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    Before you begin your study, be sure you are in fellowship with God and filled with the Holy Spirit by naming your sins privately to God the Father.
“If we confess our [known] sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our [known] sins and to cleanse us from all [unknown, or forgotten sins] unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
You will then be in fellowship with God, filled with the Holy Spirit, and ready to learn Bible Doctrine from the Word of God.
“God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in [the filling of the] spirit and [biblical] truth.” (John 4:24)
    Comprehension of the Word of God is a gift that can only be appropriated by grace orientation to the teaching ministry of God the Holy Spirit.
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, . . . He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things” (Matthew 18:3)
For the Word [of God] is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart [inner core], that you may do it.Deuteronomy 30:14

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The Angelic Conflict rages around us. This is not a world war. This is a war beyond the world—an invisible warfare between the forces of Satan and the forces of God. Ultimately God will win.

Long before the advent of human history, Satan arrogantly rebelled against his Creator. He wanted to make himself “like the Most High” and recruited one-third of the angels to follow him. God justly condemned Satan and his fallen angels to spend eternity in the lake of fire. Satan appealed the sentence, claiming unfairness—questioning how a loving God could cast His creatures into hell. Planet Earth is now the battleground where Satan seeks to outmaneuver God, prove the judgment unfair, and foil the execution of his sentence. Satan will not suffer defeat without an intense struggle.

God created man to resolve this angelic conflict. Human volition is the focal point of the firestorm. Will man choose God’s grace plan of salvation or follow the arrogant system of Satan? Through the freewill decisions of mankind, God proves to Satan His perfect justice and love again and again.

As believers, it is imperative we understand this spiritual warfare that surrounds us. Satan uses every ruse at his command to derail and discredit those who are in Christ. For our defense, God has provided an overwhelming advantage in a powerful suit of spiritual armor. With it we can withstand the “flaming missiles of the evil one” and become heroes in the invisible war. God is glorified as we lock shields and stand firm on His power and Word.

The Angelic Conflict
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Why? Why create Man? What is our purpose? Why are we here? Why am I here?

We can answer all of these questions, but why not shoot for more. In the larger panoply of God’s creation, Man is only one piece of the greater puzzle. We are only one milestone in the overall eternal super objective of God.

Why Man? Why the angels? Why Christ (In His humanity?) Why Satan? Why death? Why sin? Why free will? Why suffering? Why Jews? Why gentiles? Why the cross?

To attempt to answer these questions in the most efficient timeframe, one needs only to look to the Bible and the unfolding story within. Provided a basic framework of the plan of God, from eternity past to eternity future, we can know where we are, who we are, what our purpose is, and more importantly:

How do created beings on the earth, below the earth, and in the heavens, how do we fit into God’s overall plan?

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The Divine Outline of History is etched in time and explained in the Word of God.

God unfolds His plan for mankind as a sequence of historical epochs. Unique characteristics identify each period as a distinct administration or “dispensation” of divine grace. God Himself never changes. His successive dispensations achieve His unchanging purpose, revealing Himself and His perfect glory in every human situation.

This book casts a dramatic light on Jesus Christ, the focal point of human history. Biblical mandates for the current epoch, the Age of the Church, clarify the Christian’s role in history and his unique opportunity for glorifying Christ.

The Divine Outline of History - Dispensations and the Church
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Who has not gazed at the stars on a clear night and wondered at the origin of the universe? Who has not marveled at the order and precise workings of our own planet and pondered its cause? Finally, the most profound mystery of all: How did life begin? Did our complex, orderly universe simply explode into existence by chance alone? Did lifeless matter accidentally spawn living organisms over millions of years, or was everything created instantly by an omnipotent designer?

Only the infallible Word of God accurately answers these questions. God instantly created the heavens and the earth. This pristine earth, originally occupied by the angels, became a chaotic ruin following Satan’s revolt against God. In grace God restored the planet in six days for human habitation. Man would resolve the prehistoric angelic conflict through volition. Learn the divine account of the origin of the universe and the human race in Creation, Chaos, and Restoration.

Creation, Chaos, & Restoration
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In any understanding of God’s revelation, we are dependent upon words, upon the words in the original language—and in their most literal sense. This is particularly true of any account of Creation.

Should Genesis 1:2 be rendered (as in the King James Version) “And the earth was without form and void” OR “But the earth had become without form and void”? The question is whether to translate the Hebrew conjunction waw as ‘and’ or ‘but’ and whether to translate the verb hayah simply as ‘was’ or by the pluperfect ‘had become’.

If the translation of ‘and’ and ‘was’ is correct, then verse 2 appears to be merely a continuation of verse 1, signifying that its formless condition was proper to the initial stages of God's creative activity. In this translation we must either take ‘days’ to mean not literal days but geological ages, or treat the whole chapter as poetry or allegory. These ‘solutions’ are not supported by the rules of linguistics.

If the translation of ‘but’ and ‘had become’ is correct, the implication is far different. For then verse 2 is a picture of the earth, not as it came from the hand of God in creation, but after some intervening event had reduced it to a state of ruin. This alternative translation allows between verse 1 and 2 a hiatus of unknown duration (a view held in earliest times) which can accommodate geological ages. Opponents object to this ‘Gap Theory’ as simply an attempt to ‘rescue’ modern Geology.

So what does the original Hebrew really say? This book is an examination of the Hebrew words in this second verse of Genesis, observing the rules of linguistics, of grammar and syntax, and the context in an attempt to establish the meaning of the words as found here.



The Origin of Human Life has kindled intense debate for centuries. How did the human race originate? Did God provide the initial spark of life to Adam, then entrust the continuation of that life to mankind? Or does God still breathe the “breath of life” into every human being? If so, when? At conception, during pregnancy, or at physical birth?

The Origin of Human Life addresses these complex questions and pertinent biblical verses. Some passages appear to be contradictory only because they are misunderstood. Only the Scriptures can resolve the mystery of when human life begins.

The Origin of Human Life


Canonicity vividly describes the divine inspiration that produced the Bible. As the revelation of God the Bible is the most widely read, the most influential, and the most enduring book ever published. Canonicity answers many perplexing questions: How was the Bible preserved through the centuries? Is the Apocrypha actually a part of the Word? What about the Dead Sea Scrolls? For the student of Bible doctrine, a knowledge of the historical formation of the Word of God is a source of strength to defend against the numerous attacks upon the authenticity and authority of the Bible.



Our Lord’s solemn words, “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish,” are as important today as when first uttered. No dispensational distinctions, important as these are in understanding and interpreting God’s ways with man, can alter this truth.

No one was ever saved in any dispensation excepting by grace. Grace is God’s unmerited favor to those who have merited the very opposite. Neither sacrificial observances, nor ritual service, nor works of law ever had any part in justifying the ungodly. Nor were any sinners ever saved by grace until they repented. Repentance is the sinner’s recognition of and acknowledgment of his lost estate and, thus, of his need of grace. No man can truly believe in Christ, who does not first repent. Repentance is not opposed to grace; it is the recognition of the need of grace. “They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.” “I came not,” said our blessed Lord, “to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”

What is repentance? The Greek word metanoia, which is translated “repentance” in our English Bibles, literally means a “change of mind.” This is not simply the acceptance of new ideas in place of old notions. But it actually implies a complete reversal of one’s inward attitude. To repent is to change one’s attitude toward self, toward sin, toward God, toward Christ.



When we speak of the eternal security of the believer, what do we mean? We mean that once a poor sinner has been regenerated by the Word and the Spirit of God, once he has received a new life and a new nature and has been made partaker of the divine nature, once he has been justified from every charge before the throne of God, it is absolutely impossible that that man should ever again be a lost soul.

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor power, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

—Romans 8:38-39



The Apostle Paul, above all men, completely understood the importance of rebound, naming his sins privately to God the Father. Yet at one point, even Paul allowed his feelings to supersede his knowledge of God’s wonderful plan of recovery. He was mired in human viewpoint and human solutions until he finally set aside his emotion, utilized the rebound technique, and resumed his advance in the spiritual life.

Rebound is the divine solution for recovering fellowship with God. When rebound is neglected carnality is perpetuated and the spiritual life self-destructs. Without rebound, the Holy Spirit is grieved and quenched; the Christian way of life disintegrates.

Rebound reveals the majestic grace of God. Rebound is never a work on the part of the believer. God does all the work. God requires no emotional purging, agonizing, godly sorrow, penance, or faith. Recovery from sin and regaining fellowship with God result only when the believer follows the gracious mandate of 1 John 1:9.

Rebound Revisited explores the divine directive for dealing with personal sin after salvation and regaining momentum in the spiritual life. No more important study for the Christian life can be found.

Rebound Revisited


The baptism of the Holy Spirit is one of the most vital and important scriptural doctrines. The baptism is that divine operation of the Holy Spirit performed on the believer at the moment of his salvation which places him in Christ, in Christ’s mystical body—the Church, and which makes him one with all other believers in Christ. The baptism makes all believers one in his common salvation, hope, and destiny. This major Bible theme concerns intimately and vitally the believer’s position and experience, his standing and state.

In this comprehensive study, two closely related subjects are examined in the light of God’s Word: the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

The Baptism and Gifts of the Holy Spirit


The Word of God attests the reality of evil supernaturalism through the career of both Satan and his myriads of helpers called demons or evil spirits. Demons are powerful beings operating in the spiritual sphere all around us, waiting for unwary human beings to seek supernatural aid that is beyond or opposed to the loving plan of God. Their leader, Satan, reigns over a kingdom of darkness organized in opposition to God. Scripture not only presents a full-orbed picture of Satan’s past, present, and future, it reveals the role of demons as Satan’s powerful helpers in his opposition to God and man.

In this comprehensive study, demons and occultism are thoroughly examined in the light of God’s Word.

Demons in the World Today


Biblical Demonology explores the scriptural teaching on satanic forces in a systematic fashion, setting forth the testimony of God’s Word concerning the invisible spiritual forces behind the scenes of contemporary history.

The supreme merit of Biblical Demonology is that it holds closely to the Word of God, discussing exhaustively and reverently the many passages which are interspersed in the divine records of both Old and New Testaments.

Biblical Demonology


The Bible may be roughly divided into three sections: first, History; second, Prophecy which has become History; and third, Prophecy which has not yet become History.

The Bible is a record of creation; of the way creation was marred by sin; of the Divine provision for dealing legally and righteously with the difficulties of sin by the Son of God; and of the results of that work of redemption both in time and eternity.

The Bible contains the programme of the world’s history in relation to God as Creator or Redeemer. . . . There is a fixed plan along which He works.

Past Present Future or Scripture Fulfilled, Fulfilling, Unfulfilled is a series of lectures on "The Plan of the Ages."

Past Present Future


A discussion of how the various doctrines in the church’s theology have developed. A study of the development of doctrine in the unfolding history of the Christian church. The author describes the relationship between the development of doctrinal ideas and the spread of Christianity, showing how doctrine is, in fact, a reaction to the particular disputes of each era.

The Progress of Dogma contains 10 lectures originally delivered in 1897 at Western Theological Seminary. Covering the history of dogma, the first six lectures deal with the early period of development, the seventh with the Middle Ages, the eighth with the Reformation, and the last two lectures with modern developments.

The Progress of Dogma


In Matthew chapter 13 we have a setting forth of truth by means of parables concerning the establishment and progress of the Kingdom of Heaven in the absence of the King in the period between Jesus’ first and second advent, a period starting from the time of Jesus’ preaching of those parables in Matthew 13 to His second advent at the close of the Tribulation, a period that includes the present Dispensation of the Church. In this series of parables, Jesus gives His disciples a foreview of the history of Christendom up to His return, during which period the King, although nominally acknowledged, would be practically ignored, save by a few.

The Parables of the Kingdom is a detailed exposition of the eight parables that Jesus delivered in Matthew chapter 13 and their meaning in our lives today in this present Dispensation of the Church.

The Parables of the Kingdom


In Dispensationalism, Charles C. Ryrie addresses the crucial issue of dispensationalism from the perspective of classic dispensationalism. He confronts the views of covenant theology, historical premillennialism, ultradispensationalism, and, in this revised edition, the increasingly popular progressive dispensationalism.

The basic distinctions of classic, or normative, dispensationalism as explained in this book, though sometimes challenged or changed, remain the bedrock teaching of the dispensational approach to understanding the Bible. The author believes the use of normative dispensational principles to be the best help one can use to interpret the Bible correctly and consistently.

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The Coming Prince is an exhaustive work on Daniel’s Seventieth Week and the coming Antichrist, featuring a complete chronology.

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Jesus Christ entered into the history of our world. Christianity, therefore, has historical basis. The backbone of history is chronology. Whereas history is a systematic account of events in relation to a nation, institution, science, or art; chronology is a science of time. It seeks to establish and arrange the dates of past events in their proper sequence. Thus chronology serves as a necessary framework upon which the events of history must be fitted. In this book, the author attempts to establish certain fixed dates in our Lord’s life, including: the date of Christ’s birth, the commencement of Christ’s ministry, the duration of Christ’s ministry, the year of Christ’s crucifixion.

The author has gathered a vast amount of data, both from Scripture and extrabiblical sources, to support his conclusions concerning key dates in the life of our Lord. He carefully documents his position and compares the date available, including a study of Greek words, Roman law, and Jewish customs and prophecy.



One of the most important prophecy passages in the whole Bible is that of God’s prophecy given to Daniel in Daniel 9:24-27. This passage constitutes one of the most amazing prophecies in all the Bible. If worked out logically, this text is both seminal and determinative in the outworking of one’s understanding of Bible prophecy. Especially for those of us who believe that prophecy should be understood literally, it is essential that a right understanding of this central text be developed and cultivated.



In The Spirit World, Larkin describes to us the world of “Spirits,” good and bad, and their relation to this world, and answers such questions as “Soul Sleep,” “Recognition of Friends in Heaven,” the “Resurrection of the Dead,” the “Judgments,” etc.

Through the Holy Scriptures Larkin gives the teaching as to the “Power of Good and Evil,” of the “Underworld,” of “Satan,” of the “Fallen Angels,” of “Demonism,” and of “Heaven” and “Hell.”

The Spirit World


The Second Coming of Christ is a small comprehensive booklet on the Second Coming of Christ illustrated with some of Larkin’s famous charts. Topics include: the Transformation, Spirit World, Resurrections, Imminency of the Second Coming, Church Versus the Kingdom, and more.

The booklet gives a history of the doctrine, vividly describes the two stages of the Coming, and points out the “signs of the Times.” It is timely, contains no speculative matter, is no “time-setter,” is of permanent value and is a simple, clear, sane and Biblical exposition of the Blessed Hope of the Lord’s Return.



Dispensational Truth is the result of 30 years’ study of “Dispensational Truth.” It is sane. Not a “Time Setter.” Contains no Speculative Matter. Is not made up of quotations from other writers, but is based on the Scripture from the “Futurist” standpoint. It is of permanent value, and continues to be a standard authority on “Dispensational Truth.” It is a mine of information on “Prophetic Truth” for busy pastor, evangelists, Bible teacher, and all lovers of the Word.

The book contains 34 chapters of descriptive matter, 42 splendid prophetical black & white charts, 48 one page charts and 15 cuts. The charts are unique, simple, clear, uniform in style and present every phase of “Dispensational Truth.”



Rightly Dividing The Word “Rightly Divides” the fundamentals in a series of contrasts, as Law and Grace, Faith and Works, Standing and State, Sin and Salvation, Atonement and Redemption, Regeneration and Baptism, Election and Free-will, Heaven and Hell, Judaism and Christianity, etc.

Rightly Dividing The Word contains the cream and meat of Larkin’s sermons and Bible lectures, and is illustrated with 55 charts and diagrams. The charts are clear and simple and suitable for Bible Class work.

Rightly Dividing The Word does not contain the opinions of the Author, nor quotations from other writers, but is based solely on the Scriptures, chapter and verse being given for every statement. Rightly Dividing The Word is timely in these days of apostasy and denial of the faith. The purpose of Rightly Dividing The Word is to confirm in the faith those who are wavering, and to instruct those who have not been clearly taught the great cardinal doctrines of the Christian faith.



The Book of Daniel is a sound and fundamental exposition of the Book of Daniel in an easy readable way. In his closing and crowning work, Larkin provides a road map through complex Biblical prophecy.

Included with The Book of Daniel are some of Larkin’s charts and diagrams.



The Book of Revelation is the result of 25 years’ study of the Book of Revelation. The book is interpreted from the Futurist Standpoint. The writer’s purpose is to show that the book is to be taken literally, and that it is written in chronological order.

The writer does not make any claims to know when or exactly how the prophecies contained in the Book of Revelation will unfold. Rather he takes us on a grand tour of the last prophetic book of Holy Scripture and guides us through its images, symbols and poetry.

The book is sane, contains no speculative matter, nor opinions of the writer. The book is not a commentary made up of quotations from other writers. The writer is neither a copyist nor compiler. The only author the writer has sought to follow is the author of the Book, the Lord Jesus Christ. He has simply sought to interpret the “Mind of Christ,” as revealed in the Book of Revelation. The writer’s aim has been to prepare a standard work on the Book of Revelation, from the Futurist Standpoint, that can be used as a text-book in Theological Seminaries and Bible Schools, and a help to Ministers, Missionaries and Bible Students generally. This work is particularly timely, when the prophetic utterances of the Book of Revelation are rapidly approaching their fulfillment.



In Revelation 20 the closing period of the Millennium is foretold as one of general insurrection against Christ as King, thus revealing the true condition of the population of the world, taken as a whole, throughout the thousand years. A Kingdom such as this cannot be the KINGDOM described in the epistles of Paul. According to 1 Corinthians 15:24, our Lord will not reign forever, but will deliver up His mediatorial KINGDOM to God at its end, that God will henceforth be "All in all." If the reign of Christ in its perfection cannot be millennial, and shall not be eternal, it follows that between the end of the one, the millennial, and the beginning of the other, the eternal state, must of necessity intervene that "dispensation of the fullness of times" (Ephesians 1:10), that KINGDOM of the Son of God’s love, that KINGDOM that cannot be shaken, which it is Christ’s to enjoy as Heir of all things, and Head of the new creation.