Most Seventh-day Adventist Christians are familiar with the “Great Disappointment” and its meaning. Some Adventists see it as part of their history, one they can be proud about. Other Adventists are not well versed with their history. Still others may feel embarrassed because the origin of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is based on a mistake made by William Miller. There are many Evangelical Christians who criticize Seventh-day Adventists because of their apparent dubious origin or believe that the “Great Disappointment” and its connection to the “Investigative Judgment” was simply an excuse to save face because Jesus did not return on October 22, 1844. The purpose of this research is to show Seventh-day Adventists and their critics that there was a biblical reason for the “Great Disappointment,” and that it was actually a prophecy. Furthermore, that the “Investigative Judgment” is connected to the “Great Disappointment” and that it is also biblical. The research will start with an exegetical study of Revelation 10 where the apostle John has a vision of the little scroll, with a focus on said scroll. Then the findings of Revelation 10 will be compared to the book of Daniel. Finally, Revelation 11:1-2 will be studied since it is connected to the vision of chapter 10. It is hoped that this research will provide the reader with ample evidence that the Seventh-day Adventist Church is a movement raised by God and that God was behind the “Great Disappointment” and the experience of the Millerites. Furthermore, that the doctrine of the “Investigative Judgment” was not an excuse but that it was prophesied. Finally, that Seventh-day Adventists who are either embarrassed about the story of their origins or who do not understand are encouraged. Furthermore, that it provides them with enough information to share with the critics.
"The Little Scroll of Revelation 10: Prophecy or Excuse?,"
Journal of Interdisciplinary Graduate Research: Vol. 4, Article 3.
Available at: https://knowledge.e.southern.edu/jigr/vol4/iss1/3