Divine Predictions
by F.C.Gilbert

Slaves Liberated

pages 214-222

WHEN the angel of God met Gideon on one occasion and told him that God was with him, he asked the heavenly messenger:

"Where be all his miracles, which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt? but now the Lord hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites. And the Lord looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites:have not I sent thee?" Judges 6:13, 14.

Could the people who live today have lived fifty, sixty, or seventy years ago when God was working so mightily to build up His work, and to give to His children such abundant evidence of His personal presence among them, they would have had opportunity to know by a personal experience that the things which have been related to us were light and truth. There is no need of questioning the great work which God has done for His people in this cause; for every phase of human experience which the people of God and the people of the world passed through threescore years ago was revealed to the prophet of God, and she showed these things to the church.

Before the Civil War broke forth, God showed Mrs. White many things concerning it. She knew the real issue in this country better than did the leaders of either the North or the South. She foretold many things in connection with those days which are full of interest. They simply add more evidence that the Spirit of God was leading Mrs. White in her work, and that the things she related as yet future were given her by divine power.

Elder Loughborough relates the following:

"In the fall of 1859, Brother White requested me to join him and Sister White at Detroit on their return from the East, and go with them in a series of meetings in the northern churches of Michigan. I met them in Detroit November 3, and we went by train to Pontiac. There Brother E. Higley met us to convey us by carriage to our first appointment in Lapeer. Before leaving Pontiac we secured a newspaper. In it was an account of John Brown's raid, and the failure at Harper's Ferry. That was the opening of his scheme for the liberation of the slaves of the United States.

"As we read of his failure, we became somewhat mirthful over what seemed to us like a 'fool-hardy enterprise.' Had we known what we afterward learned as to why his scheme failed, we would have felt differently. We learned that hundreds had promised to join him that day at Harper's Ferry, not for plunder, but with the one object of liberating the slaves. The people did not come. Like Gideon's twenty-two thousand fearful and 'fainthearted' they stayed at home.

"Sister White at once checked our smiles over John Brown's case. She said, 'Brown's motives in that movement were all right. His sympathies were aroused for the cruel treatment of the slaves. That led him to make the move he did to secure for them what our Declaration of Independence says all men are entitled to – Liberty. John Brown's raid was not for plunder nor murder.'

"She then gave us to understand that there yet would be a move made in this country on a much greater scale than that of John Brown's for the liberating of the slaves. Now be it remembered that this prediction and counsel of Mrs. White was given in the latter part of the year 1859.

The war began in the year 1861. At that time the liberation of the slaves was not the issue. The war was undertaken to hold the States together. The South wanted to secede from the North, and the North wanted to hold the Union together." "The fighting went on for two years; but in January 1863, Abraham Lincoln issued his proclamation of emancipation. The country had asked the people to set apart a day of fasting and prayer that God would give the North success."

In January 4, 1862, Mrs. White was given a vision with regard to affairs in this nation. This was in the midst of the fighting. In writing of her experience at that time, she says:

"I saw that these national fasts were an insult to Jehovah. He accepts of no such fasts." "And yet a national fast is proclaimed! Saith the Lord:‘Is not this the fast that I have chosen, to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?' When our nation observes the fast which God has chosen, then will He accept their prayers as far as the war is concerned; but now they enter not into his ear."–"Testirnonies for the Church, “ Vol. I, pages 257, 258.

In his book, "Great Second Advent Movement, “ Elder Loughborough in speaking of this matter, says:

"Those who are familiar with the history of the war are aware of the defeats, disasters, delays, etc., connected with the efforts of the North to conquer the southern forces up to the time the emancipation proclamation was made– Jan. 1, 1863. Then how rapid were the conquests from that time to the close of the war! How evident, to those who were watching the progress of the work, was the fulfilment of that prediction of January 4, 1862. After the burdens were lifted, the bondage loosened and the yoke broken from the slave! how evident that God heard the prayers of His people, and favored the effort to close the war when they chose the fast pleasing to Him!

"In a speech by Ex-Governor John P. St. John, of Kansas, in Ottawa, Ill., to which I listened on the afternoon of June 29, 1891, he made the following statement:

"'I was never so disappointed as I was when the Confederates whipped us at Bull Run. But it was all a part of God's plan. Had we whipped the Confederates, the politicians would have hatched up a peace, and the Union would have been continued with slavery, and we would have had it today. For two years the Confederates had the advantage, but after Lincoln issued the famous emancipation proclamation we had swung around to God's side, and could, not lose.' "–Pages 341, 342.

Still other predictions will be in place in this connection as they bear on the same topic. Elder Loughborough continues in the same book.

"On Sabbath, the 12th of January, 1861, just three months to a day before the first gun was fired on Fort Sumter,..... the Seventh-day Adventist meeting house in Parkville, Michigan, was dedicated. The service was attended by Elder White, Mrs. White, Elders Waggoner, Smith, and the writer. At the close of the discourse by Elder White, Mrs. White gave a stirring exhortation, after which she took her seat in a chair. In this position she was taken off in vision.

The house was crowded with people, and it was indeed a solemn place. After coming out of the vision, she arose, and looking about the house, said:

"'There is not a person in this house who has even dreamed of the trouble that is coming upon this land. People are making sport of the secession ordinance of South Carolina, but I have just been shown that a large number of States are going to join that State, and there will be a most terrible war. In this vision I have seen large armies of both sides gathered on the field of battle. I heard the booming of the cannon, and saw the dead and dying on every hand. Then I saw them rushing up engaged in hand-to-hand fighting. [bayoneting one another.] Then I saw the field after battle, all covered with the dead and the dying.. Then I was carried to prisons, and saw the sufferings of those who in want, were wasting away. Then I was taken to the homes of those who had lost husbands, sons, or brothers in the war. I saw their distress and anguish.'

"Then looking slowly around the house she said, 'There are those in this house who will lose sons in that war.'"

"As a confirmation of the above fact, and as proof that the prediction was made on the day stated, and as an illustration of how the congregation understood it and circulated it, the following testimony is given:

"'This certifies that I was living in St. Joseph County, Michigan, in January, 1861, about six miles from Parkville. I was not an Adventist. On the 12th day of that month a number of my neighbors went to Parkville to attend meetings. When they came home they told me that there was a woman at the meeting that was in a trance, and who said that there was a terrible war coming on the United States; that large armies were going to be raised on both sides, in the South as well as in the North, and that there would be many who would suffer in prisons; and pinching want would be felt in many families in consequence of losing husbands, sons, and brothers, in the war; and that there were men in the house who would lose sons in that war.' [Signed] 'Martha V. Ensign, Wild Flower, Fresno County, California, January 30, 1891.'

"In connection with the prediction of that fearful war, Mrs. White further stated that Seventh-day Adventists 'would be brought into strait places in consequence of the war, and that it was the duty of all to earnestly pray that wisdom might be given to them to know what to do in the trying times before them.'

"At the time of the giving of the vision the Northern people generally had but little, if any, conception of the pending war. Even President Lincoln three months after,..... called for only 75,000 men, and these for the short term of three months.

"The total number of troops enrolled on the Union side during the war was 2,859,132. The Encyclopedia Britannica says that 'the Confederate army numbered, at the beginning of 1863, about 700,000 men,' but that it is difficult to ascertain just how many they had enrolled in all. It estimates their death roll at 'about 300,000 men.' Some of the late encyclopedias place the loss on the Union side,.....at 359,528.''

"As to the prediction concerning the men in the Parkville meeting-house losing sons in the war, I will simply state that in the autumn of 1883, I met the elder of the Parkville church, who was also elder in January 1861, when the vision was given, and asked him if he remembered the expression made by Mrs. White in relating the vision concerning the war. 'Yes,' said he, 'I do.' Will you tell me how many you know who were in the house that day who lost sons in the war? He at once recalled the names of five, and said, 'I know these were there, and that they lost sons in the war:and if I were at home, where I could talk with my people, I could give you more names. I think,' he continued, 'there were five more, besides these that I have mentioned.'

"Four years and more of persistent fighting on the part of the South until nearly half of all the mustered forces were lost by death in battle or from sickness, shows a striking fulfilment of the above prediction."– Pages 337- 340.

From the foregoing predictions, and many more which might be given in connection with the Civil War which finally was fought out on the issue of freeing the slaves, we see how accurately the prophecy was fulfilled which Mrs. White gave in the latter part of 1859 to Elder Loughborough that "there yet would be a move on a much greater scale than that of John Brown's for the liberation of the slaves."

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