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Ellen Harmon's Famous First Vision of

December, 1844

Before this Vision

Ellen Harmon, a teenager, along with her parents and 

family had joined the Millerite Movement

and been disappointed by Jesus' failure to return on

 Oct. 22, 1844 


Her First Vision

is the one in which she had viewed, among other things, the  "Second Coming of Christ"

exactly as the Millerites had imagined it would occur, in

Dec. 1844 

Much Controversy occurred among her friends and fellow church-members because 

Ellen's unusual dreams and what some called "visions" -- others called hysteria, self-hypnosis, and some even called "Devil Possession".

But the youthful Ellen Harmon perhaps did not know this would happen when she had this first vision in

December 1844


Before these visions, Ellen Harmon was a sickly girl who had suffered a tragic childhood accident in which another child, a bully, threw a large rock at her, causing unconsciousness and a coma. Some have credited this "brain damage" with her later "visions".  Ellen became very religious, and prayed a lot.


Ellen Lost Consciousness of the world around her during these experiences -- many of which occurred during public meetings in which a lot of other people were watching her, and praying, and singing songs. Some were also having "visions" of their own.   Ellen's visions often began with the sensation of flying -- a typical dream experience of many of us.

An Early "Pentecostal"-It seems obvious to those of us now who have had "Pentecostal- type" experiences that the youthful Ellen Harmon was having, in those early years in the early 1840s, typical "Holy- Ghost" possessions which resulted in unconsciousness and exotic dreams and mind- experiences.  What was unusual in her case was that such experiences did not become common until 100 years later, in the 1950s and onward.    No "Pentecostal" today would question Ellen Harmon's visions.

What was not "typical" about Ellen's visions was that she seemed to be in the presence of "an angel" or of angels during these periods of unconsciousness, often in public, and traveled outside earth to see things of great religious importance, including in 1847, the  "ARK of the COVENANT", as I related on the previous page. 

 On her first such vision, the "Ark" was not the subject, but her "Adventist" companions and the Second Coming expected by the "Millerites" was ---

Wrote Ellen Harmon later, as recorded on page 14 of  "Early Writings of Ellen G. White"--"While I was praying at the family altar, [not a literal "altar" but probably by a chair or table in her living room] the Holy Ghost fell upon me [Ellen's own assessment of what was going on, although some both then and now disagree] and I seemed to be rising higher and higher, far above the dark world."

"I turned to look for the Advent people in the world, but could not find them, when a voice said to me, "Look again, and look a little higher."

...At this I raised my eyes, and saw a straight and narrow path, cast up high above the world.  On this path the Advent people were traveling to the city, which was at the farther end of the path."

"They had a bright light set up behind them at the beginning of the path, which an angel told me was the midnight cry. This light shown all along the path and gave light to their feet so that they might not stumble.  If they kept their eyes fixed on Jesus, who was just before them, leading them to the city, they were safe. But soon some grew weary, and said the city was a great way off, and they expected to have entered it before.  Then Jesus would encourage them by raising His glorious right arm, and from His arm came a light which waved over the Advent band,--

-- and they shouted, "Alleluia!"

...Others rashly denied the light behind them and said it was not God that had led them out so far.  The light behind them went out, leaving their feet in perfect darkness, and they stumbled and lost sight  path down into the dark and wicked world below. 

[END of scene ONE or sequence ONE of Ellen's first vision of December 1844 --- she went on to see other scenes of the 144,000 and a TIME of TROUBLE, and the Second Coming of JESUS, [as the Adventists of 1844 thought it would be like] ---

An ESSENE INTERPRETATION of Ellen's First Vision--

Dr. Bob Holt's "CRITICAL INTERPRETATION" of the vision




and to Dr. Bob Holt, md in December, 1997!

**Ellen Harmon's "FIRST VISION" 

(PROPHECY) Continues ***

**Other, more ordinary "visions" of Patty Pfeffer and Dr. Bob Holt, md*

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