The Coming Prince

The Coming Prince[PDF / Epub] ★ The Coming Prince By Robert Anderson – One of the most exhaustive works ever written on Daniel's Seventieth Week and the coming Antichrist featuring a complete chronology One of the most exhaustive works ever written on Daniel's Seventieth Week and the coming Antichrist featuring a complete chronology. Written before Israel became a nation again this book methodically lays out the prophecies leading to the End Times The author Sir Robert Anderson is fascinating as well an investigator with Scotland Yard in the 1870s and an intelligence officer he wrote several books of doctrine Excellent work In his book Daniel in the Critics’ Den Sir Robert Anderson provided a basic interpretation of that prophecy of the seventy weeks to rebut the arguments of a critic denying its Messianic nature The Coming Prince is a detailed exposition of his thesis in an effort to defend the authority of the scriptures by vindicating the accuracy of a controversial prophecy As a believer in the inspiration and authority of the scriptures I admire his goals in expounding on the prophecy of the seventy weeks That said I also recognize that different Christians who believe in the inerrancy of the scriptures also disagree on the meaning of this prophecy with how they interpret the book of Revelation tending to be a deciding factor I am most of the way through a study of Daniel to be followed up with the Thessalonian letters and Revelation One of my objectives of this extended study is to settle on an overall interpretive framework after carefully considering the different extant frameworks such as premillennialism postmillennialism amillennialism and preterist Since I yet have a long way to go in this effort I will not critiue the framework chosen by Mr Anderson but will comment on various details of his interpretationMr Anderson holds that the seven weeks and sixty two weeks extend from the issuing of an edict to rebuild Jerusalem to the cutting off of the Messiah specifically the crucifixion of Jesus Regarding the edict to rebuild Jerusalem there are several candidate dates• The decree of Cyrus allowing the Jews to return to Israel and rebuild the temple 538 BC• Artaxerxes’ commission to Ezra 458 BC• The permission granted to Nehemiah to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem 445 BCMr Anderson considers 445 BC to be the correct starting point for the seventy weeks He holds what is known as a chronological view specifically that the seventy weeks seventy sevens in the Hebrew consists of 490 years What sets him apart is his assumption that the years have a length of 360 days based on twelve thirty day months per year consistent with the forty two months of Rev 135 and the 1260 days of Rev 126 which is also paralleled in Rev 112 3 One commentator I have been reading suggests that he was the first to propose the 360 day year This combination of the 445 BC starting date and the 360 day year makes sense as this is the only way to fit 483 years between any of the possible starting points and a reasonable date for the crucifixionIn support of his rejection of the decree of Cyrus as a starting point seventy weeks he proposes two different seventy year periods as prophesied by Jeremiah Jer 2511; 2910• Seventy years of serving the king of Babylon with that clock starting in 605 BC corresponding with the third year of Jehoiakim• Seventy years of desolation of Jerusalem with that clock starting with the city’s destruction by Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BCHe bases the seventy years of servitude on Jeremiah’s wording and the seventy years of desolation on Dan 92 in an effort to provide a theological explanation for the delays in fulfilling Cyrus’ decree to rebuild the temple as well as to argue that Cyrus’ decree is not a valid starting point I find his argument to be faulty because Jeremiah prophesied seventy years of serving the king of Babylon coupled with the desolation of the land Jer 258 11 and ties the end of the seventy years with a return to Israel which was accomplished as a result of Cyrus’ decree in 538 BC That said the failure of this argument does not detract from his other reasoning for his chosen starting pointMr Anderson likewise identifies several 490 year cycles within Israelite history in support of his contention that the 490 years represent actual chronological time• From the entrance into Canaan 1586 5 BC to the establishment of the kingdom under Saul 1096 BC• From the establishment of the kingdom 1096 BC to the servitude to Babylon 606 BCPerhaps the 1096 BC date was considered valid in his day but based on the conventional date for Solomon’s accession to the throne 970 BC and forty year reigns for both David and Saul the establishment of the kingdom would have taken place in 1050 BC Further a few years ago when I was studying Exodus I looked at available information on Egyptian dynasties to better understand its timing Based on the statement in 1 Kings 61 that the exodus occurred 480 years prior to the fourth year of Solomon I concluded that the exodus would have taken place around 1446 BC during the eighteenth dynasty Interestingly enough this date for the exodus would have placed Moses’ birth in the reign of Ahmose who drove the Semitic Hyksos out of Egypt and slaughtered their remnants at Sharuhen in southern Canaan Given at least a century of Hyksos dominance in lower Egypt and northern upper Egypt it would not be a stretch for the Theban Ahmose to sharply oppress Semitic populations such as the children of Israel and attempt to reduce their numbers by mandatory infanticide While this is not necessarily definitive I find that this undercuts Mr Anderson’s arguments regarding these two 490 year periods of time That said I think this only shows his capacity for overstating his case for a chronological view It doesn’t undermine his argument for 490 chronological yearsMr Anderson proposes two princes the Messiah cut off at the end of the sixty two weeks and a second prince who makes a treaty for the final week and who violates it in the middle by suppressing the Jewish religion Because this didn’t happen within seven years of the crucifixion he proposes a gap between the end of the 69th week and the 70th week with the 70th week set in the future as the tribulation period of Revelation Others hold that it is the Messiah who makes the treaty and ends sacrifice in the middle of the week by virtue of his crucifixion and fulfillment of the law basing their argument on the Hebrew wording of the prophecy While I know some Hebrew I don’t believe I know enough to be dangerous at this point and plan to hold off on an assessment of these two positions until I am better able to check the assertion for myself Unlike many other premillennialists he posits that the beasts of Daniel 7 represent nations of the tribulation period This contrasts with a commonly held view that the beasts parallel the different parts of the stature of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream in Daniel 2 I find this speculation intriguing but unconvincing The parallelism view is based in part on the statue showing the dignity of a government as it appears to man and the beasts showing the often law of the jungle nature of government as it would appear to the God who delegated authority to human government for the sake of maintaining law and order and defending the weak from the strong I find this argument convincingThere is much to Mr Anderson’s book than is discussed in this review Mr Anderson was an investigator for Scotland Yard not a theologian and I appreciate his view that scholars function as witnesses providing testimony for us to evaluate just as jurors do in court I consider his book as the testimony of an expert witness What is my verdict The jury is still out A classic study of the prophet Daniel and the prophecies given to him An essential read for any serious Bible student Prophecies abound in promises which God designed to feed his people's faith and fire their zeal and a special blessing rests on those who read and hear and cherish them A uote from the book that sums up the purpose and blessings of knowing God's perfectly laid out plans from the beginning For the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets Amos 37 So far an intense study of the book of Daniel and the coming of the anti christ The study is done very thoroughly by the ex head of the British Scotland Yard This is a very helpful exposition of a challenging portion of scripture Probably the best treatment of the book of Daniel ever A foundation for so much later study I am so thankful I learned of this book's existence Truly a worthwhile read It was recommended to me during a sermon preached by John Barnett After doing some research on Anderson himself I just knew that I had to pursue any works the man wroteHe was a brilliant investigator for Scotland Yard knighted by the Crown and a devout theologian and lay preacher Some of what I learned indicated he was one of the investigators during the Jack the Ripper cases but other facts I learned indicate he was just a contemporary and worked there during those times Still very interesting Even his death was notable as he like so many died in the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918 Truly interesting manBut about the book Anderson has done us all a true service as he unpacks the book of Daniel especially in terms of what is called the 70 weeks of Daniel Students of the Bible have been mining the meaning of this subject and it has been a very controversial topic What I appreciated about Anderson was his absolute devotion to the truth of the Bible without being dogmatic about any future events His premise is that you look at what has been fulfilled to guide you to know that what has yet to be fulfilled will be I'm probably not giving the best explanation but his commitment to literal fulfillment of the prophecies given show how much he honors the written word of God What stood out to me was his belief in the Scriptures about the Jewish people and how Daniel's prophecy related to them Anderson died 30 years before Israel became a nation again but even when Israel had no homeland no status or recognition he was claiming that the truth of these Biblical passages reuired for the belief that the Jews would one day return to the land of their fathers We know that happened in 1948 It helped me than I can say as I continued reading these pagesAnd of course I would be giving you a disservice if I failed to mention how he walks through his explanation of the entire Old Testament and the Jewish calendar to show the culmination of weeks 1 through 69 of these weeks resulting in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and the argument for the suspension of the 70th week until a time in the futureThis is also a book where the footnotes might be just as interesting as the main body of the book's text He is so thorough in his trains of thoughtDo yourself a favor and read this book Even if you do not agree with his conclusions he will give you a better understanding of those who hold to literal interpretation to the prophecies of Scripture I have read The Coming Prince than five times over since about 1975I have researched Sir Robert Anderson as well as the critics of this Christian classic originally published in 1894 In fact I have spent over four decades doing research Modern scholars have many assumptions that are proven faulty by statements recorded in the Mishnah oral tradition of the Pharisees with those Mishnah statements validated by the exact science of astronomy Moreover I have discovered that Babylonian cuneiform texts the Elephantine papyri the Cairo Sandstone Stele and eyewitness accounts from ancient history validate Sir Robert Anderson to be correct Recent discoveries now validate that the use of the 360 days per year biblical constant used by Sir Robert Anderson gives repeatability and always results in a precise period of 14000 days that begins with Moses and ends in the 21st century This repeatability occurs than one time Sir Robert Anderson is the first to validate this biblical constant Pastor Charlie Garrett discovered that the use of the 360 day constant also unveils a precise period of 14000 days at the time of Moses and Joshua I would recommend a book that validates Sir Robert Anderson and goes well beyond the position and viewpoint of Sir Robert Anderson in the Title Eternal Life Why you should expect to live forever For certain these books go together like clay pressed into a mold I bought this book as Chuck Missler recommended it in his writings on the Rapture and the book of Revelation However sadly for me I could not get on with the old fashion writing I love Charles Dickins and other classics so I don't really understand why I found it so hard going I only read the first chapter with difficulty Other people may not have the same experience and no doubt the information is good Very good read Lots of information about the book of Daniel Surprising how this man from the late 19th century had the insight to write these things nearly 100 years before the rest of Christianity caught up