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Over the last few days, there has been discussion as to whether Ellen White needs to be interpreted or not. Needless to say there are two sides to the argument, and I don't think it is always so clear as to what the conclusion should be.

I would like to submit a quote from Ellen White for discussion, and I'd like to see if I can learn something from the discussion. It is one of those things that currently has opposing interpretations as to its meaning. It is an example of the difficulty of interpretation, and whether we need to interpret or not.

This quote has probably been used more by opponents of the lunar calendar than any other. I have had responses from long time friends that hang their entire argument about the lunar calendar issue on this quote alone, with no scripture suggestions with it.

For purposes of this discussion, I would like to see the focus on the words "successive weeks." Here's the reason why. These two words are the crux of the argument between the opponents and proponents of the calendar arguments.

The opponents of the lunar calendar, of course, see this as confirmation of the "continuous weekly cycle," while the proponents see it as the 4 "successive weeks" in each biblical month, which is renewed at the beginning of the month.

So you see, each side views this quote from entirely different perspectives. So do we look at it through our traditional rose colored glasses, or do we need a new set of specs.

I realize this quote is referring to the argument as to whether the days are literal 24 hour periods, or larger, longer periods of time. But that doesn't mean there are not other issues included in the quote.

Here's the quote:

Like the Sabbath, the week originated at creation, and it has been preserved and brought down to us through Bible history. God Himself measured off the first week as a sample for successive weeks to the close of time. Like every other, it consisted of seven literal days. Six days were employed in the work of creation; upon the seventh, God rested, and He then blessed this day and set it apart as a day of rest for man. {PP 111.1}

So, let's hear what you think?

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