A verse-by-verse commentary on the two most important prophetic books of the Bible. The most important, because of the amazing, exact fulfillment of their prophecies to this date. God's ability to predict the future in advance confirms His existence and lends certainty to the fulfillment of His predictions for modern mans' immediate and near future. Readers will be inspired, enlightened, and forewarned.
Uriah Smith draws his conclusions regarding these important prophecies of the end-time by allowing the Bible to explain itself. Written over one hundred years ago, this volume still speaks with convincing clarity regarding such subjects as the antichrist, the mark of the beast, Armageddon, the United States in prophecy, Mystery Babylon the Great, 666, etc.
A well-known Bible scholar says this regarding the importance of understanding the messages of these two books:
"When the books of Daniel and Revelation are better understood, believers will have an entirely different religious experience. They will be given such glimpses of the open gates of heaven that heart and mind will be impressed with the character that all must develop in order to realize the blessedness which is to be the reward of the pure in heart. The Lord will bless all who will seek humbly and meekly to understand that which is revealed in the Revelation. This book contains so much that is large with immortality and full of glory that all who read and search it earnestly receive the blessing to those "that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein." One thing will certainly be understood from the study of Revelation-that the connection between God and His people is close and decided. . . .
"Ministers and people declared that the prophecies of Daniel and the Revelation were incomprehensible mysteries. But Christ directed His disciples to the words of the prophet Daniel concerning events to take place in their time, and said: 'Whoso readeth, let him understand.' Matthew 24:15. And the assertion that the Revelation is a mystery, not to be understood, is contradicted by the very title of the book: 'The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him, to show unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass. . . . Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.' Revelation 1:1-3.
"Says the prophet: 'Blessed is he that readeth'-there are those who will not read; the blessing is not for them. 'And they that hear'-there are some, also, who refuse to hear anything concerning the prophecies; the blessing is not for this class. 'And keep those things which are written therein'-many refuse to heed the warnings and instructions contained in the Revelation; none of these can claim the blessing promised. All who ridicule the subjects of the prophecy and mock at the symbols here solemnly given, all who refuse to reform their lives and to prepare for the coming of the Son of man, will be unblessed." Ellen G. White
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About the Author
He became one of Adventist's most prolific writers, with many articles, poems, and several books to his credit. His best known and most widely distributed work is Daniel and the Revelation. This first started out as two separate volumes, but in 1881 or 1882, at the request of George King, a pioneer Adventist colporteur, they were combined into one volume and became the first Adventist doctrinal volume sold to the general public. Over the years, it has been revised several times, but it has remained the classic Seventh-day Adventist text on end-time events.
Uriah was quite inventive. At the age of thirteen his left leg had been amputated above the knee due to infection. In 1863 he received a patent for fully flexible knee and ankle joints for leg prostheses. In 1874 he patented a school desk with an improved folding seat. This provided him $3,000 which enabled him to build a new home.
Uriah Smith died in 1903 in Battle Creek, Michigan , at the age of 70 years, from a stroke suffered while on his way to the Review and Herald office where he was still part of the editorial staff.