In traditional mainstream Adventist teaching, the end times consists of four distinct episodes: The Investigative Judgment , beginning in and ending at the close of probation The "time of trouble", beginning at the close of probation and ending at the second coming of Jesus The destruction of sinners and new earth Timeline of eschatological events in traditional Seventh-day Adventist teaching. Events prior to [ edit ] The Roman Empire was a world power active during the ministry of Jesus. Adventists believe the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70 was a partial fulfillment of Jesus' end-times discourse in Matthew The empire continued several centuries into the Christian era, when it was ultimately replaced by the papacy. The papacy is identified with the "man of sin" of 2 Thessalonians , the " Antichrist " of 1 John and the "little horn" of Daniel chapters 7 and 8.
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Foundations, —s[ edit ] The Second Great Awakening , a revival movement in the United States, took place in the early 19th century. The Second Great Awakening was stimulated by the foundation of the many Bible Societies which sought to address the problem of a lack of affordable Bibles. The spread of Bibles allowed many who had not had one to be able to purchase and study it themselves rather than just hear it preached, and led to the establishment of many reform movements designed to remedy the evils of society before the anticipated Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Some of these movements held beliefs that would later be adopted by the Seventh-day Adventists. Forerunners of the Adventist movement believed that this event marked the end of the day prophecy from the Book of Daniel.