When a skydiver steps to the edge of the aircraft door and leaps away from the plane, he knows there is no turning back. Answer: A The work of the Holy Spirit is to convict me of sin and to guide me into all truth. Answer: A When convicted of sin by the Holy Spirit, I must confess my sins in order to be forgiven.
Answer: A God solemnly warns that the Holy Spirit does not indefinitely continue pleading with a person to turn from sin and obey God. Answer: A The Holy Spirit stops talking to a person when that individual becomes deaf to His voice.
Answer: A The Bible rule is that when the Holy Spirit brings me new light or conviction of sin, I must act at once--obey without delay. Answer: A Yes, if I steadfastly refuse to confess and forsake any sin, I will eventually become deaf to the Holy Spirit's pleading and thus pass the point of no return. Answer: A The Holy Spirit's pleading is like a fire that burns in a person's mind and heart. Answer: A Jesus solemnly warned that not all who have the feeling of assurance will enter His kingdom, but rather, only those who do His will. The Holy Spirit pleads with all people (John 1:9), just as the sun shines upon everyone and everything.
It's no fairytale - one day, you can be free from all the hurt, hunger, aloneness, crime, and chaos infecting the world today. Answer: A The Scriptures promise that Jesus will return to this earth in the same manner that He left at His ascension--in a visible, literal, bodily, personal manner. Answer: A Every man, woman, and child living in the world when Jesus returns will see Him at His second coming. Answer: A Jesus is coming back to this earth to reward His people as He promised and to take them to the beautiful home He has prepared for them. Answer: A The righteous dead will be raised from their graves, given perfect, immortal bodies like that of Christ, and caught up into the clouds to meet the Lord. A A Does the Bible give specific information regarding the nearness of Christ's second coming? Answer: A a€?Satan has invented many false teachings about the second coming and is deceiving millions into believing that Christ has already come or that He will come in some non-biblical manner. Answer: A There is great danger in becoming so busy with the cares of this life or so entranced by the pleasures of sin that the coming of the Lord may slip up on us as the Flood did on the world in Noah's day, and we will be surprised, unprepared, and lost. It is true that a terrible tribulation will cover the earth just before Jesus returns to deliver His people. 9.A A Does the Bible give specific information regarding the nearness of Christ's second coming? Answer: A Satan has invented many false teachings about the second coming and is deceiving millions into believing that Christ has already come or that He will come in some non-biblical manner. Well, I could use a good war is the line that came into my head but I didna€™t say so because I could tell she would start into me like a whole slew of hens. He didna€™t say anything, even though he was all mouth, but I could tell a channel between us had opened. I needed to eat something, but I didna€™t have any money, so I thought about slipping in and making cereal, but the kids always make the apartment smell like mustard and artificial grapes. I didna€™t want Antares to know I was looking for him, so I bought a skywriter, started twirling it through the square, which is how Kate said I would find him.
The first week I spent with the tubes Antares lent me, I might as well have been working with a toothbrush. The thing about making love with Kate was that she knew how to run her fingers behind my neck and hold my head to her as she kissed me, like you think a man would do, but that men never do because it seems like something they should do and cana€™t live up to doing, so nobody ever does it except men in old movies, and Kate. Before I saw Antares again, he came to me in a dream where he was a door, or the absence of a door, so it was like talking into a hole in a room that opened up. When I saw Antares that day, it shouldna€™t have surprised me, but it was 12A° in the sun and I wasna€™t sure which side of it I was on. I raised out of my seat and tried to get off the bus, which was stuck behind a funeral procession. I got off the bus feeling wired and shaky, like the last thing in the world I need is to hear a kid playing flute. I was thirteen when I walked out the front door like every high school kid has wet dreams about doing when theya€™re not thinking about how to score. So I kept going because by then Ia€™d worked up steam and I didna€™t care about suspension or graduation or even my music collection, which wasna€™t a tremendous collection, but it wasna€™t until the bus was pulling out of Chauquahana that I realized I was going to miss that. I pushed my palm against the wall, pulled back against his hand, pushed in until my hand began to sweat. Name of a weapon of the God of War, ita€™s a star in the constellation Scorpius, same one Ia€™m in.
Youa€™re an archer, a Sagittarius, only youa€™re the arrow, a spark popped out of the fire.
No, just that youa€™re protesting for the environment, and I can see you in a crowd of people like a forest. The thing about the rockstar kids was how they were all still playing characters in their own lives. They had a hangout in the forest where somebody had made a pit by pulling some rocks into a circle big enough to sit around. The wilderness, Mickey said, is a place you can go without any Twizzlers, so when somebody brings them in ita€™s like they invented them. I dona€™t know, if the wilderness came with a sofa, I think thata€™d be pretty rad, Chris added. Ia€™m fine, you can sell it like twice a month or something, you just have to stay hydrated. How do you love someone so much you get jammed in the arm by a noob who practically breaks the needle off in your vein, and you cana€™t feel anything but the swell of your heart aching into the bruise? No, but youa€™re gonna let me come back and belt one out next Saturday night and audition properlike. A woman in a purple dress that plunged to the whitewater of the polar caps took the stage and the lights dimmed again.
The song she had chosen was not the right one for this crowd, but MelanieE?s a€?Brand New Keya€? did have enough rhythm to get them clapping along.
When the third singer approached the stage, a wave of applause moved over the crowd like gossip.
You want to stick a fondue forkful of ColemanE?s fuel down your ripe throat for the show of it, go ahead.
To admit youa€™re not in control and meet it with both fists hanging by your side is pretty brave. Kate was wearing black coconut perfume and the rockstar kids were looking especially bright-eyed under their Lucky Charms dye jobs. As we flew above the winding valley, I saw the Earth Conclave Astral House on the banks of the Spirit Mississippi River. Soon I saw the Roadhouse shinning in the distance in the deep jewel tones that could only mean that the Samhain bonfires dotting the grounds had been lit. Spark then leapt into the air and joined a huge circle of dancers weaving in and out to the the music of the roaring winds. After hanging my broom in the Broom Shed, I made my way along the sidewalk to the Roadhouse. The procession circled Flora who was standing in the middle of the room while a sextet of three harps and three flutes played a new composition in honor of the occasion.
I saw my Great-Grandmother Lena and some of her friends (all devoted gardeners) sitting at a large round table across the room drinking their champaign and eating their cake, laughing, pointing out folks in the crowd and waving. The rest of the table suddenly broken into spirited discussion on tomatoes and how hard it was getting for the living to know what to do during this time of climate change. I sat for awhile listing to my Great-Grandmother Lena and her friends talk about gardening and the coming climate trials. As I sat simply enjoying the presence of my Grandma Lena, I noticed Dawn Isadora sitting across the room with a group of ancestors animatedly talking about something.
Suddenly out of the crowd the Four Girlfriends (Hera, Quan Yin, Freya and Bridget) dressed in their Samhain finery, sprang laughing to swoop me up and away from Ganesha.
Oshun was dressed all in white; a long flowing brocade gown, white shoes, white gloves, diamonds, pearls, silver.
Oshun smiled a welcoming smile and took my hand in hers saying, a€?It is a pleasure to meet you, Donald.
Grandmother Bear joined us as we made ourselves comfortable around a table in one of the alcoves lining the back wall of the bar. Dance circle dances in order to weave the Spirit Maps of Rich and Luscious Change into the Fabric of the Multiverse.
Make sensible, step by step plans on how to bring your hopes and dreams of sustainable cultures into manifestation. Kwan Yin leaned over to me and whispered into my ear, a€?By the way, Njord and I are doing very well.
Ganesha came over to the table to take me on a walking tour of the grounds to visit the Samhain Bonfire Magics. As soon as I stepped outside, I was drawn to a distance group of whales and other megafauna doing a working around a towering fire. As we got closer to the bonfire, Whale song began to fill the air supported by a chorus of dragons.
It seemed as if I had spent many hours dancing and yoiking at the Great Onesa€™ Fires when I felt a tug on my coat sleeve. Part way back to the Roadhouse I said good-bye to Ganesha, who was going on to another bonfire. I placed my bottle of sunshine and box of watermelon seed on one of two matching marble tables standing on either side of the double doors already crowded with gifts. I also spent a long time listening to the ongoing discussions about the coming changes and the choices that those changes will necessitate, which would then demand that yet more changes would nyd to be made. On my flight home, I saw Grandmother Bear standing in the side yard of the Astral Clan House waving to me and pointing to a particular cave mouth. Make sensible, step by step plans on how to bring your hopes and dreams ofA  sustainable cultures into manifestation. He's gone too far, and if he should forget to strap on his parachute, nothing can save him and he will certainly plummet to a frightening death. When I confess them, God not only forgives me but He also miraculously cleanses me from all unrighteousness. Thus, any sin that I do not confess is unpardonable until I confess it, because forgiveness always follows confession. God says that those who refuse to receive the truth and conviction brought by the Holy Spirit will (after the Spirit departs from them) receive a strong delusion to believe that error is truth.
Those who make Jesus the Lord and Ruler of their lives are promised the miracles of Jesus that will see them safely through to His eternal kingdom. Our loving desire is that you have been led into the presence of Jesus and have experienced a fantastic new relationship with Him. We get to know Him as a friend when we commune with Him daily, follow Him gladly, and freely share with Him our joys and sorrows as with an earthly friend.
Even more important, he is affirming that the Holy Spirit of Christ can be grieved away by my rejection of His loving appeals. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? The staggering threefold (Luke 9:26) brightness of His coming will stretch from horizon to horizon, and the atmosphere will be charged with brilliant glory like lightning. As the cloud nears the earth, Jesus will send His angels, and they will quickly gather together all of the righteous people in preparation for the trip back to heaven (Matthew 24:31). He will restore to His people all of the joys and glories of Eden that Adam and Eve lost by sinning. Then the righteous living will also be given bodies like Christ and will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. This earthquake will be of such a devastating nature that it will leave the world in a state of total destruction.
Through the Holy Spirit and my conscience, Jesus knocks and asks to come into my heart so that He can change my life. I just loaded the rice into my satchel, which she was looking at because it had a skull and bones and said POISON on the side.
The deer was tinged at the tips with auburn, so it mighta€™ve been a fire I have to burn off, like karma.
It was so much effort for me to stay on and for her to pedal, I shoulda€™ve just jumped off and walked, but she was laughing the whole time like she was made of glass and breaking, so I held on, holding my legs out of the way of the wheel.
I had fallen asleep in Katea€™s bed with her hand tucked between my legs like kids do, because ita€™s warm.
Kate teaches flute lessons to rich kids whose parents are practically salivating all over themselves to invite their friends to the Philharmonic and brag how they recognized little Magnusa€™s gift when he was playing recorder in his crib.
Ia€™d seen it on a calendar of discount hotels, and there was something about the mountains in the backdrop of the a€?biggest little city in the worlda€? that I knew would look nice on a person, very steady and sedate. I was sitting in Geometry class and never has there been such a terrible useless fact as learning that no matter how you stretch sides AB and and AC of an isosceles triangle, they will always remain of equal length. How you had to ride over it to cross the bridge and at sundown the light shone in the Sunsphere like copper. I felt like my hand was an ear pressed against the wall, which was sounding something I could almost make out. Kate was sure, but she knew if she told him, hea€™d start thinking of his bumper stickers as blazons. I get honked at less on the holy days, but not as seldom as youa€™d think considering the town is cinched tight with the rhinestone buckle of the Bible belt.
He was walking the other way, arms swinging side to side like they rocked him and he was the anchor ship of his own row.
Every time they discussed bringing a sofa they could leave in the woods, but they always forgot. I got so I started practicing in the morning before IE?d eaten so I didnE?t throw up food IE?d gone to the trouble of making. It reminded me of a coat I saw in a museum oncea€”belonged to a Native American chief, made entirely of feathers. I knew it didna€™t matter if I lied, and honesty really is the best policy six times out of ten.
When Reno broke into a€?Some people say IE?ve done alright for a girl,a€? she drew enough hoots not to hang her head when she strode back to her stool, yellow flicker feathers at her earlobes turning like wings.
Every part of her was shinya€”lips glossed like a piece of hard candy, dress glinting with zirconium mirrors, heels polished as a stockbroker.
AntaresE?s comment surprised me so much, I wondered afterward if he said it inside my head or out. Nobody was around to see me, which was chancy, but it would have been more dangerous to have Kate there.
Just like that, I knew I could drop the weight of the past like a coat, forgive Mama everything and the whole goddamned world we were born into, wash us off in a wave of flames, let the current carry us to another shore. We kissed each other, wished each other bon voyage and prepared ourselves for our journeys.
This time the indigo hooded cloak was heavily embroidered with red, gold and turquoise sigils. It had been so long sense I had last seen him and I suddenly realized how much I had missed him. I am afraid it is going to be a rough and wild flight tonight.a€? Spark called to me as he leapt into the air. Again this year, the docks and the lots were filled with all types of vehicles from a wide range of times and places: autos, buses, dirigibles, submarines, ships, planes, helicopters, canoes, sleds, etc. Pyramids of purple, orange, yellow, white and green pumpkins intricately carved into skulls lined the path from the parking lots and docks to the Roadhouse. I turned to find the handsome Ganesha in his bright red robs and golden shoes sweetly smiling at me. What do ya say, Sweet Thing?a€™ and he put his arm around my shoulders and his trunk around my waist. There were towering creations at least twelve feet high made of orchids, clouds, ferns and lighting bolts.
Flora was then presented a necklace of golden roses crafted by Alfrigg, Dvalin, Berling and Grerr themselves. Each ancestor around the table was worrying out loud about their decedents and their beloved green bloods. They were wondering what advice they could send to the living that the living could actually hear?
I also saw Susan Farley and some others (living folk?) in a lively discussion with Welsh garden Mysterious Ones. I greeted the Winter Queen all dressed in white and the palest blue sapphires escorted by a Spirit Polar Bear, a great hero of the Arctic Peoples. Grandmother Bear joined us at the table bringing us a tray of fresh pistachio baklava, a large ewer of a shinning honey colored liquor and seven tiny ruby red glasses.
All seven of us then raised our glasses, declared, a€?To Life!a€? and drank our shinning honey liquor.
The flames were a multitude of colors: blue, white, orange, purple, turquoise, red, green, gold.
Gigantic primates of many different species beat out an hypnotic rhythm which took us physically, shaking and shimming, into the dancing circle. As I went up the veranda steps, I decided to see if I could get into the big working, the Great Dance. I then made my way back to the bar to just sit and hold the memories of my experiences at this yeara€™s Roadhouse.
It is always so delightful to just watch the incredible variety of beings intermingle at the Roadhouse on the holidays. Folks hoped that the Living would remember the Mystery of the Knowing of the Never Ending Cycles of Beingness.
I quietly made my way out of the front doors of the Roadhouse to get my broom out of the Broom Shed.
It came to me that it was a portal that led directly to the Roadhouse of the Dead, the Effigy Bear Mounds and perhaps to other sites in and out of Midgard.
This time the indigo hooded cloak was heavily embroidered with red, gold and turquoise sigils.A  All in all, my outfit was a variation of the traveling togs I wore the first time I flew to the Roadhouse with Hera, the Queer God and Eponia.
I could see the bonfire flames reflected off of the low cloud cover.A  I also noticed the silvery waxing moon peaking through the clouds. God is waiting and ready to forgive me for any and every sin I may commit (Psalms 86:5), but only if I confess and forsake it. As I ignore the Holy Spirit and continue in sin, I pour water on the fire of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus will then doubtless remind them of that crucial time in their lives when the Holy Spirit brought new truth and conviction. He--the King of kings, the Saviour of the world--takes time from superintending the universe to come to you and me for regular loving visits and friendly, caring guidance and counsel.
We hope that you will walk closer to the Master every day and will soon join that joyous group who will be translated into His blessed kingdom at His appearing. The Holy Spirit also has a different effect upon our hearts depending upon how we relate to His pleadings.
He was teaching truth and supporting it from the Old Testament, which was the Scriptures then available.
Jesus is pointing out that when we understand what the Holy Spirit is asking us to do regarding some new light from the Scripture, we must act at once. As a courtship can be ended forever by the repeated refusal of one party to the other's wooing, so our relationship with the Holy Spirit can end permanently by our persistent refusal to respond to His loving appeals. We cannot know the exact day and hour of Christ's return (Matthew 24:36), but we can be confident that we are the people who will live to see Jesus return. I knew shea€™d be good for me, which she started being as soon as she got me up to her apartment. I pulled in back of myself as far as I could and looked across the crystal desert of the parking lot. She wasna€™t home but leaves her door unlocked for situations like this, and she almost always has tuna fish, the good kind, with oil. She said it so often I thought it was her way of telling me things were going to be hard, and it took me more years than it should have to realize it was a line in the song. Plus, I figured I was about the biggest little girl in the world, so me and that name took up with each other like an old couple who buy each other cough drops and dona€™t have their own socks. I stood up and walked right out, which probably even I thought I was doing for a breather, go to the weight room and tip the machine for a Coke, but once I got out, I felt the sheer absurdity of it all. Something about a river makes a town flow through you, and you can ride off on the rainbow current with some boozy grubfish.
She fought the look of naA?vety on her, had her lip pierced, painted black wings around her eyes.
She asked herself, folding another sheet of colored paper onto the burn pile of Cancer crabs.
The thing was, it was February and we were getting a glimpse of the spring to come, but we still had the rest of the month and all of March left. Thata€™s what paradise is, like when you really need a drink and the liquor is right there.
My stomach clenched when the bar reached my back palate, but I found a little arc in the reflex where it becomes involuntary. It jumped out of my hand twenty-seven times, but on the twenty-eighth, I breathed deep and it stayed awhile.
I stitched the smaller feathers onto larger feathers and the larger feathers onto patches of cloth.
They werena€™t two individuals playing it out, but artists thrumming on the heart of a Siamese people. Shawn was riding the silverplated eagle up the crystalcoated stairs, drying glasses off and shaking rocks into my whiskey, like diamonds, hea€™d say smiling every once in awhile. You donE?t rewire a reflex to become a circus freak, collect a few ahs and rounds of applause.


When she appealed to them with a€?If I Were Your Woman,a€? the crowd slammed their mugs against the bar and smacked their thighs and shouted out promises of what they would do if she were theirs.
Antares had no interest in Colleen or J.TE?s business plan or Whipgloss, who was apparently a regular act with a not unwarranted following. If Ia€™d left it there, they would have met and burned me up, but I pulled it out, satisfied, for maybe the first time.
When the backup singers rose and fanned around her like a cloak, it was like a sunrise of music ordaining this dark little basement bar, a gleaming catch pulled fresh from the ocean. I burst into song thena€”one of mine instead of a covera€”the air around me like it would never stop breathing, and me a horse standing in the mountains hitched to a frost-burned, empty cart. Frances knows I wasna€™t raised with the social niceties of skipping off to get somebody a clean spoon. One of the first priorities of the work was a complete examination of all previous exploration and excavation in the precinct, particularly that of Margaret Benson carried out in 1895-7. Sitting on the our kitchen table two presents sat wrapped and ready to go: a literally shinning bottle of sparkling liquid sunshine and a golden box of watermelon seeds (Moon and Stars?). We flew through frozen clouds and light Autumnal rains into the darkening sky above the weather. It was a life time achievement award flower show and dessert dedicated to our Mistress of the Blossoms.
There were huge mounded bouquets composed of massive blooming fruit branches, hanging mosses and silver mists.
I left Ganesha chatting with a group of orchids and calla lilies and walked over to Grandma Lenaa€™s table.
It is always amazing to see the dolphins swim through the air next to the flock of meadow larks and the kangaroos sharing a table and drinks with the horses and badgers. I also slipped on my wedding ring, an amber, jet and pearl necklace and of course, my new dark gray suede traveling boots (still the most comfortable foot wear I have ever had the pleasure to have upon my feet).
The darkness that comes from a persistent and final refusal to follow light is the result of rejecting the Spirit, and it leaves me without hope.
He knew that only the Holy Spirit could lead him to repentance and restoration, and he trembled at the thought of becoming deaf to His voice.
What folly, what an unbelievable calamity, that we should ever be too busy or too disinterested to form a warm, loving, lasting friendship with Jesus.
Terrible Danger of Resisting the Holy SpiritResisting the Holy Spirit is terribly dangerous because it so easily leads to rejection of the Holy Spirit, which is the sin God can never forgive. And these are just a few of many, many positive signs that show we are in the closing days of earth's history. Spiritism has invaded the churches, as well, with the false teaching of the immortality of the soul.
For example, Jesus stated specifically that He will not appear in the desert or come to the seance chambers (verse 26).
As a free gift, He bestows upon me His own righteous character so I can stand unafraid before a holy God when my life is changed by Jesus. They surround the holy city to capture it (Revelation 20:9), and fire comes down from God out of heaven and devours them. This land was made for you and me to escape from or to, but the mountains have just been there all along.
The thing that killed me though, the clincher, was how before I climbed on, she packed my rice into the saddlebags and started singing this song, all wavery with pauses while she made it up, patting the bags like thighs she was weighing out.
He was wrapping my questions in something cool and close, like a suitcase full of dry white beans.
Like their parents condense twenty-seven years of suppressed creative energy into one terrifically off-handed name. So I made myself a peanut butter and tuna sandwich, which sounded pretty good because I was running low on protein, and it didna€™t taste half bad for the first couple of bites. It didna€™t even occur to me to write Antares until about the fourth day, and then I wasna€™t sure how to spell it or what I wanted exactly. Come here, he walked over to a building and put my hand against the brick wall, his hand on top of mine. The only thing just about Chris was his angera€”because his mother left them and his dad was a workaholic, because everyone had their own lives to live and no one paid attention to anyone elsea€”Mother Nature was just the representative.
It had caught a sheet of newsprint and was tugging it into the telephone wires like an obstinate child.
On the twenty-ninth I noticed how my nasal passage was getting crushed but if I breathed slow, air could get around it. Nobody making you, and nobody gonna pat your backside either, even if it is as sweet as white flour. It was a Wednesday night, so there werena€™t many people in the place, but it was nice and dark and had a purple couch.
I sat for long enough to think probably Shawn wasna€™t the best person to know about time passing, so I got up and started looking for a greaser in the bowels of the place. You might could tell if you werenE?t so busy getting that hard cold proof down your gullet. I got three lady singers in the joint who are going to try their best to bring this place to its knees. Before the woman, who called herself Colleen Parker, took her seat, she volunteered herself.
The thing is, your house burning down is just like anything else, all you can do is say no.
They were dressed to the nine-inch heels, pouting because he wouldnE?t comp all their drinks but made them nudge and flirt for them like the other customers.
She said some part of me was going to rest when I found him, and some part was going to grow up. The speakers were backed up against the stage, but there was a sweet spot if I turned a little to the left and leaned back to get my spine straight and line my vocal chords up. References in this article to recent excavations are to the work of the Brooklyn group.) 1    Margaret Benson  In the nineteenth century, Egyptian archaeology, as a male dominated occupation, was not prepared for Margaret Benson when, in 1895, she achieved the distinction of being the first woman to gain permission to conduct her own excavation in Egypt.
There were dragons, eagles, ravens, swans, pterosaurs, horses, moths, honey bees, wolves, cattle, dolphins, cheetahs, primates and beings composed of raw energy that looked like spiraling galaxies. It was a tiered cake built of layers of chocolate, vanilla and orange sponge cakes dribbled with a rose water glaze and then decorated with sugared violets and rose petals.
As we continued to walked to the bar to freshen our drinks, I overheard Mark talking to a group of folks dressed in dark evening wear standing casually by one of the large windows overlooking the gardens. From amongst these flames, beautiful fiery images (sigils?)shot into the air, through the clouds and (it appeared) straight to the heart of the multiverse.
It was a wordless yoik, a yoik of celebratory power, a yoik of gratitude for healing and restoration, a yoik of determination and purposefulness. The Dance That Renews the Balance Between Death, Life and Rebirth, The Dance That Weaves the Fabric of the Multiverse had already moved into the parts that the Living are not allowed to witness. It is amazing to see Mysterious Ones, bears, egrets, eagles, primates and octopi interweave with the hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. No one seemed to know for that matter, what the exact choices will actually be when the time comes, let along what choices will be made.
At the last moment I decided to pin the new antique ivory bee brooch that Larry gave me to the left shoulder of my cloak.
It is amazing to see Mysterious Ones,A  bears, egrets, eagles, primates and octopi interweave with the hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. Likewise, a person can condition himself to not hear an alarm clock ring by repeatedly shutting it off and not getting up. The Bible tells us in another place that God finally left Ephraim alone because he was joined to his idols (Hosea 4:17) and would not listen to the Spirit. Don't quench the fire of the Holy Spirit by repeatedly refusing to heed the Spirit's voice. Nor do they obey Him.a€?a€?Jesus Clears the Aira€?Jesus says that true assurance is only for those who do His Father's will. They have embraced a theology of salvation in sin or salvation by works--neither of which needs Jesus. Nor do they obey Him.Jesus Clears the AirJesus says that true assurance is only for those who do His Father's will. Jesus is coming soon, but there is a lot of popular misconceptions regarding just how He's coming. Even religious leaders are denying the plain Bible teachings of Creation, the Flood, the divinity of Christ, the second coming of Christ, and many other vital Bible truths. Only a small percentage of the citizens of our large cities attend church services regularly, but they jam pleasure resorts by the thousands. There is no reason to be deceived if we learn what God's book teaches about Christ's second coming.
Those who deny, ignore, or make light of Christ's second advent (as a literal, soon-coming event) are specifically fulfilling Bible prophecy--and doing the devil a very great service. Ia€™m making my way to them on a hobo pilgrimage toward salvation, because I dreamed my soul was inside one of them in a deer.
That grocery store clerk was my mother, sure as the mole on my face, springing up like a reprimand that wona€™t be put down, because her concern for me is something I have to carry for some fixed amount of time like my own dead weight.a€?a€?a€?= The Ricea€?a€?The second person I asked about Antares I slept with because it was time. I couldna€™t tell it was him at first because fur isna€™t something you expect to see on a bastard, which I figured he was. If their own parents had given them names that came with their own personality, maybe they could crawl out from the microscope under which they live. But after about four bites I realized it wasna€™t really that good so I squirted Tabasco on it and washed it down with sour orange juice, which I must have been complaining about in my head because right then Frances walked in and told me to buy my own juice if I wanted the ritzy stuff; she was poor.
Harner could tell them about Pythagoras, or drop his kids off at the swimming pool or Vietnam, where my dad had gone and gotten himself killeda€”years before, so I wasna€™t all traumatized or anything, but it did sort of rush together like a washing machine full of insight that all I had in the world was a mother who didna€™t want me to see the bruises she gave herself and a brother who was trying to raise a little girl. Ciara pushed against her hard, leaning with her whole body, digging her fingers in a little. She never felt so alone as after folding another origami scorpion to lay on top of the crowd. Something about his bare head should have made him vulnerable but instead it made him fierce. On the thirtieth try, my mind had a fita€”I should get a gig or write music instead of this useless crapa€”but the picture had hold of me, of being onstage. I want you to make E?em feel welcome, clap hardest for the one you like most, not the one with the biggest titties, E?cause IE?m trying to run me a serious music theater. I figured it was a sure thing sheE?d take the dubious honor of official bar singer, but IE?d give her a run for it nonetheless. Funny I wanted her to hear me now when I wouldnE?t let her come the first night, but I realized I didnE?t need my attention for something else. That grocery store clerk was my mother, sure as the mole on my face, springing up like a reprimand that wona€™t be put down, because her concern for me is something I have to carry for some fixed amount of time like my own dead weight.= The RiceThe second person I asked about Antares I slept with because it was time. A thirty year old semi-invalid of a distinguished English family, she had the rare good luck to ask for the concession to a site that seemed unimportant and a site that no one else wanted.
Among the crowd I saw such folk as Gertrude Jekyll, Gregor Mendel, Vita Sackville-West, Luther Burbank, Thalassa Cruso, Claude Monet and my Uncle Conrad. The cake was carried on a litter by four huge green beings with bulging biceps and flowering hair and pansy faces. Nevertheless, everyone agreed that The Cauldron of Change is simmering and will probably not come to a boil until Spring Thaw. Since the Holy Spirit is the only agency given to bring me conviction, if I permanently reject Him, my case is thereafter hopeless. The day finally comes when the alarm goes off and he does not hear it.a€?a€?Don't Shut Off the Holy Spirita€?So it is with the Holy Spirit. If the fire goes out, I have passed the point of no return.a€?a€?Any Sin Can Quench the Firea€?Any unconfessed or unforsaken sin can ultimately snuff out the fire of the Holy Spirit. But the Bible also speaks of God hardening his heart because God's Holy Spirit kept pleading with Pharaoh.
The day finally comes when the alarm goes off and he does not hear it.Don't Shut Off the Holy SpiritSo it is with the Holy Spirit.
If the fire goes out, I have passed the point of no return.Any Sin Can Quench the FireAny unconfessed or unforsaken sin can ultimately snuff out the fire of the Holy Spirit. So take a few minutes to understand what the Bible really says about the second coming so you won't be left behind! False christs will appear and do miracles on the earth (Matthew 24:23-27), but Jesus will remain in the clouds above the earth at His second coming.
It is said that 80percent of the world's total knowledge has been brought forth in the last decade and that 90percent of all the scientists who have ever lived are alive today. Psychiatry and the traditions of pseudo-intellectuals have replaced the Bible in many religious circles.
Like a shadow of algae going to rive me from this stream.a€?a€?The first person I asked about him said Honey, whatchu want to know about Antares for?a€?a€?I dona€™t know that many people, I told her. But even from that distance, I could see his cheekbones were high and carved straight out of his skull.
He talked alright, but I could hear him clear as a bell thinking, a€?slice slice slice slicea€? and the visual it came with was like fish gills full of bitters. I asked her if it would make me cursed because a girl at school said that song was about a whore. When I saw him, our eyes locked and I panicked, wondering what I was going to do now, but he walked right up and said, What? Even if he had to wait a couple maybe agonizing days, at least he wouldna€™t spend them indentured to the terror everybody else had of the cold. It made you wonder what a whole population of people would be like if they never stopped creating themselves, like there was never any obligation to anything but cool. I knew if I swallowed a sword it would quiet the audience for the sound of my voice coming out. But I knew I put it there because I hadna€™t had time to wash my hands in the lettuce bowl. Maybe hea€™d gotten under the fence at his house or broken off the chain; hea€™d gotten loose from his owner anyhow.
What I am opening to is right here, including the fear that she might miss me and the fact that I need her and she might not be able to provide. Like a shadow of algae going to rive me from this stream.The first person I asked about him said Honey, whatchu want to know about Antares for?I dona€™t know that many people, I told her. It was assumed that even an woman amateur with no experience could do little harm at the nearly destroyed Temple of Mut, in a remote location south of the Amun precinct at Karnak. The huge circle must of held thousands of folks, all singing and dancing, doing the magic of the eveninga€™s work. The Folks in the bar were moving back and forth between the main dance hall, the bonfires the kitchens and meeting rooms. One of my particular favorites was a colossal cast iron cauldron filled with black blossoms that icily steamed from their deep frozen depths.
I will never forget yoiking on Samhain night with the Whales, Dragons, Giant Polar Bears, Short Faced Bears, Giant Sloths, Saber Toothed Tigers, Giant Dragonflies, Primates, Dire Wolves, Giant Bees, Dromornis, Mammoths and Mastodons.
Spark, who was standing guard at the big doors, whinnied softly as he rubbed his velvet nose on my neck, a€?Next year, cowgirl.
The group seemed to hold a solid hope and confidence that the probabilities were high and getting higher for a successful move into the Cultures of Beauty, Balance and Delight. This subject is so important that God illustrates and explains it many different ways in Scripture.
It became unpardonable only because Judas refused to listen to the Holy Spirit and confess his sin of covetousness.
The most tragic thing that can happen to any person is for God to have to turn away and leave him alone.
Hence, He explains that He did not really get acquainted with them or know them as His personal friends. Secular educators teach our youth to scoff at the Bible record of these great truths and substitute evolution and other man-made, false teachings for the plain, simple facts of God's Holy Word. Pleasure-mad Americans waste billions of hours in front of the TV set in direct fulfillment of 2 Timothy 3:4.
The wisest statesmen of our time are concerned for the survival of civilization because crime sweeps forward seemingly beyond control. People who know what the Bible says about the second coming will not be led astray by Satan. I asked her how she dealt with stuff like that but she looked at me kind of puzzled like you dona€™t know? She asked if I felt cursed and I said no, and she said curses dona€™t exist, and besides, I liked being called Roxy-anne like I had my own adjective, and Roxy, like moxie and Rocks, like star.
Something about having to make sandwiches out of ketchup and saltines made Reno unable to count on anything as unreliable as that.
When the tube touched ground in the bottom of my stomach and came barreling back out as a flame of sound, I figured. She was ringing up my rice, which was when she noticed I had about seventeen bags of rice and thata€™s all. She worked there for only three seasons from 1895 to 1897 and she published The Temple of Mut in Asher in 1899 2 with Janet Gourlay, who joined her in the second season.
Spark was bare headed except for a single large orange sapphire in the middle of his forehead.
These blossoms included roses, grasses, mums, orchids, euphorbias, sunflowers, glads, and many other unknown flowers, all of them as black as the depths of outer space. When I could clearly see the golden lights shining out from the Roadhouse windows my heart filled with a longing to see my beloved dead once again.
When that day comes, the Spirit sadly turns away from me because I have become deaf to His pleadings. Had Pharaoh listened, his heart would have softened as the sun softens wax.a€?a€?Judas and Petera€?Christ's disciples Judas and Peter demonstrated this same principle. If we commit to do Jesus' will and follow where He leads, He promises that He will help us discern truth from error (John 7:17). Had Pharaoh listened, his heart would have softened as the sun softens wax.Judas and PeterChrist's disciples Judas and Peter demonstrated this same principle.
It does not take place at a man's death, nor is it figurative--to be manifested by better world conditions.
A recent poll discovered that only two percent of American student ministers believe in the literal second coming of Christ. I had pushed in maybe a millimeter, so I pulled back into his hand, sank in maybe a centimeter before my body dissolved like pixie stix in acid.
In the introduction to that publication of her work she emphasized that it was the first time any woman had been given permission by the Egyptian Department of Antiquities to excavate; she was well aware that it was something of an accomplishment. His part is to work the mighty miracle within me that changes my life and prepares me for His second coming. One after another I asked dumb questions like that until he started winding them around this wheel, like the millera€™s daughter spinning straw into gold, I said, which made him smile so wide I fell right through the door. He leaned his body into mine against the wall, holding it there, which made me able to feel the wall again, him.
For a clear and penetrating answer, yet also full of hope, take a few minutes with this fascinating Study Guide. The second coming will be a literal, worldwide, visible, personal appearance of Christ in the clouds to bring this world to an end and to reward or punish all men and women.
Divorce rates are climbing wildly, with nearly one marriage in two ending in the divorce court.
Perfect, holy, happy beings, restored once again to the perfect image of God, will at last be at home in a sinless, spotless world as God originally planned. She told me to get on her handlebars and I did because her eyes were the color of twilight if twilight had a gray. I didna€™t do it on purpose, but once I saw the shock on her face, I started collecting finales.
Lucifer could have been pardoned and cleansed, but he refused to listen until he could no longer hear the Spirit's voice.a€?a€?C.
Lucifer could have been pardoned and cleansed, but he refused to listen until he could no longer hear the Spirit's voice.C. The current immoral generation--with its obsession with sex and filth, with its increasing church membership but decreasing true spirituality--is plain and positive fulfillment of God's Word.
Fulfillment: This prophecy points primarily to the long period of tribulation that took place during the Dark Ages and was instigated by the apostate church. We were frankly warned that we should make no discoveries; indeed if any had been anticipated, it was unlikely that the clearance would have been entrusted to inexperienced direction. Refusal to obey the Holy Spirit's voice in any area pours water on the fire of the Holy Spirit. For a real shock, see how many of the last-day sins listed in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 you can find depicted in any issue of your Sunday newspaper. That's why Luke 17:37 speaks of the bodies of the wicked and mentions the eagles (or vultures) gathered around them.
They were convinced repeatedly with deep, heartfelt conviction that Jesus was the Messiah--the Son of the living God of heaven. Nothing short of the coming of the Lord will stem the tide of evil that is now engulfing the world.
I mean amphetamines didnE?t help, but she wouldna€™t have needed them if she made something other than kids. It will lead people to heaven's judgment bar, feeling certain they are saved when they are, in fact, lost (Proverbs 16:25). He was first an assistant master at Rugby, then the first headmaster of the newly founded Wellington College.He rose in the service of the church as Chancellor of the diocese of Lincoln, Bishop of Truro and, finally, Archbishop of Canterbury.
Then one day, after another great miracle by Jesus, the Pharisees told the multitude that Jesus received His power from the devil. He was truly repentant and later became one of the greatest preachers in the apostolic church.
Christ at once told them that attributing His miracle-working power to the devil indicated they had passed the point of no return and had blasphemed the Holy Ghost. Please read Zechariah 7:12, 13 for God's sobering warning about hardening our hearts against hearing and obeying His Spirit's pleadings. Benson was a learned man with a wide knowledge of history and a serious concern for the education of the young.


Life pulls into a station, you wait for the next bus to come along, or you take it where it goes. He was also something of a poet and one of his hymns is still included in the American Episcopal Hymnal. But they refused until they were stone deaf to the Holy Spirit and could no longer be reached. I Cannot Choose the ConsequencesWhen the Spirit makes His appeal, I can choose to respond or refuse, but I cannot choose the consequences. I mean, Hank and me werena€™t something to be ashamed of, but she knew my being able to sing wasna€™t something she did. Arthur Christopher, the eldest, was first a master at Eton and then at Magdalen College, Cambridge. UNLIKE IN THE NATURAL BIOGRAPHY, THERE IS NO CONDEMNATION OR FEAR OF SIN AND DEATHBECAUSE, IN CHRIST, THERE IS LIFE,LIBERTY, AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.
A noted author and poet with an enormous literary output, he published over fifty books, most of an inspirational nature, but he was also the author of monographs on D. Candles were lighted in many houses; the birds were silent and disappeared, and the fowls retired to roost. The Holy Spirit will seal, or mark, me in the forehead as a child of God (Revelation 7:2, 3), and thus assure me of a place in God's heavenly kingdom.
If I persistently refuse to respond, I will grieve the Holy Spirit away and He will leave me forever, thus sealing my doom. He helped to edit the correspondence of Queen Victoria for publication, contributed poetry to The Yellow Book, and wrote the words to the anthem "Land of Hope and Glory". Most important to the study of the excavator of the Mut Temple, he was the author of The Life and Letters of Maggie Benson, 4 a sympathetic biography which helps to shed some light on her short archaeological career.
He also wrote several reminiscences of his family in which he included his sister and described his involvement in her excavations. He helped to supervise part of the work and he prepared the plan of the temple which was used in her eventual publication. His younger brother, Robert Hugh Benson, took Holy Orders in the Church of England, later converted to Roman Catholicism and was ordained a priest in that rite.
He also achieved some fame as a novelist and poet and rose to the position of Papal Chamberlain.
Hugh accompanied the family to Egypt in 1897 but did not participate in the excavation.  Arthur, Hugh and FredArthur Christopher, Robert Hugh and Edward Frederick Benson These four male Bensons are included in every encyclopedia and biographical dictionary since the turn of the century, yet Margaret does not get a line, even as the daughter of her famous father.
Her publication of the excavation is cited in every reference to theTemple of Mut in the Egyptological literature, but she is known to history as a name in a footnote and little else. Margaret Benson was born at Wellington College during her father's tenure as headmaster. Each career advancement for him meant a move for the family so her childhood was spent in a series of official residences until she went to Oxford in 1883.
She was eighteen when she was enrolled at Lady Margaret Hall, a women's college founded only four years before. One of her tutors commented to his sister that he was sorry Margaret had not been able to read for "Greats" in the normal way.
MOST IMPORTANTLY, IT IS A LOVE STORY THAT REVEALS THE HEART OF GOD THROUGH THE PERSON OF HIS SON, JESUS. 5 When she took a first in the Women's Honours School of Philosophy, he said, "No one will realize how brilliantly she has done." 6 Since her work was not compared to that of her male contemporaries, it would have escaped noticed. In her studies she concentrated on political economy and moral sciences but she was also active in many aspects of the college. She participated in dramatics, debating and sports but her outstanding talent was for drawing and painting in watercolor.
Her skill was so superior he thought she should be appointed drawing mistress if she remained at Lady Margaret Hall for any length of time. She began a work titled "The Venture of Rational Faith" which occupied her thoughts for many years. THEREFORE, A PERSON MUST HAVE FIRST PLACED THEIR FAITH IN CHRIST FOR SALVATION BEFORE TAKING COMMUNION (MATT. From the titles alone they suggest a young woman who was deeply concerned with problems of society and the spirit and this preoccupation with the spiritual was to be one of her concerns throughout the rest of her life. In some of her letters from Egypt it is clear that she was attempting to understand something of the spiritual life of the ancient Egyptians, not a surprising interest for the daughter of a churchman like Edward White Benson. By the time she was twenty-five she had developed the symptoms of rheumatism and the beginnings of arthritis. She made her first voyage to Egypt in 1894 because the warm climate was considered to be beneficial for those who suffered from her ailments. Wintering in Egypt was highly recommended at the time for a wide range of illnesses ranging from simple asthma to "mental strain." Lord Carnarvon, Howard Carter's sponsor in the search for the tomb of Tutankhamun, was one of the many who went to Egypt for reasons of health. After Cairo and Giza she went on by stages as far as Aswan and the island temples of Philae. She commented on the "wonderful calm" of the Great Sphinx, the physical beauty of the Nubians, the color of the stone at Philae, the descent of the cataract by boat, which she said was "not at all dangerous". By the end of January she was established in Luxor with a program of visits to the monuments set out.
I don't feel as if I should have really had an idea of Egypt at all if I hadn't stayed here -- the Bas-reliefs of kings in chariots are only now beginning to look individual instead of made on a pattern, and the immensity of the whole thing is beginning to dawn -- and the colours, oh my goodness! The ancient language and script she found fascinating but she was not as interested in reading classical Arabic. Her interest was maintained by the variety of animal and bird life for at home in England she had been surrounded by domestic animals and had always been keen on keeping pets. By the time her first stay ended in March, 1894, she had already resolved to return in the fall.
When Margaret returned to Egypt in November she had already conceived the idea of excavating a site and thus applied to the Egyptian authorities.
Edouard Naville, the Swiss Egyptologist who was working at the Temple of Hatshepsut at Dier el Bahri for the Egypt Exploration Fund, wrote to Henri de Morgan, Director of the Department of Antiquities, on her behalf. From her letters of the time, it is clear that this was one of the most exciting moments of Margaret Benson's life because she was allowed to embark on what she considered a great adventure. In the preface to The Temple of Mut in Asher she said that she had no intention of publishing the work because she had been warned that there was little to find.
In the introduction to The Temple of Mut in Asher acknowledgments were made and gratitude was offered to a number of people who aided in the work in various ways. The professional Egyptologists and archaeologists included Naville, Petrie, de Morgan, Brugsch, Borchardt, Daressy, Hogarth and especially Percy Newberry who translated the inscriptions on all of the statues found.
Lea), 10 a Colonel Esdaile, 11 and Margaret's brother, Fred, helped in the supervision of the work in one or more seasons. It is clear from the publication that Naville helped to set up the excavation and helped to plan the work. Hogarth 12 gave advice in the direction of the digging and Newberry was singled out for his advice, suggestions and correction as well as "unwearied kindness." Margaret's brother, Fred, helped his inexperienced sister by supervising some of the work as well as making a measured plan of the temple which is reproduced in the publication. Benson) was qualified to help because he had intended to pursue archaeology as a career, studied Classical Languages and archaeology at Cambridge, and was awarded a scholarship at King's College on the basis of his work. He organized a small excavation at Chester to search for Roman legionary tomb stones built into the town wall and the results of his efforts were noticed favorably by Theodore Mommsen, the great nineteenth century classicist, and by Mr. Benson went on to excavate at Megalopolis in Greece for the British School at Athens and published the result of his work in the Journal of Hellenic Studies.
His first love was Greece and its antiquities and it is probable that concern for his sister's health was a more important reason for him joining the excavation than an interest in the antiquities of Egypt.
13 It is interesting to speculate as to why a Victorian woman was drawn to the Temple of Mut.
The precinct of the goddess who was the consort of Amun, titled "Lady of Heaven", and "Mistress of all the Gods", is a compelling site and was certainly in need of further exploration in Margaret's time.
Its isolation and the arrangement with the Temple of Mut enclosed on three sides by its own sacred lake made it seem even more romantic.
14 When she began the excavation three days was considered enough time to "do" the monuments of Luxor and Margaret said that few people could be expected to spend even a half hour at in the Precinct of Mut.
The donkey-boys knew how to find the temple but it was not considered a "usual excursion" and after her early visits to the site she said that "The temple itself was much destroyed, and the broken walls so far buried, that one could not trace the plan of more than the outer court and a few small chambers". 15 The Precinct of the Goddess Mut is an extensive field of ruins about twenty-two acres in size, of which Margaret had chosen to excavate only the central structure. Connected to the southernmost pylons of the larger Amun Temple of Karnak by an avenue of sphinxes, the Mut precinct contains three major temples and a number of smaller structures in various stages of dilapidation. She noted some of these details in her initial description of the site, but in three short seasons she was only able to work inside the Mut Temple proper and she cleared little of its exterior. Serious study of the temple complex was started at least as early as the expedition of Napoleon at the end of the eighteenth century when artists and engineers attached to the military corps measured the ruins and made drawings of some of the statues. During the first quarter of the nineteenth century, the great age of the treasure hunters in Egypt, Giovanni Belzoni carried away many of the lion-headed statues and pieces of sculpture to European museums.
Champollion, the decipherer of hieroglyphs, and Karl Lepsius, the pioneer German Egyptologist, both visited the precinct, copied inscriptions and made maps of the remains.16 August Mariette had excavated there and believed that he had exhausted the site. Most of the travelers and scholars who had visited the precinct or carried out work there left some notes or sketches of what they saw and these were useful as references for the new excavation.
Since some of the early sources on the site are quoted in her publication, Margaret was obviously aware of their existence. 17 On her return to Egypt at the end of November, 1894, she stopped at Mena House hotel at Giza and for a short time at Helwan, south of Cairo. Helwan was known for its sulphur springs and from about 1880 it had become a popular health resort, particularly suited for the treatment of the sorts of maladies from which Margaret suffered.
People at every turn asked if she remembered them and her donkey-boy almost wept to see her. The largest the work gang would be in the three seasons of excavation was sixteen or seventeen men and eighty boys, still a sizable number. Before the work started Naville came to "interview our overseer and show us how to determine the course of the work".
Since her spoken Arabic was almost nonexistent, she had to use a donkey-boy as a translator.
It would have been helpful if she had had the opportunity to work on an excavation conducted by a professional and profit from the experience but she was eager to learn and had generally good advice at her disposal so she proceeded in an orderly manner and began to clear the temple.
On the second of January she wrote to her mother: "I don't think much will be found of little things, only walls, bases of pillars, and possibly Cat-statues. I shall feel rather like --'Massa in the shade would lay While we poor niggers toiled all day' -- for I am to have a responsible overseer, and my chief duty apparently will be paying. 18 She is described as riding out from the Luxor Hotel on donkey-back with bags of piaster pieces jingling for the Saturday payday.
She had been warned to pay each man and boy personally rather than through the overseer to reduce the chances of wages disappearing into the hands of intermediaries. The workmen believed that she was at least a princess and they wanted to know if her father lived in the same village as the Queen of England. When they sang their impromptu work songs (as Egyptian workmen still do) they called Margaret the "Princess" and her brother Fred the "Khedive".
Earth was banked to the north side of the court, against the back of the ruined first pylon but on the south it had been dug out even below the level of the pavement.
Mariette's map is inaccurate in a number of respects suggesting that he was not able to expose enough of the main walls. At the first (northern) gate it was necessary for Margaret Benson to clear ten or twelve feet of earth to reach the paving stones at the bottom.
In the process they found what were described as fallen roofing blocks, a lion-headed statue lying across and blocking the way, and also a small sandstone head of a hippopotamus. In the clearance of the court the bases of four pairs of columns were found, not five as on Mariette's map. After working around the west half of the first court and disengaging eight Sakhmet statues in the process, they came on their first important find.
Near the west wall of the court, was discovered a block statue of a man named Amenemhet, a royal scribe of the time of Amenhotep II. The statue is now in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo 19 but Margaret was given a cast of it to take home to England. When it was discovered she wrote to her father:  My Dearest Papa, We have had such a splendid find at the Temple of Mut that I must write to tell you about it. We were just going out there on Monday, when we met one of our boys who works there running to tell us that they had found a statue.
When we got there they were washing it, and it proved to be a black granite figure about two feet high, knees up to its chin, hands crossed on them, one hand holding a lotus.
20 The government had appointed an overseer who spent his time watching the excavation for just such finds.
He reported it to a sub-inspector who immediately took the block statue away to a store house and locked it up. He said it was hard that Margaret should not have "la jouissance de la statue que vous avez trouve" and she was allowed to take it to the hotel where she could enjoy it until the end of the season when it would become the property of the museum. The statue had been found on the pavement level, apparently in situ, suggesting to the excavator that this was good evidence for an earlier dating for the temple than was generally believed at the time.
The presence of a statue on the floor of a temple does not necessarily date the temple, but many contemporary Egyptologists might have come to the same conclusion.
One visitor to the site recalled that a party of American tourists were perplexed when Margaret was pointed out to them as the director of the dig. At that moment she and a friend were sitting on the ground quarreling about who could build the best sand castle. This was probably not the picture of an "important" English Egyptologist that the Americans had expected.
21 The baboons went to the museum in Cairo, a fragment of a limestone stela was eventually consigned to a store house in Luxor and the upper part of a female figure was left in the precinct where it was recently rediscovered.
The small objects found in the season of 1895 included a few coins, a terra cotta of a reclining "princess", some beads, Roman pots and broken bits of bronze. Time was spent repositioning Sakhmet statues which appeared to be out of place based on what was perceived as a pattern for their arrangement. Even if they were correct they could not be sure that they were reconstructing the original ancient placement of the statues in the temple or some modification of the original design. In the spirit of neatness and attempting to leave the precinct in good order, they also repaired some of the statues with the aid of an Italian plasterer, hired especially for that purpose.
For a fancy dress ball at the Luxor Hotel she appeared costumed as the goddess Mut, wearing a vulture headdress which Naville praised for its ingenuity.
The resources in the souk of Luxor for fancy dress were nonexistent but Margaret was resourceful enough to find material with which to fabricate a costume based, as she said, on "Old Egyptian pictures."  The results of the first season would have been gratifying for any excavator. In a short five weeks the "English Lady" had begun to clear the temple and to note the errors on the older plans available to her. She had started a program of reconstruction with the idea of preserving some of the statues of Sakhmet littering the site. She had found one statue of great importance and the torso of another which did not seem so significant to her.
Her original intention of digging in a picturesque place where she had been told there was nothing much to be found was beginning to produce unexpected results. The Benson party arrived in Egypt for the second season early in January of 1896. After a trip down to, they reached Luxor Aswan around the twenty-sixth and the work began on the thirtieth. That day Margaret was introduced to Janet Gourlay who had come to assist with the excavation. The beginning of the long relationship between "Maggie" Benson and "Nettie" Gourlay was not signaled with any particular importance. By May of the same year she was to write (also to her mother): "I like her more and more -- I haven't liked anyone so well in years". Miss Benson and Miss Gourlay seemed to work together very well and to share similar reactions and feelings. They were to remain close friends for much of Margaret's life, visiting and travelling together often. Their correspondence reflects a deep mutual sympathy and Janet was apparently much on Margaret's mind because she often mentioned her friend in writing to others.
After her relationship with Margaret Benson she faded into obscurity and even her family has been difficult to trace, although a sister was located a few years ago. With the first court considered cleared in the previous season, work was begun at the gate way between the first and second courts. An investigation was made of the ruined wall between these two courts and the conclusion was drawn that it was "a composite structure" suggesting that part of the wall was of a later date than the rest. The wall east of the gate opening is of stone and clearly of at least two building periods while the west side has a mud brick core faced on the south with stone.
Margaret thought the west half of the wall to be completely destroyed because it was of mud brick which had never been replaced by stone. She found the remains of "more than one row of hollow pots" which she thought had been used as "air bricks" in some later rebuilding.
Originally built of mud brick, like many of the structures in the Precinct of Mut, the south face of both halves of the wall was sheathed with stone one course thick no later than the Ramesside Period.
During the Ptolemaic Period the core of the east half of the mud brick wall was replaced with stone but the Ramesside sheathing was retained. Sometime after the temple fell into disuse the remaining mud brick half on the west was partly hollowed out and used as a dwelling or magazine (which may account for the rows of pots Margaret thought to be rebuilding)                                                           The Excavations: Second PartWhat is most important about the description of the 1896 season is the demonstration of attention that was being paid to building techniques, to additive construction and to possible rebuilding. Here the untrained excavator was beginning to understand some of the problems of clearing a temple structure in Egypt. Mariette's plan of the second chamber probably seemed accurate after a superficial examination so a complete clearing seemed unnecessary. Other fragments were found and the original height of the seated statue was estimated between fourteen and sixteen feet high. The following year de Morgan, the Director General of the Department of Antiquities, ordered the head sent to the museum in Cairo The finding of the large lion head is mentioned in a letter from Margaret to her mother dated February 9, 1896, 22. In the same letter she also mentions the discovery of a statue of Ramesses II on the day before the letter was written.
23.Her published letters often give exact or close dates of discoveries whereas her later publication in the Temple of Mut in Asher was an attempt at a narrative of the work in some order of progression through the temple and dates are often lacking. About the same time that the giant lion head was found some effort was made to raise a large cornerstone block but a crowbar was bent and a rope was broken.
The end result of the activity is not explained at that point and the location of the corner not given but it can probably be identified with the southeast cornerstone of the Mut Temple mentioned later in a description of the search for foundation deposits. There had been inscriptions on the shoulder and back pillar but these had been methodically erased.
The lower half was found a little later and it was possible to reconstruct an over life-sized, nearly complete, seated statue of a king.
The excavators published it as "possibly" Tutankhamun, an identification not accepted today, and it is still to be seen, sitting to the east of the gateway, facing into the second court.24 A large statue of Sakhmet was also found, not as large as the colossal head, but larger than the other figures still in the precinct and in most Egyptian collections.
It was also reconstructed and left in place, on the west side of the doorway where it is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the temple. In the clearance of the second court a feature described as a thin wall built out from the north wall was found in the northeast corner.
It was later interpreted by the nineteenth century excavators as part of the arrangement for a raised cloister and it was not until recent excavation that it was identified as the lower part of the wall of a small chapel, built against the north wall of the court.
The process of determining any sequence of the levels in the second court was complicated by the fact that it had been worked over by earlier treasure hunters and archaeologists. In some cases statues were found below the original floor level, leading to the assumption that some pieces had fallen, broken the pavement, and sunk into the floor of their own weight. It is more probable that the stone floors had been dug out and undermined in the search for antiquities. This included the reconstruction of some of the statues as found and the moving of others in a general attempt to neaten the appearance of the temple. Other finds made in the second court included inscribed blocks too large to move or reused in parts of walls still standing. The statue identified as Ramesses II, mentioned in Margaret's letter of February 9, was found on the southwest side of the court, near the center. It was a seated figure in pink granite, rather large in size, but when it was completely uncovered it was found to be broken through the middle with the lower half in an advanced state of disintegration. The upper part was in relatively good condition except for the left shoulder and arm and it was eventually awarded to the excavators.
The recent ongoing excavations carried out by the Brooklyn Museum have revealed a female head with traces of a vulture headdress as well as a number of fragments of legs and feet which suggest that the head of the god found by Margaret Benson was from a pair statue representing Amun and Mut. Another important discovery she made on the south side of the court was a series of sandstone relief blocks representing the arrival at Thebes of Nitocris, daughter of Psamtik I, as God's Wife of Amun.25 At some time during the season Margaret was made aware of the possibility that foundation deposits might still be in place. These dedicatory deposits were put down at the time of the founding of a structure or at a time of a major rebuilding, and they are often found under the cornerstones, the thresholds or under major walls, usually in the center. They contain a number of small objects including containers for food offerings, model tools and model bricks or plaques inscribed with the name of the ruler. The importance of finding such a deposit in the Temple of Mut was obvious to Margaret because it would prove to everyone's satisfaction who had built the temple, or at least who had made additions to it.
At the same time another part of the crew was clearing the innermost rooms in the south part of the temple. Under the central of the three chambers they discovered a subterranean crypt with an entrance so small that it had to be excavated by "a small boy with a trowel".
This chamber has been re-cleared in recent years and proved to be a small rectangular room with traces of an erased one-line text around the four walls. In antiquity the access seems to have been hidden by a paving stone which had to be lifted each time the room was entered. Again no deposit was found but in digging around the cornerstone, below the original ground level, they began to find statues and fragments of statues. As the earth continued to yield more and more pieces of sculpture, Legrain arrived from the Amun Temple, where he was supervising the excavation, and announced his intention to take everything away to the storehouse. Aside from the pleasure of the find, it was important to have the objects at hand for study, comparison and the copying of inscriptions. I think the winter has just crystallized all the cure set up before.28 Apparently the work of excavation agreed with Margaret.



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