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  • Seventh-day Adventists Believe, p. 224 states "From 1844, when she 17, until 1915—the year of her death—she had more than 2,000 visions."
  • James White wrote, “She has probably had, during the past twenty-three years, between one and two hundred visions.” Life Incidents 1868, page 272. (1844-1868). This would be a yearly average of 8.6 visions per year. Arthur White comments on James White's estimate: "that this would mean an average vision once in six weeks.", Variation and Frequency of the Ellen G. White Visions, page 2. If we use James White's higher estimate of 8.6 visions per year times (1844-1915) times the 47 additional years after he died we have 404.2 average visions for the remaining 47 year period. By adding 402.2 visions to the 200 visions we now have approximately 602.2 visions from 1844 to 1915. Subtracting this from the White Estate's 2,000 visions we are missing 1397.8 visions!
  • The White Estate's Index to the Writings of Ellen G. White, volume 3, pages 2978-2984 lists about 188 visions for Ellen White.

It would be understandable if there was, for example, a ten percent margin of error for estimating. When the Seventh-day Adventist Church's guidebook on Fundamental Beliefs states without reservation that she had "more than 2,000 visions", it is reasonable to expect that about 90% of her known visions must not have been recorded in the White Estate's Index to the Writings of Ellen G. White. Below we will endeavor to complete the list.

Chronology of Ellen White's Visions:

  • 1844-1850 - 60 visions recorded, average of 10 per year, Ellen White's age 17-23
    1. 1884, December: first vision given to, re travels of advent people to City of God EW 13-7; LS 64-8, 104; 2SG 30-5; 1T 58-61, 73; 1SM 62-3, 65; 5T 654-5 (2TT 270); 8T 237 (3TT 241) [The time of the vision is specifically given as "December, 1844" (EW 13), and thus in the winter of 1844-45. In the memory statement of 1T 73 the date is incorrectly given as 1845.]
    2. 1844-45, winter:re trials that she must pass through in telling others what God had told her EW 20; LS 69; 2SG 35; iT 62; 5T 655 (2TT 270)
      • telling her to make known to others what God had revealed to her LS 71; 2SG 36-7; 1T 64; 5T 655 (2TT 270)
      • showing that God would keep her from self-exaltation EW 21; LS 71-2; 2SG 37; 1T 65
    3. 1845 re coming trial of her faith 2SG 40
    4. 1845, February re Bridegroom's coming LS 104
      • re her duty to go to New Hampshire LS 77; 2SG 46
      • re Eld. W. Morse's disappointment in 1844 LS 77-8
      • re erroneous concept of sanctification LS 83; 2 SG 48
      • re persons practicing deception on God's little flock LS 83; 2SG 48
      • re voice of God in connection with time of trouble 2SG 48
      • re ungodly course of J.T. and J.H. 2SG 49-50
      • shown aid of another angel would be given her when needed 2SG 52, 68
      • re glory of new earth EW 17-20; 2SG 52-5; 1T 67-70
  • 1851-1860 - 27 visions recorded, average of 3 per year, Ellen White's age 24-33
  • 1861-1870 - 35 visions recorded, average of 3.3 per year, Ellen White's age 34-43
  • 1871-1880 - 14 visions recorded, average of 1.5 per year, Ellen White's age 44-53
  • 1881-1890 - 15 visions recorded, average of 1.5 per year, Ellen White's age 54-63
  • 1891-1900 - 15 visions recorded, average of 1.5 per year, Ellen White's age 64-73
  • 1901-1915 - 22 visions recorded, average of 1.5 per year, Ellen White's age 74-89

 

 
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