Throughout the Bible God has had His prophets who He has used to give important messages to the people of their time.
Before the flood there was Noah; at the time of the exodus there was Moses; during the early times in Isreal there was Samuel and later there were prophets such as Elijah and Elisha. There have even been women who were prophetesses such as Miriam, Deborah and Huldah.
If God had prophets during Bible times then it makes sense that He would also have a prophet in the last days.
Talking about the last days Jesus doesn’t warn us to be wary of all prophets, He only warns us to be wary of false prophets. “Beware of falseprophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves” (Matthew 7:15), “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect” (Matthew 24:24). That means that there must also be true prophets, afterall you can’t have the false without the true.
So how do we tell the true from the false? The Bible gives us an infallible test to help us tell the difference:
“To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” (Isaiah 8:20).
The Bible also tells us the following about true prophets. A true prophet will:
A. Live a godly life (Matthew 7:15-20).
B. Be called to service by God (Isaiah 6:1-10; Jeremiah 1:5-10; Amos 7:14, 15).
C. Speak and write in harmony with the Bible (Isaiah 8:19, 20).
D. Predict events that will come true (Deuteronomy 18:20-22).
E. Will have visions (Numbers 12:6).
When having a vision a true prophet will display the following physical evidences:
A. Will initially lose physical strength (Daniel 10:8).
B. May later receive supernatural strength (Daniel 10:18, 19).
C. No breath in the body (Daniel 10:17).
D. Able to speak (Daniel 10:16).
E. Won’t be aware of earthly surroundings (Daniel 10:5-8 2 Corinthians 12:2-4).
F. Eyes will be open (Numbers 24:4).
Note: Though the preceding six Bible points are physical evidences of a true prophet in vision, not all of them always appear together. A prophet’s vision may be genuine without manifesting all six evidences.
Did God send a prophet to His end-time remnant church?
Yes, He did! Here are the brief details:
God Calls a Young Woman
God’s end-time church began to form in the early 1840s and desperately needed guidance. So, in harmony with His promise of Amos 3:7, God then called a young woman named Ellen Harmon to be His prophetess. Ellen accepted the call. She had been injured in an accident at age nine and had to quit school with only three years of formal education. Her health deteriorated until, when called by God at age 17, she weighed only 70 pounds and had been given up to die.
She Served 70 Years
Ellen accepted God’s call with the understanding that He would enable her physically and keep her humble. She lived an additional 70 years and died at age 87. She insisted that her aim and work were to point the church and its members to the Bible, which was to be its creed, and to Jesus’ free gift of righteousness. Ellen fulfilled every test of a prophet mentioned in this Study Guide.
Her Pen Name and Books
Ellen married James White, a clergyman, and wrote under the name Ellen G. White. She became one of the world’s most prolific woman writers. Her books, read worldwide, give inspired counsel on health, education, temperance, the Christian home, parenting, publishing and writing, assisting the needy, stewardship, evangelism, Christian living, and more.
Her book Education is considered an authority in its field. It has been used by a secular university as a textbook. It is so perceptive and relevant that it was once plagiarized by the minister of education of a certain nation, who published it under his own name. Dr. Florence Stratemeyer, a former professor of education at Columbia University, said the book contained “advanced educational concepts” and “was more than fifty years ahead of its time.” Dr. Clive McCay, former professor of nutrition at Cornell University, said of her writings on health: “In spite of the fact that the works of Mrs. White were written long before the advent of modern scientific nutrition, no better overall guide is available today.” Newscaster Paul Harvey said she “wrote with such profound understanding on the subject of nutrition that all but two of the many principles she espoused have been scientifically established.”
Her book The Desire of Ages, on the life of Christ, has been labeled an “English masterpiece” by Stationers Hall in London. It is heartwarming and uplifting beyond description. She said on the subject of intelligence that a person’s IQ could be increased long before experts agreed. She said in 1905 that cancer is a germ (or virus), which medical science began to endorse only in the 1950s. Ellen G. White is said to be the fourth-most-translated writer of all time. Her book on Christian living, Steps to Christ, has been translated into more than 150 languages and dialects.
Did Ellen White have visions?
Yes, many of them. They lasted from a few minutes to six hours. And they meet the Bible standard for visions as outlined above.
Are Ellen White’s words intended to be part of the Bible, or an addition to the Bible?
No! Doctrine comes from the Bible alone. As an end-time prophet, her aim was to stress the love of Jesus and His imminent return. She urged people to serve Him and accept His righteousness as a free gift. She also directed people’s attention to the Bible prophecies for the end time–especially Jesus’ three-point message for the world today (Revelation 14:6-14)–and urged that they share these messages of hope quickly and worldwide.
Does Ellen White speak in harmony with the Scriptures?
Yes! Her writings are saturated with Scripture (in her writings she has quoted from or referred to every book of the Bible, and she quoted from or referred to over 90% of the chapters). Her stated and obvious purpose was to point people to the Bible. Her words never contradict God’s Word.
How can I accept Ellen White as a true prophet, since I do not know what she wrote?
You can’t, until you read what she has written. However, you can know that she (1) meets the tests of a prophet, (2) did the work of a prophet, and that (3) God’s true end-time church must have a prophet. I urge you to get one of her books and read it. As you read it, ask yourself if it draws you to Jesus and if it is in harmony with the Bible. It was written for you. We think you will find it absolutely enthralling.
In closing there are a couple of very important points you should consider about this very important subject.
What three-point command does Paul give us regarding a prophet?
“Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” (1 Thessalonians 5:20, 21). The apostle Paul says that we should not despise or “tune out” a prophet. But rather, we should carefully test what the prophet says and does by the Bible. If a prophet’s words and behavior are in harmony with the Bible, we should heed them. This is what Jesus asks of His end-time people today.
How does Jesus regard the rejection of the words and counsel of a true prophet?
Jesus counts the rejection of a true prophet as rejecting the counsel of God (Luke 7:28-30). Further, He clearly states that spiritual prosperity hinges upon believing His prophets (2 Chronicles 20:20).