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am led to ask, if, as he justly ac- most regretable tendency to miniknowledges, the Lord when He mise the change wrought by the returns will bring the saints with Spirit, while conflicting also with Him, Where are they prior to express declarations of Christ and that event? Is not that word,
His Apostles. “them that sleep in Jesus will God With cordial acknowledgments of bring with Him,” together with light and truth received on subjects many other forms of inspired of transcendant importance. utterance, unlike what he or any I remain, Dear Sir, one would naturally use while be
Yours faithfully, lieving that they who sleep in Jesus,
STEPHEN WRIGHT. or through Jesus, have no state or 53, St. Paul's Road, place or existence, but are (for the Birmingham. time being) as if death were their irrevocable doom ?
It is not the fascinating influence THE JEWISH MOVEMENT. of so ne " cherished fancy of years gone by" that holds some, at least,
Dear Sir,– You may remember
that when we last met, I referred of those who welcome the RainB)W
to Isaiah xxxiii. 14, as a text not to the conviction that the truth does not lie with those who deny
satisfactorily explained, at the same the possibility of any intermediate
time suggesring an interpretation,
The enclosed MS. contains state for believers, any more than with
what I take to be its true signifi. those who make poetical effusions the vehicle for expressing
cation; perhaps it may be of
interest to some readers of the bliss and glory associated in
RAINBOW ? Scripture with the resurrection of
This month's number is a very life and second advent. We do not all need to be assured that "the
interesting one. dead know not anything ;” but be
Do, please, keep your readers
well informed of Jewish Movelieve that He hath abolished death; that that which is born of the
ments, in which great numbers of
Christians are interested. Spirit does not come under the law
I remain, of sin and death, and that the
Yours faithfully, enemy cannot undo the work of
EDWARD WOOD FORSTER, God in those who are regenerate; who have passed over from death unto life. You will kindly allow me to say
REV. xx. 5. that I feel it right to believe in- DEAR Sir, The American plicitly as ever in the salvation of pamphlet referred to by your souls from death under this dis- Southsea correspondent as "given pensation though not under the old, away by hundred of thousands," and after carefully following the and which “says that the words reasonings of able contributors for of” [the first clause of] some twelve years, am convinced xx. 5 are not found in any MSS. that there is a distinction here written previously to the fifth cenwhich should be acknowledged but tury," really ought in honesty to seems to pass unnoticed, or is only have stated that there exists only occasionally perceived. And, fur- one snch MS, in which the Apocather, that the contrary view has a lypse is contained. That one is.
the Sinaitic, in which it is true likewise to me, to say, that he that that clause is omitted, as it is regards my “Closing Days of in a few other authorities. The Christendom as one of the most omission is accounted for by Tisch- remarkable books of the day, and endorf by the homæoteleuton—that urging the issue of a smaller and is, the sameness of the final words cheaper edition for the masses; and -of tbis clause and the verse pre- that I am about to do. ceding, both ending in the words
BURLINGTON WALE. “thousand years." This is perhaps Lincoln. the most frequent cause of all of the dropping of lines or sentences by copyists. The eye catches the
EVANGELISTIC WORK. first “thousand years," then is turned towards the page on which Dear Sir, — We admire the the pen is at work; it looks up again, earnestoess which characterizes so and seeing the second “thousand much of the evangelistic effort pat years,” overlooks the fact that the forth by Christians, of various expression comes twice, and pro- churches, in mission balls, open-air ceeds to what follows.
services, and other ways; but we To the thoughtful reader, who deplore the errors that weigh down reflects how, in every department the Gospel they deliver; for orof human knowledge, we trust to ganised evangelistic effort seems to experts and allow our uninformed be almost wholly given up to judgment to succumb to their Christians who believe and teach authority, it will be a weighty con- the eternity of sin and suffering. sideration that of all the New Is there not a special summons to Testament critics, men who have us who have clearer light to engage devoted it may be thirty years or in evangelistic work, so far as we more of their lives to the study of bave
have ability and opportunity ? textual criticism, there is not one But we are much fettered when we who entertains even any doubt of unite our efforts with fellow Christhe genuineness of these words. tians whose teachings are so unThey are unhesitatingly accepted scriptural concerning man's nature without brackets or any intimation and destiny; for how can we deof the least misgiving by Griesbach, clare the Christ in whom we believe, Scholz, Lachmann, Tregelles, Tisch- if we may not speak of Him as the endorf, Alford, Westcott, and Hort, Giver of Immortality, and as and the New Testament Revision coming again? Committee. This will satisfy most I wish to suggest, therefore, that reasonable men.
Christian workers resident in Lon. Yours faithfully,
don, who are united in the belief of R. F. WEYMOUTH. the great foundation truth of “ life Mill Hill.
in Christ" should join together for evangelistic work. My thought is, that if a sufficient number of
brethren were willing to help in “ THE CLOSING DAYS OF CHRISTENDOM."
such work, a ball might be hired
in some suitable locality, convenient DEAR SIR, -It may interest you of access from different parts of to know that the Earl of Shaftesbury London, in which, and in the streets has written to my publishers, and 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
of opinion, but yet more especially
Jonah and His Mission. Expository has spoken of us so handsomely,
Sermons. By JAMES MENZIES. that we forgive him the little bit London : Elliot Stock.
about “ Theories which true science THESE sermons are entitled, very
must sternly reject.”.
When we appropriately, 1. “The Runaway
find true science we shall give her Prophet;" 2. “Thou art the Man;" a most hearty welcome. But the 3. “ Out of the depths have I
science which is popular to-day is called ;” 4. Sackcloth and Ashes ;
the enemy of revelation, and there5. “Out of sympathy with God.”
must sternly reject " it. Mr. Menzies has done his work so We are grateful to Mr. White for well in this little book that we are
the eloquent tribute he has paid to glad to give him a cheering word.
of our mutual friend, The heart of his thoughts, in ex
Mr. Henry Dunn. We commend planation of Jonah's conduct, is
this pamphlet to the “ Orthodox,” Jewish prejudice against the exten
that they may see the type of mind sion of Divine mercy to Gentiles. --faithful, Christ-loving, devoutBut we like the runaway prophet
that rejects natural immortality, after all. There is something noble
with its horrible logical sequel of about him in telling his own story
endless torment to the lost, and for the benefit of his bigoted country- accepts rejoicingly eternal life as men. The practical stream that
the "gift of God in Christ." rons through these brief discourses Love: Human and D'ivine. The is valuable.
Fate of the Wicked. By MARIA
GelleTLEY. Edinburgh : LorThe Endless Life ; Two Discourses
rimer and Gillies. on the History of English Opinion on Human Destiny during the
A VALUABLE and refreshing pamphlet. last Thirty Years, with a Special Immortal Life: The Golden Thread View to the Doctrine of Immor- and Special Teaching of St. tality throngh the Divine Incar
John's Gospel. By the Rev. W. nation, By EDWARD WHITE. GRIFFITH. London: F. SouthLondon : Stock.
well, 19, Paternoster Row. MR. Waite has earned his position. The title of this pamphlet is a holy He is entitled to give us the history truth, and Mr. Griffith bas deveof the doctrine, and he has done it loped it with his usual ability, in very fairly upon the whole. He terse and clear language. Yet we 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 5 s., 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.
are sorry to differ from our muchesteemed brother, as he well knows we do, on the nature of the “ kingdom," 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 publisher, the annual volume of the " Teachers' Storehouse and Treasury" 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 : Ileathen and Christian.
A Fragmentary Notice of its Early Pagan Existence, and subsequent Christian Adoption. Third Edition. With many illustrations. 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
tianity until the so-called Charch sank into paganism. Of course we knew this before; but we were so absorbed by Mr. Brock's “ Fragment” 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 :
Hanghton 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 suliject. 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-Millennial ? By A. Pontifex. Price One Penny. To be bad of W. Laing, 51, Buccleuch Street,
Elinburgh. 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."
I Magazine of Christian Literature, with Special Reference to ty.
Hebealed Future of the Church and the World.
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