Ellen Gould White was born in 1827 in Maine (USA).
Despite her education being stopped in the third grade because of a disfiguring accident, during her ministry Ellen G White wrote a total of more than 25 million words in her letters, manuscripts, articles, and books. When she was the most productive she was writing 18 pages a day.
In December 1844, the 17-year-old Ellen received a vision from God. It was the first of some 2,000 prophetic dreams and visions that she had in the next 70 years of her life. It formed the basis for her personal testimonies, sermons, articles, and books.
She is the most translated woman writer in the entire history of literature. She is also the most translated American author of either gender. Her writings cover a broad range of subjects, including religion, education, health, social relationships, parenting, evangelism, prophecy, publishing, nutrition, and management.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church accepts Ellen G White as a modern servant of the Lord and prophet because her prophetic ministry passes the four biblical tests of a prophet:
⦁ Her writings agree with the Bible fulfilling Isaiah 8:20: “To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”
⦁ Her life and works testify of her connection with God fulfilling Matthew 7:20: “Therefore by their fruits you will know them.”
⦁ Her prophecies have come to pass fulfilling Jeremiah 28:9: “As for the prophet who prophesies of peace, when the word of the prophet comes to pass, the prophet will be known as one whom the Lord has truly sent.”
⦁ Her writings lift up Christ and affirm Him as the Son of God who came to this Earth to save us fulfilling I John 4:2: “By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God.”
Ellen G White’s writings have the Spirit of Prophecy. The Bible describes The spirit of prophecy as one of the two characteristics of God’s last-day, remnant church.
“And the dragon (Satan) was enraged with the woman (God’s church), and he went to make war with the rest (remnant) of her off-spring (God’s last-day people and church), who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” – Revelation 12:17
“The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” – Revelation 19:10 There are two characteristics of God’s people:
⦁ People who keep the commandments of God
⦁ People who have the testimony of Jesus, which the Bible identifies as the “spirit of prophecy.” The commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus come from God.
Seventh Day Adventists do not substitute the Bible teachings with the teachings of Ellen G White. She even said to not base our beliefs on anything she said but on the words of God: “I recommend to you, dear reader, the Word of God as the rule of your faith and practice”. Everything people say about Christianity should be measured up with the words of God. She indicated that the Spirit of Prophecy which corresponds to the testimony of Jesus is to lead to the Bible. The Spirit of Prophecy is guiding God’s people and always will until the Lord returns. As a result of Spirit of Prophecy guidance, the Seventh-day Adventist Church is not just another denomination. It is a heaven-born Advent movement that has a special destiny, a mission and a message to proclaim which is the three angels’ messages that can be found in Revelation 14:6-12.Testimonies. Ellen G White says: “In a special sense Seventh-day Adventists have been set in the world as watchmen and light bearers. To them has been entrusted the last warning for a perishing world. On them is shining wonderful light from the Word of God. They have been given a work of the most solemn import — the proclamation of the first, second, and third angels’ messages”.
ELLEN G WHITE PREDICTIONS
Ellen G White’s predictions are related to Biblical prophecy, which is to be fulfilled in the last days. She made astounding predictions on events that would take place in the future, she warned about disasters that would come upon the inhabitants of the world, and also wrote on health issues that will intensify. And all she predicted was way ahead of the time she lived in.
Here a few examples of her PROPHECIES:
SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKE
“Not long hence, these cities will suffer under the judgment of God. San Francisco and Oakland are becoming as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the Lord will visit them in wrath”. Some people trusted the warnings of Ellen G White and left this area, avoiding the earthquake that happened that devastated the cities on April 18, 1906.
NEW YORK CITY BUILDING DESTRUCTION
“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 the owners and builders. Higher and still higher these buildings rose, and in them the most costly material was used…The scene that next passed before me was an alarm of fire. Men looked at the lofty and supposedly fire-proof 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.” This prediction can make us think about the September 11 terrorists attacks. But she also said: “But 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. From the light given me, I know that destruction is in the world. One word from the Lord, one touch of his mighty power, and these massive structures will fall. Scenes will take place the fearfulness of which we cannot imagine.”
“Soon great trouble will arise among nations—trouble that will not cease until Jesus comes”, “I was shown the inhabitants of the earth in the utmost confusion. There was war, bloodshed, want, privation, famine and pestilence, in the land; and as these things were without, God’s people began to press together, and cast aside their little difficulties. Self-dignity no longer controlled them. Deep humility took its place. Suffering, perplexity and privation, caused reason to resume its throne, and the passionate and unreasonable man became sane, and acted with discretion and wisdom.”, “My attention was then called from the scene. There seemed to be a little time of peace. Then the inhabitants of the earth were again presented before me, and everything was in the utmost confusion again. Strife, war and bloodshed, with famine and pestilence, raged everywhere. Other nations were engaged in this confusion and war. War caused famine. Want and bloodshed caused pestilence. And then men’s hearts will fail them for fear, “and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth.” The world has seen two world wars and over 200 wars between ethnic nations across the globe.
Ellen G White received numerous visions with detailed instructions regarding the establishment of the health ministry. The information that she gave regarding a healthy lifestyle was way ahead of her time, and it was contradictory to what the scientists of her time were saying. For example, among many other health
subjects, Ellen G White said that the use of animal products in the diet was harmful and that it will become more and more harmful over time. Her statements were so contradictory to the views of her days. “The meat diet is the serious question. Shall human beings live on the flesh of dead animals? The answer, from the light that God has given, is No, decidedly No. Health reform institutions should educate on this question. Physicians who claim to understand the human organism ought not to encourage their patients to subsist on the flesh of dead animals. They should point out the increase of disease in the animal kingdom. This testimony of examiners is that very few animals are free from disease, and that the practice of eating largely of meat is contracting diseases of all kinds— cancers, tumours, scrofula, tuberculosis, and numbers of other like affections”. Regarding tobacco she affirmed that “Tobacco is a poison of the most deceitful and malignant kind, having an exciting, then a paralysing influence upon the nerves of the body. It is all the more dangerous because its effects upon the system are so slow, and at first scarcely perceivable. Multitudes have fallen victims to its poisonous influence”. Only in 1957 a committee of scientists appointed by the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association concluded that smoking was a factor in lung cancer.
CRIME & WICKEDNESS
“I have been shown that the Spirit of the Lord is being withdrawn from the earth. God’s keeping power will soon be refused to all who continue to disregard His commandments. The reports of fraudulent transactions, murders, and crimes of every kind are coming to us daily. Iniquity is becoming so common a thing that it no longer shocks the senses as it once did”
“We feel depressed, greatly depressed, as we see the world and its wickedness Why is it that all this
wickedness does not break forth in decided violence against righteousness and truth? It is because the four angels are holding the four winds, that they shall not blow upon the earth. But human passions are reaching a high pass, and the Spirit of the Lord is being withdrawn from the earth. Were it not that God has commanded angelic agencies to control the satanic agencies that are seeking to break loose and to destroy, there would be no hope. But the winds are to be held until the servants of God are sealed in their foreheads.” Just by watching, listening or reading media we can see that crime, wickedness, and sins are intensifying and that they are being normalized. Many times, evil is even portrayed as good, and good as evil.
“The restraining Spirit of God is even now being withdrawn from the world. Hurricanes, storms, tempests, fire and flood, disasters by sea and land, follow each other in quick succession. Science seeks to explain all these. The signs thickening around us, telling of the near approach of the Son of God, are attributed to any other than the true cause. Men cannot discern the sentinel angels restraining the four winds that they shall not blow until the servants of God are sealed; but when God shall bid His angels loose the winds, there will be such a scene of strife as no pen can picture.” “In accidents and calamities by sea and by land, in great conflagrations, in fierce tornadoes and terrific hailstorms, in tempests, floods, cyclones, tidal waves, and earthquakes, in every place and in a thousand forms, Satan is exercising his power. He sweeps away the ripening harvest, and famine and distress follow. He imparts to the air a deadly taint, and thousands perish by the pestilence. These visitations are to become more and more frequent and disastrous And then
the great deceiver will persuade men that those who serve God are causing these evils. It will be declared that men are offending God by the violation of the Sunday sabbath; that this sin has brought calamities which will not cease until Sunday observance shall be strictly enforced” Lately, every continents in this world has experienced or is experiencing natural disasters that are not as usual and that are intensifying. These events only are already opening the eyes of many who are acknowledging that we are in the end days.
“I have been shown many who will claim to be especially taught of God, and will attempt to lead others, and from mistaken ideas of duty they will undertake a work that God has never laid upon them. Confusion will be the result. Let everyone seek God most earnestly for himself that he may individually understand His will. As one of the signs of Jerusalem’s destruction, Christ had said, “Many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many” [Matthew 24:11]. False prophets did rise, deceiving the people and leading great numbers into the desert. Magicians and sorcerers, claiming miraculous power, drew the people after them into the mountain solitudes. But this prophecy was spoken also for the last days. This sign is given as a sign of the second advent.” False prophets are rising and we have to compare the words of those who claim to be prophets with the words of the Bible, because there is a great danger that could bring death on those who are deceived. Among many sad events that happened by the leading of false prophets, we can, for example, think about the members of the Heavens Gate cult that in 1997 committed mass suicide, believing their souls would be transported to a spaceship. Their leader believed he was a descendant of Jesus Christ. He told his followers that he had a divine revelation that the world was due to be wiped clean by the alien founders and that they needed to leave the earth.
NO MIDDLE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL
“There can be only two classes. Each party is distinctly stamped, either with the seal of the living God, or with the mark of the beast or his image”, “In the great conflict between faith and unbelief the whole Christian world will be involved. All will take sides. Some apparently may not engage in the conflict on either side. They may not appear to take sides against the truth, but they will not come out boldly for Christ through fear of losing property or suffering reproach. All such are numbered with the enemies of Christ.”, “As we near the close of time the demarcation between the children of light and the children of darkness will be more and more decided. They will be more and more at variance. This difference is expressed”. We have seen and are seeing determined efforts on the part of people motivated by Satan to attack The Word of God and the Spirit of Prophecy, which are both products of heavenly inspiration and are accurate accounts describing the great controversy between good and evil, between Christ and Satan. In the last days of Earth’s history, we know there will be an intense effort by Satan to destroy the truth, and we will all have to choose our side because there is no middle.