[A STATEMENT PREPARED BY ARTHUR L. WHITE IN 1969 AND NOW REQUESTED FOR CLASSROOM USE BY RON JOLLIFF, RELIGION TEACHER AT SOUTHWESTERN ADVENTIST COLLEGE. THE PARAGRAPH FROM MANUSCRIPT 4, 1850, HAS NOT HERETOFORE BEEN RELEASED.--R. W. OLSON.]
WHILE ELLEN G. WHITE IS NOT KNOWN TO HAVE QUOTED FROM THE APOCRYPHA THERE IS SOME DOCUMENTATION OF THE EARLY YEARS WHICH MAY BE OF INTEREST IN CONNECTION WITH A STUDY OF HER RELATIONSHIP TO IT. JAMES WHITE, IN HIS PAMPHLET. A WORD TO THE LITTLE FLOCK , IN HIS FIRST ARTICLE ENTITLED "THE SEVEN LAST PLAGUES" INCLUDES TWO REFERENCES TO THE APOCRYPHA.
PAGE 2: "THE SEED IS ROTTED UNDER THEIR CLODS, THE GARNERS ARE LAID DESOLATE, THE BARNS ARE BROKEN DOWN, FOR THE CORN IS WITHERED."--SEE JOEL 1:15-18; JER. 30:23, 24; DAN. 12:1; HAB. 3:12, 13; ZEPH. 1: 17, 18; 2ND ESDRAS 15:10-13.
PAGE 3: "I WILL BRING THEM (THE SAINTS) WITH A MIGHTY HAND AND A STRETCHED-OUT ARM, AND SMITE EGYPT WITH PLAGUES AS BEFORE," ETC. --2 ESDRAS 14:11.
AS HE FURNISHED SCRIPTURE REFERENCES TO TWO ELLEN G. WHITE VISIONS, INCORPORATED IN A WORD TO THE LITTLE FLOCK , HE ALSO INCORPORATED SOME REFERENCES TO THE APOCRYPHA. HIS EXPLANATION WHICH PRECEDES THE PUBLICATION OF THE FIRST VISION STATES:
MORE THAN A YEAR AGO. BY THE REQUEST OF FRIENDS, IT IS RE-PUBLISHED
IN THIS LITTLE WORK, WITH SCRIPTURE REFERENCES, FOR THE BENEFIT
OF THE LITTLE FLOCK."-- A WORD TO THE
LITTLE FLOCK , P. 13
AT THE BOTTOM OF PAGES 15 AND 17 THERE ARE REFERENCES KEYED TO THE E. G. WHITE TEXT, ONE REFERENCE TO 2 ESDRAS 2; 43, (P. 15) AND THE OTHER TO 2 ESDRAS 2:19, (P. 17).
IT IS CLEAR THAT JAMES WHITE SAW SOME SIMILARITIES BETWEEN WHAT ELLEN WHITE WROTE AND SOME THINGS HE HAD READ IN ESDRAS, AND SO USED THESE REFERENCES AS HE DID SCRIPTURE REFERENCES WHICH HE SAYS HE SUPPLIED.
IN A REPORT SIGNED BY THREE EARLY BELIEVERS REFERENCE IS MADE TO THE HIDDEN BOOK AS ELLEN WHITE UTTERED CERTAIN WORDS IN VISION. HERE IS THE ACCOUNT:
IN TOPSHAM, MAINE, SHE WAS TAKEN OFF IN VISION, AND AROSE TO
HER FEET, TOOK THE LARGE FAMILY BIBLE FROM THE TABLE, AND HELD
IT ON HER HAND SOME TIME AT AN ANGLE OF FORTY-FIVE DEGREES, AND
SAID THE HIDDEN BOOK WAS NOT THERE. WHEN SOME ONE ASKED IF THE
APOCRYPHA WAS NOT IN THE BIBLE, BROTHER CURTIS REMARKED IT WAS
NOT. SHE TALKED SOMETIME ABOUT THE HIDDEN BOOK. NO ONE KNEW
BUT BRO. CURTIS FAMILY THAT THE APOCRAPHA [APOCRYPHA] WAS NOT THERE.
IN THE REPORT OF A VISION GIVEN TO ELLEN WHITE AT OSWEGO, NEW YORK ON JANUARY 11, 1850, AND CARRYING A COPYING DATE OF JANUARY 28, 1850. ELLEN WHITE MAKES A REFERENCE TO THE HIDDEN BOOK. HER DESCRIPTION OF WHAT WAS SHOWN TO HER IN THE VISION CONTAINS MANY ITEMS AND AS ON FILE COMPRISES FOUR AND A QUARTER TYPE-WRITTEN PAGES. NEAR THE CLOSE OF HER STATEMENT WE FIND THESE WORDS:
through the gates into the city and have right to the tree of
life and ever be in the presence of that lovely Jesus whose
countenance shines brighter than the sun at noon day. I then
saw the word of God pure and unadulterated, and that we must
answer for the way we received the truth proclaimed from that
word. I saw that it had been a hammer to break the flinty
heart in pieces, and a fire to consume the dross and tin, that
the heart might be pure and holy. I saw that the Apocrypha was
the hidden book, and that the wise of these last days should
understand it. I saw that the Bible was the standard book, that
will judge us at the last day. I saw that heaven would be cheap
enough, and that nothing was too dear to sacrifice for Jesus,
and that we must give all to enter the kingdom."-- Manuscript 4,
1850 , (A copy of E. G. White's Vision which she had at Oswego, N.Y.)
ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS REFERENCE IS MADE TO THE APOCRYPHA IN ARTICLES IN THE REVIEW AND HERALD . THESE ARE OF INTEREST, AND COPY OF THE MATERIALS IS ATTACHED.
THE FULL MEANING AND SIGNIFICANCE OF THE E. G. WHITE STATEMENT OF 1850 IS NOT CLEARLY SEEN. IT SHOULD BE OBSERVED THAT ELLEN WHITE MAKES NO REFERENCE TO THE APOCRYPHA AT ANY TIME IN HER WRITINGS IN THE SUBSEQUENT 65 YEARS. IF WHAT WE HAVE IS A CORRECT COPY OF WHAT SHE WROTE, AND AT TIMES THERE IS SOME UNCERTAINTY AS TO THE ACCURACY OF SOME OF THE STATEMENTS BEARING THESE EARLY DATES, AT NO TIME SUBSEQUENT TO THAT, DID SHE HAVE OCCASION TO CALL THE ATTENTION OF THE CHURCH TO THE APOCRYPHA TO URGE ITS READING OR TO EXPLAIN ITS SIGNIFICANCE. THIS BEING THE CASE, OUR COUNSEL WOULD BE TO GIVE THE MATTER A MINIMUM OF ATTENTION. SURELY THE SILENCES IN HER PUBLISHED WRITINGS ON THIS SUBJECT CARRY SIGNIFICANCE.