“It is an unquestionable fact that the intimately related prophecies of Daniel and John contain seven divinely given interpretations, and it is evident that these must constitute the only infallible basis of exposition.
“In building on them, we build not on the shifting sands of human opinion, but on the stable rock of revealed truth. Without such a foundation no interpretation of Daniel and the Apocalypse can be secure and trustworthy, as resting upon divine authority, but can only stand on ‘begged principles and mere human conjectures.’ The basis on which we build is divine interpretation.”
“May the Divine Spirit, who ‘searches all things, yea the deep things of God,’ enlighten us to understand these sublime and sacred prophecies, and sanctify us through the knowledge of the Truth.” — H. Grattan Guinness
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Henry Grattan Guinness (1835-1910) was an Irish Protestant Christian preacher, evangelist and author. He started Harley College, also known as the East London Missionary Training School. A traveling preacher, he drew thousands to hear him during the Ulster Revival of 1859. Rev. Guinness trained and sent hundreds of “faith missionaries” all over the world. [Wikipedia]
Level of Difficulty: Primer: No subject matter knowledge needed.
1. Preliminary Points
I. The Writer Of “the Apocalypse Is The Apostle John
II. The Date Of The Apocalypse Is That Of The Banishment Of The Apostle John Under The Roman Emperor Domitian Towards The Close Of The First Century
III. The Theme Of The Apocalypse Is Defined In Its Opening Verses
2. Interpretation Of The Apocalypse: Scripture Key To The Subject Of The Prophecy
The Old Testament Introduction To The Apocalypse
3. The Seven Interpretations Of Symbolic Prophecy
I. The Interpretation of the Vision of the Great Image in Dan. 2.
II. The Interpretation Of The Vision Of The Great Tree In Dan. 4
III. The Interpretation Of The Handwriting On The Wall Of Belshazzar’s Palace In Dan. 5
IV. The Interpretation Of The Ram And He-goat In Dan. 8
V. The Interpretation Of The Four Wild Beast Kingdoms, And Of The Kingdom Of The Son Of Man, In Dan. 7
VI. The Interpretation Of The Seven Stars And The Seven Candlesticks In Rev. 1
VII. The Interpretation Of The Woman, “Babylon The Great,” And Of The Seven-headed, Ten-horned Beast That Carrieth Her
4. Historical Fulfillment Of The Prophecy Concerning The Harlot Babylon, Or Proof From History That Rome Is The Babylon Of The Apocalypse
The Church Of Rome Symbolized By A Harlot
The Name On The Forehead Of The Harlot
The Harlot Carried By The Ten-Horned Beast
The Ten Horns
Geographical Sphere Of The Ten Horns
Average Number Of The Gothic Kingdoms Of Western Christendom
Italy, Austria, Switzerland, France, Germany, England, Holland, Belgium, Spain, And Portugal.
The Harlot Recognized By Her Attire
The Persecuting Character Of The Church Of Rome
5. Use Of The Key
I. Identity of the Beast
II. Three Visions Of The Beast Power
III. The Same Great Power: The Roman Empire
IV. Successive Stages
V. Two Principle Stages
VI. The “Deadly Wound” And The “Hindering Power”
VII. The Beast and Babylon Central to Apocalyptic Prophecy
VIII. These Visions Fall Into Three Divisions
IX. Connected and Orderly Whole
Interpreted Vision In Chapter 17. The Rosetta Stone For Deciphering The Apocalypse.
6. The Two Last Kingdoms Of Prophecy, Or The Relation Of The Roman Empire To The Kingdom Of God
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