SDA Sabbath School Lesson 11

Tuesday December 10, 1996

God's Special Gift To The Remnant (Rev. 19:10).

As we have seen, the remnant are distinguished by their obedience to God's commandments and their having the testimony of Jesus (Rev. 12:17). How does Scripture define "the testimony of Jesus"? Rev. 19:10 (compare Rev. 22:9).

Seventh-day Adventists believe that the Spirit of Prophecy is manifest in our time in the writings and ministry of Ellen White. (For a more thorough study of this subject, which, owing to space constraints, cannot be supplied in the quarterly, we recommend Frank B. Holbrook's article "The Biblical Basis for a Modern Prophet" and Roger Coon's book A Gift of Light, available from the White Estate.)

Ellen White's writings harmonize with Scripture and give a full, balanced exposition to Bible prophecy, a subject that Jesus emphasized the importance of understanding (Matt. 24:15; Rev. 1:3). The fruit of her counsel has helped us as a church to maintain organizational and theological integrity. The guidance of her pen also has helped us to consolidate as a movement, break down cultural prejudice, expand our vision of missions, and undertake a vast work in publishing, education, welfare ministry, and medicine.

From a theological standpoint, Ellen White's writings illuminate our understanding of the great controversy between Christ and Satan, a theme woven throughout Scripture and culminating in the final triumph of God's love.

Of her own writings Ellen White said: "Little heed is given to the Bible, and the Lord has given a lesser light to lead men and women to the greater light." - Evangelism, p. 257. Thus, her writings magnify Christ and His Word and expose Satan and his lies.

Because her writings teach us to love Bible truth and detect and spurn every type of delusion, Satan has incited an aversion to the testimonies. Ellen White prophesied that this would happen: "There will be a hatred kindled against the testimonies which is satanic. The workings of Satan will be to unsettle the faith of the churches in them, for this reason: Satan cannot have so clear a track to bring in his deceptions and bind up souls in his delusions if the warnings and reproofs and counsels of the Spirit of God are heeded." - Selected Messages, book 1, p. 48. (See also "The Nature and Influence of the Testimonies" in Testimonies, vol. 5, pp. 654-672.)

Do you want your love for Christ and the Bible to grow? Reading Ellen White's books will enrich your spiritual life. Since the Holy Spirit inspired Ellen White's message what attitude to the Holy Spirit is manifested by rejection of the messages?