Little Time of Trouble

A relatively brief time of adversity and persecution immediately prior to the close of human probation. The phrase “little time of trouble” is based on an explanatory statement in the 1854 supplement to Ellen White’s first book, A Sketch of the Christian Experience and Views of Ellen White, first published in 1851. She had written: “At the commencement of the time of trouble, we were filled with the Holy Ghost as we went forth and proclaimed the Sabbath more fully” ( p . 17). Incorrectly identifying this “time of trouble” with that mentioned in connection with the standing up of Michael in Dan. 12:1 (taken to be Christ’s standing up at the close of probation), some pointed out the futility of going forth to proclaim the Sabbath at all after probation had closed. In the supp...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.