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Episode 5: The Great Disappointment

Adam Ramdin
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In the early 1840's people all over the world were expecting Jesus to return after a study of the prophecies of Daniel. However after the expected time came and left they were bitterly disappointed. How did they cope with this and how did God lead them through?


Adam Ramdin

Youth Director for the North England Conference of SDA


  • August 1, 2018
    7:00 PM
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As the Word WAS preached that Jesus was coming soon very soon the movement gained traction and momentum whilst there were doubters and scoffers the numbers of those waiting for Jesus' return swell the movement was at its strongest in the north east of the United States of America though it was by no means limited to just being an American phenomenon. Before the days of e-mail and Internet communications God Spirit was moving on different people around the world at the studied his words and came to similar conclusions in England a preacher named Edward Irving proclaimed the soon return of Jesus in Germany Johann Bengal in South America well. This was a world wide revival fulfilling the text in Daniel 12 verse 4 that says at the time of the end men would run to and fro and knowledge would be increased knowledge of the Bible but in particular knowledge of the books of Daniel and Revelation. The believers initially expected Jesus to return in the spring of 844 and when he did not this produced some disappointment but they were greatly encouraged when Samuel Snow studies revealed the prophecy pointed toward October the 22nd this brought great revival among the believers and they wanted to put their wrongs right and be ready to meet Jesus when. Becomes they wanted their lives to show evidence of their faith. Their houses others closed their businesses some farmers left their crops in their fields and many others got baptized. Charles fish was a minister who baptized many people in the autumn of 1844 and unfortunately I want to Cajun because there were so many people to baptize and he spent so long in the chilly waters he caught you Monier he died on October the 14th for Jute of the faith that he and his family shared in the return of Jesus they believed they would see him in just a few weeks here's a bitchery would spell this out. The believers in the locality of will. Gathered on his property to wait for Jesus' return and stood here on this rock today known as ascension rock they believe they would have been to heaven when Jesus did not come they suffered a bitter disappointment and their hopes were dashed they had hung their lives on the belief that Jesus was coming soon and now he had it. Was their faith in vain was it presumption could they recover from the embarrassment ridicule and shame they would face Henry Emmons later said I waited all choose day and did Jesus did not come I waited all before noon of Wednesday but after 12 o'clock I began to feel faint my natural strength was leaving me very fast and I lay prostrate for 2 days without any pain sick with disappointment. And later commented fondest hopes and expectations were blasted. And such a spirit of weeping came over us as I have never experienced before it seemed that the loss of all earthly friends could have been no comparison we were and where till the day dawned. The believers would now be challenge to live by faith to hang on to God and to trust his promises when they didn't know how to have faith in the moments of darkness and to trust when it doesn't seem to make sense this would be their test and it's a test that comes our way as well let us remember when it does that he is on the sparrow and he watches over us in the good times as well as in the tough times.


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