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The Great Controversy

by Ellen G. White


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Ellen Gould White (1827-1915) was a 19th century American religious leader who started the movement which later became the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The Great Controversy, a narrative of immense cosmic conflict through Biblical times down to the 19th century, was written on the back of a stack of hat advertising flyers. In the wake of the Great Disappointment, where William Miller's prediction that the world would end on October 22, 1844, White had visions and prophesized that Jesus Christ would return to earth, and his believers would ascend to heaven with him. This book elaborates that worldview, written down as a narrative of a sequence of visions.

The source for this electronic text was downloaded from the Early SDA website. This was created from the first edition of 1858, which was substantially shorter and much different from the successive versions published in 1888 and 1911, which are available at The Ellen G. White Estate site.

Title Page
Chapter 1. The Fall of Satan
Chapter 2. The Fall of Man
Chapter 3. The Plan of Salvation
Chapter 4. The First Advent of Christ
Chaper 5. The Ministry of Christ
Chapter 6. The Transfiguration
Chapter 7. The Betrayal of Christ
Chapter 8. The Trial of Christ
Chapter 9. The Crucifixion of Christ
Chapter 10. The Resurrection of Christ
Chapter 11. The Ascension of Christ
Chapter 12. The Disciples of Christ
Chapter 13. The Death of Stephen
Chapter 14. The Conversion of Saul
Chapter 15. The Jews Decided to Kill Paul
Chapter 16. Paul Visited Jerusalem
Chapter 17. The Great Apostasy
Chapter 18. Mystery of Iniquity
Chapter 19. Death, Not Eternal Life in Misery
Chapter 20. The Reformation
Chapter 21. The Church and World United
Chapter 22. William Miller
Chapter 23. The First Angel's Message
Chapter 24. The Second Angel’s Message
Chapter 25. Advent Movement Illustrated
Chapter 26. Another Illustration
Chapter 27. The Sanctuary
Chapter 28. The Third Angel's Message
Chapter 29. A Firm Platform
Chapter 30. Spiritualism
Chapter 31. Covetousness
Chapter 32. The Shaking
Chapter 33. The Sins of Babylon
Chapter 34. The Loud Cry
Chapter 35. The Third Message Closed
Chapter 36. The Time of Jacob's Trouble
Chapter 37. Deliverance of the Saints
Chapter 38. The Saints' Reward
Chapter 39. The Earth Desolated
Chapter 40. The Second Resurrection
Chapter 41. The Second Death