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Andy Walton’s Weekly World Watch June 22 - 28 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
What is this world watch all about? I decided each week to look at key events that had happened in that week and look at them with the Bible in hand. I hope to build up a picture of Gods hand working in the affairs of this world bringing about that day when all nations will be gathered to Jerusalem to battle which will be brought to end when the Lord Jesus Christ physically returns from heaven to set up Gods kingdom. The key areas which will crop up time and again will be 1. Israel – Middle East the growing conflict 2. Europe – the developing union / political and religious 3. Russia – continued turning back to anti west ways 4. The development of King of South – US & UK 5. Declining moral standards and increasing violence. A number of Bible Presentations have been produced and can be ordered by Clicking here. The presentations are audio / visual powerpoint CD’s. Move your mouse around to get the arrow and click the green link.
Weekly Developments These are just a few of the events that have caught my eye in the previous week. It is in no way meant to be exhaustive – just a look at those events I saw as significant from a Bible viewpoint. Headlines These are always headlines printed in the newspaper – the date is always given and which paper. Normally the Daily Telegraph. (DT) Event This is usually the newspapers take on the events that have happened. It will always be a direct quote from the newspaper. Comment This is my take on why it is interesting from a Bible point of view. The idea of this weekly world watch is to give a quick Biblical perspective without going into detail. If more detail is needed please email me. 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
Weekly Developments June 22 - 28 2008 • • • French president ‘Israel must share Jerusalem’ Mossad Chief empowered for Iran strike Russian Bear Roars Olmert’s reign nears end Everything is spinning out of control Dead Sea rescue plan TO PRINT ANY ONE OF THE FOLLOWING SLIDES JUST CLICK ON THE PICTURE ON EACH SLIDE
Headline ‘Israel must share Jerusalem’ French president says Israel must share Jerusalem Associated Press June 23 2008 Event French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Monday there could be no Mideast peace unless Israel drops its refusal to cede sovereignty over parts of Jerusalem claimed by the Palestinians, challenging one of Israel's most emotionally held positions. Speaking to a packed session of the legislature, Sarkozy called on Israel to stop settlement in the West Bank. But he tempered his address by assuring Israel that it could count on France's support in halting Iran's nuclear program. Sarkozy, whose maternal grandfather was a Greek Jew, praised Israel's democracy and quoted the biblical passage in which God promises the Holy Land to the children of Israel. Comment This was the first French state visit to Israel in 12 years. The French President, Nicolas Sarkozy said a peace agreement would allow the two peoples (Israelis and Palestinians) to live together in peace and security. The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5: 3 that when people are talking about and advising on “peace and safety (security)” then sudden destruction will come. Here we have another world leader “advising” and “speaking” on the subject of “peace and safety”. It will lead to destruction. Why? Well look at his advice. He is telling the Jews to divide Jerusalem. He is telling the Jews to stop building on the West Bank. He is telling the Jews to divide God’s land. Remarkably he even has the audacity to quote from the Bible where God says he will give the land to the Jews! This man may seem friendly but ultimately France along with Europe will fight against Israel. He came as a wolf in sheep’s clothing. See Matthew 7: 15. We know that anyone who burdens themselves with Jerusalem will be cut in pieces. Bible Quote Zechariah 12 3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces Mr Sarkozy is burdening himself with Jerusalem. The fate of those who do is clear….
Headline. Mossad Chief empowered for Iran strike Mossad Chief Empowered to Prepare Groundwork for Iran Strike Headline Debkafile June 23 2008 Event By extending the Mossad director, Meir Dagan’s tenure for another year until the end of 2009, Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert has put in place a vital constituent for a possible eleventh-hour unilateral strike at Iran’s nuclear facilities. The timing chosen for extending the Mossad chief’s tenure early summer of 2008 is indicative. Israeli intelligence estimates the summer months are critical for acting against Iran’s nuclear advances, especially uranium enrichment which Iran refuses to forego. If it is not stopped by September or October of 2008, it will be too late; Iran will have crossed the threshold to the last lap of its military program. Israeli intelligence and its armed forces have three months to finish the job which has long been in preparation. Comment Debkafile’s analysts believe that an Israeli strike on Iran is possibly going to come in the next few months. By October 2008 they believe it will be too late for Israel to act. This week John Bolton, the former American ambassador to the United Nations, predicted that Israel could attack Iran after the November presidential election but before George W Bush's successor is sworn in. He believes the "optimal window" for strikes would be between the November 4 election and the inauguration on January 20, 2009. Both Debkafile and John Bolton give Israel a 6 month window. Israel has carried out military strikes against two nuclear sites, President Shimon Peres boasted on Thursday, saying "this is the only air force in the world that has such an achievement. " The two attacks were on Iraq in 1981 and Syria last year. If Israel does attack Iran it will leave them utterly isolated and friendless in the world – especially if the consequences prove disastrous. There are verses like the one below that speak of Israel isolated and without her “lovers”. I. e. those other nations that she trusted in (rather than God) reject her. Israel will be forced to turn to God. Bible Quote Jeremiah 30 14 All thy lovers have forgotten thee; they seek thee not;
Headline Russian Bear Roars. Headline Spiegel online June 25 2008 Event Strategic bombers off the American coast, battleships in the Mediterranean -- the Russian military is displaying its might once again with Moscow pumping billions into new weapons. But where does the Kremlin see its enemies today, and why is it risking another nuclear arms race with Washington? Back in Business The Russian military, still one of the largest in the world, with its 1. 1 million soldiers, is back -- and not just in the air. The navy is conducting exercises in the Atlantic and Mediterranean once again, and in February the "Yury Dolgoruki" was the first in a new generation of Russian submarines to leave its dock. The new craft is a giant among submarines, capable of firing 16 missiles carrying nuclear warheads and remaining submerged for up to 100 days. A major manoeuvre of the country's Arctic Sea and Pacific fleet will be conducted in one of the world's oceans this summer. The commander of the exercise is President Dmitry Medvedev. Comment So what is the answer to the question. Why is Russia risking another nuclear arms race? The answer is that they want to be taken seriously once again. "People don't like the weak. They don't listen to them and they insult them. But if we have parity once again, they will be taking a different tone with us, " said former Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov. Russia wants respect and influence in the world. Notice in the article above is speaks of Russia being “Back in Business”. Ezekiel 38 speaks of Russia being “turned back”. They are back to their old ways. Anti West, authoritarian, militaristic ways. The king of the north is being prepared. Note as well the fact that Russia’s navy will have a major manoeuvre this summer. At some point God will bring Russia forth with ALL it’s army and its ships. Bible Quote Ezekiel 38 4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army
Headline Olmert’s Reign Nears End Headline Israelnews June 27 2008 Event Ehud Olmert has found himself in a fix never before experienced by any Israeli prime minister before him: His own party, Kadima, is dumping him. Its strategists joined forces with its coalition partner, the Labor party, for a deal signed Wednesday, June 25, to replace him as head of government and party before Sept. 25. By October, 2008, Olmert will be gone, dropped by his own loyalists, and a new Kadima prime minister will rule Israel with Labor endorsement guaranteed. The present front-runners to succeed him are foreign minister Tzipi Livni, a lawyer with even less government experience than Olmert, and transport minister Shaul Mofaz, a former IDF chief of staff and defense minister. Barring unforeseen events, the prospect of an early general election this year has receded to the spring of 2009. Israel is therefore being dragged into one of the most critical three-month periods of its history, Iran’s threshold to nuclear armament, in a leadership void. The fateful decisions on whether or not to pre-empt a nuclear-armed Iran by force, with or without the United States, falls to a lame duck prime minister. Comment Israel is about to enter a very uncertain time politically. Olmert’s own supporters have paved the way to remove him from office. This is mainly due to the corruption scandals that constantly swirl around him but also due to his perceived military failures in Lebanon and Gaza. What is interesting is that during this leadership void decisions will need to be taken in Israel over the situation in Iran. As the article above says the decision will have to be taken by a “lame duck prime minister”. All this does not bode well for Israel. Their leaders have been corrupt, blind and godless. They have led the country to the brink of disaster by not trusting in God. The consequences will be a terrible war. Bible Quote Isaiah 9 16 For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.
Everything is spinning out of control Headline Everything Seemingly Is Spinning out of Control Headline Associated Press June 21 2008 Event Midwestern levees are bursting. Polar bears are adrift. Gas prices are skyrocketing. Home values are abysmal. Air fares, college tuition and health care border on unaffordable. Wars without end rage in Iraq, Afghanistan and against terrorism. Recent natural disasters around the world dwarf anything afflicting the U. S. Consider that more than 69, 000 people died in the China earthquake, and that 78, 000 were killed and 56, 000 missing from the Myanmar cyclone. Food is becoming scarcer and more expensive on a worldwide scale, due to increased consumption in growing countries such as China and India and rising fuel costs. That can-do solution to energy needs turning corn into fuel is sapping fields of plenty once devoted to crops that people need to eat. Shortages have sparked riots. In the U. S. , rice prices tripled and some stores rationed the staple. Comment The Lord Jesus spoke some incredible words while he sat on the Mount of Olives with his disciples. He told them what the world would be like shortly before he would return. He spoke of a time when the nations of the earth would be in distress. He spoke of a time when people would be in perplexity. They would not know how to solve the problems surrounding them. He spoke of a time of fear and of terror. Men’s hearts would fail them as they looked at what was happening in the world. He then said that when these things BEGIN to happen – HE WOULD RETURN. He will. Bible Quote Luke 21 25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; 26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. 27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
Headline Dead Sea rescue plan Shimon Peres, Israel's president, to woo the French for Dead Sea rescue plan Daily Telegraph June 22 2008 Event Gaping sinkholes and buildings that have collapsed into the mud mark the steady retreat of the Dead Sea, which is under threat after decades of environmental abuse. Now Israel's president, Shimon Peres, is to enlist the support of Nicolas Sarkozy, the president of France, for an ambitious project to replenish it with water brought from the Red Sea by a new canal. He plans to take Mr Sarkozy, who is visiting Israel this week, by helicopter across the Dead Sea to persuade him to back the £ 2. 5 billion "peace canal" project. Comment The Dead Sea, the ancient spa of the Queen of Sheba and Cleopatra and today the source of high-end beauty treatments for celebrities, is under serious threat. Although the sea's deepest point is nearly 1, 000 ft below the surface, much of the southern expanse is only a few feet deep. Its main tributary, the biblical Jordan river, has been reduced to a trickle of sewage and agricultural run-off by the diversion of much of its water to irrigate greenhouses and fields in Israel. The Dead Sea is the lowest exposed point on the Earth’s surface. Sodom and Gomorrah were situated here and because of their wickedness and sin were destroyed with fire and brimstone. This area is symbolic of mankind and how far he is from God. Interesting then in these last days that the Dead Sea is dying! The Dead Sea is dying mainly because the Jordan has been diverted. The Bible tells of a time when the Dead Sea “failed” because the river Jordan was diverted. When this happened Joshua led the people into the land. This latter day diverting of the Jordan and failing Dead Sea might be a sign that Joshua (Jesus) is soon to lead us in! The Jordan river is symbolic of life. It is where Christ was baptised. The world has cut off (diverted) the teachings of Christ and the consequence is death. Bible Quote Joshua 3 16 even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and the people passed over right against Jericho. The salt sea = The Dead Sea
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