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1 March 15 - 22, 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

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: ( Please note that these are personal thoughts and the aim is purely to stimulate Bible

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 Obama to 're-assess' options after Netanyahu win EU report urges sanctions against Israel Putin signs treaty integrating S. Ossetia into Russia Russia starts nationwide show of force Friday sees three rare celestial events March 15 - 22, 2015

5 US President Barack Obama said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's pre-election disavowal of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict makes it "hard to find a path" toward serious negotiations to resolve the issue. Mr Obama described his Thursday phone call with Netanyahu, two days after the Israeli leader was re-elected. "I did indicate to him that we continue to believe that a two-state solution is the only way for the long-term security of Israel, if it wants to stay both a Jewish state and democratic," Mr Obama told the Huffington Post. "And I indicated to him that given his statements prior to the election, it is going to be hard to find a path where people are seriously believing that negotiations are possible.” The worst crisis in US-Israeli relations in decades was worsened by Mr Netanyahu's declaration just before Tuesday's election that there would be no Palestinian state on his watch. Mr Netanyahu sought on Thursday to backtrack from his comment. Daily Telegraph, March 21, 2015 EVENT COMMENT Your lovers despise you; they want to kill you! I hear a cry as of a woman in labour, a groan as of one bearing her first child— the cry of Daughter Zion gasping for breath, stretching out her hands and saying, “Alas! I am fainting; my life is given over to murderers.” BIBLE QUOTE The tension between Obama and Netanyahu is almost palpable. To help secure a win Netanyahu said he would never allow a Palestinian State. However after the election he backtracked from those comments saying he could imagine two states if the conditions were right. Obama is outraged at this “flip flopping” as he believes it undermines peace prospects. There is even talk that Obama might remove America’s “diplomatic cover” for Israel. Many votes at the UN don’t succeed against Israel because America vetos them. If it stopped doing that Israel would have many votes against it getting through. So what next for Israel? We still wait for Psalm 83 and Isaiah 17 to happen. A time of war with Israel’s immediate neighbours. They may well be spurred on to do this believing two states are unachievable and Israel has no friends in the world…. Obama to 're-assess' options after Netanyahu win (Jeremiah 4:30-31 NIV)

6 he EU report urges sanctions against Israel The European Union has produced an explosive report recommending sanctions against Israel over its construction policies and security measures in Jerusalem, the British daily Guardian reported on its website on Friday. The leaked report describes the capital as a city gripped by the worst “polarization and violence” since the second intifada of a decade ago. The document, which is an amalgamation of recommendations prepared by European diplomats stationed in the region, accuses the government of exacerbating tensions in the city by accelerating construction in the eastern part of the capital. According to The Guardian, the city has been beset by a “vicious cycle of violence... increasingly threatening the viability of the two-state solution.” The report goes on to say that Israel’s “systematic” construction of housing in “sensitive areas” has compounded the problem. Jerusalem Post, March 20, 2015 EVENT COMMENT I will make Jerusalem like an intoxicating drink that makes the nearby nations stagger when they send their armies to besiege Jerusalem and Judah. On that day I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock. All the nations will gather against it to try to move it, but they will only hurt themselves. BIBLE QUOTE (Zechariah 12:2-3 NLT) It is not just America that is agitated against Israel. Europe is also looking to increase sanctions against Israel as well. Europe sees Israel’s building of property in and around east Jerusalem as provocative because they believe east Jerusalem will end up being part of the future Palestinian state. We know that Jerusalem will become a burdensome stone for all peoples that surround Israel. I.e. Israel’s immediate neighbours. We know this because Zechariah 12 is at pains to explain stage 1 of the final conflict. But the immediate neighbours, those nations that surround Israel, are spurred into action because of the wider support they feel they have from the wider world. Interestingly following the election Israel has decided to conduct snap military exercises around Gaza using air force and special operations, infantry, armour, artillery and engineering units. Israel may soon face conflict with her nearby nations.

7 Putin signs treaty integrating S. Ossetia into Russia Associated Press, March 18, 2015 EVENT COMMENT “Get ready; be prepared! Keep all the armies around you mobilized, and take command of them. A long time from now you will be called into action. In the distant future you will swoop down on the land of Israel, which will be enjoying peace after recovering from war and after its people have returned from many lands to the mountains of Israel. Russia is strengthening its position in South Ossetia by signing a treaty that very nearly brings this breakaway part of Georgia into Russia itself. It is very similar to what happened in Crimea. Georgia of course sees this as a provocation but as they are so small there is nothing they can do about it. On Friday Putin proposed creating a regional currency union with Belarus and Kazakhstan, Russia's partners in a political and economic union made up of former Soviet republics. This union is Putin’s answer to the European Union. It is an attempt to build another power block in opposition to the West. Russia is strengthening its position. In no way is it backing down. Europe announced this week that it will keep sanctions on Russia until the end of the year. Russia will not back down and again ups the stakes… BIBLE QUOTE (Ezekiel 38:7-8 NLT)

8 he Russia starts nationwide show of force Mammoth Russian military drills ordered by President Vladimir Putin from the Pacific to the Black Sea are designed to send a message to the West: keep your distance and don't overplay your hand on Ukraine, observers say. Since the start of the Ukraine crisis more than a year ago, Russia has flexed its muscles with a series of war games but the scale of the latest military exercises has triggered a series of new questions. Experts say whatever the purpose of the latest manoeuvres involving tens of thousands of troops, the intent is clear: to show Putin's Russia will stop at nothing to protect its interests. Military analyst Pavel Felgenhauer said "This is brinkmanship, balancing on the brink of war,” adding that in the current atmosphere of shattered ties with the West the Kremlin is not ruling out any scenarios. "These are preparations for a possible nuclear conflict, for a big war with Europe and for a global nuclear war with America." AFP, March 20, 2015 EVENT COMMENT The attackers march like warriors and scale city walls like soldiers. Straight forward they march, never breaking rank. They never jostle each other; each moves in exactly the right position. They break through defences without missing a step. They swarm over the city. In Joel the Russian army is likened to locusts BIBLE QUOTE On Monday more than 45,000 Russian troops as well as war planes and submarines started military exercises across much of the country in one of the Kremlin's biggest shows of force since its ties with the West plunged to Cold War-lows. US commanders have professed grudging admiration for Russia's ability to move troops quickly. "I've been watching the Russian exercises... what I cared about is they can get 30,000 people and 1,000 tanks in a place really fast," Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, the US Army's most senior commander in Europe, told reporters. The Bible says that when Russia moves it will move quickly. It will come like a whirlwind, like a storm to cover the land. Whirlwinds are highly destructive and move quickly. We know that like a plague of locusts Russia will invade and “eat” everything. (Joel 2:7-8 NLT)

9 Friday sees three rare celestial events Jerusalem Post, March 8, 2015 EVENT COMMENT And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: BIBLE QUOTE (Acts 2:19-20) We have seen some remarkable and wonderful signs in the heavens this week. The total solar eclipse (for the first time in earth’s history) passed directly over the north pole. Experts by winding the clock back as it were say the last time a total eclipse was witnessed at the north pole was over 100,000 years ago. But of course the earth did not exist then. The other remarkable thing is that the shadow cast by the eclipse covers the exact nations mentioned in the Bible as invading Israel. All of Europe, Russia, north Africa, Iran and the Middle East. All this came on the same day as the spring equinox and also a supermoon. Total solar eclipses are believed to be signs against the Gentile world. Whereas total lunar eclipses are believed to be signs against the Jewish world. The next lunar eclipse comes in 2 weeks time at Passover. This is the third of a series of 4 blood moons. The last time there were 4 blood moons was in 1967. The time before that 1949. The time before that 1492! These truly are signs in the heavens…. Total eclipse seen a North Pole for the first time. Plus shadow covers all lands who will invade Israel

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