A Short Chronology

1864. 3SG 92 — Many who profess to believe the Bible record are at a loss to account for the wonderful things which are found in the earth, with the view that creation week was only seven literal days and that the world is now only about six thousand years old.

1868. 2T 172 — During his experience of nearly six thousand years he [Satan] has lost none of his skill and shrewdness. All this time he has been a close observer of all that concerns our race.

1870. 1SP 87 — Many who profess to believe the Bible record are at a loss to account for the wonderful things which are found in the earth, with the view that creation week was only seven literal days, and that the world is now only about six thousand years old.

1872. 3T 138 — God endowed man with so great vital force that he has withstood the accumulation of disease brought upon the race in consequence of perverted habits, and has continued for six thousand years.

1875. 3T 492 — The continual transgression of man for six thousand years has brought sickness, pain, and death as its fruits. And as we near the close of time, Satan’s temptation to indulge appetite will be more powerful and more difficult to overcome. (Quoted in CD 59 and 163.)

1877. 2SP 93 — Six thousand years has this arch-enemy been practice has increased his skill to deceive and allure.

1877. ST November 15, 1877 — Six thousand years has this arch-enemy been warring against the government of God, and continued practice has increased his skill to deceive and allure.

1879. ST March 20, 1879 — Many who profess to believe the Bible are at a loss to account for wonderful things which are found in the earth, with the view that creation week was only seven literal days, and that the world is now only about six thousand years old.

1884. ST May 8, 1884 — The great controversy between Christ and Satan, that has been carried on for almost six thousand years, is soon to close.

1884. 4SP 371 — Thus under a new disguise the great rebel still carries forward his warfare against God, begun in heaven and for nearly six thousand years continued upon the earth.

1887. ST Sept. 29, 1887 — A cunning and cruel foe attends our steps, and is working every moment, with all his strength and skill, to turn us from the right way. Ever since he succeeded in overcoming our first parents in their beautiful Eden home, he has been engaged in this work. More than six thousand years of continual practice has greatly increased his skill to deceive and allure.

1888. GC X (Author’s Introduction) — For six thousand years that mastermind that once was highest among the angels of God, has been wholly bent to the work of deception and ruin. (All seven statements in the 1888 edition of The Great Controversy were continued in the 1911 edition, prepared under the supervision of Ellen White.)

1888. GC 518 — The great controversy between Christ and Satan, that has been carried forward for nearly six thousand years, is soon to close; and the wicked one redoubles his efforts to defeat the work of Christ in man’s behalf, and to fasten souls in his snares.

1888. GC 552-553 — The spirits deny the deity of Christ and place even the Creator on a level with themselves. Thus under a new disguise the great rebel still carries on his warfare against God, begun in heaven, and for nearly six thousand years continued upon the earth.

1888. GC 656 — For six thousand years the great controversy has been in progress; the Son of God and His heavenly messengers have been in conflict with the power of the evil one, to warn, enlighten, and save the children of men.

1888. GC 659 — For six thousand years, Satan’s work of rebellion has “made the earth to tremble.” He has “made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof.”

1888. GC 659 — And “he opened not the house of his prisoners.” For six thousand years his prison-house has received God’s people, and he would have held them captive forever, but Christ has broken his bonds, and set the prisoners free.

1888. GC 673 — Satan’s work of ruin is forever ended. For six thousand years he has wrought his will, filling the earth with woe, and causing grief throughout the universe.

1890. PP 51 — The laws and operations of nature, which have engaged men’s study for six thousand years, were opened to their minds by the infinite Framer and Upholder of all.

1890. PP 342 — For six thousand years, Satan has struggled to maintain possession of the earth.

1890. CTBH 7 — Man came from the hand of his Creator perfect in organization and beautiful in form. The fact that he has for six thousand years withstood the ever-increasing weight of disease and crime is conclusive proof of the power of endurance with which he was first endowed. (Reprinted in CH 19.)

1890. CTBH 154 — The continual transgression of man for over six thousand years has brought sickness, pain, and death as its fruit. And as we draw near the close of time, Satan’s temptations to indulge appetite will be more powerful, and more difficult to resist.

1898. DA 413 — For six thousand years, faith has builded upon Christ.

1898. DA 413 — For six thousand years the floods and tempests of Satanic wrath have beaten upon the Rock of our Salvation; but it stands unmoved.

1899. Ms. 174, 1899 — Those who are destroying the earth have had a long probation. For six thousand years God has borne with the ignorance and wickedness of men.

1907. YI April 16, 1907 — The laws and operations of nature, which have engaged men’s study for six thousand years, were opened to their minds by the infinite Framer and Upholder of all. (Reprinted from PP 51.)

1909. ST Dec. 8, 1909 — The spirits deny the divinity of Christ, and place even the Creator on a level with themselves. Thus under a new disguise the great rebel still carries on his warfare against God, begun in heaven, and for nearly six thousand years continued upon earth.

1911. GC X, 1911 ed. — For six thousand years that mastermind that once was highest among the angels of God has been wholly bent to the work of deception and ruin.

1911. GC 518, 1911 ed. — The great controversy between Christ and Satan, that has been carried forward for nearly six thousand years, is soon to close; and the wicked one redoubles his efforts to defeat the work of Christ in man’s behalf and to fasten souls in his snares.

1911. GC 552,553, 1911 ed. — The spirits deny the deity of Christ and place even the Creator on a level with themselves. Thus under a new disguise the great rebel still carries on his warfare against God, begun in heaven and for nearly six thousand years continued upon the earth.