The Articles of Ellen Gould Harmon White as printed in the Signs of the Times.

Ellen White

No matter what you think of Ellen White, there are some facts that you cannot dispute.

1) She is the most prolific female author in history. This is amazing in itself considering that she only made it to the third grade. An injury during that time left her weakened to the point that she was unable to continue schooling.

2) Her work has been translated into more foreign languages than any other writer.

3) Many consider her to be a true prophet of God. Here is an interesting example of her writings that illustrates why they do:

“On one occasion, when in New York City, I was in the night season called upon to behold buildings rising story after story toward heaven. These buildings were warranted to be fireproof, and they were erected to glorify the owners and builders. Higher and still higher these buildings rose, and in them the most costly material was used. Those to whom these buildings belonged were not asking themselves: “How can we best glorify God?” The Lord was not in their thoughts.  

I thought: “Oh, that those who are thus investing their means could see their course as God sees it! They are piling up magnificent buildings, but how foolish in the sight of the Ruler of the universe is their planning and devising. They are not studying with all the powers of heart and mind how they may glorify God. They have lost sight of this, the first duty of man.” 

As these lofty buildings went up, the owners rejoiced with ambitious pride that they had money to use in gratifying self and provoking the envy of their neighbors. Much of the money that they thus invested had been obtained through exaction, through grinding down the poor. They forgot that in heaven an account of every business transaction is kept; every unjust deal, every fraudulent act, is there recorded. The time is coming when in their fraud and insolence men will reach a point that the Lord will not permit them to pass, and they will learn that there is a limit to the forbearance of Jehovah. 

The scene that next passed before me was an alarm of fire. Men looked at the lofty and supposedly fire-proof buildings and said: “They are perfectly safe.” But these buildings were consumed as if made of pitch. The fire engines could do nothing to stay the destruction. The firemen were unable to operate the engines.”

Does that sound a bit like the twin towers? Well, this was written about 100 years ago and included in a book called Testimonies for the Church Volume 9 and on pages 12 and 13. (I was told originally it was on page 11 - which would make it 9/11 - but I cannot verify that.)

Think what you will, these missives on the life of Christ and of His relationship to His church should be of interest.