say started in 1844.
But is the 1844 date on which this doctrine is
based consistent with other Scripture and historical
events? According to Seventh-day Adventists, 1844 is the end
year date of the "2300 day" prophecy of
which they claim started in 457 BC. The only problem
is that the year 457 BC is not universally accepted
by biblical scholars: some support an earlier start
date of 458 BC.
Concerning the "2300 day" prophecy there are several prophetic
time periods within this time period including the "69 and 70 weeks" to the
Christ, the "1260 days" of papal supremacy, the "1290
days" to the end of the counterfeit ministry in 1798,
and the "1335 days" from the abomination of
desolation in 508 AD to the cleansing of the sanctuary.
The 2300 year end date should be consistent with all
these significant events or milestones.
In its early
years the Seventh-day Adventist church believed in an
1843 prophetic chart which was recognized and
attested by Ellen G. White in 1850 in
the Present Truth. In her book Early Writings
pgs. 74, 75 she wrote
"I have seen that the 1843 chart was directed by the
hand of the Lord, and that it should not be altered...".
pioneers were led, after the 1843 disappointment, to
reset the date to 1844. Now it may seem of little
import just altering Bible prophecy by just 1 year
however the implications are quite significant.
Initially SDA pioneers tried to fudge some figures to
accommodate the "1290 day" and "1335 day" time
Daniel 12. The “fudging” of those years
was noted – but not explained. Then later they
totally eliminated the 1335-day and the 1290-day
periods from the chart. They simply did not
understand what they meant.
significant consequence of the date change relates to
the year of Christ's crucifixion. The 1844 chart
identifies this event occurring in 31 AD, which year
is inconsistent with historical and astronomical
records. It is also inconsistent with other
Scriptural prophesies such as the "40 day" prophecy of
4 and Jesus' own prophecy recorded in
Matthew 23 and
SDA church wants more credibility on their unique
1844 pre Advent Investigative Judgment doctrine then
they should review the assumptions upon which this
doctrine is based. In particular they should ensure
that the "2300 day" prophecy is consistent with other
relevant Scriptural prophecies and historical
Read more from the
7000 Year Theory
Sermon on Daniel 12 by an SDA pastor and Bible
(It should be noted that EG White in her later
book Great Controversy supported the date 1844. In
fairness to EG White it should be noted that she
only ever claimed her
writings to be the 'lessor light' compared to the
Bible's 'greater light'.