It’s the celebration mentioned in Esther 9:17-19 and 9:27. It celebrates the day that the Jews were not massacred. (Odd how often that happens, it’s the exact reason behind Chanuka too XD)
It usually includes reading the book of Esther, giving charity, giving gifts, and celebrating in general.
We personally don’t celebrate it because though it is mentioned in the bible, it isn’t commanded.
Oh, nice! That makes sense.
I’ve heard of her but I’ve never read any of her work. That’s interesting, what are some of her main teachings?
Ooh, cool! So basically Ellen G. White was God’s chosen messenger to proclaim truths about the Sabbath and the Second Coming to the world. Some of her main teachings include:
– The importance of the seventh-day Sabbath and why Christians should cherish its observance
– Humans are not immortal (only God is immortal), and thus only the saints are granted immortality at the resurrection of the just.
– There is no place called hell (hell is the agony of being eternally separated from God and literally dead); rather, the wicked are totally destroyed at the end of time.
– God entered the Most Holy Place on October 22, 1844 (Day of Atonement); we do not know when Day of Atonement will be over, but when it is, Christ will come.
A couple fun facts about Sister White:
– She was an abolitionist! During the Civil War, she was shown several visions about the evils of slavery and racism. She actively supported the abolitionist movement.
– During one of her visions, she held an extremely heavy Bible above her head (with her arm extended upward) for the entire duration of the vision (which lasted several hours). There’s actually a museum where you can go see that Bible! I want to see it someday.
If you want to check out some of Sister White’s writings, I 100% recommend starting with The Desire of Ages, one of her most famous works. I also enjoyed Story of Hope. There’s also Testimonies for the Church, which is where she recorded many crucial instructions for the SDA church. I haven’t read Testimonies yet (except for bits and pieces); I really need to read it soon!
The “Pre-trib, mid-trib, post-trib” is a very common discussion in the Messianic community XD One of those things nobody really agrees on, though I think the majority think the tribulaton is still coming. (Though it’s close! *Gestures vaguely at the entire world in general*)
Haha, yeah! XD
I’m curious, why do you believe it started on that specific date?
Adventists believe it started on that specific date because of the prophecy of Daniel: “And he said to me, ‘For 2,300 evenings and mornings. Then the sanctuary shall be restored to its rightful state'” (Daniel 8:14). In Biblical prophecy, days (evenings and mornings) represent years. So the timing is 2,300 years. Scholars have identified the exact date of Daniel’s writing, and when you add 2,300 years to that, you get October 22, 1844.
Fun fact: a group of early Adventists (then called Millerites) misinterpreted this prophecy and thought it meant that Jesus would be returning on October 22, 1844. So they sold everything they had and waited in eager anticipation on that day. Needless to say, they were deeply disappointed when Jesus did not come. That day is called the Great Disappointment.
In the rain the pavement shines like silver
All the lights are misty in the river