37. Seal of God and Mark of the Beast
Ellen White taught: "The sign or seal of God is revealed in the observance of the seventh-day Sabbath, the Lord's memorial of creation...The mark of the beast is the opposite - the observance of the first day of the week" (Testimonies for the Church, Vol.8,p.117).
Thus, according to E.White
the people who keep Sabbath will receive or, more correctly, already had
received the Seal of God. Those, who do not keep Sabbath already had received
the Mark of the Beast.
In Old Testament the Sabbath was called the sign - Ex.31:13,17; Ezek.20:12,20, and more correctly - the sign between God and Israel nation, that only sons of Israel know Who is The Creator of everything. The keeping the Sabbath was a sign of a differentiation between Jews and Gentiles: those who worshiped true God from those who worshiped false gods. Would Sabbath be the same sign for God today? No. Because Christian churches, which worship on Sundays, worship the same God The Creator as Sabbath keeping churches do.
Sabbath was never the sign for a some individual. It was sign of whole Israel nation, which always strictly kept the weekly Sabbath and thus strictly kept the differentiation between Israelites and Gentiles. However Bible gave us an example when God had sealed not all Israelites, but only some people of Israel. Thus, the sign was for all Israelites, but the sealed ones were a some people among the Israel nation.
(ch.8) tells that many Israelites began to worship
The Ezekiel's vision was
also about the end of times. As after the sealing of the righteous the man with
a writer's inkhorn took coals of fire from between the cherubs, and scattered
them over the city (Ezek.10:2), so and after the sealing of the righteous before
the opening the 7-th seal the angel will take fire of the altar, and will cast
it into the earth (Rev.8:5).
As after the sealing of the righteous in the Ezekiel's vision six God's warriors killed all the unsealed, so and in the last days after the sealing of the righteous those, who will not have the seal of God, will die from the plaques which begin after the sounding of the 6 trumpets (Rev.8,9).
the True God on Sundays is the breaking one of commandments (4-th), which is
forgivable. Through Jesus the breaking any commandment is forgivable.
Worshiping another god by knowing the true One is the crime against the Holy
Spirit and is unforgivable sin.
As all Jewish nation today's Christians know Who is the Creator, however as the only Sabbath keeping had not protected Jews from God's anger, so the only those Christians will receive God's seal of protection who will save their faith in the One True God despite of all deceptions the antichrist will produce.
Bible says that God seals His people not with the Sabbath, but with Holy Spirit (saints) and belief of the truth (saints and righteous):
that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also
after that ye believed, ye were
grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are
"God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth" 2Thes.2:13.
who will be not sealed "received not the love of
the truth, that they might be saved" ( 2 Thes.2:10).
If the Sabbath would be the seal of God, the Pharisees would be the first sealed people, because they carefully executed every single rule of observing the Sabbath. They were so serious about keeping it they wanted to kill God Himself for breaking the Sabbath (Mat.12:14;Mark 3:6). Nevertheless Jesus said about Pharisees: «Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe ... and have omitted the weightier matters of the law: judgment, mercy, and faith» (Mat.23:23). That means that the observance of the Sabbath was not even most important thing in the Law.
we saw in previous chapters, the Pharisees did not have love for God (John
5:42), therefore they didn't have the Holy Spirit. They did not have love for
people – mercy- either
Now, lets see, is Sunday worship the mark of the beast?
I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth (as
And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth... saying
... that they should make an image to the beast.... And ...as
many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed" (Rev.13:14).
The beast is antichrist, hence the image of the beast will be an image
made by order of the antichrist.
The Bible gave us the true example what the worship of the antichrist will be look like. The Book of Daniel ch.3 is telling us that Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold and he declared that people have to worship the golden image, "And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace"(:6). So the antichrist will do the same. He will cause people to worship the image created by his design, and those who will refuse to do so will be killed (Rev.13:15).
"And he causeth all.. to receive a mark on their right hand, or on their foreheads. And that no man might buy or sell, unless he bears the mark of the name of the beast, or the number of his name...Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is 666" Rev.13:16-18 (you can check the right translation, a word by word, on the website http://www.scripture4all.org/OnlineInterlinear/NTpdf/rev13.pdf ).
the Bible says, that the antichrist will cause the people
that will be done by order of the antichrist. Thus nothing of these is available
today, and the reason for that is simple: the antichrist has not revealed yet.
We haven't seen a someone who " doeth
great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the
sight of men" (Rev.13:13) and
does incredible miracles the world never seen before:
acceptance of the mark will mean the worshiping of another god, not God the
average Adventist usually sure that every pope is the antichrist and we live in
the time of his mark. According to
to prove that the antichrist is already here and his mark already in action,
thus every Sunday keeping Christian is the lost soul, they usually show the
numerical significance of a pope's title “Vicarius Filii Dei”.
By adding up the numerical value of the Latin letters used in this word (some
Latin letters are used instead of numbers) they prove that
Vicarius=112; Filii=53, Dei=501. (Note: "U" and "V" have the same numerical value. Ignore letters which do not have a numerical value.)
However the title “Vicarius Filii Dei” is not the only pope’s title. In fact his chief title, is “Vicarius Christi”, which is adds up to only 214. Besides that many names and titles of other people can be added up to 666. By using the same technique we can make even Ellen Gould White the antichrist also.
all the manipulations people do in order to find
The acceptance of the mark will
literally allow to those, who will accept it, to buy or sell. It will be like it
was in the time when Hitler's nazi had occupied some
not say that it will be exactly the same in the time of the antichrist. Today
nobody knows for sure how it will be.
often tell they believe Christians other denominations will be saved also,
followers even do not question the
- is one commandment out of 10. It wasn't written
says, that in the lake of fire will be cast not Sunday worshipers, but the
fearful (those, whose fear to loose their
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