Traveling Through Maine and New Hampshire

1845

Ellen had promised to go if the Lord opened the way, and now, back in Portland, she was invited by William Jordan and his sister, Sarah, to journey with them to eastern Maine. On this trip, at Orrington, Ellen met her future husband for the first time: James White, an Adventist Minister. She addressed the Adventists in Orrington and then gave her witness in eastern Maine and in the eastern part of New Hampshire for several months. James White accompanied her and a woman traveling companion.

Ellen had been in eastern Maine only a short time when, at Exeter, she was given the significant vision about the heavenly sanctuary. Jesus and the Father were going into the Holy of Holiest. This confirmed the results of Bible study - of which she knew nothing at the time - in western New York State. She was also shown the open and shut door: In 1844 God had opened a door and no man could shut it, and shut a door and no man could open it.

The visions firmly established the personality of God and Christ, the reality of heaven, the reward of the faithful, and the resurrection - contrary to the belief of the spiritualizers. Ellen was given a message of good cheer and encouragement for those who were bitter and disappointed. Subsequent light upon the prophecies revealed the event that did take place - the entering of the High Priest into the Most Holy Place of the sanctuary in heaven to finish the atonement for the sins of humanity.

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