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1 November , 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 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 vows that US 'will never subjugate Russia' NATO leader sees 'serious military build-up' in Ukraine Russia could destabilise ‘European peaceful order' Israel proposes gas pipeline to Europe Jerusalem synagogue axe attack kills four November , 2014 Global surge In terrorist attack deaths

5 Vladimir Putin issued a defiant message to the West on Tuesday, accusing the United States of trying to "subjugate" Russia while promising it would never succeed. The Russian president also appeared to channel Al Capone, the Chicago mobster, when he joked that "weapons and politeness" were more effective than "politeness alone”. Meeting supporters at a forum in Moscow, Mr Putin corrected another speaker who said that the United States wanted to humiliate Russia. "They don't want to humiliate us, they want to subjugate us, to solve their problems at our expense," he said. "They want to bring us under control." Mr Putin added: "Throughout history no one has ever succeeded in doing that to Russia and they never will.” The president was speaking to members of the All-Russia People's Front, a coalition of groups that back him. Daily Telegraph, November 18, 2014 EVENT COMMENT the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil? These very nations lambasted Putin at the G20 last weekend. This verse says they will do so again when he invades Israel. BIBLE QUOTE At the G20 summit last weekend Putin was lambasted from all sides. The Canadian prime minister said to Putin, “I guess I’ll shake your hand, but I have only one thing to say to you: you need to get out of Ukraine.” The Australian prime minister threatened to “shirt front” Putin and the British prime minister warned of new sanctions. Obama in his toughest words yet said Russia would remain isolated from the international community. No wonder Putin left the conference early! But in Bible terms we were watching Tarshish and the young lions all verbally attacking Gog of the land of Magog. Gog (Putin) returned to his homeland Magog (Russia) and what does he do? Does he decide to change his ways? No! He gives a speech (in direct response to the G20) accusing the US of subjugating Russia. He also said that threat of using weapons was the only effective answer. Putin is getting angry. We know what happens next…. Putin vows that US 'will never subjugate Russia' (Ezekiel 38:13)

6 he NATO leader sees 'serious military buildup' in Ukraine NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg denounced on Tuesday what he called a serious Russian military buildup both inside Ukraine and on the Russian side of the border and urged Moscow to pull back its troops. Stoltenberg said NATO saw movement of troops, equipment, tanks, artillery and also of advanced air defense systems in violation of a ceasefire agreement. Russia denies providing arms or troops to support a separatist pro-Russian rebellion in eastern Ukraine, which began after the removal of a Kremlin-oriented Ukrainian president by mass protests in February. A ceasefire was agreed in early September, but fighting flared again recently. Stoltenberg told reporters as he arrived for a meeting with European Union defense ministers he had information on a buildup inside Ukraine. This is a serious military buildup and we call on Russia to pull back its troops," he said. Reuters, November 18, 2014 EVENT COMMENT Thus saith the LORD, Behold, a people cometh from the north country, and a great nation shall be raised from the sides of the earth. They shall lay hold on bow and spear; they are cruel, and have no mercy; their voice roareth like the sea; and they ride upon horses, set in array as men for war against thee, O daughter of Zion. BIBLE QUOTE (Jeremiah 6:22-23) Far from backing down Russia has accelerated its troop movements in and around Ukraine. But it’s not just Ukraine. NATO warplanes have had to scramble 400 times this year in response to an increase in Russian air activity around Europe not seen since the Cold War, the alliances chief said on Thursday. He said the flights which have risen 50 percent over the last year posed a risk to commercial air traffic. Two Russian strategic bombers circled the U.S. island of Guam last week in what U.S. defence officials say is the latest in a series of “nuclear provocations by Moscow”. Over 150 years ago the first Christadelphian wrote a book called Elpis Israel. In it John Thomas wrote about the autocrat of Russia. “When Russia makes its grand move for the building up of its image empire then let the reader know that the end of all things, as at present constituted, is at hand.” It is at hand. How did he know? The Bible told him.

7 Angela Merkel warns Russia could seek to destabilise 'whole of the European peaceful order' Russia could seek to destabilise vast areas of eastern Europe if it is not challenged in Ukraine, Angela Merkel has warned. The strongly worded statement came as Ukraine's president warned of a resumption of "total war" in the strife-torn country's east. In a speech to Sydney's Lowry Institute for International Policy Studies, the German Chancellor said Russia's annexation of Crimea and subsequent destabilisation of eastern Ukraine "called the whole of the European peaceful order into question". "This isn't just about Ukraine," she said. "This is about Moldova, this is about Georgia, and if this continues then one will have to ask about Serbia and one will have to ask about the countries of the Western Balkans." Mrs Merkel said she feared the creation of a Cold War-style zone of influence in Europe where Moscow could demand consultation on any major decision. Daily Telegraph, November 17, 2014 EVENT COMMENT and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. Hostilities have escalated sharply in the past two weeks between Ukraine rebels and Russia and the Ukrainian government. This is fuelling concerns about a return to all-out warfare. Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine's president, said Kiev is prepared for full-scale hostilities should diplomatic solutions fail. "We are prepared for a scenario of total war... we don't want war, we want peace and we are fighting for European values. But Russia does not respect any agreement," he said in an interview with the German newspaper Bild. Germany’s leader has also warned of war in Europe if Russia is not checked. Britain is planning more large Cold War-style tank exercises in Poland next year in the wake of Russian aggression in Ukraine, the head of the UK Army has said. The world is destabilising in preparation for the time of trouble such as never was… BIBLE QUOTE (Daniel 12:1-2)

8 he Israel pitches ‘massive’ natural gas pipeline plan to Europe Israel has proposed that EU countries invest in a multi-billion euro pipeline to carry its natural gas to the continent, noting that the supply from Israel would reduce Europe’s current dependence on natural gas from Russia. A proposal for the “massive” project was introduced by Israel’s Energy Minister Silvan Shalom to energy ministers from Euro-Mediterranean countries who met in Rome earlier this week, Israel’s Channel 2 reported on Thursday. It said the project would require a multi-billion euro investment from Europe to build a pipeline from Israel’s Mediterranean cost to Cyprus, from where the gas would be carried on to Greece and Italy. The TV report said Cyprus, Greece and Italy were all supportive of the idea, and that Israel would make a formal presentation of the project to European representatives in Brussels in three weeks. Times of Israel, November 20, 2014 EVENT COMMENT Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou 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) This report in the Israeli press could be massive from a Biblical point of view. Israel discovered two huge gas fields off its coastline back in The first gas field began pumping natural gas in March In 2016 the second larger gas field will start exporting. Israel has decided to export 40% of the gas. In September Israel signed a deal with Jordan to to supply $15bn worth of gas. And now Israel is looking to take advantage of Europe’s dependence for gas on Russia. Europe is desperate to find other supplies because of Russia’s moves into Ukraine and its willingness to shut off gas supplies without warning. But what will Russia make of Israel’s foray into the world of supplying gas? Will Putin look on unconcerned or will he see this as a direct threat to his control and power over Europe’s energy? The Bible says Russia will invade Israel to take a spoil. Putin understands the power of gas and energy. We read that God puts hooks in the jaws of Gog to bring him down. The hook is the spoil. The spoil is gas…

9 Jerusalem synagogue axe attack kills four Two Palestinian men armed with axes, knives and a gun killed five people in a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday before being shot dead by police, Israeli police and emergency services said. The attack, the deadliest in Jerusalem in six years, will increase fears of sustained violence in the city, already on edge amid soaring tensions over a contested holy site. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that Israel will "respond harshly" to the attack, describing it as a "cruel murder of Jews who came to pray and were killed by despicable murderers." Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas issued a statement condemning the attack. US Secretary of State John Kerry said he spoke to Mr Netanyahu after the assault and denounced it as an "act of pure terror and senseless brutality and violence." Daily Telegraph, November 18, 2014 EVENT COMMENT Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD. BIBLE QUOTE (Joel 3:9-11) Islamist group Hamas, which dominates Gaza, praised the killings, describing them as a fitting "response" to Israeli actions in annexed east Jerusalem. Violence in Jerusalem has surged in the past month. It is being fuelled by a dispute over Temple Mount. Manny are saying this could be the start of a third intifada and the start of a religious conflict over this holy site. Temple Mount is as one reporter put it the “spiritual core” and “potential tinder box” of a contest of beliefs. It is where Abraham sacrificed Isaac. It is where Solomon built the first temple. It is where the second temple was built. Muslims believe Muhammed ascended to heaven from that place. We read in Joel 3 of gentiles preparing war. The word “prepare” literally means to “sanctify” or “make holy”. In other words this is a religious war…

10 Global surge In terrorist attack deaths Terror attacks are found to have almost doubled in the space of a year, resulting in the deaths of some 18,000 people. The number of people who lost their lives in terror attacks worldwide increased by 61% between 2012 and 2013, a global terrorism study has found. According to the latest Global Terrorism Index (GTI) the number of deaths rose from 11,133 to 17,958 a year later. The surge can be attributed to a "significant" increase in the number of terrorist atrocities. The second annual study found there were almost 10,000 terrorist attacks in 2013, a 44% rise on the year before. Most were the result of explosive devices, although suicide attacks accounted for 5%.Iraq was once again the hardest-hit, with 6,362 terror-related fatalities recorded in That marked a devastating 164% increase on the previous year. Sky News, November 18, 2014 EVENT COMMENT The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; BIBLE QUOTE (Genesis 6:11-13) We live in the time of terror. So said a Whitehouse spokesman a few years ago. We almost get accustomed to suicide bombings, mass killings and beheadings, explosions and death. Although there have throughout history been suicide attacks they were very few and far between. Suicide attacks truly gained global notoriety on July 3rd, 1983 when a new group called Islamic Jihad killed 299 US forces in Lebanon. The number of suicide attacks has grown significantly, from an average of less than five a year in the 1980s to 180/year in , and from 81 suicide attacks in 2001 to 460 in We are truly seeing an explosion of violence around the world. Jesus said we would we see this. He said that men’s hearts would fail them for fear (Greek word for terror) just before he returned. He also said that the world would be like the days of Noah before he returned. The world at the time of Noah we are told in Genesis was full of violence…

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