Ellen G. White Writings

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Manuscript Releases, vol. 17 [Nos. 1236-1300], Page 344

MR No. 1297—The Need to Review Sacred History; the Importance of the Sabbath; The Nearness of the End

(Written June 1, 1903, from Sanitarium, California, to G. I. Butler.)

I received your letter, and read it with deep interest. I should have answered before, but I have been very busy.

Recently I have been doing much writing, for I know not how long the Lord may spare my life. As I write you this letter, my heart is filled with gratitude to God for all His goodness to the children of men.

I feel deeply over our present situation. We must now do a work that should have been done long ago. We must do as the Lord directed Moses to do when the children of Israel, having crossed the desert, were encamped on the borders of Jordan. Moses was bidden to rehearse to them all the dealings of the Lord to them during their journeyings through the wilderness. The record of this rehearsal is found in the book of Deuteronomy.

The record of the experience through which the people of God passed in the early history of our work must be republished. Many of those who have since come into the truth are ignorant of the way in which the Lord wrought. The experience of William Miller and his associates, of Captain Joseph Bates, and of other pioneers in the Advent message, should be kept before our people. Elder Loughborough's book should receive attention. Our leading men should see what can be done for the circulation of this book.

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