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The Ellen G. White Letters and Manuscripts: Volume 1, Page 245

I saw that the nominal churches and nominal Adventists,11

The term “nominal church” or “nominal churches” was often used by early Sabbathkeeping Adventist writers to indicate Protestant and Roman Catholic churches that had experienced a moral fall through their rejection of the message of an imminent Second Coming. The expression “nominal Adventists,” or some variant thereof, was commonly used to indicate Adventist bodies coming out of the Millerite movement that rejected the Sabbath, the prophetic significance of October 22, 1844, and the continuing gift of prophecy in the church.

See: P. Gerard Damsteegt, Foundations of the Seventh-day Adventist Message and Mission, pp. 179-192.

like Judas, would betray us to the Catholics, to obtain their influence to come against the saints. The saints will be an obscure people, but little known to the Catholics, but the church and nominal Adventists will know of our faith and customs, and will betray the saints and report them to the Catholics as those who disregard the institution of the pope—that is, they keep the Sabbath and disregard Sunday.

Then the Catholics bid the Protestants to go forward and issue a decree that all who will not observe the first day of the week instead of the seventh shall be slain,12

Based on Revelation 13, these predictions of a future persecution of those refusing to honor Sunday as a day of worship affirmed earlier studies dating back to 1847 and the work of Joseph Bates. Despite the dire predictions made here and elsewhere in Ellen White's writings about the future actions of fallen Christendom, she made a clear distinction between these churches as institutions and the individuals belonging to them. Thus her more complete comments affirm that “in the churches which constitute Babylon, the great body of Christ's true followers are still to be found” and that “there are now true Christians in every church, not excepting the Roman Catholic communion … .”

See: Joseph Bates, The Seventh Day Sabbath: A Perpetual Sign (1847), p. 59; Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy, pp. 390, 449.

and the Catholics, whose numbers are large, will stand by the Protestants. The Catholics will give their power to the image of the beast, and then Protestants will work as their mother worked before them to destroy the saints. But before their decrees bring forth or bear fruit, the saints will be delivered by the voice of God.

Then I saw that Jesus’ work in the sanctuary13

See: EGWEnc, s.v. “Doctrine of the Sanctuary.”

was almost finished, almost finished, and after His work there is finished He will come to the door of the tabernacle, or door of the first apartment, and confess the sins of Israel upon the head of the scapegoat.14

See: SDAE, s.v. “Scapegoat.”

Then He will put on the garments of vengeance. Then the plagues15

See: Ibid., s.v. “Plagues, Seven Last.”

come upon the wicked, and they do not come until Jesus puts on the garments of vengeance and takes His seat upon the great white cloud. Then, while the plagues are falling, the scapegoat is being led away. He makes a mighty struggle to escape, but he is held fast by the hand that bears him away. If he should effect his escape, Israel would be destroyed (or slain). I saw that it would take time to bear him away into the land of forgetfulness after the sins were put upon his head.

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