National Sunday Law
Chapter 7 - The Global Conflict.
Shakespeare wrote: "There is a line by us unseen that crosses every
path, the hidden boundary between God's patience and His wrath."
"A great crisis awaits the people of God. A Crisis awaits the world. The
most momentous struggle of all the ages is just before us." (1)
"At that time shall Michael stand up, the great Prince which standeth
for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as
never was since there was nation even to that same time: and at that time thy
people shall be delivered, everyone that shall be written in the book."
When the great warning of Revelation 14:9,10 against receiving the mark of
the beast has finished its work, and all have made up their minds, probation
closes. God's people have received the great outpouring of the Holy Spirit -
"the refreshing from the presence of the Lord." And they're prepared
for the trying ordeal ahead. They are sealed with the "seal of the Living
God." The wicked are finally left to the master they have chosen. They've
rejected God's mercy, despised His tender love, and trampled on His law. Now -
unsheltered from Satan's insane wrath, they have no shelter from his power. He
will then plunge the entire world into one great, final trouble spoken of in
Daniel 12. God's wrath poured out on this planet in rebellion will come in the
form of the seven last plagues brought to view in Revelation 16. Just as the ten
plagues of Egypt were against the gods that they worshiped, so, the seven last
plagues will be especially focused against those who worship the beast, and his
As we study this stupendous subject and try to see the whole picture, we find
that God is so fair, so kind - and those upon whom these plagues fall are so
disobedient, so hateful, that no one in the entire on-looking universe will
accuse God of being unfair for judging thus. After the first three devastating
plagues, an angel says "Thou art righteous, Oh Lord, . . . because thou
hast judged thus. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and Thou
hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy." Revelation 16:6.
The heaven-defying law has been passed and God's obedient people have been
persecuted, mocked, and sentenced to death - and now - "I heard a great
voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out
the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.
"And the first angel went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and
there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the
beast, and upon them which worshipped his image." Revelation 16:1,2.
Can you imagine sores all over your body!
Notice, these gnawing, painful sores will afflict only those who have the
mark of the beast and worship his image. What will it be like when this happens?
Can you picture the evening news telling the shocking story of this gross
epidemic? People by the thousands who have received the "mark" for the
purpose of saving their jobs and comforts of life now find that their comfort is
Instead of causing them to repent, and pray to God for forgiveness, these
terrible sores only cause them to "blaspheme God" and "gnaw their
tongues for pain."
God knows that if He gave them a million years more, they wouldn't change.
When the plagues begin to fall, you'll know that every case is decided for
eternity. Medical science will be helpless then. Can you picture doctors'
offices and drug stores packed with shouting, angry, crying victims? What
medicine will relieve the throbbing, biting, pain?
Not everyone will get these awful sores. Those who so lately have been
persecuted and mocked, are now safe. Angels of God protect them. They have loved
and been obedient to their Lord even unto death, and now Jesus is very close to
them. Though they'll be sentenced to death, God's people will not die. Jesus
will interpose to save them. While the wicked are perishing with pestilence and
famine, God's people are sheltered in the shadow of His hand.
All of a sudden the news breaks - the waters have turned to blood!
"And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as
the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea." Revelation
16:3. Under the third plague the rivers also turn to blood. The word
"soul" here means "living creature."
Have you ever seen the blood of a dead man? It putrefies and coagulates into
a jelly mass. Those who have hated God's people have tried to shed their blood.
Now, picture them in the pain of their feverish boils turning on their faucets
for some relief, and out comes the oozing "blood of a dead man."
"And I heard another out of the altar say, even so, Lord God Almighty, true
and righteous are Thy judgements." Revelation 16:7.
Look at the beaches! Men are afraid. Where will they drink? They have tried
to shed the blood of the obedient. Now they have blood to drink.
Now something unbelievable happens. The atmospheric layer that shields the
earth from the scorching heat fails.
"And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was
given unto him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat,
and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they
repented not to give Him glory." Revelation 16:8,9.
Horrible pain is now experienced by the wicked. The combination of scorching
heat and raw sores is excruciating.
Miracles will abound, like in Moses day; some from God, some from Satan. The
wicked will not realize that the devil has counterfeited the gifts of the
Spirit. Many who have worked miracles and done wonderful works, have trampled on
God's Sabbath and persecuted those who honored it. They've felt secure in God's
favor. But now their rage is great. Concerning the disobedient, Jesus said,
"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom
of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven. Many will
say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in
Thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess to them, I never
knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." Matthew 7:21-23. Now
their true character is revealed. They "blaspheme God and repent not."
Air-conditioners will not be able to cope with the intense heat. The
buildings will be like ovens. For the wicked, there'll be no relief anywhere.
This plague is perfectly suited to the sin of the people. They have honored
the "day of the sun" according to the traditions of men - and now God
gives them sun! The New English Bible says that men were "fearfully
burned" during the fourth plague.
In that day, many will long for the shelter of God's mercy which they have so
God's people will still be hiding in desolate places, but He who provided
food for Elijah in the wilderness will care for them. While the wicked are dying
from the pestilence, angels will shield God's faithful people and supply their
wants. God's promise is - "When the poor and needy seek water, and there is
none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the lord will hear them, I the God
of Israel will not forsake them." Isaiah 33:15,16; 41:17.
While the disobedient are shrieking in pain, reeking with sweat, and their
parched throats are raw for thirst, God's promise to His people is: "The
Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not
smite thee by day, nor the moon by night." Psalms 121:5-7.
In choosing to honor the beast and receive his "mark" instead of
honoring God and His "seal," the people have chosen darkness. Now
again, God gives them what they've chosen.
"And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and
his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, and
blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and
repented not of their deeds." Revelation 16:10,11.
Can you imagine that! I think the human mind is inadequate to conceive of the
horror that will engulf all society. People of high society, the rich, men of
science, and the ignorant masses will be paralyzed with pain, hate, and panic.
Society will be utter chaos! Of these scourges the Bible says: "The land
mourneth; . . . because the harvest of the field is perished . . . All the trees
of the field are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of
men." "How do the beasts groan! The herds of cattle are perplexed,
because they have no pasture." Joel 1:10-12; 17-20. Oh, if they had only
responded to God's great kindness. His arms have been stretched out in love. Now
it's too late.
The disobedient have decreed that those who've received God's seal cannot buy
or sell. Now they themselves are starving with famine and groping in utter
darkness. This supernatural darkness is a fit symbol of the gross darkness that
has come upon the minds of those who have turned away from the light of truth.
God's people are still hiding out. They've weeks ago lost their jobs, homes,
and fled for their lives before insane men urged on by the religious leaders and
evil angels. They've given up all for Christ. They've seen the wicked perishing
while angels of God provided food for them. To the obedient God's promise is
given - "Bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure." "A
thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it
shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the
reward of the wicked . .. there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any
plague come nigh thy dwelling." Psalms 91:3-10.
By the fifth plague, the whole wicked world is really angry. They've decided
that those who honor God's Sabbath of the Bible are the cause of the horrible
convulsions of nature and they determine to blot them from the earth!
The date is set. When the clock strikes midnight on a certain day, God's
obedient people will be sentenced to death!
To all appearances it seems that the doom of the people of God is fixed. Day
and night they cry to God for deliverance. Has God forsaken them? This very
experience prepares them for the bliss of heaven as nothing else could.
In the midst of the chaos, the sixth angel pours out his vial -
"And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates;
and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might
be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of
the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false
prophet. For they are spirits of devils working miracles, which go forth unto
the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of
that great day of God Almighty." "And he gathered them together into a
place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon." Revelation 16:12-14,16.
Here's where the spirits of devils, by their miracles, prepare the rulers and
people of the world and "gather them together" to fight against God
and His people. This is the global conflict. This is the battle of Armageddon.
It's earth's final battle between good and evil. All have taken sides. The
wicked are in the majority and seemingly have great advantage - like David
The word "Armageddon" is made of two Hebrew words - "Har"
and "Megidon." This is not just a local battle fought in the Valley of
Megido. The word "Har" means "mountain."
"Armageddon" is the word to denote the great universal battle where
the wicked turn against God and His faithful people. This is a world-wide
battle. The national Sunday law of the U.S. has spread to all the nations of the
world. The Universal law seeks to, in one day, strike a decisive blow that will
wipe the hated sect from the face of the earth.
When the great corrupt, Christian coalition of the world comes to the place
where it causes (amid miracles and Satanic delusion) the leaders ("kings of
the earth") to decree that those who will not go along with the Sunday law
should be put to death, it brings the world to the place of sealing it's own
The people of God, some still in prison, some hidden in forests and mountains
- still plead for God's protection, while companies of armed men, hurried on by
evil angels, are preparing to execute the death sentence. It's now - in the
darkest hour, that the God of Israel will interpose to deliver His faithful
The date has been set to strike one stunning blow that will wipe the hated
sect from the face of the earth. At midnight the death decree goes into effect.
At midnight - the Mighty God of heaven will interpose to save His people. (2)
Watch what happens -
"And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came
a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.
And there were voices, and thunders and lightnings; and there was a great
earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an
earthquake and so great. And the great city was divided into three parts, and
the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before
God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. And
every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And there fell upon
men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and
men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague was
exceeding great." Revelation 16:17-21.
BABYLON THE GREAT - THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS has caused all nations to drink of
the wine of her mixture of Christian and sun-worshiping practices. Now she
drinks of the wine of the wrath of God.
Satan's attempt to enforce the death decree against God's people is the final
climax in his king of swindles. God steps in to save His people. And what a
Everything in nature goes haywire. The mountains shake like reeds in the
wind. The wicked are paralyzed with abject terror and look with amazement upon
the scene, while the obedient watch with solemn joy at the signs of their
deliverance. Ragged rocks are hurled in every direction. The sea is lashed into
fury. The earth heaves and swells. Its surface is breaking apart. Mountain
chains sink. Islands disappear. Wicked cities that have become like Sodom are
swallowed up by tidal waves. Great hailstones, each "about the weight of a
talent" are wreaking havoc. A talent is about 63 pounds. You can see that
these, like cannon balls, will beat the wicked cities to a pulp.
Splendid mansions erected by the rich with money embezzled from the poor are
dashed to pieces before their eyes. Prison walls tumble down, and God's humble
people, who have been held in bondage for their faith are set free.
It's impossible to describe the horror and despair of those who have trampled
on God's requirements. The enemies of God's law, from the ministers down, have a
new conception of what is truth. Too late, they see the true nature of the
counterfeit sabbath that the Roman church has brought in and the shaky
foundation they've been building on. Many now see that they're lost. They've
chosen the easy, popular way - and have received the mark of the beast. They've
followed the religious leaders instead of the plain word of God. They've been
led to believe that the majority couldn't be wrong. Now they turn on their
ministers and bitterly reproach them for their sorry state. (3)
The global conflict has prepared the way for the coming of Christ and His
mighty host of angels during the last of the plagues.
There appears in the sky a cloud which betokens the coming of the "King
of Kings and Lord of Lords." In solemn silence God's people gaze upon it as
it draws nearer and nearer to the earth. Brighter and brighter it becomes, and
more glorious, until it's a great white cloud, its glory like consuming fire.
Jesus rides forth as a mighty conqueror. "And the armies which were in
heaven" follow Him. Revelation 19:11,14. The whole heaven seems filled with
dazzling forms - "ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of
thousands." No pen can describe it. No human mind is adequate to imagine
the fantastic and holy scene. As the living cloud comes still nearer, every eye
beholds the lovely Jesus. There's no crown of thorns on that holy brow, but now
a crown of glory rests upon His sacred head. His face outshines the dazzling
brightness of the sun.
"And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written, King of
Kings, and Lord of Lords." Revelation 19:16.
As the King of Glory descends on the cloud amid terrific majesty, and wrapped
in flaming fire, the earth trembles. The ground heaves and swells and the very
mountains move from their foundations. "Our God shall come, and shall not
keep silence: a fire shall devour before Him, and it shall be very tempestuous
round about Him. He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that
He may judge His people." Psalms 50:3,4.
"And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and
the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man
hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; and said to the
mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth
on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: for the great day of His wrath is
come; and who shall be able to stand?" Revelation 6:15-17.
The jokes have stopped. Cursing, lying, lips are now silent. In the middle of
their terror the wicked hear the voices of God's people joyfully exclaiming:
"Lo this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us."
While the earth is reeling like a drunkard; amid the terrific roar of
thunder, and upheavals of nature, the voice of the Son of God calls His faithful
ones of all ages from the grave. "For the Lord himself shall descend from
heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God:
and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain
shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air:
and so shall we ever be with the Lord." 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17. God's
living people are changed "in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye." I
Corinthians 15:51,52. Those who have been raised from the four corners of the
earth, and the living who have just been changed, are "caught up to meet
the Lord in the air." 1 Thessalonians 4:16. Angels "gather together
His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other."
"Little children are carried by holy angels to their mother's arms. Friends
long separated by death are united, nevermore to part, and with songs of
gladness ascend together to the city of God." (4)
What a deliverance! What a Saviour!
I sincerely believe that there's no way for you to read these amazing truths
of God's word without having a deep longing to follow Christ all the way and
have a part in His glorious kingdom. I know that you would have never read this
very unusual book this far unless you had a real interest in learning truth and
following Jesus all the way.
You've learned some of Satan's tactics and how he will swindle the world into
accepting his greatest hoax. You've learned how to escape receiving the mark of
the beast and something of God's great love and mercy in giving us the warning.
Now you see that the corrupt woman of Revelation 17 named "Babylon,"
is the great body of fallen Christianity which has become a mixture of truth and
sun-worshiping practices from ancient Babylon. You can see that in Revelation
18:4, when God says, "Come out of her My people, that ye be not partakers
of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues," He's calling you.
It's a love call. It's God's last call to all born-again believers to separate
themselves from organizations, no matter how friendly and kind the members may
be, which are not obeying Jesus fully and keeping all of God's commandments.
Very soon, all will have made their choice for the "seal of God" or
the "mark of the beast." It's not just a matter of two days, it's a
matter worship, of loyalty - either to God, or to the beast power. Now - while
Jesus is pleading His blood for us in the Most Holy Place in heaven - now, when
"the hour of His judgement is come" Rev. 14:7 - before our probation
is closed forever, before every case is decided for life or death - even now, He
is inviting us to surrender all to Him and have life and peace. Soon it will be
Because the lovely Jesus shed His precious blood for me on the cross of
Calvary, I choose, by the grace of God, to follow Him all the way, keep all of
His commandments, including His seventh-day Sabbath, and receive the "seal
of the living God." How about you? Will you choose to be true to Him too? I
want to live with Him when He soon comes, don't you? He says, "Blessed are
they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and
may enter in through the gates into the city." Revelation 22:14.
Many nowadays are getting a hunger and thirst for truth. The honest are not
content any more with a watered down mixture. They want the pure truth. Errors
from the pulpit don't just fly over their heads any more. I sincerely believe
that you are an honest seeker for truth, otherwise you would never have read
this far in seeking to know God's will.
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millennial reign of Christ? What is the unpardonable sin? How can we have
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