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The Great Advent Awakening

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript

Participants: Jim Nix (Host)


Series Code: SF

Program Code: SF000003

00:14 From the 1700's into the early 1800's interest
00:17 increased in the prophecies found in Daniel
00:19 and Revelation. Those who studied believed
00:22 that some important event would soon occur.
00:24 In Italy, a man by the name Manuel Lacunza
00:28 secluded himself to spent time studying the Bible.
00:31 He prayed for the Holy Spirit open his mind to the
00:33 prophecies of Daniel, Paul and John.
00:36 While studying he became convicted that Jesus
00:38 would soon return and so he wrote a book about it
00:41 that was later translated and circulated to nearly
00:44 half the world. Joseph Wolff traveled
00:46 extensively as a missionary to Europe and Asia.
00:49 To share his faith in Christ especially to the Jews.
00:52 While in England, he learned of the prophecies
00:54 that pointed to Jesus is soon return
00:56 and began sharing them with the many to whom
00:58 he spoke. In Sweden, the state church
01:01 outlaw the teaching of the second coming of Christ,
01:03 but in 1842 and 1843 reports began circulating
01:08 the children who are ruled by some unseen force
01:10 to preach the message "Fear God, and give glory
01:13 to Him; for the hour of His judgment is come."
01:18 And in the United States, there was William Miller
01:21 Miller was raised in a Christian home,
01:23 but became agnostic, who had no faith in the Bible
01:25 that he believed contradicted itself.
01:29 But thoughts of life after death and the
01:31 judgment troubled him being honest at heart
01:33 Miller decided to sit down with only the Bible
01:36 and concordance and to study for himself
01:38 to see if the apparent contradictions
01:40 could be resolved. After two years of Bible study,
01:43 Miller was unable to justify his position.
01:46 In fact, he found in Jesus, a best friend
01:49 and savior. The book of Daniel
01:52 became one of the chief objects of Miller study
01:54 especially was ----- by Daniel
01:57 8:14 where it said "Unto two thousand and
02:00 three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary
02:03 be cleansed. Miller as well as many
02:05 scholars today believe that Daniel
02:07 prophecy represented a year.
02:11 Believing of the cleansing of the sanctuary spoken
02:12 of an prophecy was the cleansing of the earth
02:15 by fire at the second coming.
02:17 Miller thought that he could discover
02:19 when the 2300 day prophecy would end.
02:21 He could learn when Christ would come again.
02:25 Taking the prophecies found in Daniel
02:26 8 and 9. He was able to construct this timeline.
02:29 Daniel was told that the 2300 day prophecy
02:32 would began at the rebuilding of Jerusalem.
02:34 Miller found that that day was 457 B.C.
02:38 The next event on the prophetic timeline
02:41 was 27 A.D., which according to prophecy
02:44 was the coming of the prince, the anointed one.
02:48 This day turned out to be when Jesus was Baptized
02:50 and began his public ministry.
02:53 A prophetic week or seven literal years later
02:55 was to be the end of the time determined upon
02:57 Daniels people and his Holy city.
03:00 At this point on the timeline, Steven was stoned
03:03 ceiling the rejection of Christ by the Jews
03:05 as a nation and the beginning of the time
03:07 when the Gospel was to be preached
03:09 to the gentiles. The prophecy also said that in
03:12 the midst of the week or three and a half years after
03:15 27 A.D. He shall cause sacrifice and
03:18 oblation to cease. This is when Christ died
03:21 on the cross and put an end to the system of sacrifices
03:24 that it pointed to his death. So far all the dates
03:27 had matched up with key events
03:29 in Christian history. As Miller continued to study,
03:32 he realized that the final event
03:33 on the timeline was just a few stored years ahead.
03:37 He determined that the prophecy
03:38 would end somewhere around 1843 or 1844.
03:42 At first, Miller was reluctant to share
03:44 his studies of prophecy, but as you will learn in a moment.
03:47 God open the door in a special way.
03:51 To learn more about William Miller
03:52 and the times in which he lived we join Jim Nicks
03:55 of the Ellen G. White estate as he will tour
03:57 of William Miller's restored home
03:59 in Low Hampton, New York. The exterior of the house
04:03 has just been restored in the last year or two
04:06 they've been working on it. If you had seen the house
04:08 when we acquired it in 1984 it look considerably
04:12 different. Let me tell you it was a mess,
04:14 and the shutters were gone. It had green siding on it
04:17 that's all been removed well over the green siding
04:20 was even some other siding in parts
04:21 of the house. It's been restored
04:23 considerably by volunteers all the work that you see
04:26 almost all the work that you see
04:27 has been done by volunteers. Just briefly about
04:30 these two front rooms because there are the rooms
04:33 that are most closely related to how they look
04:36 back when William lived here. This was William Miller's
04:39 parlor on this side. Now the furniture
04:42 that's in the parlor today was not William Miller's.
04:45 But it is 19th century, Victorian parlor furniture
04:51 and it belong to William Miller's daughter
04:54 little Lucy, you will also see a very interesting
04:58 flora pattern in there that's painted
05:00 it's a very crude primitive flora pattern
05:03 that does go back to Miller's time.
05:05 You gonna want to look at that
05:06 because that is kind of an unusual art
05:09 consultant, historical consultants say that's kind
05:11 of an unusual feature defined one that just
05:14 hand stance on the floor. Now on this side
05:17 this was William Miller's study.
05:19 This was where he prepared his sermons.
05:22 If you would come to visit William Miller
05:23 this is where you would've been assured in to see
05:26 him when he lived here now there are a few pieces
05:29 of furniture is this room here that actually
05:32 belong to William Miller that have been donated
05:35 to us by descendents and they are so back here for us
05:39 to enjoy. The bed that William Miller slept in
05:42 and died in is there in the corner
05:44 that is his bed. The desk is not his, it is one
05:49 that he has been donated and it is of that era
05:52 but it is not his. But the chair that's there
05:55 in front of the desk is William Miller's chair.
05:58 There is also a deacons bench
06:00 a set tea type thing. I guess it is still
06:03 on this wall, looks like it is
06:05 that set tea that deacons bench
06:08 was in the Miller family. So there are owners
06:11 rocking chair in there that rocking chair
06:13 belong to William Miller. So we have four pieces
06:16 of furniture in there that belong to William Miller.
06:20 When Miller first came to his initial conclusion
06:22 1843 was still about 25 years into the future. He
06:26 was impressed that he needed to share this information
06:28 with others, but he was reluctant.
06:31 For five years, Miller reanalyzed his position
06:33 to be sure that he had not overlook something.
06:36 It wasn't until 13 years later
06:38 in August of 1831 that is burn to share
06:41 his findings seemed overwhelmed. In order
06:44 to ease his conscious, he promised the Lord
06:46 that should he receive a call to preach this message
06:48 he would go, he sat back feeling confident
06:52 and no one would ask a simple farmer to speak.
06:55 However within 30 minutes, a knock on his front door
06:58 brought his first invitation. Miller was so upset,
07:01 that Lord would take him up on his promise
07:03 that he stormed out of the house
07:05 to this nearby Maple growth to wrestle with God.
07:08 Finally, he submitted to the will of God
07:10 and decided to go. As he did a piece came
07:14 upon his heart and when he spoke at that first meeting
07:17 the people responded very favorably.
07:21 When he returned home from that first
07:22 speaking engagement, he found another request
07:24 waiting for him. Many more would follow
07:27 so many in fact that he could not accept them all.
07:30 From October 1834 to June of 1839,
07:33 the record shows that Miller gave 800 lectures.
07:38 As the year 1843, Grunear interest in what Miller
07:41 had to say increased helping the spirit of this art.
07:44 was what happened in the night of November 13,
07:46 1833 that was the night the stars fell.
07:50 This spectacular heavenly display extended all over
07:53 North America and caused quite a stir.
07:57 One newspaper editor wrote, "We pronounce the rain
08:00 of fire, which we saw on Wednesday morning last,
08:02 an awful type, a sure forerunner,
08:05 a merciful sign, of that great and dreadful
08:08 day which the inhabitants of the earth will witness
08:11 when the sixth seal shall be opened.
08:13 The time is just at hand, described not only in the
08:16 New Testament, but in the Old Testament;
08:18 and a more correct picture of a fig tree casting
08:21 it's fruit when blown by a mighty wind,
08:23 it was not possible to behold."
08:26 This event was seen by some as a fulfillment of the words
08:29 of Christ found in Mathew 24:29,
08:32 When speaking of the last days
08:34 he had said " the stars shall fall from heaven."
08:39 For the first eight years of his ministry,
08:41 Miller preached to little churches
08:43 in small towns. However, while preaching
08:45 in Exeter, New Hampshire. He met a man who had
08:48 changed all that. That man was Joshua V. Himes.
08:52 Himes asked Miller, why he was not getting
08:54 his message out to the world. Miller responded
08:57 that he had tried to reach every town and village
08:59 where he was invited, Himes was shocked.
09:01 What about the source in the large cities?
09:03 It was then that Joshua Himes became Miller's promoter.
09:07 He gave him the access to the large cities of America.
09:10 Another key individual to join the Miller like movement
09:13 was Charles Fitch, a congregational pastor
09:17 from Boston. One of Fitch's contributions to the movement
09:21 was his 1843 chart, which provided a visual
09:24 representation of the prophecies Miller's
09:26 spoke of. This is one of the original charts
09:29 printed at the time. A symbolic beast were
09:32 illustrated by pictures. And important dates were
09:34 highlighted. The flow of the chart
09:37 was also designed to show how different prophecies
09:39 all ended in the year 1843.
09:43 This broadside or handout was also printed
09:45 to help illustrate the key aspects of
09:47 Miller's presentation. The striking title
09:49 and images portrayed, no doubt
09:52 help to attract attention
09:53 to the contents. Jim Nix also took us
09:56 to Portland Maine, where Miller spoke
09:59 to a congregation at the Casco Street
10:01 christian church. He describes the impact
10:03 of Millers message. This is the Casco Street
10:06 Christian church as it appeared
10:08 after it was a church, but before it was torn down.
10:12 This is where William Miller spoke by this time you could
10:15 see its a Carriage and Sleigh manufacturing company.
10:18 So, we don't know of the picture of the church
10:21 as it appeared when Miller was speaking there,
10:24 but it still look like a church by the time
10:27 this photograph is taken much later.
10:29 This is the place where Miller held his meetings
10:31 in 1840 and 1842. You probably recall
10:35 reading Ellen White talking about the impact
10:38 that Miller's preaching had on this town.
10:41 And how the solemn, the meetings were.
10:43 The newspapers tell us that after Miller was here
10:46 in town that four weeks at 11 'o clock every morning.
10:52 The bankers would get together
10:53 not to count their money, their gold and silver
10:57 but for Bible study that was a kind of impact
10:59 that William Miller's preaching had.
11:01 Very solemn, if you accepted it even if you
11:04 didn't accept his teachings it was biblically based
11:09 enough that you kind a kept one eye on the heavens
11:13 especially on October 22 to see if maybe the Miller
11:15 writes were right after all. You see when William Miller
11:18 would preach, the place was always packed.
11:21 I don't care where it was this church or other places
11:23 Miller was a popular preacher people came to listen
11:27 and so the place was always packed.
11:30 And you can picture someone coming into the back
11:32 of the hall looking around, trying to find where another
11:34 person could squeeze in, can't see a place
11:38 Miller up there in a poppet looking down can see
11:40 where another person could squeeze in,
11:43 and so he leaves the poppet goes escorts them
11:47 to a seat get some seeded and then goes back up
11:50 and resumes preaching. Now I've never seen that
11:53 happened, but you can begin to see why people
11:56 even who disagreed with his theology
11:59 talked about his sincerity, he practiced
12:02 what he preached.
12:05 Although, he did not set an exact date.
12:07 Miller believed that Jesus would come between the
12:09 Spring of 1843 and the spring of 1844.
12:14 Based on the Jewish calendar. When the spring of 1844
12:17 past without incident the believers were
12:19 understandably disappointed. But they turned again
12:22 to God's word, had they made a mistake was
12:25 there are miscalculation. Upon the reexamination
12:29 of the evidence, they found one key point
12:31 they had missed. They had supposed
12:34 that they creed to rebuilt Jerusalem
12:35 had got into effect at the beginning of 457 B.C., which
12:39 coincided with the spring of our present day calender.
12:43 As a result, they had come to expect Jesus to return
12:46 between the spring of 1843 and the spring of 1844. However,
12:50 upon closer study they found out that the decree did
12:53 not actually going to affect until the fall of 457 BC.
12:59 2300 years from that date would be the fall of 1844.
13:04 The believers were revived. A man by the name of
13:08 Samuel Snow discovered even more evidence
13:10 to support this new date. He found that Jesus died
13:13 not only at the exact year stated in Daniel's prophecy
13:16 but he also died at passover.
13:19 At the exact time, the sacrifice were being
13:21 presented in the temple along those same lines.
13:23 He discovered that the Jews celebrated the day
13:26 of atonement the cleansing of the sanctuary
13:29 in the fall. Could it up also be expected
13:32 that God will fulfill the prophecy to cleanse
13:34 the sanctuary of the exact date as well.
13:38 In 1844, that day fell on October 22, the believers
13:45 also related the parable of the 10 versions
13:47 to their experience. They believed that
13:49 they have been in a waiting time
13:51 just before the bride groom was to appear.
13:53 They now went out with what they term
13:56 the midnight cry. Behold the bridegroom
13:59 cometh. Those early believers
14:02 were hardened in their faith. In New Hampshire,
14:04 a man by the name of Leonard Hastings
14:07 refuse to harvest his potato crop
14:09 as a decoration of his believe in christ
14:11 imminent return. Jim Nix took us to that field
14:14 and told us the story. Behind you was a field, it's
14:20 still a field there, but that was a field that played
14:22 significant part in Adventist history.
14:26 Today and tomorrow, we will be doing something
14:28 with the Miller writes as well as the early
14:30 Sabbath keepers and living in this area.
14:33 His farm was here, his house was on this side
14:35 was this man by the name of Leonard Hastings.
14:38 Now you all know the story of Leonard Hastings,
14:40 you may never have seen a picture of him
14:42 and doubtless you don't even know his name.
14:44 But you know that in the fall of 1844, there was a man
14:48 who did not dig his potatoes. He left them in the field.
14:52 Alright, his house was right here
14:53 right, where these pumped trees
14:55 is out there that is where his house was
14:57 and his field that famous field
14:59 in Adventist history is right behind this.
15:01 It's still a field, but now it's got some
15:03 stones in it, not potatoes. But this is the man.
15:07 Now you may never have heard his letter.
15:09 I love to read this to teachers especially.
15:12 I have printed it on the back side of
15:15 a photocopy of his handwritten letter
15:16 that he wrote to the orthodox church
15:18 here, the orthodox congregational church
15:21 when he asked to have his name dropped.
15:23 The reason I would like read this to teachers
15:24 is because these guys back then,
15:26 these pioneers they knew how to pack a lot
15:28 into a sentence. This whole thing is two sentences long.
15:31 Now, let me, I can't read this to you, I can't read one
15:35 sentence on one breath, but here we go September
15:37 17, 1843, believing is I do that the second advent of
15:41 the Lord in 1843 is plainly and clearly taught
15:44 in the Gospel and also the Christian perfection
15:47 or sanctification is required of us
15:49 in God's word and that in and through the
15:51 atonement of the lord Jesus there is ample provision
15:54 made for our sanctification and full redemption
15:56 in this world. And knowing as I do,
15:58 there is a church you do regret and make light
16:00 of these glorious true and ever say that men
16:03 may go on sinning to heaven and also the Christ cannot
16:05 come in the clouds of heaven these 1000 years.
16:07 I therefore feel it my duty and compliance was
16:10 what God says by John the revelator to
16:12 come out for my people that you may be
16:14 not partakers of our sins and that you receive
16:16 not our pledges, do request of you
16:19 that my name be erased from the church record as I shall
16:21 no longer consider myself a member of your church.
16:24 That was the first sentence as I say they do
16:27 you had a pack a lot in to a sentence, here is the
16:29 second one, I feel that I do this in conformity
16:31 to the requirements of the great head
16:33 of the church. And now in his name
16:35 I'll beseech you all not to make lie anymore
16:38 of the coming of the blessed lord.
16:39 For at that appointed time, he will come and not
16:42 Terry. All the unbelief of the world
16:44 will not stop him. So do get ready
16:46 by making a full consecration of yourselves
16:48 to the living God for as in the days of Noah.
16:51 So, shall the coming of the son of man be.
16:54 That was his appeal to them and of course then the
16:57 following year in October, he left those potatoes
17:01 in the field as a testimony of his faith.
17:04 He would not even dig them and sell them
17:07 and then you know the story
17:08 you've all heard the story. How potatoes blight disease.
17:11 Rotted potatoes that were dug here in New
17:13 England that fall and so in the spring
17:16 when Hastings went out into his field
17:19 apparently kicking around in the dirt little he
17:21 realize that the potatoes had not frozen
17:23 and he dug the potatoes and they were good.
17:27 And he sold them for more then he had because
17:29 all the potatoes are rotted. He sold them for more then
17:30 he would have received had he dug them in the fall.
17:33 Now if you are skeptic like I am about some
17:35 of these stories was that really
17:37 a potato blight was that really a
17:40 rot of the potatoes. Is this story could possibly be true.
17:44 Well, I want to show you a photocopy
17:46 of a paper, this was Xerox copy
17:50 that I made out of a paper that I own. So, I know
17:51 it's a good paper because I have it in my library at
17:54 home. It's the Gospel banner published in Augusta Maine
17:57 October 26, 1844, the very week of the disappointment
18:01 and it talks about the potato disease.
18:03 In fact, if you go back to old farmers
18:05 papers from that year. You'll find there was
18:09 a lot of discussion about the potato disease.
18:11 They did not know what was happening to their potatoes
18:14 except they knew they were all spoiling and
18:15 rotting. So yes the story has a very firm basis
18:18 and the man who had the faith
18:21 and left his potatoes there. As I said lived here
18:24 and had his field across the way.
18:29 Expectations arouse as the October 22nd date
18:31 neared. The thought of Christ returning moved people
18:34 to sell their businesses and pay off debts.
18:37 To leave food in the fields and orchids and harvesting,
18:39 to men broken relationships with friends and family.
18:43 And to look forward to see loved ones from whom
18:45 they have been separated by death.
18:48 Jim Nix took us to ascension rock
18:50 next to Millers farm in Low Hampton, New York.
18:53 The place where tradition says William Miller waited
18:55 with family and friends for Christ to return to earth.
18:59 We are standing on ascension rock.
19:03 Ascension rock gets the name from the fact
19:06 that we're told by members in the Miller family.
19:10 So this is the very old tradition
19:11 in the Miller family that on October 22,
19:14 1844, the Adventist in this area
19:18 came here to William Miller's farm
19:21 to this outcropping of lime stone
19:23 and here they waited for Jesus to return that day.
19:28 Now you can feel or imagine what it must have been like
19:32 back there in 1844. You have to imagine a
19:35 little now because this was the working farm.
19:37 Some of you may have seen the picture
19:39 in the display case over in the house
19:40 of how this farm even looked in 1950.
19:43 This was a working farm, so all these trees
19:45 were not here at that time. So this outcropping of rock
19:50 would have given you a view, if we didn't have these
19:52 trees here, a view from arisen to arising.
19:56 So that you could come out here
19:57 and watch for the Lord to come
20:00 on that day. Now we don't know
20:02 how many people were actually here.
20:04 There is no record, not even a rumor
20:06 of how many people gathered that particular day.
20:10 But as I was trying to describe
20:12 in the chapel earlier it must have been
20:15 something very special to be here or in a grove
20:18 or in a church somewhere that day.
20:22 Believing that after all these years
20:25 preaching then being left at by your neighbors
20:27 and scorn ridicule Jesus was finally coming on this day.
20:33 And then what a disappointment
20:35 and you can see why they called it as a great
20:37 disappointment. Just one illustration to help you
20:41 realize why they call the great
20:43 disappointment. Charles Fitch one of
20:46 the prominent Millerite leaders who had been
20:50 preaching in September. He was, he did a Baptism
20:53 in a lake, he caught a cold and he died
20:56 Monday, October 14th, so just a weak
20:59 and a day before. His obituary
21:02 was sent to the editor of the Millerite paper,
21:05 The Midnight Cry, and it didn't arrive
21:08 in time to get into that October 19th issue
21:10 the last issue that came out
21:11 before October 22. So it was published in the
21:14 next issue, which came out October 30
21:17 a little over a week late, but let's give the editor
21:21 a little bit of slack, he expected to be in heaven
21:23 he had not thought about putting out another paper.
21:25 So, it was few days late getting that next issue out
21:27 we can understand, but Charles Fitch is
21:29 obituary in there, talks about his illness,
21:32 talks about his death, and in the last sentence
21:35 of that obituary gives us an insight
21:38 into what it must have been like
21:39 and why it was called the great disappointment.
21:41 Is that last sentence said that his widow
21:44 and fatherless children are now at Cleveland
21:47 confidently expecting the soon return of our Lord.
21:52 And that doesn't take a lot of imagination
21:53 does it to picture that funeral.
21:55 Mrs. Fitch, the children and she says to those
21:59 children who were crying their by the casket
22:01 of their father, don't cry next Tuesday when Jesus
22:05 comes we'll see Papa again. And you could begin to
22:09 understand why it came to be known as
22:11 the great disappointment.
22:14 Now after the spring disappointment
22:16 spring of 1844, the first one that I talked about earlier
22:20 William Miller who is a poet,
22:21 I don't know if you knew that
22:23 William Miller wrote poetry, wrote number of poems
22:25 but he wrote one expressing his disappointment
22:28 in the spring of 1844 just three stanzas
22:31 I would like to read it to you.
22:33 How tedious and lonesome the hours,
22:35 While Jesus my Savior delays.
22:37 I've sought Him in Solitude's bowers,
22:40 And looked for Him all the long days.
22:44 Yet He lingers. I pray tell me why
22:46 His chariot no sooner returns?
22:47 To see Him in clouds of the sky
22:50 My soul with intensity burns.
22:53 I long to be with Him at home,
22:54 My heart swallowed up in His love.
22:57 On the fields of New Eden to roam.
23:00 And to dwell with my Savior above.
23:10 The day after October 22nd got great disappointment in
23:12 the ranks of the Millerites what had gone wrong?
23:16 The evidence was so strong soon after the event.
23:19 William Miller sent a letter sharing his feelings
23:21 on the topic. Historian John Wood
23:24 shares that letter. Eight days after the
23:28 so called great disappointment
23:29 and Christ hadn't come on the day of atonement
23:33 as figured in the Karaite calendar
23:35 in 1844, he wrote a letter that did indeed
23:39 go to The Midnight Cry stating his position
23:42 On what had happened in October of 1844,
23:47 This is significant I want to read one
23:49 statement from the letter. This is a test
23:58 to them who look for him he will appear second time
24:00 without sin unto salvation
24:03 I must and will submit for God is good
24:06 that he knows the day. I pray that you have the
24:11 Spirit of God in your convention
24:13 referring to New York City and ask an interest
24:15 in your prayers that I maybe resign
24:17 would ever comes. My hope is strong
24:20 and my faith in 1844 has waved not,
24:24 come Jesus come. What's interesting here is
24:32 that immediately after the disappointment
24:33 Miller was still holding to the idea that
24:37 something significant happened in 1844.
24:42 Soon after the disappointment
24:43 Hiram Edson gathered with some friends
24:45 to pray earnestly that the Lord would show
24:47 them why he had not come.
24:50 Later, while crossing the field with the friend
24:52 Hiram stopped in his tracks,
24:54 it was as if God was directing his mind
24:56 to an important event that have taken place
24:58 in heaven. In Old testament times
25:02 the Lord directed Moses to set up a sanctuary,
25:04 an earthly temple as a copy of the heavenly
25:06 one shown him. This structure and it's services
25:10 were designed to illustrate how God had chosen to
25:12 deal with sin. As part of the service a lamb
25:15 was slain for the sinner. The Millerite saw this
25:19 as a representation of Christ died and pass over.
25:22 But that was only part of the ceremonies
25:24 associated with the sanctuary.
25:27 Once a year, the high priest would enter the most
25:29 Holy place to make final atonement for sin.
25:33 In a way, it was final judgment of sin.
25:35 Those Israelites who refuse participate will
25:38 cut off among the people. By studying references
25:42 to the sanctuary found in scripture
25:43 the Millerites will let to believe
25:45 that after Christ arose to heaven.
25:47 He entered the Holy place of the heavenly sanctuary
25:51 October 22nd was now seen as the time
25:54 when he left the Holy place to enter the final phase
25:57 of his work. A work of judgment
25:59 in the most Holy place. They now saw
26:02 that instead of Christ returning to cleanse
26:04 earth with fire as they had first believed.
26:06 It actually entered the most Holy place of heaven
26:09 to begin a special cleansing work there
26:12 The final phase of judgment before he would
26:14 return to earth to a award the righteous.
26:18 Through the experience of the great disappointment
26:20 a group of believers was to be formed,
26:22 today it is known as the Seventh-Day
26:24 Adventist Church. A church whose doctrines
26:27 are the result of much Bible study and prayer.
26:31 As Adventist we continue to look forward
26:33 to the soon coming of our savior.
26:36 And although we know not the day or hour
26:37 of his coming. We are certain of one thing.
26:41 He is coming again. If you would like
26:44 more information and the Biblical references used
26:46 to support the doctrines presented in this program.
26:49 Please write to 3ABN P.O. Box 220
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27:01 and ask for the second coming offer.
27:13 Jim Nix took us to many other sites of historical
27:16 Adventist interest. It was in the Washington
27:18 New Hampshire area that we discovered the birth place
27:20 of the present day Seventh Day Adventist Church.
27:23 Jim Nix tell the story. Okay, this Church was built
27:27 in 1842, it was at that time a Christian connection church.
27:33 This was a group of sort of independent churches
27:37 that kind of agreed on the theology
27:39 and the members and this into the western community
27:41 decided they wanted to build church.
27:43 Now, we went by the church up there on the town green
27:46 that's were other people work the other end of the
27:48 community, but this was the forming community
27:50 down here there was no church, so they
27:51 this built church in 1842. Shortly thereafter,
27:55 the Millerite movement came through this part of
27:57 New Hampshire and the majority of this church
27:59 the members became Millerite Adventist.
28:02 So, now we have Christians who are Millerites
28:06 they have an ------ minister
28:09 one who lived over in Hillsborough.
28:11 His name was Frederick Wheeler
28:12 he would come through here occasionally
28:14 on Sunday and he would be holding services
28:17 in his church. Now I realized this picture
28:19 Of Fredrick Wheeler makes him look very old.
28:22 He lived to be 99, but in the 1840s he was in his 30s,
28:25 so if you just darken up the beard and take it clear off
28:28 in your imagination that you can picture how
28:30 he would have looked on a Sunday when he was here
28:33 preaching in this church people would come.
28:35 Now the winter of 1843, 1844, there was a widow
28:40 who came to this community, you all know her name.
28:42 Rachel Oaks or sometimes you've heard as
28:45 Rachel Oaks Preston, she came as a widow
28:49 and she found the man. Oh! She found someone to get
28:52 married to here by the name of Nathan T. Preston
28:55 and so she left here as Rachel Oaks Preston
28:57 but she became Rachel Oaks. Her daughter Delight Oaks
29:00 was invited to be local school teacher
29:02 and so we have a picture of Rachel Oaks here.
29:07 Here she is, this lady was The Seventh-Day Baptist.
29:11 She was not a Millerite, but she was Seventh-Day Baptist
29:14 and since she was here and had her room
29:17 apparently listed daughter room for a while
29:19 or rented a room from Cyrus Farnsworth
29:21 who live not too far over here.
29:24 One of the early members of this congregation, why
29:27 probably that's were Rachel would have stayed also and so
29:31 said she was closes to this church
29:32 on Sundays even though she was a good Sabbath
29:35 Keeper. She was a Seventh-Day Baptist.
29:37 She would come to this church
29:38 for Christian fellowship, she kept Sabbath at home,
29:43 don't misunderstand, she kept Sabbath
29:44 but then she came here to be with other Christians.
29:47 and that's how come during that winter of 1843
29:51 and 1844 probably late 1843 when Fredrick Wheeler
29:57 was here preaching a community sermon.
30:00 Rachel Oaks was also here sitting on somewhere
30:03 on this side of the church this was the ladies side
30:05 of the church, there is was the men side over here.
30:09 So, she was sitting over here somewhere
30:13 and she can hardly keep her seat
30:14 when Fredrick Wheeler you know the story,
30:16 I'm just reviewing it since it happened here.
30:18 Fredrick Wheeler announced to the congregation
30:21 that all of those who planned on participating
30:24 in the community service that day
30:26 should be keepers of God's Ten Commandments
30:30 and here is this good Seventh-Day Baptist
30:32 sitting there on Sunday listening to the preacher
30:34 you can imagine, she can hardly keep her seat,
30:37 but she apparently did and eventually she met him
30:40 later in the week in town somewhere
30:43 and she said I ---- to talk with you
30:46 and she gave him a Bible study
30:47 probably gave him some tracks too
30:48 I don't know for sure. And Fredrick Wheeler then
30:51 being a good honest soul he studied it out
30:54 and he decided that she was correct,
30:56 the Biblical evidence supported the Seventh-Day
30:59 as the day, we should worship on.
31:02 And so not here, but according to his son
31:05 George Wheeler in a memory statement
31:07 the first sermon that Fredrick Wheeler
31:09 preached was over in Hillsborough
31:11 on March 16, 1844 that was his first sermon
31:16 advocating the Seventh Day Sabbath.
31:18 Now, not much was said about the Seventh Day
31:20 Sabbath in the Millerite Movement. Oh! There are
31:22 some articles that appear in the fall not too
31:25 just a few weeks before October 22.
31:27 There is a couple of articles that appear
31:29 so that we know there was some agitation going on
31:31 here there was apparently some there may have been
31:33 some elsewhere, but the feeling of the Millerites
31:36 was we are focusing on one thing, Jesus is coming.
31:38 We don't want anything that gives us any
31:41 doctrine or division and they were sure about the
31:43 Sabbath and so Jesus is coming that were focus on
31:46 and if we are supposed to keep Sabbath.
31:48 In a few weeks, we'll all be keeping it in heaven
31:50 that's fine, if we are not suppose to and
31:52 it's not that significant, well then it was fine too.
31:54 So, there was not much said about the Sabbath.
31:57 After the disappointment of October 22, 1844
32:01 of course the pioneers went back to their Bibles
32:03 trying to discover why Jesus hadn't come
32:07 and they discovered other things too not just
32:09 the answer to that question. One of the things
32:12 they studied and decided, our pioneers decided was
32:16 about the Seventh Day Sabbath.
32:18 Anyway, William Farnsworth have been studied
32:20 thinking about the Sabbath and according to his son
32:24 in January of 1845 sitting in this church
32:30 on the Sunday morning maybe the congregation
32:32 is still Sunday keepers he stands up
32:34 and he said that his forth he and his family.
32:38 Now, at that point all 22 have been born, but
32:40 there was several small Farnsworth's here by there.
32:43 That he and his family will going to keep the Seventh
32:46 Day Sabbath and William's younger brother Cyrus stood
32:49 up and said he was going to do the same thing
32:51 and the parents Daniel and Patty Farnsworth, we don't
32:54 have a picture of the mother, but there is a father
32:56 Daniel Farnsworth, the Farnsworth and
32:59 few other stood up and said they will be
33:01 Sabbath Keepers. Now that divided the
33:03 congregation. The majority of the congregation
33:06 did not want to keep the Seventh Day Sabbath.
33:10 So, this church became the oldest Sabbath keeping
33:16 Adventist congregation because few of the members
33:19 were often met at homes on Sabbath, but the majority
33:23 of the congregation remains Sunday keepers.
33:26 So the building itself remain the Sunday keeping church.
33:30 And we don't know exactly what a change has,
33:32 but by 1862 at the latest somewhere between about
33:34 1857 and 1862 this had changed the majority
33:38 of the Sunday keepers had left,
33:39 remember these were typical knowing the church is back
33:42 in those days and the people have build the church
33:44 own the church embody into it, owned it.
33:47 So when the majority had left and so lot, and now with the
33:50 majority, the new majority were Sabbath keepers
33:54 and so this became the Seventh Day Adventist church.
33:56 So, this is not our oldest Seventh Day Adventist church
33:59 as such because it doesn't become one until about
34:02 1862, so there is somewhere in there.
34:06 But it is the oldest congregation of Sabbath
34:08 keeping Adventist to this day
34:09 if you come here formal about mid May
34:12 until all mid October there is a group
34:16 that meets here. Now, from this church
34:18 several things well not several because Sabbath
34:22 went out from this church and I see if I can help
34:26 put it together for you quickly.
34:30 We have never been able to Prove, where T. M Prebble
34:33 as I say William Seventh Adventist historians have
34:35 never been able to prove conclusively where T. M.
34:39 Prebble obtained the Sabbath idea. T. M. Prebble
34:43 lived over here in ---- New Hampshire
34:45 which is not very far from Hillsborough
34:47 where Fredrick Wheeler lived and Fredrick Wheeler being a
34:51 good itinerant minister if he is gonna be talking
34:54 with other pastors where what's one of the things
34:57 he would be talking about, he would be talking about
34:59 the Seventh Day Sabbath and Prebble became the
35:03 Sabbath Keeper in the summer of 1844,
35:06 so he became a Sabbath Keeper before Fredrick Wheeler,
35:08 I mean before William Farnsworth stood up
35:10 here in January 1845, he became the Sabbath keeper.
35:16 He wrote a pamphlet which we already showed you
35:18 it was there at Paris Hill it was an article
35:21 that was printed in the hope of Israel
35:23 came out February 28, 1845 then it was reprinted in
35:26 pamphlet form, but now we are gonna think about
35:28 the other form that came out first
35:29 the article in the hope of Israel.
35:31 One of subscribers at the hope of Israel
35:33 which is published at Portland Maine, the ones
35:35 subscribers was Joseph Bates
35:37 down on the coast of Massachusetts
35:39 living it ---, he reads it he looks up all the text
35:43 he is convinced that the Seventh Day Sabbath is correct.
35:47 Now as soon as it warming up at least I don't why I said
35:53 that because I've never seen Father Joseph Bates
35:55 but anyway in the spring later in the spring
35:58 maybe took it little while to look up at the text.
36:00 He decided he wanted to come up here and learn more
36:03 about the Sabbath. Now he apparently knew
36:07 something that we didn't know because even though he had
36:09 read T.M. Prebble's article when he came up here
36:13 and some of you would know the story.
36:14 No he did not go to the Prebble's house,
36:18 where did he gone to. He came to Hillsborough
36:19 not wonder he walked whether he wrote the stage
36:21 coach how he got it we don't know
36:23 he given away most all of his money
36:24 as a Millerite so he may not have stage coach fair
36:27 to walk a 100 miles ------ faced him
36:29 at all, he did much more in that way
36:31 later on, so I gonna face him at all.
36:33 But he came up here got to Hillsborough about
36:36 10'o clock at night, knocked on the door
36:39 you can see a sleepy eye of Fredrick Wheeler
36:41 getting up, wondering who the world is at his door
36:43 at 10'o clock lighting a lamp
36:45 ----- called But whatever candle
36:50 whatever he happened to have going there to the door
36:53 and here is Joseph Bates all that's we say
36:54 bright eye bushy tail here he is already
36:56 he has walk through come there 100 miles and he is ready
37:00 for a Bible study. Fredrick Wheeler was up
37:04 to it, he had his Bible and the two men
37:06 studied about the Sabbath all night, the next day
37:10 they came over here to Sabbath at Farnsworth house
37:11 and in front of the under the two Maple trees
37:15 that stood until 1988 and that blown down in storm.
37:18 They studied some more on Sabbath
37:21 and then Joseph Bates get to back home.
37:24 He found what he came for,
37:26 so 100 miles back and again we don't know
37:28 whether he walk to took the stage or having other
37:30 took the train having back down,
37:32 but he came into the --- and you all
37:35 refer the story how he was walking across that old
37:37 wood frame bridge that used to cross the good steam river.
37:40 He met a friend a very patriotic man
37:43 Janice Madison Monroe now brother hall
37:47 knew he was a neighbor or friend
37:48 of Bates. He knew Bates have been out of town
37:50 and seeing round back in those day everybody knew
37:52 what everybody else was doing in small town and all.
37:54 He knew Bates wasn't around, so when he saw down
37:56 the bridge he hailed him Captain Bates what's the news
38:01 and what was Bates response. The news is Seventh Day
38:03 Sabbath. Come on rest of knew that story.
38:06 The news is the Seventh Day, that' right,
38:09 Sabbath Day is the Sabbath.
38:10 That was the most exciting thing,
38:11 he just come 100 miles
38:12 back there you know, he would thought
38:13 he can proudly said something else because that was most
38:15 exciting that he knew the seventh day is a Sabbath.
38:19 See we need little enthusiastic.
38:20 Miller and Bates also used to say that.
38:21 Now we talk about and we used to say
38:22 ---- bless at hope, but Spicer says that
38:26 Bates had another saying ever Bates used to go around
38:28 and say Oh! How I do love this Sabbath.
38:31 Bates is a Sabbath keeper, but his wife proves is not.
38:38 Proved that Bates does not accept the Sabbath
38:40 until 1850 and she is a beautiful wife.
38:43 Have you seen the picture of Prudence
38:44 before this, there is only one known picture
38:45 that I am aware of may just
38:46 that I remember maybe another one
38:48 and this one around here of proves base he called
38:51 her pretty. Now you know, the famous story
38:54 well, first we got to getting writing his first edition
38:56 of the Sabbath track 1846 he has read Prebble
39:00 he now wants to say more then what Prebble did
39:03 so he brings out a larger track. Somewhere in all these files.
39:09 I have a photocopy of that track
39:12 very rare maybe two or three originals
39:15 in existence so this is the photocopy
39:17 of his 1846 track. He set one of these,
39:20 now he has gone there in Massachusetts.
39:22 He set one of these up to the newly weds
39:24 James and Ellen White got married in Portland Maine
39:26 in August 30, 1846 and they read in sometime
39:29 in September or October anyway early fall, late
39:33 Summer, early fall of 1846 they accepted the Sabbath.
39:35 Not based on vision, --- critics like
39:38 to say that we base all of our doctrines on vision.
39:40 Not based on a vision, based on the text
39:43 in this pamphlet. And they studied out in the scriptures.
39:49 It wasn't until April of 1847 that talk so much she had to
39:52 Halo of glory vision about the Sabbath.
39:56 And seeing there is the -- have been sanctuary.
39:58 Now based well so you're not be going down there
40:02 to fair even, let me just remind you of another story
40:05 about Joseph Bates this man of such think,
40:08 I mean he had incredible faith. Joseph Bates decides
40:15 he needs to write another track in 1847.
40:19 That thing brought up to six or seven
40:21 I forgot which tracks altogether
40:23 in the 1840's. Joseph Bates decides
40:26 to write another track, but he has no money
40:27 and again you know the story, it is just
40:29 quick review. And so he is sitting there on his desk
40:33 thinking and his wife comes in and she says to him.
40:36 Joseph I need to do some baking,
40:39 but I don't have any flour how much flour do you need
40:44 about 4 pounds, she responded
40:47 and so he got up left went down to the store
40:49 and there he bought 4 pounds of flour
40:51 and he came back home and gave to his wife Prudence.
40:56 She exclaimed, she was quite surprised.
40:58 She exclaims why did you bring 4 pounds.
41:00 Now see she was used to her husband went
41:03 he would always buy a barrel of flour.
41:05 Now it is just 4 pounds and so for the first time
41:11 in her life she finds out what their financial
41:13 condition really is. He said for that 4 pounds
41:17 I spend the last money that I had on earth.
41:20 These are one of these things -----.
41:23 Now she says to her husband what we going to do?
41:27 and so I'm on the right track.
41:29 Yeah, what are we going to do, I think
41:30 she probably met. What you're gonna do
41:31 about getting up off, you know, what and going
41:33 to work and get some money he was going to write the track
41:38 How we are gonna live and Joseph Bates
41:42 stock answer from the bottom of his heart
41:46 the Lord will provide. Now let you know all he say
41:49 and she went into have a good cry
41:50 according to the old story. Joseph Bates as you know
41:53 was sitting there on his desk and he had the
41:56 impression that there was a letter for him
41:59 at the post office. No home delivery
42:01 in those days, so he went to post office
42:03 he asked the postmaster if there was any mail for him.
42:08 You picture in your mind the postmaster going to all
42:10 of those slots ---- stock places
42:12 that they used to do pull it out
42:13 you know, look through it yes here's one
42:16 5 cents postage do. Now this is the type of
42:20 letters we have in United States back in those days
42:22 unless you are somebody rich and fancy you just took
42:25 a piece of paper you wrote the letter on the inside
42:27 and then you fold it up and then you addressed
42:30 it on the outside and before the ---- start issuing
42:33 stamps you could send the letter out
42:35 two ways either you could pay the postage
42:37 ahead of time and then the postmaster would
42:40 mark paid on the envelope and that man when you
42:43 went to the post office to pick the mail
42:45 it was already paid you got for free
42:47 but in often letter a lot of letters are set like this
42:50 you just took it out and you dropped it into mailbox.
42:52 Then the person of the other hand
42:54 had to decide whether or not it was worth to
42:56 hear from this person. And if you do want here from
42:58 it wasn't worth not too much.
43:00 You just left with the postmaster
43:02 and it went to that letter box.
43:04 Well, Bates was interested in hearing for this person
43:06 because he had been impressed that there was money in there.
43:08 But, he had no money himself and so he said to
43:11 the postmaster, I think there is money in there
43:14 in the envelope if you open it
43:17 and take out the postage do if there is any money
43:20 then I'll take the balance. and sure enough postmaster
43:24 opened the envelope and there was $10 dollar bill in it.
43:28 It was a lot of money in that time
43:30 and we are talking about 50 cents a day
43:31 was a average wage for any worker
43:33 for common worker in the United States
43:35 would earn. So, it's a pretty good size donation
43:36 already said in wrote letters ----- impressed
43:40 to send you this money to help in your ministry.
43:43 So Bates paid 5 cents, we didn't have nickels
43:45 in those days, but have these things half dollar
43:47 of 1847 of time. So he paid to five cents
43:50 to the postmaster. He took his 9 dollars and 95 cents.
43:53 He goes back to the store. If you don't think these
43:56 pioneers had a sense of humor
43:59 you listen to the rest of the story.
44:00 He went back to the store he brought now a whole
44:02 barrel of flour, he brought some other things
44:04 then he said to the delivery boy
44:06 you take this stuff down he given the address
44:09 and he said now the women in the house
44:11 you see you know your spouse
44:13 you know, how you gonna react
44:14 Joseph Bates knew what is gonna happen
44:15 he said now the women in the house is going to come out
44:17 and she is going to tell you this stuff doesn't
44:19 belong there, but you leave it anyway
44:24 and so then he want to make certain that this whole
44:25 scenario had time to workout,
44:28 so he walked across that same little
44:30 on bridge -- over the ---
44:32 He went over to Mr. Benchman Lenzy
44:34 who was a printer there same printer who had printed
44:36 his first track for Sabbath track
44:39 and he arranged, he brought some paper
44:41 and pen, more ink whatever needed to write
44:45 and then he arranged with Mr. Lenzy
44:48 that he would make some payments on this
44:50 pamphlet until he would paid off
44:53 and in fact who himself now I am sure all the scenario
44:57 you know the delivery boy been there and the wife
44:58 all have been flustered about this and
45:00 now its all fine I can go home.
45:02 So, he walks back innocently of course you know,
45:05 back across the bridge slips in a side door
45:09 sits down as he tells his wife is there
45:12 but it's not true all before she goes back the door
45:13 and she sees her husband sitting at his desk
45:15 and you can imagine what a tizzy she was it.
45:18 She said Joseph, yes what happened while you've gone
45:22 and with this trader face he says you keep
45:24 he said, no I have no idea what do you think
45:27 what, what happened one delivery boy
45:30 came and he brought some flour
45:31 and he brought some other things
45:32 and I tried to tell him it didn't belong here
45:34 and we didn't have any money Joseph said that my dear
45:39 didn't I tell you that the Lord will provide.
45:41 Yes, but how we are going to pay for it
45:44 and he handed her that letter where this person
45:45 sent through post we've find $10 dollars
45:47 I felt impress by God to send you this little
45:51 gift to help with your ministry.
45:53 And the whole story tells us the Prudence shown off
45:55 to have another cry. This time a bit different
45:58 than it was before. The early pioneers
46:01 lived in harder times not only was money
46:04 scares, but the lack of medical knowledge
46:06 made life very painful at times.
46:09 The older Nix took us to the house in Thompson Maine
46:11 where something particularly tragic happen to Ellen White
46:15 one of the cofounders of the church.
46:18 And then James and Ellen White
46:19 rock the boys up here to Thompson
46:22 and they left Henry and Edson the others
46:26 really they left the three boys with the -----
46:30 while they went traveling to visit churches here
46:34 in Maine and you'll recall that one of the things
46:38 that James White assigned the boys to do
46:41 while they were here was to take these charts.
46:44 Now most of the charts that we printed
46:46 back in those early days were printed right on cloth
46:49 this particular chart was not it was printed on paper
46:51 and then had to be glued to canvas and so James
46:54 White informed the boys that they should glue these
46:57 paper charts down to this canvas backing.
47:01 And they left the whole stock of these things
47:03 that would be done. Now apparently
47:06 as you know the river is right hand, we just crossed the bridge
47:09 so apparently at that time in season they were
47:11 floating logs down the river
47:14 and Henry and Edson would like to go down
47:15 and watch and so they would do that
47:20 in between they are working on these charts.
47:25 Now I am not exactly sure what happened,
47:26 but someway it sticks in my mind I should
47:29 review this, this morning, but it sticks in my mind
47:32 that they would take these charts when they were gluing
47:36 them and they would put piece of damp cloth in between.
47:40 So, that they would dry evenly the whole thing
47:43 anyway after the boys have been down there
47:45 playing along the river and watching these big logs
47:48 at the woods been cutting down and floating
47:50 down the river at the sawmills, while the boys
47:52 came back and apparently Edson laid down to take
47:57 little nap one some of these wet clothes.
47:59 Anyway whatever it was he caught cold, Henry, I'm sorry
48:03 Henry got a cold and eventually it turned into
48:08 pneumonia. Now James and Ellen White were all traveling
48:09 at the churches, no telephones back in those days
48:12 you couldn't call and say there is a problem
48:14 or anything like that, but James White had
48:16 an impression that there was something wrong with the boys
48:18 so he told to Ellen that they needed to get home.
48:21 Get back here to Thompson and so they came
48:24 and the account says that Edson and Henry
48:29 really they were all at the train station
48:30 to meet the parents when they came in,
48:32 everybody seem to be fine maybe Henry had little cough
48:35 but everything seem to be fine
48:37 but within just a very short time
48:38 it was obvious that he was very ill and
48:42 had pneumonia and he died here in this house in 1863.
48:47 Here is a picture of Henry Ellen White
48:48 called her first born her sweat singer
48:52 he was very musically like to play the melodeon
48:54 he sang and this is a picture of Henry White,
48:57 Ellen White first born died at the age of 16.
49:02 He is buried in Battle Creek Michigan
49:05 next to his youngest brother little baby Hoover
49:08 who died in 1860. The funeral was held there
49:12 in Battle Creek and then the next year
49:15 the funeral program live sketch letters that
49:19 were written, letters of condolence that were written
49:21 to James and Ellen White were all printed
49:23 in little book. Paul appeal to the youth
49:26 this is published in 1864 it has you arise
49:29 miss funeral sermon for Henry has an old picture
49:33 of Henry in the cover in the front of the book.
49:37 But this little book is a reminder to us
49:40 again that these people were very, very human
49:44 here and they lost their first born
49:47 they have lost their youngest.
49:48 I was talking one time with Ellen White's
49:50 youngest granddaughter Grace White ---.
49:54 she is still living. She is a 94 years of age.
49:59 and she told me that she was 15 when her
50:01 grandmother died, so she had lot of memories
50:03 of her grandmother, she told me that the only
50:04 time she could recall her grandmother
50:06 every being upset about something
50:09 really agitated about something
50:10 she said one time her grandmother was talking
50:13 to her daughter-in-law that would be Grace's
50:16 mother may Willy second wife remember
50:19 Willy's first wife died in tuberculosis in 1890
50:22 and he married 1895. So Ellen White was talking
50:25 to her daughter-in-law and she said to her
50:27 may if we had known then what we know now
50:32 we could have saved Henry. Typical again what you
50:36 would expect here is a mother 50 years after the death
50:39 of her first born still grieving over the loss
50:42 of her first born son. And Grace said as her
50:46 grandmother was saying this she was ringing her hands
50:48 that she was saying if we knew then what we know
50:50 now we could save Henry.
50:54 The spirit of Evangelism was strong in the hearts
50:56 of those early believers. Ellen White had a twin
50:59 sister that she was anxious to win for Christ.
51:01 In God name other next holders of her way
51:05 that she attempted to reach her sister.
51:08 This is from selected messages book II,
51:09 page 260 as a little influence come forth immortal
51:15 from the dusty beds they immediately wing their way
51:18 to their mother arms. They meet again
51:21 never mortal part, but many of the little ones
51:23 have no mother there. We listen in vein for the
51:26 rapture song of triam from the mother.
51:29 The angels received the motherless infants
51:31 and conduct them to the tree of life.
51:35 Jesus places the golden ring of light
51:37 the crown upon their little heads.
51:40 God grant that the dear mother of Eva
51:42 may be there that her little wings maybe folded upon
51:46 the ---- of her mother.
51:49 Now, if you ever read that quotation
51:50 if you discussed in class the ministers here
51:53 in class of the seminary and wondered exactly
51:56 what theologically that's all about.
52:00 Let's put it now historical respective not theological.
52:03 Okay, Ellen's niece Eva dies, Ellen's sister
52:12 Lizzy is not a Professing Christian
52:17 and a twin appealing as an evangelist
52:22 whatever you else you may think of Ellen White
52:24 she was first and foremost an evangelist.
52:27 She will use anything that she can litigable
52:30 think of to try to influence another person.
52:34 She takes the death of her little six week old niece Eva
52:39 and writes to her sister and says God grant
52:42 that the mother of baby Eva will be here.
52:45 Hoping against hope that maybe that, that hope
52:50 would convince Lizzy to accept Jesus.
52:54 From a human standpoint the sister reaching out
52:58 to a twin trying to find another way
53:01 to get a twin to accept Jesus.
53:06 We also visited the grave side
53:07 of a man who used his tomb stones
53:09 to testify of his faith. It's known as the tomb stone
53:12 of the man who died twice.
53:15 Again here is Jim Nix. Here in the Varney Cemetery
53:19 in Brunswick, Maine is an interesting grave.
53:24 You can see its George Cob it's known locally
53:26 as the grave of the man who died twice
53:28 you look at the wording there born June 10, 1794,
53:31 died November 10, 1843 and then at age 88 years
53:36 he fell asleep May 9, 1882. So you can see why its
53:41 referred to is the grave stone of the man that died twice.
53:45 I have been told it's in Ripley's believe it
53:47 or not, I have never looked at up.
53:48 So I don't know if that's true, but I have heard that.
53:50 George Cobb was James White's foremen
53:53 when he was down cutting stone on the road
53:55 cut just north of Freeport where we were few minutes ago.
53:59 And he apparently became a Millerite, it look like
54:02 there November 10, 1843 that's when he died
54:05 to his whole life. He is died to the life of sin,
54:09 but he fell asleep in Jesus because James White
54:11 converted him to our believes
54:14 and so he fell asleep in Jesus May 9, 1882.
54:17 You notice at the top Even though its almost
54:19 gone out, so faith is the Sabbath commandment
54:22 remember the Sabbath Day to keep it Holy.
54:25 Those pioneers believe when they believed
54:27 they even left money to have their tomb stones
54:30 erected to testify their faith,
54:32 their actions everything they did
54:34 was to testify the faith that they hail so dear.
54:39 Our tour of Adventist history ended at
54:41 William Millers grave near his house
54:43 in Low Hampton, New York.
54:45 Miller died five years after the great disappointment
54:47 of 1844, but still strong in the faith
54:50 that Jesus would return. This famous quotation from
54:55 early writings that you're all familiar with.
54:59 I think is a fitting way to close this is from early
55:01 writings page 258 and talks about
55:04 this pioneer who did not come to some of the
55:09 understandings that we did, but of course died
55:11 as I mentioned fully expecting his best friend
55:14 Jesus to return. God suffered him to fall under the power
55:17 of Satan, Ellen White wrote, the dominion of death,
55:20 and hid him in the grave from those who were
55:22 constantly drawing him from the truth.
55:24 Moses erred as he was about to enter the
55:26 Promised land. So also I saw that William Miller erred
55:29 as he was soon to enter the heavenly Canaan,
55:32 in suffering his influence to go against the truth.
55:35 Others led him to this, others must account for it.
55:39 But angels watch the precious dust of this servant of God,
55:43 and he will come forth at the sound of the last trump.
55:48 As we gathered around the place were
55:51 William Miller rests, awaiting to be raised
55:53 When Christ returns. We thought of the trials
55:55 and joys of the early Adventist had gone through.
55:58 and looked forward to meeting them in person
56:00 at the second coming. As we stood together
56:03 we joined and singing to him lift up the trumpet.
56:08 Lift up the trumpet, and loud let it ring:
56:12 Jesus is coming again!
56:16 Cheer up, ye pilgrims, be joyful and sing:
56:22 Jesus is coming again!
56:26 Coming again, coming again,
56:32 Jesus is coming again!


Revised 2014-12-17