The fact that according to Rev 17:9-11 the Antichrist becomes the eighth king portrays that the king of the nation that the Antichrist arises with in remains king of that nation when the Antichrist arises and this indicates that the nation that the Antichrist arises with in will divide.
Rev 17: 9 "Here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits, 10 and they are seven kings; five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain a little while. 11 "The beast which was and is not, is himself also an eighth and is one of the seven, and he goes to destruction.
If you read Dan 11:15-21 with out taking into consideration that the king of the nation that the Antichrist arises with in remains the king you might come away with the erroneous idea that the Antichrist takes control of the entire kingdom of the North.
Dan 11:15 "Then the king of the North will come, cast up a siege ramp and capture a well-fortified city; and the forces of the South will not stand their ground, not even their choicest troops, for there will be no strength to make a stand. 16 "But he who comes against him will do as he pleases, and no one will be able to withstand him; he will also stay for a time in the Beautiful Land, with destruction in his hand. 17 "He will set his face to come with the power of his whole kingdom, bringing with him a proposal of peace which he will put into effect; he will also give him the daughter of women to ruin it. But she will not take a stand for him or be on his side. 18 "Then he will turn his face to the coastlands and capture many. But a commander will put a stop to his scorn against him; moreover, he will repay him for his scorn. 19 "So he will turn his face toward the fortresses of his own land, but he will stumble and fall and be found no more. 20 "Then in his place one will arise who will send an oppressor through the Jewel of his kingdom; yet within a few days he will be shattered, though not in anger nor in battle. 21 "In his place a despicable person will arise, on whom the honor of kingship has not been conferred, but he will come in a time of tranquility and seize the kingdom by intrigue.
Dan 11:40 disqualifies this idea when it states that the king of the North attacks the Antichrist after he is depicted arising in Dan 11:21.
Dan. 11:40 "At the end time the king of the South will collide with him, and the king of the North will storm against him with chariots, with horsemen and with many ships; and he will enter countries, overflow them and pass through.
Taking into consideration that in Dan 11 the Antichrist is depicted arising with in the succession of the kings of North and that he is attacked by the king of the North after he arises coincides with the idea that the nation that the Antichrist arises with in divides and he becomes the eight king and rules over that part that succeeds from the kingdom of the North.
When I take into consideration that William Branham was told in one of the visions he saw in 1933 that Russia is the king of the North it causes me to think that Russia will undergo another division and this is what has caused me to watch for a division occurring in Russia.
1933 Seven Visions by William Branham
The third vision was in the realm of world politics for it showed me that there would be three great ISMS, Fascism, Nazism, Communism, but that the first two would be swallowed up into the third. The voice admonished, "WATCH RUSSIA, WATCH RUSSIA. Keep your eye on the King of the North."
The article below portrays Russia as being vulnerable to dividing again. I am not saying this is a thus says the Lord fulfillment of these scriptures, I am simply reporting the current events and that they might be part of the fulfillment of these scriptures while I am waiting for Jesus to reveal these things to me, if He desires to do so.
Encroaching Islam sparks
rising Russian nationalism
Ethnic division could upset Putin campaign to be president
Publishing Date: 28.10.11 16:10
By F. Michael Maloof
WASHINGTON – Encroaching Islam brought to life in the recent Chechen terrorist attacks around Russia – and even into downtown Moscow – is prompting a new wave of Russian nationalism, and that could complicate the campaign by Prime Minister Vladimire Putin, who wants to become president next year.
The issue is the growing sentiment that Russian support to Chechnya and other provinces in the North Caucusus where there is a rising Muslim Islamist militancy should be cut off.
Putin opposes such a notion and his opposition could use the rising nationalistic sentiments to undermine his candidacy.
This recent wave of a new Russian nationalism appeared during a recent court case of Aslan Cherkesov, from Kabardino-Balkaria, one of the southern Russian provinces in the North Caucasus that is experiencing increased Islamist militancy attacks.
He was involved in a brawl last December in Moscow between fans of the Moscow soccer club FC Spartak and migrants from the North Caucasus. Cherkesov allegedly killed a Spartak fan with a legally owned rubber bullet pistol. Last week, a court found Cherkesov guilty of premeditated murder.
Five other Caucasians, as they are called, were convicted of "hooliganism." The prosecutor has called for Cherkesov to spend 23 years in a strict security prison and the five "hooligans" to be in prison for eight years.
Sources say that the unusually harsh sentences were an effort by Russian authorities to quell any more nationalistic rioting against minorities. At the same time, the penalties reflect a major dislike by ethnic Russians for anything from the Caucasus.
Recent polling in Russia shows the rising influence of nationalism. According to published reports, 47 percent of Russians see the main source of nationalism to be "the outrageous behavior of representatives of other ethnicities," while 52 percent believe nationalistic feelings are becoming more prominent.
A nationalistic protest held in Moscow last week underscored the growing distaste by Russians again pouring billions of rubles into the North Caucasus. Demonstrating under the slogan of "Stop Feeding the Caucasus," the nationalists insisted on halting the massive federal subsidies going to the North Caucasus where corruption reigns.
They also object to the billions of rubles going into building European-style mountain ski resorts in a region subject to continuing Islamist insurgency. As the Russians prepare for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, in the North Caucasus, there are growing demands to halt such a buildup.
With Sochi on the doorstep of the volatile Islamist region, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak expects terrorist attacks.
"We expect terrorist activity to increase the closer we get to the Sochi Olympics," Kozak told the BBC in an interview earlier this year. "That's because the terrorists want to attract as much international attention as they possibly can.
"Terrorist attacks in the North Caucasus have an international connection," he said. "Al-Qaida and Arab terrorists are involved, and our secret services have uncovered plans for more attacks."
It's this concern that is spawning the growing nationalistic calls to sever the North Caucasus from Russia proper. These southern Russian provinces primarily are Chechnya, Ingushetia, Dagestan and Kabardino-Balkaria.
However, Putin has been adamantly opposed to such a move out of concern that other ethnicities within Russia will want to carve out their piece of real estate until Russia is but a shell of its former self.
As it is, some six former Soviet republics had declared their independence with the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991.
Putin's reaction to the increasing insurgency in the predominantly Muslim-populated provinces has been to send in security service troops to go after the insurgents and put in place Moscow-controlled leadership.
"Russian nationalism is on the rise and has a potential to seriously challenge Vladimir Putin's regime," said Pavel Felgenhauer of the Washington think-tank Jamestown Foundation.
"Russian nationalism is seen as a serious threat," he said. "It runs against Putin's core imperial strategy of rebuilding a Eurasian super state, in which all former subjects of the old Soviet Union will be at home (including) Caucasians and people from Central Asia."
As G2Bulletin recently reported, Putin's major platform and what will amount to his major policy initiative once he is president is to pursue a customs-free zone of a Eurasian Union that will incorporate the former republics of the Soviet Union, including Belarus and the Ukraine.
In fact, Putin has been putting added pressure on the Ukraine in recent weeks to join the nascent customs union that now includes Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Putin's goal is to expand all this into a grand customs-free economic Eurasian Union that ultimately could rival and, at the same time, attract business from companies in the European Union.
Even sitting Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is concerned with "Russia falling apart" and has attacked the slogan by the Russian nationalists of "Stop Feeding the Caucasus."
"Our Caucasian republics are a fortress against international terrorism, strange as it may sound" and Caucasians within Russia proper "must behave themselves," Medvedev said, adding that "our strength lies in our unity and we must not allow anyone to destroy it."
"A nice slogan," Felgenhauer said, "but it is not so inspiring for a rapidly growing number of Russians."
Bro. James D Albright