Recently I had a discussion with a pastor of a local church about the sabbath. He was trying to defend his position with regards to Sunday and I was showing Him from the Bible why we should keep the seventh day sabbath. I also told him of the possibility of a Sunday law being enforced in the near future. Now this pastor is not a Roman Catholic, he is a Protestant, and do you know what he said in regards to a Sunday law? ... "Great! I would welcome a Sunday law, so that we could have one day a week where we can rest. We need a day of rest." ... So as you can see, Christians are open to Sunday being enforced as a day of rest.
And you will notice that those pushing for Sunday laws put forward very little reference to God. The underlying principle behind their reason for enforcing a Sunday law isn't to obey God (because if it was to obey God, then they would have to keep the seventh day as the Sabbath, not the first day, Sunday), but rather for the "better of society" and for "family life" and "health". And the reason that these things are being pursued for a Sunday law is because it reaches all walks of life. Everyone (even those outside the faith) can relate to needing one day off a week for the "better of society" and "health" and "family life".
The reasons for enforcing a Sunday law will be good reasons, but as we know the principle is totally flawed. To start with, we cannot FORCE people to take a rest day every week, and God told us to keep the seventh day (our Saturday) as the Sabbath day of rest, not Sunday.
We know that the first Sunday law came about through Emperor Constantine on 3rd March 321 AD. And many Christians support what Constantine did and believe that he was a Christian. Yet they do not realise that Constantine was a Pagan, who's so called "conversion" to Christianity was only to receive the support from Christians and to unite Pagans and Christians together. Constantine was a Christian by "name only" but in reality remained a Pagan.
End Time Deception
This is how Satan is going to work in the last days. He is going to take on the guise of being an "angel of light" (2 Corinthians 11:14) to deceive the masses into following him. But in reality, his work will be that of darkness. It is Satan's aim to get us to disobey God. Why? Because as the Bible states, sin separates us from God ... Isaiah 59:2 ... 'But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.' ... And which commandment is the perfect one to deceive the world into disobeying God? The fourth command concerning the Sabbath. He has already convinced the majority of the Christian world into disreagarding this precious commandment. But Satan doesn't just deceive the world into totally disreagarding the sabbath commandment, no, he has deceived Christians into thinking that they are actually keeping it on Sunday.
But He won't just stop there. A Sunday law is no good if non-Christians don't abide by it. Which is why through the Papal church and many other Protestant churches he is convincing the world that we need one day off a week for the "better of society". And through the interfaith / ecumenical movement, the many different religions will come together and agree on this needed day off to promote peace and prosperity. And the world is in such a mess now, that even those with no religious ties and no belief in God will end up going along with anything to protect their money and possessions.
I used to wonder how the Sunday law would be accepted by those outside the Christian faith. Now I have no problem in seeing them accept it with open arms. Not only will Satan use "great signs and wonders" (Revelation 13:13-14) to deceive, but he will also use economic pressure to get them to accept ... "And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name." (Revelation 13:17).
People are so worldly today, that the thought of not being able to "buy or sell" will be enough for them to accept the Sunday law.
Sabbath Keepers Beware
Do not think Sabbath keeper that you are immune to the last deception, because as Revelation 12:17 says, Satan has "gone to make war" with God's remnant church. Satan will bring about such great signs and wonders, deception and economic and physical pressure, that we will need to be ROOTED in Christ Jesus and His Word, and have a DAILY relationship with Him to be able to get through the time of trouble that is coming ...
Daniel 12:1 ...'And 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 a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.'
"It is Satan's plan to weaken the faith of God's people in the Testimonies. Next follows skepticism in regard to the vital points of our faith, the pillars of our position, then doubt as to the Holy Scriptures, and then the downward march to perdition. When the Testimonies, which were once believed, are doubted and given up, Satan knows the deceived ones will not stop at this; and he redoubles his efforts till he launches them into open rebellion, which becomes incurable and ends in destruction." (E.G.White, 4T 211).
"Satan is . . . constantly pressing in the spurious--to lead away from the truth. The very last deception of Satan will be to make of none effect the testimony of the Spirit of God. "Where there is no vision, the people perish" (Prov. 29:18). Satan will work ingeniously, in different ways and through different agencies, to unsettle the confidence of God's remnant people in the true testimony." (E.G.White, Letter 12, 1890. 1SM 48)
And this is now coming true, as there are many Seventh Day Adventist churches around the world today, that reject the "spirit of prophecy" and refuse to have Sister White quoted or preached in church.
Do you trust in God's Word and the Spirit of Prophecy? ... Revelation 19:10 ...'I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.'
Be on your guard Sabbath Keeper. Study the Word and the Testimonies everyday. Pray everyday. Confess ALL sins. Love the Lord Jesus everyday. Trust in God and He will keep you through the time ahead. The last great deception is about to be complete.