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I kept reminding myself that this was the price of the choices I had made, and that I stood by those choices. Her earliest works — mostly highly detailed drawings from the s — reveal the hand of a precociously skilled draftswoman. Her clean, geometric sculptures radiate the sophisticated restraint of Donald Judd. Early on, Piper was influenced primarily by the conceptual art of Sol LeWitt, a lifelong friend and one-time neighbor of hers when she lived on the Lower East Side. Piper says that these people were sometimes openly disappointed when they met her.
Not everyone in the art world believes she could have ever been so innocent, which has made her a controversial figure. Her pieces are conversational and confrontational, proceeding from the premise that racism is always something interpersonal before it can be institutional or structural. Because the anger is justified, one instinctively feels guilty. One feels both unjustly accused or harassed, and also remorseful and ashamed at having been the sort of person who could have provoked the accusation. While in no way excusing anti-black racism, Piper nevertheless hit upon, a quarter of a century ago, a means of understanding, at least in part, the tortuous psychology of white reaction.
It is a means rooted in an unusual dual perspective that feels particularly useful in an era defined by a fracturing of collective understanding: the embrace of identitarian essentialism and rising reactionary populism. Or one can detach oneself emotionally and distance oneself physically from the aggressors, from the perspective of which their personal flaws and failures of vision, insight and sensitivity loom larger, making it easier to forgive them for their human imperfections but harder to relate to them as equals.
If I tell you who I am, you become nervous and uncomfortable, or antagonized. And why should I have to do that?
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Because if someone can look and sound like me and still be black, then no one is safely, unquestionably white. No one. The work is simple, nothing more elaborate than a phalanx of chairs arranged in front of a defensively upturned desk with a TV mounted behind it. At some point I stepped back to photograph the installation.
As I pressed my thumb to unlock my phone, I contemplated, as I often do, the wallpaper, a favorite snapshot of my 4-year-old daughter: ivory skin, clear blue eyes, an ever-so-incongruent puff of golden curls levitating above her neckline.
In the not-so-distant past, she — like my father and me, though not like my wife or my mother — would have been enslaved by people who looked just like her. The day after the opening, I wrote to Piper again. For anyone who is doubtful of the sheer absurdity of racial categorization and the porousness of our supposed boundaries, the Piper family history can be instructive. Her father, Daniel, received two separate and contradictory birth certificates. Daniel Sr. But in his senior year, when he made the mistake of asking out a white classmate, he was publicly shamed and removed from the basketball team.
Such self-presentation was a defensive reaction to the dehumanizing stereotypes prevalent throughout the culture. Theirs was simply to falsify the stereotype. In fact, the job that Piper invented for herself was completely sui generis. There are very few people who have experienced this kind of early success in one field who would willingly submit to the demands and diminutions of advancement in a second.
Yet Piper could not escape her polymathy, and in she arrived at Harvard to pursue a Ph. On her first day, Willard Van Orman Quine, one of the most famous and influential philosophers of the 20th century, approached her. In one remark, Quine simultaneously insulted Piper — implying, condescendingly, that her inclusion in such a rarefied space was predicated, at least in part, on the fact that she was legitimately black — while also invalidating her supposed racial credentials. In so doing, he had demeaned what she believed was the sacred life of the mind and stripped her of the confidence to trust that she would be perceived on his turf as an individual and not a social curiosity.
Piper ended up graduating at the top of her program, and the mark of her training is evident even in informal interactions. She is an extraordinarily formidable e-mailer, picking apart casual correspondence with the cool ferocity of a world-class logician; it sometimes felt as if Ludwig Wittgenstein was at the other end of the computer. I would be interested in learning her views on these matters. Piper is notorious in the art press for submitting and sometimes self-publishing excoriating letters to the editor when she feels a writer has misrepresented her work or her thinking.
In , she famously eviscerated the art critic Donald Kuspit in an open letter that became a kind of performance in its own right. I did not know what to expect. The Adrian Piper Research Archive Foundation Berlin occupies an airy high-ceilinged flat in the gentrifying immigrant neighborhood of Wedding. It was mostly vacant when I visited, because the work had all been shipped to New York, but in one of the rooms off the entrance there was that meticulous scale-model of the MoMA retrospective.
In person she appeared deceptively Lilliputian. Dressed professorially in slacks and a blazer, with smooth beige skin, neatly trimmed hair and rimless glasses, her very Americanness was accentuated by her Continental surroundings. From the volume of emailing we had behind us, the thread of conversation resumed easily.
They fit any Small to Large creature. The DC to break or slip out of the shackles is They come in pairs and are unremarkable in appearance. If both of the pair are sounded, all creatures within feet with the exception of those within a foot-radius safe zone around the drums are affected as by a fear spell Will DC 16 partial.
Drums of panic can be used once per day. This fine powder appears to be a very fine, very light metallic dust. A single handful of this substance flung into the air coats objects within a foot radius, making them visible even if they are invisible. It likewise negates the effects of blur and displacement. In this, it works just like the faerie fire spell. The dust also reveals figments, mirror images , and projected images for what they are.
A creature coated with the dust takes a penalty on its Hide checks. This dust looks just like dust of appearance and is typically stored in the same manner. A creature or object touched by it becomes invisible as greater invisibility. Dust of appearance, however, does reveal people and objects made invisible by dust of disappearance. Other factors, such as sound and smell, also allow possible detection.
The greater invisibility bestowed by the dust lasts for 2d6 rounds. This special dust has many uses. If it is thrown into water, a volume of as much as gallons is instantly transformed to nothingness, and the dust becomes a marble-sized pellet, floating or resting where it was thrown. If this pellet is hurled down, it breaks and releases the same volume of water.
The dust affects only water fresh, salt, alkaline , not other liquids. If the dust is employed against an elemental with the water subtype, the creature must make a DC 18 Fortitude save or be destroyed. The dust deals 5d6 points of damage to the creature even if its saving throw succeeds.
This unremarkable powder resembles chalk dust or powdered graphite. Stare at it, however, and the dust changes color and form. Put dust of illusion on a creature, and that creature is affected as if by a disguise self glamer, with the individual who sprinkles the dust envisioning the illusion desired. An unwilling target is allowed a DC 11 Reflex save to avoid the dust. The glamer lasts for 2 hours. This normal-seeming dust is actually a magic powder that can conceal the passage of its possessor and his companions. Tossing a handful of this dust into the air causes a chamber of up to square feet of floor space to become as dusty, dirty, and cobweb-laden as if it had been abandoned and disused for a decade.
A handful of dust sprinkled along a trail causes evidence of the passage of as many as a dozen men and horses to be obliterated for feet back into the distance. The results of the dust are instantaneous, and no magical aura lingers afterward from this use of the dust.
Survival checks made to track a quarry across an area affected by this dust have a DC 20 higher than normal. This appears to be a typical arrow container capable of holding about twenty arrows. It has three distinct portions, each with a nondimensional space allowing it to store far more than would normally be possible. The first and smallest one can contain up to sixty objects of the same general size and shape as an arrow.
The second slightly longer compartment holds up to eighteen objects of the same general size and shape as a javelin. The third and longest portion of the case contains as many as six objects of the same general size and shape as a bow spears, staffs, or the like. Once the owner has filled it, the quiver can produce any item she wishes, as if from a regular quiver or scabbard.
This item is typically fashioned of brass or bronze, with a lead stopper bearing special seals. A thin stream of smoke is often seen issuing from it.
Full text of "Pearl : an English poem of the 14th century"
The bottle can be opened once per day. When opened, the efreeti imprisoned within issues from the bottle instantly. In either case, the efreeti afterward disappears forever. The elemental is under the control of the creature that broke the gem.
The coloration of the gem varies with the type of elemental it summons. Air elemental gems are transparent, earth elemental gems are light brown, fire elemental gems are reddish orange, and water elemental gems are blue-green. This strange elixir bestows upon the drinker the ability to spit gouts of flame.
He can breathe fire up to three times, each time dealing 4d6 points of fire damage to a single target up to 25 feet away. The victim can attempt a DC 13 Reflex save for half damage. Unused blasts dissipate 1 hour after the liquid is consumed. This sweet-tasting liquid causes the character drinking it to become charmed with the first creature she sees after consuming the draft as charm person —the drinker must be a humanoid of Medium or smaller size, Will DC 14 negates.
The charm effects wear off in 1d3 hours. This elixir bestows swimming ability. This elixir forces the individual drinking it to say nothing but the truth for 10 minutes Will DC 13 negates. She is compelled to answer any questions put to her in that time, but with each question she is free to make a separate DC 13 Will save. No more than one question can be asked each round. This is a mind-affecting compulsion enchantment. This metal urn is identical in appearance to an efreeti bottle , except that it does nothing but smoke.
The amount of smoke is great if the stopper is pulled out, pouring from the bottle and totally obscuring vision across a foot spread in 1 round. If the bottle is left unstoppered, the smoke billows out another 10 feet per round until it has covered a foot radius. This area remains smoke-filled until the eversmoking bottle is stoppered. The bottle must be resealed by a command word , after which the smoke dissipates normally. The wearer is able to use charm person one target per round as a gaze attack.
Those failing a DC 16 Will save are charmed as per the spell. If the wearer has only one lens, the DC of the saving throw is reduced to Those failing a DC 11 Will save are affected as by the doom spell. However, if the wearer has both lenses, he gains the additional power of a continual deathwatch effect and can use fear Will DC 16 partial as a normal gaze attack once per week. These items are made of special crystal and fit over the eyes of the wearer. Wearing only one of the pair causes a character to become dizzy and, in effect, stunned for 1 round.
Thereafter, the wearer can use the single lens without being stunned so long as she covers her other eye. Of course, she can remove the single lens and see normally at any time, or wear both lenses to end or avoid the dizziness. They allow her to use a petrification gaze attack Fortitude DC 19 negates for 10 rounds per day.
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Both lenses must be worn for the magic to be effective. Each of the several kinds of figurines of wondrous power appears to be a miniature statuette of a creature an inch or so high with one exception. When the figurine is tossed down and the correct command word spoken, it becomes a living creature of normal size except when noted otherwise below. The creature obeys and serves its owner. Unless stated otherwise, the creature understands Common but does not speak.
If a figurine of wondrous power is broken or destroyed in its statuette form, it is forever ruined. All magic is lost, its power departed. If slain in animal form, the figurine simply reverts to a statuette that can be used again at a later time. When animated, a bronze griffon acts in all ways like a normal griffon under the command of its possessor. The item can be used twice per week for up to 6 hours per use. When 6 hours have passed or when the command word is spoken, the bronze griffon once again becomes a tiny statuette. When animated, an ebony fly is the size of a pony and has all the statistics of a hippogriff but can make no attacks.
The item can be used three times per week for up to 12 hours per use. When 12 hours have passed or when the command word is spoken, the ebony fly again becomes a tiny statuette. These figurines come in pairs. They become normal adult male lions. If slain in combat, the lions cannot be brought back from statuette form for one full week. Otherwise, they can be used once per day for up to 1 hour. They enlarge and shrink upon speaking the command word. These figurines come in threes. Each goat of this trio looks slightly different from the others, and each has a different function:.
This is the largest of the figurines, the statuette being about the size of a human hand. Upon utterance of the command word , a marble elephant grows to the size and specifications of a true elephant. The statuette can be used four times per month for up to 24 hours at a time. This figurine appears to be a small, shapeless lump of black stone. Only careful inspection reveals that it vaguely resembles some form of quadruped. On command, the near-formless piece of obsidian becomes a fantastic mount.
Treat it as a heavy warhorse with the following additional powers usable once per round at will: overland flight , plane shift , and ethereal jaunt. The statuette can be used once per week for one continuous period of up to 24 hours. Note that when an obsidian steed becomes ethereal or plane shifts , its rider and his gear follow suit.
Strong conjuration and transmutation; CL 15th; Craft Wondrous Item , animate objects , etherealness , fly , plane shift ; Price 28, gp. When commanded, this statuette changes into a creature with the same properties as a riding dog except that it is endowed with an Intelligence of 8, can communicate in Common, and has exceptional olfactory and visual abilities. It has foot darkvision , and it can see invisibility.
An onyx dog can be used once per week for up to 6 hours. It obeys only its owner. This figurine becomes either a normal-sized horned owl or a giant owl according to the command word used. The transformation can take place once per day, with a maximum duration of 8 continuous hours. However, after three transformations into giant owl form, the statuette loses all its magical properties. The owl communicates with its owner by telepathic means, informing her of all it sees and hears. Remember the limitations of its Intelligence.
This silver figurine turns into a raven on command but it retains its metallic consistency, which gives it hardness Another command sends it off into the air, bearing a message just like a creature affected by an animal messenger spell. If not commanded to carry a message, the raven obeys the commands of its owner, although it has no special powers or telepathic abilities.
It can maintain its nonfigurine status for only 24 hours per week, but the duration need not be continuous. Faint enchantment and transmutation; CL 6th; Craft Wondrous Item , animal messenger , animate objects ; Price 3, gp. Each of these items is a small feather that has a power to suit a special need. The kinds of tokens are described below.
Each token is usable once. A token that can be used to deliver a small written message unerringly to a designated target as would a carrier pigeon. The token lasts as long as it takes to carry the message. A token that forms a huge flapping fan, causing a breeze of sufficient strength to propel one ship about 25 mph. This wind is not cumulative with existing wind speed. The token can, however, be used to lessen existing winds, creating an area of relative calm or lighter winds but wave size in a storm is not affected.
The fan can be used for up to 8 hours. It does not function on land. A token that forms a swanlike boat capable of moving on water at a speed of 60 feet. It can carry eight horses and gear or thirty-two Medium characters or any equivalent combination. The boat lasts for one day. A token that causes a great oak to spring into being 5-foot diameter trunk, foot height, foot top diameter. This is an instantaneous effect. A token that forms into a huge leather whip and wields itself against any opponent desired just like a dancing weapon.
The whip lasts no longer than 1 hour. Moderate conjuration; CL 12th; Craft Wondrous Item , major creation ; Price 50 gp anchor , gp bird , gp fan , gp swan boat , gp tree , gp whip. These gauntlets are made of tough leather with iron studs running across the back of the hands and fingers. Both gauntlets must be worn for the magic to be effective. This single metal gauntlet looks rusted and pitted but is actually quite powerful.
Once per day, it can affect an object as with the rusting grasp spell. It also completely protects the wearer and her gear from rust magical or otherwise , including the attack of a rust monster. This crystal appears to be a long, rough prism. Upon utterance of a command word , the crystal emits bright light of one of three sorts. A newly created gem of brightness has 50 charges.
When all its charges are expended, the gem becomes nonmagical. This finely cut and polished stone is indistinguishable from an ordinary jewel in appearance. When it is gazed through, a gem of seeing enables the user to see as though she were affected by the true seeing spell. A gem of seeing can be used for as much as 30 minutes a day, divided up into periods of minutes or rounds as the user sees fit.
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Once snugly worn, these gloves seem to meld with the hands, becoming almost invisible. Twice per day, the wearer can act as if he had the Snatch Arrows feat, even if he does not meet the prerequisites for it. Both gloves must be worn for the magic to be effective. At least one hand must be free to take advantage of the magic. These thin leather gloves are very flexible and allow for delicate manipulation. This device is a simple leather glove.
On command, one item held in the hand wearing the glove disappears. The item can weigh no more than 20 pounds and must be able to be held in one hand. While stored, the item has negligible weight. With a snap of the fingers wearing the glove, the item reappears. A glove can only store one item at a time. Storing or retrieving the item is a free action. The item is held in stasis and shrunk down so small within the palm of the glove that it cannot be seen. Spell durations are not suppressed, but continue to expire.
If an effect is suppressed or dispelled, the stored item appears instantly. The lenses of this item are made of special crystal. The lenses of this item are made of dark crystal. Even though the lenses are opaque, when placed over the eyes of the wearer they enable him to see normally and also grant him foot darkvision.
A golem manual contains information, incantations and magical power that help a character to craft a golem. Each manual also holds the prerequisite spells needed for a specific golem, effectively grants the builder use of the Craft Construct feat during the construction of the golem, and grants the character an increase to her caster level for the purpose of crafting a golem.
Any golem built using a golem manual does not cost the creator any XP, since the requisite XP are "contained" in the book and "expended" by the book during the creation process. The spells included in a golem manual require a spell trigger activation and can be activated only to assist in the construction of a golem. Once the golem is finished, the writing in the manual fades and the book is consumed in flames. The book contains animate objects , bless , commune , and resurrection. The reader may treat her caster level as two levels higher than normal for the purpose of crafting a clay golem.
The book supplies 1, XP for the creation of a clay golem. The reader may treat her caster level as one level higher than normal for the purpose of crafting a flesh golem. The book supplies XP for the creation of a flesh golem. The reader may treat her caster level as four levels higher than normal for the purpose of crafting a iron golem. The book supplies 5, XP for the creation of a iron golem. The reader may treat her caster level as three levels higher than normal for the purpose of crafting a stone golem. The book supplies 3, XP for the creation of a stone golem. The reader may treat her caster level as three levels higher than normal for the purpose of crafting a greater stone golem.
The book supplies 7, XP for the creation of a greater stone golem. If a magic ring is placed on one of the fingers of the hand, the wearer benefits from the ring as if wearing it herself, and it does not count against her two-ring limit. The hand can wear only one ring at a time. Even without a ring, the hand itself allows its wearer to use daylight and see invisibility each once per day. It allows the wearer to utilize the spell mage hand at will. A backpack of this sort appears to be well made, well used, and quite ordinary. It is constructed of finely tanned leather, and the straps have brass hardware and buckles.
It has two side pouches, each of which appears large enough to hold about a quart of material. In fact, each is like a bag of holding and can actually hold material of as much as 2 cubic feet in volume or 20 pounds in weight. The large central portion of the pack can contain up to 8 cubic feet or 80 pounds of material. Even when so filled, the backpack always weighs only 5 pounds. While such storage is useful enough, the pack has an even greater power in addition. When the wearer reaches into it for a specific item, that item is always on top.
Thus, no digging around and fumbling is ever necessary to find what a haversack contains. Retrieving any specific item from a haversack is a move action , but it does not provoke the attacks of opportunity that retrieving a stored item usually does. This instrument is a golden, intricately carved harp. When played, it enables the performer to work one suggestion as the spell, Will DC 14 negates into the music for each 10 minutes of playing if he can succeed on a DC 14 Perform string instruments check.
If the check fails, the audience cannot be affected by any further performances from the harpist for 24 hours. This apparently normal hat allows its wearer to alter her appearance as with a disguise self spell. As part of the disguise, the hat can be changed to appear as a comb, ribbon, headband, cap, coif, hood, helmet, and so on. This device is a light cord with a small gem set so that it rests upon the forehead of the wearer. This enhancement bonus does not earn the wearer extra skill points when a new level is attained; use the unenhanced Intelligence bonus to determine skill points.
This normal-looking helm takes its true form and manifests its powers when the user dons it and speaks the command word. Made of brilliant silver and polished steel, a newly created helm is set with large magic gems: ten diamonds, twenty rubies, thirty fire opals, and forty opals. When struck by bright light, the helm scintillates and sends forth reflective rays in all directions from its crownlike, gem-tipped spikes.
The helm may be used once per round, but each gem can perform its spell-like power just once. Until all its jewels are depleted, a helm of brilliance also has the following magical properties when activated. Once all its jewels have lost their magic, the helm loses its powers and the gems turn to worthless powder. Removing a jewel destroys it.
If a creature wearing the helm is damaged by magical fire after the fire protection is taken into account and fails an additional DC 15 Will save , the remaining gems on the helm overload and detonate. Remaining diamonds become prismatic sprays that each randomly target a creature within range possibly the wearer , rubies become straight-line walls of fire extending outward in a random direction from the helm wearer, and fire opals become fireballs centered on the helm wearer.
The opals and the helm itself are destroyed. Strong varied; CL 13th; Craft Wondrous Item , detect undead , fireball , flame blade , light , prismatic spray , protection from energy , wall of fire ; Price , gp; Weight 3 lb. Appearing as a normal helmet, a helm of comprehend languages and read magic grants its wearer the ability to understand the spoken words of any creature and to read text in any language and any magical writing. Note that understanding a magical text does not necessarily imply spell use.
The wearer can use detect thoughts at will. Furthermore, he can send a telepathic message to anyone whose surface thoughts he is reading allowing two-way communication. Once per day, the wearer of the helm can implant a suggestion as the spell, Will DC 14 negates along with his telepathic message.
A character wearing this device may teleport three times per day, exactly as if he had cast the spell of the same name. The wearer of this helmet can see underwater. Weeds, obstructions, and the like block vision in the usual manner. This horn appears to be a normal trumpet. It can be sounded as a normal horn, but if the command word is spoken and the instrument is then played, it deals 5d6 points of sonic damage to creatures within a foot cone and causes them to be deafened for 2d6 rounds a DC 16 Fortitude save reduces the damage by half and negates the deafening.
This horn functions as a horn of blasting, except that it deals 10d6 points of sonic damage, stuns creatures for 1 round, and deafens them for 4d6 rounds a DC 19 Fortitude reduces the damage by half and negates the stunning and deafening. Crystalline objects take 16d6 points of sonic damage as described for the horn of blasting. This small bugle allows its possessor to blow forth a thick cloud of heavy fog similar to that of an obscuring mist spell.
The fog covers a foot square next to the horn blower each round that the user continues to blow the horn; fog clouds travel 10 feet each round in a straight line from the emanation point unless blocked by something substantial such as a wall. The device makes a deep, foghorn-like noise, with the note dropping abruptly to a lower register at the end of each blast.
The fog dissipates after 3 minutes.
If the owner is neither good nor evil, the horn has no power whatsoever. If he is good, then blowing the horn has the effect of a magic circle against evil. If he is evil, then blowing the horn has the effect of a magic circle against good. In either case, this ward lasts for 1 hour. The horn can be blown once per day. This device is a conch shell that can be blown once per day except by a triton which can sound it three times per day. A horn of the tritons can perform any one of the following functions when blown. Any sounding of a horn of the tritons can be heard by all tritons within a 3-mile radius.
Moderate conjuration and transmutation; CL 8th; Craft Wondrous Item , fear , summon monster V , control water , creator must be a triton or get construction aid from a triton; Price 15, gp; Weight 2 lb. This magic instrument comes in four varieties. Each appears to be normal until someone speaks its command word and blows the horn.
Then the horn summons a number of human barbarians to fight for the character who summoned them. Each horn can be blown just once every seven days. Summoned barbarians are constructs , not actual people though they seem to be ; they arrive with the starting equipment for barbarians. They attack anyone the possessor of the horn commands them to fight until they or their opponents are slain or until 1 hour has elapsed, whichever comes first. These iron shoes come in sets of four like ordinary horseshoes.
As with other effects that increase speed, jumping distances increase proportionally. All four shoes must be worn by the same animal for the magic to be effective. These four iron shoes are affixed like normal horseshoes. They allow a horse to travel without actually touching the ground. The horse must still run above always around 4 inches above a roughly horizontal surface.
This means that nonsolid or unstable surfaces can be crossed, and that movement is possible without leaving tracks on any sort of ground. The horse moves at its normal base land speed. This small rectangular block of sweet smelling incense is visually indistinguishable from nonmagical incense until lit. When it is burning, the special fragrance and pearly-hued smoke of this special incense are recognizable by anyone making a DC 15 Spellcraft check. When a divine spellcaster lights a block of incense of meditation and then spends 8 hours praying and meditating nearby, the incense enables him to prepare all his spells as though affected by the Maximize Spell feat.
However, all the spells prepared in this way are at their normal level, not at three levels higher as with the regular metamagic feat. This metal cube is small, but when activated by speaking a command word it grows to form a tower 20 feet square and 30 feet high, with arrow slits on all sides and a crenellated battlement atop it.
The metal walls extend 10 feet into the ground, rooting it to the spot and preventing it from being tipped over. The adamantine walls of instant fortress have hit points and hardness The fortress cannot be repaired except by a wish or a miracle , which restores 50 points of damage taken.
The door opens and closes instantly at his command. Anyone so caught takes 10d10 points of damage Reflex DC 19 half. The fortress is deactivated by speaking a command word different from the one used to activate it. It cannot be deactivated unless it is empty. These crystalline stones always float in the air and must be within 3 feet of their owner to be of any use. When a character first acquires a stone, she must hold it and then release it, whereupon it takes up a circling orbit 1d3 feet from her head.
Thereafter, a stone must be grasped or netted to separate it from its owner. The owner may voluntarily seize and stow a stone to keep it safe while she is sleeping, for example , but she loses the benefits of the stone during that time. Ioun stones have AC 24, 10 hit points, and hardness 5.
Regeneration from the pearly white ioun stone works like a ring of regeneration. God has revealed His plans to His servants the prophets, whose words we read in scripture. I believe this is part of the prophesied apostasy of the end times. This is why I place importance on watching what is going on so that I can alert those with ears to hear what I am seeing. We are not of this world, but we are the salt and light of it through Christ. I believe understanding what is really going on in the world in light of Bible prophecy will be an adrenalin shot to the heart of all who believe the Word of God.
May it bring you greater faith and hope and love to share with those around you. Revelation tells us that the testimony of Yeshua is the spirit of prophecy and being the Word made flesh, the whole Bible is written of Him. He is returning and has told His friends what He is doing, revealing it throughout His Word as written by the prophets moved by His Holy Spirit. He has not returned yet and He foretold of His second coming with sudden destruction.
The Lord always does things in accordance with His Word, which never changes. And so our actions, whether in accordance with His Word or contrary to it, will produce an expected result because God has made known the benefits and consequences of our actions whether aligned with or against His ways respectively. This collection of studies cover known history and Bible prophecies that are fulfilled from the destruction of Jerusalem by Babylon all the way up to the modern era.
Fulfilled prophecy, in my opinion, is one of the best tools to bring the reality and precision of Bible prophecy to life. The Word of God is alive. He went to the trouble to spell it out for us so it must be important. I believe in the end the Bible will be revealed to those who love and honor it, taking God at His Word.
I hope that this most of all leads to you reading the Word of God personally and taking it for truth, bringing you to a closer relationship with your Creator, Yeshua. In accordance with Title 17 U. Section , any copyrighted work herein is archived under fair use without profit or payment to those who have expressed a prior interest in reviewing the included information for personal use, non-profit research and educational purposes only. Isaiah Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done , saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.
Hearken unto me, ye stouthearted, that are far from righteousness: I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory. Isaiah I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass. Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow brass; I have even from the beginning declared it to thee; before it came to pass I shewed it thee: lest thou shouldest say, Mine idol hath done them, and my graven image, and my molten image, hath commanded them.
Thou hast heard, see all this; and will not ye declare it? I have shewed thee new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them. They are created now, and not from the beginning; even before the day when thou heardest them not; lest thou shouldest say, Behold, I knew them. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.