Does the Lesson Muddle the Literal and Literary?

The Adult Bible Study Guide tackles several issues around the Christian belief in the resurrection of believers. While also retreading the Seventh-day Adventist fundamental belief in the second coming, it devotes Thursday to debunking the secret rapture. Beyond apologetics, to its credit, the lesson also asks some difficult questions about the seeming delay of Christ’s return. The first and final paragraphs from Monday’s section deserve attention—not in order to shake faith but because these three questions, asked by this official church publication, seem honest and relevant. 

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Really? It has a really long historic tradition of being Nisan 16, The year is really the only question. From the Encylopedia Brittanica: In Asia Minor, Christians observed the day of the Crucifixion on the same day that Jews celebrated the Passover offering—that is, on the 14th day of the first full moon of spring, 14 Nisan ( see Jewish calendar). The Resurrection, then, was observed two days later, on 16 Nisan, regardless of the day of the week. In the West the Resurrection of Jesus was celebrated on the first day of the week, Sunday, when Jesus had risen from the dead. Consequently, Easter was always celebrated on the first Sunday after the 14th day of the month of Nisan.

This is how Adventist apocalyptic calculations that arrive at 1844 and 1798 work as well…coming from the tradition of Miller. Work backwards into the text and make connections, calculations, and bend history because of how it fits the schema, not how the text really works in context, or what overall historical context indicates.

We have a history of this…


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