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William Miller is still disturbed about his time at war. He has to know why he survived battle. Despite the misgivings of friends, he immerses himself in Scripture and discovers a friend in Jesus.

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William Miller is still disturbed about his time at war. He has to know why he survived battle. Despite the misgivings of friends, he immerses himself in Scripture and discovers a friend in Jesus.

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Miller struggles with talking about his convictions about prophecy. Pushing aside immense reluctance, he begins to spread the word that Christ will come in 1843, which would fulfill Daniel's 2300-day prophecy.  

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Miller struggles with talking about his convictions about prophecy. Pushing aside immense reluctance, he begins to spread the word that Christ will come in 1843, which would fulfill Daniel's 2300-day prophecy.  

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There are mixed reactions to Miller's preaching.

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There are mixed reactions to Miller's preaching.

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Miller and Himes share the message on a frenetic tour of the Northeastern region of the United States.

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Miller and Himes share the message on a frenetic tour of the Northeastern region of the United States.

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Miller's calculations turn some people off and excite others.

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Miller's calculations turn some people off and excite others.

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1843 has passed. Joseph Bates and Samuel Snow seek to encourage those disappointed that Jesus did not come.

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1843 has passed. Joseph Bates and Samuel Snow seek to encourage those disappointed that Jesus did not come.

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A young but frail Ellen Harmon is convicted by Miller's message.

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A young but frail Ellen Harmon is convicted by Miller's message.

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Mrs. Preston is convicted that Saturday is the seventh-day Sabbath.

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Mrs. Preston is convicted that Saturday is the seventh-day Sabbath.

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Former sea captain Joseph Bates meets with influential fellow believers and pledges his resources to advancing the message.

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Former sea captain Joseph Bates meets with influential fellow believers and pledges his resources to advancing the message.

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The Bates are so poor they can barely buy flour to bake bread or eat.

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The Bates are so poor they can barely buy flour to bake bread or eat.

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William Miller is convinced that Jesus will come on October 22, 1844 and lends his voice to preaching the message.

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William Miller is convinced that Jesus will come on October 22, 1844 and lends his voice to preaching the message.

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People mock the grieving Millerites.

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People mock the grieving Millerites.

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Hiram Edson leads an effort to pray for guidance.

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Hiram Edson leads an effort to pray for guidance.

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Ellen Harmon has a vision during family prayers, in which she is taken high above the earth.

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Ellen Harmon has a vision during family prayers, in which she is taken high above the earth.

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James White speaks to Ellen Harmon at a gathering. Over friendly conversation and chaperoned walks they fall in love.

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James White speaks to Ellen Harmon at a gathering. Over friendly conversation and chaperoned walks they fall in love.

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Sargent and Robbins cast Ellen Harmon as a false prophet.

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Sargent and Robbins cast Ellen Harmon as a false prophet.

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Ellen White awakes from vision but can't make sense of all she has seen.

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Ellen White awakes from vision but can't make sense of all she has seen.

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Ellen White says healing and education go hand in hand.

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Ellen White says healing and education go hand in hand.

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Ellen has a vision in which she is told, "Your house is the world."

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Ellen has a vision in which she is told, "Your house is the world."

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Numerous pamphlets and publications are printed to share the Advent message to a skeptical public.

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Numerous pamphlets and publications are printed to share the Advent message to a skeptical public.

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Through happiness and heartbreak Ellen White grows in her understanding of scripture.

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Through happiness and heartbreak Ellen White grows in her understanding of scripture.

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Leading a growing movement becomes increasingly challenging without proper organization or even a name.

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Leading a growing movement becomes increasingly challenging without proper organization or even a name.

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