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October 5 - 18, 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 Moscow caught watching Israel from Syrian border Russia and Ukraine fail to make progress in talks Russia deploying tactical nuclear arms in Crimea Geopolitical Development: Russia’s push to the south Iran arms Palestinians for new war with Israel October 5 - 18, 2014 10,000 new Ebola cases per week could be seen
A secret base overrun by Syrian rebel forces this week yielded more than a grandstand view of the Israeli border. After seizing the 3,280ft peak at Tal al-Hara, the rebels found a military eavesdropping base bristling with equipment. Intriguingly, though, the walls were also covered in maps of Israel annotated in Russian to show the layout of Israeli forces and signal stations. There were lists of Russian soldiers who had apparently served with Syrians at the base, less than 10 miles from the sensitive Golan Heights region of Israel. Wall-mounted displays showed Syrian army emblems alongside insignia of the Osnaz GRU, the Russian special forces’ electronic intelligence unit. Video footage shot by the rebels showed a wall-mounted list of six past commanders of the base, all Russian with the rank of colonel. One rebel, a former soldier in the Syrian army, said that the site was the most important in a network of Russian operated listening posts in Syria. The Times, October 11, 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, BIBLE QUOTE Incredible - but with Bible in hand not surprising. Russia is watching Israel from Syria. The American senator John McCain commenting on this said that the “base reflected enduring Russian support for President Assad’s government”. He described it as a “shocking revelation”. Russia’s true intentions are revealed clearly in God’s Word. We are told that Gog (the Russian ruler) will plan in advance to invade Israel. The reason that Gog wants to invade is because he sees a “spoil”. Wealth to be taken. Israel has this wealth right now. It has not only the largest economy in the Middle East, it also has the strategically valuable east coast of the Mediterranean. And if that wasn’t enough it has, in the past few years, found huge gas fields worth billions. Russia is watching Israel – it will invade… Moscow caught watching Israel from Syrian border (Ezekiel 38:10-11)
he Russia and Ukraine fail to make progress in talks Russia, Ukraine and European governments failed to make any progress towards solving the crisis in Ukraine on Friday in talks that the Kremlin said were “full of misunderstandings and disagreements.” Further discussions were scheduled later in the day, but there were few expectations of any immediate accord to strengthen a faltering ceasefire in eastern Ukraine or to end a row over blocked Russian gas supplies to Ukraine. “I cannot see a breakthrough here at all so far,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after top EU leaders met Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on the sidelines of an EU-Asia (ASEM) summit in Milan. “We will continue to talk. There was progress on some details, but the main issue is continued violations of the territorial integrity of Ukraine,” she added, clearly pinning the blame for the impasse on Moscow. Washington FreeBeacon, October 17, 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. BIBLE QUOTE (Daniel 8:23-24) As the days become colder and the nights shorter, the search for a deal to keep the heating on in Ukraine and safeguard the supplies of many of its neighbours is reaching a critical point. But the talks are struggling. The consequences if these talks collapse are huge. On 16 June Russia turned off the gas taps to Ukraine after complaining that Ukraine had failed to pay off its debts. Ukraine depends on Russia for half its gas supplies. Putin warned on Thursday that Russia would reduce gas supplies to Europe if Ukraine took gas from the transit pipeline to cover its own needs. We can see how this standoff could develop into a massive crisis in Europe. Putin holds many of the cards in this high stake game as he controls a huge percentage of Europe’s energy. We read of a latter day king of the north in Daniel 8. We read of a fierce, strong, deceitful Russian ruler – Putin fits the bill amazingly well!
Russia deploying tactical nuclear arms in Crimea Russia is moving tactical nuclear weapons systems into recently-annexed Crimea while the Obama administration is backing informal talks aimed at cutting U.S. tactical nuclear deployments in Europe. Three senior House Republican leaders wrote to President Obama two weeks ago warning that Moscow will deploy nuclear missiles and bombers armed with long-range air launched cruise missiles into occupied Ukrainian territory. “Locating nuclear weapons on the sovereign territory of another state without its permission is a devious and cynical action,” states the letter signed by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R., Calif.) and two subcommittee chairmen. “It further positions Russian nuclear weapons closer to the heart of NATO, and it allows Russia to gain a military benefit from its seizure of Crimea, allowing Russia to profit from its action.” Washington FreeBeacon, October 10, 2014 EVENT COMMENT 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. He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: As one US Senate Armed Services Committee member said “The stationing of new nuclear forces on the Crimean peninsula, Ukrainian territory Russia annexed in March, is both a new and menacing threat to the security of Europe and also a clear message from Putin that he intends to continue to violate the territorial integrity of his neighbours.” Russia is deploying Tu-22 Backfire nuclear bombers to the Crimean airbase. Jane’s Defence Weekly described the nuclear-capable Tu-22s to be based in Crimea as “the backbone of Soviet naval strike units during the Cold War.” Russia is preparing not only to defend its position in eastern Europe but to expand its influence far wider. We are seeing the king of the north preparing to descend into the Middle East. Ezekiel 38 and Daniel 11 will shortly be fulfilled… BIBLE QUOTE (Daniel 11:40-41)
he Russia’s Push to the South—A net assessment of the Geopolitical Developments in the Black Sea Region The strategic implications of Russia’s annexation of Crimea and invasion of Ukraine far transcend Ukraine, Russia, Poland and the Baltic States. They also prominently include the entire Black Sea littoral, including the Balkans, and even the Eastern Mediterranean. Historically, domination of the Black Sea opened the way to Russia’s projection of its power into these areas, and recent events show signs that this process may be repeating itself again. Moscow’s conquest and annexation of Crimea in February 2014 has set the stage for a new Russian drive to the south. Russia’s expanding presence in the Middle East stems, in no small measure, from its ability to project and sustain naval power in the Mediterranean from its bases and robust presence in the Black Sea—a capability and objective that will likely continue to grow if Moscow’s conquest of Ukraine cannot be arrested and reversed. Eurasia Daily Monitor, October 16, 2014 EVENT COMMENT I am your enemy, O Gog, ruler of the nations of Meshech and Tubal. I will turn you around and drive you toward the mountains of Israel, bringing you from the distant north. I will knock the bow from your left hand and the arrows from your right hand, and I will leave you helpless. You and your army and your allies will all die on the mountains. BIBLE QUOTE (Ezekiel 39:1-4 NLT) There are those who might question whether Russia would ever descend south into the Middle East. Sure they might want to defend their own borders – but invade Israel and beyond? – surely not! But it’s not just the Bible that says this will happen. The analysis in the report above says that Russia is in a drive to the south. The author of this paper is Dr. Stephen Blank. He is a Senior Fellow and resident Russia expert at the American Foreign Policy Council. He is not looking at Russia with Bible in hand – he is looking at Russia with current events in hand. It just so happens that the two are one and the same. We have been saying for many, many years that Russia is the nation to lead an invasion from the north into Israel. Events in Ukraine and Crimea have emboldened Russia to make the steps southward. There are of course still more events to happen to finally push (and pull) Russia down but they could come at anytime….
Iran arms Palestinians for new war with Israel Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei promised increased support for Palestinian terrorists and urged them to stockpile arms in anticipation of a new war on Israel, according to public comments made Thursday following his meeting with members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terror group. “Fighting the Zionist regime [Israel] is a war of destiny,” Khamenei said after a meeting with PIJ’s secretary general, according to Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency. Khamenei instructed Palestinians to “intensify their fight against the Israeli regime” and vowed that Iran would continue to arm Palestinian terrorists in both the Gaza Strip and West Bank, according to Fars. All Palestinian terrorists groups—with Iran’s support— should rearm and prepare for another war with Israel, Khamenei said. Washington FreeBeacon, October 16, 2014 EVENT COMMENT I will make Jerusalem like an intoxicating drink that makes the nearby nations stagger when they send their armies to besiege Jerusalem and Judah. 3 On that day I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock. All the nations will gather against it to try to move it, but they will only hurt themselves. Zechariah 12 concerns stage 1 – the “nearby nations” BIBLE QUOTE (Zechariah 12:2-3 NLT) The 50 day war between Hamas and Israel is paused - but not over. Who can doubt even without reading the Bible that conflict will start again. With Bible in hand the whole picture is clear. There are 3 key stages to the final conflict. Stage 1 is war between Israel and surrounding tribes. The surrounding tribes include Hamas (Palestinians) and Hezbollah (based in Tyre). Syria will almost certainly be involved in this conflict. The main power behind these peoples is Iran. The report above clearly shows this to be the case. Iran is using these peoples like pawns to carry out its main objective – destroying Israel. However stage 1 will fail. Israel will overcome and defeat these people. But then comes stage 2. Into the void that is left will pour the outer ring of nations. This time led by Russia. Iran will join the fray. But this stage will also fail– Christ will return and the northern army will be destroyed. Stage 3 comes after this. Europe v Christ & Saints…
10,000 new Ebola cases per week could be seen West Africa could face up to 10,000 new Ebola cases a week within two months, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday, adding that the death rate in the current outbreak has risen to 70 percent. WHO assistant director-general Dr. Bruce Aylward gave the grim figures during a news conference in Geneva. Previously, the agency had estimated the Ebola mortality rate at around 50 percent overall. In contrast, in events such as flu pandemics, the death rate is typically under 2 percent. Acknowledging that Ebola was "a high mortality disease," Aylward said the U.N. health agency was still focused on trying to get sick people isolated and provide treatment as early as possible. He told reporters if the world's response to the Ebola crisis isn't stepped up within 60 days, "a lot more people will die" and health workers will be stretched even further. Experts say the epidemic is doubling in size about every three weeks. Associated Press, October 14, 2014 EVENT COMMENT The earth suffers for the sins of its people, for they have twisted God’s instructions, violated his laws, and broken his everlasting covenant. Therefore, a curse consumes the earth. Its people must pay the price for their sin. Therefore the inhabitants of the earth are scorched and parched, and only a few are left alive…..Lord of Hosts will rule on Mount Zion. He will rule in great glory in Jerusalem, BIBLE QUOTE (Isaiah 24:5-6 NLT) It’s incredible that in World War 1, 17 million soldiers and civilians were killed in battle. What is even more incredible is that as World War 1 ended in 1918 a deadly illness took hold around the world which killed an estimated 50 million people. It was the Spanish Influenza – it killed 3 times as many as the world war. It is still the largest and most destructive pandemic in recorded history. Average life expectancy dropped by 12 years… in America. We know another world war is coming. In fact a war to eclipse all wars. And in the making is another pandemic that could potentially be even more catastrophic than the flu pandemic. We read in Isaiah 24 that terrible judgement is coming on the world. It will effect all people – rich and poor. And when it is over – few men will be left… We surely need to be on God’s side….NOW….
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