Midnight Cry

A phrase that the Millerites used repeatedly to describe their message to the world, adapted from the words of Christ’s parable regarding the wise and the foolish virgins who were sleeping while waiting for the bridegroom to come to the marriage. “At midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him” ( see Matt 25:1–13 ). The wise, with their lamps burning, went with the bridegroom in to the wedding; the foolish, who went to buy oil, returned too late and were left outside. The “true midnight cry” was the phrase used in 1844 in the “seventh-month movement” that emphasized the specific date of Oct. 22 for the advent of Christ. This message was based on the following reasoning: Disappointment had come in the spring of 1844; and afterward, in ...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.