Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 25 (1910 - 1915)


Lt 136, 1910

White, J. E.

St. Helena, California

November 26, 1910

Portions of this letter are published in 2SM 397; 6Bio 338.

My dear son Edson:

For the past two nights I have risen at twelve o’clock. In the night season I am speaking to the people in my sleep. I hope that this wakefulness will soon pass away. 25LtMs, Lt 136, 1910, par. 1

So far we have been favored with very pleasant weather. It has not been cold, and I have only had a fire in my room two or three days until the past two or three days. Last Thursday and Friday some rain fell, but it was very gentle, with no wind. 25LtMs, Lt 136, 1910, par. 2

I was very glad to receive your letter, which came last Thursday. Recently I have been favored with excellent, cheerful letters from different ones. 25LtMs, Lt 136, 1910, par. 3

I am more thankful than I can express for the uplifting of the Spirit of the Lord, and for the strength that He gives me. Recently I spoke at the Pacific Union College and in the sanitarium chapel. On both occasions I had much freedom. But I dare not spend too much strength in public speaking, because I am trying to complete the manuscript for my unfinished book on Old Testament history. I have recently been able to do some important writing. May the Lord give me His grace and enable me to understand the work He would have me carry forward in His name. 25LtMs, Lt 136, 1910, par. 4

“Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion; for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of Thee, saith the Lord. And many nations shall be joined to the Lord in that day, and shall be My people; and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the Lord of hosts hath sent Me unto thee. And the Lord shall inherit Judah His portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again. Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord; for He is raised up out of His holy habitation.” [Zechariah 2:10-13.] 25LtMs, Lt 136, 1910, par. 5

“And he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. And the Lord said unto Satan, The Lord rebuke thee, O Satan; even the Lord that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee. Is not this a brand plucked out of the fire? Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel. And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him He said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with a change of raiment. And I said, Let them set a fair mitre upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and they clothed him with garments. And the Angel of the Lord stood by. And the Angel of the Lord protested unto Joshua, If thou wilt walk in My ways, and if thou wilt keep My charge, then thou shalt also judge My house, and shalt also keep My courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by.” [Zechariah 3:1-7.] 25LtMs, Lt 136, 1910, par. 6

Nothing in this world is so dear to God as His church. With jealous care He guards those who seek Him. Nothing so offends God as for the servants of Satan to strive to rob His people of their rights. The Lord has not forsaken His people. Satan points to the mistakes that they have made and tries to make them believe that thus they have separated themselves from God. Evil angels seek in every way to discourage those who are striving for victory over sin. They hold up before them their past unworthiness and represent their case as hopeless. 25LtMs, Lt 136, 1910, par. 7

But we have an all-powerful Redeemer. Christ came from heaven in the guise of humanity to live the principles of righteousness in this world. He was endowed with power to minister to all who would accept Him as their Redeemer, to succor the repentant ones who were convinced of the sinfulness of sin. “We have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” [Hebrews 4:15.] 25LtMs, Lt 136, 1910, par. 8