Beginning of the End
on evil! says the Lord the Eternal--it is coming, the hour has come, the hour
is striking, and striking at you, the hour and the end! Eze. 7:5, 6, Moffatt.
Fearful is the issue to which the world is to be brought. The powers of earth,
uniting to war against the commandments of God, will decree that all, "both
small and great, rich and poor, free and bond," shall conform to the
customs of the church by observance of the false sabbath. All who refuse compliance
will be visited with civil penalties, and it will finally be declared that
they are deserving of death. On the other hand, the law of God enjoining the
Creator's rest day demands obedience, and threatens wrath against all who
transgress its precepts.
issue thus clearly brought before him, whosoever shall trample upon God's
law to obey a human enactment, receives the mark of the beast; he accepts
the sign of allegiance to the power which he chooses to obey instead of God.
. . .
will be the great test of loyalty; for it is the point of truth especially
controverter. When the final test shall be brought to bear upon men, then
the line of distinction will be drawn between those who serve God and those
who serve Him not. While the observance of the false sabbath in compliance
with the law of the state, contrary to the fourth commandment, will be an
avowal of an allegiance to a power that is in opposition to God, the keeping
of the true Sabbath, in obedience to God's law, is an evidence of loyalty
to the Creator. While one class, by accepting the sign of submission to earthly
powers, receive the mark of the beast, the other, choosing the token of allegiance
to divine authority, receive the seal of God.
those who presented the truths of the third angel's message have been often
regarded as mere alarmists. . . . 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.