LEFT, William Miller--
RIGHT, Dr. Robert Holt, MD. In the middle, Dr. Bob Holt's book.
DISAPPOINTED IN 1844
This story really begins in the 4th century, in 325 and 381 AD, not in
1844. Before the 4th century there was no clearly stated
Doctrine of the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ because Christians were
busy trying to stay alive in spite of Roman persecution, and those who
became martyrs were happy to die with the belief that they would
reincarnate or be resurrected as they were taught that Jesus had been
resurrected from the dead.
Constantine the Great not only brought to a halt the persecution of
Christians, but also made Christianity the official religion of the
Roman Empire, and the new World Religion needed to predict that some
day their church would be ultimately victorious over all other
churches. This would take place at the so-called "Second Coming
of Jesus Christ", which was pictured using the symbolism of Daniel
Daniel 7:9 "I beheld
till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit,
whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the
pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as
10 "A fiery stream
issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered
unto him, and ten thousands times ten thousand stood before him,
and the books were opened."
13 "I saw in the
night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the
clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought
him near before him."
14 "And there was
given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people,
nations, and languages, should serve him; his dominion is an
everlasting dominion, which shall never pass away, and his kingdom
that which shall not be destroyed."
restated by the Christian bishops in 381 (The Council of
us under Pontius Pilate, and
suffered, and was
the third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures, and
ascended into heaven,
sitteth on the
right hand of the Father;
from thence he shall come again, with glory, to judge
the quick and the dead;
have no end."
William Miller converted from
a Deist to a
Baptist Christian - On reading the
Bible to confirm his own newly found Faith --he decided it was
possible using Biblical Numerology, to predict the year Christ would
studying each verse and not moving on until he felt the meaning was
clear. In this way he became convinced firstly, that
was unbiblical; and secondly, that the time of Christ's
was revealed in the Bible."
Miller's interpretation of the 2300 day
prophecy time-line and its relation to the 70 week
"Beginning of the 70 Weeks: The decree of Artaxerxes
in the 7th year of his reign (457 BC) as recorded in Ezra marks
beginning of 70 weeks. Kings' reigns were counted from
New Year to New Year following an
The Persian New Year began in Nisan (March–April). The civil New
Year in the Kingdom of Judah began in Tishri
"Basing his calculations principally on
"Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be
cleansed", Miller assumed that the cleansing of the sanctuary
represented the Earth's purification by fire at Christ's
Then, using the interpretive principle of the "day-year
principle", Miller (and others)
interpreted a day in prophecy to read not as a 24-hour period,
but rather as a
Further, Miller became convinced that the 2,300 day period started in
457 B.C. with
the decree to rebuild
Artaxerxes I of Persia.
Simple calculation then revealed that this period would end in 1843.
Miller records, "I was thus brought... to the solemn conclusion, that
in about twenty-five years from that time 1818 all the affairs of our
present state would be wound up."
"Although Miller was convinced of his calculations by 1818, he
continued to study privately until 1823 to ensure the correctness of
his interpretation. In September 1822, Miller formally stated his
conclusions in a twenty-point document, including article 15: "I
believe that the second coming of Jesus Christ is near, even at the
door, even within twenty-one years,--on or before 1843."
Miller did not, however, begin his public lecturing until the first
Sunday in August 1831 in the town of Dresden."
"From 1840 onwards,
transformed from an "obscure, regional movement into a national
campaign." The key figure in this transformation was
Joshua Vaughan Himes,
the pastor of Chardon Street Chapel in
and an able and experienced publisher. Though Himes did not fully
accept Miller's ideas until 1842, he established the fortnightly paper
Signs of the Times
on February 28, 1840, to publicize them."
urging of his supporters, Miller never personally set an exact date
for the expected
However, in response to their urgings, he did narrow the time-period
to sometime in the
beginning in the Gregorian year 1843, stating: "My principles in
brief, are, that Jesus Christ will come again to this earth, cleanse,
purify, and take possession of the same, with all the saints, sometime
between March 21, 1843, and March 21, 1844." March
21, 1844, passed without incident, and further discussion and study
resulted in the brief adoption of a new date (April 18, 1844) based on
opposed to the
calendar). Like the previous date, April 18 passed
without Christ's return. Miller responded publicly, writing, "I
confess my error, and acknowledge my disappointment; yet I still
believe that the day of the Lord is near, even at the door."
In "August 1844 at a camp-meeting in
Exeter, New Hampshire,
Samuel S. Snow presented a message that became known as the
"seventh-month" message or the "true midnight cry." In a discussion
based on scriptural
presented his conclusion (still based on the 2300 day prophecy in
that Christ would return on, "the tenth day of the seventh month of
the present year, 1844." Again, based largely on the calendar of the
Karaite Jews, this date was determined to be October 22, 1844."
Meanwhile, the great majority of Americans, and an even greater
majority of the people in Europe and the rest of the civilized world,
who had little or no exposure to Miller's teachings, were quite
willing to make fun of those who believed that the world as they knew
it was about to come to an end.
Satirical cartoons were popular in the large newspapers in the big
cities, and some of them have survived to this day, although most of
them, of course, are no longer available. But then, as
now, there were so many things to worry about, and so many other
things to be satirical about, that a relatively few people expecting
Christ, not mankind itself, to bring the world to an end wasn't a very
October 22, 1844
William Miller's Dream
THE MAN WITH A DIRT
"I dreamed that
God, by an unseen hand, sent me a curiously
wrought casket about ten inches
long by six square, made of
ebony and pearls curiously
"To the casket there was a key
attached...I immediately took
the key and opened the
"when, to my wonder and
surprise, I found it filled with all
sorts and sizes of jewels,
diamonds, precious stones, and gold
and silver coin of every
dimension and value, beautifully
arranged in their several places
in the casket; and thus
arranged they reflected a light
and glory equaled only by
"I thought it was not my duty to
enjoy this wonderful sight
alone, although my heart was
overjoyed at the brilliancy,
beauty, and value of its
contents......I therefore placed it on
a center table in my room, and
gave out word that all who
had a desire might come and see
the most glorious and
brilliant sight ever seen by man
in this life."
"The people began to come in, at
first few in number, but
increasing to a crowd......When
they first looked into the
casket, they would wonder
and shout for joy."
the spectators increased, every
one would begin to trouble
the jewels, taking them out of
the casket and scattering them
on the table."
"I began to think that the owner
would require the casket and
the jewels again at my
"...and if I suffered them
to be scattered,.."
"I could never place them in
their places in the
casket again as before;.."
"and I felt I should never be
able to meet the
accountability, for it would be immense."
"I then began to plead with the
people not to handle them, nor
take them out of the casket; but
the more I pleaded, the more
"---and now they seemed to
scatter them all over the room, on
the floor and on every piece of
furniture in the room."
"I then saw that among the
genuine jewels and coin they
had scattered an innumerable
quantity of spurious jewels
and counterfeit coin."
145 Years Later, in Jerusalem,
Again on "Yom Kippur"
October 12, 1989
While three of us, Ron Wyatt, and Randy Osborn, and myself, Dr. Bob
Holt, md, were engaged in trying to reach this ark with an electric
jack-hammer drill and bring it to the surface, we were met by a "Man
who we later decided was Jesus himself dropping
by to "Wish us success on our mission."
An actor playing Jesus looked
like this in one of the Jesus movies put out by Hollywood, but perhaps
did not when Ron talked to him, or some other entity playing his role
and making speeches for him that noon by Ron Wyatt's excavation near
Gordon's Calvary. He quite likely had a more modern appearance,
as an artist has pictured him here. I don't know because I
was hidden a few feet away but heard both sides of the conversation
The same week that we met the "Man
but before this encounter, Randy and I, but not Ron Wyatt, met two
other "Angels" that looked and talked like humans at a place
identified as Har Zin in the Negev Desert.
encounter became more important to me than it was to Ron Wyatt,
because it became the first of my own encounters with such "beings".
Encounters that continued for many years, some of which I did relate
later on other pages.
The mountain called "Har Zin" as
seen in the distance across the desert.
9:1 "And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter
against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, 2
And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he
found any of this
(another name for the
used consistently throughout Acts),
whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto
as he journeyed, he came near Damascus, and
suddenly there shined about him a light
4 "And he
fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him,
Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?"
5 "And he said, Who art thou, Lord?
And the Lord said,
I am Jesus whom thou
persecutest: It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks."
6 "And he trembling and astonished
said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him,
Arise, and go
into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do."
7 "And the men which
journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no
Now here's where the story get's really strange, quite extraordinary,
because this is what actually happened to me -- 147 years after the
Great Disappointment of Yom Kippur 1844!
Acts 9:7 "And
the men (one
which journeyed with him
the first-century man preparing to "save" everyone with the Blood of
Christ, as Ron was trying to do it with his new theory that Christ's
blood actually dripped on the Mercy Seat of the Hidden Ark)
speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man."
Ron both saw and heard the
"Man in White" speak. I only heard him speak, but did not see him, as
Mary Nell confirms in Ron Wyatt's account to her.
"--and the “prophet” was in the shade of a
large bush eating his lunch. Where they were sitting was, at that
time, many feet lower than the ground level just behind them because
this was where Ron had excavated down years earlier. It’s necessary to
understand this in light of the next event.
"Ron heard a voice behind
him say “God bless you in what you are doing here”, and he looked up.
Standing on the much higher ground many feet above him was a tall,
slender man with dark hair wearing a long white robe and head covering
similar to that worn in Biblical times – except that it was all pure
white. Startled, mainly because he didn’t TELL anyone what he was
“doing here”, he wondered who this man was.
"He tried to make polite
conversation and asked him if he was from around the area. The man
replied simply “No” then remained silent. Ron then asked him if he was
a tourist, and he again replied simply, “No”. More silence, then the
figure in white said, “I’m on my way from South Africa to the New
Jerusalem”. Ron was so startled that he couldn’t say anything, but
just stared at him. Then, the man again said, “God bless you in what
you are doing here”, and then turned and walked away.
"After a moment, the
“prophet”, who couldn’t see
the man because he was beneath the
shade of the bush, said, “Ron, do you think we’ve been talking to an
angel?” Ron replied, “At least…”
Now that I've taken this
closer look at what happened, and compared it with Acts 9:6,7 -- I can
see WHY the man, angel, or Jesus (whoever it might have been, it makes
no difference) was dressed in WHITE. He was showing me, the one
of two listening to him, that He was an ESSENE. Those who "dress
in white". And I, not Paul and not Ron, am the one "the prophet"
told by Jesus to "go into the city" (Acts 9:6) or "into the New
Jerusalem" (the Man in White's actual words to us both) -- where I
(Dr. Bob Holt, the "prophet") will be "told what I must do."
Ron was stuck with the "old theology". I must move on and learn
NO ARK THERE!
| As Jewish
Archaeologists found when they dug out the cistern where
Ron had dug before
NOT ENOUGH BLOOD!
| Would be left in
Jesus' heart to drip 20 feet!