Economic Crisis Pushes Belarus Closer to Russia

Patriarchate of Moscow


The nation of Belarus seems to be looking towards Moscow, and not Europe, economically:

Economic crisis in Belarus forces tough decisions, looks to strengthen Russia’s Hand

Washington Post – Nataliya Vasilyeva – ‎4/4/2011  AP

Belarus is running out of cash, with people waiting in day-long lines to exchange rubles as they prepare for another devaluation.  But since the country known as Europe’s last dictatorship alienated the West, Russia now has a free hand to set its own terms in exchange for a lifeline.

As Moscow draws up the papers to give as much as $3 billion to the government of President Alexander Lukashenko, it will be eyeing Belarus’ most lucrative assets, particularly its oil refineries and chemical plants.

Belarus is realizing that perhaps it needs to look West and not East for its future.

Interestingly, the Bible identifies the ancient ancestors of the Russians and some of its northern allies as traders in the future:

13 Javan, Tubal, and Meshech were your traders. They bartered human lives and vessels of bronze for your merchandise. 14 Those from the house of Togarmah traded for your wares with horses, steeds, and mules (Ezekiel 27:13-14).

Today, Belarus is trading of commodities such as oil and chemicals with Russia.  Belarus is nation of those that primarily support the Russian Orthodox Church, whose Patriarch Kirill is based out of Moscow.  Hence, there are religious, cultural, and economic ties between Russia and Belarus.

Various prophetic books (Daniel 11:44; Ezekiel 38:1-6) suggest that those in the North (including the far north) will unite with powers in the East and turn on Europe, the “daughter of Babylon” (Jeremiah 50:41-43).

So, if Belarus continues to move towards Russia, it will likely be part of that alliance (Daniel 11:44) of the far north (cf. Ezekiel 38:14-15) and the kings of the east (Revelation 16:12).

World events continue to align with biblical prophecy.

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