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August 24 – 30, 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: We are ready for Cold War Putin accuses US of provoking Georgia tensions Russians may cut flow of oil in show of strength Miliband: Russia must face consequences Russian warships in Med under new command August 24 - 30, 2008
Russia: We are ready for Cold War Russia laid a careful trap for the tiny country of Georgia. Russia was infuriated with Europe allowing Kosovo to become independent and began a carefully orchestrated plan to teach the West a lesson - it would change the borders of its own country. For at least 2 weeks before the outbreak of war, Russian forces made a series of provocative moves. Jet fighters entered Georgian airspace, mysterious gun battles broke out inside South Ossetia. Mr Saakashvili the Georgian president could not resist the bait. On Aug 7, he ordered his forces to secure South Ossetia. The Russian trap was then sprung. It was 08/08/08 when Russian tanks rolled south. A date that we may come to remember as the beginning of Russia’s move south. A Cold War has begun. The “turning back” is complete. They will come forth. Russia has said it is prepared for a new Cold War, after President Dmitry Medvedev defied the West by formally declaring the independence of two Georgian rebel regions. Shredding any hope that his offensive in Georgia could be rolled back under an internationally agreed ceasefire, Mr Medvedev unilaterally redrew the map of the region by recognising the secession of South Ossetia and Abkhazia after meeting Vladimir Putin, Russia's prime minister, in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. Mr Medvedev also gave warning Russia would go to any lengths to defend the enclaves. "We're not afraid of anything [including] the prospect of a Cold War," he said. "Russia is a state which has to ensure its interests along the whole length of its border. This is absolutely clear." The Daily Telegraph, August 27, 2008 EVENT COMMENT And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen BIBLE QUOTE (Ezekiel 38:4)
Putin accuses US of provoking Georgia tensions A war of words continues. Vladimir Putin accuses America of being behind the conflict. The White House dismissed Mr Putin’s suggestion as “not rational” and “patently false”. At the same time as these allegations were made, Russian President Dimitry Medvedev claimed to have won a diplomatic victory by securing the backing of China and key central Asian state. The Shanghai Co-operation Organisation (SCO) said it “supports Russia’s active role in contributing to peace and co-operation in the region”. Some ask what role China may have in the future conflict. As all nations do become involved it is a relevant question. China clearly lines up with Russia. It is autocratic, totalitarian and militaristic. We can surely see with Putin’s comments above how the king of the north and south are beginning to square up. The Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin accused the United States of provoking a war in Georgia to improve Republican prospects in November's presidential election. In comments designed to inflame tensions between the two countries, Mr Putin told CNN: "The suspicion arises that someone in the United States especially created this conflict with the aim of making the situation more tense and creating a competitive advantage for one of the candidates fighting for the post of US president." The White House dismissed Mr Putin's suggestion it had orchestrated the conflict as "not rational". While fighting has stopped, the ceasefire deal brokered by President Nicolas Sarkozy is in tatters. Russia defends its continuing heavy troop presence across north and west Georgia as a necessary barrier to further Georgian aggression. The Daily Telegraph, August 29, 2008 EVENT COMMENT At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind BIBLE QUOTE (Daniel 11:40 NKJV)
Russians may cut flow of oil in show of strength Sanctions against Russia over its actions in Georgia would hurt the EU more than they would hurt Russia, Moscow's ambassador to the UK has said. We wait to see how Russia responds to any EU sanctions on Monday. It is interesting that Russia supplies roughly a quarter of the EU's natural gas. This will surely weigh heavily on Europe’s mind as it debates what to do! Russia knows this and appears in the driving seat. Note the verse below speaking of the latter day king of the north. He is deceitful. He destroys many in their prosperity. Russia is looking to use prosperity as a weapon. Fears are mounting that Russia may restrict oil deliveries to Western Europe over coming days, in response to the threat of EU sanctions and Nato naval actions in the Black Sea. Any such move would be a dramatic escalation of the Georgia crisis and play havoc with the oil markets. Reports have begun to circulate in Moscow that Russian oil companies are under orders from the Kremlin to prepare for a supply cut to Germany and Poland through the Druzhba (Friendship) pipeline. It is believed that executives from lead-producer LUKoil have been put on weekend alert. "They have been told to be ready to cut off supplies as soon as Monday," claimed a high-level business source, speaking to The Daily Telegraph. Any move would be timed to coincide with an emergency EU summit in Brussels, where possible sanctions against Russia are on the agenda. The Times, August 29, 2008 EVENT COMMENT Through his cunning he shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule; And he shall exalt himself in his heart. He shall destroy many in their prosperity.He shall even rise against the Prince of princes BIBLE QUOTE (Daniel 8:25 NKJV)
Miliband warns over Russia crisis The UK is leading the way in criticism of Russia. David Miliband (the very young Foreign Secretary in Britain) visited the Ukraine this week from where he made his ground-breaking speech on the new challenges Europe faces from Russia. The fact that Britain (Tarshish) is leading the way in criticism of Russia and doing so from a territory designed to wind up Russia is interesting. Tarshish is mentioned in Ezekiel 38 as one of the nations that opposes Russia. Tarshish is leading the way in wanting to punish Russia for its invasion. His choice of the Ukraine to make the speech is also interesting. The Ukraine is possibly the next flash point. Ukraine’s post-Soviet relationship with Moscow has been every bit as fractious as Georgia’s. The government is pro Western and so is its President Mr Yushchenko. He has said that he wants to restrict the movements of Russian naval vessels on the Black Sea. The Ukraine government seems itching for a fight with Moscow. The foreign secretary [of Britain] has said Russia's invasion of Georgia marks "a clear end to the relative... calm" in Europe since the Soviet Union's collapse. David Miliband told the BBC there was no western "plot" to "encircle" Russia and said there was "no question of launching an all-out war". But he said Russia needed to consider the "isolation, the loss of respect and the loss of trust" from recent events. He defended his Ukraine trip, denying that it had increased tensions. Mr Miliband told BBC Radio 4's Today: "Ukraine is a very important country in thinking about the map of Europe after the collapse of the Soviet Union. BBConline, August 28, 2008 EVENT COMMENT the merchants of Tarshish, and all their young lions will say to you, ‘Have you come to take plunder? Have you gathered your army to take booty? BIBLE QUOTE (Ezekiel 38:13 NKJV)
Russian Mediterranean warships placed under Black Sea Fleet command We see in the Debkafile report above the fact that the implications of the Georgian invasion can soon reach the Middle East. In February 2008 a Russian naval task force completed a two-month deployment in the Mediterranean Sea and the North Atlantic which started on December 4, 2007. The operation was the first large-scale Russian Navy deployment to the Atlantic and the Mediterranean in 15 years. We now see Russia placing its warships in the Mediterranean under the command of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet. It is another step towards Israel. We read of Russia invading with “many ships” in the verse below. The Russian Navy chief, Adm. Vladimir Vysotsky announced Sunday, Aug. 24, that its warships in the Mediterranean region have been placed under the command of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet. Then on Monday, the Russian general staff took the further step of announcing regular searches of all cargoes transiting the Georgian port of Poti. DEBKAfile’s military sources report extreme concern in Israel’s military and navy. Washington and Jerusalem both regard the link-up of Russian naval operations in the two waters a further aggressive Russian step in the Cold War spreading out of Georgia to the Black Sea, the Ukraine, and other parts of the Caucasian region. Moscow’s Black Sea Fleet headquarters at the Ukrainian port of Sevastopol will henceforth be in command of the flotilla to be deployed at the Syrian port of Tartus. Debkafile, August 25, 2008 EVENT COMMENT and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through. BIBLE QUOTE (Daniel 11:40 NKJV)
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