The Open Door of Mercy

The development in the understanding of the Shut Door teaching

In the days immediately following October 22, 1844, Adventists believed that the work of proclaiming Jesus’ return had been completed and that the door of mercy had been closed.

As their understanding of Jesus’ work in the heavenly sanctuary developed along with the understanding of the three angels’ messages in Revelation 14, they realized that proclaiming Jesus’ return was to become a worldwide mission and that mercy remained open for all who would accept the final warning. These ten articles by George I. Butler, president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (1871-1874 and 1880-1888), trace the development in the understanding of the Shut Door teaching (close of probation) and its connection with a deepening understanding of the Third Angel’s message.

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