“The Midnight Cry” is a historical documentary about one of the most fascinating episodes in American religious history. In the fall of 1844, Baptist preacher William Miller taught hundreds of thousands of Americans and feared that the world would be destroyed by fire, as he predicted the second coming of Christ on Oct. 22, 1844.
On Oct. 22, 1844, many followers of William Miller believed the world was going to end. Although many other religious parties thought differently based on studying scripture, William Miller believed Oct. 22 was the second coming of Christ and the earth would be destroyed by fire. This documentary focuses on his message, which spread all across the Northeast. His life was in the public eye, as he married a very well-educated woman, joined the Masons, became politically involved, and continued his farming and studies in human character. The more he studied scripture, the more he became politically involved. He eventually became a licensed preacher in 1833 and felt compelled to share with every church who invited him to speak about what he interpreted as the end of time.While hundreds were converted and became known as “Millerites,” William Miller’s writings remained controversial. After the 1844 date passed, two “Milllerite” groups emerged and said the interpretation was misinterpreted. Instead, they said, Christ wasn’t supposed to return on that date but would enter His second phase of work. Many generations of Adventists emerged as a result of his teachings. Narrator Cliff Robertson interviews many theologians and professors throughout the story and refers to many original documents, images and artwork for historical accuracy. This film offers a great look into the history of modern-day religion. We award it the Dove “Faith Friendly” Seal for all ages, although younger children may not understand the content.