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The Great Second Advent Movement: Its Rise and Progress

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    Two Dreams Fulfilled

    Elder Bates had never been in the room where the meeting was to be held, and therefore knew nothing of its situation. The night before the meeting, he dreamed of being in the room, and that every seat was occupied except the one just by the door. He also dreamed that he changed his subject from that on which he intended to speak, and spoke on the sanctuary question; that they had sung the first hymn, prayed, and sung the second hymn, and he had just opened his Bible and was reading, “Unto two thousand and three hundred days, then shall the sanctuary be cleansed,” pointing to the figure of the sanctuary on the chart, when the door opened, and a young lady entered and took her seat in the vacant chair. He also dreamed that the person was Annie R. Smith, and that she at once became interested, and embraced the truth.GSAM 313.4

    Elder Bates’s meeting was on the Sabbath (Saturday), and as there was no school that day, Annie said, “Just to please my mother, I’ll go.” The night before that Sabbath she dreamed that she went, and was late; that on arriving at the door the first hymn had been sung, prayer offered, and they were just concluding the second hymn; that as she entered, she observed that every chair was occupied but the one by the door; that a tall, noble, pleasant speaker was pointing to a chart such as she had never seen before, and was repeating, “Unto two thousand and three hundred days, then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.” She dreamed that what he said greatly interested her, and that it was the truth.GSAM 314.1

    She started for the meeting in ample time, but missed the way, so failed to get there until the singing of the last of the second hymn. When she entered, everything was exactly as she had seen it in the dream, and the identical man of her dream was repeating, in the same manner, the text from Daniel 8:14. It struck conviction to her heart at once.GSAM 314.2

    Elder Bates had not thought of his dream until she entered the door and took her seat. He had prepared to talk on another subject, but his mind would rest on the sanctuary question. While he was repeating the text, his dream flashed into his mind, and silently he prayed for help to speak to the hearts of his hearers. He had great freedom in explaining the passing of the time, with which Annie was familiar. Then he set forth the truth of the third angel’s message and the Sabbath.GSAM 314.3

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