WHEN DID THE SABBATH BEGIN?
THE SEVENTH DAY SABBATH,
A PERPETUAL SIGN,
FROM THE BEGINNING
TO THE ENTERING INTO THE GATES OF THE HOLY CITY,
ACCORDING TO THE COMMANDMENT
"Then the Sabbath begins precisely at 6 o'clock on Friday evening,
every where on this globe,
and ends at the same period on what we call Saturday evening."
He learned of the Sabbath from a Millerite preacher named Thomas M Preble who was a Baptist minister. Preble accepted the Sabbath in 1844, and is thought to have learned it from a Seventh-day Baptist woman named Rachel Oakes.
In 1847 Ellen White writes in her book, EARLY WRITINGS on page 32, "I saw an angel flying swiftly to me. He quickly carried me from the earth to the Holy City. In the city I saw a temple, which I entered... In the holiest I saw an ark... In the ark was... the tables of stone... Jesus opened them, and I saw the ten commandments written on them with the finger of God... the fourth, the Sabbath commandment, shone above them all; for the Sabbath was set apart to be kept in honor of God's holy name."
Ellen White and the new church kept the Sabbath from 6:00 pm to 6:00 pm for nine years, from 1846 until 1855. In 1855 Ellen White had a vision and the angel said to her, "From even unto even, shall ye celebrate your Sabbath." Said the angel: "Take the word of God, read it, understand, and ye cannot err. Read carefully, and ye shall there find what even is, and when it is." I asked the angel if the frown of God had been upon His people for commencing the Sabbath as they had... I inquired why it had been thus, that at this late day we must change the time of commencing the Sabbath. Said the angel: "Ye shall understand, but not yet, not yet."
Notice a number of things:
[Written by Clifford Scott. For more info see: www.CliffsPages.com/SDAproblems]