Anchor Secrets Unsealed School of Theology: Revela

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Series Code: ARSS

Program Code: ARSS190024S

00:14 Well, here we are,
00:16 for our last session together in the series on the seals,
00:21 I expect you to say oh.
00:26 It's been a good experience, hasn't it?
00:28 I've enjoyed it.
00:30 I've enjoyed having fellowship with you all and,
00:34 and also studying to prepare this particular seminar.
00:38 Remember next year we're gonna do the trumpets, Lord willing.
00:41 And what we wanna do now is have a word of prayer
00:43 and then we're gonna start on page 401.
00:46 So let's bow our heads.
00:48 Father in heaven, we thank You for the way
00:50 in which You have manifested Yourself here in this seminar.
00:54 I thank You, Lord, for each one of these precious souls
00:57 that have come out to dedicate an entire week
01:01 to study this portion from Your Word,
01:04 I ask, Lord, that You will take what we've studied,
01:07 and that it might cause an impact in our lives
01:10 and that we might be empowered to share these beautiful truths
01:13 with those who are searching for something
01:16 better than what they have.
01:18 Be with us now as we open Your Word,
01:20 open our minds and hearts and we thank You
01:23 for the promise of Your presence
01:24 and we claim that promise in the precious name of Jesus.
01:28 Amen.
01:31 Page 401 in our syllabus,
01:35 Seventh-day Adventists are not the only ones
01:38 who keep the Sabbath.
01:40 The Seventh-day Baptists are Sabbath keepers.
01:45 There are Orthodox Jews, there are Messianic Jews,
01:50 there are various offshoots of the Worldwide Church of God
01:54 that still observe the Sabbath.
01:56 And several Pentecostal churches
01:59 keep the Sabbath as well.
02:02 However, the Seventh-day Adventist theology
02:04 of the Sabbath is different
02:07 than the theology of the Sabbath
02:08 of all of these different groups.
02:12 The Adventist view of the Sabbath
02:14 is one of a kind, so to say.
02:18 Ellen White once wrote
02:19 to a Seventh-day Adventist evangelist in Wisconsin.
02:24 And she wrote some very significant words about
02:27 the way in which this evangelist presented
02:31 the doctrine of the Sabbath.
02:33 And I want to read that statement,
02:35 it's found in Testimonies for the Church,
02:37 volume 1, page 337.
02:40 As far as the Sabbath is concerned,
02:43 he occupies the same position as the Seventh-day Baptists.
02:48 By the way, the Seventh-day Baptist
02:50 use the same arguments that Adventist use
02:52 in favor of the Sabbath.
02:53 In all the creation, God establishes Sabbath,
02:56 it's in the fourth commandment, Jesus kept the Sabbath,
02:59 the apostles kept the Sabbath.
03:00 They use the same arguments that Adventist do.
03:03 But now notice,
03:05 separate the Sabbath from the messages,
03:07 what does she refer as the messages?
03:10 The three angels' messages, and it what?
03:13 It loses its power.
03:15 The Adventist Church is the only one that links
03:17 the Sabbath message
03:19 with the three angels' messages.
03:21 She continues,
03:22 but when connected with the message
03:24 of the third angel, a power attends it,
03:29 which convicts unbelievers and infidels,
03:32 and brings them out with strength to stand to live,
03:37 grow and flourish in the Lord.
03:41 So the Seventh-day Adventist Church
03:42 is the only church that I know of in the world
03:45 that links the third angel's message
03:48 with the Sabbath.
03:50 The third angel's message mentions
03:52 the mark of the beast,
03:53 which is the opposite of the seal of God,
03:55 which is the Sabbath.
03:58 Ellen White wrote
03:59 that the observance of the Sabbath
04:01 will be the separating wall between the faithful
04:05 and the unfaithful in the final conflict.
04:08 That also is unique.
04:11 There is no church in the world that says
04:12 that the Sabbath is going to be the dividing line
04:15 between the righteous and the unrighteous
04:16 in the end time,
04:18 only the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
04:20 And also, Ellen White emphasized
04:23 that in the last days,
04:25 God's remnant people will have to proclaim
04:29 the Sabbath more fully.
04:32 Now, let's notice on page 402,
04:34 two statements from the Spirit of Prophecy,
04:37 where Ellen White emphasizes that the Seventh-day Adventist
04:41 view of the Sabbath is that the Sabbath
04:42 will be the dividing wall
04:44 between the righteous and the unrighteous.
04:47 And that in the little time of trouble
04:49 when the loud cries being proclaimed,
04:51 the Sabbath must be proclaimed more fully than it is now.
04:56 The first statement we find in or actually
04:59 it's the same statement, Early Writings,
05:01 page 33 and then page 34 is the second reference.
05:06 Ellen White wrote, I saw the holy Sabbath is,
05:11 and will be the separating wall
05:15 between the true Israel of God.
05:17 Notice the expression Israel of God,
05:20 so it's spiritual Israel, right?
05:22 Between the Israel,
05:23 the true Israel of God and unbelievers,
05:26 and that the Sabbath is the great question
05:30 to unite the hearts of God's dear waiting saints.
05:34 And then comes the additional statement
05:36 from the same book, Early Writings, page 34.
05:40 I saw that God had children
05:42 who do not see and keep the Sabbath,
05:45 they have not rejected the light upon it.
05:48 And at the commencement of the time of trouble,
05:50 this is not the time of Jacob's trouble.
05:53 This is a little time of trouble
05:55 right before the close of probation
05:56 when the loud cries been proclaimed,
05:58 and the latter rain is poured out.
06:00 You'll notice that in a moment.
06:02 They have not rejected the light upon it
06:04 and at the commencement of the time of trouble
06:07 we were filled with the Holy Ghost.
06:09 See, there's the outpouring of the Holy Spirit,
06:11 as we went forth,
06:13 and proclaimed the Sabbath more fully.
06:17 What does that mean more fully?
06:19 It means that the Sabbath will be proclaimed
06:22 as the opposite of the mark of the beast.
06:25 Not only that the Sabbath is God's rest day,
06:27 but that it is the exact opposite
06:30 of the mark of the beast,
06:32 which is being pushed by the clergy,
06:35 and by other churches.
06:37 Now, how did this message react upon those individuals
06:40 who hear it?
06:42 Well, some will accept it,
06:44 but notice what happens with others.
06:47 This enraged the churches, and nominal Adventists,
06:51 as they could not refute the Sabbath truth.
06:54 And at this time, God's chosen,
06:56 all saw clearly that we had the truth
07:01 and they came out,
07:02 that's coming out of the churches,
07:04 the exit from Babylon,
07:06 they came out and endured the persecution with us.
07:10 I saw the sword, famine,
07:13 pestilence and great confusion in the land.
07:17 The wicked thought
07:18 that we had brought the judgments upon them.
07:21 And they rose up and took counsel
07:24 to rid the earth of us
07:26 thinking that then the evil would be stayed.
07:31 So basically, the Seventh-day Adventist view
07:34 of the Sabbath is unique.
07:36 It's gonna be the dividing wall.
07:38 It needs to be connected to the third angel's message
07:41 and it needs to be contrasted with the mark of the beast.
07:46 So the Sabbath for Adventists is not simply
07:48 one of the Ten Commandments.
07:50 It is the seal of God,
07:52 and will be the final test
07:54 that will divide the world into two groups,
07:58 those who have the seal of God,
08:00 and those who have the mark of the beast.
08:03 Another difference between the Seventh-day Adventist
08:05 manner of keeping the Sabbath and that of many other churches
08:09 is that we believe that we are to suspend
08:11 all secular activities for the full
08:13 24 hours of the Sabbath.
08:16 Other churches who keep the Sabbath
08:18 simply go to church on Sabbath,
08:20 but then they'll go and play football in the afternoon,
08:23 or they'll watch a football game on television.
08:25 But Seventh-day Adventists believe
08:27 that we should suspend all secular activities
08:30 for the 24 hours from sundown Friday
08:33 to sundown on Sabbath.
08:35 Another difference between
08:37 the Adventist view of the Sabbath
08:38 and the view that is held by some other churches
08:41 is that we link the Sabbath
08:43 with the Most Holy Place of the sanctuary.
08:47 We believe that's when someone enters
08:49 the Most Holy Place of the heavenly sanctuary
08:51 by faith, immediately they will see
08:54 that the Sabbath is binding,
08:57 because the law is in the Ark of the Covenant.
08:59 And they will also see that the Sabbath is binding,
09:02 because the Sabbath is in the center of the law,
09:05 which is in the Ark of the Covenant.
09:08 So when you enter the Most Holy Place,
09:11 immediately you see the law,
09:13 it's still binding and you also see
09:15 that the Sabbath is still binding
09:17 because it is in the central, center of the law.
09:21 Furthermore, the Sabbath is highlighted
09:24 in the Most Holy Place.
09:26 You remember that Ellen White had a vision
09:28 where she saw a halo of light around the Sabbath.
09:32 Where did she get that from?
09:34 Well, the fact is that the Sabbath is highlighted
09:37 in the Ark of the Covenant,
09:39 because there you have the manna
09:42 which taught Israel
09:43 the importance of keeping the Sabbath
09:46 and it also is in the fourth commandment,
09:49 remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.
09:51 So in other words, there's a double testimony
09:53 to the Sabbath in the Ark of the Covenant,
09:56 the manna that God gave to teach
09:59 Sabbath observance and also the Sabbath
10:02 as it is found in the Ten Commandments.
10:06 Now what we wanna do is we want to show
10:10 three things in our study together.
10:12 Number one, that the final conflict
10:15 will involve the Ten Commandments.
10:19 That's a general statement.
10:21 Second, we want to see that the final conflict
10:24 will not only have to do with the Ten Commandments,
10:27 but with the first four commandments especially.
10:30 And finally, we're gonna see that the final conflict
10:33 has to do with the fourth commandment.
10:36 So we're going from broad, all of the commandments,
10:39 to the first four commandments to the fourth commandment.
10:44 So let's notice how the Bible testifies
10:47 that the final conflict
10:48 will be over the Ten Commandments.
10:51 Revelation 12:17.
10:54 This is speaking about the end time crisis.
10:57 "And the dragon was enraged with the woman,
11:00 and he went to make war
11:02 with the rest of her offspring."
11:04 And why is he gonna make war against this group?
11:08 "Who keep the commandments of God
11:11 and have the testimony of Jesus Christ,"
11:13 which we know to be the Spirit of Prophecy.
11:17 So does the devil hate the Ten Commandments?
11:19 Is the final conflict going to have
11:21 to do with the Ten Commandments?
11:24 The devil, angry at those who keep the Ten Commandments?
11:27 Absolutely.
11:29 Revelation 14:1 tells us that the seal of God
11:34 is placed on the forehead.
11:36 Notice, let's read that verse, Revelation 14:1,
11:40 "Then I looked, and behold, a lamb standing on Mount Zion,
11:44 and with him 144,000,
11:47 having his Father's name written on their foreheads."
11:52 So you'll notice that the seal of God
11:54 is on the forehead.
11:56 Now, what is it that God writes on our forehead?
12:02 His law.
12:03 Would that include the Sabbath?
12:05 Absolutely.
12:07 Let's notice Jeremiah 31:33.
12:11 And by the way, this is also quoted
12:13 in Hebrews 8:7-13.
12:16 "But this is the covenant
12:18 that I will make with the house of Israel
12:20 after those days,
12:22 says the Lord: I will put My law," where?
12:26 "In their minds."
12:27 Is that where your forehead is, your mind, the frontal lobe?
12:30 Yes.
12:32 "I will put My law in their minds,
12:34 and write it on their hearts,
12:36 and I will be their God, and they shall be My people."
12:40 So what is it that God writes on the forehead?
12:42 The law, so the seal must have something to do with what?
12:47 With the Ten Commandments, with the law of God.
12:50 Notice Isaiah 8:16.
12:53 This is explicit, bind up the testimony, seal what?
12:59 Seal the law among my disciples.
13:03 So what is it that is sealed?
13:05 The law.
13:07 Now let's notice 2 Timothy 2:19.
13:12 We're gonna find here,
13:14 what distinguishes the righteous
13:16 from the unrighteous.
13:17 It says there, the Apostle Paul is writing.
13:20 "Nevertheless, the solid foundation of God
13:23 stands having this seal."
13:26 So you'll notice here,
13:28 that the solid foundation of God has a seal.
13:30 Now what is that seal?
13:32 The Lord knows those who are His,
13:35 and let everyone who names the name of Christ
13:40 depart from what?
13:42 Iniquity.
13:44 Who is it that has the seal?
13:46 People who, what?
13:48 Who depart from iniquity.
13:51 Now that word iniquity is very interesting.
13:54 It's the word adikia in Greek.
13:57 You say, well, what does that word mean?
13:59 It's translated correctly iniquity.
14:02 However, I want you to notice that the word iniquity there
14:06 is used synonymously with another Greek word.
14:11 Let's notice Matthew 7:23.
14:15 "And then I will declare to them,"
14:18 these are those who profess to follow Jesus
14:20 but did not really, "then I will declare to them,
14:24 'I never knew you, depart from Me,
14:27 you who practice lawlessness!'"
14:32 Now, that's the New King James, the old King James.
14:35 In 1 John 3:4, translates that word,
14:40 anomias as transgression of the law.
14:46 It translates it differently here,
14:48 but it's the identical word.
14:49 See, the expression transgression of the law
14:52 is one word in Greek, the word anomias.
14:55 So Jesus is gonna say to those who professed Him,
14:58 professed His name, I never knew you,
15:01 depart from Me,
15:03 you who practice lawlessness
15:05 or you who are transgressors of the law.
15:09 But now I want you to notice that in the Gospel of Luke,
15:12 we have the same statement of Jesus,
15:14 but a different word is used.
15:16 Notice Luke 13:27.
15:20 "But He will say, I tell you, I do not know you,
15:24 where you are from.
15:25 Depart from Me, all you workers of adikia,
15:29 all you workers of iniquity."
15:32 So let me ask you,
15:33 are transgressors of the law and iniquity,
15:37 are they synonymous terms?
15:39 Yes.
15:40 So you could very well translate Matthew 7:23
15:44 that depart from Me,
15:46 you who are transgressors of the law.
15:50 So God's people have a seal, what is that seal?
15:53 They depart from iniquity.
15:55 And what is iniquity?
15:57 Iniquity is transgression of the law.
16:00 Notice Matthew 24:12,
16:03 this is in the context of the signs
16:07 of the coming of Christ,
16:08 what condition the world will be in.
16:10 It says, and because of lawlessness,
16:14 that's the word anomias, it can be translated.
16:16 "And because transgression of the law will abound,
16:21 the love of many will grow cold,
16:24 but he who endures till the end shall be saved."
16:28 So what is gonna characterize the world at the end of time?
16:31 The transgression of the law.
16:35 I want you to notice also Revelation 14:9-11,
16:39 this is the third angel's message.
16:41 "Then a third angel followed them,
16:43 saying with a loud voice,
16:45 'If anyone worships the beast and his image,
16:48 and receives his mark on his forehead,
16:51 or on his hand,
16:53 he himself shall also drink of the wine
16:55 of the wrath of God,
16:56 which is poured out full strength
16:58 into the cup of His indignation.
17:00 He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone
17:02 in the presence of the holy angels,
17:05 and in the presence of the Lamb.
17:07 And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever,
17:10 and they have no rest day or night,
17:12 who worship the beast and his image,
17:14 and whoever receives the mark of his name."
17:17 And what does the very next verse say?
17:22 There's a contrast now, isn't there?
17:25 There are those who receive the mark of the beast
17:28 on their forehead and worship the image,
17:30 but there's another group that stand in contrast to those
17:34 in the very next verse.
17:36 What are they characterized by?
17:38 "Here is the patience of the saints,
17:42 here are those who," what?
17:44 "Who keep the commandments of God
17:46 and the faith of Jesus."
17:48 So if the faithful remnant
17:49 keeps the commandments of God,
17:51 what must characterize those
17:52 who worship the beast and his image?
17:55 It must be that they transgress the commandments of God.
17:59 So the first point is that the final controversy,
18:02 the final conflict is going to be related
18:06 to the Ten Commandments.
18:08 On one side will be those who keep the Ten Commandments,
18:12 Satan will hate them,
18:13 the dragon will be enraged with them.
18:16 And on the other hand,
18:17 there will be those who break the commandments,
18:20 and Satan will be fine with those,
18:23 because Satan hates God's law
18:25 from the time that he was in heaven.
18:27 Now we wanna notice a second point
18:30 and that is that the final conflict
18:32 will be related to the first four commandments of God's law.
18:37 Now we're streamlining it.
18:38 We started broadly with the Ten Commandments,
18:41 now we're gonna see that the final controversy
18:43 has to do with the first four commandments
18:46 or the first table of the law.
18:49 I'm gonna skip Deuteronomy 6:4 and following
18:54 because we read this this morning.
18:56 But what I want you to notice is that the final conflict
19:00 has to do with worship, doesn't it?
19:04 Which table of the law has to do with worship to God?
19:09 The first table of the law.
19:11 You see the first table of the law,
19:14 the first four commandments define and explain
19:19 what it means to worship and love God.
19:22 The last six commandments have to do
19:25 with our horizontal relationship
19:28 with our fellow human beings.
19:30 Now is the controversy in the Book of Revelation
19:33 related to the first table of the law?
19:37 Notice on page 406,
19:40 this very important detail.
19:43 Is everyone on earth
19:46 with the exception of a very small remnant,
19:48 going to worship the dragon
19:50 and worship the beast, yes or no?
19:53 Would that be a violation of the commandment that says,
19:57 thou shalt have no other gods before me?
20:00 Absolutely.
20:01 What about the second commandment
20:03 that forbids the worship of images?
20:06 What are people gonna worship at the end of time?
20:09 The image of the beast.
20:11 Would that involve the second commandment?
20:13 Absolutely.
20:15 What about the third commandment,
20:16 respecting the name of God?
20:19 Revelation 13:6 says that the beast blasphemes
20:23 the name of God.
20:25 So is the third commandment involved?
20:27 Absolutely.
20:29 Is the fourth commandment,
20:31 the Creator involved
20:33 in the last conflict in this world?
20:36 Yes, because we've already identified
20:38 the seal of God as what?
20:40 As the Sabbath, and the mark of the beast
20:43 as the observance of the first day of the week,
20:46 once people are fully cognizant of what the Sabbath
20:50 and what the Bible says and history say
20:52 about the Sabbath and about Sunday.
20:56 So, we find that this final controversy
20:59 is gonna be related to the first four commandments
21:03 of God's holy law.
21:06 However, there is a smaller circle.
21:09 And that is that the final controversy
21:12 is going to have to do
21:14 with the fourth commandment of God's holy law.
21:18 So we've moved from the controversy
21:20 being over the commandments,
21:22 to the controversy primarily being related
21:26 to the first four commandments to the conflict involving
21:30 the fourth of the Ten Commandments.
21:34 Now let's pursue this.
21:36 Psalm 95:1-6 tells us
21:40 why we should worship God
21:43 because the final controversy has to do with worship.
21:46 "Oh, come, let us sing to the Lord!
21:49 Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
21:53 Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving.
21:56 Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
21:59 For the Lord is the great God
22:01 and the great King above all gods.
22:03 In His hand are of the deep places
22:04 of the earth, the heights of the hills are His also.
22:08 The sea is His, for He made it,
22:10 and His hands formed the dry land."
22:13 So these verses speak about the fact that God is the what?
22:17 The Creator.
22:19 Now what is our response to the Creator?
22:22 Verse 6, "Oh, come, let us."
22:25 what? "Worship."
22:27 And what? "Bow down."
22:29 And in case you didn't understand,
22:30 worship and bow down,
22:32 let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker.
22:37 So why do we worship God?
22:40 Because He is our Creator.
22:44 Notice Nehemiah 9:6 that confirms the same thought.
22:49 "You alone are the Lord, You have made heaven,
22:53 the heaven of heavens, with all their host,
22:57 the earth and everything in it, on it,
23:00 the seas, and all that is in them,
23:03 and You preserve them all."
23:05 So once again, God is presented as the Creator.
23:07 And now notice what the host of heaven does,
23:09 because He's the Creator.
23:11 The host of heaven what?
23:13 Worships you.
23:16 Notice also Revelation 14:6-7.
23:18 The point that I want us to catch now
23:20 is that we worship God because He is the Creator.
23:25 Notice the first angel's message.
23:27 "Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven,
23:30 having the everlasting gospel to preach to those
23:33 who dwell on the earth,
23:34 to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people
23:36 saying with a loud voice,
23:38 'Fear God, and give glory to Him,
23:40 for the hour of His judgment has come,"
23:42 and now notice,
23:43 "and worship Him who made heaven and earth,
23:46 the sea, and springs of water."
23:49 Once again, we worship God because of why?
23:52 Because He is the Creator.
23:54 That's a divine principle.
23:56 Notice Isaiah 66:22-23.
23:59 And here we're gonna find
24:01 another little interesting detail,
24:03 where we're gonna go next in our study.
24:05 Isaiah 66:22-23,
24:08 "For as the new heavens and the new earth
24:11 which I will make, God is speaking here,
24:14 shall remain before Me, says the Lord,
24:17 so shall your descendants and your name remain.
24:20 And it shall come to pass that from one new moon to another,"
24:23 that means from one month to another,
24:25 "and from one Sabbath to another,
24:28 all flesh shall come to worship before Me,
24:32 says the Lord."
24:35 Is it speaking of a new creation?
24:37 Is God gonna create a new heavens and new earth?
24:40 What are we going to do because God created
24:44 the new heavens and the new earth?
24:45 We're gonna worship on which day?
24:48 On the Sabbath.
24:49 That's the additional point that I want us to notice now.
24:53 The Sabbath is the sign that we worship the Creator.
24:58 So God is the Creator.
25:00 We worship the Creator because He is the Creator.
25:03 And we observe the Sabbath
25:05 because it is the sign of the Creator.
25:09 Let's notice Genesis 131:2-3.
25:14 This is very interesting
25:16 because it seems to say that God,
25:19 and that His work at creation week twice.
25:22 Now you say,
25:24 how can you finish something twice?
25:26 Well, let's read the passage and then we'll see
25:29 what this is talking about.
25:31 Then God saw, this is 1:31.
25:35 And by the way, we're gonna notice
25:37 that 2:1 really belongs with Chapter 1.
25:39 Okay?
25:41 So 2:1 is in the wrong chapter,
25:43 it really should be the concluding verse
25:45 of Chapter 1, you'll see that in a minute.
25:48 "Then God saw everything that He had made,
25:50 and indeed, it was very good.
25:52 So that, so the evening and morning were the sixth day,
25:56 thus, the heavens and the earth,
25:58 and all the hosts of them were finished."
26:01 Which day did God finish?
26:04 The sixth day.
26:05 But now we have a problem.
26:06 Verse 2, "And on the seventh day,
26:08 God ended His work."
26:11 Now you say, well, it says ended there.
26:13 And before that it says finished.
26:15 It's identical Hebrew word.
26:17 So you could translate it.
26:18 "And on the seventh day,
26:20 God finished His work that He had done
26:22 and He rested on the seventh day
26:24 from all His work that He had done.
26:26 Then God blessed the seventh day
26:27 and sanctified it,
26:29 because in it He rested from all His work,
26:31 which God had created and made."
26:33 How many times that God finished His work
26:36 during creation week?
26:38 Twice.
26:39 He finished on the sixth day.
26:42 And then we are told
26:44 that He finished on the seventh day.
26:46 So how can you finish something twice?
26:48 Let me give you an illustration.
26:50 I want you to imagine an artist
26:52 who's painting a beautiful picture of nature.
26:56 First thing he does is get the wooden frame
27:00 and he takes the canvas,
27:01 and he staples that to the frame.
27:03 The first day, he adds some background colors.
27:07 And at the end of the first day of his work,
27:09 he looks and he says it's good.
27:12 The second day, he paints a blue sky
27:15 with maybe a few clouds here and there
27:18 and when he finishes his work, the second day,
27:21 he steps back and looks and he says it's good.
27:24 The third day,
27:26 he paints some trees and some flowers,
27:28 and some green grass and when he finishes his third,
27:31 his work, the third day, he looks and he says it's good.
27:36 On the fourth day, he paints a sun in the sky,
27:39 you know, and a moon because sometimes you can see
27:41 the moon in the daytime
27:43 and he finishes his work the fourth day,
27:45 and he steps back and he says it's good.
27:49 The fifth day he paints some birds in the trees
27:51 and flying through the air,
27:53 and he paints some fish jumping out of the waters
27:56 and when he finishes his work the fifth day,
27:58 he looks and he says it's good.
28:01 The sixth day he sits down,
28:03 and he paints some land animals,
28:06 and then he paints a man and a woman
28:09 standing in the midst of this majestic scene of nature,
28:13 as the final touches to the canvas steps back
28:17 and he's finished the portrait,
28:20 he looks and he says it is very good.
28:26 Is he finished?
28:29 I just said he added the final touches.
28:32 He's finished.
28:34 But is something missing?
28:36 What is missing?
28:37 What is missing is the signature of the person
28:41 who painted the picture.
28:44 Are you with me?
28:46 The seventh day is God signature on creation.
28:51 And when we keep the Sabbath,
28:52 we are recognizing and announcing
28:55 that we believe that God is the Creator,
28:58 the Creator of the heavens and the earth.
29:00 So we worship God because He's the Creator,
29:03 and the seal or sign of God as the Creator,
29:06 the signature of God on His work of creation
29:09 is the holy Sabbath.
29:13 Notice Exodus 31:16-17.
29:16 The Sabbath is spoken of as a sign.
29:18 It says, therefore the children of Israel,
29:20 and we are Israel, spiritually speaking,
29:22 the 144,000 are sealed from the tribes of Israel.
29:26 So it says, "Therefore the children of Israel
29:29 shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath
29:32 throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant."
29:35 It is a what?
29:37 A sign that we recognize what?
29:40 That God is our Creator.
29:42 "It is a sign between Me
29:44 and the children of Israel forever.
29:46 For in six days the Lord made the heavens in the earth,
29:49 and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed."
29:53 Notice also Ezekiel 20:12 and verse 20.
29:59 "Moreover, I also gave them," what?
30:03 "My Sabbath, God says, to be a," what?
30:06 There it is, a sign or a signature or seal.
30:09 "A sign between them and Me,
30:11 that they might know
30:13 that I am the Lord who sanctifies them."
30:16 And then verse 20, "Hallow my Sabbath."
30:19 That it mean sanctify, keep them holy,
30:21 My Sabbath,
30:22 and they will be once again what?
30:24 A sign between Me and you,
30:27 that you may know that I am the Lord your God.
30:30 What does keeping the Sabbath means?
30:32 It means that we are announcing to the world,
30:36 that God is our Lord that God is the Creator.
30:40 It's the visible sign that we believe
30:44 that creation literally took place six days,
30:47 God rested the seventh.
30:48 And when we rest the seventh,
30:50 we are announcing
30:51 that we believe the creation story.
30:55 By the way, some people might say, well,
30:57 but it says the Bible is,
30:58 in the Bible that the Sabbath is the sign,
31:00 it doesn't say it's the seal.
31:01 Well, in the Bible,
31:03 sign and sealed are used interchangeably.
31:05 Notice Romans 4:11.
31:08 I'm reading now
31:10 from the New International Version,
31:12 speaking about Abraham, and he received the what?
31:16 The sign of circumcision.
31:19 And then it continues, saying what, a what?
31:21 A seal of the righteousness that he had by faith
31:25 while he was still uncircumcised.
31:27 So then he is the father of all who believe,
31:30 but have not been circumcised in order that righteousness
31:33 might be credited to them.
31:35 So sign and seal are used interchangeably.
31:39 The Sabbath is the sign of God or the seal of God.
31:45 But in the Bible, there's a contrary sign
31:48 as we discussed
31:49 in our last presentation this morning.
31:52 Let's go through this again.
31:54 Ezekiel 8:16-18,
31:59 Jerusalem is committing serious abominations,
32:02 the greatest of which was sun worship.
32:05 It says there in verse 16.
32:08 "So He brought me into the inner court
32:11 of the Lord's house,
32:12 and there, at the door of the temple of the Lord,
32:15 between the porch and the altar,
32:17 were about twenty five men
32:19 with their backs toward the temple of the Lord,
32:22 and their faces toward the east,
32:24 and they were worshiping the sun toward the east.
32:28 And he said to me,
32:29 'Have you seen this, O son of man?
32:31 Is it a trivial thing to the house of Judah
32:33 to commit abominations which they commit here."
32:37 So is worshiping the sun an abomination?
32:40 Absolutely.
32:41 "For they have filled the land with violence,
32:45 then they have returned to provoke Me to anger.
32:48 Indeed, they put the branch to their nose."
32:51 In other words, they snub their nose at Me.
32:53 "Therefore I will act in My fury.
32:57 My eye will not spare, nor will I have pity,
33:01 and though they cry in my ears
33:03 with a loud voice, I will not hear."
33:08 Was everybody in the city of Jerusalem
33:10 committing these abominations,
33:12 or was there a small, faithful remnant?
33:14 There was a small, faithful remnant,
33:17 therefore it was necessary to do what with them?
33:20 It was necessary to seal them
33:24 with a protective seal,
33:26 before the destruction came, correct?
33:29 And so you have this angel
33:31 with the writer's inkhorn in his hand,
33:33 and he's commanded to place a seal
33:36 on the foreheads of those who sigh and cry
33:39 because of the abominations
33:41 that are being committed in the earth.
33:43 And then the command is given to the other destroying angels
33:47 with the battle axes in their hands,
33:49 after he seals the faithful,
33:51 after they're signaled for protection,
33:54 go through the midst of the city, destroy,
33:58 have no pity, and begin where?
34:02 Begin at My sanctuary
34:05 with the religious leaders.
34:09 That's the picture.
34:10 We didn't read the passage, but that's the picture.
34:14 Now, did the Sabbath have anything
34:15 to do with the destruction of Jerusalem?
34:18 The desecration of the Sabbath did it.
34:21 Remember we read this morning that God said to the Jews,
34:24 He said, "If you keep the Sabbath,
34:26 this city is gonna be remained forever."
34:28 In other words,
34:29 it's not gonna be destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar.
34:31 But if you trample on the Sabbath,
34:34 if you do business on the Sabbath,
34:36 then I'm gonna destroy the city.
34:38 Let's just read Jeremiah 17:27.
34:43 "But if you will not heed Me, to hallow the Sabbath day,
34:49 such as not carrying a burden
34:51 when entering the Gates of Jerusalem
34:53 on the Sabbath day,
34:55 then I will kindle a fire in its gates
34:57 like Nebuchadnezzar did,
34:59 and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem,
35:02 and it shall not be quenched."
35:07 Did Sabbath desecration have anything
35:09 to do with the destruction of Jerusalem?
35:11 Yes.
35:12 Did sun worship have anything
35:14 to do with the destruction of Jerusalem?
35:16 Would they have been worshiping the sun
35:19 if they were keeping the Sabbath
35:21 in honor of the Creator?
35:23 Absolutely not.
35:24 So you have the Sabbath and you have the sun,
35:29 the worship of the sun related in this passage,
35:31 would you expect to find something
35:33 so similar in the end time?
35:36 Of course, the Christian world doesn't worship the sun.
35:39 But as we noticed this morning,
35:41 when we spoke about the idol Sabbath,
35:43 worshiping on the day of the sun,
35:46 in principle,
35:47 is the same as worshiping the sun.
35:50 Because the sun was not made for worship,
35:52 it's a secular object.
35:54 The first day of the week was not made for worship,
35:57 it is a secular day.
35:59 So whatever man establishes for worship,
36:02 that God has not established for worship is ultimately what?
36:06 Is ultimately idolatry.
36:09 And so you have this contrast
36:11 between Revelation 13:16-17 and Revelation 14:1.
36:17 Let's read Revelation 14:1 first,
36:20 this is page 411.
36:22 "Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion,
36:27 and with him one hundred and forty-four thousand,
36:29 having His Father's name written," where?
36:32 "On their foreheads."
36:34 Now, you'll notice in the previous chapter,
36:36 that there's another group.
36:38 The faithful have the seal of God
36:40 on their foreheads.
36:41 But in the very previous chapter,
36:44 in verses 16 and 17, you have the other group.
36:47 What does the other group have?
36:49 The mark of the beast.
36:50 Notice Revelation 13:16-17,
36:54 "He causes all, both small and great,
36:57 rich and poor, free and slave,
36:59 to receive a mark on their right hand
37:01 or on their foreheads,
37:03 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark,
37:08 or the name of the beast, or the number of his name."
37:13 So the question is, does the final controversy
37:17 have to do with the issue of Sabbath
37:20 versus Sunday observance?
37:22 Is the Sabbath the sign of the Creator
37:25 or the seal of the Creator?
37:26 Yes, it's the seal that God put on His work of creation,
37:30 the seventh day.
37:33 Now let's look at an analogy that helps us understand this.
37:37 We mentioned that the fourth commandment
37:40 has three characteristics that identify
37:43 who the lawgiver is.
37:45 First of all, the name of the person
37:49 who is giving the law.
37:51 Secondly, the office or position of the person
37:54 who is giving the law.
37:57 Finally, the jurisdictional territory
38:00 where the lawgiver is, is reigning over.
38:05 Now notice this statement
38:06 that we find in the Spirit of Prophecy,
38:09 Great Controversy, page 452.
38:12 The seal of God's law is found in the fourth commandment.
38:17 This only of all 10 brings to view
38:21 the name and the title of the lawgiver.
38:25 It declares him to be
38:27 the Creator of the heavens and the earth,
38:29 and thus shows his claim to what?
38:32 To reverence and worship above all others.
38:36 Aside from this precept,
38:38 there is nothing in the Decalogue
38:40 to show by whose authority the law is given.
38:43 When the Sabbath was changed by the papal power,
38:46 the seal was taken from the law.
38:50 The disciples of Jesus are called upon to restore it
38:54 by exalting the Sabbath of the fourth commandment
38:56 to its rightful position,
38:58 to its rightful position as the Creator's memorial
39:01 and the sign of His authority.
39:06 Have you ever noticed the Great Seal
39:08 of the President of the United States?
39:10 How many elements does the seal contain?
39:14 It says, Donald Trump,
39:18 that's the name, President,
39:21 that's his title, United States of America,
39:25 that's his jurisdictional territory.
39:29 And you might say, well,
39:30 but that's just seals these days,
39:33 who knows that in the times of the Bible,
39:35 you had to have those three elements for a seal.
39:37 The fact is that I spoke about those seals,
39:40 and in a moment we're gonna come back to that
39:42 where the ancient seals that were stamped
39:44 in the middle of the clay tablet,
39:46 have those three elements,
39:48 because you have to know who the lawgiver is,
39:51 has to be identified.
39:53 You also have to identify
39:55 what right he has to give that law
39:57 as well as what territory that law applies to.
40:01 So you have the testimony of analogy.
40:05 You also have the testimony of archaeology
40:08 as we mentioned this morning.
40:10 The dynastic seals in the city of Ugarit
40:14 were very similar to the Ten Commandments.
40:17 They wrote covenants on both sides
40:20 of the tablets of clay
40:21 and in the middle of the tablet,
40:23 they placed the dynastic seal of the great king.
40:27 The seal had three elements, the name of the lawgiver,
40:31 his title, and his jurisdictional territory.
40:34 The Ten Commandments are very similar.
40:37 And you know, one of those tablets says
40:39 the name of the king is Suppiluliuma,
40:43 king of Ugarit.
40:45 You have those three elements on the seal.
40:48 Now this is what's interesting,
40:50 the parallel between those seals,
40:52 and or those tablets and the Ten Commandments.
40:56 The city was in the general geographical territory
41:00 of Israel, it was in Syria north of Israel.
41:02 The Ten Commandments are also God's covenant
41:05 as we noticed this morning.
41:07 The Ten Commandments were also written on tables,
41:09 stone, yes, not clay, but stone because they were permanent.
41:13 The tables were written on both sides,
41:16 like the ancient seals,
41:19 and in the middle of the tablets,
41:21 what do you have?
41:22 The Sabbath commandment stamped in the middle
41:25 just like on these ancient tablets.
41:28 And the fourth commandment contains the name,
41:30 the office and the title of the lawgiver.
41:34 In Patriarchs and Prophets, page 307, Ellen White wrote,
41:38 the fourth commandment is the only one of all 10
41:42 in which are found both the name
41:43 and title of the lawgiver.
41:46 It is the only one that shows
41:48 by whose authority the law is given.
41:51 Thus, it contains the seal of God
41:54 affixed to His law as evidence of what?
41:58 Of its authenticity.
42:01 What makes a document authentic?
42:04 Because it has the signature or the seal on it.
42:08 So it says affixed to His law as evidence
42:10 of its authenticity as well as what?
42:14 As well as binding force.
42:17 We also have the testimony of history to show
42:20 that the final controversy is going to have to do
42:23 with the fourth commandment of God's law.
42:26 Daniel 7 has a sequence of nations.
42:29 You have a lion which represents Babylon,
42:32 you have a bear, Medo-Persia, you have a leopard, Greece,
42:36 you have a dragon beast, the Roman Empire.
42:38 The dragon beast then sprouts 10 horns,
42:41 the Roman Empire is divided,
42:42 then among the 10 horns rises a little horn.
42:46 So it's a power that arises
42:48 after the Roman Empire is divided,
42:51 speaks blasphemies against the Most High,
42:53 persecute the saints of the Most High,
42:56 its dominion last time times and the dividing of time,
42:59 which is equivalent to 1260 years.
43:03 And there's another characteristic,
43:05 this little horn, which represents the papacy
43:07 very clearly, by the sequence of powers,
43:10 it thought that it could change what?
43:14 That it could actually change God's holy law.
43:19 Does the papacy claim that it has changed God's law,
43:22 that it has the power to change God's law?
43:24 Absolutely.
43:26 So history proves that at the time
43:29 when prophecy indicated, the papacy rose,
43:32 and changed the day of worship from Sabbath,
43:35 the sign of the Creator, to Sunday,
43:38 the sign of the papacy,
43:40 instead of a sign of the Creator.
43:43 In Revelation 12:14-17, I want to read those verses,
43:48 and then we're going to unpack them.
43:50 "Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth,
43:54 he persecuted the woman
43:55 who gave birth to the male child.
43:57 But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle,
44:00 that she might fly into the wilderness
44:02 to her place,
44:03 where she is nourished for a time, times,
44:05 and half a time,
44:07 from the presence of the serpent."
44:08 Is that the same time period as a little horn, yes or no?
44:11 Same time period.
44:12 Now notice, "So the serpent spewed
44:15 water out of his mouth, like a flood after the woman,
44:17 that he might cause her
44:19 to be carried away by the flood.
44:21 But the earth helped the woman."
44:22 What is the earth that helped the woman?
44:25 The territory of the earth.
44:26 It doesn't, it's not a beast that rises yet,
44:28 it's the territory.
44:30 There was no United States of America
44:33 when the pilgrims came here.
44:35 This was a colony of Great Britain of England.
44:39 And so it says here, "But the earth helped a woman,
44:43 and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood
44:46 which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth."
44:49 So in other words,
44:50 or the United States the territory,
44:52 the United States becomes a refuge for those
44:54 who are fleeing from Europe?
44:56 Do you think the devil was happy
44:57 that the United States provided refuge for those
44:59 who were persecuted in Europe?
45:01 No.
45:02 Is he going to launch a final persecution
45:05 against God's people?
45:07 Yes.
45:08 And what will it be about?
45:09 Notice verse 17, "And the dragon was enraged
45:14 with the woman,"
45:16 that's because the earth has helped a woman,
45:18 "and he went to," what?
45:20 "To make war with the remnant of her seed,
45:22 or the rest of her offspring,
45:24 who keep the commandments of God
45:26 and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."
45:30 So let's notice the sequence.
45:32 The dragon persecutes the faithful church
45:34 for time, times and the dividing of time
45:37 1260 years.
45:40 Towards the end of this period, the earth,
45:42 the territory of the United States
45:44 helps the woman who is persecuted in Europe
45:47 by swallowing up the waters of persecution.
45:50 But then the dragon hates the remnant because of that,
45:53 and will once again persecute the remnant.
45:57 What characterizes that remnant
45:59 that arises the rage of the dragon?
46:03 They keep the commandments of God,
46:06 but they have something else, the testimony of Jesus Christ.
46:10 What is the testimony of Jesus Christ?
46:13 It's the Spirit of Prophecy.
46:16 By the way, do you know that this beast
46:18 that will restore the power to the papacy,
46:21 that makes the image to the beast,
46:22 the beast that rises from the earth
46:24 that has two horns like a lamb?
46:26 Do you know what that beast is called in Revelation 16?
46:29 The false prophet.
46:32 So do you think that God in the last days,
46:35 if the devil is gonna raise up a false prophet,
46:39 God is going to raise up a true prophet
46:42 to counteract the prophetic scenario
46:44 of the false prophet?
46:45 Yes.
46:46 Does Ellen White give us a clear,
46:48 crystal clear picture of end time events,
46:53 correcting futurism and preterism,
46:55 she does in the minutest detail.
46:58 So God not only raised up a remnant
47:01 who teaches that we have to keep
47:02 all of the commandments of God,
47:04 but He raised up a remnant that has the gift of prophecy
47:07 to correct the counterfeit views of Bible prophecy
47:11 that are being taught out there.
47:15 Now, history also proves that the final conflict
47:20 is gonna be concerning Sabbath and Sunday,
47:23 and that the papacy actually changed
47:27 the day of worship.
47:29 Let's notice several statements that we find here.
47:33 For all ages, for ages,
47:34 all Christian nations look to the Catholic Church.
47:38 And as we have seen the various states
47:40 enforced by law, her ordinances as to worship
47:45 and cessation of labor on Sunday.
47:47 Do you notice how she linked up with the state here?
47:50 Protestantism in discarding the authority of the church
47:54 has no good reason for its Sunday theory
47:57 and ought logically to keep Saturday as the Sabbath.
48:01 The state in passing laws
48:03 for the due sanctification of Sunday
48:06 is unwittingly acknowledging
48:09 the authority of the Catholic Church
48:12 and carrying out more or less faithfully
48:15 its prescription.
48:16 Yeah, this is a bold faced admission.
48:19 They're saying that the state did what the church wanted.
48:23 The statement continues,
48:25 the Sunday as a day of the week
48:26 set apart for the obligatory public worship
48:29 of Almighty God is purely a creation
48:34 of the Catholic Church.
48:35 And that's not written by a Protestant,
48:37 this is written by a Roman Catholic.
48:40 Notice the next statement,
48:42 Protestants accept Sunday rather than Saturday
48:45 as the day for public worship.
48:48 After the Catholic Church made the change,
48:51 notice the word change.
48:53 But the Protestant mind does not seem to realize
48:56 that in accepting the Bible,
48:58 in observing the Sunday
49:00 they are accepting the authority of the spokesman
49:04 for the church, the Pope.
49:07 So what are Protestants doing
49:08 following the authority of whom?
49:10 Of the Pope.
49:11 Here's another one.
49:13 Question: What Bible authority is there for changing
49:17 the Sabbath from the seventh to the first day of the week?
49:20 Who gave the Pope the authority to change a command of God?
49:24 Answer: It was the Catholic Church
49:27 that by the authority of Jesus Christ,
49:29 which is not true, has transferred this rest
49:34 from the Bible Sabbath to the Sunday.
49:37 Thus, the observance of Sunday by the Protestants
49:40 is an homage they pay,
49:43 in spite of themselves
49:45 to the authority of the Catholic Church.
49:49 Here's another one.
49:51 What is the third commandment?
49:52 Roman Catholics believe that the third commandment
49:55 is the one that speaks about the observance of the Sabbath.
49:58 But anyway, what is the third commandment?
50:01 Answer: The third commandment is remember
50:04 that thou keep holy the Sabbath day.
50:06 Question: Which is the Sabbath day?
50:09 Answer: Saturday is the Sabbath day.
50:12 Question: Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
50:16 Answer: The Catholic Church after changing the day
50:21 of rest from Saturday,
50:23 the seventh day of the week to Sunday,
50:25 the first day made the third commandment
50:27 referred to Sunday,
50:29 as the day to be kept as the Lord's day.
50:31 See, they don't even try to hide
50:33 that they were the ones who changed the day of worship,
50:36 just like the Bible says the little horn did.
50:39 Here's another one.
50:41 Prove to me from the Bible alone,
50:43 that I am bound to keep Sunday holy.
50:46 There is no such law in the Bible.
50:47 It is the law
50:49 of the Holy Catholic Church alone.
50:51 The Bible says,
50:52 remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.
50:54 The Catholic Church says no, by my what?
50:59 She claiming to be god on earth.
51:01 Absolutely, by my divine power,
51:04 I abolish the Sabbath day and command you
51:08 to keep holy the first day of the week.
51:10 And lo, the entire civilized world
51:13 bows down in reverent obedience
51:16 to the command of the Holy Catholic Church.
51:20 Here's another one.
51:22 Of course, the Catholic Church
51:23 claims that the change was her act.
51:26 And the act is a what?
51:28 A mark of her ecclesiastical power.
51:32 Here's another one.
51:34 There's many of them, a word about Sunday.
51:37 God said, remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day.
51:40 The Sabbath was Saturday, not Sunday.
51:43 Why then do we keep Sunday holy instead of Saturday?
51:46 The church altered the observance of the Sabbath
51:49 to the observance of Sunday.
51:51 Protestants who say they go by the Bible
51:54 and the Bible only,
51:55 and that they do not believe anything
51:57 that is not in the Bible
51:59 must be rather puzzled by the keeping of Sunday,
52:02 when God distinctly said, keep holy the Sabbath day.
52:07 The word Sunday does not come anywhere in the Bible.
52:10 So without knowing it,
52:12 they're obeying the authority of the Catholic Church.
52:17 I read the one by Father O'Brien,
52:20 in the work the book The Faith of Millions
52:21 he taught at the University of Notre Dame
52:24 for many years in the theology department.
52:27 What did he say?
52:28 He says, listen, Protestants by keeping Sunday,
52:32 they have not been able to sever themselves
52:34 totally from the mother.
52:36 They are like a little boy, who runs away from home,
52:41 but still carries in his pocket,
52:43 a picture of his mother, or a lack of her hair.
52:47 In other words,
52:49 there has not been a total severing of Protestants
52:52 from the Roman Catholic Church.
52:53 And that's why
52:55 they are quickly returning to mother.
53:00 Now, let's go to page 417.
53:05 We're almost to the end.
53:07 Let's go to the bottom of the page.
53:10 The Sabbath will be the great test
53:13 of loyalty, for it is the point of truth,
53:17 especially controverted.
53:19 When the final test
53:20 shall be brought to bear upon men,
53:22 then the line of distinction will be drawn between those
53:26 who serve God and those who serve Him not.
53:30 While the observance of the false Sabbath
53:32 in compliance with the law of the state,
53:35 contrary to the fourth commandment,
53:37 will be avowal, that's an announcement
53:40 of allegiance to a power that is an opposition to God.
53:44 The keeping of a true Sabbath in obedience to God's law
53:48 is an evidence of loyalty to the Creator.
53:51 While one class by accepting the sign of submission
53:53 to earthly powers, receive the mark of the beast,
53:57 the other choosing the talk of allegiance
54:00 to divine authority.
54:01 Receive the seal of God.
54:06 Are only literal Jews gonna be sealed with the seal of God?
54:12 Of course not.
54:13 People from every nation, kindred, tongue, and people
54:16 are gonna be sealed with the seal of God.
54:19 That's why the messages,
54:20 the three angels' messages
54:21 are proclaimed to the whole world.
54:23 That proves that the 144,000 the end time generation
54:27 are not literal Jews.
54:29 They are spiritual Jews.
54:31 They truly are committed to Jesus Christ
54:34 as Savior and Lord.
54:36 I want to mention one further thing.
54:40 You'll notice that the seal of God
54:42 is placed only on the forehead.
54:45 Why?
54:47 Because God's people will serve God
54:51 totally and completely
54:53 because they're persuaded in their mind
54:54 that that's what they need to do.
54:57 On the other hand, there are those
54:59 who receive the mark of the beast,
55:01 they will receive it where?
55:03 On the forehead or on their right hand.
55:07 Why would they receive it on their forehead?
55:09 Because they are totally persuaded and convinced
55:13 that Sunday is the day that they're supposed to keep.
55:16 They are totally and completely deceived.
55:19 Why on the right hand?
55:21 Because the right hand represents the ability to work.
55:25 There will be people
55:26 who know that the Sabbath is a day of rest.
55:29 They are not deceived in following the beast,
55:33 they will receive the seal on their hand,
55:37 which means that they will do it
55:38 out of convenience,
55:40 because they want to be able to work.
55:42 And they don't want to be subjects
55:44 of the death decree even though they know
55:46 in their minds,
55:47 they have not given their minds over to the beast.
55:50 Are you following me or not?
55:52 It's the same way that Adam and Eve sinned.
55:54 Let me ask you,
55:56 did Adam and Eve sin differently?
55:58 Yes, they did.
56:00 Eve was totally deceived.
56:03 In her mind, she was convinced the devil
56:06 took possession of her mind.
56:08 And she was totally convinced
56:10 that what the serpent was said was true.
56:13 How about Adam?
56:15 Did Adam know that Eve had blown it?
56:18 Yes.
56:20 Why did he sin?
56:21 He sinned out of convenience.
56:24 He said, I cannot bear the thought of this,
56:28 the thought of living without my precious Eve.
56:33 He knew that she had done wrong.
56:35 In other words, his mind was not deceived.
56:38 He did it out of convenience.
56:41 So there will be two kinds of people
56:43 that receive the mark of the beast.
56:45 Those who are totally persuaded that the beast is right.
56:48 They're deceived in their minds And there will be those
56:51 that know that the beast is wrong
56:53 but to be able to buy or sell,
56:55 to be able to carry on business,
56:57 to be able to continue living
57:00 because a death decree has been given,
57:02 they will say, we know that this isn't right,
57:05 but we will receive the mark on our hand.
57:10 So this is that conflict,
57:13 this is the trial that awaits God's people.
57:18 And I trust that as we've studied these lessons,
57:21 that our faith has grown,
57:23 we are stronger Seventh-day Adventists.
57:26 We are more convicted and convinced that God
57:29 has given this church the truth,
57:32 and that we will ask God to give us the ability
57:35 to go out and share the marvelous message
57:38 that God has given
57:40 to the Seventh-day Adventist Church
57:41 in his present truth.
57:44 This church has the truth, and Satan knows it.
57:48 That's why he's causing
57:49 all kinds of internal division in fighting,
57:52 because he doesn't want the truth
57:54 as it is in Jesus to be proclaimed.
57:57 May we be among those
57:59 that will proclaim God's message
58:02 with the utmost power of the Spirit.


Revised 2021-11-04