History unveiling prophecy; or, Time as an interpreter

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F.H. Revell, 1905 - Bible - 494 pages

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I suppose that I am one of the few people who own an original copy, and it is without a doubt the most valuable book in my library. The author's entrance into the area of interest in the subject of prophecy caused him in the late 1800s to gather a library of nearly 150 books spanning the centuries all the way back at least to the third century, and the purpose of Guinness' book is largely to record the interpretations of all those other authors, showing what they thought the Book of Revelation meant in their day.
It is a very sobering book, since its thesis, very unlike the prophetic writings of our day (greatly expanded upon in the Preface) is that it is none other than the Roman Catholic Church, and specifically the Papacy, that is the Man of Sin, the dreaded Anti-christ of scripture. This interpretation is known today as the historicist method of interpretation, as distinct and antithetical to futurism, which holds that just about everything from chapter 6 of Revelation has yet to happen.
Guinness vigorously opposes that form of interpretation, using the opinions of the many authors over the centuries as evidence, coupled with his own views.
It should be mentioned that at the outset Mr. Guinness quotes extensively from a Philadelphia pastor, A.B. Barnes, who also set out in the early 1800s to write on Revelation, and the discoveries he made in the pursuit of that goal. In brief he compiled an extensive list of the words in the entirety of Revelation that could be used as symbols and then, using ONLY the scriptures, proceeded to assign meaning to those symbols. Then, taking each of those symbols contextually, he proceeded to write a 'history' of the Christian church, and was astounded to find in the reading of Gibbons' Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire that it appeared that Gibbons had been liberally copying form Barnes' notes. This was especially meaningful because Gibbons was himself certainly not a believer and would not have knowingly written anything that could have been construed as supportive of the Christian religion.
The book is exceptional, and is divided into probably five or six subsections: pre-Constantine, middle ages, pre-Reformation, Reformation, French Revolution, and his own (Guinness') day.
Sadly, the reprint that has circulated on the internet was written using optical character recognition, and since the font is smaller than the original and pages are larger the pagination is horribly unlike the original book. And since the index is done in the same manner, the index is totally useless, since the pages in the index refer to the pages in the original.
Having said the above even the new reprint is worth reading, since the information, entirely apart from the footnotes and index, is nothing less than staggering to anyone who has an open mind, and wishes to know something of the true history of the Christian church as it relates to prophecy, and also to learn of the immensity of the persecutions by the Roman Catholic Church against anybody who dared to oppose it. In a word they were mercilessly exterminated, massacred en masse, in the bloodiest depiction of which the English language is capable, and that over a period of time spanning approximately 1200 years.
Get the book. It is worth the read.
David E. Gregory Sr.: 74
P.S. I must admit, having reviewed the main page I did not see that this was an ebook, and thus perhaps the pagination in the index will be accurate. If so, I do apologize, but if one orders the hard copy of the book from Amazon my remarks above will be in order.

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OCLC: 2501044
LCSHs: Bible -- Prophecies -- Judgment Day. | Bible. -- N.T. -- Revelation.

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Page 274 - I have trodden the wine-press alone ; and of the people there was none with me : for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury, and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment.
Page 11 - Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
Page 452 - Saviour: knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of his coming ? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
Page 451 - I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith : henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give to me at that day : and not only to me, but also to all them that have loved his appearing.
Page 50 - And there was war in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought, and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world; he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Page 463 - And I heard a loud voice, saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ : for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
Page 363 - Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the Lord.
Page 275 - And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over -fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
Page 39 - I am Alpha and. Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
Page 335 - And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.

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