"Yahshua raised his mighty glorious arm, laid hold of the gate and swung it back on its golden hinges, and said to us, You have washed your robes in my blood, stood stiffly for My Truth, enter in. We all marched in and felt we had a perfect right in the City."
What is being said here?, what is "His Truth" that they stood stiffly for?
In Ellen Whites first vision and in the Apocrypha, both state "Stood Stiffly for"
Below I have copied statements about the apocrypha from the cd-rom of Ellen Whites writings.
But first I would like to quote a significant statement from the Apocrypha that sheds Light on what "My Truth" consists of. Even 'Father I have manifested Thy Name unto the men which Thou hast given Me.' which is according to His speech His Testimony. He lived out also perfectly The Character of That Perfect Name.
II Esdras 2:42-48.
I Esdras saw upon the mount Sion a great people, whom I could not number, and they all praised Yahweh with songs. And in the midst of them there was a young man of a high stature, taller than all the rest, and upon every one of their heads he set crowns, and was more exalted; which I marvelled at greatly. So I asked the angel, and said, Sir, what are these?
He answered and said unto me, These be they that have put off the mortal clothing, and put on the immortal, and have confessed The Name of Yahoo: now are they crowned and receive palms.
Then said I unto the angel, What young person is it that crowneth them, and giveth them palms in their hands?
So he answered and said unto , me, It is the Son of Eloah, whom they have confessed in the world. Then began I greatly to commend them that stood so stiffly for the Name of Yah.
Then the angel said unto me, Go thy way, and tell my people what manner of things, and how great wonders of Yahoo Thy Eloah, thou hast seen.
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Ellen G. White and the Apocrypha
[A STATEMENT PREPARED BY ARTHUR L. WHITE IN 1969 AND NOW REQUESTED FOR CLASSROOM USE BY RON JOLLIFF, RELIGION TEACHER AT SOUTHWESTERN ADVENTIST COLLEGE. THE PARAGRAPH FROM MANUSCRIPT 4, 1850, HAS NOT HERETOFORE BEEN RELEASED.--R. W. OLSON.]
WHILE ELLEN G. WHITE IS NOT KNOWN TO HAVE QUOTED FROM THE APOCRYPHA THERE IS SOME DOCUMENTATION OF THE EARLY YEARS WHICH MAY BE OF INTEREST IN CONNECTION WITH A STUDY OF HER RELATIONSHIP TO IT. JAMES WHITE, IN HIS PAMPHLET. A WORD TO THE LITTLE FLOCK, IN HIS FIRST ARTICLE ENTITLED "THE SEVEN LAST PLAGUES" INCLUDES TWO REFERENCES TO THE APOCRYPHA.
PAGE 2: "THE SEED IS ROTTED UNDER THEIR CLODS, THE GARNERS ARE LAID DESOLATE, THE BARNS ARE BROKEN DOWN, FOR THE CORN IS WITHERED."--SEE JOEL 1:15-18; JER. 30:23, 24; DAN. 12:1; HAB. 3:12, 13; ZEPH. 1: 17, 18; 2ND ESDRAS 15:10-13.
PAGE 3: "I WILL BRING THEM (THE SAINTS) WITH A MIGHTY HAND AND A STRETCHED-OUT ARM, AND SMITE EGYPT WITH PLAGUES AS BEFORE," ETC. --2 ESDRAS 14:11.
AS HE FURNISHED SCRIPTURE REFERENCES TO TWO ELLEN G. WHITE VISIONS, INCORPORATED IN A WORD TO THE LITTLE FLOCK, HE ALSO INCORPORATED SOME REFERENCES TO THE APOCRYPHA. HIS EXPLANATION WHICH PRECEDES THE PUBLICATION OF THE FIRST VISION STATES:
"THE FOLLOWING VISION WAS PUBLISHED IN THE DAY STAR, MORE THAN A YEAR AGO. BY THE REQUEST OF FRIENDS, IT IS RE-PUBLISHED IN THIS LITTLE WORK, WITH SCRIPTURE REFERENCES, FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE LITTLE FLOCK."--A WORD TO THE LITTLE FLOCK, P. 13
AT THE BOTTOM OF PAGES 15 AND 17 THERE ARE REFERENCES KEYED TO THE E. G. WHITE TEXT, ONE REFERENCE TO 2 ESDRAS 2; 43, (P. 15) AND THE OTHER TO 2 ESDRAS 2:19, (P. 17).
IT IS CLEAR THAT JAMES WHITE SAW SOME SIMILARITIES BETWEEN WHAT ELLEN WHITE WROTE AND SOME THINGS HE HAD READ IN ESDRAS, AND SO USED THESE REFERENCES AS HE DID SCRIPTURE REFERENCES WHICH HE SAYS HE SUPPLIED.
IN A REPORT SIGNED BY THREE EARLY BELIEVERS REFERENCE IS MADE TO THE HIDDEN BOOK AS ELLEN WHITE UTTERED CERTAIN WORDS IN VISION. HERE IS THE ACCOUNT:
"AT ANOTHER TIME AT A MEETING HELD AT BROTHER CURTIS' IN TOPSHAM, MAINE, SHE WAS TAKEN OFF IN VISION, AND AROSE TO HER FEET, TOOK THE LARGE FAMILY BIBLE FROM THE TABLE, AND HELD IT ON HER HAND SOME TIME AT AN ANGLE OF FORTY-FIVE DEGREES, AND SAID THE HIDDEN BOOK WAS NOT THERE. WHEN SOME ONE ASKED IF THE APOCRYPHA WAS NOT IN THE BIBLE, BROTHER CURTIS REMARKED IT WAS NOT. SHE TALKED SOMETIME ABOUT THE HIDDEN BOOK. NO ONE KNEW BUT BRO. CURTIS FAMILY THAT THE APOCRAPHA [APOCRYPHA] WAS NOT THERE.
MRS. S. HOWLAND
REBECCA HOWLAND WINSLOW
FRANCES HOWLAND LUNT"
IN THE REPORT OF A VISION GIVEN TO ELLEN WHITE AT OSWEGO, NEW YORK ON JANUARY 11, 1850, AND CARRYING A COPYING DATE OF JANUARY 28, 1850. ELLEN WHITE MAKES A REFERENCE TO THE HIDDEN BOOK. HER DESCRIPTION OF WHAT WAS SHOWN TO HER IN THE VISION CONTAINS MANY ITEMS AND AS ON FILE COMPRISES FOUR AND A QUARTER TYPE-WRITTEN PAGES. NEAR THE CLOSE OF HER STATEMENT WE FIND THESE WORDS:
"All, all who keep the commandments of God, will enter in through the gates into the city and have right to the tree of life and ever be in the presence of that lovely Jesus whose countenance shines brighter than the sun at noon day. I then saw the word of God pure and unadulterated, and that we must answer for the way we received the truth proclaimed from that word. I saw that it had been a hammer to break the flinty heart in pieces, and a fire to consume the dross and tin, that the heart might be pure and holy. I saw that the Apocrypha was the hidden book, and that the wise of these last days should understand it. I saw that the Bible was the standard book, that will judge us at the last day. I saw that heaven would be cheap enough, and that nothing was too dear to sacrifice for Jesus, and that we must give all to enter the kingdom."--Manuscript 4, 1850, (A copy of E. G. White's Vision which she had at Oswego, N.Y.)
ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS REFERENCE IS MADE TO THE APOCRYPHA IN ARTICLES IN THE REVIEW AND HERALD. THESE ARE OF INTEREST, AND COPY OF THE MATERIALS IS ATTACHED.
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I then saw the Word of God, pure and unadulterated, and that we must answer for the way we received the truth proclaimed from that Word. I saw that it had been a hammer to break the flinty heart in pieces, and a fire to consume the dross and tin, that the heart might be pure and holy. I saw that the Apocrypha[* SEE MR. NO. 1148, "ELLEN G. WHITE AND THE APOCRYPHA."] was the hidden book, and that the wise of these last days should understand it. I saw that the Bible was the standard Book, that will judge us at the last day. I saw that heaven would be cheap enough, and that nothing was too dear to sacrifice for Jesus, and that we must give all to enter the kingdom. I heard an angel say,"Think ye God will place His seal where there is an idol? No, no."
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The Large Family Bible
The "large" Bible Ellen called for after this vision in her home in Portland was, presumably, the "big Bible" now in the White Estate vault with the names of Robert and Eunice Harmon stamped in gold on the spine, or back--a Bible eighteen inches long, eleven inches wide, four inches thick, and weighing 18.5 pounds. It was printed in Boston by Joseph Teal in the year 1822 and is illustrated with twenty-six beautiful steel engravings. Between the Old and the New Testaments a sheet bears the family record, filled in by James White. It also contains, between the Testaments, the books of the Old Testament apocrypha.
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Throughout the republished visions he included more than eighty references to Bible passages and seven references to 2 Esdras and the Wisdom of Solomon, of the Old Testament Apocrypha. All these were used to compare his wife's visions with similar matters in the Bible. Only in this printing did such keyed footnote references appear, linked to the E. G. White visions. The visions thus published included the first to which Ellen White in her first writing added the vision of the new earth; and the vision of the heavenly sanctuary in which she was shown the law of God, as first published in the broadside by Joseph Bates.