44. Is it true the SDA Church claimed Jesus was going to return in 1844, and have made many predictions about the date of Jesus’ return since, all of which have been incorrect?
No. This is incorrect on a number of accounts.
did not exist in 1844 – it was not formally established until 1863. SDA Church
Secondly, one is perhaps confused because the
was largely founded by individuals who had followed William Miller, a leader of a mass, American non-denominational movement, which wrongly predicted Christ’s literal 2nd coming in 1844. However, the individuals who formed the SDA Church after 1844 had learnt their lesson and certainly made no further attempts to set a date for Christ’s return. SDA Church
has never made any predictions about the exact date of Christ’s return. As noted by the South Pacific Division of the SDA Church : SDA Church
“Adventists do not believe in a pre-determined date for the second coming of Jesus, but are looking forward to it.”
In fact, because of this bitter experience by many of the founders of the SDA Church, Adventists are probably less likely than most other Christian groups to speculate the exact date of Christ’s return, although of course Adventists watch for signs of the 2nd Coming (Mat 24). For example, the
was largely immune from the mass hysteria about the year 2000, which affected many Evangelicals. SDA Church
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