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by Bernard R. DeRemer

In The Coming Prince Sir Robert Anderson (1841-1918) has given us "the standard work on the marvelous prophecy of Daniel about the Antichrist and the 70 weeks. [It] deals fully with thechronology and with the vexing questions of the last of the 70 weeks."

Yet Anderson was not in professional Christian ministry. He was a barrister whose extraordinary life included serving as chief of criminal investigation for famed Scotland Yard. He was also a distinguished lay preacher, a serious Bible student, and author of numerous classic works.

Born in Dublin, Ireland, he received a B.A. from Trinity College. He was admitted to the bar and married Lady Agnes Moore.

His special knowledge of the ways of conspirators led to his appointment as Irish agent of the Home Office. Then when a section of London was terrorized by the brief, murderous rampage of "Jack the Ripper," he moved into Scotland Yard as assistant commissioner of Metropolitan Police and chief of the Criminal Investigation Department.

In this era the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famed fictional sleuth, entertained a multitude of avid readers. But it was Anderson and his staff "who were ridding the city of crime and criminals. The records show that crime decreased in London during that period."

Anderson directed the work until 1901, when he retired and was knighted for his great achievements. One tribute said that Sir Robert "had discharged his duties with great ability and perfect faithfulness to the public." Another wrote that he is "one of the men to whom the countryowes a great debt."

Anderson "wrote and preached with conviction and authority on theological subjects." He was a frequent speaker at Mildmay conferences and was associated with the Evangelical Alliance, Prophecy Investigations Society, Bible League, and other groups.

Anderson was closely associated with the Plymouth Brethren but still maintained his affiliation with the Presbyterian Church. He was especially close to some of the greatest teachers of the day, including James M. Gray, C.I. Scofield, A.C. Dixon, and others.

He wrote 31 books, including a few secular titles about his legal and law enforcement career. Here are some of the most significant volumes:

Daniel in the Critics Den. This classic responded to attacks upon the authenticity and dating of the important Old Testament prophetic book. Because of his legal experience, he was "able to argue evidence with the best of the critics."

The Gospel and Its Ministry. Basic Bible doctrines pertaining to the gospel are carefully discussed including grace, reconciliation, justification, and sanctification.

Types in Hebrews. An enlightening examination of the Old Testament types found in Hebrews and their practical relevance today.

Forgotten Truths. Thought-provoking studies on various topics.

Redemption Truths. (including a biographical sketch by Warren Wiersbe). A concise and classic study of the doctrine of salvation.

At Anderson's homegoing, J. Stuart Holden, of St. Paul's, Portman Square, paid eloquent tribute to the one whose friendship had so enriched his life and ministry.

"There is no man whose obedience I would more earnestly endeavor to emulate in its purity and constancy. From his writings I came to know something of the unfathomable content of the gospel. From his life I came to know far more concerning the possibility and glory of its ministry. I shall [always] be grateful to him [who] was an example of the believers in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.'"

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