On November 7, 1938, the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists appointed a Research Committee to investigate discrepancies in calendation principles that could affect the church's understanding of the prophetic timelines of Daniel.
|Chair:||Elder L. E. Froom|
|Secretary:||Dr. Lynn Harper Wood|
|Members:||Dr. M. L. Andreasen|
|Professor M. E. Kern|
|Professor W. Homer Teesdale|
|Professor Albert W. Werline|
|Elder F. C. Gilbert|
|Miss Grace Amadon|
The Research Committee presented its findings in the General Conference Chapel on Sunday, July, 9, 1939. The scope of the meeting can be seen in this letter, dated June 29, 1945, written by Elder J. H. Wierts who was also in attendance: "At this meeting were present all the General Conference members available, all the Union Presidents in the U.S., many Bible teachers, many Ministers and many others. The reading of the R.C.'s [Research Committee's] Report started at 9:30 A.M. and the meeting ended about 10:00 P.M."
The Final Report of Committee is taken from the Grace Amadon Collection (Collection 154) at Andrews University, in Berrien Springs, Michigan (Parts II, IV and V) and the Archives and Statistics Department of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (Parts I, III and VI, as well as "Letter of Conveyance" and "Jewish Feast Cycle.")
Final Report of Committee on Historical Basis, Involvements, and Validity of the October 22, 1844, Position
Letter of Conveyance Concerning
Report of the Committee
Part I Part IV
Part II Part V
Part III Part VI
Jewish Feast Cycle (1843 and 1844)
"The Millerites were clear . . . that the first day of the new month always followed
the moon's first appearance, and did not precede it."
“What wisdom . . . the Lord gave those earnest God-fearing and sincere believers . . . to
proclaim to the world that they were following the calendar adopted by the Karaite Jews, – those Jews who profess to follow the Scripture rather than
following the calendar adopted by the rabbinical orthodox Jews who were following a calendar which they admit is inaccurate in its mode of reckoning."
“There were many in 1844 who made merry over a lunar reckoning that was not based upon the modern Jewish calendar.
The answer was returned: 'Every scholar knows that we are correct as to the [original] Karaite seventh month.' The Millerites were well aware
of the rabbinical seventh month in September in 1844, and the circumstance was often mentioned in their papers. At the same time they were emphatic
in their challenge that they dissented from the modern Jewish calendar because it did not agree with the laws of Moses."