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Ellen White believed the earth's age to be about six thousand years. (See question above, "The Age of the Earth.") She also expected to see Jesus return in her day. Thus, when describing future events connected with the end of time, she could write of Satan's ruinous reign having lasted for six thousand years. (See p. 673, for example.) Nowhere in her writings, however, did Ellen White refer to a divine timetable of seven millennia corresponding to the creation week. She consistently opposed any efforts to calculate the date (day or year) of Christ's return. She wrote, "Again and again have I been warned in regard to time setting. There will never again be a message for the people of God that will be based on time" ( book 1, p. 188). And, "Anyone who shall start up to proclaim a message to announce the hour, day, or year of Christ's appearing, has taken up a yoke and is proclaiming a message that the Lord has never given him" ( September 12, 1893).

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Yes. While it was Ellen White's custom to use the King James Version, she made occasional use of the various English translations that were becoming available in her day. She does not, however, comment directly on the relative merits of these versions, but it is clear from her practice that she recognized the desirability of making use of the best in all versions of the Bible. For example, in her book Ellen White employed eight texts from the English Revised Version, 55 from the American Revised Version, two from Leeser's translation, and four from Noyes, in addition to seven marginal renderings. In her preaching, however, Ellen White preferred to use the language of the King James Version as it was the most familiar to her listeners.


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During the 19 years they worked together, the original members, in addition to routine tasks, (1) published 10 posthumous compilations (for an annotated bibliography of the Ellen G. White books, White, Ellen G., Writings of, and Appendix D in the ); (2) produced an 865-page published in 1926; (3) carried forward the thorough indexing of the Ellen G. White manuscript files; and (4) in counsel with the leading officers of the General Conference in 1933 and 1934, laid the foundation for continuing the trusteeship in perpetuity. The steps taken to ensure the perpetuation of the trusteeship were: () in 1933 the trustees, as the constituency, formed a corporation under the laws of the state of California "to carry out and perform the provisions of the charitable trust created by the last will and testament of Ellen G. White deceased"; () the General Conference agreed to provide adequate financial support for the work of the trustees in the form of an annual budget; the trustees, in turn, assigned to the General Conference all royalty incomes produced by the Ellen G. White books; () it was agreed to move the property and work of the trustees at some appropriate future time to Washington, D.C., thus placing it close to the world headquarters of the church.

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Thus they in , above the starry ,
hours in joy and hymning spent.
Mean while the firm Globe
Of this round World, whose divides
The luminous ,
From and inroad of Darkness old,
alighted walks: a Globe off
It , now seems a boundless Continent
Dark, waste, and wild, under the frown of Night
Starless , and ever- storms
Of round, inclement ;
Save on that side which from the wall of
Though distant some small reflection
Of glimmering air less with tempest loud:
Here the Fiend at large in spacious field.
As when a on bred,
Whose ridge the bounds,
Dislodging from a Region scarce of prey
To gorge the flesh of Lambs or Kids
On Hills where Flocks are fed, flies toward the Springs
Of or streams;
But in his way lights on the barren
Of where drive
With Sails and Wind light:
So on this Sea of Land, the Fiend
up and down alone bent on his prey,
Alone, for other Creature in this place
Living or liveless to be found was none,
None yet, but hereafter from the earth
Up hither like flew
Of all things and vain, when Sin
With vanity had the works of men:
Both all things vain, and all who in vain things
Built fond hopes of or lasting fame,
Or happiness in this or other life;
All who have reward on Earth, the fruits
Of painful Superstition and blind Zeal,
Naught seeking but the praise of men, here find
Fit retribution, as deeds;
All works of hand,
Abortive, monstrous, or unkindly ,
on earth, fleet hither, and in vain,
Till final dissolution, wander here,
, as some have ;
Those Fields more likely habitants,
, or middle Spirits hold
Betwixt Angelical and Human :
Hither of born
First from the ancient World those Giants came
With many a vain exploit, though then :
The builders next of on the Plain
Of and still with vain
New had they wherewithall, would build:
Others came single; he who to be
A God, fondly into flames
and who to enjoy
's , into the Sea,
and many more too long,
and Idiots, and
, with all .
Here Pilgrims roam, that so to seek
In him dead, who lives in ;
And they who to be sure of Paradise
Dying put on the of
Or in think to pass ;
They pass the Planets seven, and pass the ,
And that
The Trepidation , and ;
And now Saint at seems
To wait them with his Keys, and now at foot
Of ascent they lift Feet, when
A violent cross from either Coast
Blows them transverse ten thousand Leagues awry
Into the devious Air; then might ye see
Cowles, Hoods and Habits with wearers
And into , then , ,
, Dispenses, Pardons,,
The sport of Winds: all these aloft
Fly the backside of the World off
Into a large and broad, since
, to few unknown
Long after, now , and untrod;
All this dark Globe the Fiend found as he ,
And long he , till at last a
Of dawning light thither-ward in haste
His steps; distant he descries
Ascending by degrees magnificent
Up to the wall of Heaven a Structure high,
At top whereof, but more rich
The work as of a Kingly Palace Gate
With of Diamond and Gold
, thick with sparkling orient
The Portal , inimitable on Earth
By Model, or by shading Pencil drawn.
The were such as whereon saw
Angels ascending and descending, bands
Of Guardians bright, when he from fled
To in the field of
Dreaming by night under the open ,
And waking ,
Each Stair , nor stood
There , but drawn up to
Viewless, and underneath a bright Sea
Of Jasper, or of liquid , whereon
, ,
Wafted by Angels, or flew the Lake
in a Chariot drawn by fiery Steeds.
The Stairs were then let down, whether to dare
The Fiend by ascent, or aggravate
His sad exclusion from the of Bliss.
Direct against which from beneath,
Just the blissful seat of Paradise,
A down to Earth, a passage wide,
Wider by that of after-times
Over , and, though that were large,
Over the to God so dear,
By which, to visit those happy Tribes,
On high behests his Angels to and fro
frequent, and his eye with choice regard
From the fount of flood
To where the
Borders on and ;
So wide the , where bounds were set
To darkness, such as bound the Ocean wave.
from hence now on the lower stair
That by steps of Gold to Gate
at the sudden view
Of all this World at once. As when a Scout
Through dark and desart with peril gone
All night; at last by break of
the brow of some high-climbing Hill,
Which to his eye discovers unaware
The goodly prospect of some land
First-seen, or some Metropolis
With glistering Spires and Pinnacles ,
Which now the Rising Sun with his beams.
Such wonder , though after Heaven seen,
The Spirit , but much more envy
At sight of all this World beheld so .
Round he surveys, and well might, where he stood
So high above the circling
Of extended shade; from Eastern Point
Of to that bears
off Seas
Beyond ; then from Pole to Pole
He views in , and without longer pause
Down right into the first Region throws
His flight precipitant, and with ease
the pure his oblique way
Amongst innumerable , that
Stars distant, but nigh hand ,
Or other Worlds they , or happy ,
Like those of old,
Fortunate Fields, and Groves and Vales,
Thrice happy , but who happy there
He not to : above them all
The golden Sun in splendor likest Heaven
his eye: Thither his course he bends
Through the calm Firmament; but up or
By center, or eccentric, ,
Or , where
the vulgar Constellations thick,
That from his Lordly eye keep distance due,
Dispenses Light from ; they as they move
Starry dance in that compute
Days, months, & years, towards his all- Lamp
Turn swift various motions, or are
By , that gently warms
The , and to each inward part
With gentle penetration, though unseen,
Shoots invisible even to the deep:
So wondrously was set his Station bright.
lands the Fiend, a spot like which perhaps
in the Sun's lucent
Through his Optic Tube yet never saw.
The place he found beyond expression bright,
with aught on Earth, or Stone;
Not all parts like, but all alike
With radiant light, as glowing Iron with fire;
If , part Gold, part Silver ;
If stone, most or ,
or Topaz, to
In , and a stone besides
rather elsewhere seen,
, or like to that which here below
Philosophers in vain so long have sought,
In vain, though by powerful Art they
and call up unbound
In various shapes old from the Sea,
through a to his Native .
What wonder then if fields and region here
Breathe forth pure, and Rivers run
, when with one touch
Sun so from us remote
Produces with Terrestrial
Here in the dark so many precious things
Of glorious and effect so rare?
Here matter new to gaze the Devil met
, and wide his eye commands,
For sight no obstacle found here, nor shade,
But all Sun-shine, as when his Beams at Noon
from , as they now
Shot upward still direct, whence no way round
Shadow from body opaque can fall, and the ,
No where so , his visual ray
To objects distant , whereby he soon
Saw within a glorious Angel stand,
also in the Sun:
His back was , but not his brightness hid;
Of beaming , a golden
his Head, nor less his Locks behind
Illustrious on his Shoulders fledge with wings
Lay waving round; on great charge
He , or in cogitation deep.
Glad was the Spirit impure as now in hope
To find who might direct his flight
To Paradise the seat of Man,
His end and our beginning woe.
But first he casts to change his proper shape,
Which else might work him danger or delay:
And now a stripling he ,
Not of the prime, yet such as in his face
Youth Celestial, and to every Limb
grace , so well he ;
Under a Coronet his flowing
In on either cheek , wings he wore
Of many a plume with Gold,
His habit fit for speed succinct, and held
Before his decent steps a Silver wand.
He drew not nigh unheard, the Angel bright,
Ere he drew nigh, his radiant visage ,
by his ear, and was known
Arch-Angel one of
Who in God's presence, to his Throne
Stand ready at command, and are his Eyes
That run through all the , or down to Earth
Bear his swift errands over moist and dry,
Sea and Land; him thus ;