One of the prophecies of Ellen White was that Old Jerusalem would never be rebuilt. To be sure we should look at her statements in full context.
“Then I was pointed to some who are in the great error of believing that it is their duty to go to Old Jerusalem, and think they have a work to do there before the Lord comes. Such a view is calculated to take the mind and interest from the present work of the Lord, under the message of the third angel; for those who think that they are yet to go to Jerusalem will have their minds there, and their means will be withheld from the cause of present truth to get themselves and others there. I saw that such a mission would accomplish no real good, that it would take a long while to make a very few of the Jews believe even in the first advent of Christ, much more to believe in His second advent. I saw that Satan had greatly deceived some in this thing and that souls all around them in this land could be helped by them and led to keep the commandments of God, but they were leaving them to perish. I also saw that Old Jerusalem never would be built up; and that Satan was doing his utmost to lead the minds of the children of the Lord into these things now, in the gathering time, to keep them from throwing their whole interest into the present work of the Lord, and to cause them to neglect the necessary preparation for the day of the Lord..” Early Writings, p. 75
What stands out above is first that she is rebuking those who would go to Israel and preach the Word. This is very troubling, preaching the Word to the Jewish people is a very important thing to do. We are charged by Christ to do this everywhere and to everybody. But apparently Ellen White believes there just isn’t enough time to suffer the Jews and I take offense to that even though I myself am not Jewish.
Second she states that “Old Jerusalem never would be built up”. This is a testable claim. Before getting started though we should try to define what Old Jerusalem is.
“The Old City (Hebrew: העיר העתיקה, Ha’Ir Ha’Atiqah, Arabic: البلدة القديمة, al-Balda al-Qadimah, Turkish: Kudüs, Armenian: Երուսաղեմի հին քաղաք, Yerusaghemi hin k’aghak’ ) is a 0.9 square kilometers (0.35 sq mi) walled area within the modern city of Jerusalem. Until 1860, when the Jewish neighborhood Mishkenot Sha’ananim was established, this area constituted the entire city of Jerusalem. The Old City is home to several sites of key religious importance: the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque for Muslims, the Temple Mountand Western Wall for Jews and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for Christians, It was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site List in 1981.” – Wikipedia
There is actually a distinction between Old and New Jerusalem. Since the above article identifies the Dome of the Rock as part of Old Jerusalem I will try to focus on that area. Let’s post some pre 1948 pictures of Israel to establish a baseline.
And if you observe the picture below, you will see a modern electrical grid and other vast improvements have been added to that same area of the city.
Not only does this meet the definition of building up Old Jerusalem, it surpasses it. When Ellen White made her prophecy there was no electricity in Old Jerusalem. But above we find that such improvements have been added.
Not just electricity either, it turns out they have added a modern plumbing system in Jerusalem as well. Not only can it be used for the basic necessities of life, but it appears they know how to have some fun with it.
In addition to this Israel has a modern military defending Jerusalem, complete with Iron Dome. This sophisticated system can intercept and destroy missiles intended to harm their people right out of the sky.
The fact is that Ellen White is simply wrong. Old Jerusalem was more than rebuilt, they improved upon it. To claim otherwise has to invoke some kind of bizarre special pleading. Keep in mind that Mormons make the same leaps of logic and reason to appeal for Joseph Smith’s false prophecies.