An Ellen G. White Testimony
accepted Jesus as his Savior.
I hope this testimony will move you the way it moved me.
Who is this Ellen White?
Artist Elfred Lee's Testimony of Rabbi Joe Kagan's Endorsement of Ellen G. White
"I met Rabbi Joe Kagan at Weimar Institute in CA. His family had come from Eastern Europe where
his aunt had been raped while a priest stood over her with a crucifix saying, "This is what you get for
killing Christ." So you can imagine the feeling of many Jews towards Christianity. American
Christians are not at all like Europeans.
His family moved to the US while he was young. At age 13 he debuted at Carnegie Hall as a cantor.
He had a beautiful, tenor voice. He received a very high education and became a rabbi. I met him in
his later years in 1978 after he had been on Ronald Reagan's staff in Sacramento as their research
man. If there were any questions about any subject, he was the one that did the research and found
He had a very negative attitude towards Christianity. He would never touch the New Testament.
However, he knew the Jewish Old Testament (Torah) extremely well as a highly educated rabbi
would. One day he got hold of a book called Patriarchs and Prophets by Ellen G. White. He read it
with astonishment and wanted to know who this Ellen White was. That is when I met him. He was
asking who is this Ellen G. White and what university did she attend. We told him she only had a 3rd
grade education. "Then where did she learn Hebrew?" he asked. We told him that she never knew
Hebrew, but was the most prolific female writer in history and that this was only one of her books.
He was amazed at her knowledge, saying that the information in this book (Patriarchs and Prophets)
is Mishnaic. The Mishnah is part of the Hebrew scholarship. He said the Mishnah had only been
translated into English 30 years ago and that only high-level rabbis knew this information. This is the
history of my people and it is very, very accurate. He also said that you have to know Hebrew to be
able to write like this because her sentence structure is not English, it's Hebrew. The rhythm the
meter, the arrangement of words and expressions are not English. He said it's as if she wrote in
Hebrew and it was translated into English.
My family and I developed a strong friendship with Joe, his wife and son.
As we studied the Bible and some Ellen White books together one day, he said, "I am convinced that
Ellen White was inspired by the same source that inspired the Hebrew prophets. I want to become a
Christian. I accept Jesus Christ as my Messiah." Now, he would not have come to Christ through
reading the Bible. Even though the Hebrew Bible is full of prophecies pointing to the Messiah, it took
Ellen White's writings to prove to him that Jesus Christ was the fulfillment of all the Hebrew
prophecies. And only then did he pick up the New Testament and read about his Jewish Messiah.
Many times I saw him cry. I was in the middle of a painting commission for a large mural called
"Christ The Way of Life" for the world headquarters of the Seventh Day Adventist church in
Washington DC. He became very involved with that painting. The painting had originally been
inspired by James and Ellen White who had commissioned an engraver to do a black and white
drawing of the subject. He confirmed to me that Ellen White's concept was very accurate on the
whole plan of salvation in both the Old and New Testament, but that the engraver had
misrepresented her concepts. So he helped me in many details to make the painting historically and
theologically accurate; especially regarding the sanctuary section, the Hebrew writing on the cross
and the last supper scene. He told me to paint Jesus and his disciples at an oriental style table,
sitting on mats on the floor - not Roman couches as the medieval artists painted. Further, he said
their heads would be covered and he made sure I painted the wine, the unleavened bread and the
bitter herbs and their symbolism exactly as they would have been.
He approved of the whole painting and we had an unveiling ceremony at the Auburn SDA church in
late 1979. He had written a song to go with the painting and sat at the organ as we unveiled the
painting. He wept as he sang the words of Jesus on the cross quoting Isaiah, "Eli, Eli, lama
sabachthani?" He sang and sang and wept and wept, his whole body shaking.
There was not a dry eye in the whole church. His voice was so beautiful.
The original painting hangs in the new SDA world headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland where
they have posters and bible studies of the painting. I could never have done it without the inspiration
of Rabbi Kagan and Ellen White.
I wish they were still alive!
We were at his secret baptism in the Bear River above Sacramento on Saturday night Dec 22 1979.
There were four of us present. He could not even tell his wife and son that he was now a Christian.
As he came up out of the cold water praising God and singing to his new Messiah, he said, "I am
now a completed Jew. I have now accepted the Old and New Testament and the Messiah that all
Jewish prophets told us about!"
I was recently in Europe giving some workshops on art and some of my archaeological work in the
Middle East. I happened to meet a Jewish family from Israel. Shalom David was originally from Iraq
and his wife from Chile.
They were now attending a college in Europe where I met with quite a bit of opposition to the writings
of Ellen White. This Jewish family invited me to their home for Shabbat (Friday night supper.) It was
a most enjoyable occasion as his wife and beautiful children sang and celebrated the arrival of
Sabbath as Jews have done for thousands of years. I told them the story of Rabbi Kagan and he got
very excited. He said, "The same thing happened to me! I would have rather burned the bible then
touch it! I wanted nothing to do with Christianity, but I also read the writings of Ellen White and the
Spirit of God was on that woman. Her writings are as if she wrote in Hebrew.
You can definitely hear the Hebrew rhythm, meter and expressions in her books. I also believe she
was inspired by the same source as the Hebrew prophets. And she has helped me fall in love with
Jesus Christ, my Messiah."
I just met yesterday with a rabbi living here in California - Rabbi Ben.
It was a follow up to a Sabbath meal I was invited to this last Sabbath with him and a group of
Adventists. He went through the whole ceremony at the meal just like Rabbi Kagan and my new
friend (Shalom David) in Europe had.
So yesterday we were talking over Hebrew ceremonies and how they are still effective in healing
Rabbi Ben told me that he has also had the same experience. He hated the bible but that Ellen
White brought him to Christ and helped him read the New Testament and fall in love with the
Messiah. He also told me that he had gone to visit one of the most influential rabbis in America who
is in his 90s who must remain unnamed. While in this rabbi's library talking, he was scanning the
many, many books on his walls and there he saw the book Patriarchs and Prophets by Ellen white.
Rabbi Ben asked him about it and where he had gotten it, "Why do you have this book by a
The rabbi said, "This is a very authoritative source on our history."
If you really want to experience the Word of God in a more clear manner, try this.
Some of you use "bible helps" from a diverse group of authors like Spurgeon,
Easton, and even Scofield. Why not try this one time. Each morning as you read the
Word, try reading one chapter at a time. After each chapter look into Sister White's
writings to see what she says about that particular chapter. (You can access her
work online here) After doing this for a few days you will find that she never uses
words like the others. Words like "maybe", "perhaps", "could be", and "possible"
are NEVER found in her explanations of the Scriptures. Reason being is, like a true
prophet will always do, she points RIGHT TO THE VERSE in the Scripture that
explains the one in question. It's amazing how much you may be missing! So far,
everyone I shared this method of study with have 100% of the time closed the
"bible helps" from the other "authors" to never peer into again and opened Ellen
Try it! What have you got to lose?
For those that claim Ellen White is a False Prophet.
Online you will find many websites claiming Ellen White is a false prophet, a
plagiarist, and some even claim she is a witch. When I first heard of her I ran into
these websites and the quotes they said were from her seemed very convincing
that yes she was evil. Then I ran across the "official" Ellen White website that
stores her writings and I soon started to realize something rather strange. She
appeared well versed in Scripture with an uncanny ability to define prophetic
symbolism as well as doctrine, and I wasn't seeing the strange quotes the
anti-Ellen White sites claimed were authentic. I also noticed the "official" site had a
search engine built in it. So I decided to go back to those anti-Ellen White websites
and found something quite interesting. On those anti-Ellen White websites they
had certain quotes from her that appeared to make her come off as false. So, I
copied the quotes into the computer's clipboard. (highlight a sentence or two, and
hit CTRL C) Then I pasted those quotes (CTRL V) into the search engine box on the
official Ellen White website, and here's what I found...
Around 80% of the quotes were not on her website! They simply lied on those
anti-Ellen White websites hoping no one will check them out.
Around 20% of the quotes were in fact in her writings, however when you read the
paragraphs before and after the quote you see she was taken completely out of
context by the anti-Ellen White sites to make it appear she was saying something
she never said!
With that said... The fact they attack her using such deceptive methods proves one
thing. Satan fears her!
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