The Prophetic Context

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A chart of the prophetic context of final events surrounding the Third Elijah Message is shown on the back cover of the book.

The prophecy of the Third Elijah fits into the prophetic context of other major milestones in the Time of the End leading to the End of Time. The Time of the End comes after the falling away from truth, at the end of the Dark Ages of apostasy.

3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
II Thessalonians 2:3-4

I think of the "Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil" as an analogy of the apostasies, which took root in the Catholic Church of Rome and grew to a mighty tree. The Protestant Reformers fought against the great tree of apostasies beginning at the leaves and branches. With the passing of each reformer, his followers stagnated at the level to which they had been led. Later reformers went further in reform beginning at the point of the last reformer.

The first of the great time prophecies, which spanned the Dark Ages of apostasy, ended in 1798 marking the dawn of first light for the Time of the End. The last great time prophecy ended in 1844 marking the sunrise of the Time of the End.

14 And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.

17 So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision.

19 And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be.
Daniel 8:14,17,19

It is important to take note the Hebrew word translated "time appointed" in this verse from Daniel is exactly the same word which appears twice in Leviticus 23:4 translated first as "feasts" and secondly as "seasons". I refer to these seasonal appointed times as yearly Sabbaths.
4 These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.
Leviticus 23:4

I believe the yearly Sabbaths are markers for specific end time events. This verse also links the time of the end and the time appointed.

35 And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.
Daniel 11:35

The time of the end is mentioned in several prophetic passages associated with major events.

40 And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.
Daniel 11:40

The book of Daniel was sealed from understanding until the time of the end when knowledge of the Bible was revived after the Dark Ages of Catholic Apostasy from truth.

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.
Daniel 12:4
Daniel questioned the things he was shown and was explicitly told the prophecies were sealed until the time of the end.
9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
Daniel 12:9

The KJV Bible never explicitly uses the phrase "end of time" as I use it but the phrase "end of days" is very similar and appears only once.

13 But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.
Daniel 12:13

Three Angels Message

The message of the Three Angels is a prophecy of a great revival and reformation, which begins the time of the end. The prophetic fulfillment began as an outgrowth of the Great Awakening of the first half of the nineteenth Century, which climaxed with the Millerite Revival of 1831-1844. This revival ended with the Great Disappointment of October 22, 1844, which was believed to be the Day of Atonement in that year.

The Millerites never observed God's Sacred Calendar and had little understanding of how to determine the calendar. It is likely they were misled by whatever sources they consulted or they consulted ignorant sources. It is now clear they selected a Gregorian Calendar date which was a month late. A careful examination of Ellen White's words contradicts this determination and shows the truth. Passover follows equinox, which is about March 20.

The time of the Passover corresponded to the close of March or the beginning of April… {DA 75.2} Also {PP 537.3}

If October 22 was the Day of Atonement, then Passover would have been about May 4. This is clearly outside the scope of her statement no matter how non-specific it is.

They made a mistake in calendar determination of the date and what was to occur on the date. Nevertheless, they correctly recognized the significance of the Day of Atonement in 1844. This error does not invalidate their other teachings and understandings.

A remnant of the believers continued with the message and formed the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Using the model of the seven churches of Revelation 2-3, this was initially the church of Philadelphia.

The sunrise came for the time of the end. The restoration of the seventh day Sabbath was a great stride forward and cut down the trunk of the great tree of apostasy. The Seventh-day Adventist Church is proclaiming the Three Angels' Message of Revelation 14 in the Time of the End leading to the End of Time.

6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
Revelation 14:6-12

First Angel

The message of the first angel is a warning of impending judgment. The end of the world is coming. Time has come for the judgment of the dead. When this event ends, the judgment of the living will begin and the end will soon come.

18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
Revelation 11:18

The investigative judgment is not for God who already knows all things but for the angels and the beings of the unfallen worlds to demonstrate the truth and righteousness of His judgment. This trial has a jury of our peers, twenty-four elders who sit in judgment at this time.

9 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.
10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.
Daniel 7:9-10

The elders are also mentioned in Revelation.

4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
Revelation 4:4

The number of twenty-four elders is composed of two witnesses each representing the twelve tribes of Israel.

Second Angel

The message of the second angel warns of the apostasy of Babylon. The implication is that we need to leave these apostasies. The power and identity of Babylon is clearly identified.

1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
Revelation 17:1-5

I think it is important to note the first and third angels speak with a loud voice. The second angel does not. Is this symbolic of a failure to recognize all the apostasies of Babylon? Is this the reason for the repeat of this message by the fourth angel who speaks mightily with a strong voice?

Third Angel

The message of the third angel is also a severe warning of judgment. This is especially targeted to those who follow the beast, Babylon, and the image to the beast.

14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
Revelation 13:14-16

Third Elijah Message

The Third Elijah Message is to the church, which proclaims the Three Angels' Message to the world. This is a message of reformation and revival, which specifically prepares the 144,000 for their work and begins the end of time. It is interesting to see the mention of the 144,000 before Revelation 14:6, though evidence suggests they appear near the end of the message and not before. This is one of many a chronological discontinuity in the narrative of Revelation.
1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.
2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:
3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.
5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.
Revelation 14:1-5

The church has become complacent and has not continued its original zeal to grow into all truth. God, who knows the future and all things, described the church at this time as the Laodicean church of Revelation 3:14-22. I place the time of retreat from pursuing all truth at about 1888.

Reformation Message

The Third Elijah Message has now reached the root of the great tree of apostasy. The restoration of the statutes of God's Law (The Law of Moses) is preparing the 144,000 for the complete break from the apostasies of Babylon and the establishment of God's kingdom of righteousness in the hearts of His people on earth. Then the end comes.

This message is expanding and growing to its beginning climax with the appearance of the Third Elijah. God has promised we will know His plans.

7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
Amos 3:7

The message to be proclaimed is already having its first stirrings among the people of God, the true children of Israel.

4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.
4 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:
Malachi 4:4-5

The first light for the end of time is dawning. The final call with a message of reformation and revival is now being given to the Church. When the prophet appears, this message will sweep the church and cause a great shaking.

Holy Spirit Outpouring of Doctrine

The first phase of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit is a spreading knowledge of doctrine and understanding. I believe there are some serious misunderstandings about the work of the Holy Spirit in the Latter Rain. We will develop this idea by a study in the book of Joel. A careful reading of the whole book would be a valuable preparation for this study.

The book of Joel opens with a scene of utter destruction and waste. I believe this is the scene at the end of time and there is a lot of symbolism, which refers to the devastation of God's word, the corruption of God's people, and the uprising of evil. The talk of starvation and drought has a clear underlying spiritual symbolism and last day's component.

14 Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD,
15 Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.
Joel 1:14-15

The deep student of the Bible clearly recognizes the reference to Atonement Sabbath. There is also the symbolism of Trumpets Sabbath and repeated mentions of the day of the Lord, which reminds us of Malachi 4.

1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;
Joel 2:1

There is a clear message of repentance, which comes to the followers of God when confronted with truth. This message is accepted by the humble and rejected by the proud, who believe they have all they need.

12 Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:
13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.
Joel 2:12-13

The focus continues on the observance of the yearly Sabbaths.

15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:
16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.
Joel 2:15-16

Think carefully about symbolism. Is the real need during the great and dreadful day of the Lord for rain and food? Many recognize this as a reference to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the Latter Rain. Is not wheat symbolic of a spiritual food, wine and oil the spiritual preparation of the Holy Spirit?

23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
24 And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.
Joel 2:23-24

Is not the rain also doctrine?

2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:
Deuteronomy 32:2

The focus of the Latter Rain (Pentecost) is often only on the physical manifestations of the Holy Spirit. Joel indicates these things come afterward.

28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
Joel 2:28

The disciples spent years studying truth under the guidance of the Messiah before Pentecost came. Will we experience Pentecost if we do not have a similar powerful learning and growing experience?

Many recognize the first Pentecost was at Sinai. What did we see there? We see the giving of the Commandments and an outpouring of doctrine with the Law of Moses!


Soon after the appearance of the Third Elijah, the message will be spread to the church around the whole world. The firstfruits of the 144,000 will be called out and prepared for their work. Then sunrise will occur for the end of time. The central event, which begins the End of Time, is the sealing of the 144,000, which begins the judgment of the living.

1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
Revelation 7:1-4

The sealing of the 144,000 and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit is the great light and power of the Fourth Angel. The day this begins is a Pentecost Sabbath. The message is about more than the weekly Sabbath of the fourth commandment but also the yearly Sabbaths of Leviticus 23. There is much more in the Law of Moses, which will be sought and obeyed by the 144,000.

Fourth Angel's Message

The 144,000 are the central figures in the Fourth Angel's Message, which will cover the whole earth with great light.

1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.
2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
Revelation 18:1-4

The Fourth Angel's Message is the last message to the whole world. The message of the Fourth Angel adds to that of the Three Angels and specifically the Second Angel. The mightily strong voice of the Fourth Angel is a contrast to the failure of the Second Angel to speak in a loud voice. Those in the Church of the Three Angels' Message who hear and follow the Third Elijah Message will go forth to the world proclaiming the Fourth Angel's Message. The spiritual kingdom of God's righteousness is established among His people on earth. Then the kingdoms of this world are laid waste. (See Daniel 2:44-45.)

Thus the substance of the second angel's message is again given to the world by that other angel who lightens the earth with his glory. These messages all blend in one, to come before the people in the closing days of this earth's history. All the world will be tested, and all that have been in the darkness of error in regard to the Sabbath of the fourth commandment will understand the last message of mercy that is to be given to men. {2SM 116.2}

God meant that the watchmen should arise and with united voices send forth a decided message, giving the trumpet a certain sound, that the people might all spring to their post of duty and act their part in the great work. Then the strong, clear light of that other angel who comes down from heaven having great power, would have filled the earth with his glory. We are years behind; and those who stood in blindness and hindered the advancement of the very message that God meant should go forth from the Minneapolis meeting as a lamp that burneth, have need to humble their hearts before God and see and understand how the work has been hindered by their blindness of mind and hardness of heart. {1888 1070.1}

The judgment of the living and the sealing will continue through the time of the proclamation of the Fourth Angel's Message. Mankind is facing the profound spread of truth to the entire world in a manner that will leave none in doubt as they face the last opportunity to make their final decision.


Trumpets Sabbath will have a fulfillment in the final events. A final warning to the world will occur in a spectacular manner. Revelation gives many clues to what the nature of these final events may be. I will not attempt to specify a particular one to occur at this time.

For six thousand years, the followers of God have practiced the observance and meaning of this day. At this time of its greatest fulfillment, the last warning is given. God's Calendar tells us there are only ten days left. This will be a part of the Time of Trouble such as never was and never will be again. In the last few days before the end, these solemn words will be our comfort.

1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
Psalms 91


Atonement Sabbath of the last year will be the final sealing of those in the world. The warning has been given. The final call has been made. Those who humbled themselves before God have accepted and followed His Truth. The proud and the wicked have rejected His call. All decisions have been made and all destinies have been determined for eternity.
11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
Revelation 22:11-12

After the final decisions are sealed, in the remaining five days will be a time of the righteous withdrawing from all contact with sinful man for there is no more to say. This will be a terrible time of the unmeasured outpouring of God's Wrath upon a lost world. It will be time to hide ourselves for a little moment.

20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.
21 For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.
Isaiah 26:20

There is no more atonement for sin, no more intercessor for the sinner.

1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
Daniel 12:1

Then, we shall be delivered.


I believe Tabernacles Sabbath will be the day of our deliverance and we will be going home.

1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
John 14:1-3

The wicked will be destroyed with the brightness of His Coming.

8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
II Thessalonians 2:8

The righteous dead will arise to meet the Saviour in the sky and the living will follow them.

13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
I Thessalonians 4:13-18


We will be spending seven days ascending to heaven and therefore will arrive on the Last Great Day Sabbath. Our first supper in heaven drinking from the River of Life and eating from the Tree of Life will be the healing of the curse.
1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
Revelation 22:1-3

We will spend a thousand years reviewing the decisions of the heavenly court and verifying for ourselves the great mercy and justice of God our Father.

Execution of the judgment

I believe the final execution of the judgment will be the final fulfillment of Atonement Sabbath. The final sacrifice will be made of Satan and all who chose his path. They refused the sacrifice of our Messiah offered in their behalf. Therefore, they must be the permanent sacrifice for their own sins.

8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Revelation 21:8

Many have wondered and speculated how long the Lake of Fire will burn. I believe it is clear to those who understand God's appointed times. It will burn four or five days until Tabernacles.


A final fulfillment of the seven days of Tabernacles Sabbath occurs with the second Creation, which recreates and restores our original home.

1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
Revelation 21:1


Eternity begins with another fulfillment of Last Day Sabbath and the marriage supper of the Lamb.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
Revelation 21:3-5

Throughout eternity, we celebrate the weekly Sabbath as a memorial of creation. We will also celebrate the yearly Sabbaths as a memorial of the great milestones of God's Plan of salvation.

23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.
Isaiah 66:23

No more, will the wicked and ignorant judge those who have respect for the holy days of God.

16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
Colossians 2:16


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