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Sunday and Them That Dwell On the Earth

Alistair Huong

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Who’s responsible for the Sunday law? This study reviews Revelation 13:14-15 to better understand what it means that “them that dwell on the Earth” shall make the image to the beast, and considers our responsibility as God’s people in light of that reality.

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Alistair Huong

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  • October 22, 2021
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Fault and haven't were thankful that you brought us together this evening. You are our gracious and loving god. We come before you to night asking for your blessing. You know that we have some technical difficulties, the notes are not working. And so we pray that you might speak to us regardless, and that you will bring to mind the things that need to be discussed. I pray that you will guide our weekend together. And especially as we remember october 22, what has been deemed the great disappointment. It is a reminder that we have a high priest who has touch with the feelings or infirmities who has interceding for us and who will come for us soon and help us to be ready for that day. Bless us, the sabbaths. Now we ask, we pray in jesus' name a man. So this weekend we're doing a 3 part study together this evening and actually tomorrow afternoon, they are really connected Is really part one, part 2. But tomorrow morning our message is still related. But you will see it's going to be a thread running through as opposed to part one and part 2 sequentially. And really we're going to be discussing prophecy this week and together. And we'll be thinking particularly regarding revolution chapter 13. And also revelation chapter 18 and the idea of coming out of babylon. But tonight, as you can see, our title is Sunday and them that dwell on the earth. And so we're going to do a quick review of revelation chapter 13, and then we're going to take a bit of a deeper dive in one particular aspect of revelation chapter 13. So let's begin. Revelation chapter 13, a quick overview of the outline of the chapter. I know I am drastically over simplifying what this chapter is a talks about. But revelation chapter 13 begins with the 1st beast that comes out of the sea. And that bees represent the papacy where the roman catholic church, state power, and then sequentially later on. A 2nd beast arises out of the land and this is the United States of America. I know I'm not proving any of this, this is review, right? And then after that, there is this thing that a set up is called the image to the beast. But it's also called the image of the beast, which we're going to discuss the, the slight nuance, what is that all about. And then the chapter ends with this thing, the ominous mark of the beast, right? This is basically the 4 major sections of revolution, chapter 13. So what is the image to the beast? Ok? Let's just take a quick look in great controversy. Page 448, but in the very act of enforcing a religious duty by secular power, the churches would themselves form an image to the beast. Hence, the enforcement of sunday keeping in the United States would be an enforcement of the worship of the beast and his image. There is so much to talk about here, but suffice to say the image of the Visa set up at the passing of the sunday law. That's what the statement is talking about. And in particular is talking about an image to the 1st beast, right? And so it's going to kind of look like the 1st b. We'll be discussing this a little bit more, but just for now, sunday law is the beginning of the image to the beast. Now what about the Mark of the beast? Great conference of page $449.00 as men, then reject the institution which gods declared to be the sign of his authority and honor in its stead that which rome has chosen at the token of her supremacy. They will thereby accept the sign of allegiance to rome, the Mark of the beast. And it is not until this issue is that plainly set before the people and they are brought to choose between the commandments of god, advocate them of men. That those who continue in transgression will receive the Mark of the beast. This is a very important idea here. Does anyone currently have the Mark of the beast very clearly know the market to beast sometimes in shorthand we might say things like, you know, sunday is the market to be well, no, that's actually not the case. The statement is quite clear. The Mark of the beast is only instituted when several things happen. Number one, when the issue regarding sabbath, the law of god, sunday law, god versus law man is plainly set before the people and they are able to make an informed decision. And then they are forced to choose between the command of god versus a commandment man. Then, and only that is the Mark of the beast, an issue prior to that, it's not a thing. So nobody currently has the Mark of the beast, but this distinction is important because sometimes we think o sunday, or Sunday law, therefore that must be the market to be well, that's actually not technically the case. There are actually steps to this. And this, there is a reason why this is important and you'll see why I go along. So we're still reviewing the revolution chapter 13, there is an image of the beast, which is also called the image of the beast. And that's when the sunday law is initially invoked, and then eventually it turns into a mark of the beast. And that happens when we are forced to choose sunday versus sabbath. You choose one in rejection of the other. Ok if we choose sunday, in rejection of the sabbath, we receive the Mark of the beast. If we receive or we re x of sabbath instead of sunday, we then receive the seal of god. That's the, the truth and the counterfeit, ah issue. All right, so now who is responsible for passing the sunday law? That's really the essence of our study today. Who is responsible for the sunday long? We hear a lot of chatter all the time every time there's some significant headline News, right. The pope visit the United States. There's a catholic in the president in the white House. Oh, there's another supreme court justices catholic, you know, these types of things always stir up conversation on this subject. But what does the bible tell us? Who actually is responsible for passing the sunday along the bible actually tells us, or maybe another way to put it, who's responsible for setting up the image to the beast. Because we just read that the sunday enforcement is when that image of the beast set up. Revelation chapter 13 versus 14 and 15. It says this and deceive them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast. Saying to them that dwell near that they should make an image to the beast noticed that which had the wound by a sword and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast that the image of the beast should both speak and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the bees should be killed. So there are couple things I want to mention. Your number one, let's just answer the question based on what we just read in this passage, who makes the image to the beast. It is them that dwell on the earth. Can you see that from the text itself? It is not a singular agent. It is not even a singular beast power. It is them that dwell on the earth. Ok, we're going to discuss a little bit more what that means. But I want to just take a look at this. What's the difference here? image to the beast, image of the beast. What's, what's going on here? The image to the beast, when we'd think about this idea, like when I give something to someone, is like a gift. Where give something in honor of them. It's like an homage to the beast, but then there's a little metamorphosis that word to and of all of a sudden it's not just an image to the me, like I'm not just giving this to the bees like in honor of written recognition of my feel to you or my loyalty to him. Now it becomes an image of the beast, meaning now it's become a clone. It's become a replacement or a B, or a replica of the beast. So when we talk about the image to the beast initially, there is a Sunday law that's passed and the sunday law is in homage of the beast in honor to, in recognition of the beast's power and authority. But then it gradually shifts, and it might not be back gradual and metamorphosed into a clone of the beast. Meaning it becomes a system that looks and speaks and behaves like the 1st beast. Ok. Keep that in mind because this is an important point later on. Ok, but the question is, who is responsible for the sunday law and them that dwell on the earth? They make the image to the beast. OK, so let's take a deeper dive into this great controversy. Page 442, saying to them that dwell on the earth that they should make an image to the beast element here is quoting the verse we just read. And then she explains. Here is clearly presented a form of government in which the legislative power rests with the people. A most striking evidence that the United States is the nation to note it in the prophecy. So this defines for us who are them that dwell on the earth. According to this passage, it's the people, the people in whom the legislative power rests. So specifically, we're talking about the citizens, the populace, thus, society at large, the voting public in the nation. Great controversy, page 592. Political corruption is destroying love of justice and regard for truth and even in free america, rulers and legislators in order to secure public favor will yield to the popular demand for a law enforcing sunday observance liberty of conscience which has soak and which has cost so great a sacrifice will no longer be respected. So notice very carefully here. Where does the sun demand for sunday law? Where does it originate? comes from the people, the popular demand, public favor. It is from the masses. It's when the politicians read, the polling are high. And they say, oh, this is what the people want. They're getting hauls in the senator's office, the congress people's office, they're getting letters and they're saying this is what we want. And they give the people what they want. That is how the sunday law comes about. So it's very important to remember because the sunday law will be a point of unprecedented unity. And this is particularly, i think salient today because imagine if there is any issue, any issue that could bring a majority of americans together. Don't you think there be some, some power behind whatever that issue might be? Because guess what? There is nothing that we agree about. Now I think we all agree that's like the one thing we can agree on is that we don't agree on anything. But the bible tells us that them, that dwelling the earth will make the image to the beast, meaning every one. And I, I don't know if that is gonna be a 100 percent, right? There's never 100 percent, but at least the majority, a super majority, a major portion of people are going to say yes versus what we want versus what we came get done together. Finally, finally, there's one thing. And the spirit of prophecy makes this clear. Notice what it says and testimonies for the church. Wine, 5 page 450. 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. Wealth genius, education will combine to cover them with contempt, persecuting rulers, ministers, and church members will conspire against them to secure popularity and patronage or legislators will yield to the demand for sunday law. Can you hear the unifying language and hear people of opposite ends of the class? strata of the educational spectrum, people with differing viewpoints coming together for a common cause. All right, great conference page 588 on the same theme, papacy, protestants, and world links will alight. Accept the form of godliness without the power and they will see in this union a grand movement for the conversion of the world. And the ushering in of a long expected millennium. This is speaking to sunday law in particular. Here with the papacy, protestants and world links worldly. We think of them like they don't even believe anything. And yet they're in favor of the sunday law. We're going to figure out, look about 2 as well. And you will see that this is not the 1st time this has happened in history, history repeats. And the very 1st sunday law actually have the same purpose of unifying a fractured empire. Great conference to be 53, tells us. In the early part of the 4th century, the emperor constantine issued a decree making sunday, a public festival throughout the roman empire. The day of the sun was referenced by the pagan subjects and was honored by christians. There was the emperor's policy to unite the conflicting interests of heathenism and christianity. So this is nothing new. It's actually been the plan from the very start. But actually at the end of time, satan execute the strategy to perfection. It hasn't ever fully worked out in the past. But in the closing scenes of history, it will all come together. Satan strategy will be decentralized, grassroots, and viral. That is the secret to his power at the end of time. It is not some unified conglomerate, like some secret cabal of ruling elite that's going to just voiced the sunday law on unsuspecting population, is like hot we got you now know that now works is awesome. Back room. You know, you imagine like people smoking cigars, right? In the back room making deals like the senators and, you know, politicians, you know, pulling the strings in. There's not gonna be some totalitarian dictator. Ah, stalin ask, you know, maoist type, a guy coming in. Thou shalt worship on Sunday, or you will go to the gulag, not quite. It's going to come from all quarters. People from different viewpoints, different ideologies, different religions, different classes. They're going to say, we actually agree. We want this and began to pound the doors down of their congress people and say, give us sunday. So what that tells me is that if we want to identify the devil's movements and strategies, we really should not focus all of our attention on just the white House, or who's the latest supreme court being nominated justice supreme court justice or counting how many catholics there are in congress or what even what just the pope is doing. I'm not saying all that is insignificant. The point is it's not going to be from there. The government doesn't force the sunday law and the people, the people for sunday law and the government. And so we need to see how the devil is influencing the crowd. You understand? That's where the power lines, because you can't, you can't shoot at a crowd and take everybody. Yeah. Right. It's the centralized. That's the power of the final deception. So actually before we get to the next point, so this leads to an important question and that is if that's the case that doesn't really jive with reality because a lot of people ask the question today whenever we talk about the law we preach about in our evangelist meetings and people say, well, america and the developed world, the civilized west if you want to call it that is becoming increasingly godless. They don't go to church. They don't believe in god. They don't believe much of anything. How can they possibly want sunday sunday, like this relic of the orthodoxy? Right. It's like the middle ages type of stuff. Like why would sophisticated enlightened modern, you know, fine, typically minded people or even post modern people. Why, what they care about sunday we're going to, we're going to address that question head on OK. But before we get there, we need to set the stage with an idea, a concept, a principle that is I think, often overlooked. Whenever we talk about the sunday law and I've sort of been teasing this as we've gone along, ok, and that is that the sunday law comes in phases. All right, the sunday law does not come in one fell swoop. And then jesus comes the next day. It doesn't quite happen that way. So many scholars have divided the phases of the sunday long different ways. But I will refer you to a message by doctor norman mcnulty, former director of avenue hope friend of avenue up here. He did a message is on oliver's called the 4 phases of the funny line, which he breaks this down. OK, so I'm just going to have one slide here that's going to plagiarise from his presentation, but he won't mind. So the 4 phase of the thunder law goes like that. At 1st the sunday law. Com and it's just a no work sunday. Ok. It's a civil law that says shop close business close. Don't work on Sunday. And this corresponds with what we talked about, the image should be being set up. And then the next phase is okay, don't work on Sunday. But now you also have to worship on Sunday. But if you want to worship on sabbath and observe sabbath on the 7th day, you're still free to do that. Okay, so this is phase 2. And this is when the image to the beast become, start looking like the image of the be to start behaving like the people power. And the beast begins to live and to speak. Ok, and this is when the Mark of the beast crisis begins. People start having a, make a decision that they begin to hear, right? They understand the issues and they start having to make the decision. They're going to choose one of the other. And then step 3. Sabbath worship become forbidden. So now not only the, the worship, on Sunday, you are no longer allowed to worship on Saturday. And that number for the death penalty if you do not comply. Just a quick note here, this is actually not unique to revelation chapter 13, if you remember, daniel chapa 3, there was also a story of an image being set up. You had to bow down or be thrown in the fiery furnace. That is like a general lie decree. You must worship a certain way. It's like establishment. You know, they stablish mon clause in the constitution, but then a danish, up to 6. There is another religious liberty crisis with daniel. But this time he was required not only required to worship the false king, right? The god, the false worship. But he was also forbidden from praying to the true god. You see that endanger the 3 chapter 6. Similar type of scenario here between ah, the phases of the sunday law. So the sunday law begins with as mild phases, is how I term it. Because it's really not a religious thing. It's just don't work. And then it gradually ratchets up and becomes more and more severe of a violation of religious liberty and conscience. And it becomes ultimately a death decree. So, tonight we're going to really just focus primarily on the 1st point and tomorrow afternoon. We're going to look at how it escalates from point one, you know, step one onward. So how do I substantiate this idea that the 1st phase of the sunday law is merely no work on Sundays? kate spirit of frosty tells us, ah, testimonies for the church while I am 9, his 230 to the light given me by the Lord at a time when we were expecting just such a crisis as you seem to be approaching was I when the people were moved by a power from beneath and for sunday observance 7th day adventists were to show their wisdom by refraining from their ordinary work on that day, devoting it to missionary effort known as carefully washed as she has saying. She's saying that there is going to be a time soon. She says that people will enforce sunday observance. How does she recommend god? People respond? stand up for your rights. Protest, right? demand your day in court is that what she says? She says, show your wisdom by not working. So why would that, why would this be possible? It's because the law only requires you not to work. When do you think she would actually tell us to not worship on sabbath? No, of course not. So she's saying, go as far as you can and compliance with the law, and in this initial phase of the sunny law, she clearly calls it sunday, sunday observance. Right. Devote your sunday to missionary effort. Don't go out of your way to demonstrate your rights are right continuing to defy the sunday laws will but strengthen in their persecution the religious zealots were seeking to enforce them. Give them No occasion to call you law breakers. If they are left to reign up, men who fear neither god nor man the reigning up will soon lose its novelty for them. What she's saying is, let them go arrest those other. You know, those other people that are causing trouble, don't make yourself the headline in the news. And as they go after those people eventually, you know, hopefully you will lose novelty for them. And they will see that it is not consistent nor convenient for them to restrict in regard to the observance of sunday. Keep right on with your missionary work with your bibles in your hands, and the enemy will see that he has worsted his own cause. One does not receive the Mark of the beast because he shows that he realizes the wisdom of keeping the peace by refraining from work that give the fence doing up the same time a work of the highest importance. So here again, she makes a distinction between the initial sunday observance with the sunday legislation that leads to the market of these later on. She makes a distinction. You don't receive the Mark of the beast by refraining from work in this initial mile phase. And her reasoning is very clear, there is still a work of highest importance to be done in this initial phase of the sunday long because people are now awakened. The thing that we've said all along as avenues is going to happen and people say, oh, you watch a conspiracy. If there is, they'll never be a Sunday law until it finally happens. And then people like, oh, what else do you got to tell me? And l Y to saying spend your time teaching the truth to those people so that when the crisis is really brought to focus, we would have given them the best chance to make the right decision. Rather than spending our time pros, that's thing and marching in the streets and doing all the stuff, she's saying there is a work of highest importance here. I'm getting off. I'm getting off the soap box. I guess we'll come back to it a little bit later at the end of the message, but the point here is the mile phase of the sunday law is clearly depicted by the kind of inspiration. And she actually tells us how to respond. So this is the point i'm trying to say. The initial sunday law need not be and explicitly religious decree. And the devil has only to get his nose in the tent. Right. And eventually the rest of the camel follows. That's the, perhaps a little bit of a crude image, but I think you get the point. Just like we say, we have the right arm of the gospel medical missionary work. It's the entering wedge. It gets us in the door. It gets us in the people's minds so that the rest of the gospel can take its work. This is the same concept. The sunday law initially is just wedged in and then initial and then after that the, the theocratic tendencies then come after. So sometimes there's this idea like, oh, the america has to completely, ah, capitulate and become a theocratic dictum. Tauriel type of, you know, christian nationalist countries before the funding law will ever happen. I'm not so sure. That's the case. It is entirely possible for the funding law to be the entering wedge that leads to that theocratic christian nationalist type of conclusion. And so this tells me the sunday may not only be support is through explicitly religious means. Non religious support of sunday is just as useful to the devil as religious support because the entering wedge is just to get his foot in the door. And last events, page 125 and 126. That actually gives us an indication that this may be the case, but sunday movement is now making its way in darkness. The leaders are concealing the true issue and many who unite in the movement do not themselves see whether the undercurrent is tending they are working in blindness. So there are people supporting sunday l Y says who have no idea where it's going. There are many, even of those engaged in this movement for sunday enforcement who are blind to the results which will follow this action. They do not see that they are striking directly against religious liberty. There are many who have never understood the claims of the bible. Sabbath and the false foundation upon which the sunday institution rest. So she gives a clear picture that sunday might be brought about. Then the wall of the earth might include entire segment of people who are unwittingly supporting a Sunday law, not understanding the real purpose and the real motive behind it. And historically, we can actually see this in action back in the 18 late 1800. There was the blair bill going through the congress, the blair sunday rest bill. And it's interesting to note that they were not initially, they were actually not promoting a strictly religious law. The pretext for the sunday rest bill was to preserve the civil sabbath and it was defined as the preservation of sunday as a day of rest for civil rather than religious purposes. Okay, that was actually the whole thing with the blair bill. And we know that the christian lobby, meaning the women's christian temperance union and the National reform association. They were the main drivers of sunday. And they certainly had the religious motive behind it, No doubt about that. But there was a 2nd major block of support for the blair bill, and this was the labor unions and the working men in the country. And these are the knights of Labor of the brotherhood of locomotive engineers, railroad managers, state union. And why in the world with trade unions and labor unions care about sunday legislation? Well, it was because of workers' rights. They wanted to preserve the rights of their laborers, not to be exploited for them to have a day off. And they did a purely for civil in this case, or secular reasons. And so even in our history, we can see that satan's strategy has been to unify disparate factions to promote his agenda. So now this leads to the question that we were asking earlier. So is it really possible for there to be widespread support of sunday today? Isn't this just like some friends you know, religious, right? evangelical, conservative, catholic, you know, orthodox group over here. That's going to just ramp down on the rest of us like isn't actually possible that there could be a wide spread unity across pop the population and society to support a law enforcing sunday. Now you have to remember when we talk about sunday observance, we're talking about the mild phase of the sunday law. Merely taking sunday off not an enforcement of worship on Sunday. Okay, so that changes the dynamics a little bit. Is that possible for there to be widespread support and this is an important disclaimer. Whenever we start looking at, I'm going to look at some, you know, contemporary examples here. It's important to note that this is not predictive. Ok, i'm not here predicting what exactly is going to transpire and what's going to bring about the sunday law. Far be it for me. I'm not a prophet nor the son of a prophet to do such a thing. But I think it's helpful to be descriptive to take a look at what actually being said today to see is this complete craziness. What we see in the bible, does the bible actually give us a realistic scenario? So number one, let's take a look at this example. This is a report of the european sunday alliance webinar from June, 1 of 2021. So this was just a few months ago and noticed the european sunday alliance before they. They are a conglomerate of hundreds of trees, unions, community groups, religious groups, and act like lobbyists, all working together to promote sunday as a day off for european union citizens. And this webinar was entitled, the right to disconnect and the need for a european weekly, common day of rest. And this report said the webinar followed up on the alliance as recent activities on the right to disconnect and aimed to raise awareness on the need to establish at the e U level, a weekly, common day of breath for all you citizens. And it's called the european sunday alliance. So what, what day do you suppose they're recommending here for the common day of rest? The speakers agreed under necessity to introduce a right to disconnect in times of increasing blurring a boundaries in order to avoid, quote, unquote new forms of slavery. Notice the reasoning behind why they're doing this participant through their questions, also highlighted the economic desirability of synchronize the free time. What do they mean by and synchronize free time? It simply means everyone should take the day off together. Not everybody get a, you know, day off here and there, but everyone should get the same day on. Okay, why's that stressing that many workers appear to have lower stress levels and are generally happier and are able to recover better during common time off with families and friends and community so that in the long run they are performing better at work and less often ill or opposite this group here is not strictly a religious group, trade, union labor, union government on the agencies lobby as well as religious groups. All right, well let's keep going. What other examples are there in March 19 2020. The last year, right. At the start of the pandemic. Roman catholic brother michael valensuela says this. This pandemic is the 1st calamity of global magnitude. Have shaken the world as badly since the 2nd world war. A friend drew my attention today to report that due to less travel and public activity, there is a lawless trash accumulating on street a lawless, polluting in the air and water, and that for the few days. At the engines of manufacturing grind to a haul, the earth is getting the 1st real chance of breath and a renewal that has not had in decades. So maybe one way to look at the current crisis is to see it as the planet desperate demand for a sabbath. It's a sation from unbridled consumerism and the parasitic activity that work becomes when the pursuit of profit becomes his primary goal. Put francis has warned us that the global economy, as it operates today, often ends up generating profits at the expense of planet and the port interesting the planet needs a sabbath. Now. What day do you suppose he thinks the sabbath is? He refers to poke francis, and of course he's referring to pope francis and his monumental in cyclical data see from 2015 in which he was talking about protecting the environment, protecting our planet, which is our common home and in his, in cyclical this is what he says about sunday, sunday, like the jewish sabbath is meant to be a day which heal the relationships with god with ourselves and with other than with the world to protect human action from becoming empty activism. It also prevents that unfettered greed and sense of isolation which makes us see personal gain to the detriment of all else. So that they have rest centered on the eucharist shed light on the whole week and motivated the greater concern for nature and the poor. So somehow the pope fees that sunday is $1.00 of the tools in arsenal to save the planet. Well, you say, well that's what the catholics think. Ok, well this is from May of last year. The message which is a baptist magazine. Ok. An article that says a radical environmental proposal a day abreast so now this is a protestant, periodical. So last week, as environmentalists around the World celebrated earth day, I was intrigued by the potential of a biblical solution to the problem of air pollution. A day of rest, the concept of a day of rest is nothing new of people of faith. We are familiar with god's 60 the creation. Likewise, we know our heavenly father established the 7th day at the time of rest. I think we can say amended the 7th day. Right? Yes. 60 is the creation the 7th day for rest. But it's definitely what he's talking about. So what of a lockdown on major activity was sustainable for time each year? Just not all at one time. Wow. Imagine the possible ecological improvements of there was an annual pause a 52 days as opposed to the 2 weeks of inactivity measured for the study, and instead of 52 days straight. What if the interruption was only one day each week? Could something a simple observing one day of rest for every 6 days of work, make a difference in air quality and thus reduce the dark ecological impacts and pollution that many scientists predict for our world moon. And of course, just a few weeks ago, few days ago, october 4 of this year, pope francis and 40 faith leaders around the World called for urgent action combat climate change. They're making it more and more of an urgency. And there are groups i climates, sunday, the green sabbath project, there are these and then the european sunday alliance we mentioned earlier, there are groups popping up all over the place, all advocating this idea, hey, let's go back to the biblical model. Let's just take one day out of 7 off. It's better for every one is better for the environment is better for us. And you know what? They're actually quite right. Cause god's ideal has always been for us to take the 7th day off, right? But the problem is when you mix one percent, a poison with 9 percent of inert material, you still have poison on your hands. And of course, this is not all there is about this. So that was all the environmental climate change stuff. But what else are people saying? Okay, so this is June 17 2020 in crisis magazine, which is a catholic, periodical. That's an article that's a, bring back the blue laws. The blue laws are, of course, the laws that you know enforced certain businesses closed on Sundays, here in the United States and noticed carefully the appeal to the non religious. Ok, this is not just bring back to blue laws because you know of orthodox traditional catholics. We want it know it's this, there is an appeal here for everyone. Even if you don't believe like we do notice what they say. Acknowledging the reward that the sabbath are not limited only to christians like pope francis, who in the 2800 declared one day of the week that the least out of gratitude to worship god, to spend time with the family to play, to do all of these things we are not machine j lefkowitz, a lawyer in New York City, and he made 7 oper for the Washington post, argues that the jewish sabbath, observant brings healthy separation and balance. He explains. And notice the appeal here and who they are appealing to, when jude sanctify the sabbath and keep it holy, they are making a conscious act of separation. At its most elementary, siobhan is about separating the profane from the sacred the work week from the sabbath. Shall bob is about balance or to use a modern word mindfulness. We can recharge ourselves e A U. S. B port. This aligns with other movements that appreciate the need to disconnect. Notice this word has repeated itself multiple times. Disconnect. That's the whole reason for the european sunday alliance, such as digital minimalism or secular. Mon could a phrase coined in March, 1st things for se by andrew taggert. So the appeal here for sunday blew laws. Notice carefully it's enhances balance. It's good for mindfulness. It's good for us to disconnect. It's a form of digital minimalism or a secular monkwood. Notice these key words, you know, have you ever heard of the idea? Oh, I am spiritual, but not religious. Does this sound great? We just take a day off to just focus on myself, right? To disconnect the minimal lifestyle, a secular form of spirituality, balance, mindfulness. These are the appeals that were being made for taking a day off and then some, and then this article veer's and decided that the author decides to say the quiet part out loud. Okay, notice what he says here, america for the sake of its own emotional, spiritual welfare for the sake of its own sanity needs to restore the blue laws to pre empt accusations of theocracy. I am not advocating mandatory church going. But notice what he says in parentheses. Parent parentheses, though it wouldn't be the worst idea, but rather simple restrictions on which businesses remain open on Sunday. Did we hear something earlier about phases in the sunday law? How the sunday law is going to creep in as an entering wedge as it is good for everybody is for the common good. Why won't you won't, don't. Why don't you want to take a day off with your family? I'm not saying how to go to church, but I'd love to make you if I could. We're just saying everybody take the day of enclosure business. They're saying the quiet part out loud. And this is the last example I want to give from, from popular culture today. Andrew sullivan is a political commentator here in the United States who happens to be homosexual. Ok. Whether that's that worthwhile to mention you'll, you can be the judge of that. But he was on a podcast in which he was interviewed about secular culture in America. That's kind of his bread and butter. He analyzes culture and the political movements and things like that. And notice what he says about united States, secular culture. We used to have religion, that's part of our inheritance. And we thought fuddy duddy christianity. We don't need it anymore. But we take it away. And suddenly we only realized what we had until it was gone. And that's my concern, which is why I honest, believe, honestly believe, and I don't know if this will sound cheesy or pious. But I do actually think that the only real long term project to rescue liberalism is a revival of christianity. Notice his interesting choice of words, the real only real long term project to restore or to rescue liberalism. And he's talking about secular, political liberalism. He's not talking about conservatism, he's not talking about or if the doc c, he sees religion, christianity as the solution to rescue political liberalism. Ok. Interesting choice. The words are, live are full of choices and that's almost the definition of freedom, which is everything. And that's wonderful. And so many ways, but at some point we also want not to choose we need us christians to just obey and to submit in some way and the safest best a psychologically and spiritually most productive way of doing that is going to a church in silence. And kneeling and accepting that, you're not everything that there is something greater than you and something that you're now required to do because you're just a human being at that service. Stand up now, kneel down, bow your head. He's talking about the need of transcendence. We need to understand our smallness in this, in the scope of things in order to have the liberal attitude to be able to give freedoms and offer freedom to other people. That's one thing. But then notice what he says next. That's what having sunday the sabbath did, which is also gone where the whole day, where shops weren't open, where choice ended, where you actually had a day of quiet and rest. So if you just connect the dots of what this homosexual political commentator is saying. He's saying that going to church on Sunday and humbling yourself before a transcendent being that's out there. He views that as one of the final ways, solutions to rescue liberalism in the United States. You may or may not agree with him. I'm merely reporting what he said. This is descriptive right of what people are actually saying. So let's just summarize. What are people today saying about funding? It's good day for moral social, emotional, spiritual renewal. It's a solution to the moral decline of society. It strengthens families and community is good for proper work. Life balance is an opportunity to disconnect it's good for mindfulness and digital minimalism. It can help with secular spirituality and improved health by reducing stress, anxiety and depression. It's good for social justice and Human rights. It prevents modern slavery or economic exploitation of the poor, reduction of consumerism in greed. If the remedy to save secular liberalism it provides for the Human need of transcendent it phase the planet and the environment, it is for the common good. Wow. You know what? I have to say, I agree with a lot of this if, if human humanity, i kept the 7th a sabbath consistently throughout history. I think we would have a lot of these benefits, right? But the issue is that the devil is about counterfeiting the true and this shows me that there are plenty of on ramps to sunday all over the place. I can't tell you exactly how it's going to happen. Far. Be it from me to predict. However, just looking at the landscape, when the bible says then that dwell on the earth shall set up the image to the beast. I see a great number of entry points in which many people can come to that point of wanting to do that. And this is how I believe we can see are the initial phases of the sunny law begin. And so this is a statement from a good friend of mine, pastor cameron, division. I'm not quoting him because he has some inspired authority. Please don't get the wrong idea. I'm merely borrowing his words with his permission because he summarizes this better than, than I can. So this is what he says. Imagine it, advocates from a host of swirling ideologies today could agree upon even one point of convergence. A single proposition that could address each issue respectively, a weekly, universally respected day of rest, a day of rest. Even the holy unreligious could appreciate some societally sacred time set apart for workers to cease from daily labor. A time for families to reconnect it. Time for the environment to rest, from se mortician, it time free from the pressures of commercial enterprise and it's time for traditional religious folk to worship their god. I believe in the not so distant future. The sunday will become regarded as a miracle elixir for what ailed us, a panacea to our economic, environmental, psychological, and spiritual ills. I couldn't afford them better myself. This is the picture we see in prophecy. But of course, we know that the sunday law doesn't remain mild, that's merely the intriguing entering wedge. And then it escalates from there. And great conference, the 6 or 7 tells us this. As the movement for sunday enforces enforcement become more bold and decided the law will be invoked against commander keepers. They will be threatened with fines and imprisonment and some of the offer positions of influence and other reward than vantages. As inducements renounced their faith. We're going to talk more about this escalation process tomorrow afternoon, but I just want you to know that that is coming. So the question really here at this point is that how do we respond to this? Ok, we see the prophecy. Revelation 13 say is then that one, the earth is going to be the, the ground swell is going to be a grass roots movement of people from different factions, different ideologies, different parts of the country, you know, different religions in different classes, all saying this is what we want so how do we respond to this? Is this the time for us to get active and political activism that's influence congress to prevent this from happening? Get the right people elected office and do all this stuff. Is that what we're supposed to do? Should we protest, should we stand up and fight for, right? Or maybe, maybe we ought to just withdraw. Like when okay, we're not gonna be involved in anything. We're going to withdraw into our little, you know, it will preserve our little compounds that is pure with just, you know, clean ideology and, and just the bible and not involve ourselves of the world. Is that the way we ought to respond? The bible actually gives us a solution and it's in the very next chapter, revelation chapter 14. We know this verse, well, revelation 14 verse 6. And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven having the everlasting gospel to preach unto who on to them that dwell on the earth into every nation, kindred tongue and people. So notice in revelation chapter 13 who sets up the image of the beast. Them that dwell on the earth and God says, what's my solution revolution? chapter 14 the very next chapter, we need to take the everlasting gospel, the 3 angels messages to preach unto them that dwell on the earth. There it is. And of course, the 3rd angels message is very clear. It says the 3rd 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. So is preaching about the law of god and this true sabbath. And the, the deception of the devil is that part of the 3 angels messages will yes indeed. And notice carefully here, it makes it clear some received the Mark in the forehead, they believe in conscientiously they accept it. They believe the, the sunday, the reasons for observing sunday, but some receive it only in their hand. They don't really believe it. For political economic expediency. They go along because there is a unified force of people who may even unwittingly go along with it. In the N, and so god solution preached the 3 angels messages to them that dwell near. That's what we ought to do. God has given us our mission is given our message identify and then to fight us according to a prophetic time. And satan's strategy is to influence the grassroots, a society. And God strategy is to counteract that influence with the everlasting gospel. The war of the controversy is going to be fought. The final skirmish, the final battle is going to be fought over the hearts and minds of them that dwell near individual individual people making decisions for or against god. And this is why readily or matthew chapter $24.00 verse 14 says this clearly and as gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for witness unto all nations. And then shall the income preach the gospel to them that dwell on the earth. And this is a sobering message. Testimonies for the church boy 5, page 463. The work which is church has failed to do in a time of peace and prosperity. She will have to do in a terrible crisis under most discouraging forbidding circumstances. The warnings that worldly conformity has silenced or withheld must be given under the fiercest opposition from enemies of the faith. We have our mission and what we're also warned is that the work of carrying out this mission only get more difficult. It doesn't get easier. And so it's not, it's one of these things like, okay, well, just wait for this pandemic to be over and then it will be easier. Ah, that's not what happens. The work must be done, the work will be done and better get busy doing it while we still have to measure peace and prosperity we do today rather than wait until it's too late. But here's the problem. The work is not in vain. Testimonies what a turbine a P 4041. Envision i saw 2 armies and terrible conflict. One army was led by banners bearing the world's insignia. The other was led by the bloodstained banner of prince emanuel standard. After standard was left a trail in the does the company to company from the lord's army joined the foe and tribe after tribe from the ranks of the enemy, united with the commandment, keeping people of god. It's so bring the statement on one hand because many it says company to company from the Lord army leave to join the enemy. I pray we aren't part of that number. We'll discuss this more tomorrow afternoon as well. But the promise is a tribe after tribe will come to take their place. That means the work of taking the gospel to every nation can retire, tribe, and people will be fruitful, preaching the gospel to them, the dwell on the earth will be successful. There will be those from among their number that joins the ranks of the remnant, and that is a promise to keep us faithful. Even though it may be difficult for our mission is reaching them that dwell on the earth and our last statement. I problems last statement for the night. Great conference, the page 612 service of god with their faces lighted up and shining with holy consecration will hasten from place to place to proclaim the message from heaven by thousands of voices all over the earth, the warning will be given. Thus the inhabitants of the earth will be brought to take the stand, or I say, thought them the drone, the earth will be brought to take there, stand this statement. The last thing I want to bring out is that I said the servants of god, by the thousands, all over the world will hasten from place to place to give this warning message. What this tells me is that the final work of preaching the everlasting gospel to them, the one, the earth is not going to be done by some singular isolated, you know, mega ministry, not the big name evangelists, were looking to the great con or not great gone for the g c, right, they general conference is what I man I reading from the great god for the general conference to finish the work we're looking at the wrong place. We have to look in the mirror. Individual voices, by the thousands, all over the earth is going to give the final message. And what this tells me also is that before we can give the everlasting gospel to them that 2 on the earth, we must accept it ourselves 1st. And if we don't, who's going to go tell him? God already told us. Yes, it's going to be hard. But the harvest is ripe. Yes, there will be thousands of people brought into the church, but it will be brought about by the lay people empowered by the holy spirit going out, winning one by one. In this sphere of influence falls for the kingdom. My good friend, pastor cameron, has, has a statement that always gets me. We pray, lord, help us remain faithful. I say, yes, let us also pray to be made useful to be faithful to the mission that god has given to us. That we might be one of the service of god hasting from place to place to proclaim the message from heaven. So the final appeal deny who will go to save them on the earth? Yes, we can. No. Revelation 13. Yeah. Then the wrong the or they will set up the image of the bees. We can know the intellectually, but what are we going to do about someone's got to tell them the truth. Someone's got to tell them that there is a better way and that is up to us. Sunday and then that one the earth both as a warning of what is to come, but also as an appeal of the work that is before us to do. So let's bow our heads together as we commit ourselves to this work father in heaven. We thank you for the clarity of scripture and prophecy. Things may seem unsettling in the world around us. The signs are fast fulfilling. We can sense it in our bones that you are coming soon. And yet, lord, we know there is yet work to be done. And we know that there is yet a world to win with the gospel. So we pray that you will inspire us, make us new changes into your likeness light and our faith with your glory and empower us to hasten from place to place, to preach the everlasting gospel to them that dwell on the earth and to every nation. Kindred tongue and peace. And may we be faithful as well as useful for you. This is our for Ah, this media was brought to you by audio purse. A web site dedicated to spreading god's word through free sermon audio, and much more. If you would like to know more about audio verse or if you would like to listen to more sermon, please visit w W W dot audio verse dot org.

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