Seal of God and the Mark of Apostasy
of a Seal
What is the purpose of a
sign, or seal?
Now, O king, issue
a decree and put in writing so that it
cannot be altered in accordance with the
laws of the Medes and Persians, which cannot
Note That is, affix
the signature of royalty, that it may have the
proper authority. Anciently kings used a signet
ring, containing the name, initials, or monogram,
for this purpose. Jezebel, the wife of Ahab,
wrote letters in Ahabs name,
and sealed them with his seal. (1
Kings 21:8.) Of a Persian decree it is said that
in the name of King Ahasuerus was it
written, and sealed with the kings ring.
What are the tree
essentials of an official seal?
The seal of the lawgiver
must show three things: (1) his name; (2) his
official position, title, or authority, and so
his right to rule; and (3) the extent of his
dominion and jurisdiction.
What was the prophet
commanded to seal?
Bind up the testimony
and seal up the law among my disciples.
What commandment alone of
the Decalogue reveals the name, authority, and
dominion of the Author of this law?
Remember the Sabbath
day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor
and do all your work, but the seventh day is a
Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not
do any work, neither you, nor your son or
daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor
your animals, nor the alien that is within your
gates. For in six days the Lord made the
heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is
in them, but he rested on the seventh day.
Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and
made it holy. Exodus 20:8-11.
Note In six days, (1)
The Lord (name); (2) made (office, Creator); (3)
heaven and earth (dominion); this commandment
alone, therefore contains the seal of the
living God. This commandment shows Gods
authority to enact all the commandments, and
shows all other gods to be false gods. The
Sabbath commandment therefore contains the seal
of God; and the Sabbath itself, which is enjoined
by the commandment, is inseparably connected with
this seal. It is to be kept in memory of Gods
creation of all things, and it is itself called a
sign of the knowledge of this great
truth. (Exodus 31:17; Ezekiel 20:20.)
Why is the Sabbath a sign
between God and His people?
It will be a sign
between me and the Israelites forever, for in six
days the Lord made the heavens and the earth,
and on the seventh day he abstained from work and
rested. Exodus 31:17.
Note The Sabbath is a
sign, or mark, or seal, of the Creator.
In what two ways does God
say the Sabbath is a sign?
Keep my Sabbaths holy,
that they may be a sign between us. Then you
will know that I am the Lord your God.
Ezekiel 20:20. Say to the Israelites,
You must observe my Sabbaths. This is a
sign between me and you for the generations to
come, so you may know that I am the Lord, who
makes you holy. Exodus 31:13.
Note The Sabbath is
the sign of Gods creative power, whether
manifested in creation or redemption; for
redemption is creation recreation. It
requires the same power to redeem that it does to
create. Create in me a clean heart.
Psalm 51:10. We are
created in Christ
Jesus unto good works. Ephesians 2:10. God
designed that each Sabbath shall call Him to mind
as the One who created us and whose grace and
sanctifying power are working in us to fit us for
His eternal kingdom.
Special Sealing Work Predicted
What special sealing work
is to take place just before the letting loose of
the four winds of destruction upon the earth?
Then I saw another
angel coming up from the east, having the seal
of the living God. He called out in a loud
voice to the four angels who had been given power
to harm the land and the sea: Do not harm the
land or the sea or the trees until we have put a
seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.
Revelation 7:2,3. (See Ezekiel 9:1-6.)
What is said of the
character of the sealed ones?
No lie was found in
their mouths; they are blameless.
How does the remnant church
described by the revelator?
Then the dragon was
enraged at the woman and went off to make war
against the rest of her offspring those
who obey Gods commandments and hold to the
testimony of Jesus. Revelation 12:17.
What threefold warning does
the third angel give?
A third angel followed
them and said in a loud voice: if anyone
worships the beast and his image and receives his
mark on the forehead or on the hand, he too, will
drink of the wine of Gods fury, which has
been poured full strength into the cup of his
wrath. He will be tormented with burning sulfur
in the presence of the holy angels and of the
Revelation 14: 9, 10.
Note The beast with
two horns like the Lamb, but speaks like a dragon
represents Lucifer in human form. The devil and
his angels will be released from the Abyss (the
spirit realm) at the fifth trumpet. (Revelation
9:1-11) These evil beings will be given physical
bodies so the inhabitants of the Earth can see
them, touch them, and freely talk with them. The
image or the leopard-like beast with seven heads
and ten horns represents Babylon. (Revelation
14:8; 18:2-4) Babylon will form during the first
four trumpets and rule over the world as a
By contrast with the
worshipers of the beast, how are the worshipers
of God described?
This calls for patient
endurance on the part of the saints who obey
Gods commandments and remain faithful to
Jesus. Verse 12.
Note The keeping of
the commandments especially the seventh day
Sabbath by the worshipers of God and the
violation of these commandments by the worshipers
of the beast will constitute the distinction
between the two classes of worshipers.
What power is to enforce a
He also [the beast
with two horns or the devil] forced everyone,
small and great, rich and poor, free and slave,
to receive a mark on his right hand or on
his forehead. Revelation 13:16.
Note The beast with
two horns like the Lamb, but speaks like a
dragon, represents Lucifer in human form.
The Mark of Apostasy
What is the Papacys
mark, or sign, of authority?
Question How do
you prove that the Church has power to command
feasts and holydays?
Answer By the
very act of changing the seventh day Sabbath into
Sunday the first day of the week, which
The true Sabbath being a
sign of loyalty to the true God, it is but
natural that the false Sabbath should be regarded
as a sign of allegiance to the apostate church.
Such we find to be the case.
What do Catholics say of
Protestant Sunday keepers?
The observance of
Sunday by the Protestants is an homage they pay,
in spite of themselves, to the authority of the
[Catholic] church. Monsignor Louis Segur, Plain
truth About Protestantism of Today (1868), p.
Note A full
realization of this fact will lead those who
honestly, but ignorantly, have been observing
Sunday as the Sabbath, to refuse to pay homage to
apostasy, and to return to the observance of that
which is the sign of loyalty to heaven - the only
weekly day of rest which God, in His Word, has
commanded men to keep holy, the seventh day.
Persecution of Commandment
How will the dragon treat Gods
Then the dragon was enraged
at the woman and went off to make war
against the rest of her offspring
those who obey Gods commandments and hold
to the testimony of Jesus. Revelation
How far will the
enforcement of this mark be urged?
He was given power to
give breath to the image of the first beast, so
that it could speak and cause all who refused
to worship the image to be killed. He also
forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor,
free and slave, to receive a mark on his right
hand or on his forehead, so that no one could
buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is
the name of the beast or the number of his mane.
Over what do the people
of God finally gain the victory?
And I saw what looked
like a sea of glass mixed with fire and, standing
beside the sea, those who had been victorious
over the beast and his image and over the number
of his name. Revelation 15:2.
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