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November 2 - 8, 2008 “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.
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).
This Week’s Developments To print any of the event slides that follow, click the picture on the upper right Russia welcomes Barack Obama… with missiles Obama and the Jews Rice says Mid-East deal unlikely Putin could reclaim Russian presidency in months EU asks US for greater role on world stage November 2 - 8, 2008 Rome hosts Vatican-Muslim summit
Russia welcomes Barack Obama with deployment of nuclear-capable missiles It is no accident that Russia waited for the day when the United States presidential election results were announced to confirm this missile deployment. Some thought that perhaps Russia would seek a more reconciliatory note with the new president. God, however, has mapped out a course for Russia which is anti American, anti Israel and authoritarian. In his speech, Mr Medvedev also sought to cast Washington as the architect of the global financial crisis. He lashed out at the "erroneous, egotistical and sometimes even dangerous decisions of some members of the global community" – the traditional euphemism for the United States. The king of the north versus king of the south battle draws ever nearer. Despite changes in world leaders God’s plan remains on track and certain. The Kremlin gave Barack Obama a glacial welcome to the world stage when Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian president, ordered the deployment of nuclear-capable missiles on Nato's borders for the first time since the Cold War. In what appeared to be a deliberate attempt to rattle the president-elect, Mr Medvedev said that short- range Iskander surface-to-surface missiles would be stationed in Russia's baltic exclave of Kaliningrad, which borders EU states Poland and Lithuania. Delivering his most aggressively anti-American speech yet, Mr Medvedev said he was ordering the deployment in retaliation to a missile defence shield that the United States wants to build in central Europe by 2011. In comments likely to unnerve the Obama camp, the Russian leader even hinted that he was prepared to use the missiles to destroy the shield, which is to be erected in Poland and the Czech Republic. BBConline, November 5, 2008 EVENT COMMENT 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. BIBLE QUOTE (Daniel 11:40)
Obama and the Jews In recent days the foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu have both expressed reservations over Obama and his potential stance with Israel’s enemies eg Iran. So will he be cooler towards Israel? The Jerusalem Post said this week, “Whatever the Obama administration's position on Israel may be, it will not be more supportive of the country than the Bush administration has been.” The Bible states that America will still be on the side of Israel when Russia invades. HOWEVER, quite possibly NOT to the extent they have been in the past. Why? Well it appears that when Russia invades Israel, America just looks on – it is not actively involved in defending Israel. This would indicate a more luke warm approach to Israel. With all due deference to the Obama celebrity supporters like Steven Spielberg and George Soros, can Jews here in Israel and in America and other friends of Israel risk a vote for Obama in November? A quick look at the facts should switch on a big red light in most peoples' minds. First and foremost among the considerations that should trouble friends of Israel is the foreign policy team Obama has selected to advise him. The composition of a candidate's advisory panel is usually a very good indicator of where the candidate will come out on the issues if elected.The Obama team is headed by the following people. Zbigniew Brzezinski, (National Security Adviser). Brzezinski has been disseminating vitriol about Israel for three decades and recently publicly defended the Walt- Mearsheimer study which concluded that US policy towards Israel was the result of Jewish pressure and inconsistent with American interests. Robert O. Malley, President Clinton's special advisor on Arab-Israeli affairs, is an unabashed advocate for the Palestinians. Jerusalem Post (Special Report), February 24, 2008 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? BIBLE QUOTE (Ezekiel 38:13)
Rice says Mid-East deal unlikely Peace between Israel and the Palestinians remains as elusive as ever. Despite the talks that began in Annapolis, in November 2007, few tangible results have been achieved. All talks are now expected to be placed on hold for at least several months during the US transition from Bush to Obama administrations. Israel is also in transition as new elections are to be held 10 February 2009. It is a void of leadership therefore in both America and Israel and one that others could exploit. In fact this week more than 35 missiles have been fired against all the Israeli towns and villages within range of Gaza since early Wednesday, Nov. 5. Obama has said he wants to concentrate on the economy. He may be forced (as his predecessor was) to concentrate on the Middle East. 9/11 came just months after Bush was elected. Russia’s actions this week show the end is near. BBConline, November 6, 2008 EVENT COMMENT But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked. BIBLE QUOTE (Isaiah 57:20-21) US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has appeared to concede that a Middle East peace deal will not be reached by the end of the year. Ms Rice, on her 22nd visit to the region, said however that there was a "firm foundation" for an agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians. She will meet leaders from both sides before moving on to Jordan and Egypt. US President George W Bush said a year ago that he wanted a peace deal signed before he left office in January 2009. "Obviously Israel is in the middle of elections and that is a constraint on the ability of any government to conclude what is the core conflict for Israel and the Palestinians," Ms Rice said upon her arrival in Tel Aviv. "I think that whatever happens by the end of the year, you've got a firm foundation for quickly moving forward to a conclusion," she said.
Vladimir Putin could reclaim Russian presidency within months The Kremlin signalled yesterday that Vladimir Putin could reclaim the Russian presidency within months, casting aside the man he hand-picked for office only last May. Dropping the clearest hint yet that Mr Putin, now prime minister, plans a swift return, senior government sources told the respected newspaper Vedomosti that Dmitry Medvedev could step down next year. Mr Medvedev is first expected to usher through constitutional changes that would allow Mr Putin to return to his old job for 12 more years. In a regime as opaque and closed as Russia's, the report bore all the signs of a deliberate Kremlin leak designed to prepare the Russian public for Mr Putin's return, analysts said. BBConline, October 30, 2008 EVENT COMMENT Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him BIBLE QUOTE (Ezekiel 38:2) Several commentators predicted last year that Mr Medvedev would be used as a cipher to change the constitution and make unpopular reforms before being asked to resign to make way for Mr Putin, whose reputation would remain unblemished. Once the changes had been made Mr Medvedev would declare that the gravity of changing the constitution required him to call a fresh election. It is unclear what reason Mr Medvedev would give for not standing again, although he may argue that Russia needs the experience of his predecessor at a time of financial crisis. It is becoming clear that a carefully choreographed plan is underway. It is a plan to keep Putin in power until 2021! In 1849, John Thomas published his book Elpis Israel in which he set out the gospel and much detail on prophecy. He wrote: “The policy of the Autocrat (of Russia) will be to throw his adversaries off their guard”. We see in Putin an autocratic Russian leader who IS throwing his adversaries off their guard. He could be the man Ezekiel calls Gog.
EU asks US for greater role on world stage The Bible has a lot to say about Europe. The iron legs of the image Nebuchadnezzar saw were that of the Roman Empire. The iron of Rome though continues to the very time Christ (the little stone) returns. The Empire of Rome has come and gone throughout the ages. Revelation tracks the Roman Empire and its various stages. The last stage is described in Revelation 17. There is a beast that comes out of the bottomless pit. This beast is the European Union that makes war against Christ when he returns. Note that the EU is looking for a greater role on the world stage! The EU has in a letter to the next US president appealed for a greater European role on the world stage, more engagement with a resurgent Russia and more emphasis on peacemaking in Afghanistan and the Middle East. The six-page text was agreed at an informal EU foreign ministers meeting in Marseilles on Monday (3 November) and will remain under wraps until after the US election on Tuesday. But its contents were outlined by French EU presidency officials on the margins of the Mediterranean Union gathering in the southern French city, Le Figaro reports. Based around four priorities, the text calls for a better interplay between security and reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan. It says the US and EU should take note of Russia's economic revival and intensify diplomatic contacts to avoid the risk of confrontation. The EU as Russia's permanent neighbour should have a major role in future negotiations. The letter urges the new US administration to put the Middle East peace process at the top of its agenda and foresees a "useful role" for the EU as co-guarantors of a future Israeli-Palestinian accord. EUobserver, November 4, 2008 EVENT COMMENT The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition. And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings.. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. These shall make war with the Lamb. BIBLE QUOTE (Revelation 17:8, 12-13)
Rome hosts Vatican-Muslim summit Riding on the beast of Revelation 17 (the EU) is a woman. Not a very pleasant woman! She is a prostitute. She is dressed in scarlet. She is associated with Babylon and abominations. Many people have drunk of her wine and become drunk. Who is this woman? Well in verse 9 we are told the woman sits on 7 mountains. This is a clear reference to Rome which is built on 7 mountains (hills). Women are sometimes symbolic of religion in the Bible. See Ephesians 5. But this is not a true religion. It is false. A harlot. She prostitutes herself to remain seated on the beast. She is insistent she is mother of all other religions. She is the Queen. She is Roman Catholicism. Muslim and Vatican officials are holding historic talks in Rome to establish a better inter-faith dialogue and defuse any future tensions. Catholic-Muslim ties soured after Pope Benedict XVI's speech in 2006, in which he linked Muslims with past violence. The speech provoked Muslim outrage and triggered violent protests. It also prompted leading Muslim scholars to launch an appeal to the Pope for greater theological dialogue, called the Common Word. The three-day talks in Rome are being attended by nearly 60 religious leaders and scholars from each side. The Muslim delegation is being led by Grand Mufti of Bosnia Mustafa Ceric, while Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran heads the Vatican officials. The meeting opens " a new chapter in the long history" of the dialogue between the two faiths, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran told France's La Croix newspaper on the eve of the talks. BBConline, November 4, 2008 EVENT COMMENT I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast,.. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication BIBLE QUOTE (Revelation 17:3,4)
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