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Dispensationalism Eschatalogy (Endtimes) Rapture Revelation Preterism Baptist
Larkin, Clarence

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Updated 5-16-2012.  Added graphics and reformatted original also tool tipped existing scripture references.

This is the Rev. Clarence Larkin's guide to the Book of Revelation. Larkin, who published several books about biblical studies in the 1910s and 20s, was a 'Dispensationalist,' one of the threads of modern Evangelical Christianity. The predecessor of Larkin is J.N. Darby, the founder of Dispensationalism, and among his many successors are Hal Lindsay, and the Left Behind books. Unlike more recent authors, however, Larkin does not make any claims to know when or exactly how the prophecies will unfold. Rather he takes us on a grand tour of the Apocalypse of St. John, and guides us through its images, symbols and poetry. Larkin sorts out what could be a reference to an actual event or person, (without attempting any particular association) and what is pure symbolism. Larkin uses bold type extensively for emphasis, as well as some superb 'visual aids' in the form of intricate charts and maps. Contrasted with other prophetic books such as Nostradamus and the Sibylline Oracles, Revelation has a consistent narrative with a beginning, middle and end. It is also one of the essential sacred texts and required reading for anyone interested in religion. This book will be a welcome reference for anyone studying or trying to explain Revelation, whether or not they are Dispensationalists.

About the Author:
American Baptist pastor, Bible teacher, and writer, Clarence Larkin was born October 28, 1850, in Chester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. He was converted to Christ at the age of 19 and then felt called to the Gospel ministry, but the doors of opportunity for study and ministry did not open immediately. He then got a job in a bank. When he was 21 years old, he left the bank and went to college, graduating as a mechanical engineer. He continued as a professional draftsman for a while, then he became a teacher of the blind. Later, failing health compelled him to give up his teaching career. After a prolonged rest, he became a manufacturer. When he was converted he had become a member of the Episcopal Church, but in 1882,he became a Baptist and was ordained as a Baptist minister two years later. He went directly from business into the ministry. His first charge was at Kennett Square, Pennsylvania; his second pastorate was at Fox Chase, Pennsylvania, where he remained for 20 years. He was not a premillennialist at the time of his ordination, but his study of the Scriptures, with the help of some books that fell into his hands, led him to adopt the premillennialist position. He began to make large wall charts, which he titled, ""Prophetic Truth,"" for use in the pulpit. These led to his being invited to teach, in connection with his pastoral work, in two Bible institutes. During this time he published a number of prophetical charts, which were widely circulated. When World War I broke out in 1914, he was called on for addresses on The War and Prophecy. Then God laid it on his heart to prepare a work on Dispensational Truth (or God's Plan and Purpose in the Ages), containing a number of charts with descriptive matter. He spent three years of his life designing and drawing the charts and preparing the text. The favorable reception it has had since it was first published in 1918 seems to indicate that the world was waiting for such a book. Because it had a large and wide circulation in this and other lands, the first edition was soon exhausted. It was followed by a second edition, and then, realizing that the book was of permanent value, Larkin revised it and expanded it, printing it in its present form. He went to be with the Lord on January 24, 1924."

This is a great update. The text, all by itself, merits this as a job "well done, faithful servant." But this update doesn't just fix the text; it adds all of those beautiful graphics.

Nicely done, friend!
Well thank you Dr. Dave. You have truely been a source of encouragement and blessing to me. God bless you and thank you for your kind words.
I have used this book for more than 35 years. Having it available in a Bible Thanks for your dedication!

but it makes you wonder, if Darby invented dispensionalism, then the original Apostles didnt knew about it, neither thaught it...

Darby didn't invent anything. If someone studied like an approved workman then they would have to come to certain questions about what they read and why there are differences.

I would ask why does Jesus say the following?

Luk 18:31  Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished.
Luk 18:32  For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on:
Luk 18:33  And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again.


Then I would have to ask why does the next verse say the following?


Luk 18:34  And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.



Which would lead me to the next question,

If they didn't understand the death, burial and resurrection (which Paul says plainly is the gospel by which we are saved  1 Cor, 15:1-4)

If they didn't understand it, what is it that they preached??


I never needed Darby to lead me to rightly divide the word of truth.

They preached repentance just as John the baptist had. For thousands of years God has been saving those who repent of their sins without having ever heard of Jesus, but only because God the Son died and was raised again.

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