Update 1089


The Righteous and the Wicked / Be Strong

On November 11, 2023, Dave Harris will present the sermonette, titled, “The Righteous and the Wicked,” and Eric Rank will present the sermon, titled, “Be Strong.”

The live services are available, over video and audio, at http://eternalgod.org/live-services/ (12:30 pm Pacific Time; 1:30 pm Mountain Time; 2:30 pm Central Time; 3:30 pm Eastern Time; 8:30 pm Greenwich Mean Time; 9:30 pm Central European Time). Just click on Connect to Live Stream.

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The Christian Attitude

by Christoph Sperzel (Germany)

Some people have the right attitude. These individuals are convinced that they can achieve anything they set their minds to.

What kind of attitude do we bring to the table?

Paul wrote about attitude in his letter to the Philippians. Philippians 2:4-5 tells us, “Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus…”

I would assume that the people in Philippi had their own problems. They needed to grow in the Holy Spirit just like we do. It is a process.

Paul’s letter was intended to help them to grow in the Holy Spirit. One reason for us to study his letter would be, that we may have the same problems as they had.

We should ask ourselves: What is my attitude towards my brothers and sisters in the Church? Or towards my co-workers? Is it positive or negative? Is the Holy Spirit of God growing and firmly grounded in me? Am I helping others to grow?

Answering such questions can be difficult, but facing the facts and reflecting on them is a valuable exercise.

The motivation for our behavior could be pride. Our actions and views can be driven by personal ambition, greed, revenge, or other motives that are obviously wrong. These ungodly traits creep in slowly, and we need to be on guard against them.

For this reason, Paul admonishes us to engage in a certain amount of self-examination.

How can we know if we are on the narrow path that Christ has shown us? The answer lies in esteeming others higher than ourselves. Philippians 2:3 says: “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better [higher] than himself.” The New Jerusalem Bible says: “… everyone should give preference to others…”

Paul does not mean that we should become inactive and disregard our own strengths and abilities. Now let’s read Philippians 2:4 again: “Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”

His point is that we should not be busy exploring how great we are. We should also focus on others, not just on ourselves.

Such is the right attitude of a true Christian. It is not self-evident for us human beings. But it would be worth working on it, and with God’s Holy Spirit, it is achievable.

Our decisions are molded in our minds and hearts. In order to have the mind or attitude of Christ, we need to understand how Christ actually was, and how He sees things.

In the following verses, we find possible clues. Philippians 2:6-8 tells us, “[Christ] who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”

Do we follow the example and resemble the mindset of Christ? Because that is the kind of attitude we should have.

But as usual, it is easier said than done.

Is the well-being of others generally more important to us than our own?

Every day, we are faced with decisions. We shape our character through the choices we make every day. We can mold a good or a bad character.

We should follow the model of Christ. Through His Holy Spirit, He will help us to become more and more like Him.

Is it worth the effort? Absolutely!

In 1 Peter 3:8-9, we read: “Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.”

(Initial Translation: Daniel Blasinger)

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by Norbert Link

We report on ongoing barbarity in the Middle East; further planned terrorist attacks by Hamas; and growing anti-Semitic demonstrations around the world as well as atrocities on American campuses, coupled with the desire to kill all Jews and establish a global caliphate. We focus on Obama and Biden who are blamed for being responsible for the situation in Gaza; the hateful war-monger Erdogan; and the role of Lebanon’s terrorist organization Hezbollah.

We report on interesting developments regarding the Vatican’s alleged possession of Judah’s lost Herodian temple vessels; and address Pope Francis’ new theology which has been criticized as being anti-Catholic.

We address unconstitutional gag-orders imposed on Trump (and his attorneys) by biased judges; and focus on the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine with some remarkable developments.

We speak about the increasing distrust of many Americans towards vaccines;  and close with an interesting article about the reasons for the extinction of the dinosaurs which could make sense in light of the biblical record.

Please view our new StandingWatch program, titled, “New York’s Witch Hunt Against Trump”

Throughout this section, we have underlined pertinent statements in the quoted articles, for the convenience and quick overview of the reader.

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“From the River to the Sea, Palestine Will Be Free!”

Israel Today wrote on November 5:

“Tens of thousands took to the streets in many major European cities and the USA over the weekend to show their solidarity with the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. From their point of view, Israel alone is responsible for all evil. Israel massacres the people of Gaza, they say, but not a word about the actual massacre in Israel. ‘ From the River to the Sea, Palestine Will Be Free”– shouted people in the streets…

“In London, according to police reports, around 30,000 people demonstrated in Trafalgar Square. In the French capital Paris, police estimated the number of demonstrators at 20,000, but other sources said there were more. Of course, Palestinian flags and signs reading ‘Free Palestine’ could be seen everywhere. The state of Israel should be boycotted immediately, some Arab demonstrators said, while others held up signs reading ‘Israel is a terrorist state.’

“In Germany, pro-Palestinian demonstrations also took place yesterday in Düsseldorf and Berlin. According to police information, there were around 17,000 people on the streets in Düsseldorf and an estimated 10,000 in Berlin. Thousands of people also protested in Milan yesterday against Israel’s bombing of the Gaza Strip.

“In Washington, thousands have called for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. In front of the White House, they accused US President Joe Biden of genocide: ‘Biden, Biden, you can’t hide, you have approved genocide.’ People in Montreal, Canada, also called for the ‘liberation’ of Palestine. A few days earlier, a large demonstration took place in Istanbul. The Turkish ‘Sultan’ Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a Muslim, but not an Arab. Nevertheless, he tries to be more Arab than the Arabs. He stands up for the Palestinians like no other Arab leader in the Middle East…

“Anyone who believes that Muslims as a collective will gradually integrate or adapt to Western or Christian culture in Europe is mistaken… Do people in Europe, in this case Christians, believe that Muslims will be merciful to Christians? No. For Muslims, the Christian West is the stronghold of the Crusaders, and they slaughtered the Muslims in the Holy Land a thousand years ago. Muslims don’t forget this. According to the Koran, Jews and Christians are ‘infidels’ and therefore arch enemies of Islam. Furthermore, Muslims are obliged to reconquer Islamic lands once they were under Islamic rule… Parts of Europe were… under Muslim rule throughout history…

“‘From the River to the Sea, Palestine Will Be Free’ must be a warning to Europe and America. For years, radical Muslims in Europe have been talking about liberating Europe from the hands of Christians…”

Tlaib Censured

The New York Post wrote on November 7:

“The House of Representatives voted Tuesday night to censure Rep. Rahida Tlaib for defending Hamas’ Oct. 7 terror attack against Israel as ‘resistance’ and calling for the destruction of the Jewish state. Tlaib (D-Mich.) is the 26th member of Congress to be censured by the House in the legislative body’s history… Twenty-two Democrats voted with 212 Republicans to censure Tlaib, and four Republicans voted with 184 Democrats against the resolution. 

“The resolution mentions Tlaib’s Nov. 3 video post on X, which included the first portion of the phrase ‘From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,’ a call for the eradication of Israel.

“The resolution notes Tlaib’s ‘false narratives’ around the Oct. 7 attack, in which jihadists slaughtered 1,400 civilians in Israel — including at least 33 American citizens. The censure further cites lies that Tlaib spread about the Al-Ahli Arab Hospital bombing on Oct. 17, which she claimed had been perpetrated by the Israeli military — despite President Biden and the US intelligence community assessing with ‘high confidence’ that it was caused by [Hamas]…”

As the Hill explained on November 7, “A vote to censure another member of Congress does not hold any other power beyond a public condemning of that member’s behavior. It does not expel a member from Congress or deny the rights or privileges of that member within Congress.”

Please read our Q&A in this issue, titled, “Does the Bible reveal anything about the immediate future of the State of Israel?” Also, note below one article about the dreadful actions committed by Islamists in Germany and a call to action.  

Obama’s “Wisdom”

Israel 365 News wrote on November 5:

“[In an] interview… the former president said… that ‘what Hamas did was horrific, and there is no justification for it. And what is also true is that the occupation, and what’s happening to Palestinians, is unbearable.’… He added that ‘nobody’s hands are clean’ and that ‘all of us are complicit to some degree.’

“According to Matt Brooks, CEO of the Republican Jewish Coalition, it is Obama that is complicit. When Israel faces ‘a barbaric attack from Hamas, Obama blames Israel,’ said Brooks. ‘It is Barack Obama who is complicit in the death and suffering over the last month in Israel and in Gaza. His policies and those of President Joe Biden put billions of dollars into Iranian coffers, money used to fund and train Hamas and other terrorist groups whose stated goals are the destruction of Israel and the annihilation of Jews,’ he continued…

“According to Israeli philosopher Yoram Hazony, it was Obama’s ‘complexity’ theory that led directly to the current situation in the Middle East… ‘He created this hell with his own hands,’ wrote Hazony. ‘Obama’s theory of the “complexity” of the Middle East—from which he concluded that Iran needs to be strengthened so it can “balance’ Israel,” led directly to the current crisis,’ he continued.

“Morton Klein, national president of the Zionist Organization of America, called the former president the ‘Israel-hater-in-chief’…”

Obama’s and Biden’s failed politics have truly contributed to the current disaster in Gaza.

Turkey Breaks With Israel

AFP wrote on November 4:

“Turkey said Saturday it was recalling its ambassador to Israel and breaking off contacts with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in protest at the bloodshed in Gaza… [Ankara’s] tone hardened against both Israel and its Western supporters — particularly the United States… ‘Netanyahu is no longer someone we can talk to. We have written him off,’ Turkish media quoted Erdogan as saying.

“Israel had earlier withdrawn all diplomats from Turkey and other regional countries as a security precaution. The Israeli foreign ministry said last weekend it was “re-evaluating” relations with Ankara because of Turkey’s increasingly heated rhetoric about the Israel-Hamas war…”

According to the Bible, Turkey will become one of Israel’s arch-enemies.

Leave Lebanon

Fox News wrote on November 4:

“The US Embassy in Lebanon is urging Americans to evacuate the country due to increasing danger of the Israel-Hamas conflict spilling over. ‘The State Department recommends that U.S. citizens in Lebanon leave now, while commercial flights remain available, due to the unpredictable security situation,’ the embassy said in a security alert…

“‘There is no guarantee the U.S. government will evacuate private U.S. citizens and their family members in a crisis situation,’ it added.”

It is only a matter of time before the terrorist organization Hezbollah will become more actively involved in the war against Israel. Note the next articles.

Hezbollah Threatens Israel and the USA

The Associated Press wrote on November 3:

“Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said Friday that his powerful militia is already engaged in unprecedented fighting along the Lebanon-Israel border and threatened a further escalation…

“Hezbollah is prepared for all options, he declared, ‘and we can resort to them at any time.’ The fighting would ‘not be limited’ to the scale seen so far, he added. In recent weeks, Hezbollah has fired rockets across the border daily, mainly hitting military targets in northern Israel, but it has a substantial arsenal capable of hitting anywhere in Israel and thousands of battle-hardened fighters…”

The Times of Israel added on November 3:

“Hassan Nasrallah says Hezbollah is not intimidated by American threats and by US forces deployed to the region. ‘Since the outbreak of the war, the US has threatened to bomb us in Lebanon from its military ships in the Mediterranean. We are prepared for whatever scenario,’ he says. ‘If an all-out war breaks out, you Americans will pay with your ships, your aircrafts and your soldiers,’ he threatens.

“‘Remember your defeats in Lebanon and Iraq, and your humiliating withdrawal from Afghanistan. Those who defeated you in Lebanon in the 1980s are still alive and their children and grandchildren are ready to face you,’ he claims. ‘Your fleet in the Mediterranean do not scare us… We are ready to face the fleet you threaten us with,’ Nasrallah says… ‘I tell Israel: Do not go any further. Many civilians have already died. I promise you: A civilian for a civilian.’

Sadly, Biden’s humiliating withdrawal from Afghanistan has emboldened America’s enemies as never before.

The Source of Antisemitism in the USA

Breitbart wrote on November 2:

“Breitbart Editor-in-Chief… Alex Marlow said… ‘The Jew hatred that is pervasive on the web shows you that anti-Semitism is alive and well. Contrary to what people say it is not really coming from the far-right in America. I mean it is there certainly but I’m saying that is not where the movement is taking place. The secular left is a huge part of it, the Arab world is a part of it. But most immortally for this conversation is the enablers of those people. And one of the top enablers is Joe Biden.’

“He continued, ‘He is the guy who wanted to revive the Iran nuclear deal. He has funded the funders of terrorism. He has fake experts at the Pentagon who are compromised by Iran… His Afghanistan withdrawal left the terrorists all these weapons which they could either use or sell. He has snubbed our allies in Israel, Saudi Arabia. The List goes on.’

“Marlow added, ‘This is all deeply deeply political… If Donald Trump was president none of this would be happening…’”

Antisemitism on American Campuses

Fox News wrote on November 4:

“Two New York Jewish college students detailed the fear they have felt with the rise of antisemitic sentiments on campus…  While many in the international community were initially horrified by the events [on October 7], soon after, many teachers and students in American schools nationwide started expressing support for Hamas and antagonizing Jewish students. ‘Being a Jew at NYU right now is scary,’ Ingber said. ‘We are seeing an uptick in anti-Israel protests that are turning antisemitic. There are signs that read “globalize the Intifada” which is a historical call for the extermination of Jews and call for violence against Jews.’

“Ingber went on to say that Jewish people are hearing chants of ‘gas the Jews’ and ‘Hitler was right,’ leaving students horrified…

“”We are seeing a constant… justification of Hamas’ brutal terror attack at NYU..  when it comes to Jews the world is silent.’

“… a group [at Barnard College which is partnered with Columbia University] called Students for Justice in Palestine had agreed to host a speaker who ‘praised the second Intifada, something where there were suicide bombers who came into Israel, and they’re allowing this man to preach to our students on our campus? It’s disgusting… We are analyzing the relationships we have made with our peers that are silent as calls for our death and our global extermination are running rampant across all college campuses and not just college campuses, in a lot of other major cities,’ she said…”

One cannot but be appalled with “peers” who cowardly keep quiet in the face of such atrocities.

Germany, Do Something!

Bild Online wrote on November 4:

“Thousands of Islamists march through downtown Essen with their flags, demonstrating their power and shouting their slogans. They are only marginally calling for ‘Free Palestine’; they are concerned with something bigger: the establishment of a global caliphate, a strictly religious empire, like the terrorist militia ‘Islamic State’ achieved in Syria and Iraq between 2014 and 2019.

“The Hamas war has revealed what liberal Muslims… have been warning about for years: There are tens of thousands, probably hundreds of thousands, of radicals living in Germany who not only reject our free society, but want to overthrow it. But instead of listening to warnings, they were at best ignored, at worst denigrated as racist. Now we see the result of looking away for so long…

“The caliphate, which is openly called for on posters in Essen, would be hell on earth for EVERYONE who lives in it, especially for those who are classified as ‘infidels’ by the Islamists… For secular Muslims who fled to the West  from countries ruled by a radical Islamists. these images must be the ultimate nightmare. They know what this ideology has done in their countries of origin…

“If you park incorrectly in Germany, you can be sure that you will be cited after 30 minutes at the latest [often even after 5 minutes, or even less]. When young people hugged each other in the park during the corona pandemic, they were mercilessly pursued by police officers, almost killing them with their police cars. But when the ‘Islamic State’ almost literally marches in Essen, practically nothing happens. The police should actually be at the door of EVERY one of the 3,000 participants, checking their residence status, initiating searches and criminal proceedings, checking and arranging deportations. Use the entire arsenal of the rule of law that these radicals want to abolish.

“There have been many strong speeches in the past three weeks. Now… you should judge them by their deeds. Finally do something.”

Russia Says That Israel Has No Right to Defend Itself

Israel365News wrote on November 2:

“Israel does not have the right to defend itself, Russia’s representative to the United Nations said on Wednesday… Last week, Russia and China vetoed a U.S.-sponsored U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Hamas

“A Russian resolution was also rejected that denounced Hamas but also condemned ‘indiscriminate attacks’ on civilians in Gaza…”

Russia’s past persecution of the Jews is well-known.

Hamas Will Repeat October 7 Terror Attack

Breitbart wrote on November 1:

“A senior political official in the Palestinian Hamas terror organization told Lebanese television last week that the group intends to repeat its October 7 terror attack until Israel is annihilated… Hamas political official Ghazi Hamad says that attacks on Israeli civilians are justified; that the cost in terms of Palestinian ‘martyrs’ is worth the ultimate goal of ending Israel; and that Hamas will continue to mount such attacks…

“Ghazi Hamad of the Hamas political bureau said in an October 24, 2023 show on LBC TV (Lebanon) that Hamas is prepared to repeat the October 7 ‘Al-Aqsa Flood’ Operation time and again until Israel is annihilated. He added that Palestinians are willing to pay the price and that they are ‘proud to sacrifice martyrs.’ Hamad said that Palestinians are the victims of the occupation, therefore no one should blame them for the events of October 7 or anything else, adding: ‘Everything we do is justified… We must teach Israel a lesson, and we will do this again and again. The Al-Aqsa Flood is just the first time, and there will be a second, a third, a fourth, because we have the determination, the resolve, and the capabilities to fight…’

“Ghazi claimed that Hamas did not intend to harm civilians, but said ‘complications’ caused Hamas to murder civilians, including 260 people at a music festival.”

No Cease-Fire

The New York Post wrote on November 3:

“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday that his country would not consider halting its war on Hamas, rejecting Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s call for ‘humanitarian pauses’ to allow civilians out of the Gaza Strip. Israel ‘refuses a temporary cease-fire that doesn’t include a return of our hostages,’ Netanyahu told reporters, referring to the more than 200 people taken captive by terrorists during their Oct. 7 attack that killed more than 1,400 Israelis — including at least 33 Americans.

“The prime minister spoke after a meeting with Blinken, during which America’s top diplomat urged Netanyahu to stop the conflict to minimize Palestinian civilian deaths as Israel pursues Hamas jihadists hiding among the population in Gaza… Netanyahu said his country would continue hitting the Gaza Strip with ‘all of its power.’

“IDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus told The Post Friday that a ‘pause’ is currently ‘not on the table.’ ‘We’re fighting. We’re in the first stages of a war against an enemy that has proven that we cannot allow that enemy to continue to exist at the end of this war…’

“In addition to the temporary pauses, the US has been pushing Israel to allow humanitarian aid deliveries into Gaza. Blinken said officials ‘identified mechanisms to enable fuel to reach hospitals and other needs in southern Gaza Strip’ during their meeting… Netanyahu said in a statement that ‘Israel won’t allow entry of fuel to Gaza and objects to transfer of money to Gaza’ despite Blinken’s report. ‘Israel raised appropriate concern we share about Hamas hoarding fuel in northern Gaza,’ Blinken said of the discussion.”

Subsequently, Blinken flip-flopped and declared that there must not be a cease-fire. Then, the Biden Administration flip-flopped again and stated that there should be a temporary pause…

Deutsche Welle wrote on November 11:

“Israel will begin daily four-hour pauses in northern Gaza to allow people to flee fighting in the territory, the White House said… Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated his position that there would be no cease-fire talks until the militant Islamist group Hamas releases the more than 200 people it is holding hostage… 

“US National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said that the first humanitarian pause would be announced Thursday and that the Israelis had committed to announcing each four-hour window at least three hours in advance.”

Trump: No One From Gaza!

Fox News wrote on November 4:

“Former President Trump said people who want to abolish Israel shouldn’t be allowed to enter America. Trump made the comments during the Florida Freedom Summit on Saturday, where other 2024 GOP presidential contenders also spoke, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Sen. Tim Scott, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Vivek Ramaswamy.

“‘If you hate America, if you want to abolish Israel, if you sympathize with jihadists, and then you don’t want your country to do well, you don’t want your country to be successful, you’re just not going to get in, you’re not getting in, you’re not coming into our country,’ Tump said…

‘”On day one, I will restore the Trump travel on entering from having people that like to blow up our shopping centers and kill our people and do lots of bad things. Entry from plagued countries. We will not allow people to come in and will implement strong ideological screening for all immigrants,’ Trump said…

“Trump’s comments come after he promised to deport immigrants who are publicly supporting Hamas during an Iowa campaign speech Oct. 16. ‘We aren’t bringing in anyone from Gaza,’ Trump also said at the event.”

“Returning Temple Vessels From Italy?”

Israel365News wrote on November 3:

“Recently, shortly after the Jewish High Holidays, a compelling article was written… about a leading Italian member of parliament who had a Zoom meeting with Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage Minister Amihai Eliyahu.  The Italian MP stated that Italy is in fact prepared to return the lost Temple vessels to Israel and that the time is now to do so. The reaction here in Israel has been overwhelming.  Could this be true?…  Is this real or fake news?…

“The answer is that there’s a little of both, i.e., some genuine news, and some fake news. 

“… we must first understand that the Vatican Church and the government of Italy are two very distinct entities… Pope Francis, along with the Secretariat of State… are the main decision-makers on this case.  The Italian government can exert a limited amount of pressure by way of the press, but that’s about it.

“The good news in this scenario is that the official Vatican position currently is that they neither confirm nor deny possessing any Herodian Temple objects like the golden Menorah, sacred tables, altars, priestly garments, and the like… Another development worth mentioning is that incidents have been reported that concern high-ranking Vatican officials who were willing to reveal the location of these holy vessels to religious Jews before going on pension or resigning from their posts…

“What was written in the article indeed is the opinion of this particular Italian politician; however, he isn’t the first to state that Rome has possession of Jerusalem’s Temple vessels and would like to see them returning, ultimately, to Israel. He also said that they are in their cellars and that nothing is being done with them now at any rate. Of course, he doesn’t have concrete, academic proof of this, but it is something he believes and wants…”

If true, this would be remarkable in connection with the building of the Third Temple AND the man of sin taking possession of the same.

Pope Francis’s New Theology

LifeSiteNews wrote on November 3:

“Pope Francis has issued new priorities and statutes for the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Theology, stating that a newly focused theology is needed, based on a popular ‘common sense’ that is ‘often not corresponding to the Christian face of God.’…

“Yet the papal document presents what appears to be an essentially anti-Catholic concept of theology, tasking theologians with engaging in dialogue with various cultures and religions rather than drawing on the timeless, and unchanging truths of the Catholic faith… [This was of course written by a Catholic and does not reflect our opinion on this matter.]

“Francis… argued that theology would necessarily move away from a path of presenting and teaching truths, ‘into a culture of dialogue and encounter between different traditions and different knowledge, between different Christian denominations and different religions, openly confronting everyone, believers and non-believers alike.’… But in order to practice the new theological style, wrote Francis, theologians would have to prioritize ‘common’ ideas found amongst people, even though such ideas reject the Catholic concept of God.”

Gag-Order for Trump’s Attorneys

Newsmax wrote on November 3:

“… attorney and Donald Trump legal spokeswoman Alina Habba… was the subject of an expanded gag order issued by New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron on Friday, prohibiting Habba and Trump’s legal team from commenting about the judge’s staff, namely his clerk, Allison Greenfield… Trump’s legal team has complained about eye rolls of Greenfield and her apparent ‘co-judging’ — handing the judge 30 to 40 notes in one day, Trump’s team noted. So, Engoron shut down Trump and his entire legal team, including Habba [who said:]

“‘Judicial ethics and judicial codes structure these items very, very clearly about bias, about the belief of bias, about impropriety, and it’s very important for the public to have faith in the judicial system… That’s why these things are in place. That’s why there are numerous rules in place to oversee and keep regulations on court systems. We are in a banana republic.

“‘We are in a situation right now, where [New York Attorney General] Letitia James is allowed to freely go out and rip whoever she wants to talk about before she even becomes the AG, before she has any knowledge of anything in the organization, to call them criminals, to call them frauds,’ Habba said. ‘But then, when she comes in, she can go out and talk… about… Donald Trump Jr…. and the Trump family and the president, a leading political candidate, [and can] say whatever she wants, and there is no gag order on her… That is what you do in communist countries when you want to silence your political opponents, and that is the current situation that we are dealing with…’”

A similar gag-order was imposed on Trump by U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan in the Washington case, barring Trump from making public statements targeting prosecutors, court staff and potential witnesses in the case accusing him of conspiring to overturn the 2020 election. The Court of Appeals put the gag-order temporarily on hold.

It appears that both judges are extremely biased and, based on decency and fairness, they should have recused themselves.

New York’s Witch-Hunt Against Trump

Fox News wrote on November 6:

“The former president and 2024 Republican presidential front-runner took the stand Monday morning in the non-jury civil trial stemming from [New York Attorney General Letitia] James’ lawsuit against him, his family and his businesses. James [a Democrat] alleged Trump defrauded banks and inflated the value of his assets. Trump has denied any wrongdoing and has repeatedly said his assets were actually undervalued. Trump has repeatedly said his financial statements had disclaimers, requesting that the numbers be evaluated by the banks…

“James filed the lawsuit against Trump ‘under a consumer protection statute that denies the right to a jury,’ a Trump spokesperson told Fox News Digital [This is correct, even though in New York,  a jury consisting of mostly Democrats, not much would have changed, according to Trump attorney Alina Habba.]  … During Trump’s unprecedented testimony Monday, New York Judge Arthur Engoron [a Democrat] tried to cut him off from providing lengthy answers to state lawyers’ questioning, and he even said, ‘I don’t want to hear everything he has to say.’..

The judge, in September, ruled that Trump and the Trump Organization committed fraud while building his real estate empire by deceiving banks, insurers and others by overvaluing his assets and exaggerating his net worth on paperwork used in making deals and securing financing.

[Judge Engoron made the ruling via summary judgment. Summary judgment can only be granted if no material facts are in dispute. In this case, entering summary judgment in light of the hotly disputed value of Trump’s property is ludicrous and must be overturned on appeal by fair-minded judges. But since the judge—incorrectly —prejudged the case, the current trial only deals with the “damages”—there are none—and the penalty the judge wants to impose on Trump and the co-defendants, thereby trying to give this hoax the resemblance of some legitimacy.]

“‘He ruled against me without knowing anything about me,’ Trump said on the stand… Trump went on to slam Engoron for undercutting the value of his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida — a property that Engoron valued at $18 million [This is in fact a laughable misevaluation, as confirmed by realtors and other experts in the area. According to The Associated Press, dated October 9, a sale of 1 billion dollars or more would be possible. It shows, however, the judge’s incredible bias.].$18 million, he said. And I’m a fraud for not valuing the property? How do you call a man a fraud when you have a property 50 to 100 times more?’ Trump said. ‘You believed the political hack back there [James] and that’s unfortunate.’ [He then proceeded to call Engoron a fraud.]

Trump attorney Alina Habba on Monday also slammed Engoron and James… ‘I don’t care who you are, you have a right to hire a lawyer who can put objections on the record,’ Habba said outside the court during a break… ‘But I was told to sit down today. I was yelled at, and I’ve had a judge who is unhinged, slamming [the] table,’ Habba continued. ‘Let me be very clear. I don’t tolerate that in my life. I’m not going to tolerate it. And you know what? You shouldn’t either, because not every American citizen gets a camera and a microphone.’

“Habba went on to blast James [a black woman], saying she ‘taunted’ Trump before she ‘came into office, before you saw one record, one statement of financial condition — you taunted him… You said his administration was too male and too pale,’ Habba said. ‘Those are her words.’ [And they are deeply offensive and racist, but they reflect James’ true colors.]

“Meanwhile, Trump was asked questions about terms of loan agreements and handed documents about specific loans. ‘This loan was paid off in full, with no default, no victims…’”

Also, Trump pointed out that the banks were more than happy to grant him the loans, knowing themselves the value of his property. They were most certainly no victims or “defrauded” in any way.

The Daily Mail reported  on November 6:

“The lawyer [Alina Habba] added: ‘I’m seeing such a demise of (the) American judicial system and democracy. The judge doesn’t like when President Trump explains what actually happened because it’s not good for his narrative.’ She said the judge ‘clearly has an issue’ and ‘if you’ve seen his behavior with me, his behavior with the president today, he has a clear issue with facts that are not good for the case. He (the judge) is clearly enraged, his face is red, he is – he came in hot, and he doesn’t know how to handle him (Trump).’

“Habba spoke moments after Trump delivered another series of blistering attacks on James and the judge in very combative testimony. The furious 77-year-old singled out James, who is sitting in the front row of the court, and accused her of being a ‘political hack’ who brought the case against him to help her failed bid to become New York governor…”

Habba’s powerful comments were right on. The inappropriate and cheering “reporting” of left-wing outlets, such as CNN, MSNBC and ABC, was filled with propaganda. On the other hand, the coverage of Fox News and also of Newsmax was quite good and accurate, from all the evidence available to us.

Real Clear Politics wrote on November 6:

“George Washington University law professor and FOX News contributor Jonathan Turley on Monday weighed in on former President Donald Trump’s New York civil fraud trial and described the legal theory behind the case as throwing matches at a tinder box. ‘This crosses the line from law to entertainment. It should be concerning for people because it does appear that this is a case uniquely created for Trump under a law that hasn’t been used in this same way against others…

“‘It’s very disturbing when [New York Attorney General Letitia] James was running for office,’ Turley said. ‘I wrote a column saying where are the New York attorneys who are saying hey, this is not our bar, this is not what we stand for? You don’t run for office on a trophy defendant. You don’t run for office promising a thrill kill. That’s what was happening here. She’s really fulfilled the worst expectations for some of us… she’s going for total annihilation. She is asking to take this iconic figure and effectively ban him from business in New York and the question is why? The answer is because that’s what she promised to do. To seek his utter destruction if she can…

“‘Part of the problem is the underlying law which doesn’t require any victim. It doesn’t require anyone to lose money. The banks were not complaining. They apparently made money. But that doesn’t matter….’”

New York’s Kangaroo Court

The New York Post wrote on November 7:

“The case itself is the scandal.  It’s a strange allegation of fraud where there is no victim… The charges are based on the assertion that Trump and his family inflated the value of their properties for insurance and loan purposes.  As one real estate lawyer told me, if that’s a crime, two-thirds of New York developers belong in jail…

“Bringing the case after her [James’] public attacks and threats represents a clear abuse of office that state courts should have blocked. It’s an abuse she reinforces with her unusual and unprofessional appearances in the courtroom and her mini press conferences at the end of the day…

“From the start, the case has reinforced a suspicion that it is rigged. Beyond James’ conflict of interest, it features a bizarre process where there is no jury and the judge [Engoron]] quickly ruled that Trump and the other defendants were guilty, creating the impression of verdict first, trial second.  The same judge now presides over the penalty phase, and also gets to decide the punishment, which could be dramatic.”

The typical hallmarks of a “banana republic.”

This law is clearly unconstitutional and must be stricken. For James and Engoron to even apply this ancient and totally neglected law (for good reasons) is a major problem all by itself, showing their true motives. Habba is correct: The legal system in the USA, as well as virtually all the other “systems” and agencies, including the FBI and the Justice Department, are in demise and reflect a banana republic and dictatorship, but not a democracy.

It is clear that Trump will lose this case in New York. Not because he should, but because the judge wants him to, and he had made up his mind, it seems, when he “took” the case (which he should never have done, given his blatant bias against Trump.)

Trump calls all of this “election interference,” and it is also interesting that at the same time, Biden is losing badly to Trump in critical swing states. But surely, this is pure coincidence??? While this kangaroo court is going on, Trump’s poll numbers are rising.

Newsmax, dated November 7, referred to Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index and explained that Trump’s fortune has grown by 500 million dollars to 3.1 billion dollars since leaving office in 2021. His fortune could be higher as it does not take into consideration his brand on the values, as well as other reasonable factors, concluding that his fortune could amount to 4.5 billion dollars for 2021 or far more.

Ukraine Is Losing

AFP wrote on November 4:

“In eastern Ukraine, where another gruelling winter is descending — along with it a likely freeze in major frontline movements — one Ukrainian soldier had a grim assessment of the conflict. The 35-year-old fighting near the war-battered town of Bakhmut went further than comments from Ukraine’s most senior military official, who conceded this week that the war with Russia had reached a stalemate. ‘I’ve been saying that for some time now already. Step by step we’re losing the war,’ the serviceman… told AFP. ‘The longer this static war continues, the worse it is for us,’ he said in a phone interview.

“The frontline between the Ukrainian army and Russian forces occupying the east and south of the country has barely moved since last November, despite repeated Russian strikes and a Ukrainian counteroffensive. Ukraine’s General Valery Zaluzhny surprised observers of the invasion this week with an unusually candid assessment that the warring parties had reached a deadlock along the sprawling front… The comments poured cold water on the highly-touted counteroffensive that Ukraine launched this summer after stockpiling Western weapons and training new recruits.”

EU and USA Broach Topic of Peace Negotiations With Ukraine

NBC News wrote on November 3:

“U.S. and European officials have begun quietly talking to the Ukrainian government about what possible peace negotiations with Russia might entail to end the war, according to one current senior U.S. official and one former senior U.S. official familiar with the discussions.

“The conversations have included very broad outlines of what Ukraine might need to give up to reach a deal, the officials said. Some of the talks, which officials described as delicate, took place last month…  The discussions are an acknowledgment of the dynamics militarily on the ground in Ukraine and politically in the U.S. and Europe, officials said.

“They began amid concerns among U.S. and European officials that the war has reached a stalemate and about the ability to continue providing aid to Ukraine, officials said. Biden administration officials also are worried that Ukraine is running out of forces, while Russia has a seemingly endless supply, officials said. Ukraine is also struggling with recruiting and has recently seen public protests about some of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s open-ended conscription requirements.

“And there is unease in the U.S. government with how much less public attention the war in Ukraine has garnered since the Israel-Hamas war began nearly a month ago, the officials said. Officials fear that shift could make securing additional aid for Kyiv more difficult… Officials also have privately said Ukraine likely only has until the end of the year or shortly thereafter before more urgent discussions about peace negotiations should begin. U.S. officials have shared their views on such a timeline with European allies, officials said…

“The Biden administration does not have any indication that Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to negotiate with Ukraine, two U.S. officials said. Western officials say Putin still believes he can ‘wait out the West,’ or keep fighting until the U.S. and its allies lose domestic support for funding Ukraine or the struggle to supply Kyiv with weapons and ammunition becomes too costly, officials said…”

“A Quarter of Americans Now Say Covid-19 Shots Are Unsafe”

The Daily Mail wrote on November 3:

“Americans are growing more skeptical about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines… millions… have changed their minds in recent months and no longer see them as safe… two politicians are building vaccine skepticism into their 2024 campaign platforms — Robert F. Kennedy Jr, an independent, and Ron De Santis, Florida’s Republican Governor.

“… the share of Americans who see Covid-19 vaccines as unsafe has jumped from 18 percent in August last year to 24 percent last month. Meanwhile, the share of people who linked autism in children to the growing use of vaccines has risen from 10 percent in April 2021 to 16 percent last month… Nearly a quarter of respondents — 24 percent — said they knew someone personally who died from side effects of a Covid-19 shot… millions of Americans also say they would be keen to join a class-action lawsuit against Pfizer, BioNTech, Moderna, and other manufacturers over the side effects of shots…

Kennedy… has long campaigned against vaccines, among other offbeat theories. Earlier this year, he said in a podcast that ‘there’s no vaccine that is safe and effective,’ and told FOX News that shots can cause autism.

The DeSantis administration last month urged Floridians under the age of 65 from against getting the updated Covid-19 shots… The Governor said Covid-19 vaccines had been rolled out without proper studies and that federal officials were wrong about their risks and benefits….”

Covid Authoritarians Without Apology

Zero Hedge wrote on October 30:

“We hear many covid authoritarians talk about forgiveness but very few of them actually apologize for their behavior… within months of covid becoming active in the US, the data was already available showing that the virus was not a legitimate threat. So the claim that their information was ‘the best they had at the time’ does not hold water. There was more than enough evidence to warrant opposition to unconstitutional policies (frankly, even if covid had been more deadly it doesn’t justify violations of the Bill of Rights). Millions of Americans tried to explain the truth to those panicking over covid, and they chose not to listen, calling us ‘selfish conspiracy theorists.’ 

“But the greatest trespasses were among those analysts and ‘influencers’ who used covid as an opportunity for political gain, knowing that there was information that debunked government and media spin. The worst people are those that have no intention of making amends because they plan to try again. People who do wrong and refuse to give a legitimate apology are the kinds of people that are likely to commit similar offenses in the future… 

There were calls to fine the unvaccinated, imprison people who question the vaccine, put the unvaccinated on home lockdown and even take away their children. In some states, like New York, there was active legislation put forward to create detention facilities for people that did not comply (covid camps). That is some serious Stalinist behavior and we are still waiting for it to be addressed and for certain political leaders to be punished…

“The covid event was really a litmus test for authoritarian tendencies in the US. At least half the public failed that test miserably… It is important to make a note of how the individuals around us behave when they think it’s safe to be evil, and we must remember who they are…”

In addition, the horrible and unconstitutional governmental measures inflicted upon innocent people must not be forgotten… lest they are allowed to be repeated.

What Killed the Dinosaurs?

Fox News wrote on November 4:

“A new study looking into what might have killed off dinosaurs determined that it is likely the ancient species were done in by a mighty cloud of dust… According to the study, scientists researching the sediment layers of the Tanis paleontology site, a heavily studied region of North Dakota that has preserved evidence of the asteroid impact thought to have killed off dinosaurs, discovered new insight into the catastrophic impact. In a Washington Post report that described the aftermath of the impact as an ‘apocalyptic dust plume,’ planetary scientist Cem Berk Senel explained that the impact of the asteroid led to a chain of events that ultimately caused the demise of dinosaurs… ‘It could result in a chain reaction of extinction to all species in the food chain.’

“Scientists have long attempted to model the aftermath of the asteroid impact  in the Gulf of Mexico…, with most agreeing that the impact triggered the mass extinction of nearly three-quarters of all species living on Earth at the time. Some researchers have theorized that the asteroid impact kicked up a giant cloud that starved plants of sunlight, led to large global wildfires and resulted in sulfur aerosols being released into the atmosphere.

“However, questions remained about just how long the sun was blocked and how a prolonged period of darkness caused apocalyptic damage… Pairing a computer simulation with an analysis of sediment layers of the North Dakota site, researchers discovered that the fine dust grains that became part of the dust plume could have persisted in the atmosphere for over a decade. The researchers argued that those particles, which were about the same size as microscopic bacteria, would have made a larger contribution to blocking sunlight than soot particles or sulfur aerosols. ‘The duration of darkness is really important, because if, in fact, photosynthesis was shut down, and that drove extinctions, it has to be dark for a fairly substantial length of time,’ David Kring, a planetary scientist who was not involved in the study, told the Washington Post….”

This would fit with the biblical account that the earth became void and empty, “and darkness was on the face of the deep” (Genesis 1:2).

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These Current Events are compiled and commented on by Norbert Link. We gratefully acknowledge the many contributions of news articles from our readership. The publication of articles in this section is not to be viewed as an endorsement or approval as to contents or accuracy of the selected articles, but they are published for the purpose of pointing at worldwide developments in the light of biblical end-time prophecy and godly instruction. Our own comments are provided in italics.

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Does the Bible reveal anything about the immediate future of the State of Israel?

Indeed, there are prophecies about the descendants of Judah which apply today, and some are finding dramatic fulfillment now!

Specifically, note this end-time prophecy in the Book of Zechariah:

‘Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it’” (Zechariah 12:2-3).

This prophecy will find its ultimate fulfillment “in that day”—a reference to the Day of the Lord, immediately before the return of Christ. We should see from the events which are taking place right now that that time cannot be that far off.

The State of Israel became a worrisome focus for many beginning with its founding in 1948. Since then, this tiny nation has fought wars, suffered attacks and been the focus of raging hatred by people all over the earth, but especially in the Middle East.

Now, in November of 2023, there is war between Israel and Hamas-led Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip. However, this has drawn worldwide attention. Demonstrations by the tens-of-thousands are taking place in many nations, and, predominantly, support is for Hamas.

The mantra repeated by these crowds attacks not only the State of Israel but all Jewish people! Note the following from a Jewish Internet entry, acj.org: “From the River to the Sea”:

“‘From the River to the Sea, Palestine Will Be Free’ is a common call-to-arms for pro-Palestinian activists, especially student activists on college campuses. It calls for the establishment of a State of Palestine from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, erasing the State of Israel and its people. It is also a rallying cry for terrorist groups and their sympathizers, from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) to Hamas, which called for Israel’s destruction in its original governing charter in 1988 and was responsible for the October 7, 2023, terror attack on Israeli civilians, murdering over 1,000 people in the single deadliest day for Jews since the Holocaust.”

Movements, such as Hamas, openly proclaim their vile hatred toward the State of Israel:

Top Hamas official Ghazi Hamad “… made the threat explicit last week in an interview republished Wednesday: Hamas’ Oct. 7 bloodletting ‘is just the first time, and there will be a second, a third, a fourth, because we have the determination, the resolve and the capabilities to fight,’ he vowed. ‘We will do this again and again’” (New York Post, November 1, 2023).

What is ahead for the State of Israel might first be more victories over its enemies (as has been the case since 1948), but we also read that Judah will receive a wound (Hosea 5:13)—apparently a military defeat—prior to the beginning of the Great Tribulation, and subsequently, Jerusalem and the State of Israel will suffer terrible domination by the Beast power [a powerful European army under German leadership] until Christ returns. Zechariah 12, verses 1-9, summarizes these current and future events.

Our two booklets, The Book of Zechariah,” and, The Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord,” go into more detail about the Jewish people. Also, our booklet, The Fall and Rise of the Jewish People,” provides insight for what must still happen in Jerusalem and the State of Israel—which includes the building of a new Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem!

The possibility of the Jews gaining control of the Temple Mount and constructing a Third Temple is a source of ongoing violence in the State of Israel. The Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, an Islamic shrine, sit atop the Temple Mount, and Muslims want exclusive control of this area. However, so do the Israelis. 

In the near future, a Third Temple will be built on the Temple Mount: Beginning with Chapter 40 of Ezekiel, the plans for what will become the Third Temple are carefully described; Zechariah 6:12-13 notes that the BRANCH (a reference to Jesus Christ) will inspire and guide the construction of the new Temple; Malachi 3:1 reveals that “the Lord” will return and come to the Temple; Paul writes of a future Temple of God being occupied by “the man of sin” (a designation of the “false prophet”—an influential religious personage) in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4; and Revelation 11:1-2 speaks of an existing Temple of God at the beginning of the work of the Two Witnesses.

The building of the Third Temple is one of the many things of prophecy which deal specifically with the Jewish People and which will lead up to the return of Jesus Christ. 

Right now, President Biden is trying to dictate war strategy to Israel, and this comes along with people in the U.S. turning against Israel. We see the State of Israel becoming more and more isolated and without friends in the world. This foreshadows a time in which Israel’s staunchest supporters will turn against the Israelis—as prophesied in Isaiah 9:21:

Manasseh shall devour Ephraim, and Ephraim Manasseh; Together they shall be against Judah. For all this His anger is not turned away, But His hand is stretched out still.”

In this end-time prophecy, Manasseh refers to the USA, and Ephraim to the United Kingdom and possibly other English-speaking nations such as Canada, Australia and New Zealand. While there will be fighting between modern Ephraim and Manasseh, they will be combined in their disapproval of Judah—the State of Israel. 

Our booklet, The Fall and Rise of Britain and America,” presents further proof of this important understanding.

Also, Zechariah 11:14 points to this event:

“Then I cut in two my other staff, Bonds, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.”

Israel is used in this end-time prophecy as referring to the leading modern nations of the ancient House of Israel—primarily the USA and the UK.

Verses 19-21 of Joel 3 point to the unending future which Judah will have—in spite of being surrounded by enemies now, who are seeking to wipe these people from the face of the earth:

“‘Egypt shall be a desolation, And Edom [modern Turkey] a desolate wilderness, Because of violence against the people of Judah, For they have shed innocent blood in their land. But Judah shall abide forever, And Jerusalem from generation to generation. For I will acquit them of the guilt of bloodshed, whom I had not acquitted; For the LORD dwells in Zion.’”

And as a contrast to the claims about the State of Israel’s destruction, it is interesting to consider what the Bible says in the last part of Zechariah 9:10 about the future reign of the Messiah, Jesus Christ:

“‘I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim And the horse from Jerusalem; The battle bow shall be cut off. He shall speak peace to the nations; His dominion shall be “from sea to sea, And from the River to the ends of the earth.”’”

The immediate future of the State of Israel is taking place on the world stage—involving people and events which will only grow more troublesome… until Jesus Christ returns to save Judah, Israel, and the rest of mankind and establish the Kingdom of God on the earth!

Lead Writer: Dave Harris

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Preaching the Gospel and Feeding the Flock

compiled by Dave Harris

“New York’s Witch Hunt Against Trump,” is the title of a new StandingWatch program, presented by Evangelist Norbert Link. Here is a summary:

New York Attorney General Letitia James, a black woman and a Democrat, filed a civil lawsuit against Donald Trump, his children, and the Trump Organization, claiming that Trump defrauded banks by inflating the value of his assets in his financial statements. Judge Arthur Engoron, a Democrat, decided by summary judgment, without a trial or a jury, that fraud was committed. His evaluation of Trump’s property has been strongly criticized as being blatantly false, showing, allegedly, his bias against Trump. The current trial only deals with the “penalty phase.” As this program shows, both the law which is being used to decide against Trump as well as the entire legal procedure are seriously flawed. Is it true, then, that the legal system in New York can be compared with a banana republic, as some claim? “New Yorks Hexenjagd gegen Trump,” is the title of a new AufPostenStehen program, presented by Norbert Link. This program in German covers the same topic as described above.

A Tech Team meeting (November 5, 2023) was conducted via Google Meets. Hosted by Eric Rank, major emphasis was placed on our Google Ads campaign featuring our booklets.  Additionally, plans for our 2024 Church Conference and FOT location were discussed.

“Mitleid, Barmherzigkeit und Vergebung,” this Sabbath’s new German sermon presented by Norbert Link, is now posted. Title in English: “Compassion, Mercy and Forgiveness.”

“Im Hause des Herrn sein,” last Sabbath’s split German sermon presented by Mike Richter, is now posted. Title in English: “To be in the House of the Lord.”

“Ears to Hear,” last Sabbath’s sermonette presented by Michael Link, is now posted. Here is a summary:

How are we to use our ears properly when it comes to what Christ refers to when He says that we need to make sure we use our ears to hear?

“Compassion, Mercy and Forgiveness,” last Sabbath’s sermon presented by Norbert Link, is now posted. Here is a summary:

What is the close connection between compassion, mercy and forgiveness? How does a righteous person manifest these characteristics in his life? On the other hand, in what way does an unrighteous person show that he does not have mercy, compassion and the will to forgive? Why must we, as God’s people, be truly merciful, moved with compassion, and ready to forgive?

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