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The Remnant: On the Brink of Armageddon (Left Behind Series #10)
     

The Remnant: On the Brink of Armageddon (Left Behind Series #10)

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by Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins
 

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Nicolae Carpathia has his enemies right where he wants them: massed at Petra, a million strong. The Trib Force’s aliases and even their safe houses have been compromised, forcing Rayford, Buck, and all the members to flee for their lives while trying to maintain their overt opposition to the Antichrist. All pretense is gone, even on the part of the

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Nicolae Carpathia has his enemies right where he wants them: massed at Petra, a million strong. The Trib Force’s aliases and even their safe houses have been compromised, forcing Rayford, Buck, and all the members to flee for their lives while trying to maintain their overt opposition to the Antichrist. All pretense is gone, even on the part of the Antichrist, as the planet hurtles toward the ultimate showdown between good and evil. A repackage of the tenth book in the New York Times best-selling Left Behind series.

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Lakes and rivers turn to blood. Global life endangered by scorching sun. Darkness blankets Middle East; astronomers baffled.

Hordes of Christ-followers seeking refuge in Petra are slated for massacre by Supreme Potentate Nicolae Carpathia’s armies. With key members dead or missing, the Tribulation Force frantically prepares to fight the ultimate battle between good and evil—until their safe house is compromised and they flee for their lives. Will they escape before Carpathia obliterates the city? Most important, will they fulfill their mission as the world hurtles toward Armageddon?

The Remnant is #10 in the phenomenal New York Times best-selling Left Behind series that rocked the publishing world and made millions think seriously about the future and their places in it.

With special features relating to current events and end-times prophecy.

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The fate of humankind hangs in the balance, as the beleaguered Tribulation Force prepares to defend itself against the Antichrist in Jerry Jenkins and Tim Lahaye's thrilling tenth installment of their bestselling Left Behind series -- now available in paperback.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781414334998
Publisher:
Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date:
03/16/2011
Series:
Left Behind Series , #10
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
62,758
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.94(d)

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The Remnant

On the brink of Armageddon
By Tim F. LaHaye Jerry B. Jenkins

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2002 Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-8423-6559-1


Chapter One

Rayford Steele had endured enough brushes with death to know that the cliché was more than true: Not only did your life flash before your mind's eye, but your senses were also on high alert. As he knelt awkwardly on the unforgiving red rock of the city of Petra in ancient Edom, he was aware of everything, remembered everything, thought of everything and everybody.

Despite the screaming Global Community fighter-bombers-larger than any he had ever seen or even read about-he heard his own concussing heart and wheezing lungs. New to the robe and sandals of an Egyptian, he tottered on sore knees and toes. Rayford could not bow his head, could not tear his eyes from the sky and the pair of warheads that seemed to grow larger as they fell.

Beside him his dear compatriot, Abdullah Smith, prostrated himself, burying his head in his hands. To Rayford, Smitty represented everyone he was responsible for-the entire Tribulation Force around the world. Some were in Chicago, some in Greece, some with him in Petra. One was in New Babylon. And as the Jordanian groaned and leaned into him, Rayford felt Abdullah shuddering.

Rayford was scared too. He wouldn't have denied it. Where was the faith that should have come from seeing God, so many times, deliver him from death? It wasn't that he doubted God. But something deep within-his survival instinct, he assumed-told him he was about to die.

For most people, doubt was long gone by now ... there were few skeptics anymore. If someone were not a Christ follower by now, probably he had chosen to oppose God.

Rayford had no fear of death itself or of the afterlife. Providing heaven for his people was a small feat for the God who now manifested himself miraculously every day. It was the dying part Rayford dreaded. For while his God had protected him up to now and promised eternal life when death came, he had not spared Rayford injury and pain. What would it be like to fall victim to the warheads?

Quick, that was sure. Rayford knew enough about Nicolae Carpathia to know the man would not cut corners now. While one bomb could easily destroy the million people who-all but Rayford, it seemed-tucked their heads as close to between their legs as they were able, two bombs would vaporize them. Would the flashes blind him? Would he hear the explosions? feel the heat? be aware of his body disintegrating into bits?

Whatever happened, Carpathia would turn it into political capital. He might not televise the million unarmed souls, showing their backsides to the Global Community as the bombs hurtled in. But he would show the impact, the blasts, the fire, the smoke, the desolation. He would illustrate the futility of opposing the new world order.

Rayford's mind argued against his instincts. Dr. Ben-Judah believed they were safe, that this was a city of refuge, the place God had promised. And yet Rayford had lost a man here just days before. On the other hand, the ground attack by the GC had been miraculously thwarted at the last instant. Why couldn't Rayford rest in that, trust, believe, have confidence?

Because he knew warheads. And as these dropped, parachutes puffed from each, slowing them and allowing them to drop simultaneously straight down toward the assembled masses. Rayford's heart sank when he saw the black pole attached to the nose of each bomb. The GC had left nothing to chance. Just over four feet long, as soon as those standoff probes touched the ground they would trip the fuses, causing the bombs to explode above the surface.

Chloe Steele Williams was impressed with Hannah's driving. Unfamiliar vehicle, unfamiliar country-yet the Native American, who had been uncannily morphed into a New Delhi Indian, handled the appropriated GC Jeep as if it were her own. She was smoother and more self-confident than Mac McCullum had been, but of course he had spent the entire drive across the Greek countryside talking.

"I know this is all new to you gals," he had said, causing Chloe to catch Hannah's eye and wink. If anybody could get away with unconscious chauvinism, it was the weathered pilot and former military man, who referred to all the women in the Trib Force as "little ladies" but did not seem consciously condescending.

"I got to get to the airport," he told them, "which is thataway, and y'all have got to get into Ptolemaïs and find the Co-op." He pulled over and hopped out. "Whicha you two is drivin' again?"

Hannah climbed behind the wheel from the backseat, her starched white GC officer's uniform still crisp.

Mac shook his head. "You two look like a coupla Wacs, but 'course they don't call 'em that anymore." He looked up and down the road, and Chloe felt compelled to do the same. It was noon, the sun high and hot and directly overhead, no clouds. She saw no other vehicles and heard none. "Don't worry about me," Mac added. "Somebody'll be along and I'll catch a ride." He lifted a canvas bag out of the back and slung it over his shoulder. Mac also carried a briefcase. Gustaf Zuckermandel Jr., whom they all knew as Zeke or Z, had thought of everything. The lumbering young man in Chicago had made himself into the best forger and disguiser in the world, and Chloe decided that the three of them alone were the epitomes of his handiwork. It was so strange to see Mac with no freckles or red hair. His face was dark now, his hair brown, and he wore glasses he didn't need. She only hoped Z's work with her dad and the others at Petra proved as effective. Mac set down his bags and rested his forearms atop the driver's side door, bringing his face to within inches of Hannah's. "You kids got everything memorized and all?" Hannah looked at Chloe, fighting a smile. How many times had he asked that on the flight from the States and during the drive? They both nodded. "Lemme see your name tags again." Hannah's was right in front of him. "Indira Jinnah from New Delhi," Mac read. Chloe leaned forward to where he could see hers. "And Chloe Irene from Montreal." He covered his own name tag. "And you're on the staff of who?"

"Senior Commander Howie Johnson of Winston-Salem," Chloe said. They'd been over it so many times. "You're now the ranking GC officer in Greece, and if anybody doubts it, they can check with the palace."

"Awright then," Mac said. "Got your side arms? This Kronos character, at least a relative of his, has some more firepower."

Chloe knew they needed more firepower, especially not knowing what they would encounter. But learning the Luger and the Uzi-which they knew the Greek underground could supply-had been more than enough to tax her before they left Chicago.

"I still say the Co-op people are going to clam up when they see our uniforms," Hannah said.

"Show 'em your mark, sweetie," Mac said.

The radio under the dashboard crackled. "Attention GC Peacekeeping forces. Be advised, Security and Intelligence has launched an aerial attack on several million armed subversives of the Global Community in a mountain enclave discovered by ground forces about fifty miles southeast of Mizpe Ramon in the Negev Desert. The insurgents murdered countless GC ground troops and commandeered unknown numbers of tanks and armored carriers.

"Global Community Security and Intelligence Director Suhail Akbar has announced that two warheads have been dropped simultaneously, to be followed by a missile launched from Resurrection Airport in Amman, and that the expected result will be annihilation of the rebel headquarters and its entire personnel force. While there remain pockets of resistance around the world, Director Akbar believes this will effectively destroy 90 percent of the adherents of the traitorous Judah-ites, including Tsion Ben-Judah himself and his entire cabinet."

Chloe's hand flew to her mouth, and Hannah grabbed her other hand. "Just pray, girls," Mac said. "We all but knew this was comin'. Either we have faith or we don't."

"That's easy to say from here," Chloe said. "We could lose four people, not to mention all the Israelis we promised to protect."

"I'm not takin' it lightly, Chloe. But we got a job to do here too, and this is no safer than a mountain under a bomb attack. You keep your wits about you, hear? Listen to me-we won't know what happened at Petra till we see it with our own eyes or hear it from our people. You heard the lies already, from the GC to their own forces! We know for sure there's only a million people in Petra and-"

"Only?!"

"Well, yeah, compared to several million like they said. And armed? No way! And did we kill GC forces-murder 'em, I mean? And what about commandeering those-"

"I know, Mac," Chloe said. "It's just-"

"You'd better practice callin' me by my GC name, Ms. Irene. And remember everything we went over in Chicago. You may have to fight, defend yourselves, even kill somebody."

"I'm ready," Hannah said, making Mac cock his head. Chloe was surprised too. She knew Hannah had warmed to this assignment, but she couldn't imagine Hannah wanted to kill anyone any more than she did. "The gloves are off," Hannah said, looking to Chloe and then back to Mac. "We've gone way past diplomacy. If it's kill or be killed, I'm killing somebody."

Chloe could only shake her head.

"I'm just saying," Hannah said, "this is war. You think they won't kill Sebastian? They very well already could have. And I'm not counting on finding this Stavros girl alive."

"Then why are we here?" Chloe said.

"Just in case," Hannah said, using the Indian lilt Abdullah had taught her in Chicago.

"Just in case is right," Mac said, hefting his bags again. "Our phones are secure. Keep the solar receptors exposed during the daytime-"

"C'mon, Mac," Chloe said. "Give us a little credit."

"Oh, I do," Mac said. "I give you more than a lot of credit. I'm impressed, tell you the truth. Comin' over here for somebody you've never met, well, at least you, Chloe. And Hannah, er, Indira, I don't guess you got to know George well enough to give a-to, uh, care that much about him personally."

Hannah shook her head.

"But here we are, aren't we?" Mac said. "Somebody was here workin' for us, and best we can figure out, he's in trouble. I don't know about you, but I'm not leavin' here without him."

Mac spun and stared at the horizon, causing Chloe and Hannah to do the same. A black dot grew as it moved their way. "Y'all run along now," Mac said. "And keep in touch."

Rayford's first inkling was that he was in hell. Had he been wrong? Had it all been for naught? Had he been killed and missed heaven in spite of it all?

He was unaware of separate explosions. The bombs had caused such a blinding flash that even with his eyes involuntarily pressed shut as tightly as his facial muscles would allow, the sheer brilliant whiteness seemed to fill Rayford's entire skull. It was as if the glare filled him and then shone from him, and he grimaced against the sound and heat that had to follow. Surely he would be blown into the others and finally obliterated.

The resounding boom sent a shock wave of its own, but Rayford did not topple, and he heard no rocks falling, no mountainous formations crashing. He instinctively thrust out his hands to steady himself, but that proved unnecessary. He heard ten thousand wails and moans and shrieks, but his own throat was constricted. Even with his eyes closed, he saw the whiteness replaced by orange and red and black, and now, oh, the stench of fire and metal and oil and rock! Rayford forced himself to open his eyes, and as the thunderous roar echoed throughout Petra he realized he was ablaze. He lifted his robed arms before his face, at least temporarily unaware of the searing heat. He knew his robe, then flesh, then bone would be consumed within seconds.

Rayford could not see far in the raging firestorm, but every huddled pilgrim around him was also ablaze. Abdullah rolled to one side and lay in a fetal position, his face and head still cocooned in his arms. White, yellow, orange, black roaring flames engulfed him as if he were a human wick for a demonic holocaust.

One by one the people around Rayford stood and raised their arms. Their hoods, their hair, their beards, faces, arms, hands, robes, clothes all roared with the conflagration as if the fire were fueled from beneath them. Rayford looked above their heads but could not see the cloudless sky. Even the sun was blotted out by the massive sea of raging flames and a pair of roiling mushroom clouds. The mountain, the city, the whole area was afire, and the fumes and plumes and licking flames rose thousands of feet into the air.

What must this look like to the world, Rayford wondered, and it struck him that the mass of Israelis were as dumbfounded as he. They staggered, eyeing each other, arms aloft, now embracing, smiling! Was this some bizarre nightmare? How could they be engulfed by the slaughtering force of the latest in mass-destruction technology yet still stand, squinting, with puzzled looks, still able to hear?

Rayford opened and closed his right fist, inches from his face, wondering at the hissing flarelike tongues of fire that leaped from each digit. Abdullah struggled to his feet and turned in a circle as if drunk, mimicking the others by raising his arms and looking skyward.

He turned to Rayford and they embraced, the fire from their bodies melding and contributing to the whole. Abdullah pulled back to look Rayford in the face. "We are in the fiery furnace!" the Jordanian exulted.

"Amen!" Rayford shouted. "We are a million Shadrachs, Meshachs, and Abednegos!"

Chang Wong joined the other techies in his department as their boss, Aurelio Figueroa, led them to a huge television monitor. It showed the live feed from the cockpit of one of the fighter-bombers as it circled high above Petra, broadcast around the world via the Global Community News Network. Later Chang would check his recording of the bug in Carpathia's office to monitor the reactions of Nicolae, his new secretary Krystall, Leon, Suhail, and Viv Ivins.

"Mission accomplished," the pilot reported, scanning the target and showing square miles raging in flames. "Suggest subsequent missile sequence abort. Unnecessary."

Chang clenched his teeth so tight his jaw ached. How could anyone survive that? The flames were thick, and the black smoke belched so high that the pilot had to avoid it to keep the picture clear.

"Negative," came the reply from GC Command. "Initiate launch sequence, Amman."

"That's overkill," the pilot muttered, "but it's your money. Returning to base."

"Repeat?" The voice sounded like Akbar himself.

"Roger that. Returning to base." "That's another negative.

Continues...


Excerpted from The Remnant by Tim F. LaHaye Jerry B. Jenkins Copyright ©2002 by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. Excerpted by permission.
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Meet the Author

A prominent pastor, Tim LaHaye (1926-2016) was a New York Times bestselling author of more than 70 books, many on biblical prophecy and end-times. He coauthored the record-shattering Left Behind series (with Jerry B. Jenkins) and is considered one of America’s foremost authorities on biblical end-times prophecy. LaHaye earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Western Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Literature degree from Liberty University.

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The Remnant: Left Behind Series, Book 10 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 145 reviews.
Baptist_Mom7 More than 1 year ago
I have absolutely enjoyed every Left Behind book that I have read. I have read some reviews where people have said the books are a 'fifth' grade level, as if that were a bad thing. I'm sure these authors knew what they were doing when they wrote these books. They wanted a variety of people to be able to understand the books. People of all ages! Otherwise, what's the good of trying to share God's word with people if you load it up with words that are too complicated for some people to understand? If someone starts talking to me about things I don't understand (like cars) with terms that are really ridiculous to follow, then I will block it out and be completely uninterested! But, if they took the time to simplify everything, I would probably find an interest in it, plus would want to further my knowledge in whatever they are talking about! I applaud the authors for writing these books in a 'simple' way. The KJV bible is on a fourth or fifth grade level! The messages were great, the characters were outstanding, everything was creative. I read almost a book a day because I could never put them down! I am definitely a Left Behind series fan, fan of God's word & of God Himself! God bless all who read these books!!
ToniT More than 1 year ago
This series is the reason I became saved. Whatever anyone believes, that is an awesome thing.
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kristen4mk More than 1 year ago
We're getting closer to the home stretch! As we left off in "Desecration", a huge number of believers have gathered in Petra, a place of refuge. Nicolae plots that this would be the perfect time to destroy them all as they are in one place...however, a miracle occurs and the believers are unharmed by his attempts. Rayford (in Petra), Buck (Chicago safehouse) and Chloe are again spread out and have trouble reaching each other. (Chloe has gone on a mission of sorts, leaving Kenny behind - which btw I as a mother thought was a little unusual....) The Chicago safehouse is compromised and our primary Tribulation Force members go to San Diego with the eventually rescued George Sebastian. In more Bowl Judgments, freshwater everywhere is turned to blood, and the sun is super hot. Not all of our favorites make it to the end of this installment alive...but I suppose that it would be extra unrealistic to hope that they would all be present at the final "Glorious Appearing". Darkness overtakes New Babylon, and Armageddon is coming...
KitKatDoe More than 1 year ago
This tenth book in the best-selling Left Behind starts out with God miraculously protecting both believers and nonbelievers in Petra from a rain of fiery missiles. Dr. Tsion Ben-Judah and Chaim begins to teach them the Lord's Word, all the while Carpathia thinks he has the upper hand with the Trib Force gathered all together. Tsion and Chaim begin developing programs to teach believers world-wide (as much as the world is left, even as Petra is swept for any known impostors. Now with six months into the Great Tribulation, Jews and other believers were being tortured and killed on every continent. Rayford and George are punished to do manual labor. Now with more of God's judgments being sent, Carpathia and others are steeped in heat. This was a book I reviewed for Tyndale House Publishers.
kattrox More than 1 year ago
Evident that God provides for his people sparing them from the suffering of the unbelievers, Tsion's encouraging voice can be heard throughout causing rejoicing among the believers. Carpathia and his evil constituants were not pleased when their efforts to destroy the gathered believers at Petra failed. Carpathia calls Leon to appoint others to perform great stunts in an effort to further bring more devotees to worship his image. He steps up his tortuous punishment regime for the Jewish people insisting that they will submit to the mark of the beast. This book in the series had alot of action and drama but I found it fell short by not holding my attention through the middle sections. The beginning and ending are superb however. This series is very thought provoking and has challenged my faith and I would highly recommend them to others as I have throughly enjoyed them so far.
ShoopettesBooks More than 1 year ago
"The Remnant" is the tenth in the series of fiction books by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins chronicling the events that take place in the world during the end times. The books follow several main characters as they fight for their lives and for their faith as the world makes its way to the last days. In this book, one million believers of the world are assembled at Petra, and Nicolae is ecstatic as he prepares to destroy them all while they are in one place. But God has his hand on Petra, and Nicolae's attempts at destruction are miraculously thwarted. The earth is physically reeling from the judgments that have been unleashed, making life continually unbearable for those who have taken the mark. All pretenses on the part of Nicolae and the Tribulation Force are now gone as the forces of good and evil prepare for the battle to come: Armageddon. This book is setting up for the ultimate battle that will be fought against good and evil. It has its exciting parts as there are miracles occurring and daring rescues being attempted. But it also has its sad parts as many believers are killed. I especially enjoyed the situations that took place at Petra during this book: the miracles, the teachings of Tsion Ben-Judah, and the stories of those who took refuge at Petra but had not yet decided whose side they were on. This series of novels is a fictionalized account of the events of the end times. I enjoyed the whole series. While this book is geared towards Christians, there is enough action and depth to it that should appeal to all. The characters are well done, and it is easy to follow the many plots that are going on within these books.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins in their book "The Remnant" Book Ten in the Left Behind series published by Tyndale House Publishers tells us we are On the Brink of Armageddon. At the end of "Desecration" the Jewish believers to flee to Petra for survival. As soon as they arrived Nicolae decided to wipe out this threat to his regime once and for all. Now the book resolves the greatest cliffhanger yet reminiscent of the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. The failure to destroy them sends Nicolae into a rage and he vows to wipe out everyone who will not take his mark by beheading them. All of the Tribulation Force is spread out across the planet and all are in deadly danger. In this book some members do lose their lives so have the tissues handy. I feel this may be the most exciting book yet in the series. Dr. LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins provide a fictional background for the real events that the final book of The Bible, Revelation, speak about: the end times. The Biblical accuracy in"The Remnant" is flawless and the story is a page turning thriller. There are wonderful themes: salvation, faith in what you cannot see and who is in charge despite appearances to the contrary. I do not recommend starting this book late at night because it will cost you sleep as you will not want to put it down. Mr. Jenkins is an excellent writer and knows how to twist your nerve endings as he tightens the suspense. I am looking forward to book eleven in this series. If you would like to listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand. To listen to 24 hours non-stop, commercial free Christian music please visit our internet radio station Kingdom Airwaves Disclosure of Material Connection: I own this book. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Shaf1070 More than 1 year ago
I'm on the downhill slide with this series. Only two more books to go! The Remnant was fantastic! Makes me so glad that I'm a believer and I won't have to endure the hardships!
amber93AC More than 1 year ago
the remnant starts out with the jews and some others in petra with two bombs and a missle heading their way. when they hit the people in petra find they are modern day shadrach, meshach and abenigos. later one of the judgements comes that gives the sun the power to scorch every one with the mark of the beast. the several false prophets come and fool many who have no marks. at the end chang esapes under the plague of darkness. there is now only 2 years left.
hannah97 More than 1 year ago
The Remnant, a Left Behind book, is great! You have to read this book! It's Epic!
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ReneeAnn More than 1 year ago
The Remnant, book ten of the Left Behind Series, begins with a miracle reminiscent of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego's story as the million believers gathered at Petra come through a bombing unscathed. Actually, a few among their number are not yet believers but have not taken the mark of the beast. Many accept Christ after they are miraculously saved from the fire. Tsion, Rayford, and Chaim become the leaders of the largest group of the faithful left on earth. This poses its own problems since each man has only been saved a few years. They pool their collected wisdom to come alongside Tsion as he teaches the remnant all he can about God. I love how beloved teacher Tsion-in the midst of the worst time the world has ever experienced-focuses on God's mercy. He says, "I will let God's justice and judgment and wrath speak for themselves, and I will spend the rest of my time here championing His mercy." Continuing in this episode, the three main characters, Rayford, Buck, and Chloe, are in three different locations for most of the story. They struggle with worrying over and missing each other. In a harrowing development, Chloe and Kenny's safe house in Chicago is endangered. By the end of the story, that city has been bombed off the face of the map by Carpathia's forces. The Remnant also follows the ordeals of several believers in key locations (Chang, David, etc.) as they do their part to fight the Antichrist. Some survive, and, sadly, some do not. Though they are small cogs in the giant flywheel as far as the world is concerned, their deaths are precious in the sight of their fellow Tribulation Saints. By this point in the timeline, I found myself comparing this series to other books and movies. I would say these books have the espionage and technical complexity of a Bourne movie combined with the sweeping scope of a worldwide good vs. evil saga like The Lord of the Rings. I commend the authors for their attempt to capture the majesty and awesomeness of this future time.
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