
of worshiping God, engage in this false worship?  “The same shall drink of
the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup
of His indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the
presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb; and the smoke of
their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever; and they have no rest day nor
night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of
his name.
”  Rev. 14:10,11. (See Isaiah 33:13; 34:1-10; Hebrews
12:29.)

     How are those described who heed this
warning?  “Here is the patience of the saints; here are they that keep the
commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
”  Rev. 14:12

    

WHO IS THE BEAST POWER?

     What description is given of the beast
against whose worship this closing warning message is given?  “And I stood
upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven
heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name
of blasphemy.  And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet
were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion; and the dragon
gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
”  Rev.
13:1,2.

     In this composite beast from the sea are
combined the symbols of the seventh chapter of Daniel, representing Rome,
Greece, Medo-Persia, and Babylon.  Its blasphemous words, its persecution of the
saints, and its allotted time (verses 5-7) show that his beast, under one of its
seven-headed manifestations, is identical with the little horn of the vision of
Daniel 7, modern Babylon, the Papacy.  The worship of the beast is the rendering
of that homage to the Papacy which is due to God alone.  The system of religion
enforced by the Papacy contains the paganism of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece,
and Rome, indicated by the beast’s composite character (verse 2), disguised
under the forms and names of Christianity.

     The Roman Ponitfex Maximus was continued in
the pope, who is the head of the Roman priesthood.  In pomp and pride he claims
to be the representative of the meek and lowly Jesus.  But this scripture in
Revelation shows that the pope’s power and his seat and his great authority do
not come from Christ.

     What challenge is made by those who worship
the beast?  “And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast;
and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast?  Who is able
to make war with him?
”  Rev. 13:4

     Whose sovereignty is thus challenged?
Forasmuch as there is none like unto Thee, O Lord; Thou art great, and Thy
name is great in might.”
  Jeremiah 10:6.  (See Psalms 71:19; 86:8,
89:6,8.)

     What specifications of the “man of
sin
” are thus met?  “Let no man deceive you by any means; for that day
shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be
revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that
is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of
God, shewing himself that he is God.”
  2 Thessalonians 2:3,4. (Read Earth’s
Final Warning on this web site.)

     What did Babylon give the nations to drink?
She made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her
fornication.”
  Revelation 14:8, last part.

     What are those to drink who accept the
teachings of Babylon, and thus render homage to the beast?  “The same shall
drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into
the cup of His indignation.”
  Verse 10, first part.

     The cup of the Lord, which contains the new
covenant in the blood of Christ, and the cup of the wine of the wrath of Babylon
are both offered to the world.  To drink of the former, that is, to accept the
true gospel, is to receive everlasting life; but to drink of the wine of
Babylon, that is, to accept the false gospel taught by the Papacy, will result
in drinking of the wine of the wrath of God from the cup of His indignation.
The true gospel means everlasting life; the false gospel, everlasting
death.

FALSE WORSHIP ENFORCED

     Under what threatened penalty is the worship
of the image of the beast enforced?  “And he had power to give life unto the
image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause
[decree] that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should
be killed.”  Rev. 13:15

     What universal boycott is to be employed, in
an attempt to compel all to receive the mark of the beast?  “And he causeth
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.”

Verses 16, 17.

SATAN, OR GOD?

     Who is the real power operating through the
beast?  “The dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great
authority.”
  Rev. 13:2

     Who is the dragon?  “And the great dragon
was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the
whole world.”
  Rev. 12:9.

     How did the devil seek to induce Jesus to
worship him?  “And the devil, taking Him up into an high mountain, shewed
unto Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.  And the devil said
unto Him, All this power will I give Thee, and the glory of them; for that is
delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.  If Thou therefore wilt
worship me, all shall be Thine.”
  Luke 4:5-7

     How did Jesus show His loyalty to God?
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind Me, Satan; for it is
written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only that thou
serve.”
  Verse 8.

     The threefold message of Revelation 14:6-12
is proclaimed in connection with the closing scenes of the great controversy
between Christ and Satan.  Lucifer has sought to put himself in the place of God
(Isaiah 14:12-14), and to secure to himself the worship which is due God alone.
The final test comes over the commandments of God.  Those who acknowledge the
supremacy of the beast by yielding obedience to the law of God as changed and
enforced by the Papacy, when the real issue has been clearly defined, will, in
so doing, worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark.  Such will take
the side of Satan in his rebellion against God’s authority.

     How many will yield to the demand to worship
the beast?  “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names
are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the
world.”
  Rev. 13:8.

     In the judgment-hour message, whom are all
called upon to fear, glorify, and worship?  “Fear God, and give glory to Him;
for the hour of His judgment is come; and worship Him that made heaven, and
earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.”
Rev. 14:7.

     Who will sing the victor’s song on the sea
of glass?  “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.  And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song
of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are Thy works, Lord god Almighty; just
and true are They ways, Thou King of saints.  Who shall not fear Thee, O Lord,
and glorify Thy name?  for Thou only art holy; for all nations shall come and
worship before Thee; for They judgments are made manifest.”
  Rev.
15:2-4.”

(From Bible Readings For The Home, pp.
245-259.)

The Great Controversy; Chapter 25; Ellen G. White:

“The special characteristic
of the beast, and therefore of his image, is the breaking of God’s commandments.
Says Daniel, of the little horn, the papacy: “He shall think to change times and
the law.” Daniel 7:25, R.V. 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.

The papacy has attempted to
change the law of God. The second commandment, forbidding image worship, has
been dropped from the law, and the fourth commandment has been so changed as to
authorize the observance of the first instead of the seventh day as the Sabbath.
But papists urge, as a reason for omitting the second commandment, that it is
unnecessary, being included in the first, and that they are giving the law
exactly as God designed it to be understood. This cannot be the change foretold
by the prophet. 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.

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
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arrogant claims (see
Appendix); 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. 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.

The claim so often put
forth that Christ changed the Sabbath is disproved by His own words. In His
Sermon on the Mount He said: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or
the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto
you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass
from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of
these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least
in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall
be called great in the kingdom of heaven,” Matthew 5:17-19.

It is a fact generally
admitted by Protestants that the Scriptures give no authority for the change of
the Sabbath. This is plainly stated in publications issued by the American Tract
Society and the American Sunday School Union. One of these works acknowledges
“the complete silence of the New Testament so far as any explicit command for
the Sabbath [Sunday, the first day of the week] or definite rules for its
observance are concerned.”–George Elliott, The Abiding Sabbath, page 184.

Another says: “Up to the
time of Christ’s death, no change had been made in the day;” and, “so far as the
record shows, they [the apostles] did not . . . give any explicit command
enjoining the abandonment of the seventh-day Sabbath, and its observance on the
first day of the week.”–A. E. Waffle, The Lord’s Day, pages 186-188.

Roman Catholics acknowledge
that the change of the Sabbath was made by their church, and declare that
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by observing the Sunday are
recognizing her power. In the Catholic Catechism of Christian Religion, in
answer to a question as to the day to be observed in obedience to the fourth
commandment, this statement is made: “During the old law, Saturday was the day
sanctified; but the church, instructed by Jesus Christ, and directed by the
Spirit of God, has substituted Sunday for Saturday; so now we sanctify the
first, not the seventh day. Sunday means, and now is, the day of the Lord.”

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”?

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, he rejoices, feeling assured that
it will eventually bring the whole Protestant world under the banner of Rome.

Romanists declare that “the
observance of Sunday by the Protestants is an homage they pay, in spite of
themselves, to the authority of the [Catholic] Church.”–Mgr. Segur, Plain Talk
About the Protestantism of Today, page 213. The enforcement of Sundaykeeping on
the part of Protestant churches is an enforcement of the worship of the
papacy–of the beast. Those who, understanding the claims of the fourth

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commandment, choose to
observe the false instead of the true Sabbath are thereby paying homage to that
power by which alone it is commanded. But in the very act of enforcing a
religious duty by secular power, the churches would themselves form an image to
the beast; hence the enforcement of Sundaykeeping in the United States would be
an enforcement of the worship of the beast and his image.

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 worshipping 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 receive “the mark of the beast.”

The most fearful
threatening ever addressed to mortals is contained in the third angel’s message.
That must be a terrible sin which calls down the wrath of God unmingled with
mercy. Men are not to be left in darkness concerning this important matter; the
warning against this sin is to be given to the world before the visitation of
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opportunity to escape them.
Prophecy declares that the first angel would make his announcement to “every
nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.” The warning of the third angel,
which forms a part of the same threefold message, is to be no less widespread.
It is represented in the prophecy as being proclaimed with a loud voice, by an
angel flying in the midst of heaven; and it will command the attention of the
world.

In the issue of the contest
all Christendom will be divided into two great classes–those who keep the
commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, and those who worship the beast and
his image and receive his mark. Although church and state will unite their power
to compel “all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond” (Revelation
13:16), to receive “the mark of the beast,” yet the people of God will not
receive it. The prophet of Patmos beholds “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” and singing the song
of Moses and the Lamb. Revelation 15:2, 3. “

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Published by Gabriela Yareliz

Gabriela is a writer, editor and attorney. She loves the art of storytelling, and she is based in NYC.

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