Hi John and Doves,
There are few places from bible where God has left us a clue concerning the identity of Anti Christ, where he comes from. Let's start with Daniel 9:26.
Daniel 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
"The people of the prince to come"
Many bible scholars have explained this verse already. In 70 AD, it was the Roman soldiers led by general Titus destroyed the city Jerusalem. They are "the people" of "the prince to come". "the prince to come" is the "he" who shall confirm the covenant with many in verse 27. He is recognized as the Anti Christ by many Christians and bible scholars. He wasn't there in 70 AD when Titus ransacked Jerusalem. "to come" means his appearance is in future. And God is very explicit where he shall come from. He shall come from Rome, because it was his people Roman soldiers who destroyed Jerusalem in 70 AD.
From Daniel 9:27, we learn that Anti Christ shall confirm a covenant with many nations including Israel in one week ( 7 years). But in the middle of the 7 years, he shall cause the oblation and sacrifice to cease. During the 7 years tribulation, Israel shall re-institute and restore their daily sacrifice. But Anti Christ will cause their daily sacrifice to cease. Moreover, because of his abomination, he shall also make the land of Israel desolate. Tragedy shall fall on Israel beginning in the middle of 7 years tribulation. Where else can we find this tragedy and calamity besides Daniel 9:27?
Isaiah 47:5 Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called, The lady of kingdoms.
6 I was wroth with my people, I have polluted mine inheritance, and given them into thine hand: thou didst shew them no mercy; upon the ancient hast thou very heavily laid thy yoke.
Through the prophet Isaiah, God has spoken one day He would give His people Israel and His inheritance which is the promised land to a lady of kingdoms. Not only that she will not show mercy to the Jews, she shall lay a very heavy yoke on them. This cruelty echo the act of Antichrist in Daniel 9:27, that is, to bring tragedy and calamity to the Jews in the middle of tribulation. According to Zechariah 13:8-9, 2/3 of the Jews shall be killed, while 1/3 shall be led captive all over the world. To identify this lady of kingdoms, we find some characteristic of her.
Isaiah 47:1 Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground: there is no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called tender and delicate.
The traditional interpretation is these virgin daughter of Babylon are the people from Babylon in 6 century BC. Babylon did destroy Jerusalem in 6 century BC, but they are known for their cruelty and ferocity. God calls these virgin daughter of Babylon tender and delicate from their beginning. This doesn't sound right with the cruelty of Babylonian soldiers. It is clearly understood that God has spoken a different group of people here.
2 Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover thy locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers.
3 Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen: I will take vengeance, and I will not meet thee as a man.
God sees nakedness and shame from these virgin daughters of Babylon. There is nothing shame about Babylonian soldiers in 6 century BC because it was God's purpose to give Judah to them. When God sees shame and nakedness of a group of people, most of the time God speaks of a run away religion, a cult, an apostate religion. And from verse 5 and 6, God has outlined the identity of these virgin daughters.
5 Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called, The lady of kingdoms.
Besides worshiping God and Jesus Christ, Roman Catholic church also elevates mother Mary to a co-redeemer position. She has the authority to pardon sins. This Marian worship is worldwide and has her statue in every Catholic church. RCC has billions of followers in the world, and their influence is huge, even extends to politicians, kings, and many bureaucracies. The lady of kingdoms is RCC. Mary is "the lady" in this lady of kingdoms.
Concerning why would God call RCC followers the virgin daughter of Babylon, we find the clue in Zechariah 5:5-11.
Zechariah 5:5 Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said unto me, Lift up now thine eyes, and see what is this that goeth forth. 6 And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephah that goeth forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth. 7 And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah. 8 And he said, This is wickedness. And he cast it into the midst of the ephah; and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof. 9 Then lifted I up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out two women, and the wind was in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork: and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heaven. 10 Then said I to the angel that talked with me, Whither do these bear the ephah? 11And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base.
Zechariah saw a woman move to Shinar, builds a house there, and sets there as her own base. Shinar is Babylon, modern day Iraq. God calls this woman wickedness. Woman is often referred to a church in scripture, and in this case, this woman is RCC. The reason God calls her wickedness is because RCC has become an apostate religion and has led many astray. They believe salvation is not good enough. To get saved, they have added "work" which is against Paul's teaching. They also believe in purgatory which is nonsense, because once we leave our body, we are presence with our Lord Jesus.
When RCC moves their church to Babylon, God changes their title and starts calling them the virgin daughters of Babylon. They seem tender and delicate because RCC always speaks of peace.
Concerning the timing of their move, I place the move during the first half of tribulation based on Daniel 11:28.
Now that we identify the lady of kingdoms is RCC, we can conclude that Anti Christ will come from RCC, and lays a very heavy yoke against Israelis in middle of tribulation. God has also spoken of the sin of RCC which leads to her subsequent judgment from God.
Isaiah 47:7 And thou saidst, I shall be a lady for ever: so that thou didst not lay these things to thy heart, neither didst remember the latter end of it. 8 Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children:
"I shall be a lady for ever"
This time God has changed the focus to the leader of lady of kingdoms/RCC.
AC thinks himself to be so great, and nothing can bring him down.
"I am, and none else besides me"
He thinks he is in a supreme position, and none else can sit equal as him.
"I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children"
To explain this verse, we need to know that Catholic priests practice celibacy. They don't marry nor bear any children, so that they would not suffer the loss of children, nor become a widower. But God says they shall suffer the pain as the loss of children, as a widower does, in one day.
9 But these two things shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine enchantments.
"in a moment, in one day", their judgment shall come.
What kind of judgment shall God unleash on them?
14 Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame.
God shall consume them with a fire, which occurs in a moment, in one day. We also find this judgment on the city Babylon where the whore dwells in Revelation 18.
Revelation 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. 5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. 6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. 7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. 8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.
"Therefore shall her plagues come in one day", "and she shall be utterly burned with fire".
The whore receives the same judgement from God, in one day, utterly burned with fire. This is the same judgment upon the lady of kingdoms. Basically, the whore in Revelation 17,18 "is" the lady of kingdoms in Isaiah 47. Dave Hunt used to have a book "The woman rides the beast" in which he identifies the woman as RCC.
Let's do a parallel of the sin of the woman in Revelation 17-18 and the lady of kingdoms in Isaiah 47.
Revelation 18:7 for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
This is the same sin we find in Isaiah 47:7 and 8.
Isaiah 47:7-8 I shall be a lady forever, I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children:
"I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow" In Revelation 18:7 is the same sin as "I shall be a lady forever, I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children" in Isaiah 47:7 and 8. They both point to the pride and haughtiness of the Pope from RCC.
My summary. Some Christians who go by the traditional interpretation, believe the lady of kingdoms is the Babylonian army who captured Jerusalem in 6th century BC. But when we examine the characters God has spoken regarding the lady of kingdoms, we find discrepancy between Babylonian soldiers and the virgin daughters of Babylon . We also find the same sin and same judgment on the lady of kingdoms in Isaiah 47 when we compare to the woman who rides the beast in Revelation 17,18. Isaiah 47 is a prophecy against the lady of kingdoms which is RCC. Anti Christ shall come from RCC. Together with his organization the lady of kingdoms, Anti Christ shall lay a very heavy yoke on Israel, beginning in the middle of tribulation.