Lesson Summary – God’s Seal or The Beast’s? (Lesson 11)
Sabbath School Summary
God’s Seal or the Beast’s Mark?
Memory Text: Revelation 15:3
SUNDAY- God’s Sign Identifying His People
MONDAY- The Beast And False Worship
TUESDAY- The Seal of God
WEDNESDAY- The Mark Of The Beast
THURSDAY- The Sabbath As The Sea
and sang the song of God’s servant Moses and of the Lamb:
“Great and marvelous are your deeds,
Lord God Almighty.
Just and true are your ways,
King of the nations.
The ears of the Prophet of Patmos “caught the shout of the redeemed” singing “the song of Moses and the Lamb” in vision (Rev. 15:2). The ransomed are those who did not worship the beast or had his mark. Heresies about the mark of the beast are many. The study tries to annul this confusing ideas and how to avoid the mark of the beast— “by receiving the seal of God”.
The Sabbath and circumcision stood as a sign that identified God’s people in the OT (Gen. 17:9-11). Paul argues that the latter is done away with baptism in the NT. It began with Abraham and meant renewal of the heart (Lev. 12:3; Deut. 30:6; Rom. 2:28, 29; 6:3, 4; 1 Cor. 7:19; Gal. 5:6; 6:15). The Sabbath began with creation and Paul posit that it’s essential (Exod. 31:13, 17; Ezek. 20:12, 20; Mark 2:27; Heb. 4:9).
All souls will take sides between God and Satan. There are those who are stamped with God’s seal and those who are stamped with the beast’s mark (Rev. 13:17; 14:9, 10; 16:2). This mark stands for false worship (Dan. 7:25; Rev. 12-14). While all who have God’s seal (Rev. 14:12; Exod. 20:11) rejoice in heaven, those who had the beast’s mark will receive God’s wrath.
The Sabbath day is the seal of God (Eph. 1:13, 14; 4:30; 2 Tim. 2:19; Rev. 7:1-4; 14:1). It signifies ownership and protection from God. A final seal is given to the 144,000 prior to the Second Advent. A seal or mark on the forehead means a definite choice to obey God or Satan. But the mark on the hand means siding with the beast to escape its persecution (Rev. 13:17, 15; 5T, p. 216).
The mark of the beast points to a false Sabbath—Sunday worship. “Satan is now using every device in this sealing time to keep the minds of God’s people” from obeying the seventh-day Sabbath which points to God as the Creator (Dan. 7; Rev. 13; 14:9, 12; Exod. 20:11). But no one has the mark of the beast yet (Rev. 13:15). It’ll be given at the final test when it becomes a life-or-death issue.
” A mark is placed upon the righteous (Rev. 14:12). The Sabbath instituted in Eden was kept by our first parents, Jesus, and the apostles. It’s found at the heart of God’s law and identifies God by name, His power, and authority (Exod. 20:8-11; Heb. 4:9, 10). Jesus who created the world (John 1:1-3; Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:1, 2) rested even in the tomb (John 19:30). He blessed the Sabbath at Creation and at the Cross.
The seal of God is not a visible mark seen by human eyes. Instead, it is “settling into the truth, both intellectually and spiritually. Those who possess God’s seal are saved by God in the shaking just as a mark placed over the doors of the Hebrew homes saved their firstborns. Obeying the Sabbath is a sign of loyalty to God. At the end, one has God’s seal or the beast’s mark.
— Ellen G. White, The Faith I Live By, p. 285. The Great Controversy, p. 605.Discussion Questions
📌 What are ways we can reveal to others the truth about the mark of the beast and the seal of God that don’t cause unnecessary controversy? For instance, why must we emphasize the fact that no one now has the mark of the beast?
📌 How are the Sabbath and the sealing of the Holy Spirit related?
📌 Reflect on the above idea of the seal as “a settling into the truth, both intellectually and spiritually.” What does that mean?
📌 Discuss what characterizes spiritual Babylon, its values and methods. How do they differ from the values of God’s kingdom? How might some of Babylon’s values be creeping into our own church even now? How can we learn to recognize what they are and seek to deal with them in a Christian manner, one that reflects the values of God’