Since 1844

William Miller the preacher

Seventh-day Adventist Church arrives to the 1844 date from the prophecies of Daniel and holds on to this year as it considers it a fulfillment of a prophecy about the beginning of the last ministry of Jesus Christ in the Heavenly Sanctuary, or the time of the Judgment. Other religious and social movements do not necessarily see the year 1844 this way. Yet, one way or another, the year is of a vital prominence to some major tendencies of our time. This series of blogs, or brief articles, article only highlights, but does not elaborate on those.

In his recent article in Adventist Review Elijah Mvundura rightly observes:

"Adventism was born in the mid-nineteenth century—the same century that saw the birth of movements and ideologies that have shaped the modern world: Romanticism, German idealism, French positivism, nationalism, Darwinism, Marxism, and Nietzscheanism. This shared chronological origin had been not accidental but providential. The call to fear and worship the Creator-God (see Rev. 14:7) diametrically counters the self-deifying, heaven-storming passions, ideas, and themes at the heart of these radical ideologies."

(Elijah Mvundura, Adventist Review, May 9. The Prophetic Rendezvous of 1844: Adventism and Modern Ideologies)

David Williams, who claims that the Age of Aquarius arrived around 1844, also attributes such tendencies as the rise of Socialism, Communism, and Fascism to the arrival of the Age of Aquarius. (David Williams, Simplified Astronomy for Astrologers, 1969, American Federation of Astrologers, pp. 55–56.) There are also several other religious, political and ideological movements that emerged in 1844. We will talk of them in our series of blogs. At least three of them - the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the Bahai faith, and some notable groups of the New Age thinkers - give a special tribute to this year.

New Age and 1844

There is a representative group of celebrated astrologists and new-age thinkers who believe, that the year 1844 inaugurates the beginning of the New Age. The proponents of this view explain that in 1844 the stars and the planets lined up in such way that it gave a rise to the new dispensation. Motlagh believes that the watershed year 1844 was a tipping point that switched the old spiritual Cycle of Prophecy to the new spiritual Cycle of Fulfillment. (Motlagh, I Shall Come Again 18.358–60)

Various numerical interpretations have been advanced to point at 1844 as the beginning of the New Age by this group. David Davidson in The Great Pyramid: Its Divine Message claims that the records of the Great Pyramid inch-for-a-year symbolism refer to 1844 as the time of an expiration date of the long period of 2162 years (317 BC — 1844 AD). (See The Encyclopedia of Astrology by Nicholas de Vore (New York 1947)

Davidson, together with some other modern pyramid students claim that the Great Pyramid not only shows "the birth of the Messiah (Christ) to have occurred... in the year 4 B. C., and his crucifixion to have taken place... in the year 30 A.D" (Ibid., p. 338), but also arrives to the year 1844 as an important prophetic event encoded in the Great Pyramid. Davidson says:

"Bible scholars say that The Grand Gallery typifies or indicates the Christian Dispensation extending from the date of the birth of Christ to the year 1844, which is shown by the Great Step. According to the Pyramid message this year 1844 marks the opening of a new era or dispensation, and in the light of modern history we might well call this the dawn of the era of creative and mental sciences."

(Davidson says, that the events, notched in the Pyramid's timeline millenia ago include the Exodus, the crucifixion of Christ, and 1844, and that they are indicated not only by the inch-year key, but also by a geometric key, as the architects have blended form and its prophetic function.

The group that emblematically can be called as "astrologists" is usually very inclusive. David Williams, for example, claims that the Age of Aquarius arrived around 1844, with the harbinger of the Siyyid `Alí Muḥammad (1819–1850), who founded Bábism. Williams adopts a sub-period approach to the ages whereby each age is divided into three decans. The three age-decans of the Aquarian Age in chronological order are Libra, Gemini and Aquarius. Williams states that the world is currently in the Libran decan of the Age of Aquarius which is why the world has been so affected by wars (due to Libra) and revolutions (due to Aquarius).

Though he acknowledges great progress since the Aquarian Age arrived about 1844, the world will have to wait for the Aquarian decan of the Aquarian Age before the true fellowship of humankind is experienced in the world. (David Williams, Simplified Astronomy for Astrologers, 1969, American Federation of Astrologers, pp. 45–56.) New Agers, or "astrologists" and Bahai faith seem to be more and more merging today. (On Bahai faith see the following chapter.)

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