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1 September 14 - 20, 2014 “If the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes the life of one of them, that man will be taken away because of his sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood.” (Ezekiel 33:6, New International Version) Weekly World Watch Andy Walton’s To skip the introductory slides and go straight to this weeks developments click here. PRESS SPACE BAR TO CONTINUE

2 What is a Weekly World Watch? Israel: The continuing conflict in the Middle East and focus on Jerusalem. Europe: Its developing union, both political and religious. Russia: Its return to anti-Western ways as Bible prophecy’s “king of the north.” The UK and the US: Bible prophecy’s “king of the south.” Moral standards in decline and violence on the increase. WWW presentations in PowerPoint can be ordered as audio/visual CDs by clicking here. Move your mouse to place the cursor on the blue link and click.clicking here The idea is simple. It is to look at current events and compare them to events spoken of in the Bible.. I hope to build up a picture of God’s hand working in the affairs of this world. God is bringing about a day when all nations will be gathered to Jerusalem to battle. At that time God will send His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, back to this earth. Jesus will then establish God’s kingdom on earth. This kingdom will last for ever. This is our hope and the reason we watch. Increasing natural disasters: including earthquake, famine etc The following six themes will appear repeatedly in WWW:

3 HEADLINE EVENT COMMENT News Photo The source of the headline and the date are included. Each WWW looks at a few key developments that have happened during the past week. It is in no way meant to be exhaustive – just a look at those events I saw as significant from a Biblical point of view. What is in a Weekly World Watch? BIBLE QUOTE This is normally one verse which backs up why the event that has occurred is interesting from a Biblical perspective. Please read in its context. Unless stated otherwise, all quotes are from the King James Version. (Book, chapter, and verse) This is straight from a news report that caught my eye because it looked significant from a Biblical perspective, usually that of prophecy. Every WWW event slide has the following format. To reveal each block of text just left click your mouse or press the space bar. You control when it appears. This is the reporter’s description of the event. It is always a direct quotation from the news report and reflects the understanding of the reporter and editors. This is my comment on why the event is interesting to a Bible student. The intention of the WWW is to offer brief Biblical perspectives without going into detail. If more detail is desired, please e-mail me: (andy@weeklyworldwatch.co.uk). Please note that these are personal thoughts and the aim is purely to stimulate Bible study.andy@weeklyworldwatch.co.uk

4 This Week’s Developments To print any of the event slides that follow, click the picture on the upper right PRESS SPACE BAR TO CONTINUE Scotland votes No, UK is still united - but uneasily so Putin privately threatened to invade Poland & Romania Nato begins military exercises in Ukraine Obama signs bill to train, arm Syrian rebels U.N. peacekeepers leave Syrian-controlled Golan September 14 - 20, 2014 Police will protect every Jewish institution in Germany

5 After independence is rejected, the abiding emotion in large areas of Scotland, across the rest of Britain, and particularly the environs of Westminster is of relief, tempered with a deep uncertainty and foreboding about what the future now holds. After polls through the week had suggested the referendum was running neck and neck, Scotland elected to remain in the Union with a vote that was decisive, but not emphatic. 55.3 per cent (2,001,926) voted No, to 44.7 per cent (1,617,989) voting Yes. In Scotland the result will have left divisions that will not be easy to heal. More than 1.6 million Scots must now live in a political union they voted to leave. And what of the 41.4 million in the rest of Britain 91 per cent of the population who, denied a vote, could only look on as Scotland deliberated on the break-up of the United Kingdom. Many have found themselves hurt and bemused by the stridency of the Yes campaign, the atavistic tribalism, and in some cases, naked hatred directed towards the English. Daily Telegraph, September 19, 2014 EVENT COMMENT And the sons of Javan; Elishah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim. By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations. Tarshish was a great grandson of Noah. Notice he was one of those from whom the “isles” or “islands” of the Gentiles came. Britain is a gentile island divided into their families BIBLE QUOTE In a desperate attempt to stop a yes vote in the Scottish referendum the UK prime minister promised to give the Scots more devolved powers. The trouble is that the promises were made without parliament’s authority. And therein lies the problem. If Scotland gets more devolved powers so (argue the English politicians) should the English. So Britain has won the battle but still has another war to fight. We will see some bitter in-fighting over the coming months. The UK has survived but is divided. Britain is Tarshish in the Bible. The Bible records a key role that Britain (an isle afar off) played in hearing the word of the Lord and also helping the Jews return back to the land. (Jeremiah 31:10) But it also records a returning to harlot ways. (Isaiah 23:15) It also says Britain will be judged for becoming proud. (Isaiah 2:12-16). After Scotland votes No, the kingdom is still united - but uneasily so (Genesis 10:4-5)

6 he Putin 'privately threatened to invade Poland, Romania and the Baltic states' President Vladimir Putin privately threatened to invade Poland, Romania and the Baltic states, according to a record of a conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart. "If I wanted, in two days I could have Russian troops not only in Kiev, but also in Riga, Vilnius, Tallinn, Warsaw and Bucharest," Mr Putin allegedly told President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine, reported Süddeustche Zeitung, a German newspaper. If true, this would be the first time that Mr Putin has threatened to invade Nato or EU members. Any threat to send Russian troops into the capitals of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland and Romania would cause grave alarm among Western leaders. If Mr Putin were to act on this, Britain could find itself at war with Russia. All five countries mentioned in this alleged conversation are members of both the EU and Nato. They are covered by the security guarantee in Article V of Nato's founding treaty, which states that "an attack on one is an attack on all". Daily Telegraph, September 18, 2014 EVENT COMMENT He will cause a shocking amount of destruction and succeed in everything he does. He will destroy powerful leaders and devastate the holy people. He will be a master of deception and will become arrogant; he will destroy many without warning. He = latter day Antiochus Ephanese / king of north BIBLE QUOTE (Daniel 8:24-25 NLT) Putin's alleged threat bears similarities to remarks he made to Jose Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission, in which he warned: "If I want to, I can take Kiev in two weeks". On Tuesday, Ukraine ratified a historic Association Agreement with the EU. This puts Ukraine on the path towards eventual EU membership. It was the refusal of the former president, Viktor Yanukovych, to sign this agreement last year that triggered the Ukraine crisis. Last week we reported that the EU was implementing further sanctions against Russia, focusing on the energy, financial and arms sectors. So despite an on-going ceasefire, behind the scenes the tensions are growing. Putin is not backing down. His rhetoric is increasingly aggressive. The Bible says a Russian leader will pretend to be peaceful but in fact bring shocking destruction…

7 Nato begins military exercises in Ukraine For the first time one European country now contains both Nato troops and Russian combat units, although they are deployed at opposite ends of Ukraine about 700 miles apart. America and the leading Western powers began a military exercise in Ukraine on Monday after renewed fighting in the east claimed at least six lives in breach of a supposed ceasefire. About 1,300 troops from 15 countries joined Exercise Rapid Trident held in the Lviv region of western Ukraine. America sent 200 troops and Britain dispatched a reconnaissance troop from the Light Dragoons with 40 personnel. This multi-national force, which included soldiers from 11 Nato countries, carried out a "battalion-level field training exercise", said a US Army statement. The manoeuvres were held "at the explicit request of the Ukrainian government and military". Daily Telegraph, September 15, 2014 EVENT COMMENT Son of man, turn and face Gog of the land of Magog, the prince who rules over the nations of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him. Give him this message from the Sovereign Lord: Gog, I am your enemy! It is interesting that Magog is mentioned first on the list… Perhaps indicating its significance at the time Gog invades? The two sides are coming ever closer together. Not to make peace but closer to conflict. Nato has its troops in Ukraine and so does Russia. Ukraine is being torn in two. There is increasing anxiety over energy. Ukraine could run out of gas in this winter, as Russia has stopped deliveries and is demanding that Ukraine repay its debts. EU members Poland, Hungary and Slovakia are re-exporting Russian gas to Ukraine - but this "reverse-flow" solution has angered Russia. So as we head towards winter the tension will mount. Russia is also building up forces in Crimea to counter NATO forces. So where does this Ukraine conflict fit in to Bible prophecy? It fits because Gog (Russian leader) is “of the land of Magog”. And the original Magog when Ezekiel wrote covered the eastern half of what we now know as Ukraine as well as southern Russia. Therefore Putin is indeed “of the land of Magog”. Eastern Ukraine is becoming his… BIBLE QUOTE (Ezekiel 38:2-3 NLT)

8 he Obama signs bill to train, arm Syrian rebels President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill authorizing the military to arm and train Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State group. Obama signed the bill Friday in the Oval Office. The Senate gave its final approval Thursday, a day after the legislation drew strong bipartisan support in the House. The White House says U.S. troops will train Syrian rebels at camps in Saudi Arabia. The Pentagon's top leadership has also approved an ambitious target list for U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said Thursday, but President Obama has not signed off on the plan, adding a level of uncertainty to the military strategy. U.S. military forces carried out two more airstrikes against ISIS militants in Iraq on Thursday and Friday, striking a boat and a small ground unit, United States Central Command said. The strikes came the same day that France participated in airstrikes against the terror group in Iraq for the first time. Associated Press, September 18, 2014 EVENT COMMENT 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. The push is a military provocation by US/UK – it could involve Syria the ancient king of the north…. BIBLE QUOTE (Daniel 11:40) Last year we came VERY close to a military attack by America and Britain against Syria. At the last moment a deal was done to persuade Assad to give up his chemical weapons. This deal was brokered by Russia. Russia was adamant that the US and UK should not attack Syria and warned of severe consequences if it did. 12 months later we are close to the US attacking Syria. Obama has been given the green light to arm Syrian rebels. Why? So that the US can attack (using these rebels) the Islamic State that has appeared in Syria. But of course these rebels can then also attack the Assad government! Obama is also on the brink of authorising airstrikes on Syria to attack Islamic State. A Russian foreign ministry spokesman said any such action would be "an act of aggression". The king of the south (US/UK) is pushing again at Russia….

9 U.N. peacekeepers leave Syrian-controlled Golan Heights U.N. forces withdrew Monday from the Syrian-controlled side of the Golan Heights, the world body confirmed. The U.N. statement cited the "exceptionally challenging environment" posed by armed rebel groups advancing on peacekeeping positions its observer force has held for close to four decades. The confirmation comes hours after a journalist working for CNN saw dozens of peacekeeping vehicles crossing into territory controlled by Israel. The withdrawal comes a little more than two weeks after Islamic militant fighters took some peacekeepers hostage and besieged others. Al-Nusra Front freed 45 U.N. peacekeepers from Fiji in good condition last week, while forces from the Philippines escaped after exchanging fire with militant fighters, according to media reports. The incidents occurred after Syrian rebel fighters took control of the only border crossing between Israel and Syria in the Syrian town of Quneitra in late August. CNN, September 15, 2014 EVENT COMMENT “In the latter part of their reign, when rebels have become completely wicked, a fierce-looking king, a master of intrigue, will arise. He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will cause astounding devastation and will succeed in whatever he does. The Ukrainian rebels are accused of shooting down passenger jet MH17 BIBLE QUOTE (Daniel 8:23-24 NLT) Not sure if you have noticed this but it is very interesting how many times the word “rebels” is used in news reports. In the report above we have “rebel groups” in Golan. We have on the previous slide Obama signing a bill to arm the “rebels in Syria.’ The pro Russian forces in Ukraine are called “rebels”. It seems like we have rebels in all the key flashpoints. So why is this significant? Well perhaps because the Bible talks about rebels at the time of the end…In Daniel 8 we read of a little horn that comes out of the Greek empire. It is Antiochus Ephanese. But then we read “In the latter part of their reign, when rebels have become completely wicked, a fierce-looking king, a master of intrigue, will arise.” So rebels become completely wicked and then Gog finally arises…

10 Angela Merkel: police will protect every Jewish institution in Germany Angela Merkel committed Germany to the fight against anti-Semitism yesterday after revealing that every Jewish institution in the country was under police protection after an alarming rise in hostility. Anti-semitic incidents have soared in Germany since Israel began its military incursion into Gaza, and outrage at the level of civilian casualties has fuelled increasingly hostile demonstrations. Germany’s far right has also been active, with the offices of the campaigning newspaper Lausitzer Rundschau daubed with threatening graffiti last week, including the Nazi salute Sieg Heil. The previous week the walls were daubed with “Jews, kill them” and “We’ll get you all”, leading to condemnation from European civil rights groups. More than half a million Jews lived in Germany when the Nazis took power in 1933. That number was reduced to about 30,000 by the Holocaust. The Times, September 15, 2014 EVENT COMMENT Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you. It’s hard to imagine this in a world full of hatred for the Jew. But it will happen when Christ returns. BIBLE QUOTE (Zechariah 8:23) “Many members of our community are very shaken, worried and absolutely shocked by the worst anti-Jewish slogans that some out-of-control crowds have shouted, calling for Jews to be ‘gassed’, ‘burnt’ and ‘slaughtered’,” said Dieter Graumann, head of the Central Council of German Jews. Mrs Merkel and her entire cabinet appeared at a rally to support Germany’s 200,000-strong Jewish population at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate in a sign of the high level of concern. As we enter the time of the end we are seeing increasing anti-Semitism not only in Germany but around the world. A charity set up to protect Britain's Jewish community has recorded its highest-ever monthly total of anti-Semitic incidents in July. When Christ returns the gentiles will actually see the Jews for who they are – God’s people…

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12 Please take a look at this excellent Christadelphian Prophecy website Just click the image To watch again, click here. WWW will be e-mailed to you each week. If you think others may find the WWW helpful please direct them to the website www.weeklyworldwatch.co.uk They can register on the site PLEASE NOTE: The Weekly World Watch is written and sent by myself – it is my take on events and I accept that on occasions I will miss significant events and also misinterpret them as well. However I will endeavour to be faithful to the scriptures and hope that it will be of benefit to both of us. Weekly World Watch The end of this week’s


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