Recently, I was reading Beginning Apologetics #8, The End Times: What Catholics Believe about the Second Coming, the Rapture, Heaven, Hell, Purgatory, and Indulgences (San Juan Catholic Seminars). I am Catholic and I found this very useful because it helped me understand how to explain what I believe to others.
However, it made me wonder how some Christians, like Seventh Day Adventists, rationalize it to themselves, when their own Church founders contradict Scrpiture. Wouldn`t one sign of a false prophet, be that they contradict Scripture in their teachings? Or does this come from misinterpreting or not fully understanding the Bible? For example, in Matthew 24:43, Jesus says “you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.” Acts 1:7 also tells us we cannot know the times or seasons and Jesus again says “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by his own authority.”
Scripture tells us that “False Christs and false prophets will arise and show signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect.” (Mark 13:22).
On one hand, Ellen White fits the description of a false prophet precisely. On the other hand, maybe that is giving her too much credit. She might have had sincere intentions, but been affected by a medical condition that led her to believe she was actually a prophet. Or like many others, she might have been manipulating others for her own gain. Her intent does not distract from her false teachings though.
How do so many sincere Adventists reconcile their doctrine that contradicts Scripture on the end of times and the second coming of Jesus? Do they dismiss this part of Scripture, or do they interpret it differently, or do they claim it is “revelation” and God`s teachings have changed?
If any former Adventists, or current Adventists, could help clarify this, I would appreciate it.