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1 February 8 - 14, 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 Ukraine peace deal ‘in great danger’ Britain not ruling out providing 'lethal force' in Ukraine U.S. sending 'tankbuster' jets to Russia's doorstep Greece: Greenspan predicts exit from euro inevitable Vladimir Putin's Egypt visit sends message to U.S. February 8 - 14, 2015 Severe sandstorm hits Israel

5 Ukraine's president has warned that a deal to end the war in the east is in "great danger" after heavy fighting ahead of Saturday night's ceasefire. Petro Poroshenko also accused Russia of "significantly increasing" its offensive despite the peace agreement reached in Minsk on Thursday. The US ambassador to Ukraine that he said showed Russian artillery near Debaltseve. Shelling was heard in the rebel-held city of Donetsk early on Saturday. Fierce battles are said to be continuing around Debaltseve, a strategic government-held town almost encircled by rebel forces. The BBC's David Stern in Kiev says that as the clock ticks down to the ceasefire, fears are rising that it won't be observed. More than a dozen civilians are said to have died in shelling in eastern Ukraine on Friday. BBC, February 14, 2015 EVENT COMMENT And through his policy also he shall cause deceit to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand. BIBLE QUOTE The fighting is showing no signs of stopping. There are reports of heavy weapons coming across the border from Russia. The US ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, said that Russian units along the border were preparing a large shipment of supplies to separatist fighters. So what of the “peace agreement” reached only a few days ago? The agreement said that there is to be a general ceasefire from midnight on the 14th to 15th of February (Sunday). Two days later, heavy artillery and rocket systems are to be withdrawn from the front line. But will Putin do this? The trouble is he still denies any involvement in Ukraine by Russian forces. The Russian tanks and armoured vehicles are not Russian! So what is going on? Well the Bible tells us about Putin’s character! God says that the latter day king of the north is deceitful. In fact he causes deceit to prosper. He is a very proud man. “And by peace shall destroy many.” In other words he will pretend to be peaceful but in fact destruction is his aim. This sounds like Putin…. Ukraine peace deal ‘in great danger’ (Daniel 8:23-24)

6 he Britain not ruling out providing 'lethal force' in Ukraine Britain could provide “lethal” force to assist the Ukrainian government in its fight against pro-Russian forces, Philip Hammond has suggested. The Foreign Secretary said that although the UK currently has no plans for any direct involvement in the conflict, the Government "reserved the right" to provide arms to stop the Ukrainian forces collapsing. Barack Obama, the American President, has ordered his officials to “look at all options” open to the United States, including providing weapons to halt the recent rebel advance in the east. The White House has said it will made a decision pending the success of a new peace initiative pushed last weekend by the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. While Britain is not yet actively considering a move to send arms, Mr Hammond's comments put him odds with Ms Merkel, who explicitly stated last week that despatching weapons would merely worsen the conflict. Daily Telegraph, February 10, 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, and many nations will fall BIBLE QUOTE (Daniel 11:40-41 NLT) Britain and America are watching closely developments in Ukraine. They appear far more willing to act against Russia than other European nations. The UK Foreign Secretary said this week that “we could not allow the Ukrainian armed forces to collapse.” He went on to say, “In recent weeks, Russia has aggravated the effects of its initial incursion by stepping up the military support it provides to its proxies. It has transferred hundreds of heavy weapons, including rocket launchers, heavy artillery, tanks and armoured vehicles and it maintains hundreds of regular soldiers, including special forces, in Ukraine as well as command and control elements, air defence systems, UAVs and electronic warfare systems.” Britain we know in the Bible is Tarshish, the old lion, the king of the south. The Bible is clear. Before Russia invades it is militarily provoked by the king of the south. That provocation could come in Ukraine.

7 U.S. sending 'tankbuster' jets to Russia's doorstep The U.S. Air Force is sending 12 of its 'tankbuster' jets back Europe as part of the response to Russia's intervention in Ukraine. The European command revealed the group of A-10s will be deployed as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve which was set up last year after Putin's troops annexed Crimea. They will be stationed at Spangdahlem air base in Germany along with 300 airman so they can be called to action by Eastern European allies at short notice. Senior officials said the unit were being sent to reassure allies their commitment to European security is still a 'priority' following months of tension in the region. Designed in the 1970s, the aircraft also known as a Warthog was developed to support ground troops against the armoured tanks of the Soviet Union. Tom Jones, vice commander, United States Air Forces in Europe, said in a statement: 'The Air Force is increasing rotational presence in Europe to reassure our allies.’ Daily Mail, February 13, 2015 EVENT COMMENT If an ox gore a man or a woman, that they die: then the ox shall be surely stoned, and his flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall be quit. The word “gore” used here is the same word for “push” in Daniel 11:40 where the king of the south pushes at the king of the north. The Hebrew word means to strike with a horn of wild animal (like a warthog!) As Britain ups the rhetoric against Russia, America has begun to respond to the Russian aggression by sending a deployment of fearsome “tank busting” A-10 (known as the Warthog) aircraft to deter Russia from further aggression. The A-10 was used in combat for the first time during the Gulf War in 1991, destroying more than 900 Iraqi tanks, 2,000 other military vehicles and 1,200 artillery pieces. As the article says it was originally designed to combat Russian tanks. America is sending a clear message to Russia by sending these aircraft to Europe. And so Europe stands on the brink. The next 24 hours will show if Putin will abide by the ceasefire or not. If he doesn’t we may see the US and UK authorise military support of Ukraine. We may be on the brink of conflict. The new Cold War may soon be Hot…. BIBLE QUOTE (Daniel 8:23-25 NLT)

8 he Greece: Greenspan predicts exit from euro inevitable The former head of the US central bank, Alan Greenspan, has predicted that Greece will have to leave the eurozone. He told the BBC he could not see who would be willing to put up more loans to bolster Greece's struggling economy. Greece wants to re-negotiate its bailout, but Mr Greenspan said "I don't think it will be resolved without Greece leaving the eurozone”. Earlier, UK Chancellor George Osborne said a Greek exit would cause "deep ructions" for Britain. Mr Greenspan, chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1987 to 2006, said: "I believe Greece will eventually leave. I don't think it helps them or the rest of the eurozone - it is just a matter of time before everyone recognises that parting is the best strategy. "The problem is that there there is no way that I can conceive of the euro of continuing, unless and until all of the members of eurozone become politically integrated - even just fiscally integrated won't do it." BBC, February 8, 2015 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. These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: BIBLE QUOTE Alan Greenspan is an American economist who served as Chairman of the Federal Reserve of the United States from 1987 to 2006. He is someone people listen to when he speaks about financial matters. And so this week when he said that the current crisis would not be resolved without Greece leaving the Euro – people take notice. What is even more interesting is that he went on to say that the Euro could only continue if “ALL MEMBERS OF THE EUROZONE BECOME POITICALLY INTEGRATED”. This is so true. You cannot run a currency forever with different nations having different political systems. Eventually you must have one political body that governs it all. The Bible says exactly this. 10 kings (or rulers) will one day give their power and strength (political power) to the beast (Europe) for a short period of time. This has not happened yet. It will happen. A superpower in Europe will emerge… (Revelation 17:12-14)

9 Vladimir Putin's Egypt visit sends message to U.S. Russian president Vladimir Putin has flown to Cairo for a two-day visit, in a move nominally aimed at bolstering bilateral ties with Egypt that also allows both countries to send pointed messages to the US. As Russian and western diplomats struggle to reach a peace deal over the conflict in Ukraine, Putin will spend Monday evening at Cairo’s opera house. In meetings on Tuesday, the day before the resumption of Ukraine peace talks, Putin is expected to hold discussions about ending the use of the US dollar in bilateral trade between Egypt and Russia. Collaboration between a Russian and Egyptian newspaper is also reported to be scheduled for discussion. Egypt’s flagship state newspaper printed a long feature about Putin that called him “a hero of our era”. But the fact that the posters were mostly written in English, rather than Russian or Arabic, suggested their target audience lies overseas. Guardian, February 9, 2015 EVENT COMMENT And the Egyptians will I give over into the hand of a cruel lord; and a fierce king shall rule over them, saith the Lord, the Lord of hosts. And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. BIBLE QUOTE (Isaiah 19:4) Russian president Vladimir Putin arrived in Egypt to a hero’s welcome. The Financial Times reported the following in relation to this visit…”The visit is the latest sign of Russia attempting to reassert its commercial and strategic interests in the Middle East, an agenda that has included bolstering support for Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria.” This is indeed a sign of Russia asserting itself in the Middle East. Putin is very interested in this area. Egypt over the last 40 years has been an ally of America but Putin wants to weaken US influence in the world and therefore wants to strengthen ties with countries like Egypt. Daniel 11 it says that Russia will sweep down through Israel into Egypt. But we also read of this in Isaiah 19. We are told a fierce king will one day rule over Egypt. The word fierce is used another time- in Daniel 8 the fierce king… (Daniel 8:23)

10 Severe sandstorm hits Israel A Mideast sandstorm roared into Israel and Lebanon on Wednesday, causing the worst Israeli air pollution in years and sending powerful waves tearing into Beirut's famed corniche along the Mediterranean Sea. The sandstorm, made up of accumulated dust carried from the far reaches of the Sahara Desert in North Africa, also engulfed Cairo for a second day. High winds lashed those on the streets, causing some to walk backward to avoid getting the grit in their faces. Israel's Environmental Protection Ministry said air pollution levels were the country's worst in five years and the storm would last into Wednesday night. Israeli airports spokeswoman Liza Dvir said flights to and from the Red Sea resort city of Eilat temporarily were grounded due to the weather, though planes still flew through the country's main international hub, Ben Gurion Airport Associated Press, February 11, 2015 EVENT COMMENT Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee. and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships BIBLE QUOTE (Ezekiel 38:9) On Tuesday, the strong sandstorm first reached Egypt, temporarily closing Cairo International Airport to incoming flights. The weather front also caused strong waves to crash into the coast and saw Egypt close two of its seaports. This was of course exactly when Putin arrived. There is a storm coming. And Putin will head it up. We are told in Daniel 11 that the king of the north will come down like a whirlwind. In Ezekiel 38 are told that Gog (Russian leader) will ascend and come like a storm. He will be like a cloud to cover the land. This sandstorm as Putin arrived is a sign to show us what is really coming. A terrible storm – an army so large they will be like locusts covering the ground. When Putin finally invades it truly will be the greatest storm the world has ever seen… (Daniel 11:40)

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