The following parallels which are not found in the book Story of redemption are traced in other books of Ellen White. This affords us further proof of how well acquainted Ellen White was with Paradise Lost.
1. Satan and his followers destroyed, the Earth Purified
Ellen White: “In the cleansing flames the wicked are at last destroyed, root and branch – Satan the root, his followers the branches… Satan’s work of ruin is forever ended… The great controversy is ended. Sin and sinners are no more. The entire universe is clean. One pulse of harmony and gladness beats through the vast creation. From Him who created all, flow life and light and gladness, throughout the realms of illimitable space. From the minutest atom to the greatest world, all things, animate and inanimate, in their unshadowed beauty and perfect joy, declare that God is love” (Great Controversy, pp. 673, 6787).
John Milton: “…thy Saviour and thy Lord, Last in the Clouds from Heav’n to be reveald
In glory of the Father, to dissolve Satan with his perverted World, then raise From the conflagrant mass, purg’d and refin’d, New Heav’ns, new Earth, Ages of endless date Founded in righteousness and peace and love To bring forth fruits Joy and eternal Bliss.” (Paradise Lost, Book XII, 544-551).
2. Eden Restored
Ellen White: “The Garden of Eden remained upon the earth long after man had become an outcast from its pleasant paths… But in the final restitution, when there shall be “a new heaven and a new earth” (Revelation 21:1), it is to be restored more gloriously adorned than at the beginning” (Patriarchs and prophets, p. 62).
John Milton: “To judge th’ unfaithful dead, but to reward His faithful, and receave them into bliss, Whether in Heav’n or Earth, for then the Earth Shall all be Paradise, far happier place
Then this of Eden, and far happier daies” (Paradise Lost, Book XII, 461-465).
3. The first sin
Ellen White: “With Christ, as with the holy pair in Eden, appetite was the ground of the first great temptation… As by the indulgence of appetite Adam fell, so by the denial of appetite Christ must overcome” (DA, p. 117).
John Milton: “This more delusive, not the touch, but taste Deceav’d; they fondly thinking to allay Thir appetite with gust, instead of Fruit Chewd bitter Ashes, which th’ offended taste With spattering noise rejected” (Paradise Lost, Book IX, 563-567, 1667).
4. The first sin brought death into the world
Ellen White: “From the sad story of that one sin which “brought death into the world and all our woe, with loss of Eden” (Education, p. 150, 1903).
- J. Waggoner: “for it was, – “the tree whose mortal taste Brought death into the world, and all our woe” (The Present truth, Vol. 10, April 5, 1894, p. 211).
John Milton: “and the Fruit Of that Forbidden Tree, whose mortal tast Brought Death into the World, and all our woe, With loss of Eden” (Paradise Lost, Book I, 1-4).
Note: In the above parallel you will note that the very first lines from Milton’s first poem were copied by both Ellen White and our pioneer Waggoner. This was supposed to have been revealed to Ellen White in a vision!
5. Satan became the monarch of the world
Ellen White: “Having conquered Adam, the monarch of the world…he would establish his throne and be monarch of the world” (RH, 1874).
John Milton: “Here thou shalt Monarch reign…Retiring, by His own doom alienated, and henceforth Monarchy with thee divide” (Paradise Lost, Book X, 375-408, 1667).
6. Serpent had wings
Ellen White: “The serpent was then one of the wisest and most beautiful creatures on the earth. It had wings, and while flying through the air presented an appearance of dazzling brightness, having the colour and brilliancy of burnished gold” (PP, p. 53).
John Milton: “Not all minims of nature, some of serpent kind, wondrous in length and corpulence, involved their snaky folds, and added wings” (Paradise Lost, Book VII, 458-491, 1667).
John Milton: “Fold above fold, a surging maze; his head crested aloft, and carbuncle his eyes; with burnished neck of verdant gold, erect amidst his circling spires, that on grass floated redundant. Pleasing was his shape and lovely; never since of serpent – kind lovelier” (Ibid, IX, 482-515, 1667).
7. It was God’s design to elevate man equal to the angels
Ellen White: “Man was to be tested and proved, and if he should bear the test of God, and remain loyal and true after the first trial, he was not to be beset with continual temptations; but was to be exalted equal with the angels and henceforth equal” (RH Feb 24, 1874).
Ellen White: “If the holy pair should be obedient, the race would after a time be made equal to the angels” (Ibid).
John Milton: “There went a fame in heaven that he ere long intended to create and therein plant a generation whom his choice regard should favour equal to the sons of heaven” (Paradise Lost, Book I, 650-683, 1667).
John Milton: “Time may come when men with angels may participate, and find no inconvenient diet, nor too light fare; and from these corporeal nutriments, perhaps, your bodies may at least turn all to spirit, improved by the tract of time, and, winged, ascend ethereal, as we; or may, at choice, here or in heavenly paradise to dwell; if ye be found obedient, and retain unalterably from His love entire, whose progeny you are” (Ibid., V. 485-518, 1667).
8. The redeemed will fill the vacancies made in heaven by Satan and his angels
Ellen White: “He came to restore the defaced image of God, to raise him, elevate him, fit him for companionship with the angels of heaven, to take the position in the courts of God which Satan had forfeited through rebellion” (RH, May 8, 1894).
Ellen White: “Heaven will triumph, for the vacancies made in heaven by the fall of Satan and his angels will be filled by the redeemed of the Lord” (RH, May 29, 1900).
Ellen White: “It was His purpose to re-populate heaven with the human race” (ST, May 29, 1901).
Ellen White: “Satan urges before God his accusations declaring that they by their sins forfeited the divine protection. He pronounces them just as deserving as himself of the exclusion from face of God. ‘Are these,’ he says, ‘the people who are to take my place in heaven and the place of the angels who united with me?’” (5T, p. 473, 1889).
John Milton: “I see their station. Heaven, yet populous, retains number sufficient, to possess her realms though wide, and this high temple to frequent with ministers due, and solemn rites. ‘ “But lest his heart exalt him in the harm already done, to have dispeopled, heaven, My damage fondly deemed, I can repair that detriment, if such it be, …and in a moment will create another world, out of one man a race of men innumerable, there to dwell, not here, till by degrees of merit raised, they open themselves at length the way up hither, under long obedience tried; and earth be changed to heaven, and heaven to earth, one kingdom, joy and union without end” (Paradise Lost, Book VII, 118-151; 152-185, 1667).
John Milton: “Had driven out the ungodly from his sight and the habitation of the just; to Him glory and praise, whose wisdom had ordained good out of evil to create; instead of spirits of malign, a better race to bring into their vacant room, and thence diffuse his good to worlds and ages infinite” (Ibid. 152-185; 186-219, 1667).
John Milton: “Who justly hath driven out His rebel foes to deepest hell, and to repair that loss, created this new happy race of men to serve Him better” (Paradise Lost, Book III, 647-680, 1667).
9. Two Races of men
Ellen White: “The race of Cain, spreading from the place of their first settlement, dispersed over the plains and valleys where the children of Seth had dwelt; and the latter, in order to escape from their contaminating influence, withdrew to the mountains and there made their home” (Patriarchs And Prophets, p. 81).
John Milton: “He lookd and saw a spacious Plaine, whereon Were Tents of various hue But on the hither side, a different sort [Seth’s descendants], from the high neighbouring hills, which was their seat, down to the plain descend” (Paradise Lost, Book XI, 559-592).
10. Angels with golden harps
Ellen White: “I have seen companies of angels, who stood in a hollow square, everyone having a harp of gold. At the end of the harp was an instrument to turn to set the harp or change the tunes. Their fingers did not sweep over the strings carelessly, but they touched different strings to produce different sounds. There is one angel who always leads, who first touches the harp and strikes the note, then all join in the rich, perfect music of heaven. It cannot be described. It is melody, heavenly, divine” (1T, p. 146, 1868).
Ellen White: “Then joy, inexpressible joy, filled heaven. And the heavenly host sang a song of praise and adoration. They touched their harps and sang a note higher than they had done before” (SR, p. 44; ST, January 30, 1879).
John Milton: “Then, crowned again, their golden harps they took— Harps ever tuned, that glittering by their side, Like quivers hung; and with preamble sweet; Of charming symphony they introduce; Their sacred song, and waken raptures high: No voice exempt, no voice but well could join; Melodious part; such concord is in Heaven” (Paradise Lost, Book 3, 365-371, 1667).
John Milton: “Birth-day of Heav’n and earth; with joy and shout The hollow universal orb they fill’d And touched their golden harps, and hymning prais’d God and his works, Creator him they sung” (Paradise Lost, Book VII, 265-259, 1667).
John Milton: “Up he rode Follow’d with acclamation of ten thousand harps that tun’d Angelic harmonies: the earth, the air Resounded” (Paradise Lost, Book VII, 555-561, 1667).
John Milton: “Now resting, bless’d and hallowd the Seav’nth day, As resting on that day from all his work, But not in silence holy kept; the Harp Had work and rested not, the solemn Pipe, And Dulcimer, all Organs of sweet stop, All sounds on Fret by String or Golden Wire Temper’d soft Tunings, intermixt with Voice Choral or Unison; of incense Clouds Fuming from Golden Censers hid the Mount” (Paradise Lost, Book VII, 592- 600, 1667).
Ellen White: “True temperance teaches us to dispense entirely with everything hurtful, and to use judicially that which is healthful” (PP, p. 562, 1890).
Ellen White: “…strict temperance in the use of his bounties, as well as total abstinence from every injurious or debasing indulgence” (CTBH, p. 27, 1890).
Ellen White: “It is possible to eat immoderately even of wholesome food” (CTBH, p. 51, 1890).
Ellen white: “We are to be temperate in all things. Not only should we in the selection of proper food, but strict temperance in eating and drinking is essential to a health preservation and vigorous exercise of all the functions of the body; for intemperance in eating, even of healthful food, will have an injurious effect upon our system and will blunt the mental and moral powers” (HR, Dec 1, 1887).
John Milton: “There is, said Michael, ‘if thou well observe the rule of’ “Not too much” – by temperance, taught, in what thou eatest and drinkest; seeking from thence due nourishment, not gluttonous delight” (Paradise Lost, XI, 525-558).
John Milton: “By moderation either state to bear, prosperous or adverse” (Ibid. XI. 335-388).
John Milton: “But knowledge is as food, and needs no less her temperance over appetite” (Paradise Lost, VII, 118-151).
12. Dignity of manual labour
Ellen White: “At the creation, labour was appointed as a blessing” (Ed, p. 214, 1903).
Ellen White: “And the students are to be taught the true dignity of labour” (Christian Education September 1, 1909).
Ellen White: “Adam was not to be idle. No sooner was he created than his work was given him” (Counsels to Parents Teachers and Students, p. 273, 1913).
John Milton: “Other creatures all day long rove idle, unemployed, and less need rest. Man hath his daily work of body or mind appointed, which declares his dignity” (Paradise Lost, IV, 616-649, 1667).
13. The other worlds in the universe
Ellen White: “The worlds unfallen and the heavenly angels had watched with intense interest as the conflict drew to its close” (DA, p. 693, 1898).
Ellen white: “It was the marvel of all the universe that Christ should humble himself to save the fallen man. That He who had passed from star to star, from world to world, superintending all, by His providence supplying the needs of every order of being in his vast creation – that he should consent to take upon Himself human nature, was a mystery which the sinless intelligences of other worlds desired to understand” (The Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 69, 1890).
Ellen White: “The privilege granted to the children of God are without limit, to be connected with Jesus Christ, who throughout the universe of heaven and the worlds that have not fallen, is adored by every heart…”(That I May Know Him, p. 319, 1964).
John Milton: He suggested the possibility of life on other planets: “For such vast room in nature unpossessed by living soul, desert and desolate, only to shine[?],” [Nevertheless, the angel counseled Adam] “Solicit not thy thoughts with matters hid. Leave it to God above… Think only what concerns thee, and thy being. Dream not of other worlds, what creatures there live, in what state, conditions, or degree. Contend that thus far hath been revealed, not of earth only, but of highest heaven” (The Paradise Lost, Book XIII, 151-184, 1667).