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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. Rev. 14:9, 10.
those who presented the truths of the third angel's message have often been
regarded as mere alarmists. Their predictions that religious intolerance would
gain control in the United States, that church and state would unite to persecute
those who keep the commandments of God, have been pronounced groundless and
absurd. . . . But as the question of enforcing Sunday observance is widely
agitated, the event so long doubted and disbelieved is seen to be approaching,
and the third message will produce an effect which it could not have had before.
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faith and prayer will be constrained to go forth with holy zeal, declaring
the words which God gives them. The sins of Babylon will be laid open. The
fearful results of enforcing the observances of the church by civil authority,
the inroads of spiritualism, the stealthy but rapid progress of the papal
power --all will be unmasked. By these solemn warnings the people will be
stirred. . . . As the people go to their former teachers with the eager inquiry,
Are these things so? the ministers present fables, prophesy smooth things,
to soothe their fears and quiet the awakened conscience. But since many refuse
to be satisfied with the mere authority of men and demand a plain "Thus
saith the Lord," the popular ministry, like the Pharisees of old, filled
with anger as their authority is questioned, will denounce the message as
of Satan and stir up the sin-loving multitudes to revile and persecute those
who proclaim it.
controversy extends into new fields and the minds of the people are called
to God's downtrodden law, Satan is astir. The power attending the message
will only madden those who oppose it. The clergy will put forth almost superhuman
efforts to shut away the light lest it should shine upon their flocks. By
every means at their command they will endeavor to suppress the discussion
of these vital questions. The church appeals to the strong arm of civil power,
and, in this work, papists and Protestants unite.