Introduction to The Sanctuary and the 2300 Days Index
  • No apology can be needed for the presentation of this subject. Those who have any interest in the past Advent movement, cannot be otherwise than deeply interested in the questions of our disappointment. To examine this question with candor and fairness, and to set forth the reasons why our expectations were not realized, is the object of this work. (JNA 3)
  • Several points presented in these pages may, however, need to be briefly noticed. On pages 30 and 31, we quoted from the Advent Herald a denial of the connection between the 70 weeks and 2300 days by S. Bliss. But justice to Elder Himes demands that we here state that in a recent number of the Herald he has acknowledged their connection. Referring to the first lecture which he heard Mr. Miller deliver, he remarks: (JNA 3)
    • "He poured forth a flood of light from other scriptures upon every part of his subject, and fully shut me up to the faith, both as to the manner and time or our Saviour's second advent. And although the times has passed without the event being realized, I have never been able to solve the mystery. The connection of the seventy weeks with the 2300 days' vision still looks clear, but it cannot be harmonized with the light we now have on chronology; but having done our duty, we wait patiently for the clear light of Heaven upon the subject, in expectation of the full and speedy realizations of all we ever hoped for in the fulfillment of prophecy, both as to the nature of the events, and the time of their realization, at the end of the days. And we are exhorted, in view of this, not to 'cast away our confidence, which hath great recompense of reward, for we have need of patience, that after we have done the will of God, we might receive the promise.' So we watch, and wait, and hope." (Advent Herald, Feb 26, 1853) (JNA 3-4)
  • That this subject should be shrouded in mystery to those who believe that the earth is the sanctuary, is not strange; for if the connection between the 70 weeks and the 2300 days be admitted, it is certain that the period has ended. And if the earth is the sanctuary, the prophecy has failed; for no part of the earth has as yet undergone a change. Hence, there is no way to explain the passing of the time, unless we deny the connection of the 70 weeks and the 2300 days, or conclude that the earth may not be the sanctuary. The first of these positions is adopted by S. Bliss. Elder II., however, still admits the connection of the two periods, but contents himself with calling our disappointment a mystery. (JNA 4)