Italy BANS Sunday Shopping: Pm Says Shops Should Not Be Opened On Sabbath

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The new Italian government will introduce a ban on Sunday shopping in large commercial centres before the end of the year.

The right-leaning government will move to tighten trading rules in an effort to defend family traditions, deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Sunday.

Former Italian PM Mario Monti liberalised Sunday trading in 2012 in a bid to spur economic growth during the eurozone crisis.

He faced pressure from the Roman Catholic Church and unions who said the country needed to keep its traditional day of rest.

‘This liberalisation is in fact destroying Italian families,’ said Di Maio, who is head of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement.

‘We need to start limiting opening and closing times again,’ he said.

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This is not a new thing but a movement fulfiling last day events foretold by the Lord’s prophets. Sunday laws are here! Get ready for the final crisis after the second beast(US), gives full power to the antichrist power by passing a national sunday law. 

Sunday is not the Sabbath, it is the First Day of the week. The Catholic Church even admits it.
In the Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, we read:

Q. Which is the Sabbath day?
A. Saturday is the Sabbath day.

Q. Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
A. We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church, in the Council of Laodicea, (AD 336) transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday….

Mark 16 King James Version (KJV)
16 And when the SABBATH(Saturday) was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.

2 And very early in the morning the FIRST(Sunday) day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.

The Sunday-Law Movement in the 1880s

[For helpful background information and more extensive E. G. White quotations, see Selected Messages 3:380-402, andTestimonies for the Church 5:711-718.] We have been looking many years for a Sunday law to be enacted in our land, and now that the movement is right upon us, we ask, What are our people going to do in the matter? … We should especially seek God for grace and power to be given His people now. God lives, and we do not believe that the time has fully come when He would have our liberties restricted. LDE 125.1

The prophet 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.”Another angel, ascending from the east, cried to them, saying, “Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.” This points out the work we now have to do, which is to cry to God for the angels to hold the four winds until missionaries shall be sent to all parts of the world, and shall have proclaimed the warning against disobeying the law of Jehovah.—The Review and Herald Extra, December 11, 1888. LDE 125.2

Sunday-Law Advocates Do Not Realize What They Are Doing

The Sunday movement is now making its way in darkness.The leaders are concealing the true issue, and many who unite in the movement do not themselves see whither the undercurrent is tending…. They are working in blindness. They do not see that if a Protestant government sacrifices the principles that have made them a free, independent nation, and through legislation brings into the Constitution principles that will propagate papal falsehood and papal delusion, they are plunging into the Roman horrors of the Dark Ages.—The Review and Herald Extra, December 11, 1888. LDE 125.3

There are many, even of those engaged in this movement for Sunday enforcement, who are blinded to the results which will follow this action. They do not see that they are striking directly against religious liberty. There are many who have never understood the claims of the Bible Sabbath and the false foundation upon which the Sunday institution rests…. LDE 126.1

Those who are making an effort to change the Constitution and secure a law enforcing Sunday observance little realize what will be the result. A crisis is just upon us.—Testimonies for the Church 5:711, 753 (1889). LDE 126.2

Not to Sit in Quietude, Doing Nothing

It is our duty to do all in our power to avert the threatened danger…. A vast responsibility is devolving upon men and women of prayer throughout the land to petition that God may sweep back this cloud of evil, and give a few more years of grace to work for the Master.—The Review and Herald Extra, December 11, 1888. LDE 126.3

Those who are now keeping the commandments of God need to bestir themselves that they may obtain the special help which God alone can give them. They should work more earnestly to delay as long as possible the threatened calamity.—The Review and Herald, December 18, 1888. LDE 126.4

Let not the commandment-keeping people of God be silent at this time as though we gracefully accepted the situation.—The S.D.A. Bible Commentary 7:975 (1889). LDE 127.1

We are not doing the will of God if we sit in quietude, doing nothing to preserve liberty of conscience. Fervent, effectual prayer should be ascending to heaven that this calamity may be deferred until we can accomplish the work which has so long been neglected. Let there be most earnest prayer and then let us work in harmony with our prayers.—Testimonies for the Church 5:714 (1889). LDE 127.2

There are many who are at ease, who are, as it were, asleep.They say, “If prophecy has foretold the enforcement of Sunday observance the law will surely be enacted,” and having come to this conclusion they sit down in a calm expectation of the event, comforting themselves with the thought that God will protect His people in the day of trouble. But God will not save us if we make no effort to do the work He has committed to our charge….LDE 127.3

As faithful watchmen you should see the sword coming and give the warning, that men and women may not pursue a course through ignorance that they would avoid if they knew the truth.—The Review and Herald Extra, December 24, 1889. LDE 127.4


Italy BANS Sunday Shopping: Pm Says Shops Should Not Be Opened On Sabbath

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