Nowhere does the Bible say the earth will be desolate and uninhabited for a thousand years – nowhere! That is Ellen G. White’s false assumption. Read Revelation 20 slowly and carefully. Why is Satan bound for a thousand years and cast into the bottomless pit? TO PREVENT HIM FROM DECEIVING THE NATIONS ANY LONGER! If there are no people, no nations on earth capable of being deceived, then why prevent Satan from working his deceptions on people who do not even exist!!!! Verse 3 of Revelation 20 says the devil is cast into the bottomless pit “that he should deceive the nations no more.” When Satan is loosed from his prison at the conclusion of the thousand years he “shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth…” (verses 7 and 8). And how many people are on earth at that point in time? “The number of whom is as the sand of the sea” (verse 8). Millions and millions!
If one can only free themselves up from believing Ellen G. White was an infallible prophetess and let the Bible say what it so plainly says, they instantly see that this earth is inhabited throughout the thousand years and that Satan is bound so that he cannot deceive the inhabitants of earth at that time! It does not take a lot of careful study to discern this. It only takes believing God’s Word over the word of a deceived woman.
Ellen G. White failed to see that the words spoken by Jeremiah in Jeremiah 4 are not describing something visited upon the whole earth but on the city of JERUSALEM AND JUDAH ONLY. Verse 3 identifies to whom God is speaking: “For thus saith the Lord TO THE MEN OF JUDAH AND JERUSALEM.” He then says to Jeremiah, “Declare ye (this prophecy) IN JUDAH, AND PUBLISH IN JERUSALEM…” (verse 5). It is to “this people (the Jews) AND TO JERUSALEM” God is speaking (verse 11). “Watchers come from a far country, and give out their voice against THE CITIES OF JUDAH” (verse 16). The “whole land” mentioned in verse 20 is still Judah! The “earth” Jeremiah is beholding in verse 23 is the earth of Judah – NOT the whole planet! There was “no man” IN JUDAH! (verse 25). The “broken down cities” mentioned in verse 26 are the cities OF JUDAH! The “whole land that is made desolate” IS JUDAH! “Every city” of Judah shall be forsaken, and not a man dwell therein. (verse 29). Forget your chapter break and read on into the first verse of chapter 5. Again Jerusalem is clearly shown to be the city God is condemning in the prophecy. This prophecy was fulfilled in Jeremiah’s own lifetime. Jeremiah 4 is NOT an unfulfilled prophecy speaking of what is going to happen to the entire planet earth.