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Seventh-day Adventist Church

James and Ellen G. White, founders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church (abbreviated "Adventist") is a Protestant Christian denomination which is distinguished mainly by its observance of the period between Friday sunset and Saturday sunset, the "seventh day" of the week, as the Sabbath; along with the soon Second Coming of Jesus Christ. The denomination grew out of the Millerite movement in the United States during the middle part of the 19th century and was formally established in 1863. Among its founders was Ellen G. White, whom Adventists consider a prophet, and whose numerous writings are still held in high regard by the church.

Most of the theology of the contemporary Seventh-day Adventist Church corresponds to key evangelical teachings, such as the Trinity and the infallibility of Scripture. Distinctive doctrines include its Great Controversy theme, the idea of the unconscious state of the dead, and the teaching of an investigative judgment that began in 1844. The church is also known for its emphasis on diet and health, its promotion of religious liberty, and its culturally conservative principles.

The world church is governed by a General Conference, with smaller regions administered by divisions, union conferences, and local conferences. It currently has an ethnically and culturally diverse worldwide membership of over 18 million people and maintains a missionary presence in over 200 countries. The church operates numerous schools, hospitals, and publishing houses worldwide, as well as a prominent humanitarian aid organization known as the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA).

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St. Irenaeus (c. 130202), an early Christian Premillennialist.

Premillennialism in Christian eschatology is the belief that Christ will literally reign on the earth for 1,000 years at his second coming. The doctrine is called premillennialism because it views the current age as prior to Christ’s kingdom. It is distinct from the other forms of Christian eschatology such as amillennialism or postmillennialism, which view the millennial rule as either figurative and non-temporal, or as occurring prior to the second coming. Premillennialism is largely based upon a literal interpretation of Revelation 20:1-6 in the New Testament which describes Christ’s coming to the earth and subsequent reign at the end of an apocalyptic period of tribulation. It views this future age as a time of fulfillment for the prophetic hope of God’s people as given in the Old Testament.

Historically Christian premillennialism has also been referred to as "chiliasm" or "millenarianism". The theological term "premillennialism" did not come into general use until the mid-nineteenth century, the modern period in which premillennialism was revived. Coining the word was "almost entirely the work of British and American Protestants and was prompted by their belief that the French and American Revolution (the French, especially) realized prophecies made in the books of Daniel and Revelation."

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Products of the Sanitarium Health Food Company, which is wholly owned by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

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Official portrait of Roscoe Bartlett

Roscoe Gardner Bartlett,(born June 3, 1926) is a professor and a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 6th district of Maryland since 1993.

Bartlett was born in Moreland, Kentucky to Martha Minnick and Roscoe Gardner Bartlett. He completed his early education in a one-room schoolhouse. He attended the Columbia Union College, a college affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and graduated in 1947 with a B.S. in theology and biology and a minor in chemistry. He had intended to be a minister, but having received his bachelor's degree at 21, some considered him too young for the ministry.

Afterwards, Bartlett attended graduate school at the University of Maryland, College Park. He studied anatomy, physiology, and zoology, earning a Master's degree in physiology in 1948. Bartlett was then hired as a faculty member at Maryland and taught anatomy, physiology and zoology while working towards his Ph.D. in physiology, which he earned in 1952. His academic career included lecturing at Loma Linda School of Medicine, also affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, in Loma Linda, California (1952–1954), and serving as an assistant professor at Howard University Medical School in Washington, D.C. (1954–1956).

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