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"Ask and you shall receive"
Oh, that you would bless me indeed and enlarge my territory and that your hand would be with me, and that you would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain.
The prayer of Jabez (I Chronicles 4:10)

The Great Advent Awakening
This section deals with the history of the Adventist movement. In the early 1800s, independent of one another, men and women throughout the world began to restudy the prophecies of Daniel. At that time, the little horn power ( the apostate religious system) had reigned for 1260 years from 538 to 1798. At the very end of this time period, Daniel became the topic of biblical scholarship and personal devotion. In the early 1800s, Manuel de Lacunza, a Catholic priest in South America wrote under the pen name of Juan Josafa Ben-Ezra. As this godly man began to study the prophecies pointing to the time of the end, he came to believe that Jesus was coming very, very soon. Edward Irving of England came to the conclusion that the prophecies of Daniel pointed to the time of the end. Johann Bengel, in Germany, almost simultaneously came to the same conclusion and became a preacher of the Second Coming.

The Revival
William Miller - United States
Dr. Joseph Wolf - Europe
Manuel de Lacunza - South America
Children - Scandinavian countries
Dr. Joseph Wolf. Around this same time, Dr. Joseph Wolf, a Jew converted to Christianity, believed that Christ was coming in the early 1800s. As Joseph had learned about Jesus, he knew that this was no ordinary man. He read the fifty third chapter of Isaiah which told of Christ's coming as a "lamb to the slaughter." When he asked his father about it, he was told to never read it again. That was not good enough for Joseph. He later became a Christian. He then became a "missionary to the world" and traveled throughout Asia proclaiming the Second Coming of Jesus.

Others. 300 ministers in the Church of England and 600 nonconformist ministers preached the Second Coming in England. In Sweden, Denmark, and Norway, the public preaching of the word was outlawed just after 1800. What did God do? He inspired child preachers by the hundreds to proclaim the soon coming of Jesus.
So at the end of the 1260 years of Daniel 12:7, a renewed interest in the Second Coming of Christ swept Europe and was felt in the farthest missionary outposts in Asia and Africa.

William Miller. A man in the United States by the name of William Miller had studied the prophecies of Daniel from 1816 to 1831. He began proclaiming that Jesus was coming soon. Miller was born in 1782 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and grew up in Hampton, N.Y. His parents were Baptists but, through his reading in the local library, he gradually drifted towards Deism. (Deists are skeptics. They believe that God wound up the world like a big clock, then walked off to watch it tick. They pictured God like a landlord who owns a house, but wanting nothing to do with it anymore, lets the house run down.)
Popular Views
The popular idea preached by leading ministers of that time was a message of peace and prosperity. Most Christians believed that there was going to be a thousand years of peace before Jesus returned. This concept of the millennium lulled the masses to put off salvation and the things of God. But, as Miller studied the Bible --- especially the books of Daniel and Revelation, he found that Christ's coming was very soon. He also discovered that when Jesus comes, the whole world would be divided into two classes: those who believe and are saved and those who do not are lost. The prospect of millions dying in ignorance and love of the world drove him to his knees. Daniel 8:14 and the 2300 days was the special object of William Miller's study.

In the Battle of Plattsburg during the war of 1812, William Miller witnessed what he perceived to be supernatural intervention by a Higher Power on behalf of the beleaguered and greatly outnumbered U.S. forces. That challenged his Deistic notions that God was a distant Being who cared not for humans and did not involve Himself in their affairs. He also saw a number of his friends killed. Following the war, he settled down as a farmer and began to reevaluate his belief system. As he pondered the Deist's belief of no hope after death, he became terribly disheartened. Listen to his own words recorded in Great Controversy, pages 318, 319.

Annihilation was a cold and chilling thought, and accountability was sure destruction to all. The heavens were as brass over my head, and the earth as iron under my feet. Eternity-what was it? And death- why was it? The more I reasoned, the further I was from demonstration. The more I thought, the more scattered were my conclusions. I tried to stop thinking, but my thoughts would not be controlled. I was truly wretched, but did not understand the cause. I murmured and complained, but knew not how or where to find the right. I mourned, but without hope...Suddenly...the character of a Saviour was vividly impressed upon my mind.

William Miller was converted to Jesus Christ. He then set out to challenge his skeptical friends. He was driven to study the Bible with a scientific zeal. His study took him on a 15- year voyage into God's Word. Miller thought it best to dispense with commentaries. Reading verse by verse with the Bible as its own interpreter (like Lacunza, Bengel, Edward Irving, and Joseph Wolf), he discovered that the end was at hand. The impact of his discovery would soon shake the religious world.
... Unto two thousand and three hundred days, then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.

What Is The Sanctuary? Miller had accepted the popular assumption that the sanctuary was the world. So, he deduced that the cleansing of the sanctuary must be the cleansing of the world by fire at the Second Coming. As he traced the 2300 day/ year prophecy, he saw certain events that would take place along the way. He discovered the prediction of the Christ's baptism in A.D. 27, his crucifixion in A.D. 31, and the gospel to the Gentiles in A.D. 34. As he extended the 2300 years down through the ages, he eventually concluded that 2300 day/year prophecy ended in 1844. He reasoned that since Jesus was baptized in A.D. 27 and died in A.D. 31, exactly fulfilling the prophecy, then the sanctuary's cleansing must also be fulfilled literally in 1844. So, accepting the popular view of the sanctuary, he believed the earth would be cleansed by fire in 1844 with the Second Coming of Christ.

Others all over the world like Joseph Wolf, William Davis of South Carolina, and Alexander Campbell, almost simultaneously reached the same conclusion on their own. As Miller came to his conclusion, the thought pressed upon his mind again and again by the Holy Spirit, "Go tell it to the world." But he was farmer and he thought, "I can't tell it. I'm not eloquent. I can't preach." But the weighty sense of responsibility kept coming to his mind, "Go tell it to the world."

Sharing with Friends. At first Miller shared it with a few friends, but for the most part kept it to himself. However, he had no peace as the Scriptural injunction kept coming to his mind, "If you do not tell it, you are accountable. Their blood will be on your head. Watchman, give the message." Miller was overwhelmed. One day as this conviction was heavy upon him, Miller went to a grove to pray. In prayer, he made a sort of deal with God. "Oh, God," he prayed, "I am but a farmer. I have no desire to preach, yet I sense Your convicting power. I am surrendered to Your will. If you open the opportunity, I am willing." Relieved, he returned to the house thinking that, since no one would approach him, he was off the proverbial hook. He was quite certain the matter was now settled.

The Millerite Movement: The Farmer Begins To Preach
A short time later, however, he heard a knock on the door. "Uncle Bill! Uncle Bill! Dad wants you to come to Dresden to preach." Miller was shocked but true to his word, Miller went. In this first meeting, 13 entire families accepted Jesus Christ. From 1831-1844, Miller preached to thousands of people in the United States. The Advent movement grew like wild fire. Methodists, Baptists, Episcopalians, Catholics, and Lutherans accepted the message. In the vilest cities and the smallest villages the call went out, "Jesus is coming! The sanctuary is to be cleansed! Christ is coming in 1844!" Of course the skeptics and scoffers said, "No man knows the day or the hour." Miller answered, "I'm not announcing the day or the hour. On the basis of prophecy we are pointing out the year." So it was that the second advent movement continued to grow.
The Geopolitical Environment of the 1800's
Under the theory of Manifest Destiny, the United States was conquering the west. Britain, Spain, France and the Native American Indian Tribes fell to the USA. The combined successes of United States imperialism and the Advent movement caused two competing theories to emerge. The coming millennium of peace and the destruction of the world at the Second Coming.

Great Meetings. As the Millerites were forced out of the popular, world-loving churches of the day, they decided to meet in tents. In the years shortly before 1844, as many as 500,000 attended 125 Millerite meetings in tents. As they saw the widespread opposition to the teaching of the Bible and the Second Coming of Jesus, the Millerites began to preach for the first time the that the popular churches were Babylon (Revelation 18:4).

Date Setting. At first, based on the Jewish calendar, the Millerties believed that Jesus would come between the spring of 1843 and 1844. That time came and went. Many cast aside their faith in the Bible and prophecy. At an Exeter, N.H. camp meeting on August 12, 1844, many studied anew the prophecies and the ancient sanctuary service. A man by the name of Samuel Snow discovered that the cleansing of the sanctuary occurred on the tenth day of the seventh Jewish month. Using the ancient Jewish calendar, he discovered that the Jewish religious year began in April. He also discovered that the tenth day of the seventh month would occur on October 22, 1844. This new insight spread and 50,000 new converts joined the ranks of the Millerites. Miller himself was reluctant to accept such a precise date; but shortly before October 22, he too accepted it.

Although we know that Miller was wrong about the event, we do know he was right about the date. Imagine that little group of Millerites on the evening of October 22. Their all-consuming passion was to meet Jesus in peace. "Jesus is coming! Jesus is coming!" the message echoed and reechoed through New England and the world. Hundreds and thousands believed that Jesus would return that day. The message was so powerful that saloons were turned into meeting halls. People who had wronged their neighbors made things right. On the microfilm record of the Providence, Rhode Island Journal an amazing add appeared on the front page.

If I owe anybody any money as a result of my business dealings and if I've not been faithful in paying it, please let me know so I can pay up my debts, because Jesus is coming October 22, 1844, and I want to ascend in the cloud and go with Him.

The Great Disappointment
The Historical Events Of The 1800's
1755 November 1. The great Lisbon earthquake
1775-82 Small pox epidemic in North America kills 130,000
1776-90USA Declaration of Independence. 13 colonies break away from Britain
1780 May 19. The unexplained dark day over New England
1780October 10. Deadly hurricane kills 30,000 in the Caribbean
1794"Zoonomia". Evolution book by Erasmus Darwin, Charles Darwin's grandfather
1798Papacy The Vatican fell because of the French Revolution, temporarily ending 1260 years of religious and political domination.
1798USA USA navy created because of pirates in North Africa (Barbary Coast)
1803USA The Louisiana Purchase doubles the country
1804-06The journey of Louis and Clark from Missouri to the Pacific Ocean
1819USA Adams-Onis Treaty. Spain sells Florida for $5 million. Gives up claims to Oregon
1819-24USA economic panic. Credit restricted, loans recalled and depositors wiped out
1829Invention Steam locomotive train
1831William Miller began to preach in public about the Second Coming
1833 November 12-13. The great Leonid meteor shower
1837-43USA economic panic. Credit restricted and loans recalled
1838Josiah Litch used Revelation 9 to predict the fall of the Ottoman Empire around August of 1840
1838USA British policy to offer protection to Jews in Palestine spurred a religious movement to restore Israel to Palestine in preparation for the Second Coming
1839Yellow fever kills 12% of Houston's population
1840Invention May 24. First telegraph message in Morse code from Washington to Baltimore. "What hath God wrought?"
1840Islam August 11. The Ottoman Empire fell. It is totally shattered in 1917
1840Invention Type revolving press
1842-49The ancient city of Nineveh found, verifying Bible prophecy
1843Invention Fax machine
1843On three occasions a perihelia or halo is seen around the sun
1844Great comet
1844 October 22. The Great Disappointment
1846USA Texas taken in the Spanish American war
1847USA California surrenders
1848USA Revolutions in Europe brought freedom to Jews
1848March 1. Fox sisters began seance hoax. Spiritualism became popular
1857USA economic panic after Ohio life insurance company collapses causing global depression
1859Evolution. Charles Darwin publishes the "Origin of the Species"
1859-90France and Britain give up claims to the Oregon Country
1862Medical Pasteurization and Germ Theory. Louis Pasteur discovers germs
1863Medical June. Ellen White's first health vision about flesh food
1865Medical Joseph Lister uses antiseptics, advocates hand washing
1867USA Alaska is purchased from Russia for $7.2 million
1869Transcontinental railroad
1890'sUSA Zionism. Jews seek to find a permanent homeland
1898USA Hawaii becomes a territory
So that night many gathered in the groves and fields in prayer to await the return of their Lord. The hours ticked by. At last midnight came, but Jesus didn't come. What was sweet at first suddenly became bitter. The sweet prophecy of Daniel's little book was now the source of a great disappointment. Many had sold their homes and failed to bring in the harvest from the fields. Every hope was centered in the soon return of Jesus. That night, many spent the entire night in bitter weeping and returned the next morning to their villages to meet the jeers and laughter of their neighbors.
Hiram Edson wrote recalling the experience said,

"Our fondest hopes and expectations were blasted, and such a spirit of weeping came over us as I never experienced before. It seemed that the loss of all earthly friends could have been no comparison. We wept, and wept, till the day dawn. I mused in my own heart, saying, My advent experience has been the richest and brightest of all my Christian experiences. If this had proved a failure, what was the rest of my Christian experiences worth? Has the Bible proved a failure? Is there no God, no heaven, no golden home city, no paradise? Is all this but a cunningly devised fable? Is there no reality to our fondest hope and expectation of these things? And thus we had something to grieve and weep over, if all our fond hopes were lost." Incomplete Manuscript of Hiram Edson.

The Heavenly Sanctuary Recognized
In the Corn field. The following morning, Edson and a few others went to a barn to pray. After prayer, he was walking home through a corn field with O.R.L Crosier when he looked up and suddenly realized that the sanctuary to be cleansed was not the earthly, but the heavenly sanctuary. He saw that on October 22, 1844 Jesus left the Holy Place in the heavenly sanctuary and entered the Most Holy Place to begin his second and last phase of ministry. Suddenly the prophecies came into sharp focus in his mind. He wrote,

"It has been vividly impressed upon my mind that the sanctuary to be cleansed by fire is not the earth, but it is the heavenly sanctuary."

How many sanctuaries?. They went home and studied their Bibles again. They now studied the subject of the sanctuary. How many sanctuaries are there? Two - one on earth and the other in heaven. They discovered that the earthly is a kind of model of the heavenly. And since the earthly sanctuary was destroyed in 70 A.D. by Titus, the only sanctuary that could be cleansed in 1844 is in heaven. They discovered that the cleansing of the sanctuary prefigured a special work of judgment in heaven to determine the reward of the righteous and to remove the record of sins from the heavenly records. They discovered that they were living in the time called by John the Revelator "the hour of God's judgment."

Disappointment. The Great Disappointment of 1844 was very much like the previous great disappointment of A.D. 31. Jesus' followers thought He would set up His kingdom on earth. Instead, He was killed. That night after the crucifixion, they were utterly disappointed. Then Jesus arose and their false views were corrected. Arising from the ashes of disappointment after Christ's ascension, the New Testament church pointed men and women to the heavenly sanctuary where Jesus Christ entered the Holy Place to minister on their behalf. Likewise, after the persecution of the little horn, Jesus started a end-time movement from the ashes of the disappointment of 1844. Correcting their misconceptions, they discovered that Jesus had entered the Most Holy Place in the heavenly sanctuary. They also discovered that, like the New Testament church, they must point men and women to the heavenly sanctuary where Jesus Christ had begun another phase of ministry in the heavenly judgment.

A Bitter Sweet Experience Prophesied. As they read the tenth chapter of Revelation, they were amazed to discover that this chapter perfectly marked their experience. Just as John had said, the experience was "sweet" at first then "bitter." They were certainly disappointed when Jesus didn't come. Now, they wondered, was the movement based on the prophecies of Daniel and pointing to the Second Coming going to die? Was it to become fragmented? What would happen to those Lutherans, Methodists, Baptists, Catholics, and Episcopalians who had expected Jesus' Second Coming in 1844.

A Disappointment Ordered By God?
I can now prove from the laws in the Old Testament that when a special people are called they must go through a period of bitter disappointment, judgment, death and resurrection before they are restored again. It parallels the disappointment of the disciples after the death of Jesus. The laws are based in the pattern of the camp sites and movement of the 12 tribes around the sanctuary. Every major patriarch experienced this pattern of testing.

News Events In The Nineteenth Century
1776 1790 1798 1800 Time of the End (200+ Years) 1981 2001 2008 Future (End of Time) The
USA Electricity Knowledge Increases Church Falls Disaster Electricity Education Medical Communication Transportation Weapons Papacy Satellite Genetic Disaster Islam Bible Science Knowledge Increases Israel Church Corrupted Mark of the Beast Financial Collapse Church Falls
Discoveries and Inventions and Final Powers Religious and Immoral Powers
To understand the appeal of the message at this time, you must appreciate the fulfillment of events that converged in one generation over seventy years.

News Events Near The Twenty First Century
To understand the appeal of the message at this time, you must appreciate the fulfillment of events that are converging today. Discarding any optimistic texts about the nearness of His coming, since 1981, there are no more powers or capabilities or events that cannot be accomplished in one generation. Since 2001 there are no remaining events that cannot be completed in three years.

Ellen White
Many have stated that this woman founded the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Not so. At the time of the disappointment she was just a sickly teenage girl with a limited third grade education. She lived from 1827 to 1915 and had her first vision in 1844 - two months after the disappointment of 1844. She said that God gave her visions to enlighten her mind as to what Adventists should do - but the doctrinal foundations of the church came from extensive prayer and Bible study of the pioneers.

The Visions
She reportedly experienced over 2000 visions and dreams in which she received understanding from God. In her visions, she would go into a trance like state unaware of her surroundings until the vision ended. On many occasions when they tested her she was not breathing. She also reportedly had super human strength and would hold a heavy Bible in her outstretched hand for hours.

The Writings
Primary Works
BookOriginal Publish Contents
The Present Truth Published 1849. There were 11. From a vision in November 1848
A Sketch of Experiences and Visions Published 1851. Included in "Early Writings"
Testimonies to the Church Originally a 5 Volume Series later printed in 9 volumes
Volume 1 [1855] Testimonies, number 1. A 16 page pamphlet
Volume 2-4 [1868-81] Testimonies, numbers 14-30
Volume 5 [1889] Testimonies, numbers 31-33
Volume 6-9 [1900-15] Died 16 July 1915. "I know in whom I have believed"
Spiritual Gifts ---
Volume 4 [1864] Has a 33 page article on health
Early Writings 1882 One of the first books about her visions. 3 earlier books combined
Steps to Christ 1892 My favorite. It talks about the great love of God.
Gospel Workers 1892 -
Thoughts From The Mount of Blessing Published 1896
Christ's Object Lesssons Published 1900
Health: Or How to Live Published 6 pamphlets in 1865
The Ministry of Healing Published 1905
Counsels to Parents and Teachers Published 1911-1915
The Spirit Of Prophecy The Conflict of the Ages Series. A 5 volume work about the leading of God from the time of Adam to the end. Some taken from the original Spirit of Prophecy Volumes 1-4
Volume [1] 1870 » Patriarchs and Prophets. [1890]
- » Prophets and Kings. [1911-1915]
Volume [2,3] 1877-78 » The Desire of Ages. [1898]
- » Acts of the Apostles. [1910]
Volume 4 [1884] » The Great Controversy. [1887, 1911]
Other magazines with published articles The Youth Instructor, Review and Herald, Signs of the TImes
There are many books with her name as the author. Many of these were not written by her in that form. They are compilations, or collections of sayings on different topics, written in her primary works. Because they are compilations, it is very possible that a quotation could have been taken out of context. For example, one controversial statement was that it was a sin to have a bicycle. In context, she was talking about the enormous debt to which people subjected themselves when they bought this new invention. This she said was wrong. Similarly, if families purchase a luxury vehicle to impress the neighbors and cannot afford to give their children a Christian education or basic necessities, then this would be a similar evil.
Sometimes she compiled her own works by taking articles and putting informatin together in a book. This list is not complete.

All words were her own. She used secretaries to edit her work or transcribe her words. One person's duty was to keep a log of everything she wrote. In reviewing new work, she would often research and find previous works on the topic and they may be included with Mrs. Whites' approval. Also, there is a charge that she plagiarized the work of others (for example, medical information). So it must be noted that in her days, the strict references and footnotes that we use today under our strict copyright rules were not common in her day. And many Bible commentators in her day are guilty of the same charge.
So if she quoted directly from these sources or if God gave her information to confirm what was being said in some medical circles then it should be noted that almost everything she said medically was controversial and it must have taken divine intelligence for her to plagiarize the correct information.

Gift The Love of God. She wrote passionately about the love of God in Christ.

Keep your wants, your joys, your sorrows, your cares, and your fears before God. You cannot burden Him; you cannot weary Him. He who numbers the hairs of your head is not indifferent to the wants of His children. ‘The Lord is very pitiful and of tender mercy. James 5:11. His heart of love is touched by our sorrows, and even by our utterances of them. Take to Him everything that perplexes the mind. Nothing is too great for Him to bear, for He holds up worlds, He rules over all the affairs of the universe. Nothing that in any way concerns our peace is too small for Him to notice. There is no chapter in our experience too dark for Him to read; there is no perplexity too difficult for Him to unravel. No calamity can befall the least of His children, no anxiety harass the soul, no joy cheer, no sincere prayer escape the lips, of which our heavenly Father is unobservant, or in which He takes no immediate interest. ‘He heals the broken in heart, and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147: 3. The relations between God and each soul are as distinct and full as though there were not another soul upon the earth to share His watchcare, not another soul for whom He gave His beloved Son.
Steps to Christ - Page 100

Gift The Importance of Personal Bible Study. You have a duty to read the Bible directly.

Go to God for yourselves, pray for divine enlightenment that you may know that you know what is truth, that when the wonderful miracle working power shall be displayed, and the enemy shall come as an angel of light, you may distinguish between the genuine work of God and the imitative work of the powers of darkness.
Selected Messages , Volume 3 page 389, (1888).

Gift The Church In The Last Days

Fact Simple Methods. "Let me tell you that the Lord will work in this last work in a manner very much out of the common order of things, and in a way that will be contrary to any human planning. There will be those among us who will always want to control the work of God, to dictate even what movements shall be made when the work goes forward under the direction of the angel who joins the third angel in the message to be given to the world. God will use ways and means by which it will be seen that He is taking the reins in His own hands. The workers will be surprised by the simple means that He will use to bring about and perfect His work of righteousness."
Testimonies to Ministers, 300.
Fact Humble Servants. In every generation God has sent His servants to rebuke sin, both in the world and in the church. ... Many reformers, in entering upon their work, determined to exercise great prudence in attacking the sins of the church and the nation. ... But the Spirit of God came upon them as it came upon Elijah, moving them to rebuke the sins of a wicked king and an apostate people; they could not refrain from preaching the plain utterances of the Bible - doctrines which they had been reluctant to present. They were impelled to zealously declare the truth and the danger which threatened souls. The words which the Lord gave them they uttered, fearless of consequences, and the people were compelled to hear the warning.

Thus the message of the third angel will be proclaimed. As the time comes for it to be given with greatest power, the Lord will work through humble instruments, leading the minds of those who consecrate themselves to His service.

... the sins of Babylon will be laid open. ... all will be unmasked. By these solemn warnings the people will be stirred. Thousands upon thousands will listen who have never heard words like these.
The Great Controversy, pages. 606 (1888).
Fact Rough Exterior. The days are fast approaching when there will be great perplexity and confusion. Satan, clothed in angel robes, will deceive, if possible, the very elect. There will be gods many and lords many. Every wind of doctrine will be blowing. Those who have rendered supreme homage to "science falsely so called" will not be the leaders then. Those who have trusted to intellect, genius, or talent will not then stand at the head of rank and file. They did not keep pace with the light. Those who have proved themselves unfaithful will not then be entrusted with the flock. In the last solemn work few great men will be engaged. They are self-sufficient, independent of God, and He cannot use them. The Lord has faithful servants, who in the shaking, testing time will be disclosed to view. There are precious ones now hidden who have not bowed the knee to Baal. They have not had the light which has been shining in a concentrated blaze upon you. But it may be under a rough and uninviting exterior the pure brightness of a genuine Christian character will be revealed. In the day time we look toward heaven but do not see the stars. They are there, fixed in the firmament, but the eye cannot distinguish them. In the night we behold their genuine luster.
Testimonies Volume V, page 80.
Fact Disciplined Servants. He who loves Christ most will do the greatest amount of good. There is no limit to the usefulness of one who by putting self aside makes room for the working of the Holy Spirit upon his heart and lives a life wholly consecrated to God. If men will endure the necessary discipline, without complaining or fainting by the way, God will teach them hour by hour, and day by day. Desire of Ages (page 251)

But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the strong. and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God. (1 Corinthians 1: 27-29)

Fact Increased Knowledge and Understanding. Increased light will shine upon all the grand truths of prophecy, and they will be seen in freshness and brilliancy because the bright beams of the Sun of Righteousness will illuminate the whole. ... Brethren and sisters, the Lord wants to impart to us increased light. He desires that we shall have distinct revealings of His glory, that ministers and people shall become strong in His strength. When the angel was about to unfold to Daniel the intensely interesting prophecies to be recorded for us who are to witness their fulfillment, the angel said, "Be strong, yea, be strong." We are to receive the very same glory that was revealed to Daniel, because it is for God's people in these last days, that they may give the trumpet a certain sound.
1888 edition of the Great Controversy? (1888 514.1,2). I do not understand the reference.
Fact Internal Persecution. As the storm approaches, a large class who have professed faith in the third angel's message, but have not been sanctified through obedience to the truth, abandon their position and join the ranks of the opposition. ... They become the bitter enemies of their former brethren.

In this time of persecution the faith of the Lord's servants will be tried. They have faithfully given the warning, looking to God and to His word alone. God's Spirit, moving upon their hearts, has constrained them to speak. Stimulated with holy zeal, and with the divine impulse strong upon them, they entered upon the performance of their duties without coldly calculating the consequences of speaking to the people the word which the Lord had given them. They have not consulted their temporal interests, nor sought to preserve their reputation or their lives. ... The work which they have undertaken seem far beyond their ability to accomplish. They are threatened with destruction. The enthusiasm which animated them is gone; yet they cannot turn back. Then feeling their utter helplessness, they flee to the Mighty One for strength. They remember that the words which they have spoken were not theirs, but His who bade them give the warning. God put the truth in their hearts, and they could not forbear to proclaim it.
The Great Controversy, pages. 607-608 (1888).
Fact Rapid Movements . The agencies of evil are combining their forces and consolidating. They are strengthening for the last great crisis. Great changes are soon to take place in our world, and the final movements will be rapid ones.
Testimonies Volume 9, page 11.
God is in Control. In the annals of human history, the growth of nations, the rise and fall of empires, appear as if dependent on the will and prowess of man; the shaping of events seems, to a great degree, to be determined by his power, ambition, or caprice. But in the Word of God the curtain is drawn aside, and we behold, above, behind, and through all the play and counterplay of human interest and power and passions, the agencies of the All merciful One, silently, patiently working out the counsels of His own will.
Prophets and Kings, pages. 499, 500 (1888).
Fact Defections. As the storm approaches, a large class who have professed faith in the third angel's message, but have not been sanctified through obedience to the truth, abandon their position and joined the ranks of the opposition. By uniting with the world and partaking of its spirit, they have come to view matters in nearly the same light; and when the test is brought, they are prepared to choose the easy, popular side.

Men of talent and pleasing address, who once rejoiced in the truth, employ their powers to deceive and mislead souls. They become the most bitter enemies of their former brethren. When Sabbath keepers are brought before the courts to answer for their faith, these apostates are the most efficient agents of Satan to misrepresent and accuse them, and by false reports and insinuations to stir up the rulers against them.
Great Controversy, 608.
Fact The Church is Ridiculed. "I saw our people in great distress, weeping, and praying, pleading the sure promises of God, while the wicked were all around us, mocking us, and threatening to destroy us. They ridiculed our feebleness, they mocked at the smallness of our numbers, and taunted us with words calculated to cut deep. They charged us with taking an independent position from all the rest of the world. They had cut off our resources so that we could not buy nor sell, and referred to our abject poverty and stricken condition. They could not see how we could live without the world; we were dependent upon the world, and we must concede to the customs, practices, and laws of the world, or go out of it. If we were the only people in the world whom the Lord favored the appearances were awfully against us. They declared that they had the truth, that miracles were among them, that angels from heaven talked with them, and walked with them, that great power, and signs and wonders were performed among them, and this was the Temporal Millennium, which they had been expecting so long. The whole world was converted and in harmony with the Sunday law, and this little feeble people stood out in defiance of the laws of the land, and the laws of God, and claimed to be the only ones right on the earth."
Maranatha, Page 209.

Gift Women
In Christ there is no difference between male or female, slave or free, Jew or Gentile" (Galatians 3: 26-28). Yet we fail to understand and practice this new freedom. Men still believe that "women should not teach men" and that our only noble task is cooking, cleaning, secretaries, Sabbath School and anything related to our children. We would prefer to purchase the successful independent ministries of women rather than acknowledge the gift of God in them.

The Lord Has a Work for Women.. The Lord has a work for women as well as for men. They may take their places in His work at this crisis, and He will work through them. If they are imbued with a sense of their duty, and labor under the influence of the Holy Spirit, they will have just the self-possession required for this time. The Saviour will reflect upon these self-sacrificing women the light of His countenance, and will give them a power that exceeds that of men. They can do in families a work that men cannot do, a work that reaches the inner life. They can come close to the hearts of those whom men cannot reach. Their labor is needed.--Review and Herald, Aug. 26, 1902. {WM 145.1}

Women Have a High Destiny. Sisters, we may do a noble work for God if we will. Woman does not know her power. God did not intend that her capabilities should be all absorbed in questioning: What shall I eat? what shall I drink? and wherewithal shall I be clothed? There is a higher purpose for woman, a grander destiny. She should develop and cultivate her powers, for God can employ them in the great work of saving souls from eternal ruin.--Testimonies, vol. 4, p. 642. {WM 145.2}

Gift Jews In The Last Days
I am waiting for the source of these statements. Although I hear critics repeatedly say that the early pioneers were Antisemitic. It was probably related to the erroneus views about the Jewish millennial utopia with a rebuilt temple. I was suprised to see these statements which agree with what I have concluded from the prophecies. The Jews have an important work as a sign in the last days. Their conversion to Christianity in numbers that will astonish the world will be one of the many signs in the end that will accomplish what the Christian church cannot do on its own. This unity between Jews and Christians is the sign that Jesus prayed for to demonstrate to the universe.

A Large Harvest of Jews. "The Jews are coming into the ranks of God's chosen followers, and are being numbered with the people of God, for the Scripture says, 'Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with His people.'
Among the Jews many will be converted and will come to the light, and will proclaim the immutability of the law of God with wonderful power." Manuscript 95, 1906. {Ev 577.4}

The Sleeper Awakens. "It has been a strange thing to me that there were so few who felt a burden to labor for the Jewish people, who are scattered throughout so many lands. Christ will be with you as you strive to strengthen your perceptive faculties, that you may more clearly behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. The slumbering faculties of the Jewish people are to be aroused. The Old Testament Scriptures, blending with the New, will be to them as the dawning of a new creation, or as the resurrection of the soul. Memory will be awakened as Christ is seen portrayed in the pages of the Old Testament. Souls will be saved from the Jewish nation, as the doors of the New Testament are unlocked with the key of the Old Testament. Christ will be recognized as the Saviour of the World. Many of the Jewish people will by faith receive Christ as their Redeemer. [PH114 9.2]

Converted Jews In The Closing Work. There will be many converted from among the Jews, and these converts will aid in preparing the way of the Lord, and making straight in the desert a highway for our God. Converted Jews are to have an important part to act in the great preparations to be made in the future to receive Christ, our Prince. A nation shall be born in a day. How? By men whom God has appointed being converted to the truth. There will be seen 'first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.' The predictions of prophecy will be fulfilled." Manuscript 75, 1905. {Ev 579.1} Evangelism, pp.573-579.

Gift Contribution To Science And Health

Gift Advanced Science In The Last Days
I learned about this prediction a month ago and finally found it 5 October 2012. She encourages the development of a school system and one of the purposes was for the study of advanced science. It will be an important tool at the end of time. I am certain that what God gave me is involved in this prediction. The mathematical and visual proof that a model of the Periodic Table of Chemistry, advanced particle physics and DNA replication are in the design of the sanctuary in Bible (Exodus 26) as better models that currently exist is astounding. It is the science proof of the first angel's message which calls us to worship God as the creator. It seems that this call also comes with proof we need. I am just waiting for Adventists to realize what God has given the church regarding science starting on 21 December 2008. In addition God also gave proof of over 700 Messianic prophecies since the end of 2000. Salvation science is the most important.

Advanced Science Involved In The Final Work. The schools established among us are matters of grave responsibility; for important interests are involved. In a special manner our schools are a spectacle unto angels and to men. A knowledge of science of all kinds is power, and it is in the purpose of God that advanced science shall be taught in our schools as a preparation for the work that is to precede the closing scenes of earth's history.

Salvation Science Is The Most Important Science. The truth is to go to the remotest bounds of the earth, through agents trained for the work. But while the knowledge of science is a power, the knowledge which Jesus in person came to impart to the world was the knowledge of the gospel. The light of truth was to flash its bright rays into the uttermost parts of the earth, and the acceptance or rejection of the message of God involved the eternal destiny of souls. The plan of salvation had its place in the counsels of the Infinite from all eternity. The gospel is the revelation of God's love to men, and means everything that is essential to the happiness and well-being of humanity.
Godless Science Is Not Wisdom But Satanic. The work of God in the earth is of immeasurable importance, and it is Satan's special object to crowd it out of sight and mind, that he may make his specious devices effectual in the destruction of those for whom Christ died. It is his purpose to cause the discoveries of men to be exalted above the wisdom of God. When the mind is engrossed with the conceptions and theories of men to the exclusion of the wisdom of God, it is stamped with idolatry. Science, falsely so-called, has been exalted above God, nature above its maker, and how can God look upon such wisdom?
Ellen G. White. The Science of Salvation the First of Sciences (Christian Education, Page 83-84 and Review and Herald, 1 December 1891)

Logically speaking there is only one reason why we need schools and knowledge of advanced science as an important tool for the end of time. It is not what we expected. We expected power over science and nature. God needs expert scientists who believe that His word is true.

Snatching Reason From The Jaws Of Ridicule. We need expertise and education in the advanced sciences because we will be counteracting the so-called experts in these fields who are selling the nonsense of Satan. How can we know that our science models are superior if we do not understand the sciences? With this tool we can counteract the terrible influence of godless scientists on the admiration of the vast majority of the "enlightened" society. God is out of favor because of them. It is time for them to be out of favor because of God.
For too long Satan has claimed the domain of the rational and logical and common sense. It is time for us to beat Satan at his own game by appealing to the world on the basis of rational and logical reasoning.
If such advanced science is in the pages of the Torah given to Moses 3500 years ago, then everything else God told Moses on Mount Sinai cannot be dismissed as myth?
So the One who came to Sinai and gave Moses this model must be God as He claimed in the first commandment and He must have created the world in six literal days. Why lie if it is 12 billion years? We would not be any less awed by His power.
Since this story is so factual that it took 6000 years for us to understand these hidden truths then why should the rest of the story that we can understand be a lie and a myth?
It is just plain old common sense, isn't it?

Evolution Apostasy
Remember that I do not prove any doctrine by Ellen WHite and I took steps not to read anymore until I have learned what the Bible teaches. When I wrote this, it did not include the information about advanced science because God only taught this to me in 2008.
I asked someone to help me see if Mrs White had any information about science and he found it. With our January 2013 quarterly on creation, it quoted Mrs White to establish their conclusions but conveniently left out this information. They were bordering on teaching people that there may be an undeveloped earth that lasted billions of years before the creation. However they stopped short of endorsing either progressive evolution or theistic evolution. While theistic evolutionists like the Catholic church believe that evolution is accurate and we were made from aes when God gave the ape a soul because God did not have the power to create in 6 days. Progressive evolution stops short of saying we were descenants of apes but they endorse evolution and claim that several inhabited worlds were destroyed before Adam and Eve and this is the source of all the fossils we see.

Gift More Light To Come
By 2013 I was learning that at least 2 pastors were saying that "God gave us everything we need to know through Ellen WHite and that there is nothing else to learn. There will be no more prophets or prophesies. They calim that the promise of Joel 2 was only about people at the end of time who will advise us in the persecution. Since these two pastors said about the same words I got the feeling that they got together to craft his reply because they do not want to dea with the information coming to them. There will be a lost of confusion sent to them to try to bury the real gem. Hiding their heads in the sand is not an excuse.
So on 20 August I was shown these statements by Mrs White. There were also other attemts by people to give them more light and she kept wondering why people keep asking her about things that she said she did not know. The pastors who claim that God revealed everything to her and there isnothing else to learn are terribly misguided and resistant to the testimony of God Himself. Any truth must be tested by the Word of God and it can never contradict the word. The testimony of Revelation 18 is that at the end of time the glory of God will stream across the world and I doubt Ellen White taught that this meant ONLY her work. So here is a summary of what she says about more light to come.

Gift Contribution To Prophecy
The Bible Only
Because of the misperceptions and the false charges that Adventists got their doctrines from her and cannot prove them without her, I did this website without using her at all. In fact, because I was told that she said that we should study the bible for our selves and we do not need her I made it a point not to read any of her writings except "Step to Christ" and "The Great Controversy".
My Mission. My position is that I do not quote her in prophecy studies because the bible proved itself. If I quoted her at that point it would merely be to prove her right and I would risk alienating those people who want to see Adventists prove their position by using the Bible only.
Secondly, I was not building a website to prove prophecy or other Adventist doctrine to other Adventists or to prove that Mrs. White is a prophet. I was building a site to prove the Messiah, the Plan of Salvation and the warnings for the future. The Bible does an extremely good job of doing that on its own.
There are many, many excellent websites that use the Bible and show that she does not contradict it.
Surprisingy, I was able to prove some of the unique details of her prophecies from scripture without even trying. This only happened because we are being led by the same Spirit who inspired the ancient prophets.
She is a True Prophet. I believe that she is a prophet primarily because she uplifted Christ by using the other prophets. She appealed to the voice of the other prophets before her that have been approved by the Bible. She told us to repent and turn to God. And, least important, the Holy Spirit showed her things to come. As those "things to come" are waiting their turn to be fulfilled and prove her claims, she has already proven herself as a prophet by the other more important signs of the works of a prophet.
Recommendations. If you want to benefit from what she says, I urge you to read "Steps to Christ" and the final chapters of "The Great Controversy".
All prophetic interpretation on this Web site, is based on the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation and the New Testament. In looking at Mrs. White's prophecies, I find that what she adds to a few prophecies is the identification of a group and information on sequence and detail, but generally there was no new prophecy. The greatest contribution to our understanding are the following:

Fact Protestant Leadership. It is the Protestants that will seem to lead the takeover of the United States government and use spiritualism. This has been fulfilled since 1980 when the Protestants organized political entities to petition the government and occupy these positions.

Fulfilled United with Catholicism and Spiritualism. Protestants of the United States will be foremost in stretching their hands across the gulf to grasp the hands of spiritualism; They will reach over the abyss to clasp hands with the Roman power; and under the influence of this threefold union, this country will follow in the steps of Rome in trampling on the rights of conscience.
Great controversy (page 588)
Fulfilled Political Power and Government Legislation. Protestants will work upon the rulers of the land to make laws to restore the lost ascendancy of the man of sin, who sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is god. Roman Catholic principles will be taken under the care and protection of the state.
(Review and Herald, June 15 1897)
Fulfilled Government Financial Support. When the Protestant churches shall unite with the secular power to sustain a false religion ... when the state shall use its power to enforce the decrees and sustain the institutions of the church - then will Protestant America have formed an image to the beast.

The Image to the Beast has been Formed.
According to this prophecy we have formed the image to the beast because we have met the requirements of the state using its power to accomplish purely religious goals in Europe and in the United States.

Fulfill "Sustain the Institutions". The Faith Based Initiative of 2001 and school voucher bills fulfill this prophecy. The government funnels billions to Catholic charities and few thousand to other religious organizations, while the president claimed that the message of some were too hateful to achieve government support. Here is the history of this fulfillment.

Europe already supports religious institutions. In places like Germany, the church runs the public school system.

Fulfill "Enforce the Decrees". This is being done in Europe but only partially in the United States as "Roman Catholic principles will be taken under the care and protection of the state".

Fact The Catholic Leadership. Protestants will submit to Catholic leadership.

In the movements now in progress in the United States to secure for the institutions and usage of the church the support of the state, Protestants are following in the steps of papists. No, more, they are opening the door for the papacy to regain in Protestant America the supremacy which she has lost in the Old World.
Great Controversy, page 573. (1911)
The world is filled with storm and war and variance. Yet under one head - the papal power - the people will unite to oppose God in the person of His witness. This union is cemented by the great apostate.
Testimonies Volume 7, page 182 (1902).

Fact Sunday Laws. Governments will enforce Sunday as the day of rest.

To secure popularity and patronage, legislators will yield to the demand for a Sunday Law.
Testimonies Volume 5, page 451.

If the people can be led to favor a Sunday law, then the clergy intend to exert their influence to obtain a religious amendment to the constitution, and compel the nation to keep Sunday.
Review and Herald Extra December 24, 1889.

Fulfilled Sunday Laws in Europe. Europe now has Sunday laws disguised as labor laws since 1993. There was a ten year period of adjustment so that after 2003 the members were expected to comply. Generally, Europe no longer hosts sporting events on Sunday, some businesses are still open but there is soft pressure for closure. Employees no longer have a legal remedy for job loss because the law only guarantees one day of rest. But the law stipulates that that day must be Sunday. See how churches influence the United States government.
See how the government cooperates with the church.
See how the church influences other governments.

Fulfilled Sunday Laws in America. We have laws that are loosely enforced but have been declared constitutional.

There are powerful movements trying to secure Sunday as a day of rest that will be enforced. These forces are also trying to get the European and American legislatures to make Christianity the foundation of civil law because that was the intention of the architects of the constitution. Because, in the mind of Rome, if the states are Catholic they derive their authority from the Catholic church.

Fact Spiritualism. Occult beliefs will become popular in the church.

Fulfilled A Popular Movement in the Last Days. I saw that the mysterious knocking in New York [Hydesville, New York 1848] and other places was the power of Satan and that such things would be more and more common, clothed in a religious garb so as to lull the deceived to greater security and to draw the minds of God's people, if possible, to those things and cause them to doubt the teachings and power of the Holy Ghost.
Early Writings, Page 43.
Fulfilled Infiltrates the Christian Church. Spiritualism is now changing its form and, veiling some of its more objectionable features, is assuming a Christian guise ... While it formerly denounced Christ and the Bible, it now professes to accept them both.
Great Controversy, page 557-558.
Satan's Final Deception. Satan has long been preparing for his final effort to deceive the world ... "Little by little he has prepared the way for his masterpiece of deception in the development of spiritualism. He has not yet reached the full accomplishment of his designs; but it will be reached in the last remnant of time."
Great Controversy, Page 561
"Demonic Astronomical Signs. Fearful sights of a supernatural character will soon be revealed in the heavens, in token of the power of miracle working demons."
Great Controversy, Page 624 (1911) by 1917 the Fatima apparitions had appeared in Portugal

Fact Satan Impersonates Christ - The Powerful Delusion
Satan will impersonate Christ in a false Second Coming.

Satan A Dazzling Being. "As the crowning act in the great drama of deception, Satan himself will personate Christ. The church has long professed to look to the Savior's advent as the consummation of her hopes. Now the great deceiver will make it appear that Christ has come.
In different parts of the earth, Satan will manifest himself among men as a majestic being of dazzling brightness, resembling the description of the Son of God given by John in the Revelation. Revelation 1:13-15. The glory that surrounds him is unsurpassed by anything that mortal eyes have yet beheld. The shout of triumph rings out upon the air: `Christ has come! Christ has come!' The people prostrate themselves in adoration before him, while he lifts up his hands and pronounces a blessing upon them, as Christ blessed His disciples when He was upon the earth. His voice is soft and subdued, yet full of melody.

Satan Confirms the Changed Sabbath. In gentle, compassionate tones he presents some of the same gracious, heavenly truths which the Savior uttered; he heals the diseases of the people, and then, in his assumed character of Christ, he claims to have changed the Sabbath to Sunday, and commands all to hallow the day which he has blessed. He declares that those who persist in keeping holy the seventh day are blaspheming his name by refusing to listen to his angels sent to them with light and truth.
Satan Satan Impersonates Christ
(The False Second Coming)
This is a unique Adventist doctrine that does not contradict the bible but except for a general prophecy about false Christs, it could not be directly proven. However God has enlightened me and I have found the biblical proof that Satan will appear before the world before the Second Coming for us to choose between him or Christ.
Satan as Azazel The Appearance of the Scapegoat
(During The Day of Atonement)
» Choose the Lord's Goat. On a celestial time line, the morning of the Great day of Atonement began at the crucifixion when the Lord's Goat was presented alive in Jerusalem. Later in the day, in October 1844, the High Priest was entering the Most Holy Place. Soon, the scapegoat will be brought before the people and then banished.

» Choose The Scapegoat. So, by law, God has to give the world a chance to choose Satan in person as He gave the people in ancient Rome a chance to choose Christ. By law this appearance might first take place in Jerusalem and fulfill the other prophecies about a great abomination in the Holy Land at the end of time.
» The Scapegoat before the plagues
» The Scapegoat on Yom Kippur
» The Abomination of Desolation
» Satan on the Mount of Olives
» Banished To The Wildreness. He is imprisoned on earth at the Second Coming (Revelation 22).

Satan A Strong Delusion. This is the strong, almost overmastering delusion. Like the Samaritans who were deceived by Simon Magus, the multitudes, from the least to the greatest, give heed to these sorceries, saying: This is `the great power of God.' Acts 8:10."
Great Controversy, page 624-625 (1911).
Satan Finally, I Am King of the World! As the second appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ draws near, satanic agencies are moved from beneath. Satan will not only appear as a human being, but he will personate Jesus Christ; and the world that has rejected the truth will receive him as the Lord of Lords and King of Kings.
Bible Commentaries Volume 5 pages 1105-1106.
Satan Miracle Worker. Disguised as an angel of light, he will walk the earth as a wonder worker. In beautiful language he will present lofty statements. Good words will be spoken by him, and good deeds performed. Christ will be personified, but on one point there will be a marked distinction, Satan will turn the people from the law of God. Notwithstanding this, so well will he counterfeit righteousness, that if it were possible, he would deceive the very elect. Crowned heads, presidents, rulers in high places will bow to his false theories.
Fundamentals of Christian Education, pages 471-472.

Fact Special Resurection
At the Second Coming, there will be a special resurrection of the most wicked and the most faithful. I have been able to prove this with other texts and explain other contradictions.

Fact Sunday Legislation. The government will make laws to protect Sunday as the day of rest. Europe already made these laws since 1993.

The dignitaries of Church and state will unite to bribe, persuade or compel all classes to honor the Sunday. The lack of divine authority will be supplied by oppressive enactments. Political corruption is destroying love of justice and regard for truth; and even in free America, rulers and legislators, in order to obtain public favor, will yield to the popular demand for a law enforcing Sunday observance.
Great controversy, page 410.

Fact Mark Of The Beast. These Sunday laws will be enforced by persecution.

The mark of the beast is the papal Sabbath.
Evangelism, page 234.
Sunday keeping is not yet the mark of the beast, and will not be until the decree goes forth causing men to worship this idol Sabbath. The time will come when this day will be the test, but that time has not come yet.

Fact Church Union. Churches will unite on points of common interest, not doctrine. This has been fulfilled by the ecumenical movements and the combination of Catholics and Protestants to influence the political process since 1980's.

The wide diversity in belief in the Protestant churches is regarded by many as decisive proof that no effort to secure a forced uniformity can ever be made. But there has been for years, in churches of the Protestant faith, a strong and growing sentiment in favor of a union based upon common points of doctrine. To secure such a union, the discussion of subjects upon which all were not agreed - however important they might be from a Bible standpoint - must necessarily be waived.
Great Controversy, page 444.
Protestants Change. Romanism is now regarded by Protestants with far greater favor than in former years. In those countries where Catholicism is not in the ascendancy, and the papists are taking a conciliatory course in order to gain influence, there is an increasing indifference concerning the doctrines that separate the reformed churches from the papal hierarchy; the opinion is gaining ground that, after all, we do not differ so widely upon vital points as has been supposed, and that a little concession on our part will bring us into a better understanding with Rome. The time was when Protestants placed a high value upon the liberty of conscience which had been so dearly purchased. They taught their children to abhor popery and held that to seek harmony with Rome would be disloyalty to God. But how widely different are the sentiments now expressed!
The defenders of the papacy declare that the church has been maligned, and the Protestant world are inclined to accept the statement. Many urge that it is unjust to judge the church of today by the abominations and absurdities that marked her reign during the centuries of ignorance and darkness. They excuse her horrible cruelty as the result of the barbarism of the times and plead that the influence of modern civilization has changed her sentiments.
The Great Controversy, page 563

Status of Church Unions. Most large Protestant churches have already united. Many now seek to unite with the Roman church. Already, the Catholic church is making special consideration for these clergy - they can remain married.

Although some united churches still have their own name, they now exchange clergy and for all intent and purposes have put aside any doctrinal differences. The pastor serves as a goodwill ambassador in there is no emphasis on important doctrines. The result is that we now see a change in the view of the authority of the Bible. Now practices unheard of in the church are now accepted. Now all church doctrine takes its cue from the secular world.

We wondered how they could reconcile their differences. They are not - they are ignoring the Bible. See the history of Ecumenism and completed Unions and cooperation.

The union will not, however, be affected by a change in Catholicism, for Rome never changes. She claims infallibility. It is Protestantism that will change.
Review and Herald, June 1, 1886.

Gift Other Last Day Predictions.

Gift Fulfilled Prophecies.
1906 San Francisco Earthquake
On April 18,1906 at 5:12 AM, a 7.8-7.9 magnitude earthquake shook the city for one minute. Other estimates are a magnitude 8.25. The earth moved 21 feet and broke open for 300 miles.

Fire (April 18-21).
This damaged water and gas pipes. 4.7 square miles were destroyed in a fire that lasted for three days and nights, burning at 2800 ºF. These temperatures turn bones to ashes. The fire department was unable to respond because of the broken infrastructure. Heavy rains on the third day subdued the fires.

Casualties and Damage.
225,000 were left homeless in a population of 400,000. Another 25,000 had to be rescued from the beaches as they escaped the fires. In the end, an estimated 3000 people were killed. 28,188 buildings were destroyed and damages were estimated at $400,000,000.
Most of her prophecies were about events in the future. But some were fulfilled while she was alive. She prophesied specifically about the destruction of San Francisco three years before the earthquake of 1906. She also prophesied about the loss of magnificent buildings in large cities.

Fact San Francisco. San Francisco and Oakland are becoming as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the Lord will visit them. Not far hence they will suffer under His judgments.
Manuscript 30, 1903
Fact New York. On one occasion, when in New York City, I was in the night season called upon to behold buildings rising story after story toward heaven. These buildings were warranted to be fireproof, and they were erected to glorify their owners and builders. . . .

The scene that next passed before me was an alarm of fire. Men looked at the lofty and supposedly fireproof buildings and said: "They are perfectly safe." But these buildings were consumed as if made of pitch. The fire engines could do nothing to stay the destruction. The firemen were unable to operate the engines.

I am instructed that when the Lord's time comes, should no change have taken place in the hearts of proud, ambitious human beings, men will find that the hand that had been strong to save will be strong to destroy. No earthly power can stay the hand of God. No material can be used in the erection of buildings that will preserve them from destruction when God's appointed time comes to send retribution on men for their disregard of His law and for their selfish ambition.
Testimonies for the Church, Volume. 9, pages. 12, 13 (1909).
No Specific Information by 1906. I have no light in particular in regard to what is coming on New York, only that I know that one day the great buildings there will be thrown down by the turning and overturning of God's power. . . . Death will come in all places. This is why I am so anxious for our cities to be warned.
Review and Herald, July 5, 1906.
Fulfilled This may have been fulfilled on September 11, 2001.
Fact Chicago. Scenes that would soon take place in Chicago and other large cities also passed before me. As wickedness increased and the protecting power of God was withdrawn there were destructive winds and tempests. Buildings were destroyed by fire and shaken down by earthquakes ...
Fulfilled This prophecy is very general but New Orleans was destroyed by a tempest on August 29, 2005 and there will be other future disasters.

Gift Sequence of Final Prophetic Events
God ActsDetail World
Sealing Angel First angel's message 1840 Three Angel's message
Latter Rain
Angel Second Angel's message 1844
United States speaks as a dragon 2001
Image of the beast forming Yes
Babylon has fallen ?
Angel Third Angel's message ?
» Image of the beast formed.
» Church and state united
» Sunday law enforced.
» Signal to leave the cities
Mark of the beast ?
It is done Four angels release the four winds
Time of Trouble Persecution and martyrdom
Probation closes
1 to 2
1? One Year Seven Last Plagues
2Death decree
3 to 4
4** God's law appears in the sky
5 to 7
5Confusion and fear among the church leaders
6The end of the political alliance of the church and state.
7Second Coming
Ellen White added information about the importance and sequence of events. As of 2001 we are at the point where the image of the beast is forming. And as of 2002 we can probably say that Babylon is fallen because she has become the location of every foul spirit. You will understand why I say this, if you have been monitoring the visions from Mary, the impact it has on the church, and how it has driven this pope to make an alliance with every world leader and power, and the admiration they receive - even from the media.
The table on the right represents my interpretation of the sequence of events or the type of issues according to her prophecies. But the placement of the events of the fourth plague is my best guess.

She and the other pioneers also introduced other concepts connected to this time that people criticize, even though they are completely supported by the bible. The Jewish understanding of the events at the close of Yom Kippur completely support these views.

Ellen White Criticism and Answers
It would not be fair to talk about her work without talking about her critics. The claim is that if something she said did not come through then she is a false prophet. I agree - unless it was a conditional prophecy.

In 2000, my response to these criticisms were to look at the charges and see which ones were absolutely indefensible - no matter what. Then I intended to do a lengthy search of articles. Fortunately, someone had written a book many decades ago about these same charges.
I will not answer all the criticisms, especially those which are obvious misrepresentations. But I answered all the worst ones that I could find and the ones that also concerned me. But you can read the responses in the book by Francis Nichol (1). I will respond to all the criticisms that I selected as disturbing before I found this book.

So, I will give you my initial reaction to the charge and also the answers that I received from Francis Nichol, who has studied all her writings.
Criticism Response
Her writing are considered another Bible by Adventists.
Response My initial response was that was not how I was brought up in the church. And I have never met anyone who even suggested that her writings were equal to the bible. I have met people who believe that if we think she is a prophet, then we ought to listen to her (they were mostly talking about vegetarianism). This generation ignores her almost like her generation.
She was criticized for "reversing" herself on Sabbath keeping by telling workers in Australia to "give Sunday to the Lord".
Response My Response. I did not believe that she said we should not keep Sabbath. It looked like it meant work for God on Sunday. So I wanted to see the whole story in context to find out what else "give Sunday to the Lord" meant that caused people to believe that it meant to ignore the Sabbath.
Nichol's Response. The fact is that legislative persecution was happening. Blue laws were in effect and officers of the court were actually spying on Adventist institutions to see if they were violating Sunday by working on that day.
She did not say that Sabbath (Saturday) was no longer necessary - rather, she said that in order to avoid the appearance of being trouble makers we should stop working on Sundays and devote that day also to missionary work. You see, we do not violate God's commandments by not working on other days - we just violate His laws by working on Saturday. So they still kept Sabbath but did missionary work on Sundays instead of work that could cause arrest.
She is criticized for repeating other prophecies or other works.
Response My Response. This is an absurd criticism because, as you will see, in prophetic studies - God continually repeats the prophecies and often adds details in later prophecies. If fact, one of the tests of the validity of a prophet is that they do not contradict previous prophets or the words of God, but reinforce them. Therefore, she cannot be a "Lone Wolf" prophet with brand new ideas which have no foundation in the past. It would seem that these critics want her to behave like store front psychics who make predictions about everything trivial and modern.
She gave false figures on the moons of a planet.
Response My Response. I had none. But, after reading Nichol's response, I was ashamed at the length to which critics would go in deliberately misrepresenting the facts. When they quoted "her vision", they were actually quoting other people's writings and blending two visions.

Nichol's Response. There might have been two separate visions. In the final one that she wrote, neither names or number of moons were recorded. In what might have been an earlier vision in which an astronomer was present she never named the planets. It was the astronomer who jumped to the conclusion that it must have been Saturn and Jupiter. Her husband assumed this also. But neither the witnesses to the first vision, nor her own account of what might have been a second vision reports that she named any planet.

Further Response. I just finished researching information for a science page and geography project and I was amused at the information about the "moons of a planet". They keep finding many of these things as they probe the universe. Until 2002 Jupiter had 16 moons, the number is now 63. Saturn had 18, it is now 34. In addition, the definition of a moon also includes objects that orbit a planet but are so far away or so small that they might meet the scientific definition but not the observational definition. Therefore, she could be describing the number of visible moons from her perspective in the vision. This means that she may not even have seen the visible moons on the other side of the planet at that time of day.
This year (2004) I finally had the first of many dreams in my entire life. They were apocalyptic dreams. I am amazed at how much I remember and what I think is important as I am trying to write down these dreams. It truly gave me some perspective on this incident. I have also had incidences where people have taken what I said and in public stated what they thought it means in a way that made it seem that I agreed. When in reality I had no clue and I never made such associations and in some cases actually said "I do not believe it means this". So until things are more clear, I documented most of my experiences so that I can capture the sense of bewilderment.
She made a false claim that some in her day would be alive at the Second Coming.
Response My Response. My initial response was that we had the same problem with words of the disciple and even Jesus Himself. Jesus seemed to have said that this generation who saw the destruction of Jerusalem would see the Second Coming.

On this topic, Jesus also said that those who "pierced" Him would see Him coming. We do not know how this will work out because these prophecies will occur at the very end. Therefore, we cannot say that they will not be fulfilled.
Some have speculated that there will be a special resurrection of Jesus' tormentors so that they would see His victory, then they will be killed with the rest of the wicked. With this possibility, then it is entirely possible that either the resurrection of the righteous will occur in time for them to see His coming, or for some martyrs and workers (for example the disciples) they will have this experience while the rest of the righteous dead will be resurrected minutes later.
Anyway, it is irrelevant since it cannot be proved until the end and it does not contradict what will happen.
Slavery until the second advent
Response My response is that slavery does exist now in a worse form - Child sexual slavery.
Financial Affairs. She commercialized her work, lived lavishly, owned much fine land, died heavily in debt and gave gifts to her children through her book royalties.
Response According to her critics, there is an implied sin in the fact that she took royalties from her books.
» Royalties. These are the facts. She used the royalties to pay for major publishing costs - typesetting, illustrations, workers. She supported missionary efforts in several places. She paid for the tuition of several students. At her death she owed money because she had to borrow against the royalties to continue the work.
» Died in Debt. But her estate went to the church which settled the $21,000 debt out of the income.

» Lived Lavishly. She is also accused of owning much fine property. She owned 50 acres, bought another 150 acres of hillside property for the wood (it was cheaper). She and other church members used the wood for fuel - chopping the wood also provided labor for others. When the wood was cleared for the property she exchanged the property for other property which was later given to the church to build a school.

If you would be fair, I would like you to compare her life and her use of money to the current religious leaders who live in palatial mansions, are always promoting their books and family businesses, and fly in private jets and use only luxurious hotel suites costing thousands of dollars per night.

» Historical Note. President Thomas Jefferson died $107,000 in debt and his estate at Monticello was sold to pay for some of his debt. He was in debt because he gave much to charitable causes because others would not support such righteous causes as public education.
She said the tower of Babel was before the flood.
The Lord first established the system of sacrificial offerings with Adam after the fall, which he taught to his descendants. The system was corrupted before the flood, and by those who separated themselves from the faithful followers of God, and engaged in the building of the tower of Babel.
The underlined section is the missing text. It totally changes the meaning.
Response My Response. My initial response was that it must have been a typographical error. Because even a six year old knows that the tower came after the flood. Besides, in all of the writings in which she talks about the tower of Babel, it was about their continued disobedience even after the flood.

Nichol's Response. This was attributed to a statement in Spiritual Gifts Volume 3, page 301. The editor of the Review and Herald apologized for this error on July 31, 1866 stating that after the word "flood" a comma and an "and" had been left out.

At this point I became disgusted. In the process of building this WEB site, I had stumbled across a recent internet site that had these charges.
I had made a decision to do the prophecies only with the text from the Bible and not to add her prophecies. Because our beliefs are based on the Bible. Because I had written a section on false prophets and because I found the WEB site with the criticisms, I decided to include this WEB page.

I was disgusted because, at least on this one point, the error and explanation had been discovered over 130 years ago. The book which I later discovered that answered these criticism had been in print since 1951!
Yet people insist on making these false charges because most people will check no further. I expected more honesty from Christian leaders.
Adventists worship on the Sabbath because she decided so after one of her false visions
Response We worship on the Sabbath because the Bible says so.
She did not receive every single detail of every doctrine we came to believe in vision. The early leaders prayed and studied and debated. They came to the Sabbath truth in 1846 through a Seventh Day Baptist named Rachel Oakes Preston. Then Joseph Bates introduced it to Mrs White. They studied it and came to the conclusion that this was correct. Then they later learned that the Jews started their day from sunset to sunset. This caused another series of study and debate - and they came to the truth through study and prayer. Afterwards she did confirm through a vision that they were correct, but we had already decided through Bible study that this was correct.

The Test Of A True Prophet. These are the biblical tests.

The Firm Foundation Of Our Faith. My opinion about her work is that she is an advocate for the position of God. She is not a theologian who introduces doctrine. She supports doctrine that others have proven from the Bible. Sometimes she has a vision that assists them, but everything is in harmony with the Word of God. She said the following about herself.

Diligent Bible Study. Many of our people do not realize how firmly the foundation of our faith has been laid.
Often we remainded together until late at night, and sometimes through the entire night, praying for light and studying the Word. Again and again these brethren came together to study the Bible, in order that they might know its meaning, and be prepared to teach it with power. When they came to a point in their study when they said, "We can do nothing more", the Spirit of the Lord would come upon me, I would be taken off in vision, and a clear explanation of the passages we had been studying would be given me, with instructions as to how we were to labor and teach effectively.
During the whole time I could not understand the reasoning of the brethren. My mind was locked, as it were, and I could not comprehend the meaning of the scriptures we were studying. This is one of the greatest sorrows of my life. I was in this condition of mind until all the principal points of our faith were made clear to our minds, in harmony with the Word of God. The brethren knew that when not in vision, I could not understand these matters, and they accepted as light direct from heaven the revelations given.
Selected Messages, Book 1. Pages 206-207. Early writings, page xvi-xvii.

As they studied, God gave her revelations that she shared with the brethren when they could no longer understand, otherwise she could not follow their reasoning. Because it was difficult for her to understand their theological discussions, they took it as a revelation from God when she was able to explain any difficulty that even they could not understand but she could explain to their satisfaction.

This web site does not use Mrs White to prove any doctrine. But God has allowed me to prove unique predictions that she made by the Bible and to harmonize the Old and the New Testaments.

The Adventist message rose as a part of a prophetic movement. The message and the disappointment were prophesied, and God provided a prophet to guide them. And God may now be leading others.
And I will bring the third part through the fire, Refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on my name, and I will answer them; I will say, They are my people, And they will say, The Lord is my God. Zechariah 13: 9. Time: 150 minutes
Print: 30 pages
Copyright     Updated : April 24, 2002, October 15, 2002. March 31, 2005. April 2006. March 2008.
Author: Laverna Patterson. Editor: Patterson (March 2008)
Credits: The information was compiled from various sources.
(1) Ellen G. White and her critics by Francis D. Nichol (1951)
(2) Ellen White Comments on The Crisis Ahead. Robert W. Olson, Compiler (2000)
(3) The History came from Mark Finley.
(4) Last Day Events - compiled from the writings of Ellen G. White
Discovered by Dr. Robert Gentry - A Seventh Day Adventist Geologist