Renowned Resource on the 70 Weeks in Daniel
Biblical prophecy has been one of the most difficult areas of theology for Christians to grasp over the years. One of the most famous prophecies in Scripture is the 70 weeks in Daniel. Many different interpretations of this section of Scripture have been suggested throughout history from various theological viewpoints. However, one of the most renowned historical works on this section is from Sir Robert Anderson, titled The Coming Prince. And we are excited to offer this resource on BLB.
In the original 1885 preface to the work, Anderson states, “It seems to be an axiom with many commentators that the prophetic Scriptures never mean precisely what they say; and the same license which is deemed legitimate in interpreting Scripture is used also when the facts of history are adduced as the fulfillment of it.”
Anderson makes clear his stance that biblical prophecies are often far more literal than many Christians give them credit for. This view sets Anderson apart from his contemporaries, allowing him to pen a unique volume, where he focuses on the life and time of Daniel before zeroing in on the end of chapter 9.
To start reading this resource, visit Sir Robert Anderson’s author page on BLB. If you are interested in other resources on the 70-week prophecy, go to Daniel 9:24-27 and look under the Commentaries section.
About Sir Robert Anderson (1841-1918)
Born in 1841 in Dublin, Ireland, Sir Robert Anderson was a lay theologian, barrister, writer, and Bible teacher. Anderson wrote the hymn “Safe in Jehovah’s Keeping” (music by Daniel Towner). He was converted at age 19 through the preaching of John Hall at his own church in Dublin. In 1868, he became an advisor on the Irish affairs committee to the home office in matters related to political crime. He served as the Chief of the Criminal Investigation Department at Scotland Yard from 1888-1901. At his retirement, he was knighted by Queen Victoria. And, in 1901, King Edward VII made him Knight Commander.
He was, perhaps, the best-known Presbyterian layman evangelist of his time, as well as a dispensational Bible teacher. He was especially versed in apologetics and prophecy. Throughout his time in ministry, he gained a profound knowledge of the Bible, preach at various conferences, and write seventeen books. These range from The Gospel and Its Ministry (1876) to Misunderstood Texts of the New Testament (1916).
The Coming Prince, written before Israel became a nation again, methodically lays out the prophecies leading to the End Times. This is a classic study of the prophet Daniel and the prophecies given to him. Quoting the author, “(prophecies) abound in promises which God designed to feed his people’s faith and fire their zeal, and cherish them.” Again, “the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets (Amos 3:7).”