Seventh-Month Movement

The climactic phase of the Millerite movement, occurring during the summer and autumn of 1844, in which the proclamation of the “definite time” (Oct. 22) for the expected Second Advent, the tenth day of the seventh (Jewish) month, lent a heightened enthusiasm. William Miller had not set a specific day for the Advent, but expected it at some time during the “Jewish year 1843,” that is, the year 1843/1844 from spring to spring ( see Millerite Movement ). This new definite date, which Miller did not preach and did not accept until shortly before it came, was calculated by several of his colleagues. The year 1844, instead of 1843, was arrived at by Apollos Hale, Sylvester Bliss, and others through the correction of a one-year error in computation from B.C. to A.D. dates. The month and ...

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