Thus saith Ellen, part 4 – The 10 commandments

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10 Commandments

10 Commandments

Then there appears against the sky a hand holding two tables of stone folded together. Says the prophet, “The heavens shall declare His righteousness; for God is judge himself.” [Psalm 50:6.] That holy law, God’s righteousness, that amid thunder and flame was proclaimed from Sinai as the guide of life, is now revealed to men as the rule of judgment. The hand opens the tables, and there are seen the precepts of the decalogue
The Great Controversy 1888, p 639

The Lord gave me the following view in 1847, while the brethren were assembled on the Sabbath, at Topsham, Maine. … 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. Jesus opened them, and I saw the ten commandments written on them with the finger of God. On one table were 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.
Early Writings, pp 32-33

Ellen White's signature

These descriptions (emphasis mine), given to Ellen White in a vision, prove that the vision was NOT given by God. If it was not given by God, who was it that gave Ellen this vision? And what was their agenda when highlighting the sabbath? And if Ellen was getting visions from someone other than God, can she be considered a true prophet of God?

Proof that the vision was not from God?

Ellen describes the 10 commandments as tables (tablets) of stone, folded together like a book, with the 10 commandments visible on them after Jesus opened them.  There were 4 on one and 6 on the other.

That sounds pretty much like many pictures of the 10 commandments, doesn’t it? But are those pictures accurate?

If God had given Ellen her vision, what would the tablets with the commandments have looked like in the vision?

In a vision given by God, the 10 commandments would have covered BOTH the FRONT and the BACK of the two tablets. If the real tablets on which the 10 commandments were written were folded like a book, 25% of the writing would be visible on the one side of the closed set, 25% would be visible on the other side of the closed set, and the other 50% would become visible when they were opened.

That is what the Bible says. That is what God would have shown in a real vision from God. That is not what Ellen saw in her vision.

What does the Bible say?

Exodus 32:15 (KJV) – And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tables of the testimony were in his hand: the tables were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written.

Exodus 32:15 (NIV) – Moses turned and went down the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands. They were inscribed on both sides, front and back.

Even the Adventist Clear Word gets it right: “Then Moses went down the mountain carrying the two tablets of stone which had been written on, both front and back.

Illustration of the Devil in the Codex Gigas

Devil, 13th century

Where did Ellen’s vision come from?

  • Option 1 – Satan or a demon
  • Option 2 – her own mind, which had never paid attention to the Bible’s description
  • Option 3 – she made it all up, errors and all

Why was the sabbath commandment highlighted?

  1. Option 1 – Satan wanted to lead Ellen and her followers away from the truth, and get them to focus on the Old Covenant sabbath instead of the New Covenant and Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. He wanted a form of pseudo-Christianity fixated on the Old Covenant and avoiding any celebration of any of the important events of the New Covenant – Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection chief amongst them.
  2. Option 2 – Ellen’s weak mind wanted to emphasise her own ideas about theology
  3. Option 3 – she just made it up

Is Ellen a true prophet?

  1. Option 1 – no
  2. Option 2 – no
  3. Option 3 – no

It’s time to make a choice. God’s version or Ellen’s vision.

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2 comments

    • Don Watson on February 17, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Seventh Day Adventist prophetic interpretations seem to be predominantly confined to the Middle Ages, and based on the continent of Europe. They also fervently insist that when talking about the work and influence of the Papacy or the Catholic Church, they are talking about SYSTEMS, and not individual Catholics. The problem is, ALL “systems”, of whatever stripe, utilize the human element in some form or fashion to propagate, or to simply make that system work! They also say the same thing whenever they turn their attention to “Apostate Protestantism”, (whoever they deem guilty of that at the minute)! So how do you interpret and understand their vague and condescending attitude, that they are not against you as “Catholics”, but against your “system” of Catholicism? Thank You, and I very much appreciate your answers!

    1. You’re right about the focus of their prophecies. They’re focussed on Catholicism/Catholics, USA/Europe, whites, and ignore most of what doesn’t fit those characteristics.

      They like to say they’re opposed to the system of Catholicism, but in reality online they are downright rude and condescending to the Catholic people they encounter. They judge motives negatively, so they judge the people too.

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