As I read Scripture, the time has past that we could “prevent Jesus from Coming.” At the appointed time, He will come ready or not.
Mt 23:37 “how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under [her] wings, and ye would not!”
You have a sense of humor, George.
My advise should it be desired is to go with the Bible first and then EGW. I have seen many people get into spiritual trouble reading EGW apart from the Bible, i.e., by reversing the order.
Was EGW’s comment meant to be taken literal or figuratively? An illustration from the OT makes the point that a smoking censer stopped a plague.
Nu 16:46 “And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a censer, and put fire therein from off the altar, and put on incense, and go quickly unto the congregation, and make an atonement for them: for there is wrath gone out from the LORD; the plague is begun.” Aaron with his censer eventually stood between the dead and the living.
Surprise, surprise, surprise!
The Third Angel’s message is evidence enough when rightly understood from Scripture.
Are you saying that God cannot periodically inspire people like Melvill or anyone of His choosing?
Joh 11:51 “And this spake he [Caiaphas,] not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation;”
Caiaphas, was inspired even though he was wicked. And when EGW read Melvill’s statement and recognized its spiritual value, you think she should not have quoted him? And how many people of the 1800’s with a third grade education were taught that they had to give references if they copied something written by someone else?
And I’ve only read half of the comments, but it generated a book of replies…