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The witness of
regarding the Sabbath of the Lord.
© J. F. Coltheart. 1954.
Some obvious spelling mistakes in the quotations and their sources have been rectified.
"But the majority moved to the Crimea and the Caucasus, where they remain true to their doctrine in spite of persecution until this present time. The people call them Subotniki, or Sabbatarians."
Sternberg. "Geschichte der Juden in Polen," p. 124.
"At this time Hung prohibited the use of opium, and even tobacco, and all intoxicating drinks, and the Sabbath was religiously observed."
Lin-Le, an officer among them,
Vol. 1, pp. 36-48, 84.
"The seventh day is most religiously and strictly observed. The Taiping Sabbath is kept upon our Saturday."
"The Taipings when asked why they observed the seventh day Sabbath, replied that it was, first, because the Bible taught it, and, second, because their ancestors observed it as a day of worship."
"A Critical History of the Sabbath and the Sunday,"
India and Persia:
"Besides, they maintain the solemn observance of Christian worship throughout our Empire, on the seventh day."
"Christian Researches in Asia," p. 143.
This agitation was not without its effect. Pastor M. A. Sommer began observing the seventh day, and wrote in his church paper, "Indovet Kristendom" No. 5, 1875, an impressive article about the true Sabbath. In a letter to Elder John G. Matteson, he says:
"Among the Baptists here in Denmark there is a great agitation regarding the Sabbath commandment.... However, I am probably the only preacher in Denmark who stands so near to the Adventists and who for many years has proclaimed Christ's second coming."
"Advent Tidente," - May, 1875,
"We will now endeavour to show that the sanctification of the Sabbath has its foundation and its origin in a law which God at creation itself established for the whole world, and as a consequence thereof is binding on all men in all ages."
May 30, 1863, p.
169. "Evangelisten" ("The Evangelist"),
Stockholm, May 30 to August 15, 1863
(organ of the Swedish Baptist Church).
"Thus we see Dan. 7, 25, fulfilled, the little horn changing 'times and laws.' Therefore it appears to me that all who keep the first day for the Sabbath are Pope's Sunday-keepers and God's Sabbath-breakers."
Elder T. M. Preble, Feb. 13, 1845.
In 1844 Seventh-day Adventists arose and had spread to nearly all the world by the close of the 19th Century. Their name is derived from their teaching of the seventh-day Sabbath and the Advent of Jesus. In 1874 their work was established in Europe, 1885 -Australasia, 1887-South Africa, 1888 -Asia, 1888-South America.
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