Eurasian Economic Union makes a deal with Vietnam–a step towards prosperity or Armageddon?

Emblem of the Eurasian Economic Union


The Eurasian Economic Union is looking to make deals with southeast Asia:

September 22, 2016

Veronika Nikishina, the trade minister for the Eurasian Economic Commission Board, declared that the free trade agreement (FTA) signed between the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) – which comprises Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan – and Vietnam will come into effect on 5 October 2016.  …
This historic FTA bears much significance for Vietnam and the region. Touted as the next manufacturing hub of the world, the FTA will provide Vietnam-based manufacturers with access to a host of essential resources such as oil, gas, iron and steel, further augmenting Vietnam’s position as an emerging manufacturing powerhouse. The agreement will also open Vietnam to a market of 175 million people, with an estimated GDP of $2.5 trillion.

Likewise, member states of the EEU look set to benefit from the FTA by using Vietnam as a gateway into the promising ASEAN market. As the largest market in the bloc, Russia stands to gain the most from this agreement. Moscow and Hanoi have signed an agreement to produce Russian cars in Vietnam. These made-in-Vietnam Russian cars will enjoy tariff-free access to the rest of ASEAN as part of the free trade area between member states.

Looking beyond Vietnam, the Eurasian Economic Union has set its sights on expanding ties with other ASEAN member states. In particular, Singapore and the EEU will conduct a joint feasibility study on a free trade deal. Earlier this year, Singapore’s Minister of State for Trade and Industry Mr Koh Poh Koon visited all five states to identify possible opportunities for economic collaboration.

Cambodia and Thailand are also reportedly in talks to deepen trade relations with the EEU.  If successful, the FTAs will bring significant opportunities to a fast growing economic region.

Could this deal bring economic growth and some prosperity to the Eurasian Economic Union?


Could this deal be a step towards the formation of a military confederation that will one day gather in Armageddon?


Here are the nations currently in the EEU:

Country Accession Date Date of Signature
 Armenia 2 January 2015 10 October 2014
 Belarus 1 January 2015 29 May 2014
 Kazakhstan 1 January 2015 29 May 2014
 Kyrgyzstan 12 August 2015 23 December 2014
 Russia 1 January 2015 29 May 2014

More are expected as Russia’s Vladimir Putin has been working to enlarge the Eurasian Economic Union.

Vladimir Putin has publicly stated that his goal is to enlarge the Customs Union to all post-Soviet states, excluding the three Baltic EU member states. His basic appeal is that the various Eurasian nations are geographically close to each other, often share certain cultural ties, are not particularly loved by the West, and will improve their economies by integrating more with the EEU.

And where that expansion does not happen, he is hoping to increase the EEU’s influence. The more nations that are part of the EEU and the more deals that the EEU is involved in, the more relevant it becomes in the world. China, India, and Pakistan have all expressed at least trade interest with the EEU. Russia, China, and others have expressed interest in working together to eliminate the US dollar as the basis of international trade as well as to reduce US influence in many parts of the world. The EEU and deals it has made with China are consistent with this.

As far as official EEU membership goes, the nation of Tajikistan was formally invited to join the union and has expressed its interest in acceding. “Break-away” regions of Moldova (Transnistria), Ukraine (Donetsk and Lugansk)  and Georgia (South Ossetia and Abkhazia) have expressed a desire to join the Eurasian Customs Union and integrate into the Eurasian Economic Union. Places like Mongolia and Serbia have recently expressed interest. Some think perhaps Uzbekistan will someday as well.

It should be pointed out that all EEU member states participate in the Collective Security Treaty Organization, an intergovernmental mutual defense alliance.

Interestingly, a military confederation of nations including Russia, is prophesied to form. The EEU may be a step in making that happen (although Russia already has military alliances with places like China which are not currently officially part of the EEU).

In the Book of Jeremiah, it is shown that a northern people (which most logically would seem to have to be Russia at this stage) will be part of the force that concerns and then eventually invades, end time Babylon (which will be a European power):

9 For behold, I will raise and cause to come up against Babylon
An assembly of great nations from the north country,
And they shall array themselves against her;
From there she shall be captured.
Their arrows shall be like those of an expert warrior;
None shall return in vain. (Jeremiah 50:9)

50:41 Behold, a people shall come from the north,
And a great nation and many kings
Shall be raised up from the ends of the earth
42 They shall hold the bow and the lance;
They are cruel and shall not show mercy.
Their voice shall roar like the sea;
They shall ride on horses,
Set in array, like a man for the battle,
Against you, O daughter of Babylon. (Jeremiah 50:41-42).

From a European perspective, Russia is a north country whose borders reach to the eastern ends of the earth.

Does any of this have any relationship to Armageddon?


The Bible tells of a time when there will be a confederation of the ‘kings of the east’ that will gather at Armageddon:

12 Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared. 13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

15 “Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.”

16 And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon. (Revelation 16:12-16)

This will include Eurasian  nations–whether or not they are formally in a group like the EEU.

In Daniel, we see that the final King of the North, who is European (see also Can You Prove that the Beast to Come is European?) as well as the end time ‘daughter of Babylon,’ is concerned about a confederation to its north and east:

44 But news from the east and the north shall trouble him; therefore he shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many. 45 And he shall plant the tents of his palace between the seas and the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and no one will help him. (Daniel 11:44-45)

It is the Eurasian nations that are north and east of Europe. Daniel tells of a Eurasian confederation that will frighten Europe in the end.

Notice also that Isaiah shows Babylon will have problems with a group from a far country:

1 The burden against Babylon which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw.
2 “Lift up a banner on the high mountain,Raise your voice to them; Wave your hand, that they may enter the gates of the nobles. 3 I have commanded My sanctified ones; I have also called My mighty ones for My anger–Those who rejoice in My exaltation.” 4 The noise of a multitude in the mountains, Like that of many people! A tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together! The LORD of hosts musters The army for battle. 5 They come from a far country, From the end of heaven–The LORD and His weapons of indignation,To destroy the whole land. 6 Wail, for the day of the LORD is at hand!It will come as destruction from the Almighty. 7 Therefore all hands will be limp, Every man’s heart will melt, 8 And they will be afraid. Pangs and sorrows will take hold of them; They will be in pain as a woman in childbirth; They will be amazed at one another; Their faces will be like flames (Isaiah 13:1-8).

Thus, both the accounts in Jeremiah and Isaiah seem related to the same invaders. This is referring to an end time confederation that has a distance to travel–apparently a type of union of powers from the east including Russia, who is also the major power of the far north.

And this type of confederation is something that Vladimir Putin has repeatedly called for. This is something he and others will continue to advocate and work towards. In the end, it will form.

A northern confederation (that appears to be led by Russia and probably includes the far north and far east/Pacific coast portion of Asia) will destroy the European Babylon. Although many worry that Russia will be a major military threat to the USA, the reality is that the Bible indicates that it will be the Europeans that will receive a massive attack involving Russia.

As for the USA itself, Bible prophecy shows that it will be eliminated by a surprising (Revelation 13:4; Isaiah 10:5-12) European power (Daniel 11:39) years before Armageddon.

Steps towards Armageddon, as well as the elimination of the USA, are in process.

Some items of possibly related interest may include:

The Eurasian Union, the Kings of the East, and Bible Prophecy Is there a Eurasian union that will be formed? Is one being formed right now? Are any leaders working on that in the 21st century? Does the Bible teach that there will be a Eurasian union? If some type of Eurasian union is formed, who might it benefit and who will it destroy? A related video would be Is The Eurasian Union Rising?
Armageddon Dr. Thiel, from Tel Megiddo in Israel, discusses Armageddon, some of its history, and what the Bible says about it. Is this the place where forces in the world will gather to fight? Will they fight here or is the related battle somewhere else. Dr. Thiel answers these questions and more.
Russia and Ukraine: Their Origins and Prophesied Future Russia in prophecy. Where do the Russians come from? What about those in the Ukraine? What is prophesied for Russia and its allies? What will they do to the Europeans that supported the Beast in the end? There is also a video sermon available: Russia in the Bible and in Prophecy and a video sermonette available: Ukraine in Prophecy?
Is Russia the King of the North? Some claim it is. But what does the Bible teach? Here is a link to a video, also titled Is Russia the King of the North?
Ezekiel 38: For Russia & Iran in Our Day? Is Ezekiel 38 about to be fulfilled? A related video is available titled Ezekiel 38: For Russia, Ukraine, & Iran Now? Another could be Russia, Iran, Syria, & the Bible (Code).
Islands and Bible Prophecy What’s ahead for islands? What does the Bible prophesy about them?
Asia in Prophecy What is Ahead for Asia? Who are the “Kings of the East”? What will happen to nearly all the Chinese, Russians, Indians, and others of Asia? China in prophecy, where? Who has the 200,000,000 man army related to Armageddon? A YouTube video of interest may be Is China THE Threat to the United States of America?
When Will the Great Tribulation Begin? 2016, 2017, or 2018? Can the Great Tribulation begin today? What happens before the Great Tribulation in the “beginning of sorrows”? What happens in the Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord? Is this the time of the Gentiles? When is the earliest that the Great Tribulation can begin? What is the Day of the Lord? Who are the 144,000? Here is a version of the article in the Spanish language: ¿Puede comenzar la Gran Tribulación en 2016 o 2017? ¿Es el Tiempo de los Gentiles? You can also see the English language sermon videos: The Great Tribulation from the Mount of Olives and Can the Great Tribulation begin before 2020? A shorter video is: Can the Great Tribulation Start in 2016?
Who is the King of the North? Is there one? Do biblical and Roman Catholic prophecies for the Great Monarch point to the same leader? Should he be followed? Who will be the King of the North discussed in Daniel 11? Is a nuclear attack prophesied to happen to the English-speaking peoples of the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand? When do the 1335 days, 1290 days, and 1260 days (the time, times, and half a time) of Daniel 12 begin? When does the Bible show that economic collapse will affect the United States? In the Spanish language check out ¿Quién es el Rey del Norte? Here is a link to a video titled: The Future King of the North.

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