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19. The Seal of God and the Mark of the Beast

Lowell Hargreaves Michael Hargreaves

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The mark of the beast--we've all heard about it. How can we avoid it and what really is the mark of the beast? What is God's seal and how do we receive it? 

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  • February 25, 2015
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Our topic for tonight. A seal of God and the mark of the beast. And we turn our attention to one of the most probably the most solemn topics and the most solemn warning in the entire Bible. The warning about the beast the warning about the mark of the bee is one of the most solemn warning that is sent to the world that in time we find this morning as one in a three fold warning that God sends to the world that in time will read about it from Revelation fourteen six in starting with versus verse six it says Mark it down Revelation fourteen six thirty and you could actually put six through twelve. I and I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven having the everlasting Gospel to preach on to them that dwell on the earth and every nation and kindred and then people here's a message going to the whole world saying with a loud voice Fear God and give glory to Him for the hour of his judgment is come and let the word worship Him that made heaven and earth and the sea in the fountains of water. This second angel's message of Earth. And there followed another angel saying Babylon is fallen is fallen that great city because she made all nations drink of the line of the wrath of her fornication will study about Babylon on Sunday night and then the third angel's message is the one about the beast that has the mark says and the third angel followed them saying with a loud voice if any man worship the beast and his image and receive his mark in his forehead or in his hand the same show drink of the wine of the wrath of God. Revelation fifteen one tells us the wind of God's wrath that's the plagues the seven last legs the same show drank of the wine of the wrath of God which is poured out without mixture. Into the cup of his indignation and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. That's the most fearful warning probably in the entire Bible. And we notice right away that the central issue is the issue of worship and the first angel says worship the creator while the third angel warns the do not worship the beast. The highest form of worship is obedience. That's why Revelation fourteen verse twelve says here is the patience of the things here are they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. Evidently those who keep all of the commandments of God and have the face of Jesus will not worship the beast or receive his market in time. We'll see that in our study tonight revelation presents two groups and two marks. One group worships the creator or and receives the seal of God. Revelation fourteen seven. The other group worships the beast and receives the mark of the beast. Revelation forty nine and ultimately the whole world is going to be in one of these two groups who are either be in God's group or we're going to be in the group with the beast. And here's what's amazing. Most of the world will we see the mark of the beast the Bible tells us that. Let's notice that from Revelation thirteen verse sixteen and verse eight if you're marking notes taking notes Mark those texts. Revelation thirteen sixteen he says and he causes how much all all all and he causes all both small and great rich and poor free and bond to receive a mark in their right hand or in their forehead. Now verse eight and how many all that dwell upon the earth shall worship Him whose names are not written. In the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world and then in verse three much of the world wanders after the beat of all the world wonders after the beast and the question is why why since God didn't put a solemn warning today in time do not worship the believe. Why would the whole world go ahead and do it anyway. Well son there are two reasons why. For those of you taking note you can mark these first reason is deception. Almost the whole world is deceived about what will happen at in time deceived about prophecy and in time most of the world is looking for the anti-christ to be an evil man they come as a way down it in time and some Christians say well the Saints are not even here anyway they all got raptured out of the world. We found out that's not true. Much of the world is sieved about prophecy at in time. But there's a second reason why almost the whole world is going to receive the mark of the beast. The second reason is pressure. There will be tremendous pressure brought to bear upon the inhabitants of the world to receive the mark of the beast. Let's notice the pressure. Revelation thirteen sixteen and seventeen he says and he causes all both small and great rich and poor free and bond to receive a mark in their right hand or in their forehead and that no man might buy or sell save either had the mark or the name of the beast or the number of his name. What is that. That is economic boycott if you don't have the mark of the beast you will not be able to buy. You won't be able to sell. Economic boycott we use economic boycott even today to force nations or to force people into compliance with what we think is right and in time if you don't have the mark of the beast you can't buy you can't sell. And if that doesn't force the whole world to receive the Mark the pressure will get even bigger. Right or Revelation thirteen versus fifteen tells us any power to give a line under the image of the bees that the image of the beast should both be can cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. What is that that is a death decree. Evidently at end times those who will not worship the beast and receive his mark will ultimately be threatened with death. Can you see the pressure God on one side says if you worship the beast to receive his Mark I'm going to pour out my wrath on you the seven last plagues and you will go to hell and the Beast on the other side says if you don't worship me and receive my mark you won't be able to buy or sell and will kill you if you the pressure God on one side says you're going to be lost if you worship the beast the beast on the other side says you're going to we're going to kill you if you don't receive our mark. That kind of pressure is going to bring the whole world to the greatest crisis of all time and we're going to see tonight we're very close to that great crisis. What is the mark of the beast. That's the question we want to answer in our study tonight. But what the mark of the beast is and how it will be enforced are two separate issues. Tonight we want to look at what the mark of the beast is. Time will tell us how the mark of the beast will be in force. What is the mark of the beast. Well son the mark of the beast is actually a counterfeit to God's Mark. Did you know that God has a mark. It's called a seal. Let's read about God's Mark from Revelation seven verses two and three. Revelation seven versus two and three Write that down. The Bible says and I saw another angel ascending from the East having the feel of the Living God and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was good. There hurt the earth in the sea saying hurt not the earth neither the nor the trees till we have see the servants of our God in their forehead. Where does the seal of God go or in the forehead. Well is this going to be a literal thing. We know Revelation is full of symbols is God going to come down with a divine branding iron or a divine stamp and seal the Saints for it. What do we do an hour for it. We think that Thore make moral choices decision frontal lobe so the seal of God in the forehead represents a decision a choice I will obey God even if I can't buy or sell even if they kill me. I am going to obey God God is first in my life. Seek ye first Jesus said but the mark of the beast can also go in the forehead and these two marks are in competition there in opposition since the seal of God is not any implant. Do you think that the mark of the beast is going to be an implant. This whole idea of implants is a big big diversion from the real issue. You're never going to get the whole world to receive some kind of implant in their forehead or in their hand there's far too many people say no way they're not going to put a computer chip in me. The mark of the beast is a whole lot easier to receive. We're going to find out tonight that almost the whole world is going to receive the mark of the beast and not even know they have it. Since the seal of God is not a literal implant we know the mark of the beast is also not a literal impel plant the forehead represents belief. The hand represents outward comply the seal of God all egos in the forehead. God is not going to accept a mere outward compliances. Now to come from the heart. But the mark of the beast can either go in the forehead or it can go in the hand. There will be no No doubt people late in time they don't believe in the beast they don't believe in his mark but they don't want to be threatened with death they want to be able to buy and sell. So they say OK I'll do it God's mark only goes in the forehead. The mark of the beast could go either in the forehead or in the hand. Now the seal of God in the Mark of the beast are not literal marks or implants in our forehead their hands. We'll see that in our study this evening. Now God C.E.O. It stands in contrast to the peace Mark. So for us to understand what is the mark of the beast we should first understand what is the seal of God The mark of the beast is the counterfeit to the seal of God So if we can identify what God's seal is it will help us to know what the mark of the beast is what's a seal. Well I feel authenticates a legal document. Every document has to have the official seal every law has to have that official seal along with no seal is what. It's not binding is void. And I should mention that if you cut the seal out of the law you are affectively nullifying the law you're showing your contempt for the law and for the law giver. Every law giver has their own Fishel seal Shiel can change three things what are they son of a seal contains the name of the authority of the law giver is to hide all his position and his territory at put a seal contains. Let's take for example the president of the Philippines. What is his name. Keno the third. What is his title. President what is he. His territory. Philippines. Every seal has those three things. A notary public has the three things of a seal the name of the notary their office as a notary and the area where they can officiate as a notary. Every seal has those three things which brings us to this question is God's seal connected with his legal document his law. We know God has a law. We know God has a seal is God feel connected to his law. Well before we answer that let's answer another question. What gives the person the authority to have a C.E.O. for example again Mr Aquino. What gives him the authority to have a feel to sign laws into action. Well his position the fact that he is president gives him authority to sign laws into action since God has a seal what is God's position by virtue of which he claims authority over the whole world creator all through the Bible God point us to this fact let's read a text from Revelation for verse eleven. You are worthy O. Lord to receive glory and honor in power for you have created all things in for your pleasure they are and were created. So the bible points this to the fact that God created all things is the reason why he is worthy of our worship. Here's another text this is Revelation fourteen to seven. It says to worship him that what may have an error than the sea in the fountains of waters if you like an extra text put in your notes Jeremiah ten ten through twelve all through the Bible God points us to the fact that he's the creator or as the reason why he has authority in the world all after creating everything after God created the world. What did God set up what sign what memorial they got set up to remind us of creation. Well let's go all the way back to the beginning Genesis two hundred three. The Bible says Genesis two hundred three thus the heavens and the earth were finished and all the host of them six literal days and on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God bless the seventh day and sanctified it because it it it he had rested from all his work which God created and made it so the Sabbath then is the memorial of creation doesn't have anything to do with the Jews. It is through mind us of our origins of God our Creator. Every week at Fab a travel around the world it comes to every country. It comes to every city it comes to everybody around guy every person as a reminder that God is the only one worthy of our worship. And when we choose to keep the Sabbath holy We are showing our neighborhood we're showing our family we're showing our community and we're showing the on look at the universe then we acknowledge God is the only one rightful one worthy of our worship. We're showing that we are loyal to God we are obedient to God That's what we show when we choose to keep the Sabbath. But that brings us back to our questions. Is God feel connected with his legal document his law or Yet God deal is in the heart of his law in the center of his law as the three elements of the C.E.O. his name is title and is the territory which one of the ten commandments do you think contains God's zeal. It would of course be the fourth commandment Let's go read it and see if we can note there. The real. I meant to the feel God's name his title and its territory. Exodus twenty eight through eleven. God said Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy six days til now labor and do all of my work but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the who like the Lord thy God in its outshot not do any work that out nor that a son or daughter manservant nor they made a servant nor like cattle with a stranger that is within the gates for in six days a lord was made are created made what made what on earth heaven and earth the sea and all that in them is and rested the seventh day where for the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. So did you see those three things that the seal. What is God Me Lord thy God. Isaiah forty two A The Bible says The Lord is my name. What is his title is the maker or the creator or and what is his territory. Have it or haven't it or it's as if God signed his name to his law without this commandment any God could say this is my law. Buddha good thing this is my lot only have any gods before Buddha. But when you have this Fourth Commandment God identifies himself as the only one who meets the description as the Creator God we have discovered God feel right here in the heart of his law it has the three elements of the seal. Name title territory. But now question what happens when you take the C.E.O. out of a law you know if I the law and you're showing your contempt for the law giver the law and the law giver can you begin to see. Why so many Christian preachers today are saying we don't need to keep the Law God they have taken the seal of the Sabbath out of God's law when you take away the seal you have nullified. You've abolished the law and that's why there's so much lawlessness in Christian countries. America a Christian nation has some of the highest crime rates in the world. Christian nation why. Because Americans preachers have taken the seal of the Sabbath out of God's law. And as a result they're saying oh we don't have to keep God's law and we have an epidemic of lawlessness as a result. So here we see the Sabbath is the seal of God has the name the title and the territory of God in it. It's connected to God's law and shows God's authority something else very interesting the word Sabbath itself in Hebrew means sign or seal of the father or of God. So even Sabbath mean the seal of God So the Sabbath it's in the law yes it's in the heart of the law the center of the law but where else does God want to put the Sabbath. They want to put it in our forty eight he wants us to make a decision to keep it holy. That's why a Spirit filled Christian in spirit filled Kristen as the fruits of the Spirit is led by the Spirit and He is keeping the seventh day sabbath holy truly has the feel of God and we hope you have made that decision to receive that feel in your forehead. That's a choice. But that brings us back son to the question What is the mark of the beast. Does the mark of the Beast also have something to do with God's law. Yes it does let's go back to the thirteenth of message in reverse nine to thirteen Joe followed them saying with a loud voice if any man worship the beast and his image and receive. Even the market is or head or anything and. And then you can read on down verses in an eleven. Are the punishment of those who worship the beast in the image and then in contrast verse twelve says here is the patience of the saints here are they that keep the commandments of God in the faith of Jesus. It almost seems like a job on the one side he sees much of the world worshipping the beast receiving its mark and John gives the warning don't worship the beast don't receive his mark and it it almost seems like John turns and he says Well here here are the same. Here is the patience of the saints here are they that keep the commandments of God. Evidently those that receive the mark of the beast are not doing what keeping the Law God they're not keeping what if they were keeping the commandments of God then which group would they be along St They would be among the saint. That's why we mentioned earlier those that keep all the commandments of God and how the faith of Jesus will not worship the beast or receive his mark at in time that we can see here the seal of God and the mark as it be is they both have to do with God's law they both had to do with worship they both have to do with loyalty but what exactly is the mark of the beast we haven't yet answered that well before we can answer that question. We first need to answer who is the beast who is the beast. Here is a Christian book entitled. Well Mark and if you look carefully the subtitle says the beast rules low or old or who is the beast. The reason why almost no Christian today knows what the mark of the beast is is because nobody really knows who the beast is. If I don't know who the beast is how can I know whether or not I have the mark of the beast before. So I can identify what the mark of the beast is I have to figure out who's the beast. We were studying about the beast already we're going to learn the descriptions of this animal Revelation thirteen one through three this is not a literal animal it's a symbolism. Let's review and I stood upon the sand of the sea and saw beast rise up out of the sea having seven heads and ten horns in upon its horns ten crowns and upon his head the name of blasphemy what came out of the sea not a computer or a credit card is a beast. Revelation thirteen one through three. Verse two says and the Beast I saw was like unto a leopard and his feet were as the feet of a bear and his mouth as the mouth of a lion and the dragon gave him his power and his seed a great authority. And I saw one of his head that were wounded to death and his deadly wound was healed and all the world wondered after the Beat how much all the world. So the whole world is involved with this issue. Well the question son is who is this baby's. Well we know that this beast is a symbol of the end of Christ but we've all learned that a beast in prophecy represents what being them. We read that Daniel seven twenty three in verse seventeen he said before the peace will be the fourth what the fourth kingdom upon earth. So this has to be some Kingdom. We saw yesterday that the Little Horn of Daniel seven and the Beast of Revelation thirteen both symbolize the same system and Gangle seven we have a little horn or a little kingdom in Revelation thirteen we have a religious kingdom because the Bible says all the world to worship this beast. When you put those two together little kingdom. Just what do you have you have a little religious Kingdom. Chapter thirteen Revelation Chapter thirteen indicate that there's a little religious Kingdom would be based in the city of Roe That's pretty obvious what God is it in the following here. One little religious kingdom based in Rome and that is the Vatican Kingdom. You know we're not talking about Catholic people tell us there are many wonderful Catholic saints that will no doubt be in heaven or looking at a kingdom here. We found some identifying marks of this kingdom didn't we. Yes we did number one among the ten over there in Western Europe. That fits Vatican number two to come up after for seventy six and we saw that yesterday that the Vatican came to power in five thirty eight eighty and then number three would be a little horn or a little kingdom and of course the Vatican is the world's smallest independent kingdom. Number four would up Route three and we know from history those three they were the hairy ally the vandals of the Ostrogoths. Those three were uprooted because they refused to acknowledge the supremacy of the bishop of Rome. So they were overthrown and in them are five it has a human leader which we saw with the pope. Number six it would be different from all the other kingdoms there in Europe and indeed Vatican is the only kingdom in Europe where the Church dictates the policies of the state and then number seven it would blast me. And we saw how that blasphemy is when a man makes himself God on Earth or claims to forgive us of our sins. We saw how that the pope indeed does claim to be God on Earth and both the pope and the previous claim to forgive us of our sins. John ten thirty three Luke five twenty one. We also saw that this power would be a persecuting power prophesy said and the Church of Rome itself estimated put fifty million people to death during the Dark Ages that's their own estimate. Some say the number is up around two hundred million. So number eight hits and number nine it would change God's law we thought of the Second Commandment move the Fourth Commandment changed in the Ten Commandments divide it. So indeed yes change God's law. Number ten would rule for twelve hundred sixty years starting in five thirty eight. Twelve hundred sixty years brings you down to seven hundred ninety eight. That's when the French went into Rome took the pope exile he died in exile and balance France they abolished the papal government seven hundred ninety eight and then number eleven paid the enrollment that of course is obvious. We added a twelfth clue last night and that is the number six six six. And we want to remind you again that the mark of the beast is not sick sick sick sick sick sick is the number of the bees not the market to be let go read about that from Revelation thirteen verse seventeen this is a bit of review from yesterday and that no man might buy or sell save he that had the mark or the name of the beast or the number of his name. So you see those three things are different. Here is with them and His Revelation thirteen eighteen here is wisdom let him that has understanding count the number of the beast greater the number of the man and his number is Six hundred threescore and thick thick thick thick though it is the number of a man the Bible says but it's also the number of the beast. And then verse seventeen says that the number of his name. When you put those together what do you have. It is the number of his name it's the number of a man and it's the number of the beast so the number of the name of the man at the head of the beast power. We look at that last night course know that there. There's a man at the head of the beast power that's the pope and he does have an official name is official name is the carious believe day. That's his official title and the Bible said we would have to count the number who wouldn't be written time or we'd have to do some counting. We did that yesterday. We counted up the numerical value of the letters in his official title like here is filling I day and it added up to six six six six I believe that's in your lessons at night so you have that you have the documentation for that all twelve points spit the Vatican King them again we're not talking about Catholic people Catholic saints are talking about a Kingdom tonight. Now that we know who the kingdom is it's not that hard to find out what is the mark of the beast now that we know what the beast is. What is the mark of the beast. All we have to do is go to the kingdom go to the Vatican and say What is your mark of authority. We've already discovered that the Sabbath is God's side of authority so the mark of the beast must be the sign of the beast or of that papacies authority. What is it you probably have guessed it but we're going to prove it and likely going back to our list number nine changed. God's law that was prophesied in seven verse twenty five where it says the little horn which we found out is a symbol of this power. The little horn with think to change times and law as we know nobody can surely change God's law but this car would think to change times and laws and in the original language it actually reads this way that he would think to change the time in the law where the law well there's only one commandment that deals with time and that is the Fourth Commandment where it says Remember the Sabbath day. Keep it holy the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord thy God that's God's time that's a holy time. And the prophecy said that this little more empowered to symbolize symbolic of the Vatican Kingdom. When I think to change time in the law or change the Sabbath did it happen this year it is right out of the convert the catechism of Catholic doctrine. Question Which day which is the Sabbath day. Roman Catholic answer Saturday is the Sabbath day. Question Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturdays. Here is the answer right out of the catechism because the Catholic Church transferred solemnity from a Saturday to Sunday. There is the fulfillment of the prophecy of Daniel seven verse twenty five. Here is another statement. The Catholic church designated Sunday as the day for corporate worship in gets full credit or blame for the change. What's the word changing as the Bible said that he would think to change time in the law the church says Yeah we did we changed it. Here's a statement from a Catholic priest in the St Catherine Catholic Church Sentinel magazine one nine hundred ninety five who said perhaps the boldest thing the most revolutionary change the church Church of Rome ever did happen in the first century. The holy day the sabbath was a not from any direction as noted in the Scriptures but from the churches sense of its own power. People who think that the scriptures should be the sole authority should logically be the Seventh Day Adventists and keep Saturday holy. That's what that priest said here's another priest. This is from Father Enright president of Redemptorist college he said I repeatedly offered one. One thousand dollars to anyone who can prove to me from the Bible alone that I am bound to keep Sunday holy. There is no such law in the Bible it is the law of the Holy Catholic Church alone. The Bible says Remember that I'll keep holy the Sabbath day. The Catholic Church says No by my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day and command you to keep holy the first day of the week and lo the entire civilized world bows down and reverent obedience to the command of the Holy Catholic Church. That's pretty amazing. There you have the fulfillment of Revelation thirteen three all the world will wonder after this system and this Catholic priest says look the Bible says they give the Sabbath Church room says no we abolish the Sabbath we command you to keep Sunday and he says well look the whole world is bowing down in obedience to our command. Here's a statement from a Baptist. This is Dr Edward T. Hiscox author of the original Baptist manual. He said there was and is a commandment to keep holy the Sabbath day but that Sabbath day was not Sunday. It will be said however and with some still triumphs that the Sabbath was transferred from the seventh to the first day of the week. Where can the record of such a transaction be found not in the New Testament. Absolutely not. Of course I quite well know that Sunday did come into use in early Christian history as a religious day as we learned from the Christian fathers and other sources. But what a pity that it comes to branded with the mark of paganism and christened with the name of the Son God when adopted in thanks and by the papal apostasy and bequeath as a sacred legacy to Protestantism. That's an interesting word there Mark. What specifically is the mark of the beast. Well the mark of the beast must be the sign of the. Roman Church is a Dorothy what is it. Here's a statement from Rome. Of course the Catholic Church claims that the change was her act that's changing Sabbath to Sunday. And the act is a a what are a mark of Hercules the asacol power and authority in religious matters. So this Catholic author says that change from Saturday to Sunday that is the mark of her power and authority. What is the mark of the beast. Well what it what is the piece What's a vis represents represents a king a kingdom. And we've already identified the Beast of Revelation thirteen a symbol of the Vatican Kingdom and here this a kingdom if as we change God's law. Here's the statement. It says This is from June one two thousand and twelve. This is from Cardinal Sean O'Malley. He said the cardinals dress how the way in which we celebrate Sunday determines the way in which we live the rest of the week since it is the mark of Christian Identity. What is it. Our Sunday is the what. Well Mark of Christian Identity I notice. Does anybody have the mark of the race today. You might be thinking is that me. That if I keep Sunday holy that I have the mark of the beast. No no one will receive the mark of the beast until religious legislation is passed in forcing Sunday observance. And I've had people say I don't think it'll ever happen. Well do you what do you want to wait to see. People say well now wait and see and then I'll decide which day I want to keep holy. If we don't have the moral courage now to make a decision to obey God what makes us think we'll have the courage when the pressure is brought on and you can't buy. You can't say Oh maybe you are threatened with death. We'll continue doing this and what we're already doing. We're keeping the Sabbath. God will give us the strength to continue. We're keeping Sunday we know it's not the Sabbath. Then when the pressures brought on we'll probably continue doing what we're already doing. Are people already facing this kind of challenge son. They are in today. Some people they choose to keep the Sabbath they lose their job no job you have no money can't buy them nobody will hire you if you won't keep the Sabbath can't sell your services to anyone. There are some people that are already facing this challenge this test. But here's our next question. Will religious legislation one day be passed in foreseen Sunday observance. What do you think the answer is yes in fact in some places it's are already happening. Let me show you a statement written by well retired Pope Benedict. He said As a lawyer back in one nine hundred ninety eight he wrote this letter. It was Pope John Paul that published it to the world but the author was Cardinal Ratzinger who is now the retired pope who said therefore also in the particular circumstances of our own time Christians will naturally strive to ensure that what civil legislation that laws respect their duty to keep Sunday holy So the pope is calling for laws regarding Sunday. Here is another news article. This was back in two thousand and eight. Sunday shopping banned in Croatia that's of course there in Europe. There is here creation shop to be closed on Sundays as of January one concession to the Catholic Church. So in some places it's already happening here is in Germany German court in Forces Day of Rest Bay and Sunday shopping that was two thousand I know let me bring you to a more recent one. This is two thousand and fourteen December sixteenth so just three months ago or so two months Sunday clothes here in Hungary and Garion government passes the Sunday closure Bill initiated by Christian Democrats. I was December two thousand and fourteen onto the representatives in Hungary past the controversial Sunday shopping ban affecting large sized retailers initiated by the Christian Democrat. We have friends that are in business and I agree and I said this is amazing. If you own a business you can't buy or sell on Sunday. Hungry here is a news clipping from America C.B.S. News or this was back in two thousand and nine but I thought it was interesting what it said the history of Sunday in the article it describes this lady who wrote a book writer Judith Shulevitz she says in a world of twenty four seven in commerce she's pushing for a return to laws that would shut down businesses one day a week. What they are suppose that might be Sunday which brings us back to the Puritans of the sixteenth thirty's. Their measures may now seem extreme. What were their measures Sunday observance was required on pain of death in Puritan America. The sixteen thirties but no notice is what the news says C.B.S. News. But what if they. We're actually on to something. Maybe that wasn't such a bad idea we need to put some teeth into this law so nobody works on Sunday you want to work we'll get rid of you. Here's another interesting statement this is more recently also July sixth two thousand and fourteen from Catholic Online applique type. It says Never on a Sunday. Pope Francis says working on Sunday has a negative effect on families. The full commercialisation of Sunday from business being open to people working on what is biblically to be a day of rest. As Pope Francis in Laghman patient wait a minute said either keep Sunday. Now there's no text in the Bible. Whereas on the holy Where is the proof for that in the Bible. Get off for a million dollars nobody's collected. Where's the proof. There is no proof reading on the abandoning of the traditionally Christian practice that not working on Sundays has a negative impact on families and friendships. He says maybe it's time to ask ourselves if working on Sunday is true freedom. Can you begin to see where we're headed in society we are going to face this test in the near future. And when it's in force by law then you have to decide who to obey and the issue is much more than a day the issue is the master the Lord of the day Jesus Christ or anti-Christ. The commandments of God or the commandments of man. The day we choose to keep holy that is an indication of who we love who we are loyal to who we will obey implants. You'll never get the whole world to receive implants but when Sunday is in for. By a law which is already starting to happen in some places those who believe in keeping Sunday holy they get the mark where they get it in the forehead those that are willing to comply. I get the mark where can they get it of the hand there will be people no doubt that don't even believe in Christ or even believe in God but they're willing to do it so that they can still buy and sell. They get the mark in the hand outward compliance the world is going to be tested on this very soon it's going to happen. God calls us to remember the Sabbath this is Exodus twenty eight the Fourth Commandment Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God and what is Jesus say if you love me keep my king my commandments John fourteen fifty deal love Jesus. There will be a group of saints one day who will love Jesus anough to keep all of His commandments. Revelation fifteen verse two John says that I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire in them that he'd gotten the victory over the beast and over his image and over is the mark and over the number of his name stand on the sea of glass having the harps of God this must be in heaven the victorious fades I want to be in that group don't you. You can be but we have to choose who Which will you receive seal of God the Sabbath or the mark of the beast Sunday when it's been forced by law. The choice is really who will you obey and commandments roams commandments or God's commandments. Jesus said If you love me keep my commandments. Tonight we want to give you an opportunity to make a decision for Jesus Jesus says if you love me keep my commandments to love Jesus. Yes Do you love him enough to keep his holy day the sabbath holy. We want you to make a decision our helpers are going to pass you a card this card is entitled The seal of God And there's something on the card for everybody so if you're a Sabbath keeper take a card. You can check something on this card if you're sitting at the edge of an aisle then take a stack of cards. Take one pass the rest down to those beside you. We want everybody to have a card. You may need a pen. If you do just wave it one of our helpers. I think we have extra pins and we're going to go through this card together tonight. Your opportunity to make a decision for Jesus is everyone have a card. I can't really see. So I see the front here has their cards see the back hopefully there's people passing cards back up in the upper section. The first line says I understand that the seal of God found in the heart of his law is the seventh day that if that's clear to you then put it back in that first box. You understand that the seal of God found in his law is a seventh day sabbath if you understand that and put a check in that first box and then Box number two. I choose to keep this earth. Third box the second box that I choose not to worship the beast with the mark or follow any pagan traditions. I hope that's a decision that each of us can make tonight. That's your decision put a market check in that second box and. Last box I choose to keep the seventh day sabbath and to worship Him that made heaven and earth. If you are already a Sabbath keeper you can reaffirm that decision tonight. If you are not yet a Sabbath keeper God is calling you to make a decision to receive his seal. Don't wait until the pressure is turned on. Now is the easiest time to make that decision. That's your choice. But a check in that last box I choose to keep the seventh day sabbath and to worship Him that made heaven and earth. And then if you haven't done so yet put your name on your card you can list your phone number your address if you are a church member check yes. If not the check no. If you say yes then kindly list what church you do attend. We have people here from many different persuasions so you can list the church you attend. And we want to give you enough time to finish your card so as we sing our first stanza if you still need some time to take to finish your car. Take the time when we think the first line or the first stanza of this here. I will remind you are invited to go along with a will of my own mind. Long like you to turn your card over and Bassett out to our helpers. We want to pray for your decisions that have been made today and as they collect the cards look at what you're thinking and learn the meaning of the minds of course by me when I leave my good fellow and with the land. It was living and it weren't for wars that we have all the cards. There is hope for you but a Sunday as of B.'s own mark there is hope for you. He will enforce his law is dark. There is hope for you. Just do NOT to his orders Hark because there is hope in Christ for you. There is hope for you the Sabbath is God's special feel there is hope for you more love to God it does reveal there is hope for you just accept God's design is my appeal. So there is hope in Christ for you. But then the meeting with prayer tonight I do your Heavenly Father we thank you for making the issues clear at in time in your word. We do want to receive your seal in our foreheads. We want to be among those saints who stand on the glassy sea and have been victorious over the beast. No over his mark and over his number and over his image. We pray that each one here standing in this hole would be among the saved among the saints who have your seal it in time. Bless these decisions that are marked on these cards give us courage to move forward in obedience to you open the way we ask the difficulties for those who face difficulty and help us to put you first in our lives we ask in Jesus name Amen.

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