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Like a tidal wave the movement swept over the land. ... There was little ecstatic joy, but rather deep searching of heart... Spirit of Prophecy, vol. 4, p. 249 It swept over the land with the velocity of a tornado, and it reached the hearts in different and distant places almost simultaneously . . . It produced everywhere a most deep searching of the heart." Advent Herald, October 30, 1844.
God designed to prove His people. His hand covered a mistake in the reckoning of the prophetic periods. Adventists did not discover the error, nor was it discovered by the most learned of their opponents. Spirit of Prophecy, vol. 4, p. 249 While this discrepancy was not particularly noticed by us, it was also not noticed by any of our learned opponents. Advent Herald, Nov. 13, 1844
[1]Dark, heavy clouds come up, and clash against each other. ...

There is a mighty [2]earthquake...

There is heard the [3]shriek of the hurricane, like the voice of demons...

Those who a little before were so reckless...are now overwhelmed with consternation, and shuddering in [4]fear. Their [5]wails are heard above the sounds of the elements. ...

Soon there appears [6]in the east a small black [7]cloud...becoming lighter and more glorious...

[8]His countenance outshines the dazzling brightness of the noonday sun. ...

The King of kings descends [9]upon the cloud, [10]wrapped in flaming fire. ...the [11]earth trembles before him.

Great Controversy, 1888 version, pp. 637-641

When suddenly the [1]clouds roll up in darkness and fire. The [2]earth trembles, the sunlight of heaven is shrouded in the lurid shades of gathering blackness. The [3]shrikes of the muttering fiends are heard upon the blast. The thunder of the last trumpet sounds louder and louder. Creation to its center reels. Dizziness and [4]terror seize the children of men. They run to and fro in despair. Their faces darken with horror, and their [5]cries of anguish are lost in the howlings of the elements. Another moment and all is hushed in the stillness of death. Earth and her myriads are aghast, and nature in all her works stand still. [6]In the East the darkness is broken, and [7]a cloud of glory as the brightness of ten thousand suns, bursts forth. [9]On the cloud one sitteth like the Son of Man. His head and his hairs are white like wool, and his eyes are as a flame of fire. He is clothed with a garment down to the feet, and is girded with a golden girdle. [8]His countenance is like the sun shining in his strength, and his voice as the sound of many waters. His [10]flaming retinue extends across the vaulted sky. He comes in the glory of his Father, and all the holy angels with him. He speaks, [11]earth shudders, and the graves are rent.

Advent Harbinger, "The Last Day", November 21, 1844

Ever since 1844 I have borne my testimony that we were now in a period of time in which we are to hake heed to ourselves lest our hearts be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that the day come upon us unawares. Our position has been one of waiting and watching, with no prophetic time-proclamation to intervene between the close of the prophetic periods in 1844 and the time of our Lord's coming. We do not know the day nor the hour, or when the definite time is, and yet the prophetic reckoning shows us that Christ is at the door.
Manuscript Releases, Vol. 10, No. 816
Our position is therefore the same as that presented in the last number of the Shield. We regard this as a period of time in which we are emphatically to take heed to ourselves lest at any time our hearts be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that the day come upon us unawares. Our position is one of continual and confident expectation. With no time which must be necessarily intervene between the present and the time of the Lord's return . . . not knowing the day or the hour, or when the definite time is, and yet knowing that it is at the very door, that it cannot be long delayed, and may burst upon us at any moment.
Advent Shield, January, 1845.
No man knoweth the day and the hour, was heard from the hypocritical minister and the bold scoffer. ...

The most devoted gladly received the message.

Spiritual Gifts, Vol. 1 (1858), pp. 135-136

the most pious, devoted and living members of the churches do most readily embrace the views thus proclaimed: the worldling professor, the Pharisee, the bigot, the proud, and haughty and selfish, scoff at and ridicule the doctrine…

Views of the Prophecies and Prophetic Chronology of William Miller, (1841), p. 2


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