Millerite Movement

An interdenominational movement flourishing in the United States, with some extensions elsewhere, from 1840 to 1844, based on a distinctive prophetic interpretation, and giving rise to the group of denominations classed as Adventist bodies, the largest of which is now the Seventh-day Adventist Church. I. Historical Setting. 1. Miller and the Adventists . The “Millerites” actually called themselves Adventists, but were popularly known by the name of their leading exponent, William Miller, a New York farmer and a licensed Baptist preacher. Since the term “Adventist” is now often used in a broader sense or as a shortened form of Seventh-day Adventist, the more specific term “Millerite” is used here. Miller first published his views on prophecy in 1832, but the year 1840 marks the ...

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