The Millerites were poised to welcome the return of their Saviour. Many had sold property, given away prized possessions and prepared their hearts to meet the Lord in peace. William Miller, a vivacious preacher had declared that Christ would return October 22, 1844, based on the prohesy delineated in Daniel 8:14:
…Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansedDaniel 8:14
They had believed that the sanctuary referred to the earth. Of course, the Millerites were disappointed that Jesus did not return. Hence October 22, 1844 is called, “The Great Disappointment.” And while, many lost faith, some prayed and restudied the Bible: one of who was Hiram Edson.
Here’s what His Messenger by Ellen White records on the matter:
Early the next morning after the Disappointment, Hiram Edson, a leader among the Adventists in western New York, went out into the field and knelt down to pray beside a shock of corn. He felt that the Lord was near him as he prayed. Suddenly the presence of the Lord became so real that he was almost overcome, and a voice seemed to speak to him, saying, “The sanctuary to be cleansed is in heaven.” He hurried to tell some of his brethren of his conviction, and they began with him to study the subject from the Bible.His Messenger 30.3
Like the high priest on the day of atonement, Jesus had entered the Most Holy Place of the heavenly sanctuary, and thus began the investigative judgment on October 22, 1844. There He is cleansing the sanctuary, interceding on our behalves, and upon completion of this work, He will return.
This understanding not only restored hope in the Adventists, but along with the acceptance of the seventh-day Sabbath led to the formation of Seventh-day Adventists May 21, 1863.
In commemoration of this day, the Lord has inspired me to start a Read with Me series. God willing, every Thursday night at sunset, I will read a chapter of Daniel and then Revelation live on Facebook and YouTube.
Click on the Facebook and/or YouTube icons in the PDF linked above to get to my page and/or channel respectively.
God willing, I’ll see you then!
-Thank You Jesus!
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