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THE IMPENDING CONFLICT BETWEEN SATAN AND GOD II

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THE IMPENDING CONFLICT BETWEEN SATAN AND GOD II

Post by sol_drethedon on Mon Jan 20, 2014 10:38 pm

THE IMPENDING CONFLICT II

And then the great deceiver will persuade men that those who serve God are causing these evils. The class that have provoked the displeasure of Heaven will charge all their troubles upon those whose obedience to God's commandments is a perpetual reproof of transgressors. It will be declared that men are offending God by the violation of the Sunday sabbath; that this sin has brought calamities which will not cease until Sunday observance shall be strictly enforced; and that those who present the claims of fourth commandment, thus destroying reverence  for Sunday, are troublemakers of the people, preventing their restoration to divine favor and temporal prosperity. Thus the accusation urged of old against the servant of God will be repeated and upon grounds equally well established: "And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said  unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel? And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou and thy father's house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the Lord, and thou hast followed Baalim." 1 Kings 18:17,18 As the wrath of the people shall be excited by false charges, they shall pursue a course towards God's ambassadors very similar to that which apostate Israel pursued toward Elijah.

The miracle working power manifested through spiritualism will exert its influence towards those who choose to obey God rather than men. Communications from the spirits will declare that God has sent them to convince the objectors of Sunday of their error, affirming that the laws of the land should be obeyed like the law of God. They will lament the great wickedness in the world and second the testimonies of religious teachers that the degraded state of morals is caused by the desecration of Sunday. Great will be the indignation excited against all who refuse to accept their testimony.

Satan's policy in this final conflict with God's people is the same that he employed in the opening of the great controversy in heaven. He proposed to be seeking the stability of the divine government, while secretly bending every effort to secure its overflow. And the very work which he was  thus endeavoring to accomplish he charged upon the loyal angels. The same policy of deception has marked the history of the Roman Church. It has professed to act as the vicegerent of Heaven, while seeking to exalt itself above God and to change His law. Under the rule of Rome,  those who suffered death for their fidelity to the gospel were denounced as evildoers; they were declared to be in league with Satan; and every possible means were employed to cover them with reproach, to cause them to appear in the eyes of the people, even to themselves as the vilest of criminals. So it will be now. While Satan seeks to destroy those who honor God's law,  he will cause them to be accused as law breakers, as men who are dishonoring God and bringing judgments upon the world.

God never forces the will or the conscience; but Satan's constant resort--to gain control of those who he cannot otherwise seduce -- is compulsion by cruelty .Through fear or force he endeavors to rule the conscience and to secure homage to himself. To accomplish this, he works through both religious and secular authorities, moving them to the enforcement of human laws in defiance of the law of God.

Those who honor the Bible Sabbath will be denounced as enemies of law and order, as breaking down the moral restrains of society, causing anarchy and corruption, and calling down the judgments of God upon the earth. Their conscientious scruples will be pronounced obstinacy, stubbornness, and contempt of authority. They will be accused of disaffection towards the government. Ministers who deny the obligation of the divine law will present from the pulpit the duty of yielding obedience to the civil authorities as ordained of God. In legislative halls and courts of justice, commandment keepers will be misrepresented and condemned. A false coloring will be given to their words; the worst construction will be put up in their motives.

As the Protestant churches reject the clear, Scriptural arguments in defense of God's law, they will long to silence those whose faith they cannot overthrow the Bible. Though they blind their own eyes to the fact, they are now adopting a course which will lead to the persecution of those who conscientiously refuse to do what the rest of the Christian world are doing, and acknowledge the claims of the papal Sabbath.

The dignitaries of church and state will unite to bribe, persuade, and compel all classes to honor the Sunday. The lack of divine authority will be supplied by oppressive enactments. Political corruption is destroying love of justice and  regard for truth; and even for free America, rulers and legislators, in order to secure public favor, will yield to the popular demand of a law enforcing Sunday observance. Liberty of conscience, which has cost so great a sacrifice. will no longer be respected. In the soon coming conflict we shall see exemplified the prophet's words: "The dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." Revelation 12:17.

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