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Vision in Ohio - March 14, 1858
   The Great Controversy Vision Lovett's Grove, Ohio
March 14, 1858

Ellen White was given a two part message from God for two hours. The first part was practical counsel to meet specific problems with the local congregation she was visiting and the second part was a broad message, a cosmic sweep of the ages-long war "beetween Christ and His angels, and Satan and his angels.
"As the Spirit of God has open to my mind the great truths of His Word, and the scenes of the past and the future, I have been bidden to make known to others that which has thus been revealed - to trace the history of the controversy in past ages, and especially so to present it as to shed a light on the fast-approaching struggle of the future."   GC pages x, xi
Satan tried to prevent the book from being written and struck her with a paralysis in Jackson, Michigan on March 16, 1858.  She did not think she would live through it. But God healed her and preserved her life from the attack of Satan. She had a work to do, God wanted a special book to be written.  That book started as the 219 page Spiritual Gifts, Volume 1 and over the next 40 years God added to it.
It finally appeared as the five volume Conflick of Ages series which were published as Patriarchs and Prophets (1890, 754 pages); Prophets and Kings (1917, 73 pages), The Desire of Ages (1898, 835 pages); The Acts of the Apostles (1911, 602 pages) and The Great Controversy (1911, 678 pages) - a total of 3,602 pages all grew from the earlier 219 page book, Spiritual Gifts, Volume 1
For details about her vision on March 14th and Satan's attack on March 16th read
The Biography of EGW by Arthur White
Chapter 24 of The Early Years
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