The scoffers will be New Testament believers in Christ. For no atheist would claim the "beginning of the creation." They are into evolution. And they would never claim the church fathers, (who taught the 2nd coming), as their fathers.
Yuuup! Things are going to get much worse for Christians. And many Christians will become scoffers. In fact, many Christians are a part of the harlot of Revelation. For God says, "Come out of her, MY PEOPLE, least you be partakers of her sins." Many Christians are so blind they don't recognize the harlot, selling herself and accumulating earthly wealth and political clout. When did Paul have to beg Christians to give him money so he could continue his ministry???? If God calls one to the ministry, can't He pay the fare????? And what disciple or apostle built such a wealthy estate with his preaching and selling religious trinkets and idols that he handed it down to his son to hold the wealth and continue to preach-- such as John Hagee, and Billy Graham?????
By the way, Daniel's beast was fulfilled with Jesus' first coming. There was no break at the ankle of Daniel's beast with a 2,000 year gap. There is not going to be a Revived Roman Empire. Jesus was the stone carved out of Mt. Zion not carved by man's hands when dashed against Decapolis (ten city/district) which had so much power they minted their own coins and were so pagan they were in conflict with the Israelites (the clay). This was the principal area Jesus preached. After this Stone dashed on the toes, Daniel's beast crumbled. That's the end of Daniel's beast. The EU was not begun in Rome. It is not now headquartered in Rome, and there are not 10 principal nations which are running that thing. In fact, they are likely to go bankrupt like Greece which is also a member of the EU.
I think it more likely to be Germany to watch, (not Russia), which will be the beast that had a mortal wound to the head and came back to life. WWII was supposed to have killed it dead. But Germany seems to be coming back to life. Same goes for the Islamic religion. It seemed to be dead after Queen Isabella defeated the Turks in 1400's. But it has come back to life. And watch the beast/empire with two horns like a lamb. That can be none other than a confederacy of United States and Israel. The two horns being the Judeo/Christian religion. The number of it name is 666. UNITED=6; STATES=6; ISRAEL=6. It brings fire down from heaven in the sight of men. That has already happened. The atomic bomb..... It didn't go up from earth on a rocket. It came down from heaven from an airplane.
God bless us all is my prayer.