Probation (Separate page)

 Quotations from the writings of Ellen G. White with the word . . .

                      P r o b a t i o n               ( 11  RELATED  PHRASES )                             

              The  word  'probation'  appears  1,236 times in the writings of Ellen White                     See page on Original Site

           +     Second probation  ( 70 )   >   no second probation  (  )


        - -  Time  of  probation  - -  ( see favorites below )

           +++    Time of probation  ( 42 )    +   probationary time  ( 204 )

           +     Period of probation  ( 69 )   >   granted a period of probation  (  )


                                                       Close  of  probation    ( appears 84 times )                                                  


              +     Close of probation  ( 84 )

              +     Before the close of probation  (  )   >  prior to the close of probation (  )

                        >   Approach the close of probation  ( none )

             +     Near the close of probation  ( 14 )   >  Nearer to the close of probation  (  )
                                                                                >  Living near the close of probation  (  )
                                                                                >  Satan's work near the close of probation  (  )

             +     After the close of probation  (  )

             +     End of probation  ( 10 )   >   probation is ended  (  )  (see favorites below )


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   True, there had been a failure as to the expected event, but even this could not shake their faith in the word of God. When Jonah proclaimed in the streets of Nineveh that within forty days the city would be overthrown, the Lord accepted the humiliation of the Ninevites and extended their period of probation; yet the message of Jonah was sent of God, and Nineveh was tested according to His will. Adventists believed that in like manner God had led them to give the warning of the judgment. “It has,” they declared, “tested the hearts of all who heard it, and awakened a love for the Lord’s appearing; or it has called forth a hatred, more or less perceivable, but known to God, of His coming. It has drawn a line, ... so that those who will examine their own hearts, may know on which side of it they would have been found, had the Lord then come—whether they would have exclaimed, ‘Lo! this is our God, we have waited for Him, and He will save us;’ or whether they would have called to the rocks and mountains to fall on them to hide them from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb. God thus, as we believe, has tested His people, has tried their faith, has proved them, and seen whether they would shrink, in the hour of trial, from the position in which He might see fit to place them; and whether they would relinquish this world and rely with implicit confidence in the word of God.”The Advent Herald and Signs of the Times Reporter, vol. 8, No. 14 (Nov 13, 1844).  Great Controversy, page 406.1  Read entire chapter 22


   We are all on trial during probationary time, and those who consent to receive the moral image of God become like him in character. But if they refuse the character of Christ, heaven is lost to them. And when we have so gracious an opportunity of working out our own victory through our choice of the character we form, why will we not lay hold of the Saviour, and by faith receive his merits, and perfect a character like his? Satan is playing the game of life for every soul; Christ is at work for every soul. “As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them which believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” { 1888 1428.2 } 


God allows men a period of probation; but there is a point beyond which divine patience is exhausted, and the judgments of God are sure to follow. The Lord bears long with men, and with cities, mercifully giving warnings to save them from divine wrath; but a time will come when pleadings for mercy will no longer be heard, and the rebellious element that continues to reject the light of truth will be blotted out, in mercy to themselves and to those who would otherwise be influenced by their example. { PK 276.3}  Read entire chapter 22


   The Father consulted His Son in regard to at once carrying out their purpose to make man to inhabit the earth. He would place man upon probation to test his loyalty before he could be rendered eternally secure. If he endured the test wherewith God saw fit to prove him, he should eventually be equal with the angels. He was to have the favor of God, and he was to converse with angels, and they with him. He did not see fit to place them beyond the power of disobedience.  { Story of Redemption, page 19.2} 




When the work of the investigative judgment closes, the destiny of all will have been decided for life or death. Probation is ended a short time before the appearing of the Lord in the clouds of heaven. Christ in the Revelation, looking forward to that time, declares: "He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be." Revelation 22:11, 12.  {GC 490.2}  Read entire chapter 28


   Now, just now, is our time of probation, wherein we are to prepare for heaven. Christ gave His life that we might have this probation. But so long as time shall last, Satan will strive for the mastery over us. He works with power to lead men to become absorbed in money getting. He invents many kinds of amusement, so that their minds may be engrossed with worldly pleasure. He would have them forget all about the inward adorning—the adorning of a meek and quiet spirit—which in the sight of God is of great price. He is determined that every moment shall be filled with efforts to carry out ambitious projects or to amuse and gratify self.... { HP 346.2} 








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