In the early 1840s large numbers of people from many different religious backgrounds on several continents thought that Jesus was coming back to earth on October 22, 1844. Based on their study of the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation they were excited that soon they would see their Savior and Lord face-to-face. Some left their fields unharvested. Others sold their businesses.
When the date came and went there was severe disappointment. Some turned their backs on God. Others kept setting dates for Jesus’ return over the next decade or so. But a small group said “We must go back to God’s Word and study it again to see where we were wrong.” As they studied more deeply than they had ever studied before they started discovering Bible truths that had been lost for centuries. This humble group was used by God as the nucleus of His final movement on earth!
When we are severely disappointed, if we admit our false hopes and turn to Jesus and study His Word more intensely we will be rewarded with renewed and better placed hope.
Throughout history, whenever the Lord enters into a covenant with His people (e.g. Noah’s family, Children of Israel, Early Christian Church, Remnant Church) He does mighty things FOR them so that He can do mighty things for the world THROUGH them. We invite you to take a three-month journey with us as we look at God’s Movements in History and His final movement on earth today!
Join us this Sabbath at Richardson (9am & 11:30am) as we learn lessons from the Great Disappointment of 1844 that can help us with our own disappointments. Feel free to invite friends.