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Ellen G. White: The Progressive Years: 1862-1876 (vol. 2), Page 128

Chapter 10—(1866) The Agonizing Year of Captivity

At Rochester, New York, December 25, 1865,” wrote Ellen White, “I was shown many things concerning the people of God in connection with His work for these last days.”—Testimonies for the Church, 1:533. This comprehensive vision formed the basis of many of her activities through 1866, and of her writing through 1867.

Some of the things she did and said in 1866 were comprehended by her associates in Battle Creek, but some were greatly misunderstood. It was a very difficult year, and God in His infinite wisdom prefaced the instruction and counsel of that Christmas Day by granting her a visit, by vision, to the realms above, where “all was health, beauty, and glory.” She heard the music of heaven, “melodious, perfect, and enchanting.” Writing of it for the readers of the Review, she declared:

I was permitted to enjoy this scene awhile before my attention was called to this dark world.—The Review and Herald, February 27, 1866.

She had been caring for James White for more than four months, but neither she nor the others had witnessed the progress for which they had hoped and prayed. Why? And what did the future hold? The answers came in the vision: “I had an encouraging view of the case of my husband, the particulars of which will be presented hereafter.”—Ibid.

These particulars she wrote out the day after the vision, but they were not published until October, 1867, when Testimony No. 13 came from the press. This is now found in Testimonies, volume 1,

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