Pioneers

This section includes any books, pamphlets, or articles by Adventist pioneers, Millerites, or anything else related to the Second Advent message which does not come directly from my church.

I will include some items from the Brinsmead Awakening of the late 1950’s to early 1960’s, since it was a revival of the 1888 “Everlasting Gospel” message, and an important milestone in the history of our church.

Any items related to the revival of the 1888 message in that time period (1950-1960) will also be included here.

Items

The Power of the Gospel (1841) by Charles Fitch
The Sanctuary (1846) by O.R.L. Crosier
The Sanctuary of the Bible (186?) by J.N. Andrews
Miraculous Powers (1862) by M.E. Cornell
God is Love (1897) by George Fifield
Lessons from the Life of Daniel (1903-1907) by Ellen White
The Vision by the Hiddekel (1957) by Robert Brinsmead
Letters to the Churches (1957) by M.L. Andreasen


The Power of the Gospel

The Power of the GospelCharles Fitch, a Presbyterian minister, preached this discourse in 1841, after he had joined the growing Second Advent believers who were supporting and promoting the judgment-hour gospel message initiated by William Miller.

In this sermon he outlines the gospel that he believed in, which was the “power of God to salvation” from sin. It was a gospel that offered victory over sin now, in this life, as a preparation to meet Christ at His soon return.

He contrasts this gospel with the false gospel that was popular in that time (and still is today), in which it is taught that we will “go on sinning until Christ changes our bodies at His return.”

Although the prophecies that proved the soon coming judgment were an important part of the Advent message, they were actually just a vessel for the real treasure, which was the everlasting gospel. It was the judgment message that provided the urgency to change the life now, and not put it off for some future time. But the gospel provided the way for this change to be effective.

This pamphlet shows very clearly just what kind of gospel the Advent believers taught. This kind of gospel started the work, and the very same one will finish the work in our day. 36p

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The Sanctuary

The SanctuaryA classic work from the early Advent days. O.R.L. Crosier, who wrote this treatise on the Sanctuary truth, was a young man, who was involved in the Millerite revival and lived through the Great Disappointment of October 22, 1844. The day after, his friend, Hiram Edson, while going out into a field to pray, received a vision in which he saw Christ, not coming to the earth as they had expected, but coming into the Most Holy Place of the Heavenly Sanctuary, to “cleanse it” in the antitypical fulfillment of the “Day of Atonement”.

This light on the Sanctuary in heaven and Christ’s ministry there, explained the disappointment, and opened up large areas of truth. It is a key in understanding the book of Revelation, which is filled with “temple language”.

Edson, Crosier, and another friend, studied the topic for a while, and then Crosier wrote out the results in this short but concise treatise. It is quite impressive to see how much they grasped and how thorough their study was. These men were Bible students! Some of the topics discussed are:

  1. The parallel between the Old Testament Sanctuary services and the “pattern” or real Temple in heaven where Christ ministers.
  2. The division of that temple into Holy and Most Holy, and the significance of that division in the Heavenly Sanctuary.
  3. The seven basic feasts that distinguished the religious Year, and their antitypes.
  4. The difference between the forgiveness of sin from the sinner and the blotting out of sin from the sanctuary.
  5. The fact that the Day of Atonement was not fulfilled at the Cross.
  6. The Scapegoat transaction as a symbolic picture showing how sin will eventually be put back on it’s author, Satan.

There are other copies of this document floating around on the web, but some of the reasons why this one is superior are as follows:

  • I have carefully reformatted the whole document for maximum ease of reading;
  • The PDF is bookmarked and the Contents items are hyperlinked;
  • All Bible quotes are set apart, and any erroneous references were corrected;
  • Sub-headings have been added;
  • I’ve added a further letter from Crosier from May 1846 which outlines the autumnal types in more detail; and
  • I’ve added a 1945 Advent Review article from W. A. Spicer, entitled “A Meeting with O.R.L. Crosier”.

These features should make this the most complete and most accessible production of this important early document. Highly recommended. 83p

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God is Love

George Fifield was an ordained minister and contemporary of E.J. Waggoner and A.T. Jones. He was associated with A.T. Jones in religious liberty work during the 1890’s.

This book was published in 1897. Other than the writings of Ellen White, it is the first book specifically devoted to the topic of God’s character. It is significant that this book appeared around the time of the beginning of the latter rain message in the 1890’s, as the theme of God’s character has reappeared in the return of the latter rain message in our time.

This book is not as comprehensive as the recent book, Behold Your God, and it also contains a few errors (for example, that the close of probation would not happen until the last of the seven plagues), but it is still a thought-provoking read. 222p

View it from the archive.org site in the frame below, or browse to their site (using the link on the top-left corner in the frame). If you want to read it in the frame below, I recommend switching to “one-page view”, it’s the big square button at the bottom of the frame.

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Lessons from the Life of Daniel

Lessons from the Life of DanielThis series of articles was published by Ellen White in the Youth’s Instructor from 1903 to 1907. Much of the material was not reproduced in other books.

Because the prophecies of the book of Daniel are unsealed in Revelation 10, and are the key to understanding most of the prophecies from Revelation 11 onward, Adventists tended to dwell on the prophetic aspect of the book of Daniel.

But the moral aspect is equally as important. Daniel and his companions stand as examples of what the last generation must be in temperance, devotion, and whole-hearted service. These are the lessons that are dwelt upon in this publication.

Daniel and his friends resisted the luxurious diet of their time; so we must resist the intemperance in eating and drinking of our modern age. Daniel’s companions refused to bow to the false image of Nebuchadnezzar; so we must refuse to bow to the image of the beast, soon to be erected in our day. Daniel never let false education undermine his confidence in God’s word, and no matter what his attainments, never lost sight of his utter dependence upon God. His life stands as an example and type of those who will live to see Christ return again. 102p

Contents

  1. God’s Purpose Concerning Israel
  2. Causes of the Babylonish Captivity
  3. Early Training
  4. Daniel’s Temperance Principles
  5. With Full Purpose of Heart
  6. A Warfare Against Intemperance
  7. The Reward of Temperance
  8. Them That Honor Me, I Will Honor
  9. Success in Education
  10. Earnestness of Purpose
  11. The Vision of the Great Image
  12. The Moral Deterioration of the Nation
  13. Obedience the Condition of God’s Favor
  14. True Wisdom
  15. God’s Prophetic Word
  16. A Perversion of Truth
  17. The Fiery Furnace
  18. The Sabbath Test
  19. The Power and Splendor of Babylon
  20. Nebuchadnezzar’s Second Dream
  21. Nebuchadnezzar’s Humiliation
  22. Self-exaltation
  23. Nebuchadnezzar’s Restoration
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The Vision by the Hiddekel

The Vision by the HiddekelRobert Brinsmead, an Australian Seventh-day Adventist, spearheaded the “Awakening” message during the 1960’s. This was a “wake-up” call to the church, and a revival of the uniquely Adventist gospel message given to the church in 1888 by two young ministers, A.T. Jones, and E.J. Waggoner.

This “1888 message” had been almost forgotten many years after it was first presented, but in the mid 1900’s it was re-discovered, and caused agitation within the church, but rejoicing among those who were blessed by its light.

Robert, along with his brother John, were pre-eminent among those who reintroduced that lost message.

This book on the prophecies of Daniel, especially those of chapter eleven, is by far the best and clearest Adventist exposition of that important chapter, ever published. Therefore a recir- culation is fully justified.

Within its pages the light of the everlasting gospel message of Revelation 14 is turned upon the prophetic utterances. Even the most obscure passages sparkle with new light and truth. They shine out in a beauty and simplicity not seen before. The prophecies are transformed into the faith-building bread of life in those believers who make up Christ’s spiritual temple: the church of the living God.

Robert Brinsmead eventually left the truths he once proclaimed, but the truth has not changed because of that. Truth is eternal. It does not pass away. 126p

For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower thereof falls away: but the word of the Lord endures for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. 1 Peter 1:24, 25

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Letters to the Churches

Letters to the ChurchesWhen the “omega” of apostasy entered the Seventh-day Adventist church in the 1950’s, one man had the courage to give the trumpet a clear warning sound. That man was M.L. Andreasen (1876-1962), who served the church his whole lifetime as pastor, evangelist, teacher, theologian, and author.

The apostasy was crowned with a meeting of Adventist and Evangelical Protestant leaders, whereby the Adventists made changes to some of their core doctrines, in order to be seen as “brothers in Christ” with the Protestant evangelicals. These changes were publicized in a book called “Questions on Doctrine“.

Andreasen was alarmed, and after a futile attempt to protest to the leadership, he wrote a series of six studies in protest, which were eventually gathered and published by others as a single booklet. He correctly saw that the “foundation pillars” of Adventism were being destroyed, the church was being “sold down the river”, the doctrine of Antichrist was being embraced. In his own words:

“This is more than apostasy. This is giving up Adventism. It is the rape of a whole people. It is denying God’s leading in the past.”

Because his protest was considered too damaging and critical to the church, his ministerial credentials were removed, which was heart-breaking to him. Shortly after he contracted an ulcer in his duodenum and was not strong enough to undergo surgery, and died less than a year after his credentials were revoked.

Although a biography of his life was written that downplayed his protest as unwarranted criticism, and tried to gloss over all the doctrinal changes, other Adventists saw the problems as well, and also raised a protest.

Another factor, which Andreasen did not deal with, was the agitation over the writings of Waggoner and Jones, also called the “1888 Message”. Because the changes of doctrine by the Adventist leaders involved a neglect and even rejection of that gospel message, it was more serious than many suppose. A more full treatment of the issues involved can be found in the book “The Destiny of a Movement“.

Although there was more to the issue than just change of doctrine, Andreasen’s parting work still speaks today. I have reformatted it for ease of reading. 121p

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Miraculous Powers

Miraculous PowersMerritt Cornell, the author of this book, was a Millerite minister who was converted to Sabbatarian Adventism by the influence of Joseph Bates. The EGW CD (in the Pioneer Authors section) states:

In 1855 on a committee with Bates and J. H. Waggoner he contributed to a report on spiritual gifts given to the 1855 conference in Battle Creek that proved to be a milestone in the acceptance of Ellen White’s prophetic gift.

In the religious world at that time, many of the traditional churches held to the idea that supernatural spiritual gifts ended with the death of the apostles. However, some of the Advent people, who in their study of the book of Daniel and Revelation, saw many lines of truth that indicated a return of the church to the condition and power of the early church, were open to the idea of spiritual gifts.

As early as 1830, British Adventist, Edward Irving, in his publication The Church with Her Endowment of Holiness and Power had advocated a return of the spiritual gifts to the church. The American Adventists tended to be less enthusiastic, possibly because of their experiences with extremists, and after the Great Disappointment in 1844, the Albany conference of Adventists in 1845 made a definite statement of suspicion towards spiritual gifts:

Resolved, That we have no confidence in any new messages, visions, dreams, tongues, miracles, extraordinary gifts, revelations, impressions, discerning of spirits, or teachings, &c &c., not in accordance with the unadulterated word of God.

Naturally, who would want a message “not in accord with the unadulterated word of God”? But this rule tended to cast all supernatural manifestations in a suspicious category. By the time the Albany conference made that resolve, a young Adventist lady named Ellen White had already been gifted with the “spirit of prophecy”, in the form of visions.

So Cornell (with the help of a lengthy article by James White) wrote this book, in order to show that spiritual gifts were not only promised to the church until the work of the gospel would close, but were actually experienced by the church throughout the Christian era, to a greater or less degree. Therefore the majority of the book is devoted to listing experiences of spiritual gifts recorded from church history.

In our day, with the rise of Pentecostalism and their claims to spiritual gifts, there is less resistance to them as when this book was written. But this also lays upon us a greater burden to discern between the counterfeit manifestations of the gifts, and the true. The false will become even more prevalent as the closing battle draws near, wherein the “spirits of devils” will “work miracles”.

The beginning sections of this book deal with discerning between the true and false, and are useful in this regard. 125p

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The Sanctuary of the Bible

The Sanctuary of the BibleHere is a nice concise presentation of the light on the Heavenly Sanctuary as it unfolded to the Advent people, shortly after 1844.

The understanding of Christ’s work in the Sanctuary in heaven, and the cooperation of His people on earth, is critical to the interpretation of the books of Daniel and the Revelation. The “mystery of God” is to be finished (Revelation 10:7), or as it is put in the book of Daniel, there is to be “an end of sin, and bringing in everlasting righteousness.” (Daniel 9:24)

The longest time prophecy in the Bible, the 2300 days (years) of Daniel 8:14, pointed to time when the work began in heaven whereby Christ would prepare His people for His kingdom and soon return. 21p

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