Every now and then I check the news on Albania. The heads of the beasts of Daniel 7 are the modern inheritors of the historical kingdoms that tried to destroy the Jews. And there needs to be, after all, a modern inheritor of the Seleucid dynasty who ruled their part of the Hellenistic Realm, and so is also one of the four heads of the leopard, as I write about in Daniel Revisited. Albania is the candidate for this role. At a population of 3.2 million people, Albania is by far the smallest of the four Sunni nations forming the Confederacy during the Third Signpost. Only about half of all Albanians (who are all overwhelmingly Muslim) live within Albania.
There is a move afoot among some people to try to have Albania unite with Kosovo, and to return lands with Albanian majorities in Macedonia, Greece and Serbia, to Albania, forming what is called Greater Albania. If done, Albania would double in size and population. Governments will deny there is anything to the story but it is supported by many in Albania and Kosovo.
So it was a couple weeks ago that during a soccer match between Serbia and Albania that a drone buzzed the stadium in Serbia carrying a “Greater Albania” flag. This caused a riot and the game had to be suspended.
The Serbian prime minister said that “Greater Albania is not only Serbia’s nightmare, but also the nightmare of Europe and all mankind.” Serbia of course is the Christian nation that has been trying to suppress the political power of the Muslims of Albania by doing everything it could to suppress them. It was Serbia that was the power behind Yugoslavia which controlled the region for many decades during the 20th century.
Though the Albanian prime minister denied their government is pursuing any such goal, it was the prime minister’s brother that was accused of sending in the drone.
Whether Albania becomes Greater Albania first before it joins the Sunni Confederacy is unknown, but with the resurgence of Islam in many places it would not surprise me if Albania becomes twice the size it is now when it joins Turkey, Egypt and Syria. It remains to be seen if this issue is simply noise, or part of Albania’s path to the Sunni Confederacy and the Third Signpost. However, with the strong reactions displayed by Serbs and Albanians, this issue isn’t going away.