The Mark of Apostasy

Against what does the third angel warn? "And the 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.

By what power is this mark enforced on those who receive it?" And he [the two-horned beast] causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads." Rev. 13:16.

What will those keep, who do not receive the mark of the beast? "Here is the patience of the saints; here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus." Rev. 14:12.

NOTE. - It is evident from the foregoing scriptures that the mark of the beast is something directly opposed to the commandments of God. In the preceding chapter it is shown that as the first beast itself had enforced the observance of Sunday, the first day of the week, by the secular power, so the two-horned beast will, in making an image to that beast, enforce the same observance by the same means.

What day is the Sabbath? "But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God." Ex. 20:10.

What does God call the Sabbath? "If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on My holy day." Isa. 58:13.

Of what day is Christ the Lord?" Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath." Mark 2:28.

What do eminent men say regarding the change of the Sabbath to the first day? Lyman Abbott, editor of the Christian Union, says in that paper of June 20, 1890: "The current notion that Christ and His apostles authoritatively substituted the first day for the seventh, is absolutely without any authority in the New Testament. "The Watchman (Baptist), in reply to a correspondent, says: "The Scriptures nowhere call the first day of the week the Sabbath... There is no scriptural authority for so doing, nor, of course, any scriptural obligation. "The Protestant Episcopal Church says: "The day is now changed from the seventh to the first day;... but as we meet with no scriptural direction for the change, we may conclude it was done by the authority of the church." Explanation of Catechism.

What does the papacy set forth as the mark, or sign of its authority in commanding men under sin? "By the very act of changing the Sabbath into Sunday, which Protestants allow of... Because by keeping Sunday they acknowledge the church's power to ordain feasts, and to command them under sin." Abridgement of Christian Doctrine, page 58.

What are several modern Sunday advocacy organizations trying to do at the present time? To enforce Sunday as a religious institution that all of the people, without exception, will have to observe.

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