"Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not
changed." Dan. 6:8.
NOTE.-That is, affix the signature of royalty, that it may have the proper authority,
and thus be of force. Anciently it was customary for kings to use a ring, containing their
name, initials, or monogram, for this purpose. Jezebel, the wife of Ahab, "wrote
letters in Ahab's name, and sealed them with his seal." 1 Kings 21:8. Of the decree
issued under Ahasuerus for the slaying of all the Jews throughout the Persian Empire it is
said that "in the name of King Ahasuerus was it written, and sealed with the king's
ring." Esther 3:12.
2. What are the three essentials to an official seal?
To be complete, an official seal must show three things: (1) The name of the lawgiver;
(2) his official position, title, or authority, and so his right to rule; and (3) his
kingdom, or the extent of his dominion and jurisdiction. Thus: "Woodrow Wilson,
President of the United States," "George IV, King of Great Britain,"
"Nicholas II, Czar of Russia."
3. With what is God's seal connected?
"Bind up the testimony, seal THE LAW among My disciples." Isa.
4. Does the first commandment show who the author of the law is?
"Thou shalt have no other gods before Me." Ex. 20:3.
NOTE.-Who the "me" here spoken of is, the commandment itself does not state.
Such a prohibition might come from any source. Any heathen could claim it as a command
from his god, and, so far as the commandment itself goes, no one could disprove his claim.
5. Does the second, third, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, or tenth
commandment indicate the author of the decalogue?
No; none of them.
NOTE.-The second commandment forbids the making of and bowing down to images, but does
not in itself reveal who the true God is. The third commandment says, "Thou shalt not
take the name of the Lord thy God in vain," but it likewise fails to reveal the true
God and giver of the law. A worshiper of the sun might say he kept this commandment so far
as it itself reveals what god is meant. So of the other commandments here referred to. In
the last five commandments the name of God is not even mentioned.
6. Which commandment alone of the decalogue reveals the true God and Author of the
"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all
thy work: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do
any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy man servant, nor thy maid servant, nor
thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: for in six days the Lord made
heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day:
wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it." Verses 8-11.
NOTE.-The fourth commandment alone reveals the name, authority, and dominion
of the Author of this law. In six days, (1) the Lord (name); (2) made
(office, Creator); (3) heaven and earth (dominion). This commandment alone,
therefore, contains "the seal of the living God." By what is revealed in this
commandment is shown what God is referred to in the other commandments. By the great truth
revealed here all other gods are shown to be false gods. The Sabbath commandment,
therefore, contains the seal of God; and the Sabbath itself, the observance of which is
enjoined by the commandment, is inseparably connected with this seal; it is to be kept in
in memory of the fact that God is the Creator of all things; and it is itself called a
"sign" of the knowledge of this great truth. Ex. 31:17; Eze. 20:20.
7. What reason does God give for the Sabbath being an everlasting sign between Him
and His people?
"It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever: for in six
days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day He rested, and was
refreshed." Ex. 31:17.
NOTE.-The Sabbath is the sign, or mark, or seal, of the true God, the Creator.
8. Of what does God say the keeping or hallowing of the Sabbath is a sign?
"And hallow My Sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between Me and you, that
ye may know that I am the Lord your God." Eze. 20:20.
9. Of what besides a knowledge of God as Creator, is the Sabbath a sign?
"Verily My Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between Me and you
throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth SANCTIFY
you." Ex. 31:13.
NOTE.-The Sabbath is the great sign of God's creative power wherever and however
manifested, whether in creation or redemption; for redemption is creation- re-creation. It
requires the same power to redeem that it does to create. "Create in me a clean
heart." Ps. 51:10. "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto
good works," Eph, 2:10. At each recurrence of the Sabbath, God designs that it shall
call Him to mind as the One who created us, and whose grace and sanctifying power are
working in us to fit us for His eternal kingdom.
10. What scripture shows that a special sealing work is to take place just before
the letting loose of the winds of destruction upon the earth?
"And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the
earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth,
nor on the sea, nor on any tree. And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having
the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom
it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the
sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and
forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel." Rev. 7:1-4. See
11. Where did the apostle see this same company a little later, and what did they
have in their foreheads?
"And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with Him an
hundred forty and four thousand, having His Father's name written in their
foreheads." Rev. 14:1.
NOTE.-The seal of God and the Father's name must refer to the same thing.
The seal is the sign or stamp of perfection and God's name stands for His character, which
is perfection. And the Sabbath of God, kept as God ordained it to be kept, holy, and in
holiness, is a sign of this same thing- perfection of character. When this seal is finally
placed upon God's people, it will be an evidence that His grace and His sanctifying power
have done their work, and fitted them for heaven. In the world to come, all will keep the
Sabbath, and will therefore have this seal or mark of sanctification, holiness, and
perfection of character. Isa. 66:22,23.
12. What is said of the character of these sealed ones?
"And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the
throne of God." Verse 5.
13. How is the remnant church described?
"Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep
the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus." Verse 12.
14. Against what three things does the third angel of Revelation 14 warn men?
"And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship
the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the
same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God." Verses 9,10.
NOTE.-The beast represents the Papacy; the image to the beast represents another
ecclesiastical body dominating civil power. See readings in Chapters 60. and 61. of this
book. And over against the seal of God stands the mark of the beast, the mark of apostasy.
Against this false and idolatrous worship and the reception of this mark, God sends this
15. What power mentioned in the thirteenth chapter of Revelation is to enforce this
"And he [the two-horned beast] causeth all, both small and great, rich and
poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their
foreheads." Rev. 13:16.
NOTE.-The two-horned beast is understood to represent the United States of America. See
reading in Chapter 61. of this book. As this nation repudiates her principles of civil and
religious liberty, and becomes a persecuting power, other nations will follow her example
in oppressing those who refuse to yield their allegiance to God.
16. What does the Papacy set forth as the mark, or sign, of its power and authority?