Seventh Day Adventism and the Branch Davidians Essay

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William Miller’s interpretive method and the Millerite movement birthed the Seventh-day Adventist movement. On October 23, 1844 all of the Millerites were in shambles. Some had neglected their crops and even others had sold their homes and their entire livelihood. People’s hopes were crushed. This became known as the “Great Disappointment.” Within this Great Disappointment, a group of Sabbatarian Adventists, who would later become the Seventh-day Adventists, declared that the understanding of the event was wrong, not the date. They believed “that although the date was correct the event had been mistaken, that Christ had not returned to earth but embarked upon a new phase of activity in heaven which would temporarily delay his second …show more content…
Over the course of her life, she reportedly had over two hundred visions, and became the prominent leader in the church because of them. Even today, the seventeenth fundamental belief of Seventh-day Adventism states, “One of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is prophecy. This gift is an identifying mark of the remnant church and was manifested in the ministry of Ellen G. White. As the Lord’s messenger, her writings are a continuing and authoritative source of truth which provide for the church comfort, guidance, instruction, and correction.” Ellen White, in the early years of Seventh-day Adventism as they recovered from the Great Disappointment, arose as a prophetic figure who carried God’s message. Walter Martin argues that there were three different factions that formed from the Great Disappointment, the first two focusing on the cleansing of the sanctuary and the importance of the Sabbath. The third group, led by Ellen White, believed that she possessed the “spirit of prophecy,” which she used to confirm Seventh-day Adventist doctrines in the first ten years of Adventist history. As evidenced by the doctrinal statement issued by the Adventists, the beliefs of the third group soon became a tenant of the church. Not only did prophecy play an important role in the formation and theology of Seventh-day Adventism but it must be noted that a few of Miller’s interpretive paradigms that helped

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