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Andy Walton’s Weekly World Watch “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 June 4 - 17 2006
What is this world watch all about? I decided each week to look at key events that had happened in that week and look at them with the Bible in hand. I hope to build up a picture of Gods hand working in the affairs of this world bringing about that day when all nations will be gathered to Jerusalem to battle which will be brought to end when the Lord Jesus Christ physically returns from heaven to set up Gods kingdom. The key areas which will crop up time and again will be 1.Israel – Middle East the growing conflict 2.Europe – the developing union / political and religious 3.Russia – continued turning back to anti west ways 4.The development of King of South – US & UK 5.Declining moral standards and increasing violence. Please email me with any thoughts, questions or anything I may have missed! On last page there is a red button – if you click it an email will open up pre addressed to me so you can send an email comments etc
Weekly Developments These are just a few of the events that have caught my eye in the previous week. It is in no way meant to be exhaustive – just a look at those events I saw as significant from a Bible viewpoint. Headlines These are always headlines printed in the newspaper – the date is always given and which paper. Normally the Daily Telegraph. (DT) Event This is usually the newspapers take on the events that have happened. It will always be a direct quote from the newspaper. Comment This is my take on why it is interesting from a Bible point of view. The idea of this weekly world watch is to give a quick Biblical perspective without going into detail. If more detail is needed please email me. 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.
Weekly Developments Russia and oil Abbas sets date for referendum Iran at summit EU looks for greater role in the world Israel gets Blair backing Church - gay weddings June 4 - 17 2006 TO PRINT ANY ONE OF THE FOLLOWING SLIDES JUST CLICK ON THE PICTURE ON EACH SLIDE
Russia and oil Headline US bypasses Russia with BP pipeline Headline Daily Telegraph June 9 Event Washington scored a significant victory in its contest with Moscow for influence in Central Asia yesterday when Kazakhstan agreed to start pumping oil to the West through a British Petroleum pipeline that bypasses Russia and Iran. The deal, secured largely because of a personal visit to Kazakhstan last month by Dick Cheney, the United States vice-president, will infuriate the Kremlin. Formal agreement will be signed next week to begin delivery through an existing BP pipeline that connects Azerbaijan to the Turkish coast. This loops through Georgia, thus avoiding Russia to the north and Iran to the south. Comment America and Russia are locked in fierce competition for access to Central Asia's vast energy wealth. Russia has emerged as the world's second largest oil producer after Saudi Arabia. It is one of the reasons that has enabled the Kremlin to recover some of its Cold War swagger. We see America’s move above infuriating Russia. This only adds to tensions between these nations. A few days before, Russia gave a double warning. The era of cheap oil is over they said, and any attempts to stop it moving into European markets would not be tolerated. As we approach the “time of trouble such as never was”, we see how oil might play a part. Control of the Middle East where much of the oil is found will become increasingly important. Nations worship mammon. Mammon now depends on energy. Bible Quote Daniel 12 1 and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time
Abbas sets date for referendum Headline Abbas sets date for referendum Headline BBC online June 8 Event Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is to hold a referendum on a plan for statehood that implicitly recognises Israel on 31 July, officials say. The Palestinian Authority president will issue a decree formally announcing the date on Saturday, they added. Mr Abbas had given Hamas, which heads the government, until the end of the week to agree the plan or said he would put it to a public vote. Hamas has rejected the plan and said a referendum would be illegal. Comment Recent polls in the Palestinian areas have shown 75% would vote yes in the referendum. We would then have a very dangerous situation. Hamas in government has so far said it will not recognise Israel. The Palestinian people in the referendum might say they will. The world would welcome the vote by the Palestinians seeing it as an opportunity for peace. The cry of peace and safety may be very short lived however. Tensions are high anyway at the moment after Hamas said it was ending its ceasefire following the death of seven Palestinian civilians. There is still some confusion as to how they died but however it happened the PR damage to Israel has been done. Al-Qaeda has announced this week that it completely opposes the referendum and has called on all Muslims to help the Palestinians and confront the “Zionist Crusaders”. We may be fast reaching a crunch time between Israel and the Palestinians. Bible Quote Joshua 11 20 For it was of the LORD to harden their hearts, that they should come against Israel in battle, that he might destroy them utterly
Iran at summit Headline Iran's place at summit raises fears of anti-West alliance Headline Daily Telegraph June 15 Event Iran's hard-line president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, arrived in China last night for a summit of Asian states and Russia that Washington fears is forming a new anti-western alliance. Mr Ahmadinejad will seek support for his country's nuclear programme, fuelling US concern that Iran is being protected by its growing friendship with Russia and China, who both sit on the UN Security Council. Comment This was the 5 th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. It is made up of 5 key nations. Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. It was developed to increase mutual understanding and military trust. This year though Iran has been invited. America fears that a new anti-western alliance is building. It is interesting the world is split into East / West. In Daniel 2 the legs of the image become East / West. Initially it was Greece / Rome – the division of the Roman Empire. The East has become Autocratic Russia. Revelation speaks of it being a dragon. The West has become Democratic Europe. Revelation speaks of it being a beast. (The verse below speaks of the beast and the dragon). The final war will not be East versus West. For they combined will invade Israel. The final war will involve those who are pro Israel against those who are anti Israel. The dragon powers above will be anti Israel. Bible Quote Revelation 13 2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
EU looks for greater world role Headline EU looks for greater role in the world Headline Daily Telegraph June 9 Event The European Commission yesterday called for national governments to join it in shared diplomatic and consular facilities "inspired" by the idea of an EU diplomatic service. Such a service would have been created by the moribund EU constitution and in the absence of that treaty the commission wants action now to increase the EU's "visibility" worldwide. Tony Blair and his fellow European Union leaders agreed last night to examine how to salvage elements of the European constitution in 2008 - ensuring that Europe will be centre stage at the next general election. Comment The Daily Telegraph wrote in its editorial this week. “There is never a Plan B in Brussels; Plan A is simply re-submitted over and over again until it is accepted. Indeed, with or without formal ratification, most of the policies and institutions proposed by the constitution have been, or are being, enacted anyway: the European Defence Agency, the External Borders Agency, the Human Rights Agency, the EU foreign ministry and diplomatic corps, the European Public Prosecutor, the Charter of Fundamental Rights, the European Space Programme. The EU, in other words, is behaving as if the French and Dutch electorates had voted "Yes" and the constitution were already in force.” And so as the dragon develops so does the beast. It is rising out of the bottomless pit to make war on the saints. Bible Quote Revelation 17 8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition:
Israel gets Blair backing Headline Blair backs Olmert's plan for West Bank withdrawal - Headline Daily Telegraph June 13 Event Ehud Olmert expressed his deep personal admiration for Tony Blair last night after Downing Street gave its tacit support to the Israeli Prime Minister's controversial plan for a unilateral disengagement from the occupied Palestinian territory in the West Bank. "I like working with Tony Blair a lot," said Mr Olmert in an interview with The Daily Telegraph. "He is very smart and he is very experienced, and he wants to achieve something for both the Israelis and the Palestinians.“ Jews celebrated their centuries-old if often edgy relationship with Britain yesterday at a thanksgiving service to mark the 350th anniversary of their resettlement in this country. Comment This week was the 350 th anniversary in Britain of Jews being allowed to live in this country. In 1290 Jews were banished from England by Edward I. In 1655 Oliver Cromwell decided to readmit Jews. In 1874 Benjamin Disraeli became Britain’s first and only Jewish Prime Minister. The modern Zionist movement began at about the same time by Theodor Hertzl. In 1897 the first Zionist Congress was held. Britain officially backed the Zionist movement in 1917 with the Balfour Declaration. Britain still backs Israel. However we have come full circle. Israel and Britain are talking about giving back land promised to the Jews by God. Both will be judged for this. Bible Quote Isaiah 60 9 ¶ Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them
Church - gay weddings Headline Church 'could be forced to bless gay weddings' Headline Daily Telegraph June 10 Event New Government proposals on equality could require clergy to bless homosexual "weddings" or face prosecution, the Church of England said yesterday. It said the proposed regulations could undermine official teaching and require Christians to act against their religious convictions. The Sexual Orientation (Provision of Goods and Services) Regulations will make discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation illegal in the same way as race or sex. They are designed to protect gays and lesbians from being denied "goods, facilities and services" on the basis of their sexual preferences. They were drawn up after homosexual couples complained of being refused hotel rooms. But the Church said in its official response to a period of consultation that the regulations would have a serious impact on Christian organisations and would elevate the rights of homosexuals above those of religion. Comment We may be fast approaching a time when the frog like spirits (wicked and godless teachings of men) try to invade the Christadelphian community. The article above goes onto say that legal action could be taken against religions who do not accept gay marriage. As law abiding citizens we will continue to obey the government until the law itself is contrary to God’s law. We may have to take a stand. Bible Quote Romans 1 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, etc etc etc
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