Transformation of the Archaeologist

Transformation of the archaeologist


from confirmed atheist, to bible believer

A Rift in Time -- by Michael Phillips


  pp 378-379


re Gilbert Bowles


[The English archaeologist, Sir Gilbert Bowles, had been enlisted as an informant by the villainous Halder Zorin. Adam Livingstone, archaeologist of reknown, is the subject of their concern.]


"Zorin . . . Bowles," said a thick-tongued Sir Gilbert into the telephone.

"I have information."

   "You sound funny--I can hardly understand you. Speak clearly."

   "Yes, sir, Your Majesty."

   "You're drunk!"

   "Guilty as charged, Your Honor!" Bowles laughed.

   "You fool! Get on with it. Drunk or not--what do you have for me?"

   Bowles drew in a deep breath, as if the action might sober him. All it succeeded in doing was lightening his head still more. "Cissna is a botanist," he slurred. "He was hired to help Livingstone find old flora species."

   "For what purpose?"

   "I assume to lead them to Eden. Ha, ha, ha!" Sir Gilbert could hardly say the word without smiling when he had his wits about him. In his present state the very sound of it set off a fit of laughter.

   "What were they doing in Olduvai?" asked Zorin, growing angrier by the second.

   "What else but a ruse to throw us off the scent? Livingstone's a clever fellow, you know."

   "What did they find?" demanded Zorin.

   "Don't know, Your Majesty. The professor clammed up. But I can assure you on my word of honor as a gentleman and a scholar that they found nothing of substance relating to Eden. Ha, ha, ha! No one ever will! Ha, ha! It's a fairy tale. Ha, ha, ha!"

   "You learned nothing of their movements?"

   "His lips were sealed tighter than a drum, I tell you."

   "You are a fool, Bowles--a drunken fool! I see I shall have to take the matter in hand myself."

   "As you wish, Your Lordship."

   "Say nothing of this to anyone."

   When Sir Gilbert Bowles threw down the hotel phone this time, he swore loudly, though he could not help continuing to chuckle at the idiocy of the whole thing.


Hidden in Time -- by Michael Phillips


   pp 46-47


[re Gilbert Bowles -- after the massive heart attack nearly took his life.]


Gilbert Bowles sat upright in his hospital bed.

   It was strangely quiet. He glanced about. The clock on the wall showed 2:37 A.M. No wonder everything was so infernally still--it was the middle of the night.

   Why couldn't he sleep all of a sudden? This was a blasted inconvenient time to get insomnia!

   He sat staring straight ahead. It was no use. He was wide awake.

   Without thinking of it consciously, his hand stretched out and picked up the book lying on the stand next to his bed. It hadn't occurred to him what it was until he opened it and saw the familiar double columns.

   Bah! A Bible! he thought to himself. Who had put that there?

   Well, there wasn't anything else to do. It might be good for a few laughs.

Chalk it up to research for his next speech. He might find something choice he could use to prove the whole thing a load of nonsense.

   Without turning the page, he began to read where he found himself.

   For the truth about God is known to them instinctively. 

God has put this knowledge in their hearts. From the time the world was created,


people have seen the earth and sky and all that God made. 

They can clearly see his invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature. 

So they have no excuse whatever for not knowing God. 

Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn't worship him as God or even give him thanks. 

And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. 

The result was that their minds became dark and confused. 

Claiming to be wise, they became utter fools instead. And instead--

Romans 1:20-24

   Humbug, Bowles said to himself, just like he always knew it was!   

   He slammed the book closed and set it back on the nightstand. Staring into space was better than any more of such idiocy!


   p 449

[For Gilbert Bowles, at last the Light dawns.]

Dawn with pine

[Deep beneath Jerusalem, Adam Livingstone had just saved the life of Sir Gilbert Bowles - rescuing him from a deep pit . Then, after hours of following the computer map of scanned subterranean tunnels, the archeology team gazed in awe upon the long-lost Ark of the Covenant.]

   Adam glanced up at Sir Gilbert. His expression was one of stunned disbelief. Slowly he [Gilbert Bowles] began shaking his head, then spoke, half to himself.

"You mean . . . it's all true," he mumbled, unable to comprehend the implications of the find. "The stories . . the Bible--all of it . . it's actually true!" 

   "It's true, Sir Gilbert," replied Adam. "The Bible is true."

   "But . . . but all this time . . . I always thought . . . I mean, I've dedicated my whole life to disproving what I knew beyond a doubt was a complete load of nonsense. And now . . ."

   "I was once a skeptic myself, just like you, Sir Gilbert, until the reality of Noah's ark upset my world and I knew God was alive and real and personal. This may be that moment for you."

   "But the very thought . .  of such a being . . I don't know what to think of it all . . 

this . . your saving my life . .  all that's happened."

   "He has had you in His sights all along, Sir Gilbert." 

   For the moment Sir Gilbert's questions and confusions were silenced.



   pp 459-460

[Gilbert Bowles confirms Adam Livingstone's amazing historic discovery.]


[At the BBC press conference in Jerusalem -  two days after Adam Livingstone's team discovered the Ark of the Covenant.]

   There was more laughter and ridicule at Adam's attempted explanation.

   Suddenly Jim Lindberg and Kim Shayne saw the ponderous form of Sir Gilbert Bowles rise from where he had been sitting in the front row and approach. He walked straight toward the front of the camera.

   "It seems we have a surprise guest," said Lindberg, trying to maintain his poise. "Adam Livingstone's chief antagonist and sometime rival, Sir Gilbert Bowles."

   Lindberg rose from his chair, signalling to one of the production crew beside Bridges at the camera to bring another, offering Bowles his own in the meantime.

   "I presume, Sir Gilbert," he continued as the impromptu arrangements were attended to, "that you have something to add to this discussion."

  Bowles nodded as he sat down. The camera zoomed in for a close-up of his face.

   "I can corroborate everything," said Bowles.

   The listening audience began to buzz with astonishment.

   "Have you and the Livingstone team joined forces?" said Lindberg.

"I thought you were rivals."

   "At one time perhaps, but no longer."

   "And how, Sir Gilbert . . . how exactly can you corroborate Mr. Livingstone's claim?"

   "Simple. I was with Adam when he made the discovery," replied Bowles calmly. "I saw the ark with my own eyes. It is exactly as he has said. Adam Livingstone is telling the truth."

 . . . Now both of Great Britain's leading archaeologists were being ridiculed. Adam and Sir Gilbert had indeed joined the same team. According to the world's media, they had gone over the edge together and were virtually through as reputable scientists.  . . (end of fictional study)

   TRUTH, however, always triumphs.  

   It may be satanically silenced for a time,   

   but what says the LORD?  :

   Psalm 2 states the forever view.  

   The LORD sits in the heavens and laughs.  

Why are the nations in an uproar
And the peoples devising a vain thing?


The kings of the earth take their stand
And the rulers take counsel together                                                       Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,


"Let us tear their fetters apart
And cast away their cords from us!"


He who sits in the heavens laughs,
The Lord scoffs at them.


Then He will speak to them in His anger
And terrify them in His fury, saying,


"But as for Me, I have installed My King
Upon Zion, My holy mountain."


"I will surely tell of the decree of the Lord:
He said to Me, 'You are My Son,                                                             Today I have begotten You.                                                       


'Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance,
And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.


'You shall break them with a rod of iron,
You shall shatter them like earthenware.'"


Now therefore, O kings, show discernment;
Take warning, O judges of the earth.


Worship the Lord with reverence
And rejoice with trembling.


Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry,                                     and you perish in the way,                                                  
For His wrath may soon be kindled.
How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!

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