After the First World War, at a time when the “corruption of the human heart” was clearly evident, Ironside recognized a “need for some… exposition of the last prophetic book of the Bible which would take cognizance” of the prophetic import of the war’s atrocities. Published first in 1920 as Lectures on the Book of Revelation, this lucid account of John’s vision and its meaning will profit all believers wishing to better understand this mysterious and illuminating text. As the author states in the Introduction: Lectures on the Book of Revelation: “It is certainly cause for deep regret that to so many Christians the Book of Revelation seems to be what God never intended it should be - a sealed book… It is clearly evident that this portion of Holy Scripture was given for our instruction and edification, but thousands of the Lord’s people permit themselves to be robbed of blessing by ignoring it.”
Known best for his world-wide preaching ministry, H.A. Ironside’s commentaries on every book of the New Testament and of the Old Testament Prophets are considered by Tim LaHaye and Michael D. Stallard to be, “some of the warmest and most cherished devotional commentaries in the history of dispensationalism.” Derived from stenographic recordings of his sermons and later edited into book form, their style “is characterized by devotional exposition, the simple outline of complicated issues, a creative ability to provide fresh wording and illustrations aimed at warming the heart and changing the life, and a continuation of the heritage of simple Bible readings that were emphasized in the Niagara Bible Conferences of the late nineteenth century” (Lahaye, Stallard).
(from the Evangelical Dictionary of Theology)
Popular Bible teacher, evangelist, pastor, and author. Born in Toronto, Canada, “Harry” Ironside moved with his family to California in 1886. There at the age of fourteen he was converted and began to preach. After a brief period as a Salvation Army officer, Ironside resigned because he no longer accepted the holiness view of “entire sanctification.” He joined the Plymouth Brethren and started what would become a highly successful itinerant ministry of preaching and teaching. Though essentially self-taught, he was always in high demand as an expositor at Bible conferences and institutes. From 1925 to 1943, he served as a visiting professor at Dallas Theological Seminary. From 1930 to 1948 he was pastor of Moody Memorial Church in Chicago, a position that earned him considerable criticism from the Plymouth Brethren, who reject the idea of “one-man ministries” and of receiving a stipulated salary for preaching the gospel. During a preaching tour of New Zealand, Ironside suffered a fatal heart attack and was buried in Auckland in January, 1951.
In addition to his itinerant and pastoral ministries, Ironside is best known for his prolific literary output. He produced close to a hundred major books and pamphlets, mainly on expository and prophetic themes. Ironside was a major figure in the popularizing of dispensationalism among American evangelicals and for the most part followed the views of the Scofield Reference Bible.