Russia is moving further away from the “West” politically, militarily and monetarily. “Russia and China pledged on Tuesday to settle more bilateral trade in rouble and yuan and to enhance cooperation between banks… we’re going to encourage companies from the two countries to settle more in local currencies, to avoid using a currency from a third country [the U.S. dollar]” (Gulf News, September 9, 2014). One political scientist noted three years ago, “This economic and trade relationship is not limited only to economy, it is also a strategic relationship. So, it is going to have a huge impact on the world” (RT.com, June 17, 2011). In his Early Warning Report, Richard Maybury commented “The closest contenders [for military prowess] are Moscow and Beijing, and compared to Washington’s forces, both of theirs are second rate. But in recent years, they’ve returned to seeing Washington as their common enemy. Suddenly it’s not hard to imagine them joining to create a force that is first rate” (September 2014).
Bible prophecy has long foretold that “kings from the east” will play a major role on the world stage at the end of the age as they move into the Middle East with a huge army (Revelation 9:13-16; 16:12-16). Russia and China are located to the north and east of Jerusalem, and as they work more closely together, their combined military capacity could easily fulfill the prophecy in Daniel 11:44. It is sobering to watch geopolitical observers draw the same conclusions the Bible has revealed for millennia.
For more on this topic read, “What’s Ahead for Russia?”