Matthew 24 and the Rapture

Someone posted the following video in a rapture discussion group on Facebook, and since not everyone wants to be on Facebook I thought you might like to see this. Let me first warn you that the preacher here is a false teacher!

We are seeing false teachers multiply like flies these days.  Those who speak the truth are hard to come by!

This is a lie that will be prevalent after the Rapture! This will be the teaching of those preachers who are left behind! They have to or they would admit that they are not saved!

The next thing that will follow is the teaching that “God has removed the tares, and now we are to build the kingdom of God on earth, right now”! And they will build the kingdom of the Antichrist!

The kingdom of the Antichrist will be put together by people who profess themselves to be Christians! The teachings that will lead to this deception are already here right now, and are being taught in Christian Churches!

Here is an Old Testament pre-Tribulation rapture teaching, which Jesus is not addressing in Matthew 24;

18 We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen. 19 Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead. 20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. 21 For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain. Isaiah 26:18-21

The re-gathering of Israel is in verse 18; they are brought back to their “place of manufacture” like a defective product, where their manufacturer will repair their deficiencies, and discard those which cannot be fixed!

The resurrection of the righteous dead is in view in verse 19; These are only the saved, for they sing, and Isaiah himself anticipates being resurrected at this time! The resurrected lost have no reason to sing, but these, they are “His dead men”!

The rapture of the Church-Age saints is then in view in verse 20; They are called to their “chambers” in Heaven. These are the “mansions” Jesus mentioned in John 14:2

“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”

In verse 21 we have the Tribulation on earth, while the marriage supper of the Bride is going on in Heaven! The passage ends with the dead remaining unburied on the surface of the earth, which is a phenomenon which will occur all over the earth as the Lord brings judgment on those who took the mark of the Beast!

So what about the passage he is referring to, Matthew 24?

This is not referring to the Rapture at all; For one thing the verses 36-41 come at the end of His Last Days sermon. This would indicate that this is something else He is referring to, since the Rapture will occur before the age of Israel recommences. He had already referred to the angels gathering the elect in verse 31, which itself is not the rapture, either. The elect are being lifted into the atmosphere as destruction reigns down beneath them. I think this is a reference to the same event, at the end of the Tribulation.

These people are indeed saved on the earth, and will go into the Millennial Kingdom and repopulate the earth. They are Tribulation saints, who were saved after the rapture.  They are not raptured to God’s home, the third Heaven, but are only lifted up into the first Heaven, the earth’s atmosphere, near the end of the Tribulation.

Their rapture will occur at the end of the Millennial reign as judgment day for all humanity approaches.

The focus of Matthew 24 is the earth, and it does not mention the rapture at all. That subject is found in many other Scriptures.

No, there are many passages which speak of the pre-Tribulation rapture of the Church, but Satan is preparing his children to explain away the rapture, even today! Those like this pastor, who take Scripture out of context will end up participating in this deception!

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A History of The Spirit of Prophecy

It has been a while since I specifically wrote about the process that led me to write The Spirit of Prophecy, so I thought I should do so today.

Really, I never thought I should write a book, and didn’t think I had anything to add to the study of Scripture that hadn’t already been done. Since I was a youth, however, I always had a hunger for knowledge. A little bit of knowledge wasn’t, and isn’t, enough. I always wanted to know “why do we believe this” and very often the answers given did not square with Scripture.

At a prophecy conference at the Queensway Cathedral in the early 1990s, with Hal Lindsay and Grant Jeffrey, Mr. Jeffrey said something that caught my attention; He said that “the fact that the survivors of the Gog/Magog war would be burning the fuel and weapons of that conflict for seven years, is internal evidence that this war will occur during the Church-age”. He spoke about how many Christian teachers had said that the Gog/Magog war would occur during the Tribulation period, and that this fact was evidence that it must occur before that time period. Then he said that “Satan always has his counterfeits”.

This is the one thing that stuck in my mind from that conference which I could not shake. Mr. Jeffrey did not go into much more detail on this subject (that I can remember), but I am convinced that he had come across one of the most profound End Times subjects there are.

Then he seemed to drop the ball, and got wrapped up in a study of the Shroud of Turin, and in the “Bible Codes”, and wrote books on both subjects, but this profound subject he seemed to just forget about!  I read his book on the bible codes and I really believe that he got sidetracked on a non-essential issue, and forgot to follow-up on a really important one!

Oh! But there is so much more that could be said about the place of the Gog/Magog war in bible prophecy! In fact, as I have continued to study I have discovered that an incorrect view of the Gog/Magog war will lead many professing Christians to be open to accepting the Antichrist and his world government!

Mr. Jeffrey was correct, that Satan does always have his counterfeits, and in the case of this war, the counterfeit is the view of the prophetic place of this war. Satan has been very diligent in leading people to identify this war as a part of the Tribulation! Satan cannot control when this war will occur, that’s God’s prerogative, but he can affect how people view this war!  Accordingly this is where he as been concentrating his efforts!

You see, if you find yourself living during the Gog/Magog war, and you believe that this war is a part of the Tribulation, then you will be tempted to modify your views of the place of the Rapture! You might even be tempted to think that you have been chosen to help set-up the kingdom of God on earth, by supporting a worldly government. Most Christians who think this way will find themselves supporting the leadership of a man from the Middle East who talks a lot like a Christian.

In fact the one event that makes most Christians think the Antichrist is a “Man of God” is the very thing that leads God’s remnant to identify him as the Antichrist! How could this happen? It is because most Christians get their understanding of Scripture from man-made traditions and not from the plain-sense reading of the bible!

Some Christians will wake-up at the last minute, but by then no one will believe them, because “you said this man is a ‘man of God’, and now you are saying he’s the Antichrist? Why should we believe you now?”  In fact since the sign of the Antichrist involves an addition to God’s moral law, those who correctly identify the Beast will be accused of abandoning God’s law!

So, it was with the idea of warning people ahead of time that I felt led to write “The Spirit of Prophecy”. I did not have dreams and visions, but I am absolutely convinced that the Lord led me to the conclusions I have come to. He led me through a plain-sense reading of his Word, and through the idea that God never contradicts Himself. In order to harmonize all of Scripture we sometimes need to discard old cherished beliefs, and accept the text as written!  (Well, we should ALWAYS accept the text as written, but very often our old cherished beliefs are in conflict with the text!)

Very often man-made traditions interfere with our understanding of Scripture, even seemingly benign and well-intentioned traditions.

Usually it comes down to the fact that most people don’t think that God put enough into Scripture. I have even heard one pastor say that “we can do better than God’s commands“!  Accordingly many well intentioned people begin to add laws and commands, that on the surface appear to be good, but in fact end up clouding the understanding of Scripture, and putting people in bondage to man-made laws, when in fact God has actually freed us from His own God-made laws!

Deuteronomy 4:2
Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.

Proverbs 30:6
Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

Catholics have been doing this since the beginning, but protestants have frequently followed their lead! Even Baptists have been doing this a great deal, and in fact most of them actually believe some of the Roman Catholic lies even while proclaiming their separation from the Catholic Church!  Are you a fundamental independent Baptist?  Your Church has done this as well!

A great many professing Christians will miss the sign of the Antichrist, for the simple fact that they are following someone’s traditional law, rather than the Word of God! I have written about this in the past, and will do so again in the future, but for now I will leave you with this to think about; can you identify places where your Church has been teaching error?  There are a lot of them!

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The Big Picture and the Details

While sometimes being a “big picture” kind of guy, and other times getting bogged down by the little details, I have come to realize that it is the details that come together to form the big picture.

The bible itself has both big-picture prophecies, and many small prophetic details that fit within one or another big picture, and they are not necessarily placed in order, although they can be. It is this lack of order that makes the study of biblical End Times prophecies an impossible task, without the help of the Holy Spirit.

I keep on encountering prophecy teachers who are still teaching that the Gog/Magog war will occur during the Tribulation period, and others who teach that pope Francis is the false prophet of the book of Revelation.

Still others are teaching that the EU is the revived Roman Empire and is the ten nation confederacy of Revelation 17. and the ten horns of Daniel 7:7.

All of these teachings are wrong and dangerous!

King Nebuchadnezar’s dream of Daniel 4 was of a tree which grew up to the heavens and covered the whole earth. In verse 22 Daniel said that Nebuchadnezzar’s dominion went to the ends of the earth.

Of course Nebuchadnezzar’s empire did not go to the ends of the earth, and did not even go to the ends of the known world at that time. Was Daniel just flattering Nebuchadnezzar? I don’t think so.

Nebuchadnezzar’s empire’s sovereignty was transferred to the Medo/Persian empire, and then to the Greek empire, and lastly this same empire was transferred to the Romans. These transfers are all seen several times in the book of Daniel. You might think they are different empires, because the administration was by people of different nationalities, but I don’t think so.

The same basic character of all of these empires is the same, only it was decaying as it went, to the point that the last one is the harshest and cruelest of them all.

Daniel’s statement to Nebuchadnezzar was actually prophetic; Nebuchadnezzar’s empire will end up being a world-wide empire that does indeed encompass the whole globe.

I don’t believe the Roman Empire ever left us; it has always been represented by the mindset of the European leaders and elites.

No doubt the European Union is an attempt of these elites to reform the Roman Empire, but they have no intention of stopping at Europe. The EU is only a step towards their ultimate goal which is a world government.

The 1974 book by the Club of Rome, Mankind at the Turning Point, by Mihajlo Mersarovic and Eduard Pestel, stated, among other things, that they intend to unite the world’s nations into ten regional governments, and then to form a world government from these ten nations.

I am convinced that this is the fulfilment of the ten nations of Revelation 17

12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.

You see, the kingdoms of these ten kings are new kingdoms in the last days. They are not kingdoms that existed in the day the bible was written. Greece is not one of these ten kingdoms. Italy is not one of these kingdoms, and neither is Germany.

The ten kingdoms of Revelation 17 are ten super-states which will be formed just before the Tribulation begins, and they will encompass the whole world.

As it says they “receive power as kings one hour with the beast”, meaning that they are contemporary nations which rise up with the Beast himself, during his lifetime. They will not be in existence for hundreds of years before the Beast is born.

Will these ten nations form the following the exact same borders envisioned by the Club of Rome? I doubt it, but I also think that their plan will come to fruition in much the way that they envision, for a time.

NAFTA could very well be one of the ten kingdoms in view here. A South American Union could well be another, and an African Union is already in the works as well.

Could Russia be another of these super-nations? I am not sure, but it is likely that after their defeat during the Gog/Magog war, that Russia could well become a part of a larger state, which could include some of the nations of the former Soviet Union, such as Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, etc.

What abut Europe?

The Regionalization of the World as envisioned by the Club of Rome in 1974

My interpretation of the regionalization of the World as envisioned by the Club of Rome in 1974

In “Mankind at the Turning Point” on page 38, figure 4-1, there is a map of the world, showing the ten nations they envision to form their world government. In this map all of Europe is included as one nation, and the Soviet Union as another.  What they missed is that Magog does not want to be swallowed up by either western Europe, or by Russia, and will form their own super-state.

So, what of Brexit?

Today there is a lot of discontentment in the EU, and several other nations are ganging up on Germany. Germans themselves are getting tired of constantly bailing out nations who cannot keep control of their spending.  If Angela Merkel was removed as Chancellor of Germany, a replacement government could well have their own Germexit vote!

There is going to be an Italian referendum on whether or not to keep using the Euro;

What if the European Union falls apart? Will the plans of the elites fall by the wayside? I don’t think so.

I think the EU falling apart will actually enable biblical prophecy to be fulfilled to the letter. It will also enable a great delusion; the delusion that the Tribulation here now, when the Church is still on earth, and then that the Tribulation is over!

This would indeed be a delusion because the bible does indeed teach that the rapture of the true believers will occur BEFORE the Tribulation begins!

So many biblical prophecy teachers are teaching that the EU is the revived Roman Empire, but they will change their tune when it falls apart and is replaced by smaller unions of its constituent nations. You know for a fact that if one of those sub-unions contains ten nations that bible prophecy teachers will jump all over it claiming that it is the kingdom of the Antichrist, especially if its capital city is Rome, Italy!

But that’s Satan’s plan! He has been working very hard to lead people to that conclusion long before it actually occurs. This way they can claim to have understood prophecy all along, and when Rome is destroyed during the Gog/Magog war, they will claim that Revelation 18 is fulfilled, Armageddon is over, and Babylon the Harlot has been destroyed!

This is why many prophecy teachers claim that the events of the Tribulation will mainly occur in Europe and the Middle East.  In fact these are world-wide events!

You see the next thing on the prophetic agenda, after the destruction of the Antichrist’s city, is the return of Jesus Christ and the beginning of the Millennial reign. So, if you see something that you interpret as being the Tribulation, you could easily be tricked into believing that someone else is here “in the spirit of Christ” to take over the world and set up the Millennial kingdom!

This is exactly what will happen, and Europe could well be united again after the Gog/Magog war, (the central Europeans will form their own union, Magog, but that’s another story). The elites may well use that war as a cautionary tale about what happens when we are not united. So the world’s nations will unite to prevent another catastrophe like the Gog/Magog war. In doing so they will set the stage for the Great Tribulation.


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Over Man: The Temptation of Donald Trump

Wow! What an excellent analysis of the phenomenon of Donald Trump, and from a Christian perspective! I couldn’t have said it better myself, so I’ll let Coleman Luck say it in his own words…

The Burning Zone

Trump Photo

I missed it.  Over all the months, as I have been trying to argue people away from voting for Mr. Trump, I failed to understand what was really going on.  But since his speech at the convention, everything has become very, very clear.  I now believe that his election is inevitable.  Both as a candidate and a man, he is a force that we have never encountered in American Presidential politics.  He calls his following a “movement” and he is correct.  Progressives desperately struggle to place him into a category that they can understand and which will allow them to diminish his impact.     In their blind idealism, they cannot imagine that such a man could be elected.  Over and over they mumble that “America is better than that.”  No, America is not better than that and there are reasons why.

But conservatives make their own terrible mistake from the other…

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Thoughts on Recent Events, July 2016

Over the last couple of months we have seen so many devastating things that we barely get time to take a breath until the next event occurs.

First there was the Orlando shooting in a gay nightclub, by a gay Muslim patron. Then there was the Bastille day, truck massacre in Nice, France, and now there has been a shooting in Munich, Germany. These, of course, are just the tip of the proverbial ice-berg, with there being terrorist attacks by Muslim extremists every day, somewhere in the world.

In the mean time, there was the “coup” attempt in Turkey, which actually worked to give Erdogan the opportunity to become Europe’s latest dictator.

Many are pointing out how this “coup” did not appear genuine, from the very first day. The “rebels” actually had Erdogan’s airplane in their sights, and nobody pulled the trigger? Over the last century many leaders have disappeared in airplane “accidents”, and if you really wanted to get rid of someone, and had him in your sights, wouldn’t you pull the trigger?

I do not want to see anyone die, but this failure to follow-through on the part of the Turkish “rebels” really indicates that they were acting out a role, rather than being genuine rebels or patriots! It appears that they were actually working for Erdogan.

The fact that the government already had a list of over 50,000 people they wanted to arrest is evidence that the coup was just an act, to give them an excuse to round-up their enemies! I expect that world leaders are watching to see how well this works for him…

The Brexit vote, in which the people of the UK expressed their desire to leave the European Union, is another recent event which boggles the mind. So then David Cameron stepped down and a person, Theresa May, who had campaigned to stay was chosen as their leader for the Brexit negotiations? Rather than leaving now it is being put-off until 2019? One wonders how sincere the promises are.

Still, she has made promises to follow through on the Brexit vote, so she might actually keep them. Ultimately, I expect that Britain will remain in, or rejoin with, some sort of political and economic union with several other European nations, even if they actually do leave the EU.

I have found that by the time of the Gog-Magog war, Britain will be allied with the other Germanic nations including Germany, Austria, Holland, Scandinavia, and France. When that war occurs these nations will join with Eastern Europe, Russia, Turkey, Iran and several African nations in their attack on Israel, and Israel’s allies.

Yes, Israel will have allies during the Gog/Magog war, though Ezekiel 38-39 does not specifically speak about them. This prophecy is written by an Israelite, and focuses his attention on Israel. Still several Arab nations are mentioned as objecting to the war; Sheba, Dedan, and Tarshish. These will be the new capitals of the Arab nations, which will have been shaken-up when they attacked Israel themselves during the Psalm 83 war, several years earlier.  They will also have benefited greatly from their peace with Israel after that war.

These won’t be Israel’s only friends at that time, and they will be relying on several nations from Southern Europe to guarantie their security. For this very reason many in the attacking armies will believe they are attacking the Antichrist when they attack Rome, simultaneously with Israel.

I know this scenario is not taught by most prophecy teachers today, so how did I come up with this idea? Once I realized that Satan always has his counterfeits, then I realized that this idea explains how Satan will be able to get the world to follow and support the Antichrist; They will have seen someone they believe to be the Antichrist, destroyed during the Gog/Magog war!

So what about all the chaos going on around us today? This is a lead-up to the End Times events.

The bible speaks of the events of these days as being like “a woman in childbirth”. Having been the father of 3 boys, I have seen how labour pains start gradually and of low intensity, but then growing in intensity and closer together until the child is born. By the time he is born, she is screaming in pain!

This is what we have seen over the last century or so. There have been major events, but then things subside, sometimes for many years, until there is another major event. Now these major events are coming at such a rate that there is hardly time to take a breath between them.

So where are we on the prophetic map, today?

I believe the evidence is that we are in the lead-up to the Psalm 83 war. This war is not imminent today, but look for more military and economic cooperation between Israel and the Arabs. They will use this cooperation to put Israel at her ease, and then they will suddenly attack.

In that war Israel will be forced to use their nuclear weapons for self-defense, and we will see several Arab capitals flattened, including Damascus (Isaiah 17:1), Cairo (Isaiah 19:18), and Lebanon (Zechariah 11:1-2). While other Arab capitals are not specified, I expect the same thing will happen to Riyadh, and Baghdad, and perhaps others.

In the aftermath of this war, Israel will be persuaded to give up her nuclear weapons, through a deal brokered by a Southern European leader. The only way they would do that is if they have an ironclad agreement that this group of nations will provide security for them if they are attacked. It is this deal that will identify this leader as the Antichrist, and it will also ensure his own demise when the nations of the Ezekiel 38-39 war attack; The attacking armies MUST neutralize Israel’s defenders!

This deal will work for a time, and it will bring prosperity to Israel and the Arabs. It is also this very deal that the real Antichrist will use as a template for his own deal with Israel, at the end of the Gog/Magog war. This is why the bible indicates that the Antichrist does not originate the deal, but merely “confirms” someone else’s agreement!

And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. Daniel 9:27

The events, as they are unfolding today, are pushing the world to make compromises of their freedom, for security, and it will not work.  Instead things are moving inexorably towards the fulfilment of biblical prophecy!

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Who’s Nexit, after Brexit?

Just about everyone who has heard about the Brexit, is wondering how this fits into the biblical End Times prophetic scenario. Others remain blissfully ignorant.

Still others are rethinking their eschatological views. The picture below is a tongue-in-cheek poke at John Hagee, and Dispensationalism.  The truth is that the bible does actually teach a pre-Tribulation rapture, but it does not teach everything that many Dispensationalists teach;

The truth is that we ought not to be looking at current events, and then attempt to fit them into the bible’s End Times Scenario, or to be adjusting our eschatology when things we didn’t forsee come to pass.

Either the bible is correct or it isn’t.

Well it is, but our understanding is always playing catch-up with God. No doubt He sets traps for those who lift themselves up rather than lifting up the Lord!

The way we should be approaching the subject is with an attitude of faith. We need to accept all the bible’s statements as true, with a plain-sense hermeneutic, and then look at current events to see if any of them line up with Scripture.

In all of this we need to remember that Satan is quite capable of setting traps himself, and that he has had some 6,000 years of practise! Satan does not control the fulfilment of prophecy, nor the future of the world, but he is capable of making people think that an event is something other than what it is in reality.

I predicted the European Union would disintegrate, and be replaced by at least 3 “daughter unions” in my book “The Spirit of Prophecy” written during the 2009-2010 time frame. To date nothing has occurred which would even require me questioning my conclusions back then. If anything, I am more convinced than ever that my understanding of the End Times Prophecies is correct.

The European Union will break-up. It is only a matter of time. Not only is the government in Brussels hopelessly out-of-touch with their subjects, but a united Europe does not fit in with the bible’s End Times scenario.

Well actually, a united Europe could fit with the End Times scenario, but likely doesn’t. Before the Tribulation comes upon the world there are two major conflicts that must occur, the Psalm 83 war, and the Ezekiel 38-39 war. It is in the latter war which a united europe does not fit.

For one thing the southern Europeans are not mentioned in that war. While the account specifically mentions “Gomer and all his bands”, his brother Javan is not mentioned at all. Javan is the father of the southern European nations, specifically Greece and Italy.

Greece and Italy will be an important part of the Gog/Magog war, not because they will be a part of the invasion, but because they will have a mutual defense treaty with Israel at the time! They will be objects of the invasion, on the side of Israel!

Since the foundation of Israel in 1948 world leaders have been attempting to immortalize themselves by sponsoring some sort of peace treaty between Israel and the Palestinians. So far they have all failed! They won’t succeed until the leader of the Southern European Union does so, in the aftermath of the Psalm 83 war!

Unfortunately for him, this agreement will identify the leader of the Southern European Union as the Antichrist, in the minds of many professing Christians around the world, and especiallly in Europe! This erroneous identification will seal his fate, and will lead to his destruction, along with the pope, during the Gog/Magog war.

You see, if the Southern European Union has a mutual-defense treaty with Israel, then the attacking armies will know that in order for them to defeat Israel they will have to neutralize Israel’s guarantor first! So I expect that the attack on Rome will occur simultaneously with the attack on Israel.

And, the motivation of the attacking armies? Well, it is spelled out in Ezekiel 38

11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, 12 To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.

While the attack on the southern Europeans is not spelled out in Scripture, it is there, implied in what is, and what is not said. The motivation to attack their brothers in the south? Since most of the nations listed (with the exception of the Turks, Libya and Iran) are professing Christian nations, some will believe they are attacking the Antichrist, and saving the world!

So what is Brexit? It is the beginning of the realignment of nations to fit the Biblical End Times scenario. It is “stage setting” for the events of the End Times. It is not, however, the final realignment, but a preliminary realignment which will lead to the major events of the End Times.

I expect Brexit will be closely followed by Nexit, Swexit, Frexit, and Grexit!

As you might expect there is a lot of commentary to study today;

Civil Uprising Escalates As 8th EU Nation Threatens Referendum

European SUPERSTATE to be unveiled: EU nations ‘to be morphed into one’ post-Brexit; EU attempts to pre-empt further exit votes via unprecedented power-grab!

Dutch anti-immigrant party chief urges ‘Nexit’ referendum for Netherlands

Calls in Italy, France, Netherlands and Denmark for referendums to leave EU

FREXIT: Now Marine Le Pen demands MORE EU referendums following historic British vote

‘The beginning of the END for the EU’ Brexit fans rejoice as Dutch vote humiliates union 

Who’s Nexit? As many as five other eurozone countries are flirting with trouble. Could one of them be the first to leave the common currency?

Who will be NEXIT? The Swexits, Czexits and Frexits that could follow Britain out of the EU… and the aftershocks hitting continent

SO WHO WILL BE NEXIT? The other countries who could follow Britain out of the EU after becoming disillusioned with Brussels

After BREXIT…Who’s Nexit?

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Answers to Catholic Heresies

I confess I spend too much time on Facebook. It’s kind-of like an addiction, as I am sure many have found; one post leads to the next…

This week I was confronted by someone posting an article by a Roman Catholic apologist at 10 Bible Verses that Protestants Cannot Accept Without Becoming Catholic

I posted a reply, and then realized that others could benefit besides that little group. So here is my reply to the Roman Catholic heresies in that article;

Every one of those verses says something else when read in the King James Bible, and every one of them is taken out of context. This is the fruit of the allegorical interpretation method.

“Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.” II Thessalonians 2:15

Notice that this does not give Churches and Pastors the right to make-up new traditions. The traditions he is referring to are those taught by Paul and the other Apostles! Telling them that they should hold fast to the traditions he has taught them indicates that they were not to add other traditions!

So no, this verse does not support the Catholic practise of adding traditions to Christian worship!

The next verse is also taken out of context. Here it is in context;

22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: 23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained. John 20:22-23

This is a specific promise made to the Apostles alone. There is no evidence that it was ever passed on to any other person. Certainly NOT Scriptural evidence! Not only this but it could be argued that this remission of sins was by the preaching of the gospel. It is always God’s responsibility to remove sins. We partake in that process by preaching the gospel. If we withhold the gospel people will die and go to Hell! You can retain someone’s sins by NOT telling them of the gospel!

So did he mean that they could remit sins by preaching the gospel, and retain sins by NOT preaching the gospel? I think so.

This does not support the Roman Catholic teaching that they have the ability to remit or retain sins. In fact the Roman Church always retains sins, even their own, because they do not preach the biblical gospel!

The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:” I Peter 3:21

The Baptism he is speaking of here is not washing in water, and not even dipping in water, not a physical Baptism at all, but being filled by the Holy Spirit! The Baptism of the Holy Spirit! Don’t forget that the thief on the cross was NOT Baptized and yet is in Heaven with Jesus today!

The Catholic doctrine of Baptismal Regeneration is heresy.

Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. 58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.” John 6:53-58, 54

Once again the Roman Catholic Church takes these verses out of context, and ignores what Jesus said in the next breath! Here is what He said that qualifies what is said above;

61 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? 62 What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? 63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

Did you see that?  “The flesh profiteth NOTHING”! This means that if you licked up some of His blood from off the ground under His cross, or if you slipped into His tomb and cut-off an ear lobe and ate it, you would still go to HELL!

It is the words that Jesus spoke that save, not just these particular words, but ALL THE WORDS HE EVER SPOKE! Not only His words, but also the words His spokesmen spoke on His behalf, men like Paul, John, Peter, James etc. which were incorporated into His Holy Word, The bible!

The Catholic Teaching is that God changed His mind about His law! Here is the command He gave to Noah and his family after the flood.  This command is repeated to the New Testament Church in Acts 15:20 and 29;

But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.” Genesis 9:4

This contradicts the biblical teaching of the character of God; God never changes.

For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” Malachi 3:6

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” Hebrews 13:8

No, God never changes and the Catholic Teaching of Transubstantiation is an abomination!

14 “Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.” James 5:14-15

The Catholic Church takes this out of context also. This is not a promise of instant healing. It is not a promise of healing at all, except for spiritual healing. Many people have been healed when prayed over this way, but many others have died. Nevertheless those who prayed in faith will be raised up at the last day. Secondly it is the prayer of the individual that the Lord responds to in the second verse. The confession of sins to God result in forgiveness by God.

Yes the Lord notices the love and faith of the Church Elders, but it is the heart of the individual that he is interested in. My praying for you cannot save you, unless the Lord does a special work in your heart, and you cry out to Him for salvation!  Sometimes He will listen to a group of elders who pray for someone, perhaps to give them more time to repent, or perhaps to give them more time to work for Him. Nevertheless it is His choice in how he answers, or if He says “no”.

Colossians 1:24 is once again taken out of context. Here’s the context;

21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: 23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister; 24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:

The Church, the Ekklesia, is a “called-out body” of believers, not an organization, and not a building or series of buildings. The true Church is all the true believers around the world, not an organization full of unbelievers! All true believers are permanently indwelt by the Holy Spirit. This does not mean there aren’t disagreements, because some are more in tune with the Spirit than others.

Paul was suffering for the body of Christ, which is the believers around the world. He was not beating himself-up, rather he was suffering persecution because he preached the gospel of salvation by grace through faith.

14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? James 2:14-22

The Catholic Church loves this passage, but they don’t understand it. As James says, faith results in works. It is faith that saves, but faith will lead the faithful to follow Jesus Christ in works. So it is still faith alone that saves, but the works are the proof of faith. Faith changes behaviour, and not the other way around.

Works and the law cannot save;

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” Galatians 2:16

Again, look at the thief on the cross; he had no works to save him, only his request to Jesus! Had he survived, he would have done works of faith, but his hands were nailed to that cross. It was his request in faith that saved him!

It has always been this way…

8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9-10

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13

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Gun Control

Someone posted this on Facebook and I thought it was worth repeating;


In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.

China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.

Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

56 million defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control:

You won’t see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.

Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.

Take note my fellow Americans, (and Canadians) before it’s too late!

The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind them of this history lesson.

With guns, we are “citizens”. Without them, we are “subjects”.

During WWII the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED!

If you value your freedom, please spread this antigun-control message to all of your friends.


Spread the word everywhere you can that you are a firm believer in the 2nd Amendment!

It’s time to speak loud before they try to silence and disarm us.

You’re not imagining it, history shows that governments always manipulate tragedies to attempt to disarm the people.

Harrison Lapahie with Todd Hagen and 4 others.

July 11, 2015 ·

It is no accident that people like Obama push gun control after the Orlando Massacre.  The left wants to have the same control over you as the Soviet Union had over its citizens for over 70 years, when 60 million people perished in the Gulags!

Gun control will not make you safer, it will focus power in your government, and you will be nothing more than a serf!

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Eating God

(How to eat the Lord Jesus Christ)

Have you ever noticed how people take verses out of context to make them say something they do not actually say?

Here’s one I keep running into. I’ll Highlight the controversial part, but give you the context with it. This is a passage that whole denominations get wrong!

47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. 48 I am that bread of life. 49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. 52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? 53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. 54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. 58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. John 6:47-58

Right off the bat, we can see that He is saying that “ He that believeth on me hath everlasting life”.

He says He is like Manna from Heaven, except the life He gives is eternal.

The denominations I mentioned before don’t keep on reading, but cross reference with another, unrelated, passage. We’ll look at that passage in a moment, but let’s read a little further in the conversation…

61 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? 62 What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? 63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. 64 But there are some of you that believe not.

I didn’t see this until recently, but look at verse 62. You see, if He had meant that they need to eat His literal body, it would have been impossible for Him to ascend to Heaven, in His body!

The next verse really explains everything; “The flesh profiteth NOTHING”!

If a person had licked up some of His blood off the ground, after the crowds had left, and if they had then gone into the tomb, and snipped off an ear lobe, and ate it, they would still be going to Hell!

When He said The flesh profiteth NOTHING”, he meant that there would be NO BENEFIT to eating His literal flesh and blood! NONE!

the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” Jesus’ wording is important here; When He says “ the words that I speak unto you” you need to realize that we have no authority to change even one letter of the Word! He was not saying “the statement I have just given you is spirit and it is life”, as many take it to be. No! He was saying that ALL the Words He spoke to us are spirit and they are life!

All the words He spoke that are recorded in Scripture, from the beginning to the end, are what He was referring to! He was even referring to the quotes that Paul, John and the other writers of Scripture would use, even quotes from visions they received of Him! These are the words He spoke to us!

In a sense He is referring to Ezekiel 3 and Revelation 10 where a prophet of God is told to eat a scroll, with the words of God on it. Jesus is synonymous with His words! All of them!

What He is saying is that we are to devour His word, by reading it, and then to make His statements a part of our being, in the same way that we would take a piece of meat, eat it, and it is absorbed into our body and becomes a part of our muscles!

We are to eat Jesus by reading His Words and making them a part of our being! This has nothing to do with literally eating anything!

Here is the passage that some Churches, incorrectly, cross-reference with John 6;

19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. 20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. Luke 22:20

Why is it incorrect to take this literally? Because He had already said that “the flesh profiteth nothing”! Not only this but the people of the world had already been forbidden to eat blood, after the flood! This was a command given to all the descendants of Noah, not just to the Israelite people!

3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. 4 But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat. Genesis 9:3-4

God does not contradict Himself.

While cannibalism is never directly addressed in Scripture, the few instances where it is mentioned make it clear that this is the lowest depth of degradation one can go. When Israel ate their own children it was because of a curse, and the judgment of God!  God would never insist that people ate literal human flesh in order to be saved; it goes against everything God stands for!

The Christian communion service is not the Catholic Mass.  The Mass is an abomination to God!

This is why the Jews were so offended at what Jesus was saying, that many of them left Him at this point; they thought He was speaking literally, just as the Catholics do today!

The Churches which teach that the bread and wine of the communion service become the literal blood and flesh of the Lord Himself, such as the Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Lutheran Churches, are ignoring all these things He had said, and especially His statement “this do in remembrance of me”.

There is another word directly related to the word “remembrance”, that is “memorial”! Jesus was telling us that the Jewish Passover was all about Him, and Christians are to continue the meal as a memorial to what He did for us on the cross!

Paul also spoke about this feast in his letter to the Corinthians;

23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: 24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. 26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

The cup He was speaking of was the Passover cup. Interestingly, the cup of wine was not prescribed in the Old Testament as a part of the Passover, but was a tradition that was incorporated later. Jesus used this as a perfect symbol of His blood, but it is only a symbol. Partaking of the Passover meal does not save, except in the sense that Jesus Himself is our Passover!

Does this mean that we don’t need to take the Lord’s supper seriously? Paul goes on to say that the cause of some of the early Christians dying was because they partook of the Lord’s supper in an unworthy manner ! Yes, this is serious, but a ritual does not save! It only points to the one true Sacrifice that does save!

The big question is did you take the Words of God and make them a part of yourself? This is “eating Jesus” and the essence of repentance, and is a condition of salvation! If you haven’t, do it today!


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Brexit and Grexit

Some of you may have noticed that I don’t have a lot to say these days. The truth is that I believe I have said everything I need to say in The Spirit of Prophecy, and in past articles on housetops.

At this point all that is left is to watch international events and analyze how they fit into the larger End Times plan, and maybe sometimes, I need to repeat what I have already laid-out for those of you who are new to this site.

When Jesus spoke about the End Times in Matthew 24 He stated that the end of the age would be characterized by “wars and rumours of wars”. Many have interpreted this to mean the early part of the Tribulation period, but in fact, He was referring to the closing days, months, and years, of the Church-Age.

There are two biblically prophesied wars, that I can find, (there could be more, but certainly not less) that are specifically timed to occur during the closing years of the Church-age; Psalm 83, and Ezekiel 38-39.

Many of the End Times events will occur simultaneously, with some overlapping others; for instance, the current push for globalization is a push to create the ten super-nations of Revelation 17. Even while this push is on, both the Psalm 83 war, and the Gog/Magog war of Ezekiel 38-39, will occur and will actually facilitate the formation of this ten-nation World government.

Satan’s goal is to convince you and I that something is what it is not.  He cannot control when these events happen. He can only twist how we view them, in light of biblical prophecy. Having the wrong view of biblical prophecy can be detrimental to your soul!

Many bible and prophecy teachers will view both of these wars as comprising the Great Tribulation, with the second identified as Armageddon itself!  Nothing could be further from the truth!

So why would there be a large movement to discredit the Pre-Tribulation Rapture doctrine? It is because, if we have not died yet, we will still be here for both the Psalm 83, and the Ezekiel 38-39 wars.  The Christian Church will be still here for both of these wars, and the second one will be more devastating than World War 2!  So steel yourself, and be prepared to give a reason for your faith when all Hell breaks-out around you!

These wars will be going-on, and false teachers will be telling you “Look, we are in the Tribulation and the rapture has not happened yet! You were wrong about the pre-Tribulation rapture!” Don’t believe them!

At the end of the Gog/Magog war, these same people will be telling us, “Now it is time for us to form the Kingdom of God on Earth!” Don’t believe them!

When Rome is destroyed by a nuclear weapon, they will say that Revelation 18 has been fulfilled, that the Whore has been judged! Then they will be saying that the time for the millennial reign is upon us, and now we must get together, put aside our differences, and work together for world peace.

This is what Paul was speaking of when he said “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” I Thessalonians 5:3

When the European Union breaks-up, it will be replaced by “daughter unions”. The component natons of the EU know that it makes sense for them to band together, but it does not make sense for nations with different economic and political policies to be united. For instance, you can’t have one nation where everyone retires at 58 years of age, or earlier, being supported by workers of the same age in another country, being forced to work until they are 65, or older.

This situation even occurs within nations where one group, such as large numbers of immigrants, live on welfare while large numbers of indigenous persons keep on working and paying large amounts of tax to support those who will not work. By the way, any able-bodied person can work, but many render themselves un-employable by refusing to learn the language of their host nation!

Such a system is guaranteed to fail from the outset.

Grexit is still on the table, and is inevitable as long as Europe does not address the underlying causes. I guess that means that it is inevitable, because Europe is not able to address the underlying discrepancies in the different national government policies of the EU. The Greek financial problems and/or the immigration crisis might just push them over the edge.

Next month the UK is having a “Brexit” referendum on whether they should leave the EU or not, and whether they stay this time, or leave, ultimately they will leave, or it will fall apart around them.

Anyone following the Brexit debate in recent days will be familiar with Boris Johnson’s statement that those who favour a united Europe have similar goals to the Nazis.

“Conservative former Chancellor Lord Lamont, who is also backing a Leave vote on June 23, said it is a “fact there were fascist theorists who believed very strongly in a united Europe”.

The peer told Murnaghan on Sky News: “I don’t think (Mr Johnson) was saying people who favour the European Union were comparable to Nazis.

“He was simply saying that historically, from the Romans, Charlemagne, Napoleon, there have been all sorts of attempts to dominate Europe and these have all floundered because Europe is not naturally one entity.”” ( )

In fact, as I have repeatedly said, Europe is more naturally three, or maybe four, entities, and these divisions will play an important role in the coming war of Ezekiel 38-39.

I would break down these entities thusly; Western Europe – Britain, Germany, France, Scandinavia, and the Benelux countries (descendants of one Gomer, grandson of Noah). Eastern Europe – The countries of the former Warsaw Pact (Descendants of Magog), Russia (descendants of Meshech and Tubal), and Southern Europe – including Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, and another six allied nations (descendants of Noah’s grandson Javan).

Where will Turkey be during this event? I cannot quite say at the moment; They certainly will be allied with the coalition that attacks Israel and the Southern European Union, but if they will be part of a regional and economic union I cannot say. They could be a part of another union with the related nations of Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Armenia, etc.

The descendants of Javan are quite interesting, because they are not listed as attacking armies in the Ezekiel account, but they do make-up a group of nations geographically between the northern Europeans and Israel.

Israel has been drawing closer to nations like Italy and Greece in recent years, purchasing military aircraft from Italy, and cooperating in military exercises with Greece and Cyprus.

As I said above, Satan’s goal is to convince us that something is what it is not. In order to make us believe that the Antichrist has been defeated, he has to give us someone we could really believe is the Antichrist,and the false prophet. Then he has to destroy them in a war that looks a lot like Armageddon.

This war will be devastating, and we can be sure that nuclear devices will be used. I am afraid that southern Europe will receive the brunt of the destruction, especially Rome. As a result of this destruction, and the dust and smoke kicked up in the atmosphere, the sun will be darker, and the moon will appear red in the night sky. This will be fulfilment of Joel’s prophecy;

Joel 2:31
The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, BEFORE the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.

In recent days many prophecy teachers have said that the lunar eclipses of the last couple of years are fulfilment of this prophecy, but they are incorrect; It is a result of these End Times wars, and fulfilment of Jesus’ prophecy of “wars and rumours of wars” which will cause this phenomenon.

So, is this the year of Brexit and Grexit? I can’t say for sure, but it will happen in the not too distant future. Once one of them leaves the Euro, others are sure to follow, and the resulting shake-up will re-write the map of Europe!


Here are some resources for further study on this subject. One observation I would make about all these videos, and articles, is that every one of them, on every side, is trying to figure it all out using human logic, and none of them takes God’s word into consideration. As a result they will end up fulfilling His End Times prophecies;

Interestingly, Nigel Farrage is saying exactly the same thing that I am saying. When he said that the EU would have worked if it only had been Germany and some of north-western European nations. I think he will be in favour when a North-Western European Union is proposed after Brexit.

Yannis Varoufakis is rather interesting in his take on the European Government in Brussels.

What is a Grexit and how would Greece leaving affect the euro? In 60 seconds

Grexit back on the agenda again as Greek economy unravels

Yanis Varoufakis ‘Bomb’: Deal With Tsipras to Threaten Lenders With Grexit [Video]

Brexit Tories back Boris Johnson, saying his EU Nazi Germany comparison was ‘historical analysis’

Battle for Brexit is like ‘David and Goliath’ declares Boris Johnson on biggest day of EU referendum campaign yet


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