Friday, May 1, 2015

2 Esdras 2:17-22 RSV (Apocrypha)(Esdras=Ezra, 1st century A.D.)

[17] Fear not, thou mother of the children: for I have chosen thee, saith the Lord.
[18] For thy help will I send my servants Esau and Jeremy, after whose counsel I have sanctified and prepared for thee twelve trees laden with divers fruits,
[19] And as many fountains flowing with milk and honey, and seven mighty mountains, whereupon there grow roses and lilies, whereby I will fill thy children with joy.
[20] Do right to the widow, judge for the fatherless, give to the poor, defend the orphan, clothe the naked,
[21] Heal the broken and the weak, laugh not a lame man to scorn, defend the maimed, and let the blind man come into the sight of my clearness.
[22] Keep the old and young within thy walls.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Great Disappointment, from Wikipedia


Great Disappointment

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This article is about religious history. For the AFI song of the same name, see The Great Disappointment (song).

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The Great Disappointment was a major event in the history of the Millerite movement, a 19th-century American Christian sect that formed out of the Second Great Awakening. Based on his interpretations of the prophecies in the book of Daniel, William Miller, a Baptist preacher, proposed that Jesus Christ would return to the earth during the year 1844.

The specific date of October 22, 1844, was preached by Samuel S. Snow. Thousands of followers, some of whom had given away all of their possessions, waited expectantly. When Jesus did not appear, the date became known as the Great Disappointment.



  1. Jump up^ William to Joshua V. Himes, February 4, 1844.
  2. Jump up^ Knight 1993, pp. 163–164.
  3. Jump up^ Bliss, Sylvester (1853). Memoirs of William Miller Memoirs of William Miller. Boston: Joshua V. Himes. p. 256.
  4. Jump up^ Samuel S. Snow, The Advent Herald, August 21, 1844, 20.
  5. Jump up^ Knight 1993, pp. 217–218.
  6. Jump up^ White, James (1875). Sketches of the Christian Life and Public Labors of William Miller: Gathered From His Memoir by the Late Sylvester Bliss, and From Other Sources. Battle Creek: Steam Press of the Seventh-day Adventist Publishing Association. p. 310.
  7. Jump up^ Knight 1993, pp. 222–223.
  8. Jump up^ Cross, Whitney R. (1950). The Burned-over District: A Social and Intellectual History of Enthusiastic Religion in Western New York. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. p. 310.
  9. Jump up^ Knight 1993, p. 232.
  10. Jump up^ Dick, Everett N. (1994). William Miller and the Advent Crisis. Berrien Springs, Michigan: Andrews University Press. p. 25.
  11. Jump up^ Knight 1993, p. 236.
  12. Jump up^ Knight 1993, p. 305.
  13. Jump up^ Knight 1993, pp. 305–306.
  14. Jump up^ O'Leary, Stephen (2000). "When Prophecy Fails and When it Succeeds: Apocalyptic Prediction and Re-Entry into Ordinary Time". In Albert I. Baumgarten (ed.). Apocalyptic TimeBrill Publishers. p. 356.ISBN 90-04-11879-9. Examining Millerite accounts of the Great Disappointment, it is clear that Festinger's theory of cognitive dissonance is relevant to the experience of this apocalyptic movement.
  15. Jump up^ James T. Richardson. "Encyclopedia of Religion and Society: Cognitive Dissonance". Hartland Institute. Retrieved 2006-07-09.
  16. Jump up^ Momen, Moojan (1992). "Fundamentalism and Liberalism: towards an understanding of the dichotomy"Bahá'í Studies Review 2 (1).
  17. Jump up^ Momen, Moojan (2007). "Messianic Concealment and Theophanic Disclosure" (PDF)Online Journal of Bahá'í Studies 1: 71–88.ISSN 1177-8547. Retrieved 2012-04-14.
  18. Jump up^ Shoghi Effendi Rabbani. God Passes By. p. 9.
  19. Jump up^ Momen, Moojan (1999 (online)). "Early Western Accounts of the Babi and Baha'i Faiths"Encyclopedia articles. Bahá'í Library Online. Retrieved 2012-02-02. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  20. Jump up^ "Early mention of Bábís in western newspapers, summer 1850".Historical documents and Newspaper articles. Bahá'í Library Online. 2010-09-17. Retrieved 2012-04-14.
  21. Jump up^ Sears, William (1961). Thief in the Night. London: George Ronald.ISBN 0-85398-008-X.
  22. Jump up^ Bowers, Kenneth E. (2004). God Speaks Again: An Introduction to the Bahá'í Faith. Baha'i Publishing Trust. p. 12. ISBN 1-931847-12-6.
  23. Jump up^ Motlagh, Hushidar Hugh (1992). I Shall Come Again (The Great Disappointment ed.). Mt. Pleasant, MI: Global Perspective. pp. 205–213.ISBN 0-937661-01-5.


  • Knight, George R. (1993). Millennial Fever and the End of the World. Boise, Idaho: Pacific Press. ISBN 9780816311781.

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Unfulfilled Christian religious predictions, from Wikipedia


Unfulfilled Christian religious predictions

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This article does not include predictions by authors of sacred texts. It includes other notable, original predictions, as well as predictions based on interpretations of sacred texts. Predictions written in major sacred texts are covered in articles such as Bible prophecy and Qur'an and miracles. Another list, which is specific to the Second Coming of Christ, can be found at Predictions and claims for the Second Coming of Christ.

The Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus warns of the false prophets who are to come, by Carl Heinrich Bloch, 19th century.

This article lists predictions of notable religious figures that failed to come about in the specified time frame. They are listed according to the religious groups of which they were members.



  1. Jump up^ William to Joshua V. Himes, February 4, 1844.
  2. Jump up^ George R. Knight, Millennial Fever and the End of the World, Boise, ID: Pacific Press, 1993, 163-164.
  3. Jump up^ Samuel S. Snow, The Advent Herald, August 21, 1844, 20.
  4. Jump up^ When Prophecy Fails, Festinger, Riecken and Schaeter, page 7
  5. Jump up^ Soothsayers Of The Second Advent, William Alnor, page 57.
  6. Jump up^ The Prophetic Faith of our Fathers, pages 417, 419.
  7. Jump up^ April 10, 1917 edition, page 3
  8. Jump up^ May 13, 1916 pp 6–9 etc
  9. Jump up^ "End Times" by Chuck Smith. 1979. Pages 35, 36.
  10. Jump up^ see page 43
  11. Jump up^ Reformation Principles and Practice: Essays in Honor of Arthur Geoffrey Dickens, p 169
  12. Jump up^ Luther's View of Church History, John M. Headley, Yale University Press, 1963, pp 13,14
  13. Jump up^ Prophecy and Gnosis — Apocalypticism in the Wake of the LutheranProtestant Reformation, Robin Bruce Barnes, p 64
  14. Jump up^ The "End Times": A Study on Eschatology and Millennialism. A Report of the Commission on Theology and Church Relations of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod. September 1989
  15. Jump up^ Bartsch, Franz and Richard D. Thiessen. Epp, Claas (1838–1913). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. April 2005. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 3 November 2006.
  16. Jump up^ A Great Expectation — Eschatological Thought in English Protestantism to 1660 by Bryan W. Ball and E.J. Brill, page 117
  17. Jump up^ The Logic of Millennial Thought by James West Davidson, page 200
  18. Jump up^ "Signior" is the spelling used in the book (see pages iii and following of the third edition).
  19. Jump up^ Flegg, C.G. Gathered under Apostles. 1992. Oxford University PressISBN 978-0198263357
  20. Jump up^ "The writer, among many others now interested, was sound asleep, in profound ignorance of the cry, etc., until 1876, when being awakened he trimmed his lamp (for it is still very early in the morning.) It showed him clearly that the Bridegroom had come and that he is living "in the days of the Son of Man." C.T. Russell (April 1880). "From and To The Wedding"Zion's Watch Tower: 2.
  21. Jump up^ Russell explained how he accepted the idea of an invisible return of Christ from N.H. Barbour in "Harvest Gatherings and Siftings" in the July 15, 1906 Watch TowerReprints page 3822.
  22. Jump up^ The Three Worlds and The Harvest of This World by N.H. Barbour and C.T. Russell (1877). Text available online at: Scan of book in PDF format
  23. Jump up^ The Three Worlds, p. 175
  24. Jump up^ The Three Worlds, pp. 104–108
  25. Jump up^ See pages 68, 89–93, 124, 125–126, 143 of The Three Worlds.
  26. Jump up^ The year 1914 was seen as the final end of the "day of wrath": "...the 'times of the Gentiles,' reach from B.C. 606 to A.D. 1914, or forty years beyond 1874. And the time of trouble, conquest of the nations, and events connected with the day of wrath, have only ample time, during the balance of this forty years, for their fulfillment." The Three Worlds, p. 189.
  27. Jump up^ In 1935, the idea that the 6,000 years ran out in 1874 was moved forward 100 years. "The Second Hand in the Timepiece of God" (PDF).The Golden Age: 412–413. March 27, 1935..
  28. Jump up^ Studies in the Scriptures, Vol. 7, 1917, p. 485, "In the year 1918, when God destroys the churches wholesale and the church members by the millions, it shall be that any that escape shall come to the works of Pastor Russell."
  29. Jump up^ The Watchtower, May 15, 1922; Sep. 1, 1922; Apr. 1, 1923; Millions Now Living Will Never Die, 1925, p. 110
  30. Jump up^ Kingdom Ministry, Watch Tower Society, May 1974, page 3.
  31. Jump up^ "A Solid Basis for Confidence", Watchtower, July 15, 1976, page 441.
  32. Jump up^ The Watchtower, March 15, 1980, p.17 "With the appearance of the book Life Everlasting—in Freedom of the Sons of God, ... considerable expectation was aroused regarding the year 1975. ... there were other statements published that implied that such realization of hopes by that year was more of a probability than a mere possibility. It is to be regretted that these latter statements apparently overshadowed the cautionary ones and contributed to a buildup of the expectation already initiated. ...persons having to do with the publication of the information ... contributed to the buildup of hopes centered on that date."
  33. Jump up^ Boyett, Jason (2005). Pocket Guide to the Apocalypse: The Official Field Manual for the End of the World. Relevant Media Group. p. 30.ISBN 978-0-9760357-1-8. Retrieved September 22, 2011.
  34. Jump up^ Abanes, Richard (2003). One Nation Under Gods: A History of the Mormon Church. Thunder's Mouth Press. pp. 461–467.ISBN 1568582838.