As America, the land of religious liberty, shall unite with the papacy in forcing the conscience and compelling men to honor the false sabbath, the people of every country on the globe will be led to follow her example. Testimonies for the Church, vol. 6, p. 18
The less we make direct charges against authorities and powers, the greater work we shall be able to accomplish, both in America and in foreign countries. Foreign nations will follow the example of the United States. Though she leads out, yet the same crisis will come upon our people in all parts of the world. Testimonies for the Church, vol. 6, p. 395
And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Revelation 13:15-17
“And there followed another angel saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” Revelation 14:6-8. How is this done? By forcing men to accept a spurious sabbath. Testimonies for the Church, vol. 8, p. 94
The Sabbath question is to be the issue in the great final conflict in which all the world will act a part. Testimonies for the Church, vol. 6, p. 352
History will be repeated. False religion will be exalted. The first day of the week, a common working day, possessing no sanctity whatever, will be set up as was the image of Babylon. All nations and tongues and peoples will be commanded to worship this spurious sabbath. . . . The decree enforcing the worship of this day is to go forth to all the world. SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 7, 976,
The Lord will judge according to their works those who are seeking to establish a law of the nations that will cause men to violate the law of God. In proportion to their guilt will be their punishment. Selected Messages, Book 3, p. 415
The law of God, through the agency of Satan, is to be made void. In our land of boasted freedom, religious liberty will come to an end. The contest will be decided over the Sabbath question, which will agitate the whole world. Evangelism, p. 236
The so-called Christian world is to be the theater of great and decisive actions. Men in authority will enact laws controlling the conscience, after the example of the papacy. Babylon will make all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. Every nation will be involved. SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 7, p. 949
The careful observer of international events can certainly see that America in the 1990’s and into the new millennium seems to be growing in influence and power. The influence and popularity of American pop culture in fashion, music and movies and fast food etc., is being adopted throughout the world and on every continent. With the fall of Soviet Communism from the stage of being a global super power to now being a bankrupt system and nation, America stands as the sole superpower on the globe. Beginning with Desert Storm in Iraq in the early 90’s to the recent Kosovo war in the Balkans it is seen that America is the dominant super power of the world. Though the war in Serbia was a NATO affair, it was largely the American war machine that did the work. In fact, it is the American dominance that has so worried Russia and China.
The meltdown of the Asian economies beginning in 1997 that seemed to threaten the global economy, has been to a large degree for now contained by the American dominated financial institutions, and the huge trade deficit piled up by American consumers who, by their unbelievable and unrealistic spending spree, have kept the word economy afloat. This has seen an export driven turnaround in many of the Asian countries. The Anglo-American business model is even stirring up Western Europe as the countries of Euroland adopt increasingly the American way of business.
Technologically America is also the dominant power of the world. As we see American and British and to some extent European companies merging and entering partnerships on a vast global scale, the merchant men of world commerce and industry are coming to the place that they control much of the key elements of business worldwide exactly as Revelation 18 tells us. Thus the American and European powers of the old and new world which will lead out in the Sunday law crisis are also the powers of the world economy.
The diplomatic initiatives of America both seen and unseen from the Israel and Palestinian controversy, to the India/Pakistan controversy over Kashmir, to the Catholic/Protestant controversy in Northern Ireland, and countless other places show the global influence and dominance of America. The moral decay of America, and its current dominance in the world is setting the stage for an apparent turn to God that will be dictated to the world at large as well. Increasing disasters and perhaps a disaster of a national or of a global scale will push America to do that which seems to our minds to be impossible. Prophecy has foretold the events, and the rise of America to world dominance shows us that she shall speak, and even now is speaking like a dragon. “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”