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The Ellen G. White Letters and Manuscripts: Volume 1, Page 246

Jesus clothes Himself with the garments of vengeance and takes His place upon the great white cloud16

Rev. 14:14, 15.

before the plagues are poured out. The great white cloud, I saw, was not in the holy place but entirely separate from the holy and most holy, entirely separate from the sanctuary.

As Jesus passed through the holy place, or first apartment, to the door to confess the sins of Israel on the scapegoat, an angel said, This apartment is called the sanctuary. Then the angel repeated these words and said this is the time spoken of, and he saw that there was no man and wondered that there was no intercessor; we had no mediator between God and man and the plagues could be withheld no longer, for Jesus had ceased to plead for Israel, and they were covered with the covering of Almighty God and lived in His sight, and those who were not covered felt the plagues, for they had nothing to shelter them.

I saw that there was a cherub sitting on either end of the mercy seat with their wings spread over the ark. There also stood two angels, one by either end of the ark, with their wings spread out on high and touching each other, while their other wings reached to each side of the apartment. I saw that the wings of the angels did not reach above the Father, for that would bring Him too low. I saw that the Father was in the midst above the cherubims, and His glory is shed down upon the ark, and the train of His glory fills the temple.

Then I saw the “daily,” that the Lord gave the correct view of it to those who gave the first angel's message. When union existed before 1844, nearly all were united on the correct view of the “daily,” but since, in the confusion, other views have been embraced and darkness has followed.17

In a parallel account of this vision, published a few weeks later, Ellen White gives a fuller report of this section of the vision: “Then I saw in relation to the ‘daily,’ that the word ‘sacrifice’ was supplied by man's wisdom, and does not belong to the text; and that the Lord gave the correct view of it to those who gave the judgment hour cry. When union existed, before 1844, nearly all were united on the correct view of the ‘daily’; but since 1844, in the confusion, other views have been embraced, and darkness and confusion has followed.” This expanded passage suggests that “the correct view” was that “the word ‘sacrifice’ was supplied by man's wisdom.”

The issue here relates to the activities of the “little horn” power of Daniel 8 by which “the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down” (verse 11). Millerite expositors had opposed the interpretation held by some that the reference here was to Antiochus Epiphanes, who violated the Temple at Jerusalem and stopped Temple sacrifices for a period of about three years in the second century B. C. A common Millerite counterargument was that the word “sacrifice” was not in the original text, but was supplied by the KJV translators.

Ellen White's vision confirms the Millerite view that the word “sacrifice” was supplied “by man's wisdom.” But the vision goes on to lament the fact that “since 1844, in the confusion, other views have been embraced.” Julia Neuffer points out that among those “other views” was the position among emerging Literalist (“age-to-come”) Adventists in the late 1840s and early 1850s that “daily sacrifice” was a reference to the future restoration of Jewish Temple rites in Jerusalem.

In the early twentieth century, considerable controversy arose among church leaders as to whether this passage confirmed the “old” view of “the daily” against the “new” view being argued by Prescott, Daniells, and others.

See: E. G. White, “Dear Brothers and Sisters,” Present Truth, November 1850, p. 87; Julia Neuffer, “The Gathering of Israel,” p. 12. On the controversy over the “old” versus “new” views of “the daily,” see Arthur L. White, Ellen G. White: The Later Elmshaven Years, pp. 246-261.

I saw that God

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