Shorts 02 - William Miller - The Rock or the Plough
Miller struggles with talking about his convictions about prophecy. Pushing aside immense reluctance, he begins to spread the word that Christ will come in 1843 in fulfillment of Daniel's 2300-day prophecy.
There are mixed reactions to Miller's preaching. Some walk out of church but an extremely energetic Bostonian pastor, Joshua Himes, invites him to preach his message in his church in Boston. Boston goes well, so Miller and Himes join forces to urgently spread the news of Christ's soon Second Coming.
Miller and Himes tour with the message on a frenetic tour of the American North East. Himes uses his printing press to spread the message faster and soon a conference of like-minded believers from different churches is arranged. Despite pressure from Himes, Miller bows out of the conference due t...
1843 has passed. Joseph Bates and Samuel Snow seek to encourage those disappointed that Jesus did not come. Samuel Snow tells a small gathering that Daniel's 70-week prophecy means that Christ will come on Oct 22, 1844. Miller is against the setting of a specific date but decides to study Snow's ...
A young but frail Ellen Harmon is convicted by Miller's message. She longs for God's healing in the Second Coming. Christians of all stripes lash out at Miller and his message. Ellen fears hellfire for believing Miller's words. She and her family are disfellowshipped from their local congregation...
Shorts 08 - A Day of Rest - Discovering the Sabbath
Mrs. Preston is convicted that Saturday is the seventh-day Sabbath. She discusses this with Methodist preacher Elder Wheeler. Conviction spreads about the truth of the Sabbath. Joseph Bates is convinced. Ellen White has a vision about the Sabbath. She says this message must be preached more fully.
Shorts 09 - Joseph Bates - Sea Captain Turned Preacher
Former sea captain Joseph Bates meets with influential fellow believers and pledges his resources to advancing the message. He suffers heavy financial and personal loss for his mistaken belief that Jesus is coming in 1844 but continues searching and accepts the Seventh-day Sabbath. Initially skep...
The Bates are so poor they can barely buy flour to bake bread or eat. They are desperate, having lost friends, family and possessions to the cause. Joseph is so broke he cannot pay the fee for a letter addressed to him. A postman takes pity on him and waives it to reveal a happy surprise.
Shorts 11 - Tell the World - The Great Disappointment
William Miller is convinced that Jesus will come on October 22, 1844 and lends his voice to preaching the message. Thousands await Jesus' Second Coming on October 22 but the clock strikes midnight uneventfully. Bitter disappointment ensues.
Hiram Edson leads an effort to pray for guidance. Those disillusioned by the Great Disappointment reject him. Hiram suggests that the date October 22, 1844 was right, but that the sanctuary that was cleansed is in heaven. He believes Jesus now intercedes for us before the Father.
Ellen Harmon has a vision during family prayers in which she is taken high above the earth. She sees the Advent people walking toward the Heavenly City on a narrow path. She says there was a light behind the believers called the Midnight Cry signifying Miller's message. As long as the band kept t...
James White speaks to Ellen Harmon at a gathering. Over friendly conversation and chaperoned walks they fall in love. They marry August 30,1846 in a courthouse because they no longer have a church. The new couple is convicted by the Sabbath message Joseph Bates is preaching.
Sargent and Robbins cast Ellen Harmon as a false prophet. In vision at a gathering, Ellen holds a Bible above her head, points to randomly selected passages she cannot see and recites them to the amazement of those around her.
Shorts 17 - A Healthy World - Learning to Live Well
Ellen White awakes from vision but can't make sense of all she has seen. She writes about diet, exercise and health. James White has a stroke at the dinner table. Ellen is determined to nurse James back to health using the principles of the health message revealed to her. The Western Health Refor...
Ellen has a vision in which she is told "your house is the world." She says the scope of the current work is too limited and that the message needs to be spread around the world. At the 1874 General Conference, JN Andrews is sent to Switzerland as the first overseas missionary.
Shorts 20 - Printing - The Beginning of Media Ministry
Numerous pamphlets and publications are printed to get the Advent message out to a skeptical public. The early Adventists struggle to pay for the publishing effort. Ellen White says a periodical will start small and then go around the world. The Advent Review is born.
Through happiness and heartbreak Ellen White grows in her understanding of scripture. Her visions help clarify truth. Despite money trouble and the agony of burying two of her sons, Ellen remains true to her role as the lesser light leading to the Greater Light.
Shorts 22 - Church Organization - The Road to a Name
Leading a growing movement grows increasingly challenging without proper organization or even a name. At a conference in Battle Creek, Michigan, the name "Seventh-day Adventist" is approved, reflecting the two pillars of faith: the Sabbath and the Second Coming.