For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle? – 1 Corinthians 4:8
Light Bearers and the Adventist Pioneer Library are passionate about an accurate recounting of history. Why is this important?
“The first step in liquidating a people is to erase its memory. Destroy its books, its culture, its history.… Before long the nation will begin to forget what it is, and what it was.” These words, penned by historian Milan Hübl, express the critical role that history plays in the identity of any people group.
The human race is encountering issues that can only be solved by knowing the original history and principles found in Genesis 1-11. Western civilization (from Western Asia, through North Africa, into Western Europe, and the New World) has yet to learn the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation, as well as their global application. The very identity of the United States of America, as determined by its founding documents, is being challenged to an unprecedented degree.
Meanwhile, our Seventh-day Adventist Church continues with its “identity crisis,” wrestling with issues such as the validity of landmark teachings as well as the practicality of organizational structure.
History is like a puzzle, and one must have enough of the pieces to see the picture as it is. Twice in the Bible, the view of the final judgment is when “the books were opened” (Daniel 7:10; Revelation 20:12). The official, complete historical records are in heaven, but God has preserved many records here on earth. His clear desire is for the human race to have access to enough of earth’s records to make intelligent decisions about the past and the future. He is making it increasingly possible for both history and prophecy to be accessed and understood.
At the Adventist Pioneer Library, our sincere desire is to see history speak accurately. We want our records to match God’s record above as closely as possible. We have seen over and over again that an accurate understanding of God’s guidance and teaching in the past, leads to an eager and informed acceptance of the biblical worldview.
He is making it increasingly possible for both history and prophecy to be accessed and understood.
Ellen White spoke to the critical role history plays in sustaining and strengthening our faith:
“Messages of every order and kind have been urged upon Seventh-day Adventists, to take the place of the truth which, point by point, has been sought out by prayerful study, and testified to by the miracle-working power of the Lord. But the waymarks which have made us what we are, are to be preserved, and they will be preserved, as God has signified through His word and the testimony of His Spirit. He calls upon us to hold firmly, with the grip of faith, to the fundamental principles that are based upon unquestionable authority” (Ellen White, Counsels to Writers and Editors, p. 52).
The Adventist Pioneer Library exists to bring relevant biblical and church history to your fingertips. Check out our resources at www.aplib.org. Our pioneer collection of writings continues to be distributed in digital form online and in mobile and desktop applications produced by the Ellen G. White Estate. Most recently, a free native Mac app (macOS) was released that includes our non-Ellen-White pioneer writings (see www.EllenWhite.org).
We continue to bring back into print key pioneer books. Since we last reported in October 2016, the following six titles are now available:
- Daniel and the Revelation (by Uriah Smith, 1897, the last edition before his death)
- Ecclesiastical Empire (by A. T. Jones, 1901, one of his Empire Series, from the fall of Rome to the United States of America)
- Great Empires of Prophecy (by A. T. Jones, 1898, one of his Empire Series, from Babylon to the fall of Rome)
- The Peril of the Republic of the United States of America (by Percy T. Magan, 1899)
- Estudos em Educação Cristã (Portuguese translation of E. A. Sutherland’s Studies in Christian Education)
- As Aventuras do Capitão José Bates (Portuguese translation of The Autobiography of Elder Joseph Bates)
By the time you read this, another Portuguese translation will be complete, and an additional two Spanish translations are coming soon.
Due to a generous donor, we have sponsored an upcoming bulk printing in Brazil by our partner there, Editora dos Pioneiros. They will print the Portuguese versions of The Autobiography of Elder Joseph Bates, Daniel and the Revelation, History of the Sabbath and First Day of the Week, and Studies in Christian Education.
By the time you read this, another Portuguese translation will be complete…
The development is underway of our text-to-speech app that will enable mobile devices to read the pioneer book text files.
Keep in touch by monitoring our website, www.APLib.org.
Thank you for your prayers and support!