Saturday, July 7, 2018

The Ten Horned Beast




The Ten Horned Beast

B. Keith Chadwell, 7.2018 update

If an area is dark and we need to see into that area, it makes sense that we would not spend time arguing about the darkness, just flood the area with light.   So… lets shine some light on Daniel, chapter 7: 

Daniel 7:

v23: "Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.        

            Enters: Alexander the great 

24a: "And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise:…"     

Enters: The Diadochi (Alexanders’ ten immediate successors)

24b: "…and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings;"    

Enters:  Rome

25: "And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.     

Enters: Roman occupation of Israel (the Saints of the Most High)

Enters:  Jesus the Christ; time is divided; BC/AD  

                          see blog teaching: The dividing of time                     

26: "But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end."       

27:  "And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him."     

   Enters: The promise of the Father and the new creation (Luke 12:32  Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.  Matthew 5:3  Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.)



28: "Hitherto is the end of the matter. As for me Daniel, my cogitations much troubled me, and my countenance changed in me: but I kept the matter in my heart."

Exit:  The old creation (Eph_3:5  Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; )



 Now just a bit of factual historical background:

1st  Kingdom…………………Babylonian

followed by………………… Mede’s

followed by.................…Persian’s 

followed by………………… Alexander the Great

followed by................... The Diadochi; who were         

10 generals who became kings and were from Alexander’s Kingdom; eventually all to be taken over & becoming a part of the Roman Empire.  This is the set up right after Alexander dies; 

1.  Ptolemy  …………….......in   Egypt

2.  Lysimachos *………... in   Thrace

3.  Leonnatus     ………....in   Hellespontine & Phrygia

 4.  Eumenes………….…......in   Cappadocia

5.  Peithon…………............in   South half of Media

 6.  Astropates………….....in   North half of Media

7.   Antigonus…………....in  Lycia, Pomphylia & Pisidia

8.   Menander…………....in  Lydia

9.   Asandrus………… ....in  Caria

10. Laomedon  …………. in  Syria

* “Lysimachos was just as successful as his rivals in playing in the role of a new style king” (pg 51) The Greek World After Alexander 323-30 BC

The History of these Kings & these Kingdoms and those formed at their expense extends over the 3rd  and 2nd  centuries BC. It is this that constitutes the Hellenistic period proper……

"Hellenistic Period : Following the death of Alexander, the Macedonian generals began to partition his vast empire among themselves. The disagreements arising from this division resulted in a series of wars from 322 to 275 BC, many of which took place in Greece. Thus, one of the characteristics of the Hellenistic period, which lasted from the death of Alexander until the acquisition of Greece as a Roman province in 146 BC, was the deterioration of the Greek city-states as political entities and the gradual decline of Greek political independence as a whole. Nevertheless, the Hellenistic period was marked by the triumph of Greece as the fountainhead of culture, and its way of life was adopted, as a result of Alexander’s conquests, throughout most of the ancient world."

 Daniel 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

 Hebrews 9:26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

           

“ The capital of Ptolemaic Egypt, Alexandria, which had been founded by Alexander in 332 BC, developed into a center of Greek learning rivaling and occasionally surpassing Athens. Every part of the Hellenistic world devoted itself to the cultivation of art and intellect. Such men as the mathematicians Euclid and Archimedes, the philosophers Epicurus and Zeno of Citium, and the poets Apollonius of Rhodes and Theocritus were characteristic of the age.

So strongly was Hellenistic culture implanted that it became one of the most important elements in early Christianity."

"Ancient Greek ideas about art, architecture, drama, philosophy, and mathematics greatly influenced Western civilization. Among the most influential of Greek cultural achievements is the Parthenon in Athens, an outstanding example of classical architecture. The Greek teacher and philosopher Socrates affected Western speculative thought and philosophy with his emphasis on dialogue and rational argument. Greek scientists developed methods of reasoning to demonstrate mathematic principles. Greek dramas set structural and thematic styles emulated by great Western playwrights such as William Shakespeare. "

"In Alexandria the Jews came into contact with Greek learning, which profoundly influenced the later religious thought of the world; here the Greek translation of the Old Testament, called the   Septuagint, was made before AD 100".

Daniel 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

"…….As the Hellenistic monarchies declined in the 2nd and 1st centuries BC, the Romans gradually extended their control over Greece and the Middle East. The Roman civilization that subsequently became dominant was in many ways a continuation of Hellenistic culture.”

Rome: 

 Another King will arise & will subdue 3 Kings   (Daniel 7:24b) 

” Alexanders’ chief officers, all Macedonians, included Antigonus, Ptolemy, and Seleucus.

During the winter of 280-281 BC Seleucus, the last of the “Diadochi” (Alexanders companions to have participated in Alexanders conquest & subsequently shared the inheritance.)  The empire of Alexander was by now finally divided into 3 Kingdoms.    

1.  Egypt: The Ptolemies reign would last until the death of Cleopatra in 30 BC and then would be taken over by Rome  (ROMAN CONQUEST)

2.  Syria Asia minor & upper Satraps: The Seleucid reign  would last until after the long conflict with Rome and finally disappear in 64 BC when Pompey & Syria were made into a province.  (ROMAN CONQUEST)

3.  Macedon: The Antigonids lost their Kingdom at the battle of Pydna before the (Rome) legions of Aemilius Paullus in 168 BC (ROMAN CONQUEST).

"Hellenistic Age (4th-1st century BC), period between the conquest of the Persian Empire by Alexander the Great and the establishment of Roman supremacy, in which Greek culture and learning were preeminent in the Mediterranean and the Middle East.”

It is called Hellenistic (Greek Hellas, "Greece") to distinguish it from the Hellenic culture of classical Greece. The Hellenistic world was dominated by three great monarchies founded by the successors of Alexander:  Egypt, under the Ptolemies; Syria, ruled by the Seleucids;  and Macedonia, under the Antigonids.”

 As the Hellenistic monarchies declined in the 2nd and 1st centuries BC, the Romans gradually extended their control over Greece and the Middle East. The Roman civilization that subsequently became dominant was in many ways a continuation of Hellenistic culture.

“Greek rule (which itself meant a variety of things) came to an end, generally in favor of Roman rule, at different dates, in different places between 168 B.C. and AD 72;  even then the distinctive city-based culture of the Greeks, modified by centuries of interaction with non-Greek cultures, continued to evolve in new ways for many more centuries.”  (pg.2)

The above is a quote from the book; “THE GREEK WORLD AFTER ALEXANDER 323-30 BC”, by Graham Shipley, published by Routledge an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, London and New York, copy write by Graham Shipley 2000.  (Keith’s library)    

Other direct quoted excerpts used in this article, unless otherwise noted, are taken from; Microsoft® Encarta® Encyclopedia 99. © 1993-1998 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.





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Sunday, May 6, 2018

The Early Rain and the Late Rain

“The Early Rain and the Late Rain…”                              

B. Keith Chadwell
      
“Eyes to see”, for Christians, means that we are born again of God’s incorruptible spirit and become new creations in Christ, enabled to be partakers of His Holy Spirit.  Enabled, then, to have the ability to see and understand things of the Spirit.
However, just having spiritual eyes to see does not mean that we can’t look at something spiritual and choose to see it or interpret it through our physical eyes and natural understanding and thereby miss the Spiritual import.
The Old Prophet Jeremiah gives us prophetic perspective in Jeremiah chapter 5; as he chides God’s people who have eyes to see and choose not to see; He tells us that these have a revolting and rebellious heart. Jeremiah goes on to tell us that those with eyes to see who choose not to see give no place, in their hearts, for a moral reverence and fear for their God who gives “rain” to them; both the ”Early Rain” as well as the “Late Rain”.
      Note, here, that in Biblical days the former or early rain; was understood to be; a lesser amount or a
Sprinkling” and the later rain or late rain was understood as; “shower violently”.
     Even people with eyes to see, may not see that this “rain” that is referenced
     by God’s prophets is, in fact, a metaphor or a symbol pointing to; God’s word.

Read these words of the prophets Hosea and then; Isaiah;
Hosea 6:3 then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.

Isaiah 55:10-11 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth
not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth 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.

How will the Lord come to us? ”AS THE RAIN”!! And…AS THE RAIN effects a natural growth and harvest, so shall God’s word be with spiritual things.
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Friday, March 23, 2018

Committing our ways to Him



Committing our ways to Him
 

B. Keith Chadwell 3.18

Psalms 37:5-6
Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.


We are instructed to commit our way or choose God's rule, within us, then have faith (trust) He will bring it to pass. If we are serious with God about walking in the Spirit, this is the way..."walk ye in it".

He, then, cleanses and changes our hearts… our thought processes, which begin to arise, “as the light” coming forth from a changed heart that He is changing.  Then, progressively, will come forth the manifestations of ”His righteousness” from our innermost being, which will be manifest, morning by morning.  Kind of like the daylight gradually rises each morning and progressively pushes out the darkness. 

This process (yes, I said “process”)  is not "instant potatoes". However, He is able to keep that which we COMMIT TO HIM against "that day".  The  day;  in which His full righteousness will be manifest through us, who commit ourselves to Him and His work in us.   So… by faith, we are the righteousness of God, until.... “His righteousness” is manifest through us, in fact, and those around us will see it and glorify our Father which is in heaven. 

Whatever light we are blessed to have been given during that process; let it shine. Let it shine until "that day" that "Christ in us" is fully manifest and we are "like Him".            

Matt 5:16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.


We choose & commit....Heaven rushes to our aid.  It is, then, God's work.  Like planting seeds, it is a process. It takes time from planting to harvest. In the meanwhile “FAITH”  will be the substance of the harvest  hoped for.....but not, yet, fully manifest.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Liturgy BC and AD


Liturgy, BC and AD                                  
                                                                                                                                                                                     

Jeremiah 8:7 Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD.

The Essenes were apparently an ancient Jewish sect of Dead Sea covenant community dwellers from about 200 BC to AD 68.  According to historical evidence they moved out of their Dead Sea community, perhaps coinciding with an earth quake about 31 BC and did not return until somewhere around the time of the birth of Christ, about 30 years later.  Archaeologists have found that they identified themselves, as “the Congregation of the Poor and with the "meek who shall inherit the earth”.

This Dead Sea scroll community called themselves "the people of the New Covenant or New Testament".  Although some of them may have become Christians after the Romans finally scattered them prior to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, scholars believe that they were, generally, in no sense Christian.


Historical evidence indicates that twice a day they celebrated a solemn communion meal, with the blessing of bread and wine. This, say Scholars; was "a liturgical anticipation of the Messianic banquet in the coming kingdom".  This apparently was a concept that was a common theme in the Judaism of the time.


Another regular practice of the Essenes was baptism.  On entering the community, individuals received a baptism upon their repentance of sins.  However, unlike the later Christian practice, the Essenes baptism was renewed each year and supplemented by other continued daily rituals, all purposed to make them spiritually pure by means of these liturgies.


Liturgy (plural liturgies):  A predetermined or prescribed set of rituals that are performed, usually by a religion. 



The Essenes were zealous for the law and arguably, to a fault.   However, they were a dedicated people, a religious people, who no doubt played some part in God's overall plan.  Perhaps, among other things, they were a part of helping to preserve and or validate some parts of the ancient texts of the Bible and perhaps other information.  Never the less; they were a people who came to a time of change and failed, without notable exceptions, to make the transition.
 

"Liturgies" or literal religious ritual adherence to established religious practices, whether passed on in writing or by oral tradition, were central to the Jewish religion before Christ.  Examples include; animal sacrifices, circumcision, observance of certain days and feasts, such as the Passover feast,  ritual cleansings of clothing, the body, and the list goes on.
 

These "old testament" literal practices are known by most Christians and well documented in the pages of the books of the law and referenced in other parts of the  of the bible.  The genuine liturgies or practices of the Jewish law were ordained of God, with purpose.  The purposes can be summed up simply but not completely as; "types and shadows" described and practiced in natural terms.  These were liturgies which flesh and blood could relate to during the times before Christ (BC), yet which pointed, mysteriously, to things to come in the Spirit (AD.)


No wonder, the Pharisees and Sadducees were at odds with Jesus, His message and His works.  Everything Jesus said and did was contrary to the doctrine of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.  They knew it all.  Who was this vagabond, this carpenter's son from Nazareth?  He had no seminary credentials, no formal instruction or degree and the way He talked was even more maddening to them.  Nothing He said made any sense from their legalistic, liturgical or natural mind paradigms. And yet… he confounded them with His wisdom at every turn.


      John 7:46…, Never man spake like this man.


Let's look at a few examples of Jesus' use of their, then common, literal liturgical language with which He confounded and incensed them:


John 6:32  Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.


Mark 4:11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:


John 2:19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. 

John 2:20  Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?


John 2:21  But he spake of the temple of his body.


John 7:37  In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.


John 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.


John 7:39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)


Mark 4:33 And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, (his followers) as they were able to hear it. 

Psalms 78:2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:

Proverbs 1:5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: 

Proverbs 1:6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.   


Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. 


What then had a liturgical washing of the outer flesh (baptism) to do with the new covenant except to point to things to come?


What then had a liturgical cutting away of the flesh (circumcision) to do with the new covenant except to point to things to come?


What then had a liturgical observation of a day of the week (the Sabbath) to do with the new covenant except to point to things to come?


What then had the liturgical eating and drinking of a communion meal of bread and wine to do with the new covenant except to point to things to come?


Hebrews 9:9-10 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which

were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;

Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal

ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. 


Colossians 2:16-17 Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.


With the coming of Jesus, the Christ, came a new creation, all things are become new.   In Christ we are a new creation, old things have passed.   A new covenant arrived over two thousand years ago. Why then, do we still continue to cling to the old? We came to a time of change over two thousand years ago.  Will we ever let go of the old religious traditions and finally, fully and completely, embrace the new?



Jeremiah 8:19-22 Behold the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people because of them that dwell in a far country: Is not the LORD in Zion? is not her king in her? Why have they provoked me to anger with their graven images, and with strange vanities? The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved. For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black; astonishment hath taken hold on me.

Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? Why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered? 







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B. Keith Chadwell

Highcountryministry.com


Monday, January 1, 2018

The Mystery of anti-Christ


“The mystery of anti-Christ”

2nd Thessalonians 2:                                       

V7 (Peshitta text): For the mystery of iniquity is already at work: until he who now is the obstacle is taken out of the way.

“The mystery of iniquity” in 2nd Thessalonians 2:7, above, could be compared and considered in the same light as the “The mystery of godliness” in 1st Timothy 3:16 or the mystery of Christ in Ephesians 3:4 and is further amplified by Col 1: 27; “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
 
1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory

Ephesians 3:4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ.

Col 1:27 to whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

In considering the meaning of “the mystery” either of Godliness, of Christ or of Iniquity, we should see mysteries, by definition as; something hidden which may not readily be revealed; “a secret or mystery”.   For example, Jesus spoke of “the mystery of the Kingdom” and always spoke in parables and metaphor’s to keep the mystery hidden (a secret), except for those “with eyes to see and ears to hear”.

Mar 4:11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

So let us see these mysteries in the same way and ask the Lord to reveal them to us and not just rely on the traditional teachings of men:

The mystery of Godliness and of Christ deals with the manifestation of God in the flesh, the work of Jesus the Christ and the gift to His believers of the Holy Spirit, in order that we might become partakers of His divine nature.

Anti-freeze, by definition, could be anything that would prevent freezing.   By definition, then; “Anti-Christ” could be anything that prevents the perfection and manifestation of Christ in His Church.

Perfection and the manifestation of Christ in the Body of Christ is the goal that God has purposed for us and defined by Paul as; “Christ in us, the hope of glory”.

Eph 4:12 for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Eph 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:

Oh…there is one more comparison we should consider, closer, as we inquire into “the mystery of iniquity”; “The mystery of the Kingdom”. Jesus warned His disciples that they were not to look for it, “here” or “there” because it was located WITHIN them.

So, again, the leavened doctrines of men have externalized, down through the centuries, the mystery of iniquity.   

Anti-Christ ? 

Rev_13:18  Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

Incidentally and I think, not coincidentally, the medical community tells us that our flesh contains exactly six hundred and sixty six (666) skeletal muscles. 

Scripture tells us that “Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God”, because it (the flesh) is by scriptural definition; Anti or; at war with the Spirit.  The flesh is contrary to the Sprit and unwilling to submit to Gods government, Kingdom (Kings-dominion) or rule of God.  (also; see Romans 7: and 8)

1Co 15:50  Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

“That wicked”  (2nd Thessalonians 2:8)
Wicked: G3551; lawless, that is, (negatively) not subject to (the Jewish) law; (by implication a Gentile), or (positively) wicked: - without law, lawless, transgressor, unlawful, wicked.

Our wicked flesh, surely, needs to be submitted to be crucified with
Christ and our faith, our trust is in Christ, is that He will do that very work.
His Dominion within us will, then, be manifest outwardly; A daily, progressive, resurrection unto His new life in us, until He is fully apparent in us.

Col 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”

Eph 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:

If we, our fleshly desires and motivations, are crucified (not literally of course) with Him, we are also to be resurrected with Him.  His coming or appearing in us, His light, our new resurrection life, will destroy the dark motivations to sin or… “that wicked” in us. And then His light or his life will fill us and from the cleaned heart will come forth the manifestations of His righteousness in us.

Tit 3:5  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 

Mat 6:33  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Joh 1:4  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

Php 2:13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Luk 6:45  A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

Psa 37:5  Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. v6  And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

Verses 9a & 10 of 2nd Thessalonians 2: describes “the working of
Satan" in this manner;

  “…the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”

This is “ANTI-“ or In direct contrast to certain promises and expectations that true Christians have, which are:

 “…the workings of Christ”, with all righteousness in us that live, is because we do receive the love of the truth, that we might be saved!

Yet it does not appear what we shall be.  But, when He comes or appears or is manifest in us, we shall be like Him and see Him as He is.
1Jn 3:2  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, (be fully manifest) we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

1Jn 2:28  And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, (be fully manifest) we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

The real target that the church should be zeroing in on to destroy the works of the devil is Ant-Christ for sure and certain.  That would be the desires and motivations of…OUR FLESH   And then for us to fully understand that it is not by our works that this destruction will be done, but rather by His work in us.   It is only “the brightness of His coming that will bring us to the final victory.

This whole passage in 2 Thessalonians 2: leaves no wiggle room for anything ANTI-Christ after the Lord shows up (2Th 2:8).  This is a total victory picture of; "the day of the Lord" (whatever and whenever that may be).

Co 13:12  For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.


Let Him who hath an ear, hear

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B. Keith Chadwell