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June 22 - 28, 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
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: (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please note that these are personal thoughts and the aim is purely to stimulate Bible email@example.com
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 Ukraine signs historic EU pact amid Russia anger Iraq crisis: the country is facing imminent break up Israel offers to help Arab nations over Iraq crisis Putin meets Abbas, urges renewal of peace talks Obama asks Congress for $500m for Syrian rebels June 22 - 28, 2014 UK one step closer to quitting Europe
Vladimir Putin has called for a long-term ceasefire in Ukraine while claiming the overthrow of its former pro-Russian president provoked a schism, a humanitarian crisis and a “flow of blood”. Speaking at a ceremony for foreign diplomats in the Kremlin, the Russian president made a sideswipe at today’s signing in Brussels of a trade deal between the EU and Ukraine. “The anti-constitutional coup in Kiev and the attempts to impose on the Ukrainian people an artificial choice between Europe and Russia pushed society towards a schism, a painful internal confrontation,” he said, in comments carried by news agencies. Mr Putin added: “In the south east of the country, blood is flowing, there is a real humanitarian catastrophe, tens of thousands of refugees are forced to seek shelter, including in Russia.” Daily Telegraph, June 27, 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. Events in Ukraine could be part of the “push” from the king of the south. America is threatening more sanctions BIBLE QUOTE This week Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko signed the very agreement with Europe that was almost signed last year. It was this event last year that was the final straw for Russia and Putin ordered the invasion of Crimea. This is why there is anger from Putin at events this week and hints at retaliation. But it wasn’t only Ukraine signing agreements this week…The leaders of Georgia and Moldova also signed EU “association agreements” at a ceremony in Brussels. So three former Soviet countries have signed up with Europe. So what Putin’s next move? Well perhaps we get some idea if we listen to the words of Putin’s senior adviser. “Europe organised a military coup in Ukraine, they helped Nazis to come to power.” Asked if Ukraine’s president was a Nazi he replied “of course”. We are seeing Russia being pushed and provoked. It is part of a series of events that will eventually persuade Russia to break forth and descend into Israel and beyond. The Russian bear will rise up as its cubs are taken… Ukraine signs historic EU pact amid Russia anger (Daniel 11:40)
Western officials fear Iraq is facing imminent break-up, as the jihadist take over of the north seeks to carve the country into different religious fiefdoms. Using their strongest language to date, diplomats warned that the "sheer scale" of the crisis could defeat belated efforts by the country's fractious politicians to resolve it. "We have used the word crisis about Iraq before, but this is the real thing," a Western diplomat told The Telegraph. "There is no doubt about the scale of the threat that it poses to Iraq's continued existence as a state, and it is also a threat to the wider region too.” The diplomat also voiced doubts about the ability of Iraq's politicians, including Nouri al-Maliki, the country's Shia prime minister, to bury their sectarian differences. While John Kerry, the US secretary of state, warned on Monday that greater unity was the only way to stabilise the country, the diplomat said the politicians were "trapped in a pattern that was hard to break out of." Daily Telegraph, June 24, 2014 EVENT COMMENT And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees’ excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. Babylon never was overthrown like Sodom and Gomorrah. Those cities were destroyed by fire and brimstone. But these words will be fulfilled to the letter. Great fire and destruction is yet to come on Iraq. BIBLE QUOTE Iraq is a fascinating country. As we watch is dissolving before our eyes it is worth reminding ourselves of the significance of the area. It was of course where the garden of Eden was situated – home of sin and death. We know it was in Iraq because the rivers in Eden are are detailed in Genesis. Those rivers still exist today. It is also the home of the first kingdom of men ruled by Nimrod – Babylon (or Babel). This kingdom was setup in opposition to God and became the home of false worship. It was where Abraham came from. God called him out of this home of sin, death, false worship and the kingdom of men to a new home. A home in Israel – God’s future kingdom. A place of true religion, forgiveness of sin and the promise of eternal life. There will be a final cataclysmic destruction of Iraq which will usher in the long awaited kingdom of God… Iraq crisis: the country is facing imminent break up (Isaiah 13:19)
he Israel offers to help Arab nations over Iraq crisis Israel offered to help moderate Arab nations threatened by a lightning offensive by Islamic militants in Iraq, as the country's top diplomat met with US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday. Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Kerry at a meeting in Paris that "the extremists currently operating in Iraq will try to challenge the stability in the entire Gulf region, first of all in Kuwait," a statement from the Israeli minister's office said. "Israel could provide effective and reliable assistance to moderate Arab states who are dealing with extremists," it added, without going into specific details. Just a few days after visiting Iraq, Kerry said it was "important that countries in the region stand together against the threat," according to a senior US official. The conflict also appears to be broadening with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki confirming Syria's air force struck Sunni militants on the Syrian side of the Iraq- Syria border this week. Associated Press, June 26, 2014 EVENT COMMENT For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty…. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. BIBLE QUOTE (Revelation 16:14-16) We have mentioned before about there being 3 definable conflicts that are coming. The first involves an inner ring of peoples around Israel. It is a conflict involving Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria supported by Iran / Iraq. This conflict does not involve Russia directly. It will be a conflict that Israel will overcome but they will be left greatly weakened. This war will see prophecies fulfilled like Psalm 83 and Isaiah 13, 17 etc. At this point there may well be some peace agreement put in place. But it will be short lived. The vacuum left by the destruction of Syria and Iraq during this war will be immense. Into this void will pour Russia, Iran, Libya, Ethiopia. This is the outer ring of nations war. There may be little time between the two wars. It may all be considered Armageddon. Finally there is a third war – a religious war against Christ and the saints. The woman and beast….
Putin meets Abbas, urges renewal of peace talks Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow Wednesday. "We would very much like the peace process to resume. I know there are many difficulties here,” Putin said. Abbas for his part described it as “meeting between two friends," Itar-Tass news agency reported. “Regrettably, the situation in the region is not improving, and I am very happy to have the opportunity to meet with you and talk about how the situation is evolving and outline steps toward normalization,” Russia Today quoted Putin as telling Abbas. Putin told the Palestinian leader Russia was interested in improving relations, saying “This is an addition to the other issues of the regional agenda which is currently a priority for us, and our neighbours, and other countries.” Abbas will seek Russia's help to face the "vicious crackdown" Israel has been waging in the occupied West Bank, the Fatah official added. Israel National News, June 26, 2014 EVENT COMMENT After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them. This event is worth noting. The Palestinian leader went to Moscow this week on a three day visit. According to Russian media, the last time Abbas was in Moscow was at the end of last January. Abbas first visited Russia in an official capacity at the beginning of 2005 and has since then visited Russia eleven times, not including the current trip. So 12 times Abbas has been to Moscow. Every time he has been he has the same message. WE NEED RUSSIA’S HELP. This message has become evermore urgent. America’s attempts at peace have come to nothing. Russia’s influence in the world has become ever greater. We read in Ezekiel 38 of Gog (Putin) being ’visited”. The word literally means to be “sought after” or “called to action”. These “visits” by Abbas are seeking Russia’s support and calling him to action. Russia WILL respond…. BIBLE QUOTE (Ezekiel 38:8)
he Obama asks Congress for $500m for Syrian rebels President Barack Obama has asked the US Congress to approve $500m (£294m) to train and equip what he described as "moderate" Syrian opposition forces. The funds would help Syrians defend against forces aligned with President Bashar al-Assad, the White House said. The aid would also counter Islamist militants such as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis), it added. Isis's advance in neighbouring Iraq has led some in Congress to press Mr Obama to take action. Tens of thousands of people have died and millions more have been displaced in three years of civil war in Syria, as rebels fight troops loyal to Mr Assad. "This funding request would build on the administration's longstanding efforts to empower the moderate Syrian opposition, both civilian and armed," the White House said. It will also "enable the Department of Defense to increase our support to vetted elements of the armed opposition". BBConline, June 26, 2014 EVENT COMMENT Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters! The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: We are seeing the multitudes of people rising up and crashing together like the stormy seas… BIBLE QUOTE (Isaiah 17:12-13) Obama is blaming the Syrian regime for the meltdown in Iraq. It’s actually a highly complex situation. The argument goes like this… The Syrian regime led by Assad (who is Shia) have been mercilessly killing their own people to stay in power. The main group of people being killed are Sunnis. This in turn has caused a new virulent stream of Sunni’s to rise up (ISIS) who now threaten the stability of the government in Iraq (which is Shia). But the Sunni’s who have risen up are almost certainly funded by Saudi Arabia (who are Sunni). But the trouble there is that Saudi and America are allies. Iran (who is Shia) has ended up being on the same side as America over ISIS! Complex?! So America wants revenge on Assad. He (they believe) is the cause of the problems. They also want to stop ISIS taking over any part of Syria. Isaiah 17 speaks of the destruction of Damascus. But at the end of the chapter it says the following….
UK one step closer to quitting Europe Britain has moved a step closer to leaving the European Union after David Cameron declared “war” on Brussels over the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker. Keeping Britain in the EU “has got harder”, the Prime Minister said, after he was outvoted by 26 to two in his attempt to prevent Mr Juncker becoming the European Commission president. The result emboldened Eurosceptic MPs and Ukip supporters who want to leave the EU. However, Mr Cameron said he would wage a “long, tough fight” to reform Brussels before campaigning for Britain to remain in the EU in an in-out referendum he has promised to hold in 2017. The Prime Minister said the decision to nominate Mr Juncker, an arch-federalist facing questions about his drinking habits, represented “a sad day for the EU”. Mr Cameron said: “The European Council know that I’m deadly serious about EU reform. I’ve said I’m not going to back down. I won’t. Daily Telegraph, June 27, 2014 EVENT COMMENT And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. The beast = Europe The kings = national leaders Giving their power = giving up sovereignty BIBLE QUOTE (Revelation 17:12-13) So who is the new President of Europe? And why does Britain oppose him so much? Jean-Claude Juncker was one of the main architects of the euro. As one UK newspaper put it he bares “considerable responsibility for the flaws in its design which led to the years of economic stagnation and mass unemployment in which the union is still ensnared. He has never shown any public regret or remorse for these problems, however: he appears convinced like the true believer in some arcane faith that Europe’s “ever-closer integration” must be driven forward relentlessly, whatever the political, social and economic costs.” And that is the issue for Britain. Europe’s vision is ever closer union – giving up sovereign power. For Europe its about an ideology – a uniting of the continent. For Britain its just about the money. If we can be more wealthy then being in Europe is a price worth paying. That price though as just gone up!
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