Teleological Temple Theory and Temporary Tabernacles in Time

Heavenly & Earthly Tabernacles:
(Updated 3/15/17, 8/12/17)
BY LEVI
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Feats of Tabernacles and Feast of Ingathering, PDI
Feats of Tabernacles/Ingathering, PDI

Today, many Bible-believers all over are celebrating Sukkot (a.k.a. Feast of Booths and Feast of Tabernacles), which celebrates the Hebrew Exodus from Egypt. For 40 years Israelites dwelt in little shelters/tents, and even the Tabernacle of God was designed to move with them, as a holy tent among them. When Paul- formerly a learned Pharisee named Saul- considered this anciently-fixed week (Tishri 15th – 21st), he shared spiritual aspects of all mortals living in temporary tabernacles of flesh until the day comes when we are clothed with immortality. In this article, we will expand upon that theme and consider the final age of mortality.

The sacred days of the 15th – 21st in both the Feast of Tabernacles and the Feast of Unleavened Bread are perceived as seven millennial days in the Moedim Paradigm (i.e., the appointed times template, see below), which means that immortality only comes for all who are saved after the Great Sabbath millennium of Messiah (during the Great White Throne Judgment that falls on the 8th millennial day- the 8th Day Assembly that is the 22nd in overall template days). Theses longer millennial days are what we will consider as well as how they correlate the Feast of Tabernacles to our solar system, as signs of the times in the heavens.

From Heights of Egypt to Heights of Sinai, Image Mine
From Heights of Egypt to Heights of Sinai, IM

For readers who perceive, or are beginning to perceive, that there is a “time for every purpose under heaven” (see Eccl. 3:1), the universal “day in which God created the heavens and the earth” pleads for corporeal answers. If all times have transcendent reasons that profess God’s works in Scriptures, as “signs of the times,” a question is begged: ‘Why did God allot 4.6 billion years for a “day” of His works?’ Second, ‘How many of these days have there been since the creation of the universe?’ Finally, we might ask, ‘What do these things have to do with us, the Temple, tabernacles, and the Word of God?’ The answers come with discerning the appointed days of the sacred feasts and the Moedim Paradigm. As we shall see, all these things correlate in peculiar, transcendent ways to help us form a panoramic picture of redemption.

The second question is the simplest, so we will begin with it. For a universe 13.8 billion years old, a 4.6-Gyr-day fits within it exactly three times, which brings us three universal days. Scientists disagree about the exact age of the universe, but the going age most ascribe to today seems to be 13.77 Ga, based on the cosmic radiation background left over from the so-called “Big Bang” beginning. Others have posited just over 13.8 Gyrs and even greater ages. This theory, however, will focus on the panoramic purposes of God and leave the fine-tuning arguments to others.
For those who closely read the preceding articles, the last question of the aforementioned three may already be discerned. For others, I will reiterate upon relevant truths so that it will become very plain why God began His works for our solar system and Earth on the beginning of this third universal day:
Light of the World, PDI
Light of the World, PDI

After two days He will bring us to life. In the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live before Him. Then we shall know, we who follow on to know [YHVH]. His going forth is established as the dawn [like establishing the sunrise]. And He shall come to us as the rain, as the latter and former rain to the earth. (Hos. 6:2-3) TIB; intrpl. mine

Prophet Hosea described the Lord coming back on the third day, which means after 2,000 years from the cross, and he pictured this as the sunrise of a new day. But those who comprehend that God does things in timely patterns must also wonder why God predetermined for His Messiah to dawn on the world at the beginning of the third day. In the Teleological Temple Theory, I propose that God- via creating- already knew that there would be three great ages since the beginning of the universe, and that the sun’s first dawn was on the beginning of the third universal day, circa 4.6 Ga. It thus makes sense that the “Sun of Righteousness” would fulfill this foreshadowing truth, which would later confess His creative works.
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In other words, God raised us up to live in His sight on the third universal day which consists of 4.6 billion years. So the confession of the sun being formed in the heavens during this third great age would come to witness to the Arm of God when He is revealed on the Great Sabbath- third day from the new beginning of the cross. Consider that Christ was dead in the earth then arose to life on the third day:
“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death, and deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock and to scourge and to crucify. And the third day He will rise again.” – Yeshua HaMashiach (Matt. 20:18-19) NKJV
  
Framework For All 22 Biblical Millenniums, IM
Framework For All 22 Biblical Millenniums, IM

In the beginning was the Word, as confirmed in John Ch. 1, and from the sacrifice of Christ, we believers are called “new creatures,” and “all things have become new.” Time began anew from Christ’s ascension, although we are instructed not to forget the past generations. 

Thus, we have a “Big Bang” after the dark day of the cross, and we await a third day with the Sun of Righteousness,” when we will live in His sight. So the Lord was raised to life on the third day as a sign of the three ages of the universe and the third day at His dawning. God created the sun to sustain life on Earth at the beginning of the third universal day, and we await resurrections and the salvation of life at His coming. All life brought forth on the third universal day- fed by the light from the sun- provides us another witness to God’s works through Messiah.

He [Israel] shall pour water from his buckets, and his seed [Messiah’s spiritual offspring] shall be in many waters [nations]. His king [Israel’s “King of the Jews”] shall be higher than Agag [flames], and his kingdom shall be exalted. God brings him out of Egypt; he has strength as a wild ox; he shall consume the nations, his enemies; he shall break their bones and pierce them with his arrows. “He bows down; he lies down as a lion [Lion of Judah]; and as a lion, who shall rouse him?” [cf. Gen. 49:8-10] Blessed is he who blesses you [Israel], and cursed is he who curses you…The utterance of him who hears the words of God, and has knowledge [science] of the Most High, who sees the vision of the Almighty, who falls down, with eyes wide open: I see Him [the Sun of Righteousness], but not now; I behold Him, but not near; a Star shall come out of Jacob; a Scepter [King] shall rise out of Israel, and batter the brow [corners of the head] of Moab, and destroy the sons of tumult [terrorism]. – Balaam (Num. 24:7-9; 15-17) NKJV; intrpl. & emp. mine
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Star of Jacob, Sun of Righteousness, PDI
Star of Jacob, Sun of Righteousness, PDI

The sign of the Messiah was a star coming from the east and resting over Israel, particularly over the House of Bread, which in Hebrew is the famous village of Bethlehem. And though Bethlehem was small among the great places of the nation, and the light of Messiah was first heeded only by relatively few humble Israelites, from there came the “One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from the days of eternity.” (See Micah 5:1-3.)

This is what His rising was like, from humble babe in a manger to the appearance of “the sun shining in its strength.” (See Rev. 1:16.) Throughout Scriptures (old and new) we see God in the likeness of the sun, which but symbolized His illuminating glory and His Right Arm (like rays) towards all who share in His glorious light, for revelations and enlightenment to the nations. 

Most physicists will agree that we are physically the products of stardust (and our planet), but God made our spirits from more than the dust of the earth for our physical bodies, for we are products of the Sun of Righteousness. Our solar system was created from heavy elements of dying stars circa 4.6 Ga as our region in space spun around in a galactic orbit, on a spiral arm of the Milky Way galaxy. Gas accretion in the thin disk of the galaxy fed the newly forming sun as it pulled in heavier and heavier elements that collapsed. Then a nuclear explosion lit up our little place in the heavens. Although scientists will often say Earth is 4.57 or 4.54 billion years old, essentially all the particles of the heavenly bodies in our solar system were already present at the forming of the sun and thus interacted from 4.6 Ga. So we cannot literally claim that anything in the solar system is older or younger, unless we specifically mean the finished formations of heavenly bodies. (NB: I am in no way stating that God put our solar system on an automatic spin cycle to see what washed-up, but that He used the natural laws He established as He guided its formation.) 
Everything in our solar system was created from dying stars or perhaps one great star, and a new star (the sun) was the firstborn of the finished heavenly bodies in our system, and its formation was most essential to feeding us the light of life. And as most Scripture-believers readily comprehend, our Sun of Righteousness first died to give us life, but then He was raised again as the Star of Jacob on the third day- the firstborn of many who follow in being raised. So all these things which scientists are beginning to comprehend profess their spiritual counterparts in God’s Word.
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The first 4,000 years in the millennial week since Adam were two parts, and the third part of 2,000 years began when the Light of God began to shine on the nations of the world. So there are many ways to see this one Truth that we have come to know as the Star of Jacob and the Sun of Righteousness.
Wilderness Tabernacle, PDI
Wilderness Tabernacle, PDI

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament [expanse] shows [inscribes] His handiwork. Day unto day [added] utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their line [measurements of construction] has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a tabernacle [tent of dwelling] for the sun, which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber [marriage canopy], and rejoices like a strong man going to run its race. Its rising [Light upon Earth] is from one end of the heaven, and its circuit to the other end; and there is nothing hidden from its heat. (Ps. 19:1-6) NKJV; intrpl. mine

We already considered how Christ in the Book of Malachi is called the “Sun of Righteousness,” as a title for His second coming on the Day of the LORD. This is when He rises from the east in zeal like a Bridegroom (cf. Matt. 9:15; 25:1-10; Rev. 18:23). But why compare the sun in the solar system to Messiah dwelling in a tabernacle and the Bridegroom coming from his chamber? And how does adding days and nights pour out knowledge that is heard all over the world, for all cultures and languages? What does the passage mean by the measuring line of days and nights, with their words uttered to the ends of Earth? Can these things truly be about the arrival of Messiah?
Millennial Solar System
Millennial Solar System, IM

I believe these things mean that there will be an awakening in the world where science and Scripture come together, so truly all people will know how the “heavens declare the glory of God.” What all this apparently means is that there is a language of time (day unto day and night unto night) that utters knowledge- spiritual and corporeal parallels- and it will soon be comprehended all over the world.

There are heavenly measurements of time that concern the coming Sun of Righteousness as the Bridegroom to New Jerusalem. The heavens/universe offer us signs of the times, showing God’s handiwork and His means of redemption, which witness to the messianic prophecies.

When we look at this measuring line of days and nights that professes God’s glorious works for the coming Bridegroom, we are spiritually compelled to consider a figurative “tabernacle” or “marriage canopy” in which the sun poetically indwells. This would include the whole solar system, including the earth. And wherever we have tabernacles or temples or chambers, we first have measurements and measuring lines that can be explored.
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In Revelation we find that Divine things will be measured before the Lord comes, and, if we look closely, sincere worshippers will also be measured. There appears to be a relationship between the Tabernacle or Temple being measured and people being numbered:
Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod. And the angel stood, saying, “Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship therein.” (Rev. 11:1) NKJV; emp. mine
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Again, when measuring the city of New Jerusalem, measurements of the spiritual structure are related to human measurements:
New Jerusalem, Levi
New Jerusalem As A Cube, IM

And he who talked with me had a gold reed to measure the city, its gates, and its wall. The city is laid out as a square; its length is as great as its breadth. And he measured the city with the reed: twelve thousand furlongs. Its length, breadth, and height are equal. Then he measured its wall: one hundred and forty-four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of an angel. (Rev. 21:15-17) NKJV

If the people of God, who are called the “Temples” of His Spirit, are measured at 12,000 for each tribe, and the spiritual likeness of New Jerusalem is measured at 12,000, it only seems logical for the world- the house and city of all God’s people- to be measured at 12,000, but not merely by our times, but His. This was explained in a previous article on ATLAS Theory. The measurements should also confess a numerical relationship between, Sun, Earth, Jerusalem Temple, and we who are called “Temples.”
Symbol of the Lord's Light, PDI
Symbol of the Lord’s Light, PDI

“In the center rests the sun, for who would place this lamp of a very beautiful temple in another or better place than this wherefrom it can illuminate everything at the same time?” – Nicolaus Copernicus, De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestrum, Bk. 1, Ch. 10 (1543 AD)

First, we should consider that the Tabernacle in the wilderness was a temporary Temple of YHVH, as a dwelling place for His Holy Spirit. Once the children of Israel were established in the Promised Land, the third king, Solomon, built the Temple with a foundation. Thus, Israelites stopped worshiping at the portable Temple. Measurements for the Tabernacle were directed by God from heavenly patterns, but the question is begged, ‘Why would God first command the construction of a Temple that He knew would be temporary?’ since the children of Israel, after entering the promises, would receive a greater one.  
The difference between the portable Tabernacle of God and the Temple that Messiah will complete at His coming is that the Messiah’s Temple will be permanent in the Promised Land and unmovable. The people who journeyed to the Promised Land were each a Tabernacle of God’s Spirit, with temporary (mortal) lives suffering trials and troubles, but as the latter Temples that were constructed to be permanent structures in the land, so did the people await eternal life, when they would no longer be removed from the greater promises of God. When Christ came the first time, He came in a temporary Tabernacle in His body, but He compared it to an eternal Holy Temple that would be raised unmovable. We, too, currently have temporary tabernacles, but we await bodies that will not pass away.
Millennial Tabernacles, Image Mine
Millennial Tabernacles, IM

For we know that if our earthly house [bodies] of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven…that mortality might be swallowed up of life. (2 Cor. 5:1-2, 4) KJV; intrpl. mine

The sun dwelling in a temporary canopy or tabernacle in Book of Psalms points us to the fact that our solar system is temporary, although ancient of age, for such heavenly bodies serve as foreshadowing symbols and patterns of the greater, everlasting spiritual Temple of God and the Sun of Righteousness. As the sun gives light to the bodies of  the solar system, the Sun of Righteousness will illuminate the Temple of Jerusalem with His wisdom and knowledge. Likewise, the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) enlightens each believer as temporary Tabernacles awaiting fulfillment of the promise of becoming living stones in the Spiritual Temple that does not pass away.
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As a preliminary conclusion, readers of the Bible are anointed with numerous passages that correlate tabernacles and temples to us, and our awaited promises during this wilderness journey of temporary life (cf. Heb. 8:2, 5; 9:2-3, 6, 8, 11, 21; 11:9; 13:10; 2 Pet.1:13-14). Hence, in the Book of Revelation we find the measurements being revealed and, in spiritual terms, opened that we might perceive the judgments and truths of the Lord, although the mockers will blaspheme these truths of our God during the Apocalypse (see Rev. 13:6), even until the Messiah reigns. The elect, however, who will put on the Temple of immortality, will praise His works when they become known:
They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying: “Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints! Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, for Your judgments have been manifested.” After these things I looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened. (Rev. 15:3-5) NKJV
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So that which was first temporary with God will be established as permanent when spiritual truths are manifest with the Messiah in the city of New Jerusalem. The heavenly pattern will be fulfilled in Christ:
And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow or crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. (Rev. 21:3-4) NKJV
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During the Great Sabbath, the Lord will set the nations and the world straight and, by the end of the millennium, people will be fully changed to live as immortal beings- not all, but many. Those who will be the “Bride,” or the Jerusalem citizenry, will have their tears wiped away- martyrs beheaded by the children of the False Prophet Mohammad and those who endure the persecution of the Beast of nations.
And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshipped the Beast [leader of nations] or his image, and had not received his mark [monetary etching] on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished [8th Day Assembly]. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death [Shemini Atzereth, GWTJ] has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years. (Rev. 20:4-6) NKJV; intrpl. & emp. mine 
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Without getting too far off the main subject, I think those who do not understand biblical symbolism should know about the nations of the False Prophet. Mohammad was the greatest false prophet who ever lived, and today over one billion people adore him, although he was a murderer and thief like those who today slaughter innocents for his religion. So in Revelation we have a spiritual picture of this righteous-appearing lamb, but it speaks of death like the Dragon, which, scripturally, is Satan. It has two horns of power, which are Sunni and Shiite. (NB: A warning goes out to Muslims to repent for the Truth of God before it is too late. All who kill by the sword shall be slain by a Sword- one that that is fierce and revered throughout the heavens.)
He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth [not from the nations of the seas], and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke as a dragon. (Rev. 13:10-11) NKJV; intrpl. mine
   
Healing Through The Tree, PDI
Healing Through The Tree, PDI

With the Messiah coming in the flesh, as God’s Tabernacle manifest to dwell along us, we are compelled to consider His Temple with what can be measured in the symbolism of the sun’s system. The first thing that stands out about the Temple, which was called “Herod’s Temple” because of his great renovations, is that it took 46 years to construct. When Christ said, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up,” He was not only speaking of rebuilding the Temple in Jerusalem in three millennial days, but He also spoke of His body being resurrected.

To this, some of the Jews questioning Him were astonished, not knowing what His words meant, and replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” (See Jn. 2:19-21, KJV.) God compelled them to mention the 46 years it took to complete the Temple, and His Spirit compelled it to be recorded in Scriptures.

Interestingly, when the Messiah comes to restore the world on the third day, it is written that He will “destroy those who destroy the earth” via their warfare (see Rev. 11:18). After a devastating global war, the world will be brought back to life much like a person on a death bed. So the earth and Solar System are symbolic of a Tabernacle and Temple to God. The whole world will be the Temple of His Spirit, and the Temple that He will rebuilt in Jerusalem will but witness to this Spiritual Temple. So the Temple of God that it took 46 years to build numerically witnesses to Earth and is witnessed in us.
 
Father's House Are Many Mansions, 14 Millenniums In Making
Father’s House Are Many Mansions

Earlier, in a previous article (see The Original Rock Ripples), I explained to readers how God ripples numbers in His works (e.g., 4, 40, 400, and 4000). Since the time that was taken to complete the Temple in Jerusalem was 46 years, and it was patterned after the tabernacle of the sun, which is like the Sun of Righteousness illuminating the Jerusalem Temple, we should expect the 46 years to ripple into a larger period of time, completing the pattern.

Thus, the time until the Sun of Righteousness comes as a Groom out of His chamber should be along the lines of 46, 460, 4,600, etc. So a solar system of 4.6 Gyrs fits perfectly within the pattern. Since the world is compared to a house in several scriptural passages, it makes sense that the global house would be prepared for the coming Messiah at 4.6 Ga.

Yet this mystery gets deeper when we consider our own bodies as Temples of God’s Spirit, as the Messiah did. One of the most well-known facts associated with the discovery of DNA is that our bodies, or temporary tabernacles, are constructed from the beginning of our lives by 46 chromosomes from diploid genomes, donated by our mothers and fathers. The bride and bridegroom come together, and here we are as Temples of the Spirit and members of the Body of Christ (cf. Heb. 3:1-6; Eph. 2:19-22; 3:9-10, 18; 4:13-16). Like the Word of God, we are like living libraries of genetically-constructed information. What makes us what we are is decided by traits expressed in our chromosomes. We are not the only species in the world to possess 46 chromosomes, but that fact does not negate the correlations that should by now be apparent. What is important is that after the conversation about the Temple, Christ comparing it to His body, Scripture records that the Messiah “knew what was in man” (cf. John 2:2-25). As genetics are to us, so are the Scriptures of God- His instructions- to the Tabernacle and Temple.
“It resembles, that is, a hypothetical architect’s plan of a house, which plan not only contains the information on how to build the house, but which can, when thrown into the garden, build the house- providing it finds the direct conditions and energy supply for the “internal” contractors who build the house. It does this construction work entirely autonomously, working on the pure information which it contains. Thus, it is fair to say the technology exhibited by the genetic code is orders of magnitude higher than any technology man has, until now, developed.” – A.E. Wilder-Smith, The Scientific Alternative to Neo-Darwinian Evolutionary Theory, p. 73 (1987); emp. original
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Light From Above For Temporary Tabernacles, PDI
Light For Temporary Tabernacles, PDI

So now we know why it was meaningful for the Messiah to first come into the world as a carpenter (i.e., a builder of houses), seeing that every detail fits the patterns and foreshadowings as directed by God. As every meaningful house is constructed with some form of instructions or blueprints, so did He intelligently create our mortal tabernacles. The Temples of God contained scrolls of Holy Scriptures that had the construction details for building the Tabernacle and later Temple, as in Ezekiel. The human body is a Temple for the Spirit that contains its own genetic Word of God for constructing it (see DIDO Theory Genetics). 

But whereas the Scripture contains 46 letters (22 in Hebrew and 24 in Greek), the fleshly Temples or Tabernacles have 46 chromosomal books of letters. We have 22 autosomal letters from each parent, plus two sex chromosomes expressed by letters Y and X. So our genetics are much like Scriptures. 46 is also a number that Jews of today relate to their Tanakh, which has 24 books composed of 22 letters.

Most Bibles in the world, which are Catholic, have 46 books of the Old Testament. Protestants once had 46 Old Testament books, too, even in the 1611 King James Version, for it was once illegal in Christian Europe to exclude any of the books. But after Martin Luther placed the seven books of Apocrypha (i.e., “hidden books”), which Catholics had long considered deuterocanonical (i.e., second canon for wisdom), into an index between the Testaments, it diminished the value of them for many Protestants. Theologians began putting disclaimers on the seven until in 1827 AD the English Bible Society printed the first Bibles that excluded them. So it is safe to say that for most of Christian history for most believers, 46 books resided in Western canons of the Old Testament- excluding Ethiopian Church, Greek Orthodox, and various Christian sects around the world that had more or less of the books that they considered inspired.
“The human library has 46 of these cord-like books in it. They are called chromosomes. They are not all the same size, but an average one has the equivalent of about 20,000 pages…construction and service manuals that run to the equivalent of about a million book pages together.”- A.G. Cairns-Smith, 1985, Seven Clues to the Origin of Life, p. 10
So our solar system is 4.6 billion years old, with the sun created on the third day/period of eons; the Temple was constructed in 46 years; and human Temples are constructed by 46 chromosomes. And Christ is called the “Word of God” which was originally composed of 46 letters. All these things witness to “signs of the times.” And so the Lord YHVH meant what He said, saying, “And let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years.” Moreover, all these things serve as witnessing shadows of God’s marvelous works, for the day will come when the seven millennial days of this present age of mortal tabernacles are completed, and then we shall put on eternity with our Lord.
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