History of SDA
History of the Seventh Day Adventists
The origins of the 7th Day Adventists are founded on a false prediction of William Miller, a Baptist preacher.
And I am fully convinced that some time between March 21, 1843 and March 21, 1844, according to the Jewish method of computation of time, Christ will come and bring all His saints with Him; and that then He will reward every man as His work shall be.
At length his associates set October 22, 1844, as the final date when Jesus Christ would return for His saints, visit judgment upon sin, and establish the kingdom of God upon earth.
One need only read the words of the Lord Jesus Christ to realize that Miller was teaching in contradiction to the Word of God. Jesus said, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matthew 24:36; also 24:42, 44; 25:13).
The gospel of Mark also shows that dates cannot be set, for in verse 35 of chapter 13 our Lord stated, “Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh.” And almost His last words to His disciples are a rebuke to those who set dates: “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power” (Acts 1:7). Certainly this should have been deterrent enough for William Miller and his associates, but, sad to say, it was not.
Compare the two positions, Miller versus the Scriptures: God declared that no man would know the time; Miller stated that he did know the time. God said the times and seasons were within His own power; the Millerites declared that they had the prophetic key given to them. Jesus Christ stated, “No man knows the day or the hour,” but the Millerites set the exact day (October 22, 1844). And history bears a bitter record of their terrible disappointment.
On October 25, 1844, following the “Great Disappointment,” Hiram Edson, a devout Adventist and follower of William Miller, was wending his way homeward with his friend O.R.L. Crosier. In order to avoid the mocking gazes and taunts of their neighbors, they cut across a cornfield.
As they walked through the cornfield in deep silence and meditation, Hiram Edson stopped, became more deeply immersed in meditation, and then with upturned face indicative of a heartfelt prayer for spiritual light, he suddenly received a great spiritual “revelation.”
In the words of Dr. Froom,
Suddenly there burst upon his mind the thought that there were two phases to Christ's ministry in the Heaven of Heavens, just as in the earthly sanctuary of old. In his own words, an overwhelming conviction came over him “that instead of our high priest coming out of the most holy of the heavenly sanctuary to come to this earth on the tenth day of the seventh month at the end of the twenty-three hundred days, He for the first time entered on that day the second apartment of that sanctuary, and that He had a work to perform in the most holy before coming to this earth.”
The final phase of the movement closed with the “Great Disappointment of 1844,” but as the Millerites disbanded, there emerged other groups, such as the First-day Adventists. However, in our study we are concerned primarily with three segments that later fused to produce the Seventh-day Adventist denomination. William Miller, it should be noted, was never a Seventh-day Adventist and stated that he had “no confidence” in the “new theories” that emerged from the shambles of the Millerite movement. Dr. LeRoy Froom, professor of prophetic interpretation at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Takoma Park, Washington, D.C., in the fourth volume of his masterful series The Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers, succinctly states what Miller's position was:
Miller was outspokenly opposed to the various new theories that had developed following October 22, 1844, in an endeavor to explain the disappointment. He deplored the call that had been given to come out to the churches, and he never accepted the distinctive positions of the Sabbatarians. The doctrine of the unconscious sleep of the dead and the final destruction of the wicked was not, he maintained, part of the original Millerite position, but was introduced personally by George Storrs and Charles Fitch. He even came to deny the application of the parable in The Midnight Cry to the Seventh-month Movement and eventually went so far as to declare unequivocally that the movement was not “a fulfillment of prophecy in any sense.”
Excerpts above from:
THE KINGDOM OF THE CULTS
HANK HANEGRAAFF, GENERAL EDITOR
BETHANY HOUSE PUBLISHERS
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55438
A Division of Bethany Fellowship, Inc.
I will go on to say that, because of this false foundation in which the SDA was established, that SDA teachers have had to conform the Bible to fit their doctrine. In other words, they have searched the Scriptures in order to “force” the Scriptures to meet their false doctrines, reading into the Scripture what does not exist, while excusing away other Scripture which clearly opposes their doctrine. Another Cult, the Jehovah's Witnesses, also do this! They too, adopted the SDA false doctrines on soul sleep and non-torment of the wicked dead as well as the early SDA teaching that Jesus is Michael the Archangel instead of being God himself. Likewise, the JW's also have a “shaky” foundational origin based on false Prophecies predicting erroneous dates for the return of Christ.
The "Michael the Archangel theory" of the SDA church, is the error that gave them reason to place Jesus on the outside of the "Holy of Holies" until 1844! While the SDA teachers seem to place the Holy of Holies in a "closet" or room "down the hall" seperated from God himself, I must contend that, to their error, the Holy of Holies IS the very presence of God himself. Scripture declares that Jesus entered into the "Holiest of all" when he returned to the Father, not in 1844, but the very day he ascended into heaven!
(Heb 10:12 KJV) But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
The way into the Holy place (ten ton hagion hodon) (Heb. 9:8). Here as in Heb_9:12, Heb_9:25 ton hagion is used for the very Presence of God as in Heb_8:2 and is in the objective genitive. Hodon is the accusative of general reference with the infinitive. (Robertson's Word Pictures)
(Heb 10:19-21 KJV) Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God;
Although the Blood of Jesus was enough to give the believer access to the "Holy of Holies," the very presence of God, it's interesting that Jesus would have been absent from the Holy of Holies until 1844, even though he has been sitting next to the Father since his ascension circa 30-40 A.D.
The Teaching of the “Investigative Judgment” is heresy, unbiblical, and has forced the heretical teachers to reduce Jesus to a being that is less than the Almighty God, and has taken them so low as to try to claim that Jesus was Michael the Archangel which I prove false at this link!
Furthermore, since He is All Knowing, how is it that He must now need to “Investigate” who is worthy to take part in the resurrection?
(2 Tim. 2:19) Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
(Rom 8:29-30 KJV) For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
Those He FOREKNEW, they are the ones He has glorified, and they shall be resurrected at His return. NO, He will not have to “Investigate” He already knows.