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November 9 - 15, 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
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: (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please note that these are personal thoughts and the aim is purely to stimulate Bible email@example.com
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 Russia sends warships to Australia in 'puerile' display Putin stockpiles gold as Russia prepares for war Fears rise as Russian military units pour into Ukraine Russia to build Iran atomic reactors at Bushehr Iran's supreme leader outlines plan to 'eliminate' Israel November 9 - 15, 2014 Cameron compares Russia to Nazi Germany
Russia has dispatched a convoy of warships to Australia’s northern border in a “puerile” display of its military muscle just weeks after Australian prime minister Tony Abbott threatened to confront his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over the MH17 plane attack. The Australian Defence Force said it was monitoring the passage of the Russian vessels through the Coral Sea and dispatched two frigates and a surveillance aircraft to track the ships. The ships have reportedly been tracked for a week. "Certainly it is unusual for Russian naval elements to be in Australian waters,” Mr Abbott said. "Unusual, not entirely unprecedented, but unusual … Let’s not forget that Russia has been much more militarily assertive in recent times. The Russian embassy in Canberra said the deployment was a routine exercise and was “not directly related to Australia” and "Your reaction is not that surprising because we do rarely go this way.” Daily Telegraph, November 13, 2014 EVENT COMMENT Sheba, and Dedan, and 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? BIBLE QUOTE The G20 meets in Australia this weekend. The G20 stands for a Group of 20 nations who have large economies who meet primarily to discuss monetary issues. Russia is one of those nations and Putin is attending. The Australian prime minister is incensed at Russia’s involvement in the shooting down MH17 which killed 27 Australians. Mr Abbott said he was going to “shirt front” Mr Putin at the summit. Apparently this is an Australian football term which describes aggressively grabbing an opponent or knocking them to the ground. In response to this tension Putin ordered a convoy of Russian warships to Australia’s northern border. The Australian Defence Force said two frigates and a surveillance aircraft had been sent to track the warships. Australia of course is part of the Bible’s king of the south. It is one of the “young lions” of Ezekiel 38. Part of the opposing force when Russia invades the Middle East. We see tension now. Russia sends warships to Australia in 'puerile' display (Ezekiel 38:13)
he Putin stockpiles gold as Russia prepares for economic war Russia has taken advantage of lower gold prices to pack the vaults of its central bank with bullion as it prepares for the possibility of a long, drawn-out economic war with the West. The latest research from the World Gold Council reveals that the Kremlin snapped up 55 tonnes of the precious metal - far more than any other nation - in the three months to the end of September as prices began to weaken. Vladimir Putin's government is understood to be hoarding vast quantities of gold, having tripled stocks to around 1,150 tonnes in the last decade. These reserves could provide the Kremlin with vital firepower to try and offset the sharp declines in the rouble. Russia's currency has come under intense pressure since US and European sanctions and falling oil prices started to hurt the economy. The biggest buyers of gold after Russia are other countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States led by Kazakhstan / Azerbaijan Daily Telegraph, November 13, 2014 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. Russia preparation for war is well underway… BIBLE QUOTE (Ezekiel 38:7) In total, central banks around the world bought 93 tonnes of gold in the third quarter of 2014 of which Russia bought 55 tonnes. Kazakhstan bought 28 tonnes. Russia has tripled its gold stocks in the last decade. Why would Russia be buying so much gold? Nations buy gold during periods of crisis. This might be a financial crisis, currency crisis, national emergency or war. Russia is suffering a financial crisis (because oil - its main revenue - has fallen so much in recent months). It is suffering a currency crisis (the rouble has fallen because of sanctions). It is heading towards war (the situation in Ukraine continues to worsen with war looking increasingly likely). So Putin buys gold. What we are actually witnessing then is Russia’s preparation for a time of instability and conflict. It’s not a sudden move but a long term strategy to shore up the defences. Putin has a plan – an evil thought – to re-establish a Russian Empire through conflict…
Fears rise as Russian military units pour into Ukraine Tanks and other military vehicles pouring over the border from Russia into eastern Ukraine. Nightly artillery battles in the region’s biggest city, Donetsk, and reports of fighting around another regional capital. And now, sightings of the “green men,” professional soldiers in green uniforms without insignia, the same type of forces that carried out the invasion of Crimea last spring. A senior NATO official confirmed on Wednesday what Ukrainian military officials and monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe have been saying for days now: Russian troops and military equipment are crossing the border into Ukraine, seemingly preparing for renewed military action, though what exactly remains unclear. The statement drew stern and dismissive denials from Moscow, which for months has denied any military intervention in eastern Ukraine, though it has acknowledged publicly that Russian “volunteers” have crossed into Ukraine to support the pro-Russia separatists. New York Times, November 12, 2014 EVENT COMMENT a fierce king, a master of intrigue, will rise to power. He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will cause a shocking amount of destruction and succeed in everything he does. He will destroy powerful leaders and devastate the holy people. He will be a master of deception and will become arrogant; he will destroy many without warning. We reported last week that there was evidence Russia had sent tanks and troops into Ukraine following the vote on independence in the eastern regions of Ukraine. NATO confirmed this on Wednesday accusing Russia of sending tanks, troops and military hardware to east Ukraine, raising fears of renewed all-out fighting and calling into question the peace deal. The US envoy to the UN, Samantha Power, also accused Russia of pursuing war in Ukraine while talking peace. This is an interesting statement. In Daniel 8 we read of the latter day king of the north. We are told he will be a fierce ruler and a “master of deception”. But we are also told he bring sudden and shocking destruction. We see the deception - we await the destruction… BIBLE QUOTE (Daniel 8:23-25 NLT)
he Russia to build Iran atomic reactors at Bushehr Russia has agreed to build up to eight nuclear reactors in Iran, 12 days before a deadline for a deal to curb Iran's nuclear activity. The deal agreed by Russia and Iran envisages the construction of two reactors, with scope for a further six. World powers including Russia have been pressing Iran to curb its activity amid fears it wants to build a bomb. Diplomats are due to meet for a final round of talks next week. It is unclear what impact the Russian deal will have. Six world powers - the US, the UK, France, Germany, Russia and China - are seeking to persuade Iran to reduce its uranium enrichment to a level below that required to build a weapon. They have offered to lift sanctions in exchange. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said he was "reasonably optimistic" of reaching a deal at the talks. BBC, November 12, 2014 EVENT COMMENT See, I will break the bow of Elam, the mainstay of their might. I will bring against Elam the four winds from the four quarters of heaven; I will scatter them to the four winds, and there will not be a nation where Elam’s exiles do not go. I will shatter Elam before their foes, before those who want to kill them. I will bring disaster on them, even my fierce anger,” declares the Lord. BIBLE QUOTE (Jeremiah 49:35) Russia has struck a deal to build two more nuclear reactors in Iran to be possibly followed by another six. It is a move intended to cement closer ties between the two countries. This deal comes just two weeks before the 24 November deadline for Tehran to sign an agreement on its nuclear programme with six world powers. It surely shows Moscow’s intention to deepen its links with Tehran before possible softening of western sanctions against Iran. There are a few key prophecy points here. Firstly we have Russia acting with Iran and effectively guaranteeing their security and well being. Ezekiel 38 says that Russia will act as a “guard” a “protector” of Persia (Iran). The second point of interest is where these nuclear reactors will be built in Bushehr. Bushehr is south west Iran. The Bible calls that area ELAM. Isaiah 21 speaks of Elam attacking. Jeremiah 49 speaks of Elam’s bows being broken. It sounds like there is conflict in the very area that Iran is building nuclear facilities.
Iran's supreme leader outlines plan to 'eliminate' Israel Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has outlined a nine-step plan to “eliminate” Israel. The Supreme Leader of Iran’s official Twitter account has posted a set of answers to what are described as the “key questions”, saying that Israel is guilty of a host of “crimes”. The first question asked is: “Why should the Zionist regime be eliminated?” To this, the response is given: “During its 66 years of life so far, the fake Zionist regime has tried to realise its goals by means of infanticide, homicide, violence and iron fist while boasts [sic] about it blatantly”. The statement proposes a referendum in which “all the original people of Palestine including Muslims, Christians and Jews” could vote, but from which “Jewish immigrants” would be excluded. It says the theoretical resultant government would then decide upon whether the latter group could remain in the country. But it goes on to say that if such a referendum cannot be achieved then “powerful confrontation and resolute and armed resistance” is the only solution. The Independent, November 10, 2014 EVENT COMMENT “Therefore, tell the exiles, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Although I have scattered you in the countries of the world, I will be a sanctuary to you during your time in exile. I, the Sovereign Lord, will gather you back from the nations where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel once again.’ The Iranian leader is in direct opposition to the Lord God. BIBLE QUOTE (Ezekiel 11:16-17 NLT) So this is the ruler of the nation that Russia wants to help with nuclear know-how and America wants to appease by offering them sanction relief! A nation that wants to bring to a complete end another sovereign nation. His idea to eliminate Israel is as follows. He says there should be a referendum only by those people who were originally living in the land before Israel was created. Any Jew who returned to Israel since could not vote. The Palestinian government which is then formed would form a new nation and decide what to do with the Jews living there. He then says this referendum is very unlikely to happen and so until then he says there should be armed confrontation with Israel. To this end he says Palestinians in the West Bank should be armed.
Cameron compares Russia to Nazi Germany David Cameron has compared Russia to Nazi Germany because of its actions in Ukraine on the eve of a tense meeting with Vladimir Putin. Mr Cameron will on Saturday night challenge Mr Putin about Russia’s continued acts of aggression in Ukraine as it supplies heavy weapons and tanks to the separatists. In a reference to World War II, Mr Cameron said that the world must “learn the lessons of history” and intervene to stop “a larger state bullying a smaller state”. He said: "Russian action in Ukraine is unacceptable. We have to be clear about what we are dealing with. It is a large state bullying a smaller state in Europe. "We have seen the consequences of that in the past and we should learn the lessons of history and make sure we don't let it happen again." Daily Telegraph, November 14, 2014 EVENT COMMENT Two-thirds of the people in the land will be cut off and die,” says the Lord. “But one-third will be left in the land. I will bring that group through the fire and make them pure. I will refine them like silver and purify them like gold. They will call on my name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘These are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’” This is Holocaust II driven by Putin BIBLE QUOTE (Zechariah 13:8-9 NLT) It was only a few months ago that Prince Charles compared Putin to Adolph Hitler. Now we have the UK prime minister comparing Russia to Nazi Germany. Britain is currently remembering 100 years since the outbreak of world war 1 in 1914. And here we are on the brink of world war 3. Putin does have some things in common with Hitler. Not least a shadowy youth movement called Nashi (Russian for “ours”). Hitler had Hitler Youth a recruitment training ground to bring new young people into paramilitary wing of the Nazi party. Both Hitler and Putin led nations that were filled with bitterness over lost glory, both fostered intense hatred of outsiders, and both promised to restore their national honour through military conquest. Hitler killed 6 million Jews. We are told that two thirds of living in Israel will be killed when Russia invades. 4 million Jews will be killed…
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