The USSR used to have 15 member states. Its successor, the CIS, the Commonwealth of Independent States (see www.Wikipedia.com), now has 9 member states and 1 unofficial associate member state, Turkmenistan. Ukraine is de facto participating but officially is not a member state. It is moving towards the EU and the US.
I am convinced that the CIS is the 10-nation empire out of which the Jewish Antichrist will come. The Bible refers to this 10-nation empire in Daniel and Revelation. As added evidence for this, I just noticed on the Wikipedia article that the CIS flag and emblem both have 10 parts: a white body (Belarus?) with 8 arms (8 states that signed on December 21, 1991?) and a yellow head (Russia?). Very interesting.
(07/01/15 Addendum: Now that Russia has seized part of Ukraine, Crimea, and may seize more, you can be sure that whatever part has been seized will become an official member state of the CIS. That will make 10 official member states. Turkmenistan continues to be an unofficial associate member state. So, the Jewish Antichrist's 10-nation empire is essentially on the scene!)
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