Sunday Law is Invoked
shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. Matt. 24:9.
movement for Sunday enforcement becomes more bold and decided, the law will
be invoked against commandment keepers. They will be threatened with fines
and imprisonment, and some will be offered positions of influence, and other
rewards and advantages, as inducements to renounce their faith. But their
steadfast answer is: "Show us from the word of God our error." .
. . Those who are arraigned before the courts make a strong vindication of
the truth, and some who hear them are led to take their stand to keep all
the commandments of God. Thus light will be brought before thousands who otherwise
would know nothing of these truths.
obedience to the word of God will be treated as rebellion. Blinded by Satan,
the parent will exercise harshness and severity toward the believing child;
the master or mistress will oppress the commandment-keeping servant. Affection
will be alienated; children will be disinherited and driven from home. The
words of Paul will be literally fulfilled: "All that will live godly
in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." 2 Timothy 3:12. As the defenders
of truth refuse to honor the Sunday-sabbath, some of them will be thrust into
prison, some will be exiled, some will be treated as slaves. . . .
time of persecution the faith of the Lord's servants will be tried. They have
faithfully given the warning, looking to God and to His word alone. God's
Spirit, moving upon their hearts, has constrained them to speak. . . . Yet
when the storm of opposition and reproach bursts upon them, some, overwhelmed
with consternation, will be ready to exclaim: "Had we foreseen the consequences
of our words, we would have held our peace." They are hedged in with
difficulties. Satan assails them with fierce temptations. The work which they
have undertaken seems far beyond their ability to accomplish. They are threatened
with destruction. The enthusiasm which animated them is gone; yet they cannot
turn back. Then, feeling their utter helplessness, they flee to the Mighty
One for strength.