The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a Protestant Christian group with its origins in the mid-nineteenth century. In the 1840s there was a wave of expectation that Jesus Christ's Second Coming (or "Advent") was at hand. When Christ did not come in the 1840s, a group of these disappointed Christians in the United States continued their Bible studies and concluded that they had misinterpreted prophetic events and that the second coming of Christ was still in the future.

Their Bible studies also led this group of leaders to the conclusion that Christians should worship on the Jewish Sabbath, which is Saturday, or the "seventh day". Hence this group of Christians became known as Seventh-day Adventists. The Church became a formal organisation in 1863 and began its mission to the world. In recent years it has flourished with a heavy emphasis on medical and missionary work.


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