France and the Bible (Apocalypsis 11 interpreted by Ellen White). PDF available in French-German-Italian.
PREMISE BY P. LUISETTI
The reading that will just follow after my premise is the report of the historical framework presented in chapter 15 of the book “The Great Controversy” written by Ellen G. White (1827-1915), entitled “The Bible and the French Revolution”.
What caused the hate to the Protestants who appealed to the Bible? What were the political strategies put in place by the institutional powers of the time to convert them back to Catholicism? In the new society that claimed “Liberté-egalité-fraternité”, the Bible was the book, the stumbling stone, which stopped its evolution, opening up new and dramatic scenarios.
In the prophecy of Apocalypse 11 the apostle John had predicted, with some suggestive images, what will happen in the future of christians in France, but the language is very symbolic and must be correctly codified. Those readers who don’t have an advanced theological preparation should not be discouraged:
everyone can discover by itself the exactness of the historical facts that have happened! This following report of Ellen White contains much scriptural material taken from excellent historical sources (cfr. page 25-27) of her time to provide the evidence of her statements.
The author is highly persuasive in deciphering that part that corresponds to Revelation 11:2-12 with a certainly inspired tone that sets her apart. In the chapter 32 of the same book, the author has full right to warn with these words those who especially make human speculations on Scripture:
«In order to sustain erroneous doctrines or unchristian practices, some will seize upon passages of Scripture separated from the context, perhaps quoting half of a single verse as proving their point, when the remaining portion would show the meaning to be quite the opposite. With the cunning of the serpent they entrench themselves behind disconnected utterances construed to suit their carnal desires. Thus, do many willfully pervert the word of God. Others, who have an active imagination, seize upon the figures and symbols of Holy Writ, interpret them to suit their fancy, with little regard to the testimony of Scripture as its own interpreter, and then they present their vagaries as the teachings of the Bible. …
Whenever the study of the Scriptures is entered upon without a prayerful, humble, teachable spirit, the plainest and simplest as well as the most difficult passages will be wrested from their true meaning. …
And the discord and division which exist among the churches of Christendom are in a great measure due to the prevailing custom of wresting the Scriptures to support a favorite theory».
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© Pierluigi Luisetti. Updated 24-11-2022.