Foreword: (this Forewordwritten February, 2003 by Daniel Winters; firstname.lastname@example.org)
This book is a collection of lectures William Miller gave in the years before 1843. It is more of a transcript of oral lectures, rather than a book written for a reader. It's hard to believe today in 2003, that nearly all "Christians" in the early 1800s were dead-set against the idea that Jesus would literally come back to this earth and reward the faithful and punish the wicked. A man led of God, Mr. Miller, gives in natural sequence the results of his studies of the Bible regarding the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ. He spends quite a bit of time on explaining the various symbols used in prophecy, comparing scripture with scripture. Some of his main points are that, the 2nd coming will be literal; the prophecies have a historical fulfillment, and pagan and papal Rome are the main beasts spoken of in Revelation. As a result of applying the prophecies historically, he was required by his own rules of interpretation to interpret prophecy as all finishing by 1843 when he believed Jesus would return. He closes nearly every lecture with an appeal to sinners to get ready for the soon coming of the Lord, which is the overriding theme of all his lectures.
This particular book was typed in letter by letter (623,627!) from a photo-copy of the original, and i neither added nor deleted anything to this work other than this Foreword and what is noted in this paragraph. Spellings were left as found. I spent around 100 hours typing this in, and tried to make this format for the computer look as much like the original as possible, but if i made any errors, someone please let me know. There were 5 mistakes noted, but left as in the original:
p. 97: "It it" should be "It is"
p. 130: ")if" should be "(if"
p. 162: "saints," should be "saints."
p. 208: "sanhedrim" should be "sanhedrin"
p. 219: "least" should be "last"
One mistake was changed as it affects the meaning intended:
In the Supplement section, there is a mathematical mistake. In the original it shows 475 being added to 4190 resulting in 4695. I changed this to 4665. Also, 30 added to 508 is shown as 508, so i changed this to 538.
The notes (*), were originally placed at the bottom of the page, but with no pages here, i put them at the end of each chapter where they are referenced. There is a Chronological chart of the world in a fold-out at the end of the book that i scanned in and is available separately as a jpg file. To download the chart, or this whole book, along with other of William Miller's works, please go to: www.earlysda.com
A few notes on this book: Roman numbers are used for Bible and book chapter numbers. A short refresher course:
i = 1 vi = 6 xv = 15 l = 50
ii = 2 vii = 7 xix = 19 lx = 60
iii = 3 viii = 8 xx = 20 xc = 90
iv = 4 ix = 9 xxx = 30 c = 100
v = 5 x = 10 xl = 40 ci = 101
and "&c." (etc.).
Yes, having greater light now in 2003, we may smile at some of his interpretations; for example - he would probably be shocked more than anyone to see the resurgence of the Papal power - but in looking at the overall effect of his message, and seeing how God led him in the whole (read chapter 22 of the 1858 Great Controversy titled "William Miller") we should be even more thankful to God for leading his people in a mighty way, out into the truth (^-^).