The 1843 chart
“I have seen that the 1843 chart was directed by the hand of the Lord, and that it should not be altered; that the figures were as He wanted them; that His hand was over and hid a mistake in some of the figures, so that none could see it, until His hand was removed.” Early Writings, 74–75.
“As early as 1842 the direction given in this prophecy to ‘write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it,’ had suggested to Charles Fitch the preparation of a prophetic chart to illustrate the visions of Daniel and the Revelation. The publication of this chart was regarded as a fulfillment of the command given by Habakkuk.” GC,392.
Prophetic events were explained, and the actions of the “man of sin”, (the papacy) at the end of the world are shown. “Historical events, showing the direct fulfillment of prophecy, were set before the people, and the prophecy was seen to be a figurative delineation of events leading down to the close of of this earth ́s history. The scenes connected with the working of the man of sin are the last features plainly revealed in this earth’s history. The people now have a special message to give to the world, the third angel’s message...” 2SM, 102.
During the General Conference in the year 1842, brother Charles Fitch, introduced the 1843 chart. On that chart the prophecies from Daniel and Revelation with the relevant dates/times were represented and explained. Brother Fitch said, “it would simplify the subject and make it easier for him to present to an audience”, if they would use this chart:
“In May, 1842, a General Conference was convened in Boston, Massachusetts. At the opening of this meeting, Brethren Charles Fitch and Apollos Hale, of Haverhill,presented the pictorial prophecies of Daniel and John, which they had painted on cloth, with the prophetic numbers, showing their fulfillment. Brother Fitch in explaining from his chart before the Conference, said, while examining these prophecies, he had thought if he could get out something of the kind as here presented it would simplify the subject and make it easier for him to present to an audience. Here was more light in our pathway. These brethren had been doing what the Lord had shown Habakkuk in his vision 2,468 years before, saying, ‘Write the vision and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time.’ Habakkuk 2:2.
Now our history shows that there were hundreds teaching from the same chronological charts that William Miller was, all of one stamp. Then it was the oneness of the message all on one theme, the coming of the Lord Jesus at a certain time, 1844.” Joseph Bates, Early SDA Pamphlets, 17.
“After some discussion on the subject, it was voted unanimously to have three hundred similar to this one lithographed, which was soon accomplished. They were called ‘the ’43 charts.’ This was a very important Conference.“ The Autobiography of Joseph Bates, 263.
“ It was the united testimony of Second Advent lecturers and papers, when standing on ‘the original faith,’ that the publication of the chart was a fulfillment of Habakkuk 2:2, 3. If the chart was a subject of prophecy (and those who deny it leave the original faith), then it follows that B.C. 457 was the year from which to date the 2,300 days. It was necessary that 1843 should be the first published time in order that ‘the vision’ should ‘tarry,’ or that there should be a tarrying time, in which the virgin band was to slumber and sleep on the great subject of time, just before they were to be aroused by the Midnight Cry.” James White, Second Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, Band 1, Number 2.
“I have seen that the 1843 chart was directed by the hand of the Lord, and that it should not be altered; that the figures were as He wanted them; that His hand was over and hid a mistake in some of the figures, so that none could see it, until His hand was removed.”EW , 74.
Indeed this chart was “directed by the hand of the LORD”, nevertheless in contained one (singular) mistake, which the LORD consciously put and hid there. But that mistake is seen in some of the figures (plural). Certainly on that chart is only one number in plural, and that is the year 1843, the false calculated date of Jesus’ return. That lead, how James White explained, of the time of “tarrying” in spring of the year 1844, whereby the host of Adventist believers were tested in their faith. Once again we let brother James White speak, who impressively explains, what strong influence the Millerite preachers had and the part the 1843 chart plays thereby:
“The whole advent host once believed that publishing the visions of Daniel and John on the chart, from which the swift messengers lectured in 1842 and 1843, was a fulfillment of this prophecy; and the unbelief of those who doubt now, does not prove that we were all mistaken then. The passing of the time, and the perpetual backsliding and unbelief of Adventists has not changed this truth of God into a lie; but it remains truth still.
“You who participated in this first angel’s message, and felt its power and glory, and saw its effects on the people, just go back with me to the camp-meetings, conferences, and other meetings where the time, 1843, was proclaimed from the chart. With what solemnity, zeal and holy confidence the servants of the Lord proclaimed the time. And O, how their words fell upon the people, melting the hardest sinner’s heart; for God was with them, and his spirit attended the solemn message. The most spiritual and devoted in all the churches caught the flame and many who had been trained to worship their church and their minister, here learned to ‘fear God’ alone, and ‘give glory to him.’ This message weaned us from this world, and led us to the feet of Jesus, to seek forgiveness of all our sins, and a free and full salvation through the blood of Christ. Dear Brethren, Was this message ‘from heaven or from men?’ I know you answer - ‘from heaven.’ Amen. “We then ‘tasted of the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,’ and we can not, will not, dare not give it up, and call it a ‘mistake,’ the ‘work of man,’ ‘mesmerism,’ and ‘of the Devil,’ as many have done, and have fallen away. ‘It is impossible’ ‘to renew’ such ‘to repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.’ See Heb. 6:4-6.
“SECOND ANGEL’S MESSAGE. - ‘And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.’ Rev. 14:8. - ‘Come out of her my people.’ Rev. 18:4.
“This second angel did not go on his mission and deliver his message in company with the first angel; but he ‘followed’ after the first had delivered the burden of his message. The first message was to the churches; but soon their religious papers refused to publish it, and the doors of their houses of worship were closed against it. In this way they shut out the ‘everlasting good news’ of the coming kingdom; and when that was accomplished, Jesus, and the Spirit of truth left them for ever, and the churches or Babylon fell. There were a few living souls in all these churches who had received the advent message, whose ‘meat and drink,’ and very life was to talk of the coming of Jesus, and the restitution; but they were not allowed to bear that testimony. Then the way was fully prepared for the second message – ‘Babylon is fallen, is fallen,’ ‘Come out of her my people.’
“Every advent believer knows that we heard just this message. We have not forgotten the excellent sermons that were preached and published by Eld. Joseph Marsh and many others, on this very point. Neither have we forgotten the effect that it had upon God’s people; for they obeyed the message, and with haste left the churches. This prophecy was exactly fulfilled, and in the right time, and place. Some tell us that Babylon here, is the Roman Catholic church; but God’s people were not in that church. The first message was to the churches, from about 1840 to 1843; and the second angel ‘followed,’ therefore the message - ‘Babylon is fallen’ - ‘Come out of her my people’ was in 1844. - We heard
it with our ears, our voices proclaimed it, and our whole being felt its power, and with our eyes we saw its effect, as the oppressed people of God burst the bands that bound them to the various sects, and made their escape from Babylon. As we have seen so perfect a fulfillment of the first and second angels’ messages in our past experience, we are now prepared to examine “THE THIRD ANGEL’S MESSAGE... ” James White,The Present Truth, April, 1850.
“The warning has come: Nothing is to be allowed to come in that will disturb the foundation of the faith upon which we have been building ever since the message came in 1842, 1843, and 1844. I was in this message, and ever since I have been standing before the world, true to the light that God has given us. We do not propose to take our feet off the platform on which they were placed as day by day we sought the Lord with earnest prayer, seeking for light. Do you think that I could give up the light that God has given me? It is to be as the Rock of Ages. It has been guiding me ever since it was given. Brethren and sisters, God lives and reigns and works today. His hand is on the wheel, and in his providence he is turning the wheel in accordance with his own will. Let not men fasten themselves to documents, saying what they will do, and what they will not do. Let them fasten themselves to the Lord God of heaven. Then the light of heaven will shine into the soul-temple, and we shall see the salvation of God.” RH,14. April 1903.
What are the foundations of the faith?
The foundations of the faith were put on both charts, the 1843 and the 1850. These are the messages, which were preached in “1842, 1843 and 1844” and which today many Seventh-day Adventist do not know: An overview over all political empires, from Babylon until our time, including the Catholic-papal rulership.
The prophecy of the 2,520 years, which refers to the building of the spiritual temple (God’s church - the Seventh-day Adventists), which lasts from 1798 until 1844. That was 46 years, and corresponds exactly to the time mentioned in John. 2:204.
The prophecy of the 2,300 days from Daniel 8:14, which relates to October 22nd 1844.
The prophecies about the 1,290 years and the 1,260 years, which are connected with the “Daily” (paganism), the Papacy and the persecution of the Christians in the Middle Ages are found in Dan 12:11 and Rev 12:6.
The prophecy of the 1,335 years from Daniel 12:12, which contained a wonderful promise for the waiting Millerites (the “wise virgins”) and referred to the year 1843.
The years 508 and 538 BC, when paganism (the “Daily”) was removed and the Papacy starts to control the world with the aid of worldly powers.
The years 606 AD, 1,299 and 1,449 all of which are connected with Islam and showed the struggles against Eastern Rome and the Catholic supremacy.
The 5th and 6th trumpet, or the 1st and 2nd woe, from Revelation 9, which shows Arabic and Ottoman Islam and also the struggles against Western Rome.
The 7th trumpet, or the 3rd woe, which for the Millerites was still in the future, and is now to be fulfilled in our day. 5
These prophetic truths are the “foundations of our faith”, which we already have seen,which were “built” in 1842 until 1844 and should not be “disturbed”. Those truths we can see on two tables and we can compare those tables with the two tables given on Sinai for ancient Israel, which were the foundations for ancient Israel. After 1844, when our church was founded, the “pillars of faith” were added: The Sanctuary doctrine, the Sabbath, the question of the state of the dead, the health reform, the Three-angels-messages. But these new truths must be placed on a foundation, which are the truths, announced “1842- 1844”. That also includes the correct understanding of the “Daily”, because it is a part of both the charts, the 1843 and 1850. However, no pillar can carry the building of faith, if there is no foundation. The Millerites and pioneers as well believed, that the “Daily” is paganism, a Satanic power.
We already read in Review and Herald from April 14th 1903 the warning from God, that the foundations of faith were laid between 1842 and 1844, that they should not be disturbed and that “we do not propose to take our feet off the platform”: “May God help you
to receive the words that I have spoken. Let those who stand as God’s watchmen on the walls of Zion be men who can see the dangers before the people, - men who can distinguish between truth and error, righteousness and unrighteousness.
“The warning has come: Nothing is to be allowed to come in that will disturb the foundation of the faith upon which we have been building ever since the message came in 1842, 1843, and 1844. I was in this message, and ever since I have been standing before the world, true to the light that God has given us. We do not propose to take our feet off the platform on which they were placed as day by day we sought the Lord with earnest prayer, seeking for light. Do you think that I could give up the light that God has given me? It is to be as the Rock of Ages. It has been guiding me ever since it was given. ...” RH,14. April 1903.
The question what the “Daily” means, is also a foundation of our faith. The “new” view of the “Daily” was introduced by Louis Conradi from Germany in 1901 and that view obviously destroyed a very important foundation of faith. In the following paragraph Sister White speaks about the 1843 chart and ties it together with the issue of the “Daily”:
“September 23, the Lord showed me that He had stretched out His hand the second time to recover the remnant of His people, and that efforts must be redoubled in this gathering time. In the scattering, Israel was smitten and torn, but now in the gathering time God will heal and bind up His people. In the scattering, efforts made to spread the truth had but little effect, accomplished but little or nothing; but in the gathering, when God has set His hand to gather His people, efforts to spread the truth will have their designed effect. All should be united and zealous in the work. I saw that it was wrong for any to refer to the scattering for examples to govern us now in the gathering; for if God should do no more for us now than He did then, Israel would never be gathered. I have seen that the 1843 chart was directed by the hand of the Lord, and that it should not be altered; that the figures were as He wanted them; that His hand was over and hid a mistake in some of the figures, so that none could see it, until His hand was removed. Then I saw in relation to the ‘daily’ (Daniel 8:12) that the word ‘sacrifice’ was supplied by man’s wisdom, and does not belong to the text, and that the Lord gave the correct view of it to those who gave the judgment hour cry. When union existed, before 1844, nearly all were united on the correct view of the ‘daily’; but in the confusion since 1844, other views have been embraced, and darkness and confusion have followed. Time has not been a test since 1844, and it will never again be a test.” Early Writings, 74–75.
When she says,“the Lord gave the correct view of it to those who gave the judgment hour cry“, then she reckons William Miller and his co-workers. Following we see an explanation from Miller concerning the “daily“: “I read on, and could find no other case in which it [the daily] was found but in Daniel. I then [by the aid of an concordance] took those word which stood in connection with it,‘take away;’ he shall take away the daily; ‘from the time that the daily shall be taken away’ I read on and thought I would find no light on the text. Finally I came to 2 Thessalonians 2:7-8, ‘For the mystery of iniquity does already work; only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way, and then shall that wicked be revealed.’
And when I had come to that text, O how clear and glorious the truth appeared. There it is! That is the daily! Well, now, what does Paul mean by ‘he who now letteth’ or hindereth? By ‘the man of sin,’ and ‘the wicked,’ Popery is meant. Well what is it that hinders Popery from being revealed? Why it is Paganism. Well, then, ‘the daily’ must mean paganism.” Review and Herald , January, 1858 (Advent Manual , page 66, WilliamMiller).
The 1850 chart
For a long time we did not recognize, that the 1850 chart, as well the 1843, received a divine confirmation. The 1850 chart contains the same information than the 1843 chart,
indeed they are corrected, the end of the 2,300 year prophecy from 1843to 1844, and additional divine instruction given after the Great Disappointment. The following is a passage about a vision where the Whites are instructed to publish the 1850 chart. In August 1850 Ellen White mentioned that her husband James had to publish the truths again, which were announced only some years ago, but, Satan would try to hinder that work:
“I send this vision to you for you to read to the church in
Topsham. Brother Rhodes came here last Tuesday, which is just one week ago today. We were glad to see him. He has just got out a new chart. It is larger than any chart I ever saw; it is very clear. We like his chart much. . . .
The Lord showed me some weeks ago that as James would begin to republish what the leaders had written in '44 upon the truth, Satan would try to hinder us, but we
must struggle for the victory and go on. It has been just so. He knows this work will hurt his cause and save some jewels. This is why he rages so but he is driven back.” Letter 12, 1850. ManuscriptReleases, volume 15, 207.
[Written August 15, 1850, from Centerport, New York, to Brother and Sister Stockbridge Howland in Topsham, Maine.]
Then in November 1850, after a conference, Sister White had a vision from God, while travelling home. The truth should again, be made plain on tables. They stopped at the house of brother Nichols, who would be the publisher of the new chart:
“Our next conference was in Fairhaven. Brother Bates and wife were present. It was quite a good meeting. On our return to Brother Nichols the Lord gave me a vision and showed me, that the truth must be made plain upon tables, and it would cause many to decide for the truth by the third angel ́s message, with the two former being made plane upon tables. I also saw it was as necessary for the paper to be published as for the messengers to go, for the messengers need a paper to carry with them, containing present truth , to put in the hands of those that hear, and then the truth would not fade from the mind, and that the paper would go where the messengers could not go. Other things I saw which will appear in the paper. . . . One week ago, last Sabbath, we had a very interesting meeting. Brother Hewit from Dead River was there. He came with a message to the effect that the destruction of the wicked and the sleep of the dead was an abomination within a shut door that a woman Jezebel, a prophetess had brought in and he believed that I was that woman, Jezebel. We told him of some of his errors in the past, that the 1,335 days were ended and numerous errors of his. It had but little effect. His darkness was felt upon the meeting and it dragged. One week ago, last Sabbath, we had a very interesting meeting. Brother Hewit from Dead River was there. He came with a message to the effect that the destruction of the wicked and the sleep of the dead was an abomination within a shut door that a woman Jezebel, a prophetess had brought in and he believed that I was that woman, Jezebel. We told him of some of his errors in the past, that the 1,335 days were ended and numerous errors of his. It had but little effect. His darkness was felt upon the meeting and it dragged. “I felt that I must say a few words. In the name of Jesus, I got up and in about five minutes the meeting changed. Everyone felt it at the same instant. Every countenance was
lighted up. The presence of God filled the place. Brother Hewit dropped upon his knees and began to cry and pray. I was taken off in vision and saw much that I cannot write. It had a great effect upon Brother Hewit. He confessed it was of God and was humbled in the dust. He has been writing ever since that meeting, and is now writing from the same table renouncing all his errors that he has advanced. I believe God is bringing him up and he is calculated to do good, if God moves through him.” Manuscript Releases, volume 16, 207–
209. [Written from Paris, Maine, November 27, 1850, “To the Church in Brother Hastings’ House.]
It is very interesting to read from Ellen White’s pen, that already in her time she had to struggle against wrong interpretations of prophecy. Brother Hewitt accused her to be a false prophet and distributed the heresy, that the 1,335 from Dan 12:12 are still in the future, whereupon Ellen White very clear confirms the standpoint of the pioneers, that this
prophecy already was fulfilled in the past. It is remarkable, that brother Hewitt repented and humbly confessed his mistake.
The following statement is also from 1850 and Ellen White here speaks of the chart, it only can be the new 1850 chart, which was still to be published by brother Nichols:
“Since we last wrote you, we have been to Fairhaven to attend a conference there.
Brother Bates was present. We had quite an interesting meeting. James baptized two. Both
were filled with the Holy Spirit. . . . Monday we returned to Dorchester where our dear Brother Nichols and family live. There in the night God gave me a very interesting vision, the most of which you will see in the paper. God shewed me the necessity of getting out a chart. I saw it was needed and that the truth made plain upon tables would effect much and would cause souls to come to the knowledge of the truth. ...
You write of trials. We should be glad to know what they are that we may understand your cases and may know how to sympathize with you. We love you and your little band and should love to see you much, but do not expect to at present. We shall stay here at Paris some little time. James is now getting out a paper here. It is an excellent place to
get out the paper. . . . James would write some but he is now writing at the same table for the paper. He sends love to Brother and Sister Loveland and your children and all the band. I have written this in great haste. In hope of speedy redemption of the voice of [God]. Write often! . . .” “[P.S.] We have received an excellent letter from Brother Rhodes. He is valiant for the truth and God has been making him mighty. Many souls have been brought into the truth through his labors. Today we received an excellent letter from Brother Bates. He is still in Fairhaven. E. G. White. My dear Brother and Sister Loveland: “I hope to send you some papers soon. The chart is being executed in Boston. God is in it. Brother Nichols has the charge of it . I do want to see you, but I do not see how we can leave here at present. Let me say to you all, follow the light given at Sutton. Amen. Be strong. Much love to every whole-hearted soul in your little band. James White.” Letter 26, 1850; Manuscript Releases, volume 15, 210–213. [Written November 1, 1850, to Brother and Sister Loveland in Johnston, Vermont.
The postscript following Ellen White’s name was written by James White.]
“I saw the chart-making business was all wrong. It originated with Brother Rhodes and was followed out by Brother Case. Means has been spent in making charts and forming uncouth disgusting images to represent angels and the glorious Jesus. Such things I saw were displeasing to God. I saw that God was in the publishment of the  chart by Brother Nichols. I saw that there was a prophecy of this chart in the Bible, and if this chart is designed for God’s people, if it [is] sufficient for one it is for another, and if one needed a new chart painted on a larger scale, all need it just as much. I saw that it was a restless, uneasy, unsatisfied, ungrateful feeling in Brother Case that desired another chart. I saw that these painted charts had a bad effect upon the congregation. It caused a light, chaffy spirit of ridicule to be in the meeting. I saw that the charts ordered by God struck the mind favorably, even without an explanation. There is something light, lovely, and heavenly in the representation of the angels on the charts. The mind is almost imperceptibly led to God and heaven. But the other charts that have been gotten up disgust the mind, and cause the mind to dwell more on earth than heaven. Images representing angels look more like fiends than beings of heaven. I saw that the charts had for days and weeks occupied Brother Case’s mind when he should have been seeking heavenly wisdom from God, and should have been growing in graces of the Spirit and the knowledge of the truth.
” Manuscript Releases, volume 13, 359.
The Third Angel’s Message to be Made Plain by a Chart
“In mid-September James White laid aside publishing the Advent Review, as there were conferences to attend at Sutton, Vermont, September 26 to 29; at Topsham, Maine, October 12 and 13; and at Fairhaven, Massachusetts, October 19 and 20. The Whites could not visit Massachusetts without spending a little time at the Otis Nichols home, in Dorchester, near Boston. So on Monday, the day after the Fairhaven conference, they made their way there. That night, while in the home of a man whose business was lithographing, Ellen White was given instruction in vision. She wrote of it to Reuben Loveland and his wife, whom she had recently met on a visit to Vermont:
’There in the night God gave me a very interesting vision, the most of which you will see in the paper.‘ Letter 26 , 1850. In her letter to the Hastings family she went into more detail concerning this vision and its call for an advance step in proclaiming the third angel’s message:’ On our return to Brother Nichols’ the Lord gave me a vision and showed me that the truth must be made plain upon tables and it would cause many to decide for the truth by the third angel’s message, with the two former being made plain upon tables.‘ Letter 28 ,1850.
In this vision she was also shown that which would give James White courage to continue publishing:
’I also saw it was as necessary for the paper to be published as for the messengers to go, for the messengers need a paper to carry with them containing present truth to put in the
hands of those that hear, and then the truth would not fade from the mind. And that the paper would go where the messengers could not go.‘ Letter 28, 1850.
Work on the new chart was begun at once, and opportunity was given to tell the brethren about it in the issue of Present Truth that James got out the next month:’ The Chart . A chronological chart of the visions of Daniel and John, calculated to illustrate clearly the present truth, is now being lithographed under the care of Brother Otis Nichols, of Dorchester, Massachusetts. Those who teach the present truth will be greatly aided by it. Further notice of the chart will be given hereafter .‘ Present Truth, November, 1850. By late January, 1851, the chart was ready and advertised for $2. James White was much pleased with it and offered it free to ‘those whom God has called to give the message of the third angel’ Review and Herald , January, 1851. Some generous donations had helped meet the expense of publication.
A Marked and Significant Change in the Tide
Turning the pages of the publications and perusing the extant letters as 1850 gave way
to 1851 reveals a marked change in the tide as it related to the emerging church. While James or Ellen White would in 1849 or early 1850 write in gratitude for the receipt of
$1 to aid the cause, in January, 1851, James could publish a list of significant contributions toward the publication of ‘the chart’ : Brethren in Connecticut have paid $40; David Arnold, $5; A. R. Morse, $10; Harvey Childs, $5; Reuben Loveland, $5.—Ibid. ’Two weeks later he reported that Otis Nichols had contributed $75.” Ellen G. White: The Early Years, 1827– 1862, volume 1, 184–186.
Review and Herald - Advertisements
„ The Chart . A chronological chart of the visions of Daniel and John, calculated to illustrate clearly the present truth, is now beeing lithographed under the care of Brother Otis Nichols, of Dochester, Massachusetts. Those who teach present truth will be greatly aided by it. Further notice will be given hereafter.“ Present Truth, November, 1850. „ The Chart , It is now ready. We think the brethren will be much pleased with it, and it will be a great help defining our present position.“ RH , Januar 1851.
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“ The Chart, We are much pleased with the arrangement of the Chart , and the execution of the work: and we are satisfied that it will be a great help to those who teach the present truth, and prove a blessing to the scattered flock.” Review and Herald, January 1851.
Issue number 5. “The new chart , published by Brother Otis Nichols in 1850, has been found to be great help in examining the evidences of our position, and in teaching them to others. We esteem it a treasure. It is valuable, because it beautifully illustrates the most sublime and important truths of Revelation, which are particularly applicable the present time. Those who wish to obtain this chart should address Otis Nichols, Dorchester, Massachusetts.“RH , December 9, 1851.
Which relevance do the charts have for us today?
Surely we have recognized that the charts are not only important documents from the time when the Seventh-day Adventist church was founded. Here are some reasons that the charts and their contents are still relevant today and the contained truths furthermore are to be studied and believed.
There is no new message
On those charts the fundamental truths are established and they form furthermore the foundation of our faith, if we know them or not, if we like it or not. Ellen White goes one step further: “God is not giving us a new message. We are to proclaim the message that in 1843 and 1844 brought us out of the other churches. We need the Holy Spirit to kindle in our heartsthe zeal and earnestness that were then seen among God's people. I thank the Lord that there are still living a few who can remember those days, and who know whereof they speak ” RH,January 19, 1905.
There is no new message, through which the Millerites in the years 1843 and 1844 were lead out of the churches. Which message was it? Through what were the people revived in the past? 300 Millerite preachers had the 1843 chart in their baggage, hanged them up and preached its truths. Exactly that same message, we have also to preach today. But if we do not understand the “ light” which God in the past entrusted to us, how can we expect, that He will send us more “ light” today 7?
2.) The charts contain the foundation of faith for Seventh-day Adventists
Once again we repeat the quote from Review and Herald and again we will hold to the fact, that the messages from 1842-1844 are the foundations of our faith, thus are the foundations today, because Ellen White herself did not propose to step off that platform of the faith:
“The warning has come: Nothing is to be allowed to come in that will disturb the foundation of the faith upon which we have been building ever since the message came in 1842, 1843, and 1844. I was in this message, and ever since I have been standing before the world, true to the light that God has given us. We do not propose to take our feet off the platform on which they were placed as day by day we sought the Lord with earnest prayer, seeking for light. Do you think that I could give up the light that God has given me? It is to be as the Rock of Ages. It has been guiding me ever since it was given.” Review and Herald , April 14, 1903.
3.) The time of the Millerites will be repeated, hence also the importance of the charts
Ellen White tells us in the following quote, that the “seven thunders”(from Revelation 10) are “a delineation of events which would transpire under the first and second angels’ messages”. She is talking about the time period from 1842 to 1844, in exactly that interval was were the Millerites preached those truths, contained on the 1843 chart. Then she goes on and says that the “seven thunders” relate to future events. The“seven thunders” obviously will be repeated, thus the events of the Millerite time period and thus the prophetic charts once again will regain their importance. This fact is most important for us, for we are living in the time of the repetition. “After these seven thunders uttered their voices, the injunction comes to John as to Daniel in regard to the little book: ‘Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered.’ These relate to future events which will be disclosed in their order. Daniel shall stand in his lot at the end of the days. John sees the little book unsealed. Then Daniel’s prophecies have their proper place in the first, second, and third angels’ messages to be given to the world. The unsealing of the little book was the message in relation to time “The work is soon to close. The members of the church militant who have proved faithful will become the church triumphant. In reviewing our past history, having traveled over every step of advance to our present standing, I can say, Praise God! As I see what God has wrought, I am filled with astonishment and with confidence in Christ as leader. We have nothing to fear for the future, except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us, and his teaching in our past history.”Review and Herald , October 12, 1905.