The Key to the Apocalypse by Henry Grattan Guinness

“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.

Book Contents

  • Preface
  • 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
  • Diagram Of Professor Gaussen

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  • Lutheran Library edition first published: 2020
  • Copyright: CC BY 4.0