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Tony Ellsworth (14 Oct 2008)
October Full Moon:  Blood Moon

Today is the 1st day of the Feast of Tabernacles under the full moon known as:  Hunter’s moon, Blood Moon or Sanguine (bloodshed) Moon

Farmers’ Almanac® Web site Welcomes the “Hunter’s Moon,”

LEWISTON, Maine and SAVANNAH, GA – welcomes this month’s special full moon, scheduled to debut Oct. 26th EST, with entertaining video and lots of content about full moons.

October’s full moon is referred to as the Full Hunter’s Moon, the Blood Moon, and the Sanguine Moon. Many ages ago, Native Americans, who kept track of the seasons and months by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon, named this bright October moon because it is the time of year when the deer are fattened, the fields are harvested, and hunters can easily spot animals who come out to glean the fallen grains by its light.

The Hunter’s Moon is generally accorded with special honor, because it is associated with the onset of winter. It has historically served as an important feast day in both Western Europe and among many Native American tribes.

  1. Joel 2:31
    The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.
    Joel 2:30-32 (in Context) Joel 2 (Whole Chapter)
  2. Acts 2:20
    The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
    Acts 2:19-21 (in Context) Acts 2 (Whole Chapter)
  3. Revelation 6:12
    I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red,
    Revelation 6:11-13 (in Context) Revelation 6 (Whole Chapter)



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October 14, 2008 at 4:14 pm



Carlton R (14 Oct 2008)

Lisa Taylor (2 Oct 2008)
The Rapture in Tabernacles

Dear Doves,

I wanted to share a few intriguing reasons for why you may want to consider the Feast of Tabernacles as a candidate for the Rapture.

Tabernacles is a 7 day feast with an 8th day tacked onto the end.  It memorializes the time that the Israelites had to live in booths after they were brought out of Egypt.  During the first 7 days, the celebrants are to live in booths or temporary dwellings. See Leviticus 23:42.  On the 8th day, the celebrants are to hold a sacred assembly.

Here are a few possible Rapture connections to the Feast of Tabernacles:

The Last Trump & Tabernacles

There is no scripture that expressly links the Last Trump of 1 Corinthians 15:52 to the Feast of Trumpets/Rosh Hashanah.  That position is based upon a rabbinical or traditional convention.  In fact, trumpets are blown on other Biblical feasts and festivals: “Also at your times of rejoicing – your appointed feasts and New Moon festivals – you are to sound the trumpets over your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, and they will be a memorial for you before your God. I am the Lord your God.” Numbers 10:10.

So, if the Last Trump is not sounded on the Feast of Trumpets, when else could it sounded?  The answer may be simpler that you think.  Since the cycle of the 7 Feasts of the Lord (Leviticus 23) is observed during a course of 7 months, beginning with Passover and ending with Tabernacles, why couldn’t the Last Trump be a trumpet blown during the last feast?

Scripture seems to back up this possibility.  Check out Psalm 81:3-4: “Sound the ram’s horn at the New Moon, and when the moon is full, on the day of our Feast; this is a decree for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob.” (NIV)  This verse refers to the Feast of Trumpets, which is a new moon festival, and to the Feast of Tabernacles, which is a full moon festival.  Throughout the Bible, the Feast of Tabernacles is referred to as the feast or festival.  (See 1 Kings 8:2, 65 and 12:32; 2 Chronicles 5:3 and 7:8; Nehemiah 8:14, 18; and Ezekiel 45:25.)  Furthermore, blowing the shofar on the Feast of Trumpets and the Feast of Tabernacles is not a suggestion, but a mandate from God.  He clearly wants a trumpet to be blown on the last of the 7 Feasts.

(*Note: The KJV reads differently for Psalm 81:3. “Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.”  But if you look at the Hebrew, which you can check for yourselves at, the word for “in the time appointed” (“kece”) means “full moon.”  And the Hebrew word for “on our solemn feast” (“chag”) also refers to the Feast of Tabernacles in the Talmud, 2 Chronicles 5:3 and 1 Kings 8:2.)

Sign of Jonah

A fellow dove, Daniel Lizarraga, posted a great study about the sign of Jonah and its relationship to the Church Age. You may remember that the unbelieving Pharisees asked Jesus for a miraculous sign and he replied:  “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign!  But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.  For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now one greater than Jonah is here.”  Matthew 12:30-41.

In a nutshell, Daniel Lizarraga noticed that the sign of Jonah consisted of three feasts, not just one.  He sees Passover in the three days and three nights.  (Note: Passover tends to be a catchall for all 3 spring feasts. Technically, however, Christ died on Passover, was buried for 3 days during the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and was resurrected on Firstfruits.)  He sees Pentecost in the 120,000 Ninevites who repented, because the number is a multiple of the 120 Christian believers who were in the upper room at Pentecost.  And he sees Tabernacles in the fact that Jonah made a booth to watch the outcome of the city. Finally, he sees all of this as an illustration of the Church Age.

I believe that his insight is confirmed by scripture.  The 3 feasts that make up the sign of Jonah are the same 3 feasts that make up the Pilgrimage Festivals. “Three times a year all your men must appear before the Lord your God in the place he will choose: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks and the Feast of Tabernacles.” Deuteronomy 16:16. (See also Exodus 23:14-17.)  This is no coincidence.  God has highlighted three out of the seven Levitical feasts for a reason.  At the time Jesus pointed the Jews to sign of Jonah, he was making a specific point about Gentile believers.  He also mentioned the Queen of Sheba who came to the faith during the time of King Solomon.  (See Matthew 12: 42.)  He was showing the Jews that the conversion of Gentiles would be a sign to them and that the 3 Pilgrimage Festivals would be connected to this sign.

In book of Jonah, the Jewish prophet is sent to Nineveh, a Gentile city, to warn the people of its destruction after a period of 40 days.  The Ninevites believe his message and repent to the God of the Israelites, who preserves them from judgment.  We thus have an illustration of Gentiles who come to a saving faith in God within a framework of events that point to the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks and the Feast of Tabernacles.  This is the sign of Jonah. And it is being fulfilled by the Church, a predominantly Gentile body, who has accepted the resurrected Christ (i.e. Unleavened Bread) as her Savior.  The Apostle Paul observed that our current age would be characterized by Israel’s unbelief, but that it would not be lasting. “Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious …. I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved ….” Romans 11:11, 25-26.

The Church, had its start on Pentecost, also known as the Feast of Weeks.  It was at that time that the Holy Spirit began to indwell believers.  In a spiritual sense, Pentecost has never ended. Believers continue to be indwelt by the Holy Spirit.  In fact, Paul referred to our present age as Today. “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. As has just been said: ‘Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.’” Hebrews 3:13-15. Someday, however, “Today” will end.

If the Church Age is connected to the 3 pilgrimage festivals, then the next event on God’s prophetic calendar is the Feast of Tabernacles.  In the book of Jonah, the Ninevites were spared judgment.  Likewise, the Church will be spared the judgment of the Tribulation through the Rapture.  Our disappearance will truly be a miraculous sign to those remaining on earth.

Lastly, the name “Jonah” literally means “dove.”  Isn’t it interesting that there is a book of the Bible entitled “Dove,” the sign of the Holy Spirit, which is about a bunch of reprobate Gentiles who are spared from judgment?  Talk about an illustration for the Church Age.

Harvest Pattern

The Feast of Tabernacles is the last of the 3 harvest festivals – which are Firstfruits, Pentecost, and Tabernacles, respectively. Jesus may have established a pattern by being resurrected on a harvest festival – the Feast of Firstfruits.  Future resurrection events, therefore – including the Rapture – could occur on one of these festivals.  Since the Feast of Tabernacles signals the end of the harvest (Deuteronomy 16:13-15), it would be fitting for the Church to be “harvested” at the end of the harvest season, since it had it start at Pentecost, the beginning of the harvest season. See Exodus 23:16.  There is also a period of 4 months between Pentecost and Tabernacles. “Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest?’ I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together.” John 4:35-36. Our job has been to participate in this on-going harvest. Someday, however, our work will end and there will be a final harvest of the Church.

Booths & Heavenly Chambers

There is a lovely passage in Isaiah that talks about the people of God entering chambers during a time of judgment.  It is viewed as an Old Testament reference to the Rapture: “But your dead will live; their bodies will rise. You who dwell in the dust, wake up and shout for joy.  Your dew is like the dew of the morning; the earth will give birth to her dead.  Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until his wrath has passed by.  See, the Lord is coming out of his dwelling to punish the people of the earth for their sins.” Isaiah 27:19-21. Note that the people are told to hide themselves, but for a short period of time.  It is interesting to note that the Feast of Tabernacles is celebrated by the entering of temporary structures or booths for a period of 7 days.  Could this point to the Church entering chambers in heaven during the 7 year Tribulation?

Jesus said, “In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you.  I am going there to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” John 14:2-3.

Pattern from the Transfiguration

The Transfiguration is discussed in three out of the four Gospels: Matthew 17:1-13; Mark 9:2-3; Luke 9:28-36.  The accounts are all similar: Jesus, Peter, James and John go up a high mountain where Jesus is transfigured before them. Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appear in “glorious splendor.”  (Luke 9:31.)  A cloud envelopes all of them and they hear the voice of God.

It is possible that the Transfiguration occurred during the Feast of Tabernacles, because Peter asks if they should build 3 shelters or booths for Jesus, Moses and Elijah.  If this connection between the Transfiguration and the Feast of Tabernacles is true, we may have been given insight as to the timing of the Rapture. This is because there seems to be a parallel between the Transfiguration and the Rapture passage in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17:

“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After than, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.”

Similarly, at the Transfiguration, Moses represents the dead in Christ because he experienced death.  Elijah represents those who are alive at the time of the Rapture because he never experienced death.  They, the dead and the alive, join Jesus and are transformed.  Also, Old Testament saints and New Testament saints are together during this event as represented by Moses, Elijah, and the three disciples.  Although they are not in the air, they are on a “high mountain.”  (Matthew 17:1.)  A cloud envelopes them and they are with the Lord in the clouds.  Lastly, the voice of God is heard, and we know from other scripture that the voice of God is like the sound of a trumpet.  (See Revelation 1:10 and 4:1.)

The Transfiguration appears to be a rehearsal for the Rapture. Perhaps it is also an indicator for its timing.

In Secret

There is a passage in the book of John that expressly links Jesus Christ to the Feast of Tabernacles.  It states that the Lord’s brothers mock him for not having a more public ministry. “Therefore Jesus told them, ‘The right time for me has not yet come; for you any time is right.  The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that what it does is evil.  You go to the Feast.  I am not yet going up to this Feast, because for me the right time has not yet come.’  Having said this, he stayed in Galilee.  However, after his brothers had left for the Feast, he went also, not publicly, but in secret.  Now at the Feast the Jews were watching for him and asking, ‘Where is that man?’ …. Not until halfway through the Feast did Jesus go up to the temple courts and begin to teach.” John 7:6-14.

It is interesting that Jesus initially attends the Feast of Tabernacles in secret.  People often criticize us for believing in a “secret” Rapture.  Wouldn’t it be something if this passage is a hint for when and how Christ will come for us?  Since the Feast of Tabernacles is a multi-day festival, no one would know the day or hour that He would come.  But rest assured that Christ will come at the right time.


– Lisa Taylor

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October 14, 2008 at 3:51 pm

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Laurie D (13 Oct 2008)
WOW-The Lord had me pull this up to examine the 3 day of darkness!!!!!!!

If you have been following this Oct 14th-UFO possible occurance than you read they believe the sky will disappear for 72 hours ( meaning I guess that it will be dark) Did you also read yesturdays post that FM Riley had a sudden heart attack and therefore may not be able to post on Doves for awhile——–well here is what he wrote in June about the rapture and 3 days of darkness and then 4 days later the rapture!!!! Which would mean the rapture occuring on THE LAST DAY (the last day of Feast ofTabernacles-Oct 20-21)!!!!!!!

It is no coincidence that the enemy attacked Pastor Riley at this exact time-therefore I am reposting his letter from back in June-Blessings to all of you and keep Pastor Riley in your prayers!  He has blessed us greatly with his wonderful studies of the word over the years!!
See ya in the air
Blessings Laurie D.

F.M. Riley (3 June 2008)
The three days of darkness

The Three Days of Darkness

By Pastor F. M. Riley

“And I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke:

The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come.”

Acts 2:19-20


“How did three days of darkness (or two days) get into this discussion of the resurrection and rapture?” “Where did Pastor Riley come up with that?” “I’ve never heard of that before!” “Is he introducing some new theory?” “It sounds pretty crazy to me.” “When it doesn’t happen, won’t he look silly?” And on, and on, and on, and on, ad nauseam!

All of these critics claim to be “Bible students,” and they don’t know where the three days of darkness came from…?? Well I’ll just be glad to show my readers. [The critics are welcome to sneak a peak too, that is, if they are not afraid of “learning” something from an ignorant old “date setter”].


Any one who seriously studies God’s Word already knows that the term, “three days,” repeatedly occurs over and over and over again throughout the Bible. Many years ago I became intrigued by the many references to “three days” in the Scriptures, and made a complete study of every such reference to be found in God’s word. In the course of that study I also noticed that this expression was connected with “darkness” on several occasions in God’s Word. That led me to make a study of the words, dark, darkness, black, blackness, clouds, cloudy, cloudiness, night, midnight, etc. All of these words are related in different passages of Scripture. By the time I had studied each of these words, in their context, I was convinced that the coming Tribulation would begin with three days of total darkness over all the earth.

In this study I have neither the time nor the desire to study every one of these words over again with our readers. But I propose to give our readers a few Scriptural examples and then let you decide for yourselves. Let’s get started…..

Israel’s exodus from Egypt

We are all aware of the Biblical record of Jacob taking his family down into Egypt . There they were “buried” in Egypt for 215 years. But at the end of that time, the Lord “resurrected” Israel out of Egypt, and carried them on “eagles wings” [Exodus 19:4…a type of rapture?] to their promised land just as He is going to resurrect them out of the Gentile nations of the earth in the next seven years. Read Ezekiel 37:1-14. The exodus of the Israelites from the land of Egypt is then a type of both “resurrection” and “rapture.”

It is absolutely undeniable that just preceding the exodus of the children of Israel from the land of Egypt “…..there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days: They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days…,” Exodus 10:22-23. Could this be stated any plainer? This three days of total darkness began just four days before Israel left Egypt . Any serious Bible student knows that ancient Egypt was a type of “the world,” and God’s calling of Israel out of Egypt is a type of our being called out of “the world.”

The inspired Word of God explicitly states that the things that happened to ancient Israel “were our examples” and that “they were written for our admonition [instruction], upon whom the ends of the world [age] are come,” 1 Corinthians 10:6; 10:11.

Now it is obvious that when ancient Israel left Egypt they were making an “exodus” from that land. Then isn’t it also obvious that when the resurrection and rapture of God’s people living today occurs, we will be making an “exodus” from this present evil world? You know we will be! Therefore, since Israel ’s exodus from Egypt was a type of our exodus from this world, and since Israel ’s “exodus” was preceded by three days of darkness over all the earth, is there any good reason why our exodus from this world will not also be preceded by three days of darkness? Well…?? Think about it!

The Sacrifice of Christ

I think it is more than coincidence that when Christ died on the cross for my sins and yours, His death was preceded by three hours of darkness over all the earth.

We read about it in Luke 23:44, “And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.” The language of the Scripture makes it very clear that this was not an eclipse. An eclipse doesn’t cover or darken “all the earth.” This had to be a supernatural act of God Almighty.

This event also occurred four days before the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Is it possible that this three hours of darkness “over all the earth” preceding the resurrection of Christ, typifies three days of darkness “over all the earth” preceding the resurrection of New Testament believers? Again, think about it!

The Salvation of Saul [Paul]

Any serious Bible student knows that Saul, one of the spiritual leaders of unbelieving Israel , was saved while on the road to Damascus . The Lord appeared to him in light so bright that Saul was plunged into total darkness for three days. Read about it for yourself in Acts 9:1-18, 22:6-16, and 26:12-18. Saul, whose name was later changed to Paul, then later explicitly stated that he was “one born before the appointed time,” 1 Corinthians 15:8, as a “pattern” [type] “to them which should hereafter believe on Him to life everlasting,” 1 Timothy 1:16. It is obvious that Saul was in total darkness for three days­ just before his salvation in Christ burst upon his restored sight. Shall there not then be three days of total darkness upon this earth preceding the salvation, sealing, and commissioning of the 144,000 Jewish evangelists, of whom Paul was a type, right after the beginning of the Tribulation?

I am well aware that some prophecy teachers want to put the ministry of the 144,000 and the two witnesses in the last half of the Tribulation. Sorry folks, it won’t work. It does not harmonize with the whole revelation of God’s Word at all. I have two Bible studies written out on the ministry of God’s two witnesses and that of the 144,000 that I will be glad to send to any reader requesting them.

Folks, this present dispensation is going to end and the Tribulation is going to begin with three days of total darkness over all the earth, whether some want to believe it or not.

Peter’s Prophecy

I have had several people write and tell me so dogmatically that Pentecost was totally fulfilled in Acts 2 some 2,000 years ago, and therefore it cannot be the time when the Lord comes to resurrect and rapture His people to glory. Oh, is that so! No! It isn’t so, and now I am going to prove it.

Any serious Bible student knows that the Holy Spirit came down upon the Lord’s “church” on the Day of Pentecost, exactly as recorded in Acts 2. As the Holy Spirit was poured out, just as Peter stated in verses 17 and 18, God’s people, especially Jewish believers, have prophesied, seen visions, and dreamed dreams, and preached and taught God’s Word [prophesied], and this is still going on today.

Some could even claim that what Peter prophesied in verse 19 has been fulfilled, especially in view of the many terrible wars that have produced “blood, and fire, an vapor of smoke.”

But now tell me, show me, document it for me….when during this entire dispensation has verse 20 been fulfilled? What day or year during this present dispensation has the “sun been turned into darkness, and the moon into blood?” Remember that this is to occur “before that great and notable day of the Lord.” Well, when did it happen?

Now don’t come at me with that “eclipse” stuff. I believe in the eclipses, keep up with them, and have been impressed that many of them have occurred on Jewish holy days over the past ten to fifteen years. But I don’t believe for a minute that is the “force” of meaning in this verse. Was the three days of darkness in the land of Egypt an eclipse? If it was, why is there no record of a three day eclipse occurring in past history? Well…?? Was the three hours of darkness “over all the earth” when Christ was suffering and dying on the cross an eclipse? If it was, why is there no historical record of a gigantic eclipse that literally covered “all the earth?” Was Paul’s three days of total blindness caused by an eclipse? Come on folks! Quit hem hawing around and trying to explain away God’s Word.

Peter’s prophecy that states “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come,” has not been fulfilled at any time in this present dispensation and you readers know it. Then if this prophecy is to be fulfilled in this present dispensation, like the rest of his prophecy has been, then it must be fulfilled before the Lord comes to resurrect and rapture His people to glory. Hello! Do I have your attention yet?

It is obvious that verse 20 of the Pentecost prophecy given by Peter has not been fulfilled, whether some like it or not.

A Thief in the Night

Now listen to these inspired utterances from God’s Word:

“But know this, that if the good man of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up,” Matthew 24:43.

“And this know, that if the good man of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through,” Luke 12:39.

“For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night,” 1 Thessalonians 5:2.

“But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief,” 1 Thessalonians 5:4.

“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away [pass by; go past; fly by] with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up,” 2 Peter 3:10.

“…..If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come upon thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee,” Revelation 3:3.

“Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame,” Revelation 16:15.

Folks, everyone of these seven passages in God’s Word clearly suggests that the Lord is coming in the night. In the last passage the Lord clearly identifies Himself as the thief. No, He is not coming to “steal,” but as a thief, to take out of Satan’s kingdom what rightfully belongs to Him. He purchased His people with His own blood, and Satan has no right to hold us here against our will.

Since these passages clearly suggest that Christ is coming in the night, then how could this happen since the resurrection and rapture is going to occur all over the earth at the same time? We know that while it may be night on one side of the earth, it is day on the other side. What is the solution to this? Simple…..

If the whole entire earth is plunged into darkness for three days, then it will be as the blackness of “night” over the whole earth during that entire time. Peter’s prophecy will be fulfilled to the letter. Paul’s “pattern” will be fulfilled. The types and shadows set forth in the Old Testament will be fulfilled, and our Lord will literally come “as a thief in the night” to resurrect and rapture His people to glory.

Praise the Lord! Glory to God! Hallelujah! What an awesome God we serve!

Now do you understand why Brother Ben is teaching a period of darkness upon the earth before the resurrection and rapture? Do you understand why I am teaching three days of darkness before the resurrection and rapture? Is this plain enough?

No, Ben and I are not way out in left field. We didn’t invent some new theory. We just took what God’s Word explicitly states, believed it, and are trying to apply it to the end-time prophetic picture.

I hope God’s people are blessed by it. If our critics don’t like it, they can lump it, stay mad, or ask God for the grace to get over it. Time is running out, and I no longer have the time to “tiptoe through the tulips.” Is this plain enough?

May God bless every person who really seeking to know the whole truth of God’s precious Word is my prayer. I’ll meet you folks in glory in a few more days.

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Pastor F. M. Riley


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October 14, 2008 at 1:05 pm