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1 January 25 - 31, 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 Israel on brink of new conflict with Hezbollah Gorbachev warns of hot war between Russia, West Warplanes scrambled to intercept Russian bombers Russia extends olive branch to Greeks Putin blames politics for Russian ratings downgrade January 25 - 31, 2015 NATO to set up command centres on Eastern flank

5 Israel stood on the brink of all-out conflict with Hezbollah on Wednesday after launching air and ground strikes against the Lebanese Shia group in retaliation for an attack on a military convoy that killed two soldiers and injured seven others. A Spanish member of a United Nations peacekeeping force was also killed in the border town of Ghajar, which straddles the frontier between Israel and Lebanon. The incidents amounted to the most dangerous escalation on Israel's northern border since the last war in Lebanon in 2006. Israel told the United Nations it would take "all necessary measures" to defend itself. "Israel will not stand by as Hezbollah targets Israelis," wrote Ron Prosor, the Israeli ambassador to the UN, in a letter to the Security Council. "Israel will not accept any attacks on its territory and it will exercise its right to self-defence and take all necessary measures to protect its population.” Daily Telegraph, January 28, 2015 EVENT COMMENT On that day I will make the clans of Judah like a flame that sets a woodpile ablaze or like a burning torch among sheaves of grain. They will burn up all the neighbouring nations right and left, while the people living in Jerusalem remain secure. Zechariah 12 is part 1 of the final conflict BIBLE QUOTE We reported last week that Iran had promised a response to the attack by Israel on the Golan Heights killing five Hezbollah and six Iranian army officers. The response came this week. Hezbollah launched an attack on an Israeli army unit killing 2 solders and wounding 7 others. Hezbollah, used five anti-tank rockets and roadside bombs for an ambush Wednesday, Jan. 28. Normally Israel’s response would have been ferocious. Any attack killing its soldiers is normally met with massive retaliation. But not this time. Israel shelled a few areas but has held back from widening the conflict. Israel does not want a war right now. Elections are coming up and there is a danger the war could go the wrong way. So Netanyahu is playing it very cautiously. Hezbollah is emboldened by this and warned Israel that they would continue to take over the Syrian Golan. Israel may not want war – but war with Hezbollah and the Palestinians is coming…soon. Israel on brink of new conflict with Hezbollah (Zechariah 12:6 NLT) Israeli military vehicles burning

6 he Gorbachev warns of hot war between Russia, West Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet Union’s last leader and widely credited for helping end the cold war, today blamed the West and the US in particular for “dragging” Russia into what he says could be a larger, “hot war” over Ukraine. "Unfortunately I cannot say for sure that a cold war won't lead to a 'hot' one,” Mr. Gorbachev was quoted. “I fear they could take the risk.” In comments to Interfax news service, Mr. Gorbachev weighed in on the Ukraine crisis, which has taken more than 5,000 lives since the spring, saying an American thirst for “dominance” is behind the crisis. "Where will that lead all of us?” he said. “A cold war is already being waged openly. What's next?” Gorbachev lashed out especially against sanctions: "All you hear is about sanctions towards Russia from America and the European Union. Have they totally lost their heads?" CBS News, January 29, 2015 EVENT COMMENT Then at the time of the end, the king of the south will attack the king of the north. The king of the north will storm out with chariots, charioteers, and a vast navy. He will invade various lands and sweep through them like a flood. BIBLE QUOTE (Daniel 11:40 NLT) Another week and another dire warning to the world from the ex Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. He is deeply concerned that the West is not understanding the situation. He believes that not only is the Cold War back but that it could soon become a “hot war”. A full scale military conflict essentially between Russia and America (the West). Heavy fighting has continued this week in eastern Ukraine and the EU has agreed more sanctions on Russia. So the question is – could there be conflict between Russia and the West (NATO, Europe / US) ? Well we know the Europe is divided into east and west when Christ returns. We know this from Daniel’s image with two legs. The Roman Empire split into two. They never unite. We can therefore expect division between the eastern half (Russia) and the western half (Europe). We also know there is a push (military provocation) by the king of the south (US) against king of the north (Russia)

7 Warplanes scrambled to intercept Russian bombers More than 100 Russian aircraft were intercepted last year, three times more than during the whole of 2013. RAF fighter jets on high alert were scrambled to intercept two Russian bombers as they approached British shores this week, it has emerged. The Typhoon fighters were ordered to fly alongside the long-range Russian Bear aircraft – which are capable of carrying nuclear weapons – until they left the UK's “area of interest”. The jets were launched on Wednesday from RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland and RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, the Ministry of Defence confirmed. From a distance of around 1,000 ft, they escorted the Russian pilots for about half an hour as they passed over the Channel and south of Bournemouth and Portsmouth. At no point did the foreign aircraft enter UK airspace. Yet experts said the Russian manoeuvre could be interpreted as an act of aggression, timed to test British readiness. Daily Telegraph, January 29, 2015 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. He will be a master of deception and will become arrogant; he will destroy many without warning. Elizabeth Quintana, who works for the defence think-tank the Royal United Services Institute, said this week: “This case is very unusual. Normally Russian Bears come past Norway and down the North Sea. It could have been used to probe the RAF speed of reaction south.” On Wednesday, Britain summoned the Russian ambassador to explain why two Russian long-range bombers flew over the English Channel on Wednesday, dangerously close to passenger planes. The Russian planes were flying without their transponders turned on, making them invisible to civilian aircraft. A number of flights arriving in Britain had to be diverted to avoid potential disaster. Putin is testing Britain’s responses. He is pushing back ever more aggressively. We are watching Russia prepare and get ready for conflict. BIBLE QUOTE (Daniel 8:23-25 NLT)

8 he Russia extends olive branch to Greeks Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov told CNBC that Russia would consider giving financial help to debt-ridden Greece just days after the new Greek government questioned further European Union sanctions against Russia. Siluanov said Greece had not yet requested Russia for assistance, but he did not rule out an agreement between the two countries if Greece came asking. "Well, we can imagine any situation, so if such a petition is submitted to the Russian government, we will definitely consider it, but will take into account all the factors of our bilateral relationships between Russia and Greece, so that is all I can say. If it is submitted we will consider it," Siluanov told CNBC in an exclusive interview in Moscow on Thursday. Siluanov's comments come two days after Greece's new left- wing-led government distanced itself from calls to increase sanctions against Russia indicating that Greece could be looking east to Russia for support. CNBC, January 30, 2015 EVENT COMMENT The ten horns of the beast are ten kings who have not yet risen to power. They will be appointed to their kingdoms for one brief moment to reign with the beast. They will all agree to give him their power and authority. BIBLE QUOTE There was a political earthquake in Europe last weekend as the Greeks voted for an ultra left wing government that promised to renegotiate the debt deal done with Europe last year. They want Europe to right off half its debt instead of paying it back. The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has ruled out any cancelling of debt but said she wanted Greece to stay in the Euro. And that is the issue. If Greece insists on cancellation of debt it might well force them out of the Euro. And then in comes Russia! Russia said this week they are prepared to help Greece financially. Russia would love to see Europe suffer and watch the Euro break up. It would be payback for them encroaching into its territories ie Ukraine. It is possible that 10 nations forge ahead in Europe and leave Greece (and others) behind… (Revelation 17:12 NLT)

9 Putin blames politics for Russian ratings downgrade The decision to cut the status of Russian government debt to “junk” on Monday was politically motivated, Vladimir Putin has said. Standard and Poor’s (S&P), a ratings agency, slashed the rating it holds on Russian sovereign debt from BBB- to BB+, taking it below investment grade status for the first time in a decade. A prolonged oil price slump and heavy sanctions over tensions in Ukraine have weighed heavily on the Russian economy. The rouble has slid by close to 49pc against the dollar since the beginning of 2014 as a result. More sanctions may soon be deployed, making things harder still. S&P said: “The reason for the deviation is a significant change in our perception of Russia’s monetary flexibility.” Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Russian President, said that the decisions: “Are politically motivated, and consequently it’s unlikely that wise companies can and should take them into account.” Daily Telegraph, January 27, 2015 EVENT COMMENT Let the Russian treasury be as empty as it is said to be, and its expenditure exceed its revenue by double the alleged deficit, it will only operate as a pressure from within, causing her Autocrat to "enter into the countries and to overflow and pass over," and to enrich himself with the spoil of those he is destined to subdue. BIBLE QUOTE (Elpis Israel ) Russia is in serious trouble itself from a cash flow point of view. It is massively dependent on gas / oil prices staying high. Currently the prices are 50% lower than it needs them to be. So Putin is cutting back. He announced this week cuts of 10% on planned spending APART FROM defence and social spending. He said that Russia needed to preserve its international might and social stability. Russia extended its buying spree of gold to a ninth straight month. Gold is purchased by governments in times of crisis and impending war. Gold is more stable than currencies and equities when conflict occurs. Putin sees the downgrading of its financial position to junk status as politically motivated. We recall the words of Bro John Thomas who said that the Russian treasury would be empty and this would act as a pressure for Gog to descend.

10 NATO to set up command centres on Eastern flank NATO will establish command centers in six of its eastern countries in coming months, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday, in part of a beefed-up response to Russian aggressiveness. The outposts will form a chain of potential command centers for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s already announced new rapid-response force, which will consist of roughly 5,000 troops. Details are to be finalized at a meeting next week of NATO defence ministers. The centers also will provide a link between NATO and the armed forces of the six countries where they will be located—Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Mr. Stoltenberg announced the new centers at a news conference in Brussels, where he also urged NATO allies to spend more on defence to counter Russia’s military budget. “This will be the biggest reinforcement of our collective defence since the end of the Cold War,” he said. Wall Street Journal, January 30, 2015 EVENT COMMENT Say to the nations far and wide: “Get ready for war! Call out your best warriors. Let all your fighting men advance for the attack. Hammer your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Train even your weaklings to be warriors. Come quickly, all you nations everywhere. BIBLE QUOTE (Joel 3:9-11 NLT) “The biggest reinforcement of our collective defence since the end of the Cold War”! The command centers will open by 2016, when the spearhead force is scheduled to be in full operation. Each command centre will likely be staffed by about 50 military personnel from various NATO countries. The six centers will help manage the greatly increased NATO exercises being conducted in these countries near Russia. There is a fascinating BBC radio news clip about the situation with Russia that was aired this week. It only lasts 8 minutes but it is well worth listening to. It summarises everything in this week’s WWW and really does show how close we are to conflict. To download the MP3 file to listen to please CLICK HERE. It is about 8mb. We are nearing the time of trouble such as never was – and Russia has a key role to play…CLICK HERE

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12 Please take a look at this excellent Christadelphian Prophecy website Just click the image To watch again, click here. WWW will be e-mailed to you each week. If you think others may find the WWW helpful please direct them to the website They can register on the site PLEASE NOTE: The Weekly World Watch is written and sent by myself – it is my take on events and I accept that on occasions I will miss significant events and also misinterpret them as well. However I will endeavour to be faithful to the scriptures and hope that it will be of benefit to both of us. Weekly World Watch The end of this week’s

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