Ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. Matthew 24:9.
As the movement for Sunday enforcement becomes more bold and decided, the law will be invoked against commandment keepers. They will be threatened with fines and imprisonment, and some will be offered positions of influence, and other rewards and advantages, as inducements to renounce their faith. But their steadfast answer is: “Show us from the word of God our error.” . . . Those who are arraigned before the courts make a strong vindication of the truth, and some who hear them are led to take their stand to keep all the commandments of God. Thus light will be brought before thousands who otherwise would know nothing of these truths.
Conscientious obedience to the word of God will be treated as rebellion. Blinded by Satan, the parent will exercise harshness and severity toward the believing child; the master or mistress will oppress the commandment-keeping servant. Affection will be alienated; children will be disinherited and driven from home. The words of Paul will be literally fulfilled: “All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” 2 Timothy 3:12. As the defenders of truth refuse to honor the Sunday-sabbath, some of them will be thrust into prison, some will be exiled, some will be treated as slaves. . . .
In this time of persecution the faith of the Lord’s servants will be tried. They have faithfully given the warning, looking to God and to His word alone. God’s Spirit, moving upon their hearts, has constrained them to speak. . . . Yet when the storm of opposition and reproach bursts upon them, some, overwhelmed with consternation, will be ready to exclaim: “Had we foreseen the consequences of our words, we would have held our peace.” They are hedged in with difficulties. Satan assails them with fierce temptations. The work which they have undertaken seems far beyond their ability to accomplish. They are threatened with destruction. The enthusiasm which animated them is gone; yet they cannot turn back. Then, feeling their utter helplessness, they flee to the Mighty One for strength.
Maranatha p. 186
Prayer Requests
——Please pray for D’s hands. They are going numb because of the repetitive work that he is doing. He has a possibility of a better job. Please pray that if it is God’s will that he will get it. L
Dear Friends, 
Washday was a special day for me when I was a child. It was not as easy as it is now with our automatic washer.  In those far-off days, my grandmother had to push the big wringer washer into the kitchen and connect a hose to the kitchen faucet to fill it. I didn’t mind having to sit quietly on the kitchen stool (a tall, skinny, metal chair painted red with two steps that could be pulled out) so I wouldn’t get my fingers in the wringer.  From my “perch,” I watched all the “proceedings.” 
Before she did the whites, she would pour a little bottle of blue liquid into the water. This blue liquid had the power to change the white clothing from a dingy white to a bright white white. That was such a wonder to me. It seemed that it should turn them blue, but it never did.
Our Dear Saviour has promised to make us even whiter and cleaner than my grandmother made our white clothing so long ago. He bids us, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Isa 1:18 How much we need that cleansing daily, for we are all spotted with sin! How much we need His changing power, for we are helpless to change ourselves. We try, but soon find that it is useless.  Jeremiah observes, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.” Jer 13:23 As Job said, “Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.” Job 14:4
David prayed, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.”  “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Ps 51:10-12;139:23,24 John adds, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  1 John 1:9
Yet we are bidden, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”  Phil 2:12  “Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.” Isa 1:16,17 Here is the key.  We must cooperate with Him as He leads us day by day, “for it is God which worketh in [us] both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”  Phil 2:13 
“See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” 1 Thes 5:15-24 Amen. 

The Sunday Law is Invoked
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