Alonzo Trevier Jones, (1850-1923). Editor, author, preacher. Jones became an SDA in 1874 while in the Army at Fort Walla Walla.
He soon became involved in evangelism in the Northwest. He was called in 1885 to assist with periodical editorial work at the Pacific
Press, where Ellet J. Waggoner was also working as editor. Jones’ knowledge of history enabled him quickly to become the church’s
expert on the fulfillment of prophecy in the realm of religious liberty. With Waggoner, he pushed the frontiers of understanding the
righteousness of Christ in relation to liberty and salvation. May of 1888 Senator Blair brought a national Sunday bill to the U. S.
Senate, with Jones appearing later that year before a Senate committee to oppose that legislation on behalf of the church, the first
of many testimonies he would give in those settings.
The 1888 General Conference Session brought to a head the differences between
the church leadership (G. I. Butler and Uriah Smith in particular) and Jones and Waggoner. The issues were prophecy and salvation.
Ellen White endorsed the urgency of the crisis in relation to religious liberty and prophecy highlighted by Jones. She observed that
the 1888 session was “the hardest and most incomprehensible tug of war we have ever had among our people” (1888 182.2). She later
would call the salvation message Jones and Waggoner were presenting “most precious” and prophesied against those who called them “fanatics,
extremists, and enthusiasts” (1888 1336.2 & 1341.2). During the 1890s both Jones and W. W. Prescott erred by supporting the prophetic
claims of Anna Rice, but quickly repented on reproof from Ellen White. Jones continued his speaking and writing, publishing at least
six major historical works during the next 10 years. In 1897 he became editor of the Review and Herald for a few years.
repeatedly, at least through 1899, spoke of Jones as a messenger of God with a special work to do (1888 1455.2), and warned of the
“fatal delusion” of rejecting the message, especially if either Waggoner or Jones were to lose their way (1888 1455.2), the church
entered into the period when it would “remain here in this world because of insubordination many more years” (Lt 184, 1901)