By George R. Knight

This booklet is the tale of ways Adventists got here to view themselves
as a prpphetic humans, in their transforming into understanding of a
responsibility to take their detailed message to all of the international, and
of their organizational and institutional improvement as they
sought to satisfy iheir pmphetic m the tale, of course^is_,
not whole. Tfie venture is going ahead while you learn these
words. The church and the realm nonetheless stay up for the great
climax of global historical past on the moment coming of Jesus. therefore the
history of Adventism stands incomplete. via the top of this
volume, you as a reader and that i as an writer will locate ourselves in
the move of Adventist historical past.

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The year 1876 witnessed the arrival of twenty-four-year-old John Harvey Kellogg as chief administrator of the Western Health Reform Institute. Within a few months Kellogg had changed the institution’s name to the Battle Creek Sanitarium. ” By the 1890s, under Kellogg’s guidance, the Battle Creek Sanitarium became the largest insti­ tution of its kind in the world and achieved worldwide renown. The Struggle for Noncombatancy A second lifestyle issue confronting the newly organized denomination was that of military service.

Ex-sea captain Bates, meanwhile, published a tract entitled The Seventh Day Sabbath, a Perpetual Sign in August 1846. Bates was also instrumental in introducing James White and Ellen Harmon to the seventh-day Sabbath. ” Thus the three founders of Seventh-day Adventism were united on the Sabbath doctrine by the end of 1846. DOCTRINAL DEVELOPMENT 31 Bates gave to the seventh-day Sabbath a richness and pro­ phetic meaning that it never could have had among the Seventh Day Baptists. For the Baptists, the seventh day was merely the correct day.

Thank God that we see it. . “I believe that the Sabbath truth is yet to ring through the ^ a n d , as the Advent never has. . “I am sick of all our Advent papers, and all our Advent editors, poor creatures. " James added that he had no desire to be like them. “I omy^ask the precious privilege to feed, if possible[,] my poor brethren— the outcasts’” (emphasis supplied). Thus from near their beginning the Sabbatarians saw them­ selves as a mission-driven people; a people propelled by the imperative of the three angels of Revelation 14.

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