World News and Prophecy: December 2009

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In This Issue

  • by John Ross Schroeder
This historic demand, delivered by U.S. President Ronald Reagan in front of Berlin's Brandenburg Gate on June 12, 1987, came to symbolize the Eastern European revolt against Communist slavery in 1989. Nearly 2 1/2 years after the president's epochal visit, the Berlin Wall collapsed on Nov. 9, 1989. What are the prophetic implications indicated in God's Word?
  • by Melvin Rhodes
Great powers come and go. For more than six decades the United States has been the world's dominant power. Seventy years ago, Great Britain—with its vast empire—was the world's greatest power. Could the United States follow Britain into decline and be replaced by another power? Are we seeing the first stages?
  • by Darris McNeely, Don Hooser
Turkey has been a longtime strategic ally of the West—including Israel—having the second-largest military force in NATO. But Turkey is "signaling it's leaving its Western friends" with its "embrace of extremist neighbors" (Jill Nelson, "Switching Sides," World, Nov. 21, 2009).
  • by Darris McNeely, Don Hooser
Citing conscience issues with several social trends, 145 religious leaders have signed what they call the Manhattan Declaration, saying they will not cooperate with laws that could be used to compel their groups to participate in or support abortions, same-sex relationships or stem cell research.
  • by Darris McNeely, Don Hooser
World markets went into a near panic during the recent Thanksgiving weekend over news that Dubai World, a key subsidiary of the nation of Dubai, could default on $60 billion of debt. It appears that Dubai's oil-rich cousins in the Persian Gulf region will step in and prevent a total collapse of Dubai.
  • by Rodney Hall
How do China's amazing transformation and increasing global power fit into prophesied end-time events?
  • by Robin Webber
Nearly 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ gave a genuine compliment to one of the seven churches of Asia Minor mentioned in the book of Revelation. It is an utterly unique and personal compliment, because it related to that church's understanding of who He is. It revolved around His name. The red-letter text of Revelation 2:13 simply but powerfully notes: "And you hold fast to My name..."
  • by Darris McNeely
Iran is getting closer to having a viable nuclear weapon capable of reaching Israel and Western nations. Negotiations to curb Iran's project are proving fruitless. Iran is steadily advancing to the day it will become a nuclear power. This day is coming, probably sooner rather than later.