Creating Conditions for World War III

Brother Branham said, "I am thankful to God to be living in this time of the closing scenes of this world's history. I don't know, if I would've had a say-so before the foundation of the world, and God would have laid out the whole program to me and said to me, "I want you to preach. And now, what age do you desire to go to the earth to preach?" I would've chosen this age, for I think this is the golden age.

I certainly would have loved to have been here during the time of His visit to the earth, but still I think right now, is a greater time, because it's a time that He's coming to take the people that He's redeemed, nearing the resurrection when all the redeemed will come forth. What a glorious opportunity we have to speak to a dying people: great time"(Invisible Union 6:6-7).

He also said, ". . . this history will never be written. No. It's too close to the Coming now.

And God help a man in these days . . . People who try to seek human honor, men who try to make themselves popular among human beings. Don't you know that the human being, when it perishes, all that perishes with it? But seek to gain the heavenly treasures; they shall never pass away"(Sirs, We Would See Jesus, 5:5 - 6:1).

Our sermon this-evening is "Creating Conditions for World War III," and our text is Revelation 13:11-18, "I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon."

(The first beast was Rome which rose to dominion over the peoples surrounding the Mediterranean. The second beast, the United States of America, rose up quickly over a sparsely populated land and established a form of government where civil and religious powers were separated. In his beginnings he was meek as a lamb, and still the US presents itself as a Christian society, but particularly since the Second World War, it has spoken as a great serpent).

"And he exercises all the power of the first beast before him, and causes the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he does great wonders, so that he makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceives them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live."

(After the close of the Gentile dispensation and the casting out of Satan, a One World Government will be established through the UN and America will be subservient to the Devil-incarnate Pope who will rule the world. In Revelation 17:1-5 we see the fulfillment of Daniel 2:39-43 wherein the great harlot, Mystery Babylon the great is seated on or controlling the dragon or final world empire "which shall bear rule over all the earth".

Jesus said that the first beast which suffered a mortal wound with the decline of Imperial Rome would be healed in the rise of Papal Rome and the restoration of the Reich or Empire in the last days as foretold by Daniel and Jesus.

By her technology, America will perform awesome wonders. Just look what she has been doing over Iraq. Rome will empower America to force a union among the churches and religions of the world backed by her technology -- and brother, after Los Angeles and much of California sink beneath the ocean, and Russia invades America, she will have to pull a few tricks out of her technological hat, like igniting the ionosphere, to pull the world into line.

The "miracle" will be pointing the world's people to Roman creed and dogma which is the mark of the beast and forcing a religious union among Protestants such that they form an image of the beast, exercising all of its bloody medieval powers).

"And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed."

(As the armed might of the Roman State stood behind the Catholic church, the military power of the American State will enforce the dictates of the Protestant image of Rome. They'll solve disputes in places like Iraq -- everyone will become Christian by decree and love one-another or be killed. Problem solved. Pass me another Coke, please).

"And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, unless he has the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name."

(America is doing this right now, but she is not yet employing the psychology of common religion to control the superstitious masses. Nevertheless, if you don't do things America's way, you're likely to be killed. Know anything about Locherbie, Waco, the Port Arthur Massacre, Panama City)?

"Here is wisdom. Let he who has understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six."

The beast is the Roman Catholic FALSE church system headed up at this time by Satan incarnate who loves to be worshiped. The mark in the hand signifies doing his bidding or serving him, whilst the mark in the forehead signifies receiving his false doctrine. The mark of the beast is always "wisdom or human reasoning against the revealed Word of God or faith."

Most people in the world have always had the mark of the beast. Progressively conformity to his institutional mark will be enforced. That mark in its most basic form is the Holy Trinity (so-called). This is the old Babylonian mystery religion followed by every pagan tribe and tongue throughout the world and introduced into Christendom at the First Nicea Council in AD325 where the Roman Catholic church was organized by pagan Emperor Constantine the Great.

Well, our text has almost taken a whole service to deliver. But it is God's foreknowledge of what WILL happen: God's foreknowledge of the carnal plans of evil men.

In our services we have found that history is not the record of unrelated random events but an unfolding of the long term plans of the children of Darkness to establish a totalitarian world Police State. We learned that in 1871, a military blue print was prepared for three world wars and three major revolutions, that Luciferian Albert Pike considered would bring Lucifer's age-old conspiracy to its final stage in the twentieth century with ALL international organizations and groups FINANCED, DIRECTED, and CONTROLLED by Illuminati agents AT THE TOP.

The First and Second World Wars were executed according to plan as were the Russian and Chinese Revolutions that followed those wars.

World War III is to be fomented by using the differences agents of the Illuminati stir up between Political Zionists and the leaders of the Moslem world. This war is to be directed in such a manner that Islam and Political Zionism will destroy themselves, while at the same time the remaining nations, once more divided against each other on this issue, will be forced to fight themselves into a state of complete physical, mental, spiritual and economic exhaustion.

The aspirants to undisputed world domination will then provoke the greatest social cataclysm the world has ever known. Of this third and final planned revolution Pike wrote on August 15, 1871, "We shall unleash the Nihilists (who oppose all constitutional authority, religious and moral principles) and Atheists, and we shall provoke a formidable social cataclysm which in all its horror will show clearly to the nations the effect of absolute atheism, origin of savagery and of the most bloody turmoil. Then everywhere, the citizens, obliged to defend themselves against the world minority of revolutionaries, will exterminate those destroyers of civilization, and the multitude, disillusioned with Christianity, whose deistic spirits will be from that moment without direction, anxious for an ideal, but without knowing where to render its adoration, will receive the true light through the universal manifestation of the pure doctrine of Lucifer, brought finally out in the public view, a manifestation which will result from the general reactionary movement which will follow the destruction of Christianity and atheism, both conquered and exterminated at the same time."

God has sent us a prophet with warning and a way of escape. Before World War III can materialize, God will intervene to cause a great upset in nature, marking the end of the Gentile dispensation, and signaling the start of the First Resurrection and manifestation of the Sons of God.

Jesus said those who have received the Holy Spirit will know the plans of the enemy, for the Spirit will reveal beforehand things that will come to pass in our day so that we are not anxious but have rest and peace -- confident in the outcome (John 13:16). Thus we should know what to expect as he prepares for World War III between the Political Zionists and the Muslim world.

What's been happening this year? Have the children of Darkness destroyed the economy and the morality of Russia and so many of the former Soviet nations? Promising them a Utopia but setting them on the path to ruin and national humiliation. Destroying their hope in decency, democracy and God, and turning them back to Communism -- filled with hatred for the West. They cannot be expected to understand that it is not the peoples of the West who arranged the bankrupting of their countries, but the foreign elites who invaded Russia in 1917. The Communists are mere pawns in their Millennium end-game. Communism has been set against the West.

(On December 27, 1998 AP reported Russia has deployed 10 Topol-M vehicle-launched nuclear missiles with a range of more than 6,000 miles. Thirty more Topol-Ms are to be built by the end of 2000 to maintain nuclear parity with the West).

This past year has seen the same "elites" destroy the economies and industries of the "Asian Tigers." They made a handsome profit from their deception. In the past year the children of Darkness, against whom God has indignation forever (Malachi 1:4) have drawn up the lines of conflict with the evil persecution of the innocent citizens of Iraq? That's precisely what we have seen. And he has hidden behind the forces of apostate Christendom as if he were not involved.

Adam Weishaupt who developed the Illuminati according to the plans of Mayer Amschel Rothschild said, "The great strength of our Order lies in its concealment; let it never appear in its own name, but always covered by another name, and another occupation."

What did Jesus say of these so-called Christians? Revelation 3:17, "Because you say, 'I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing;"

("You" who? America and the once Christian West, of course. Where does the Light end in the Gentile dispensation? "In the evening time" -- the West where It was restored (Zechariah 14:7). Jesus is speaking of America, Britain, Australia and other once Christian Western nations which are about to be smitten with a curse under the Seventh Vial during the Tribulation (Malachi 4:5-6).

Edomite thugs who control the news media that brainwashes nominal Christians and peddle their filthy entertainments to pollute those without the Spirit, have actually persuaded us we are performing a righteous act for God, country and humanity. When we are in fact starving and maiming innocent people, destroying infrastructure and prosperity for generations to come to satisfy the power lust, love of money and insane hatred of those not of Adam's kind.

Can't you plainly see America practicing for her role to back-up Rome and her Protestant image during the tribulation and FORCE the mark of the beast?

Senator John Warner said it was imperative to join together "to enforce the rule of law." He said England was "bravely participating" and that there was clear and convincing proof in the Butler report to the UN. Timing was an issue but now we must back our troops (PBS December 16, 1998).

Newt Gingrich strongly endorsed the military action as he formally passed his gavel to Bob Livingston: "We must carry the burden of leading the world" (AP December 17, 1998).

"And know not that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked." We are deceived by Esau/Edom today like Israel was deceived when they shouted for the blood of their own Messiah. Christian nations think they are rich and control the world yet we are financially and morally bankrupted by the cunning of Esau/Edom -- blind to our own plight -- and we don't know it.

Fancy the leaders of the so-called "Christian" West applauding the murder of innocent people by unprovoked attack upon their country. Who or what is their god? It isn't the Lord Jesus Christ! For gosh sakes, even Saddam's attack upon Kuwait was deliberately provoked by the accursed Edomites who rule our nations.

Revelation 16:12, "And the sixth angel poured out his Vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the East might be prepared."

The Vials were temporary judgments poured out upon the non-elect after each Church Age and Trumpet to distinguish foolish virgin from the false and adulterous church. As expounded in our teaching sermons on the Vials, the drying-up of the Holy Spirit from the denominational system empowers the East to withstand rather than submit to (what was once) Christendom.

The following verse describes the gathering of the Western forces under Rome and the "kings of the earth" or "black nobility" whom Brother Branham revealed will be in alliance with the self-styled Jews for this War between the political Zionists and the churches on one hand, (in the scenario foreseen by the World Revolutionary Movement), and the Muslim and Communist world on the other. This will not be Armageddon and takes place at the start of the Tribulation shortly after the earthquake we are all awaiting.

One group of self-styled Jews, the Political Zionists of the West, will be tied to Rome against another group of self-styled Jews in Communist Russia, the King of the North, backing Ishmael's "kings of the East" or Muslims. And wasn't there an earlier group that settled in the East? Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.

Writing in the New Internationalist earlier this year, Felicity Arbuthnot describes a little incident she witnessed in Iraq: "In a small grocery store in a poor area of Baghdad early one morning I watched a child of perhaps five proudly doing a terribly important errand: he bought one egg. A tray of 30 eggs exceeds a university professor's monthly salary. As he left, the child dropped the egg. He fell to the floor, frantically trying to pick up the shell, yolk and white, with his small hands, tears streaming down his face. As I reached in my pocket, the shopkeeper gently tapped him on the shoulder and gave him another."

Something we should have firmly fixed in our heads is that the powers that be have been in the process of world depopulation by policy for two decades. Confirmers of Truth among us may discover the evidence for this in Acts of the US Congress, proposals and plans like Global 2000 and Global Future, many UN papers, as well as Australian government policies. Unemployment, contraction and shutdown of industries, environmental legislation, and policies from defense and education to health and immigration show that our politicians are following the dictates of the international elites to implement their long-term plans of dysgenics, eugenics and genocide to return the world to serfdom under their elite selves.

The ritual sacrifice of Iraqis continued unabated as Washington and London bombed Iraq. Corpses pile up: victims of Washington's cynical and duplicitous policies in the Middle East.

According to a UNICEF report released in April, before the bombing commenced, over 250 people, mostly children under 5, died each day because of the UN sanctions. More than one-and-a-half million have been killed by the sanctions imposed in 1990. About 5 percent of Iraq's pre-sanctions population; equivalent to about 850,000 dead Australians.

The World Food Program says more than 1.2 million Iraqi children died due to the embargo between August 1990 and August 1997 -- a generation sanctioned out of existence.

Australia is party to this. We belong to the criminal organization called the UN. We have condoned this cowardly unprovoked attack by the US and UK military upon a sovereign state and we have blood on our hands. We are cowards for not condemning the criminal actions of the US and UK, and for not resigning from the UN on principle.

Frankly, if Australia had principles, and a backbone instead of a wishbone, we'd never have joined the criminal conspiracy of the UN in the first place. Bible believers know Amos 3:3, Isaiah 8:9-12 and II Corinthians 6:14; God forbids believers from making such alliances with sinners.

We are guilty as a nation, and we'll pay the price because these attacks upon Iraq are merely a further development of the old plan for world domination. Do you remember those three wars and three revolutions? One of each remains, and our once Christian nations are written on them both.

Jesus said that during the Gentile dispensation "Israelites would be hated among all nations because they rejected their Messiah. He said that they would betray and hate one another and that their love for oneanother would grow cold" (Matthew 24:9-12).

At the end of the world we see them divided between two camps of self-styled Jews as the nominal Christians are divided between two camps of FALSE Christians -- the Roman Catholic and Protestants. Brother Branham said that in these last days there would only be love in the Bride.

Israel has been apostate for 2,000 years. Christian denominations have been apostate since 1963. Consider what this combined hatred for God has perpetrated upon the innocent Iraqis.

Per capita income of Iraq has sunk from US$2,900, to US$60 a year. A can of powdered milk costs as much as a doctor's salary for one month. Surgery is conducted without anesthetics. Facilities for Sanitation are abysmal. Fifty percent of the rural population does not have access to potable water, compared to ninety-two percent in 1990. According to the World Health Organization, most Iraqis have been on a semi-starvation diet for the last few years. Infant mortality has increased six-fold since 1990. Iraq's once exemplary and free public health system has been decimated.

Inflation has risen astronomically. According to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization, the price of wheat flour in August 1995 was 11,677 times higher (1.16 million percent) than in July 1990.

Crime was almost unknown. People used to leave their keys in the front door and cars unlocked. Now crime has skyrocketed.

Among the items banned by the Security Council from export to Iraq are adhesive tape, soccer balls, bags, bicycles, calculators, books, candle sticks, toys, children's clothing, shoelaces, lamps, detergents, dolls, eyeglasses, hairpins, paper clips and medical supplies. The list is endless.

The loss of life caused by the UN sanctions makes Saddam Hussein's human rights record virtually pale into insignificance. Amnesty International estimates Hussein's regime killed 130,000 people between 1979 and 1989. In eight years, the sanctions have killed more than 10 times that number. That's the human right's record of George Bush and Bill Clinton.

Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark, in a November 11 letter to Sir John Weston at the Permanent Mission of UK to the UN called the sanctions "a violation of the Genocide Convention." He went on to say "the notion that Iraq is a threat to the region is a false fantasy created by the US to justify its vast military presence in the region, to dominate the oil resources and to contain Islam."

Others have pointed out that the sanctions violate the Geneva Convention -- which prohibits starvation of civilians as a means of warfare -- as well as the Declaration of Human Rights, and the (infamous) Convention on the Rights of the Child.

And what of Washington's duplicity? Columbia University professor Edward Said wrote in Al-Hayat newspaper, London: "Israel occupies territory illegally for thirty years, it violates the Geneva conventions at will, conducts invasions, terrorist attacks and assassinations against Arabs, and still, the US vetoes every sanction against it in the UN. Syria, Sudan, Libya, and Iraq are classified as "rogue" states. Sanctions against them are far harsher than against any other countries in the history of US foreign policy. And still the US expects that its own foreign policy agenda ought to prevail."

Speaking of the "weapons of mass destruction" Washington claims ad nauseum to be so concerned about, a UN General Assembly committee on November 10, 1998, voted 134:2 asking Israel "not to develop, produce, test or otherwise acquire nuclear weapons, and to renounce possession of nuclear weapons," and to sign the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty. The two countries voting against the resolution were Israel and the United States.

Following admissions by the UNSCOM chief Richard Butler, that UN inspectors had shared intelligence information with Israel, and allegations last week by a British MP that five UNSCOM inspectors were undercover Israeli Mossad agents, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak flatly refused to endorse military strikes against Iraq.

"There is not a single Arab country which backs recourse to force against Iraq, and all are preoccupied by the lot of the Iraqi people," he told Egyptian Ministers of Parliament (November 10, 1998).

A story in the Washington Post (December 16, 1998) stated that Washington "helped orchestrate the terms of the Australian diplomat's report" and played "a direct role in shaping Butler's text." And the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a Vienna-based organization, gave Iraq a clean nuclear bill of health and said that Iraq had provided "Effective and efficient cooperation." Clinton falsified the existence of a nuclear threat.

Moscow stated on December 20, 1998 that Iraq was always ready to work with UN weapons inspectors despite US-British military action intended to punish Baghdad for allegedly failing to cooperate with them, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.

"Despite the use of force, the Iraqi leadership maintains its readiness to cooperate with the UN and, in particular, with the Special Commission," it said in a statement recounting talks earlier in the day between Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov and the Iraqi ambassador to Moscow, Hassan Fahmi Jumah.

"And he exercises all the power of the first beast before him . . ."

But Washington's hypocrisy, neither begins nor ends with Israel. America is the only country to have ever dropped a nuclear bomb on human beings, and is the world's largest stockpiler of weapons of mass destruction and one that has over the last 50 years installed and supported some of the most murderous dictators the world has seen. To hear US officials speak self-righteously of the need to eliminate Iraqi weapons and of Iraqi violations of international law should turn anyone's stomach. But we should all realize that America, like Britain, is ruled by the parallel government of a people who have no inheritance on this earth and no place in heaven (Genesis 4:9-14). A people descended from the murderer who killed the first and second Adams.

Historic amnesia and a populace starved of true history guarantees settled stomachs in the United States, even as their government's policy ensures that in Iraq, little food makes its way into the mouths of hungry children with shrunken bellies who will join the dead before they've had a chance to live.

Today America is "the Land of the slave and the home of the fleeced". Americans have enslaved themselves to sin, and sold their souls to the Devil. Like Esau, their master, they've sold the birthright of the Pilgrim fathers, and come to a place of no more repentance.

Yassar Arafat also jumps when Esau whistles according to this report dated December 20: "As the Palestinian Authority over the weekend detained journalists and curbed coverage of pro-Iraq rallies, journalists threatened to strike against the crackdown."

"Friday, the PA closed down private radio and television stations, detained eight Palestinian journalists who had covered pro-Iraq demonstrations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and jailed four ranking figures from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine who marched at the head of one Gaza demonstration."

"The offices of eight news organizations, including the Gaza City bureau of Associated Press, were closed by Palestinian police."

"The directors of two private Ramallah television stations, Al Watan and Al Nassar, and one radio station, Al-Hubb wa As-Salaam (Love and Peace), were summoned Friday afternoon to Ramallah's police station and told to stop their broadcasts."

Regardless of how it appears, the US, Britain and Israel stand alone this time. Here's why they went to war and bombed Iraq.

Many claim the bombing of Iraq was a diversion from the Clinton sex scandal. Such hubris! Let's just say, "It was a convenience".

The real reason for this bombing and earlier serious consideration of using Nuclear Weapons by the US and UK -- without the UN, and without the support of the other Coalition Nations -- and the fact that a year ago Madeline Albright was traveling the world telling the other nations that the US will act "on their own" -- is because, and PROVES once again, US and British citizens are the front who pay the bills, sacrifice their lives and cop the flack for the political Zionists.

When Albright says "we" cannot allow Saddam Hussein to "threaten his neighbors," what she really means is, "ISRAEL will not allow Iraq to possess weapons that might make them an equal power." Mere possession would stop the City of London controlling the balance of power in the Middle East, ending their dictatorial world power.

The Zionists are concerned about Iraq's future nuclear capability. This episode is nothing to do with chemical or biological weapons, even if they did exist (in the quantities alleged). All these years since the Gulf War, Saddam did not use these "weapons of mass destruction" (purchased from the United States) to "threaten his neighbors." They are not the threat America and Israel would have us to believe.

There was no urgency to bomb Iraq and murder even more innocent Iraqi civilians. Israel's biological capabilities are at least ten times greater than Iraq's. But Britain and the US are unconcerned about that. Nor are they concerned about chemical and biological weapons of Russia, France, China, Britain and the US.

Hypocrisy! It's Iraq's NUCLEAR capability and the balance of world power that concerns the foreign masters of Britain and the US, and polarizing the Political Zionists and Muslims into preparation for World War III, and their own destruction.

Any Arab nation acquiring nuclear capability would destroy their balance of power in the Middle East. Iraq is not an Arab nation, but if it had nuclear capability and sided with the Arabs, Israel would have to contend with their ability to retaliate against their own nuclear weapons. The Zionist puppets, Israel, UK and US would be prevented from continuing sanctions to starve the Iraqis to death. As things stand, they are constantly "upping the ante" (as they did to Germany after World War I, and later Japan), until the Iraqi people have no choice but to fight, against all odds, and in the process will annex and acquire Iraq's oil assets.

Speaking as House Intelligence Committee Chairman, US Congressman Porter Goss, (a 1960 honors graduate from Yale with a 10-year career as a CIA Clandestine Services Officer) said that: "Bringing Saddam Hussein to justice and dismantling his regime is what this is about" (CNN December 16, 1998).

Such ungodly cowardice displays the apostsy of Britain, America, and the remainder of the once Christian Western world. Even Russia and pagan China issued a rebuke to the injustice of the bombing. The Vatican called the strikes "aggression." The Pope told envoys "the right of each person and peoples to live in security . . . is more urgent than ever" (Reuters December 17, 1998).

It should be obvious that Iraq currently does NOT have Nuclear weapons she can actually use -- but they are very close -- otherwise she would have retaliated.

Those whose names are not on the Book of Life, "the people against whom God has indignation forever" (Malachi 1:4) whom God placed at enmity with the true descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who will be gathered from IRAQ, Iran and the Arab nations (Isaiah 11:11; Hosea 11:10-12), are manufacturing one MORE "hate crime" in provoking hatred and grounds for World War III between Muslims and political Zionists. These faceless men behind the scenes appear to be wholly unconnected with what to the world is "Television News." This is the classic Hegelian dialectic of determining an objective then creating that "predetermined history" by controlled conflict.

Who is being bombed in Iraq? Among others, Abraham's natural seed. And who is behind the bombings? Esau/Edom, the self-styled Jews. Who is their "boy"? President William Jefferson Clinton, one-time Governor of Arkansas, another Edomite, whose real name is William Jefferson Blythe III. It was changed when his widowed mother remarried (Time Magazine, June 8, 1992 p 62).

One only becomes Arkansas Governor with the blessings and approval of the Rockefellers who virtually own and operate Arkansas. Mr. Clinton is reportedly a Rockefeller. His grandfather is supposedly the illegitimate son of Winthrop Rockefeller (also Governor of Arkansas), making William Jefferson Clinton a great grandson of John D. Rockefeller, and an Edomite.

Our Lord called the generation at His first Coming "wicked and adulterous," even their Edomite king Herod was living in adultery, typing the generation living in the days of His parousia Coming. If this be so then the degenerate morals of present-day so-called Christian society are typical, and it is typical that the Edomite king of the West, Bill Clinton, lives in adultery, after adultery, after adultery.

It should be remembered the Rhodes Trust and its scholars are pledged to restore control of the former colonies like the United States to the (Jewish) Crown of the City of London thus establishing socialist one-world government controlled by an elite. Mr. Clinton is a Rhodes Scholar. As it is late in the day, those who would depopulate the earth and return the remainder of we goiim to serfdom, the war with Iraq was necessary to preserve the compliant and co-operative Mr. Clinton in office to produce the goals of Global 2000 without further delay.

Soon the Seventh Trumpet will sound the close of the Gentile dispensation and "God will destroy them which destroy the earth" -- and the history will never be written. bb981223.htm


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