What is The Great Hope?

About the Book

What does it take to live with hope amid epic-sized natural disasters, wars, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, political revolutions, constant awareness of global pain and dizzying information overload?

While facing a future with so many unknowns, we need to be reminded of the old maxim, ‘those who do not know history are bound to repeat it.’ But how can we ‘know’ our history?  Some wisdom from Albert Einstein comes to our aid: namely our great “need for holy curiosity”.  Holy curiousity drives us to understand our future –– and our present -- in the light of our past.   

The book you have here is a time-tested classic of both history and prophecy—exploring what God will do in the future in light of His past interaction with humanity. Although written more than a century ago, The Great Hope offers cutting-edge insights for the 21st century.  The author, Ellen White, is the most published woman of all time -- she wrote 40 books. One of them was translated into more than 140 languages.

Generous donors made it possible for you to have a personal copy of The Great Hope. Why? Because it changed their lives for the better, and they believe it could change your life too.

In these chapters you will travel in time from the day Jesus Christ left this earth until His promised return.        

On this adventure you will:

  • discover what happened during the silent centuries of the Dark Ages
  • watch reformers amidst persecution boldly rising with liberating truths
  • understand why so many have become skeptical of organized religions
  • sense God’s interplay in the cosmic history and where you fit in
  • catch a glimpse of the most glorious picture ever portrayed to the human mind – the end of the human experience as we know it and the beginning of …

Oops, - we shouldn’t tell you how the book ends. With ‘holy curiosity,’ you can discover it for yourself!

P.S.  As you enjoy these chapters, remember that they were written in the context of the 19th century. Since then, some of the author’s concerns have been addressed by Christian leaders of insight and integrity. (For example, Roman Catholics have become more involved with Scripture while maintaining their longtime heritage of ministry to suffering people everywhere.)

Introduction by Donna Jackson

About the Author

Who was Ellen G. White, and why do millions consider her writings of special value and significance?

In brief, she was a woman of remarkable spiritual gifts who lived most of her life during the nineteenth century (1827-1915), yet through her writings she is still making a revolutionary impact on millions of people around the world. During her lifetime she wrote more than 5,000 periodical articles and 40 books; but today, including compilations from her 50,000 pages of manuscript, more than 100 titles are available in English. She is the most translated woman writer in the entire history of literature, and the most translated American author of either gender. Her writings cover a broad range of subjects, including religion, education, social relationships, evangelism, prophecy, publishing, nutrition, and management. Her life-changing masterpiece on successful Christian living, Steps to Christ, has been published in more than 140 languages. 

Seventh-day Adventists believe that Mrs. White was more than a gifted writer; they believe she was appointed by God as a special messenger to draw the world's attention to the Holy Scriptures and help prepare people for Christ's second advent. From the time she was 17 years old until she died 70 years later, God gave her approximately 2,000 visions and dreams. The visions varied in length from less than a minute to nearly four hours. The knowledge and counsel received through these revelations she wrote out to be shared with others. Thus her special writings are accepted by Seventh-day Adventists as inspired, and their exceptional quality is recognized even by casual readers. 

As stated in Seventh-day Adventists Believe . . . , “The writings of Ellen White are not a substitute for Scripture. They cannot be placed on the same level. The Holy Scriptures stand alone, the unique standard by which her and all other writings must be judged and to which they must be subject” (Seventh-day Adventists Believe . . . , Ministerial Association, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Washington D.C., 1988, p. 227). Yet, as Ellen White herself noted, “The fact that God has revealed His will to men through His Word, has not rendered needless the continued presence and guiding of the Holy Spirit. On the contrary, the Spirit was promised by our Saviour to open the Word to His servants, to illuminate and apply its teachings” (The Great Controversy, p. vii). 

Ellen White was a remarkable woman who, meeting all the tests of a true prophet as set forth in the Holy Scriptures, helped found the Seventh-day Adventist church. She lived to see the Advent movement grow from a handful of believers to a world-wide membership of 136,879 that, by 2010, had exceeded 16 million.


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