The Approaching End of the Age

Viewed in the Light of History, Prophecy and Science

by H. Grattan Guinness

MDCCCLXXIX (1879)

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Part I.

PROGRESSIVE REVELATION

CHAPTER I.

GOD’S REVELATION OF HIMSELF TO MAN HAS BEEN A PROGRESSIVE ONE.- TRUTH IN GENERAL HAS BEEN REVEALED PROGRESSIVELY. PROPHECY, THE DIVINE HISTORY OF THE FUTURE, CONSISTS OF A SERIES OF PROGRESSIVE REVELATIONS.- PRACTICAL RESULTS OF THE COMPREHENSION AND APPLICATION OF THIS PRINCIPLE.

 

CHAPTER II.

PROGRESSIVE REVELATIONS AS TO THE RELATIVE PERIOD OF THE SECOND ADVENT OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.

 

CHAPTER III.

PROGRESSIVE REVELATIONS AS TO THE MILLENNIUM, THE RESURRECTION, AND THE JUDGMENT.

 

Part II.

PROGRESSIVE INTERPRETATION.

CHAPTER 1.

HUMAN COMPREHENSION OF DIVINE PROPHECY HAS BEEN, AND WAS INTENDED TO BE PROGRESSIVE.-THREE IMPORTANT INFERENCES FROM DANIEL XII.9. - THERE IS A BLAMELESS AND A GUILTY IGNORANCE OF THE FULFILMENT OF PROPHECY. - INSTANCES OF EACH.- REASONS FOR A PARTIAL AND TEMPORARY OBSCURITY OF PROPHECY; AND MEANS BY WHICH PROGRESSIVE COMPREHENSION OF ITS SIGNIFICATION HAS BEEN GRANTED.

 

CHAPTER II.

CONSIDERATION OF CERTAIN BROAD PRINCIPLES, ON WHICH THE APOCALYPSE IS TO BE INTERPRETED.-IT IS A SYMBOLIC PROPHECY, AND MUST BE TRANSLATED INTO ORDINARY LANGUAGE BEFORE IT CAN BE UNDERSTOOD.

 

CHAPTER III.

THE APOCALYPSE IS A CONTINUING PROPHECY EXTENDING FROM ITS OWN TIME, TO THE CONSUMMATION OF ALL THINGS.-IMPORTANCE OF HISTORICAL KNOWLEDGE, IN ORDER TO ITS CORRECT INTERPRETATION. IT IS A PROPHECY CONCERNING THE EXPERIENCES OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH, IN THE WORLD, AND NOT CONCERNING THOSE OF THE JEWISH NATION.

 

Part III.

FORETOLD AND FULFILLED.

CHAPTER I.

THE PROPHECIES OF "BABYLON," AND "THE BEAST."-REASONS FOR THE EXAMINATION OF THESE TWO PROPHECIES. -FUNDAMENTAL, DIVINELY INTERPRETED; PRACTICALLY IMPORTANT.-BABYLON THE GREAT REPRESENTS THE APOSTATE CHURCH OF ROME.

 

CHAPTER II.

THE MAN OF SIN, OR ANTICHRIST.

A GREAT FOURFOLD PROPHECY OF FUNDAMENTAL IMPORTANCE (DAN 7:7-27, REV 13:1-9, REV 17, 2THESS 2).- THE ROMAN POWER.-ITS LAST FORM AS PREDICTED HERE.— INDIVIDUAL AND DYNASTIC USE OF THE WORD "KING."- AN APOSTATE, BLASPHEMOUS, AND PERSECUTING POWER,- EXACTLY ANSWERING TO THE ONE HERE PREDICTED, HAS BEEN IN EXISTENCE FOR MORE THAN TWELVE CENTURIES, IN THE SUCCESSION OF THE POPES OF ROME-ORIGIN OF THIS POWER.-ITS MORAL CHARACTER.- ITS SELF-EXALTING UTTERANCES.-ITS SELF- EXALTING ACTS. -ITS SUBTLETIES; —-FALSE DOCTRINES, AND LYING WONDERS.-ITS IDOLATRIES. -ITS DOMINION.-ITS PERSECUTION OF THE SAINTS.-ITS DURATION.-ITS DOOM.

 

Part IV.

INQUIRY INTO THE DIVINE SYSTEM OF TIMES AND SEASONS NATURAL AND REVEALED.

SECTION I

. SOLAR AND LUNAR DOMINION CAUSAL AND CHRONOLOGICAL.

CHAPTER I.

CHRONOLOGY, BIBLICAL AND NATURAL. IS THERE HARMONY BETWEEN THE TWO? SOLAR AND LUNAR DOMINION IN THE INORGANIC WORLD. SOLI-LUNAR CONTROL OF TERRESTRIAL REVOLUTIONS. WINDS. RAINS, OCEAN CURRENTS. -TIDES, ELECTRIC AND MAGNETIC VARIATIONS.

 

CHAPTER II.

SOLI-LUNAR DOMINION IN THE ORGANIC WORLD. EFFECTS OF LIGHT AND HEAT ON THE DEVELOPMENT AND DISTRIBUTION OF PLANTS AND ANIMALS AND OF THE HUMAN RACE.-DIURNAL AND SEASONAL CHANGES IN RELATION TO HEALTH AND DISEASE.

 

SECTION II

THE LAW OF COMPLETION IN WEEKS.

CHAPTER I.

THE WEEK IN RELATION TO THE PERIODICITY OF VITAL PHENOMENA. PERIODICITY IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF INSECTS, FISHES, BIRDS AND MAMMALIA.-PERIODICITY IN THE GROWTH AND FUNCTIONAL ACTIVITY OF MANKIND IN HEALTH AND IN DISEASE.

 

CHAPTER II.

THE WEEK IN SCRIPTURE. THERE IS - A CHRONOLOGICAL SYSTEM IN SCRIPTURE.-IT IS A SYSTEM OF WEEKS.- THIS SYSTEM IS TRACEABLE THROUGHOUT THE LAW, THE PROPHETS, AND THE GOSPEL.-THE WEEK IN THE MOSAIC RITUAL.-THE WEEK IN. JEWISH HISTORY.-THE WEEK IN PROPHECY.-THE WEEK OF DAYS -OF WEEKS-OF MONTHS-OF YEARS-OF WEEKS OF YEARS-OF YEARS OF YEARS-OF MILLENARIES.

 

CHAPTER III.

THE WEEK IN HISTORY.

SCRIPTURE THE CHART OF HISTORY.-PRELIMINARY QUESTIONS AS TO HISTORIC AND PROPHETIC CHRONOLOGY.- THE AGE OF THE HUMAN RACE. -OLD TESTAMENT CHRONOLOGY.-THE HEBREW AND THE SEPTUAGINT CHRONOLOGY COMPARED.- HOW ARE WE TO INTERPRET THE SYMBOLIC PERIODS OF PROPHETIC CHRONOLOGY?-EXPOSITION AND DEFENCE OF THE YEAR-DATE SYSTEM.-MORAL FEATURES DISTINGUISHING THE THREE GREAT DISPENSATIONS-THE PATRIARCHAL-THE JEWISH-THE CHRISTIAN.-CHRONOLOGICAL MEASURES OF THESE DISPENSATIONS.-THE PERIOD OF "SEVEN TIMES"SHOWN TO BE THE DURATION OF THE LAST OR GENTILE DISPENSATION, AND ALSO OF THE TWO EARLIER.

 

SECTION III

SOLI-LUNAR CYCLES, AND THEIR RELATION TO THE CHRONOLOGY OF HISTORY.

CHAPTER I.

SOLAR AND LUNAR SUPREMACY IN THE ORDERING OF TERRESTRIAL TIME.

 

CHAPTER II.

DIFFICULTY OF HARMONIZING SOLAR AND LUNAR MEASURES.

 

CHAPTER III.

CYCLICAL CHARACTER OF THE PROPHETIC PERIODS OF DANIEL AND THE APOCALYPSE. DISCOVERIES OF M.. DE CHESEAUX.

 

CHAPTER IV.

THE PROPHETIC TIMES AND THEIR EPACTS.

 

CHAPTER V.

SOLI-LUNAR MEASURES OF OUR LORD’S EARTHLY LIFETIME, AND OF HUMAN HISTORY AS A WHOLE.

 

CHAPTER VI.

CONCLUDING REMARKS.


NOTE: This edition does not include several chapters which appeared in the 1878 edition. These chapters originally appeared between the above Chapters V and VI. The original chapters were as follows:

Chapter V.

The Abrahamic Week in History.

Soli-lunar Measures of the Abrahamic Week, and of the great Dispensational Week with which it corresponds.

Chapter VI.

Soli-lunar measures of human history as a whole, or the Immanuel year.

Chapter VII.

The cycle of the precession of the equinoxes.

Chapter VIII.

Cycle of the solar perigree.

Chapter IX.

Cycle of the variation in the length of the seasons.

Chapter X.

Cycle of the variation of the Excentricity of the earth's orbit.

Chapter XI.

Cycle of the lunar perigree.

Chapter XII.

The Eclipse Cycle.

Chapter XIII.

Planetary periods.

Chapter XIV.

Summary of facts.

Chapter XV.

Concluding remarks.

The bearing of the Divine system of times and seasons here investigated on the question of the premillennial advent, the futurist controversy, the inspiration of scripture, and the nearness of the End of the Age.

 

We hope to be able to publish the missing chapters to this location in the near future if the Lord wills. --Historicism.com


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