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Exposing Adventism - Almonds and pomegranates found in the Ark of the Covenant; Ten Commandments missing!


At first I thought I saw two trees. I looked again and saw they were united at the top in one tree. So it was the tree of life, on either side of the river of life; its branches bowed to the place where we stood; and the fruit was glorious, which looked like gold mixed with silver. We all went under the tree, and sat down to look at the glory of the place, when brothers Fitch and Stockman, who had preached the gospel of the kingdom, and whom God had laid in the grave to save them, came up to us and asked us what we had passed through while they were sleeping. We tried to call up our greatest trials, but they looked so small compared with the far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory that surrounded us, that we could not speak them out, and we all cried out Hallelujah, heaven is cheap enough, and we touched our glorious harps and made heaven’s arches ring. And as we were gazing at the glories of the place our eyes were attracted upwards to something that had the appearance of silver. I asked Jesus to let me see what was within there. In a moment we were winging our way upward, and entering in; here we saw good old father Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Noah, Daniel, and many like them. And I saw a vail with a heavy fringe of silver and gold, as a border on the bottom; it was very beautiful. I asked Jesus what was within the vail. He raised it with his own right arm, and bade me take heed. I saw there a glorious ark, overlaid with pure gold, and it had a glorious border, resembling Jesus’ crowns; and on it were two bright angels - their wings were spread over the ark as they sat on each end, with their faces turned towards each other and looking downward. In the ark, beneath where the angels’ wings were spread, was a golden pot of Manna, of a yellowish cast; and I saw a rod, which Jesus said was Aaron’s; I saw it bud, blossom and bear fruit. And I saw two long golden rods, on which hung silver wires, and on the wires most glorious grapes; one cluster was more than a man here could carry. And I saw Jesus step up and take of the manna, almonds, grapes and pomegranates, and bear them down to the city, and place them on the supper table. I stepped up to see how much was taken away, and there was just as much left; and we shouted Hallelujah - Amen. We all descended from this place down into the city, and with Jesus at our head we all descended from the city down to this earth, on a great and mighty mountain, which could not bear Jesus up, and it parted asunder, and there was a mighty plain. Then we looked up and saw the great city, with twelve foundations, twelve gates, three on each side, and an angel at each gate, and all cried out, "the city, the great city, it’s coming, it’s coming down from God, out of heaven;" and it came and settled on the place where we stood. Then we began to look at the glorious things outside of the city. There I saw most glorious houses, that had the appearance of silver, supported by four pillars, set with pearls, most glorious to behold, which were to be inhabited by the saints; in them was a golden shelf; I saw many of the saints go into the houses, take off their glittering crowns and lay them on the shelf, then go out into the field by the houses to do something with the earth; not as we have to do with the earth here; no, no. A glorious light shone all about their heads, and they were continually shouting and offering praises to God. (A Word To The Little Flock — To The Remnant Scattered Abroad)

Notice that in the Ark there are all kinds of fruit that replenishes itself. It appears that the Ten Commandments on tables of stone are missing from the Ark. This is one of Ellen's early visions from 1847. At that time she may not have been aware the Ten Commandments were in the Ark and not fruit. This is an excellent way to correct a false vision, to delete the erroneous parts and perhaps no one will be the wiser.

She corrected her error in a later vision showing that the Ten Commandments were in the Ark and the Sabbath had a halo of light around it with no fruit mentioned that replenishes itself. How can a prophet correct their mistakes unless they delete them? What was that place Ellen saw when she looked "upwards"? Whatever that place is in heaven, it was in the sky above them where the Ark was located. Can anyone support her teaching from the Bible?

At the same time the preface to Early Writings states:

"Footnotes giving dates and explanations, and an appendix giving two very interesting dreams, which were mentioned but not related in the original work, will add to the value of this edition. Aside from these, no changes from the original work have been made in the present edition, except the occasional employment, of a new word, or a change in the construction of a sentence, to better express the idea, and no portion of the work has been omitted. No shadow of change has been made in any idea or sentiment of the original work, and the verbal changes have been made under the author's own eye, and with her full approval."
There are very obvious deletions between the original vision in Word to the Little Flock, and the republication in Early Writings. Who is caught lying?


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Kevin Morgan - Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2007 - 1:22 pm:

Gilbert, your assertion that she taught that almonds and pomegranates were in the ark in the OT intrigued me, so I read your exhibit.

The implication of your statement, "did you know that the Ark of the Covenant also contained almonds and pomegranates," is that the OT ark contained almonds and pomegranates.

The first point to note is that Ellen White's vision isn't of the OT sanctuary.

The second point to note is that she doesn't say what looked like silver wires were inside the ark. She saw Jesus "step up and take of the manna, almonds, grapes and pomegranates" to take them down to the city. Unless the ark is on a pedestal, there would be no need to "step up." It seems more reasonable to understand this as stepping up to reach the "silver wires."

The third point to note that Ellen White explains this vision herself because here words were early misconstrued.

In this quotation are also found the words, "I saw two long golden rods on which hung silver wires, and on the wires were glorious grapes." {1SM 65.5}

My opponents ridicule "that weak and childish expression of glorious grapes growing on silver wires, and these wires attached to golden rods." {1SM 65.6}

What motive impelled the writer of the above to misstate my words? I do not state that grapes were growing on silver wires. That which I beheld is described as it {66} appeared to me. It is not to be supposed that grapes were attached to silver wires or golden rods, but that such was the appearance presented. Similar expressions are daily employed by every person in ordinary conversation. When we speak of golden fruit, we are not understood as declaring that the fruit is composed of that precious metal, but simply that it has the appearance of gold. The same rule applied to my words removes all excuse for misapprehension. {1SM 65.7}

Apparently even her early opponents did not make any fodder of these wires being in the ark.


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