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1 March 22 - 28, 2015 “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

2 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:

3 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: ( Please note that these are personal thoughts and the aim is purely to stimulate Bible

4 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 Obama warns Netanyahu that 'occupation must end' Is Moscow preparing for a new war against Georgia? Saudi Arabia bombs Iran-backed rebels in Yemen Military officials say Hezbollah on the brink of war Fears Moscow could reignite Ukraine fighting March 22 - 28, 2015 Why Pope Francis is obsessed with Mary

5 The White House on Monday bluntly warned Israel that its occupation of Palestinian land must end, dismissing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's efforts to take back controversial campaign pledges. In unusually tough language that underscores the fracture in relations between Washington and Israel, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said "an occupation that has lasted for almost 50 years must end.” He criticized Netanyahu's pre-election pledge to block the creation of a Palestinian state - the supposed end goal of decades of fruitless peace talks - and he questioned Netanyahu's efforts to undo the damage. "We cannot simply pretend that those comments were never made, or that they don't raise questions about the Prime Minister's commitment to achieving peace through direct negotiations. The Palestinians must have the right to live in and govern themselves in their own sovereign state.” AFP, March 23, 2015 EVENT COMMENT I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. BIBLE QUOTE Netanyahu made some uncompromising comments before his election. He said he would not allow a Palestinian State. This has riled the nations of the world and especially its closest ally America. Obama is infuriated by this and has a personal dislike of Netanyahu. Since Bibi’s re-election there has been a massive downturn in relations between America and Israel. Unnamed but senior US officials told the Washington Times that Israel had been spying on US / Iran talks. But even more than this Obama has said he is re-evaluating US support of Israel at the United Nations. He was asked directly if he would consider supporting Palestinian statehood at the UN – he replied “we’re going to do that evaluation.” If Israel is divorced by America she will stand alone. With no US veto, Israel will be overrun by the nations that want to divide the land. The breakdown in this relationship may well lead to the breakup of the land…. Obama warns Netanyahu that 'occupation must end' (Joel 3:2)

6 he Is Moscow preparing for a new war against Georgia? President Vladimir Putin has been organizing so many military exercises in so many parts of the Russian Federation a process that has required Moscow to shift units from one area to another that it is virtually impossible to say just where he intends to use military force next. But there is one possible clue: A recent article on the Kavkazskaya Politika website ( suggested that Moscow is preparing for a new war in the Caucasus against a country pursuing membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Moscow is not just strengthening forces in the North Caucasus in line with its general program of re-armament and militarization of the country as a whole, but that the Kremlin is putting itself in a position to be able to, at a minimum, threaten new military action and, quite probably, to attack one of more of Russia's neighbours in the Caucasus. Eurasia Daily Monitor, March 24, 2015 EVENT COMMENT And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: 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, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: BIBLE QUOTE (Ezekiel 38:3-4) Moscow is strengthening forces in the North Caucasus in line with its general program of re-armament and militarization of the country as a whole. This region is very interesting. When you look at a map and work out the route Russia will take when it comes down to Israel it will definitely come through Georgia. There is almost a land bridge between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. So with reports of Russia building up military equipment just north of Georgia we can see preparation being put in place to swoop down. Putin of course has attacked Georgia before. Back in 2008 Russia invaded South Ossetia (a region inside Georgia) and effectively annexed the region for the separatists that wanted to breakaway from Georgia. Russia then recognised South Ossetia as a separate country on 26 th August 2008. But this was just a pause…a little insight back then into Putin and what he would do. He will descend down to Israel…

7 Saudi Arabia bombs Iran-backed rebels in Yemen Yemen's crisis is getting worse and then some. Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies have started bombing rebel positions inside Yemen. The Sunni Kingdom added that it would do "anything necessary" to deter the Iran-backed Shiite rebels who are taking over Yemen and trying to oust US-backed President Abd Rabbah Mansur Hadi. A Saudi source told Reuters that ground troops might be needed in Yemen to "restore order." Saudi Arabia is reportedly contributing as many as 150,000 troops and 100 warplanes to the campaign against the Houthis. And Saudi allies might be joining the ground fight as well — a Pakistani official said the country is considering Saudi Arabia's request to send troops to Yemen, and Egypt, Jordan, and Sudan are also reportedly ready to help with a ground operation, according to Reuters. Business Insider, March 26, 2015 EVENT COMMENT The burden of the desert of the sea. As whirlwinds in the south pass through; so it cometh from the desert, from a terrible land. A grievous vision is declared unto me; the treacherous dealer dealeth treacherously, and the spoiler spoileth. Go up, O Elam: besiege, O Media; all the sighing thereof have I made to cease. Therefore are my loins filled with pain: pangs have taken hold upon me, as the pangs of a woman that travaileth: The situation in Yemen has the potential to spiral into war in the Middle East. In effect Yemen is a Sunni led country as is Saudi Arabia and the other small Arab states on the Arabian peninsula. Iran however is led by Shia’s. Shia’s hate the Sunni’s. Both Sunni and Shia are different branches of the Muslim religion. Iran wants to dominate the Middle East so is trying to change the Sunni led countries around Saudi Arabia into Shia led ones. It is using rebels to bring terror and carnage to Yemen. Saudi Arabia will not let a Shia government into its backyard so is bombing the rebels in Yemen. It has also threatened to send in troops. Iran is protesting at this. The stakes are high. We may wonder where conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia is mentioned. The answer is in Isaiah 21. Elam and and Media are Iran. They besiege the “desert of the sea”. This is a reference to Saudi Arabia. This coming war is one of the birth pains…. BIBLE QUOTE (Isaiah 21:1-3)

8 he Military officials say Hezbollah on the brink of war The Lebanon-Israel border has been relatively quiet over the past several months, with no incidents recorded since January. But another war could be on the way - and it will cost billions of shekels, experts say. Military Intelligence officials, the IDF, and the defence establishment are all preparing for an inevitable full-fledged war with Hezbollah, Walla! News reports Tuesday - due, at least in part, to the increasing boldness of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah. "Today more than ever, Nasrallah is willing to take risks with Israel that could get out of hand, instead of being perceived by Israel as weak," a senior defence official told the daily. As such, Hezbollah has become more brazen in its open readiness to attack Israel, military sources stated. Israel National News, March 24, 2015 EVENT COMMENT A long time from now you [Gog] will be called into action. In the distant future you will swoop down on the land of Israel, which will be enjoying peace after recovering from war and after its people have returned from many lands to the mountains of Israel. You and all your allies—a vast and awesome army—will roll down on them like a storm and cover the land like a cloud. BIBLE QUOTE Israel is preparing for the possibility of another war with Hezbollah. Hezbollah now has many thousands of rockets and missiles. But there is also the likelihood of Hezbollah's special forces, consisting of 100-200 terrorists, raiding communities near the Lebanese border fence and occupying them for short periods. Rumours have persisted for months that terror tunnels are being dug by Hezbollah into Israel. We know for certain an initial war between Israel and its immediate neighbours is coming. To be clear the immediate neighbours include Hezbollah, Palestinians, Hamas and Syria. We know this because of passages like Psalm 83 and also Zechariah 12. This initial war sees victory for Israel as it removes the pricking briers from around her. Syria is left in ruins, Hezbollah is destroyed. However this war comes at a massive cost for Israel as she is left greatly weakened by this stage 1 war. It is then we may see peace agreements and even the proposed division of the land. Ezekiel 38 says when Russia descends, Israel will be living be enjoying peace after recovering from war…. (Ezekiel 38:9 NLT)

9 Fears Moscow could reignite Ukraine fighting The US fears that Moscow and pro-Russian separatists will reignite the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine following a February ceasefire that has largely held, a US diplomat warned on Wednesday. "Russia can reignite the conflict at any time of its choosing," the senior State Department official told journalists. "Everything that Russia has done since the second Minsk agreement suggests that they will hold that option open," the diplomat added.” We now know that the ceasefire after the first Minsk agreement (in September) was used by the Russians to run a very large 'train and equip' program," the diplomat said. The February ceasefire deal between Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko, agreed during marathon overnight talks in the Belarus capital, has largely held despite sporadic fighting along the frontline. Daily Telegraph, March 26, 2015 EVENT COMMENT For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. BIBLE QUOTE (Revelation 16:14-16) Ukraine may not be on the news but the crisis has not gone away. On Thursday Putin voiced confidence that Russia will come out as a winner in its standoff with the West if it firmly stands its ground. Speaking before senior officials of the Federal Security Service, the main successor to the KGB agency, Putin said "the situation around our country will change for the better, but not because we will make concessions, bend down or trifle with someone." "It will change for the better only if we become stronger," he said. NATO said it scrambled Danish jets and Italian jets based in Lithuania early Tuesday to identify the Russian aircraft which it said were heading to the Russian Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad. And so we see Russia continue to test and push against Europe. Russia's relations with the West have plunged to the lowest point since the Cold War over the Ukrainian crisis. All these events are leading to Armageddon…

10 Why Pope Francis is obsessed with Mary Today, Christians around the world celebrate the ancient Marian Feast of the Annunciation. Falling nine months before Christmas, this holy day commemorates Jesus’s conception in Mary’s womb. Of particular focus is Mary’s courageous choice to say “yes” to God’s invitation to be the mother of Jesus. Devotion to Mary is an integral part of being Catholic. It also plays a poignant role in the life of Pope Francis, who is known to pray the rosary three times a day. A pope dedicated to Mary is about as guaranteed as a pope who is Catholic. But Francis’s Marian devotion stands apart from his predecessors for one reason: Francis’s conception of Mary is not just as the meek mother of God, but also as a strong and courageous leader of the faith TIME magazine, March 25, 2015 EVENT COMMENT No wonder I am so angry! Watch how the children gather wood and the fathers build sacrificial fires. See how the women knead dough and make cakes to offer to the Queen of Heaven. And they pour out liquid offerings to their other idol gods! Am I the one they are hurting?” asks the Lord. “Most of all, they hurt themselves, to their own shame.” BIBLE QUOTE Why is devotion to Mary an integral part of being Catholic? It all starts with the false doctrine of the Trinity. Their argument goes something like this… God is Jesus and Jesus is God. Therefore if Jesus is God this means Mary gave birth to God. If Mary gave birth to God this makes Mary the Mother of God. If Mary is the Mother of God then she cannot be a normal human being. She herself must be a God. Born supernaturally. The Catholic doctrine of the “Immaculate conception” has nothing to do with the birth of Jesus. It is about the immaculate birth of Mary who they say was born free from original sin. She was sinless. They also believe she is in heaven and answers prayers. Mary they say is Queen of Heaven. But this false goddess is an invention and in fact has its roots in ancient Babel and Babylon long before Mary was ever born. In fact the Bible talks about the false god called the queen of heaven 700 years before Christ was born! (Jeremiah 7:18-19 NLT)

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