The Mark of the Beast

Posted Sep 08, 2010 by Russell Unterschultz in Last Day Events Hits: 9,336

As Seventh Day Adventists, we understand that the mark of the beast has to do with the time that is shortly to come upon us when the United States of America (under the influence of Rome) shall enforce Sunday observance. See 1911 GC p. 579-580.

However, a reading of Revelation 14:7 shows that more than Sabbath/Sunday observance is involved in the three angel's messages, and consequently, the mark of the beast.

According to Rev. 14:7, before Sabbath/Sunday observance ever becomes an issue for a Christian they must know: who is it that I worship? Who exactly is the God who made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters? Therefore, the issue before every Seventh Day Adventist is not only on what day of the week the true Sabbath is to be kept in memorial of our creator, but, WHO IS THE GOD THAT YOU WORSHIP.

Looking back to the nineteenth century, the Seventh Day Adventist pioneers were standing on the platform of eternal truth concerning the true identity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They knew the true identity of God whom they worshiped. Therefore, their focus was primarily on the Sunday/Sabbath aspect of the mark of the beast.

Since Ellen White died and the pioneers along with her, The Seventh Day Adventist church has left the platform of eternal truth concerning the true doctrine of the Godhead. By accepting the doctrine of the trinity, the true identity of the personality of God and of Christ has been obliterated within Adventism. As a direct result, the three angel's messages cannot possibly be given by the church while in such a condition of apostasy.

Many Seventh Day Adventists today are very vocal about promoting the seventh day Sabbath as the true Sabbath, and yet sadly, at the same time they proclaim (albeit some ignorantly) the central doctrine of the Catholic faith - the trinity. Note the following relation that Roman Catholicism makes between Sunday observance and the trinity:

Catholic Reasons for keeping Sunday: “Because it is a day dedicated by the apostles to the honor of the most Holy Trinity.” RH April 4, 1854.

When the final test comes concerning the enforcement of Sunday worship for Seventh Day Adventists, what will happen to those Adventists who profess to observe the true Sabbath and yet are found to be worshipers of a false God? Is it possible to profess to worship the trinity and be found a true Sabbath keeper? The 10 commandments tell us "no". The Spirit of Prophecy also tells us "no". Consider the following quote from the Review and Herald, July 13, 1897:

"The third angel's message has been sent forth to the world, warning men against receiving the mark of the beast or of his image in their foreheads or in their hands. To receive this mark means to come to the same decision as the beast has done, and to advocate the same ideas, in direct opposition to the word of God." ... If the light of truth has been presented to you, revealing the Sabbath of the fourth commandment, and showing that there is no foundation in the word of God for Sunday observance, and yet you still cling to the false Sabbath, refusing to keep holy the Sabbath which God calls "My holy day," you receive the mark of the beast. When does this take place?--When you obey the decree that commands you to cease from labor on Sunday and worship God, while you know that there is not a word in the Bible showing Sunday to be other than a common working-day, you consent to receive the mark of the beast, and refuse the seal of God. {RH, July 13, 1897}

Note that it is not only necessary to obey the decree that commands you to cease from labor on Sunday and worship God in order to receive the mark of the beast. "To receive this mark means to come to the same decision as the beast has done, and to advocate the same ideas, in direct opposition to the word of God." To come to the same decision as the beast has done in advocating the doctrine of the trinity in direct opposition to the word of God will also cause all such persons who do this to receive the mark of the beast.

This is a very grave and serious issue. May God awaken the minds of all Seventh Day Adventists to this fearful and solemn issue which means so much to us as a people.