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1 December 14 - 20, 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

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 Putin: West is trying to 'defang' the Russian bear US slaps trade ban on Crimea over Russia occupation Iran and Saudi Arabia bicker over falling price of crude Israeli PM slams EU taking Hamas off terror list Israel launches air strikes against targets in Gaza December 14 - 20, 2014 Israel announces discovery of offshore gas field

5 Vowing never to let the West defang his proud nation, President Vladimir Putin promised Thursday to fix Russia's economic woes within two years by diversifying and voiced confidence that the plummeting rouble will soon recover. In a live, three-hour news conference that has become a Putin holiday tradition, the Russian leader demonstrated unwavering confidence in his domestic policies despite the catastrophic collapse in the rouble. His fierce defiance toward the United States flared throughout as he insisted the West was trying to destroy Russia to grab Siberia's great natural resources. He accused the West of trying to infringe on Russia's sovereignty, saying the Ukrainian crisis was just a pretext for Western action. Associated Press, December 18, 2014 EVENT COMMENT As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people….We roar all like bears…. I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps, and will rend the caul of their heart…there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them. There are 13 references to bears in OT BIBLE QUOTE Putin compared Russia to a bear in this speech. He said "Sometimes I think, maybe it would be better for our bear to sit quiet, rather than chasing around the forest after piglets. To sit eating berries and honey instead..” So Putin sometimes thinks lets be peaceful and be a like a bear eating honey. But Putin’s speech did not stop there… he then said “Maybe they will leave the bear in peace. THEY WILL NOT. Because they will always try to put him on a chain, and as soon as they succeed in doing so they tear out his fangs and his claws.” So Putin’s decision is made. He believes the bear cannot live in peace for its own survival is at stake. “Once they've taken out his claws and his fangs, then the bear is no longer necessary. He'll become a stuffed animal," he said. Every time a bear is mentioned in the Bible is speaks of war, anger, bitterness and cunning. Key words in relation to the bear… roaring, ranging, robbed, rend, bereaved, devour, bitterness. Putin is bereaved of his whelps (USSR states) he is bitter and feels robbed. He is angry but cunning. He is roaring and will range and devour much flesh. Putin: West is trying to 'defang' the Russian bear (Proverbs 28:15, Isaiah 59:11, Hosea 13:8, 2 Kings 2:24)

6 he US slaps trade ban on Crimea over Russia occupation Barack Obama imposed sweeping sanctions on Russia-annexed Crimea on Friday, banning all exports of goods and services to the contested peninsula and prohibiting Crimean imports. Canada also slapped new sanctions on Russia, hitting the country's oil and gas sector and targeting 20 Russian politicians as well as Ukrainian separatist leaders. Mr Obama said his executive order was "intended to provide clarity to US corporations doing business in the region and reaffirm that the United States will not accept Russia's occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea". The action bans new US investments in Crimea and authorises the US Treasury to impose sanctions on people and companies operating there. It also forbids trade of technology or services between Crimea and the US. Daily Telegraph, December 20, 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. He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: BIBLE QUOTE (Daniel 11:40) America continues to provoke the bear. Mr Obama's order came a day after he signed into law a congressional bill allowing him to impose new sanctions on Russia over its alleged support of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. That law also authorises the president to send lethal weapons to Ukraine's military. But Putin appears ready to fight. He clearly signalled in his speech that he will not back down. But the pain in Russia is increasing. Russia began the year as the 8 th largest economy in the world. In just months it has dropped to 15 th ! The Eurasia Group (a political risk and consulting firm) said this week that there is “potential global risk of Russia asserting itself more aggressively in Ukraine and other nearby countries.” This week Russia had to increase its base interest rate to 17% to defend the rouble. It’s sign of panic and severe stress. How long does this go on for? We don’t know. But the Bible is clear.. America pushes at Russia. When pushed far enough Russia comes down like a storm. It is gathering now..

7 Iran and Saudi Arabia bicker over falling price of crude OPEC kingpins Saudi Arabia and Iran were at odds this week over the reason behind falling oil prices in an indication of the pain being caused to many of the cartel’s 12 members. Iran’s oil minister, Bijan Zanganeh, has said that a “political conspiracy” is to blame for the dramatic slump in remarks that could signal that the Islamic Republic will try to exert pressure on OPEC to again consider cutting output. Iran, along with Venezuela, tried to convince OPEC to reduce its production ceiling from 30 million bpd at the Vienna meeting. However, the proposal was shot down by Saudi Arabia and a clutch of Gulf Arab producers that appear determined to provoke a price war with Russia and U.S. shale oil-drillers. Mr. Zanganeh’s remarks will lend support to the theory that the real target of Saudi Arabia and its allies such as the United Arab Emirates is the Kremlin. Daily Telegraph, December 18, 2014 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: It is no coincidence that the price of oil has dropped so far and so fast in recent months. Oil is down 45% since June! Falling prices are crippling the Russian economy, threatening to plunge the country deep into recession and forcing the country’s central bank to intervene in order to defend the rouble. This is how America can hurt Russia. By in effect turning off its revenue. Saudi Arabia is a key ally of America and they would certainly be working together to bring about this oil price collapse. Putin said yesterday that he does not rule out the possibility of a price conspiracy between Saudi Arabia and the US on the market of energy. But as well as Russia we see Iran in pain as well. We know Iran and Russia invade Israel together as combined king of the north. We also know Saudi Arabia and America are king of the south. All the pieces are in place… BIBLE QUOTE (Ezekiel 38:4-5)

8 he Israeli PM slams EU taking Hamas off terror list Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the European Union Wednesday for removing Hamas from its terrorist list, calling it a staggering example of European hypocrisy and an indication that many on the continent have learned nothing from the Holocaust. The European Union court order to remove Hamas from the EU terrorist list came the same day as a United Nations body in Europe delivered a stinging rebuke to Israel's settlement construction in the West Bank and called for Israel to be investigated for war crimes. The EU court in Luxembourg said it ordered Hamas removed from the list for procedural reasons, while in Geneva Israel was called out for potential war crimes. The pair of developments follows a recent surge in European legislatures making moves to unilaterally recognize a state of Palestine. Associated Press, December 17, 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. These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: BIBLE QUOTE (Revelation 17:12-14) Europe has recognised Hamas by taking it off the terrorist list. This surely shows the true colours of Europe. Hamas refuses to recognise the State of Israel’s right to exist as an independent, sovereign nation, and is totally opposed to any agreement or arrangement that would recognize its right to exist. At the beginning of its charter there is a quotation..“Israel will arise and continue to exist until Islam wipes it out, as it wiped out what went before.” Hamas boasted recently that it has killed 1365 Zionist soldiers. Hamas deliberately targets Israeli civilians while hiding among its own civilians. There is a Hebrew word “Hamas” in the Bible. It is Strong’s number 2555. Chamas. It means violence, malicious, cruel and unrighteous. Everything that Hamas is. It really is astounding that Europe would recognise this terror organisation but with Bible in hand we know what is coming. Europe itself despises the Jews and will actually stand against Christ and the saints when he returns. A truly anti Semite organisation…

9 Israel launches air strikes against targets in Gaza Israeli war planes struck targets in Gaza late on Friday night, in the first air strikes since the August truce that ended a 50-day conflict. The planes were in action after a rocket was fired from Palestinian territory, landing in a field in southern Israeli causing no casualties or damage. The Israeli army confirmed the strikes, which it said "targeted a Hamas terror infrastructure site”. Palestinian residents reported hearing two explosions in the Khan Yunis region of Gaza, in an area that contains training sites for Palestinian militants. A spokesman for Gaza's health ministry said there were no casualties in the attack More than 2000 people died during seven weeks of Israeli bombardments and Palestinian rocket attacks during the summer. Daily Telegraph, December 20, 2014 EVENT COMMENT They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre; BIBLE QUOTE (Psalm 83:3-7) Just one day after Europe recognises Hamas what does Hamas do? Fires a rocket at Israel. Israel then responded with air strikes on Gaza. A Hamas delegation visited Iran last week and met with senior Iranian officials where they discussed widening cooperation. According to Debkafile, Iran then gave Hamas the order to resume attacks on Israel. Hours after the first rocket was launched Friday, Hamas staged its first ever parade on Temple Mount, Jerusalem, marching around the golden Dome of the Rock, and shouting calls to revive the Palestinian rocket offensive against Israeli locations. They were clad uniformly in green with jihadi headbands and hoisted Hamas banners aloft. Psalm 83 speaks of peoples who come together with the aim of destroying Israel. One of the peoples mentioned are the Philistines. The Philistines are the equivalent of the Palestinians which are the equivalent of Hamas…

10 Israel announces discovery of offshore gas field Israel announced on Sunday the discovery of a major offshore gas field, the third to be located in its waters in the past five years, augmenting its newly acquired status as an energy power. The new field, some 90 miles off Israel’s coast in the eastern Mediterranean, holds at least 3.2 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of gas, according to a 3D seismic survey. Two larger fields, discovered in 2009 and 2010, have combined reserves of at least 33 trillion cubic feet. These fields are expected to serve the bulk of Israel’s gas needs for the coming century. Experts say that further exploration will likely uncover other sizeable fields in Israel’s deep offshore waters. The gas discoveries will have a major impact on Israel’s economy and perhaps even on its relations with Arab neighbours. Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, and Egypt are all in urgent need of energy supplies and Israel would be the natural supplier. Free Beacon, December 15, 2014 EVENT COMMENT thou [Russian leader] shalt think an evil thought: And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, To take a spoil, and to take a prey;, BIBLE QUOTE (Ezekiel 38:10-12) Israel continues to find gas fields. Another major find was announced this week by the Israeli government. These Israeli gas finds and the deals that are being brokered by Israel are beginning to cause issues. Yesterday (Friday) angry Jordanian protesters poured out into the streets to condemn the government’s plan to sign a multi-billion- dollar gas deal with Israel. Members of various political groups as well as ordinary citizens took part in the Friday protest rallies. The protesters called the plan a deal of shame, saying the government is contributing to Israeli crimes against Palestinians. They also accused Prime Minister Abdullah al-Nassour of “stealing the reserves of Palestinians.” We know Russia comes down to take a spoil. Israel has now found the spoil and the tensions over it are mounting…

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