O Fim do Historicismo (Apostila de Estudos)
THE END OF HISTORICISM
Millerite Hermeneutic of Time Prophecies
in the Old Testament
Copyright 1990 Kai Arasola
Revised edition of an earlier mimeographed dissertation
submitted to the Theological Faculty of the University of
Uppsala for the degree of Doctor of Theology, publicly
examined on May 24, 1989.
Arasola, K.J., 1989. The End of Historicism. Millerite
Hermeneutic of Time Prophecies m the Old
Testament. 226 pp.
This dissertation shows that William Miller' ,' i ,"( ;jl
had several ways of counting the time of the parousia. Many or
his interpretations have long been forgotten and overlooked by
literature and research on Millerism.
Miller had fifteen "proofs" of the second Advent in 1843. These
proofs were found 1D various parts of the Bible from Genesis to
the book of Revelation. Miller's proofs included the "prophecy
of Moses," seven prophetic years or 2520 literal years. He found
this prophecy in Lev 26, Deut 15, Dan 4, and Eze 39. He also
counted the time of the end by 6000 years from the creation.
These views may have affected the later doctrines of Jehovah's
Witnesses. Miller also had other imaginative prophetic
interpretations like the Jubilees or the two days of Hos 6:2.
However, the backbone of Miller's fifteen proofs was a complex
system of interlinked prophecies from the books of Daniel and
Revelation which in turn shaped the teachings of Seventh-day
This study describes Miller's historicist hermeneutic.
shows that because of the disappointment at the end of the
revival the popular historical method of prophetic interpretation
changed. HIStoricism was replaced by Darbyan futurism
preterism. Few outside the denominations that stem from
Millerism dared keep on using the traditional historical method.
Kai Arasola, Department of Theology, Uppsala University, Box
1604, S-751 46 Uppsala, Sweden.
Printed in Sweden by DATEM PUBLISHING, Sigtuna, 1990.
The Millennium was supposed to
be very near. I fully
the enthusiasm of the time . -- My
heart was fixed on the Millennium
and I resolved to live or