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Religion and Theology - Christian Denomination
Religion and Theology
Pages 5 (1255 words)
Abstract The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a Christian denomination founded on the worship of Jesus and identified by the doctrines of the seventh day Sabbath, the second coming of Jesus Christ, the state of the dead, the sanctuary and the spirit of prophecy.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church originated in the Millerite Movement 1832-1844 in which the Second Coming of Jesus Christ is proclaimed to occur. William Miller, a Baptist minister heralded the Great Awakening which spiritually revived Christendom in North America. After the crushing Great Disappointment, when Christ does not appear and a significant Millerite following falls away, “many nevertheless remained Adventists since they believed the second coming is still imminent”. A remnant of Protestant Christians perseveres in studying the Bible and meeting for regular Sabbath services. In 1860 at Battle Creek, Michigan, they give themselves the denominational name, Seventh-day Adventists, to signify their distinguishing beliefs: the seventh day Sabbath and the soon, second return of Christ. In the organizational framework comes into place when local congregations expand into conferences which are incorporated as the General Conference of Seventh day Adventists in 1863. Other notable early Adventists are Joseph Bates, James White, Uriah Smith, Hiram Edson and J.N Andrews. ...
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