October 22, 2013

October 22 - The Great Disappointment

William Miller is best known for his 19th C. preaching of the second coming of Christ.  He had a loyal group of followers in 1844 when he preached that the second coming would happen on March 21.  When it didn't happen, he made some correction and pointed to a new date of October 22.  Thousands of followers, some who had sold all their belongings, waited expectantly. When Jesus did not appear on October 22, 1844, the day became known as the Great Disappointment.  Lots of folks abandoned the Millerite movement and even left Christianity.  But others created what is known today as Seventh Day Adventism.