PREDESTINATION: WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY?

 


SOUND BIBLICAL PREDESTINATION


What does the BIBLE have to say on this controversial subject of PREDESTINATION? Are some people predestined to be saved? While other people are predestined to be lost?

Let us begin this study by defining some words so that we all approach the meaning of predestination from a Biblical perspective and NOT from a worldly, philosophical, or theological viewpoint.

 

The word “predestined” means to destine or to determine in advance; to foreordain. In the THEOLOGICAL sense the word “predestination” means the act whereby God is believed to have foreordained all things. And again THEOLOGY defines predestination as the regulation of all souls to either salvation or damnation. Then the world defines predestination as destiny or fate.

 

The simplest definition of the word “predestination” is:

 

{A Pre-Determined Destination!}

 

So ask yourself, “What is our predetermined destination that God has predetermined or foreordained for ALL of mankind?

Did God predestined or has God predetermined for all of mankind to be cast into hell and eternal damnation to be destroyed in the lake of fire on the day of judgment?

 

Absolutely NOT!

 

Did God predestinate a certain specific number of mankind to be lost and cast into hell and eternal damnation to be destroyed in the lake of fire on the day of judgment?

 

Again Absolutely NOT!

 

The Bible clearly teaches that God is NOT willing that any man should perish, but rather that ALL of mankind to come to the knowledge of truth and be saved.

 

2 Peter 3:9 tells us,

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness;but is long suffering to us-ward, NOT WILLING that ANY should perish, but that ALL should come to repentance.”

 

1 Timothy 2:4 says it this way.

“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; who WILL have ALL men to be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth.”

 


From these scriptures that you just read there should be no doubt that it is God's perfect WILL for ALL of mankind to be saved. This is God's INTENDED purpose, his good pleasure. This is what would please God the most.


So then, if God did not predestinate certain select people to be lost then what did God predestinate?


God predestined his PLAN of SALVATION!


The Bible teaches us that FROM or BEFORE the foundation of the world the Lamb of God was SLAIN.


Please read Revelation 13:8.


“And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the LAMB SLAIN FROM the foundation of the world.”


The entire Old Testament is filled with prophecies of God’s coming Messiah, his LAMB who would be SALIN for the sins of the world. God’s so great a SALVATION is the whole theme of both of boher the Old and the New Testaments. So it is not WHO God predestined but WHAT God predestined. And the WHAT that God predestined is that SALVATION be IN his LAMB slain before the foundation of the world, his SON Jesus the Christ.


Please read John 1:29.


“The next day John sees Jesus coming unto him, and says, Behold the Lamb of God, which TAKES AWAY the sin of the WORLD.”



Now, those Christians who teach that God predestined some people before they were born to be lost and eternally damned while God elected or has already chosen other certain select individual people before they were born to be saved use the argument that God is God and he will do what he PLEASES.

   

However, the word of God teaches that God takes NO PLEASURE in the death of the wicked.


So if so be that their predeterminism line of reasoning that God is God and he will do whatever he pleases is true then God would make absolutely sure that every man women and child to ever live on the earth would not perish but have eternal life with him because the word of God plainly states that God has NO PLEASURE in the death of the wicked.

OR God lie and he will not cast anyone in the lake of fire to suffer the second DEATH because God takes NO PLEASURE in the DEATH of the wicked. Not to get of the subject but there are Christians who sincerely believe with all their heart that God will save EVERYONE including Satan and the fallen angels. It is hard for ME, to even image that Christians can become so DECEIVED when only the scriptures are used. But some Christian MIX philosophy with the scriptures and those theological philosophical reasoning have led them into error. Please read the study “IS UNIVERSALISM BIBLICAL?” for sound Biblical teaching on the subject that many people will indeed remain lost and perish in the lake of fire on the day of judgment even though it is NOT God’s WILL for them to perish.


I mean the argument for predeterminism is that God is God and he will do what he PLEASES. So the doctrine of predeterminism takes a truth from the Bible that God is God and then they MIX their reasoning with the teaching of the sovereignty of God to argue AGAINST the clear, plain, simple word of God not even realizing that their argument also go against sound logical reasoning. You see, in my mind that sound logical reasoning is that if the death of the wicked does NOT PLEASE God then a truly sovereign God will do ONLY that which PLEASES him.

The point that I am making here is the REASONING that makes no sense for the only WISE God to ordain before he ever created mankind that most of mankind would perish without any hope of salvation when God takes NO PLEASURE in the punishment of the wicked.

Now at least it would make a little sense to me and some other Christian that IF God did indeed take great pleasure in casting most all of his creation in the lake of fire to watch them burn until they are completely consumed. But the word of truth clearly teaches us that God takes NO PLEASURE in the death of the wicked and he is PLEADING with the wicked to turn from their wicked ways and LIVE.

Look at what Ezekiel 33:11 tells us.

"Say unto them, As I live, says the Lord God, I have NO PLEASURE in the death of the wicked; BUT that the wicked TURN from his way and LIVE; TURN you, TURN you from your evil ways; for WHY will you die...”

God is pleading with all of mankind to come to the knowledge of the truth and turn away from the deception of the enemy. God does NOT desire the DESTINY of ANY of mankind to be death. The wages of sin is death and God is PLEADING with the wicked to TURN from their evils ways of sin so that they will LIVE and NOT perish in the lake of fire of the day of judgment.

 

So you see my dear brothers and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ, WHAT God has predestined or predetermined is his DESIRE to be which is that ALL men turn from evil and CHOOSE good in order to receive LIFE. To receive eternal life is God's desire for ALL of mankind. The whole theme of the entire Bible is God’s MESSIAH, his LAMB SLAIN before the foundation of the world in the MIND’S EYE of our loving creator.

The truth of the matter according to the SCRIPTURES is that God foreordained and PREDESTINED ALL of mankind, every man, woman and child to be conformed into the IMAGE of his dear Son, Jesus the Christ. This is the true INTENT of the word “predestination” in the SOUND Biblical sense when all the verses speaking of predestination are LEFT in there CONTEXT. Let's take a closer look at the verses of scripture where the word predestination is found and you will see what I mean.

Romans 8:29 says this,

 

“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestined to BE (Predestined to BE WHAT? To BE) conformed to the IMAGE of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

Do YOU see in this verse were God has predestined people to be LOST? Do you find any verse in the entire Bible that it is God’s WILL and desire for people to be LOST?

So then, according to the sound Biblical meaning of predestination is the WHAT are we predestined to BE like?

And it is God’s WILL for all of mankind to be predestined to be conformed in the image of his Son.God even prophesied his WILL in the book of Genesis the first book of the Bible.


Please read Genesis 1:26.


“And God said, Let US make man in OUR IMAGE, after OUR LIKENESS: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”



Did God FAIL to carry out his word? Or does God have an ENEMY called Satan? Is God WISER than his ENEMY? Could i be that God knew that his ENEMY would deceive his new creation to sin and that God already had a PLAN of SALVATION in mind even before God created mankind a little LOWER and inferior to the angels as a way to CLEAR his NAME being falsely accused of creating Lucifer with a sinful NATURE to rebel and make war with God and therefore God has no just cause to destroy Lucifer and the fallen angels? Could it be so simple that God created mankind inferior to the angels to PROVE that what God creates is good and perfect in the day he creates? Please read the study “UNDERSTANDING WHY?” for all the verses that every Christian should be asking the question of WHY. This study in God word answers the question of WHY does a loving God ALLOW evil in the world?

The word of God says that we are to be conformed to the IMAGE of his Son. This is our destiny. This is our INTENDED destination that God planned for us even before the foundation of the world. God foreordained that this is his WILL and great desire for us who have RECEIVED his so great a salvation. And this is God’s WILL not ONLY for US but ALSO for ALL of mankind speaking of WHOSOEVER in all the world who BELIEVE in God’s Son as the atonement for their sins.


Please read 1 John 2:2.


And he is the propitiation for our sins: and NOT for ours ONLY, but ALSO for the sins of the WHOLE WORLD.”


In other words ALL of mankind is foreordained or PREDESTINED to BE conformed to the IMAGE of his Son. This is God's perfect WILL. This is God's desire and good pleasure for ALL of mankind. So you might be thinking, if this is God's perfect will and his desire that would bring him great pleasure, then why are not all men saved? The TRUTH of the matter is that God has already provided salvation for all of mankind and he has given them the CHOICE to either choose life or death. And that God has an ENEMY who does NOT want to be DESTROYED and if God succeeds with his creation of mankind to PROVE to all his creation that God did NOT create Lucifer with a SINFUL NATURE then Satan’s goose is cooked so to speak. Satan knows that he only has a short time to take as many of mankind with him to the lake of fire because he has already LOST when he had the Lord of glory crucified.


Please read 1 Corinthians 2:7-19.


“But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: (And God kept SECRET from his ENEMY Satan)

8.  Which none of the princes of this world knew: (speaking of the princes of the air, the principalities and powers of darkness, AKA Satan and the fallen angels, the devils and the demons) for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

9.  But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that LOVE him.

10.  But God has revealed them unto us (who have BELIEVE in God’s so great a SALVATION plan) by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God.”


So ultimately we choose our OWN destiny or final destination.

Yes, it is true that God first chose to provide a WAY of SALVATION for all of mankind but God’s love, will and desire can not help those people who REJECT and or NEGLECT God’s so great a SALVATION.


Please read Hebrews 2:


“Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have HEARD (speaking of the true sound Biblical GOSPEL of salvation), lest at any time we should let them SLIP.

2.  For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward;

3.  How shall WE ESCAPE, if we NEGLECT so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;

4.  God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?

5.  For unto the angels has he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. (the salvation of those who CHOOSE to accept God’s so great a gift of salvation AND not NEGLECT his so great a salvation is all about JUDGING Satan and the fallen angels and as our REWARD for our suffer God will give us who overcome Satan the HONOR to judge the angel and inherit THEIR JOB of being God’s custodians of the world to come to rule and reign with Jesus during the Millennium.)

6.  But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that you visit him?

7.  You made him a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor, and did set him over the works of thy hands:”



In other words, God outsmarted his ENEMY Satan by PREDESTINATED his PLAN fo so great a salvation keeping it HIDDEN in plain sight throughout the scriptures PROPHESYING of his LAMB SLAIN FROM before the foundation of the world in the FOREKNOWLEDGE in the mind of God.

So you see my dear brothers and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ the sound Biblical meaning of the word predestination is NOT the same meaning as the world and the Bible theologians have defined predestination. The true sound Biblical meaning of predestination is simply God’s WILL, his INTENDED purpose, which God will not force upon anyone but God has chosen for mankind to freely choose his or her OWN destiny.


It is a distortion of the scriptures to try and say that God picks and chooses who will be saved and who will be lost BEFORE God every created anyon one of us because the Bible itself teaches that God is NO RESPECTER of persons.

Acts 10:34 says,

“...Of a truth I perceive that God is NO RESPECTER of persons.”

 

Romans 2:11 says,

“For there is NO RESPECT of persons with God.”

Ephesians 6:9 says,

“...knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there RESPECT OF PERSONS with him.”

 

 

You see my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, God does NOT pick and choose beforehand who will be saved and who will be lost in the sense that he has already ELECTED and CHOSEN this person or that person BEFORE the foundation of the world and there is nothing these individuals can do to change their so-called predetermined destiny or fate. This is NOT what this word “predestination” means in a BIBLICAL sense.

The Bible itself teaches that man will REAP what he SOWS.

Pleases read Galatians 6:7-9.

 

Be NOT DECEIVED; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap.

8. For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

9.  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, IF we faint not.”

 

The truth of the matter is that God has foreordained and predestined those INDIVIDUALS, who make the CHOICE by their own free will to answer the CALL of God to obey the gospel of salvation to live ungodly. And this means that we are to NO LONGER ALLOW the enemy deceive us because the final destination of those who do NOT obey the gospel is to be cast into the lake of fire on the day of judgment. And if so be that WHOSOEVER never answers the call of the gospel of salvation then their final destination will also be the lake of fire. THIS is what God has foreordained.


Calvinism or predeterminism wrong teaches that God chose or elected ONLY certain select individuals before the foundation of the world to be saved based solely on his ELECTION and therefore we do NOT CHOSE HIM.

But the Bible itself teaches us that it is WHEN a person CHOOSES to receive God gift of salvation is the WHEN that a person BECOMES one of God’s ELECT. It is AFTER a person hears the gospel of salvation, then receives the truth of God’s word into their heart to be born again by the word of God that a person BECOME one of God’s ELECT. Please read the study “YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN!” for a deeper understanding on this subject.

But for now please read 1 Peter 1:15-23.


“But as he which has CALLED you  (not CHOSEN you YET but has CALLED you to BECOME CHOSEN of him) is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

16.  Because it is written, (Or because it is predestined by God as his will and intent for YOU saying) Be you holy; for I am holy.

17.  And IF YOU CALL on the Father,  (to be saved) who without RESPECT of persons judges according to EVERY man's WORK, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:

18.  Forasmuch as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

19.  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb (WHO God foreordained and predestined to be SLAIN from before the foundation of the world) without blemish and without spot:

20  WHO verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

21.  Who BY HIM do BELIEVE in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

22.  Seeing YOU have purified YOUR souls IN OBEYING the TRUTH through the Spirit unto unfeigned LOVE of the brethren, see that YOU LOVE one another with a pure heart fervently:

23.  Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, BY the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.”


And in the same way that God foreordained his LAMB to be slain from before the foundation of the world God has foreordained and predestined US, as in, those of us who have already made the CHOICE to answer God’s CALL to salvation to obey the gospel of salvation to live righteously before God and mankind, to be conformed in the image of his Son, Jesus the Christ, who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth. And in the END of our faith we will receive eternal life in the world to come to be conformed into the perfect IMAGE of Jesus Christ.

Are you getting a hold of this yet? Yes, we are ALL predestined, in that, we ALL have a FINAL DESTINATION. However, each person's final destination is solely BASED upon the CHOICES that each individual person makes.

 

DO NOT BE DECEIVED!

 

God has PREDESTINED ALL of mankind, every man, woman and child to be holy and to be found blameless before him in LOVE. This is God's intent and perfect will. But you have to choose HIM by OBEYING his PLAN of SALVATION. The only way for anyone to do good and refuse the evil continually unto the end of their sojourny in this present life is by first choosing HIS plan of salvation and not you own plan of salvation.

In other words, God has PREDETERMINED or foreordained the FINAL DESTINATION of ALL of mankind first be saved IN his SON and then to be conformed into the image of his dear Son and to live a holy life and to be found blameless before him in love. This is God's PERFECT WILL and DESIGN for ALL of mankind. This is what would bring him the most pleasure.

 

BUT...

 

God has an ENEMY whose name is Satan, called the devil, who has made it his sole or one and only purpose to bring about the fall of mankind. It is Satan himself who is the author of this man made THEOLOGY of predeterminism or Calvinism which wrongly teaches that God has chosen certain specific individual people to be saved while at the same time God has chosen other certain specific people to be lost. And there is nothing that anyone can to do change this supposed predestination to be either be saved or remain dead in their sins and be lost.

Have you ever wondered why Satan is called the ACCUSER of the brethren? I mean WHY does Satan accuse us before God? WHY does Satan SEEK for those whom he MAY devour? WHY does Satan TEMPT us? WHY does Satan try to  DECEIVE the whole world? WHY did God keep his plan a SECRET from his enemy Satan? WHY will God bind Satan in the bottomless pit for a 1000 years and then turn him LOOSE age to DECEIVE those of the nations?

It is because Satan has falsely accused God for creating him with a SINFUL NATURE. And Satan is depending on his EXCUSE that the REASON he rebelled against God was that God CREATED him evil. And THEREFORE it was NOT his fault that he exalted himself and his throne God gave to him with pride against God to make war with God. So therefore it would be unjust for God to cast him in the lake of fire. Please read the study I have on "UNDERSTANDING WHY?" for a deeper understanding on why God allows certain things to happen to mankind. Many people often say things like, "If these things displease God, then why doesn't he just get rid of the devil?" Be patient and most of your questions will be answered in the above study in God’s word.

But for now, just know that there is an OPPOSING force that is working against God and his creation called EVIL. Also know that evil does not have to exist in order for us to know good, but for a season God is allowing evil to exist for a particular purpose. In short, this particular purpose is to show or prove that God is good and that all which God created and creates is also good. Again, I will cover this in depth in the study I mentioned above.

Think of it this way, if God PREDESTINED some people to HELL then he would have ALSO had to SPECIFICALLY CREATED hell LARGE enough for MANKIND. However this is NOT what the word of God teaches us. The word of truth says that the eternal fire was made FOR the fallen angels and that Hell has ENLARGED itself.


Please read Matthew 25:41.


“Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared FOR the devil and his angels:”


Now read Isaiah 5:13,14.


“Therefore my people (God’s CHOSEN people the children of Israel) are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: (Hosea 4:6,7 teaches us that God’s CHOSEN people are destroyed for LACK of knowledge and the God will reject them because THEY REJECT his way of salvation My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because YOU have have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you shall be no priest to me: SEEING YOU have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children.

Hos 4:7  As they were increased, so they sinned against me: THEREFORE will I CHANGE their glory into shame.” This was NOT God’s WILL for them for him to CHANGE their predestine GLORY to share but rather their predestination being CHANGED is of their OWN choosing for REJECTING God’s PLAN of so great a salvation.) and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.

14.  THEREFORE hell has ENLARGED herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their GLORY, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoices, shall descend into it.”

Think this through for yourself dear child of God. Would an all knowing God create Hell too small if so be that he has indeed created certain select individual people to be saved before they were every born and the rest of mankind was specifically created for to sole purpose of being be cast into Hell to await the lake of fire on the day of judgment? Hell would have no need to ENLARGE herself if so be that God specifically created the exact number of people he supposedly foreknew to be destroyed in the lake of fire. In other for Calvinism or predeterminism to be true one would have to throw out 95% of the Bible, IGNORE 95% of the Bible, or try and EXPLAIN AWAY 95% of the Bible.

 

Also, keep in mind that God has foreordained some other things.

 

It is vitally important that we consider the WHOLE word of God, especially when controversy arises and the Bible seems to contradict itself. It is NOT the Bible that contradicts itself but rather in is the incorrect INTERPRETATIONS of some verses that are contradiction the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of Almighty God.

While it is God's will for ALL of mankind to be saved and that God has predestined those of us who have made the CHOICE to follow the steps of Jesus to live holy before him to be CONFORMED to the IMAGE of Jesus, God has ALSO foreordained or established in his word that mankind be saved by the foolishness of preaching. And also God has foreordained whereby mankind is to be saved ONLY by a person’s own CHOICE to BELIEVE the good news that Jesus died for our sins and not only for our sins, but also for the sins of the WHOLE world.

Look at 1 Corinthians 1:21 that says,

“...it PLEASED God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that BELIEVE.”

You see, God has foreordained or predestined a person’s OWN CHOICE to be one of the ingredients or factors that are used to determine our OWN DESTINY. Are you seeing the true meaning of what the word of God intends for the word “predestination” to mean?

God has given to us a free WILL for us to CHOOSE. It is up to us to determine who we are going to obey, God, or the enemy, Satan.

Ultimately it is on the basis of that final choice which we make before we draw our last breath that will determine our final destination, or our destiny that God has predetermined or predestined for us DEPENDING upon the final CHOICE that we make.

Look at Ezekiel 33:12-20.

“Therefore, you son of man, say unto the children your people, The righteousness of the righteous shall NOT deliver him in the DAY of his transgression.”

In other words, we are saved for the purpose of doing good works of righteousness and THEN and only then we will remain in the state of BEING saved as long as we CONTINUE in these works of righteousness. BUT in the DAY, when we transgress or sin, then all the works of righteousness which we have done through Christ will be in vain. That is to say all these works of righteousness will NOT be remembered and they will NOT deliver us.

Now this does not mean that those who chose to listen to the lies of Satan to disobey God and sin are forever lost simply because they fell into sin. God's mercy endures forever and he gives those that sin space to repent.

However, if they do not CHOOSE to obey the leading or drawing of the Holy Spirit and they go ahead and make the choice NOT to repent and ask for God's forgiveness, then if they should die in that state of disobedience to God they would be consequently be predestined to hell BY their OWN CHOICE.

In other words, the PREDESTINED destination of ALL the DISOBEDIENT who REMAIN disobedient to the WHOLE word of God unto the end to remain unrepentant have predestined THEMSELVES to suffer the WRATH of God, which includes the final judgment of being cast into the lake of fire, the SECOND DEATH. God does NOT force, deceive, tempt of predestinate anyone to DISOBEY him. And God did not create Satan to do those things for him either.

You see, God does not desire anyone to make the CHOICE of disobedience, And God certainly does not desire them to harden their heart to the Holy Spirit or to his word and NOT repent. And most certainly God does NOT predestinate certain people to be lost and there is NOTHING that they can do to change their so called predestination of being lost. God and his word would be a lie if that kind of predeterminism were true because God is PLEADING the wicked to TURN from their evil ways and LIVE. God desires us to CHOOSE LIFE so that we and our seed may LIVE.

However, God has limited himself by what he has spoken in his word. God is faithful and he is BOUND by his word. And this is what God takes NO PLEASURE in the death of the wicked. God has already done all he can for WHOSOEVER of any human being to be saved but that WHOSOEVER of every human being must make their OWN CHOICE to BELIEVE the gospel of salvation. You see, God, by speaking forth his WORD has foreordained and predestined those who obey his commands and those who disobey his commands to BOTH be judged by their WORKS whether their works are good or whether their works are evil.

  God is FAITHFUL and he will NOT go back on what he has already spoken.


In Isaiah 45:22,23 God says.


Look unto me, and be you saved, ALL the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.

23.  I have sworn by myself, the WORD is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall NOT RETURN, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.”


Then in Isaiah 55:11 God says.

“So shall my word be that goes out of my mouth: it shall NOT RETURN unto me VOID, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

 

And God did indeed accomplish his PLAN of SALVATION.

 

Those who teach that God predestined some to be saved and others to be lost also state that Jesus died ONLY for those who are chosen which they call the elect.

 

However, the word of God teaches that Jesus did NOT die just for a few specifically selected individuals that God supposedly foreordained to be the “CHOSEN ONES” as some teach. But rather the Bible itself teaches that Jesus died for ALL of mankind.

 

John 3:16 tells us,

“For God so loved the WORLD, (all of humanity) that he gave his only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

2 Corinthians 5:19 says,


“To wit, that God was in Christ, RECONCILING the WORLD unto himself, not imputing their tresspasses unto them; and has committed unto us the word of reconciliation.”

Titus 2:11 says it like this,

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to ALL men.”

John 12:32 tells us,

“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw ALL men unto me.”

 

God prophesied that the sins of ALL would be laid upon his Messiah.

Please read Isaiah 53:6.


ALL we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us ALL.”


Have YOU sinned? Have YOU gone astray? Then Jesus died for YOUR sins and everyone else’s sins because everyone have GONE ASTRAY at some point in our life. ANSWER God’s CALL to be you saved and LOOK to the Lord as we just read in Isaiah 45:22,23.


The Bible clearly teaches that God has shown forth his mercy, grace, and love to ALL of mankind by providing for us a WAY to be reconciled back to him. And Jesus is that WAY, that TRUTH, and that LIFE eternal that anyone whosoever of all the world can receive by OBEYING God’s WAY of sao great a salvation which he predestined before the foundation of the world.

However, it is up to us to BELIEVE his word and make the CHOICE to follow the steps of Jesus by OBEYING the leading of the Holy Spirit every moment of every day. Every individual person must make their OWN CHOICE. Salvation is a process of making CHOICES on a daily basis throughout the day and every day of our life in this present world. And our salvation is dependent upon what choices we make whether we choose to give into temptation and sin or whether we choose to resist the devil and obey God.

The Calvinist Christians have failed to see that being saved is a TWO STEP process. The first step is WITHOUT ANY works of obey the LAW of God. We simple BELIEVE the gospel of our salvation to accept God’s forgiveness of all our pAST sin which places us in a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God so he can give of his ANOINTING of his Holy Spirit and power to OVERCOME sin and not allow sin to have dominion over us.

Look up the word “SAVED” in a good Bible concordance and you will find that it means far MORE than being forgiven of our sins. One of the meanings of this Greek word “SOZO” is being placed back into a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God. But being placed back in the right relationship with God does and mean that we will not sin and remove ourselves back out of a right relationship with God. More than half of the New Testament is devoted to our WALK with God and yet many Calvinist and Reformed Christians read right over all the WARNINGS to NOT fall back into sin and lose their salvation. Please read the study “IS ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED BIBLICAL?”

But for now please take a look at Deuteronomy 30:19 in which God says.


“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have SET BEFORE YOU (foreordained or predestined to be) life and death, blessing and cursing; THEREFORE CHOOSE life; that both you and your seed may LIVE.”

God desires ALL of mankind to have life and blessing, but he ALSO has foreordained that WE are to decide for ourselves to either choose to obey his word or to listen to the lies of Satan to obey the deception of the enemy. Now it was NOT in God's design that there be any death or cursing but because of the tempter, Satan the Devil, man was deceived and sinned. And thereby man fell from God’s original design that God had intended. But God being WISER than his ENEMY already had a PLAN of SALVATION in his mind which he HID as PROPHECY in his word spoken to his prophets which was then written down for us to read.

Again, I want you to see the TRUTH of the whole matter which is that hell was NOT created for mankind but rather hell was made FOR Satan the Devil and the fallen angels.

Look at Isaiah 5:13,14 again which says.


“Therefore my people are gone into captivity, (why?) because they have no knowledge

… 14. therefore hell has ENLARGED herself, and opened her mouth without measure:...”

God did not make hell for ANY of mankind but because man rejected knowledge hell enlarged herself. Hell was NOT enlarged because God created some men to be lost and they have no choice in the matter. That would be like God saying, Oh, I forget about mankind when a created the WASTER, Now I am going to have to make it larger so it will be big enough to hold those people I created to be wicked people and there is nothing they can do about it.

Personally, I do not believe God knew just how many people Satan would corrupt and it REPENTED God that he ever made man.

Please read Genesis 6:5-8.


And it REPENTED the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it GRIEVED him at his HEART.

7.  And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it REPENTS me that I have made them.

8.  But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.”


Now IF SO BE that God foreordained and predestined certain specific people to be wicked and this was God’s WILL and INTENT before the foundation of the world then it would not have REPENT and GRIEVED God’s HEART to have to destroy all of mankind expect for 8 people.

The truth of the matter is that God has an ENEMY who DECEIVES man to disobey God. And the more they disobey their God given conscious they inherited from the fall of Adam the more the LOVE their sin. The more they love their sin the harder their heart become toward God to choose the PLEASURES of sin corrupting their OWN hearts and minds.

Take a close look at Hosea 4:6,7.

MY PEOPLE (not the so-called non-elect by God’s ELECT his chosen people) are destroyed (why?) for LACK of KNOWLEDGE: because YOU have REJECTED knowledge, I will also REJECT you, that you shall be no priest to me: (why?) seeing you have forgotten the LAW of your God, I will also forget your children. As they were increased, so they sinned against me, THEREFORE (Or for this very REASON of YOU rejecting God’s WAY) will I CHANGE their glory into shame.”

God’s chosen people Israel his ELECT people were DESTINED to GLORY but God had to CHANGE their predestined GLORY to SHAME because they REJECTED his Messiah.


Those of you that teach or believe the doctrine that states that God chooses some people to be saved and other people to be lost I want you to notice that the word of God here in Hosea says MY PEOPLE are destroyed. These are God's “CHOSEN PEOPLE” who are being destroyed.

They are NOT being destroyed, because God predestined them to be destroyed in that they have no choice in the matter. Absolutely not! They are destroyed, (why?) because of LACK of KNOWLEDGE, and they CHOSE to REJECT the law of God. And when the promised Messiah came many REJECT Jesus as their Messiah, so God has no choice but the CHANGE the GLORY he had predestine for them to become SHAME.

You see, God is bound by his word to CHANGE their glory which God had originally INTENDED and purposed for them to have GLORY into the shame of destruction. God did not enlarge hell but rather man makes his or her own  place for themselves there because they have REJECTED the knowledge of the TRUTH. Hear me when I say that it is never too late to REPENT and CALL upon the name of Jesus to be saved so long as you have breath in your body.

 

DO NOT BE DECEIVED!

 

God in the FOREKNOWLEDGE in his MIND knew beforehand that mankind could indeed fall. Because God knew his ENEMY. And therefore God foreordained in his MIND a WAY of reconciling mankind back to himself before the foundation of the world.

So before the world was ever made God CHOSE the WAY in which he would redeem mankind back to himself. In short, God foreordained that when man heard the gospel, the good news of being reconciled back to God, AND BELIEVED then God would AGAIN call them his CHOSEN or ELECT. In other words, Almighty God will bring THOSE who make the CHOICE to BELIEVE in his plan of salvation, which is to BELIEVE in his Son Jesus for the forgiveness of sins, back into RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Almighty God.


To say this another way God first chose us by providing a WAY to be reconciled back to him. And then we CHOOSE HIM to BECOME his ELECT who alone are CHOSEN to be GLORIFIED if so be we REMAIN obedient to the teaching of Jesus written on the New Testament and also written upon of hearts.


The ONLY verse in the entire Bible that says the words, CHOSEN US before the foundation of the world is in Ephesians chapter 1 but the Calvinist and Reformed Christians also know as Grace alone believers read this verse OUT of context and in their mind here is what THEY read.


Here is the Predeterminism Version of Ephesians 1:4.


“According as he has CHOSEN US before the foundation of the world…”


And here is how Ephesians 1:4 ACTUALLY reads,

“According as he has CHOSEN us in HIM before the foundation of the world, THAT (or so that or in order that) we should be HOLY and WITHOUT BLAME before him in LOVE. Having predestined us UNTO (Predestined UNTO WHAT? UNTO) the adoption of children (HOW?) BY Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will.”

Again the predestination part or God’s word of TRUTH is that we are foreordained to be God's children BY or through FAITH in God’s Son Jesus. And the CHOSEN part of God’s word of TRUTH is the fact that Almighty God has CHOSEN or foreordained that WAY OF SALVATION would be IN HIM as referring to his Son Jesus.

And the US part in God’s word of TRUTH is ALL the world or all of mankind who BELIEVE. So you see, the truth of the matter is WHEN we make the CHOICE to believe and follow in his steps that we actually BECOME the ELECT of God. That is WHEN we are given the POWER to BECOME the sons of God.


John 1:11-13.  


“He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

12.  But as many as RECEIVED HIM, to THEM (speaking of ONLY those of us who RECEIVE Jesus a our savior) gave he power to become the sons of God, even to THEM that BELIEVE on his name:

13.  Which were BORN (speaking of being BORN-AGAIN BY the word of God after hearing and BELIEVING the gospel of our salvation are born-again), not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”


Yes, we were indeed BORN of God by the WILL of God who loved us WHILE we were yet SINNERS. But this does not mean that God predestined only certain select people to BELIEVE and receive his so great a salvation to be BORN of God. This simple means that the plan of salvation is GOD’S plan and not the plan of man. We like sheep were gone astray UNTIL we heard God CALLING to us by the HEARING of the GOSPEL of salvation.

The Bible clearly teaches that God gives the CALL for ALL of mankind to come to the knowledge of truth and be saved. The word of God also teaches that man determines his or her OWN destiny by the CHOICES he or she makes. Please note that the word "makes" is in the PRESENT tense and in the PLURAL because being saved is NOT a one-time choice we make and the go our our way again.

The past is in the past, good or evil, it is in the past. Now if your past or present is on the side of evil, then repent and seek forgiveness of God, then start making right choices. God is CALLING you to come to the knowledge of the truth.

 

Proverbs 1:23-29 says.


Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my Spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.

24. Because I have CALLED, and you refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;

25. But you have set at naught all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:

26. I will also laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear comes;

27. When your fear comes as desolation, and your destruction comes as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish comes upon you.

28. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer, they will seek me early, but they shall not find me: (WHY?)

29. For they hated KNOWLEDGE, and did NOT CHOOSE the fear of the Lord.”

Think this through for YOURSELF. HOW can one be CALLED and still yet REFUSE God, if so be, that “called” means predestined to be saved without having a will to choose? You see, according to the THEOLOGY of ELECTION one who is CALLED cannot LOSE his or her salvation because they are supposedly PREDESTINED to be saved WITHOUT ever having chose for themselves to be saved. Predeterminism, Calvinism, and Reformed theology teaches that no one not even the so-called elect able able to choose God and it is God who chooses them WITHOUT any work, faith, or choice of them choosing God to be saved because then they could boast of their work of CHOOSING God.

NO my dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ this is MAN MADE THEOLOGY which contradicts the WHOLE word of God.

You see, God is always CALLING, but the question is are you going to ANSWER him? God has CHOSEN ALL of mankind through his written word to turn from evil, to resist the devil, to flee from sin and to CHOOSE the good by choosing his SON as your savior.

Proverbs 3:31 says,

“Envy you NOT the oppressor, and CHOOSE NONE of his ways.”

The oppressor is Satan and his ways are the PLEASURES of SIN. Even the Gentiles who were NOT given the law of God obeyed God by obeying their God given conscious.

Please read Romans 2:13-16.


“(For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

14.  For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by NATURE the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

15.  Which show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)”



But at the same time their THOUGHTS from the deceiver Satan and their remembrance of the pleasure of sin they enjoyed in the past would draw them away making excuses to sin again disobeying their God given conscience and also they excused the sins of others. Kind of like you hear in some churches today. We all have heard sermons from the pulpit saying things like, “We are just SINNERS saved by grace and we are going to sin every day because it is human NATURE to sin.” But yet those unregenerate Gentiles BY their NATURE obeyed the things in the law of God never even hearing the law of Moses.


The word of God clearly teaches us that we must make a CHOICE whom we will serve. There is no middle ground. You are either on the side of EVIL or you are on the side of GOOD.

Look at Joshua 24:15.

“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, CHOOSE you this day whom you will serve...”

 

Then Jesus says in Matthew 12:30.

“He that is not WITH me is AGAINST me;...”

 

There is no gray area. There is no neutral ground. Everyone has to make a CHOICE.


I will present you with two more scriptures that clearly show that God has CALLED and CHOSEN ALL of mankind to inherit eternal life and not just a select few as some falsely teach under the DISGUISE of predestination which they call predeterminism, Calvinism, Grace Alone and Reformed Theology.


Isaiah 65:11,12 says this.

“But you are THEY that FORSAKE the Lord, that forget my holy mountain,...

...12. therefore (Or for this very reason that you FORSAKE the Lord) will I number you to the sword, and you shall all bow down to the slaughter: BECAUSE when I CALLED, you did not ANSWER; when I spake, you did not hear; but did evil before mine eyes, and did CHOOSE that wherein I delight not.”

The reason that the wicked are numbered to the sword of destruction is that they rejected and forsook the Lord and when he called to them THEY did NOT ANSWER the call of the gospel of God’s so great a salvation. They would not hear or listen and they would not answer or respond, when he called. They would not obey their God given conscience. But instead, they CHOSE to do evil and all the things in which God did not delight or desire them to do.

Then Isaiah 66:3b,4 we read.


“...Yea they have CHOSEN their OWN ways, and their souls delight in their abominations.

4. I will ALSO CHOOSE their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them, (WHY?) because when I CALLED, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and CHOSE that which I delighted not.”

God is for us and not against us. His desire for us, ALL of mankind is always good.

Jeremiah 29:11 says.

“For I know the thoughts I think TOWARD you, says the Lord, thoughts of PEACE, and NOT of evil, to give you the EXPECTED END.”

 

 

The EXPECTED END, that is to say the desired end for ALL of mankind is to come to the knowledge of the truth and be saved. This is what God has foreordained or PREDESTINED for ALL of mankind.

I am sure you have heard it said at one time or another when someone accepts the Lord as their Savior, “Well there is a NEW NAME written down in glory”, which is to say that a new name has been recorded in the Lambs book of life.

I never gave this much thought until I began this study and discovered that one of the main arguments of those that teach that God chooses or elects some to be saved while others God predestines to eternal damnation in the lake of fire is the THEOLOGY that God has written the names of some in the book of life from the foundation of the world, while others were NOT written in the Lambs book of life from the foundation of the world.

Here is the verse of scripture that those who teach predeterminism or Calvinism use to try and show that God chose some to be saved and others he chose to be lost. Remember that in THEIR mind they read the scriptures with their presupposed meaning of what they believe. So the Calvinist Version is read in their MINDS reading only the words they WANT to see.

 

Here is the Calvinist Version of Revelation 13:8.

 

“And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, WHOSE names ARE NOT written in the book of life of the Lamb FROM the foundation of the world.

And here is how Revelation 13:8 should be read.


“And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him (the beast), whose names are not written in the book of life of the LAMB SLAIN FROM the foundation of the world.”



Calvinist read right over the word SLAIN because they want to find any verse they can to try and prove their theology. The context of this verse is speaking of those who have the MARK of the BEAST whose names will be BLOTTED OUT of the book of life on the day of judgment. You name has to be WRITTEN IN the book of like FIRST before it can be BLOTTED OUT of the book of life.

Please read where Jesus will BLOT OUT the names of those who are not found worthy BECAUSE their WORKS are not found worthy.


Revelation 3:3-6.


“Remember therefore how you have received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore you shall not watch, I will come on you as a thief, and you shall not know what hour I will come upon you.

4.  You have a few names even in Sardis which have NOT defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.

5. He that OVERCOMES, the SAME shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will NOT BLOT OUT his name OUT of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

6.  He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches.”



Notice that Jesus is speaking to born-again Christians saying that if those Christians do not OVERCOME then he will BLOT OUT their names OUT of the book of life.


Now if your train of thought is focused on the “preconceived” man-made doctrine that God specifically created or predestined most to be lost and few to be saved then I can see how one might misinterpret this verse and say that there are some names that are not written in the Lambs book of life from the very foundation of the world. Anyone can misinterpret a verse now and then. But only those who are DECEIVED will try and EXPLAIN AWAY all the many verses that CONTRADICT their misinterpreted verse rather then admitting that have the wrong interpretation of that verse in question.


So then, the truth of the matter or the CORRECT interpretation of Revelation 13:8 is that it is the LAMB that was SLAIN from the foundation of the world and NOT the fact that only some names were written in the book of life from the foundation of the world and everyone else’s name was NOT written in the book of life from the foundation of the world. So CONTEXT is speaking of those who have the MARK of the beast and those who DENY Jesus and take the MARK of the beast and WORSHIP the beast. It is not even speaking of everyone in the whole world except for faithful christians who will be worshipping the beast. This verse is connected to the BLOTTING OUT of the names written in the book of like for not overcoming and taking the MARK of the beast and worshipping the beast.


The truth of the matter is that EVERYONE'S name is written in the Lambs book of life in the beginning and a name is only BLOTTED OUT, IF particular individuals through their OWN choices do not overcome the enemy in the END.

Again, Jesus says in Revelation 3:5.

 

“He that OVERCOMES, the same shall be clothed in white raiment: and I will NOT BLOT OUT his name out of the book of life,...”

You see, from the time you are born and take your first breath or more precisely the time you are conceived in your mother's womb your name is written in the Lambs book of life and it can NOT or will NOT be blotted out, until you take your last breath and die. Keep in mind that there is and age of ACCOUNTABILITY and god see babies and children to be INNOCENT until they reach that level or age of accountability. Please read the study “THE AGE OF ACCOUNTABILITY!”. A

A name written in the book of life will be blotted out ONLY IF a person’s final CHOICE was to disobey God and THEY CHOSE of their OWN FREE WILL to live in sin and then they died in their state of living in sin without repenting of their sin. The truth of the matter is this.

 

YOU HAVE COMPLETE AND TOTAL CONTROL OVER WHETHER OR NOT YOUR NAME REMAINS IN THE BOOK OF LIFE OR IF YOUR NAME GETS BLOTTED OUT OF THE BOOK OF LIFE.

 

IT IS YOUR

CHOICE!

You alone choose one of two predetermined destinations. In other words, you choose your own predestination. That is to say you predestine yourself, so to speak, by the FINAL choice that you make. God’s predestined ALL to be conformed into the IMAGE of his dear Son Jesus but you do not have to choose what God desires for you. It is all up to you.

So you can see how man’s definition of predestination is quite different for God’s definition of predestination.

Man’s definition says that predestination is uncahngabled.

But God’s definition of predestination is God’s WILL which does not have to be kept or obeyed and therefore by a person’s OWN CHOICE they can change what God predestined them to be to become the same destiny of Satan the devil and the fallen angels.


Now as we consider the WHOLE word of God there are indeed SOME things that God has foreordained, PROPHESIED, or spoken to BE that cannot be altered. However, all of those foreordained things or events have ALREADY been PROPHESIED in his word.

For example, God prophesied in the Old Testament that TWO nations would come forth from the womb of Rebecca spelled Rebekah in the Old testament. One of those nations is of the seed of Jacob and the other nation is of the seed of Esau.


Please read Genesis 25:23, which says.


“And the LORD said unto her, TWO NATIONS are in your womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from your bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.”



This is a prophecy of the nation of Israel of the seed of Jacob and Muslim nation of the seed of Esau. The nation of the seed of Jacob is loved by God and the Arab or the Muslim nation of the seed of Esau is hated by God, but NOT because God has predestined the Muslim nation to be hated. Rather God hates those who hate God's people.

Please do NOT misunderstand what I am saying. I am NOT saying that God hates Muslims themselves, but rather that God hates the WORKS of the Muslims who are hating and killing God's people the Jews and the Christians.

Please know and understand that ANY Muslim at any time can turn from Islam and accept Jesus as their Messiah who died for their sins just the same as ANY Jew or Israelite can accept Jesus as their Messiah who died for their sins. Jesus died for the sins of the WHOLE world, Jews, Muslims and everyone else called the Gentiles. ALL have been consider or concluded by God to be under sin so that God himself can receive the glory by providing his own LAMB to be given as a ransom for the sins of the whole world.


Now those who teach ANY for of Calvinism no matter what name it is called but has the same basic teaching of Calvinism where God has supposedly ELECTED only certain select individuals to be saved while at the same time has predestined all other people to be lost and there is nothing anyone can do to change their so-called predestination use Romans 9:11-25 to try and prove that God alone without ANY choice given to people has predestined certain specific individuals to be saved from before the foundation of the world while at the same time God has also predestined all other people to be lost and without any hope of being saved.


As I have said many times that any verse or verse taken out of context and viewed alone and apart from the rest of God's word may SEEM to be saying something that it is not truly saying when it is interpreted in the light of the WHOLE word of God.

You see dear children of God, if so be, that Calvinism is true then this would mean that ALL of Israel will be saved and ALL of the seed of Esau will be LOST. In other words, it would be impossible for ANY Muslim to be saved IF SO BE that this THEOLOGICAL teaching of Calvinism were true.

But yet you and I both know that MANY Muslims have given their lives for their Lord and savior Jesus Christ. And we all know that many Jews DENY Jesus as their savior. Do your own research and see for yourself the glory of our God giving many Muslims dreams and visions in these last days and many more are ANSWERING God’s CALL to be saved. Here is one link to get you started “MUSLIMS ARE SEEING JESUS IN DREAMS AND VISION AND ARE BEING SAVED.”

So to use Romans 9:11-25 to try and prove Calvinism is a Biblical teaching is a mishandling of God's word and a direct denial of all the other verses that clearly teach us that God has given us a CHOICE to receive his Son Jesus as our savior or to reject Jesus as the Son of God who died for our sins.


Also Calvinism uses John 6:44 to try and prove that no one has a FREE WILL to choose whatever they want to choose.


Here is John 6:44,


“No man can come to me, except the Father which has sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.”


But HOW does God DRAW us to his Son Jesus? God draws us by his WORD which is how we receive FAITH to believe that Jesus is the SON OF God who died for our sins. When we keep this verse in the CONTEXT of where it is found we read in the very next verse that those who receive the TEACHING of God will come to Jesus.


Please read John 6:45, which says.


" It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all TAUGHT of God. EVERY man therefore that has HEARD, and has LEARNED of the Father, comes unto me."



The word translated as "learned" in this context carries the meaning of RECEIVING what they have been taught as being the TRUTH. So in truth, Jesus was saying what he said at another time. You search the scriptures for eternal life and they speak of me. In other words, Jesus is saying that God draws us to his Son Jesus by his word and ONLY those who make the CHOICE to BELIEVE God's word that Jesus is the SON OF God who died for their sins shall come to Jesus.

Also the great context speaks of being forcefully DRAGGED to Jesus which is what will take place at the RAPTURE of the church. And ONLY theos us us who have received God’s so great a salvation who are found to be those good and faithful servants will be caught up or SNATCHED UP into the air when Jesus returns to rapture his church, his ELECT, his peculiar people. So John 6:44 could be read as follows.


“No man can come to me, except the Father which has sent me drag him (or RAPTURE him, or SNATCH him to me): and I will raise him up at the last day.”


Thanks for reading and may God write his word upon your heart and your mind as you seek the truth of the WHOLE word of God.

 

Yours in Christ Jesus,

Always and Forever,

Mark

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