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John Nelson Darby

John Nelson Darby

John Nelson Darby (1800 - 1882)

was an Anglo-Irish Bible teacher, one of the influential figures among the original Plymouth Brethren and the founder of the Exclusive Brethren. He is considered to be the father of modern Dispensationalism and Futurism ("the Rapture" in the English vernacular). Pre-tribulation rapture theology was popularized extensively in the 1830s by John Nelson Darby and the Plymouth Brethren, and further popularized in the United States in the early 20th century by the wide circulation of the Scofield Reference Bible.

He produced a translation of the Bible based on the Hebrew and Greek texts called The Holy Scriptures: A New Translation from the Original Languages by J. N. Darby. Darby traveled widely in Europe and Britain in the 1830s and 1840s, and established many Brethren assemblies. He gave 11 significant lectures in Geneva in 1840 on the hope of the church (L'attente actuelle de l'église). These established his reputation as a leading interpreter of biblical prophecy.

      John Nelson Darby was an Anglo-Irish evangelist, and an influential figure among the original Plymouth Brethren. He is considered to be the father of modern Dispensationalism. He produced a translation of the Bible based on the Hebrew and Greek texts called The Holy Scriptures: A New Translation from the Original Languages by J. N. Darby.

      John Nelson Darby graduated Trinity College, Dublin, in 1819 and was called to the Irish bar about 1825; but soon gave up law practice, took orders, and served a curacy in Wicklow until, in 1827, doubts as to the Scriptural authority for church establishments led him to leave the institutional church altogether and meet with a company of like-minded persons in Dublin.

      Darby traveled widely in Europe and Britain in the 1830s and 1840s, and established many Brethren assemblies. These established his reputation as a leading interpreter of biblical prophecy. He was also a Bible Commentator. He declined however to contribute to the compilation of the Revised Version of the King James Bible.

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John Nelson Darby

Letter: 31F 63 Mrs Monthenez, London, August 3rd, 1843

p63 [Mrs Monthenez] [From the French.] VERY DEAR SISTER, - Here I am then, in this vast and horrible town, but led by the good hand of Him who never fails in His faithfulness, and the haste that I make to let you have tidings of us, ought to assure you on the one hand that I count on the interest yo... Read More
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Letter: 32F 65 Miss Monthenez, Kendal, November, 1843

p65 [Mrs Monthenez] [To the same.] [From the French.] Dear Miss -, - No doubt some habits formed in this country remain, but the native soil has few charms for me; a paternal house, spoilt and dishonoured in the hands of our enemies, has but little attraction for the affections of the heart, and thi... Read More
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Letter: 34F 70 Mrs Monthenez, London, 1844

p70 [Mrs Monthenez] [From the French.] VERY DEAR SISTER, - I believe God has given me more power than ever in my ministry, blessed be His name; indeed, I am very thankful for it. I hope, at the same time, that this has made me more humble than before; no doubt I had need of it, but I have felt mysel... Read More
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Letter: 35F 71 Mrs Monthenez, Montpellier, March 15th, 1844

p71 [Mrs Monthenez] [To the same.] [From the French.] BELOVED SISTERS, - Here I am at last at Montpellier, not knowing how long I ought to stay here. Outwardly there is not much to make me remain. However, I believe that God has something in His mind, and though I shall go after a little into the Ga... Read More
John Nelson Darby

Letter: 36F 72 Mons Eynard, St Hippolyte du Fort, April 11th, 1844

p72 [Mons. Eynard] [From the French.] DEAR BROTHER, - I received your letter, and I thank you for it. I found it here on my return from a round I have just been making, with blessing to my soul. I reply to the principal subjects of which you there speak to me. You are mistaken in supposing that I am... Read More
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Letter: 38F 78 —, Plymouth, April 19th, 1845

p78 [From the French.] * * * I have lately read Numbers and the Epistle to the Philippians with edification. The setting up of the rod of Aaron, priest in grace, while in authority still, after all the murmurings of the congregation; its use, although this was by Moses; the want of its use on the oc... Read More
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Letter: 39E 79 G V Wigram, Plymouth, April 21st, 1845

p79 Dearest G V Wigram, - I thank you much for your note. My mind did pass through the same process of anxiety as that of which you speak, as far as anxiety went; a qualm crossing my mind that some work of the enemy, more thorough than I knew how to judge of, was at the bottom. But I found the groun... Read More
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Letter: 3E 9 Brother, —, 1832

p9 DEAREST BROTHER, - I meant to have written to you before; it is relief to me to write to you now, bearing as I do our dear brethren at Plymouth upon my heart, while I do so, for while I have been much blessed, yet I find incessant intercourse with men distracts me in my weakness of communion. I w... Read More
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Letter: 40F 80 Mrs Monthenez, Plymouth, September 24th, 1845

p80 [From the French.] DEAR SISTER, - How all these things have grieved me! This you will readily understand without my telling you so. I will not leave your letter unanswered, although I have not much to tell you, owing to the distance and the few facts that I am in possession of. Alas! I expected ... Read More
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Letter: 41E 81 G V Wigram, Somerton, May 27th, 1845

p81 Dear G V Wigram, - You have this account already, but it is so short I send it, still all for private reading. I could have sent you other parts, but I extract for everybody - it is only private sentiments I have not, but which would be very interesting in private. After acknowledging the receip... Read More
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Letter: 42E 84 W Kelly, Plymouth, November 12th, 1845

p84 [W Kelly] BELOVED BROTHER, - I answer, of course, your letter without delay. You probably do not know that Mr. Harris has declined further ministry here (though he has not left communion) and proposes to leave the place, and this on two points out of three on which I have acted; he is ignorant o... Read More
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Letter: 46E 93 Brother, Plymouth, [Rec'd] February 5th, 1846

p93 BELOVED BROTHER, - I was glad to get something from you, and glad to get this letter. In reply to it I can only say, without answering for every expression in it, after running it over, instead of quarrelling with it as an objection, as to the general bearing and object of it, I believe that it ... Read More
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Letter: 48F 97 Mr Meylan, Hereford, July 4th, 1846

p97 [Mr Meylan][From the French] VERY DEAR BROTHER, - I was much pleased, I need not tell you, to receive your letter. I understand well that work prevents one from writing, and that those who labour much do not so much like writing either, but this only makes communications all the more pleasant wh... Read More
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Letter: 49E 100 W Kelly, Plymouth, July 16th, 1846

p100 Dearest W Kelly, - First as to transubstantiation. I have generally found that in sincere Roman Catholics where there was a value for Christ, though in some respects natural, this remained the thought in their mind; it connects itself with a sensible apprehension of Him like a picture, and seem... Read More
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Letter: 4E 12 Miss Kingdom, Limerick, 1832

p12 DEAR Miss Kingdom, - I was waiting to hear from Miss -, or some of the letters you spoke of before I wrote; for you must remember that you are enjoying the rest and quiet of fellowship, and I am labouring, in whatever weakness, I may almost say, night and day, with almost all around, either oppo... Read More
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Letter: 50E 103 W Kelly, —, 1846

p103 [W Kelly] [To the same.] MY DEAR BROTHER, - There is a fund of grace in dear -, but he has been in a bad school. Really - 's humility (though he be a devoted man of God) consists in counting that they have infinitely more grace than any one else, and shew it in condescension. I know nowhere suc... Read More
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Letter: 51E 107 W Kelly, —, 1846

p107 [W Kelly] [To the same.] MY DEAR BROTHER, - It is very important to observe that Romanism does take infidel ground, and to press this on their consciences; I have often done so in Ireland. God is competent to make men responsible by speaking Himself. This is a most important proposition, and th... Read More
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Letter: 52E 112 Brother, —, September 24th, 1846

p112 MY VERY DEAR BROTHER, - . . . I suspect many brethren have had expectations, which never led me out, and which perplexed their minds when they were not met in practice. I never felt my testimony, for example, to be to the ability of the Holy Ghost to rule a visible body. That I do not doubt, bu... Read More
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Letter: 53E 114 Brethren at Plymouth, London, November 6th, 1846

p114 BELOVED BRETHREN, - I saw so very few of you before I left, and for such a little moment, that I felt anxious to write a line, being separated from you in presence and not in heart. When I took my place, my heart misgave me a little at leaving you all, but on looking to the Lord I felt it was m... Read More
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Letter: 5E 15 G V Wigram, —, 1833

p15 MY DEAR BROTHER [G V Wigram], - I was minded to write to you a good while, and thought I might have heard from you for I was working and travelling, so as to make my writing a matter of daily postponement. I should not have had to-day probably to do it, but that I missed the coach, which was to ... Read More

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