SDA Sabbath School Lessons
Sabbath afternoon August 24, 1996

The Great Controversy.

THE GREAT CONTROVERSY between Christ and Satan culminates in the final separation of lost and saved at Jesus' second advent (Matt. 25:31-46). God's decision regarding who belongs in which category is based on whether people have responded to the voice of His Spirit or to the goading of evil spirits. The conflict between the Holy Spirit and evil demons in the lives of human beings becomes more intense as the end of time draws near. While "the Spirit and the Bride say, 'Come' " (Rev. 22:17, RSV), "demonic spirits, performing signs [miracles]" (Rev. 16:14, RSV) incite everyone to reject the conviction of sin and to rebel against God.

Those who respond to the Spirit's voice, accepting Christ as Saviour and Lord and doing His will as revealed in Scripture, receive the end-time seal of God. Those who accept the control of demons turn away from Christ, reject His law, and receive the mark of the beast.

Whom will we serve, Christ or Satan? Our response to the Sabbath/ Sunday issue will determine how we answer that question.