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Have You Read Them

December 21, 2008

By G. B. Starr

Seventh-day Adventists, the remnant people of God, are the possessors of the rarest and richest publications ever presented to the world’s readers.

No preceding religious movement in the history of the world has ever given such a vast amount of high-class comments upon the entire Bible, and presented the plan of redemption in such clear and convincing and appealing language. This statement is proven by the comparison of the writings of the Spirit of prophecy with the publications of all former generations and of the present one.

A well-informed teacher of literature, not a Seventh-day Adventist, who had traveled in all parts of the world, made a significant statement to her class of forty- eight adult students. She had requested the class to bring in three excerpts from their favorite authors, and the class were to tell from hearing them read, who the authors were. One member brought three paragraphs from “Desire of Ages.” The class approved of the writing as very fine, but were unable to name the writer.

The teacher, Miss E. McMillan, then stated that the excerpts were from the pen of Mrs. E. G. White, and that she felt it was a great pity that her writings were not better known. She told the class she was going to make a bold, strong statement, and that she meant every word of it. She then said; “Of all writings, ancient, medieval, or modern, there are no writings so full of beauty, so perfect in every way, so pure, and yet so simple, outside the Bible, as the writings of Mrs. E. G. White.”

The report of this statement is signed by two members of the class; namely, Harold N. Williams, St. John’s, Newfoundland, and Roy O. Williams, D.D.S., Loma Linda, California.

These writings unveil the future movements of nations, religious bodies, and individuals. The writings are here in the possession of God’s people, and they cannot be set aside or talked out of existence. They have led the way to the erection of monumental sanitariums, publishing houses, schools, colleges, and a unique medical college, for the training of medical evangelists, the only one of its kind in the world. Thus they exhibit the soundness of their teaching and the inspired type of instruction.

Where did Ellen G. White obtain the instruction contained in “Early Writings,” “Patriarchs and Prophets,” “Great Controversy,” “Education,” “Ministry of Healing,” and the many volumes of “Testimonies to the Church?” She was not tutored in the world’s colleges. They possess no such information. Eight years before her death in July, 1915, she wrote: “Abundant light has been given to our people in these last days. Whether or not my life is spared, my writings will constantly speak, and their work will go forward as long as time shall last. My writings are kept on file in the office, and even though I should not live, these words, given me by the Lord, will still have life and will speak to the people.”—”Writing and Sending Out of the Testimonies,” pp. 13, 14.

The Lord Jesus, the Prince of the universe, informs men and angels as to just how He came in- to possession of all these treasures of knowledge which He reveals. His opening words of the book of Revelation clearly state it:

“The revelation of Jesus Christ, WHICH GOD GAVE UNTO HIM, to show unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass; and He sent and signified it by His angel unto His servant John: who bare record of the word of God, and of the TESTIMONY OF JESUS CHRIST, and of all things that he saw.”

Having had the privilege of knowing Ellen G. White for more than a quarter of a century, and also being called to travel with her and her family in this country and Australasia, it is a pleasure for me to respond to the invitation to relate to those newly embracing the faith, some personal experiences and observations of her life and work.

My first acquaintance with her was at a camp meeting in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1882. Here she exhorted us all to use our influence by “voice and pen and vote,” to forward the movement for prohibition. She related a dream, which she had six months previous, in which an angel had instructed her along those lines. I was pleased to witness how effectually her testimony unified the sentiment of the conference and led to a unanimous vote favoring such action. The influence of that counsel continues to guide our people in all lands.

My next experience was at a camp meeting in Nebraska, the same year. There she presented the life experience of a young minister, whom she had never seen before. He later testified, at a General Conference session, to the absolute truthfulness of the message she gave him, and said it had led him into an entire change of life, which we were all able to see.

In 1891, at Petoskey, Mich., where we were all residing at the time, Sister White handed me a roll of manuscript to read, stating that it had been compiled from her various writings with the view of producing a small booklet on practical religious experience. It had not then been named. It certainly was a great privilege to read in this manuscript, what a little later was named “Steps to Christ,” and which has since been translated into more than fifty languages. The various presses have printed hundreds of thousands of copies, which have gone forth on their blessed ministry of pointing souls to Christ, step by step leading the readers into a definite religious experience. Its influence leads to the word of God and to faith in Jesus Christ as the only Saviour. It also cheers and steadies the faith of Christians. Many will testify of personal help received from its pages. It also leads to the reading of other volumes written by the same writer. Once one has tasted of the fine flavor of the writings and recognized the voice of Jesus speaking in them, he must continue to read until all are devoured.

Evidence of Inspiration

At a general Conference at Battle Creek, Mich., in 1883, the entire delegation had the experience of witnessing her prophetic gift. She was speaking at the closing Sunday night’s service, which was unusual, as she seldom spoke in the evening. Stopping in the midst of her address, she pointed up to the gallery, straight at the clock, behind which three of us delegates from Nebraska were seated, and in a clear distinct voice, easily heard by the more than three thousand persons present, she said: “Elder Cudney, open your heart and take Elder Johnson in; he wants a place in your heart. Do not leave this Tabernacle tonight until you are reconciled to each other. Elder Cudney, open your heart and take Elder Johnson in.” This she repeated several times.

As I was seated between these two brethren, I endeavored to move out, but was prevented for a time by Elder Cudney. Succeeding, however, the way was opened for them to get nearer together. For a time Elder Cudney hesitated. He had misinterpreted Elder Johnson’s advances toward him, and thought he was aspiring to the office of conference president. But the Spirit of God gained the victory, and Elder Cudney threw his arms about Elder Johnson. As they thus embraced as brethren, the influence affected the entire delegation, and many wept. This unusual scene at a General Conference seemed a fitting influence for these delegates to carry to their people in all parts of the world.

Elder Cudney wrote Sister White from Nebraska a short time afterwards, stating that they had followed her counsel, and before leaving the Tabernacle that night had retired to a smaller room, and with Elders George I. Butler and S. N. Haskell and the writer, had come to a perfect understanding, and that they were then laboring together among the churches, to their comfort and edification.

Faces Recognized

Upon our arrival in Melbourne, Australia, and in attendance at the first conference meeting, Sister White asked me who that tall gentleman was, seated at the extreme left of the room. I replied, “That is Lawyer. . . , one of the first persons to embrace the truth in the city of Melbourne.” “And who is that lady, seated at the right of the room?” Sister White asked, as she pointed toward the person indicated. I replied, “That is the Lawyer’s wife.” “And who is that young man at the end of the middle row?” she asked, “He is the lawyer’s nephew,” I answered. “Well that is interesting,” Sister White said. “I saw those three persons, in a vision given me in Switzerland, six years ago. They were then all in one room together, in a private home, praying for light on the book of Daniel. I thought they lived together, and could not understand why they were so separated in this meeting.” I informed her that they did all live together and their being separated so was unusual. But I feel sure the readers will join me in thanksgiving that they were so separated, as it proved clearly that Sister White assuredly recognized them as those seen in the vision, whom she had never seen in person before. She had written in “Testimonies,” Vol. V, page 67: “As the Lord has manifested Himself through the Spirit of prophecy, past, present, and future have passed before me. I have been shown faces that I had never seen, and years afterward, I knew them when I saw them.”

Here we had a perfectly clear fulfilment of this statement. This man was the first to purchase one of the one thousand copies of the book “Daniel and the Revelation,” which William Arnold had carried with him to Australia, and thus had the answer to their prayers for light on those books.

In closing we will let Sister White speak: “Never have testimonies been more clearly brought before the people than those that have been recently traced by my pen. God bids me urge upon the attention of our people the importance of their study. Let this work begin now. Then whether I am permitted to labor, or laid away to rest until Jesus comes, these messages are immortalized.”

The Far Eastern Division Outlook, October 15, 1937, pages 2, 3

The Sabbath Debate – Starting/Ending Time

September 7, 2008

Testimonies Volume One

Chap. 16 – Time to Begin the Sabbath

I saw that it is even so: “From even unto even, shall ye celebrate your Sabbath.” Said the angel: “Take the word of God, read it, understand, and ye cannot err. Read carefully, and ye shall there find what even is, and when it is. I asked the angel if the frown of God had been upon His people for commencing the Sabbath as they had. I was directed back to the first rise of the Sabbath, and followed the people of God up to this time, but did not see that the Lord was displeased, or frowned upon them. I inquired why it had been thus, that at this late day we must change the time of commencing the Sabbath. Said the angel: “Ye shall understand, but not yet, not yet.” Said the angel: “If light come, and that light is set aside or rejected, then comes condemnation and the frown of God; but before the light comes, there is no sin, for there is no light for them to reject.” I saw that it was in the minds of some that the Lord had shown that the Sabbath commenced at six o’clock, when I had only seen that it commenced at “even,” and it was inferred that even was at six. I saw that the servants of God must draw together, press together. (1T 116.1)

Testimonies Volume One, Appendix

PAGE 116, “TIME TO BEGIN THE SABBATH”

FOR A PERIOD OF ABOUT TEN YEARS SABBATHKEEPING ADVENTISTS OBSERVED THE SABBATH FROM 6 P. M. FRIDAY TO 6 P. M. SATURDAY. ELDER JOSEPH BATES IN HIS FIRST PAMPHLET ON THE PERPETUITY OF THE SABBATH OF THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT, PUBLISHED IN 1846, HAD GIVEN REASONS FOR THE SUPPOSED SCRIPTURAL SUPPORT FOR THE OBSERVANCE OF THE SABBATH IN THIS WAY. HE CITED THE PARABLE OF THE LABORERS IN THE VINEYARD, THE LAST GROUP OF WHICH HAD BEEN CALLED AT “THE ELEVENTH HOUR” OF THE DAY AND HAD WROUGHT BUT ONE HOUR. THE RECKONING WAS MADE WITH THEM “WHEN EVEN WAS COME.” MATTHEW 20:6, 8, 12. COMPARING THIS WITH CHRIST’S QUESTION, “ARE THERE NOT TWELVE HOURS IN THE DAY?” HE ARGUED THAT THE “EVEN” BEGAN WITH THE TWELFTH HOUR, OR SIX O’CLOCK, RECKONING WITH EQUATORIAL TIME OR THE BEGINNING OF THE SACRED YEAR. RESPECT FOR HIS YEARS AND EXPERIENCE AND HIS GODLY LIFE MAY HAVE BEEN THE MAIN REASONS FOR ACCEPTING HIS CONCLUSIONS WITHOUT FURTHER INVESTIGATION. (1T 713.2)

AS TIME PASSED AND THE MESSAGE SPREAD, AN INCREASING NUMBER OF SABBATHKEEPERS QUESTIONED THE PRACTICE AND ADVOCATED THE SUNSET TIME FOR RECKONING THE BEGINNING OF THE SABBATH. A THOROUGH BIBLE INVESTIGATION OF THE QUESTION WAS MADE BY ELDER J. N. ANDREWS, WHO WROTE A PAPER SETTING FORTH THE BIBLICAL REASONS IN FAVOR OF THE SUNSET TIME. THIS PAPER WAS INTRODUCED AND DISCUSSED ON SABBATH, NOVEMBER 17, 1855, AT THE CONFERENCE IN BATTLE CREEK, MICHIGAN, WITH THE RESULT THAT NEARLY, BUT NOT QUITE, ALL PRESENT WERE CONVINCED THAT ELDER ANDREW’S CONCLUSION WAS CORRECT. THE PRESENTATION OF THE SUBJECT TO MRS. WHITE IN THIS VISION, GIVEN TWO DAYS LATER, ANSWERED THE QUESTIONS LINGERING IN SOME MINDS AND EFFECTED UNITY AMONG THE BELIEVERS. COMMENTING ON THIS EXPERIENCE, AS ILLUSTRATING THE OFFICE OF THE VISIONS TO CONFIRM CONCLUSIONS BASED ON BIBLICAL STUDY RATHER THAN TO INTRODUCE NEW TEACHINGS, ELDER JAMES WHITE WROTE LATER: (1T 713.3)

“THE QUESTION NATURALLY ARISES, IF THE VISIONS ARE GIVEN TO CORRECT THE ERRING, WHY DID SHE NOT SOONER SEE THE ERROR OF THE SIX O’CLOCK TIME? I HAVE EVER BEEN THANKFUL THAT GOD CORRECTED THE ERROR IN HIS OWN GOOD TIME, AND DID NOT SUFFER AN UNHAPPY DIVISION TO EXIST AMONG US UPON THIS POINT. BUT, DEAR READER, THE WORK OF THE LORD UPON THIS POINT IS IN PERFECT HARMONY WITH HIS MANIFESTATIONS TO US ON OTHERS, AND IN HARMONY WITH THE CORRECT POSITION UPON SPIRITUAL GIFTS. IT DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE THE DESIRE OF THE LORD TO TEACH HIS PEOPLE BY THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT ON THE BIBLE QUESTIONS UNTIL HIS SERVANTS HAVE DILIGENTLY SEARCHED HIS WORD. WHEN THIS WAS DONE UPON THE SUBJECT OF THE TIME TO COMMENCE THE SABBATH, AND MOST WERE ESTABLISHED, AND SOME WERE IN DANGER OF BEING OUT OF HARMONY WITH THE BODY ON THIS SUBJECT, THEN, YES, THEN, WAS THE VERY TIME FOR GOD TO MAGNIFY HIS GOODNESS IN THE MANIFESTATION OF THE GIFT OF HIS SPIRIT IN THE ACCOMPLISHMENT OF ITS PROPER WORK.”

–REVIEW AND HERALD, FEB. 25, 1868. (1T 713.4)

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.