Blamed on God's People
to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down
unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short
time. Rev. 12:12.
depart further and further from God, Satan is permitted to have power over
the children of disobedience. He hurls destruction among men. There is calamity
by land and sea. Property and life are destroyed by fire and flood. Satan
resolves to charge this upon those who refuse to bow to the idol which he
has set up. His agents point to Seventh-day Adventists as the cause of the
trouble. "These people stand out in defiance of law," they say.
"They desecrate Sunday. Were they compelled to obey the law for Sunday
observance, there would be a cessation of these terrible judgments."
will come--calamities most awful, most unexpected; and these destructions
will follow one after another. If there will be a heeding of the warnings
that God has given, and if churches will repent, returning to their allegiance,
then other cities may be spared for a time. But if men who have been deceived
continue in the same way in which they have been walking, disregarding the
law of God and presenting falsehoods before the people, God allows them to
suffer calamity, that their senses may be awakened.
will be according to the wickedness of the people and the light of truth that
they have had. If they have had the truth, according to that light will be
his interpretation upon events, and they [leading men] think, as he would
have them, that the calamities which fill the land are a result of Sunday-breaking.
Thinking to appease the wrath of God, these influential men make laws enforcing
Sunday observance. They think that by exalting this false rest-day higher,
and still higher, compelling obedience to the Sunday law, the spurious sabbath,
they are doing God service. Those who honor God by observing the true Sabbath
are looked upon as disloyal to God, when it is really those who thus regard
them who are themselves disloyal, because they are trampling under foot the
Sabbath originated in Eden.