On May 30, 1847, James White wrote of his book, A Word to the Little Flock, “I wish to call the attention of the ‘little flock’ to those things which will very soon take place on this earth” (A Word to the Little Flock, p. 7). The “little flock” Mr. White was referring to had just a few short years before gone through what is referred to as “the great disappointment” of 1844. As he looked upon the distress coming upon the nations of the world at that time, his thoughts were drawn to words of Jesus. “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:28).
It is the desire of the publishers and trustees of the Ellen G. White Publications that this edition of A Word to the Little Flock “may lead to a better understanding of the experience of the founders of the message, and that it may satisfy the frequently expressed desire to have at hand for careful study, the initial E.G. White visions as first printed” ( A Word to the Little Flock, p. 6).