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1)          “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, [it is] because [there is] no light in them.” Isaiah 8:20.

     This verse reveals 4 very important truths.

     1.  The law and the testimony are combined together, not separated from each other.

     2.  The law and the testimony are 2 parts of the same word, not 2 different words.

     3.  The law and the testimony together reveal what is light and truth.

     4.  The law and the testimony together expose what is darkness and error.

2)    What is the law?
     “But [this cometh to pass], that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.” John 15:25.

     In this passage reveals that the phrase “they hated me without a cause” is to be found “written in their law”.  This phrase is not found in the law of 10 commandments, but is found in the Bible in Psalms:
     “Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: [neither] let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause.” Psalms 35:19.

     “They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, [being] mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty”. Psalms 69:4.

     “Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise; For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue.  They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause.  For my love they are my adversaries: but I [give myself unto] prayer.  And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love.” Psalms 109:1-5.

     All these passages reveal that because the phrase “they hated me without a cause” is found in God’s word, but not in the 10 commandments, then the word of God is the “law” that Christ referred to.  We can then understand that the “law” spoken of in Isaiah 8:20 is God’s entire word of the Bible.

3)    What is the testimony?
     “And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See [thou do it] not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.  Revelation 19:10.

     This passage reveals that the testimony spoken of here is the testimony of Jesus which is the spirit of prophecy.

     With these correct definitions in place lets reread Isaiah 8:20:
     “To the Bible and to the spirit of prophecy: if they speak not according to this word, [it is] because [there is] no light in them.”

     Some believe that the testimony of Jesus is just referring to the Bible and not to any other prophetic writings.  But Isaiah 8:20 does not say “To the Bible and to the Bible”, but “To the Bible and to the Spirit of Prophecy”.

4)    What does the Spirit of Prophecy mean?
     “And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that [was] upon him, and gave [it] unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, [that], when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease. Numbers 11:25.

     “And the spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy”. 1 Samuel 10:6.

     “Yet many years didst thou forbear them, and testifiedst against them by thy spirit in thy prophets: yet would they not give ear: therefore gavest thou them into the hand of the people of the lands.” Nehemiah 9:30.

     These passages reveal that the Holy Spirit will come upon an individual and they will then prophesy.  The Spirit of Prophecy then means that the Holy Spirit has inspired an individual to prophecy and speak the words of the Lord.

5)    It is not correct to believe that the prophets of the Lord ended with the death of all the apostles of Christ by the end of the first century AD.
     “And it shall come to pass afterward, [that] I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.  And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.  The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.  And it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.” Joel 2:28-32.

     “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.  And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.  And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” Revelation 6:12-17.

     These inspired verses reveal that after Israel would no longer be a nation under God, that the Holy Spirit would inspire even women to prophesy, dream and see visions from God for the benefit of the remnant.  This prophetic gift would occur after a great earthquake, the sun being turned into darkness, the moon into blood, the stars of heaven appearing to fall, and all just before the day when the Lord Jesus Christ comes the second time.
     All of these miraculous events have already occurred!

-- This great earthquake occurred on November 1, 1755.  It covered over 4 million square miles and was felt in Europe, Africa and across the sea in America.

-- The sun was turned into darkness on the day of May 19, 1780.  It was so dark at noon in the north-east of America that candles had to be lit in order to see.  For most of that night there were no moon or stars seen, and it was so dark that a sheet of white paper held just a few inches away from the face could not be seen.

-- The moon was turned into blood on the night of May 19, 1780.  When the moon was finally seen later that night it looked like a ball of dark red blood.

-- The stars/meteors falling from heaven occurred on the night of November 13, 1833.  The falling of these stars/meteors lasted for around 3 hours, and at one time it was estimated that 240,000 meteors were falling all at that same instant, making the night sky bright enough to read a newspaper.

     Since the final event occurred in November, 1833 then after this date God would pour the Holy Spirit upon even a woman who would prophesy and reveal God’s word of truth and instruction to His remnant people just before the coming of Christ.

6)    God poured His Spirit upon a young 17 year old woman named Ellen G. Harmon, who married James White.  Ellen White wrote down what God had revealed to her upon many different topics of truth over next 70 years of her work for God.  Her first vision occurred in December of 1844, and continued throughout the rest of her lifetime until her death on July 16, 1915.  The Holy Spirit had indeed inspired her to write an immense amount on the truth!
     “At the time of her death Ellen White's literary productions totaled approximately 100,000 pages: 24 books in current circulation; two book manuscripts ready for publication; 5,000 periodical articles in the journals of the church; more than 200 tracts and pamphlets; approximately 35,000 typewritten pages of manuscript documents and letters; 2,000 handwritten letters and diary materials comprising, when copied, another 15,000 typewritten pages. Compilations made after her death from Ellen White's writings bring the total number of books currently in print to more than 130.” Ellen G. White Estate website, subject on How many books and articles did Ellen White write?, at https://whiteestate.org/about/issues1/about-egw/writings/literary-productions/how-many-books/#:~:text=At%20the%20time%20of%20her,35%2C000%20typewritten%20pages%20of%20manuscript, accessed 4-25-24.

     Ellen White’s extensive writings and books made her “the most translated female non-fiction author in the history of literature, as well as the most translated American non-fiction author overall” (Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia, under Ellen G. White, at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_G._White, accessed 4-25-24).  She has been translated into 140 different languages, and even the Smithsonian places her among the top "100 Most Significant Americans of all time” (Smithsonian Magazine, November 17, 2014, article titled: Meet the 100 Most Significant Americans of All Time, by T.A. Frail, at https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonianmag/meet-100-most-significant-americans-all-time-180953341/, accessed 4-25-24.