PRESERVING THE PRECIOUS SEED
BY: JACKIE CAPORASO
OCTOBER 2, 2006
MESSAGE No. 163
OUR FATHER’S BUSINESS
A FIERCE OPPOSITION
THE CLEVER DISGUISE
THE WIFE OF THE LAMB
SONS IN HIS IMAGE
OUR FATHER’S BUSINESS
As I waited on the Lord for direction to write this word, I kept hearing “it’s all about our Father’s business.” When Jesus taught the disciples to pray, He taught them to first say, “Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.” The name of the Father is to be “hallowed.”
“Hallowed” is not a word that we use in our daily vocabulary yet Jesus told us to “hallow” our Father’s name daily. What does it mean exactly? It means to “consecrate and give honor as being holy.” It does not mean that we are to simply give honor to a name such as Jehovah Jireh, the I Am, or even J-e-s-u-s, it really speaks of giving honor and attributing holiness to the very nature that the name represents.
We may repeat the Lord’s Prayer daily and say “Hollowed be Thy Name” yet our actions may vio-ate the very nature of holiness and true righteousness that is Our Father. It is this very nature that we saw in Jesus as He walked the earth and it is the nature that we are called unto. It is also the nature that the thief who stole the image in the garden has been trying to imitate ever since. It is the nature of true righteousness that we have all tried to attain by our own works.
But the truth of the matter is, “RIGHTEOUSNESS DOES NOT COME BY WORKS, RIGHTEOUSNESS COMES BY A SEED.” So as long as we try to be righteous by our own works, we fail. The flesh always rises up and seeks to take dominance, but the works of the flesh are death. Yet Isaiah prophesied of a people whose everlasting light is the Lord. He proclaimed, “Also your people shall all be righteous; they shall inherit the land forever…” So there are coming such a people!
David, by the Spirit, penned this greatly prophetic Psalm, “I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants (seed) begging bread… For the Lord loves justice, and does not forsake His saints; they are preserved forever, but the descendants (seed) of the wicked shall be cut off. The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell in it forever.” (Psa. 37: 25, 28-29)
God promised this precious seed (descendants) of righteousness to Abraham with the assurance that they would inherit the earth. It means that this righteous people would live forever on the earth. This would be a people who would follow after God by faith and not by their own works. If we are in Christ, we are the seed of Abraham and we are the people of promise.
It was when Abraham was tested in the offering of his only son Isaac that he heard God say, “By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have not withheld your son, your only son, in blessing I will bless you, and in multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. In you seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” (Gen. 22:16-18)
When Abraham separated himself from Lot, God had already promised, “I will make your descendants (seed) as the dust of the earth; so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be numbered.” (Gen.13:16)
Abraham was promised a natural seed that would never be removed from the earth. But after Isaac’s offering, God promised Abraham a seed far superior to the first one. The people of that seed would inherit not only the earth but the heavens also. They would be as the sand by the seashore and also as the stars in the heavens and they would bless all the nations of the earth.
Has this promise ever been fulfilled in the earth? Have the descendants of Abraham or any other people anywhere ever blessed all the nations of the earth? The answer is no. But we are of those who believe that because God has promised; it will hap-pen. And we know that this promised Seed is Christ and that the fullness of the fruit of that Seed has been seen as John wrote, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life.” (I John 1:1)
Furthermore, John also saw Him in His resurrected body of glory and He also appeared to him in the visions on Patmos. Indeed, the fruit of the precious seed has been confirmed and established in heaven and on earth.
A FIERCE OPPOSITION
The warfare against that seed has been ongoing from the beginning and it would appear that the foe is winning. We all know the story: When God promised the seed to Abraham and Sarah, they were very advanced in age so they decided to take matters into their own hands. As a result, Ishmael was born ahead of Isaac; but Ishmael was not the son of promise. Ishmael was a son of Abraham, but he was not the one who would produce descendants that would bless the nations of the earth; he did not have the same genes; Ishmael was a son of Abraham but he was as the dust of the earth.
Is the nation Israel that we know today the promised Seed of Abraham? Are they as the sand of the sea or the stars of the heavens? Jesus answered that question in a heated discussion with the Pharisees of that day. He said, “I know that you are Abraham’s seed but you seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.” (John 8: 37) Would they still seek to kill Him today?
They had not expected such a statement from Jesus and “They answered and said unto Him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, ‘If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham… Ye do the deeds of your father. Then they said to Him, we be not born of fornication; we have one Father even God. Jesus said to them, ‘If God were your father you would love Me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of Myself, but He sent Me…
Ye are of your father the devil, and the deeds of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” (John 8: 39-41, 42, 44 KJV)
Jesus was talking with leaders of the nation Israel at the time. Yet He told them in no uncertain terms that they were not the descendants of Abraham after the Seed of promise. They were simply descendants as the dust of the earth, after the flesh.
It is important to differentiate; Jesus recognized that these Pharisees were indeed the seed of Abra-ham after the flesh. They may have been descendants of the seed of Ishmael or any of Abraham’s sons with Keturah, the wife that he took after Sarah’s death. (Gen.25:1-6)
God always introduced Himself as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; that is the line carrying the precious seed after the flesh. Of the twelve sons of Jacob, only Judah carried on the precious Seed. No other son was chosen for this purpose and it is clear that although Abraham gave gifts to all his sons, he separated them from his son Isaac. “…he sent them eastward, away from Isaac his son, to the country of the east.” (Gen. 25: 6b)
This is why the apostle Paul could firmly declare, “…For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, nor are they all children (heirs) because they are the seed of Abraham; but in Isaac your seed shall be called. That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed.” (Rom. 9: 6b-8)
The genealogies of the seed of Jesus Christ according to the book of Matthew begin with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We know that Jacob begot twelve sons, but it is in the line of Judah that God chose to place the seed of promise. So we read, “Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers. Judah begot Perez and Zerah by Tamar.” (Matt.1:3a)
In times, certain men were moved by the Holy Spirit to write detailed accounts of the descendants who were chosen to keep that righteous seed on track. The story of Tamar is at the same time shocking and touching. This young Gentile woman stood against all odds with an undaunted determination to preserve the precious seed of Judah. Tamar placed her personal self-respect, dignity and her own life on the line by choosing to preserve the seed of Judah and give birth to his child.
Tamar was not as Esau who sold his birthright for a mess of pottage; God hated Esau for that. God chose Tamar because He saw her character and He knew that she would not run or be discouraged. Indeed she gloriously accomplished the plan and purpose of God for her life.
Tamar’s name means “Palm tree.” As it was with Ruth, Tamar was planted in her place by the Lord that she might flourish and be a righteous one. “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree…” (Psa. 92:12a) Palm trees provide food, clothing and building materials. They bend in the wind yet even in strong hurricanes they are never uprooted. They have a tap root that goes way down deep into the ground where they find strength and moisture.
Tamar was as a beautiful palm tree. She was not uprooted or moved from her purpose by the winds of adversity; she was determined and persevered in her calling. The tragedies of her life were recorded and her story needs to be told. The story of Tamar is sandwiched between the events in the life of the patriarch Joseph.
It was at the time that Joseph was stockpiling the storehouses of Egypt with wheat and corn, because of the warning Pharaoh had received in a dream concerning a great famine that was coming in the land. But in Israel, the people were not ready and they were languishing. They went daily without bread; the cattle were dying, the wombs were drying up and hope was all but faded away.
Tamar lived in Israel during those times of hard-ship and besides all that she was faced with a very personal struggle of her own.
It is written that Judah, the son of Jacob, departed from his brothers and visited a certain Adullamite whose name was Hirah. It was during such a visit that Judah saw the daughter of a certain Canaanite whose name was Shua and he married her. As time passed she conceived and bore three sons to Judah.
As it was the custom, Judah took a wife for his firstborn son Er. The name of Er’s wife was Tamar. But Er was wicked in the sight of the Lord, and before he could beget any child, the Lord killed him.
“And Judah said to Onan (his second son) ‘Go in to your brother’s wife and marry her, and raise up an heir to your brother.” (Gen.38:8) However Onan was not pleased with the arrangement and he made sure that Tamar would not conceive. “And the thing which he did displeased the Lord; therefore He killed him also.” (Gen. 38: 10)
Tamar had now lost two husbands and she remained childless. “Then Judah said to Tamar his daughter-in-law, ‘Remain a widow in your father’s house till my son Shelah is grown.” (Vs.11a) Shelah was Judah’s third and youngest son and now he was afraid that if he gave him to Tamar, he would die also. By law Judah was expected to give his third son to Tamar but at this point he was delaying the time and made excuses; he promised her his son for later.
THE CLEVER DISGUISE
While Tamar waited for Judah’s son to mature, something unexpected happened; Judah’s wife Shua died. After Judah was comforted he decided to go visit his sheepshearers at Timnah. So he and his old buddy Hirah went up. The event was told to Tamar who was still waiting for Judah’s younger son to be ready for her and as they say today: her biological clock was ticking.
On the spot, Tamar devised and ingenious plan. In retrospect it is certain that God had a lot to do with this and that He is the One who inspired Tamar. By now she had been denied three times. She was watchful and her heart was fixed on her purpose; she put her plan in action and set her trap.
“She took off her widow’s garments, covered herself with a veil and wrapped herself, and sat in an open place which was on the way to Timnah; for she saw that Shelah was grown, and she was not given to him as a wife. When Judah saw her, he thought she was a harlot, because she had covered her face.
Then he turned to her by the way, and said, ‘Please let me come in to you’; for he did not know that she was his daughter-in-law. So she said, ‘What will you give me, that you may come in to me?’ And he said, ‘I will send you a young goat from the flock.’
And she said, ‘Will you give me a pledge till you send it?’ Then he said, ‘What pledge shall I give you?’ So she said, ‘Your signet and cord, and your staff that is in your hand.’ Then he gave them to her, and went in to her, and she conceived by him.” (Gen. 38:14-18)
Tamar’s ruse paid off. She had successfully carried out her plan! She had received the promised seed and God gave the increase… now to the rest of the story… Judah sent up the young goat to the harlot that he had encountered by the wayside but no one could find her; they all declared that there had never been a harlot by the road.
The three months past and it was reported to Judah that his daughter-in-law Tamar was pregnant; furthermore she is with child by harlotry! “So Judah said, ‘Bring her out and let her be burned!” (24b)
But Tamar brought a surprise with her and she said, “By the man to whom these belong, I am with child. And she said, ‘Please determine whose these are- the signet and the cord, and staff.’ So Judah acknowledged them and said, ‘She has been more righteous than I, because I did not give her to She-lah my son.’ And he never knew her again.” (Vs.25b-26)
It is certain that this was just fine with Tamar. Her mission had been accomplished. Tamar gave birth to twin boys. Just as Jacob and Esau, they also struggled as they came out of the womb; it was the fight for the birthright.
Zerah showed himself first but it was Perez who surprisingly pushed his way out and received the birthright. He would continue the line of the promised seed. In God’s economy, it is the second born who from birth has more desire for the inheritance. And so it is with Israel and spiritual Israel.
So the genealogies read, “Judah begot Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez begot Hezron, and Hezron begot Ram.” (Matt. 1:3)
Rahab is another Gentile woman who comes up in the genealogies, “Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab…” (Matt.1: 5a) Rahab is also called a harlot and it was not a coincidence that her house was located on the wall at the entrance of Jericho. It was not a coincidence that her heart was set to help the Israelites who came up to spy out the land.
As did Tamar, Rahab stood in the face of danger and death to protect those who were the bearers of that seed. She gained favor with the spies who were all leaders in Israel and married one of them, Salmon. It was Salmon who begot the Boaz who became the husband of Ruth who was the great-grandmother of King David.
The spies gave Rahab a scarlet thread to lower outside her window on the wall. It was by that scarlet thread that Rahab’s house was saved from destruction; she and her household. So she becomes a type of the Gentile church, saved by the Blood of the Lamb. She also brings forth the pure seed which continues the line chosen by God.
And so the true Church today, the Bride of the Lamb saved by His Blood is in line to receive His pure seed. If she does not turn away from the truth she will bring forth the generation of Jesus Christ, the sons of God. It is the seed of Abraham as the stars of the heavens, called to deliver the creation from the bondage of death and the grave.
Deliverance from death and the grave speaks of complete deliverance. It means that we overcome death not only in our spirits, and not only in our souls, but death of our bodies as well; it means resurrection power. This is the fruit of the seed that has been sown and nurtured in us (pure word). It is the sinless and deathless creation of God in Christ of which Jesus is the firstborn.
There are four women named in the genealogies of Matthew; the third one is Ruth. “Boaz begot Obed by Ruth and Obed begot Jesse.” (Matt.1:5b) The story of Ruth is at the same time tragic and beautiful. We will not go into the meaningful details of it for this study; we only want to point out her part in preserving the seed of the line of Judah; Ruth plays a decisive role.
To quickly recap the story we know that Ruth was a Gentile woman who lived in the land of Moab. At that time there was a severe famine in the land of Bethlehem Judah where Naomi and her husband Elimelech dwelt with their two sons.
Thinking that life would be better for his family, Elimelech decided to move them to the land of Moab. It was there that they found wives for their two sons but it was also there that tragedy struck the family one by one. First the father, Elimelech, died. Then his two married sons died one by one as well. Naomi was left alone with her two daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpah.
These three men had been the bearers of the precious seed of the line of Judah and now the women were left with no hope of ever giving birth to their descendants, they wept bitterly. Their hope of succession for the seed of Judah was shattered and yet God was not through.
Naomi had no more sons to give so she released her two daughters in law and she prepared to return to her land of Judah. Orpah said good-bye, but Ruth surprised Naomi. Who has not heard the poignant words of her commitment, “Entreat me not to leave you, or to turn back from following after you; for wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.” (Ruth 1:16-17) So Naomi loved Ruth and she was pleased to take her back with her.
It is after they settled back in Judah that Boaz enters the scene; a perfect type of Christ who weds His Gentile bride. Ruth is given permission to glean in his fields and we know the happy outcome of this story… Boaz who is a kinsman and a bearer of the precious seed becomes the husband of this faithful maiden and she gives birth to Obed, the father of Jesse, the father of David who became the king.
The precious seed with the proper genes had traveled perilously, but through the perseverance and steadfastness of a few brave women it reached its destination; Ruth gave birth to the one who was called to continue the line of Judah.
“David the king begot Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah.” It is possible that because her name is tied to the shocking, fleshly sin of David, only her description is given in the genealogies of Matthew, yet we all know who she is.
The story of Bath-Sheba is not about her sin, it is about the sin of David. They lost the child that was conceived out of his lust, but Solomon soon made up for the loss. Bath-Sheba is the one that God chose to give birth to the kingly seed of Judah. She had to endure the shame as well as the loss of her first husband. She may not have chosen David but God had chosen her for his seed. She also is a type of the church who has been married to her first husband (the law) but yielded herself to the love of her King. The Old Testament is filled with wonderful types and shadows, “The New is in the Old concealed, the Old is in the New revealed.”
“And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Naz-areth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, ‘Hail Mary, thou that are highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women…And the angel said unto her, ‘Fear not Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest…” (Luke 1:26-28, 30-31, 32a) (KJV)
The last but not least of the women named in the genealogies is the young virgin from Bethlehem Judah named Mary. “And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ. So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until Christ are fourteen generations.” (Matt.1:16-17)
The seed of Judah after the flesh had reached its destination and now the seed no longer issued from man; it came from God Himself. Mary was not made pregnant by Joseph; she was made pregnant by God’s Holy Spirit. Joseph had never known Mary and he was highly disturbed when he found out that she was with child. It is difficult for many to believe that Mary was a virgin who became pregnant by God’s Holy Spirit. Only those who have the faith of Abraham know that it is true.
The angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and put him at ease. “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.” (Matt.1:20b)
The precious seed had been transferred. It no longer came through human channels; it came directly from God! From this day forward, the line of Judah after the flesh came to an abrupt stop; it was fulfilled in Jesus. Now the precious seed would be received by the bride who is the true Church.
THE WIFE OF THE LAMB
Our Father is a not a God of confusion; He is a God of order. Through natural things we learn about the things of the Spirit. So we conclude that in order to bring forth life, a seed must be sown into the earth or into a womb.
To give birth to the generation of God’s sons, His seed must be planted into a spiritual womb. We know that the seed that brings forth the generation of Jesus Christ, or the sons of God, is the Christ seed. The mother of the sons constitutes those who are able to receive the true word of “sonship.”
The true church is the wife of the Lamb. She is the one chosen to bring forth this generation. But who is this wife? In the Bible, a woman represents a congregation. Each church has a word of ministry to its congregation. These churches receive the word of ministry for their congregation. In the book of Revelation, the one who ministers the word is called “the angel” or the messenger of that church. They are the ones who introduce that word to their congregation (the woman).
In order to minister the word that produces the sons, a church must be cleansed from the lovers of this world, and receive the pure word from the Holy Spirit. Not all churches minister the word that is able to produce the sons.
By way of explanation I will relate my own experiences. As the Lord moved me on I first landed in the Catholic, then in the Methodist Church; I was separated from these very early on. One could easily say that neither of these mothers had a word that could birth a generation of sons of God.
In time I went to several other churches where I received a seed that brought me closer to Jesus. I also received a little nurturing from them but still none was capable of introducing the word of life to me. I was soon separated from these as well. It was after several separations that I was joined to a group of people who had been separated from their churches too and who were truly seeking a pure word. The word that I received there was powerful and capable of giving life; God gave the increase. This was my mother and her husband was the Holy Spirit; she was capable of raising sons.
But a time came when the Lord told me that I must be about my father’s business. Suddenly my nest was ruffled by all manners of adverse circumstances and I found myself on the outside. Over the years I have kept a distant contact with the mother that I love, but the Lord has shown me that I must not go backwards or try to revive the past.
Once we put our hand to the plow we must never look back or the row that we are plowing will not be straight. The true mother in our lives is the one who receives the true Word of God. However, more of-ten than not she is not willing to graduate her sons. As most mothers she wants to keep them under her roof and they remain subservient to her instead of to their Father.
The natural seed stops at Mary and the spiritual seed begins with Mary. The seed of the generation of Jesus Christ continues with the woman, the church. She is the one who has been stalked by the serpent over the centuries. He knows that her sons are the end of his dominion; he is out to destroy her.
As long as the woman quietly nurtures her little children the serpent is not too concerned. But when the Word she is teaching becomes flesh and the little children become sons, he becomes a relentless dragon. “But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half time, from the presence of the serpent.
So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Rev. 12:14-17)
This verse makes it clear that there is a company who is the church. The counterfeit woman has passed as the true bride but she is called a harlot. She has killed the saints spiritually and sometimes physically too. But she is about to abruptly come to an end.
The true woman, has been given the Seed, the true word that produces sons. She is the one who has been in the wilderness, hidden from the visible church. At the same time, there are also a people who have the testimony of Jesus Christ in the earth.
This people are the true “evangelicals” who are being persecuted for their testimony; many have lost their lives. This people will suffer most from the rage of the serpent that has fueled the fury of ungodly men so that they might destroy the seed of the woman.
But the true church is protected. The flood of words may follow her. False doctrines may rise like a flood on all sides to carry her away and swallow her up, but she has been given two wings of a great eagle (God’s powerful witness of the Spirit). She is caught up in His Spirit and her child is caught up in God’s throne (His authority).
SONS IN HIS IMAGE
As I pondered these things I began to understand why God has seen fit to separate us, not only from the church system but also from our mothers. Each time that my husband and I found a new church we thought that we had finally found our home! We became involved in it for two or three years at most and then we heard it again; it was that “still small voice” in our hearts. It was time to pull up our tent stakes again and move on.
We are not carbon copies of each other. Our natural bodies are proof of this. Even though we have the same blood chemistry, we each have individual types of blood. We each have individual sets of DNA. Our fingerprints, footprints and even the iris of our eyes are not the same. We are not clones of each other; God has made each one very unique and special. So it is in Christ, even though we are one, yet each is very distinctive and different from the other. This is why it is so important for each one to hear His voice and to follow Him and no other.
God provides ways for us to learn submission and discipline; this is an important step. But it is a step that must lead to our maturity and our submission to God’s command to us. We are tested many times in this. The seed of His word is planted in us by His Holy Spirit directly or through other ministries, but each must receive it and respond until that very word produces His life within.
It is true that in a broad way all of God’s sons have the same calling to overcome death by the Spirit of holiness within, but it is also true that Christ is as a diamond that reflects many colors. Each son is given anointings as diverse as the many parts of a human body. Each son is specialized and trained to fulfill his own part of God’s purpose to deliver creation.
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.” (Rom. 8:14) It boils down to something as simple as this. The purpose of our gathering together and hearing His word is to bring us to the place where we are fully led by His Spirit. This is the definition of a son of God. Bless the mother churches that have brought her sons to this maturity.
There are some in good churches who, spiritually, are as rebellious teenagers; they leave the fold too soon and need to find another mother. There are others in these churches who are tied to mother’s apron strings. Even though they are grown up spiritually, they fear to venture out on their own and face the world. They do not know the Father and feel safe in mother’s house. They are missing the joy of experiencing their Father’s loving care and they will miss their true calling in the end.
There are many who should be mature but are still nursing. They are afraid that they will die without mother’s milk. They do not know their Father and they remain underdeveloped. They are in danger of not reaching the maturity of sons in the hour of their calling.
But “Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready. And to her was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.” (Rev. 19: 7-8)
This is the woman who gives birth to the generation of Jesus Christ. She is compiled of every soul who yields herself to the word of this marriage feast. She is the bride who has made herself ready by separating herself from all other lovers (religions) unto the One true God in Spirit and in truth. She is wearing the garment of the righteousness of Christ (fine linen). This means that inside and out she is righteous as He is righteous.
She is willing to embrace a word that the church world looks upon with scorn and refuse to be de-filed. Her heart is fixed on giving birth to the sons (Manchild Company) and she will not be deterred.
She clings to the truth even when floods of beguiling words pour out of the dragon’s mouth. She is willing to be made virgin in her mind and heart. As young Mary she will not falter. She is quick to respond to the Spirit, “Let it be according to you word?”
Spiritually speaking, she has fled to the wilder-ness away from the mainstream of Christianity. Her strength is in the witness of the Spirit. Her sons are about their Father’s business everywhere He leads them. Amen.
Blessings and love,
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