Seventh-day Adventism in a Nutshell (11-2015)
The Disappointment: It is October
23, 1844 and Jesus had not returned yesterday as William Miller and
the other Adventists had taught. The Sunday-worshiping, pork-eating, immortal-soul believing Adventists had suffered their
second wrong guess in a year. Most churches had laughed at them for date-setting and Miller had called the other churches
“fallen Babylon.” Now most of the Adventists, including William Miller, had given up trying to guess the date of Jesus’
return and had decided to go back to their former churches.
The Insistent: A small group refused to admit that they had been wrong about October 22, 1844. They asked themselves,
“What about Daniel 8:14? ‘Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed’? Something must be wrong
with Miller’s interpretation.” They re-affirmed that the 2300 “days” were 2300 prophetic years and
that Miller’s calculations ending in 1844 were absolutely correct. Next they re-affirmed that Miller’s connection
of cleansing to the Day of Atonement on October 22 that year was also certainly correct.
The Heavenly Sanctuary: “Where
did we go wrong?,” they asked themselves. To their great delight, a fellow believer told the group that Christ was not
coming back yet but had only moved from the Holy Place in the heavenly sanctuary into the Most
Holy Place in the heavenly sanctuary just as the high priest had done
in Leviticus 16 on the Day of Atonement. This small group then decided that Miller had been wrong about the sanctuary in Daniel
8:14 – it was not the earth itself, but the God’s dwelling place in heaven!
The Investigative Judgment and Annihilationism: God soon began sending the “truth” and one doctrine after another changed. If Christ
had only begun to investigate the records of professed believers in 1844, then the doctrine of the immortality of the soul
must be wrong because nobody could be in heaven yet! Therefore, they decided that, at death, the soul ceases to exist until
the resurrection. Therefore, the doctrine of the immortality of the soul must be wrong.
The Sabbath: When
a Seventh-day Baptist told them about the Sabbath, a young Adventist named Ellen (White) confirmed the new “truth”
with visions and saw the Sabbath in a halo. They concluded that God had given all mankind every seventh day, every Saturday,
as a memorial that He was the Creator and that the creation seventh-day had not been lost on the calendar since Adam. They
had become Seventh-day Adventists.
Spirit of Prophecy: They soon interpreted Revelation 12:17
and 19:10 as descriptions
of themselves as the only true last-day remnant church which kept all ten of the commandments and also had the Spirit of Prophecy
through Ellen White. This meant that all other churches which did not agree with them were now “fallen Babylon.” Ellen White
guided the church as a prophet until her death in 1915. She wrote many books and also taught SDAs to observe the old covenant
food laws and strict dress codes.
Prophecy: Roman Catholicism was blamed for changing the Sabbath to Sunday and was defined
as the little horn of Daniel and the Babylonian beast of Revelation. Other Sunday-worshiping churches were defined as the
daughters of fallen Babylon. The “1260 years,” “42 months,” and “3 ½ times” of Daniel and Revelation
were interpreted as A. D. 538 to 1798 which ended when Roman Catholicism was wounded to death in France after it had killed
the two witnesses of the Old and New Testaments.
The United States of America: All three will be
revived just before Christ returns. The Seventh-day Adventist church will be God’s instrument in the revival of the
Old and New Testaments by teaching the truth in the last days. The United
States government will restore the Roman Catholic Church in the last
days when its Sunday-worshiping Protestants will enforce national Sunday-observance laws.
The Great Controversy:
God and Satan are locked in a great controversy. Satan has charged God with unrighteousness because His Law cannot be obeyed.
God will prove that He is righteous by demonstrating that 144,000 Seventh-day Adventists will stand before Him without a mediator
immediately before Jesus’ return.
The Last Days: As the second coming approaches, Jesus
will finish investigating the record of all those who professed faith since Adam and will make His final decision to determine
who is qualified to be resurrected. He will close the books in the Most
Holy Place, will stop mediating as a priest and will be in the process
of returning. In the meantime, the United States government, in alliance with the apostate Roman Catholic Church and apostate Protestants, will
set a date for Seventh-day Adventists to be put to death because the last day devastation is blamed on them. At the last moment,
Jesus will return, destroy all non-Seventh-day Adventists who have the mark of the beast (Sunday worshipers) and take his
remnant church to heaven.
For 1000 years the earth will lay desolate enjoying its Sabbath
millennial rest. At the end of the 1000 years, all of the wicked dead will be recreated for resurrection and then judged before
finally being cast into the lake of fire to be soon burned out of existence.
And only the Seventh-day Adventists will live happily ever after.