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am led to ask, if, as he justly acknowledges, the Lord when He returns will bring the saints with Him, Where are they prior to that event? Is not that word, "them that sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him," together with many other forms of inspired utterance, unlike what he or any one would naturally use while believing that they who sleep in Jesus, or through Jesus, have no state or place or existence, but are (for the time being) as if death were their irrevocable doom?

most regretable tendency to minimise the change wrought by the Spirit, while conflicting also with express declarations of Christ and His Apostles.

You will kindly allow me to say that I feel it right to believe implicitly as ever in the salvation of souls from death under this dispensation though not under the old, and after carefully following the reasonings of able contributors for some twelve years, am convinced that there is a distinction here which should be acknowledged but seems to pass unnoticed, or is only occasionally perceived. And, further, that the contrary view has a

With cordial acknowledgments of light and truth received on subjects of transcendant importance.

I remain, Dear Sir,
Yours faithfully,
STEPHEN WRIGHT.

53, St. Paul's Road,
Birmingham.

It is not the fascinating influence of so ne "cherished fancy of years gone by" that holds some, at least, of those who welcome the RAINBOW to the conviction that the truth does not lie with those who deny the possibility of any intermediate state for believers, any more than

The enclosed MS. contains what I take to be its true signifi

interest to some readers of the RAINBOW ?

This month's number is a very interesting one.

with those who make poetical cation; perhaps it may be of effusions the vehicle for expressing a bliss and glory associated in Scripture with the resurrection of life and second advent. We do not all need to be assured that "the dead know not anything;" but believe that He hath abolished death; that that which is born of the Spirit does not come under the law of sin and death, and that the enemy cannot undo the work of God in those who are regenerate; who have passed over from death unto life.

Do, please, keep your readers well informed of Jewish Movements, in which great numbers of Christians are interested.

I remain,

THE JEWISH MOVEMENT.

DEAR SIR,-You may remember that when we last met, I referred to Isaiah xxxiii. 14, as a text not satisfactorily explained, at the same time suggesting an interpretation.

Yours faithfully,

EDWARD WOOD FORSTER.

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REV. xx. 5. DEAR SIR, - The American pamphlet referred to by your Southsea correspondent as "given away by hundred of thousands," and which says that the words. of" [the first clause of] "Rev. xx. 5 are not found in any MSS. written previously to the fifth century," really ought in honesty to have stated that there exists only one such MS. in which the Apocalypse is contained. That one is

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the Sinaitic, in which it is true that that clause is omitted, as it is in a few other authorities. The omission is accounted for by Tischendorf by the homœoteleuton—that is, the sameness of the final words -of this clause and the verse preceding, both ending in the words "thousand years.' This is perhaps the most frequent cause of all of the dropping of lines or sentences by copyists. The eye catches the first thousand years," then is turned towards the page on which the pen is at work; it looks up again, and seeing the second "thousand years," overlooks the fact that the expression comes twice, and proceeds to what follows.

To the thoughtful reader, who reflects how, in every department of human knowledge, we trust to experts and allow our uninformed judgment to succumb to their authority, it will be a weighty consideration that of all the New Testament critics, men who have devoted it may be thirty years or more of their lives to the study of textual criticism, there is not one who entertains even any doubt of the genuineness of these words. They are unhesitatingly accepted without brackets or any intimation of the least misgiving by Griesbach, Scholz, Lachmann, Tregelles, Tischendorf, Alford, Westcott, and Hort, and the New Testament Revision Committee. This will satisfy most reasonable men.

Yours faithfully,

Mill Hill.

R. F. WEYMOUTH.

"THE CLOSING DAYS OF CHRISTENDOM."

DEAR SIR,-It may interest you to know that the Earl of Shaftesbury has written to my publishers, and

likewise to me, to say, that he regards my "Closing Days of Christendom " as one of the most remarkable books of the day, and urging the issue of a smaller and cheaper edition for the masses; and that I am about to do.

BURLINGTON Wale.

Lincoln.

EVANGELISTIC WORK.

DEAR SIR, We admire the earnestness which characterizes so much of the evangelistic effort put forth by Christians, of various churches, in mission halls, open-air services, and other ways; but we deplore the errors that weigh down the Gospel they deliver; for organised evangelistic effort seems to be almost wholly given up to Christians who believe and teach the eternity of sin and suffering. Is there not a special summons to us who have clearer light to engage in evangelistic work, so far as we have ability and opportunity? But we are much fettered when we unite our efforts with fellow Christians whose teachings are so unscriptural concerning man's nature and destiny; for how can we declare the Christ in whom we believe, if we may not speak of Him as the Giver of Immortality, and as coming again?

I wish to suggest, therefore, that Christian workers resident in London, who are united in the belief of the great foundation truth of "life in Christ" should join together for evangelistic work. My thought is, that if a sufficient number of brethren were willing to help in such work, a hall might be hired in some suitable locality, convenient of access from different parts of London, in which, and in the streets surrounding, the Gospel of Christ

might be proclaimed-freed from the incubus of the doctrine of eternal suffering-to some of our poor degraded brother-men, who starve while we feast on the luxuries of the truth of God.

I make this suggestion with the object of calling forth an expression

LITERATURE.

Jonah and His Mission. Expository Sermons. By JAMES MENZIES. London: Elliot Stock.

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THESE sermons are entitled, very appropriately, 1. "The Runaway Prophet;" 2. "Thou art the Man ;" 3. Out of the depths have I called;" 4. Sackcloth and Ashes; 5. "Out of sympathy with God." Mr. Menzies has done his work so well in this little book that we are glad to give him a cheering word. The heart of his thoughts, in explanation of Jonah's cdnduct, is Jewish prejudice against the extension of Divine mercy to Gentiles. But we like the runaway prophet after all. There is something noble about him in telling his own story for the benefit of his bigoted countrymen. The practical stream that rans through these brief discourses is valuable.

The Endless Life; Two Discourses on the History of English Opinion on Human Destiny during the last Thirty Years, with a Special View to the Doctrine of Immortality through the Divine Incarnation. By EDWARD WHITE. London: Stock.

MR. WHITE has earned his position. He is entitled to give us the history of the doctrine, and he has done it very fairly upon the whole.

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of opinion, but yet more especially in the hope that some who have had experience in such work, which I have not, will take the matter up; so that if the project be wise and right, and practicable, it may be carried out. Faithfully yours,

J. O.

has spoken of us so handsomely, that we forgive him the little hit about "Theories which true science must sternly reject." When we find true science we shall give her a most hearty welcome. But the science which is popular to-day is the enemy of revelation, and therefore we "must sternly reject " it. We are grateful to Mr. White for the eloquent tribute he has paid to the memory of our mutual friend, Mr. Henry Dunn. We commend this pamphlet to the "Orthodox," that they may see the type of mind -faithful, Christ-loving, devoutthat rejects natural immortality, with its horrible logical sequel of endless torment to the lost, and accepts rejoicingly eternal life as the "gift of God in Christ." Love: Human and Divine. The Fate of the Wicked. By MARIA GELLETLEY. Edinburgh: Lorrimer and Gillies. AVALUABLE and refreshing pamphlet. Immortal Life: The Golden Thread

and Special Teaching of St. John's Gospel. By the Rev. W. GRIFFITH. London: F. Southwell, 19, Paternoster Row. THE title of this pamphlet is a holy truth, and Mr. Griffith has developed it with his usual ability, in terse and clear language. Yet we

are sorry to differ from our much-
esteemed brother, as he well knows
we do, on the nature of the " king-
dom," on the intermediate state,
and on one or two other matters
which need not be named.

The Teachers' Storehouse and
Treasury.

SUNDAY SCHOOL teachers will be
glad to know that, by a liberal
arrangement made by the pub-
lisher, the annual volume of the
"Teachers' Storehouse and Trea-
sury" will be supplied to them for
a limited period at half-price, viz.,
one shilling, or post free for one
shilling and fourpence. As the
work is a perfect "storehouse" of
useful material for the teacher's use,
we advise our readers to apply for
the book to Mr. Elliot Stock, 62,
Paternoster Row, London, E.C.
The Cross: Heathen and Christian.
A Fragmentary Notice of its
Early Pagan Existence, and sub-
sequent Christian Adoption.
Third Edition. With many illus-
trations. By MOURANT BROCK,
M. A. London: Elliot Stock.
By historical testimony, which can
neither be refuted nor evaded, Mr.
Brock has shown that the cross was
the symbol of very ancient and
abominable pagan religions. It was
not adopted as a symbol of Chris-

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tianity until the so-called Church
sank into paganism. Of course we
knew this before; but we were so
absorbed by Mr. Brock's " Frag-
ment of 120 pages, that we could
not lay it aside until we read it
through. The likeness of crosses
of all ages and nations is extremely
interesting.

Importance of Faith in Scripture

Miracles. By AN ASSOCIATE
OF KING'S COLLEGE. London:
Haughton and Co.
FOR those who are not acquainted
with the larger works on miracles
this little book may be commended
as an intelligent introduction to the
subject. It is really a forcible
tractate. In these days of growing
infidelity and atheism, Christian
men must fearlessly stand up for
the truth. Christ's witnesses need
to be brave at present, and if we at
all understand prophecy that need
will be great very soon.
Christ's Second Advent: Will it be
pre-Millennial or post-Millen-
nial? By A. PONTIFEX. Price
One Penny. To be had of W.
Laing, 51, Buccleuch Street,
Edinburgh.

VERY good indeed. Clear and
scriptural. We are glad to welcome
Mr. Pontifex as another witness to
that which is "most surely believed
among us."

NOTICES.

TESTIMONY.-Our brother, the Treasurer of the "Conditional Immortality Association" makes a liberal offer to all who wish a complete library for reference or loan on the truths we advocate. For the trifle of 5s., sent to him, Mr. R. J. Hammond, 78 to 84, Edgware Road, London, W., he will forward to any address a large parcel of tracts, pamphlets, and books for loan or gratuitous circulation. In this way great light may be diffused, great good may be done. Mr. Hammond has, in the Immortality Room of his immense warehouse, a very large stock of publications which must not remain asleep there, when they might be doing noble work over the length and breadth of the kingdom. Let hundreds of our friends send for 5s. worth, and scatter them as precious seed, and the harvest will surely come.

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THE RAINBOW:

I Magazine of Christian Literature, with Special Reference to ty.

Hebealed Future of the Church and the World.

JULY, 1882.

THE CONTRAST. "Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation " (Heb. ix. 28). THE most remarkable biography in the world is that of Jesus

Christ. There is nothing like it in earth's records. The men who wrote it have performed a service which can never be surpassed in dignity and honour. The princes of the angels would have exulted, and felt themselves doubly glorified, had they been summoned to write that life. It is as much superior to the lives of even extraordinary men as the stars of heaven are to the diamonds of the earth, or as the noonday sun is to a glowworm. The selection of human language as the medium through which to publish it was a signal honour. Literature was ennobled and crowned at the hour of its appearance. The eye of Intellect was opened then to fairer visions than any she had ever seen before. Mind for the first time came in contact with the ideal of human perfection in a real life. Imagination looked on in wonder, and felt the prize taken from its hands by the actual. Fancy owned herself conquered by positive fact. Poetry had never sung, art had never pictured, such a life as this. Men read and wondered, read again and believed, read a third time and adored the unearthly Original

Yet, though unearthly, it was felt that there was genuine humanity softening the splendours, without staining the purity, of His divine character. Hence, while philosophy was compelled to own its Master in One whose extraordinary wisdom seemed to embrace everything, and to be equally intimate with the grass of the field and the glories of heaven, with a fisherman's hut and the mansions of the universe, with the heart of a widow weeping over the corpse of her only child and the eternal decrees of God respecting the destiny of the world, the humblest of the children of men were attracted by His unequalled gentleness, and found

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