Under Threat of Death
if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement
and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's
house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom
for such a time as this? Esther 4:14.
Wonderful events are soon to open before the world. The end of all things
is at hand. The time of trouble is about to come upon the people of God. Then
it is that the decree will go forth forbidding those who keep the Sabbath
of the Lord to buy or sell, threatening them with punishment, and even death,
if they do not observe the first day of the week as the Sabbath.
which is to go forth against the people of God will be very similar to that
issued by Ahasuerus against the Jews in the time of Esther. . . . Satan instigated
the scheme in order to rid the earth of those who preserved the knowledge
of the true God. But his plots were defeated by a counterpower that reigns
among the children of men. . . .
world today see in the little company keeping the Sabbath a Mordecai in the
gate. His character and conduct, expressing reverence for the law of God,
are a constant rebuke to those who have cast off the fear of the Lord and
are trampling upon His Sabbath; the unwelcome intruder must by some means
be put out of the way.
masterful mind that plotted against the faithful in ages past is still seeking
to rid the earth of those who fear God and obey His law. Satan will excite
indignation against the humble minority who conscientiously refuse to accept
popular customs and traditions. Men of position and reputation will join with
the lawless and the vile to take counsel against the people of God. . . .
Not having a "Thus saith the Scriptures" to bring against the advocates
of the Bible Sabbath, they will resort to oppressive enactments to supply
the lack. . . . On this battlefield comes the last great conflict of the controversy
between truth and error. And we are not left in doubt as to the issue. Now,
as in the days of Mordecai, the Lord will vindicate His truth and His people.