William Davis

DAVIS, WILLIAM C. (1760-1831). A Presbyterian minister, founder of an Independent Presbyterian Church (which had about a dozen congregations) in South Carolina, and apparently the first in America to explain (in his 1811 pamphlet The Millennium ) the 70 weeks and the 2300 days as beginning together, the latter ending with 1847. This ending point, however, he allowed as possibly four years earlier, since, as he remarked, the Christian Era was generally thought to be four years too late. Thus he implied 1843, William Miller’s date for the end of the 2300 years. Said Miller: “One or two in every quarter of the globe have proclaimed the news, and agree in the time,” and mentioned Davis and several others who dated the end of the 2300 years in 1843 or 1847. But what Davis looked for was n...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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