Messenger of the Lord

The Prophetic Ministry of Ellen White

Herbert E. Douglass

Section I: God's Communication System

Chapter 1 - The Revealer and the Revealed

Chapter 2 - God Speaks Through Prophets

Chapter 3 - Characteristics of the Prophets

Section II: The Real Ellen White

Chapter 4 - The Person and Her Times

Chapter 5 - Messenger, Wife, and Mother

Chapter 6 - Physical Health

Chapter 7 - Personal Characteristics

Chapter 8 - As Others Knew Her

Chapter 9 - Humor, Common Sense, and a Practical Counselor

Chapter 10 - The American Pioneer and the Victorian Woman

Chapter 11 - The Prolific Writer

Chapter 12 - The Sought-for-Speaker

Section III: The Listening Messenger

Chapter 13 - Delivering God’s Message

Chapter 14 - Confirming the Confidence

Chapter 15 - Timely Instruction and Predictions

Chapter 16 - Ellen White’s Self-awareness as a Messenger

Section IV: The Voice of a Movement

Chapter 17 - Organization, Unity, and Institutional Development

Chapter 18 - Theological Crises

Chapter 19 - Evangelism, Local and Global, and Race Relations

Chapter 20 - Stewardship, Government Relations, and Humanitarian Involvement

Chapter 21 - Dissidents, Within and Without

Section V: Nurturer of Inspired Concepts

Chapter 22 - The Organizing Theme

Chapter 23 - Clarification of Major Doctrines

Chapter 24 - Health Principles/1: Emergence of a Health Message

Chapter 25 - Health Principles/2: Relationship of Health to a Spiritual Mission

Chapter 26 - Health Principles/3: Quality Improvement in Adventist Health

Chapter 27 - Health Principles/4: Principles and Policies

Chapter 28 - Health Principles/5: Reviewing a Century of Health Reform Principles

Chapter 29 - Education/1: Principles and Philosophy

Chapter 30 - Education/2: Establishing Educational Institutions

Chapter 31 - Publishing, Temperance, and Social Principles

Section VI: How to Listen to the Messenger

Chapter 32 - Hermeneutics/1: Basic Principles

Chapter 33 - Hermeneutics/2: Basic Rules of Interpretation—Internal

Chapter 34 - Hermeneutics/3: Basic Rules of Interpretation—External

Chapter 35 - Hermeneutics/4: Characteristics Shared by Biblical Writers and Ellen White

Chapter 36 - Hermeneutics/5: Authority and Relationship to the Bible

Chapter 37 - Hermeneutics/6: How Contemporaries Understood Ellen White’s Authority

Chapter 38 - Hermeneutics/7: 1919 Bible Conference/History Teachers Council

Chapter 39 - Understanding How the Books Were Written

Chapter 40 - Understanding How the Books Were Prepared

Section VII: How to Evaluate Criticism

Chapter 41 - Truth Still Makes One Free

Chapter 42 - Criticism Involving Relationships With Other People

Chapter 43 - Predictions, Scientific Observations, and Unusual Statements

Chapter 44 - The Shut Door—A Case Study

Section VIII: Continuing Relevancy of God’s Messenger

Chapter 45 - Does Ellen White Measure Up?

Chapter 46 - She Still Speaks

Chapter 47 - Messenger and Message Inseparable

Appendix A - Camp Meetings in Early Nineteenth Century

Appendix B - Background to Exchange of Letters Between James and Ellen White in 1874

Appendix C - Excerpts from Robert Louis Stevenson’s Across the Plains (1892)

Appendix D - A Partial List of Ellen White Visions

Appendix E - Basic Presuppositions Shared by Most Shut-door Critics

Appendix F - Time-conditioned or Time-related?

Appendix G - Ellen White’s Growth in Understanding Her Own Visions

Appendix H - Ellen White Enriched the Term “Shut Door”

Appendix I - Ellen White Led the Way in Building a Biblically-Oriented Message for the World

Appendix J - Response to Deletion of “Wicked World”

Appendix K - Why Ellen White Seemed to Reach Out Only to Shut-door Advocates

Appendix L - Chief Charges Against Ellen White Regarding the Shut-door Issue and the Responses Through the Years

Appendix M - The July 13, 1847, Letter to Joseph Bates

Appendix N - Last Will and Testament of Ellen White

Appendix O - Comments of National Leaders in the Early 1860s Regarding Slavery Crisis

Appendix P - The Ellipse of Salvation Truth

Selected Bibliography