Seventh-day Adventists think that in the end times, they will be persecuted by Sunday-keeping Christians, and by Catholics in particular. Why? Because they think observing the weekly sabbath according to some, but not all, of the Old Testament sabbath laws, will be the test commandment, the test that shows they are the true followers of God.
Why is this nonsense?
We can divide the problem into several sub-problems – resting, worship, work, and whether these are enforced by law or not.
- Resting in Sunday should not be a problem for Adventists – if it’s enforced rest, they can do push-ups in secret with their curtains closed. And they can watch TV or even do their accounts on Sundays in secret.
- Enforced worship on Sunday should not be a problem – Ellen White said that they should devote Sundays to missionary work under such circumstances:
“The light given me by the Lord at a time when we were expecting just such a crisis as you seem to be approaching, was that when the people were moved by a power from beneath to enforce Sunday observance, Seventh-day Adventists were to show their wisdom by refraining from their ordinary work on that day, devoting it to missionary effort.”
– Testimonies for the Church, vol. 9, Page 232
- Enforced work on Saturdays would never be tolerated by anyone – it’s absurd.
- Enforced lack of worship on Saturdays would be problematic for the Jews as well, and highly unlikely to succeed. Catholics, who worship at Mass every day of the week, including Saturdays, wouldn’t tolerate this either.
Read more here:
National Sunday Law – Fact or Fiction? Chapter 5 – Is the National Sunday law a real threat?
National Sunday Law – RationalWiki
Dies Domini – Pope Saint John Paul II