On April 19, 1993, a 51-day standoff between the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) and the Branch Davidians, culminated in a raging inferno that took the lives of over 75 Branch Davidians trapped inside their compound, named Mt. Carmel. The Branch Davidians were a sect that broke off of the Davidians, who originally came out of the Adventist church. This connection launched Seventh-day Adventists into the spotlight and earned them much attention, albeit extremely negative. Although the Adventists tried to distance themselves from the Branch Davidians, it was, and is, impossible. The Branch Davidians, responsible for the disaster at Waco, Texas are rooted in Seventh-day Adventism and their commitment to prophecy, apocalyptic literature, typology, and millennial expectations.
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