I will use the King James Version and the Revised Standard versions of the Bible for my quotes. In case of discrepancy between translations, the Old Testament quotes will rely on the Greek Septuagint and the Hebrew texts not the Latin Vulgate translation. The majority of scholars, other than Catholics, agree the Vulgate is seriously flawed.
Other than these small correction there will be no arguments over pre prefixes, suffixes, root words, other meanings of root word in the original text or language. I will use the Translations as is, to Scriptural backing of my statements.
Now on to Revelation
In this study of Bible Prophecy I have chosen to start with Revelation, the prophetic book with the most varied interpretations. To understand Revelation we must first realise the date the book was written, which most agree is about 95 AD. This is important because we are told that the events described are to happen in the future. It is also important to understand Daniel. Daniel's prophecies are interwoven in Revelation. We must also pay close attention for whom this warning is written, the Churches of Asia Minor. We must also look else where in the New Testament for warnings and signs that can help us understand all that is being said.
The most important thing to understand is that it is Jesus who is revealing this information about the future.
Rev 5:3 But no one in Heaven or on Earth or beneath the Earth could
open the scroll or even look inside it.
Rev 5:5 Do not weep the lion of the tribe of Judea the root of David has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.
Rev:5:6Then I saw a Lamb that looked as if it had been slain standing in the centre of the throne.
Rev:6:1 I watched as the Lamb open the first of the seven seals.
Do not believe the many varied Human Interpretations of Revelation it is Jesus alone who can explain the symbols of Revelation and the events of the future.
Also in these verses we have the explanation of our first symbol, the Lamb and what it represents. It is Jesus.
Does Jesus tell us of the events of the future else where in scripture?
Yes he does in Matthew 24:
1: And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. 2: And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. 3: And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the age.
While his Disciples thought the destruction of the Temple would be the end of the world we know that was not the case. So in fact his disciples have asked him two separate questions.
1. When would the destruction of the Temple be?
2. What will be the signs of your coming?
Jesus answers the first question.
4And Jesus answered them, "Take heed that no one leads you astray.5For many will come in my name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and they will lead many astray. 6And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet.
Here we have a clear end to the first question and Jesus tells them that the destruction of the temple would come before the end of the age.
Jesus now answers the Second question, What will be the signs of your coming?
7For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places: 8all this is but the beginning of the birth-pangs. 9"Then they will deliver you up to tribulation, and put you to death; and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake. 10And then many will fall away, and betray one another, and hate one another. 11And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12And because wickedness is multiplied, most men's love will grow cold.13But he who endures to the end will be saved. 14And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, as a testimony to all nations; and then the end will come.
How does this compare with the future Jesus reveals in Revelation? Lets compare and see
Rev 6:1: And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. 2: And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
Jesus is depicted as coming on a white horse in Rev 19:11 however he has many crowns not one and he has a sword that comes out of his mouth not a bow in his hand. What does this Symbol mean. Is it the Catholic Church as the Catholics claim symbolising Righteousness. Or is it one of the many other fancy Human explanation of this symbol. Let us not forget it is Jesus alone who reveals, Jesus alone who knows the future.
In Matthew 24 Jesus says the first thing that will take place after his death is False Christianity followed by the destruction of the Temple.
Matt 24:-4: And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5: For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
So the white horse Jesus tells us represents False Christianity.
Rev 6:-3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. 4: And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
This Horse is Red and takes peace from the Earth does this agree with what Jesus said would happen next.
Matt 24:7: For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:
I would have to say we have a match lets continue.
Rev 6:-5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. 6: And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a days wages, and three measures of barley for a days wages; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.7: And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. 8: And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
These two horses seem to be quite obvious in there meaning. It is agreed by most Bible scholars to represent famine and death due to rising prices and lack of availability of food most likely brought on by the raging wars of Nation against Nation.. It should also be noted that these wars and famine and disease only affect a fourth of the world, not the whole world.
Does this agree with what Jesus says comes next in Matt 24:
7 and there shall be famines, and pestilence, and earthquakes, in divers places.8: All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Once again we seem to have a match.
Who are these Nations and Kingdoms that are at war?
Since we know from the division of Jesus' answer to the disciples, that this is after the fall of Judea in 70AD. We know that one of these Nations or Kingdoms is Rome. These verses speak of the disintegration and fall of the Roman Empire and the ensuing natural disasters, famine and disease that would bring death and the Dark ages.
Lets continue on in Revelation
Rev 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: 10: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? 11: And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
What does Jesus say happens next in Matt24:
Matt 24:9: Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and you shall be hated in all nations because of me.
Once again we have a match
Here Jesus moves through the main events that will lead to his return many hundreds of years in the future. Revelation clearly shows in these passages that this is the Fall of Rome, as the Saints killed by the Pagans are told to wait until more that speak their same testimony, are to be killed.
Now go back to Revelation 6:9 where Jesus describes the saints and their testimony in more detail. Here is depicted the souls of all who have been killed because of the word of God and their testimony they had maintained. What is the word of God? Is it the Old Testament, is it the New Testament? Who are these souls that are given white robes to wear? And who martyred them? And when? And what was their testimony?
Lets examine what Jesus tells us else where in Revelation to find the explanation of these symbols.
First notice that the saints are told that there are others who were yet to be killed for the word of God and their testimony, as they had been. We find these others in Revelation 7:
9: After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindred, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
Here comes Jesus' explanation Rev7:13
13: And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these, which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? 14: And I said unto him, Sir, you know. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.15: Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple
Two things are clear here, first that this is taking place after the First Resurrection because unlike the first group of souls killed for the word of God and their testimony under the alter in Rev6:9, these souls are before the throne of God, in the Kingdom of God, they have been killed in the Great Tribulation and have been risen for the wedding feast. The other thing that is clear is that these people are from every Tribe, Nation, and Tongue, they are not just from the Twelve Tribes of Israel.
This persecution is described in Rev12
17: And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
It continues in Rev 13:
7: And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all Tribes, and nations and tongues,. 8: And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. 9: If any man have an ear, let him hear.10:If anyone is to go into captivity into captivity he shall go: If anyone is to be killed with the sword with the sword he must be killed. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
Here we are told something else about these people. They are the Saints and they will be killed.
Rev 14 tells us more about these people
12 This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints: those that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
We are also told that their Testimony is the Testimony of Jesus Christ. We are told that the Testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy in Rev 19:
10: And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, do not do it: I am but a fellows servant, with your brothers that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
Now we know what their testimony was, it is was prophecy, this provides us with a keen insight into what these people of the great tribulation are killed for it is for their understanding of prophecy and for keeping the Ten Commandments (ie: the word of God)
Once again Jesus has explained in full his own symbols. Next Jesus gives us a very important look inside mainstream Christianity at this time.
Matt24:10 At that time many shall turn away from the faith, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11: And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12: And because wickedness multiplies, the love of most shall go cold.
Jesus plainly tells us that at the time of the decay of Rome and the persecution by the Pagans, Christians will start to fight amongst themselves and will HATE one another and that the Love and Patience that Christians are known for will turn cold. Although Jesus does not give us a date we can look in history for the change in the church that Jesus describes. History shows that the 4th century CA 302 -395 these events begin to unfold in the Church. The various Latin and Greek factions using the Power of Imperial favour to instigate wars and persecutions against the others believers. The process started with Constantine 325AD and continued for almost 200yrs. With the two sides gaining and losing control over the doctrine taught with successive wars that left hundreds of thousands dead. The next verse again confirms that the saints lose their lives but gain eternal life.
13: But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 14: And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
What is this Gospel that is preached to the whole world? Is it the Gospel that is taught today the gospel of Jesus life? It is hard to see Jesus saying "this Gospel" meaning the Gospel of his life and deeds. Jesus meant the Gospel that he Taught. What does scripture tell us about his Gospel?
Matthew4:17: From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the Kingdom of God is at hand.
Matthew 10:7 And as you go, preach, saying, The Kingdom of God is at hand.
Matthew 13:18: Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.19 When any one hears the message of the kingdom.
Matthew 13:24 : Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field
Matthew 13:31:Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:
This continues on in verse 44, 45, 47, then again in chapter 20:1, 21:43, 22:2
It is quite clear that Jesus Gospel was that the Kingdom of God was at hand, and was unfolding just as the prophets had said it would.
Jesus then goes on to tells us that this is the time of the Great Persecution and to describe in more detail the events of the Great Persecution. He tells us that people will say that Jesus has returned and is in the inner rooms, that prophecy is finally fulfilled. Now we see why Peter tells us to pay attention to prophecy in 2Peter 2:19 and the importance of the Prophetic word. I can not stress how important understanding prophecy is. Most churches ignore prophecy as impossible to understand. It is only impossible to understand if you refuse to except the word as it is. Centuries of erroneous teachings have hardened their hearts to the obvious truth. Since we know what the testimony of the Saints is, Prophecy, and we know that the Saints, the ones in white robes, are killed in the Great Tribulation for their keeping the ten commandments and their testimony about prophecy. Here Jesus tells us that those who are killed in the Great Tribulation are killed for refusing to believe the Anti-Christ is Jesus returned, they refuse to believe this false interpretation of prophetic scripture, which the Anti-Christ uses to convince the world that he is Christ returned. We are also told that unless God intervenes that all flesh on Earth would die, but for the Elect sake those days will be shortened. Here the saints are called the elect. Once again we know that this does not mean the Jewish people as many Christian scholars teach, because these people who come through the Great Tribulation, who wear the white robes are from every Tribe, Nation, and Tongue.
Matt 24:15 "So when you see the desolating sacrilege spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand),
21: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22: And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. 23: Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24: For there shall arise false Christ's, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; in so much that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 25: Behold, I have told you before. 26: Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the inner chambers; believe it not.27: For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Jesus goes on to talk about the signs after the great tribulation. Revelation 6 continues
12: And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; 13: And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. 14: And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 15: And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 16: And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 17: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
This matches perfectly with what Jesus say in Matthew 24:
29: Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:30: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
As we can plainly see from this text that Jesus has now returned to Earth to set up his Kingdom. He has finished answering the second question of the Apostles. We are also told that the generation that see the great persecution will not pass away before Jesus returns in his Glory.
This is what Jesus tells us the future will be, it is sure and can be trusted. Unlike the interpretations of men the word of God is sound. We do not need to guess what or who the four horsemen men are, Jesus tell us in very plain language all the events leading up to his return. Many churches teach that all these events happened in the first century AD, when Rome destroyed Jerusalem. I believe scripture has clearly shown us that this is not the truth. And that the words of God in Amos 3: are true. God has revealed all major events of history, into the future through Jesus' return, in advance as promised.
Now that Jesus has revealed the basic outline of events from his death, to his return, we can look at the rest of Prophecy and get a firm understanding of these events and what is being described. We no longer need to guess at the events of the future, Jesus has told us.
Revelation 7 through 11 describe in detail the events that will lead to the great persecution, but give greater depth of understanding than Matt 24 and Rev 6, as does revelation 13 through 16. Lets compare these events to the events of Matthew 24 were Jesus goes into greater depth about the Great Tribulation. Do they all match up.
First Matthew 24
21: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
Now Revelation 6:
11: And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
The number to be filled is those from the great persecution now Revelation 7:
4: And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were
sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children
9: After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and Tribes, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
14: And I said unto him, Sir, you know. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.15: Therefore are they before the throne of God
Who are the 144,000 of the twelve tribes of Israel, and who is the tribe of Manasseh, and why is his tribe mention here and not the tribe of Dan? We will see what scripture tells us about this curiosity latter. Here the saints are martyred, and are before the throne of God We know that these people that are harvested, are the saints, and that they have been murdered, and that they stand before the throne of God because of what Jesus tells us else where as we discussed above.
Now Revelation 13:
7: And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them.
Here in Rev 14: is the Great Persecution as it happens. These verses disprove pre Tribulation Rapture of Christians. Verse 13 states clearly these Saints of the Great Tribulation will die in the name of the Lord. The only ones who are not killed are the ones who are still alive when Jesus returns. These ones will be changed while alive into sons of God. Rev 14 continues
1: And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Zion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.
13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying, "Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord henceforth." "Blessed indeed," says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labours, for their deeds follow them!"
15: And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.
The thrusting of Jesus sickle is not a removal of living people but rather the collection of those who have died in the name of the Lord in the Great Tribulation."Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord henceforth." The sickle swing comes after they die in the name of the Lord not before. Do not fall into the understanding of men God's word is true.
These parallel prophecies allow us to move with confidence when trying to understand Revelation.
Now we continue on in Revelation 8:
7: The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up. 8: And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; 9: And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed. 10: And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; 11: And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.
First we are told that a third of the trees on the earth are burned and all the green grass then the water is turned to poison and many die from the bad water.
Now Revelation 16:
2: And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image. 3: And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea. 4: And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood. 5: And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus. 6: For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy. 7: And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments. 8: And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. 9: And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
Here we have the same events happening. While some will quickly point out that differing amounts of the Earth and sea are affected in the two verses, their claim that this proves that they are different events, at different times, does not hold up when we look at the next verses in both sections. We continue with Revelation 9:
13: And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14: Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. 15: And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. 16: And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.
Now look at Revelation 16
12: And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.
We see that in both time lines the next event is the massive army coming over the dried up Euphrates river.
Now back to Revelation 10:
7: But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
15: And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
Gods Kingdom is set up on Earth.
Now Revelation 16:
17: And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.
Once again God's Kingdom set up on Earth
Revelation 7 through 11 and Revelation 13 through 16 describe the same main events in the same order but tell the events from different perspectives. While Revelation 7-11 speaks from a heavenly level. Revelation 13-16 speaks on an earthly level. So while revelation 9:10 talks of how the Fallen Angel known as the Destroyer is released on the Earth and torments men five months with war and with grievous pain that they should long for death. Revelation 16 tells us what physical events actually happen to the people alive at this time. While the fourth Trumpet says 1/3 of the Sun moon and stars will turn dark, the fourth Bowl says people on Earth will be scorch by the sun.
How can these two events be the same you ask?
Sun spots storms cause the sun to put out less visible light but increase harmful radiation by a thousand fold. So while there is less light there is more heat (radiation). If 1/3 of the sun went sunspot storm, the effects on Earth would be absolutely devastating.
Rev 9:10: And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. 11: And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.
Who is this Angel from the bottomless pit? We shall have scripture explain him latter in this examination Revelation 9;
20: And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: 21: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.
Here we get a startling look at the evil and the sins these people who worship the Beast and its image are guilty of. They claim that their statues can perform human feats such as seeing and hearing or even moving. Ask your self this, are there any Christians around today that have statues in their churches that they claim perform human activities such as described above. While the meaning of murders, fortification and theft is obvious, what are the sorcery's that they are guilty of. While many Christians scholars teach that this is a return to pagan worship and drug use. Paul tells us in plain language that Satan is clever disguising himself as an Angel of Light not as a pagan sinner. Jesus tells us that it is False Christianity to watch out for, not paganism. To further this point, the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of Prophecy. The whole purpose of sorcery is to predict the future. Could it be any clearer, this is false prophets and prophecies or a distortion of Jesus' testimony about prophecy. This is a distortion or a misunderstood version of Jesus' teachings on prophecy (ie the book of Revelation).
In Revelation 8 (the heavenly version) after the water is turned bitter A third of the world is plunged into darkness. We are told in Revelation 16 (the earthly version) after the water is made bitter the Kingdom of the Beast falls into darkness. These verses disprove those who say that the Beasts Kingdom will control the Whole Earth. These parallel Scripture tells us that his Kingdom only controls one third of the Earth, but people every where will worship his false religious system.
Rev 8:12 And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.
Rev16:10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was plunged into darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, 11: And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.
These are not Pagans, they are Christians. Pagans don't Blaspheme the one True God only Christians and Jews do that. Heathens only know their false Gods, and we know that this is a Gentile Kingdom, so these people of the Beasts Kingdom consider themselves Gentile Christians.
There are many proofs that the Anti-Christ's Kingdom thinks itself Christian. Jesus tells us not to believe he is in the inner rooms, who but a Christian would even care where he was? Why would the followers of the Anti Christ be Pagans if they actually believe the Anti- Christ is Jesus returned, if you believe in Jesus you're a Christian not a Pagan. Only Christians await Jesus' return not Pagans. Paul tells us that like Satan's workers, who disguise themselves as disciples of Christ, it should be no big surprise that Satan disguises himself as Jesus.