Letters in THE DAY-STAR
CINCINNATI , OHIO , UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
The Early Broadsides
As God has shown
me in holy vision 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
got many trials to pass through.
But our light afflictions which are 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, 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, & 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 brother
in the Lord, it is a goodly land, and we are well able to go
up and possess it.
While praying at the family altar the
Holy Ghost fell on 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
At this, I raised my eyes and see
a straight and narrow path, cast up high above the world. On
this path the Advent people were traveling to the City,
which was at the farther end of the path.
They had a bright light
set up behind them at the first end 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 they might not stumble. And 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 glorious
light which wave over the Advent band, and they shouted,
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
which left their feet in perfect darkness, and they stumbled
and got their eyes off the mark and lost sight of Jesus, and
fell off the path down in the dark and wicked world below.
It was just as impossible for them to
get on the path again & go to the City, as all
the wicked world which God had rejected. They fell all the way
along the path one after another, until 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, know
and understand the voice, while the wicked thought it was thunder & an
When God spake the time, he poured
on 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, (Ex. 34: 30-34). By this time 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
in prison, when we would stretch forth the hand in the name of the Lord,
and the wicked would fall helpless to the
Then it was that the synagogue of Satan knew
that God had loved us who could wash one another's feet, and salute
the holy brethren with a holy kiss, and they worshipped 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, lighter, and brighter, glorious, and still more glorious,
till it was a great white cloud.
The bottom appeared like fire, a
rainbow was over it, around the cloud were ten thousand angels singing a
most lovely song. And on it sat the Son of Man, on his head
were crowns, his hair was white and curly and lay on his shoulders.
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 a pure heart 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 & cried out, 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
The 144, 000 shouted, Hallelujah! 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 7 days ascending to the sea of glass,
when Jesus brought along the crowns and with his own right hand placed them on
our heads. He gave us harps of gold and palms of
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 hung with stars, while others
had but few. All were 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 gate and swung it back on its golden 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 we had a perfect
right in the City. Here we see the tree of life, & 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 see two
trees. I looked again and see 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, which looked like
gold mixed with silver.
We all went under the tree, and sat
down to look at the glory of the place, when Bro. Fitch and Stockman, who
had preached the gospel of the kingdom, 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 Hallelujah, heaven is cheap
enough, and we touched our glorious harps and made heaven's arches ring.
And as we were gazing at the glories
of the place, our eyes were attracted
upwards to something that had the appearance of silver. I asked Jesus to let me see what was within
there. In a moment we were winging our way upward and entering in.
Here we saw good old
father Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Noah, Daniel, and many like them. And I saw a veil with a heavy fringe
of silver, and gold as a border on the bottom. It was very
I asked Jesus what was within the veil. He
raised it with his own right arm, and bade me take heed. I saw there a glorious ark, overlaid with
pure gold, and it had a glorious border resembling Jesus' crowns. On it were two bright angels; their wings
were spread over the ark as they sat on each end, with their faces
turned towards each other and looking downward.
In the ark, beneath where the angels wings
were spread, was a golden pot of Manna of a yellowish cast, and I
saw a rod, which Jesus said was Aarons, I saw it
bud, blossom, and bear fruit.
And I saw two long golden rods on which hung
silver wires, and on the wires most glorious grapes. One cluster was more than a man here can
carry. And I saw Jesus step
up and take of the manna, almonds, grapes, and pomegranates, and
bear them down to the city, and place them on the supper table.
I steped up to see how much was taken away,
and there was just as much left, and we shouted Hallelujah. Amen.
We all descended from this place
down into the city, and 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, twelve gates, three on each
side, and an angel at each gate, and 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, which were to be inhabited by the saints.
In them 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.
And I saw another
field full of all kinds of flowers, and as I plucked them, I cried
out, well 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, altogether 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 waved to and fro,
and we all cried out, we will dwell safely in the wilderness and
sleep in this woods.
We passed through the woods, for we were on
our way to Mount Zion, as we were traveling along we met a company who were also
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
He said they were martyrs that had been
slain for him. With them was an
innumerable company of little ones, they had a hem of red on their
Mount Zion was just before us, and on
the Mount sat a glorious temple, and about it were seven other mountains,
on which grew roses and lillies, 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 that made the place look all over
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 Hallelujah.
Well bless the Lord, Bro. Jacobs, it is an
extra meeting for those who have the seal of the living God.
This temple was supported by
seven pillars, all of transparent gold, set with pearls most
glorious. The glorious things I saw there,
I cannot begin to describe.
O, that I could talk in the language of
Canaan, then could I tell a little of the glory of the upper world; but if
faithful you soon will know all about it.
I saw there the tables of stone
in which the names of the 144, 000, were engraved in letters
After we had beheld the glory of the
temple, we went out.
Then Jesus left us and went to the
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 Hallelujah, 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. And I saw the fruit of the tree
of life, the manna, almonds, figs, pomegranates, grapes, and
many other kinds of fruit.
We all reclined at the table.
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
earth again, and relate to others, what I have revealed to you.
Then an angel bore me gently down to this
Sometimes I think I cannot stay here any
longer, all things of earth look so dreary. I feel very lonely here, for I have seen a
better land. O, that I had wings like a dove, then
would I fly away, and be at rest.-- Ellen G.
N.B. This was not written for publication;
but for the encouragement of all who may see it, and be
encouraged by it. E. G. H.
My vision which you published in the Day-Star was written under a
deep sense of duty, to you, not expecting you would publish it.
Had I for once thought it was to be spread before the many readers
of your paper, I should have been more particular and stated some things which
I left out.
As the readers of the Day-Star have seen a part of what God has
revealed to me, and as the part which I have not written is of vast importance
to the Saints; I humbly request you to publish this also in your paper.
God showed me the following, one year ago this month:--I saw a
throne, and on it sat the Father and his Son Jesus Christ.
I gazed on Jesus' countenance and admired his lovely person. The Fathers 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 for once see the
glory of his person, you would cease to exist. Before the throne was the Advent people, the Church, and the world.
I saw a company bowed down before the throne, deeply interested
while most of them stood up disinterested 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 appeared to be
pleading with him. Then a light came from the Father to his Son and from him to the
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 before the throne with
the little praying company. This company all received the light, and rejoiced in it as their
countenances shone with its glory.
Then I saw the Father rise from the throne and in a flaming chariot
go into the Holy of Holies within the vail, and did sit. There I saw thrones which I had not seen before.
Then Jesus rose up from the throne, and most of those who were
bowed down rose up with him. And I did not see one ray of light pass from Jesus to the careless
multitude after he rose up, and they were left in perfect darkness.
Those who rose up 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 ye, 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. And I saw a cloudy chariot with wheels like flaming fire.
Angels were all about the chariot as it came where Jesus was; he
stepped into it and was borne to the Holiest where the Father sat. Then I beheld Jesus as he was before the Father a great High
Priest. On the hem of his garment was a bell and a pomgranite, a bell and a
pomgranite. Then Jesus shewed me the difference between faith and feeling.
And I saw those who rose up with Jesus send up their faith to Jesus
in the Holiest, and praying, Father give us thy spirit. Then Jesus would breathe on them the Holy Ghost.
In the breath was light, power and much love, joy and peace. Then 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, My Father give us thy
spirit. Then Satan would breathe on them an unholy influence. In it there was light and much power, but no sweet love, joy and
Satan's object was to keep them deceived and to draw back and
deceive God's children. I saw one after another leave the company who were praying to Jesus
in the Holiest, go and join those before the throne and they at once received
the unholy influence of Satan.
About four months since, I had a vision of
events, all in the future. And I saw the time of trouble, such as never was, --Jesus
told me it was the time of Jacob's trouble, and that we should be delivered
out of it by the voice of God. Just before we entered it, we all received the seal
of the living God.
Then I saw the four Angels cease to hold the four
winds. And I saw famine, pestilence and sword,
nation rose against nation, and the whole world was in confusion.
Then we cried to God for deliverance day and night till
we began to hear the bells on Jesus' garment. And I saw Jesus rise up in the Holiest, and as he came
out we heard the tinkling of the bells, and knew our
High Priest was coming out.
Then we heard the voice of God which shook the
heavens and earth, and gave the 144,000 the day and hour of Jesus'
coming. Then the saints were free, united and full of the glory
of God, for he had turned their captivity.
And I saw a flaming cloud come where Jesus stood and he laid off
his priestly garment and put on his kingly robe, took his place on the
cloud which carried him to the east where it first appeared to the saints
on earth, a small black cloud, which was the sign of
the Son of Man.
While the cloud was passing from the Holiest to
the east which took a number of days, the
Synagogue of Satan worshiped at the saints feet. - Ellen G. Harmon