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Since 1844

Seventh-day Adventist Church arrives to the 1844 date from the prophecies of Daniel and holds on to this year as it considers it a fulfillment of a prophecy about the beginning of the last ministry of Jesus Christ in the Heavenly Sanctuary, or the time of the Judgment. Other religious and social movements do not necessarily see the year 1844 this way. Yet, one way or another, the year is of a vital prominence to some major tendencies of our time. This series of blogs, or brief articles, article only highlights, but does not elaborate on those.

 

In his recent article in Adventist Review Elijah Mvundura rightly observes:

 

«Adventism was born in the mid-nineteenth century—the same century that saw the birth of movements and ideologies that have shaped the modern world: Romanticism, German idealism, French positivism, nationalism, Darwinism, Marxism, and Nietzscheanism. This shared chronological origin had been not accidental but providential. The call to fear and worship the Creator-God (see Rev. 14:7) diametrically counters the self-deifying, heaven-storming passions, ideas, and themes at the heart of these radical ideologies.»

 

(Elijah Mvundura, Adventist Review, May 9. The Prophetic Rendezvous of 1844: Adventism and Modern Ideologies)

 

David Williams, who claims that the Age of Aquarius arrived around 1844, also attributes such tendencies as the rise of Socialism, Communism, and Fascism to the arrival of the Age of Aquarius. (David Williams, Simplified Astronomy for Astrologers, 1969, American Federation of Astrologers, pp. 55–56.) There are also several other religious, political and ideological movements that emerged in 1844. We will talk of them in our series of blogs. At least three of them — the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the Bahai faith, and some notable groups of the New Age thinkers — give a special tribute to this year.

 

New Age and 1844

miller_williamThere is a representative group of celebrated astrologists and new-age thinkers who believe, that the year 1844 inaugurates the beginning of the New Age. The proponents of this view explain that in 1844 the stars and the planets lined up in such way that it gave a rise to the new dispensation. Motlagh believes that the watershed year 1844 was a tipping point that switched the old spiritual Cycle of Prophecy to the new spiritual Cycle of Fulfillment. (Motlagh, I Shall Come Again 18.358–60)

 

Various numerical interpretations have been advanced to point at 1844 as the beginning of the New Age by this group. David Davidson in The Great Pyramid: Its Divine Message claims that the records of the Great Pyramid inch-for-a-year symbolism refer to 1844 as the time of an expiration date of the long period of 2162 years (317 BC — 1844 AD). (See The Encyclopedia of Astrology by Nicholas de Vore (New York 1947)

 

Davidson, together with some other modern pyramid students claim that the Great Pyramid not only shows «the birth of the Messiah (Christ) to have occurred… in the year 4 B. C., and his crucifixion to have taken place… in the year 30 A.D» (Ibid., p. 338), but also arrives to the year 1844 as an important prophetic event encoded in the Great Pyramid. Davidson says:

 

«Bible scholars say that The Grand Gallery typifies or indicates the Christian Dispensation extending from the date of the birth of Christ to the year 1844, which is shown by the Great Step. According to the Pyramid message this year 1844 marks the opening of a new era or dispensation, and in the light of modern history we might well call this the dawn of the era of creative and mental sciences.»

 

(Davidson says, that the events, notched in the Pyramid’s timeline millenia ago include the Exodus, the crucifixion of Christ, and 1844, and that they are indicated not only by the inch-year key, but also by a geometric key, as the architects have blended form and its prophetic function. http://www.timstouse.com/EarthHistory/Egypt/GreatPyramid/ancientmystery.htm.)

 

The group that emblematically can be called as «astrologists» is usually very inclusive. David Williams, for example, claims that the Age of Aquarius arrived around 1844, with the harbinger of the Siyyid `Alí Muḥammad (1819–1850), who founded Bábism. Williams adopts a sub-period approach to the ages whereby each age is divided into three decans. The three age-decans of the Aquarian Age in chronological order are Libra, Gemini and Aquarius. Williams states that the world is currently in the Libran decan of the Age of Aquarius which is why the world has been so affected by wars (due to Libra) and revolutions (due to Aquarius).

Though he acknowledges great progress since the Aquarian Age arrived about 1844, the world will have to wait for the Aquarian decan of the Aquarian Age before the true fellowship of humankind is experienced in the world. (David Williams, Simplified Astronomy for Astrologers, 1969, American Federation of Astrologers, pp. 45–56.) New Agers, or «astrologists» and Bahai faith seem to be more and more merging today. (On Bahai faith see the following chapter.)

 

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Zionism and 1844

zionismAlthough the modern Zionists don’t dwell heavily on 1844, that year could be rightfully called as the birth year of the Zionist movement. The origin of the term «Zionism» is the biblical word «Zion», often used as a synonym for Jerusalem and the Land of Israel in general. Zionism is an ideology which expresses the idea of the restoration of the Jewish state and yearning of Jews the world over for their historical homeland. The core of the Zionist idea is formulated in Israel’s Declaration of Independence (14 May 1948). While the motif of returning to their homeland was first held by Jews exiled to Babylon some 2,500 years ago, it is really the year 1844 that signified the event similar to that of the return of the Jewish nation from the Babylonian captivity. Here is a quote from an official website of the Israel Ministry of the Foreign Affairs:

 

«Over the centuries, Jews were expelled from almost every European country — Germany and France, Portugal and Spain, England and Wales — a cumulative experience which had a profound impact, especially in the 19th century when Jews had abandoned hope of fundamental change in their lives. Out of this milieu came Jewish leaders who turned to Zionism as a result of the virulent antisemitism in the societies surrounding them. Thus Moses Hess, shaken by the blood libel of Damascus (1844), became the father of Zionist socialism.»

 

Wikipedia takes a different approach to the history of the Zionism, yet arrives to the same date of the Zionism’s origin. Here is the first paragraph in the section «History» in the article Zionism, Wikipedia:

 

«A Christian belief in the return of the Jews to the Holy Land has roots in the US, which pre-date both the establishment of the Zionist movement and the establishment of Israel. Lobbying by these groups, to influence the US government in ways similar to Zionist ideology, dates back to at least the 19th century.

 

In 1844, Christian restorationist George Bush, a professor of Hebrew at New York University and distantly related to the Bush political family, published a book entitled The Valley of Vision; or, The Dry Bones of Israel Revived. In it he denounced “the thralldom and oppression which has so long ground them (the Jews) to the dust,” and called for “elevating” the Jews “to a rank of honorable repute among the nations of the earth” by restoring the Jews to the land of Israel where the bulk would be converted to Christianity. This, according to Bush, would benefit not only the Jews, but all of mankind, forming a “link of communication” between humanity and God. “It will blaze in notoriety…». “It will flash a splendid demonstration upon all kindreds and tongues of the truth.” The book became very popular and about one million copies of it were sold in the antebellum period.

 

In addition to these, in 1844 Mordecai Noah publishes Discourse on the Restoration of the Jews, and Rev. Samuel Bradshaw, in his Tract for the Times, Being a Plea for the Jews calls for Parliament to allot 4 million pounds for the Restoration of Israel, with another 1 million to be collected by the Church. Same year Pastor T. Tully Crybace convenes a committee in London for the purpose of founding a ‘British and Foreign Society for Promoting the Restoration of the Jewish Nation to Palestine.’ He urges that England secure from Turkey Palestine ‘from the Euphrates to the Nile, and from the Mediterranean to the Desert’.

 

Never before there was so much agitation around this issue. What fueled this discussion? It is possible that it was the Edict of Toleration allowing Jews to settle in the Holy Land on March 23, 1844. An Irish scholar and author, George Townshend writes, «… the strict exclusion of the Jews from their own land enforced by the Muslims for some twelve centuries was at last relaxed by the Edict of Toleration and the «times of the Gentiles» were fulfilled.»(Townshend, George (1951) [1939]. Heart of the Gospel, The. Oxford, UK: George Ronald, p. 92.) Worth Smith also mentions this Edict in his Miracle of the Ages. He points out: «In the year of A.D. 1844 … the (Muslims) under the leadership of Turkey were compelled by the Western Powers, notably England, to grant religious toleration to all (nations) within their borders.» (London and Holyoks, MA: L.N. Fowler and The Elizabeth Towne Co. 1934.)

 

It is at that time that the Turkish Government agreed to permit religious freedom and signed the document which guaranteed that ‘The Sublime Porte (Constantinople) engages to take effectual measures to prevent henceforward’ any further religious intolerance. (The original of this Edict can be obtained from the Public Record Office in London. A translation of the edict, an acknowledgment from Stratford Canning to the Sublime Porte, and an accompanying letter from Canning, dated 23 March 1844, is in Foreign Office, Turkey, FO78/555/No.49. The draft of a letter from the Foreign Office, dated 16 January 1844, which made plain the attitude of the British Government and which provided the direct impetus for the negotiations leading eventually to the issue of the edict, is in FO78/552/No.4.)

 

Zionism’s agenda and Adventist mission could be expressed in similar, if not parallel terms, but while Zionism dwells on the literal fulfillment of some of the divine promises, Adventism believes that the higher, typological level of interpretation is needed as we talk about the fulfillment of the eschatological prophecies. We will return to the reflections on Zionism as we consider the eschatological Jubilee times in one of the following chapters.

 

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Marxism. Evolutionism. Spiritualism

Карл Маркс. МарксизмMarxism

The year 1844 was an important time in the life of Karl Marx. His Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 (also referred to as The Paris Manuscripts) presents already a mature Marxist ideology that soon would ignite the peoples of Europe, putting the Old World on a new political, economical, and social course. Both Adventists and «astrologists» agree that the new dispensation brought about Marxist ideology. Both tend to give a negative estimate to this tendency. However, while the «astrologists» explain those tendencies and events by some peculiar motions of star, the Adventists refer to the counterfeit work of Satan opposing the work of Christ in the Heavenly Sanctuary. Also, while for the «astrologists» the manifestation of those negative tendencies mostly in the tangible, political realm; the Adventists tend to see a broader and a more spiritual picture that along with the rise of the Marxism considers the rise of the evolutionism and the spiritualism. We will briefly consider those formative movements and their relation to the time of their origin.

 

Чарльз Дарвин. Дарвинизм

 

Evolutionism

Charles Darwin enlarged his notes on the theory of evolution in 1844 into a sketch of the conclusions, which then seemed probable to him:

 

“My work is now nearly finished,” he says in the second paragraph of the preface, “but as it will take me two or three more years to complete it, and as my health is far from strong, I have been urged to publish this Abstract. I have more especially been induced to do this as Mr. Wallace has arrived at almost exactly the same general conclusions that I have on the origin of species. Last year he sent to me a memoir on this subject, with a request that I would forward it to Sir Charles Lyell, who sent it to the Linnean Society, and it is published in the third volume of the Journal of that Society. Sir C. Lyell and Dr. Hooker, who both knew of my work—the latter having read my sketch of 1844—honoured me by thinking it advisable to publish, with Mr. Wallace’s excellent memoir, some brief extracts from my manuscripts.” (Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species, Introduction, retrieved on 6/3/2013.)

 

From 1844 to 1859, Darwin steadily pursued the same object. In a way, 1844 had become a point of no return in his life. The consequences of this are generally known as the prevalent Evolutionary theory. This theory allows no room for biblical Christianity, and goes in direct opposition to the message of the First angel that the Seventh-day Adventist consider as being proclaimed with power since 1844: «Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgment is come: and worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters» (Rev 14:7).

 

Andrew Jackson Davis. СпиритуализмSpiritualism

In March 1844, ‘father’ of the Spiritualism, Andrew Jackson Davis, an 18-year-old shoemaker in Poughkeepsie, New York, had a visionary experience or «psychic flight through space» launching his life’s career as an occult philosopher-prophet. He then went into his first semi trance and wandered into the mountains, 40 miles from his home in New York. He claims to have met the spirits of Swedenborg, and the second century Greek physician Claudius Galen. Although he had no education, from that time he started to teach and write about spiritualism. In the same year he started writing his book entitled “The Principles of Mankind”, in which he wrote: “It is a truth that spirits commune with one another while one is in the body, and the other in the higher spheres… And the world will hail with delight the ushering in of that era when the interiors of men will be opened, and the spiritual communion will be established…” ((First Spiritual Temple, The Ayer Institute (Brookline, MA)), «About the First Spiritual Temple Forerunners: Andrew Jackson Davis (1826-1910). (2001; accessed April 17, 2013.)

 

Seventh-day Adventists generally believe that spiritualism will play a special role in the deception of the last days. Ellen G. White wrote: «Many will be ensnared through the belief that spiritualism is a merely human imposture; when brought face to face with manifestations which they cannot but regard as supernatural, they will be deceived, and will be led to accept them as the great power of God.

 

As the teachings of spiritualism are accepted by the churches, the restraint imposed upon the carnal heart is removed, and the profession of religion will become a cloak to conceal the basest iniquity. A belief in spiritual manifestations opens the door to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils, and thus the influence of evil angels will be felt in the churches.» (Maranatha, p. 166. )

 

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Psychiatric Association

Psychiatric AssociationWhile spiritualism attacks the biblical understanding of the spirit, reducing the physical dimension of men to that of a temporal capsule of soul, the psychiatrists’ (or else ‘shrinks’) attack comes from another side as they classify and treat men as animals.

 

Ironically, American Psychiatric Association, the main professional organization of psychiatrists in the USA, and the largest psychiatric organization in the world, was founded at 1844. The same year American Psychiatric Association had issued its official journal, in 1844 known as the American Journal of Insanity.

 

Ascend of psychiatry to a status of an organized profession is but a particular instance of a much broader phenomenon of that time — the rise of professional societies. Andrew Scull remarks: «Mad-doctors, or as they increasingly preferred to call themselves, alienists or medical psychologists, were merely one of a whole array of groups seeking recognition and social status on this basis. Unlike their entrepreneurial counterparts in the manufacturing sector, the new professionals were in the business of selling something intangible: skill and expertise rather than material goods.» (Andrew Scull, Masters of Bedlam: the Transformation Of The Mad-Doctoring Trade (Oxford University Press, 1994), 5.)

 

Mad-doctors struggled to secure their place under the sun and to establish control over the large people groups. The boundaries of those groups have been continuously expended ever since the middle of the ninetieth century, until in our days practically all people would fit into one of the countless and ever growing proclaimed categories of insanity defined by psychiatrists. Thus, the power that the psychiatry societies exercises today is an enormous power that could only be compared with the political and financial machinations on the global level. To achieve this highest level of control psychiatry had to inevitable engage in a never-ending campaign of persuasion and propaganda.

 

It would be impossible to achieve this goal without the support of other control-seeking institutions. Trust is vital to maintain power and control, yet trust was a particularly difficult commodity for psychiatric profession to acquire, since this profession failed to demonstrate any positive outcomes. This lack of results rose persistent skepticism even among the most adamant laymen supporters of the campaign for lunacy reform.

 

«The prominent role played by medical men in the whole series of scandals about treatment in asylums and madhouses that erupted in the first half of the nineteenth century only intensified the difficulty of the task they confronted. Yet, in the face of these and other obstacles, a recognized specialism did emerge over the course of the nineteenth century and secured some significant respect. The mad-doctors known to the authorities grew from two or three thousand in 1800 to almost one hundred thousand [100,000] a century later, their guardians successfully constituted themselves as the public arbiters of mental disorder, the experts in its diagnosis and disposal. They created a professional organization to defend and advance their interests and edited journals and wrote monographs to provide a forum for transmitting (and giving visible evidence of) the body of expert knowledge to which they laid claim.» (Ibid., 6.)

 

The extent of the abusive power that the psychiatry claimed and employed, as well as the cruelty of the treatment that it habitually exercised could only be compared to that of the Medieval Inquisition. Psychiatrists have always used coercion or torture to cure insanity, and the use of torture by psychiatrists had only came to an end about 1940, when it was replaced by less expensive, but no less invasive chemical therapy. Freedom and the very life and of hundreds of thousands, and today even millions of patients were completely entrusted to this new «scientific» order.

 

«Many of the asylum doctors were no more than medically qualified gaolers [jailers], whose only attempts at «care» were the tactics of restraint and punishment so angrily summarized by Swift a century earlier. «Though ’tis hopeless to reclaim them, scorpion rods perhaps may take them.» (Jonathan Swift, British Psychiatry ( Birley, Lancet, 1991), 150.)

 

«Spinning in chairs, rotating in swings, prolonged immersion beneath high pressure cold showers, surprise plunges into icy water, or lying in warm baths while cold water was applied to the head, were all methods calculated to debilitate, shock, and soothe sanity back into the system. The rotary treatment was apparently applied more as a corrective, than a therapeutic treatment. «After having committed some irrational and spiteful act, the patient is forthwith placed on the rotating chair and revolved at adjusted speed until hebecomes quiet, apologizes, and promises improvement, or until he starts to vomit.» (Cox’s Chair, Nicholas J. Wade, 2005, p. 77.)

 

Psychiatry has a long history and roots as being atheistic, anti-Christian and humanistic. This hostility has been ever growing and increasing since the official establishment of the psychiatric professional union in 1844. Psychiatry openly teaches that in our days Jesus would be a schizophrenia mental patient.

 

«Jesus’ experiences can be potentially conceptualized within the framework of Paranoid Schizophrenia or Psychosis NOS. Other reasonable possibilities might include bipolar and schizoaffective disorders. … hyper-religiosity … Suicide-by-proxy is described as “any incident in which a suicidal individual causes his or her death to be carried out by another person. … a Supraphrenic.” (The Role of Psychotic Disorders in Religious History Considered, Evan D. Murray, M.D. Miles G. Cunningham, M.D., Ph.D. Bruce H. Price, M.D., The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences 2012; 24:410-426.)

 

The practice of psychiatry today with its theoretical chemical imbalancesof the brain and Neuroleptic drugs is perhaps the most powerful control tool ever in the history of humankind. Thus, it’s been widely used by the repressive regimes to exercise mass control. Whether shackled into submission, jailed into submission or drugged into submission, power-driven governmental institutions always find a way of controlling its dissidents. Psychiatry has been widely used by the oppressive Soviet regime to suppress the dissent, particularly of a religious character. Modern Western society has been no less controlled by means of psychiatric treatment — particularly through the new addictive prescription drugs. The income generated by the prescribed psychiatric drugs created one of the most powerful institutions of the modern society.

 

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is produced by the American Psychiatric Association and it is the standard that codifies psychiatric conditions and is used worldwide as a key guide for diagnosing disorders. It also provides major standartized guidance for chemical treatment of the classified conditions.

 

Tens of millions of unsuspecting Americans and Europeans have become mired deeply, to the point of permanent disability, by major tranquilizers like Thorazine and Haldol, and by “minor” tranquilizers like Miltown, Librium and Valium and the dozens of so-called “antidepressants” like Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil.

 

The Book of Revelation talks of sorceries (Revelation 9:21 and 18:23 — KJV) and sorcerers (Revelation 21:8 and 22:15 — KJV). Those words are derived from the Greek ‘pharmakeus’ (Words 5332 and 5333 in Strongs). The root meaning of this group of Greek words is ‘druggist’ ‘poisoner’ or, ‘giver of potions’. These particular ‘sorcerers’ were persons able to prepare and dispense potions. It is interesting, though, that those medicines were not meant to give relief from a physical illness. Those were to affect the mind. Today we would call those psychiatric drugs. What changed, though, is the composition of those drugs: the synthetic drugs are by far more dangerous and addictive than those used at the ancient times. Also, if at the ancient days those ‘medicines’ were only available to few, and only occasionally, today there are tens of millions of people who are permanently addicted to the prescribed psychiatric drugs. What started as the Psychiatric Society in 1844 has now turned into the modern day sorcery.

 

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