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William Miller and
The Great Disappointment

   The Reverend William Miller was a brilliant man who successfully deciphered the prophecies of Daniel. Miller's revelations on Bible prophecy still form the basis for all modern interpretations of the book of Daniel today. Reverend Miller studied the Bible in great depth for many years and announced that he had successsfully deciphered the prophetic codes of the book of Daniel revealing the time of the Lord's return. Miller preached his controversial theory in local churches, and found many people very receptive to it. Miller soon developed a loyal following.

   Miller and his followers proclaimed that the end of the last beast of Revelation 13 would be before 1845, and that the great event would be preceeded by a Rapture of Jesus' followers up to heaven on October 22, 1844. Many Millerites trekked up to mountaintops all over the Northeastern U.S., and patiently waited to be Raptured up to heaven at the stroke of midnight. When the Rapture didn't occur, Miller's followers were forced to suffer the laughs and jeers of townfolk all over New England as they returned to their homes from their "Great Disappointment."

   But unknown to Reverend Miller, an error had occurred during one of the many transcriptions of our English bibles from the original Greek Septuagint text. Reverend Miller's mathematical calculations for the date of the Rapture were based upon the 2300 year prophecy contained in Daniel 8:14, but unknown to Miller, the Vatican copy of the Septuagint records the number as 2400 years, which would change Miller's date from 1845 to 1945. It should be noted that 1945 was indeed the year that marked the end of Hitler's NAZIs who were in fact the "last of the transgressors" against the Hebrews.

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