In the wake of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the G8 reduced its ranks to 7 by excluding Russia from its emergency meeting in Brussels last week. The group also cancelled a June G8 meeting in Russia and moved it to Brussels (EU Observer, March 25, 2014), citing Russia’s actions and beliefs that are “not consistent” with the other G8 nations (ibid.). Australia moved to ban Russia from the G20 meeting in November; however “the BRICS grouping (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) has unanimously and, in many ways, forcefully backed Russia’s position on Crimea” (The Business Insider, March 31, 2014). “BRICS has often tried t o overcome these internal challenges by unifying behind an anti-Western or at least post-Western position” (ibid.).
“Although the West generally celebrated the fact that the UN General Assembly approved the resolution condemning the Crimea referendum, the fact that 69 countries either abstained or voted against it should be a wake-up call. It increasingly appears that the Western-dominated post-Cold War era is over. But as of yet, no new order exists to replace it” (ibid.). End-time Bible prophecies speak of regional power blocs on the world stage. Daniel wrote of three adversarial kings or powers located north and south and east of Jerusalem (Daniel 11:40-44). The eastern powers will eventually bring a huge army to fight against a European Beast power (Revelation 9:13-16). We appear to be witnessing a global power shift toward the end-time configuration of nations that was prophesied long ago. For more, be sure to read our booklet, Armageddon and Beyond.