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Seventh-day Adventists

The Christian Protestant religion of Seventh-day Adventists has an estimated 12,000,000 to 14,000,000 followers or Seventh-day Adventists (SDA). Seventh-day Adventists was founded by Baptist preacher William Miller (1782-1849) in upstate New York between 1831 through 1836, based on his teaching and publication that the Second Advent (or Second Coming of Jesus Christ) and the End-of-the-World was to occur between March 21, 1843 and March 21, 1844 according to the Holy Bible. Some consider the birth place and date for the Adventist to be later, when Ellen Harmon formally organized the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Washington, New Hampshire on May 21, 1863.

Miller's followers called themselves "Adventists". Others also called them "Millerites". They decided on the denominational name "Seventh-day Adventist" in 1860 and officially organized the denomination on May 21, 1863. The "Seventh-day" was derived from their observance of the Sabbath on the seventh day, Saturday (rather than Sunday).

Other prominent historical Adventists include Ellen Harmon White and J. N. Andrews. Ellen Harmon White (like several other individuals) tried to rationalize and explain the errors that William Miller made in his interpretation of the Holy Bible in regards to the Second Advent. J. N. Andrews was the first official Seventh-day Adventist missionary sent to Switzerland in 1874.

As in most religions, the Adventists also has various sects or sub-groups including:

Davidian Seventh-day Adventists, which was formed by Victor Houteff in 1929.

Students of the Seven Seals (or Branch Davidians - NOTE: it was the Branch Davidian's compound that was burned down with major loss of life during a standoff with the FBI in 1993.)

Seventh-day Adventist Kinship International, which was formed in 1976 and allows members who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered (forbidden by other Seventh-day Adventist groups).

Over 90% of Seventh-day Adventists are now outside of the United States. Seventh-day Adventist makes strong use of radio and television (Hope Channel).


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