It is a religion closelyrelated to theProtestantdenomination with afocus on the Sabbathday and Christ’ssecond coming.
William Miller was born inPittsfield, Massachusetts in1782. He was bornto a veteranof the American Revolution.As a young boy, he loved toread and it ignited his interestin reading religious books. Heconsidered himself a BaptistChristian.
He became well-liked andelected to several publicoffices while in Vermont. Hebecame a Deputy Sheriff andeventually Justice of Peace.With many of his peer inVermont being Deist, hebecame a Deist, andabandoned his previousChristian beliefs.
Soon after his marriage, thewar of 1812 arose. Miller wasenlisted as a lieutenant androse to the ranks of captain. Aswar raged on, Miller realizedhe needed to set his prioritiesstraight and began to read theBible again. With new vigor oflife and for the Bible, he beganreading it intently andstudying it.
His interest in religion lead to hispreaching career in August 1831.He started to fill in for pastor’sabsences and doing the sermon’s athis church. As a preacher Millerwas convinced that the Bible hadsecret codes that would reveal thefuture. While reading Danielchapters 8 and 9, Miller came tothe conclusion that the text wassaying that after 2,300 years havepassed that the Second Coming ofChrist would happen.
Before he began preachingabout his beliefs of Christ’ssecond coming, in 1832, hereleased 16 articles to theVermont Telegraph about hisbeliefs. He received manyinvitations from churches andresponses to his views.This led to theMilleritemovement.In 1840, his message was strongand ready to reach the masses.
He never set an exact date forthe second coming of Christ,but it was around the springof 1844. These believers ofhis message were known astheMilleritesand themovement was known as theMilleritemovement. Therewere about 50,000Millerites.
When spring of 1844 passed,Miller was extremelyembarrassed about his error. Hepublicly announced his error anddid not try to create another datefor Christ’s coming. However,Miller’s followers along withSamuel S. Snow believed that 1844was the right date just the wrongmonth. They believed thatOctober 22, 1844 was the date thatJesus was going to come back.
After October 22, 1844 passed, Miller was dishearten; he recordedin his memoirs that he regrets prophesizing. Not only Miller wasdisappointed, but so were theMillerities. They wept and weregrieving over this false prophecy. The passing of the second dateof the coming of Christ was known as the Great Disappointment.