A Christian sect called “Millerites” believed that Christ would return by Oct. 22, 1844. When that didn’t happen, the “Great Disappointment” caused them to fall into confusion and disband, with some former Millerites reinterpreting their doctrine and forming the Seventh Day Adventists.

Great Disappointment

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The Great Disappointment in the Millerite movement was the reaction that followed Baptist preacher William Miller’s proclamations that Jesus Christ would return to the Earth by 1844, what he called the Advent. His study of the Daniel 8 prophecy during the Second Great Awakening led him to the conclusion that Daniel’s “cleansing of the sanctuary” was cleansing of the world from sin when Christ would come, and he and many others prepared, but October 22… Continue Reading (11 minute read)

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  1. AudibleNod

    Jesus: “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.”

    Millerites: October 22, 1844

  2. OdiousTitration

    It’s amazing how many times things like this happen throughout history. The New Testament *explicitly* declares that nobody will know the time of Jesus’ supposed return… *even Jesus himself*.

    These people are not very good at reading, apparently.

  3. Duyfkenthefirst

    Can confirm. Was raised SDA and was taught all about it.

  4. corey_m_snow

    More than a few parallels to be drawn to conspiracy groups one sees today.

  5. tobotic

    Basically they did a bunch of calculations based on the Bible to figure out a certain period of time and a certain start date. Then they added that time to the start date and got 22 Oct 1844. After the Great Disappointment, there were a few main schools of thought:

    * they calculated the period of time wrong, but got the start date right;
    * they calculated the period of time right, but got the start date wrong; or
    * they got both right and Christ did return, but not in a physical form.

  6. salamagi671

    Also Harold Camping proclaimed rapture date and thousands of his followers gave or used all their money to the church but when it didn’t happen they were distraught cause they have nothing left.

  7. 4BEAKON2

    Having ties w/ SDA this is very interesting!

  8. beendoingit7

    Qillerites: modern day Millerites; spewers of nonsense.

    Can I get 1/6 is 1776..

  9. Turdlely

    Oh cool, I have some family in this cult!

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