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Ellen White never ever prophesied a date for Jesus to come! In fact she repeatedly spoke out against such a practice. Bear in mind reader that it was William Miller, a Baptist, that predicted that Jesus would come on October 22nd 1844. Ellen White did not get any visions from God until 1845 so it was humanly impossible for her to prophesy about that date. Note also that Miller’s only error was in thinking that October 22nd 1844 was the date for Jesus to come. You see he followed the time prophecies found in the book of Daniel 8 and 9 and correctly calculated that 1844 was the date for the cleansing of the Sanctuary based on the 2300 years prophecy found therein. He wrongly concluded, however, that that sanctuary was the earth so he believed that that meant that Jesus would come on that date – right Bible-based calculation but wrong event. I will be writing an article on that very soon giving a detailed explanation for the 2300 years prophecy. Suffice it to say now that Ellen White never predicted a date for Jesus to come and wrote against time-setting repeatedly. She and Seventh-day Adventists have been much maligned over the years. Listen to her side of the story now in her own words.
(1) In Life Sketches of James White and Ellen G. White 1888, page 221 Ellen White said:
“…. The above, relative to time-setting, was printed more than thirty years ago, and the books have been circulated everywhere. Yet some ministers claiming to be well acquainted with me, [Ellen White] make the statement that I have often set the time for the Lord to come, and those times have passed; therefore my visions are false. Such false statements are no doubt received by many as truth. Those who know me and are acquainted with my labors will make no such report in candor. This is the testimony I have borne ever since the passing of the time in 1844: ‘Time after time will be set by different ones, which will pass by; and the influence of this time-setting will be to destroy the faith of God’s people.’ If I had seen in vision, and borne my testimony to definite time, I could not have written and published, in the face of this testimony, that all times that should be set would pass, for the time of trouble must come before the coming of Christ. Certainly for the last thirty years, that is, since the publication of this statement, I would not be inclined to set a time for Christ to come, and thus place myself under the same condemnation with those whom I was reproving. I had no vision until 1845, which was after the passing of the time of general expectation in 1844.
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(2) In Evangelism, page 221 she said:
“A Caution Against Time-Setting Expressions—The times and seasons God has put in His own power. And why has not God given us this knowledge?—Because we would not make a right use of it if He did. A condition of things would result from this knowledge among our people that would greatly retard the work of God in preparing a people to stand in the great day that is to come. We are not to be engrossed with speculations in regard to the times and the seasons which God has not revealed. Jesus has told His disciples to “watch,” but not for definite time. His followers are to be in the position of those who are listening for the orders of their Captain; they are to watch, wait, pray, and work, as they approach the time for the coming of the Lord; but no one will be able to predict just when that time will come; for “of that day and hour knoweth no man.” You will not be able to say that He will come in one, two, or five years, neither are you to put off His coming by stating that it may not be for ten or twenty years…. We are not to know the definite time either for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit or for the coming of Christ.”
(3) In Selected Messages Book 1, page 185 she said:
Chapter 23 – Beware of Any Time Setting
“It is not for you to Know the Times or the Seasons”
[Sermon at Lansing, Michigan, Sept. 5, 1891.]
“He [Jesus] shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, …. When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power” ….
The disciples were anxious to know the exact time for the revelation of the kingdom of God; but Jesus tells them that they may not know the times and the seasons; for the Father has not revealed them. To understand when the kingdom of God should be restored, was not the thing of most importance for them to know. They were to be found following the Master, praying, waiting, watching, and working. They were to be representatives to the world of the character of Christ. That which was essential for a successful Christian experience in the days of the disciples, is essential in our day. “And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.”
(4) In Last Day Events, Page 34 Ellen White said:
“Ours Is Not a Time-setting Message
We are not of that class who define the exact period of time that shall elapse before the coming of Jesus the second time with power and great glory. Some have set a time, and when that has passed, their presumptuous spirits have not accepted rebuke, but they have set another and another time. But many successive failures have stamped them as false prophets…. (1895).
God gives no man a message that it will be five years or ten years or twenty years before this earth’s history shall close. He would not give any living being an excuse for delaying the preparation for His appearing. He would have no one say, as did the unfaithful servant, “My lord delayeth his coming.”
‘God Gives No Authority To Set A Time For Christ’s Return
No one has a true message fixing the time when Christ is to come or not to come. Be assured that God gives no one authority to say that Christ delays His coming five years, ten years, or twenty years. “Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.”’
As I conclude, it is my hope therefore that all interested read Ellen White’s writings thoroughly for themselves. Let her remain innocent until proven guilty by concrete facts. I have done my own research over the years and I can tell you that if you value what God said to Peter, Paul, James and John you will also value what God said to a relatively uneducated woman called Ellen White whom God has used to bless millions directly and indirectly. Let us not trap and confine the power of God to the Bible only. Let us let God be God and let Him use whom He will in any epoch that He will. He is the same, yesterday, today and forever. As the Bible says “… believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper. (2 Chron. 20:20)”
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