Weekly World Watch Andy Walton’s March 9 - 15, 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) PRESS SPACE BAR TO CONTINUE To skip the introductory slides and go straight to this weeks developments click here.
What is a Weekly World Watch? 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. The following six themes will appear repeatedly in WWW: • 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. • Increasing natural disasters: including earthquake, famine etc 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.
BIBLE QUOTE What is in a Weekly World Watch? 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. 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. News Photo This is straight from a news report that caught my eye because it looked significant from a Biblical perspective, usually that of prophecy. HEADLINE The source of the headline and the date are included. 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. EVENT 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 study. COMMENT 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 Week’s Developments March 9 - 15, 2014 • Russia and the West fail in last minute Ukraine talks • Russia 'to face consequences' says US • Fire-sale of US Treasuries is a warning of acute stress • Russia to place Eastern Ukraine ‘under its protection' • Syria conflict anniversary: who controls what • UK Prime minister's belief in Israel 'unbreakable' To print any of the event slides that follow, click the picture on the upper right PRESS SPACE BAR TO CONTINUE
Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: Gog is the ruler of the Russian people - Putin Russia and the West fail in last minute Ukraine talks Daily Telegraph, March 14, 2014 Russia and the West were on a collision course on Friday night after the failure of an 11th-hour attempt to settle the confrontation over Ukraine. John Kerry, the US secretary of state, gave warning that Moscow will now suffer “consequences” when six hours of talks with his Russian counterpart broke up without agreement. After this meeting at the US ambassador’s residence in London, Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, described the Ukrainian region of Crimea as being “immeasurably more important for Russia than the Falklands for the United Kingdom”. The failure of the talks means that a referendum on Crimea joining Russia will proceed on Sunday. European Union foreign ministers are then expected to meet on Monday and impose travel bans and asset freezes on between 120 and 130 powerful Russians linked to the Kremlin. EVENT he Russia and the West are indeed on a collision course. Or more accurately Russia and America. Russia believes America stirred up the trouble in Ukraine and removed the pro Russian leader. This is why Russia has stepped in. It will not allow a country that it sees firmly in its orbit passing under European / US control. Like a bear deprived of her cubs Russia is rearing up and will go to ANY lengths to protect her interests. Russia said this week they don’t want war. But generally Russia says the opposite to the truth. All the signs are that Russia is gearing up for war. So what does the Bible say about this? We have shown that Magog included the territory of eastern Ukraine as well as southern Russia. The Bible says Gog (Russian ruler) is of the land of Magog. We are watching Russia begin take over Eastern Ukraine and therefore Gog will control the whole territory of ancient Magog . All this may be the spark to ignite world war… COMMENT BIBLE QUOTE (Ezekiel 38:2-3)
And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and 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. The time of the end cannot be 100 years ago – .the push could happen anytime….soon… Russia 'to face consequences' says US BBConline, March 14, 2014 US Secretary of State John Kerry has said the US is "deeply concerned" about the "large deployment" of Russian forces along the eastern border of Ukraine and in Crimea. Speaking at a news conference following talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, Mr Kerry warned that Russia will face consequences if it doesn't "change course" over the rising tensions in Ukraine. In other developments: the UN Security Council is to vote on Saturday on a US-drafted resolution that defines Crimea's referendum as illegal. U S Vice-President Joe Biden will travel to Poland and Lithuania early next week to discuss ways to support Ukraine's sovereignty. The Pentagon says it will keep its aircraft carrier battle group in the Mediterranean Sea longer than planned because of the Ukraine crisis. Russia has moved a column of army trucks and a number of artillery pieces into northern Crimea. EVENT Russia is believed to have deployed about 80,000 troops near Ukraine’s eastern frontier. The foreign ministry in Moscow raised fears on Friday of a full-scale invasion of eastern Ukraine by reserving Russia’s “right” to intervene to protect its citizens. Back in 1994 Russia, America and Britain signed an agreement to ensure Ukraine’s borders were protected and not violated. This was to provide security guarantees for Ukraine to give up its stockpile of nuclear weapons. Ukraine did give up the weapons and is now calling on Britain and America to keep their side of the bargain. America not only has this agreement to think about it is also concerned about how this will impact around the world. The US is trying to give Iran border guarantees if it does not proceed to get a nuclear weapon. The guarantee would be worthless in the light of events in Ukraine. There is great pressure on America to PUSH back at Russia. They will…. he COMMENT BIBLE QUOTE (Daniel 11:40)
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; …To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land. Fire-sale of US Treasuries is a warning of acute stress across the world Daily Telegraph, March 14, 2014 EVENT Somebody is a selling a fistful of US Treasuries. It could be Russia, or China, Turkey, or all frantically selling bonds at the same time for different reasons. We don’t yet know. All we know is that the US Federal Reserve’s custody holdings on behalf of foreign central banks plunged by $106bn in the week ending March 12, the biggest one-week drop on record. Russia’s central bank is undoubtedly liquidating reserves at a breakneck pace to prevent a collapse of the rouble, as foreign companies scramble to get all their spare cash out of Russian accounts before the G7 guillotine comes down on the Putin clan next week. The latest financial ructions go beyond Russia, they reek of stress in the international system. “Countries are intervening all over the place to defend their currencies. Their central banks built up huge war chests of reserves for a rainy day, and now it is raining,” said David Bloom currency chief HSBC The financial markets are reacting badly to the situation in Ukraine. The currency situation detailed above shows how nations are shoring up their positions. They believe war could be coming. The article above went on to say “The international order is unravelling. Russia is of course smashing the post-Cold War order by seizing Ukraine, and blowing up the global architecture of nuclear non-proliferation.”“The global situation is extremely serious,” said Lars Christensen from Danske Bank. “Russia is committing economic suicide.” So if the situation in Ukraine begins a global financial crisis and a meltdown in Russia there would be nothing to stop Russia coming down into the Middle East. The “spoil” mentioned in Ezekiel 38 would be even more attractive. In fact it would essential for Russia to take the spoil and control the Middle East. The push from America & the pull of the spoil will bring Russia forth as promised. COMMENT BIBLE QUOTE (Ezekiel 38:11-12)
Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD. Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: Russia Warns It Is Ready To Place Eastern Ukraine 'Under Its Protection' Reuters, March 14, 2014 Russia said on Friday it reserved the right to protect compatriots in eastern Ukraine after clashes in the city of Donetsk in which one person was killed. The Foreign Ministry said Thursday’s violence in the industrial city, where many people speak Russian, showed the Ukrainian authorities had lost control. Ukraine's acting president warned the country must be ready for a full-scale Russian invasion "at any moment" on Thursday as officials announced the emergency call-up of a 60,000-strong national guard force. Oleksander Turchynov, the acting president in Kiev, declared Moscow was "ready" to go much further than the annexation of the Black Sea territory of Crimea, which is expected to vote to secede from Ukraine in a referendum on Sunday. With tensions mounting across the region, Moscow also sent three fighter jets to Belarus at the request of its government. EVENT COMMENT So can we piece together events from here? Well with Bible in hand here is what may happen. There are lots of strands coming together. We could see America “push” Russia over Ukraine. This maybe some sort of military provocation. This would fulfill Daniel 11:40. This then sets the scene for Russia to descend against the king of the south into Israel. We also need to see Isaiah 17 fulfilled with conflict between Israel and Syria. This could come at anytime. We are also reaching the deadline for Israel to divide the land with the Palestinians. It is possible we see some deal endorsed by Israel’s government that agrees to divide the land. It is hard to know the exact order but each situation is reaching its climax and events could happen fast. Ultimately this will all lead to Russia, (with Turkey, Iran, Sudan etc) descending into Israel and beyond … BIBLE QUOTE (Joel 3:9-12)
Concerning Damascus. Hamath is confounded, and Arpad: for they have heard evil tidings: they are fainthearted; there is sorrow on the sea; it cannot be quiet. Damascus is waxed feeble, and turneth herself to flee, and fear hath seized on her: anguish and sorrows have taken her, as a woman in travail. How is the city of praise not left, the city of my joy! Syria conflict anniversary: who controls what Daily Telegraph, March 14, 2014 As many as 140,000 people have died and millions driven from their homes. Syria is now divided – with large swathes of the country under the control of an array of competing rebel groups. The conflict first began three years ago, with opposition supporters taking up arms, first to defend themselves and later to expel security forces from their local areas. The country soon descended into civil war as armed rebel brigades battled government forces for power. The strategic cities of Aleppo, Damascus and Homs have been most intensely fought over, with a third of the total casualties in these three cities alone. There are estimates that between December and the beginning of March more than 1,000 barrel bombs (each with half a ton of TNT) were dropped on Aleppo alone. EVENT It’s incredible that the Syrian revolution that began 3 years ago is still raging today. The devastation that has come upon the country is almost behind comprehension. Whole cities are derelict and bombed out. The three cities that have taken the brunt of the pain are Damascus, Homs and Aleppo. It is amazing that these three cities are mentioned in one verse that is in a passage describing the final calamity of Syria. Damascus is still called Damascus. But Homs and Aleppo were called by slightly different names in ancient times. Homs was Hamath and Aleppo was Arpad. The Bible says that Homs and Aleppo would become “fainthearted”. The original word means to “melt away”. A three-month bombardment of Aleppo that began in January, unparalleled even in this war, has levelled large parts of Aleppo. It had a population of 3 million. It is now a ghost town. Aleppo was Syria’s largest city and its commercial centre. No more. But its not over yet. Damascus will be removed from the map – possibly by Israel… COMMENT BIBLE QUOTE (Jeremiah 49:23-25)
And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country. I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel UK Prime minister's belief in Israel 'unbreakable' BBConline, March 12, 2014 EVENT David Cameron has said his belief in Israel is "unbreakable" while urging the country's politicians to pursue a deal with Palestinians to bring "an end of all conflict". He told Israelis to imagine "what this land would be like if a two-state solution was actually achieved". "We back the compromises needed - including the halt to settlement activity and an end to Palestinian incitement too. And we recognise the difficult and courageous decisions both sides are taking, not least with Prime Minister Netanyahu's decision to release terrorist prisoners, with all the anguish that can bring for affected families,” he said. He said that peace would not only bring security, but also deliver "extraordinary" economic benefits for the Israeli and Palestinians by enabling them to work together and forge international trade and business links. COMMENT The UK prime minister made his first ever visit to Israel this week. He talks like he supports Israel but his support is dependent on Israel dividing the land in two. He asks Israel to imagine what would be like living with two states. By backing this Cameron is breaking God’s everlasting covenant of giving the land to the Jews. But notice what he focused on – THE MONEY! Think about the extraordinary ECONOMIC BENEFITS says Cameron. The message is…Don’t worry about God and the land he has promised you (has given you) just think how rich you will be. Britain was once driven by belief that the land was the Jews. The British Balfour Declaration declared that Israel would become the homeland for the Jews. There was no mention on economics back then! Britain is Tarshish in the Bible. It says Britain would help Jews return to their land. But it also says that in the last days Britain would “commit fornication with all the kingdoms on earth”. Britain would grow wealthy and then rejecting by God would turn to mammon… BIBLE QUOTE (Ezekiel 34:13)
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