In the early 1800s a Baptist minister named William Miller
began preaching that Jesus would return to Earth in 1843.
When that year came and went and Jesus had not come back,
Miller found an error in his calculations
and said that Jesus would return on October 22, 1844.
His message was accepted by quite a following.


However, as you can probably guess by now, Jesus did not return to Earth in 1844.
Pastor Miller then realized and admitted his mistake.


Matthew, Mark, and Luke all state that
no one knows the day or the hour of Jesus Second Coming
(Matthew 24:36, Mark 13:32, Luke 21:34-36).


When all the excitement died down, there was one group
(later to become the SDA church)
who maintained that the date was correct, but the event was wrong.
They came up with the doctrine stating that an
began on October 22, 1844 - when Jesus, as our High Priest,
left the Holy Place in the Heavenly Sanctuary
and entered the Most Holy Place, where God sits on His throne.
There Jesus began judging all the righteous dead,
and would soon pass to the living.
This would be His final work for our redemption.


The date of 1844 came from Daniel 8:14 (KJV), which says,
"Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed."
Figuring that Daniel's prophecies began in 457 B.C.
and adding the 2300 days/years, you come up with 1843/1844.


There are a number of things wrong with this doctrine:

   1. Daniel 8:14 is an answer to the question asked in verse 13, "How long...?"
   2. The word translated 2300 "days" in the KJV is incorrect. The original Hebrew, as the NASB puts it, is 2300 "evenings and mornings" and is related to sacrifices.
   3. "Sanctuary cleansed" in the KJV is better translated, "Holy place restored."
   4. Jesus FINISHED His work of redemption when He said, "It is finished!"
just before He gave up His spirit and died for our sins. John 19:30.
   5. Jesus entered the Holy Place (Most Holy Place in the earthly sanctuary) and sat down at the right hand of God after His resurrection about 33 A.D. Romans 8:34 - Heb. 10:12.
   6. There should be no veil in the Heavenly temple since the earthly veil
was torn from top to bottom at Jesus' death as related in Matthew 27:51.
    Therefore there is no difference between the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place, there is now just the Holy Place where God sits on His throne in Heaven. Hebrews 9:12.
   7. The righteous do not come into judgment. John 5:24.
   8. God already knows His own. 2 Timothy 2:19.
   9. Daniel 7 and Daniel 8 were written at two different times, in two different languages, to two different peoples.
  10. Daniel 8:14 refers to the crisis concerning Antiochus Epiphanes the result of which was celebrated by Jesus as recorded in John 10:22 and is known today as Hanukkah.

Ellen White says about the 1843/1844 issue:
The Gathering Time
"September 23d, the Lord shewed me that he had stretched out his hand the second time to recover the remnant of his people, and that efforts must be redoubled in this gathering time. In the scattering, Israel was smitten and torn; but now in the gathering time God will heal and bind up his people. ... All should be united and zealous in the work. I saw that it was wrong for any to refer to the scattering for examples to govern us now in the gathering; for if God does no more for us now than he did then, Israel would never be gathered. I have seen that the 1843 chart was directed by the hand of the Lord, and that it should not be altered; that the figures were as He wanted them. That His hand was over and hid a mistake in some of the figures, so that none could see it, until His hand was removed."

A Sketch of the Christian Experience
and Views of Ellen G. White, page 61.1
(written on November 1, 1850
about vision of September 23, 1850)
reprinted in 1882, Early Writings, page 74.1
(emphasis ours)

It appears from this statement that God deceived His people in 1843, and actually encouraged them to set times for Jesus' Second Coming, in direct opposition to His Words spoken in Matthew 24:36, Mark 13:32, and Luke 21:34-36 warning us that NO ONE but God knows the day or hour of Jesus' Second Coming!
This could never happen.


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