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It is important to keep in mind that many ideas and doctrines full preterism appeals to - such as the complete end of the Old Covenant world in AD70 - are by no means distinctive to that view.   Many non HyPs believe this as well, so one need not embrace the Hyper Preterist system in order to endorse this view.   Following are exceptional doctrines which, so far as I've seen, are only taught by adherents of Hyper Preterism.:

DISTINCTIVE DOCTRINES TAUGHT BY STANDARD FULL PRETERISM

  • All Bible Prophecy was Fulfilled By AD70

  • Atonement Incomplete at Cross ; Complete at AD70

  • The Supernatural Power of Evil Ended in AD70

  • The Spirit of Antichrist was Destroyed in AD70

  • "The Consummation of the Ages" Came in AD70

  • "The Millennium" is in the Past, From AD30 to AD70

  • Nothing to be Resurrected From in Post AD70 World ; Hades Destroyed

  • The Christian Age Began in AD70 ; Earth Will Never End

  • "The Day of the Lord" was Israel's Destruction ending in AD70

  • The "Second Coming" of Jesus Christ Took Place in AD70-ish

  • The Great Judgment took place in AD70 ; No Future Judgment

  • The Law, Death, Sin, Devil, Hades, etc. Utterly Defeated in AD70

  • "The Resurrection" of the Dead and Living is Past, Having Taken Place in AD70

  • The Context of the Entire Bible is Pre-AD70 ; Not Written To Post AD70 World

DISTINCTIVE DOCTRINES TAUGHT BY VARIOUS FORMS
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  • Baptism was for Pre-AD70 Era (Cessationism)

  • The Lord's Prayer was for Pre-AD70 Era (Cessationism)

  • The Lord's Supper was for Pre-AD70 Era (Cessationism)

  • The Holy Spirit's Paraclete Work Ceased in AD70 (Cessationism)

  • The Consummation in AD70 Caused Church Offices to Cease (Cessationism)

  • The Resurrection in AD70 Changed the "Constitutional Principle" of Marriage (Noyesism)

  • Israel and Humanity Delivered into Ultimate Liberty in AD70 (TransmillennialismTM)

  • The Judgment in AD70 Reconciled All of Mankind to God ; All Saved (Preterist Universalism)

  • Adam's Sin No Longer Imputed in Post AD70 World ; No Need to be Born Again (Preterist Universalism)

  • When Jesus Delivered the Kingdom to the Father in AD70, He Ceased Being The Intermediary (Pantelism/Comprehensive Grace?)

  • The Book of Genesis is an Apocalypse; is About Creation of First Covenant Man, not First Historical Man (Covenantal Preterism)

 

"The Last Days"

By Jim Gunter
(10/16/2004)


Even after many years as a serious student of our Father's Word there is one  fact that has become abundantly clear to me, and that is, the truth of the old adage that one never gets too old to learn. Certainly, all of us place great importance on "learning." However, I was taught many years ago as a  young disciple that there is another thing that is of greater eminence. As one who was advancing in years, I became more aware that a willingness to "change one's mind" when shown to be mistaken on any matter, must be commensurate with one's quest to learn, otherwise, one does not profit from acquiring this new-found knowledge, for it then simply becomes "wasted knowledge." For this reason, it seems to me that "humility of mind" should occupy a lofty place of permanent residence in our daily prayers to our Creator; that we may have the humility and courage to be willing to change our thinking should Scripture warrant such. I believe that this is evidenced  by our Father Himself in Is.66:2 where He says: "But to this one I will look, To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at my word." O dear God; My! My! O how I needed that!

Beloved, over the years I have changed my thinking about a number of things as I'm sure that we all have as we grow and learn better. I won't deny that sometimes it's not an easy thing to do, for we are often times very stubborn  creatures. Speaking from personal experience, I know what it's like to be deeply entrenched in some doctrine and then have to let go. It was a difficult thing, even though I could clearly see from our Father's Word that I was wrong on that particular matter. But thanks be to our Father for His goodness to and patience with us; that He is willing to give us time to make those needed changes in our thinking.

Of the many things about which I have changed my thinking, is the matter of  "the last days." Now I don't know just what your thinking is regarding "the last days," but for many, many years it was my understanding that YOU and I are presently living in "the last days," and that we have been ever since the first Pentecost after the cross of Christ. Does this sound familiar to you? Today, we hear day after day from the pulpits across this great land, that all the sensational events which we see happening all around us are proof that these are, without a doubt, "the last days," and that very, very soon, in fact any day now, Jesus will return! Beloved, I am well aware that this may be where you stand on the matter today! And I also realize that you may still be there even after you finish reading this little essay. And if you are, I want you to know that we still be brethren! But for the next few minutes, would you please be so kind as to examine with me a few things regarding this matter of "the last days?" In recent years I have encountered some very interesting things from The Scriptures regarding what God says about the last days; some things which I had not considered before. Please see if they make sense to you! Obviously, these are not "new" things but simply things that I had previously not yet considered or thought about. I realize that they have always been right there before my very eyes all the time, but I just simply did not see them. And, it's these things that have caused me to reconsider my view as to just how The Scriptures define "The Last Days."

In Jerusalem, on the day of Pentecost, as recorded in Acts chapter 2, beginning in vs.14, the apostle Peter addresses the great mass of Jews from every nation under heaven. The apostles were empowered with the miraculous gifts of The Holy Spirit, which enabled them to linguistically accommodate all the many (some fifteen or so) different Jewish nations present for this great feast (Vv 8-11). Those Jews that mocked them were accusing the apostles of being drunk on new wine. But Peter, along with the other eleven apostles (vs.14) assures the multitude that they most assuredly were NOT drunk, but rather that this was the very fulfillment of the prophet Joel's words in Joel 2:28-32! Then Peter, in the defense of the prophet, says in vs.16, that what these people were now witnessing, was precisely what the prophet Joel had prophesied some 800 years prior. And Peter continues on and quotes Joel, saying: "And it shall be in THE LAST DAYS, 'God says, 'That I will pour forth of My Spirit upon all mankind...'"

Now beloved, it's right here in this passage, that I first began to run into difficulty with my former understanding of "the last days." It was my understanding, as an amillennial thinker, that The Old Covenant came to a complete end "at the cross." Therefore the "last days" mentioned by Joel, I saw as the period from "Pentecost" to the supposed "end of time." And as such, I saw "the "last days" mentioned by Peter in Ax.2 as pertaining to the New Covenant Age and, that the Old Covenant Age was then completely gone!

As I now look back on that understanding today, I'm persuaded that my former understanding presents some difficulties, because if the "last days" of which Peter speaks, has no reference to The Old Covenant Age, then that would seem to contradict a number of other passages in The New Covenant Scriptures. It seems that the more I studied, the more I could see glaring discrepancies between what the Scriptures actually said and what I understood them to say. And beloved I learned many years ago, that anytime there's a seeming contradiction between what the Scriptures say, and what I THINK they say, well, I'm the loser, O.K.? God's Word wins every time!

Now, it may be that you have experienced some of the same confusion in some of your studies on this matter of "the last days," and that you have also wondered about these things. If that's the case, then let's just look a little further into these things and see if we can reach a conclusion that is totally consistent with the message our Father was conveying, first and foremost, to those recipients of these letters in the 1st century. Yes, let us keep in mind that the New Covenant Scriptures were written FOR "us," however, they were written TO those disciples in the 1st century. Therefore, I believe that we should study them in a 1st century context.

So, in light of all the above, it would seem to me that there are two questions that come to mind: The first is, "Just what are these 'last days,'" and secondly, "At what point DO or DID these 'last days' come to an end?" First, please let me say that I find NO place in the Scriptures that speak of more that just ONE "last days" period. I must be honest here; I can find no consistency with Scripture here, which provides for both, a "last days" period for "The Old Covenant Age" and another "last days" period for "The Christian Age!" As a matter of fact, brethren, I do not find in The Scriptures, an end to the "Christian Age!" (See Dan.2:44; Dan.7:14; Is.9:6,7; Lk.1:32,33; Eph.3:20,21; Heb.12:28; Heb.13:30). Luke, for example, in recording the words of the Angel Gabriel, of the birth of Jesus, said: "He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob FOREVER; and His Kingdom WILL HAVE NO END." (Lk.1:32,33) Therefore, in light of these Scriptures, how can we logically speak of the "last days" of something which has no end?


Now, Let's just suppose that someone says, "Well, I believe "the last days" came to an end at the cross of Jesus!" Well, if that is the case, then just how would one reconcile this with the fact that this quotation by Peter from Joel 2 was made fifty days AFTER Jesus rose from the dead and went back into heaven? Also, please note with me another passage of great import to these questions! The scribe of Hebrews penned his epistle to Jewish disciples about 67 A.D. and, he had this to say in Heb.1:1,2: "God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, IN THESE LAST DAYS has spoken to us in His Son..." Beloved, please look very closely at that passage! Do you see what I now see? Do you see how the writer puts into the same exact "last days" time-frame, both the "preaching of Jesus" and the "writing of this glorious epistle to the Hebrews?" Isn't that remarkable? Yes, the writer says that God's Son HAS SPOKEN (past tense) in THESE last days (present tense). Brethren, in this passage TWO things now come into perfect focus for me, and they are: (1) That the "last days" in which Jesus spoke while on earth were the same "last days" in which the Hebrew writer penned his epistle in 67 A.D. and, (2) That "the last days" came to an end neither "at the cross," nor by 67 A.D. when the Hebrews epistle was penned. Yes, these truths becomes so clear to me now when considering the tenses of the language used!

To help us further answer some of the questions we might have, it may be that Joel could shed a little more light on this for us. Going back to that prophecy of Joel: After he spoke of God pouring out His Spirit upon disciples, along with the attendant gift of prophecy (Ax.2:17,18), Joel is also quoted by Peter in Vv 19-21: "And I will grant wonders in the sky above, and signs on the earth beneath, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and glorious day of the Lord shall come. And it shall be, that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved." Now, it's very interesting here that as Joel speaks of all the marvelous things that were to take place in "the last days," among them were also the many catastrophic signs and wonders just listed. Therefore, if we knew exactly what Joel had reference to by those catastrophic signs, then we will know much more about the point in time at which the "last days" ended. But brethren, I think that we should be careful to remember, as we consider these things, that Joel in his prophecy, does not mention but ONE "last days" period, and that he does not say, "In the 'last days' OF the 'last days' period;" he only speaks of "the last days!"

In the 13th chapter of Isaiah, Vv 1-22, we find a most interesting account of God's dealing with wicked ancient Babylon and His great judgment upon her. He said: (vs.1) "The oracle concerning Babylon which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw.(vs.3) I have commanded My consecrated ones, I have even called My mighty warriors, My proudly exulting ones, to execute My anger...The Lord of hosts is mustering the army for battle. (vs.5)  They are coming from a far country, from the farthest horizons, The Lord and His instruments of indignation, to destroy the whole land. (vs.6) Wail, for the day of the Lord is near! It will come as destruction from the Almighty. (vs.7) Therefore all hands will fall limp, and every man's heart will melt. (vs.8) And they will be terrified...They will look at one another in astonishment, their faces aflame. (vs.,9) Behold, the day of the Lord is coming...To make the land a desolation; (vs.10)for the stars of heaven and their constellations will not flash forth their light; the sun will be dark when it rises, and the moon will not shed its light. (vs.11)Thus I will punish the world (Babylon's world--emph. mine JG) for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity... (13)Therefore I shall make the heavens tremble, and the earth will be shaken from its place at the fury of the Lord of hosts in the day of His burning anger.(vs.15)Anyone who is found will be thrust through, and anyone who is captured will fall by the sword. (vs.16)  Their little ones also will be dashed to pieces before their eyes. Their houses will be plundered and their wives ravished. (vs.17) Behold, I am going to SEND THE MEDES against them..."

Now, I'm certain that you noticed the striking similarities in the language used is this account of the judgment on Babylon and the language used by Joel which Peter quotes on Pentecost! In God's use of The Medes as His instrument of judgment on Babylon, the prophet Isaiah used such terms as "The stars of heaven and their constellations not flashing forth their light, the sun being dark, and the moon not shedding its light. But did these celestial calamities actually happen "literally?"? Why, of course not! No more than "every man's heart literally melting, or their faces being aflame, or the earth being shaken from its place, or the heavens trembling!"  This is simply prophetic apocalyptic language used to indicate judgment from The Almighty, with the bringing down of rulers, authorities, and governments!

Now, beloved, when I look at this same language used by Joel to indicate what was going to happen in "the last days," I see God's judgment that was about to be brought upon ISRAEL! Yes, Jehovah was shortly (just 40 years later) going to bring judgment (execute His anger) upon His own household (1Pet.1:17); its nation, its city, and its temple, with ROME as His lethal instrument of Judgment this time! Now, here's why I see that: Until the coming of John The Baptist, God became silent after the prophecies of Malachi. But before that silence, He said to Israel: "Behold, I am going to send My messenger (John), and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap...Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord, as in the days of old and as in former years. Then I will draw near to you for judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers etc..." (Mal. 3:1,2,4,5) And then God's final words to Israel before the four hundred years of silence were: "For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace; and all the arrogant and every evildoer will be chaff; and the day that is coming will set them ablaze, says the Lord of hosts, so that IT WILL LEAVE THEM NEITHER ROOT NOR BRANCH...Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet (John The Baptist) before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord. And he will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the land with a curse." (Mal.4:2-4) Folks, I get a sense of the marvelous transition of God's dealings with a "natural, fleshly, temporal" Israel to a "spiritual" Israel when I read such verses here as Mal.3:4,16,17 and 4:2-4. Beloved, please read these verses, and then see if they don't comport with what God has to say about the "New Heavens and Earth." in Is.65 and Is.66! I don't know about you, but when I read passages like these, I see the marvelous change in God's Israel; a change from the "fleshly, natural, or national" to the "spiritual." (His elect); yes, those of the faith of Abraham! See also Rom.2:28,29 and Rom.9:6-8.

With the end of Malachi's prophecy, the voice of God becomes silent and remains so for a period of four hundred years. However, with the coming of  the second "Elijah" (John the Baptist), that silence is broken. And just look at what John has to say to Israel: "And the axe is ALREADY laid at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire." Yes, God is now fed up with apostate Israel!  They are now ripe for judgment, however, He sends John to turn as many of them as possible back to Him before He wipes the slate clean with "fleshly, apostate" Israel. John does indeed come, and prepared a people for the Messiah who would come shortly. When our Master, The Messiah came, He declared to the rulers of the Jews that Judgment was indeed imminent. Please read Matthew's account of Jesus' next to last appearance in the temple as he excoriated the Jews for their wickedness and hypocrisy in Mat.23:29-39! He said, beginning in vs.34: "Therefore, Behold, I am sending you PROPHETS and wise men and scribes; some of them you will KILL and CRUCIFY, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city, that UPON YOU (first century Jews) may fall the guilt of ALL the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. Truly I say TO YOU (1st century Jews, emph. mine, JG), all these things shall come upon THIS GENERATION. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, WHO KILLS THE PROPHETS and stones those who are sent to her; How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. Behold YOUR HOUSE (Temple) is left unto you desolate. For I say to you, from now on you shall not see Me until YOU (1st century Jews, emph. mine, JG) say, Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord." Here, The Master declares that even though He loves them dearly, and wept over them, He says "Your case in hopeless," and He says very clearly that THEIR GENERATION was about the see Judgment brought on them as they would "fill up the measure of the guilt of their fathers before them." (Vs.32)! Beloved, is there any wonder why Peter on Pentecost pleaded with them to "Be saved from THIS PERVERSE GENERATION?"(Ax.2:40). Yes, folks, as an inspired apostle, Peter knew what was about to befall THAT GENERATION. 

With regard to this impending doom, Peter, toward the end of the period of  The Spirit's revelatory work, would write: "The end of all things IS AT HAND; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer...For IT IS TIME for THE JUDGMENT (the definite article 'the' is in the original text) to begin with the HOUSEHOLD OF GOD (Israel emph. mine JG); and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome of those who do not obey the gospel of God?" (1Pet.4:7,17) Brethren, with these words of Peter in mind, it is crucial to our proper understanding of these things, that we take note of the fact that Peter, himself, declares in 1Pet.1:20, that he is writing IN "the last days" and writing OF "the last days! And furthermore, he is expressing warnings that the judgment about to come on the household of God (Israel) in "the last days," was IMMINENT!

In light of all the above, it becomes increasingly clearer to me as to the "what" and "when" regarding "the last days" spoken of by Joel in Joel 2, and quoted by the Apostle Peter on Pentecost in Ax. 2:16-21. Just from the things which we have covered to this point, I am persuaded that "the last days" are inclusive of "the coming of John the baptist" and extends through the period of "the revelatory work of The Holy Spirit." So, just when did the last days end?" Well, one of the things that I didn't realize for many years is the fact that there was still something that stood in the way of the Old Covenant world being totally removed. Notice Heb.8:13! Here, the writer says: "When He said, 'A new covenant,' He has made the first obsolete. But whatever IS BECOMING obsolete and GROWING old IS READY to disappear." Beloved, these are some of those precious little gems of which I spoke, that lay there right before my very eyes for years, and yet, I didn't see them! Certainly, you know what I'm talking about. All of us have experienced these joyous moments when we discover one of those truths or precious gems which was entirely new to us, even though it was right there all the time, just waiting for us to pick it up! Well, this matter of just what "the last days" WERE, and WHEN they ended, was one of those marvelous discoveries for me, for not only did it clear up that subject for me, but in doing so, it in turn cleared up many other obscure passages for me! And, I see now that my problem was that I was viewing the whole matter from a preconceived viewpoint or paradigm. And because I was, Heb.8:13, and other similar passages would be those passages that I would simply have to pass over hurriedly because, I could not explain why the tense of the verbs regarding the Old Covenant were in the "present" tense such as "is becoming" obsolete, or "growing" old, or "is ready to pass away." But we need to remember that the Temple still stood in Jerusalem at the time the Hebrew scribe wrote this epistle and, that temple, for centuries, was at the epicenter of the Jews "heavens and earth. Yes, it was the center of THEIR WORLD. So, the temple still stood, along with its fleshly priesthood with its altar and animal sacrifices, its veil over the entrance to the temporal, typical Holy of Holies, its ark of the covenant in which were the tablets of the Law, the jar of manna, and Aaron's rod that budded. Yes, brethren, all the vestiges of that Old Covenant world still stood in the way of the "consummation of all things." This is the very thing the Hebrews writer is saying in Heb.9:8,9 when he says: "The Holy Spirit is signifying this, that the way into the holy place has NOT YET been disclosed, WHILE THE OUTER TABERNACLE IS STILL STANDING, which is a symbol FOR THE PRESENT TIME (1st century present time). Accordingly, both gifts and sacrifices ARE OFFERED which cannot make the worshiper perfect in conscience..." Yes, it's easier for me to see, now, just why all of these things had to be completely removed before the New Covenant and New Heavens and Earth could be fully consummated. And I believe that this was all accomplished at our Lord's Parousia in 70 A.D. as He used Rome to remove all these things for Him.

Yes, beloved, NOW, passages such as Mat.5:17,18 are not obscure at all to me, because NOW I understand what Jesus meant by "Heaven and Earth!" Please notice the passage! Jesus said: "Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until HEAVEN AND EARTH PASS AWAY, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass away from the Law, until all is accomplished." These words of our Lord here comport so well with what the Hebrew writer said. When considering them together, it's clear in my mind that the old world of Judaism (the old heavens and earth) had to be totally removed before "The Law" could completely pass away and the glorious New Covenant world (the NEW heavens and earth), the glorious Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ be perfected. Read also Heb.12:18-29 where God declares that He would shake that old "heaven and earth" one more time, so as to remove all the "old things," where, then, only those things which could NOT be shaken could remain viz., the glorious New Covenant Kingdom of our Lord! We already know that the animal sacrifices that the fleshly, earthly priesthood still offered at that time (Heb.8:4), could certainly NOT take away sins as evidenced by Heb.9:9; 10:4. But yet, these things still stood in the way. However, they would not stand in the way for very much longer, for soon, yes, very soon, these things would finally be removed (Heb.10:37; 12:26-28)! And beloved, it was at the time of the removal of these things, that God declared: "Behold, I am making all things NEW" (Rev.21:5)! Isn't that a marvelous thing?

And so, dear friends it was THEN, I believe, that "the last days" came to their conclusion. Jesus, answered the questions of Peter, James, John, and Andrew, as to when it would be that the temple would be destroyed, and when their Master's Parousia (coming) would be, and when the "end of the age" would be (Mat.24:3). In His answer, He indicated that it would come immediately AFTER the gospel had been preached to the whole world (vs.14--- this was accomplished even before the end of the period of the Holy Spirit's revelatory work---Col.1:23; Rom.10:17,18), and told them of the sign which would signal His coming. He said it would be when they (1st century disciples) would see Jerusalem surrounded by the Roman armies (vs.15 and Lk.21:20). They would come against the nation, the city of Jerusalem, and the temple. Jesus told them that it would be a time of "great tribulation" (Mat.24:21), and He even uses the same prophetic, apocalyptic language as Joel, to describe the terrible Judgment (Vv 29-31), and beloved, most importantly, our Master plainly declared that all of these things would take place in THAT THEN PRESENT, 1st century GENERATION (vs.34).

Both Peter and John wrote of the closeness of the end of "the last days" period. Peter, near the end of his earthly life, perhaps 66 A.D., said this in 1Pet.1:4,5 concerning the "salvation" for which HIS 1st CENTURY READERS were "eagerly waiting" at the time of his writing: ".to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation READY TO BE REVEALED IN THE LAST TIME." Please note that these disciples were presently in "the last time" or "last days" and awaiting the return of their Lord with the their promised inheritance. Then, perhaps just a little while later, John wrote these things in 1Jn.2:18; "Children, it is the LAST HOUR; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even NOW many antichrists have arisen; from this we know that it is THE LAST HOUR." From these words of John, I conclude that not only was he writing in "the last days," but near the VERY END of "the last days! Yes, beloved, at the time of John's writing, the time was very, very short before the "coming" (parousia) of their Master. The THEN presence of many antichrists, as he says, was evidence of that fact, because they (the antichrists) were to come in "the last days." Just as a side note, John also defines the antichrists for the disciples. He says: They went out from us (John and the other disciples of Jesus), but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, in order that it might be shown that they ALL are not of us." (vs.19). "Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ; the one who denies the Father AND THE SON. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also." (vs.22). Yes, I believe that when we read of "the last days" regarding all of these events, it is speaking of the last days of "The Old Covenant age," the world of "fleshly" Israel and Judaism. As for the New Covenant age, I pointed out earlier the many passages which so clearly indicate that the New Covenant Kingdom has no "last days," but rather will remain forever and ever. May the Lord richly bless you all with His grace and peace

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