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A statement of faith concerning The LAST DAYS.

Because of the present happenings in the Middle East, many writers, broadcasters and journalists are beginning to suggest that the world has entered the LAST DAYS. They refer to the phrase used many times in the Old and New Testament, the contexts of which suggest traumatic changes affecting the twelve tribes of Israel and all the Nations of the world.


Introduction:


In the Old Testament the original Hebrew or Chaldee words for 'The Last Days' are used fourteen times. In the New Testament the original Greek words are used five times [probably seven. See text below]. Although the English words 'The Latter Days' are often used in the Old Testament, the original languages, Hebrew [and Chaldee in the book of Daniel], have identical meaning to those which are translated 'The Last Days'. The Greek phrase is always translated 'The Last Days'.

In anglicised form, the original Hebrew words for the phrase is: 'achryth ywm [Strong's Nos: 319 and 3117] Their meaning is given as follows:

'achryth....A feminine noun, meaning 'latter time' or 'future time'. The root['achar] prop., 'what is behind', 'hinder part', 'extremity'.

Mr. Sellers has proposed that the meaning could include the sense of 'resultant' as suggested by the implied meaning following the period of which it is the 'outcome'.  

ywm...........A masculine noun. From an unused root meaning 'to be hot'; Its meaning is given by various English words, depending upon variations of the Hebrew and their contexts:  1) day, time, year 1a) day (as opposed to night) 1b) day (24 hour period) 1b1) as defined by evening and morning in Genesis 1 1b2) as a division of time 1b2a) a working day, a day's journey 1c) days, lifetime (pl.) 1d) time, period (general) 1e) year 1f) temporal references 1f1) today 1f2) yesterday 1f3) tomorrow.

It is evident that ywm in this context can be accepted as 1d) 'time', 'period', particularly referring to the word 'days'.

We are entitled to ask: 'Of what days are The Last Days a part?'. What is the period of these days?  What is the period of The Last Days?  God has given a clear answer to these questions in His Word. This should be the foundation of our understanding of this subject rather than the vague assumptions suggested by some students of God's Word. The answer to these important questions should be understood before examining the details which follow. See here.

A great change takes place during The Last Days, God's chosen people Israel, will no longer be subject to any other nation. They will be restored to their place before God with their own King enthroned in Jerusalem, even as they were under King David and King Solomon. Following King Solomon's death, there was a tribal rebellion which eventually resulted in the captivity of both factions. From that point of time all Israel has been subject to other nations [Despite The Balfore Declaration this condition prevails even to-day in a covert manner]. God has named this period of time: 'The Times of The Nations' [Luke 21:24]. It has already lasted approximately 2,500 years and should the restarted Last Days be imminent, will finally total approximately 3,000 years.

Moses is the first writer to use these words, in Genesis ch.49 verse 1[about 1690bc according to Bishop Ussher], and Paul the last, in his second letter to Timothy ch.3 verse 1[about 65ad]. All the writers speak in a familiar way about this period, no matter to whom they are writing or speaking. In no reference is there any attempt to relate the period to that referred to by another writer. By faith, taking the Bible as a unity, this strongly suggests that we, as readers, are expected to understand that the various references are being made to a single period of time. For example, the word 'year' is recognised throughout the Scripture as the term used to determine a person's age, yet nowhere is it defined, because it is 'generally understood' as one revolution of the Earth around the Sun. The root meaning of any word whether Hebrew or Greek, is the same throughout the Bible, otherwise chaos would be introduced into the interpretation of God's Word.

Should the definite article be added in front of the noun 'year' so: The Year, we know immediately that it is referring to one particular year. In all references to Last Days whether in Hebrew, Chaldee or Greek, the definite article is present. The only conclusion is that all the Scriptures which use this phrase 'The Last Days' must therefore refer to a single period of time. 

Because the content of these prophesies is difficult to interpret as a single period, some writers have stated that there must therefore be several periods called 'The Last Days'. Their difficulty is based upon at least three false interpretations: 

1.  They do not recognise the character of the present Administration of God's Grace which began when SALVATION was no longer authorised as 'of the Jews'. He was authorised to the Nations in 62ad when God Spiritually blinded and deafened the Jews 'for the heart of this people is waxed gross and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed.......'

2.  The 'Last Days' prophesy concerning the dream image of Nebuchadnezzar is erroneously believed to have commenced at the time when he began to 'praise and extol and honour The King of Heaven, all whose works are Truth and His ways judgment'. According to the details of this prophesy, its fulfilment remains in the future. See the following note: 'A Common Error of Interpretation'.

3.  A common interpretation of Paul's statement concerning The Last Days, which is referred to in  his second letter to Timothy, is based upon the desire to believe that it was his last letter written in the knowledge of this present Administration of God's Grace. The Last Days referred to in this erroneous interpretation leads to the belief that this statement  ends this Administration. The correct chronological sequence of Paul's last seven letters is given in the article of that name, and the correct place of Paul's Second Letter to Timothy in this sequence, is also discussed in that article.

 

Here then are a few helps to view this subject in the light of Scripture Truth.

A

Because of the common familiarity of the term ' The Last Days' when written in Hebrew, Chaldee and Greek, all references to it would have been understood to refer to the same period of time. The phrase 'The Last Days' is a familiar phrase for both the writer and the reader of the Scripture, to whom it was directed.

B

Jacob's sons knew that the Days of Jacob were the Years of his life. Meaning that  the Last Days of Jacob's life were equivalent to the Last Days of the Tribes of Israel before the Second Coming of The Christ. They span exactly 520 years from the First Advent to the Second Advent whilst The House of Judah has Spiritual sight, hearing and understanding.

C

The last day of  The Last Days introduces Christ's 'coming', or to be more accurate, Christ's parousia., that is His Personal Presence upon the earth as The Son of God.

D

The period of  The Last Days has been divided into two parts by God's introduction of this present Administration of His Grace, the knowledge of which was revealed in 67to 69ad, some years after the closure of the record given in the Book of Acts. This present Administration will end when God determines that the purpose of the second part of The Last Days must commence.

E

The Last Days began at the birth of The Lord Jesus Christ.  The Apostle Peter came to recognise that The Last Days had already commenced when he addressed the crowd of Jews at the time of Pentecost in 30ad. [Acts 2:14-21]

F

The first part of The Last Days ended when God, by the Apostle Paul, repeated for the second time the prophesy of Isaiah[Isa 44:18] which finally implemented His promised judgement of Spiritually blinding and deafening the Jews. For the time being, no longer would they receive The Kingdom of God. This announcement was made to the Jews at Rome in 62ad, and recorded in Acts 28:28.

G

The dispersion of the Jews followed the end of the first part of The Last Days at the destruction of Jerusalem and The Temple. So they remain to-day, dispersed throughout the world, until the period of The Last Days recommence. God's stated priority will then be fulfilled by the establishing of The Whole House of Israel in their promised Land.

H

The second period of The Last Days commences in 2022ad when [1] the condemnation upon The House of Judah pronounced by Paul in 62ad (Acts 28:26-27) is reversed (Isaiah 35:4-6), [2] an attempt by certain evil men, under the control of spirit powers, to resist God by counterfeiting the Truth [2Timothy 3:8-9]. This is halted by God when He begins to identify His People and gather [Heb: qabats] them back to The Land.

I

The second part then continues with the nations of the world ruled by the resurrected benign King Nebuchadnezzra and those rulers that follow him [Daniel 2:38]. The Kingdom of Israel will be ruled by the resurrected King David under God's mandate. [Ezekiel 37:24]

J

This Kingdom of God in Israel continues for at least four hundred years and ends when the last part of Nebuchadrezza's prophetic dream [Daniel chapter 2] is complete, that is when the Kingdoms of The World are become the Kingdoms of The Lord and of His Christ.[Rev 11:15] 

K

Despite similarities in secular history, the fullness of all references to The Last Days in the Old Testament are to a future period of time, including that in Daniel 2:28.[see the article below] 

L

Finally to confirm the unity of all references to The Last Days, in the God Breathed Word, the Hebrew and Chaldee, the term The Last Days is always preceded by the definite article indicating that whenever used it is THE only Last Days, not any one of a number of  Last Days, as some would have us believe.

 

For your study

Here is a summary of all the references to the single period of  'The Last Days'. As you will appreciate, it is a time of mixed blessing for the people of Israel and for all the nations dwelling on the earth:

1   GEN 49:1  And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together,  that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days. Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken  unto Israel your father.
Comment:  Jacob describes the character of each Israel Tribe in the LD  Jacob's sons do not question the meaning of the words 'The Last Days' because they have already recognised the relationship between The Days of Jacob's life and The years of his pilgrimage. It is evident that The Years of Israel's Pilgrimage refers also to that of the tribes of his twelve sons. See Genesis 47:9 and this page.

2   NUM 24:14  And Balaam said unto Balak, Spake I not also to thy messengers which thou sentest unto me, saying,  If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the commandment of the LORD, to do either good or bad of mine own mind; but what the LORD saith, that will I speak?  And now, behold, I go unto my people: come therefore, and I will advertise thee what this people shall do to thy people in the latter days.
Comment:  Prophecy regarding the Messiah and His action upon Moab, Sheth(Seth), Edom, Seir, Amalek, Kennites [strong is thy dwelling-place, and thou puttest thy nest in a rock.], Chittim, also Israel, Assur and Eber in the LD.  

  DEU 4:30   And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.  But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;  (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.
Comment:  Moses prophesies the scattering of Israel and his opportunity in the LD to be obedient to The Voice of God.

4   DEU 31:29  For I know that after my death ye will utterly corrupt yourselves, and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you; and evil will befall you in the latter days; because ye will do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger through the work of your hands. And Moses spake in the ears of all the congregation of Israel the words of this song, until they were ended.
Comment:  Moses tells Israel that in the LD they will do evil, therefore evil will befall them.

  ISA 2:2  The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.  And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
Comment:  Isaiah prophesies that Judah & Jerusalem will be established above all nations in LD.

6   JER 23:20 The anger of the LORD shall not turn back, until he have executed, and till he have set up the purposes of his heart: in the latter days ye shall understand it perfectly.
Comment: The Lord's anger against Israel will not end until they understand the purposes of God's heart perfectly in the LD.

  JER 30:24 Behold, the tempest of Jehovah goes forth, a sweeping tempest: it shall swirl upon the head of the wicked. The fierce anger of Jehovah shall not turn back, until he has finished and until he has fulfilled the intentions of his heart: in the latter days you will understand it.
Comment: The Lord's anger with the wicked will not turn back until He has performed the intents of His heart, in the LD Israel will understand it.

8   JER 48:47 Yet will I bring again the captivity of Moab in the latter days, saith the LORD. Thus far is the judgment of Moab.
Comment: Having prophesied that Moab will be made captive, God tells them that it will be repeated in the LD

  JER 49:39 But it shall come to pass in the latter days, that I will bring again the captivity of Elam, saith the LORD.
Comment: Having prophesied that Elam will be scattered and consumed, God tells them that He will bring again their captivity in the LD.

10   EZE 38:14 Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord GOD; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it? And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army: And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the nations may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.
Comment: God tells Gog that He will be sanctified in the eyes of the nations when He brings Gog against His land of Israel in the LD

11   DAN 2:28  Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret  which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the  magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king; But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known  to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and  the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;.....................And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to  other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms,  and it shall stand for ever. Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the  silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall  come to pass hereafter [in the LD gtm]: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure. [see reference below]
Comment:  God reveals to Nebuchadnezzar the image and its interpretation which represents the nations which are important to Israel in the LD. He tells him that there will be a Spiritual deterioration in their condition throughout this period terminating in
the God of heaven setting up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed. The metal represents God's delegation to mediatory angelic control over the nations during this time.  

12   DAN 10:14  Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that  thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy  God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty  days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I  remained there with the kings of Persia. Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people  in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.
Comment:  The Angel of The Lord reveals to Daniel the wars of the nations surrounding Israel which leads eventually to the action contained in the 7 years of the 70th week of the Word of God given  by Gabriel to Daniel (Dan 9:21-27) 


13   HOS 3:5  For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and  without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without  an ephod, and without teraphim: Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their  God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days.
Comment:  Following the 'diaspora' of both Israel and Judah, when the LD are again present, they will then seek the Lord their God and David their King.

14   MIC 4:1  But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the  house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it  shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the  mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach  us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of  Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.........And in that day, saith The Lord, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather [Heb: qabats] her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted.
Comment:  In the LD, when the Lord has gathered Israel, the nations will accept their exaltation. The Nations will walk in his path, the Law and the Word will go forth from Jerusalem.


15   ACT 2:16  But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour  out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall  prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream  dreams:
Comment:  This is a Spiritual interpretation by Peter because the prophet Joel did not state that his prophesy would occur in the 'last days'. This statement marks the commencement of the 'recruiting period' for the 'Good Work' of the Kingdom of God in Israel; this Work was postponed (Phil 1:6) by God because of the lack of Israel's wholehearted desire (Acts 28:26-28). God will fulfill this condition of this Kingdom in the LD when The Good Work will continue.


16   JAM 5:1  Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that are (gk.) come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth eaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye treasured up in the (gk) last days.
Comment:  Contrary to the KJV translation, James condemns Israel's rich men for heaping up treasure in those days in which he was living, i.e. the first part of the Last Days.

17   HEB 1:1  God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto  the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath  appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
Comment:  At the time that this letter was written to the Hebrews, the writer knew he was living in the LD, even as Peter did when announcing the LD (Acts 2:16).

18   2 Pet 3:3    Knowing this first, that there will (gk.) come at (gk.) the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming (Gk: parousia)? for since the fathers  fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
Comment:  Peter's statement concerns days yet to come. The days in which he wrote were not the LD, even as those referred to in Paul's second letter to Timothy. Christ's return is at the end of the LD.

19   2 Tim 2 3:1 
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters,  proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such  turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive  silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the  truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.
Comment:   Moses demanded that his people should be 'let go' from Egypt in the face of Pharaoh's intransigence, which called upon a spirit power to be set against Israel's departure. At the recommencement of the LD, Satan's resistance to the Gathering of God's people will become apparent. He will counterfeit The Truth even as his servants sought to establish his authority by counterfeiting God's miracles by Moses.  

This chart shows the disposition of all 'The Last Days' prophesies in the New Testament. Ref: 15, 16, 17 were fulfilled between 27ad & 62ad. References 18 & 19, in the future tense, remain to be fulfilled.

The Last Days in the New Testament.  [Gk: eschatas hEmeras]

From previous studies, we have come to recognise that The Last Days references in the N.T. are divided into two parts, the first of these references is in the present tense. The period began with the birth of The Christ in 4bc and ran for 65 yrs. They were brought to an abrupt halt when Paul announced to the Jews in 62ad that the Salvation, which was previously their prerogative .............'Salvation is of the Jews', was taken from them and passed to the Nations............'the Salvation of God is commissioned for the nations'. 

The references to the second part of The Last Days are all in the future tense, remaining to be fulfilled. The fourteen references in the O.T. and the two remaining N.T. prophesies.  The N.T. change of tense occurred after Paul quoted Isaiah's prophesy condemning the Jews to Spiritual deafness and blindness, recorded in Acts 28:27.

Another important point. Further studies have thrown light upon the fact that Paul's second letter to Timothy was not his last. It was written in the Transition period between 62ad and God's revelation to Paul of this present Administration of His Grace around 69ad. It reveals Paul's state of mind prior to his understanding described in his next letter to the Philippian church. The true meaning of the latter is aided by the knowledge contained in the former. It should be recognised that when Paul mentions his 'course', he is referring to the completion of the course of his first commission [Acts 20:24], not the course of his life. His first commission ended before he wrote to the Philippians, where he describes himself as a Servant only, no longer an apostle However, after he had received God's revelation concerning this present Administration of His Grace, he is again commissioned, describing himself again as an apostle when he writes his  letters to the 'Ephesians' and Colossians, Christians who are Sanctified and Faithful, who 'had not seen his face in the flesh'.

At the time this article is written, in a few years, the remaining period The Last Days will recommence. Evil opposition to God's purposes will be manifest. The ancient forces at work are centred upon The Mystery of Iniquity which is shown here.

1.   The prophesy of the Last Days, given by Paul to Timothy, is united with all other Last Days prophesies, having been written in the period prior to the revelation of God's present Administration.  However, it is our judgment that the point of time when it was given, strongly suggests that it relates to the opening phase of the second part of the Last Days, forming a transition between the end of this Administration of God's Grace and the recommencement of the Kingdom in Israel. This we believe will last for seven years.  It cannot begin until all the elements of the condition described in 2Tim 3: 1 to 9 are active. If we believe that to-day's condition of world affairs fulfils all except the last element, i.e. the one action described as resisting The Truth by counterfeiting it, we should now expect to observe its 'setting up'.

2.   During this 'setting up' we can expect to experience Paul's prophesy concerning the Last Times:

TI1 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the last times some shall 

which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.  For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:  For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.....1Timothy 4:1

3.  As detailed above, The Scripture in both the Old and New Testaments contains nineteen references to The Last Days. This number is significant. It draws attention to the three items which form the basis of the Deceiver's planned opposition to God during those days. 

Paul warns us of the condition described in his letter to the Philippian church as 'earthly things'. This describes the use of counterfeit gifts of The Spirit which are poured out upon those who mistakenly cry out for them. The condition is described here. The Greek words which are translated 'earthly things' are ta epigeia, the gematria of which contains 19 as two of its factors. See here.

ii.  Cain's inheritance as the elder twin son of Adam was taken from him after he had murdered his twin Able. The inheritance was given to Adam's youngest son, Seth. Since that time, Cain, who was of that Evil One, and his descendents, have sought to regain their authority over the earth under the power of The Evil One. This continues to-day. See here  The gematria of the name Cain contains the factor 19.

iii.  Similarly the descendents of the elder twin Esau have planned to regain their inheritance which God took from their forefather after he despised it. The details of this also are shown here.  They are allied with many of the nations surrounding Israel as Psalm 83 explains. The name Esau also has 19 as one of its factors.

Addendum:   

1.  At least two of the contexts of the 'LAST DAYS' prophesies listed above, contain direct reference to the early return, or gathering of Israel to the promised land. A study therefore of the word 'gather' [Heb: qabats], when used with reference to the Tribe of Israel, will enhance the students knowledge of that Godly act when The Last Days shortly recommence.   

2. The LAST DAYS began at the First Coming of the Messiah, the birth of Jesus Christ, in 4bc. They end at the second Coming of the Messiah, His parousia. The 70 weeks of years prophesied by Daniel began at the ministry of Jesus Christ in 27ad and end at the same time as THE LAST DAYS terminate



This Question was asked by a Christian Newspaper correspondent: 

What might l gather from the Koran as to how the world might end?

   The various sects of Islam, in their oral tradition and from the Koran, maintain a complex eschatology dealing with the end of the age and the coming of a great world leader, or Mahdi. The centre of these events at the end of the age is Jerusalem, not Mecca, and Jesus is one of the principal participants. 

   Whole books have been written by Muslim theologians on the subject, but a simplistic version is provided by The Religion Of Islam, by Ahmad Galwash: 'It has been well known (and generally accepted) by all Muslims in every epoch, that at the end of time a man from the family (of the Prophet) will without fail make his appearance, one who will strengthen the religion and make justice triumph. 

   'The Muslims will follow him, and he will gain domination over the Muslim realm. He will be called the Mahdi. Following him, the Antichrist will appear, together with all the subsequent signs of the Hour (the Day of Judgment), as established in (the sound tradition) the Sahih.

   'After (the Mahdi), Isa (Jesus) will descend and kill the Antichrist; or, Jesus will descend together with the Mahdi, and help him kill (the Antichrist), and have him as the leader in his prayers.' 

Leonard Frasier, Oxford.

If this is the true tradition of ISLAM, then it is evident that Moslems have been led to believe in 'end of age' events similar to those of the Evangelical Christian faith. It seems that both faiths expect an 'end of age' confrontation with the Antichrist. A study of the Christian Scriptures shows that this is not the next event in God's calendar. God's renewed relationship with all The House of Israel at the recommencement of The Last Days at Christ's manifestation is the next event. However Satan plans to counterfeit the Second Coming of The Lord Jesus Christ when these Godly events occur.

 

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