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It is impossible to tell the story of the beginning and subsequent development of the Seventh-day Adventist church without telling the story of one of its cofounders, Ellen G. White. While she herself preferred the designation “special messenger,” it is significant that she never contradicted anyone who happened to refer to her as a prophet.
This book has been prepared primarily for use in college classes in the Gift of Prophecy, it should be useful to Seventh-day Adventist ministers and others who wish to make a careful study of the place of the prophetic gift in the Seventh-day Adventist church today.
The identifying marks of the “remnant of God’s church” are obedience to the commandments of God, and the presence of the testimony of Jesus Christ, which is the Spirit of prophecy. We are members of the remnant of God’s church only when we are found obeying His commandments and having or possessing or clinging to the Spirit of prophecy.
The prophetic gift has been God’s chosen method of revealing Himself to the human race after man had been ruined through sin. This prophetic gift was to abide with the church from Adam to the second advent of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, when He comes to take His redeemed people to Paradise. It did not cease with the apostles, but is traceable through the centuries until the final days of earths history.
Arthur White, was for many years secretary of the Ellen G. White Estate. He was also the grandson of Ellen White. This book exists to pass onto the readers his intimate knowledge of the operation of inspiration and the writing of the prophetic message as seen in the experience of Ellen G. White.
This volume of short, descriptive essays attempts to provide the essential historical background for understanding Ellen White’s writings. The authors have chosen to explore selected elements of American nineteenth century history that were either of significance to this shaper of Adventism or place her concerns within the context of the larger society. Thus the writers respectively address such subjects as eating and drinking habits, travel conditions, and entertainment, among other things in society.
In these short essays Adventist pioneers share their inmost thoughts and convictions about Ellen White as God’s appointed messenger to the Seventh-day Adventist church.We share in their personall experiences and effects that her inspired counsel had upon their lives and the life of the church.
Basic to any understanding of Ellen White is her own walk with God. Everything she did must be understood and interpreted within this context. To open a window of understanding to Ellen White’s heart, readers need to know and even experience her passions. There are two braided golden threads that weave through her entire life and experience that are central to who she was and what she accomplished—the love of God in Christ and a focus on Scripture. Her orientation toward the love of God and the Bible were integrally interwoven with her prophetic ministry. Her writings, which were guided by prophetic revelation through visions and prophetic dreams, must be read and understood with this perspective.
If you could ask one question of Ellen White, what would it be? Elder William Fagal, associate director of the Ellen G. White Estate, provides thought-provoking answers to 101 of the most frequently asked and often most controversial inquiries. He exposes many of the myths that have developed and introduces readers to the real truth about this inspirational author.