Verne Bates – Manipulations of Ellen White books: 


There are many falsifications in the Bible, but Matthew 28:19.20 and 1. John 5:7 are the most important.

Falsifications in the texts of Ellen White:

Are the claims that today’s faith in the church is an “advance” in the knowledge of the “truth” correct?

  • “One thing it is certain is soon to be realized,—the great apostasy, which is developing and increasing and waxing stronger, and will continue to do so until the Lord shall descend from heaven with a shout.” {Ellen White: Testimonies, Series B, No.7, S. 57 & NYI February 7, 1906, par. 1}
  • “But the Lord will raise up men of keen perception, who will give these truths their proper place in the plan of God.“ {Ellen White: SpTB02 51.2}

Fallen theologians needed the strongest arguments for their apostasy, and as the “main evidence” for the Trinity they are using few quotations “from” Ellen White, such as “three heavenly dignitaries”, “heavenly trio” or “three living persons”. One perfect falsification does not mean that you are writing one text with a different font. In the case of professional falsifications, you have to imitate the original font perfectly. Otherwise, it would not be one real falsification!

Think about the statement made by ROGER MORNEAU, who was a Satanist and came back to the true God. He wrote about how the demons had typed themselves the texts on the typewriters. The fallen angels are also appearing as perfect imitations of dead people. Is it possible to detect falsifications of the handwriting from their hands? Certainly not, because they can do perfect imitations. For this reason, the best answer to the question is if something is one falsification, is such a text consistent with the majority of the remaining quotations, or is it 180 degrees opposite! We are at war with the supernatural beings and not just with the servants on the other side!

Ellen White herself wrote in 1909 that God the Father and His Son Jesus are the only two Divine Beings:

  • God and Christ alone know what the souls of men have cost.“ {Ellen White: The Signs of the Times, January 13, 1909, par. 8}

A true prophet never contradicts himself. Further development of true teachings does not mean a diametrically opposite direction, what happened with the Trinity, but only a deepening of an already revealed truth! We see an example of an “addition” below:


  • Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man loves Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” {John 14:23}
  • “He that hateth Me hateth My Father also.“ {John 15:23}


  • “If a man love Me, he will keep my words; and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” (John 15:23) We, that is, the Father, Son, and the HOLY GHOST, [will come] and make our abode in him.“ {Ellen White: 8MR, 408.2}

The forgers deliberately wrote chapter 15 instead of 14 (Gospel John) to better hide the forgery. Why conscious? Although this verse only speaks of Father and Jesus, the opposed and falsified continuation of the text also contains the holy Spirit (i.e. the Trinity). How can we recognize that something is fake? When a small number of texts contradicts the texts in large numbers. 

EGW has herself confirmed that some passages in the Bible have been changed:

  • “I saw that God had especially guarded the Bible; yet when copies of it were few, learned men had in some instances changed the words, thinking that they were making it more plain, when in reality they were mystifying that which was plain, by causing it to lean to their established views, which were governed by tradition.“ {Ellen White, Early Writings, 220.2+221.1,1882}

Why came such explosion of the Trinity teaching with direct worship of the holy Spirit in all recent churches? Because we are right before the coming of Jesus, and Satan wants to emphasize his false divinity. That is why in most ecumenical documents it is clear and unambiguous that the only basis of ecumenism is the confession of the Triune God. Accepting Trinity is the only requirement to join the world ecumenical organizations!

In the live broadcast (in the year 1985) from John Akenberg, Walter Martin, (author of the book ‘Whether the Adventists Are a Sect’), a journalist from Evangelical circles, clearly demonstrated the true history and faith of the old Adventists. This happened during the interview with Dr. William Johnsson, who was one of the most important Adventist theologians in General Conference and editor-in-chief of Adventist Review.

Walter Martin knew the old Advent story better than most Adventists, and Dr. Johnsson, if you look at his irrefutable evidence. A summary of his statement in this regard:

  • Adventists accepted the Trinity much later after the death of Ellen White. In the last years of her life and for many years after her death, this doctrine was not part of the Adventist faith; it was not taught. Ellen White had an Arian belief until her death. For this reason, some of her quotations have been removed, because those very clearly disrupted the new trinitarian teachings.“

Crushed by this evidence, Dr. Johnsson admitted the following in defense: “If the whole thing was true, was Ellen White at that time not a prophet“, instead of humbly saying that he will study the whole topic and the words of Ellen White deeply, and would make the decision what is really the truth.

Did those falsifications already begin during Ellen White’s lifetime and did they really take place?

Ellen White was sent from 1891 until 1900 to Australia against her will so that the leaders of the apostasy could begin with falsifications without interference from Ellen White:

  • “I have not, I think, revealed the entire workings that led me here to Australia. Perhaps you may never fully understand the matter. The Lord was not in our leaving America. He did not reveal that it was His will that I should leave Battle Creek. The Lord did not plan this, but He let you all move after YOUR OWN imaginings. The Lord would have had W. C. White, his mother, and her workers remain in America, we were needed at the heart of the work, and had your spiritual perception discerned the true situation, you would never have consented to the movements made. But the Lord read the hearts of all. There was so great a willingness to have us leave that the Lord permitted this thing to take place. Those who were weary of the testimonies borne were left without the persons who bore them. Our separation from Battle Creek was to let men have their own will and way, which they thought superior to the way of the Lord.“ {Ellen White: 11LtMs, Lt 127, 1896, par. 4}

In the years 1877/1888, before moving to Australia, Ellen White wrote the original book “Spirit of Prophecy – Lord Jesus Christ“. During her absence, her secretary MARIAN DAVIS compiled this book ALONE. The new name of the book (which unfortunately also contains a small number of manipulated quotations) was “Desire of Ages“. According to Marian Davis, she “only” looked for suitable quotations from EGW and inserted them. At that time, Marian Davis was surrounded and influenced by the leaders of apostasy at the time, such as Prof. PRESCOTT.

  • “At that time, Professor PRESCOTT was tremendously interested in presenting Christ as the great “I Am” and in emphasizing the eternity of His existence, using frequently the expression “The Eternal Son”. Also he connected the “I AM” of Exodus 3:14, which of course was Christ the Second Person of the Godhead, with the fulfillment of Jesus in John 8:58, which we all agree to; but then linked it up with other “I am” in that Gospel – 7 of them, such as “I am the Bread of life” “I am the Light of the world’ “I am the door of the Sheep” etc. all very rich in their spiritual teaching – but which seemed a little far fetched to me especially as the “I am” in all those latter cases is merely in the copula in the Greek, as well as in English. But he insisted on his interpretation. Sr. Marian Davis seem to fall for it, and lo and behold, when “Desire of Ages” came out, there appeared that IDENTICAL TEACHING on pages 24 and 25, which, I think, can be looked for in vain in any of Sr. Whites published works prior to that time.“ {H. C. Lacey letter to Dr. LeRoy Froom Aug. 30, 1945}
  • “In this connection, of course you know that Sr. Marian Davis was entrusted with the preparation of “Desire of Ages” and that she gathered her material from every available source from Sr. White’s books already in print, from unpublished manuscripts, from private letters, stenographical reports of her talks etc. – but perhaps you may not know that she (Sr. Davis) was greatly worried about finding material for the first chapter. She appealed to me personally many times as she was arranging that chapter (and other chapters too for that matter) and I did what I could to help her; I have good reason to believe that she also appealed to Professor Prescott for similar aid, and got it too in far richer and more abundant measure than I could render.“ (H.C. Lacey letter to L.E. Froom Aug. 30, 1945)

After reading the book ´Desire of Ages´ from 1898, many theologians of that time asked if Ellen White had suddenly accepted Trinity? How such Trinitarian “additions” came into the books of Ellen White can be seen in the following example: In the original quote from the second volume – Spirit of Prophecy: “The Great Controversy between Lord Jesus Christ and Satan” from 1877, Ellen White wrote the following:

  • “Martha, not comprehending the full meaning of Jesus, answered that she knew he would arise in the resurrection, at the last day. But Jesus, seeking to give a true direction to her faith, said, I am the resurrection, and the life; he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in Me, shell never die. Believest thou this?“ {Ellen White, ´Spirit of Prophecy vol. 2´, 1877, p. 362-363}

During the absence of EGW, this quote got (in the year 1898) in the book “Desire of Ages” a falsified extension”, which is marked with the black color:

  • “Martha answered “I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.“ Still seeking to give a true direction to her faith, Jesus declared, “I am the resurrection, and the life.“ In Christ is life, original, unborrowed, underived. “He that hath the Son hath life.“ 1 John 5:12. The Divinity of Christ is the believer’s assurance of eternal life. “He that believeth in Me,” said Jesus, “though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou this?“ {Ellen White, Desire of Ages, 1898, p. 530}

The book “Desire of Ages” serves today as a special “proof” for the doctrine of the Trinity. 

Most Adventists did not even get any information that in the official archive does not exist even a single original chapter of “Desire of Ages”. During her time in Australia, Ellen White had her new books printed exclusively in a NON-Adventist print shop because she obviously had no longer confidence to print them with Pacific Press. And just at the time of her absence, the supplemented book “Desire of Ages” was “coincidental“ printed in the Pacific Press. Has Ellen White, as God’s prophetess, recognized all the apostasy and attacks on the Adventists?

  • “Message after message has come to me from the Lord concerning the dangers surrounding you (A. G. Daniells) and Elder Prescott. I have seen that satan would have been greatly pleased to see Elders Prescott and Daniells undertake the work of a general overhauling of our books that have done a good work in the field for years. But neither of you is called of God to that work.…I have been instructed that the Lord is not the author of the proposal to make many changes in books already published.“ {Ellen White, Lt 70, 1910, p. 2+15}

Prof. Prescott was confronted with the truth claims that he had made falsified “additions” in Ellen White’s books. To “calm down,” he said at the 1919 Bible conference that he “only” wrote one word in the “Great Controversy” without EGW knowing it so that the statement from EGW would be “more understandable”. This is further confirmation of the source from which other “understandable” quotations in her books came. Many think that such falsifications are not possible because all quotations from EGW have been confirmed as authentic by the conference, which is considered the official “voice of God“. What was Ellen White’s attitude towards this?

  • “Before the fire came which swept away the Review and Herald factory, I was in distress for many days…. It was then that I saw the representation of danger, a sword of fire turning this way and that way…The next news was that the Review and Herald building had been consumed by fire, but that not one life had been lost. In this the Lord spoke mercy with judgment. The mercy of God was mingled with judgment to spare the lives of the workers.“ {Ellen White: Ms 20, 1903, April 3, par. 6}
  • “The very worst thing that could now be done would be for the Review and Herald office to be once more built up in Battle Creek. The way has been opened for it to break its association there, association with worldly men, which ought to be broken. Unjustifiable commercial business has been carried on, because the money that it brought in was needed…Pernicious matter has been published right in our office, and if some part of the work had to be delayed, it was the work on the books containing the light of truth. This was greatly displeasing to the Lord. The apprentices were being educated in the false doctrines contained in the matter brought in. And the REVIEW and HERALD presses were sending these FALSE doctrines out to the world.” {Ellen White: Ms 20, 1903, April 3, par. 8}
  • “Yet we hear that the voice of the Conference is the voice of God. Every time I have heard this, I have thought that it was almost blasphemy. The voice of the Conference ought to be the voice of God, but it is not…“ {Ellen White, 16LtMs, Ms 37, 1901, par.18}

  • Sister White told us as we three stood there on the depot platform, that a terrible storm of persecution was coming like a windstorm that blew down every standing object. There was not a Seventh-day Adventist to be seen. They, like the disciples, forsook Christ and fled. All who had sought positions were never seen again. After the storm there was a calm, then the Adventists arose like a great flock of sheep, but there were no shepherds. They all waited in earnest prayer for help and wisdom, and the Lord answered by helping them to choose leaders from among them who had never sought positions before. They prayed earnestly for the holy Spirit which was poured out upon them making them fully ready for service. They then went forth ‘fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners,’ to give this message to the world. “I was astonished, and asked if that applied to Loma Linda, as we were looking in that direction. Sister White replied to my question by stating that it applied to the entire denominational world. It so stunned me that I did not ask any more questions.“ {Will Ross, Boulder, Colorado: His speaking with Ellen White 1908 on the train station of Loma Linda, written 1943 by Elder D.E. Robinson http://www.ellenwhitedefend.com/SOP-Library/History-Defense/LOMALIND.pdf}

This Text is part of the book First Commandment OR Trinity? – Encyclopedia of Evidences of the Old Trampled Truths of All Areas