Great Disappointment
   The Great Disappointment refers to the letdown felt by the followers of William Miller's Adven-tism when Christ did not return as predicted in 1844. Miller, a Baptist preacher from New York, had suggested, based on his study of the Bible, that Christ was to return around 1843 or 1844. Later, Miller confessed his error and left his own movement. The Great Disappointment resulted in a period of chaos and the division of the Adventist movement into a number of factions. From the Millerite movement would come the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the Jehovah's Witnesses, and the worldwide Church of God.
   Further reading:
   ■ Gary Land, Adventism in America (Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans, 1986)
   ■ Francis D. Nichol, The Midnight Cry (Takoma Park, Md.: Review & Herald, 1944).

Encyclopedia of Protestantism. . 2005.

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