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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, 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. In the midst of all his many duties, he managed to gain a profound knowledge of the Bible, preach in various conferences, and write seventeen books. These range from The Gospel and Its Ministry (1876) to Misunderstood Texts of the New Testament (1916). He had two articles in R. A. Torrey's The Fundamentals (1910-1915).

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)."

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