Last night I lay a dreaming…. Visions of Old Jerusalem


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.


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4 Responses to Last night I lay a dreaming…. Visions of Old Jerusalem

  1. Isaac Renova says:

    Yes, but can Jews in Jerusalem die today??? Joel 2:2,8 says that the Jerusalem that is to be rebuilt shall not die by the sword or taste death.


    Question No. 43:

    How do you reconcile “The Shepherd’s Rod” teaching that the Davidian Kingdom is again to be set up in Palestine, [when] “Early Writings,” pp. 75, 76 [says]: “Old Jerusalem never would be built up”? – {2ANS 86.1}


    The context of the “Early Writings”[page 75] statement reveals that it refers to the Jewish Zionist Movement, and it shows that the Movement’s avowed purpose to re-establish a national Jewish Homeland, centered in Jerusalem proper, will never be realized that never will Old Jerusalem be rebuilt in accordance with the Zionist interpretation, and never will the non-Christian Jews be the subjects of the Kingdom. (See Tract No. 8, Mount Sion at the Eleventh Hour.) – {2ANS 86.2}

    Prophet Ellen G White in “Early Writings” page 75 is referring to the non-Cristian Jews or Hebrews to be the “Old Jerusalem [that] never would be built up”
    Jerusalem, however, will be rebuilt, by this we mean that all of the scattered 12 tribes of Israel will be reunited into 144,000 numbered saints (Revelation 7:4) by God’s divine hand to lead the next Pentecostal outpouring of the Holy Spirit to save a “great multitude”(Revelation 7:9) from the enslaving and devastating world order of the mark of the beast (Obadiah 1:21, Ezekiel 36, Revelation 7, Revelation 14, Joel 2).

    The 144,000 saints of God will fulfill Ezekiel 36, Daniel 2:44, Joel 2:2,8, Zechariah 12:3, Obadiah 1:21, Zephaniah 3:13, Isaiah 62, Isaiah 66, and many other unfulfilled prophecies before the second coming of The Lord Jesus.

    The major difference, however, is that this Jerusalem or Israel that is to be rebuilt will be believing Christians that actually have blood lineage from the 12 tribes of Israel. This reunion and rebuilding seems impossible, for the 12 tribes of Israel are scattered abroad the world (James 1:1). But, “the things which are impossible with men are possible with God”(Luke 18:27).

    Therefore, the old Jerusalem composed of non-Cristian Israelites will not be rebuilt, but the new Jerusalem composed of Cristian and blood lineage Israelites will be rebuilt. This indeed will be new. This premillennial kingdom of the 144,000 saints does not disregard the translation of the resurrected righteous dead, with the 144,000, and the “great multitude” to the kingdom of heaven during the millennium. The Lord Jesus’ second coming and translation of all His saints to the kingdom of heaven during the millennium still applies.


    • Armchair Theologian says:

      I think you’re giving her way too much credit. I understand her statement as being built up at all. And it was so there you go.

      She didn’t reflect the kind of eschatology you’re putting forth anyways. Remember, she was very clear that the second coming was mere months from pretty much any point she was writing.

      Also I would disagree that the 144,000 is a literal number of Jewish lineage. For example, in revelation 7:4 John heard the group. But in verse 9 he saw them. When he hears the number it’s 144,000 and when he sees the group it’s a countless multitude of every tribe nation and tongue.

      What you have here is apocalyptic language teaching a point. You can’t change the number of Gods elect. But you can’t count them either.

      And I really don’t think it is fair to brush all those prophecies off as unfulfilled. The apostles were very clear that we are living in the millennium right now.

      See you get into alot of trouble when you mix fundamentalism, extra Biblical revelation, and a denial of the apocalyptic genre as being a thing. What you’re left with is a chicken little sky is falling eschatology always in fear of the last things.

      No disrespect, that’s just how I’m calling it. God bless and thanks for reading and commenting.


  2. Marian says:

    You said that Joseph Smith had false prophecies. I have jet seen evidence of any false prophecies that Joseph Smith said.


    • ACTheologian says:

      Considering the target audience I didn’t feel I had the need to demonstrate that. One day I will though.

      The fact that he denied the Trinity though speaks volumes all on its own.


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