Quotes about Scriptures 

   "The Bible was not written for the scholar alone, on the contrary, it was designed for the common people."   Steps to Christ p. 89

   "The prophets of God spoke less for their own time than for the ages to come, and especially for the generation that would live amid the last scenes of this earth's history."  Signs of the Times 1-13-1898

   "Let us give more time to the study of the Bible. We do not understand the Word as we should. The book of Revelation opens with an injunction to us to understand the instruction that it contains....When we as a people understand what this book means to us, there will be seen among us a great revival. We do not understand fully the lessons that it teaches, notwithstanding the injunction given us to search and study it." 4 Manuscript Releases 287


More to Bible than Surface Truth

   "It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter."      Pro. 25:2

    "And hath made us kings and priests unto God..."       Rev. 1:6

   "But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom,...yea, the deep things of God....comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."       1Cor. 2:5-14

   "Some portions of the Scriptures are indeed too plain to be misunderstood: but there are others whose meaning does not lie on the surface, to be seen at a glance."                    Steps to Christ p.90

   "In the Scriptures thousands of gems of truth lie hidden from the surface seeker. The mine of truth is never exhausted. The more you search the Scriptures with humble hearts, the greater will be your interest."                 My Life Today p.22

   "We do not perceive the meaning of the Word of God without much study; but the reward of the study of the Bible is exceedingly precious to him who fears God, and earnestly searches for truth as for hidden treasure. At the present day there are a large number in our churches who are not sufficiently interested in Bible study to seek to understand the mysteries of truth. They do not go below the surface. Those who are living in these last days, who acknowledge the binding claims of the law of God, have no ordinary responsibility. They are not to be satisfied with the surface truths. That which lies plainly revealed, which costs us no effort, will not be esteemed as highly as the treasure that costs us diligent, prayerful research and investigation. Celestial truth is represented as treasure hid in a field,..."      Review & Herald 11-15-1892


    "I have been shown that in both the Old and New Testaments are mines of truth that have scarcely been touched. The truths revealed in the Old Testament are the truths of the gospel of Christ. Heavenly veins of truth are lying beneath the surface of Old Testament history. Precious pearls of truth are to be gathered up, which will require not only laborious effort, but spiritual enlightenment. Those to whom Christ has intrusted great light, whom he has surrounded with precious opportunities, are in danger, if they do not walk in this light, of being filled with pride of opinion and self-exaltation as were the Jews. This class is represented by the message to the Laodicean church....We should study closely the meaning of the gold, white raiment, and eye-salve, lest we be found in self-deception, satisfied with what we are, and the attainments we have made."  Review and Herald 2-4-1890


     "There should be more earnest study of the Scriptures. I have been deeply impressed with the importance of studying the book of Daniel in connection with the smaller prophets, especially Malachi. And we need to give careful attention also to the lessons taught in the building of the tabernacle and the temple, and in the temple service. Through the prophets God has given a delineation of what will come to pass in the last days of this earth's history, and the Jewish economy is full of instruction for us."  Review and Herald 11-10-1896


Dual Application of Prophetic History

   "Those things which have been will be repeated."  1 Manuscript Releases p. 47


   "We have no time to lose. Troublous times are before us. The world is stirred with the spirit of war. Soon the scenes of trouble spoken of in the prophecies will take place. The prophecy in the eleventh of Daniel has nearly reached its complete fulfillment. Much of the history that has taken place in fulfillment of this prophecy will be repeated."      13 Manuscript Releases p. 394


   "I am often referred to the parable of the ten virgins,...This parable has been and will be fulfilled to the very letter, for it has a special application to this time, and, like the third angel's message, has been fulfilled and will continue to be present truth till the close of time."  Review & Herald 8-19-1890


   "Write in a book the things which thou hast seen and heard, and let it go to all people, for the time is at hand when past history will be repeated."  3 Selected Messages p.113


   "Satan and his agents have the same spirit still; and the history of the past will be repeated in our day." Review & Herald 3-18-1884


   "Bear this in mind. History is being repeated. The perils that God's people encountered in past ages, they will encounter again, intensified."  13 Manuscript Releases p. 380


   "In the prophecy of Jerusalem's destruction Christ said, 'Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.' This prophecy will again be fulfilled." Maranatha p.19


   "The Bible has accumulated and bound up together its treasures for this last generation. All the great events and solemn transactions of Old Testament history have been, and are, repeating themselves in the church in these last days."  3 Selected Messages p.339


   "Those who will devote their powers to the study of God's word, and especially the prophecies referring to these last days, will be rewarded by the discovery of important truths."  Signs of the Times  4-18-1900