We are nearing the close of this earth’s history. Satan is making desperate efforts to make himself God, to speak and act as God, to appear as one who has a right to control the consciences of men. He strives with all his power to place a human institution in the position of God’s holy rest day. Under the jurisdiction of the man of sin, men have exalted a false standard in complete opposition to God’s enactment. But God has put His seal upon His royal requirement. Each Sabbath institution bears the name of the Author, an ineffaceable mark that shows the authority of each. The first day of the week has not one particle of sanctity. It is the production of the man of sin, who strives in this way to counterwork God’s purposes.
God has designated the seventh day as His Sabbath, the memorial of the creation. He declares. “Verily, my Sabbaths ye shall keep; for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations, that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you. … It is a sign between me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh he rested, and was refreshed. … Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.” Exodus 31:13, 17, 16.
This is the distinction drawn between the loyal and the disloyal. Those who would have the seal of God in their foreheads must keep the Sabbath of the fourth commandment. This is what distinguishes them from the disloyal, who have accepted a man-made institution in the place of the true Sabbath. The observance of God’s rest day is the mark of distinction between him that serveth God and him that serveth Him not.
When men make the assertion that a change has been made in the law of the divine government, they cast a reflection upon God’s character. If the law was just when given to Adam, it is just today. Heaven and earth shall pass away, Christ declared, sooner than that one jot or tittle of the law shall fail.
The substitution of the false for the true is the last act in the drama. When this substitution becomes universal, God will reveal Himself. When the laws of men are exalted above the laws of God, when the first day of the week is exalted above the seventh, know that the time has come for God to work. He will arise in His majesty to shake terribly the earth. He will come out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity, the transgression of His law. And the earth shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.
The belief that the law of God is not the standard of character is now almost universal in the Christian world. Professing Christians think that the more contempt they place upon the law, the more commendable are they in God’s sight. Each human being exerts an influence, either for good or ill, upon those with whom he associates. Those who are willing to be led by false theories and unsound doctrines, who build their hopes for eternity on sliding sand, will find when trial comes that storm and tempest will sweep away their refuge of lies. Their structure falls and they perish; they are lost, lost for eternity.
Adam listened to the words of the tempter and, yielding to his insinuations, fell into sin. 14LtMs, Ms 27, 1899, par. 3 – 14LtMs, Ms 27, 1899, par. 9