FURTHER STUDY: Revelation 14:5 may be translated: "And in their mouth no lie was found, for they are spotless" (RSV). The word translated "spotless" or "without fault" (KJV) is used in the following texts. How does the teaching of these passages support that of Revelation 14:5? Eph. 1:4, Eph. 5:27; Col. 1:22; Jude 24.
"None but those who have been overcoming by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony will be found with the loyal and true, without spot or stain of sin, without guile in their mouths. We must be divested of our self-righteousness and arrayed in the righteousness of Christ....
"That which God required of Adam before his fall was perfect obedience to His law, God requires now what He required of Adam, perfect obedience, righteousness without a flaw, without shortcoming in His sight. God help us to render to Him all His law requires. We cannot do this without that faith that brings Christ's righteousness into daily practice." -Selected Messages, bk. 2, pp. 380, 381.
SUMMARY: The seal of God is the gift of the character of Christ to thoroughly committed believers. Because the Sabbath is the sign, or seal, of God's creative and redemptive authority, those who are sealed are faithful Sabbath keepers. They will be the righteous living on the earth when Jesus comes. The mark of the beast is the sign of papal authority, the counterfeit Sabbath, Sunday observance. Those who accept the image to the beast, obeying the government's decree enforcing Sunday keeping, will receive the mark of the beast.