The authoritative film documentary about a famous crisis in American religious history.
For some amazing days in the fall of 1844, America was on the raw edge of its nerves. In the large cities of the Northeast, angry mobs chased worshipers out of their churches. Theologians thundered their disapproval of the shocking doctrine from their pulpits. Newspaper editors invented scandalous stories, heaping abuse and ridicule on the faithful. In the face of such opposition, hundreds of thousands of Americans, from Maine to Ohio to Washington DC and beyond, still believed or hoped or perhaps feared that the world would be destroyed by fire at the second coming of Christ on October 22, 1844.
Narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Cliff Robertson, this 102-minute feature-length film documentary tells this poignant story of one of the most remarkable episodes in the history of modern religion. Using original documents, stunning location footage, rich contemporary drawings and paintings, expert commentary, and moving readings from writers of the time, this film draws a captivating picture of the time thousands of citizens urged a nation to prepare to meet their God.
Expert commentary provided by Ruth Alden Doan (Hollins University); George Knight (Andrews University); and David Rowe (Middle Tennessee State University).