Presentation on theme: "February 28 – March 6, 2010 “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."— Presentation transcript:
February 28 – March 6, 2010 “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 Violent clashes in Jerusalem, West Bank UN worried by Temple Mount clashes Peace talks between Israel and Palestine imminent Turkey says U.S. vote endangers Caucasus peace US backs off speedy Iran sanctions February 28 – March 6, 2010 Vicars could be sued over gay marriages
Violent clashes in Jerusalem, West Bank Israeli troops clashed with Palestinian stone-throwers at two contested holy sites and in a West Bank village Friday, seriously injuring a Palestinian woman and a 14-year- old boy, officials and witnesses said. At the Jerusalem shrine, home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, hundreds of Muslim worshippers emerging from prayers threw stones at policemen and Jews praying below at the Jewish shrine known as the Western Wall, according to Israeli police. Riot police carrying plexiglass shields rushed in, firing tear gas and stun grenades, and charged the youths throwing stones amid the compound's stone buildings and cypress trees. It was one of the most violent clashes in several years at the site, known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. Friday's events were sparked, in part, by rising anger over Israel's decision to add two West Bank shrines to its list of national heritage sites. Associated Press, March 5, 2010 EVENT COMMENT It shall even be as when an hungry man dreameth, and, behold, he eateth; but he awaketh, and his soul is empty: or as when a thirsty man dreameth, and, behold, he drinketh; but he awaketh, and, behold, he is faint, and his soul hath appetite: so shall the multitude of all the nations be, that fight against mount Zion.. BIBLE QUOTE We reported last week of warnings that a “Holy War” could start with Israel’s decision to add the burial cave of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to its list of heritage sites. It did not take long for trouble and violence to begin. Violent clashes have taken place this week at the Temple Mount and also the West Bank. These may seem minor events in the grand scheme of things but we have to remember the significance of the Temple Mount. It is the most holy place on earth. It is the mountain on which God’s temple stood - known as Mount Zion in ancient times. It will one day be the centre of true worship but at the time of the end it will become the epicentre of the time of trouble such as never was – no nor ever shall be. (Isaiah 29:8)
UN worried by Temple Mount clashes The United Nations Security Council expressed concern overnight Friday after Israeli forces clashed with Palestinian rioters, Israel Radio reported. Israel has crossed every red line and made prospects for peace even dimmer in clashing with Muslim worshipers on the Temple Mount, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said in a statement released Friday evening. Abbas said Israeli security forces, which he termed the “occupation army,” were “provoking” members of other faiths in a way that could “set off a religious war in the region.” He warned that “Israeli escapades” in east Jerusalem would have repercussions not just in the city and the Middle East, but also in Muslim world. The PA president urged the US and the international community to intervene and stop tensions from escalating further. Syria also condemned what it termed Israel's "desecration of Arab and Islamic sanctities" in Jerusalem on Friday, adding its voice to those opposing indirect negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel. Jerusalem Post, March 6, 2010 EVENT COMMENT For the indignation of the LORD is upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies: he hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter. BIBLE QUOTE (Isaiah 34:2) President of the Security Council for March, Gabon's UN Ambassador Emmanuel Issoze-Ngondet, told reporters "The members of the Security Council expressed their concern at the current tense situation in the occupied Palestinian territories, including east Jerusalem.“ Note how seriously the United Nations takes the rioting around Temple Mount. Note also how quickly the UN is to get involved. Whose side will the UN take in the dispute between Israel and the Palestinians over Jerusalem? Not Israel’s! How quickly ALL nations could be involved when the rioting eventually becomes war. How quickly ALL nations will be gathered to Jerusalem to battle….
Peace talks between Israel and Palestine imminent Israel and the Palestinians are poised to resume peace talks as early as next week, ending a year-long moratorium, after Arab leaders agreed to allow the US to act as a go-between. The Arab League approved four months of "indirect proximity talks" brokered by US Middle East envoy George Mitchell who will travel to Jerusalem and Ramallah next week to make the final arrangements. It means that rather than sit down together, representatives of the two sides will sit separately while a US negotiator shuttles between them to enable discussion, albeit through a third party. The talks are likely to be held over a series of meetings in the Middle East and the United States. Israel will be represented by lawyer Yitzhak Molcho and the Palestinian envoy will be chief negotiator Saeb Erekat. Palestinian leaders will meet in Ramallah this weekend to make their final decision on the proposal. They will demand that Israel cease all construction in West Bank settlements and agree to put the future of East Jerusalem on the negotiating table, Palestinian officials told The Daily Telegraph yesterday. Daily Telegraph, March 4, 2010 EVENT COMMENT For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. BIBLE QUOTE (1 Thessalonians 5:3,4) For the last few weeks many WWW slides have been about the escalating tensions and the nearness of war - especially between Israel and Syria. Now we have this interesting headline about imminent 3 rd party peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. (Syria is against these talks). So we have a situation where peace is going to be “talked” about. But at the same time tension and war mongering continue apace. It is precisely this mix of talk of peace and then sudden destruction that the apostle Paul says is what we should be looking for. It indicates the nearness of our Lord’s return. Remember to those who watch he does NOT come as a thief in the night. Nations in green are in the Arab League Israel is a pinprick of white!
Turkey says U.S. vote endangers Caucasus peace Turkey said on Friday chances of its parliament ratifying peace protocols with Armenia were jeopardized by a U.S. congressional panel vote that labelled as "genocide" the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915. Turkey and its fellow Muslim ally, Azerbaijan, saw the U.S. vote undermining efforts to stabilize the South Caucasus, a volatile region with pipelines taking oil and gas to the West. "This decision will not bring peace to the Caucasus," Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told a news conference hours after Turkey recalled its ambassador from Washington. Turkish leaders reacted with fury after the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee narrowly passed a non-binding resolution that tarred their grandfathers with the same crime as Nazi Germany. Some European leaders have discouraged Turkey's bid for EU membership. Analysts said this new slap from the United States ran a risk of further alienating Turkey, at a time when there were concerns that its warmer ties with neighbours Iran and Syria, and Russia too, marked a shift away from the West. Reuters, March 5, 2010 EVENT COMMENT and 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: helmet:...Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands BIBLE QUOTE (Ezekiel 38:4,6) So what is this all about and why is it significant? Well this week a US congress panel voted to label the World War One-era killing of Armenians (by Turkey) as genocide. Turkey is infuriated with this vote and has recalled their ambassador from Washington. Note how Turkey is shifting away from the West and warming to Russia and Iran. In Ezekiel 38 we read that a nation called Togarmah joins Russia and Iran etc in invading Israel. Turkey IS Togarmah. We see Turkey’s shift fulfilling prophecy. Jewish historian Flavius Josephus regarded Togarmah as the father of the Phrygians. Phrygia is right in the middle of modern Turkey.
US backs off speedy Iran sanctions Washington eased the threat of harsh sanctions hanging over Iran's head over its nuclear program at the very moment that it was beginning to take effect and Tehran was showing signs of stress. Tuesday March 2, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters on her plane to Buenos Aires: "We are moving expeditiously and thoroughly in the Security Council, I can't give you an exact date, but I would assume some time in the next several months.“ This abrupt reversal of US tactics on Iran's nuclear activities took place when Israeli defence minister Ehud Barak was hardly out the door from Washington after receiving assurances from administration officials that a new round of tough sanctions would be in place by the end of March, with or without the Security Council. Clinton herself assured a Senate panel last week that stiff sanctions would be clamped down on Iran "in the next 30 to 60 days." In another threat, the deputy Revolutionary Guards commander Hossein Salami stressed Sunday, February 28 that Iran controlled 50 percent of the world's fuel reserves and if sanctions were imposed, Europe would be very cold next winter. The Obama administrations response to these threats has been to buckle. Debkafile, March 2, 2010 EVENT COMMENT O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing. Young lions = America / Australia / Canada. They stop trusting in God Iran continues to defy the world and develop nuclear knowledge and ultimately nuclear weapons. America does not appear to have the political will to anything about it. After the disastrous war in Iraq, both America and Britain are far less willing to instigate military action (or even sanctions) over rogue nations. Iran we know is involved in the final great war led by Russia over Israel. This must mean therefore that whatever happens Iran survives to do this. America’s reticence to deal with the problem is therefore fulfilling prophecy. BIBLE QUOTE (Psalm 34:9,10)
Clergymen could be sued if they refuse to carry out homosexual “marriages” in church, senior bishops and peers have warned. Traditionalists fear vicars could be taken to court and accused of discrimination if they rejected requests to hold civil partnership ceremonies on religious premises. The warning follows a landmark vote by peers that would allow the ceremonies to be held in places of worship. It is also feared that the changes would blur the line further between marriage, which churches say must be between a man and a woman, and civil partnerships. Until now, civil partnership ceremonies, which give same-sex couples the same legal rights as married spouses, have been restricted to register offices and venues such as hotels and stately homes. However, the ban on the events taking place on religious premises will be lifted under an amendment to the Equality Bill tabled by Lord Alli, a homosexual Labour peer, which was passed late on Monday. Daily Telegraph, March 4, 2010 EVENT COMMENT In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire. BIBLE QUOTE (Jude 7 NIV) Just as you think things can’t get worse the slide into further godlessness and immorality takes another dip. We may soon need to defend our faith in the courts. Homosexuality was always a sin and will always be a sin. It is an abomination to God. He did not create us to act in this way. Some may say we are born with such tendencies and therefore it is not our fault. This is like saying we are born with violent tendencies and therefore it is not our fault if we kill. We have to overcome our weaknesses and seek forgiveness where we fail. It was once illegal to be a practising homosexual. Now it is taught to our children and “marriage” of two men is promoted. Vicars could be sued over gay marriages Homosexual Labour peer Lord Alli proposed the amendment to the Equality Bill
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