Liberty of Conscience Threatened (part 7)

A striking illustration of Rome’s policy toward those who disagree with her was given in the long and bloody persecution of the Waldenses, some of whom were observers of the Sabbath. Others suffered in a similar manner for their fidelity to the fourth commandment. The history of the churches of Ethiopia and Abyssinia is especially significant. Amid the gloom of the Dark Ages, the Christians of Central Africa were lost sight of and forgotten by the world, and for many centuries they enjoyed freedom in the exercise of their faith. But at last Rome learned of their existence, and the emperor of Abyssinia was soon beguiled into an acknowledgment of the pope as the vicar of Christ. Other concessions followed. An edict was issued forbidding the observance of the Sabbath under the severest penalties. (See Michael Geddes, Church History of Ethiopia, pages 311, 312.) But papal tyranny soon became a yoke so galling that the Abyssinians determined to break it from their necks. After a terrible struggle the Romanists were banished from their dominions, and the ancient faith was restored. The churches rejoiced in their freedom, and they never forgot the lesson they had learned concerning the deception, the fanaticism, and the despotic power of Rome. Within their solitary realm they were content to remain, unknown to the rest of Christendom.

The churches of Africa held the Sabbath as it was held by the papal church before her complete apostasy. While they kept the seventh day in obedience to the commandment of God, they abstained from labor on the Sunday in conformity to the custom of the church. Upon obtaining supreme power, Rome had trampled upon the Sabbath of God to exalt her own; but the churches of Africa, hidden for nearly a thousand years, did not share in this apostasy. When brought under the sway of Rome, they were forced to set aside the true and exalt the false sabbath; but no sooner had they regained their independence than they returned to obedience to the fourth commandment. (See Appendix.)

These records of the past clearly reveal the enmity of Rome toward the true Sabbath and its defenders, and the means which she employs to honor the institution of her creating. The word of God teaches that these scenes are to be repeated as Roman Catholics and Protestants shall unite for the exaltation of the Sunday.

The prophecy of Revelation 13 declares that the power represented by the beast with lamblike horns shall cause “the earth and them which dwell therein” to worship the papacy—there symbolized by the beast “like unto a leopard.” The beast with two horns is also to say “to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast;” and, furthermore, it is to command all, “both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond,” to receive the mark of the beast. Revelation 13:11-16. It has been shown that the United States is the power represented by the beast with lamblike horns, and that this prophecy will be fulfilled when the United States shall enforce Sunday observance, which Rome claims as the special acknowledgment of her supremacy. But in this homage to the papacy the United States will not be alone. The influence of Rome in the countries that once acknowledged her dominion is still far from being destroyed. And prophecy foretells a restoration of her power. “I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.” Verse 3. The infliction of the deadly wound points to the downfall of the papacy in 1798. After this, says the prophet, “his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.” Paul states plainly that the “man of sin” will continue until the second advent. 2 Thessalonians 2:3-8. To the very close of time he will carry forward the work of deception. And the revelator declares, also referring to the papacy: “All that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life.” Revelation 13:8. In both the Old and the New World, the papacy will receive homage in the honor paid to the Sunday institution, that rests solely upon the authority of the Roman Church.

Since the middle of the nineteenth century, students of prophecy in the United States have presented this testimony to the world. In the events now taking place is seen a rapid advance toward the fulfillment of the prediction. With Protestant teachers there is the same claim of divine authority for Sundaykeeping, and the same lack of Scriptural evidence, as with the papal leaders who fabricated miracles to supply the place of a command from God. The assertion that God’s judgments are visited upon men for their violation of the Sunday-sabbath, will be repeated; already it is beginning to be urged. And a movement to enforce Sunday observance is fast gaining ground. (continues)

The Impending Conflict (part 4)
The Impending Conflict (part 3)
The Impending Conflict (part 2)
The Impending Conflict (part 1)
Liberty of Conscience Threatened (part 8)
Liberty of Conscience Threatened (part 7)
Liberty of Conscience Threatened (part 6)
Liberty of Conscience Threatened (part 5)
Liberty of Conscience Threatened (part 4)
Liberty of Conscience Threatened (part 3)
Liberty of Conscience Threatened (part 2)
Liberty of Conscience Threatened (part 1)
Can Our Dead Speak to Us? (part 5)
Can Our Dead Speak to Us? (part 4)
Can Our Dead Speak to Us? (part 3)
Can Our Dead Speak to Us? (part 2)
Can Our Dead Speak to Us? (part 1)
The First Great Deception (part 8)
The First Great Deception (part 7)
The First Great Deception (part 6)
The First Great Deception (part 5)
The First Great Deception (part 4)
The First Great Deception (part 3)
The First Great Deception (part 2)
The First Great Deception (part 1)
Snares of Satan (part 5)
Snares of Satan (part 4)
Snares of Satan (part 3)
Snares of Satan (part 2)
Snares of Satan (part 1)
Agency of Evil Spirits (part 3)
Agency of Evil Spirits (part 2)
Agency of Evil Spirits (part 1)
Enmity Between Man and Satan (part 3)
Enmity Between Man and Satan (part 2)
Enmity Between Man and Satan (part 1)
The Origin of Evil (part 5)
The Origin of Evil (part 4)
The Origin of Evil (part 3)
The Origin of Evil (part 2)
The Origin of Evil (part 1)
Facing Life's Record (part 5)
Facing Life's Record (part 4)
Facing Life's Record (part 3)
Facing Life's Record (part 2)
Facing Life's Record (part 1)
Modern Revivals (part 9)
Modern Revivals (part 8)
Modern Revivals (part 7)
Modern Revivals (part 6)
Modern Revivals (part 5)
Modern Revivals (part 4)
Modern Revivals (part 3)
Modern Revivals (part 2)
Modern Revivals (part 1)
A Work of Reform (part 4)
A Work of Reform (part 3)
A Work of Reform (part 2)
A Work of Reform (part 1)
God's Law Immutable (part 7)
God's Law Immutable (part 6)
God's Law Immutable (part 5)
God's Law Immutable (part 4)
God's Law Immutable (part 3)
God's Law Immutable (part 2)
God's Law Immutable (part 1)
In the Holy of Holies (part 4)
In the Holy of Holies (part 3)
In the Holy of Holies (part 2)
In the Holy of Holies (part 1)
What is the Sanctuary? (part 6)
What is the Sanctuary? (part 5)
What is the Sanctuary? (part 4)
What is the Sanctuary? (part 3)
What is the Sanctuary? (part 2)
What is the Sanctuary? (part 1)
Prophecies Fulfilled (part 7)
Prophecies Fulfilled (part 6)
Prophecies Fulfilled (part 5)
Prophecies Fulfilled (part 4)
Prophecies Fulfilled (part 3)
Prophecies Fulfilled (part 2)
Prophecies Fulfilled (part 1)
A Warning Rejected (part 6)
A Warning Rejected (part 5)
A Warning Rejected (part 4)
A Warning Rejected (part 3)
A Warning Rejected (part 2)
A Warning Rejected (part 1)
A Great Religious Awakening (part 8)
A Great Religious Awakening (part 7)
A Great Religious Awakening (part 6)
A Great Religious Awakening (part 5)
A Great Religious Awakening (part 4)
A Great Religious Awakening (part 3)
A Great Religious Awakening (part 2)
A Great Religious Awakening (part 1)
Light Through Darkness (part 5)
Light Through Darkness (part 4)
Light Through Darkness (part 3)
Light Through Darkness (part 2)
Light Through Darkness (part 1)
An American Reformer (part 10)
An American Reformer (part 9)
An American Reformer (part 8)
An American Reformer (part 7)
An American Reformer (part 6)
An American Reformer (part 5)
An American Reformer (part 4)
An American Reformer (part 3)
An American Reformer (part 2)
An American Reformer (part 1)
Heralds of the Morning (part 7)
Heralds of the Morning (part 6)
Heralds of the Morning (part 5)
Heralds of the Morning (part 4)
Heralds of the Morning (part 3)
Heralds of the Morning (part 2)
Heralds of the Morning (part 1)
The Pilgrim Fathers (part 4)
The Pilgrim Fathers (part 3)
The Pilgrim Fathers (part 2)
The Pilgrim Fathers (part 1)
The Bible and the French Revolution (part 9)
The Bible and the French Revolution (part 8)
The Bible and the French Revolution (part 7)
The Bible and the French Revolution (part 6)
The Bible and the French Revolution (part 5)
The Bible and the French Revolution (part 4)
The Bible and the French Revolution (part 3)
The Bible and the French Revolution (part 2)
The Bible and the French Revolution (part 1)
Later English Reformers (part 8)
Later English Reformers (part 7)
Later English Reformers (part 6)
Later English Reformers (part 5)
Later English Reformers (part 4)
Later English Reformers (part 3)
Later English Reformers (part 2)
Later English Reformers (part 1)
The Netherlands and Scandinavia (part 3)
The Netherlands and Scandinavia (part 2)
The Netherlands and Scandinavia (part 1)
The French Reformation (part 13)
The French Reformation (part 12)
The French Reformation (part 11)
The French Reformation (part 10)
The French Reformation (part 9)
The French Reformation (part 8)
The French Reformation (part 7)
The French Reformation (part 6)
The French Reformation (part 5)
The French Reformation (part 4)
The French Reformation (part 3)
The French Reformation (part 2)
The French Reformation (part 1)
Protest of the Princes (part 7)
Protest of the Princes (part 6)
Protest of the Princes (part 5)
Protest of the Princes (part 4)
Protest of the Princes (part 3)
Protest of the Princes (part 2)
Protest of the Princes (part 1)
Progress of Reform in Germany (part 6)
Progress of Reform in Germany (part 5)
Progress of Reform in Germany (part 4)
Progress of Reform in Germany (part 3)
Progress of Reform in Germany (part 2)
Progress of Reform in Germany (part 1)
The Swiss Reformer (part 5)
The Swiss Reformer (part 4)
The Swiss Reformer (part 3)
The Swiss Reformer (part 2)
The Swiss Reformer (part 1)
Luther Before the Diet (part 10)
Luther Before the Diet (part 9)
Luther Before the Diet (part 8)
Luther Before the Diet (part 7)
Luther Before the Diet (part 6)
Luther Before the Diet (part 5)
Luther Before the Diet (part 4)
Luther Before the Diet (part 3)
Luther Before the Diet (part 2)
Luther Before the Diet (part 1)
Luther's Separation From Rome (part 10)
Luther's Separation From Rome (part 9)
Luther's Separation From Rome (part 8)
Luther's Separation From Rome (part 7)
Luther's Separation From Rome (part 6)
Luther's Separation From Rome (part 5)
Luther's Separation From Rome (part 4)
Luther's Separation From Rome (part 3)
Luther's Separation From Rome (part 2)
Luther's Separation From Rome (part 1)
Huss and Jerome (part 9)
Huss and Jerome (part 8)
Huss and Jerome (part 7)
Huss and Jerome (part 6)
Huss and Jerome (part 5)
Huss and Jerome (part 4)
Huss and Jerome (part 3)
Huss and Jerome (part 2)
Huss and Jerome (part 1)
John Wycliffe (part 7)
John Wycliffe (part 6)
John Wycliffe (part 5)
John Wycliffe (part 4)
John Wycliffe (part 3)
John Wycliffe (part 2)
John Wycliffe (part 1)
The Waldenses (part 7)
The Waldenses (part 6)
The Waldenses (part 5)
The Waldenses (part 4)
The Waldenses (part 3)
The Waldenses (part 2)
The Waldenses (part 1)
An Era of Spiritual Darkness (part 5)
An Era of Spiritual Darkness (part 4)
An Era of Spiritual Darkness (part 3)
An Era of Spiritual Darkness (part 2)
An Era of Spiritual Darkness (part 1)
Persecution in the First Centuries (part 4)
Persecution in the First Centuries (part 3)
Persecution in the First Centuries (part 2)
Persecution in the First Centuries (part 1)
The Destruction of Jerusalem (part 8)
The Destruction of Jerusalem (part 7)
The Destruction of Jerusalem (part 6)
The Destruction of Jerusalem (part 5)
The Destruction of Jerusalem (part 4)
The Destruction of Jerusalem (part 3)
The Destruction of Jerusalem (part 2)
The Destruction of Jerusalem (part 1)

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