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With Moses came the law to which the Jews agree wholeheartedly. “For the law was given by Moses…. (John1:17a)” St John’s gospel does not contradict the claim.  We all know how God visited Moses by the burning bush while he was tending the flock of his father-in-law by the Mount Horeb.(Ex.4:1). God had seen the misery of the Israelites and was concerned.

God has always shown his concern for people at their wits’ end.  Hagar the bondswoman of Sarai endured harsh treatment and she could not take any more. She fled from her face not knowing where to.  But God knew and found her by a fountain on the way to Shur. He was concerned with her advanced pregnancy and He promised to bless Abraham’s seed in her womb. So Ishmael is a sign of God’s sovereignty. His Sovereign Grace or Mercy runs consistently throughout His domain. Ishmael is a heir to God’s promise as Isaac is.”He shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.” So in the eyes of God the nation of Israel having law merely speaks of circumstance, but it does not mean the law has made the nation exclude others. God has a way to deal with the Jews from what has been revealed to them. Let us grant Power and Wisdom to Him.

So the eternal God has infinite ways to execute justice and preserve His creation. He is just and impartial so heaven and earth reflect his Goodness as intended.The God is a Spirit so the Christians have as much claim for God’s Mercy as the Jews Ishmaelite, or any other. Let us not intrude upon the office of the Lord God.

Here we shall consider only the Jews and the Christians in order to differentiate what law does and what means by ‘being led by the Spirit’.  When Jesus came to Nazareth on the Sabbath day as his custom was he went into the synagogue.The book of the prophet Esaias was delivered to him. We shall compare this with how God sent Moses. He said,”Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say,,,(Ex.4:12). God is a Spirit. Moses was yet unwilling to take such a burden considering merely his physical shortcomings. “I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue (Ex.4:10). In short he had no ‘gift of the gab’ and consequently Aaron was pressed into service and with it eventually Levitical priesthood also would come into the original Association of God and Moses.  Here we shall consider Moses as representative of law.

Moses as forerunner of Jesus Christ was determined by God the Spirit. But his overtly sense of inadequacy brought his brother Aaron along. Holy Spirit while organizing the Father Son relationship indicates thereby two Orders one of Levitical Priesthood and the other after the order of Melchizedek,(He.7.11).  One is of the flesh and the law while the latter is the Spirit. So when Jesus read the passage given to him to read ‘ The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me;’ was no coincidence but the fulfillment of the divine Law. Just as God chose Moses to deliver the Israelites from under the bondage in Egypt we find the Son of man presenting his credentials to the world. He ushered in the Acceptable year of the Lord. One year is according to Time determined by God the Spirit and not by flesh. Compare this with “One day is with the Lord as a thousand years…(2 Pe.3:8)”

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

We have been fighting for our beliefs and  it is illustrative of our flesh. We want to prove our religion than establish God’s Nature. Holy is his Name but do we appreciate Him to see Him as He is from the Word? John’s Gospel also writes in the same verse quoted above, ” ….But grace and truth came by Jesus Christ (John1:17b)”

Law of the flesh is to be bound by fulfilling all its provisions. The history of the nation of Israel has hitherto shown its failure. Destruction of Jerusalem in AD70 is a proof, Loss of identity associated with tribalism of old. Without relying entirely on what His Nature has revealed religion itself become less than what was clear and God-given. God is a Spirit and Jesus is the image of the invisible God. Having a common ground to know where our blessings come from. It s what the Word becoming flesh would mean. God sent his only begotten Son and freedom of the Spirit does not imply freedom to do whatsoever you may. Instead to live in the example showed by Jesus Christ. Moses represents the flesh and Jesus the Spirt. So when he quoted the passage from Isaiah he presented the arrival of the Savior of the World and not any particular nation.

Benny

 

 

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(For long traditional Bible teachers have, while interpreting the Bible taken a lopsided view either for Israel or for a church in the mold of modern evangelicalism. It is not Jerusalem but New Jerusalem where there is no Jew or Gentile, bond or free. It is the throne of God and of the Lamb . The holy City of God in eternity is what we have as our Promised Land. Moses leading Israel to the land of Canaan was merely stand-in for Jesus Christ the king of kings and the Lord of Lords leading his Church in which a remnant of Israel as well as the Gentiles shall be included. The Covenant is eternal and it is what we discuss now-b)

“…I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;(v.8)”

In a theological context a covenant is dictated by the intention and observance of what has been stipulated. In the Bible we shall see three entities are called upon in the process.  The term “covenant” is of Latin origin (con venire), meaning a coming together. It presupposes two or more parties as stated before; in this case man and God,-they agree on the Word which is the eternal word of God (Ps.119:89) and is understood as the constitution. So the covenant is very legal.  Here we consider third entity Word as the testimony of God who expressed his Will. ‘That I may dwell among them (man).” So it is a bilateral arrangement into which God is a party. How can any covenant work by its merits where God and man are unequal unless there is a common basis? On what basis a covenant could be said to be workable considering it confers alike on both parties same privileges, and responsibilities? Between men in olden times an oath was sufficient. Between Abimelech, the King of Gerar and Isaac a covenant was established by an oath binding both parties to peace (Ge.26:26-31)

Having introduced the significance of covenant,- it is a covenant by blood which is the basis and gives a logical explanation of the Logos concept. The Word was made flesh (John1:1) and “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission (He.9:22)” present before us two ideas which are conflated. Efficacy of the Word and blood satisfy the basic provision of covenant being between bilateral parties. The law and atonement by the Son of man on the cross agree in the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ. So there is nothing new but in the manner the will of the Father and the Son fulfilling the provisions thereof. The slain lamb before the worlds began (Re.13:8) is therefore God’s testimony. The lapse in time between intention and fulfillment is on account of human limitations with regards to time- because the Holy Spirit is presenting the Scripture in God’s Time.

In the rest of this chapter what the Prophet offers is the Suffering Servant and as Mediator and as the ensign unto his people. In the v.5 the clause ‘Though Israel be not gathered’ predicts the New Jerusalem in which only a remnant of the House of Israel shall have part. “Behold I and the children which God hath given me(He.2:13) and as sign and wonders (Is.8:17). This agrees with Isaiah and his two sons who were set apart as signs  and it also serves as a kangaroo word for Jesus Christ and the Church. This throws light on the v.6,”….and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth” God did not create the earth in vain but it is to inhabited, desolate places ravage by problem of sin shall still flourish when the glory of the Throne of the Lamb and of God manifest in eternity. The same covenant shall hold true. .

And now, saith the Lord that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the Lord, and my God shall be my strength (v.5).

And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.

Thus saith the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the Lord that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee.

Thus saith the Lord, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;

That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places.

10 They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them.

11 And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted.

12 Behold, these shall come from far: and, lo, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim.

13 Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.

14 But Zion said, The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me.

15 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.

16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.

17 Thy children shall make haste; thy destroyers and they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee.

18 Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these gather themselves together, and come to thee. As I live, saith the Lord, thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them on thee, as a bride doeth.

19 For thy waste and thy desolate places, and the land of thy destruction, shall even now be too narrow by reason of the inhabitants, and they that swallowed thee up shall be far away.

20 The children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other, shall say again in thine ears, The place is too strait for me: give place to me that I may dwell.

21 Then shalt thou say in thine heart, Who hath begotten me these, seeing I have lost my children, and am desolate, a captive, and removing to and fro? and who hath brought up these? Behold, I was left alone; these, where had they been?

22 Thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders.

23 And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.

24 Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?

25 But thus saith the Lord, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.

26 And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the Lord am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.

(Reprinted from Guide To His Word posted on May 2,2019)

Benny

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“Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six (Re.13:18).”

In order to understand the number that marks the beast we have to follow one hint given in the verse. ‘It is the mark of a man’. This man is only distinct from us by the fact given in v.4 “And they (world) worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast:…”Th dragon or Satan owns him.
As an introduction let us follow a few hints the Spirit has left for us.
In the Book of Revelation wherever the vision concerns the events on the earth the Spirit uses a tag that denotes the earthly ministry of our Lord Savior. Forty two months (Re.11:2) or a thousand two hundred and three score days(Re.11:3; Re.12:6). This works out to three and half years. This number is encrypted as it were, and tells about Jesus and his role as the redeemer of the world. Another tag which the Spirit uses is a time, and times, and half a time (Re.12:14). If we write this in numerals it is 1+2+1/2. This is another way of saying Three and half. This is the earth number.
The Spirit assigns a number for heaven.
What does seven signify? It is the number of days God worked and He rested on the seventh day. Here we have 4+3=7
The creation account as given in the Book of Genesis we can see God made in four days the next 2 he took for man his world. On the seventh day he rested from his labors(Ge.2:2).
Mathematics is human invention and the Spirit uses it in terms of man. As such we are to look for counting fingers as adequate.
So seven indicates perfection because He made heaven and the earth and its spiritual significance is fellowship with man.
Let us consider the Godhead. The Lord God is one. So the numeral is 1.
How do we explain trinity?
God the Father and God the Son is another way of referring the Lord Almighty. The numeral is Two where the Father-Son relationship represents the Will of God and its Fulfillment.
God the Father God the Son and the Holy Spirit is Three.
The same three is established as self-standing because the core value of heaven and the earth is built about fellowship of God with man. This eternal truth is represented by Body Spirit and Soul. Man is a tripartite being as Trinity.
When God has created the Seventh Day as holy whosoever stops short of hallowing it rebels against God. In short the Spirit indicates 6 as contrary to God.
When the man bears the name of blasphemy it is 666.
Consider the rationale of ‘time, times and half a time’? can it not be expressed as 6 6 6?
Benny

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There is a doomsday scenario which has been predicted beforehand. Do not mistake me, I am not going predict the day as some had done to catch the headline. Only God knows that day and what I am telling my visitors is from the Word of God.
Number Four holds spiritual significance. The scripture is God-breathed meaning there are eoughh clues left for a keen student of the Bible to understand from the trends, events how it shall all end up. It is described in the Bible in sufficient length. For a starter in the sixth chapter of the Revelation.
Before coming to it let me say some magic numbers and these shall come up very often from the beginning of the first book to the last.
In the creation week we have four days in which the creation of heaven is completed (Gen.1:1-19).A day is certain period of time and by completion of heaven it does not mean these are air-tight compartment as it were. No, events set in motion by God are unstoppable and run past the day. Next three days God requires to accomplish creation of man and nature. Seventh day is marked holy since it is a number to tag completion of heaven and the earth. So keep in mind this: 4+3 In which 4 signifies heaven and the sum seven is a magic number for perfection. When we read of seven angels it is a tag for heaven. Meaning God is the instigator.

If we look at this verse from the Ch.8 we read: “And the seven angels, which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound (v.6)”.

During the breaking of the seals in the earlier chapters we noticed the first four seals were separated from the other three. The four beasts made this distinction vivid. Meaning while the Four Horsemen took the stage they served as the MC of sorts. In the other three they are noticeably silent. In the blowing of the seven trumpets also we shall see this division of four and of three. The four denote memorial nature of heaven. That is what the four beasts signify: they are memorial in heaven.

Next verse:
“The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up(v.7)”.
Purging the earth begins by “Hail and fire, mingled with blood”. What do these mean but transgressions of man against God shall be returned to him sevenfold? Historically such a condition was inevitable. While we study the trial of Jesus condemnation of the just by sinful man we notice it. Consider that the nation of Israel had rejected Jesus and before the judgment seat of Pilate the elders of Israel said, “His blood be on us and our children (Matt.27:24-25).” Such injustice and violence cause bloodshed, and defile the earth. This is what we have also seen in the Cain Abel story. God said, “Voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground (Ge.5:10)”. Every violence be it from individual or in war is an insult to God since He gave the earth a form and his glory is in the manner it has allowed man to prosper. So righteous of God requires a proper attitude to Him. How can any one repay God but by loving His creation and his brethren? It is only true service. With regards to the blood of Abel the earth testified Cain’s sin before God while Cain was sure he would not be found out.

“And the second angel sounded ….: and the third part of the sea became blood; (vv.8-11)”

Heaven now shows a face that people on the earth had never seen before. Falling asteroid some 65 million years ago caused a mass extinction. Now such cosmic events repeat frequently causing dismay to man. Falling great mountains burning with fire, or meteors shall be a foretaste of Wormwood, a star (probably a space colony in future collapsing and contaminating the sea) creating as a result catastrophe on the earth.
What we see here is a cluster principle and our visible universe is tied to the hidden universe. Somewhat in a similar vein Modern Science is eager to explain the origin of dark matter to some other universe. While Science is looking at it from the wrong end of the telescope and (it seems late Steven Hawking had a book written to prove that there is no God), God is ready to pull the rug off from under the disbelieving world.
So what is Cluster principle? Between the cause and the effect of man is a no man’s land which is the testimony of the earth as it cried to God over Abel’s blood. So by a peace treaty nations cannot pat themselves on their back as having made peace. By this principle you contaminate the sea and sure as night follows the day the land also shall be affected. Man’s rejection of moral laws not only makes war inevitable and also creates weirder climate. We have seen polar caps melting and acid rain and poisoned chemicals leeching into stream and the sea. It is what we see in the vv.10-11.”And many men died of the waters, (rivers and the sea included).
When the fourth angel sounds we may be sure the doomsday would have overtaken the earth.
“And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise”.
Benny

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The Word of God set into Scripture is like a seres of narrative accounts of nations, Jews and Gentiles, kings prophets and relevance of each draws from the testimony of God. ‘Forever the word is settled in heaven (Ps.119:89)’. It is like the constitution eternally enshrined in the divine Will and fulfilled by Jesus Christ. The first book is about the beginnings and the Book of Revelation is forward looking to the eternity in which every one who has accepted Jesus Christ as the Lord shall find a place. So the first and the last book serve as book ends and in between the reader shall find the narrative arc moving toward from heaven and earth to new heaven and new earth.
So the Book of Revelation is a book where unraveling the mystery of God in a series of visions is given to Apostle John. He was exiled to the isle of Patmos while Caesar Domitian set off wave of persecution against the Christians. Many visions echo prophetic writings Isaiah, Ezekiel and of course Daniel is very represented. It goes to show testimony of God is not adding anything new other than what was in the divine Will which was revealed through the Holy Spirit on a need-to-know basis. So Apostle John may had Emperor Nero in mind when he mentioned the number 666 and since then we have had few other candidates. This man of perdition shall ultimately make his mark in the appointed time. The key to mysteries of God shall come to pass in fulness of time. We see the signs already so a close study of this book helps us to watch diligently and not fall back disappointed since dates set by false prophets are proved wrong.
This book is unique as the only book written as a first hand report.
This is a transcript of heavenly realities as received by Apostle John. He heard as well as saw and he adds blessedness to those who read and also keep what is written therein.
In the days to come if God willing I intend to annotate the Book in my Bible blog to which each visitor is invited. May it prove to be a blessing for each one of you,
Benny

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“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be (Matt.24:21)”.
Jesus knowing his time on the earth was drawing nearer explained what must occur on the earth before he comes second time.In the Bible often we are given future events telescoping into one other. This discourse began with the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem. It was fulfilled in 70 AD. Also significant is the fact many events have since taken place. “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows(Matt.24:7-8)”.
But are such events as Vesuvius eruption destroying Pompeii or a giant tsunami hitting Santorini island unique? These events causing rise and fall of world empires, and natural calamities leading to drought floods volcanic eruptions are part and parcel of the history of mankind. The prophecy of Jesus as to end times is also echoed,- we have several passages from the scriptures, notably from the Books of Daniel and of Apocalypse.
In the Book of Revelation we read of Satan personified by a red dragon and two beasts one rising out of the sea and the other from the earth. With them erupt the times of sorrows. Firstly the dragon is against God and his saints. He shall check the salvation plan of God with whatever means at his disposal. So he shall deceive in the same manner he deceived man through Eve. Do we not see even now nations employing spin doctors and PR men to deceive the people? Lately I hear ‘Truth is not truth’ so one may imagine how deep we are in the sea of mendacity riding ever high.

The sea in parlance of the Spirit signifies people, nations. Prophet Isaiah compares them to waters ever throwing up mire and dirt. Always there are things to do and cause division as we see these days on racial lines, migrants and locals. The beast with composite animal parts is a man of the people. He could be a populist catering to stir up passions using choicest epithets. He resembled a leopard but had the feet of a bear. What made him come to prominence but the bear and a mouth like that of a lion? Bear and lion are often emblems designating nations. Bear for Russia and lion for Great Britain is too familiar for further explanation. So what shall we makes of the beast having feet of a bear? What facilitates his rise to prominence could be his base or money that the bear made available for his rise. His words are for tearing up his perceived enemies so lion is in the sense of braggadocio. Where did his power come from but from the red dragon.’The whole world was filled with wonder and followed the beast’ could mean the ideology he espouses shall find many nations taking up.
Compare this beast with the beast in the vision of Daniel “The first was like a lion, and it had the wings of an eagle. I watched until its wings were torn off and it was lifted from the ground so that it stood on two feet like a human being, and the mind of a human was given to it(Dan.7:4-NIV). The eagle with wings plucked of signifies obviously its grandeur on the wane. The bear the eagle are symbols currently representing nations.What we need consider the events facing us is part of the thrust to which human history must pay heed.
In an unspecified date such a beast a populist and a braggart who demands overwhelming adulation and loyalty shall appear. What we see now are merely dry runs of populism and when this man of perdition does appear the reality shall bite all the more with vengeance.
Benny

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What is day and night?
Night is different from day because in the former light is absent. When the Spirit speaks of the creation of heaven and the earth each day is in a different sense that a day of 24 hours. Several events are grouped together in a day so that one day has a spiritual significance. Things of the Spirit we are to discern as having spiritual overtones and with this post we shall examine what ‘the greater light and the lesser light’ represents in the Spirit’s lexicon. Both are taken as a single entity. It signifies the Father-Son relationship.

The moon has nothing to do with Jesus Christ. Considering that there were many pagan cults existing in the Ancient world where moon worship was very much in vogue it is improbable that the moon would fit with the significance the Holy Spirit attaches to it. Consider this verse, “Every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light lest his deeds should be reproved (Jn.3:20)” But he that doeth truth cometh to the light. So truth is what the Holy Spirit lays stress on the term greater light and lesser light. Truth is of the same absolute in quality but there is a distinction between truth that God represents and of man. Recently we hear of truth spoken in context. Is it not purely man’s invention to make truth draw it value from context? The gospel says grace and truth came by Jesus. So the Spirit states the purpose of the Word becoming flesh. He made the invisible God manifest. So the gospel of God is the gospel of Christ on the basis of truth.

Truth is the basis for the Holy Spirit. He is the Spirit of truth. When God the Son had submitted himself to do the Will of the Father we can understand this greater light pertains to the Father of lights. The Father-Son relationship is laid down in the narrative to give emphases of Will and fulfillment required of man. When a man of truth comes to ‘the True light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world(Jn.1:9)’ he seeks to have his works established in the sight of God. When man who seeks the praise of man does his works of charity (it is) in order to be seen. Of whom Jesus said, “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full(Matt.6:5-NIV)”.Those who preach prosperity does so before the full glare of arc lights. These TV preachers have their reward. So much for the day. What about the night? Those who steal or burgle homes at night they choose the hour since the night is their cover. For hypocrites what day or night means is different from those who love truth. They stand by Truth and not by night or day. Why so? In eternity there shall be no more night. “And the city (of God) has no more need of the sun, neither of the night…. there shall be no night there(Re.21:23).” But Truth is absolute and shall remain so. They belong to the greater light and lesser light.

Principle of Association in terms of truth creates an order where the stars in heaven is a memorial and not in the popular sense. “Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear(Matt.13:43; Dan.12:3)”. “And to rule over the day and over the night(Ge.1:18)”. When we study the word of God we need watch out: literal sense also carries spiritual significance and knowing which is which is a gift freely given to those who seek truth. Unless we compare spiritual truth in a spiritual sense we miss a great deal. In that vision of woman clothed with the sun we read that the red dragon(Satan) drew with his tail one third of ‘the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth..(Re.12:4)’

Benny

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