Let us now say a few words concerning individual cases of religious mania not necessarily caused by revivals or the Millerite
primary accounts of converts, and manuscripts of conversion lectures, letters, and journals reveals why many Millerites
converted to Shakerism.
Michigan, too, was touched by the Millerite
excitement and, despite the Great Disappointment, a few of its citizens steadfastly retained their confidence in Miller's prophecies.
Thunder and Trumpets: Millerites
and Dissenting Religion in Upstate New York, 1800-185o.
The Shakers, formally the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, the Mormons, formally the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the Seventh-day Adventists, a group that followed on the heels of the Millerite
movement--all three in the first half of the nineteenth century openly challenged the notion of the closed biblical canon by means of powerful prophetic leaders who received new written revelations or who offered unconventional and controversial interpretations of biblical texts.
A lot of Millerites
had to rebuild their lives after Judgement Day didn't occur (much as the Family Radio crowd will have to), but it wasn't easy.
Of the Millerites
that didn't quit the faith and didn't claim a future date, some claimed that the rapture happened invisibly, which is a third possible route Camping could take.
Millennialist Christians, namely the Millerites
, even went so far as to set a date for the impending Second Coming --March 1843.
Most of the Millerites
gave away all of their money and possessions apart from white robes, and many climbed mountains or trees to get to heaven faster, but that day also failed to deliver and became known as The Great Disappointment.
The last term refers to Shakers and Millerites
and, I would add, to the best-selling but overly dramatic popularizations of what many understand to be standard representations of dispensational premillennialism, such as those depicted in Hal Lindsey's Late Great Planet Earth and the fictional Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B.
He suggests that the seriousness with which evangelicals plan for the future "would seem to give the lie to the idea that they are a bunch of latter-day Millerites
perched on the hillsides waiting for the end" (182).
As dusk fell on that fateful Tuesday evening, Millerites
across the nation were said to have donned white robes and climbed to the tops of roofs, hills, and haystacks.