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January 23 - 29 2005
“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.”
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
Please email me with any thoughts, questions or anything I may have missed! On last page there is a red button – if you click it an email will open up pre addressed to me so you can send an email comments etc
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.
These are always headlines printed in the newspaper – the date is always given and which paper. Normally the Daily Telegraph. (DT)
This is usually the newspapers take on the events that have happened. It will always be a direct quote from the newspaper.
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.
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.
January 23 - 29 2005
Mossad chief: Iran nuke program nearly independent
Headline JPOST 24 January
Iran's nuclear program is close to the "point of no return," at which they will no longer need outside or international help to enrich uranium for use in atomic weapons, Mossad Chief Meir Dagan told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Monday. He also said that the international community is not using all of its capabilities to curb the Iranian program.
Dagan also agreed with the assessment that United States Vice President Dick Cheney mentioned last week the possibility of Israeli action against Iran in order to provoke the European countries to take action.
There have also been reports this week that Russia is building an advanced radar system around Iran’s uranium enrichment plants. It is taken to mean that Moscow has undertaken to secure all of Iran’s nuclear industry from top to bottom. Ezekiel 38 talks of Russia being a ‘guard’ to the other nations that invade Israel. In other words a protectorate. This is precisely what Russia is doing for ancient Persia – modern day Iran!! Israel is talking openly about taking action against Iran.
Bible Quote Ezekiel 38 7 Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.
Russian nationalists urge Jewish groups ban
Headline DT 26 January
A group of Russian nationalist MPs have called on the prosecutor-general to ban all Jewish groups, blaming them for provoking anti-Semitism and ethnic hatred.
The letter, signed by 20 members of the Duma, accuses Jews of dominating politics and the world of finance abroad and underwriting a war on Russian patriotism at home.
The call comes hard on a vicious attack on two foreign rabbis in Moscow and a US-sponsored report which concludes that anti-Semitism in Russia is on the rise.
In the week when the world remembered the liberating of Auschwitz by Russian troops there was this little noticed headline in the press. Russian MPs wanting to ban ALL Jewish groups. Accusations by these Russian politicians of Jews dominating world politics and finance and being a threat to Russian nationalism. Isn’t this the same sort of language used by Nazi Germany 60 years ago? Russian anti-Semitism is on the rise. We know that Russia will invade Israel. Putin has said this week he is considering selling missiles to Syria. Click on this link for more info http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4216871.stm
Bible Quote – Lamentations 5 the hatred of the Jews continues
5 Our necks are under persecution: we labour, and have no rest.
Keep Queen, say Aussies
Headline DT 24 January
Support in Australia for the campaign to become a republic, replacing the Queen as head of state with a president, has slumped to its lowest level for five years. Only 46 percent of the population now back the idea, an opinion poll shows. The poll will cheer the prime minister, John Howard, an avowed monarchist, and dismay the republican movement.
Australia is one of the ‘young lions’ as mentioned in Ezekiel 38. An offspring of the ‘old lion’, Britain (Tarshish). Let it be understood, that a "young lion" is not necessarily an undeveloped cub, but a powerful, virile animal in full strength and vigour of life. This aply describes those nations that have come into existence through the Mother Country. America, Canada, Australia are all vigorous "young lions" today. So here we have one of the ‘young lions’ Australia still voicing its support of Britain. It is of course these countries that raise a voice of protest against the attack from the north.For a good exposition on Tarshish and the young lions have a look at www.antipas.org/news/logos/judgment_armageddon.html
Bible Quote Psalm 104
21 The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God.
US will not cut troops in Iraq for two years
HeadlineDT 26 January
The Pentagon moved yesterday to quash speculation about a swift pullout of American troops after the election in Iraq as a first step towards complete withdrawal.
Lt-Gen James Lovelace, the deputy chief of staff responsible for operations, said there was no plan to reduce troop numbers for at least two years. The army thought it "most probable" that it would need about 120,000 men in Iraq at least until the end of 2006, he said.That is close to pre-election levels, although recently troop numbers have reached 150,000 to provide security for Sunday’s vote.
So we now have a declared situation of America being locked into Iraq for at least another 2 years. Why is this interesting? Well because a huge proportion of the US army is now tied up in this ancient area of Babylon. By definition it is much more difficult for it to fight other battles. It possibly explains how Russia and its allies are able to sweep down into Israel and through into Egypt. It is my belief that further and far greater destruction is coming on this area of ancient Babylon (Iraq) and this could possibly cause tremendous UK and US troop casualties.
Bible Quote Jeremiah 51 54 A sound of a cry cometh from Babylon, and great destruction from the land of the Chaldeans:
World marks Auschwitz liberation
HeadlineBBC online 28 January
Holocaust survivors and world leaders have held an emotional ceremony in Poland, 60 years after the liberation of the Nazis' Auschwitz death camp. The ceremony began with a train whistle on the railway track that took more than a million people to their deaths. Thousands gathered in heavy snow next to the site of the German gas chambers, where Jews and others were murdered.
"It seems as if we can still hear the dead crying out," Israeli President Moshe Katsav told the crowd.
The Nazi regime murdered six million Jews and many others during what became known as the Holocaust. Auschwitz, the largest of the Nazi camps, where 1.1 million people died, was liberated by the advancing Soviet army on 27 January 1945.
As the world remembers the horrors of events 60 years ago it seems hard to imagine that perhaps in a short space of time similar events will happen again. We are seeing the growth in anti-Semitism. We know that two thirds of Israel will die in the onslaught of Russia and Europe. We know the only answer is our Lord Jesus' intervention.
Bible Quote Zech 13 8 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.
Simple yes or no for voters on EU constitution
Headline DT 27January
The Government cleared the first hurdle for a referendum on the new European constitution yesterday when the main parties approved a straightforward question to be put to the voters.
The public will be asked: "Should the United Kingdom approve the treaty establishing a constitution for the European Union?"
The referendum, expected to be held in the spring of 2006 if Labour is returned to power at the election - or by the end of this year if there is a Conservative victory - will be the first national vote on Britain's membership of the EU since 1975.
One in 10 European Union citizens knows little or nothing about the new EU constitution, a study suggests. But half of the 25,000 polled by the EU said they would vote in favour of the treaty, which faces referenda in many of the union's 25 member states. The UK was the only country where more of those questioned were against the constitution than in favour. The UK therefore could be the one country that stops the constitution coming into force. The beast never does receive a kingdom only power.
Bible Quote Revelation 17 12 which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
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