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Sabbath Peace and Conflict

Sabbath Peace and Conflict

Recently, a group of international evangelical leaders met behind closed doors to evaluate their role in addressing the world’s social issues, along with their relationship to the political policies of the current U.S. government. Their goal was to find common ground for Christians to work together to evangelize the world. On the other side of the globe, Pope Francis expressed his hope for worldwide peace during his annual Easter message at the Vatican. He specifically called out countries engaged in conflicts based on religion.

We all long for unity, peace, and security. But the Bible warns us that lasting peace is not found on this earth. In one of His last conversations with His disciples, Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). And the apostle Paul further counseled, “When they say, ‘Peace and safety!’ then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape” (1 Thessalonians 5:3).

God designed that the Sabbath would be a time for peace, rest, and refreshment. But in the final conflict on earth, the rest and peace found in the Sabbath will be challenged by forces opposed to God’s kingdom. Bible prophecy outlines the events we see taking place—apostate churches attempting to build unions with civil governments. Revelation foretells that this union will result in a global conflict over the issue of worship.

A reoccurring theme throughout the book of Revelation is worship, from the magnificent scenes around the throne of God to the dire warnings to those who worship the beast power. In the last message of mercy to the world, worship is the key issue between true believers and those who receive the mark of the beast. “Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12).

You may be wondering or know someone who is curious about the importance of the seventh- day Sabbath and its relationship to the impending mark of the beast. Click here for a free Bible study that you can read and share with others.