There is no statement from Mrs. White which makes this claim. Some people deduce it (wrongly, I believe) from the following statement, found in Counsels on Diet and Foods, pp. 380, 381:
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651. Among those who are waiting for the coming of the Lord, meat eating will eventually be done away; flesh will cease to form a part of their diet. We should ever keep this end in view, and endeavor to work steadily toward it. I cannot think that in the practice of flesh eating we are in harmony with the light which God has been pleased to give us. All who are connected with our health institutions especially should be educating themselves to subsist on fruits, grains, and vegetables. If we move from principle in these things, if we as Christian reformers educate our own taste, and bring our diet to God's plan, then we may exert an influence upon others in this matter, which will be pleasing to God.
Some people have turned Mrs. White's description in the first sentence into a prescription, a "will be" into a "have to." But you will notice the lack of any reference to translation. The underlying theme of the paragraph is how to be in harmony with the light God has given us and how to give the right example to others, which will please God. It is not about "things you have to do if you want to be translated." The statement contains no assertion that those who are eating meat will have to die before Jesus comes. Rather, I believe, Mrs. White is saying that those preparing for the Lord's coming will want to know what their Father's will is, and it will be their aim to fashion their lives after His design. This emphasis is a little clearer in another place where some of the same material appears, but with an additional sentence of context before it:
Counsels on Health, p. 450:
Again and again I have been shown that God is trying to lead us back, step by step, to His original design--that man should subsist upon the natural products of the earth. Among those who are waiting for the coming of the Lord, meat eating will eventually be done away; flesh will cease to form a part of their diet. We should ever keep this end in view, and endeavor to work steadily toward it. . . .
Still, Mrs. White did not seem to believe that this would hold true in every part of the world. In an appearance before the last General Conference session she would ever attend, she outlined her views on health reform. You can find it in Testimonies for the Church, vol. 9, pp. 153-166. Arthur L. White used to say that every Adventist church member should read that chapter once a year, and every Adventist pastor should read it twice a year. In that chapter are these words (p. 159):
We do not mark out any precise line to be followed in diet; but we do say that in countries where there are fruits, grains, and nuts in abundance, flesh food is not the right food for God's people. I have been instructed that flesh food has a tendency to animalize the nature, to rob men and women of that love and sympathy which they should feel for everyone, and to give the lower passions control over the higher powers of the being. If meat eating was ever healthful, it is not safe now. Cancers, tumors, and pulmonary diseases are largely caused by meat eating.
Clearly, Mrs. White believed that the meatless diet was far preferable, but the advisability of adopting it depended to some extent on the conditions in the country one was living in.
I am a lifelong vegetarian, so I am not looking for excuses for my own behavior in this matter. I want to be fair and accurate with Mrs. White and with the Lord. And I can't help but observe that Jesus Himself, shortly before His death, presided at a Passover celebration ?an observance that involved eating a lamb. And shortly before His own ascension, He ate some fish (Luke 24:41-43). Later He cooked a meal for His disciples (and presumably ate of it Himself) which consisted partly of fish (John 21:12-14). In light of these things, I believe Mrs. White's views do not harmonize with the kinds of statements we sometimes hear attributed to her about meat eating and translation. Rather, she urged us to seek to know and to follow the will of God with a heart that is quick to please Him. If we will do that, I believe we will do the right thing, and for the right reason.
I hope this may help. Thank you for writing, and God bless!
Ellen G. White Estate
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