WHITE’S VISIONS AND DREAMS
at Battle Creek in August, 1868, Ellen had a dream. She was with a large group
of people. Some of these started out on a journey.
had heavily loaded wagons. As they went, the road went upward. On one side of
this road was a steep cliff; on the other was a high, smooth, white wall, like
plaster. As they went on, the road grew narrower and steeper. In some places it
seemed so very narrow that they could no longer travel with the loaded wagons.
They left them behind and took some luggage and put it on the horses, and
journeyed on horseback.
the path got more narrow. They had to press close to the wall, to save from
falling off the narrow road down the steep cliff. Now the bundles on the horses
pressed on the wall and pushed them towards the cliff, they feared to fall and
be dashed in pieces on the rocks so they cut the luggage from the horses, and it
fell over the cliff.
now went on horseback, afraid as they came to the narrower places in the road,
to loose their balance and fall. At such times a hand seemed to take the bridle
and guide over the risky way. But the path grew narrower; they could no longer
go with safety on horseback, and left the horses and went on foot, in single
file, one following in the footsteps of another.
small cords were let down from the top of the pure white wall; these they gladly
grasped, to help keep their balance on the path. The cords moved along with
the path got more narrow and they thought they could travel more safely without
shoes, so they took them off. Soon it was decided that they could travel more
safely without stockings; these were removed, and they went on with bare feet.
then thought of those who were not used to hardships. Where were they now? They
were not in the company. At every change some were left behind, and those only
kept going who learned to endure hardships. The difficult way only made these
more eager to press on to the end.
The danger of falling off increased.
They pressed close to the white wall, yet there wasn’t room to put
their feet fully on the path, for it was too narrow. Now they began to put
nearly their whole weight on the cords, saying: "We have hold from above!
We have hold from above!" They all said this. They could hear noises from
the bottom of the steep cliff, laughing and worldly music; bad words and dirty
jokes; war songs and dance songs; and cursing, cries, wails and loud laughter.
They were so anxious to stay on that narrow path!
they depended more on the cords, which grew as they went on. Ellen saw the
beautiful white wall was stained with blood. She felt sad to see it but then
felt it was all as it should be.
Those who are following after will know that others have passed the narrow,
difficult way before them, and that they can do the same. As the blood shall be
pressed from their aching feet, they will not faint and give up; but, seeing the
blood upon the wall, they will know that others have endured the same pain.
Finally the path ended at a drop-off. They was no
path for their feet at all. But by now they were mostly hanging to the cords,
which had grown to be almost as big as their bodies. For a while they were
afraid. “What is holding the cords?” they asked. They were having a hard
struggle, if they failed now, all the hard journey would be for nothing!
the other side of the chasm, was a beautiful field of green grass, about six
inches high. Bright, soft beams of light, resembling fine gold and silver, were
resting upon this field. Nothing upon earth was like it in beauty and glory. But
could they reach it? What if the cord would break? In whispers the words were
breathed: "What holds the cord?"
a moment they hesitated then said, "Our only hope is to trust wholly to the
cord. It has been our help all the difficult way. It will not fail us now."
Still we hesitated then the words were said: "God holds the cord. We need
not fear." These words were then repeated by those behind: "He will
not fail us now. He has brought us thus far in safety."
They then swung over safely one by one to the lovely field.
They heard voices Praising God. Ellen was happy, perfectly happy.
She said she would never forget this wonderful
WHITE’S VISIONS AND DREAMS -2
White was shown many wonderful things. Have you ever wished you could see just
what happened in certain Bible times or in History? Many of our history books
are not true because wicked men often want to hide the truth from people. Well
if you read some of Ellen White’s books you can see she writes about some
scenes and you can tell that she has seen them! She is describing just what is
going on. In the older books she often says, “I was shown”, or “I saw”.
think this is why we like movies too much. It gives us the feeling we are seeing
what ‘really’ happened. We say ‘seeing is believing’ but this is not
true about movies and TV. What we see on them is just what some people decided
to make and the actors act out the scenes. It is not true at all and it can be
very dangerous to believe a lie!
when Sister White was shown what happened, it was true. The angels showed her
what really did happen. Someday if we are faithful, we will get to see all these
records of history in heaven and know what really happened. If you read the
story of Jesus trial and death in Desire of Ages, you will know that she was
watching it happen.
the late 1800s, Ellen spent some time in Europe and as she traveled around, she
would see things she knew about and tell people what happened there in the past.
She would tell them what a certain church or market looked like in the 1500s!
I’d have loved to hear her do that, wouldn’t you?
things from her visions came back clearly to her as she saw places where they
had happened and some things she understood better. That is why when she
returned from Europe she wrote another edition of Great Controversy in 1888 with
more detail in that are not found in the 1884 one, and even a few more chapters.
Both books are good to read as, like the four gospels, they each have important
things in them. You will always find that anything that is important, God
repeats it in different ways; so more people will understand it.
of the things she saw was that in the dark ages many times the papal powers
would send soldiers and even whole armies after God’s true people and when
they were about to attack them, suddenly the armies would become very afraid and
run away as fast as they could! This will happen for God’s people in the last
days also. No one can stay when an angel of God tells them to go!
urge you young people to get the books of Ellen White and read them as well as
read the Bible for yourselves. Don’t wait for teachers or church people to
tell you what is in them. You must ‘eat’ for yourself. By doing this you
will become wise in the Lord and have great peace and courage!
WHITE’S VISIONS AND DREAMS –3
Great Controversy Vision
the very first vision Ellen received as a teenager, she was shown things that
have to do with the last days of the great battle between Jesus and His angels
and Satan and his fallen angels that has been raging on this earth ever since
Adam and Eve listened to the serpent instead of obeying God.
in 1848, she was shown more and then in 1858, she had what we know as the
‘Great Controversy Visions’, which gave her more information.
were these visions really about? Well, they basically give us the details of
Satan’s master plan to fool all the world, even God’s faithful people. They
even give us some of the very words of Satan as she was allowed to listen in to
him talking to his angels and see him as he schemed and planned to defeat Jesus
and trick people into following him instead of God.
is just what he did in Eden, and he has been doing it ever since. But now there
is a difference! He knows his time is almost gone and soon he will be stopped.
So he has more plans and tricks now than ever before, and he’s using them all!
knows we need extra help to see Satan’s evil tricks because now he makes
himself to be an angel of light. In other words, he makes people think that his
ways are good for them and true. He mixes some truth in with his lies and then
the people think because the truth is good, that it is all good. Remember that
rat poison is always mostly good grain.
was raging angry when Jesus showed his plans to Ellen and she started to write
them down for us to read and be warned. He tried to kill her right after the
vision, before she could even get back home!
strange, cold sensation struck my heart, passed over my head, and down my right
side.” She was unconscious for a while but awoke when they prayed earnestly
for her. She was not able to move her arms or legs and thought she would die.
Satan had tried to kill her, But an angel was sent to help her and as the dear
people who loved Jesus continued to pray she began to be able to move a little
and could go home the next day.
she was still partly numb, very sick, and unable to walk properly. In this
suffering way, she began to write the book. At first she could only write one
page and then she would collapse and have to rest for three days. But she kept
trying and the people kept praying. Finally the power of Satan was broken and
the book was written.
came Volume 1 of ‘Spiritual Gifts’ then in 1884, in Volume 4 of “Spirit of
Prophecy’ she wrote a more complete account. After she had been to Europe, she
added some more chapters and information, which was printed in the1888 edition.
The 1911 book has some quotes changed, as the enemies of truth had been busy
finding and destroying old history books that tell the truth about the dark ages
and the reformation. Some of the
books used before could not be found. They had to use other books that said much
the same thing.
is good to read all of these Great Controversy editions, as each has something
the others don’t have, it is like the four gospels, they tell the same story
but in slightly different ways. God does this a lot in the Bible, especially
I want to tell you a true secret; any time that any body starts to read or give
away to others the book Great Controversy, Satan is angry! That is why you
should pray before you read it, for Jesus to help you understand it, and read it
all through. Satan will make you busy, or get your mind off on something else.
have seen many people read the first half of the book and say it was so
interesting and then, just when they were getting to the MOST interesting part,
they loose interest, get busy and the book is thrown aside. Satan hates that
book! That is why we should love it, second only to our dear KJV Bible, which
Satan also hates.
also think of the courage that Ellen White had, as she wrote faithfully even
when sick and suffering, so we can have the messages God wants us to have. When
we see her in heaven, we must say thank you!
WHITE’S VISIONS AND DREAMS –4
think it would be great to be a prophet? Well, when Ellen was still just a
teenager, she was given messages to deliver to the people, all kinds of people,
strangers, older people, men and women. Imagine how hard that would be!
was very hard for her to tell them just what the Lord said so she often softened
them down, and made them as mild as possible for fear of making the people angry
said, “It was a great trial to declare the messages as the Lord gave them to
me. I did not realize that I was so unfaithful, and did not see the danger and
sin of such a course, until I was taken in vision into the presence of Jesus.
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. O, how I longed to be covered and hid from that
dreadful frown. Then could I realize, in some degree what the feelings 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’.
an angel told her to rise, and the sight that met her eyes can hardly be
described. She saw people presented before her whose hair and garments were
torn, and whose faces were the very picture of despair and horror.
came close to me, and took their garments and rubbed them on mine, I looked at
my garments, and saw that they were stained with blood, and that blood was
eating holes in my garments. 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.”
the angel stood her up on her feet, and told her that this wasn’t her case
yet, but it would be if she failed to tell the people just what the Lord showed
her to tell them!
angel continued, “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." She then felt willing to do all
that the Lord might want her to do, that she might have His smile, and not feel
his dreadful frown.
WHITE’S VISIONS AND DREAMS –5
Jesus is Doing in Heaven Now-
1847, Ellen was shown the Heavenly Sanctuary and Jesus working in the Most Holy
Place! It happened during a prayer meeting in a believers home- She tell about
saw an angel swiftly flying 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 vail. This vail 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 showbread, etc. After viewing the glory of the
Holy, Jesus raised the second veil, and I passed into the Holy of Holies.”
she saw the ark all covered in pure gold and two golden angels on each end
facing each other and looking down to the top of the ark. On it was a golden
censer (a pot on a chain for carrying incense)
the ark appeared a throne and she knew God was there. Jesus was before the ark
and as the prayers of His people would come up, the censer would smoke and He
would offer the prayers to His Father on the throne.
saw inside the ark a pot of manna and Aaron’s rod that budded also the
precious 10 Commandments on two stones. Jesus took them out and opened them up
like a book and she saw the law of God. The first 4 commandments were on one
stone and the other 6 were on the other one.
what she said about them: “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 honor of God's holy name. The holy
Sabbath looked glorious--a halo of glory was all around it. I saw that the
Sabbath was not nailed to the cross. If it was, the other nine commandments
were; and we are at liberty to go forth and break them all, as well as to break
the fourth. I saw that God had not changed the Sabbath, for He never changes.
(See MAL. 3:6) But the Pope had changed it from the seventh to the first day of
the week; for he was to change times and laws.” (see DAN. 7: 25.)
saw that if God had changed the Sabbath to Sunday, He would have changed the
words on the stones to “Keep the first day holy” but He has not; they are
the same as when He wrote them with His own finger!
God’s true people will keep His Sabbath holy and God will bless them! Did you
know that if man had always kept the true Sabbath of Creation, Satan could not
have fooled them with the evolution lie?
WHITE’S VISIONS AND DREAMS –6
a vision, Ellen White saw two armies in terrible conflict. One army was carrying
flags of worldly things; the other was led by the blood-stained banner of Prince
flags were dropped in the dust as people from the Lord's army joined the enemy;
but also tribe after tribe from the ranks of the enemy united with the faithful
people of God.
angel flying in the midst of heaven put the flag of Jesus into many hands, while
a Mighty General cried with a loud voice: "Come into line. Let those who
keep God’s commandments and love Jesus and His truth, now take their places.
“Come out from among them, and be ye separate, and touch not the unclean, and
I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and
daughters. Let all who will come up to the help of the Lord, to the help of the
Lord against the mighty."
The battle raged. Sometimes it seemed that the
soldiers of the cross were loosing. But it was only to get to a better position.
Shouts of joy were heard. A song of praise to God went up, and angel voices
united in the song, as Christ's soldiers planted His banner on the walls of
fortresses till then held by the enemy. Our Captain, Jesus, was guiding the
battle and sending support to His soldiers. His power was mightily displayed,
encouraging them to press the battle to the gates. He taught them and led them
on step by step, conquering and to conquer.
At last the victory was gained. The army following
the banner that said; "The commandments of God, and the faith of
Jesus," was Victorious! The soldiers of Jesus were close beside the gates
of the city of God, and with joy the city received her King.
WHITE’S VISIONS AND DREAMS –7
I have seen an angel standing with scales in his hands weighing the thoughts and
interest of the people of God, especially the young. In one scale were the
thoughts and interest tending heavenward; in the other were the thoughts and
interest tending to earth. And in this scale were thrown all the reading of
storybooks, thoughts of dress and show, vanity, pride, et cetera. (TV, Movies,
Games and Sports as well)
what a solemn moment! The angels of God standing with scales, weighing the
thoughts of His professed children--those who claim to be dead to the world and
alive to God. The scale filled with thoughts of earth, vanity, and pride quickly
one with the thoughts and interest tending to heaven went quickly up as the
other went down, and oh, how light it was! I can relate this as I saw it; but
never can I give the solemn and vivid impression stamped upon my mind, as I saw
the angel with the scales weighing the thoughts and interest of the people of
the angel: "Can such enter heaven? No, no, never. Tell them the hope they
now possess is vain, and unless they speedily repent, and obtain salvation, they
must perish." . . . those who give up the mind to be diverted with foolish
stories and idle tales, have the imagination fed, but the brilliancy of God's
word is eclipsed (dark) to them. The mind is led directly from God. The interest
in His precious word is destroyed.” 1-T. –124
WHITE’S VISIONS AND DREAMS –8
of the main reasons God sent messages for His dear people to Ellen White was to
warn us about Satan’s tricks and snares in these last days. There are some
people who will tell you that we shouldn’t talk about Satan and his lies. How
nice for our enemy, eh? He has all his tricks to fool us and we aren’t even
supposed to talk about them? If we are truly belonging to Jesus, we are not to
spend our time being afraid or worrying about him, but we certainly need to
study and know his tricks!
the Spirit of Prophecy writings, ‘Satan’ or satanic is mentioned in19,292
paragraphs. Why? Because if we know our enemies tricks we can avoid getting
fooled! Jesus doesn’t want His dear children fooled, but all too many say,
“Awe, I don’t believe that. Those writings are too ‘Old Fashioned’.
Things are different today.”
things are different in this way; Satan’s lures and traps are all around us
more than ever before, except maybe just before the flood. Ellen White was shown
Satan’s plans, she even got to listen into his words as he commanded his
angels how to fool God’s people.
of the things he uses is to make us greedy and covetous. If we want to have lots
of earthly money and pleasure, we don’t have time to really get close to
Jesus. The missions that are to tell the people all around the world about
Jesus, end up failing because the people won’t give their money to help the
missionaries. They want to keep the money for themselves.
thing she saw was that Satan keeps young people busy with holidays and
entertainment, shows, parties, socials, sports and even music. They are so busy
with these things that they have no time to study and pray and allow Jesus to
get their hearts ready for heaven. Even church socials and programs can do this.
have more of these time wasting tricks today than ever before. With TV, video,
computer games and video games, music and entertainment, sports and hobbies
everywhere. Take a good look at your life; is Jesus first with you? Pray
earnestly and ask Jesus to show you the truth about yourself, if you are ready
for heaven, or just fooling yourself.
message to the young is that Jesus is soon coming and we must be ready!
WHITE’S VISIONS AND DREAMS –9
1904, Ellen White was shown a strange dream about a ship hitting an iceberg. She
knew that this dream was warning that there were some very wrong ideas that
people were trying to bring into the church. The dream showed her that God
wanted the leaders of the church to speak out against this and not allow it to
come into the church. This is the dream:
night a scene was clearly presented before me. A vessel was upon the waters, in
a heavy fog. Suddenly the lookout cried, "Iceberg just ahead!" There,
towering high above the ship, was a gigantic iceberg. An authoritative voice
cried out, "Meet it!" There was not a moment's hesitation. It was a
time for instant action. The engineer put on full steam, and the man at the
wheel steered the ship straight into the iceberg.
a crash she struck the ice. There was a fearful shock, and the iceberg broke
into many pieces, falling with a noise like thunder to the deck. The passengers
were violently shaken by the force of the collisions, but no lives were lost.
The vessel was injured, but not beyond repair. She rebounded from the contact,
trembling from stem to stern, like a living creature. Then she moved forward on
the church ‘striking’ right away at the wrong ideas that men were bringing
in, they were stopped from taking over the church.
is interesting that when the great ship the ‘Titanic’ ran into the iceberg
in 1915, if it would have hit it straight on like in this dream, it would not
have been cut open and sunk. But when they tried to slow down and go around it,
the side was cut open and the ship sunk.
is like wrong habits and sin in our lives. If we meet it head on with the power
of Jesus, we will overcome it. But if we try to find a way around it; decide to
wait and see what happens; or make excuses or compromises with it- sooner or
later it will sink us.