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.
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"
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."
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
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
"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
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]
ESSENE INTERPRETATION of Ellen's First Vision--
Bob Holt's "CRITICAL INTERPRETATION" of the vision
"PENTECOSTAL INTERPRETATION" of Ellen's Visions
"NEW AGE ASTROLOGICAL INTERPRETATION"
CAME TO ELLEN HARMON IN 1844!
to Dr. Bob Holt, md in December, 1997!
Harmon's "FIRST VISION"
more ordinary "visions" of Patty Pfeffer and Dr. Bob Holt,