Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand,he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.”Revelation 14:9-10
As our world continues struggling to deal with COVID-19 and it’s devastating economic impact, some are suggesting it’s a perfect time to make permanent changes which would continue after the pandemic subsides (and ends). One of the changes is Sunday closure laws. Yes, you read that right: Sunday closure laws.
Please take a few minutes to read this for yourself, from an article titled, “If History Rhymes” by Joseph Tortelli, April 1, 2020, New Boston Post (“The hub of conservative thought”). Here’s the link so you can read the full article: https://newbostonpost.com/2020/04/01/if-history-rhymes/
Let me share some stunning excerpts:
“Let’s give serious thought to reinstating at least some of the time-honored Sunday closure laws, sort of a one-day-per-week modified stay-at-home request. Such action would rededicate our society to a regular day of rest, family meals, civic associations, and religious observance.
By rededicating each Sunday as ‘a common day of rest,’ we would say that the life of America is much more than never-pausing commerce and ever-grinding bureaucracy….
We are witnesses to history rhyming through a medical contagion and many days of quarantine. After that quarantine passes, why cannot we also envision higher priorities for 52 Sundays of family dinners, neighborhood gatherings, and church bell chimes? Yes, that could be the sweetest sound, if history rhymes.”
Sunday closure laws…common day of rest. The author is suggesting this for the United States of America. But if it would be “good” for the US, wouldn’t it be “good” for other countries too?
We shouldn’t be surprised though, at this suggestion, should we? Neither should we be surprised by a multitude of other voices that will call for the same thing in the future? After all, Ellen White wrote these words more than 100 years ago:
The Sabbath question is to be the issue in the great final conflict in which all the world will act a part….The substitution of the false for the true is the last act in the drama. When this substitution becomes universal God will reveal Himself. When the laws of men are exalted above the laws of God, when the powers of this earth try to force men to keep the first day of the week, know that the time has come for God to work”Last Day Events, pg. 135