“Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. (Revelation 14:9-12).
The third angel’s message warns people against worshiping the beast and his image and receiving the mark of the beast in their foreheads or hands. Of the three angels‘ messages, the first angel commands true worship. The third angel tells of the awesome consequences connected with false worship. In order to avoid worshiping the beast, we need to identify the beast, his image and his mark:
The special point of Controversy will be the fourth of the Ten Commandments-the Sabbath. There is general agreement among Christians that the other nine are of universal obligation, but early in the Christian Era men began to set aside the seventh-day Sabbath and to substitute the observance of the first day of the week as the day of worship (Dan. 7:25). But there is not a single verse in the Bible that supports Sunday observance.
Deceived by Satan’s lies, the world will bow to the beast and its image, and carry out its decrees (Rev. 13:8). But the saints, on the other hand, will refuse to obey its demands. Instead they will obey the commandments of God through His enabling grace by faith (Romans 8:3, 4). The crisis will come when symbolic Babylon prevails upon the state to enforce Sunday observance by civil law and seeks to punish all dissenters. This is the issue described in Rev. 13:12–17.
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