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The following Ellen White quote was cited as false by an individual on the Internet who decided that after such statements Ellen White must be a false prophet and Adventism must be erroneous:

“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 Son of man…. Then there was a
mighty earthquake. The graves opened, and the dead came up clothed with immortality. The
144,000 shouted, “Alleluia!” as they recognized their friends who had been torn from them by
death, and in the same moment WE WERE CHANGED AND CAUGHT UP TOGETHER
to meet the Lord in the air”.
Early Writings, pp 15-16 (emphasis added).

The following Bible quote was cited as false by an individual on the Internet who decided that after such statements Paul must be a false prophet and Christianity must be erroneous:

“For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be CAUGHT UP TOGETHER WITH THEM in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
1 Thess. 4:15-17 (emphasis supplied)

Note that the portion of Ellen White’s statement that was emphasized by the first critic is practically word for word what Paul had said nearly 2,000 years earlier as quoted by the second critic. Even the words “WE [shall be] changed” were used by Paul in 1 Cor. 15:52.

The criticism is of course that if a prophet describes him/herself among those that are translated and then that prophet dies, the prediction (and prophet) must have been false. Those who have been blessed by the writings of Paul and Ellen White can rest assured though, that these statements in no way prove either of them to be false prophets. Both often spoke of the soon coming of the Lord, as did other New Testament prophets and Christ Himself. While such language provides Bible critics with even more material to supposedly prove the Bible inaccurate, we must always keep the apostle Peter’s words in mind:

“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation…But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:3,4,8,9

As we examine these predictions we must remain consistent. If Ellen White’s words condemn her, then those same words coming from Paul would condemn him. But if we conclude that such words do not condemn Paul (who was not translated) then we must conclude that the same words do not condemn Ellen White (who was not translated).

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Edwin Cotto

With over 13 years of experience in apologetics, evangelism and youth directing, Edwin has worked with various ministries both in English and Spanish. Having had the opportunity to travel to various states in the USA, and also to Venezuela and Mexico, he has enjoyed the privilege of conducting evangelistic meetings and apologetics seminars. His education includes training in the Medical Field, Adult Education at Valencia College, Biblical Hebrew with the Israel Institute of Biblical Studies, and Evangelism with Amazing Facts Center of Evangelism. He is furthering his academic studies in theology while also working as a bible worker for the Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Ordained as an elder, Edwin's passion for ministry begins first at home with his wife and kids.

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