At the age of eleven years I was converted, and when twelve years old was baptised, and
joined the Methodist Church. At the age of thirteen I heard William Miller deliver his
second course of lectures in Portland, Maine. I then felt that I was not holy, not ready
to see Jesus. And when the invitation was given for church members and sinners to come
forward for prayers, I embraced the first opportunity, for I knew that I must have a great
work done for me to fit me for heaven. My soul was thirsting for full and free salvation,
but knew not how to obtain it.
In 1842, I constantly attended the second advent meetings in Portland, Maine, and fully
believed that the Lord was coming. I was hungering and thirsting for full salvation, an
entire conformity to the will of God. Day and night I was struggling to obtain this
priceless treasure, that all the riches of earth could not purchase. As I was bowed before
God praying for this blessing, the duty to go and pray in a public prayer meeting was
presented before me. I had never prayed vocally in meeting, and drew back from the duty,
fearing that if I should attempt to pray I would be confounded. Every time I went before
the Lord in secret prayer this unfulfilled duty presented itself, until I ceased to pray,
and settled down in a melancholy state, and finally in deep despair.
In this state of mind I remained for three weeks, with not one ray of light to pierce the thick clouds of darkness around me. I then had two dreams which gave me a faint ray of light and hope. After that I opened my mind to my devoted mother. She told me that I was not lost and advised me to go and see Brother Stockman, who then preached to the Advent people in Portland. I had great confidence in him, for he was a devoted and beloved servant of Christ. His words affected me and led me to hope. I returned home and again went before the Lord, and promised that I would do and suffer anything if I could have the smiles of Jesus. The same duty was presented. There was to be a prayer meeting that evening, which I attended, and when others knelt to pray, I bowed with them trembling, and after two or three had prayed, I opened my mouth in prayer before I was aware of it, and the promises of God looked to me like so many precious pearls that were to be received by only asking for them. As I prayed, the burden and agony of soul that I had so long felt left me, and the blessing of God came upon me like the gentle dew. I gave glory to God for what I felt, but I longed for more. I could not be satisfied till I was filled with the fullness of God. Inexpressible love for Jesus filled my soul. Wave after wave of glory rolled over me, until my body grew stiff. Everything was shut out from me but Jesus and glory, and I knew nothing of what was passing around me.
I remained in this state of body and mind a long time, and when I realised what was
around me, everything seemed changed. Everything looked glorious and new, as if smiling
and praising God. I was then willing to confess Jesus everywhere. For six months not a
cloud of darkness passed over my mind. My soul was daily drinking rich draughts of
salvation. I thought that those who loved Jesus would love His coming, so went to the
class meeting and told them what Jesus had done for me and what a fullness I enjoyed
through believing that the Lord was coming. The class leader interrupted me, saying,
"Through Methodism"; but I could not give the glory to Methodism when it was
Christ and the hope of His soon coming that had made me free.
Most of my father's family were full believers in the advent, and for bearing testimony
to this glorious doctrine seven of us were at one time cast out of the Methodist Church.
At this time the words of the prophet were exceedingly precious to us: "Your brethren
that hated you, that cast you out for My name's sake, said, Let the Lord be glorified: but
He shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed." Isa. 66:5.
From this time, up to December, 1844, my joys, trials, and disappointments were like
those of my dear Advent friends around me. At this time I visited one of our Advent
sisters, and in the morning we bowed around the family altar. It was not an exciting
occasion, and there were but five of us present, all women. While I was praying, the power
of God came upon me as I had never felt it before. I was wrapped in a vision of God's
glory, and seemed to be rising higher and higher from the earth, and was shown something
of the travels of the Advent people to the Holy City, as narrated below.
My First Vision
As God has shown me the travels of the Advent people to the Holy City and the rich
reward to be given those who wait the return of their Lord from the wedding, it may be my
duty to give you a short sketch of what God has revealed to me. The dear saints have many
trials to pass through. But our light afflictions, which are but for a moment, will work
for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory--while we look not at the things
which are seen, for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not
seen are eternal. I have tried to bring back a good report and a few grapes from the
heavenly Canaan, for which many would stone me, as the congregation bade stone Caleb and
Joshua for their report. (Num. 14:10.) But I declare to you, my brethren and sisters in
the Lord, it is a goodly land, and we are well able to go up and possess it.
While I was praying at the family altar, the Holy Ghost fell upon me, and I seemed to
be rising higher and higher, far above the dark world. I turned to look for the Advent
people in the world, but could not find them, when a voice said to me, "Look again,
and look a little higher." At this I raised my eyes, and saw a straight and narrow
path, cast up high above the world. On this path the Advent people were travelling to the
city, which was at the farther end of the path. They had a bright light set up behind them
at the beginning of the path, which an angel told me was the midnight cry. This light
shone all along the path and gave light for their feet so that they might not stumble. If
they kept their eyes fixed on Jesus, who was just before them, leading them to the city,
they were safe. But soon some grew weary, and said the city was a great way off, and they
expected to have entered it before. Then Jesus would encourage them by raising His
glorious right arm, and from His arm came a light which waved over the Advent band, and
they shouted, "Alleluia!" Others rashly denied the light behind them and said
that it was not God that had led them out so far. The light behind them went out, leaving
their feet in perfect darkness, and they stumbled and lost sight of the mark and of Jesus,
and fell off the path down into the dark and wicked world below. Soon we heard the voice
of God like many waters, which gave us the day and hour of Jesus' coming. The living
saints, 144,000 in number, knew and understood the voice, while the wicked thought it was
thunder and an earthquake. When God spoke the time, He poured upon us the Holy Ghost, and
our faces began to light up and shine with the glory of God, as Moses' did when he came
down from Mount Sinai.
The 144,000 were all sealed and perfectly united. On their foreheads was written, God,
New Jerusalem, and a glorious star containing Jesus' new name. At our happy, holy state
the wicked were enraged, and would rush violently up to lay hands on us to thrust us into
prison, when we would stretch forth the hand in the name of the Lord, and they would fall
helpless to the ground. Then it was that the synagogue of Satan knew that God had loved us
who could wash one another's feet and salute the brethren with a holy kiss, and they
worshiped at our feet.
Soon our eyes were drawn to the east, for a small black cloud had appeared, about half
as large as a man's hand, which we all knew was the sign of the Son of man. We all in
solemn silence gazed on the cloud as it drew nearer and became lighter, glorious, and
still more glorious, till it was a great white cloud. The bottom appeared like fire; a
rainbow was over the cloud, while around it were ten thousand angels, singing a most
lovely song; and upon it sat the Son of man. His hair was white and curly and lay on His
shoulders; and upon His head were many crowns. His feet had the appearance of fire; in His
right hand was a sharp sickle; in His left, a silver trumpet. His eyes were as a flame of
fire, which searched His children through and through. Then all faces gathered paleness,
and those that God had rejected gathered blackness. Then we all cried out, "Who shall
be able to stand? Is my robe spotless?" Then the angels ceased to sing, and there was
some time of awful silence, when Jesus spoke: "Those who have clean hands and pure
hearts shall be able to stand; My grace is sufficient for you." At this our faces
lighted up, and joy filled every heart. And the angels struck a note higher and sang
again, while the cloud drew still nearer the earth.
Then Jesus' silver trumpet sounded, as He descended on the cloud, wrapped in flames of
fire. He gazed on the graves of the sleeping saints, then raised His eyes and hands to
heaven, and cried, "Awake! awake! awake! ye that sleep in the dust, and arise."
Then there was a mighty earthquake. The graves opened, and the dead came up clothed with
immortality. The 144,000 shouted, "Alleluia!" as they recognised their friends
who had been torn from them by death, and in the same moment we were changed and caught up
together with them to meet the Lord in the air.
We all entered the cloud together, and were seven days ascending to the sea of glass, when Jesus brought the crowns, and with His own right hand placed them on our heads. He gave us harps of gold and palms of victory. Here on the sea of glass the 144,000 stood in a perfect square. Some of them had very bright crowns, others not so bright. Some crowns appeared heavy with stars, while others had but f
perfectly satisfied with their crowns. And they were all clothed with a glorious white
mantle from their shoulders to their feet. Angels were all about us as we marched over the
sea of glass to the gate of the city. Jesus raised His mighty, glorious arm, laid hold of
the pearly gate, swung it back on its glittering hinges, and said to us, "You have
washed your robes in My blood, stood stiffly for My truth, enter in." We all marched
in and felt that we had a perfect right in the city.
Here we saw the tree of life and the throne of God. Out of the throne came a pure river
of water, and on either side of the river was the tree of life. On one side of the river
was a trunk of a tree, and a trunk on the other side of the river, both of pure,
transparent gold. At first I thought I saw two trees. I looked again, and saw that they
were united at the top in one tree. So it was the tree of life on either side of the river
of life. Its branches bowed to the place where we stood, and the fruit was glorious; it
looked like gold mixed with silver.
We all went under the tree and sat down to look at the glory of the place, when
Brethren Fitch and Stockman, who had preached the gospel of the kingdom, and whom God had
laid in the grave to save them, came up to us and asked us what we had passed through
while they were sleeping. We tried to call up our greatest trials, but they looked so
small compared with the far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory that surrounded us
that we could not speak them out, and we all cried out, "Alleluia, heaven is cheap
enough!" and we touched our glorious harps and made heaven's arches ring.
With Jesus at our head we all descended from the city down to this earth, on a great
and mighty mountain, which could not bear Jesus up, and it parted asunder, and there was a
mighty plain. Then we looked up and saw the great city, with twelve foundations, and
twelve gates, three on each side, and an angel at each gate. We all cried out, "The
city, the great city, it's coming, it's coming down from God out of heaven," and it
came and settled on the place where we stood. Then we began to look at the glorious things
outside of the city. There I saw most glorious houses, that had the appearance of silver,
supported by four pillars set with pearls most glorious to behold. These were to be
inhabited by the saints. In each was a golden shelf. I saw many of the saints go into the
houses, take off their glittering crowns and lay them on the shelf, then go out into the
field by the houses to do something with the earth; not as we have to do with the earth
here; no, no. A glorious light shone all about their heads, and they were continually
shouting and offering praises to God.
I saw another field full of all kinds of flowers, and as I plucked them, I cried out,
"They will never fade." Next I saw a field of tall grass, most glorious to
behold; it was living green and had a reflection of silver and gold, as it waved proudly
to the glory of King Jesus. Then we entered a field full of all kinds of beasts--the lion,
the lamb, the leopard, and the wolf, all together in perfect union. We passed through the
midst of them, and they followed on peaceably after. Then we entered a wood, not like the
dark woods we have here; no, no; but light, and all over glorious; the branches of the
trees moved to and fro, and we all cried out, "We will dwell safely in the wilderness
and sleep in the woods." We passed through the woods, for we were on our way to Mount
As we were travelling along, we met a company who also were gazing at the glories of
the place. I noticed red as a border on their garments; their crowns were brilliant; their
robes were pure white. As we greeted them, I asked Jesus who they were. He said they were
martyrs that had been slain for Him. With them was an innumerable company of little ones;
they also had a hem of red on their garments. Mount Zion was just before us, and on the
mount was a glorious temple, and about it were seven other mountains, on which grew roses
and lilies. And I saw the little ones climb, or, if they chose, use their little wings and
fly, to the top of the mountains and pluck the never-fading flowers. There were all kinds
of trees around the temple to beautify the place: the box, the pine, the fir, the oil, the
myrtle, the pomegranate, and the fig tree bowed down with the weight of its timely
figs--these made the place all over glorious. And as we were about to enter the holy
temple, Jesus raised His lovely voice and said, "Only the 144,000 enter this
place," and we shouted, "Alleluia."
This temple was supported by seven pillars, all of transparent gold, set with pearls
most glorious. The wonderful things I there saw I cannot describe. Oh, that I could talk
in the language of Canaan, then could I tell a little of the glory of the better world. I
saw there tables of stone in which the names of the 144,000 were engraved in letters of
gold. After we beheld the glory of the temple, we went out, and Jesus left us and went to
the city. Soon we heard His lovely voice again, saying, "Come, My people, you have
come out of great tribulation, and done My will; suffered for Me; come in to supper, for I
will gird Myself, and serve you." We shouted, "Alleluia! glory!" and
entered into the city. And I saw a table of pure silver; it was many miles in length, yet
our eyes could extend over it. I saw the fruit of the tree of life, the manna, almonds,
figs, pomegranates, grapes, and many other kinds of fruit. I asked Jesus to let me eat of
the fruit. He said, "Not now. Those who eat of the fruit of this land go back to
earth no more. But in a little while, if faithful, you shall both eat of the fruit of the
tree of life and drink of the water of the fountain." And He said, "You must go
back to the earth again and relate to others what I have revealed to you." Then an
angel bore me gently down to this dark world. Sometimes I think I can stay here no longer;
all things of earth look so dreary. I feel very lonely here, for I have seen a better
land. Oh, that I had wings like a dove, then would I fly away and be at rest! -
After I came out of vision, everything looked changed; a gloom was spread over all that
I beheld. Oh, how dark this world looked to me. I wept when I found myself here, and felt
homesick. I had seen a better world, and it had spoiled this for me. I told the view to
our little band in Portland, who then fully believed it to be of God. That was a powerful
time. The solemnity of eternity rested upon us. About one week after this the Lord gave me
another view and showed me the trials I must pass through, and that I must go and relate
to others what He had revealed to me, and that I should meet with great opposition and
suffer anguish of spirit by going. But said the angel, "The grace of God is
sufficient for you; He will hold you up."
After I came out of this vision, I was exceedingly troubled. My health was very poor,
and I was but seventeen years old. I knew that many had fallen through exaltation, and I
knew that if I in any way became exalted, God would leave me, and I should surely be lost.
I went to the Lord in prayer and begged Him to lay the burden on someone else. It seemed
to me that I could not bear it. I lay upon my face a long time, and all the light I could
get was, "Make known to others what I have revealed to you."
In my next vision I earnestly begged of the Lord that, if I must go and relate what He
had shown to me, He would keep me from exaltation. Then He showed me that my prayer was
answered, and if I should be in danger of exaltation His hand would be laid upon me, and I
would be afflicted with sickness. Said the angel, "If you deliver the messages
faithfully, and endure unto the end, you shall eat of the fruit of the tree of life and
drink of the water of the river of life."
Soon it was reported all around that the visions were the result of mesmerism, and many
Adventists were ready to believe and circulate the report. A physician who was a
celebrated mesmeriser told me that my views were mesmerism, that I was a very easy
subject, and that he could mesmerise me and give me a vision. I told him that the Lord had
shown me in vision that mesmerism was from the devil, from the bottomless pit, and that it
would soon go there, with those who continued to use it. I then gave him liberty to
mesmerise me if he could. He tried for more than half an hour, resorting to different
operations, and then gave it up. By faith in God I was able to resist his influence, so
that it did not affect me in the least.
If I had a vision in meeting, many would say that it was excitement and that someone
mesmerised me. Then I would go away alone in the woods, where no eye or ear but God's
could see or hear, and pray to Him, and He would sometimes give me a vision there. I then
rejoiced, and told them what God had revealed to me alone, where no mortal could influence
me. But I was told by some that I mesmerised myself. Oh, thought I, has it come to this
that those who honestly go to God alone to plead His promises and to claim His salvation,
are to be charged with being under the foul and soul-damning influence of mesmerism? Do we
ask our kind Father in heaven for "bread," only to receive a "stone"
or a "scorpion"? These things wounded my spirit, and wrung my soul in keen
anguish, well-nigh to despair, while many would have me believe that there was no Holy
Ghost and that all the exercises that holy men of God have experienced were only mesmerism
or the deceptions of Satan.
At this time there was fanaticism in Maine. Some refrained wholly from labour and
disfellowshipped all those who would not receive their views on this point, and some other
things which they held to be religious duties. God revealed these errors to me in vision
and sent me to His erring children to declare them; but many of them wholly rejected the
message, and charged me with conforming to the world. On the other hand, the nominal
Adventists charged me with fanaticism, and I was falsely, and by some wickedly,
represented as being the leader of the fanaticism that I was actually labouring to
correct. Different times were repeatedly set for the Lord to come and were urged upon the
brethren; but the Lord showed me that they would all pass by, for the time of trouble must
come before the coming of Christ, and that every time that was set and passed by would
only weaken the faith of God's people. For this I was charged with being with the evil
servant that said in his heart, "My Lord delayeth His coming."
All these things weighed heavily upon my spirits, and in the confusion I was sometimes
tempted to doubt my own experience. While at family prayers one morning, the power of God
began to rest upon me, and the thought rushed into my mind that it was mesmerism, and I
resisted it. Immediately I was struck dumb and for a few moments was lost to everything
around me. I then saw my sin in doubting the power of God, and that for so doing I was
struck dumb, and that my tongue would be loosed in less than twenty-four hours. A card was
held up before me, on which were written in letters of gold the chapter and verse of fifty
texts of Scripture. After I came out of vision, I beckoned for the slate, and wrote upon
it that I was dumb, also what I had seen, and that I wished the large Bible. I took the
Bible and readily turned to all the texts that I had seen upon the card. I was unable to
speak all day. Early the next morning my soul was filled with joy, and my tongue was
loosed to shout the high praises of God. After that I dared not doubt or for a moment
resist the power of God, however others might think of me.
In 1846, while at Fairhaven, Massachusetts, my sister (who usually accompanied me at
that time), Sister A., Brother G., and myself started in a sailboat to visit a family on
West's Island. It was almost night when we started. We had gone but a short distance when
a storm suddenly arose. It thundered and lightened, and the rain came in torrents upon us.
It seemed plain that we must be lost, unless God should deliver.
I knelt down in the boat and began to cry to God to deliver us. And there upon the
tossing billows, while the water washed over the top of the boat upon us, I was taken off
in vision and saw that sooner would every drop of water in the ocean be dried up than we
perish, for my work had but just begun. After I came out of the vision all my fears were
gone, and we sang and praised God, and our little boat was to us a floating Bethel. The
editor of The Advent Herald has said that my visions were known to be "the result of
mesmeric operations." But, I ask, what opportunity was there for mesmeric operations
in such a time as that? Brother G. had more than he could well do to manage the boat. He
tried to anchor, but the anchor dragged. Our little boat was tossed upon the waves and
driven by the wind, while it was so dark that we could not see from one end of the boat to
the other. Soon the anchor held, and Brother G. called for help. There were but two houses
on the island, and it proved that we were near one of them, but not the one where we
wished to go. All the family had retired to rest except a little child, who providentially
heard the call for help upon the water. Her father soon came to our relief, and, in a
small boat, took us to the shore. We spent the most of that night in thanksgiving and
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And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things
shall be performed, because thou believest not My words, which shall be fulfilled in their
season. Luke 1:20.
All things that the Father hath are Mine: therefore said I, that He shall take of Mine,
and shall show it unto you. John 16:15.
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as
the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2:4.
And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto Thy servants, that with all
boldness they may speak Thy word, by stretching forth Thine hand to heal; and that signs
and wonders may be done by the name of Thy holy child Jesus. And when they had prayed, the
place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the
Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. Acts 4:29-31.
Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine,
lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. Ask, and it shall be
given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for everyone
that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be
opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give
good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give
good things to them that ask Him? Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should
do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. Beware of false
prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Matt. 7:6-12, 15.
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and
wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Matt.
As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him: rooted and
built up in Him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein
with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after
the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. Col. 2:6-8.
Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye
have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the
promise. For yet a little while, and He that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now
the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, My soul shall have no pleasure in
him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the
saving of the soul. Heb. 10:35-39.
For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God
did from His. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the
same example of unbelief. For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any
two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the
joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Heb.
Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will
perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. . . . Only let your conversation be as it
becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may
hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together
for the faith of the gospel; and in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to
them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. For unto you
it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for
His sake. Phil. 1:6, 27-29.
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure. Do all
things without murmurings and disputings: that ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons
of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine
as lights in the world. Phil. 2:13-15.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the
whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we
wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against
the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the
evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about
with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the
preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye
shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of
salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Praying always with all
prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and
supplication for all saints. Eph. 6:10-18.
And be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for
Christ's sake hath forgiven you. Eph. 4:32.
Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto
unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently.
1 Peter 1:22.
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that
ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have
love one to another. John 13:34, 35.
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your
own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? 2 Cor. 13:5.
According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master builder, I have
laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he
buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus
Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood,
hay, stubble; every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it,
because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort
it is. 1 Cor. 3:10-13.
Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy
Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which He hath purchased with His
own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among
you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse
things, to draw away disciples after them. Acts 20:28-30.
I marvel that ye are so soon removed from Him that called you into the grace of Christ
unto another gospel: which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would
pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other
gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said
before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have
received, let him be accursed. Gal. 1:6-9.
Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that
which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops. And I
say unto you My friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no
more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear Him, which after
He hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear Him. Are not five
sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the
very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than
many sparrows. Luke 12:3-7.
For it is written, He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee: and in
their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Luke 4:10, 11.
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts,
to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we
have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and
not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in
despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed. 2 Cor. 4:6-9.
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more
exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, but
at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the
things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Cor. 4:17, 18.
Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in
the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in
heaviness through manifold temptations: that the trial of your faith, being much more
precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto
praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:5-7.
For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord. 1 Thess. 3:8.
And these things shall follow them that believe: In My name shall they cast out devils;
they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any
deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall
recover. Mark 16:17, 18.
His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born
blind: but by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes we know
not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself. These words spake his parents,
because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess
that He was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue. Therefore said his parents, He
is of age; ask him. Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give
God the praise: we know that this Man is a sinner. He answered and said, Whether He be a
sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see. Then
said they to him again, What did He to thee? how opened He thine eyes? He answered them, I
have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? Would ye
also be His disciples? John 9:20-27.
And whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be
glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in My name, I will do it. If ye love Me,
keep My commandments. John 14:13-15.
If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall
be done unto you. Herein is My Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be
My disciples. John 15:7, 8.
And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,
saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with Thee, Thou Jesus of Nazareth? art Thou come
to destroy us? I know Thee who Thou art, the Holy One of God. And Jesus rebuked him,
saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. Mark 1:23-25.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor
powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other
creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our
Lord. Rom. 8:38, 39.
And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These things saith He that is
holy, He that is true, He that hath the key of David, He that openeth, and no man
shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; I know thy works: behold, I have set before
thee an open door, and no man can shut it; for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept
My word, and hast not denied My name. Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan,
which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and
worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. Because thou hast kept the
word of My patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come
upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold
that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. Him that overcometh will I make a
pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the
name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, which is New Jerusalem, which cometh
down out of heaven from My God: and I will write upon him My new name. He that hath an
ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Rev. 3:7-13.
These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they
which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being
the first fruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they
are without fault before the throne of God. Rev. 14:4, 5.
For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord
Jesus Christ. Phil. 3:20.
Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman
waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he
receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the
coming of the Lord draweth nigh. James 5:7, 8.
Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body,
according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself. Phil.
And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of
man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. And another angel
came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in
Thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for Thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth
is ripe. And He that sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth; and the earth was
reaped. And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a
sharp sickle. Rev. 14:14-17.
There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. Heb. 4:9.
And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven,
prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. Rev. 21:2.
And I looked, and lo, a Lamb stood on the Mount Sion, and with Him an hundred forty and
four thousand, having His Father's name written in their foreheads. Rev. 14:1.
And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the
throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of life, and on either side of
the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her
fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And
there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and
His servants shall serve Him. And they shall see His face; and His name shall be in their
foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of
the sun; for the Lord giveth them light: and they shall reign forever and ever. Rev.
The Lord gave me the following view in 1847, while the brethren were assembled on the
Sabbath, at Topsham, Maine.
We felt an unusual spirit of prayer. And as we prayed the Holy Ghost fell upon us. We
were very happy. Soon I was lost to earthly things and was wrapped in a vision of God's
glory. I saw an angel flying swiftly to me. He quickly carried me from the earth to the
Holy City. In the city I saw a temple, which I entered. I passed through a door before I
came to the first veil. This veil was raised, and I passed into the holy place. Here I saw
the altar of incense, the candlestick with seven lamps, and the table on which was the
shewbread. After viewing the glory of the holy, Jesus raised the second veil and I passed
into the holy of holies.
In the holiest I saw an ark; on the top and sides of it was purest gold. On each end of
the ark was a lovely cherub, with its wings spread out over it. Their faces were turned
toward each other, and they looked downward. Between the angels was a golden censer. Above
the ark, where the angels stood, was an exceeding bright glory, that appeared like a
throne where God dwelt. Jesus stood by the ark, and as the saints' prayers came up to Him,
the incense in the censer would smoke, and He would offer up their prayers with the smoke
of the incense to His Father. In the ark was the golden pot of manna, Aaron's rod that
budded, and the tables of stone which folded together like a book. Jesus opened them, and
I saw the ten commandments written on them with the finger of God. On one table were four,
and on the other six. The four on the first table shone brighter than the other six. But
the fourth, the Sabbath commandment, shone above them all; for the Sabbath was set apart
to be kept in honour of God's holy name. The holy Sabbath looked glorious--a halo of glory
was all around it. I saw that the Sabbath commandment was not nailed to the cross. If it
was, the other nine commandments were; and we are at liberty to break them all, as well as
to break the fourth. I saw that God had not changed the Sabbath, for He never changes. But
the pope had changed it from the seventh to the first day of the week; for he was to
change times and laws.
And I saw that if God had changed the Sabbath from the seventh to the first day, He
would have changed the writing of the Sabbath commandment, written on the tables of stone,
which are now in the ark in the most holy place of the temple in heaven; and it would read
thus: The first day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God. But I saw that it read the same as
when written on the tables of stone by the finger of God, and delivered to Moses on Sinai.
"But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God." I saw that the holy
Sabbath is, and will be, the separating wall between the true Israel of God and
unbelievers; and that the Sabbath is the great question to unite the hearts of God's dear,
I saw that God had children who do not see and keep the Sabbath. They have not rejected
the light upon it. And at the commencement of the time of trouble, we were filled with the
Holy Ghost as we went forth and proclaimed the Sabbath more fully. This enraged the
churches and nominal Adventists, as they could not refute the Sabbath truth. And at this
time God's chosen all saw clearly that we had the truth, and they came out and endured the
persecution with us. I saw the sword, famine, pestilence, and great confusion in the land.
The wicked thought that we had brought the judgements upon them, and they rose up and took
counsel to rid the earth of us, thinking that then the evil would be stayed.
In the time of trouble we all fled from the cities and villages, but were pursued by
the wicked, who entered the houses of the saints with a sword. They raised the sword to
kill us, but it broke, and fell as powerless as a straw. Then we all cried day and night
for deliverance, and the cry came up before God. The sun came up, and the moon stood
still. The streams ceased to flow. Dark, heavy clouds came up and clashed against each
other. But there was one clear place of settled glory, whence came the voice of God like
many waters, which shook the heavens and the earth. The sky opened and shut and was in
commotion. The mountains shook like a reed in the wind, and cast out ragged rocks all
around. The sea boiled like a pot and cast out stones upon the land. And as God spoke the
day and the hour of Jesus' coming and delivered the everlasting covenant to His people, He
spoke one sentence, and then paused, while the words were rolling through the earth. The
Israel of God stood with their eyes fixed upward, listening to the words as they came from
the mouth of Jehovah, and rolled through the earth like peals of loudest thunder. It was
awfully solemn. And at the end of every sentence the saints shouted, "Glory!
Alleluia!" Their countenances were lighted up with the glory of God; and they shone
with the glory, as did the face of Moses when he came down from Sinai. The wicked could
not look on them for the glory. And when the never-ending blessing was pronounced on those
who had honoured God in keeping His Sabbath holy, there was a mighty shout of victory over
the beast and over his image.
Then commenced the jubilee, when the land should rest. I saw the pious slave rise in
triumph and victory and shake off the chains that bound him, while his wicked master was
in confusion and knew not what to do; for the wicked could not understand the words of the
voice of God. Soon appeared the great white cloud. It looked more lovely than ever before.
On it sat the Son of man. At first we did not see Jesus on the cloud, but as it drew near
the earth we could behold His lovely person. This cloud, when it first appeared, was the
sign of the Son of man in heaven. The voice of the Son of God called forth the sleeping
saints, clothed with glorious immortality. The living saints were changed in a moment and
were caught up with them into the cloudy chariot. It looked all over glorious as it rolled
upward. On either side of the chariot were wings, and beneath it wheels. And as the
chariot rolled upward, the wheels cried, "Holy," and the wings, as they moved,
cried, "Holy," and the retinue of holy angels around the cloud cried,
"Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!" And the saints in the cloud cried,
"Glory! Alleluia!" And the chariot rolled upward to the Holy City. Jesus threw
open the gates of the golden city and led us in. Here we were made welcome, for we had
kept the "commandments of God," and had a "right to the tree of life."
At the commencement of the holy Sabbath, January 5, 1849, we engaged in prayer with
Brother Belden's family at Rocky Hill, Connecticut, and the Holy Ghost fell upon us. I was
taken off in vision to the most holy place, where I saw Jesus still interceding for
Israel. On the bottom of His garment was a bell and a pomegranate. Then I saw that Jesus
would not leave the most holy place until every case was decided either for salvation or
destruction, and that the wrath of God could not come until Jesus had finished His work in
the most holy place, laid off His priestly attire, and clothed Himself with the garments
of vengeance. Then Jesus will step out from between the Father and man, and God will keep
silence no longer, but pour out His wrath on those who have rejected His truth. I saw that
the anger of the nations, the wrath of God, and the time to judge the dead were separate
and distinct, one following the other, also that Michael had not stood up, and that the
time of trouble, such as never was, had not yet commenced. The nations are now getting
angry, but when our High Priest has finished His work in the sanctuary, He will stand up,
put on the garments of vengeance, and then the seven last plagues will be poured out.
I saw that the four angels would hold the four winds until Jesus' work was done in the
sanctuary, and then will come the seven last plagues. These plagues enraged the wicked
against the righteous; they thought that we had brought the judgements of God upon them,
and that if they could rid the earth of us, the plagues would then be stayed. A decree
went forth to slay the saints, which caused them to cry day and night for deliverance.
This was the time of Jacob's trouble. Then all the saints cried out with anguish of
spirit, and were delivered by the voice of God. The 144,000 triumphed. Their faces were
lighted up with the glory of God. Then I was shown a company who were howling in agony. On
their garments was written in large characters, "Thou art weighed in the balance, and
found wanting." I asked who this company were. The angel said, "These are they
who have once kept the Sabbath and have given it up." I heard them cry with a loud
voice, "We have believed in Thy coming, and taught it with energy." And while
they were speaking, their eyes would fall upon their garments and see the writing, and
then they would wail aloud. I saw that they had drunk of the deep waters, and fouled the
residue with their feet--trodden the Sabbath underfoot-- and that was why they were
weighed in the balance and found wanting.
Then my attending angel directed me to the city again, where I saw four angels winging
their way to the gate of the city. They were just presenting the golden card to the angel
at the gate when I saw another angel flying swiftly from the direction of the most
excellent glory, and crying with a loud voice to the other angels, and waving something up
and down in his hand. I asked my attending angel for an explanation of what I saw. He told
me that I could see no more then, but he would shortly show me what those things that I
then saw meant.
Sabbath afternoon one of our number was sick, and requested prayers that he might be
healed. We all united in applying to the Physician who never lost a case, and while
healing power came down, and the sick was healed, the Spirit fell upon me, and I was taken
off in vision.
I saw four angels who had a work to do on the earth, and were on their way to
accomplish it. Jesus was clothed with priestly garments. He gazed in pity on the remnant,
then raised His hands, and with a voice of deep pity cried, "My blood, Father, My
blood, My blood, My blood!" Then I saw an exceeding bright light come from God, who
sat upon the great white throne, and was shed all about Jesus. Then I saw an angel with a
commission from Jesus, swiftly flying to the four angels who had a work to do on the
earth, and waving something up and down in his hand, and crying with a loud voice,
"Hold! Hold! Hold! Hold! until the servants of God are sealed in their
I asked my accompanying angel the meaning of what I heard, and what the four angels
were about to do. He said to me that it was God that restrained the powers, and that He
gave His angels charge over things on the earth; that the four angels had power from God
to hold the four winds, and that they were about to let them go; but while their hands
were loosening, and the four winds were about to blow, the merciful eye of Jesus gazed on
the remnant that were not sealed, and He raised His hands to the Father and pleaded with
Him that He had spilled His blood for them. Then another angel was commissioned to fly
swiftly to the four angels and bid them hold, until the servants of God were sealed with
the seal of the living God in their foreheads.
God's Love for His People
I have seen the tender love that God has for His people, and it is very great. I saw
angels over the saints with their wings spread about them. Each saint had an attending
angel. If the saints wept through discouragement, or were in danger, the angels that ever
attended them would fly quickly upward to carry the tidings, and the angels in the city
would cease to sing. Then Jesus would commission another angel to descend to encourage,
watch over, and try to keep them from going out of the narrow path; but if they did not
take heed to the watchful care of these angels, and would not be comforted by them, but
continued to go astray, the angels would look sad and weep. They would bear the tidings
upward, and all the angels in the city would weep, and then with a loud voice say,
"Amen." But if the saints fixed their eyes upon the prize before them and
glorified God by praising Him, then the angels would bear the glad tidings to the city,
and the angels in the city would touch their golden harps and sing with a loud voice,
"Alleluia!" and the heavenly arches would ring with their lovely songs.
There is perfect order and harmony in the Holy City. All the angels that are
commissioned to visit the earth hold a golden card, which they present to the angels at
the gates of the city as they pass in and out. Heaven is a good place. I long to be there
and behold my lovely Jesus, who gave His life for me, and be changed into His glorious
image. Oh, for language to express the glory of the bright world to come! I thirst for the
living streams that make glad the city of our God.
The Lord has given me a view of other worlds. Wings were given me, and an angel
attended me from the city to a place that was bright and glorious. The grass of the place
was living green, and the birds there warbled a sweet song. The inhabitants of the place
were of all sizes; they were noble, majestic, and lovely. They bore the express image of
Jesus, and their countenances beamed with holy joy, expressive of the freedom and
happiness of the place. I asked one of them why they were so much more lovely than those
on the earth. The reply was, "We have lived in strict obedience to the commandments
of God, and have not fallen by disobedience, like those on the earth." Then I saw two
trees, one looked much like the tree of life in the city. The fruit of both looked
beautiful, but of one they could not eat. They had power to eat of both, but were
forbidden to eat of one. Then my attending angel said to me, "None in this place have
tasted of the forbidden tree; but if they should eat, they would fall." Then I was
taken to a world which had seven moons. There I saw good old Enoch, who had been
translated. On his right arm he bore a glorious palm, and on each leaf was written
"Victory." Around his head was a dazzling white wreath, and leaves on the
wreath, and in the middle of each leaf was written "Purity," and around the
wreath were stones of various colours, that shone brighter than the stars, and cast a
reflection upon the letters and magnified them. On the back part of his head was a bow
that confined the wreath, and upon the bow was written "Holiness." Above the
wreath was a lovely crown that shone brighter than the sun. I asked him if this was the
place he was taken to from the earth. He said, "It is not; the city is my home, and I
have come to visit this place." He moved about the place as if perfectly at home. I
begged of my attending angel to let me remain in that place. I could not bear the thought
of coming back to this dark world again. Then the angel said, "You must go back, and
if you are faithful, you, with the 144,000, shall have the privilege of visiting all the
worlds and viewing the handiwork of God."
Shaking of the Powers of Heaven
December 16, 1848, the Lord gave me a view of the shaking of the powers of the heavens.
I saw that when the Lord said "heaven," in giving the signs recorded by Matthew,
Mark, and Luke, He meant heaven, and when He said "earth" He meant earth. The
powers of heaven are the sun, moon, and stars. They rule in the heavens. The powers of
earth are those that rule on the earth. The powers of heaven will be shaken at the voice
of God. Then the sun, moon, and stars will be moved out of their places. They will not
pass away, but be shaken by the voice of God.
Dark, heavy clouds came up and clashed against each other. The atmosphere parted and
rolled back; then we could look up through the open space in Orion, whence came the voice
of God. The Holy City will come down through that open space. I saw that the powers of
earth are now being shaken and that events come in order. War, and rumours of war, sword,
famine, and pestilence are first to shake the powers of earth, then the voice of God will
shake the sun, moon, and stars, and this earth also. I saw that the shaking of the powers
in Europe is not, as some teach, the shaking of the powers of heaven, but it is the
shaking of the angry nations.
The Open and the Shut Door
Sabbath, March 24, 1849, we had a sweet and very interesting meeting with the brethren
at Topsham, Maine. The Holy Ghost was poured out upon us, and I was taken off in the
Spirit to the city of the living God. Then I was shown that the commandments of God and
the testimony of Jesus Christ relating to the shut door could not be separated, and that
the time for the commandments of God to shine out with all their importance, and for God's
people to be tried on the Sabbath truth, was when the door was opened in the most holy
place in the heavenly sanctuary, where the ark is, in which are contained the ten
commandments. This door was not opened until the mediation of Jesus was finished in the
holy place of the sanctuary in 1844. Then Jesus rose up and shut the door of the holy
place, and opened the door into the most holy, and passed within the second veil, where He
now stands by the ark, and where the faith of Israel now reaches.
I saw that Jesus had shut the door of the holy place, and no man can open it; and that
He had opened the door into the most holy, and no man can shut it (Rev. 3:7,8); and that
since Jesus has opened the door into the most holy place, which contains the ark, the
commandments have been shining out to God's people, and they are being tested on the
I saw that the present test on the Sabbath could not come until the mediation of Jesus
in the holy place was finished and He had passed within the second veil; therefore
Christians who fell asleep before the door was opened into the most holy, when the
midnight cry was finished, at the seventh month, 1844, and who had not kept the true
Sabbath, now rest in hope; for they had not the light and the test on the Sabbath which we
now have since that door was opened. I saw that Satan was tempting some of God's people on
this point. Because so many good Christians have fallen asleep in the triumphs of faith
and have not kept the true Sabbath, they were doubting about its being a test for us now.
The enemies of the present truth have been trying to open the door of the holy place,
that Jesus has shut, and to close the door of the most holy place, which He opened in
1844, where the ark is, containing the two tables of stone on which are written the ten
commandments by the finger of Jehovah.
Satan is now using every device in this sealing time to keep the minds of God's people
from the present truth and to cause them to waver. I saw a covering that God was drawing
over His people to protect them in the time of trouble; and every soul that was decided on
the truth and was pure in heart was to be covered with the covering of the Almighty.
Satan knew this, and he was at work in mighty power to keep the minds of as many people
as he possibly could wavering and unsettled on the truth. I saw that the mysterious
knocking in New York 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.
I saw that Satan was working through agents in a number of ways. He was at work through
ministers who have rejected the truth and are given over to strong delusions to believe a
lie that they might be damned. While they were preaching or praying, some would fall
prostrate and helpless, not by the power of the Holy Ghost, but by the power of Satan
breathed upon these agents, and through them to the people. While preaching, praying, or
conversing, some professed Adventists who had rejected present truth used mesmerism to
gain adherents, and the people would rejoice in this influence, for they thought it was
the Holy Ghost. Some even that used it were so far in the darkness and deception of the
devil that they thought it was the power of God, given them to exercise. They had made God
altogether such a one as themselves and had valued His power as a thing of nought.
Some of these agents of Satan were affecting the bodies of some of the saints--those
whom they could not deceive and draw away from the truth by a Satanic influence. Oh, that
all could get a view of it as God revealed it to me, that they might know more of the
wiles of Satan and be on their guard! I saw that Satan was at work in these ways to
distract, deceive, and draw away God's people, just now in this sealing time. I saw some
who were not standing stiffly for present truth. Their knees were trembling, and their
feet sliding, because they were not firmly planted on the truth, and the covering of
Almighty God could not be drawn over them while they were thus trembling.
Satan was trying his every art to hold them where they were, until the sealing was
past, until the covering was drawn over God's people, and they left without a shelter from
the burning wrath of God, in the seven last plagues. God has begun to draw this covering
over His people, and it will soon be drawn over all who are to have a shelter in the day
of slaughter. God will work in power for His people; and Satan will be permitted to work
I saw that the mysterious signs and wonders and false reformations would increase and
spread. The reformations that were shown me were not reformations from error to truth. My
accompanying angel bade me look for the travail of soul for sinners as used to be. I
looked, but could not see it; for the time for their salvation is past.
The Trial of our Faith
In this time of trial we need to be encouraged and comforted by one another. The
temptations of Satan are greater now than ever before, for he knows that his time is short
and that very soon every case will be decided, either for life or for death. It is no time
now to sink down beneath discouragement and trial; we must bear up under all our
afflictions and trust wholly in the Almighty God of Jacob. The Lord has shown me that His
grace is sufficient for all our trials; and although they are greater than ever before,
yet if we trust wholly in God, we can overcome every temptation and through His grace come
If we overcome our trials and get victory over the temptations of Satan, then we endure
the trial of our faith, which is more precious than gold, and are stronger and better
prepared to meet the next. But if we sink down and give way to the temptations of Satan,
we shall grow weaker and get no reward for the trial and shall not be so well prepared for
the next. In this way we shall grow weaker and weaker, until we are led captive by Satan
at his will. We must have on the whole armour of God and be ready at any moment for a
conflict with the powers of darkness. When temptations and trials rush in upon us, let us
go to God and agonise with Him in prayer. He will not turn us away empty, but will give us
grace and strength to overcome, and to break the power of the enemy. Oh, that all could
see these things in their true light and endure hardness as good soldiers of Jesus! Then
would Israel move forward, strong in God, and in the power of His might.
God has shown me that He gave His people a bitter cup to drink, to purify and cleanse
them. It is a bitter draught, and they can make it still more bitter by murmuring,
complaining, and repining. But those who receive it thus must have another draught, for
the first does not have its designed effect upon the heart. And if the second does not
effect the work, then they must have another, and another, until it does have its designed
effect, or they will be left filthy, impure in heart. I saw that this bitter cup can be
sweetened by patience, endurance, and prayer, and that it will have its designed effect
upon the hearts of those who thus receive it, and God will be honoured and glorified. It
is no small thing to be a Christian and to be owned and approved of God. The Lord has
shown me some who profess the present truth, whose lives do not correspond with their
profession. They have the standard of piety altogether too low, and they come far short of
Bible holiness. Some engage in vain and unbecoming conversation, and others give way to
the risings of self. We must not expect to please ourselves, live and act like the world,
have its pleasures, and enjoy the company of those who are of the world, and reign with
Christ in glory.
We must be partakers of Christ's sufferings here if we would share in His glory
hereafter. If we seek our own interest, how we can best please ourselves, instead of
seeking to please God and advance His precious, suffering cause, we shall dishonour God
and the holy cause we profess to love. We have but a little space of time left in which to
work for God. Nothing should be too dear to sacrifice for the salvation of the scattered
and torn flock of Jesus. Those who make a covenant with God by sacrifice now will soon be
gathered home to share a rich reward and possess the new kingdom forever and ever.
Oh, let us live wholly for the Lord and show by a well-ordered life and godly
conversation that we have been with Jesus and are His meek and lowly followers. We must
work while the day lasts, for when the dark night of trouble and anguish comes, it will be
too late to work for God. Jesus is in His holy temple and will now accept our sacrifices,
our prayers, and our confessions of faults and sins and will pardon all the transgressions
of Israel, that they may be blotted out before He leaves the sanctuary. When Jesus leaves
the sanctuary, then they who are holy and righteous will be holy and righteous still; for
all their sins will then be blotted out, and they will be sealed with the seal of the
living God. But those that are unjust and filthy will be unjust and filthy still; for then
there will be no Priest in the sanctuary to offer their sacrifices, their confessions, and
their prayers before the Father's throne. Therefore what is done to rescue souls from the
coming storm of wrath must be done before Jesus leaves the most holy place of the heavenly
To the Little Flock Dear Brethren
The Lord gave me a view, January 26, 1850, which I will relate. I saw that some of the
people of God are stupid and dormant and but half awake; they do not realise the time we
are now living in, and that the man with the "dirt brush" has entered, and that
some are in danger of being swept away. I begged of Jesus to save them, to spare them a
little longer, and let them see their awful danger, that they might get ready before it
should be forever too late. The angel said, "Destruction is coming like a mighty
whirlwind." I begged of the angel to pity and to save those who loved this world, who
were attached to their possessions and were not willing to cut loose from them and
sacrifice to speed the messengers on their way to feed the hungry sheep who were perishing
for want of spiritual food.
As I viewed poor souls dying for want of the present truth, and some who professed to
believe the truth were letting them die by withholding the necessary means to carry
forward the work of God, the sight was too painful, and I begged of the angel to remove it
from me. I saw that when the cause of God called for some of their property, like the
young man who came to Jesus (Matt. 19:16-22) they went away sorrowful, and that soon the
overflowing scourge would pass over and sweep their possessions all away, and then it
would be too late to sacrifice earthly goods, and lay up a treasure in heaven.
I then saw the glorious Redeemer, beautiful and lovely; that He left the realms of
glory and came to this dark and lonely world to give His precious life and die, the just
for the unjust. He bore the cruel mocking and scourging, wore the plaited crown of thorns,
and sweat great drops of blood in the garden, while the burden of the sins of the whole
world was upon Him. The angel asked, "What for?" Oh, I saw and knew that it was
for us; for our sins He suffered all this, that by His precious blood He might redeem us
Then again was held up before me those who were not willing to dispose of this world's
goods to save perishing souls by sending them the truth while Jesus stands before the
Father pleading His blood, His sufferings, and His death for them; and while God's
messengers are waiting, ready to carry them the saving truth that they might be sealed
with the seal of the living God. It is hard for some who profess to believe the present
truth to do even so little as to hand the messengers God's own money that He has lent them
to be stewards over.
The suffering Jesus, His love so deep as to lead Him to give His life for man, was
again held up before me; also the lives of those who professed to be His followers, who
had this world's goods, but considered it so great a thing to help the cause of salvation.
The angel said, "Can such enter heavens?" Another angel answered, "No,
never, never, never. Those who are not interested in the cause of God on earth can never
sing the song of redeeming love above." I saw that the quick work that God was doing
on the earth would soon be cut short in righteousness and that the messengers must speed
swiftly on their way to search out the scattered flock. An angel said, "Are all
messengers?" Another answered, "No, no; God's messengers have a message."
I saw that the cause of God had been hindered and dishonoured by some travelling who
had no message from God. Such will have to give an account to God for every dollar they
have used in travelling where it was not their duty to go, because that money might have
helped on the cause of God; and for the lack of the spiritual food that might have been
given them by God's called and chosen messengers, had they had the means, souls have
starved and died. I saw that those who have strength to labour with their hands and help
sustain the cause were as accountable for their strength as others were for their
The mighty shaking has commenced and will go on, and all will be shaken out who are not
willing to take a bold and unyielding stand for the truth and to sacrifice for God and His
cause. The angel said, "Think ye that any will be compelled to sacrifice? No, no. It
must be a freewill offering. It will take all to buy the field." I cried to God to
spare His people, some of whom were fainting and dying. Then I saw that the judgements of
the Almighty were speedily coming, and I begged of the angel to speak in his language to
the people. Said he, "All the thunders and lightnings of Mount Sinai would not move
those who will not be moved by the plain truths of the Word of God, neither would an
angel's message awake them."
I then beheld the beauty and loveliness of Jesus. His robe was whiter than the whitest
white. No language can describe His glory and exalted loveliness. All, all who keep the
commandments of God, will enter in through the gates into the city and have right to the
tree of life and ever be in the presence of the lovely Jesus, whose countenance shines
brighter than the sun at noonday.
I was pointed to Adam and Eve in Eden. They partook of the forbidden tree and were
driven from the garden, and then the flaming sword was placed around the tree of life,
lest they should partake of its fruit and be immortal sinners. The tree of life was to
perpetuate immortality. I heard an angel ask, "Who of the family of Adam have passed
the flaming sword and have partaken of the tree of life?" I heard another angel
answer, "Not one of Adam's family has passed that flaming sword and partaken of that
tree; therefore there is not an immortal sinner. The soul that sinneth it shall die an
everlasting death--a death that will last forever, from which there will be no hope of a
resurrection; and then the wrath of God will be appeased.
"The saints will rest in the Holy City and reign as kings and priests one thousand years; then Jesus will descend with the saints upon the Mount of Olives, and the mount will part asunder and become a mighty plain for the Paradise of God to rest upon. The rest of the earth will not be cleansed until the end of the one thousand years, when the wicked dead are raised, and gather up around the city. The feet of the wicked will never desecrate the earth made n
them--burn them up root and branch. Satan is the root, and his children are the
branches. The same fire that will devour the wicked will purify the earth." -
The Last Plagues and the Judgement
At the general conference of believers in the present truth, held at Sutton, Vermont,
September, 1850, I was shown that the seven last plagues will be poured out after Jesus
leaves the sanctuary. Said the angel, "It is the wrath of God and the Lamb that
causes the destruction or death of the wicked. At the voice of God the saints will be
mighty and terrible as an army with banners, but they will not then execute the judgement
written. The execution of the judgement will be at the close of the one thousand
After the saints are changed to immortality and caught up together with Jesus, after
they receive their harps, their robes, and their crowns, and enter the city, Jesus and the
saints sit in judgement. The books are opened--the book of life and the book of death. The
book of life contains the good deeds of the saints; and the book of death contains the
evil deeds of the wicked. These books are compared with the statute book, the Bible, and
according to that men are judged. The saints, in unison with Jesus, pass their judgement
upon the wicked dead. "Behold ye," said the angel, "the saints, in unison
with Jesus, sit in judgement, and mete out to the wicked according to the deeds done in
the body, and that which they must receive at the execution of the judgement is set off
against their names." This, I saw, was the work of the saints with Jesus through the
one thousand years in the Holy City before it descends to the earth. Then at the close of
the one thousand years, Jesus, with the angels and all the saints, leaves the Holy City,
and while He is descending to the earth with them, the wicked dead are raised, and then
the very men that "pierced Him," being raised, will see Him afar off in all His
glory, the angels and saints with Him, and will wail because of Him. They will see the
prints of the nails in His hands and in His feet, and where they thrust the spear into His
side. The prints of the nails and the spear will then be His glory. It is at the close of
the one thousand years that Jesus stands upon the Mount of Olives, and the mount parts
asunder and becomes a mighty plain. Those who flee at that time are the wicked, who have
just been raised. Then the Holy City comes down and settles on the plain. Satan then
imbues the wicked with his spirit. He flatters them that the army in the city is small,
and that his army is large, and that they can overcome the saints and take the city.
While Satan was rallying his army, the saints were in the city, beholding the beauty
and glory of the Paradise of God. Jesus was at their head, leading them. All at once the
lovely Saviour was gone from our company; but soon we heard His lovely voice, saying,
"Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the
foundation of the world." We gathered about Jesus, and just as He closed the gates of
the city, the curse was pronounced upon the wicked. The gates were shut. Then the saints
used their wings and mounted to the top of the wall of the city. Jesus was also with them;
His crown looked brilliant and glorious. It was a crown within a crown, seven in number.
The crowns of the saints were of the most pure gold, decked with stars. Their faces shone
with glory, for they were in the express image of Jesus; and as they arose and moved all
together to the top of the city, I was enraptured with the sight.
Then the wicked saw what they had lost; and fire was breathed from God upon them and consumed them. This was the execution of the judgement. The wicked then received according as the saints, in unison with Jesus, had meted out to them during the one thousand years. The same fire from God that consumed the wicked purified the whole earth. The broken, ragged mountains melted with fervent heat, the atmosphere also, and all the stubble was consumed. Then our inheritance opened before us, glorious and beautiful, and we inherited the whole earth made new.
End of the 2300 Days
I saw a throne, and on it sat the Father and the Son. I gazed on Jesus' countenance and
admired His lovely person. The Father's person I could not behold, for a cloud of glorious
light covered Him. I asked Jesus if His Father had a form like Himself. He said He had,
but I could not behold it, for said He, "If you should once behold the glory of His
person, you would cease to exist." Before the throne I saw the Advent people--the
church and the world. I saw two companies, one bowed down before the throne, deeply
interested, while the other stood uninterested and careless. Those who were bowed before
the throne would offer up their prayers and look to Jesus; then He would look to His
Father, and appear to be pleading with Him. A light would come from the Father to the Son
and from the Son to the praying company. Then I saw an exceeding bright light come from
the Father to the Son, and from the Son it waved over the people before the throne. But
few would receive this great light. Many came out from under it and immediately resisted
it; others were careless and did not cherish the light, and it moved off from them. Some
cherished it, and went and bowed down with the little praying company. This company all
received the light and rejoiced in it, and their countenances shone with its glory.
I saw the Father rise from the throne, and in a flaming chariot go into the holy of
holies within the veil, and sit down. Then Jesus rose up from the throne, and the most of
those who were bowed down arose with Him. I did not see one ray of light pass from Jesus
to the careless multitude after He arose, and they were left in perfect darkness. Those
who arose when Jesus did, kept their eyes fixed on Him as He left the throne and led them
out a little way. Then He raised His right arm, and we heard His lovely voice saying,
"Wait here; I am going to My Father to receive the kingdom; keep your garments
spotless, and in a little while I will return from the wedding and receive you to
Myself." Then a cloudy chariot, with wheels like flaming fire, surrounded by angels,
came to where Jesus was. He stepped into the chariot and was borne to the holiest, where
the Father sat. There I beheld Jesus, a great High Priest, standing before the Father. On
the hem of His garment was a bell and a pomegranate, a bell and a pomegranate. Those who
rose up with Jesus would send up their faith to Him in the holiest, and pray, "My
Father, give us Thy Spirit." Then Jesus would breathe upon them the Holy Ghost. In
that breath was light, power, and much love, joy, and peace. 56
I turned to look at the company who were still bowed before the throne; they did not
know that Jesus had left it. Satan appeared to be by the throne, trying to carry on the
work of God. I saw them look up to the throne, and pray, "Father, give us Thy
Spirit." Satan would then breathe upon them an unholy influence; in it there was
light and much power, but no sweet love, joy, and peace. Satan's object was to keep them
deceived and to draw back and deceive God's children. -
Duty in View of the Time of Trouble
The Lord has shown me repeatedly that it is contrary to the Bible to make any provision
for our temporal wants in the time of trouble. I saw that if the saints had food laid up
by them or in the field in the time of trouble, when sword, famine, and pestilence are in
the land, it would be taken from them by violent hands and strangers would reap their
fields. Then will be the time for us to trust wholly in God, and He will sustain us. I saw
that our bread and water will be sure at that time, and that we shall not lack or suffer
hunger; for God is able to spread a table for us in the wilderness. If necessary He would
send ravens to feed us, as He did to feed Elijah, or rain manna from heaven, as He did for
Houses and lands will be of no use to the saints in the time of trouble, for they will
then have to flee before infuriated mobs, and at that time their possessions cannot be
disposed of to advance the cause of present truth. I was shown that it is the will of God
that the saints should cut loose from every encumbrance before the time of trouble comes,
and make a covenant with God through sacrifice. If they have their property on the altar
and earnestly inquire of God for duty, He will teach them when to dispose of these things.
Then they will be free in the time of trouble and have no clogs to weigh them down.
I saw that if any held on to their property and did not inquire of the Lord as to their
duty, He would not make duty known, and they would be permitted to keep their property,
and in the time of trouble it would come up before them like a mountain to crush them, and
they would try to dispose of it, but would not be able. I heard some mourn like this:
"The cause was languishing, God's people were starving for the truth, and we made no
effort to supply the lack; now our property is useless. Oh, that we had let it go, and
laid up treasure in heaven!" I saw that a sacrifice did not increase, but it
decreased and was consumed. I also saw that God had not required all of His people to
dispose of their property at the same time; but if they desired to be taught, He would
teach them, in a time of need, when to sell and how much to sell. Some have been required
to dispose of their property in times past to sustain the Advent cause, while others have
been permitted to keep theirs until a time of need. Then, as the cause needs it, their
duty is to sell.
I saw that the message, "Sell that ye have, and give alms," has not been
given, by some, in its clear light, and the object of the words of our Saviour has not
been clearly presented. The object of selling is not to give to those who are able to
labour and support themselves, but to spread the truth. It is a sin to support and indulge
in idleness those who are able to labour. Some have been zealous to attend all the
meetings, not to glorify God, but for the "loaves and fishes." Such would much
better have been at home labouring with their hands, "the thing that is good,"
to supply the wants of their families and to have something to give to sustain the
precious cause of present truth. Now is the time to lay up treasure in heaven and to set
our hearts in order, ready for the time of trouble. Those only who have clean hands and
pure hearts will stand in that trying time. Now is the time for the law of God to be in
our minds, foreheads, and written in our hearts.
The Lord has shown me the danger of letting our minds be filled with worldly thoughts
and cares. I saw that some minds are led away from present truth and a love of the Holy
Bible by reading other exciting books; others are filled with perplexity and care for what
they shall eat, drink, and wear. Some are looking too far off for the coming of the Lord.
Time has continued a few years longer than they expected; therefore they think it may
continue a few years more, and in this way their minds are being led from present truth,
out after the world. In these things I saw great danger; for if the mind is filled with
other things, present truth is shut out, and there is no place in our foreheads for the
seal of the living God. I saw that the time for Jesus to be in the most holy place was
nearly finished and that time can last but a very little longer. What leisure time we have
should be spent in searching the Bible, which is to judge us in the last day.
My dear brethren and sisters, let the commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus
Christ be in your minds continually and let them crowd out worldly thoughts and cares.
When you lie down and when you rise up, let them be your meditation. Live and act wholly
in reference to the coming of the Son of man. The sealing time is very short, and will
soon be over. Now is the time, while the four angels are holding the four winds, to make
our calling and election sure.
August 24, 1850, I saw that the "mysterious rapping" was the power of Satan;
some of it was directly from him, and some indirectly, through his agents, but it all
proceeded from Satan. It was his work that he accomplished in different ways; yet many in
the churches and the world were so enveloped in gross darkness that they thought and held
forth that it was the power of God. Said the angel, "Should not a people seek unto
their God? for the living to the dead?" Should the living go to the dead for
knowledge? The dead know not anything. For the living God do ye go to the dead? They have
departed from the living God to converse with the dead who know not anything. (See Isa.
I saw that soon it would be considered blasphemy to speak against the rapping, and that
it would spread more and more, that Satan's power would increase and some of his devoted
followers would have power to work miracles and even to bring down fire from heaven in the
sight of men. I was shown that by the rapping and mesmerism these modern magicians would
yet account for all the miracles wrought by our Lord Jesus Christ, and that many would
believe that all the mighty works of the Son of God when on earth were accomplished by
this same power. I was pointed back to the time of Moses and saw the signs and wonders
which God wrought through him before Pharaoh, most of which were imitated by the magicians
of Egypt; and that just before the final deliverance of the saints, God would work
powerfully for His people, and these modern magicians would be permitted to imitate the
work of God.
That time will soon come, and we shall have to keep hold of the strong arm of Jehovah;
for all these great signs and mighty wonders of the devil are designed to deceive God's
people and overthrow them. Our minds must be stayed upon God, and we must not fear the
fear of the wicked, that is, fear what they fear, and reverence what they reverence, but
be bold and valiant for the truth. Could our eyes be opened, we should see forms of evil
angels around us, trying to invent some new way to annoy and destroy us. And we should
also see angels of God guarding us from their power; for God's watchful eye is ever over
Israel for good, and He will protect and save His people, if they put their trust in Him.
When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard
Said the angel, "Remember, thou art on the enchanted ground." I saw that we
must watch and have on the whole armour and take the shield of faith, and then we shall be
able to stand, and the fiery darts of the wicked cannot harm us.
The Lord has often given me a view of the situation and wants of the scattered jewels
who have not yet come to the light of the present truth, and has shown that the messengers
should speed their way to them as fast as possible, to give them the light. Many all
around us only need to have their prejudices removed and the evidences of our present
position spread out before them from the Word, and they will joyfully receive the present
truth. The messengers should watch for souls as they that must give account. Theirs must
be a life of toil and anguish of spirit, while the weight of the precious but
often-wounded cause of Christ rests upon them. They will have to lay aside worldly
interests and comforts and make it their first object to do all in their power to advance
the cause of present truth and save perishing souls.
They will also have a rich reward. In their crowns of rejoicing those who are rescued
by them and finally saved will shine as stars forever and ever. And to all eternity they
will enjoy the satisfaction of having done what they could in presenting the truth in its
purity and beauty, so that souls fell in love with it, were sanctified through it, and
availed themselves of the inestimable privilege of being made rich, and being washed in
the blood of the Lamb and redeemed unto God.
I saw that the shepherds should consult those in whom they have reason to have
confidence, those who have been in all the messages, and are firm in all the present
truth, before they advocate new points of importance, which they may think the Bible
sustains. Then the shepherds will be perfectly united and the union of the shepherds will
be felt by the church. Such a course I saw would prevent unhappy divisions, and then there
would be no danger of the precious flock being divided and the sheep scattered without a
I also saw that God had messengers that He would use in His cause, but they were not
ready. They were too light and trifling to exert a good influence over the flock and did
not feel the weight of the cause and the worth of souls as God's messengers must feel in
order to effect good. Said the angel, "Be ye clean that bear the vessels of the Lord.
Be ye clean that bear the vessels of the Lord." They can accomplish but little good
unless they are wholly given up to God and feel the importance and solemnity of the last
message of mercy that is now being given to the scattered flock. Some who are not called
of God are very willing to go with the message. But if they felt the weight of the cause
and the responsibilities of such a station, they would feel to shrink back and say with
the apostle, "Who is sufficient for these things?" One reason why they are so
willing to go is that God has not laid upon them the weight of the cause. Not all who
proclaimed the first and the second angel's message are to give the third, even after they
fully embrace it, for some have been in so many errors and delusions that they can but
just save their own souls, and if they undertake to guide others, they will be the means
of overthrowing them. But I saw that some who have formerly run deep into fanaticism would
be the first now to run before God sends them, before they are purified from their past
errors; having error mixed with the truth, they would feed the flock of God with it, and
if they were suffered to go on, the flock would become sickly, and distraction and death
would follow. I saw that they would have to be sifted and sifted, until they were freed
from all their errors, or they could never enter the kingdom. The messengers could not
have that confidence in the judgement and discernment of those who have been in errors and
fanaticism that they could have in those who have been in the truth and not in extravagant
errors. Many, also, are too apt to urge out into the field some who have but just
professed the present truth, who have much to learn and much to do before they can be
right in the sight of God themselves, much less point out the way to others.
I saw the necessity of the messengers, especially, watching and checking all fanaticism
wherever they might see it rise. Satan is pressing in on every side, and unless we watch
for him, and have our eyes open to his devices and snares, and have on the whole armour of
God, the fiery darts of the wicked will hit us. There are many precious truths contained
in the Word of God, but it is "present truth" that the flock needs now. I have
seen the danger of the messengers running off from the important points of present truth,
to dwell upon subjects that are not calculated to unite the flock and sanctify the soul.
Satan will here take every possible advantage to injure the cause.
But such subjects as the sanctuary, in connection with the 2300 days, the commandments
of God and the faith of Jesus, are perfectly calculated to explain the past Advent
movement and show what our present position is, establish the faith of the doubting, and
give certainty to the glorious future. These, I have frequently seen, were the principal
subjects on which the messengers should dwell.
If the chosen messengers of the Lord should wait for every obstacle to be moved out of
their way, many never would go to search for the scattered sheep. Satan will present many
objections in order to keep them from duty. But they will have to go out by faith,
trusting in Him who has called them to His work, and He will open the way before them, as
far as it will be for their good and His glory. Jesus, the great teacher and pattern, had
not where to lay His head. His life was one of toil, sorrow, and suffering; He then gave
Himself for us. Those who, in Christ's stead, beseech souls to be reconciled to God, and
who hope to reign with Christ in glory, must expect to be partakers of His sufferings
here. "They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth,
bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves
with him." Ps. 126:5, 6.
Mark of the Beast
In a view given June 27, 1850, my accompanying angel said, "Time is almost
finished. Do you reflect the lovely image of Jesus as you should?" Then I was pointed
to the earth and saw that there would have to be a getting ready among those who have of
late embraced the third angel's message. Said the angel, "Get ready, get ready, get
ready. Ye will have to die a greater death to the world than ye have ever yet died."
I saw that there was a great work to do for them and but little time in which to do it.
Then I saw that the seven last plagues were soon to be poured out upon those who have
no shelter; yet the world regarded them no more than they would so many drops of water
that were about to fall. I was then made capable of enduring the awful sight of the seven
last plagues, the wrath of God. I saw that His anger was dreadful and terrible, and if He
should stretch forth His hand, or lift it in anger, the inhabitants of the world would be
as though they had never been, or would suffer from incurable sores and withering plagues
that would come upon them, and they would find no deliverance, but be destroyed by them.
Terror seized me, and I fell upon my face before the angel and begged of him to cause the
sight to be removed, to hide it from me, for it was too dreadful. Then I realised, as
never before, the importance of searching the Word of God carefully, to know how to escape
the plagues which that Word declares shall come on all the ungodly who shall worship the
beast and his image and receive his mark in their foreheads or in their hands. It was a
great wonder for me that any could transgress the law of God and tread down His holy
Sabbath, when such awful threatenings and denunciations were against them.
The pope has changed the day of rest from the seventh to the first day. He has thought
to change the very commandment that was given to cause man to remember his Creator. He has
thought to change the greatest commandment in the decalogue and thus make himself equal
with God, or even exalt himself above God. The Lord is unchangeable, therefore His law is
immutable; but the pope has exalted himself above God, in seeking to change His immutable
precepts of holiness, justice, and goodness. He has trampled underfoot God's sanctified
day, and, on his own authority, put in its place one of the six labouring days. The whole
nation has followed after the beast, and every week they rob God of His holy time. The
pope has made a breach in the holy law of God, but I saw that the time had fully come for
this breach to be made up by the people of God and the waste places built up.
I pleaded before the angel for God to save His people who had gone astray, to save them
for His mercy's sake. When the plagues begin to fall, those who continue to break the holy
Sabbath will not open their mouths to plead those excuses that they now make to get rid of
keeping it. Their mouths will be closed while the plagues are falling, and the great
Lawgiver is requiring justice of those who have had His holy law in derision and have
called it "a curse to man," "miserable," and "rickety." When
such feel the iron grasp of this law taking hold of them, these expressions will appear
before them in living characters, and they will then realise the sin of having that law in
derision which the Word of God calls "holy, just, and good."
Then I was pointed to the glory of heaven, to the treasure laid up for the faithful.
Everything was lovely and glorious. The angels would sing a lovely song, then they would
cease singing and take their crowns from their heads and cast them glittering at the feet
of the lovely Jesus, and with melodious voices cry, "Glory, Alleluia!" I joined
with them in their songs of praise and honour to the Lamb, and every time I opened my
mouth to praise Him, I felt an unutterable sense of the glory that surrounded me. It was a
far more, an exceeding and eternal weight of glory. Said the angel, "The little
remnant who love God and keep His commandments and are faithful to the end will enjoy this
glory and ever be in the presence of Jesus and sing with the holy angels."
Then my eyes were taken from the glory, and I was pointed to the remnant on the earth.
The angel said to them, "Will ye shun the seven last plagues? Will ye go to glory and
enjoy all that God has prepared for those who love Him and are willing to suffer for His
sake? If so, ye must die that ye may live. Get ready, get ready, get ready. Ye must have a
greater preparation than ye now have, for the day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with
wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate and to destroy the sinners thereof out of
it. Sacrifice all to God. Lay all upon His altar--self, property, and all, a living
sacrifice. It will take all to enter glory. Lay up for yourselves treasure in heaven,
where no thief can approach or rust corrupt. Ye must be partakers of Christ's sufferings
here if ye would be partakers with Him of His glory hereafter."
Heaven will be cheap enough, if we obtain it through suffering. We must deny self all along the way, die to self daily, let Jesus alone appear, and keep His glory continually in vi
have embraced the truth would have to know what it is to suffer for Christ's sake, that
they would have trials to pass through that would be keen and cutting, in order that they
may be purified and fitted through suffering to receive the seal of the living God, pass
through the time of trouble, see the King in His beauty, and dwell in the presence of God
and of pure, holy angels.
As I saw what we must be in order to inherit glory, and then saw how much Jesus had
suffered to obtain for us so rich an inheritance, I prayed that we might be baptised into
Christ's sufferings, that we might not shrink at trials, but bear them with patience and
joy, knowing what Jesus had suffered that we through His poverty and sufferings might be
made rich. Said the angel, "Deny self; ye must step fast." Some of us have had
time to get the truth and to advance step by step, and every step we have taken has given
us strength to take the next. But now time is almost finished, and what we have been years
learning, they will have to learn in a few months. They will also have much to unlearn and
much to learn again. Those who would not receive the mark of the beast and his image when
the decree goes forth, must have decision now to say, Nay, we will not regard the
institution of the beast.
The Blind Leading the Blind
I have seen how the blind guides were labouring to make souls as blind as themselves,
little realising what is coming upon them. They are exalting themselves against the truth,
and as it triumphs, many who have looked on these teachers as men of God and have looked
to them for light, are troubled. They inquire of these leaders relative to the Sabbath,
and they, with the object of getting rid of the fourth commandment, will answer them
thereto. I saw that real honesty was not regarded in taking the many positions that were
taken against the Sabbath. The main object is to get around the Sabbath of the Lord and
observe another day than that sanctified and hallowed by Jehovah. If they are driven from
one position, they take an opposite one, even a position that they had but just before
condemned as unsound.
God's people are coming into the unity of the faith. Those who observe the Sabbath of
the Bible are united in their views of Bible truth. But those who oppose the Sabbath among
the Advent people are disunited and strangely divided. One comes forward in opposition to
the Sabbath and declares it to be thus and so, and at the conclusion calls it settled. But
as his effort does not put the question to rest, and as the Sabbath cause progresses and
the children of the Lord still embrace it, another comes forward to overthrow it. But in
presenting his views to get around the Sabbath, he entirely tears down the arguments of
him who made the first effort against the truth, and presents a theory as opposite to his
as to ours. So with the third and the fourth; but none of them will have it as it stands
in the Word of God: "The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God."
Such, I saw, have the carnal mind, therefore are not subject to the holy law of God.
They are not agreed among themselves, yet labour hard with their inferences to wrest the
Scriptures to make a breach in God's law, to change, abolish, or do anything with the
fourth commandment rather than to observe it. They wish to silence the flock upon this
question; therefore they get up something with the hope that it will quiet them and that
many of their followers will search their Bibles so little that their leaders can easily
make error appear like truth, and they receive it as such, not looking higher than their
Preparation for the End
At Oswego, New York, September 7, 1850, the Lord showed me that a great work must be
done for His people before they could stand in the battle in the day of the Lord. I was
pointed to those who claim to be Adventists, but who reject the present truth, and saw
that they were crumbling and that the hand of the Lord was in their midst to divide and
scatter them now in the gathering time, so that the precious jewels among them, who have
formerly been deceived, may have their eyes opened to see their true state. And now when
the truth is presented to them by the Lord's messengers, they are prepared to listen, and
see its beauty and harmony, and to leave their former associates and errors, embrace the
precious truth and stand where they can define their position.
I saw that those who oppose the Sabbath of the Lord could not take the Bible and show
that our position is incorrect; therefore they would slander those who believe and teach
the truth and would attack their characters. Many who were once conscientious and loved
God and His Word have become so hardened by rejecting the light of truth that they do not
hesitate to wickedly misrepresent and falsely accuse those who love the holy Sabbath, if
by so doing they can injure the influence of those who fearlessly declare the truth. But
these things will not hinder the work of God. In fact, this course pursued by those who
hate the truth will be the very means of opening the eyes of some. Every jewel will be
brought out and gathered, for the hand of the Lord is set to recover the remnant of His
people, and He will accomplish the work gloriously.
We who believe the truth should be very careful to give no occasion for our good to be
evil spoken of. We should know that every step we take is in accordance with the Bible;
for those who hate the commandments of God will triumph over our missteps and faults, as
the wicked did in 1843.
May 14, 1851, I saw the beauty and loveliness of Jesus. As I beheld His glory, the
thought did not occur to me that I should ever be separated from His presence. I saw a
light coming from the glory that encircled the Father, and as it approached near to me, my
body trembled and shook like a leaf. I thought that if it should come near me I would be
struck out of existence, but the light passed me. Then could I have some sense of the
great and terrible God with whom we have to do. I saw then what faint views some have of
the holiness of God, and how much they take His holy and reverend name in vain, without
realising that it is God, the great and terrible God, of whom they are speaking. While
praying, many use careless and irreverent expressions, which grieve the tender Spirit of
the Lord and cause their petitions to be shut out of heaven.
I also saw that many do not realise what they must be in order to live in the sight of
the Lord without a high priest in the sanctuary through the time of trouble. Those who
receive the seal of the living God and are protected in the time of trouble must reflect
the image of Jesus fully.
I saw that many were neglecting the preparation so needful and were looking to the time
of "refreshing" and the "latter rain" to fit them to stand in the day
of the Lord and to live in His sight. Oh, how many I saw in the time of trouble without a
shelter! They had neglected the needful preparation; therefore they could not receive the
refreshing that all must have to fit them to live in the sight of a holy God. Those who
refuse to be hewed by the prophets and fail to purify their souls in obeying the whole
truth, and who are willing to believe that their condition is far better than it really
is, will come up to the time of the falling of the plagues, and then see that they needed
to be hewed and squared for the building. But there will be no time then to do it and no
Mediator to plead their cause before the Father. Before this time the awfully solemn
declaration has gone forth, "He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which
is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still:
and he that is holy, let him be holy still." I saw that none could share the
"refreshing" unless they obtain the victory over every besetment, over pride,
selfishness, love of the world, and over every wrong word and action. We should,
therefore, be drawing nearer and nearer to the Lord and be earnestly seeking that
preparation necessary to enable us to stand in the battle in the day of the Lord. Let all
remember that God is holy and that none but holy beings can ever dwell in His presence.
Prayer and Faith
I have frequently seen that the children of the Lord neglect prayer, especially secret
prayer, altogether too much; that many do not exercise that faith which it is their
privilege and duty to exercise, often waiting for that feeling which faith alone can
bring. Feeling is not faith; the two are distinct. Faith is ours to exercise, but joyful
feeling and the blessing are God's to give. The grace of God comes to the soul through the
channel of living faith, and that faith it is in our power to exercise.
True faith lays hold of and claims the promised blessing before it is realised and
felt. We must send up our petitions in faith within the second veil and let our faith take
hold of the promised blessing and claim it as ours. We are then to believe that we receive
the blessing, because our faith has hold of it, and according to the Word it is ours.
"What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye
shall have them." Mark 11:24. Here is faith, naked faith, to believe that we receive
the blessing, even before we realise it. When the promised blessing is realised and
enjoyed, faith is swallowed up. But many suppose they have much faith when sharing largely
of the Holy Spirit and that they cannot have faith unless they feel the power of the
Spirit. Such confound faith with the blessing that comes through faith. The very time to
exercise faith is when we feel destitute of the Spirit. When thick clouds of darkness seem
to hover over the mind, then is the time to let living faith pierce the darkness and
scatter the clouds. True faith rests on the promises contained in the Word of God, and
those only who obey that Word can claim its glorious promises. "If ye abide in Me,
and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you."
John 15:7. "Whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments,
and do those things that are pleasing in His sight." 1 John 3:22.
We should be much in secret prayer. Christ is the vine, ye are the branches. And if we
would grow and flourish, we must continually draw sap and nourishment from the Living
Vine; for separated from the Vine we have no strength.
I asked the angel why there was no more faith and power in Israel. He said, "Ye
let go of the arm of the Lord too soon. Press your petitions to the throne, and hold on by
strong faith. The promises are sure. Believe ye receive the things ye ask for, and ye
shall have them." I was then pointed to Elijah. He was subject to like passions as we
are, and he prayed earnestly. His faith endured the trial. Seven times he prayed before
the Lord, and at last the cloud was seen. I saw that we had doubted the sure promises, and
wounded the Saviour by our lack of faith. Said the angel, "Gird the armour about
thee, and above all take the shield of faith; for that will guard the heart, the very
life, from the fiery darts of the wicked." If the enemy can lead the desponding to
take their eyes off from Jesus, and look to themselves, and dwell upon their own
unworthiness, instead of dwelling upon the worthiness of Jesus, His love, His merits, and
His great mercy, he will get away their shield of faith and gain his object; they will be
exposed to his fiery temptations. The weak should therefore look to Jesus, and believe in
Him; they then exercise faith.
The Gathering Time
September 23, the Lord showed me that He had stretched out His hand the second time to
recover the remnant of His people, and that efforts must be redoubled in this gathering
time. In the scattering, Israel was smitten and torn, but now in the gathering time God
will heal and bind up His people. In the scattering, efforts made to spread the truth had
but little effect, accomplished but little or nothing; but in the gathering, when God has
set His hand to gather His people, efforts to spread the truth will have their designed
effect. All should be united and zealous in the work. I saw that it was wrong for any to
refer to the scattering for examples to govern us now in the gathering; for if God should
do no more for us now than He did then, Israel would never be gathered. I have seen that
the 1843 chart was directed by the hand of the Lord, and that it should not be altered;
that the figures were as He wanted them; that His hand was over and hid a mistake in some
of the figures, so that none could see it, until His hand was removed.
Then I saw in relation to the "daily" (Dan. 8:12) that the word
"sacrifice" was supplied by man's wisdom, and does not belong to the text, and
that the Lord gave the correct view of it to those who gave the judgement hour cry. When
union existed, before 1844, nearly all were united on the correct view of the
"daily"; but in the confusion since 1844, other views have been embraced, and
darkness and confusion have followed. Time has not been a test since 1844, and it will
never again be a test.
The Lord has shown me that the message of the third angel must go, and be proclaimed to
the scattered children of the Lord, but it must not be hung on time. I saw that some were
getting a false excitement, arising from preaching time; but the third angels message is
stronger than time can be. I saw that this message can stand on its own foundation and
needs not time to strengthen it; and that it will go in mighty power, and do its work, and
will be cut short in righteousness.
Then I was pointed to some who are in the great error of believing that it is their
duty to go to Old Jerusalem, and think they have a work to do there before the Lord comes.
Such a view is calculated to take the mind and interest from the present work of the Lord,
under the message of the third angel; for those who think that they are yet to go to
Jerusalem will have their minds there, and their means will be withheld from the cause of
present truth to get themselves and others there. I saw that such a mission would
accomplish no real good, that it would take a long while to make a very few of the Jews
believe even in the first advent of Christ, much more to believe in His second advent. I
saw that Satan had greatly deceived some in this thing and that souls all around them in
this land could be helped by them and led to keep the commandments of God, but they were
leaving them to perish. I also saw that Old Jerusalem never would be built up; and that
Satan was doing his utmost to lead the minds of the children of the Lord into these things
now, in the gathering time, to keep them from throwing their whole interest into the
present work of the Lord, and to cause them to neglect the necessary preparation for the
day of the Lord. -
A sense of duty to my brethren and sisters and a desire that the blood of souls might
not be found on my garments have governed me in writing this little work. I am aware of
the unbelief that exists in the minds of the multitude relative to visions, also that many
who profess to be looking for Christ and teach that we are in the "last days"
call them all of Satan. I expect much opposition from such, and had I not felt that the
Lord required it of me, I should not have made my views thus public, as they will probably
call forth the hatred and derision of some. But I fear God more than man.
When the Lord first gave me messages to deliver to His people, it was hard for me to
declare them, and I often softened them down and made them as mild as possible for fear of
grieving some. It was a great trial to declare the messages as the Lord gave them to me. I
did not realise that I was so unfaithful and did not see the sin and danger of such a
course until in vision I was taken into the presence of Jesus. He looked upon me with a
frown and turned His face from me. It is not possible to describe the terror and agony I
then felt. I fell upon my face before Him, but had no power to utter a word. Oh, how I
longed to be covered and hid from that dreadful frown! Then could I realise, in some
degree, what the feeling of the lost will be when they cry, "Mountains and rocks,
fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the
wrath of the Lamb."
Presently an angel bade me rise, and the sight that met my eyes can hardly be
described. A company was presented before me whose hair and garments were torn and whose
countenances were the very picture of despair and horror. They came close to me and took
their garments and rubbed them on mine. I looked upon my garments and saw that they were
stained with blood, and that blood was eating holes in them. Again I fell like one dead at
the feet of my accompanying angel. I could not plead one excuse. My tongue refused all
utterance, and I longed to be away from such a holy place. Again the angel stood me upon
my feet and said, "This is not your case now, but this scene has passed before you to
let you know what your situation must be if you neglect to declare to others what the Lord
has revealed to you. But if you are faithful to the end, you shall eat of the tree of life
and shall drink of the river of the water of life. You will have to suffer much, but the
grace of God is sufficient." I then felt willing to do all that the Lord might
require me to do that I might have His approbation and not feel His dreadful frown.
I have frequently been falsely charged with teaching views peculiar to Spiritualism.
But before the editor of the Day-Star ran into that delusion, the Lord gave me a view of
the sad and desolating effects that would be produced upon the flock by him and others in
teaching the spiritual views. I have often seen the lovely Jesus, that He is a person . I
asked Him if His Father was a person and had a form like Himself. Said Jesus, "I am
in the express image of My Father's person."
I have often seen that the spiritual view took away all the glory of heaven, and that
in many minds the throne of David and the lovely person of Jesus have been burned up in
the fire of Spiritualism. I have seen that some who have been deceived and led into this
error will be brought out into the light of truth, but it will be almost impossible for
them to get entirely rid of the deceptive power of Spiritualism. Such should make thorough
work in confessing their errors and leaving them forever.
I recommend to you, dear reader, the Word of God as the rule of your faith and
practice. By that Word we are to be judged. God has, in that Word, promised to give
visions in the "last days"; not for a new rule of faith, but for the comfort of
His people, and to correct those who err from Bible truth. Thus God dealt with Peter when
He was about to send him to preach to the Gentiles. (Acts 10.)
To those who may circulate this little work, I would say that it is designed for the
sincere only and not for those who would ridicule the things of the Spirit of God. -
Mrs. White's Dreams
I dreamed of seeing a temple to which many people were flocking. Only those who took
refuge in that temple would be saved when time should close. All who remained outside
would be forever lost. The multitudes without, who were going their various ways, were
deriding and ridiculing those who were entering the temple, and told them that this plan
of safety was a cunning deception, that, in fact, there was no danger whatever to avoid.
They even laid hold of some to prevent them from hastening within the walls.
Fearing to be laughed at and ridiculed, I thought best to wait until the multitude were
dispersed, or until I could enter unobserved by them. But the numbers increased instead of
diminishing, and fearful of being too late, I hastily left my home and pressed through the
crowd. In my anxiety to reach the temple I did not notice or care for the throng that
surrounded me. On entering the building, I saw that the vast temple was supported by one
immense pillar, and to this was tied a Lamb all mangled and bleeding. We who were present
seemed to know that this Lamb had been torn and bruised on our account. All who entered
the temple must come before it and confess their sins.
Just before the Lamb were elevated seats upon which sat a company of people looking
very happy. The light of heaven seemed to shine upon their faces, and they praised God and
sang songs of glad thanksgiving that seemed to be like the music of angels. These were
they who had come before the Lamb, confessed their sins, been pardoned, and were now
waiting in glad expectation of some joyful event.
Even after having entered the building a fear came over me and a sense of shame that I
must humiliate myself before these people. But I seemed compelled to move forward, and was
slowly making my way around the pillar in order to face the Lamb, when a trumpet sounded,
the temple shook, shouts of triumph arose from the assembled saints, an awful brightness
illuminated the building, then all was intense darkness. The happy people had all
disappeared with the brightness, and I was left alone in the silent horror of night.
I awoke in agony of mind and could hardly convince myself that I had been dreaming. It
seemed to me that my doom was fixed, that the Spirit of the Lord had left me, never to
return. My despondency deepened, if that were possible.
Soon after this I had another dream. I seemed to be sitting in abject despair, with my
face in my hands, reflecting like this: If Jesus were upon earth, I would go to Him, throw
myself at His feet, and tell Him all my sufferings. He would not turn away from me, He
would have mercy upon me, and I should love and serve Him always. Just then the door
opened, and a person of beautiful form and countenance entered. He looked upon me
pityingly and said: "Do you wish to see Jesus? He is here and you can see Him if you
desire to do so. Take everything you possess and follow me."
I heard this with unspeakable joy, and gladly gathered up all my little possessions,
every treasured trinket, and followed my guide. He led me to a steep and apparently frail
stairway. As I commenced to ascend the steps, he cautioned me to keep my eyes fixed
upward, lest I should grow dizzy and fall. Many others who were climbing up the steep
ascent fell before gaining the top.
Finally we reached the last step and stood before the door. Here my guide directed me
to leave all the things that I had brought with me. I cheerfully laid them down; he then
opened the door and bade me enter. In a moment I stood before Jesus. There was no
mistaking that beautiful countenance. Such a radiant expression of benevolence and majesty
could belong to no other. As His gaze rested upon me, I knew at once that He was
acquainted with every circumstance of my life and all my inner thoughts and feelings.
I tried to shield myself from His gaze, feeling unable to endure His searching eyes,
but He drew near with a smile, and, laying His hand upon my head, said: "Fear
not." The sound of His sweet voice thrilled my heart with a happiness it had never
before experienced. I was too joyful to utter a word, but, overcome with ineffable
happiness, sank prostrate at His feet. While I was lying helpless there, scenes of beauty
and glory passed before me, and I seemed to have reached the safety and peace of heaven.
At length my strength returned, and I arose. The loving eyes of Jesus were still upon me,
and His smile filled my soul with gladness. His presence filled me with holy reverence and
an inexpressible love.
My guide now opened the door, and we both passed out. He bade me take up again all the
things I had left without. This done, he handed me a green cord coiled up closely. This he
directed me to place next my heart, and when I wished to see Jesus, take from my bosom and
stretch it to the utmost. He cautioned me not to let it remain coiled for any length of
time, lest it should become knotted and difficult to straighten. I placed the cord near my
heart and joyfully descended the narrow stairs, praising the Lord and joyfully telling all
whom I met where they could find Jesus. This dream gave me hope. The green cord
represented faith to my mind, and the beauty and simplicity of trusting in God began to
dawn upon my benighted soul. -
William Miller's Dream
I dreamed that God, by an unseen hand, sent me a curiously wrought casket about ten
inches long by six square, made of ebony and pearls curiously inlaid. To the casket there
was a key attached. I immediately took the key and opened the casket, when, to my wonder
and surprise, I found it filled with all sorts and sizes of jewels, diamonds, precious
stones, and gold and silver coin of every dimension and value, beautifully arranged in
their several places in the casket; and thus arranged they reflected a light and glory
equalled only to the sun.
I thought it was not my duty to enjoy this wonderful sight alone, although my heart was
overjoyed at the brilliancy, beauty, and value of its contents. I therefore placed it on a
centre table in my room and gave out word that all who had a desire might come and see the
most glorious and brilliant sight ever seen by man in this life.
The people began to come in, at first few in number, but increasing to a crowd. When
they first looked into the casket, they would wonder and shout for joy. But when the
spectators increased, everyone would begin to trouble the jewels, taking them out of the
casket and scattering them on the table.
I began to think that the owner would require the casket and the jewels again at my
hand; and if I suffered them to be scattered, I could never place them in their places in
the casket again as before; and felt I should never be able to meet the accountability,
for it would be immense. I then began to plead with the people not to handle them, nor to
take them out of the casket; but the more I pleaded, the more they scattered; and now they
seemed to scatter them all over the room, on the floor and on every piece of furniture in
I then saw that among the genuine jewels and coin they had scattered an innumerable
quantity of spurious jewels and counterfeit coin. I was highly incensed at their base
conduct and ingratitude, and reproved and reproached them for it; but the more I reproved,
the more they scattered the spurious jewels and false coin among the genuine.
I then became vexed in my physical soul and began to use physical force to push them
out of the room; but while I was pushing out one, three more would enter and bring in dirt
and shavings and sand and all manner of rubbish, until they covered every one of the true
jewels, diamonds, and coins, which were all excluded from sight. They also tore in pieces
my casket and scattered it among the rubbish. I thought no man regarded my sorrow or my
anger. I became wholly discouraged and disheartened, and sat down and wept.
While I was thus weeping and mourning for my great loss and accountability, I
remembered God, and earnestly prayed that He would send me help.
Immediately the door opened, and a man entered the room, when the people all left it;
and he, having a dirt brush in his hand, opened the windows, and began to brush the dirt
and rubbish from the room.
I cried to him to forbear, for there were some precious jewels scattered among the
He told me to "fear not," for he would "take care of them".
Then, while he brushed the dirt and rubbish, false jewels and counterfeit coin, all
rose and went out of the window like a cloud, and the wind carried them away. In the
bustle I closed my eyes for a moment; when I opened them, the rubbish was all gone. The
precious jewels, the diamonds, the gold and silver coins, lay scattered in profusion all
over the room.
He then placed on the table a casket, much larger and more beautiful than the former,
and gathered up the jewels, the diamonds, the coins, by the handful, and cast them into
the casket, till not one was left, although some of the diamonds were not bigger than the
point of a pin.
He then called upon me to "come and see."
I looked into the casket, but my eyes were dazzled with the sight. They shone with ten
times their former glory. I thought they had been scoured in the sand by the feet of those
wicked persons who had scattered and trod them in the dust. They were arranged in
beautiful order in the casket, every one in its place, without any visible pains of the
man who cast them in. I shouted with very joy, and that shout awoke me.