Jan Marcussen

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A. Jan Marcussen is a minister, best known for his book National Sunday Law.[citation needed]


Marcussen was ordained as a Seventh-day Adventist minister in 1982 but is no longer employed by the denomination. He is the author of several books including Two Months to Live which relates the real-life stories of people who have overcome cancer, Cousin Henry Potter {and the Terrible Time Machine}, an adventure, and a book on marital happiness.

Marcussen is best known for his very controversial 1983 book National Sunday Law, which has been described as a "condensed version" of Ellen G. White's view in The Great Controversy. By the late 1990s, 40.7 million copies had been distributed in 63 languages.[1] The book gives an interpretation of the prophecies of the biblical books of Daniel and Revelation, and focuses particularly on the Three Angels' Messages of Revelation chapter fourteen.

Marcussen publishes a free newsletter twice a month which highlights advancements in Sunday exaltation. He is noted for leading a campaign against future national legislation enforcing Sunday as a national day of rest and worship in the USA. He was referenced in a article by WorldNetDaily on the debate over the seventh or first day of week as Biblical Sabbath for Christians. He has offered up to one million dollars to anyone who can offer clear, scriptural proof of a change of Sabbath from the seventh day to the first day of the week, which WorldNetDaily featured in another article. In a third WorldNetDaily article, he is noted in regards to a controversial billboard which warns of the identity of the Antichrist as the papacy, an allegation that Marcussen discusses in his book, National Sunday Law, by drawing reference to a numerological connection between the Pope's title Vicarius Filii Dei ("Vicar of the Son of God") and the number 666.

Catholic concerns over mass mailing of Marcussen's book have appeared in an article by The Catholic Herald, a British Catholic newspaper. The 40 Million Man March is the name given by Marcussen to his project to mass mail National Sunday Law books to every major U.S. city, one by one, in an effort to give the Three Angels' Messages. Marcussen's book made the Catholic League's 2001 Report on Anti-Catholicism for mass mailing Fresno, CA.[2]


  • National Sunday Law
  • Two Months to Live
  • Cousin Henry Potter {and the Terrible Time Machine}



Jan Marcussen publishes a six-page newsletter twice a month with color pictures which is also published online in PDF format. The newsletter always features relevant quotes from Ellen G. White. "Vennita's Corner" is a choice "thought" quote from Ellen White picked by Marcussen's wife Vennita. The newsletter chronicles the advancement toward a Sunday law and the advancement of the Three Angels' Messages warning against that law.

Cultural references[edit]

Marcussen's National Sunday Law was in part the inspiration for the 2004 low-budget action movie, The 4th Beast: Mask of the Antichrist.[3] Director Nathyn Masters, an alum of Chicago's Columbia College recounts[4] how he desired to create an endtime Christian action film with a post-tribulation scenario as an alternative to such pre-tribulation films as Left Behind.[4] In a similar vein is the action novel Megiddo Crux, by Brian Neumann, whose plot is set in motion by the September 11th attack.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Millennium, Messiahs, and Mayhem: Contemporary Apocalyptic Movements by Thomas Robbins and Susan J. Palmer. 1997; p219
  2. ^ http://www.catholicleague.org/miscellaneous-10/
  3. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0436018/
  4. ^ a b http://www.columbiachronicle.com/back/2004_spring/2004-03-15/arts1.html
  5. ^ http://www.amazingdiscoveries.org/store/product.php?productid=4&cat=22&page=1&js=n

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