Dear Elder Fagal,
Happy Preparation Day! I was curious about one account of Ellen White's vision of "The End of the 2300 Days" (EW 54-56), probably the first, published in the Day Star, March 14, 1846, and again in the paper entitled "To The Little Remnant Scattered Abroad", published in Portland, April 6, 1846.
In this account of the vision, there are two phrased that appear in no other account. Those phrases are:
"Then Jesus shewed me the difference between faith and feeling."
"I saw one after another leave the company who were praying to Jesus in the Holiest, go and join those before the throne and they at once received the unholy influence of Satan."
I have seen some of the documents containing the explanations on why certain portions of visions were left out, but I have never read anything addressing this one. Could you help me to find out why these portions were left out?
Your Friend and Fellow Servant, ___________
Dear Brother ___________,
Thank you for contacting the Ellen G. White Estate. We may not know why these sentences were left out. However, they are addressed in that useful compendium, Ellen G. White and Her Critics, by Francis D. Nichol. On p. 624 of that book are comments on these deletions and on one other. The ones you are interested in are the second and third that are mentioned there and are given in the order that you asked about them:
"(2) There is no possible doctrinal question ivolved in this deletion. Neither it nor number 1 is cited by critics as an example of suppression. [Hence Nichol does not explore them further, since they are not in the category of material that his book was addressing.] "(3) This deletion is the closing sentence of the vision. If the reader will turn to Early Writings, pages 55, 56, he will see that this deletion is merely a restatement of what has already been said in that vision. We have not noted that any critic cites this passage."
The last point suggests that this deletion may have been merely to avoid what Mrs. White called "needless repetition." James White and others whom she had review her writings prior to publication were given permission to "eliminate needless repetition." Perhaps this is the cause of this deletion.
Sorry I can't offer you more on thise, but I've shared with you what I have. Perhaps it will be useful to you. Thank you for writing, and God bless.
William Fagal, Director
Ellen G. White Estate Branch Office
Berrien Springs, MI 49104-1400 USA
Phone: 616 471-3209
FAX: 616 471-6166
Website: www.WhiteEstate.org or www.egwestate.andrews.edu