Category: Uriah Smith

Thursday August 22, 2013

We have covered the alleged “partial resurrection” several times before. You can click on the topic by that name, well, actually, “They that Pierced Him,” on the right of this post to access the former posts, a good read if you are new to the site.

A dear Sister in the faith brought to my attention this text and it’s bearing on the false partial resurrection.

Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. Revelation 20:6

There are two points in this text that are in perfect harmony with the vision God gave to Ellen and published in The Present Truth, No. 11, page 92, global paging. Here is the excerpt.

Then at the close of the 1000 years, Jesus, and the angels, and all the saints with him, leaves the Holy City, and while he is descending to the earth with them, the wicked dead are raised, and THEN the very men that “pierced him,” being raised, will see him afar off in all his glory, the angels and saints with him, and will wail because of him. They will see the prints of the nails in his hands, and in his feet, and where they thrust the spear into his side. The prints of the nails and the spear will then be his glory. It is at the close of the 1000 years that Jesus stands upon the Mount of Olives, and the Mount parts asunder, and it becomes a mighty plain, and those who flee at that time are the wicked, that have just been raised. Then the Holy City comes down and settles on the plain.

The caps on the word “THEN” from above are emphasized that way in the original text. There are only two resurrections. The first resurrection is only of the righteous, for none of the wicked are “blessed and holy.” That the first resurrection has two parts does not make one part a third resurrection.

The verse just before our subject verse also confirms that there are only two resurrections, by calling the two parts the first, and confirming that none of the wicked are resurrected. Then, in verse six, hell is identified as the second death. No where is there a third death mentioned.

The millennium of Rev.20 is to open with the revelation of the Son of God from Heaven, the destruction of the living wicked, the resurrection of the just, and the change to immortality of the living righteous. It is a period in which Christ will reign personally with the just of all ages who have suffered with him. 2Tim.2:12. This period is bounded at each end with a resurrection. Christ plainly declares that “all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life, and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” John 5:28,29. And Paul testifies “that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.” Acts 24:15. But it is left to the Revelator to place these resurrections one thousand years apart, at each end of the millennium. Sermons on the Coming and Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ, page 12, 1870.

Many would make of Daniel 12:2 another resurrection, primarily Uriah Smith, separate from the rest of the righteous, but we have God’s positive instruction in the vision given above and in Revelation 20:5 that none of the wicked are resurrected at, or before, Christ’s second coming. We know that God knows “the end from the beginning” and that there “is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” who “changeth not.” Our God is a sure anchor for the saints. We can always count on him!

Some want argue about Christ’s coming in the clouds of Heaven. These are the angels, Acts 1:9. And this is a false argument anyway, there are clouds at both the second and the third coming.

It is at the third coming that every eye will see him. Why? Because it is then that all the righteous are present and living and all the wicked are present and living.

Nevertheless, it’s important that we give space to have peace between us. Not every little point is worth disfellowshipping over. Give people spacetime to grow.

God Bless your study

Monday May 6, 2013

We would kindly refer you back to Wednesday’s post, May 1, for a summary of what we are about today, as we are working on the last item, No. 5, as listed there.

So what is the purpose of the 2520 prophecy? Matter of fact, what is the purpose of any of the prophecies? I like to go to extremes in thought processes, it helps to clarify the point at hand.

The 2520 prophetic timeline is a second confirmation that the year 1843 was the correct year for the calculation. The fact that God hid (and in plain sight!! mind you) that the correct date required a tighter calculation is not a fault on their part. When God hides something, no one will ever see it until he reveals it. We are his created creatures and totally dependant on him for everything, like it or not.

And it is especially true of the correct understanding of the Bible. Remember, spiritual things are spiritually understood. And this, not by the will of man. In humility we come to him for understanding.

Because we are now living in the time of the end, spoken of in Matthew 24:14, almost all prophecy has come to pass. The 2520 prophetic timeline is in this group. God told us very specifically three very important points about prophecy, found in the 1858 Great Controversy, page 148.

 

I saw that they were correct in their reckoning of the prophetic periods. Prophetic time closed in 1844.

 

Two very simple sentences, a great anchor for God’s people of the last days, the 144,000. The first item we need to understand is the plain message of the first sentence. The pioneers “were correct in their reckoning of the prophetic periods.” The message is very plain, very simple, and very direct. When someone comes along and tells you that the pioneers made a mistake, you can simply point them to this page and tell them the truth. If they will not accept the truth from God then you probably need to put some distance between you.

And just to repeat it, it is impossible for Ellen to have authored the Spirit of Prophecy, it’s far too complex for any human mind to handle. Willie and Uriah proved that when God gave them a turn at the helm. God is the author, and for the depreciated humans of these last days the authentic Spirit of Prophecy was given “not to give new light; but to impress with vividness the truths of inspiration already revealed.” This brings clarity to a correct understanding.

Second, note carefully the last two words of the first sentence, “prophetic periods.” This correctly tells us there was more than one, which includes the 2520. And third, note carefully and compare the ending of the first sentence and the last sentence. “Prophetic periods” is something different than “prophetic time.” Here again a great anchor for our faith is presented. There are far too many people that want to apply prophetic time, a day for a year, to other prophecies. This is a device of Satan that God has warned us about and provided the anchor for our faith so we will not get caught in Satan’s snare.

More specifically to the point. The 2520 and the 2300 day prophetic timelines are an integral part of the 1843 chart. The 1843 chart is an integral part of proving the Advent faith to be correct. It is instructive to see the SDA church today in wide departure from the Advent faith of the pioneers. Something is bad wrong.

Today’s SDA church will gladly teach you just how wrong the Advent pioneers were, but they have no prophet who does not breath for hours in public while in vision. What they do have is the Biblical Research Institute, and prayer that goes to the Holy place, where Satan appears to be trying to carry on the work of God by breathing on them light and power. They have no healings by the power of God. What they do have is worldly doctors and drug therapy.

They claim to be teaching the third angel’s message, but it is not a true message and here is why.

 

Those who present this message [the third angel’s] understandingly, must first show the fulfillment of the messages of the first and second angel’s [verses 6-8,] [sic] in the past Advent movement. Thus they chain all three messages together, show their harmony, and the fulfillment of God’s word in them, and the testimony relative to the second coming of Christ is bound up.

 

God’s true people will teach the third angel’s message in this way. This is far different from what the SDA church teaches. The true Advent pioneers would not be members of the apostate SDA church of today.

All have to choose who they will follow, Christ or loyalty to the SDA church, none can have both.

God Bless your study

Sabbath May 4, 2013

We would kindly refer you back to Wednesday’s post, May 1, for a summary of what we are about today, as we are working on item No. 3, as listed there.

There are two main pieces of material we will examine for evidence of Uriah’s hand at work. The first is an article published in the R&H of January 26, 1864, The Seven Times of Lev. xxvi., herein after referred to as A1, which claims that the 2520 is not a valid prophetic timeline. I suggest that you take a moment and download that issue from the GC Archives site and read the article, if you have not done so already.

The second of these is an appendix to Uriah’s book, herein after referred to as A2, Daniel and Revelation, which can be found on the White Estate CD. Here is the reference: {1897 UrS, DAR 784.3}.

While most people claim that James White wrote the above mentioned article, we will show evidence that it was in all probability written by Uriah Smith; having already, yesterday, given sufficient evidence to show that no one has actual proof that James wrote the article.

Proceeding with our evidence, we will show the similarities between the two afore mentioned articles, one provably authored by Uriah Smith. Second, we will prove Uriah’s continued rebellion against the light God sent to his church, all the way to the grave. We will further prove James’ stance upon the 2520 prophecy in 1875 and his continued faithfulness in obedience to God his entire life.

Here are the similarities between the two articles. These are considered to be the literary tracks of Uriah’s hand, words and word combinations that show his thinking processes, now shown on paper.

The first similarity is the use of the word supposed. It is used in a similar fashion as the word assumed, to indicate a lower level of thinking than Uriah’s. Both articles open with the use of this word to convey the writers opinion right early.

In A2 Uriah goes on in the opening paragraph to proudly declare that he knows more than any and it’s either his way or the highway.

 

All such speculators might as well spare their pains; for there is no such prophetic period in the Bible.

 

On the other hand, James does not write with such pride. Here is a sample of his writing.

 

While we may speak of fulfilled prophecy with positiveness, we would apply unfulfilled prophecy with becoming modesty. We may, however, suggest …. The Seven Trumpets, page 96.

 

Article A1 also carries the same note of pride and arrogance as A2.

Next, in the progression of the argument presented, is commentary on the term seven times. Again, both articles reflect the same path, even though they are separated by 33 years. Both articles then make the same point, that the term seven times is used four times, each time accompanied with greater punishment. But, out of all the different ways it could be stated, both articles use the word severe, or other forms of it.

Then both articles proceed to lean upon the Septuagint for an argument as to how to correctly understand God’s words. We know this is defiled bread and should not be used by any serious student. Uriah is using it in A2 and makes another point parallel to A1, that of the use of an adverb and the identical phrase in both articles, “a noun and it’s adjective.”

I find these parallels far too similar, even after a space of 33 years, depicting the thinking of the writer, Uriah Smith, that is locked in rebellion. And that that rebellion continued to the grave is easily provable by following the path of his adherence to his private interpretation of prophecy in what is known as, the partial resurrection. Here is the link to follow that thread.

Ironically, in the next to last sentence of A1, it states, “To ignore, or treat with neglect, a prophetic period where one is plainly given, is censurable in the extreme.” In this sentence the writer, who ever he may be, condemns himself, for it is God who endorsed the 1843 chart and even declared that he directed it.

We will here state, as a reminder, the qualifications for the true pioneers of the Advent faith; of which there are two. First, they had to have had personal experience in each of the three angel’s messages, and, second, they had to be firm in all the present truth. This is taken from The Present Truth, No. 11, page 86, right column, one third of the way up from the bottom, with a printed hand pointing to the text. This proves Uriah Smith is not a true pioneer of the Advent faith. He did not join the work until 1853 and became an editor in 1855.

Now let’s talk about James and his faithfulness.

In 1871 James wrote an exposition of Matthew 24. It makes sense that he would have written about Matthew 25, the parable of the ten virgins, after that, but we have no proof. It could have been before that date. So while we may not have a date, we do have the text. Here is an excerpt where James endorses the 2520 prophecy in two ways, first by putting it in his book and second by not saying it is a false prophetic timeline.

 

As it takes 457 full years and 1843, to make 2300, the fraction of the year 457, B. C., that had passed when the 70 weeks commenced, should be added to 1843, which brings the termination of the 2300 days in 1844. This point is made clear in the following testimony from the “Advent Herald” of Nov. 13, 1844. {ND JW, PARA 6.5}
“Our minds were directed to that point of time, [1843,] from the fact that dating the several prophetic periods from those years in which the best chronologers assign the fulfillment of those events which were to mark their commencement, they all seemed to terminate that year. This was, however, only apparent. We date the ‘seven times,’ or 2520 years, from the captivity of Manasseh, which is, with great unanimity, placed by chronologers B. C. 677. This date is the only one we have ever reckoned from, for the commencement of this period; and subtracting B. C. 677 from 2520 years there remained A. D. 1843. We, however, did not observe that as it would require 677 full years B. C. and 1843 full years A. D. to complete 2520 years, that it would also oblige us to extend this period as far into A. D. 1844 as it might have commenced after the beginning of B. C. 677. The same was also true of the other periods. The great jubilee of 2450 years, commencing with the captivity of Jehoiakim B. C. 607; and the 2300 days, commencing with the 70 weeks B. C. 457, would respectively require 1843 full years after Christ added to as many full years before Christ, as the years in which we have always respectively commenced each period, to complete the number of years in each; and as subtracting from each period the date B. C. of its commencement, there would remain A. D. 1843, no reference whatever was made to the fraction of the year, which in each case, had transpired from its commencement, and which would require that each period should extend as much beyond the expiration of A. D. 1843, as they respectively began after the commencement of the year B. C. from which they are dated. {ND JW, PARA 7.1}
While this discrepancy was not particularly noticed by us, it was also not noticed by any of our learned opponents. Amid all the arguments which were brought to bear against our position, no allusion was made to that point.” {ND JW, PARA 7.2}

 

Now we will turn our attention to the year 1875. James wrote the book Sketches of The Christian Life and Public Labors of William Miller. In this book, on page 57, the seven times of Leviticus 26 is mentioned, again with no words of correction, no note saying it is a false prophecy. But just across the page on 56, James has added a note of correction, not about the 2520 but another point. It’s obvious to me that James believed God’s light on the 2520 to be the truth.

And one last note about James’ faithfulness. Read chapter 16 in the 1880 Life Sketches, titled, Leadership, to understand his obedience to Gospel Order all his life. And you must read it out of an original version, the one on the White Estate CD is the counterfeit and this is the section where important information was chopped.

God Bless your Study

Friday May 3, 2013

We would kindly refer you back to Wednesday’s post, May 1, for a summary of what we are about today, as we are working on item No. 2, as listed there.

There is an article published in the R&H of January 26, 1864, which claims that the 2520 is not a valid prophetic timeline. I suggest that you take a moment and download that issue from the GC Archives site and read the article.

Because of it’s location on page four, directly under a box identifying James White as the editor, it is assumed that he wrote the article. But this is only an assumption and can not be proven at this late date. The article is un–signed.

This prompts the question, who is responsible?

I took the question to the library, and asked it. You know what they say, if you ask a question you will get an answer. I got an answer. It seems like a good one to me.

The answer came in the form of a referral to a link to an article titled, Who Writes Unsigned Editorials? Here are two excerpts. We suggest you read the article.

Unsigned editorials are billed as a newspaper’s “official” opinions. Taken literally, this is an odd notion. It’s one thing for a flesh-and-blood person like Maureen Dowd or William Safire to have an opinion, but the New York Times? So, who’s writing these editorials? And why aren’t they signing them?

And why don’t the writers sign their editorials? The reason is that individual editorials are supposed to reflect the collective judgment of the entire editorial board. Though written by different people, they are also supposed to speak with one voice and be philosophically consistent.

 

This information means that someone, anyone, on the editorial staff could have written that article. At this date, nobody has any right to claim they know for sure who wrote the article. There is no definitive piece of evidence extant that any such claim could be based on.

To be sure, the editor is responsible for what the paper carries. Practically, James was carrying a heavy load of responsibility. When you read about his life and how hard he worked, how sick he got, how much he suffered, and why? because he had to, was forced to, put trust and responsibility in and on others to help him carry the load. Some were not faithful to their trust.

But this is what made the man sick! Just like it makes you sick to pick up the R&H and read about B.B.Beach going to Rome to bow to, and promote relations with, the antichrist, the pope! Or when you read about the Davenport scandal. Or take your pick of any of hundreds and thousands of other scandals in the church. You know whereof I speak.

I doubt James had time to read everything thing that came out in the R&H. Just like today, the senior editor of most any paper does not read the whole thing and at times doesn’t read any of it. But I bet that at some time after this article came out James heard about it. He probably went home and cried.

Uriah repented in public more than once, is my understanding. He got more than one testimony for himself. But I will tell you plainly. In the light of unchanging history, Uriah Smith was not a converted man. He continued to cling to and publish his own opinion of Bible prophecy, in the face of very clear information from God through visions given to Ellen, which he professed publicly to support, all the while writing and publishing against those very gifts.

It’s sad but true and we have the evidence in the books published.

The point is that no person can prove that James White was the author of the article in question, published January 26, 1864, in the R&H, titled, The Seven Times of Lev. xxvi. All claims that he did are only based on an assumption, and only an assumption. Don’t believe it.

We have plenty of evidence that James was faithful and obedient to all the light he had, right to death. I will here remind you of the fact that we have, in God’s providence, discovered that the book Life Sketches, 1880 edition, has been counterfeited. They took out some powerful information about how faithful James really was.

God Bless your Study

Wednesday March 6, 2013

Many have asked if Ellen knew about the counterfeit SOP. This passage should help people to understand the story.

In this state of things [sad, discouraged, sickly] we decided to return to Battle Creek, and there remain while the roads were in a muddy, broken-up condition, and I there complete No. 12. My husband was very anxious to see his brethren at Battle Creek, and speak to them, and rejoice with them in the work God was doing for him. I gathered up my writings and we started on our journey. On the way we held two meetings in Orange, and had evidence that the church was profited and encouraged. We were ourselves refreshed by the Spirit of the Lord. That night I dreamed I was in Battle Creek looking out from the side glass at the door, and saw a company marching up to the house, two and two. They looked stern and determined. I knew them well and turned to open the parlor door to receive them,

When you see people you know arriving at your home, you get up to open the door and welcome them.

but thought I would look again. The scene was changed. The appearance now presented was like a Catholic procession. One of the company bore in his hand a cross. Another had a reed. And as they neared the house, the one carrying a reed made a circle around the house, saying three times, “This house is proscribed. The goods must be confiscated.

What are the goods that James and Ellen had? It was their writings, that is all they had. All of the authentic Spirit of Prophecy has been counterfeited, as well as several of James’ books.

 They have spoken against our holy order.”

The meaning of God’s words are against darkness; darkness is the holy order of the Catholics.

Terror seized me, and I ran through the house, out of the north door, and found myself in the midst of a company some of whom I knew, but I dared not speak a word with them for fear of being betrayed.

Who was the betrayer? Uriah Smith for one.

I tried to seek a retired spot where I might weep and pray without meeting eager, inquisitive eyes everywhere I turned. I repeated frequently, “If I could only understand this! If they will tell me what I have said, or what I have done!” I wept and prayed much as I saw our goods being confiscated.

She was shown!!!

I tried to read sympathy or pity for me in the looks of those around me, and marked several countenances of those whom I thought would speak with me, and comfort me, if they did not fear that they would be observed by others. I made one attempt to escape from the crowd, but I saw that I was watched, and I concealed my intentions.

Just as God has hidden his truth in parables and dark sayings, so he has hidden within the authentic Spirit of Prophecy truths not apparent in the language used. Satan hates this! Therefore he moved on his agents, Willie and Uriah the leaders, to re-write and counterfeit the SOP and remove the sanction of God.

I commenced weeping aloud, and saying, “If they would only tell me what I have done, or what I have said!” p. 12, Para. 1, [13OT].
My husband, who was sleeping in a bed in the same room, heard me weeping aloud, and awoke me. I found my pillow wet with tears, and a sad depression of spirits upon me. p. 13, Para. 1, [13OT].

 

 

No. 13 was published in 1867.

Sad.

God Bless your Study

Sabbath February 16, 2013

We have a new piece of information on Uriah Smith. One of the sisters in our circle of believers shared this with me. Previously I only had proof of his belief, that some of the wicked are raised at the second coming, as early as 1868. With this new find, that date is moved up three years earlier to 1865.

The book is Thoughts, Critical and Practical, on the Book of Revelation. Look at pages 17 through 19, there is the complete layout of Uriah’s belief. On page 17 it starts out at the bottom of the page, and here is an excerpt.

Every eye shall see him; that is, all who are alive at the time of his coming.

This is strictly Uriah’s idea, it is not the truth. The text is very clear, “every eye shall see him.”

 

James gives the true understanding of this text in his article, The Day of Judgment, found in The Advent Review, September, 1850, page 49. This happens at the third coming, only then all the righteous will be alive, all the wicked will be alive, only then will every eye be able to see him, for every eye will then be alive.

Because of Uriah’s exalted position in the church, many believe and hold this error. It would be wise for all to examine their position and prove the truth.

God Bless your Study

Sabbath February 9, 2013

Uriah Smith is almost an idol for many in the church. This is easily proven for the skeptic, all you have to do is query a group who is studying prophecy. Find out for yourself how many people in that group place Uriah as a true and correct interpreter of the prophecy.

This mis-placed value is excusable for many. The White Estate has “released” this document.

 White Estate Washington, D. C. September 21, 1944  {1MR 65.1}  

And a few excerpts are in order.

Especially should the book Daniel and the Revelation be brought before people as the very book for this time. This book contains the message which all need to read and understand. … The great, essential questions which God would have presented to the people are found in Daniel and the Revelation. … The interest in Daniel and the Revelation is to continue as long as probationary time shall last. God used the author of this book as a channel through which to communicate light to direct minds to the truth.

These words from this 1MR are a lie.

A question comes to mind; “Why was this not “released” until 1944??? Would someone please tell me?” My personal guess is because it did not exist before that date. And before you choke too hard on those words, hey, my guess is as good as yours, and every bit as good as any claim of the White Estate. If they want to prove me wrong, fine, just produce the original hand written paper.

Then they can give an answer as to why this was withheld for so many years. And, by the way, the claim that the original papers are too old to be handled is quite bogus. Not a one of those papers can be more than 168 years old, and there are plenty of documents out that are older than that. How old did they say the Dead Sea Scrolls are?

We have written before about Uriah’s visible weak point. You can check this link for more on all that. This would be the partial resurrection of the wicked.

James White in his book Sermons on the Coming and Kingdom, pages 12-13, proves that John in Revelation gives the correct interpretation. The clearest is 20:5, “The rest of the dead [the wicked] lived not again [were not raised from the dead] until the thousand years were finished.”

God showed to his church the true understanding of Daniel 12:2 and it was published in PT. No. 11, p. 86, top right column. We now have another text just found by us, which proves the same.

Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices which ye wrongfully imagine against me. For ye say, Where is the house of the prince? and where are the dwelling places of the wicked? Have ye not asked them that go by the way? and do ye not know their tokens, That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath. Who shall declare his way to his face? and who shall repay him what he hath done? Yet shall he be brought to the grave, and shall remain in the tomb. Job 21:27-32

Indeed! they live not until the thousand years are done!

God Bless your Study

Tuesday August 28, 2012

I was poking around on Google Books the other day… and found Life Sketches there. So I checked it out. Now remember that these are supposed to be digitized hardcopy books. Using other words, this is supposed to be a real book that is in existence somewhere.

Knowing that the digital copy on the White Estate CD 2008 Research Edition is a counterfeited version of the same, (we posted about this before here) I started digging. And there it is. On Google Books you can see the original counterfeit of the true original. And just to keep the issue confused, they put the date 1880 on the book. This is the same year the true original was published.

I quite doubt that was the date it was printed. It was several years later that the issue of leadership and organizational change came to the forefront. While we do not know who the guilty parties really are, we doubt there is much space there from the usual suspects.

Just be careful out there. There are wild beasts of the field running around seeking whom to devour.

God Bless your Study

Wednesday August 15, 2012

While we are on the subject of the bad guys, I’ll share this with you. Someone was, unknowingly, making an argument from the counterfeit SOP, as is the case with most, and this statement was given as proof of a position taken.

“Evil originated with Lucifer, who rebelled against the government of God. Before his fall he was a covering cherub, distinguished by his excellence. God made him good and beautiful, as near as possible like himself.” (Ellen G. White, Review and Herald, 24th September 1901, ‘Without excuse’)

There is absolutely no evidence for such a claim of fact. This is the false reasoning of a mind under Satan’s control, ‘Willie,’ W. C. White.

If you are new to this site, please, click on the topic, W. C. White, in the right-hand column, and do some reading before you email me. Then, please do email, I’d love to hear from you. 😉

There is one more item we need to share about Uriah Smith. It is 161, or, more correctly, B. C. 161. This is the date chosen by Uriah to replace B. C. 158, which I am sure you will remember, is the date shown on the 1843 Chart. The importance of this can be found in “The Present Truth,” No. 11, page 87. God told his church that “the 1843 chart was directed by his hand, and that no part of it should be altered.” This becomes another proof that Uriah was stubborn about what he thought.

This date is shown in the following books, listed in chronological order.

Bible Student’s Assistant, page 3, 1858
Key to the Prophetic Chart, (not the 1843 Chart), page 9, 14, 1864
The Two Thrones Representing the Kingdoms of Grace and of Glory, page 4, 186?
The Sanctuary and the Twenty-three Hundred Days of Daniel 8:14, page 33, 37, 45,  1877
Biblical Institute, page 36, 1878
Synopsis of the Present Truth, page 8, 12, 20, 1884
Daniel and Revelation, 274, 800, 1897
Looking Unto Jesus, page 154, 1898

The correct understanding of this date is given in this book, by William Miller.
Evidence fro Scripture and History of the Second Coming of Christ, about The Year 1843; exhibited in a Course of Lectures., 83-85, 1842

And it shows in these two books, with James White listed author.
Life Incidents, page 48, 1868
Life Sketches, page 43, 1880

Because of James’ fidelity in all other matters, including the 1843 chart, we believe Uriah made the date change in James’ books.

Speaking of which; there is a change made in Spiritual Gifts, Vol. 2, page 98; compared to Life Sketches, page 248, 1880 edition. The word “sacrament” is placed in Spiritual Gifts, instead of “Lord’s Supper.” Who made the change? Though we like to blame Uriah for a lot of things, we have no clue, for it is obvious that he had Life Sketches in hand, for there he changed the date to B. C. 161.

God Bless your study

Tuesday August 14, 2012

Uriah Smith did not remain true to the faith. This is provably so. He became a good SDA, but God knew his heart.

I was working on other subject matter and someone used this quote from one of Uriah Smith’s books. This error teaches against the fact that the Bible is it’s own dictionary.

    “All scripture language is to be taken literally, unless there exists some good reason for supposing it to be figurative; and all that is figurative is to be interpreted by that which is literal.” Thoughts Critical and Practical on the Book of Daniel, page 129, ‘Four Beasts’)

This book at the first printing, carries the date of 1873. In that edition the above quote is found on page 120. This same sentiment is expressed on page 416, of the 1884GC and page 598 of the 1911GC.

The truth is that spiritual things are spiritually discerned. Because Uriah refused to follow the light on health reform, he was a meat eater, and other things, he lost his power of spiritual discernment and was led by Satan. These things come to light in the various testimonies, often to Battle Creek church, but in particular, one “Testimony to Brother J. N. Andrews and Sister H. N. Smith,” published in 1860. That testimony details the wicked acts of both, Uriah and his wife, against James, working as Satan’s agents to make of none effect James and Ellen’s work for the Battle Creek church.

These connections, with error, in these editions of the GC, identify a close working relationship between Willie and Uriah, in my opinion. This would be especially true of the false idea of a partial resurrection of the wicked, as espoused on pages 454 of the 1884GC and 637 of the 1911GC. That this was one of Uriah’s favorite ideas, can be discovered from an examination of his first known publication of it, in, Visions of Ellen, 1868. Uriah’s firm hold on this error can be traced through his several other publications dealing with this topic.

That this idea is indeed false, can be discovered by a reading of The Present Truth, No. 11, page 86, top, right column. We’ll put the pertinent excerpt here.

    After the saints are changed to immortality, and are caught up together, and receive their harps, crowns, &c., and enter the Holy City, Jesus and the saints set in judgment. The books are opened, the book of life and the book of death; the book of life contains the good deeds of the saints, and the book of death contains the evil deeds of the wicked. These books were compared with the Statute book, the Bible, and according to that they were judged. The saints in unison with Jesus pass their judgment upon the wicked dead. Behold ye! said the angel, the saints sit in judgment, in unison with Jesus, and mete out to each of the wicked, according to the deeds done in the body, and it is set off against their names what they must receive, at the execution of the judgment. This, I saw, was the work of the saints with Jesus, in the Holy City before it descends to the earth, through the 1000 years. Then at the close of the 1000 years, Jesus, and the angels, and all the saints with him, leaves the Holy City, and while he is descending to the earth with them, the wicked dead are raised, and THEN the very men that “pierced him,” being raised, will see him afar off in all his glory, the angels and saints with him, and will wail because of him. They will see the prints of the nails in his hands, and in his feet, and where they thrust the spear into his side. The prints of the nails and the spear will then be his glory. It is at the close of the 1000 years that Jesus stands upon the Mount of Olives, and the Mount parts asunder, and it becomes a mighty plain, and those who flee at that time are the wicked, that have just been raised. Then the Holy City comes down and settles on the plain.  

I believe when Uriah joined the church group in 1853, that he was on the strait and narrow path. I believe this is evidenced by the poem he wrote and published in that year. This poem was later endorsed by God in Testimony for the Church at Battle Creek, 1872, page 50. But the stern voice of truth details that since the writing, both Uriah and his wife, “despised that little work.”

Here is the full title of the poem: The Warning Voice of Time and Prophecy, and it can be found on the White Estate CD.

Now, in this great anti-typical Day of Atonement, every one must examine well his steps to ensure that he is not self-deceived. Satan is constantly on our track. He cares not for those in the church, for they all think they are rich in spiritual discernment, just like Uriah. He knows they are in his trap.

It is you, Satan wants. It is to you, he will do all he can to lead astray.

God Bless your study