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Dear President Obama (Updated)

23 Mar

Thank you for all your hard work in office… finally the church in America is once again praying.

You did the right thing by running for office a second time… the legalization of medical marijuana may just save this planet as the next cash crop just as tobacco did for our ancestors many years ago.  May you retire with dignity and honor and live wherever Jesus may lead you.  You have a beautiful family and thus are not “the Antichrist” as many people were silently hoping for, just because you choose to reach for a dream which many in America are still not ready to accept.

Please… never divorce this country from your prayers… you are needed down here to bring peace to many in other countries who are still silently suffering…

Personally, I would prefer you stay in office until you feel the need to retire… people need someone to idolize in this country for doing everything right…

As always, it is my prayers that you and your family remains safe and free from harm and can find rest in the days ahead in the gentle arms of our risen savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.  It is no secret that unquestionably all prayers are safe, even for us common folk; as without question you have beautiful children, of which the world is truly blessed by their modesty and kind human approach to a world carved in darkness and utter human depravity.  You set for this nation and around the world the most beautiful example of what a family should be like by just loving them each first individually and then as a family.  How dare Christians laugh at you because of you personal beliefs… as our nation was founded with the ideas of peace, especially when it comes to our shared and most common Christian faiths.

Anybody would be a fool not to acknowledge that you were left with a mess after our last president chose to shed so much bloodshed and in turn wasted so many good human lives on foreign soil just for the sake of stupid greed and of course the love of money (or in this case oil).

Thank you for keeping this country safe to the best of your human ability.  God bless you!

The Lord (blessed be his name) showed me the tremendous amount of pressure you have been under day and night just trying to protect the us the chosen faithful (in whatever religion they may be currently hiding in).  Your efforts to bring peace are truly amazing as you are a truly gifted speaker and lover of world peace.

Personally, if more Christians were like me and actually prayed for you instead of bashing you in their quiet times with the Lord (never mind on the radio) they may see you are a man of many talents and interesting ideas… Blessed be!

We who study history are aware that America’s time has run out as bully on the block just to satisfy our carnal appetites, of which mainly is our love of money while the rest of the world is starving.  We know our credit rating is not good, because we lied to all about how much this country is truly a “Christian” nation.  Detroit is once again becoming a beautiful city thanks to your financial aid and by allowing free education to young people everywhere to realize their own dreams and ideologies.

Please allow me to apologize for the stupid ones who mock what they do not see.  Personally, one of my dearest friends is currently back home in Syria (where it is hell on earth at the moment as you are well aware because of the rebellious religious sect Isis) where, after studying in a local University here in Detroit, he is now back home safe and sound with the freedom to choose between good versus evil, right versus wrong.  He was a humble foreign exchange student who needed help learning the nuances of the English language and in return showed me mercy with my humble attempt of learning one of the hardest languages on earth, which obviously is Arabic!  It’s still mostly Greek to me!  lol.

Thank you for allowing this country to change for the better… thankfully us Christians are still “A” okay!

Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to read a humble pastor’s blog…

Sincerely,

Your friend in Christ,

Pastor John Mark Butzu

Detroit, Michigan USA

P.S  I would personally like to see Christians locked up that do not pray for this country.  For that is our duty (as you my readers are well aware) to pray for whomever God chooses to bless while in the white house… good or bad, whatever the case may be.

Many Christians suffered for their faith under extreme persecution as it makes the weak break and the strong survive to live another day.  In China, one out of four pastors are in prison at any given time and miracles happen there on a daily basis… It is our prayer that young believers grow strong in their faith if they knew what was best before time runs out and it is judgement day… what a terrible waste for some who choose to lie rich with full bellies and not care and hoard while others even in their own back years are literally starving for the knowledge of our precious savior Jesus Christ.  God help the younger generation to see the need on the streets and in our now global society

Amen.

Your comments are welcome and enjoyed… Have fun!

Jesus Will Always Make It Up To You

8 Feb

Note: This post is about one thing – being rich in God.

Have you ever failed God or thought you did?  Do you trust him completely?  Many times one little mistake, one insecurity, one inconsistency can be the difference between success and failure; especially when it comes to people and their salvation.  One inconsideration, one day of being tired and overwhelmed can in my line of work can lead to trouble.  This can be true in construction as well as in real life.  Many people are so overwhelmed by this life’s trials that they tend to forget the greatest testimony a person can have is being able to trust God completely and to always remember to thank him for everything that he allows to come into our lives.  The good news is that Jesus really does care.  Even in death, which is the final test for many God obviously has mercy.  We do not know for instance, what a person in a coma is praying about – for many it could be their own salvation.  Yet, we do know one thing for certain – not everyone loves God in real life.  In Romans chapter 1:18-25  we read:

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

Christian in some parts of the world are persecuted (see here) just for being Christians.  That in itself should get you to think.  In America where I live we have a whole bunch of freedom.  Freedom to choose between right and wrong, even for such choices as abortion.  Yet we are taught never to condemn the sinner, who without the knowledge of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ choose to live in a way foreign to God’s perfect desire at that given moment in their life.  Haven’t we all messed up before – have we ever missed the mark – even as good Christians?  Not that I ever condone murder, and never have but in my line of work you must believe that everyone has a right to be saved.  It is God’s greatest desire.

As Christians, we must prepare for the future.  Some take this matter to heart but only for their own earthly good.  Thus, we now have some pastors running around telling their people to stockpile guns, ammo, food you name it – hoarding is what I call it.  It is always wise to be prepared – but to what extent?  Do you not remember what Jesus said about the man who hoarded his possessions in a barn instead of being concerned about others needs?  Let’s review a passage in Luke 12 for those who are young in Christ as for well as for Christians who do not take their Bible’s seriously.  We will start in verse 16.  The scriptures say:

“And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?  So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

The bottom line is that we will all be judged for what we do in this life – not for what we become in the worlds eyes (thus living by its standards), but for what we become through the eyes of Christ Jesus.  Have we learned to trust Christ daily, as laid out for us by holy women and men of God, who in the early church lost so much to follow the one they called Lord and Messiah?  Let us stop and remember dear old Matthew in the Bible my brethren.  What does our scriptures say happened when he found Christ?  The Bible clearly says that he left his old life and found a new one.  Repentance is say about Jesus called it.  No matter how hard we try, there is always more that we could do for Christ.

Thank you to all my readers all over the world.., may Jesus bless and keep you in the coming days ahead… Rest in Christ… John

Note: I am not against any sin more than another – take abortion – what done is done… i can not condone abortion as a last option for struggling moms and other life threatening situations… but whole hardheartedly share in their sorrow for having to give up a child they love down deep inside…  I am not against abortion – as much as I am wasted lives… I know this may sound bad but did Jesus condemn the woman at the well?  No, he merely pointed out where she was wrong (her sins) and then gave her the wonderful opportunity to start again… never to bring up her past pain to harm or abuse her or make her feel left out.  If more pastors led their flock by example i would have no need to write such terrible things…lol

Note: this is a rough draft that was saved on my computer for well over a year now… I hope the editing is okay… love John

Finally – Someone who thinks like I do!

8 Sep

Here is a copy from an article out of esquire (links at bottom of the page) – hope you all enjoy!

What If Jesus Meant All That Stuff?

This radical Christian’s ministry for the poor, The Simple Way, has gotten him in some trouble with his fellow Evangelicals. We asked him to address those who don’t believe.

By Shane Claiborne

“To all my nonbelieving, sort-of-believing, and used-to-be-believing friends: I feel like I should begin with a confession. I am sorry that so often the biggest obstacle to God has been Christians. Christians who have had so much to say with our mouths and so little to show with our lives. I am sorry that so often we have forgotten the Christ of our Christianity.

Forgive us. Forgive us for the embarrassing things we have done in the name of God.

The other night I headed into downtown Philly for a stroll with some friends from out of town. We walked down to Penn’s Landing along the river, where there are street performers, artists, musicians. We passed a great magician who did some pretty sweet tricks like pour change out of his iPhone, and then there was a preacher. He wasn’t quite as captivating as the magician. He stood on a box, yelling into a microphone, and beside him was a coffin with a fake dead body inside. He talked about how we are all going to die and go to hell if we don’t know Jesus.

Some folks snickered. Some told him to shut the hell up. A couple of teenagers tried to steal the dead body in the coffin. All I could do was think to myself, I want to jump up on a box beside him and yell at the top of my lungs, “God is not a monster.” Maybe next time I will.

The more I have read the Bible and studied the life of Jesus, the more I have become convinced that Christianity spreads best not through force but through fascination. But over the past few decades our Christianity, at least here in the United States, has become less and less fascinating. We have given the atheists less and less to disbelieve. And the sort of Christianity many of us have seen on TV and heard on the radio looks less and less like Jesus.

At one point Gandhi was asked if he was a Christian, and he said, essentially, “I sure love Jesus, but the Christians seem so unlike their Christ.” A recent study showed that the top three perceptions of Christians in the U. S. among young non-Christians are that Christians are 1) antigay, 2) judgmental, and 3) hypocritical. So what we have here is a bit of an image crisis, and much of that reputation is well deserved. That’s the ugly stuff. And that’s why I begin by saying that I’m sorry.

Now for the good news.

I want to invite you to consider that maybe the televangelists and street preachers are wrong — and that God really is love. Maybe the fruits of the Spirit really are beautiful things like peace, patience, kindness, joy, love, goodness, and not the ugly things that have come to characterize religion, or politics, for that matter. (If there is anything I have learned from liberals and conservatives, it’s that you can have great answers and still be mean… and that just as important as being right is being nice.)

The Bible that I read says that God did not send Jesus to condemn the world but to save it… it was because “God so loved the world.” That is the God I know, and I long for others to know. I did not choose to devote my life to Jesus because I was scared to death of hell or because I wanted crowns in heaven… but because he is good. For those of you who are on a sincere spiritual journey, I hope that you do not reject Christ because of Christians. We have always been a messed-up bunch, and somehow God has survived the embarrassing things we do in His name. At the core of our “Gospel” is the message that Jesus came “not [for] the healthy… but the sick.” And if you choose Jesus, may it not be simply because of a fear of hell or hope for mansions in heaven.

Don’t get me wrong, I still believe in the afterlife, but too often all the church has done is promise the world that there is life after death and use it as a ticket to ignore the hells around us. I am convinced that the Christian Gospel has as much to do with this life as the next, and that the message of that Gospel is not just about going up when we die but about bringing God’s Kingdom down. It was Jesus who taught us to pray that God’s will be done “on earth as it is in heaven.” On earth.

One of Jesus’ most scandalous stories is the story of the Good Samaritan. As sentimental as we may have made it, the original story was about a man who gets beat up and left on the side of the road. A priest passes by. A Levite, the quintessential religious guy, also passes by on the other side (perhaps late for a meeting at church). And then comes the Samaritan… you can almost imagine a snicker in the Jewish crowd. Jews did not talk to Samaritans, or even walk through Samaria. But the Samaritan stops and takes care of the guy in the ditch and is lifted up as the hero of the story. I’m sure some of the listeners were ticked. According to the religious elite, Samaritans did not keep the right rules, and they did not have sound doctrine… but Jesus shows that true faith has to work itself out in a way that is Good News to the most bruised and broken person lying in the ditch.

It is so simple, but the pious forget this lesson constantly. God may indeed be evident in a priest, but God is just as likely to be at work through a Samaritan or a prostitute. In fact the Scripture is brimful of God using folks like a lying prostitute named Rahab, an adulterous king named David… at one point God even speaks to a guy named Balaam through his donkey. Some say God spoke to Balaam through his ass and has been speaking through asses ever since. So if God should choose to use us, then we should be grateful but not think too highly of ourselves. And if upon meeting someone we think God could never use, we should think again.

After all, Jesus says to the religious elite who looked down on everybody else: “The tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the Kingdom ahead of you.” And we wonder what got him killed?

I have a friend in the UK who talks about “dirty theology” — that we have a God who is always using dirt to bring life and healing and redemption, a God who shows up in the most unlikely and scandalous ways. After all, the whole story begins with God reaching down from heaven, picking up some dirt, and breathing life into it. At one point, Jesus takes some mud, spits in it, and wipes it on a blind man’s eyes to heal him. (The priests and producers of anointing oil were not happy that day.)

In fact, the entire story of Jesus is about a God who did not just want to stay “out there” but who moves into the neighborhood, a neighborhood where folks said, “Nothing good could come.” It is this Jesus who was accused of being a glutton and drunkard and rabble-rouser for hanging out with all of society’s rejects, and who died on the imperial cross of Rome reserved for bandits and failed messiahs. This is why the triumph over the cross was a triumph over everything ugly we do to ourselves and to others. It is the final promise that love wins.

It is this Jesus who was born in a stank manger in the middle of a genocide. That is the God that we are just as likely to find in the streets as in the sanctuary, who can redeem revolutionaries and tax collectors, the oppressed and the oppressors… a God who is saving some of us from the ghettos of poverty, and some of us from the ghettos of wealth.

In closing, to those who have closed the door on religion — I was recently asked by a non-Christian friend if I thought he was going to hell. I said, “I hope not. It will be hard to enjoy heaven without you.” If those of us who believe in God do not believe God’s grace is big enough to save the whole world… well, we should at least pray that it is.

Your brother,

Shane

Read more: http://www.esquire.com/features/best-and-brightest-2009/shane-claiborne-1209#ixzz25uVEt38u

Why The Emphasis On Hebrew?

7 Sep

I couldn’t sleep last night and wound up finding this article on the internet that sums up perfectly so many things – but for one, why so many Christians are tracing their roots back to the Old Testament, Judaism and Ancient Hebrew.  It is taken from an excerpt from a book that is supposed to come out sometime in 2013 written by J.K. Mckee (see note 1).

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“It is indeed phenomenal that many Believers are coming to a revelation of the Hebraic Roots of our faith, are adopting a Torah obedient lifestyle, and are seeing themselves as a part of Israel. But as with any move of God, there are concerns that exist—concerns that sometimes wrench at the heart and soul of what we should be doing, as opposed to what we should not be doing. We should be proclaiming the gospel message of salvation and discipling others as they grow and mature in their faith, fulfilling Yeshua’s Great Commission, and aiming to see the restoration of God’s people and the Kingdom to Israel.

Of course, with this restoration comes many things, such as the realization that our Heavenly Father does not have two groups of elect as is commonly supposed, Israel and “the Church,” but rather one, the Commonwealth of Israel (Ephesians 2:11-13; Galatians 6:16). As all Believers, whether Jewish or non-Jewish, are a part of the community of Israel, such an Israel is called to obey God’s Torah, and via their obedience to Him be a light to the entire world (Exodus 19:5-6; Deuteronomy 4:5-8).

Many Believers who are seeing the eternal validity of the Torah think that it is important to learn the Hebrew language, the language of the Tanach or Old Testament. This is to be commended and encouraged, as these Scriptures make up the first two-thirds of our Bible that many Christians, sadly, ignore or feel are important only for Bible history. However, there is another portion of the Bible, the Apostolic Scriptures or Messianic Writings, commonly known as the New Testament, which is not written in Hebrew, and should not be cast by the wayside.”

 Notes:

1)  Mckee is the editor of TNN Online (www.tnnonline.net) and is a Messianic apologist. He is a 2009 recipient of the Zondervan Biblical Languages Award for Greek. He is author of numerous books, dealing with a wide range of topics that are important for today’s Messianic Believers. He has also written many articles on theological issues, and is presently focusing his attention on Messianic commentaries of various books of the Bible.  (Taken directly from author’s website).

The Sermon on the Mount (Part One)

21 Aug

The Sermon on the Mount

A Note to the Reader...

It is highly advised to follow the notes and not to skip them as I have spent much time in preparing them.  They in essence are the framework and contain many of the justifications from which these but rough points have been attained.  This is just a preview of the work I have been working on for years and is finally coming to the surface.  This study, in its entirety will be published as a “page” on the sidebar of this website when it is completed.  Until then, every verse will receive its own post and new notes will be added keeping the current numbering system.  Some places will be left blank (as can be seen in this first post) as often there is more that I would like to write but can’t (for some particular reason or another).  This is unfortunate but necessary, mainly due to some taxing, yet irreversible time restrictions and other such limitations (often self-imposed), such as how much I can type at one time without getting sick and other weaknesses of the human experience.  Thank you for your time, thoughtfulness and comments in advance, and may God richly bless you.

John Mark Butzu

Verse One:

“Now having seen the crowds, He went up into the mountain, and after He had sat down, His disciples came to Him.”  (Analytical Literal Bible Translation)

This is a very interesting verse.  The first part of this passage reads: “Now having seen the crowds…”  (please see note 1).  As a pastor, the first thing I would have wanted to do if I saw crowds would be to run to them and proclaim the good news.  But Jesus had another thought in mind.

  • “He went up into the mountain.”

Scripture indicates that Jesus often went up into a mountain to be alone.  This was his customary experience since he was of age to be alone with the heavenly Father.  It really didn’t matter where he went to pray, but for sure mountains were a very real and logical place for holy men and women of God to go and commune with the one that they loved and wanted to be around.  Moses and Elijah are just two of the many wonderful examples of such people who the Bible actually records that chose to pray a safe distance away from the people they were destined to rule over (at least in the spirit) on the sides or tops of such places.  What better way for a prophet or watchman to get alone with God than to sit on the beautiful mountainous landscapes of Palestine that overlooked the beauty of God’s wonderful creation and pray of his or her people.  This interpretation /suggestion/nuance is often overlooked and skipped over when read but is in my estimation crucial to the text of Matthew 5-8, otherwise known as the Sermon on the Mount.

  • Next:  It was only after he was “ready” (or “set” KJV)  that his disciples came to him.  (please see note 2)

This also I found to be very interesting especially in light of the comment above.  Let me quote from the Jewish New Testament Commentary of which I am a huge fan:  “The English word “disciple” fails to convey the richness of a relationship between a rabbi and his “talmidim” (please see note 3).  These followers, or talmidim “wholeheartedly gave themselves over to their teachers (though not in a mindless way, as happens today in some cults).  The essence of the relationship was one of trust in every area of living, and its goal was to make the “talmid” (see note 4) like his rabbi [in this case Jesus] (please see note 5) in knowledge, wisdom and ethical behavior.”  Sometime we just have to go back to the original language folks!

Notes:

  1. All scripture has been carefully selected.  Unless otherwise indicated, all Biblical quotations been taken from the Analytical Literal Translation Bible.
  2. The Greek word for “set”  is “kathazo” and means much more than to just sit down.  I believe that Jesus needed the space to be able to pray away from his disciples and to recharge his natural energies as well as his spirit before delivering one of the greatest sermons ever preached.  Allthough Jesus was God, he became a man for our sakes, and thus needed to pray like anyone else.
  3. “Talmidim” is the Hebrew word for disciple.
  4. “Talmid” is the plural form of Talmidim, above.
  5. Brackets (hence [, ])  have been used to add my own thoughts within a direct quotation.

Walking By Faith And Not By Sight

20 Sep

It is the nature of new Christian’s still untrained in the art of effective witnessing to attempt to win the souls of their fellow man based solely on human appearance and circumstances, rather than by allowing themselves to be led and directed by the Spirit of God. This is in no way to detract or discourage new believers from witnessing, but rather to hopefully inspire and encourage all of us to prayerfully consider what we are doing so as to have the best effect for the Lord and his Kingdom; bearing much fruit. To be frank, because of a lack of gut wrenching, heavenly influenced prayer, we often neglect many of God’s finest specimens (his special or elect instruments), all because of the very natural human tendency to instinctively judge our fellow man after the flesh.  We may see very little hope or value in a person because of sins they we know they have been guilty of committing in the past (take the woman caught in the very act of adultery in John 8:3) or because of their social or economic status (thus following in the footsteps of our friends, the self righteous Pharisees who secretly despised those whose wit, reason or finances did not closely mirror or reflect their own). On the other hand, we may see a creature full of pride, natural gifts, worldly talents, achievements, fame or notoriety that in someway excites our flesh (the part of our nature that still exists even after we have come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ,) thus making us ever so eager to babble about the gospel to them in spite of having to in some cases even deny what we know about God to be true, thus ignoring our own battered conscience. For instance, we all know the Bible says God resists the proud. Yet often Christians ‘feel compelled’ to share the gospel with those who inwardly have no hunger or need of God, thus they come to despise the message bearer for the intrusion. This cannot be good or what God had in mind.

Often the problem is a mixture of the heart that is responsible for producing this second mistake. We see something in a person that down deep inside we secretly admire, often to the point of even elevating that person above our own feelings of value and self worth in light of what the Bible says about us.  Therefore we sense a need or inward desire (even compulsion, perhaps) to somehow win them to the gospel, when in in all actuality this whole “spiritual” endeavor is more about us that it is about them.  Often it is us, that if we are honest inwardly desire something from them (whether love, friendship, acceptance, etc) rather they desiring the salvation that God offers: often he is far from their mind and from their heart.  In other words, it is often us that desires their presence rather than they who we claim are desiring the presence of Christ.

The disciples, on the day of Pentecost did not come out of that upper room with a need to mingle with sinners or learn their ways. Rather they were driven by the fire of the Holy Ghost and the high praises of Adonai that resulted in the true conversion of many that day which were seemingly lost and dead in their trespasses and sins. You see, the Holy Ghost had already met every inward need of theirs back in that upper room, thus enabling to see with heavenly eyes, while relieving them of any if their natural feelings of fear, inferiority and low self image.

In conclusion to this brief entry, I have made a list that I will post on a blog [below] that I feel was inspired by time with the Lord and past experiences. You may do with the list as you like.

Best wishes,
John

Understanding the Times in Which Live

8 May

Editor’s note:  Here is a very interesting article I found online.   It’s contains some great answers concerning the controversial subject: “Has the tribulation begun?” I urge everybody to read it.

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March 1st, 2009

The tribulation starts at Rev. 6:1 (opening of the first seal) and ends on Rev. 19: 21 (Christ returns to take control of the earth).

Starting from Rev. Chapter 6, from the opening of the First Seal to the opening of the Sixth Seal, is the Tribulation that the Church has to go through. I think this is very similar to what the Jews had to go through when they were in Egypt, where they (Jews) had to experience the first three plagues with the Egyptians, but on the 4th plague onwards, it was only towards the Egyptians.

After the sixth seal is opened, (Rev. 6:12, a great earthquake) that will be the start of the “great tribulation” and at the start of this “great tribulation” is the rapture of the church (Rev. 7: 9-17). After the sixth seal is open, and before the seventh seal is open, there are three important events that take place.
1. Start of the “Great Tribulation” (Rev. 7:14)
2. Anointing of the 144,000 Jewish believers in Christ, which will do God’s work after the Church is Raptured (Rev. Rev. 7: 3-8)
3. Rapture of the Church (Rev. 7:9-17).

After the rapture, God will severely punish the Earth, with the opening of the seventh seal (Rev. 8:1).

Daniel’s 70th week starts on Rev. 11:3 when the two witnesses appear on the world stage for 1260 days (3.5 years). At this point, Israel will sign a seven year peace treaty with the antichrist. The Two Witnesses of Rev. 11:3 will, among many other things, warn the Jews in Jerusalem about the peace treaty they signed with the antichrist (Bible calls the peace treaty a “covenant of death” for the Jews). No one will be able to kill the two witnesses for 3.5 years (Rev 11: 5-6). After the 3.5 years are up, Satan is given power for 3.5 years and he wastes no time in killing the two witnesses (to shut them up) and gets the antichrist to break the peace treaty with israel (abomination of desolation spoken by Daniel and Jesus). When this happens, the Jews in Israel must run to the mountains for safety (Rev. 12:6). This time is know as “Jacob’s trouble” because this is when Satan is thrown out of heaven (Rev. 12: 7-8) and will have power over the earth for 3.5 years. Except for the people who had flee to the mountains (Rev. 12:6, who are safe), everyone else on earth, he has the power to kill, including the two witnesses (Rev. 11:7), and new born again Christians (Rev. 13:7) from the “Great Tribulation”.

I think the key to understanding Rev. Chapter 11 and 12 is understanding Daniel’s 70th week ( a seven year period) and the timing of the two witnesses. Peter Goodgame wrote a good article on it at: http://www.redmoonrising.com/twowitnesses.htm

From the start of the tribulation at Rev. Chapter 6 to the end of Chapter 10, we do not know how long it lasts. However, from Rev. Chapter 11 to the end of Chapter 19, we know it lasts seven years (Daniel’s 70th week).

Why did I write all this you ask? The Bible tells use that we are to know the signs of the times and be watchful, a “pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man (Luke 21:36). In other words, to escape God’s judgement on the earth once the seventh seal is opened.

So where are we exactly in Bible Prophecy today? In the middle of last year, I saw a video from Prophecy in the news, called “Feasts of The Lord”. If you haven’t watched already, below is the link:

Part 1: http://choothomas.com/prophecy.wmv
Part 2: http://choothomas.com/prophecy2.wmv

What this video is saying is Sep 29 2008 is the start of a new Jewish year (of a 7 year cycle). ). At the end of this 7 year cycle, on the 7th year (Sabbatical Year) begins on Sep 24, 2014 (sunset) to Sep. 13 2015. What is interesting is that there are a series of four lunar eclipses on or near the Sabbatical Year of 2014/2015.

The four lunar eclipses will occur on:

Passover, April 15, 2014 (Before Sabbatical Year)
The Feast of Tabernacles, October 8, 2014 (in the Sabbatical Year)
Passover, April 4, 2015 (in the Sabbatical Year)
The Feast of Tabernacles, September 28, 2015 (Few days after Sabbatical Year)

This phenomenon of four lunar eclipses on successive Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) will not happen again for hundreds of years. The last time four successive lunar eclipses occurred on these holy days was in 1967-1968, the year Israel liberated Jerusalem! And before that, in 1949-1950, the year after Israel became a state! The last two successive four lunar eclipses were a sign from God that something very significant happened to Israel. Therefore, it’s very possible that the same will happen with the upcoming four successive lunar eclipses in 2014/2015.

Why did I mention the new Jewish new year (sep. 29 2008) and the four successive lunar eclipses on jewish holy days?

Jesus said in Luke 21: 25 to watch for signs in the “sun, in the moon, and in the stars” for his return. The four successive lunar eclipses, I believe, is an important sign because the last time these eclipses occurred, there were significant events associated with Israel and after the 2014/2015 eclipses, there will not be another one like it for hundreds of years.

Another important sign was what happened on Sep. 29, 2008. Many christians believe that if Israel signed a peace treaty with the Arabs on that day, that that would be the start of the seven year tribulation. However, as we just discussed, the tribulation is not seven years. Daniel’s 70th week is seven years and it starts on Rev. 11: 3. By that time, the tribulation/great tribulation will have already started (from Rev. Chapter 6 to end of Chapter 10).

On Sep. 28 2008 (Start of Jewish New Year, of 7 year cycle)
– Largest single day number drop in the History of the Dow
– Dow down 777 points
– Dow down 7%
– Wall Streets Response to Failed 700 Billion Dollar Proposed Takeover by US Government

On this day, it had God’s fingerprint all over it and was an important sign that marked the beginning of judgements on not just the United States, but the world. I believe on Sep. 28 2008 was when the seals of Rev. Chapter 6 were opened. Notice that the seals are not marked by any single event, but rather a gradual decline in specific areas of our society. The fist four seals (war, lack of peace, famine, and death) can easily be caused by our current global economic crisis, where people and societies don’t have the funds to buy what they need. If I’m right and we are living at the start of the tribulation, then our current global financial crisis will not get any better and in fact will get much much worst.

In sum, I believe the tribulation started on Sep. 29 2008 and sister Choo’s announcement that the tribulation has started a few months ago further reinforced by beliefs on this matter. I hope some of the evidences presented here will help you understand the signs of our times and better prepare you for what lies ahead.

God bless you all!!!

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Hesed Update!

7 May

Shalom!

Since I have far exceeded my self imposed deadline for completing the hesed word study, I have decided to simply post the study piece by piece, one section at a time as it is finished and until the whole article has been properly “blogged.”  Otherwise it may never get done.  I never knew I would have so much to write about on one single word!

pc300192A brief side note…  Most everyone of my studies seem to take for ever… there always seem to be a thousand different rabbit trails to chase down and I get easily distracted.  Why?  Because the Bible is so good!  You can pick it up an just start reading anywhere!  And then there are my commentaries and dictionaries not to mention other people’s websites… Aghh!  No wonder it is so hard to finish!  (Currently I have between 7-10 word studies that I am working on as well and hope to complete before the summer ends.)  Thus as you some may have noticed by now, many of my daily posts never even get edited completely… just enough to look nice and get the main points across.  Each of my more ‘formal’ and yet to be published studies are anywhere between 5-15 pages in length (and typed in Microsoft Word).  Thank you to all those that have been so patient in waiting.  I am well aware of the frustration of having to wait for something on the web that you wish to see, only to find it is still unavailable, day after day.  Hang in there andvisit often!  Lord willing, I’ll be done real soon.

Sincerely,                                                                                                John Mark Butzu

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The Tribulation has begun!

6 May

Editor’s note:  This is an urgent message copied directly from Choo Thomas’ website (minus one grammatical correction) at www.choothomas.com

During 2006, 2007 and 2008 God showed so many Christians the rapture as well as some unbelievers.  These visions made so photoman070300224_thumb[36]many people excited about the rapture and at the same time some of us were very disappointed because it had not happen yet. I believe God wanted to stir our hearts up for the rapture so we can be prepared for it at anytime.

The Lord told me a few months ago that the tribulation has already begun. He is warning and preparing people for the rapture but realized not many are paying attention to the signs of the rapture and they will be very surprised because He is going to only bring those who are ready and waiting for Him. God also said He has given enough chances for everybody to be ready for His coming. Now the tribulation has begun and this means the rapture could happen at any time for those who are ready and waiting. After He raptures His chosen ones, then the antichrist will take over the world and great disasters  will come to those left behind especially those Christians who refuse to receive the Mark of the Beast (#666). God said not too many Christians will be raptured and whoever does get raptured will have to stand before the judgment seat (2 Corinthians 5:10) and our work will be tested by fire (1 Corinthians 3:12-15). Even after we are raptured not too many Christians will enter His Kingdom because their hearts are not pure enough. When God says these words they really scare me and whoever has read the book should already know these things.

Clear WaterWhen the Lord took me to Heaven the first couple of times, He showed me crystal clear water and said one’s heart has to be as clear as this in order to enter His Kingdom. When the Lord told me this, I was very scared and I wondered how anyone’s heart could be this pure. I always live in fear of God ever since He showed me the water. This is the reason why I still spend a lot of time with the Lord by praying and having a relationship with Him daily. I know it is hard for people who work to spend long hours with the Lord but please do your best to spend as much time as you can and let Him be the center of your life not just sometimes but always. Without a relationship with the Lord and not living in fear of God, one cannot please Him. We have to make sure the Holy Spirit is pleased with us continually. He is the one who raised Jesus from the dead to Heaven (Romans 8:11). My heart’s desire is that all my brothers and sisters in the Lord will be raptured.

When I saw Linda’s prophetic words, it really impressed me. I prayed about it and the Lord told me to have it posted on my imv061000030website. Some people complained about who Linda is but the truth is I did not know Linda but rather the message (the part posted on my web site) and how it is biblical. The message posted on my website from Linda is very similar to what God tells me and also what He wants His Bride to be. It hurts me to see the way some Christians live and behave and they don’t know what it takes to be the Bride of Jesus. We cannot let anyone or anything come before God no matter what the situation. We have to know that He has to be above everyone and everything in our lives. According to Luke 14:26-27, none of our family members or loved ones can ever be put before our Lord Jesus who died for us. PRAISE THE LORD. Anyone who wants to be holy has to live by the word of God. We have to walk a narrow path (Matthew 7:14). Whatever hardship comes into our lives we have to endure as good soldiers of the Lord (2 Timothy 2:3).

Some Christians believe by doing great wUnforgivenessork for God they will enter the Kingdom (Matthew 7:22-23). The most important part of our salvation is total obedience and love (Matthew 5:19; Mark 12:30-31; John 14:23-24). We must love others enough to witness to them to also be saved. Jesus died for our soul, if we truly love the Lord and want to please Him, we have to die from the world because we cannot love both (1 John 2:15-16). God is love and He wants us to love all not just believers and if we have unforgiveness in our hearts that is a great sin. We have to forgive and not hate others no matter what they have done to us. His word says the people who are living in darkness are the ones who do not forgive (1 John 2:11). If one does not forgive then they also cannot be forgiven by God and that will prevent that person from entering the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 6:14-15). As much as the Lord suffered for our eternity, whatever we sacrifice for Him is really insignificant because no suffering that we will ever endure can ever be compared to what He went through.

Some Christians think when they receive the Lord into their hearts by faith that is all they have to do in their Christian life but this actually is a deception from the Devil. According to Philippians 2:12, we must work out our salvation with fear and trembling. We must never forget that without a pure heart no one can see the Lord (Matthew 5:8, Ephesians 5:27, Hebrews 12:14). God is so holy that any defiled thing cannot enter His Kingdom. I believe this is why God showed me so many people outside His Kingdom and that is called the valley. Some people tell me that being in the valley is better than Hell. Yes, of course it is better than Hell, but we still have a chance to receive the wonderful promises of God if we enter His Kingdom. All He requires from us is a small sacrifice and that is to be obedient and to love Him above all. Jesus suffered and died for our eternity so why shouldn’t we receive all that He prepared for us?

Imageseeker-1100134267_thumb[21]We should be looking forward to being the most beautiful Bride of Christ. Why shouldn’t we give up all worldly habits and try to please the Lord? We are only on this earth for such a short period of time but with the Lord it will be forever and the happiest time we could ever imagine. Whatever we sacrifice while we are here on  earth is all worth it. In Linda’s message she commented on how Christians are watching too much television. Truly reborn Christians do not watch worldly things on television or listen to worldly music. Like God says, we cannot enjoy both the world and Him.

We must understand that the tribulation has begun but none of us will know the day or hour when the rapture will actually occur. We have to patiently wait and never give up, just be ready and waiting for the Lord because no one can understand God’s will (Isaiah 55:8-9). I believe those who are not ready and waiting are going to be very surprised how soon the rapture could happen.

The Lord is concerned about some pastors and He is very dissatisfied with them because they are not teaching about the End times, Rapture and Mark of the Beast (# 666). God says these pastors are going to be left behind with members of their 1186521270KHdSg7 congregation and most of those church bodies will receive the Mark of the Beast because they have never been taught what will happen to them if they receive this number. This is why the Lord says most Christians left behind will become Satan’s. The Lord also said most churches that have business on His holy day (buying and selling things) and are not teaching His church bodies not to spend money on the Lord’s day. According to the Lord, Christians should only use money on the Lord’s day for tithes and offerings (Nehemiah 10:31 and 13:15, 1 Corinthians 16:2).

I am humble and thankful to God for allowing me to write this for my brothers and sisters in the Lord. I pray this message from our Lord will be a blessing and an eye opener to every reader so His Bride will be ready and waiting for the rapture of the Body of Christ, Amen.

Peace and all spiritual blessing to every reader.

To God be all the glory and honor.

MARANATHA!!!

Choo Thomas

Editor’s Note: This post has been copied with permission from Choo Thomas’ website [minus the pictures]…  You may visit her site here at www.choothomas.com.

What we really need

28 Apr

Editors Note:  This was copied from a previous blog entry at a different website dated April 13, 2008.  Hope you enjoy it.

Today I was reading in the book of Acts 1:8 “But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: I had recently done some traveling and have noticed one thing in particular:  We need the Holy Ghost in our lives above everything else!  We pray for more possessions, freedom from our responsibilities, etc, yet many of these blessings actually can become more of a snare than a real blessing so often of the time.  What we really need today more than ever before is for men and women to rise up like Anna in the New Testament who, awaiting the coming of her savior, dedicated her life to prayer and intercession on behalf of her fellow countrymen. We need Christians who know how to pray and that love the practice of prayer, who study their Bible: not to gain some intellectual advantage over their peers, but who with a broken heart search out even the hardest sayings in the Bible, whose hearts cry out like the psalmist David, Search me O God, and try me: see if there be any wicked way in me, anything that might hinder someone from finding and loving you.(pp)  We need believer’s who hunger for God to be seen flowing in and through them more than they yearn for financial success or the praise and adulation of men: men and women of all ages who possess within them a deep and burning desire to see lives changed; who have spent quality time in prayer, and who’s very lives testify against a society that has become absolutely barbaric and shocking in the sins of which it now openly practices, applauds, commits and accepts.

We have programs inside of our churches for everything that so much of the time replaces the original and true reason for Christian fellowship: empowerment.  Every time members of the early church came together the results were always the same: the Holy Ghost filling their hearts with the love and empowerment to win souls, to be kind to their enemies, to pray for their nation’s rebellious leaders (instead of tearing them down), etc.  Do you leave your church excited, bursting inside with the need to tell someone about the love of Jesus Christ? If you don’t chances are there may be something lacking either in your pastors’ personal prayer time or in your own walk with the Lord.  While on a vacation (during which God allowed me graciously to have the time to create this website) I purchased at a fairly reasonable price a new Bible software program that I had been praying for for quite some time.  Although I now have this software I know from experience that this in and of itself cannot magically make me a better Bible student.  I must first ask the Holy Ghost to help me so that:

1) I will not waste time playing with parts of this program that I do not need and am certainly not ready to use.

2) So that He will lead me to share the Scriptures as accurately as I can and with great joy and enthusiasm.

3) To empower my study so that He will cause Himself to remain glorified through the work if my hands, and through all the day.

To much of our time as Christians is spent on performing tasks that we are not really yet ready to handle or do not need.  I think of all the millions of dollars that are spent for things that steal our time away from Christ: especially for temporary entertainment and personal pleasure. I wonder where Christianity would be today if the first disciples instead of fasting and prayer gathered in that upper room for the sole purpose of playing video games  on their desert Sony X boxes and Play Station 2’s and 3’s. Sit and think for a while on how much time we waste.  Why don’t we a Christians put our idols away and pray for a generation of young people that have never known what it is to experience the love of Jesus Christ.  We should compare our lives as the followers of Christ to the writings found in the gospels and other portions of New Testament scripture and not to those that just happen to live and work around us.  How do our lives measure against the words of Jesus and not our western neighbors?  After all, that is how we will be judged at the resurrection.  Remember the words of Jesus “that those that have much, much will be required.”  We in America have more wealth than any other nation on earth.  How will we as Christians be judged who live in it, who consume so much of the resources that God give us on ourselves, in light of the affliction and poverty of those that we see all perhaps by television or the internet all around us.  Have our hearts become that hardened that we are unwilling to even share our bread with those that so desperately need it, not to mention the true bread that we have inside of us; the living Word of God.  Recall especially Matthew 25 where we find the parable of the talents, the wise and foolish virgins, and the parable of the sheep and the goats.  It was not so much what these so called believers did but what they didn’t do that excluded them from them partaking in the marriage supper of the lamb.

Today is the day that the Lord has made.  Let us all do our very, very best for Him.

Quote of the day: Tertullian, one of the early church fathers, wrote: “How beautiful, then, the marriage of two Christians, two who are one in home, one in desire, one in the way of life they follow, one in the religion they practice . . . Nothing divides them either in flesh or in spirit . . . They pray together, they worship together, they fast together; instructing one another, encouraging one another, strengthening one another. Side by side they visit God’s church and partake God’s banquet, side by side they face difficulties and persecution, share their consolations. They have no secrets from one another; they never shun each other’s company; they never bring sorrow to each other’s hearts . . . Seeing this Christ rejoices. To such as these He gives His peace. Where there are two together, there also He is present.”

Editors Note#2:  I wrote this very quickly while on vacation and without a whole lot of editing.  Apologize for any mistakes.  John Butzu

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Why do Christians love to disagree?

21 Apr

This too was taken off of an older blog… sometime in the spring of 2008.  Hope you enjoy it.

Today I was introduced to a woman who hosts a Messianic Christian talk show program online.  I was hoping to have a nice quiet, edifying discussion about the Hebrew Bible, particularly since she too claims to have a love for the Hebrew language and is  a Jew by birth!  Not the case.  Right away, I knew there was going to be problems basically because of her unwillingness to allow me to even communicate with her without her attempting to control and alter the conversation.  She claims to have studied under different rabbi’s and from I can tell is probably somewhat educated.  Yet while she talked her only agenda it was obvious was to convert me to her beliefs on practicing our faith with the keeping of the levitical, Mosaic law; by observing the different feasts and so forth.  She claims that the early church, both Jews and Gentiles, kept these feasts and we are clearly wrong from scripture not to do the same.  I would have at least listened politely to what she had to say if it had not been for the way that she had said it.  I can remember when I first began studying Hebrew, I felt such a love for the ancient themes and cultures of the Holy land (and still do) and even remember the Holy Spirit leading me to observe the Sabbath on a different day of the week, such as on Saturday.  But what stuck me as being so distasteful was her lack of interest and total self absorption for anything but her own point of view.  I think she may have wanted to check to see if I had been properly circumcised if I had allowed the conversation to continue.  (Please don’t dwell on this point!)  I quickly excused myself and when back to my work.  Ughhh!  There is nothing more stupid in my opinion than for a Christian who willingly and intentionally is comfortable with causing a division over carnal pet doctrines and the teachings of man.  How you know what a person truly is like is not by their words but by their actions.  I don’t care what any one is trying to tell me.  If in their words you sense a readiness or a willingness to cause divisions and strife, watch out!  If during any debate (and there has been a few legitimate debates by Christians in the past usually over a newly learned piece of information) you do not sense above all else a deep and abiding, pure river of love emanating from whomever is heading the discussion, the best thing is probably to excuse yourself politely and walk away.  They are not really after your best interest but their own.  Remember what the apostle Paul had to endure when Jews that had been supposedly converted to Christ came to spy out the liberty and freedom of the churches in Antioch.  Not once did Paul allow their words to have any place in his meetings as they were trying to add to the message of the gospel of faith alone in Jesus; much to their own sense of Jewish traditionalism and nationalism. Man inherently always tries to find a way to spoil the simple truths of the Gospel.  When the crowd on the day of Pentecost cried out in Acts 2 “what must we do to be saved,” Peter’s answer was simple: Repent and be baptized“.   No seven steps to this or three steps to that, no, just a simple acknowledgment of having done wrong and a willingness to want to change. I guess that is why I am also so against much of the “self help” books that are published for and by the church today.  Don’t they read their Bible’s?  Your flesh cannot be altered or improved!  It must be crucified!  Imagine Peter, instead of his recorded sermon in Acts 2 choosing instead to preach a message entitled “Your Best Life Now” or some rubbish of the like.  What a hypocrite he would have been called by the people he had seemingly just converted, as just two chapters later we find him sitting in a holding cell after being arrested for holding a street meeting, preaching and healing a cripple!  Later, they were beaten, kicked, stoned, rejected thrown in prison, delivered from prison, mocked, ridiculed, thrown back in jail, condemned to death, put on crosses, set on fire, and publicly denounced as being stupid and blasphemous: the very rejects of a pagan society!  Their women and children may have been forced to become slaves of the vilest types.  Not what most people would esteem as their best life now by even most third world countries’ standards of living.  Yet this has always been the design and craftsmanship of God, to separate the wheat from the chaff.  What a horrible judgment awaits these false bishops who claim to represent a God they know nothing about!  You could have been raised in church all you life.  It really doesn’t matter.  What does matter is your relationship with God – do you really know Him?  Do you sense His presence when no one else is around, or do you prefer the internet, movies and hours and hours sensual, vile television?  I write these blogs as preparations for messages that one day I may be asked to preach and as well as to hone and develop my skills as a writer and critical thinker.  (Not really, I hardy have time to proof these for grammatical errors as you by now may have noticed!)  But rest assured, my treasures are not in things of this world.  No way!  My treasures are in heaven!

Going back to my conversation with this woman, I can disagree with you but still believe with you and pray for you and most of all love you: even while continuing to disagree with you about nonessential doctrines.  Maybe this observing the feasts was to her an essential doctrine, but them I would have to conclude (as I do) that she is living far from the grace of our God and very near to the bondage that comes with trying to keep the law.  Her life is spent far from the cross at Calvary, my guess would be more like incorporating into her preconceived ideas of learned religion the redemptive work and blood of Jesus Christ.

Please do not be mistaken, even though my flesh felt like pulling away from her in mid-sentence, when I did walk away the Holy Spirit allowed me to feel apart of how much He loves her in spite of the trouble.  She still belongs to the body of Jesus Christ and is loved by the Father.  And he has allowed me to feel that love for her.  So even though we do not agree, if she was willing to “put down the gloves” so to speak” (and by putting her false doctrine away), we would be able to have beautiful communion because of the fact we are still members of the same true church; the body of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Please do not allow your personal views and preferences to cause strife or division toward any other member of the body of Christ.   It is embarrassing.

Quote: “Satan loves to promote disunity, for he knows something that many Christians don’t – God refuses to work in a context of disunity.” (Tony Evans)

“Satan has always been a deceiver and must truly rejoice when any thing is allowed to be elevated higher than the finished work of Jesus Christ, his death on the cross, and thus His payment for our sins.”  (Me!)

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Psalms 90:1 (Quickly)

17 Apr

Psalms 90:1 “Lord, thou hast been our dwelling places throughout all generations.”

I have been quite puzzled by this verse for some time now – what was the Moses (the author) really trying to say?  What was going through his mind when he wrote this?* At least part of the answer, I believe is found in the title.  For forty years Moses faithfully led a seemingly rebellious and stiff necked generation of people around in a wilderness who choose again and again to do exactly opposite to what the Lord had intended for them to do, thus negating God’s promises and blessings.  Yet in spite of this, Moses, while looking back on the faithfulness of God, I believe cries out from the depths of his heart in verse one in wonder and holy awe: “Lord, you (you alone) have been our dwelling place… our refuge in all generations.” Not a particular place nor tent or tabernacle – no, the Holy Spirit on earth: He is and always has been the supply and source of refuge for all believer’s no matter where they been forced to lay down their heads from time to time in each and every generation.  He is protector and comforter, our hope and our shield.  And He is the one that gently whispers to us the promise of that great reward for those that sincerely walk according to his plan and purpose, striving for His best in and for our lives each and every day.  Praise be to God.  Amen.

*I believe this is a correct model for studying all scripture: to look at the words from the writers perspective: not our own.

A brief note on Biblical Word Studies…

15 Apr

Here is a short and (might I add) very well put piece of advice that I stumbled across while surfing the Trinity College Website located in Toronto, Canada.  I believe it correctly outlines the need and proper procedure for conducting any Biblical word study:

"Two factors need to be considered when doing a word study:

A single word by itself conveys very little: it is seldom an adequate guide to a biblical idea. Thus a word like "holy" needs to be studied in its various contexts if we are to discover what the full biblical idea of holiness is. Word study is only valuable as a means of pursuing a given theme: it is only a means to an end. Ideas not words are our goal, and few ideas are tied to a single word.

Since the Bible was not written in English and no translation is perfect, words in the English Bible can represent two or more different words in the original language and the range of meanings in one English word does not do justice to the complexity of the original. The word study tries not only to get at the meaning but also the thought processes of the Hebrew or Greek authors. The context should indicate the meaning of the word being studied. The word study should be based on the Hebrew and Greek originals."

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