have heard, or read, several times recently, "What's all this talk about keeping the Biblical Feasts? I've never read that Ellen White wrote about keeping the Feasts." The object of this study is to present quotations from the pen of Ellen White that discuss a call to observe "Feasts unto the Lord." Let me be quick to point out that from my own personnel study (unless I mis-read her) I believe that Ellen White never had a burden to keep the Scripturally defined appointed times for worship, established by the Almighty. It is my belief that Ellen White believed that the laws that required observance of the Biblical Feasts were binding in principle. Not only Ellen, but also her husband James believed that the requirements contained in the laws requiring observance of the Biblical Feasts were satisfied by the attendance of Campmeeting. Here then are quotations from Ellen White and one from her husband, James, regarding observance of the Biblical Feasts.
In the following statements, Ellen White invites us to keep "holy convocations," "festivals," "unto God."
"Would it not be well for us to observe holidays unto God, when we could revive in our minds the memory of His dealing with us? Would it not be well to consider His past blessings, to remember the impressive warnings that have come home to our souls, so that we shall not forget God?
"Shall not the people of God more frequently have holy convocations in which to thank God for His rich blessings?" Ellen White, Counsels To Parents, Teachers, and Students, page 343.
Please note that the words, "holy convocation" appear in Scripture only in relation to the Biblical Feasts.
"Shall we not keep holy festivals unto God?" Ellen White, Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, page 371.
"The principles set forth in Deuteronomy for the instruction of Israel are to be followed by God's people to the end of time." Prophets and Kings, page 570.
"Parents should feel it a sacred duty to instruct their children in the statutes and requirements of God as well as in the prophecies." Ellen G. White, Counsels on Sabbath School Work, page 56.