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February 15 - 21, 2015 “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
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:
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: (email@example.com). Please note that these are personal thoughts and the aim is purely to stimulate Bible firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Nato: Russian tensions could escalate into all-out war UK cannot defend itself against Putin's military might Putin suggests US Is sending arms to Ukraine Kiev accuses Russia of sending more tanks to Ukraine Netanyahu urges European Jews to move to Israel February 15 - 21, 2015 Australia warns of 'calamity' as cyclones hit northeast
Tensions with Russia could blow up into all-out conflict, posing “an existential threat to our whole being”, Britain’s top general in Nato has warned. Gen Sir Adrian Bradshaw, deputy commander of Nato forces in Europe, said there was a danger Vladimir Putin could try to use his armies to invade and seize Nato territory, after calculating the alliance would be too afraid of escalating violence to respond. His comments follow a clash between London and Moscow after the Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, said there was a "real and present danger" Mr Putin could try to destabilise the Baltic states with a campaign of subversion and irregular warfare. The Kremlin called those comments “absolutely unacceptable". Daily Telegraph, February 20, 2015 EVENT COMMENT And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. The two legs of this image represent East and West. In fact further visions in Daniel continue this theme. Daniel 7 deals with West. Daniel 8 is East. BIBLE QUOTE There is growing concern about Russia’s intentions. Nato commanders are fearful of a Russian campaign of skilfully disguised, irregular military action by Russia, which is carefully designed not to trigger the alliance's mutual defence pact. In other words some kind of aggression that is hard to pin onto Russia. Russia showed last year it could generate large conventional forces at short notice for snap exercises along its borders. The army general quoted above went on to say that Russia could do this again “not only for intimidation and coercion but potentially to seize Nato territory, after which the threat of escalation might be used to prevent re-establishment of territorial integrity. This use of so called escalation dominance was of course a classic Soviet technique.” So Russia is making moves into Ukraine but the fear is that they might move even further. The Bible is very clear – there is an East West division. There never is a united Russia / Europe front. In the final conflict there is a Russian front against Israel. After Christ’s return there is a separate Europe front against Israel. Nato: Russian tensions could escalate into all-out war (Daniel 2:41)
he UK cannot defend itself against Putin's military might Britain cannot defend itself against the military threat posed by Russia, senior army figures have warned. As two RAF Typhoon fighters were scrambled on Wednesday evening to escort Russian long range bombers flying off Cornwall, military chiefs said that the UK “could not cope” with an all- out attack as our defences have been “decimated”. David Cameron said Moscow appeared to be "trying to make some sort of a point”. "I don't think we should dignify it with too much of a response," he said. However, Sir Michael Graydon, former head of the RAF, appeared to take the threat far more seriously. “I very much doubt whether the UK could sustain a shooting war against Russia. We are at half the capabilities we had previously.” Daily Telegraph, February 20, 2015 EVENT COMMENT Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil? Tarshish = Britain. When Russia invades all they can do is question Russia’s motives! BIBLE QUOTE (Ezekiel 38:13) Putin is pushing back at Britain in a way that kindles memories of when Germany’s Luftwaffe was our biggest threat at the start of the Second World War. The latest move against Britain’s defences came this week when two Russian aircraft capable of carrying nuclear weapons were intercepted by the Royal Air Force. The Telegraph also reported the following..”Worryingly, some eyewitnesses claimed they saw the aircraft actually flying inland over the normally serene green valleys of Cornwall before they were buzzed by Typhoon fighters.” Britain IS very weak compared to what it was. As Air Commodore Andrew Lambert said this week,“If Putin wanted to attack, he would not send a pair of bombers, he would send the lot and saturate our defences; we couldn’t cope. They would outflank us, go around us, or just go through us.” This is exactly why in Ezekiel 38 we read of Britain unable to stop Russia descending into Israel….
Putin suggests US Is sending arms to Ukraine Russian President Vladimir Putin is suggesting that the United States is already delivering weapons to Ukraine. At a news conference Tuesday in Budapest with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Putin was asked how he assessed the possible consequences if the United States decides to supply lethal weapons to Ukraine in its fight against Russian-backed separatists. He answered that "according to our information, these weapons are already being delivered.” He said the new weapons for Ukraine could increase the number of victims but "the result will be the same as it is today. This is unavoidable.” Associated Press, February 18, 2015 EVENT COMMENT “Then at the time of the end, the king of the south will attack the king of the north. The king of the north will storm out with chariots, charioteers, and a vast navy. He will invade various lands and sweep through them like a flood. He will enter the glorious land of Israel. The word “attack” in this modern version is translated as “push” in the AV This is interesting… Putin said this week that according to Russian intelligence, America is already delivering weapons to Kiev. He said this in response to a question which asked whether a a shipment of lethal hardware from Washington to Kiev would fan the flames of war in eastern Ukraine. As Putin clearly believes the arming of Ukraine is already underway it may explain why he continues to pour in Russian tanks and missiles despite after agreeing the ceasefire. (see next slide for more info on this). In December the U.S. Congress did pass legislation authorising the sending of arms to Kiev. But while U.S. President Barack Obama has signed the measure into law, he has been hesitant to use the option, amid widespread warnings arming Kiev would be seen as a declaration of war. So America is not officially sending arms but may do so if the situation gets worse. What we know with Bible in hand is that there IS a military push against Russia by the king of the south (US/UK). The push is the final spark…. BIBLE QUOTE (Daniel 11:40 NLT)
he Kiev accuses Russia of sending more tanks to Ukraine Kiev accused Russia on Friday of sending more tanks and troops into eastern Ukraine and said they were heading towards the rebel-held town of Novoazovsk on the southern coast, expanding their presence on what it fears could be the next battlefront. Russia did not immediately respond to the accusation which, if confirmed, would go further to kill off a European-brokered truce that was met by relentless rebel advances after it came into force on Sunday. Moscow has always denied accusations in the past that its forces are fighting in Ukraine. Nevertheless, there were signs that the rebels may be prepared to halt their advance, having achieved their main military objective this week by seizing the strategic town of Debaltseve, where Kiev was forced to withdraw thousands of besieged troops this week. The black, blue and red flag of the rebels' self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic flew over the town hall. Reuters, February 20, 2015 EVENT COMMENT set thy face against Gog (ruler of Russia), of the land of Magog (E. Ukraine and S. Russia), the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal (both central Russia), and prophesy against him, Persia (Iran), Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Gomer (W.Turkey), and all his bands; the house of Togarmah (E.Turkey) – NO EUROPE! BIBLE QUOTE This ceasefire is in tatters. It is going the same way as the previous two ceasefires. Putin is keeping the conflict alive. It was reported that Russia sent in 20 tanks, 10 mobile rocket systems, and about 15 trucks into the area of Novoazovsk on Friday. So is this the beginning of Russia becoming an empire that stretches right across Europe? Is Europe going to become part of Russian dominion? The answer to that is no. Neither Daniel 2 or Ezekiel 38 describe a Russian empire controlling Europe. In fact Ezekiel 38 doesn’t describe any territory in what we would now call Western Europe. The only element that does creep into Europe is Magog. Magog originally covered eastern Ukraine as well as southern Russia. Russia therefore is taking that part back. The role of Europe under the influence of the Vatican is different. Europe / Vatican will launch a religious conflict against Christ and the saints. But Gog is defeated by then…. (Ezekiel 38:2-5)
Netanyahu urges European Jews to move to Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, has urged European Jews to immigrate to Israel following the shooting dead of a Danish Jew outside a Copenhagen synagogue on Sunday. Netanyahu announced the government will discuss Sunday a $46 million plan to encourage Jewish migration from Belgium, France and Ukraine and said at the start of a cabinet meeting that Israel is the home of all Jews. The shooting at the Krystalgade synagogue that killed a 38-year old Jewish security guard came just hours after another deadly shooting at a free-speech event featuring an artist who had caricatured the Prophet Muhammad. Five Danish police officers were also wounded in the shootings. Police said Sunday they had shot and killed the man who had carried out both the attacks. RT, February 15, 2015 EVENT COMMENT Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel. And they shall come thither, and they shall take away all the detestable things thereof and all the abominations thereof from thence. And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:. BIBLE QUOTE (Ezekiel 11:17-19) Anti-Semitism is growing in Europe. A journalist this week decided to test how safe the streets of Paris are for Jews. He wore a religious skullcap and secretly filmed the public's reaction using a hidden camera. He walked silently in the city for ten hours. The video he took is shocking. The hidden camera footage shows anti-Semitism is rife in the French capital as he is seen harassed and intimidated. As he wanders around neighbourhoods wearing the garments associated with the Jewish faith, he is spat at, threatened and even called a 'dog’. It is against this backdrop that Netanyahu called this week fro Jews to return to Israel. Israel he said is the home of all Jews. He is right of course. We know there is to be another influx of Jews coming back to the land. There are still millions who live outside Israel. God will gather them all one day.
Australia warns of 'calamity' as cyclones hit northeast Two cyclones have left a trail of destruction and forced mass evacuations across northern Australia, crushing homes and raising fears of flooding. In an unusual event which has never previously been recorded in Australia, two serious but separate cyclones struck the country simultaneously. Cyclone Marcia crossed the Queensland coast with winds of up to 180 miles an hour, causing high tides and dangerous surf and reportedly dumping a dead shark on a beach. The category five cyclone was downgraded as it crossed the coast near the town of Rockhampton and headed south. Residents across north-east Queensland have reported flooded houses and roads, smashed roofs and fallen trees. Many people have been forced to take shelter in evacuation centres but the full extent of the damage is still being assessed. Daily Telegraph, February 20, 2015 EVENT COMMENT For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. BIBLE QUOTE We continue to see extreme weather conditions around the world. Cyclone Marcia and Cyclone Lam - hit Australia simultaneously for the first time in recorded history. We have seen over the last week record breaking low temperatures in America. Bitter cold temperatures have shattered decades-old records in many places — including Washington, Baltimore and New York. We saw last week the incredible sandstorm in Egypt and Israel and accompanied Putin’s visit to Egypt! We are told that the whole creation groans and is in travail and in pain. The word “groan” literally means to “groan together”. It’s everything God created groaning in pain. Even those who are waiting for Christ are in pain as we see the godlessness around us. It won’t be long now- the contractions are happening -the birth will soon happen… (Romans 8:22-23)
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