Friday, October 05, 2007

On "The Great Disappointment": No Disappointment for Baha'is

William Miller,

Daniel in Indonesia chooses to repost the entry on "The Great Disappointment" from Wikipedia which includes the following. -gw


Members of the Bahá'í Faith believe that Miller's interpretation of signs and dates of the coming of Jesus were, for the most part,correct. They believe that the fulfillment of biblical propheciesof the coming of Christ came through a fore-runner of their ownreligion, the Báb, who declared that he was the "Promised One" onMay 23, 1844, and began openly teaching in Persia in October1844.[6] Several Bahá'í books and pamphlets make mention of theMillerites and the prophecies used by Miller, most notably WilliamSears' Thief in the Night. [3]


1. Miller's Rules of Scriptural Interpretation
2. Miller Mistakenly Set a Date for Christ's Return
3. a b Sears, William (1961). Thief in the Night. London: GeorgeRonald. ISBN 085398008X.
4. 28 Fundamental SDA beliefs #24
5. James T. Richardson. Encyclopedia of Religion and Society:Cognitive Dissonance. Hartland Institute. Retrieved on 2006-07-09.
6. Hatcher, William S. and Martin, J. Douglas (1998). The Bahá'íFaith: The Emerging Global Religion. Wilmette, Illinois, USA:Bahá'í Publishing Trust. ISBN 0877432643.

* Stone, Jon R. (2000). Expecting Armageddon: Essential Readings in Failed Prophecy. Routledge. ISBN 041592331X.

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Daniel Bara Pa Ratu, "Great Disappointment - Wikipedia," Dansoindo My Church


Gerald Fernandez-Mayfield said...

As a Baha'i this is one of the subjects I find so fascinating. There were so many movements around he world predicting that date. And not a single one fully recognized it, even the followers of Siyyid Kazim mostly turned away from the Bab.

SAM said...

It is interesting what Gerald said.
For me was quite interesting when I found out Miller's prophecies referring 21st March 1844 as the date of the return of the Christ, which is the first day of our bahá'í calendar.

But, more than numeric prophecies, is what the Bible states in clear words: Christ will be recognized by His followers just like a good tree is called so due to his good fruits.

So, if we claim we are the followers of the Returned Christ, we have a havy duty on our shoulders, right?

Annie said...

Hi George! Miller should have taken in to account the verses in the Bible that talk about how God is the only One Who knows the exact time that Christ will return. It says that not even the angels in heaven know.

"But of that day [Christ's return] and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only." Matthew 24:36

"Watch therefore, for you know neither the day not the hour in which the Son of Man is coming." Matthew 25:13

So Miller (and other Christians who listened to him) wouldn't have been so disappointed when Christ did not return on the date Miller "calculated" if they had taken in to account that only God knows when this will happen. Just some food for thought. :)