Adventists believe that Ellen White was not
only a prophet, but more than a prophet. Except for Jesus Christ there have
only been three times in the history of the world, that we know of, that God
has sent to His people a messenger who was more than a prophet. The first time
was Moses. See Numbers 12. The second time was John the Baptist. See Matthew
11:9. The third time was when God sent a special messenger, to help His people
prepare for the second coming of Christ. He sent Ellen G. White who said: “My
work includes much more than the word ‘prophet’ signifies.” Selected Messages, Book 1, 32.
Either she must be much more than a prophet, or a fraud.
Ellen White was given instruction that would
enable God’s people to go all the way to the Holy City—all the way to the
coming of Christ. Anything that is essential for us to know from the Bible to
be ready for Jesus to come will be found, discussed or explained in her
writings. “Your testimony is of a different character. It is to come down to
the minutiae of life.” Testimonies,
vol. 2, 608. So certainly something as important as whether or not we
should keep the ceremonial law, or any part of it, would be pointed out.
Following are a few of her statements on the ceremonial law:
“The ordinances which God Himself had
appointed were made the means of blinding the mind and hardening the heart. God
could do no more for man through these channels. The whole system must be swept
away.” The Desire of Ages, 36.
“The great Teacher’s wisdom in limiting the
measure of our researches in earthly directions, called the attention of all to
his legislation from the very foundation of our world—to a code of morals,
pure, simple, and practical, unencumbered by the long years of types and
sacrifices, which passed away when the only true Sacrifice, Jesus, the only
begotten Son of God, was offered for the sins of the world. . . . These lessons discharge his followers
from the bondage of the ceremonial law.” The
Review and Herald, June 21, 1898.
“In this ordinance, Christ discharged his
disciples from the cares and burdens of the ancient Jewish obligations in rites
and ceremonies. These no longer possessed any virtue.” Ibid.,
June 14, 1898.
was Christ’s desire to leave to his disciples an ordinance that would do for
them the very thing they needed—that would serve to disentangle them from the
rites and ceremonies which they had hitherto engaged in as essential, and which
the reception of the gospel made no longer of any force. To continue these
rites would be an insult to Jehovah.” Ibid.