Presentation on theme: "January 17 – 23, 2010 “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."— Presentation transcript:
January 17 – 23, 2010 “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.
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).
This Week’s Developments To print any of the event slides that follow, click the picture on the upper right Religious Haitians see hand of God in earthquake Syria and Hezbollah on alert for Israeli attack Moscow hopes to sign arms contracts with Libya Russia to start Iran nuclear plant in 2010 Vatican blames Israel for driving out Christians January 17 – 23, 2010 More than 50 EU embassies open across the world
Religious Haitians see hand of God in earthquake Deeply religious Haitians see the hand of God in the destruction of Biblical proportions visited on their benighted country. The quake, religious leaders said Sunday, is evidence that He wants change. As desperate believers gathered to pray Sunday across the shattered capital, the Rev. Eric Toussaint told a congregation gathered outside the ruined cathedral that the earthquake "is a sign from God, saying that we must recognize his power." "If all of a sudden, in 15 seconds, 20 seconds, all the physical representations of corruption are destroyed, it gives you pause for thought," said Richard Morse, a renowned Haitian-American musician whose mother was a singer and revered Voodoo priestess. "The Justice Ministry: down. The National Palace: down. The United Nations headquarters: down." The destruction of every major Catholic church in the capital, including the 81-year- old cathedral, also was a sign, he said: "When there is all this corruption going on, whose role is it in society to speak out? Isn't the Church supposed to say something?" Associated Press, January 17, 2010 EVENT COMMENT For what is man's lot from God above, his heritage from the Almighty on high? Is it not ruin for the wicked, disaster for those who do wrong? BIBLE QUOTE (Job 31:2,3 NIV) God’s hand of course was in this earthquake. He controls the physical earth and creates both good and evil. It cannot be a coincidence that God therefore chooses the most godless parts of the earth to demonstrate his power and anger. Think of the tsunami in 2004. The epicentre and the greatest destruction was in Aceh. A place renowned for killing, torture, rape and violence. Tens of thousands had been killed without mercy in that area BEFORE the earthquake. Think of hurricane Katrina that swept New Orleans back to the stone age in 2005. It is known as Sin City, Sodom by the Sea, the Big Easy. Think of Haiti – renowned for voodoo. Now think of God….
Syria and Hezbollah on alert for Israeli attack Syria and Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon have raised their preparedness for an Israeli attack, according to the London-based Arabic newspaper Ash-Sharq il-Awsat. The newspaper says Hizbullah is worried by the concentration of Israeli troops along the Lebanese border ahead of manoeuvres, even if Deputy Secretary-General Naim Kassam stressed that it was impossible to say for sure that the attack would be soon. Kol Yisrael government radio adds that Syria is calling up reservists, including those who live in Lebanon. Israel National News, January 22, 2010 EVENT COMMENT An oracle concerning Damascus: "See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins. "In that day the glory of Jacob will fade; the fat of his body will waste away.” BIBLE QUOTE (Isaiah 17:1,4 NIV) Tensions are rising on Israel’s borders. Hezbollah has placed "all its forces" on a state of military preparedness. Damascus and Hezbollah both claim that Israel has embarked on a large-scale military exercise along its northern borders to create a jumping-off point for striking Hezbollah followed by raids into Syria. On Friday Debkafile reported that Damascus had ordered a Level 4 mobilization of Syria's army reserves for deployment to the Golan Heights on the Israeli border, to meet what it calls "IDF plans of attack." DEBKAfile's military sources interpret Level 4 as referring to Syrian armoured and commando brigades. What role does Syria play in the coming conflict? Ezekiel 38 does not mention Syria at all which in some ways is surprising as they are Israel’s ancient foe and also closest to Israel. Will Syria make peace with Israel and this is why Syria does not take part in Gog’s army? Possibly but unlikely. What is more likely is that Syria is neutralised by Israel shortly BEFORE Gog invades. It is possibly a conflict that also weakens Israel. Isaiah 17 speaks of these events. Damascus (capital of Syria) is destroyed and Jacob (Israel) is then waxing thin – becomes weak. The NIV says Israel will “waste away”.
Moscow hopes to sign arms contracts with Libya Russia is looking to sign a series of contracts for the delivery of fighter jets and air- defence systems to Libya, a defence industry official said on Friday. Vyacheslav Dzirkaln, deputy head of the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation, said the contracts could be signed on January 26-27, when Libyan Defence Minister Maj. Gen. Younis Jaber visits Russia. "We believe that the visit will not be purely political, but will also enable us to sign contracts for the delivery of arms and military equipment," Dzirkaln said. "A large delegation will arrive, including specialists on air defence," he said. "Something should be signed." He added that Russia had also offered Libya assistance in the modernization and maintenance of Soviet-made equipment, which was still in "good repair." RIA Novosti, January 22, 2010 EVENT COMMENT I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: BIBLE QUOTE (Ezekiel 38:4,5) Russia continues to build strong military alliances with the very nations that Ezekiel 38 and Daniel 11 mention. One of the nations specifically mentioned as working with Russia and invading Israel is Libya. The article above shows us that behind the scenes Russia is busy arming Libya. These very weapons and military jets will be used one day against Israel. Also reported this week is the rapid strengthening of Russia’s economy. One report said “Russia's oil-dependent economy is getting back on track after its biggest downturn in a decade as higher crude prices and new inflows of capital have shored up the country's banks, government finances and stock markets. Oil has been key. The price of crude rose from a 2008 low of $45 to $83 a barrel this month.” We see a resurgent Russia arming nations that many consider to be terrorist states.
Russia to start Iran nuclear plant in 2010 Russia will this year start up the reactor at Iran's long-delayed Bushehr nuclear power plant, the head of Russia's state nuclear corporation said on Thursday. Russia agreed to build Iran the 1,000 megawatt nuclear power plant at Bushehr 15 years ago, but delays have haunted the $1 billion project and diplomats say Moscow has used it as a lever in relations with Tehran. "2010 is the year of Bushehr," Sergei Kiriyenko, the head of the Rosatom state nuclear corporation, told reporters after a cabinet meeting in Moscow. "There is absolutely no doubt that it will be built this year. Everything is going according to schedule," he said. Russia, a veto-wielding permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, has so far refused to publicly support the threat of additional sanctions against Iran. Reuters, January 21, 2010 EVENT COMMENT Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them. BIBLE QUOTE (Ezekiel 38:7) One of the nations mentioned in Ezekiel 38 is Libya. Another is Persia or modern day Iran! Russia is actually helping Iran build a nuclear power plant and reactor. It seems remarkable that at a time when “the West” are trying to dissuade Iran from developing a nuclear program that Russia actually appears to support and encourage it. Of course with Bible in hand it is not surprising. Again in Ezekiel 38 we read that Russia acts as “a guard” to those nations mentioned. A guard in this context is a protector, someone who watches over, a GUARDian. Russia (as mentioned above) will not publicly support any sanctions on Iran, continues to help Iran and work with them. We know that one day Russia will invade the Middle East and Iran will join Russia – with Libya, Turkey and many other nations as well.
Vatican blames Israel for driving out Christians A Vatican document released yesterday blamed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Israel's "occupying" of lands for driving Christians out and making life difficult for those who remain. However, Christians here who fled their homes in Palestinian-controlled territory largely blamed Muslim intimidation for their plight in interviews with WND. The Vatican document leaked to the media is reportedly a guide for discussions for an upcoming meeting of Mideast bishops convened by Pope Benedict XVI to discuss the plight of the Christian minority in the Middle East, which has an overwhelming Muslim majority. According to the Associated Press, the meeting document made clear bishops in the Middle East believe the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the central cause of several conflicts in the region. The document also claimed Israeli "occupation" was a major factor in driving Christian out of certain lands. World Net Daily, January 20, 2010 EVENT COMMENT And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth. The woman = Rome and the false religion which began in Babel / Babylon BIBLE QUOTE (Revelation 17:18) Here’s a new twist to the problems that can be blamed on Israel! The Vatican believes that Israel can be blamed for driving Christians out of the land. They think that because Israel is an occupying power that this causes life to be difficult and therefore is the reason for Christians leaving. Remarkably this is not the actual reason given by Christians who do leave. They say it is because of Muslim intimidation. What is interesting of course is this yet another recent occurrence of the Vatican moving against Israel. Last week Catholic bishops from North America and Europe criticized Israeli polices in Jerusalem. Rome is increasingly interested in Israel and the politics there. We know from Revelation 17 the woman is active at the time of the end.
More than 50 EU embassies open across the world More than 50 European Union embassies have opened across the world since the Lisbon Treaty came into force three weeks ago. The move has led to fears that British consular facilities could be shut down as Brussels establishes itself as a world power. Critics say the 54 new embassies in countries including Afghanistan, China, India and 33 African nations will shift power away from the British foreign office towards a new EU diplomatic service. Embassies in the key capitals of Beijing, Kabul and Addis Ababa, the seat of the African Union, are regarded as marking a major shift to giving the EU a role as a global player to rival nation states. The embassies will takeover national bilateral missions in the 54 countries where they are set up, headed by ambassadors who are empowered to speak on behalf of the EU as a whole. The decision to give 54 of the European Commission's 136 delegations full ambassadorial status was taken without any public announcement when the Lisbon Treaty entered into force three weeks ago. Daily Telegraph, January 22, 2010 EVENT COMMENT And it shall come to pass in that day, that Tyre [latter day = UK] shall be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king: after the end of seventy years shall Tyre sing as an harlot. BIBLE QUOTE (Isaiah 23:15) The European Beast came into being with the Lisbon Treaty on the 1 st January 2010. Since then the kings who have given their power and strength to the beast have been very busy. More than 50 new embassies around the world have been opened! If anyone doubted before that the treaty was just another bit of signed paper with no real implications then surely this is evidence contrary to that view. Europe is now a legal entity. It has in effect sapped power away from the national governments. Some may be surprised that Britain is part of this. Isaiah 23 tells us the Britain would become like a harlot. In joining Europe (the beast) with the harlot riding it, Britain has become a harlot. Britain is still Tarshish however and will not form part of the Gogian invasion.
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