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story "Two Secret Signs"
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As told by Arthur L. White
matter what secret things we decide on, God knows all about it.
There are no secrets hidden from God. One time the Lord led Sister
White to use two secret signs to help to keep a publishing house
worker from giving up the truth.
Early in our work in Australia, a business man, Mr. Faulkhead, heard
the preaching of the message and became a Seventh-day Adventist.
We needed a treasurer in our publishing house and Mr. Faulkhead
seemed to be just the man for this position. He accepted the invitation
and joined the publishing house staff. He did good work. Everyone
liked Brother Faulkhead.
Mr. Faulkhead, however, was a member of several secret societies.
He belonged to these societies before he was an Adventist. When
he became a member of the church, he should easily have seen in
the Bible those counsels which make it plain that a believer must
not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. He should have
understood the words of Jesus that a man cannot serve two masters.
Mr. Faulkhead enjoyed his association in these secret societies
and he thought he could be a good Seventh-day Adventist and a good
member of these secret societies, too.
As time went on, he became more and more wrapped up in the work
of these secret societies and became the manager of one of them.
His fellow-workers at the publishing house could see that as he
became more and more involved in the work of the secret societies,
he was not so much interested in the work of the church and in spiritual
things. Some of our men talked with him, but he said, “I won’t
give up my connection with these secret societies no matter what
any minister says.” He said he knew what he was doing and
he was not going to be taught by the preachers.
It was just at this time that Sister White went to Australia. She
made the journey by ocean liner from California and stopped at New
Zealand on the way. As the journey was nearly finished, and they
were traveling between New Zealand and Australia, a vision was given
to Mrs. White one night, in which she was shown that when she reached
Australia there were three men in particular that she would meet.
The history of their lives and their experience was revealed to
her. When she arrived at Melbourne, the city where our publishing
house was located, she met the treasurer, Brother Faulkhead, and
she recognized that he was one of the men that had been shown to
her in the vision.
Carefully she wrote out what the Lord had revealed to her concerning
Mr. Faulkhead’s dangers and the influence that his connection
with these secret societies had on his experience. As she prepared
to send this message to Brother Faulkhead, she was instructed by
the Lord that she should not send it yet. She laid it aside, and
then two or three months later, as she was going through some of
her papers, she ran across this message and she thought, “I
must send it to Brother Faulkhead.” And again the Spirit of
the Lord instructed her that she should not send it.
A whole year went by and the testimony was not sent. During this
time, Mr. Faulkhead became more and more involved in these secret
On the day of the closing exercises of our school in Melbourne,
a board meeting was held in the afternoon and Mr. Faulkhead, a member
of the school board, was present. Sister White was not at the board
meeting, but she was there at the school, and she sent word that
she wanted to see Brother Faulkhead. After the board meeting, Brother
Faulkhead walked down the hall to Sister White’s room. He
knocked at the door and she came to the door and greeted him and
she said, “Brother Faulkhead, the burden of your case is on
my mind. I have a message for you and for your wife. Several times
I have thought to send it to you, but each time I have been forbidden
by the Spirit of God to do so.”
Then Brother Faulkhead asked, “Can you not give it to me now?”
Sister White said “Yes.” And she went to the stand and
opened the drawer, took out some typewritten sheets and then sat
down to talk to Brother Faulkhead and to read to him what she had
She told him of how his experience had been opened up to her in
vision, where she had seen his early experience, his loyalty to
the church, and his earnest work in the publishing house. Then she
told him that she had been shown about his connection with the secret
societies. She pointed out that the believer must not link himself
up with unbelievers. She pointed out that no man can serve two masters.
She told Brother Faulkhead of what took place in the secret meetings.
She told him just where she saw him sitting in the lodge hall, and
of what he said in his conversation with his associates.
Then she said, “I saw some of the men come and speak to you
and they addressed you as ‘Worshipful Master.’”
When she used these words, Brother Faulkhead shuddered. These were
secret words used in a secret meeting. It made him feel very strange.
Then Sister White told of how in vision she saw him in the church
service and they were taking up the offering. He picked out the
little coins from his purse and put them into the offering on Sabbath
morning. Then in vision she had seen him in the lodge hall and she
had seen him take out the larger pieces of money from his purse
and put them into the work of the lodge.
This told quite a story, didn’t it? Where was his heart? What
was he interested in? Where did he place his money?
Then Sister White talked with him, pointing out that a follower
of Jesus must give himself whole-heartedly to God. His interests
cannot be divided. Then she said, “I cannot relate all that
was given to me,” and as she said this, she moved her hand
in a certain way. Mr. Faulkhead was startled. He turned pale. He
touched Sister White on the shoulder and he asked, “Do you
know what you have done?”
“I have not done anything,” she said.
“Oh, yes you have!” he said. “You have made the
secret sign of the secret society which I manage!”
They talked on, Sister White urging that Brother Faulkhead cut off
his connection with these secret societies. Then she moved her hand
another way. Then Brother Faulkhead turned pale again, and he trembled
all over. He said, “Sister White, you have done it again!
But this time you have made the secret sign of the highest order
of the secret society to which I belong!”
Sister White replied, “My attending angel made it to me.”
This secret sign which the angel gave to Sister White and which
she gave to Brother Faulkhead was known to only six people in all
of Australia. Mr. Faulkhead himself did not know what that sign
was ten days before. He said no woman could know that sign because
it was held very secret, and when they met in their meetings, the
door was guarded outside and inside against strangers.
When Sister White made the two secret signs, Brother Faulkhead said,
“That really put the fear of God into my heart, to see how
the Lord is working to arrest me from these things.”
This convinced him that the message was from God. Sister White continued
speaking to him, urging him to give his heart wholly to the Lord,
and as she talked to him, tears came to his eyes and he answered
Sister White, “I accept every word. All of it belongs to me.
I accept the light the Lord has sent me through you. I will act
upon it. I am a member of five lodges. Three other lodges are under
my control. I transact all of their business. Now I shall attend
no more of their meetings. I shall close my business relations with
them as fast as possible.”
As Mr. Faulkhead told the story later, he said that he had always
enjoyed hearing Sister White preach. He had enjoyed visiting with
Sister White, but when it came to the testimonies, well, he just
didn’t have any use for those things. Now how differently
things looked; God sent a message just for him, pointing out dangers
which he didn’t see. Oh, how he loved the Lord! He was determined
in his heart to bring his life into harmony with God’s will
Mr. Faulkhead pointed out also that Sister White did not bring any
attack upon the lodge. She didn’t criticize the secret societies.
That was not her work. If she had done so, he would have tried to
defend them and it would have been very difficult for Brother Faulkhead
to receive the message. But Sister White just pointed out that a
Christian cannot serve two masters.
It was late in the evening when Brother Faulkhead left Sister White’s
room. As he walked home, he looked up at the stars and he thought,
“God, who created these planets and these suns and guides
them in their course through boundless space, looked down to this
little world and to Australia, and He saw me here in Melbourne,
and He sent a message just for me, to point out dangers which I
didn’t see.” How he did resolve in his heart to serve
The next morning he sent in his resignation to all of the secret
societies. It took him a little time to sever his connections with
them because he was involved in their business management, but he
was determined to follow the light which God had given to him through
Sister White, and he gave himself whole-heartedly to the Lord’s
work. He was connected with our publishing house in Australia for
many, many years, and he died an earnest, loyal Seventh-day Adventist.
His children were in our work after him.
There are no secrets hidden from God, and to save Brother Faulkhead
and to encourage others who may be tempted to belong to these secret
societies, God revealed the secret signs to Sister White, and she
in turn gave them to Brother Faulkhead. Everyone knew that the message
came from God.
Campfire Junior Stories from the Days of the S.D.A. Pioneers
(Ellen G. White Estate, 1963), pp. 18-20. Based on fuller documented
account in Review and Herald, March 31, 1955.
For Ellen G. White’s counsels written to Mr. Faulkhead, see
Selected Messages, Bk. 2, pages 121-140.