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Today’s blog will be a little different. I would like to give you some examples of another author’s interpretation of Scriptures and prophesies. I believe Ellen G White is a prophet of God and through the leading of the Holy Spirit, has shared poignant insights with us. She “is the most translated American author (nonfiction) of all time as well as the most translated woman in history.” (http://youtu.be/lbkAGvPFllQ Ted Wilson) (middlemaybooks.com) (Pinterest.ca) (Reddit) (The Compass Magazine)
My sister and I are reading The Great Controversy by EG White. We have both read it before and find it a very informative, gripping, And compelling account of the history of God’s remnant people, from Jesus’ first advent to the end time. EG White describes, in detail, the events and correlating Prophecies that take place during this time in history. I plan to share parts of her book from time to time in future blogs. Today, I want to share some sections of the introduction and chapter 1.
“The Spirit was not given—nor can it ever be bestowed—to su- persede the Bible; for the Scriptures explicitly state that the word of God is the standard by which all teaching and experience must be tested. Says the apostle John, “Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1. And Isaiah declares, “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” Isaiah 8:20.“ (E.G.W., viii)
“To unfold the scenes of the great controversy between truth and error; to reveal the wiles of Satan, and the means by which he may be successfully resisted; to present a satisfactory solution of the great problem of evil, shedding such a light upon the origin and the final disposition of sin as to make fully manifest the justice and benevolence of God in all His dealings with His creatures; and to show the holy, unchanging nature of His law, is the object of this book. That through its influence souls may be delivered from the power of darkness, and become “partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light,” to the praise of Him who loved us, and gave Himself for us, is the earnest prayer of the writer.“ (E.G.W, p. XII)
EG White describes the spiritual condition of Jerusalem and compared it to the condition of earth leading up to the 2nd Coming.
“He, the Son of God, the Promised One of Israel, whose power had conquered death and called its captives from the grave, was in tears, not of ordinary grief, but of intense, irrepressible agony. His tears were not for Himself, though He well knew whither His feet were tending. Before Him lay Gethsemane, the scene of His approaching agony. The sheepgate also was in sight, through which for centuries the victims for sacrifice had been led, and which was to open for Him when He should be “brought as a lamb to the slaughter.” Isaiah 53:7. Not far distant was Calvary, the place of crucifixion. Upon the path which Christ was soon to tread must fall the horror of great darkness as He should make His soul an offering for sin. Yet it was not the contemplation of these scenes that cast the shadow upon Him in this hour of gladness. No foreboding of His own superhuman anguish clouded that unselfish spirit. He wept for the doomed thousands of Jerusalem—because of the blindness and impenitence of those whom He came to bless and to save.“ (E.G.W., p18)
“Christ saw in Jerusalem a symbol of the world hardened in unbelief and rebellion, and hastening on to meet the retributive judgments of God. The woes of a fallen race, pressing upon His soul, forced from His lips that exceeding bitter cry. He saw the record of sin traced in human misery, tears, and blood; His heart was moved with infinite pity for the afflicted and suffering ones of earth; He yearned to relieve them all. But even His hand might not turn back the tide of human woe; few would seek their only Source of help. He was willing to pour out His soul unto death, to bring salvation within their reach; but few would come to Him that they might have life. The Majesty of heaven in tears! the Son of the infinite God troubled in spirit, bowed down with anguish! The scene filled all heaven with wonder. That scene reveals to us the exceeding sinfulness of sin; it shows how hard a task it is, even for Infinite Power, to save the guilty from the consequences of transgressing the law of God. Jesus, looking down to the last generation, saw the world involved in a deception similar to that which caused the destruction of Jerusalem. The great sin of the Jews was their rejection of Christ; the great sin of the Christian world would be their rejection of the law of God, the foundation of His government in Heaven and earth. The precepts of Jehovah would be despised and set at nought. Millions in bondage to sin, slaves of Satan, doomed to suffer the second death, would refuse to listen to the words of truth in their day of visitation. Terrible blindness! strange infatuation!“. (E.G.W, p. 23)
EG White writes about the warning Jesus gives the disciples in Luke 21:20,21. God gave His people a sign to look for when it was time for them to run from the eminent destruction.
“Not one Christian perished in the destruction of Jerusalem. Christ had given His disciples warning, and all who believed His words watched for the promised sign. “When ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies,” said Jesus, “then know that the desola-
tion thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out.” (Luke 21:20, 21) After the Romans under Cestius had surrounded the city, they unexpectedly abandoned the siege when everything seemed favorable for an immediate attack. The besieged, despair-
ing of successful resistance, were on the point of surrender, when the Roman general withdrew his forces without the least apparent reason. But God’s merciful providence was directing events for the good of His own people. The promised sign had been given to the waiting Christians, and now an opportunity was offered for all who would, to obey the Saviour’s warning. Events were so overruled that neither Jews nor Romans should hinder the flight of the Christians.“ (E.G.W., p. 31)
“Let men beware lest they neglect the lesson conveyed to them in the words of Christ. As He warned His disciples of Jerusalem’s destruction, giving them a sign of the approaching ruin, that they might make their escape; so He has warned the world of the day of final destruction and has given them tokens of its approach, that all
who will may flee from the wrath to come. Jesus declares: “There shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations.” Luke 21:25; Matthew 24:29; Mark 13:24-26; Revelation 6:12-17. Those who behold these harbingers of His coming are to “know that it is near, even at the doors.” Matthew 24:33. “Watch ye therefore,” are His words of admonition. Mark 13:35. They that heed the warning shall not be left in darkness, that that day should overtake them unawares. But to them that will not watch, “the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.” 1 Thessalonians 5:2-5.“. (E.G.W., p. 38)
I hope you were inspired by quotes from this awesome book. If you would like to read the book, go to whiteestate.org. You can get a free pdf. Another phenomenal book by EG White is The Desire of Ages – on the life of Jesus. I highly recommend both books, remembering that no earthly author can take the place of studying the Bible. eG White wrote : “Little heed is given to the Bible, and the Lord has given a lesser light to lead men and women to the greater light.” (Review and Herald, Jan 20, 1903)
Until next time, may our Savior use you as a lesser light to bring souls to His greater light. (Mark 16:15)