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Seventh-Day Adventist Evolution: 6 Key Events for Protestant Christian Denomination Since It Began

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The Seventh-Day Adventist Protestant denomination is devoted to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. The church had its start in the teachings of William Miller, who believed he knew the exact day of this "advent." Though his date was wrong, some of those who continued to believe in the literal return of Jesus to the earth came together in the Seventh-Day Adventist Protestant Church. It has grown to be one of the largest denominations in the world.

Here are 6 things that have contributed to the evolution of the group’s message and how they have spread it:

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1. The visions of Ellen G. White - Following what is known as, the Great Disappointment, when Jesus did not return as predicted by William Miller in 1844, Ellen G. White claimed to have had a vision from God. This vision focused on the narrow path that leads to heaven and was the first of many she would have over time. Her visions and teachings that followed these revelations provided the foundation for the beginnings of the Seventh-Day Adventist Protestant denomination.

2. First General Conference - In 1863, after many years of meeting together in small groups, those who held Adventist ideas believed it was time to organize a framework for a new church. Twenty delegates met in Battle Creek, Michigan to organize the Seventh-Day Adventist Protestant denomination.

3. The First Missionary - John Nevins Andrews officially was the first to take the Seventh-Day Adventist Protestant Church message to Europe in the 1870's. Andrews had been an early leader in the movement and had also been president of the denomination’s general conference.

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4. First College Opened - The school which would become Andrews University opened in 1874 as Battle Creek College in Battle Creek, Michigan. It was opened to serve both male and female students and teach Seventh-Day Adventist followers.

5. Message takes to the airwaves - The Voice of Prophecy radio show started in 1929. This Los Angeles based show eventually saw a national outreach and is still on the air today.

6. Television show starts - Faith For Today was launched on Television in May of 1950. It became the first national religious telecast in North America. The show, which offered Bible lessons and personal growth ideas became a national platform for the Seventh Day Adventist Protestant Church. It opened a Bible School and still produces a variety of shows.

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