'A WORD TO THE LITTLE FLOCK'
The account of the first vision of
Ellen G. Harmon (White)
as it appeared in the 'Day Star Extra'
The Remnant Scattered Abroad.
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, and 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 brethren and sisters 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 little
higher." At this I raised my eyes and saw a straight and narrow path, (a) cast
up high above the world. On this path the Advent people were travelling 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. (b) 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 they 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 waved over the Advent
band, and they shouted Hallelujah!
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 leaving 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 and 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, (c) which gave us the day and hour of Jesus' coming.
(d) The living saints, 144,000 in number, knew and understood the voice, while
the wicked thought it was thunder and an earthquake. (e) 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. (f)
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. (g) 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 ground. 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
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. (i) 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. (j) 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, (k) on his head were crowns, (l) his
hair was white and curly and lay on his shoulders. (m) His feet had the
appearance of fire, (n) in his right hand was a sharp sickle, (o) in his left a
silver trumpet. (p) His eyes were as a flame of fire, (q) 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, (r) 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 sung 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. (s) He gazed on the graves of the sleeping saints, then raised his
eyes and hands to heaven and cried out, (t) Awake! 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 immortality. The 144,000 shouted,
Hallelujah! 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 with them
to meet the Lord in the air. (u) We all entered the cloud together, and were
seven days ascending to the sea of glass, when Jesus brought along the crowns
and with his own right hand placed them on our heads. (v) He gave us harps of
gold and palms of victory. (w) 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 heavy 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. (x) 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. (y) We all
marched in and felt we had a perfect right in the City. Here we saw the tree of
life, and 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. (z) 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
At first I thought I saw two trees. I
looked again and saw 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 brothers Fitch and Stockman, who had preached the gospel of the
kingdom, and 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 (aa) that surrounded us, that we could not
speak them out, (bb) 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, Jacob, Noah, Daniel, and many like them. And I
saw a vail with a heavy fringe of silver and gold, as a border on the bottom; it
was very beautiful. I asked Jesus what was within the vail. 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; and 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. (cc)
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 Aaron's; I saw
it bud, blossom and bear fruit. (dd) 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 could 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 stepped 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. (ee)
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;" (ff) 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; (gg) 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; (hh) 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; (ii) we passed
throught 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." (jj)
We passed through the woods, for we were on our
way to Mount Zion. As we were travelling 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 they were? 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 garments also. (kk) 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, (ll) 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 glorious. (mm) And as 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, dear brethren
and sisters, it is an extra meeting for those who have the seal of the living
God. (nn) This temple was supported by seven pillars, all of transparent gold,
set with pearls most glorious. The glorious things I saw there, I cannot
describe to you. 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 of gold; after we had beheld the glory of the
temple, we went out. Then Jesus left us, and went to the city; 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." (oo) 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 the earth again, and relate to
others, what I have revealed to you. Then an angel bore me gently down to this
dark world. 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.
a Matt. 7:14, b Matt. 25:6, c Eze. 43:2, Joel,
3:16, Rev. 16:17, d Eze. 12:25, Mark, 13:32, e John 12:29, f Isa. 10:27, g Rev.
8:12, h Rev. 3:9, i Matt. 24:30, j Rev. 14:14, k Luke, 21:27, l Rev. 19:12, m
Rev. 1:14, n Rev. 1:15, o Rev. 14:14, p 1Thess. 4:16, q Rev. 1:14, r Rev. 8:1, s
2Thess. 1:7-8, t John 5:25, u 1Thess. 4:17, v 2Esdras 2:43, w Rev. 15:2, Rev.
7:9, x Rev. 7:9, y Isa. 26:2, z Rev. 22:1-2, aa 2Cor. 4:17, bb Isa. 65:17, cc
Ex. 25:18-20, Heb. 9:3-5, dd Num. 17:8, ee Zech. 14:4, ff Rev. 21:10-13, gg Isa.
65:21, hh Isa. 65:21, ii Isa. 11:6-9, jj Eze. 34:25, kk Jer. 31:15-17, Matt.
2:18, ll 2Esdras 2:19, mm Isa. 60:13, Isa. 41:19, nn Rev. 14:3, oo Luke, 12:37
Topsham, Maine April 7, 1847.
Dear Brother Bates: - Last Sabbath we
met with the dear brethren and sisters here, who meet at Bro. Howland's.
We felt an unusual spirit of prayer.
And as we prayed, the Holy Ghost fell upon us. We were very happy. Soon I was
lost to earthly things, and was wrapped up in a vision of God's glory. I 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. Afte viewing the glory of the
Holy, Jesus raised the second veil, and I passed into the Holy of Holies. (a)
In the Holiest I saw an ark; on the top
and sides of it was purest gold. On each end of the ark was a lovely Cherub,
with their wings spread out over it. Their faces were turned towards each
other, and they looked downwards. (b) Between the angels was a golden censor.
Above the ark, where the angels stood, was an exceeding bright glory, that
appeared like a throne where God dwelt. (c) Jesus stood by the ark. And as the
saints' prayers came up to Jesus, the incense in the censor would smoke, and He
offered up the prayers of the saints with the smoke of the incense to His
Father. (d) In the ark, was the golden pot of manna, Aaron's rod that budded,
and the tables of stone which folded together like a book. (e) Jesus opened
them, and I saw the ten commandments written on them with the finger of God.
(f) On one table was four, and on the other six. 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. (g) 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. (h) But the Pope had changed it from the seventh
to the first day of the week; for he was to change times and laws. (i)
And I saw that if God had changed the
Sabbath, from the seventh to the first day, He would have changed the writing of
the Sabbath commandment, written on the tables of stone, which are now in the
ark, in the Most Holy Place of the Temple in heaven; (j) and it would read thus:
The first day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God. But I saw that it read the
same as when written on the tables of stone by the finger of God, and delivered
to Moses in Sinai, "But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God."
(k) I saw that the holy Sabbath is, and will be, the separating wall between
the true Israel of God and unbelievers; and that the Sabbath is the great
question, to unite the hearts of God's dear waiting saints. And if one
believed, and kept the Sabbath, and received the blessing attending it, and then
gave it up, and broke the holy commandment, they would shut the gates of the
Holy City against themselves, as sure as there was a God that rules in heaven
above. I saw that God had children, who do not see and keep the Sabbath. They
had not rejected the light on it. And at the commencement of the time of
trouble, we were filled with the Holy Ghost as we went forth (l) and proclaimed
the Sabbath more fully. This enraged the church, and nominal Adventists, as
they could not refute the Sabbath truth. And at this time, God's chosen, all
saw clearly that we had the truth, and they came out and endured the persecution
with us. And I saw the sword, famine, pestilence, and great confusion in the
land. (m) The wicked thought that we had brought the judgments down on them.
They rose up and took counsel to rid the earth of us, thinking that then the
evil would be stayed. (n)
I saw all that "would not receive the
mark of the Beast, and of his Image, in their foreheads or in their hands,"
could not buy or sell. (o) I saw that the number (666) of the Image Beast was
made up; (p) and that it was the beast that changed the Sabbath, and the Image
Beast had followed on after, and kept the Pope's, and not God's Sabbath. And
all we were required to do, was to give up God's Sabbath, and keep the Pope's,
and then we should have the mark of the Beast, and of his Image.
In the time of trouble, we all fled
from the cities and villages, (q) but were pursued by the wicked, who entered
the houses of the saints with the sword. They raised the sword to kill us, but
it broke, and fell, as powerless as a straw. Then we all cried day and night
for deliverance, and the cry came up before God. (r) The sun came up, and the
moon stood still. (s) The streams ceased to flow. (t) Dark heavy clouds came
up, and clashed against each other. (u) But there was one clear place of
settled glory, from whence came the voice of God like many waters, which shook
the heavens, and the earth. (v) The sky opened and shut, and was in commotion.
(w) The mountains shook like a reed in the wind, and cast out ragged rocks all
around. The sea boiled like a pot, and cast out stones upon the land. (x) And
as God spoke the day and hour of Jesus' coming, (y) and delivered the
everlasting covenant to His people, (z) He spoke one sentence, and then paused,
while the words were rolling through the earth! (aa) The Israel of God stood
with their eyes fixed upwards, listening to the words as they came from the
mouth of Jehovah, and rolled through the earth like peals of loudest thunder!
It was awfully solemn. At the end of every sentence, the saints shouted, Glory!
Hallelujah! Their countenances were lighted up with the glory of God; and they
shone with the glory as Moses' face did when he came down from Sinai. The
wicked could not look on them, for the glory. (bb) And when the never ending
blessing was pronounced on those who had honored God, in keeping His Sabbath
holy, there was a mighty shout of victory over the Beast, and over his Image.
Then commenced the jubilee, when the
land should rest. I saw the pious slave rise in triumph and victory, and shake
off the chains that bound him, while his wicked master was in confusion, and
knew not what to do; for the wicked could not understand the words of the voice
of God. (cc) Soon appeared the great white cloud. (dd) It looked more lovely
than ever before. On it sat the Son of Man. (ee) At first we did not see Jesus
on the cloud, but as it drew near the earth, we could behold his lovely person.
This cloud when it first appeared was the Sign of the Son of Man in heaven.
(ff) The voice of the Son of God called forth the sleeping saints, (gg) clothed
with a glorious immortality. The living saints were changed in a moment, and
caught up with them in the cloudy chariot. (hh) It looked all over glorious as
it rolled upwards. On either side of the chariot were wings, and beneath it
wheels. And as the chariot rolled upwards, the wheels cried Holy, and the wings
as they moved, cried Holy, and the retinue of Holy Angels around the cloud cried
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty. And the saints in the cloud cried Glory,
Hallelujah. And the cloudy chariot rolled upwards to the Holy City. Jesus
threw open the gates of the Golden City, and led us in. (ii) Here we were made
welcome, for we had kept the "Commandments of God," and had a "right to the tree
of life." (jj)
From your sister in the blessed hope,
E. G. White.
a Heb. 9:1-24, b Ex. 25:18-22, c Ex. 25:20-22,
d Rev. 8:3-4, e Heb. 9:4, f Ex. 31:18, g Isa. 58:13-14, h Mal. 3:6, i Dan. 7:25,
j Rev. 11:19, k Ex. 20:10, l Hosea 6:2-3, m Eze. 7:10-19, 2Esdras 15:5-27, n
2Esdras 16:68-74, o Rev. 13:15-17, p Rev. 13:18, q Eze. 7:15-16, Luke 17:30-36 -
see Campbell's translation, r Luke 18:7-8, s Hab. 3:11, t 2Esdras 6:24, u
2Esdras 15:34-35, v Joel 3:16, Heb. 12:25-27, w Rev. 6:14, Matt. 24:29, x Hab.
3:8-10, Isa. 2:19-21, y Eze. 12:25, Mark 13:32, z Eze. 20:37, Heb. 12:22-25, aa
Jer. 25:30-31, bb Wisdom of Solomon 5:1-5, cc Dan. 12:10, dd Rev. 14:14, ee Luke
21:27 ff Matt. 24:30, gg John 5:25-28, hh 1Thess. 4:17, ii Isa. 26:2, jj Rev.