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For their final destination, Isaiah deposited them in a house crowded with a dozen men. Rose looked around and recognized eleven of the people as the Disciples of Jesus. She did not recognize the twelfth man with them; Isaiah explained that he was Matthias, the replacement of the traitor Judas Iscariot. Suddenly, the whole building was filled with noise that sounded like a tornado.
"What's going on?" Rose shouted over the roar.
"Jesus is sending the Great Comforter as a gift to His Disciples!" Isaiah shouted back.
As the three watched, small tongues of flame appeared from the ceiling and fell, coming to rest on the shoulders of the Disciples as the sounds of wind disappeared. Each of the Disciple's faces brightened and the immediately rose and filed out of the house, bursting with excitement about something.
"They have been filled with the Holy Spirit." Isaiah explained. "Come, I think you will find this most fascinating and insightful."
Isaiah led the two out of the house and into what appeared to be a city square. They looked around the square and found that the Disciples had split up and were preaching to the various people that were in the square. However, the astonishing thing was that they were speaking in several different languages.
"Why, are not all these who are speaking Galileans?" one member of the crowd observed in amazement. "And how is it that we each hear them in our own language to which we were born? Parthians and Medes and Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya around Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs - we hear them in our own tongues speaking of the mighty deeds of God."
Rose and the Doctor discovered that many people were asking questions similar to the one they both had.
"What does this mean?" The Doctor asked of Isaiah.
"The Holy Spirit is blessing them with the ability to spread God's Word amongst the people of all nations." Isaiah explained. "Just as Jesus Himself commanded."
Rose noticed that not all the people were fascinated or interested in the Disciples' teachings. Some of them even commented that the Disciples were drunk.
"That's just silly." Rose thought to herself when she heard that assumption. "Who becomes multilingual when they're drunk? I mean, I know that drunks have their own language, if you can call it that, but these are actual languages. And they're being spoken fluently!"
Apparently Peter heard these accusations, because he called the other eleven disciples back to him and together, they climbed the steps of what appeared to be a temple and stood in front of the door. Then Peter moved to the top of the stairs and began to address the crowd.
"Men of Judea and all you who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you and give heed to my words." he began. "For these men are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only the third hour of the day; but this is what was spoken of through the prophet Joel:
"And it shall be in the last days,' God says, 'That I will pour forth of my Spirit on all mankind; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy; and your young men shall see visions; and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my bondslaves, both men and women, I will in those days pour forth of my Spirit and they shall prophesy."
Rose and the Doctor listened in rapt attention to Peter's speech that gripped the attention of everyone in the square.
"And I will grant wonders in the sky above," Peter continued, "and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke. The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before the great and glorious day of the Lord shall come. And it shall be that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
By now, Peter had the entire crowd hanging on his every word.
"Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know - this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power. For David says of Him,
'I saw the Lord always in my presence; for He is at my right hand, so that I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart was glad and my tongue exulted; moreover my flesh also will live in hope; because you will not abandon my soul to Hades, nor allow your Holy One to undergo decay. You have made known to me the ways of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.'
"Brethren, I may confidently say to you regarding the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. And so, because he was a prophet and knew that God had sworn to Him with an oath to seat one of his descendants on his throne, he looked ahead and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was neither abandoned to Hades, nor did His flesh suffer decay. This Jesus God raised up again, to which we are all witnesses. Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this which you both see and hear. For it was not David who ascended into heaven, but he himself says:
'The Lord said to my Lord, 'sit at my right hand', until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet'
"Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ-this Jesus whom you crucified."
Rose was able to tell that the people were very nervous and visibly upset after hearing Peter's speech. This was confirmed when someone asked Peter what they were supposed to do.
Peter answered, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself."
"And that is the end of our journey." Isaiah told the two as he led them from the square down a street.
"That's it?" Rose questioned. "But that can't be it! I have so many more questions!"
"Worry not, Rose Tyler." Isaiah reassured her. "You will be able to discover the answers to your questions soon enough if you are truly willing to find them."
The angelic prophet continued to lead them down the street before turning off into an alley and stopping at what appeared to be a large storage shed.
"Ah yes," Isaiah said to them as he gazed at the structure, "this is yet another example of the wondrous fact that the most humble of things can hold the most amazing secrets."
"What do you mean?" the Doctor inquired.
"See for yourself, Doctor." Isaiah responded.
The Doctor simply shrugged before stepping forward and pushing open the door to the storage shed.
"Ah, there she is!" the Doctor exclaimed before stepping inside.
"She?" Rose questioned. "Who's she?"
Rose followed the Doctor into the building and was surprised to find the Time Lord walking around the outside of the TARDIS.
"I feel bad." the Doctor commented. "She's missed quite the adventure."
"You will find a few gifts from me inside, Doctor, as mementoes of your learning experience." Isaiah told him.
"So I guess this is good bye?" Rose asked, disappointed in having to part ways with the prophet.
"Indeed it is, young Rose." Isaiah confirmed. "But do not worry; we shall meet again soon enough. However, I find myself hoping that our reunion will not be for quite some time."
"Thank you for everything." Rose said as she stepped forward and embraced Isaiah. "You've taught us so much in such a short time. Thank you."
"It was my pleasure, Miss Tyler." Isaiah told her as she let go. "I quite enjoyed leading you on your journey. Always remember that God is watching out for you and loves you no matter where or when you are. He is always there."
Then the Doctor stepped forward as Rose backed up a little bit. He gave the prophet his own hug and gratitude before stepping back himself.
"Before you go, I have two questions, if I may?" the Doctor said.
"Speak Doctor, and I will answer if God allows it." the Prophet replied.
"First off, how come I've never been able to travel to any of those places before?"
"Ah yes," Isaiah said with a smile, "I was awaiting that question. These events are, as Time Lords say, time-locked. This was done to prevent some of the more, shall we say corrupt, beings of the universe from defiling such sacred points in history. You were allowed entry when the time was right for you to do so."
"Well, that makes sense." the Doctor admitted. "Okay. Now my other question is: have my past incarnations passed into Heaven as separate beings, or are they still part of me?"
"That, my dear friend, is a question that I cannot answer, I'm afraid." Isaiah responded. "However, I can say this: you will find out soon, one way or the other."
This surprised the Doctor; Rose could tell. However, he didn't say anything about and Rose figured that he decided not to worry about it right now.
"Well then, it is time for us to part ways." Isaiah said. "Take care of yourselves and spread the Word of God to all that you can. Farewell."
This time, there was now flash of light or anything fancy. Isaiah just smiled at them before he simply faded away.
"Well, that was quite the adventure, wasn't it Rose?" the Doctor said as he fished the TARDIS key out of his pocket and opened the door of the Time Machine.
"That was more than an adventure." Rose told him. "That was indescribable."
"Shall we see what these gifts are?" he asked as he led her into the box. As they walked up to the console, they could see several items resting upon it. Two were books with their names on them. They were identified as Bibles.
"Mine's even written in Gallifreyan!" the Doctor had exclaimed.
In addition to the Bibles, there was a pair of small wooden crosses and a pair of wooden plaques with something written on them. Rose picked up hers and read it. It was something that summed up their entire journey and gave her even more hope for the future:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
A/N: To appropriately quote John 19:30: "It is finished!" Passages in Time is now complete. Well, there's still the epilogue after this Author's Note, but that will have to wait for a moment. I just want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for reading and loving this story and showing me your support through the Reviews, Story Alerts, Author Alerts, and Favorites. This is my first completed fanfic and let me say that it was a wonderful experience. I'm glad you all enjoyed this ride as much as I did. And as a little "thank-you" I'm working to prepare some, for lack of a better term, posters for this fanfic. I'll most likely post a message in the form of "Chapter 11", since that's the easiest way to contact all of you. So once again, thank you and please be sure to let me know what you all think of the ending and the story over all.
Now, as for the epilogue, this may or may not be a set-up for a sequel and if it is, I may or may not be the one writing it. Only God knows the answer to that one and He hasn't said anything yet, so we'll wait and see. Interestingly enough, He already inspired me to change the ending from another scene with Rose and the Tenth Doctor, to what it is now. So without further ado, here's the epilogue:
While the Doctor was tinkering with who-knows-what under the floor of the TARDIS, Amy decided to wander around the ship and see what all the Time Lord was hiding on-board. Rory was asleep somewhere on the main floor, the lazy bugger, so it was just her and the Time Machine for now.
After exploring the wardrobe room, swimming pool area, and, oddly enough, the cricket pitch and zeppelin hanger, Amy found herself in the TARDIS's massive library. She started to browse the shelves, seeing many human classics as well as a large number of alien texts. Suddenly, something caught her attention out of the corner of her eye.
At the center of the library, there was a small table with an antique-looking lamp. On the table's surface were two identical books. Identical, except for the names etched into the leather covers. One was unsurprisingly labeled as the Doctor's, while the other was labeled as belonging to a 'Rose Tyler', whoever that was. Amy walked over to the table and picked up the Doctor's copy and saw that it was a Bible. At least, that's what she assumed since she couldn't read the strange letters. However, Rose's was clearly labeled as a Bible, so Amy assumed the Doctor's was too.
After making her way back to the main control room, she walked down the steps just as the Doctor was pulling himself out from under the main console and standing up.
"I didn't know you were a religious person, Doctor." Amy commented as she held up his Bible.
"Ah yes, wonderful book that is." the Doctor responded. "Though it was quite the adventure that led to me getting that.
"Really?" she inquired. "What kind of adventure?"
"Funny you should ask, Miss Pond." the Doctor responded. "Funny you should ask."