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THE FOURTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Of this Society will be held (D.V.) in the Temperance Hall, Chapel Street,

Leeds Road, Bradford, Yorkshire.
On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, September 6, 7, 8, 1881.
Order of Public Gatherings-

On TUESDAY, September 6th, at 7.30 p.m.
The Annual Sermon will be delivered by the Rev. WILLIAM LEASK, D.D., of
Maberly Congregational Church, London (Editor of “ The Rainbow "), on

“ The Old Faith."

On WEDNESDAY, September 7th, at 7.30 p.in. A Public Meeting will be held, chair to be taken by ROBERT J. HAMMOND, Esq., of London (Treasurer of the Association), when addresses will be delivered as follows:-Mr. WILLIAM LAING, of Edinburgh, on “ Conditional Immortality.” Rev. GEORGE P. MACKAY, of Mint Lane Baptist Church, Lincoln, on Unconditional Immortality.” General H Goodwyn, of Reading (Author of Antitypical Parallels ") on “A Challenge to Orthodoxy.” Mr. GEORGE ALDRIDGE, of Bradford, on “ The Silence of Scripture on Natural Immortality."

On TIIURSDAY, September 8th, at 3 and 7.30 p.m. Two Public Meetings will be held, chair to be taken at each meeting by HENBY J. WARD, Esq., of Liverpcol (President of the Association). At the afternoon meeting at 3, a Lecture will be delivered by Mr. ALBERT SMITH, of Blackburn (late curate of the parish church, Withnell, Lancashire), on “What is the soul ? Is it Mortal or Immortal ? " to be followed by a Paper, which will be read by General H. GOODWYN, on “ The Gospel in Ezekiel.” At the Evening Meeting, at 7.30. addresses will be delivered as follows : Rev. THOMAS VASEY, of the Baptist Mission, Bacup, on “ The Church of Christ : Its Present Mission and Future Destiny." Rev. BURLINGTON B. WALE, of High Wycombe (Author of the “ Closing Days of Christendom ”), on “The Pre-Millennial Advent: Its Nature, Necessity, and Nearness.''

Rev. WILLIAM LEASK, D.D., Witnessing." ROBERT J. HAMMOND, Esq., on “ Lessons of the Conference,” N. B.- Voluntary offerings in aid of the expenses of the Conference will be received at the doors. A Book-stall will be provided for the sale of Literature. Catalogues free. An earnest invitation is hereby given to the Public to attend the above meetings. The order of Private Gatherings

On Tuesday, September 6th, at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., the Annual Meeting of the General Committee, the President in the chair. After the evening sermon a social gathering of members and friends. Refreshments will be provided free by the local committee.

On Wednesday, September 7th, at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., the Anuual Meeting of Members, the President in the chair. The first hour of the Morning Session will be spent in prayer, to be conducted by the Rev. W. Leask, D.D.

On Thursday, September 8th, leaving at 9.30 a.m., and returning at I n.m. (in time for dinner), an Excursion to Saltaire, the model town founded by Sir Titus Salt. Rail Fare (Return tickets): First-class, 10d. ; Third-class, 6d.

REFRESHMENTS.—Dinner will be provided each day at 1.30 at the Imperial Temperance Hotel, Manchester Road, at a charge of 1s. 9d. per head per day. Tea will be provided each day at 5.30 at the Temperance Hall, at a charge of 9d. per head per day.

LODGINGS.--Unless otherwise directed, a home will be provided by the Local Committee for all speakers and members of General Committee. Intending visitors are requested to communicate with the Local Secretary, Mr. Walter Clark, 6, Exeter Street (Bradford, Yorkshire), who will secure lodgings for them. If any homes are available (after providing for the above wants) they will be devoted to members.

MISCELLANEOUS.—Letters and Telegrams can be addressed to “The Conference, Temperance Hall, Bradford." The Hall is in Chapel Street, Leeds Road, just opposite the Eastbrook Wesleyan Chapel, and but a short walk from the railway stations. The Private Meetings will be held in the Saloon. Hymns: Special hymn-sheets will be provided.

CONFERENCE DONATIONS: With the pressing claims made upon the General Fund, the Committee urges its friends and helpers to specially subscribe sufficient to cover the whole expense of this year's Conference. Donations will be thankfully received and acknowledged by Robert J. Hammond, Treasurer, 62, Maida Vale, London, W.; and Cyrus E. Brooks, Secretary, Malvern Link, Wen.

THE RAINBOW:

Magazine of Christian Literature, with Special Reference to the

Rebealed Future of the Church and tße World.

OCTOBER, 1881.

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THE DIVINE SIDE OF THE QUESTION, “The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: He maketh the devices of the people of none effect. The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of His heart to all generations” (Psa. xxxiii. 10, 11).

“The counsel of the Lord, that shall stand“ (Prov. xix. 21).

"There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the Lord" (Prov. xxi, 30).

“My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure” (Isa. xlvi. 10).

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isa. lv. 9). LF ET us suppose ourselves standing beside the grave of the

rejected Jesus just after His burial. Let us further suppose that we had been His disciples, and had consequently believed all the splendid predictions of Heaven's prophets regarding the glory, the extent, the duration, and the blessings of His reign, but that we were ignorant of the foreordained resurrection of our murdered Master. What, in that case, would have been our thoughts? To say that we should have been bewildered, amazed, and oppressed with a sense of unutterable disappointment, would be saying very little. Things which are not worthy to be mentioned in the presence of this awful fact often have that effect upon us. It would not have been to us merely a personal calamity, the most terrible that could by possibility occur, blasting all our hopes, crushing them with a mysterious and remediless blow, and leaving nothing in the future but unrelieved sorrow and blank despair; but as it involved the destiny of Jew and Gentile, the veracity of the prophets, and the very character of the God of Israel for truth and faithfulness, we should have asked each other in sad whispers, with blanched cheek and trembling lips, What shall we say? what do, now ? Have our prophets all deceived us? Is all the past a beautiful but cruelly deceptive dream ? Is the entire history of our nation an elaborate preparation for nothing better than a disgraceful cross and a silent grave ? Has Jehovah taken four thousand years in arranging for an issue which meets this fearful

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catastrophe just when it seemed upon the eve of realisation ? Has He been disappointed, overmatched by Satan, obliged to give up the contest for the possession of the world He created, and to retire from the field, His resources exhausted, His wisdom insufficient, His foresight at fault, and His magnificent plans abandoneda terrible, an eternal failure ?' Are the Devil and his angels henceforth masters of the position ? Alas! and alas ! woe unto us that we have lived to see this terribly fatal day! The Sun whose rays we were told were to enlighten the universe, has set for ever in blood! The Heir of David, the Seed of Abraham, the Son of Man, the Son of God, lies there, pierced through the feet, pierced through the hands, pierced through the heart, cold, dead, DEAD! Behold the place where they laid Him !

Let us endeavour vividly to realise all this, and we shall be able to estimate more highly the wonderful wisdom of God, when we ascend from the human to the Divine side of this mighty question.

We rise, then, from the evil counsel of the Jewish Sanhedrim, and the unjust sentence of the Roman procurator ; from the clamours of the people, the scenes of Calvary, and the tomb of Joseph, up to the pure atmosphere of the highest heaven, and the council chamber of the Godhead. Let us put off our shoes from our feet; let us approach with uncovered head, for here all is holy. There is no excitement here, no surprise, no unforeseen circumstances requiring an alteration in the Divine programme respecting the affairs of earth. Nothing has occurred in our world to hinder the unfolding of God's majestic plans. Storm and tempest rush violently below, but here all is calm and peaceful. An incredible crime, the greatest in the annals of history, has been committed upon the earth : the Son of God, the Father's unspeakable gift for the benefit of mankind, has been contemptuously rejected, blasphemously insulted, and foully slain ; but up on this lofty tableland of everlasting serenity there is no cry of wonder, no sign of disappointment, and no evidence that a sudden emergency has occurred demanding a sudden change of procedure. No dark cloud eclipses the ineffable glory, and casts a passing shadow on the golden splendours of the Sovereign's palace. Omniscience, in its undisturbed clearness, has seen from the beginning, ere ever the earth was, what would take place among, and by the agency of,

All the ages, before the ages began, passed in review, and the Almighty Sovereign resolves to develop during their progress a purpose of vast, profound, infinite wisdom, which shall issue in boundless good to His creatures, the everlasting stability of His government, and the everlasting glory of His name.

He asks no advice of the first created sons of light, if they were created at the dateless epoch to which we now refer, but settles, establishes in the very heaven," how, when, and where He will act without interfering with the freedom of His responsible creature man, although He foresees that that freedom will be fear

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fully abused in millions upon millions of cases. " Who hath directed the Spirit of the Lord, or being His counsellor hath taught Him? With whom took He counsel, and who instructed Him, and taught Him in the path of judgment, and taught Him knowledge, and showed to Him the way of understanding ?” (Isa. xl. 13, 14).

How sublimely grand is this-God alone, amidst the unapproachable light, legislating for the entire future of a great world whose inhabitants would, for a lengthened period of its history, habitually do the things He should forbid, and so legislating that their very greatest crimes should, instead of defeating the purposes of His beneficence, be laid hold of by Him and made to minister to those purposes ! Who would not adore such a Being as this? Speaking of Israel, Paul says, “God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that He might have mercy upon all,” and then adds, “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!” After this grateful doxology, this burst of fervent praise, he quotes the passage we have just cited from Isaiah, thus: “For who hath known the mind of the Lord ? or who hath been His counsellor ? or who hath first given to Him, and it shall be recompensed to him again ? for of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things; to whom be glory for ever. Amen." These striking questions are in point in relation to the case before us. Who hath given God advice, or help, in dealing as He has done with a wayward and sinful race ? Let them come forward, and He will largely repay them ; He will be no man's debtor. He is so thoroughly satisfied with the unalterable decree that has gone out of His mouth ; so sure that the work He has done and is doing will ultimately flood the world with light, and fill it with song, that He is ready with right royal liberality to reward any one who has given Him the smallest hint, or the smallest help.

O what an inexpressible relief it is to rise to the Divine side of this question after what we have seen of its human side! It is an escape from darkness to light, from pollution to purity, from a den of assassins to a circle of love, from a nest of demons to the steps of God's throne. What shall become of us, of my friends, my neighbours, my race ? I cry in despair, as I look upon man turning into poison every good thing that God has given him, and at last filling up the measure of his iniquity by dyeing his hands in the blood of Jesus the Christ. I see paradise a failure, man driven out; the early world a failure, the race all but exterminated by a tremendous flood; Judaism a failure, the favoured people making the Word of God void by tradition, and turning His Temple into a den of thieves; the Heir coming to His own, rejected, despised, crucified between thieves; and Christianity leavened with corruption, and overborne through many ages with an apostasy of baptized paganism ; I see all this, and my heart sickens, and my brain reels, whilst I cry out, Is there no help in man? But when

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