Archive for March, 2008

Canada in Early Adventist Periodicals – Summer 1844

March 30, 2008

The Advent Herald, and Signs of the Times Reporter
August 14, 1844, Vol. VIII, No. 2

LETTER FROM CANADA.

Is it not true that we are living in that period of time referred to by our Savior in the last of the 24th, and the first of the 25th chapter of Matthew’s Gospel? Our Savior commences at the 45th verse of the 24th chapter, and refers to the time when some servants of the household would be giving the household the necessary meat in due season, and the evil servants would be saying in their hearts My Lord delayith his coming, and would smite their fellow servants, and eat and drink with the drunken, till they were cut off at the coming of the Lord. Then, says our Savior, shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, who took their lamps and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

It seems to me that our Savior, knowing how men would conduct at the end of time, made his illustrations so plain, that all might know when the kingdom of heaven should be thus likened.

Since brother Litch lectured here in Stanstead and Hadley, we have seen many converted to God, and made happy in believing in the coming of the Lord. And some of us in this place it may be truly said, we went out to met the Bridegroom, and were happy in believing that our Lord would come in the year 1843; and many of us are still happy in believing that the Lord now standeth at the door. But, while the Lord has to some seemed to tarry, all have apparently slumbered, and some seem to be sound asleep, and I fear they will never awake, till that ‘cry” shall be heard, ” Behold.the Bridegroom cometh, go ye out to meet him.”

I believe the proud professors will not acknowledge their lamps have gone out till that time; they still think they are right, and the Adventists are in a great error. For the last six months I have heard of no conversions in these three townships. O, my brethren, let us be faithful a few days, and our blessed Lord will come; and he now commands us that, when we see these things come to pass, to know that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. It seems to me that every candid reader must know that we are standing on the eve of the fifth kingdom, and at the end of the 2300 days. And our Savior’s words prove that we are there.

Yours in the blessed hope.

Barnstead, July 15th, 1844.

P. S. You would do me a kindness to write on the first part of the 25th chapter of Matthew, and show how it is to be fulfilled.

http://www.adventistarchives.org/docs/AHM/AHM18440814-V08-02__B/index.djvu?djvuopts&page=4

Advertisements

Canada in Early Adventist Periodicals – 1851

March 30, 2008

Review and Herald, February, 1851

“We copy the following from the ‘Advent Herald’ for Jan. 18, 1851 :

‘Bro. S. R. Dennett writes from -Canaan (Vt.) Jan. 8th, 1851:—

Dear Bro. Himes :—I want you to say through the ” Herald,” that I have been very much annoyed with newspapers and pamphlets containing, as I believe, spurious doctrines, such as the old Jewish Sabbath,
door of mercy closed, dreams, visions, &c. I have received as many of the above as I wish for. I want no more of such chaff.’

Bro. Lothrop, of Canada East, gave us, last June, the names of a number, all strangers to us, and among them was Samuel Dennett.— We sent him the ” Advent Review, “containing the spirited testimonies
of leading Advent men, (Which certainly should not ” annoy” any one bearing the Advent name,) and all we have since published up to No. 2 of the Review and Herald ; therefore we infer that he refers to our publications. Here we wish to remark :

1.. The terms ” Jewish Sabbath” and “Christian Sabbath” are not the language of the Bible. The language of both Testaments is “THE SABBATH.” Jehovah styles it ”THE SABBATH OF THE LORD THY GOD,” and “MY HOLY DAY ;” but Mr. Dennett, in order to stigmatize the day that God has highly honored, calls it the ” Old Jewish Sabbath.”

2. Mr. Dennett speaks of the “door of mercy;” but the Bible speaks of no such “door.” True, Bro. Miller, and others, have used this unscriptural term, (which gives a very wrong idea of our views,) to express their work done for the world ; but if we believed that God had ‘forgotten to be merciful to his erring children, we should cease lo present truth to them.

3. It really seems a pity that Mr. Dennett should be “annoyed,” as he says, so long with the truth, when if he had returned one paper, we should have sent him no more. And here we wish to say that if any, to whom we send the paper, are in a like condition, you can be relieved at once by returning this No. with your name and address written on it. Such a course would look much more Christian and consistent, for those who reject the letter of the law of God, and profess to fulfill it in LOVE, than to breathe out such bitterness through the “Advent Herald.”

page 16

http://www.adventistarchives.org/docs/RH/RH1851-V01-06/index.djvu?djvuopts&page=6

____________________________________________

canada-6-pence.jpg 

Review and Herald, August 5, 1851 

Postage.

We copy the following from the ” Advent Herald” relative to postage on letters, which we think is a proper course to he adopted.

“As all letters (not weighing over half an ounce) may now be sent a distance of three thousand miles for three cents postage, when paid by the sender, which, if not thus paid, will cost the one who receives it five cents, it is expected that hereafter all who write letters will pay their own postage. Where a person wishes for an answer about what only concerns himself, or his own business, he will, besides paying his postage, enclose a letter-stamp to pre-pay the returned letter with.

Those writing from Canada, can now pre-pay their letters to any part of the United States for six cents.”

August 5, 1851, page 8

http://www.adventistarchives.org/docs/RH/RH1851-V02-01/index.djvu?djvuopts&page=9

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/22190/22190-h/22190-h.htm

____________________________________________ 

Review and Herald, August 19, 1851

Conference*

We are requested to say that there will be a General Conference of the brethren at Oswero, (N. Y.) to be held the 5th, 6th and 7th of September. This meeting- will commence on Friday, at 10 o’clock A. M. The main object of this meeting is to benefit those who have not had the privilege of meeting in our General Conferences; therefore, a general invitation is extended to the scattered brethren in this State and Canada to attend this Conference.

It is hoped that the brethren generally, who have not usually met with us, will make an effort to attend this meeting-. The special blessing of the Lord usually attends such meetings, and we hope it will be so at this meeting in Oswego, We hopeto be able to attend it. Come, brethren, let us make an effort to get those who are weak in the faith, out to this meeting, that they may be strengthened and comforted.

August 19, 1851, page 16

http://www.adventistarchives.org/docs/RH/RH1851-V02-02/index.djvu?djvuopts&page=8

Canada in Early Adventist Periodicals – 1850

March 30, 2008

_________________________________________ 

The Advent Review, August, 1850, Page 13 

LETTER FROM BROTHER LINDSEY.

BROMPTON, Canada East, July 21, 1850.

(Probably Bromptonville near Sherbrooke, Quebec. See maps below.)

To the Saints scattered abroad: …

… We prayed to God to send us help, and he heard our prayers. He sent Brother Joseph Bates, his faithful servant, who gave us meat in due season. He proclaimed to us the THIRD ANGEL’S MESSAGE, Rev. xiv, 9-12, and proved to us, from the word of the Lord, that we were in the patient waiting time, and that ” here is the patience of the saints, here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”

He showed to us that the commandments of God are his ten commandments, that he with his own finger wrote on two tables of stone, and that the faith, or testimony of Jesus [see Rev, xii, 17] embraces the requirements introduced- by the gospel of Jesus Christ. He proved to us that the Sabbath of the Lord our God, is binding on us to observe; that God had not changed it to the first day, but the Pope had, and that observing the first day of the week is the mark of the beast mentioned in Rev. xiv, 9.

http://www.adventistarchives.org/docs/PT-AR/PT-AR-Part2-01/index.djvu?djvuopts&page=14

_________________________________________

Canada East

map-canada-eastern-townships-2.jpg 
eastern-townships-map-22.jpg 

 At Melbourne, (C. E.) (further north on highway 55) we had a joyful time. There is about twenty, within a few miles around, are strong in the truth. Brother and Sister Lothrop of Eaton met with us. They are also strong in the truth. We had one meeting in Hatley, and had a precious interview with Elder Warden. We hope that he will soon be sounding the third angel’s message. There is a waking up to the present truth in Canada East, and we trust that the brethren there will be faithful, and patiently and perseveringly present the light to those who have an ear to hear.

Adventist Review, August, 1850, page 15

http://www.adventistarchives.org/docs/PT-AR/PT-AR-Part2-01/index.djvu?djvuopts&page=16

_________________________________________

The Advent Review
Extra, September, 1850

AN APPEAL TO THE LAODICIAN CHURCH by Hiram Edson

Page 6

“… But when Elijah went to show himself unto Ahab: Ahab said unto Elijah, ‘Art thou he that TROUBLETH ISRAEL’ So also it is now, when we urge the keeping of all of the commandments of God, we are charged with troubling Israel, and sowing discord, and causing divisions, &c.

Some notices of this character have appeared in the ‘Advent Herald,’ and the ‘Advent Harbinger.’

The most prominent Advent preacher in Canada West, said to Br. Holt when we were there, ‘I wish you would not present this suject here, (referring to the Sabbath question,) for it will make me so much more LABOR and TROUBLE.’

But we will answer them in the language of Elijah to Ahab. We ‘have not troubled Israel: but thou and they father’s house, in that ye have FORSAKEN THE COMMANDMENTS OF THE LORD, AND THOU HAST FOLLOWED BALAAM,’ (the Pope.) The commandments of God, then was the message of Elijah when he came out of the wilderness. His work was to restore the keeping of the commandments of the Lord, which constituted the true worship of the true God.

By remembering these former things of old, declaring the end from ancient times, the things now being done, we learn our present position, present duty, and the work before us…”

http://www.adventistarchives.org/docs/PT-AR/PT-AR-Part3-EX/index.djvu?djvuopts&page=7

_________________________________________

Testimonies to the Church – Volume One – Background

March 29, 2008

THE BACKGROUND OF VOLUME ONE

THE NINE VOLUMES OF TESTIMONIES FOR THE CHURCH, AGGREGATING 4,738 PAGES OF TEXT, CONSIST OF ARTICLES AND LETTERS WRITTEN BY ELLEN G. WHITE, CONTAINING INSTRUCTION TO, AND PERTAINING TO THE WELFARE OF, THE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH.

1855

A SIXTEEN-PAGE PAMPHLET, ISSUED IN DECEMBER OF 1855, MARKED THE BEGINNING OF THE SERIES OF SUCH COUNSELS WHICH FROM TIME TO TIME APPEARED IN CONSECUTIVELY NUMBERED PAMPHLETS AND BOOKS. THESE MESSAGES NATURALLY DEALT WITH ISSUES THAT WERE CURRENT, BUT IN MOST CASES WE ARE TODAY CONFRONTED BY THE SAME PROBLEMS, PERILS, AND OPPORTUNITIES WHICH FACED THE CHURCH IN EARLIER YEARS.

1848 – 1855

The “Sabbath Conferences”

THE EARLIEST NUMBERED TESTIMONIES WERE PUBLISHED ONLY ABOUT SEVEN YEARS AFTER THE MEMORABLE “SABBATH CONFERENCES” OF 1848, WHEN ADVENTIST BELIEVERS IN THE NEWLY REVIVED SABBATH AND SANCTUARY TRUTHS LAID THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE DISTINCTIVE DOCTRINES HELD BY THE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST DENOMINATION.

New England Beginnings

DURING THESE FEW YEARS THE CAUSE HAD ADVANCED IN A MARKED MANNER. AT THE BEGINNING THERE WERE ONLY THREE OR FOUR PREACHERS, OR “MESSENGERS” AS THEY THEN STYLED THEMSELVES, ALL OF THEM DEPENDENT UPON WHAT THEY EARNED BY PHYSICAL LABOR AND THE FREEWILL OFFERINGS OF THE FEW BELIEVERS, WHO ALSO WERE POOR IN THIS WORLD’S GOODS. THESE BEGINNINGS WERE LIMITED IN AREA ALMOST ENTIRELY TO THE NEW ENGLAND STATES.

1855

20 Preachers, 2000 Believers

BY 1855, THE YEAR OF ISSUANCE OF THE FIRST TESTIMONY PAMPHLET, THERE WERE ABOUT A SCORE OF PREACHERS OF THE SABBATH AND ADVENT MESSAGE. THE NUMBER OF BELIEVERS HAD GROWN FROM LESS THAN ONE HUNDRED TO WELL INTO THE SECOND THOUSAND.

The Publishing Work

THE PUBLISHING WORK, BEGUN BY ELDER WHITE IN THE SUMMER OF 1849 AT MIDDLETOWN, CONNECTICUT, HAD BEEN CONDUCTED IN VARIOUS PLACES UNDER ADVERSE CIRCUMSTANCES. NOW IN 1855 IT WAS ESTABLISHED IN ITS OWN BUILDING IN BATTLE CREEK, MICHIGAN. (6)

1855 – 1868

THE TIME COVERED BY THE FIRST FOURTEEN TESTIMONIES NOW FOUND IN VOLUME 1 WAS THIRTEEN YEARS. WE NOTE A FEW OF THE EXPERIENCES AND DEVELOPMENTS COVERED BY THE MESSAGES GIVEN DURING THIS PERIOD OF 1855 TO 1868.

Defection – The Messenger Party

THE FIRST DEFECTION, THE APOSTASY AND OPPOSITION OF SOME OF THE FORMER BRETHREN IN THE MINISTRY, KNOWN AS THE MESSENGER PARTY BECAUSE OF THEIR PUBLICATION, THE MESSENGER OF TRUTH, BROUGHT SORROW AND PERPLEXITY. EARLY COUNSELS SPEAK OF THIS MOVEMENT AND PREDICT ITS SPEEDY ENDING IN CONFUSION.

Fanatical Movements

FANATICAL MOVEMENTS, TENDING TO ATTRACT CONSCIENTIOUS SOULS BECAUSE OF UNFOUNDED HOPES OF “SANCTIFICATION,” APPEARED IN VARIOUS PLACES, NOTABLY IN SOME OF THE EASTERN STATES AND IN WISCONSIN. IN SOME INSTANCES THESE TEACHINGS WERE ACCOMPANIED BY MANIFESTATION OF THE SUPPOSED “GIFT OF TONGUES.” BUT CLEAR INSTRUCTION WAS GIVEN TO THE CHURCH WHICH SAVED THE CAUSE FROM SUCH DECEPTIONS OF THE ENEMY.

Loss of First Love

THE LAPSE OF TIME AND THE APPARENT DELAY OF THE SECOND ADVENT, WITH THE ACCESSION TO THE CHURCH OF MANY WHO HAD NOT BEEN IN THE 1844 MOVEMENT, WITH ITS DEEP SPIRITUAL CONSECRATION, HAD RESULTED IN THE LOSS OF THAT FIRST LOVE.

Expansion West

IT WAS A TIME OF SPECULATION IN LANDS AND HOMESTEADS AS THE WESTERN STATES WERE OPENING UP TO SETTLERS, AMONG WHOM WERE A NUMBER OF BELIEVERS FROM THE CROWDED EASTERN STATES. MOST EARNEST WARNINGS AND APPEALS WERE GIVEN REGARDING THE PREVAILING DANGERS OF CONFORMITY TO THE WORLD, CALLING THE CHURCH TO DEEPER CONSECRATION.

1856 – The Laodicean Message

IN THE LATTER PART OF 1856 ATTENTION WAS CALLED TO THE “LAODICEAN” MESSAGE OF REVELATION 3. FORMERLY THIS COUNSEL WAS UNDERSTOOD TO APPLY TO THE ADVENT BELIEVERS WHO HAD NOT FOLLOWED IN THE ADVANCING LIGHT OF THE THIRD ANGEL AND WHO HAD ORGANIZED THEMSELVES INTO ANOTHER CHURCH, BITTERLY OPPOSING THE SABBATH TRUTH. NOW THEY SAW THEMSELVES AS “LUKEWARM” AND IN NEED OF HEEDING THE COUNSEL OF THE TRUE WITNESS. FOR TWO YEARS OR MORE THE BELIEVERS WERE MIGHTILY (7)

STIRRED BY THIS MESSAGE, EXPECTING THAT IT WOULD LEAD THEM DIRECTLY INTO THE LOUD CRY OF THE THIRD ANGEL. THE EARNEST MESSAGES IN THE TESTIMONIES RELATING TO THIS MOVEMENT CAN BETTER BE UNDERSTOOD WITH A KNOWLEDGE OF THIS BACKGROUND.

Debates – Moses Hull

IT WAS AN AGE OF DISCUSSION AND DEBATES. MANY OF OUR MINISTERS WERE CHALLENGED TO DISCUSS THE SABBATH AND OTHER TRUTHS, AND SOME WERE EVEN TAKING THE AGGRESSIVE IN SUCH DEBATES. THIS CALLED FOR COUNSEL FROM HEAVEN. ONE OF OUR PROMINENT MINISTERS, MOSES HULL, ENGAGED IN DEBATES WITH SPIRITUALISTS, AT FIRST AT THEIR CHALLENGE, LATER AT HIS. AS A RESULT OF THIS DARING MOVE HE WAS SWEPT INTO THE MAZES OF SPIRITUALISM. THEN IT WAS THAT MRS. WHITE PUBLISHED HER “COMMUNICATIONS TO ELDER HULL,” MAKING PUBLIC LETTERS THAT HAD BEEN WRITTEN TO HIM DURING PAST YEARS THAT IF HEEDED WOULD HAVE SAVED HIM FROM MAKING SHIPWRECK OF HIS FAITH.

Organization

THOSE WERE THE YEARS WHEN STEPS WERE BEING TAKEN IN ORGANIZATION. AGAINST THIS MOVE WERE THE FEARS OF SOME WHO HAD PASSED THROUGH THE EXPERIENCES OF THE SECOND ANGEL’S MESSAGE, THAT CHURCH ORGANIZATION WAS A MARK OF “BABYLON.” THE ISSUES OF ORGANIZATION AS THEY WERE MET AND DISCUSSED AMONG THE BRETHREN ARE MANIFEST IN MANY OF THE COMMUNICATIONS GIVEN TO THE CHURCH THROUGH MRS. WHITE. AND WHEN IN 1860 THE PUBLISHING WORK WAS ORGANIZED, AND WHEN, AFTER MUCH DISCUSSION AND SOME QUESTIONINGS, THE NAME SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST WAS ADOPTED, THE MOVE AND THE NAME ITSELF WERE SHOWN TO BE IN HARMONY WITH THE DIVINE WILL.

1863 – Health Reform

IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE FINAL STEPS IN CHURCH ORDER MARKED BY THE ORGANIZATION OF THE GENERAL CONFERENCE IN MAY, 1863, CAME THE MEMORABLE VISION IN OTSEGO IN JUNE, WHEN MRS. WHITE WAS GIVEN A VIEW OF THE PRINCIPLES OF WHAT WAS TERMED “HEALTH REFORM,” WITH A REVELATION OF THE RELATION BETWEEN OBEDIENCE TO THE LAWS OF HEALTH AND THE ATTAINMENT OF CHARACTER NECESSARY TO FIT THE MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH FOR TRANSLATION. CLOSELY ASSOCIATED WITH THIS WAS A REFORM IN DRESS. (8)

1865 – The Health Reform Institute

TWO YEARS LATER, COUNSEL WAS GIVEN THAT “WE SHOULD HAVE A HEALTH HOME OF OUR OWN,” WHICH LED TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE HEALTH REFORM INSTITUTE, TO WHICH AND REGARDING WHICH MUCH COUNSEL WAS GIVEN. AS THE LIGHT WAS FOLLOWED, THIS INSTITUTION GREW UNTIL IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD. DURING THE PERIOD COVERED IN THIS VOLUME, THE GOVERNING PRINCIPLES WHICH LED TO ITS SUCCESS WERE CLEARLY LAID DOWN.

The Civil War

THE PROBLEMS OF THE CIVIL WAR WERE ALSO MET IN THIS PERIOD AS SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS FACED THE NECESSITY OF DEFINING THEIR RELATIONSHIP TO CIVIL GOVERNMENT IN TIME OF WAR.

The Importance of the Home

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE HOME IN THE BUILDING OF CHRISTIAN CHARACTER, AND THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PARENTS, WERE STRESSED, AND MANY SOLEMN MESSAGES, IMPARTED ESPECIALLY FOR THE YOUTH, WERE ALSO GIVEN EMPHASIS IN THESE PAGES.

Church Discipline and Preparation for the End 

BESIDES THE SPECIFIC ISSUES THAT WERE CLOSELY TIED INTO THE MOVEMENTS OF THE TIME, THERE WAS MUCH COUNSEL AND ADMONITION OF A GENERAL NATURE ON CHURCH DISCIPLINE AND PREPARATION FOR TRANSLATION. THIS WAS AN IMPORTANT PERIOD IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE REMNANT CHURCH, AND THE TESTIMONY COUNSELS EXERTED A LARGE MOLDING INFLUENCE.

William Miller – Sources

March 29, 2008

Memoirs of William Miller by Sylvester Bliss

Pioneer Library links to eight documents authored by William Miller.

Early SDA links to four major documents of William Miller.

Views of the Prophecies and Prophetic Chronology, Selected from Manuscripts of William Miller with a Memoir of His Life – (1841) by Joshua V. Himes.

Sketches of the Christian Life and Public Labors of William Miller by James White (1875).

Adventist History – Sources

March 29, 2008

______________________________________________________________

General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Online Document Archives

The Adventist Archives website provides hundreds of documents for study. I have made use of the Review and Herald documents and the General Conference Bulletins, thus far.

______________________________________________________________

The Ellen G. White Estate

On the White Estate site, the two features I use the most are:

1) Search all categories of Ellen G. White’s writings (WAIS)

This feature makes possible topical studies within Ellen White’s writings. I also use it to identify the document providing the context for specific quotes. Once I have the name of the document then I will go to the GUI feature and examine the context.

2) GUI Search of Ellen G. White’s Writings Online Database

This feature provides an amazingly comprehensive source of Ellen G. White material.

______________________________________________________________