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The "Saints" are not Seventh-day Adventists
"Saints" persecuted in the end-times will be "obscure" to Catholicism
By Dirk Anderson, June 2012
In an early vision Ellen White explains who the "saints" are:
I saw the nominal church and nominal Adventists, like Judas, would betray us to the Catholics to obtain their influence to come against the truth. The saints then will be an obscure people, little known to the Catholics; but the churches and nominal Adventists who know of our faith and customs (for they hated us on account of the Sabbath, for they could not refute it) will betray the saints and report them to the Catholics as those who disregard the institutions of the people; that is, that they keep the Sabbath and disregard Sunday.1This vision proves the Seventh-day Adventists are not "the saints" that will be persecuted during the end times. Instead, Ellen White says that the saints will be "an obscure people" or relatively unknown to the Catholics. The SDA sect cannot possibly be described as "obsure" to the Catholic Church.
SDA Church Well-Known to Catholicism
The Seventh-day Adventist Church has been well-known to the Catholic Church for a long time. In the 1800s the SDA Church was decidedly anti-Catholic in their rhetoric, but softened in the late 1900s. In 1977, Religious Liberty Director Bert Beach (pictured on left) strengthened ties between the two churches by presenting a golden friendship medaliion to the Pope (see news report in the Review on the right).
Through continuing dialogue and participation in ecumenical meetings, the relationship between the Papacy and the SDA Church has continued to grow even stronger over recent decades.
"The pope continued the theme of unity at his final ceremony Wednesday evening at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, where representatives of many faiths - Judaism, Hinduism, Seventh-day Adventists - joined him in prayer."2At that meeting, pastor B.T. Rice of the Northside SDA Church (pictured on the right) presented a proclamation and banner to the Pope. Exemplifying the close bond between Adventism and the Papacy, Pastor Rice spoke to the congregation, addressing the Pope with the reverent title, "Pope, your Holiness."
In 2000, after 15 years of "dialogue aimed at better understanding of the teachings and practice of the Catholic and the Adventist Churches," the SDA Church signed a "pact" with the Papacy in Warsaw, Poland.3 Apparently the SDA Church is not very "obscure" to the Catholic Church, having spent 15 years in "dialogue aimed at better understanding."
SDA Church in business with Roman Catholicism
In 1995, PorterCare Adventist Health System of Colorado, USA, entered into a “partnership” with the Roman Catholic Sisters of Charity Health Services. The Merger was publicized in the Catholic Newspaper Our Sunday Visitor.4
SDA Church not an Obscure Sect
The SDA sect is anything but obscure. In 2011, it boasted a membership of 17,214,683 adherents. At that time it was actively working in 209 nations.5 Adventist adherents outnumber Catholics in at least five of those nations.6 Adventists claim their healthcare system is "the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider in the nation."7 Seventh-day Adventists also have the "largest Protestant Christian school system in the world" with "a total of 6,966 educational institutions operating in over 100 countries around the world with over 1.3 million students worldwide."8
Seventh-day Adventism is well-known through-out Christianity for its eccentric teachings, its claim of exclusive ownership of "the truth," and its agressive proselytizing of other Christians. The Catholic Church even publishes a tract examining SDA teachings.9
In a vision, Ellen White said the "saints" who would be persecuted for their beliefs in the Sabbath were "obscure" to the Catholics. If one accepts this as a true vision from a true prophet, then one must also concede that Seventh-day Adventists are not "the saints." It is, in fact, impossible for them to be "the saints" because they are by no means "obscure" to Catholicism. The SDA sect is well known to Catholicism and to the Pope. The two organizations dialogue together, attend ecumenical meetings together, exchange gifts with each other, and even do healthcare business together.
Either Ellen White's vision was a falsehood, or else "the saints" are not Adventists. You decide.
1. Ellen White, Spalding and Magan Collection, p. 1.
2. The Dayton Daily News, Jan. 28, 1999.
3. "Adventists and Papacy Sign Pact", Adventist News Network, Feb 15, 2000.
4. Our Sunday Visitor, p. 1, Jan. 7, 1996.
5. http://www.adventist.org/world-church/facts-and-figures/index.html, June 30, 2011.
6. Antigua and Barbuda, SDA=12.3%, Catholic 10.4%. Jamaica, SDA=10.8%, Catholic 2.6%. Pitcairn Islands, SDA=100%. (Source: http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/rel_rel-religion-religions). Anguilla, SDA=6.7%, Catholic=3%. Montserrat, SDA=8.33%, Catholic=8.33% (Source: www.adherants.com). "Religions by country", CIA World Factbooks, 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011.
7. "About Us", http://www.adventisthealthsystem.com/AboutUs.aspx, extracted June 6, 2012.
8. Wikipedia, "Christian School", http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_school, extracted June 6, 2012.
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