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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 8 - 14 2008
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. A number of Bible Presentations have been produced and can be ordered by. The presentations are audio / visual powerpoint CD’s. Move your mouse around to get the arrow and click the green link. Clicking here
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 plans Arctic military build-up Bush is reconciled to a nuclear-armed Iran Britain hotbed of anti Israeli thinking Seven tremors in Lebanon felt in Israel Brussels in disarray over Lisbon Treaty 2000 yr old seed to bear fruit in 3 years June 8 - 14 2008 TO PRINT ANY ONE OF THE FOLLOWING SLIDES JUST CLICK ON THE PICTURE ON EACH SLIDE
Russia plans Arctic military build-up Headline Russia plans Arctic military build-up Headline Daily Telegraph June 11 2008 Event Russia has raised the stakes in the international scramble for the Arctic by announcing it will boost its military presence in the region to protect its "national interests". The defence ministry said naval vessels would be sent to the Arctic Ocean, which is believed to be home to 25 percent of the world's untapped energy resources, as part of a Summer training zone. Gen Vladimir Shamanov, the head of the combat training directorate, stated that Russia had "highly trained military units" prepared for Arctic warfare. He revealed that Russia would expand its naval presence in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans as part of a strategy to flex the country's growing military might on the world stage. Comment Russia is now the world’s largest energy producer. With soaring prices over recent years this has created huge wealth for the nation. Much of it has poured into its military machine and now it is able to mount increasingly audacious military manoeuvres. The West has become increasingly concerned by Russia's determination to flex its military muscle in international waters and airspace. The events this weeks show how the Russian navy is once more growing in power. In Daniel 11 we read of the “king of the north” invading with “many ships”. We have long identified the “king of the north” with Russia. Interesting then that the “king of the north” claims the territory of much of the Arctic! Also interesting that their “ships” are being used aggressively at this time. The time is fast approaching when Russia will descend south like a whirlwind and invade the “glorious” land. This is a clear reference to Israel. The same Hebrew word is used in 2 Samuel 1:19 (beauty). Bible Quote Daniel 11 40 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.41 He shall enter also into the glorious land
Headline Bush is reconciled to a nuclear-armed Iran Headline Debkafile June 11 2008 Event In an interview with the London Times, June 11, US president George W. Bush said his aim now was to leave his successor a legacy of international diplomacy for tackling Iran. Regarding the Israeli minister Shaul Mofaz’s recent assertion that a military strike on Iran’s nuclear installations was “unavoidable”, the US president commented that this “really should be viewed as the need to keep pressuring” Iran. On a farewell trip to Europe, Bush added: “We ought to work together, keep focused” regarding Iran’s nuclear program. DEBKAfile’s informed sources report that President Bush was also clearly bidding farewell to the option of an American strike against Iran’s nuclear program. With six months left of his presidency, his message to the Iranians was: They can either face isolation or they can have better relations with us all.” No third option, of a punishing military strike, was mentioned. Comment It seems increasingly likely that America will not use force against Iran and will therefore leave it to Israel. It also seems unlikely that Israel will allow Iran to continue to try to develop nuclear weapons. We will have to watch to see if Israel does. We noted last week that the area of Elam (the territory of south west Iran) is specifically mentioned as having a role in the last days. We also read of Elam in connection with Meschech and Tubal (both mentioned of course in Ezekiel 38.) Ezekiel 32:24 speaks of Elam and her multitudes being slain because they caused terror. Verse 26 speaks of Meshech and Tubal and her multitudes being slain as well because they also caused terror. These events occur possibly after Iran and Russia invade Israel. We know that all those nations that do attack Israel will themselves be defeated by Christ. Bible Quote Ezekiel 32 24 There is Elam and all her multitude round about her grave, all of them slain, fallen by the sword, which are gone down uncircumcised into the nether parts of the earth, which caused their terror in the land of the living: Bush is reconciled to a nuclear-armed Iran
Headline Israel's ambassador says Britain has become a hotbed of radical anti-Israeli feeling Daily Telegraph June 10 2008 Event Ron Prosor became Israel's ambassador to Britain last year. Ron Prosor claims that while the UK was once admired for its liberal fairness and decency, in recent years extremists have "hijacked" its debate over Israel. He says his country has been turned into a "pantomime villain" by Britons who deny it has any right to exist, while terror attacks on Israeli citizens are ignored by both the media and public opinion. He is particularly scornful of the academics who want to boycott Israeli universities over the country's treatment of Palestinians. Comment Ancient Tyre was once pro Jewish. The king of Tyre (Hiram) helped David and Solomon and loved them both. See 1 Kings 5. In later years Tyre turned against the Jews – even selling Jews into slavery. Tyre actually rejoiced over the downfall of Israel. See Ezekiel 26:2. This same pattern applies to modern day Britain….. Ancient Tyre has a lot to do with modern Britain. Why? Well in Isaiah 23:6 we read that Tyre passes over to Tarshish. Ancient Tyre was destroyed by Alexander the Great but God says that Tyre would somehow pass over to Tarshish (Britain). In fact this did happen both literally and symbolically. Ancient Tyre was the capital city of the Phoenicians. Using many ships they colonised many nations and traded with them. Tyre was the home of kings and became rich. Britain (Tarshish) also colonised many nations, became a great Empire and had a huge navy. Britain is still the home of kings and became a great trading maritime nation. But like Tyre it WAS pro Jewish but has sadly now turned against the Jews. Isaiah 23 concludes with latter day Tyre (Britain) becoming like a harlot. Britain has. Bible Quote Isaiah 23 17 And it shall come to pass after the end of seventy years, that the LORD will visit Tyre, and she shall turn to her hire, and shall commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world upon the face of the earth. Britain hotbed of anti Israeli thinking
Headline Seven tremors in Lebanon felt in Israel Headline International Christian Embassy June 13 2008 Event A series of up to seven earth tremors centred in Lebanon and measuring between 3.8 and 4.2 on the Richter scale have also been felt in northern and central Israel over the past 24 hours. No injuries or damage have been reported as of the latest quakes on Friday morning. Last February, two quakes measuring up to 5.3 on the Richter scale with epicenters just north of Tyre were also felt in the Galilee. At the start of the year, there was a series of four quakes as well in the Dead Sea area measuring between 3 and 4.3 on the Richter scale. Seismologists say the series of tremors do not necessarily indicate that a large earthquake is likely to hit the region, though the historic record suggests a strong earthquake can be expected soon in the Holy Land. Comment There are a growing number of small earthquakes that have shaken the land of Israel in recent months. Just this week there have been 7 earth tremors. The epicentres have tended to be north of Israel in Lebanon but there have been some with epicentres in Israel itself around the Dead Sea. The last major earthquake in Israel was 973 years ago. G eologist Dr. Shmuel Marco of Tel Aviv University said recently "We are now in a deficit. There's been no release of tension, just build-up. It's like if you have a strip of rubber between your hands and keep pulling it - you know that it's going to snap eventually." With Bible in hand we know that a major earthquake centred on Israel IS coming. It will be an earthquake like no other. It will even cause the Mount of Olives to split in two. Every wall will fall. Ezekiel 38:20. The earth will be utterly shaken. Isaiah 2:19 Bible Quote Zechariah 14 4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. Seven tremors in Lebanon felt in Israel
Headline Brussels in disarray over Ireland's rejection of Lisbon Treaty Headline Daily Telegraph June 14 2008 Event Governments across the EU pledged last night to carry on with the process of implementing the treaty - the successor to the abandoned constitution - despite the Irish vote. But with the treaty requiring the ratification of all 27 member states, there was no clear idea how they could move forward. Gordon Brown is now under intense pressure to declare the Lisbon Treaty dead after Irish voters overwhelmingly rejected the European Union's drive toward greater integration. Comment Europe desperately wants this treaty. It will give Europe a legal identity for the first time. It would also give it an EU President. He would takeover key international negotiations from national heads of government. A new foreign minister would be created. EU law would become supreme. The Treaty includes a clause hardwiring an EU "legal personality" and ascendancy over national courts. BUT! Every nation in Europe must agree. With Ireland voting NO Europe is stuck again. This happened of course with the previous Constitution when France voted NON! The Lisbon Treaty was then created following the French NO and now this too has hit the rocks. Europe won’t give up though. But will it succeed in creating an Empire? In Daniel 2:41 we read that the kingdom (partly iron and partly clay) will be DIVIDED. The iron is of course symbolic of Rome the 4 th Empire. The uniting of Europe is a project that has spanned millennia. In Revelation we read of 10 kings giving their power and strength to the beast. This is the 4 th beast of Daniel 7. The Roman Empire. Note that they do NOT have a kingdom as yet. They never do achieve a true kingdom. Bible Quote Revelation 17 12 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. The kings of Europe do have power with the beast but NOT a kingdom Brussels in disarray over Treaty
Headline 2000 yr old seed to bear fruit in 3 years Headline Jerusalem Post June 13 2008 Event Israeli scientists have succeeded in growing a rare palm tree species that has been extinct for hundreds of years from a 2,000-year-old date seed found in the ancient fortress of Masada. The seed was given the name Methuselah after the oldest person in the Bible. Project manager Sarah Sallon said only in a few years time will scientists know whether the already 1.2 meter tall palm tree will prove to be a fruit bearing female. Comment Masada (where the seeds were found) is one of the Jewish people's greatest symbols. Israeli soldiers take an oath there: "Masada shall not fall again." Next to Jerusalem, it is the most popular destination of Jewish tourists visiting Israel. It is strange that a place known only because 960 Jews committed suicide there in the first century should become a modern symbol of Jewish survival. The seeds found were indeed most likely remnants of the fruit stored by the Jews who lived in the fortress, hoping to avoid the invaders who had destroyed Second Holy Temple in Jerusalem. It is remarkable that a seed over 2000 years old can spring to life and an extinct palm tree can grow again. But this little seed is a lesson to us. Firstly that God can bring back to life that which is dead. The Jewish nation was dead for 2000 years and remains spiritually dead now. But God has brought his people back to their land and will soon revive them spiritually when Christ returns. Read Ezekiel 37. But is also speaks to us of resurrection. The verses below speak of the resurrection as a seed that comes to life and grows into a body. It will, even if 1000’s of years pass by! Bible Quote 1 Corinthians 15 35 ¶ But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? 36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: 37 and that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: 2000 yr old seed to bear fruit in 3 years Masada Methuselah himself will soon be resurrected!
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