Babylon the Great (or Mystery Babylon) is an end time topic that many like to talk about. Those of you who are new to Bible prophecy may wonder what Mystery Babylon is and what is so mysterious about it.
In this article, we will look at three important aspects of Mystery Babylon:
- The role Mystery Babylon will play during the end times
- The “mystery” of Mystery Babylon.
- The downfall of Mystery Babylon.
The End Time Role of Mystery Babylon
Introducing Mystery Babylon
Revelation 17:1 introduces us to a harlot (later identified as Babylon the Great in Revelation 17:5) who sits on many waters:
“And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:” (Revelation 17:1)
Revelation 17:15 suggests that the harlot rules over every group on Earth as it sits over: “peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues”:
“And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.” (Revelation 17:15)
Revelation 17:18 gives us more insight about the harlot’s position in the world. The verse tells us that the harlot is a “great city”, which rules over the kings of the earth:
“And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.” (Revelation 17:18)
We can conclude from these details that Mystery Babylon will be a very important location in the world during the end times. However, you may be curious about how Mystery Babylon uses her power to influence the nations of the earth. We will look at that next.
Mystery Babylon & the Beast
Revelation 17:3 tells us that the harlot sits on a beast (representing the Antichrist). Revelation 17:7 tells us that the beast carries the harlot:
“So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.” (Revelation 17:3)
And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.” (Revelation 17:7)
This indicates there’s some degree of accord between them. The accord suggests that the harlot may work on behalf of the beast and that the beast may help to sustain the harlot’s power.
The harlot most likely will tempt people to worship the beast and to encourage people to persecute the beast’s (Antichrist’s) enemies. For instance, Revelation 17:6 tells us that the harlot will be drunk with the “blood of the saints” and “with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus”:
“And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.” (Revelation 17:6)
This verse suggests that the harlot is at least willing to go along with the beast’s desire to kill his enemies.
Mystery Babylon Corrupts the World
Revelation 17:2 and Revelation 18:3 tell us that the harlot will commit “fornication” with the kings of the earth:
“With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.” (Revelation 17:2)
“For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.” (Revelation 18:3)
Meanwhile, Revelation 17:2, Revelation 14:8, and Revelation 18:3 tell us that the people of the earth will be drunk from drinking the wine of harlot’s “fornication”:
“With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.” (Revelation 17:2)
“And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” (Revelation 14:8)
“For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.” (Revelation 18:3)
The detail that the kings of the earth will commit “fornication” with the harlot while the people of the earth will drink from the wine of the harlot’s “fornication” suggests that the two groups may interact with the harlot differently
The Kings of the Earth
The kings of the earth will work with the harlot/beast. The harlot will reward them well for their obedience. Revelation 18:9 suggests that the kings of the earth will greatly benefit for following the harlot/beast:
“And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,” (Revelation 18:9)
The People of Earth
The people of the earth may follow the harlot/beast because she tells them it is in their best interest to be obedient. Revelation 18:23 suggests that the harlot will deceive them:
“And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.” (Revelation 18:23)
The “fornication” between the harlot and the kings of the earth may play a role in compelling the people of the earth to follow the harlot/the beast:
- The kings of the earth (who benefit from following the harlot) may instruct their subjects to worship the beast and to persecute the beast’s enemies.
The “Mystery” of Babylon the Great
The reason many refer to Babylon the Great as “Mystery Babylon” is that the word “mystery” appears in its title in Revelation 17:5:
“And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” (Revelation 17:5)
I will explain what the significance of the word “mystery” is in this section.
“Mystery” in Revelation 17:5
The Greek word for “mystery” in Revelation 17:5 is “mustērion”.
- Easton’s Bible Dictionary defines a “mystery” as “a truth undiscoverable except by revelation, long hid, now made manifest”.
1c1b) a hidden purpose or counsel of God: the secret counsels which govern God in dealing with the righteous, which are hidden from ungodly and wicked men but plain to the godly.
I shared these definitions because they are not what we often think of when we think of the word “mystery”. We often think of a mystery as an enigma that is difficult to solve (i.e. a crime mystery).
However, the definitions above seem to fit how the word is used in several New Testament passages. For example, Christ told His disciples they have would be able to understand the mysteries of the kingdom of God. He added that others would not understand even though they hear the same words:
“(9) And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? (10) And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.” (Luke 8:9-10)
1 Corinthians 2:7-10 also conveys the idea that mysteries are made known to certain people:
“(7) But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: (8) Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. (9) But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (10) But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:7-10)
The idea that mysteries are truths revealed to certain people is also found in Romans 16:25-27 and Colossians 1:25-28.
Also consider Revelation 1:20. The word “mystery” appears in relation to the seven stars and seven candlesticks in the first half of the verse. In the second half of the verse, Christ explains their meaning:
“The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.” (Revelation 1:20)
Thus, we can view a “mystery” as a hidden truth that’s revealed to those receptive to God’s words.
Also consider the harlot is not called “Mystery Babylon the Great” anywhere else in the Book of Revelation. In contrast, the terms Babylon the Great, great Babylon, Babylon, and Babylon the great city appear.
- This fact suggests that the word “mystery” is unlikely a key part of the harlot’s name (i.e. a way to signal that Babylon’s location is symbolic).
The Way to Tell a Place Is Symbolic
The way to signify that a place is symbolic in the Book of Revelation is shown in verse 11:8. The word “spiritually” (Greek: pneumatikōs) alerts readers that Sodom and Egypt represent a great city where the Lord was crucified (Jerusalem):
“And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.” (Revelation 11:8)
Recall that the Greek word for “mystery” in Revelation 17:5 is mustērion, so it is not the word used in Revelation to signify that a place is symbolic. Therefore, the word “mystery” is not a reason to dismiss Babylon, Iraq as a candidate to be Babylon the Great.
Given all of this, the word “mystery” is not a key part of the harlot’s name. Instead, it is a word that tells us that information about the harlot is coming.
What is the “Mystery” of Babylon the Great?
The angel who was with John told him he would reveal the mystery of the woman, Babylon the Great (or Mystery Babylon):
“And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.” (Revelation 17:7)
Revelation 17:8-14 describes the mystery of the beast that rides the harlot. Meanwhile, Revelation 17:15-18 explains the mystery aspect of Babylon the Great:
“(15) And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. (16) And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. (17) For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. (18) And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.” (Revelation 17:15-18)
The “mystery” is no longer a mystery after the angel’s words. The woman represents a great city that has a key place among nations, multitudes, peoples, and tongues & rules over the kings of the earth.
The Downfall of Babylon the Great
Some believe that Babylon the Great will face two judgments during the end times. However, the Bible shows that Babylon the Great will only face one end time judgment. We will look at the evidence in this section.
The Alliance of the Antichrist & the Ten Kings
One major reason why Babylon the Great will face only one judgment is the nature of the alliance between the Antichrist (the beast) and the ten kings that will work with him.
Revelation 17:16-17 tells us that the ten kings will agree to surrender their power to the beast “until the words of God shall be fulfilled”. This applies to the fulfillment of the ten king’s move to desolate Babylon the Great and destroy her with fire:
“(16) And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. (17) For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.” (Revelation 17:16-17)
The demise of Babylon the Great will fulfill God’s words. This implies that the ten kings may no longer be willing to lend their power to the beast when this happens. The alliance between the Antichrist and the ten kings may fracture at that time.
Consequently, a move to attack Babylon the Great could result in Antichrist’s control over the earth to cease. He may no longer have the support of the ten kings who surrender their power to him.
However, Revelation 13:5 and Daniel 7:25 suggest that the Antichrist’s empire will dominate the world for 42 months; basically, until the end of the tribulation.
Therefore, an attack on Babylon the Great cannot take place until the end of tribulation at the earliest. The reason is that the Antichrist needs his alliance to remain intact to maintain control of Earth during the 42 months his global empire is appointed.
Babylon & the Seventh Vial Judgment
Jeremiah 50 and Jeremiah 51 describe only one attack on Babylon after the pouring of the seventh vial or (seventh bowl) judgment. We can see this by comparing the passages below.
- Jeremiah 50 and Jeremiah 51, including verse 51:9, can be linked together through common details.
- The attack on Babylon described in Jeremiah 51 can be linked to Revelation 18 through a common detail shared by Revelation 18:5 and Jeremiah 51:9: the sins of Babylon reach unto heaven.
- Revelation 18:4-5 (verse 4 relates to verse 5 with the word “for” [gar]) can be linked to the seventh bowl judgment. Verse 18:5 shares a common detail with Revelation 16:19 about how God will remember Babylon the Great’s iniquities.
Figure 1 shows the relationship between the verses I’ve just referred to.
Figure 1: Babylon Faces Only One Attack
- Reached to Heaven
- Remembrance before God
- Leave Babylon
- Repay Babylon
Revelation 16:17-19: (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. (18) And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. (19) And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
Revelation 18:4-6: (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.
Jeremiah 50:15-16: (15) Shout against her round about: she hath given her hand: her foundations are fallen, her walls are thrown down: for it is the vengeance of the LORD: take vengeance upon her; as she hath done, do unto her. (16) Cut off the sower from Babylon, and him that handleth the sickle in the time of harvest: for fear of the oppressing sword they shall turn every one to his people, and they shall flee every one to his own land.
Jeremiah 51:9 We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed: forsake her, and let us go every one into his own country: for her judgment reacheth unto heaven, and is lifted up even to the skies.
Other details point to only one attack on Babylon around the pouring of the seventh bowl judgment. I will discuss these details next.
People Flee Just Before God’s Vengeance
One of the most striking aspects of the attack on Babylon is the call for God’s people to flee from Babylon. Several prophets and Revelation cover the flight of people from Babylon.
“Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the LORD’S vengeance; he will render unto her a recompence.” (Jeremiah 51:6)
“Go ye forth of Babylon, flee ye from the Chaldeans, with a voice of singing declare ye, tell this, utter it even to the end of the earth; say ye, The LORD hath redeemed his servant Jacob.” (Isaiah 48:20)
“(6) Ho, ho, come forth, and flee from the land of the north, saith the LORD: for I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the heaven, saith the LORD. (7) Deliver thyself, O Zion, that dwellest with the daughter of Babylon. (8) For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.” (Zechariah 2:6-8)
“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.” (Revelation 18.4)
The reason God’s tells His people to flee from Babylon is that its demise is coming. Isaiah and the Jeremiah describe the attack on Babylon as an act of God’s vengeance or fierce anger.
“(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.” (Isaiah 47:2-3)
“(5) For Israel hath not been forsaken, nor Judah of his God, of the LORD of hosts; though their land was filled with sin against the Holy One of Israel. (6) Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the LORD’S vengeance; he will render unto her a recompence.” (Jeremiah 51:5-6)
“My people, go ye out of the midst of her, and deliver ye every man his soul from the fierce anger of the LORD.” (Jeremiah 51:45)
This suggests that the destruction of Babylon relates to the pouring of the seventh bowl judgment since the seventh bowl judgment will bring God’s wrath on Babylon.
Attackers Deliver God’s Wrath to Babylon the Great
The wrath of God will be given to Babylon the Great by a coalition of forces that will invade her under the command of the ten kings (Revelation 17:16). This coalition will devastate her to the point she becomes like Sodom and Gomorrah.
The verses in Figure 2 describe how the attackers will overwhelm Babylon the Great.
Figure 2: Attackers Deliver God’s Wrath to Babylon
- Sodom & Gomorrah
- The Attackers
Jeremiah 50:9-10, 13-14: (9) For, lo, I will raise and cause to come up against Babylon an assembly of great nations from the north country: and they shall set themselves in array against her; from thence she shall be taken: their arrows shall be as of a mighty expert man; none shall return in vain. (10) And Chaldea shall be a spoil: all that spoil her shall be satisfied, saith the LORD. […] (13) Because of the wrath of the LORD it shall not be inhabited, but it shall be wholly desolate: every one that goeth by Babylon shall be astonished, and hiss at all her plagues. (14) Put yourselves in array against Babylon round about: all ye that bend the bow, shoot at her, spare no arrows: for she hath sinned against the LORD.
Isaiah 13:17-22: (17) Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it. (18) Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eye shall not spare children. (19) And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees’ excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. (20) It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there. (21) But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there. (22) And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and dragons in their pleasant palaces: and her time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged.
Jeremiah 50:40-43: (40) As God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighbour cities thereof, saith the LORD; so shall no man abide there, neither shall any son of man dwell therein. (41) Behold, a people shall come from the north, and a great nation, and many kings shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth. (42) They shall hold the bow and the lance: they are cruel, and will not shew mercy: their voice shall roar like the sea, and they shall ride upon horses, every one put in array, like a man to the battle, against thee, O daughter of Babylon. (43) The king of Babylon hath heard the report of them, and his hands waxed feeble: anguish took hold of him, and pangs as of a woman in travail.
The nations that will invade Babylon the Great will also plunder her according to:
- Jeremiah 50:26-27
- Habakkuk 2:6-8
- Revelation 17:16
The Lord Pleads for the Cause of Zion
We can also see that the attack on Babylon the Great will come in the latter part of the end times by noting that Babylon’s demise will come when the Lord will plead for the cause of Zion:
“(35) The violence done to me and to my flesh be upon Babylon, shall the inhabitant of Zion say; and my blood upon the inhabitants of Chaldea, shall Jerusalem say. (36) Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will plead thy cause, and take vengeance for thee; and I will dry up her sea, and make her springs dry. (37) And Babylon shall become heaps, a dwellingplace for dragons, an astonishment, and an hissing, without an inhabitant.” (Jeremiah 51:35-37)
Isaiah 34 suggests this period (the “year of recompences for the controversy of Zion”) is part of the “day of vengeance” portion of the Day of the Lord. Isaiah 13 also suggests that the demise of Babylon will take place during the Day of the Lord:
“For it is the day of the LORD’S vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion.” (Isaiah 34:8)
“(1) The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see. […] (6) Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty. […] (9) Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.” (Isaiah 13:1, 6, 9)
Moreover, Jeremiah 50 suggests that the attack on Babylon the Great will take place when the process to redeem the people of Israel will be underway during the Day of the Lord.
“(4) In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the LORD their God. (5) They shall ask the way to Zion with their faces thitherward, saying, Come, and let us join ourselves to the LORD in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten…(20) In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found: for I will pardon them whom I reserve.” (Jeremiah 50:4-5, 20)
The placing of the attack on Babylon the Great in the latter part of the end times is key since it greatly reduces the chances of there being two attacks on Babylon the Great. There’s no time for the two attacks to take place.
Preserving the Element of Surprise in One Attack
Revelation 18:1-2 includes the statement “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen”. This statement makes some think that Babylon will decline in power before her demise:
“(1) And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. (2) And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.” (Revelation 18:1-2)
However, the fact that Babylon the Great has the arrogant attitude that it shall not sorrow, will never be a widow, and shall not lose children (Jeremiah 50:29-30, Revelation 18:7, and Isaiah 47:8) in an end time context indicates she has not been attacked before her demise (see Figure 3).
Babylon the Great would not have this arrogant attitude before her demise if Revelation 18:1-2 relates to a past decline in power. She would already suffer a loss of children and would have been humbled:
Figure 3: Babylon Is Arrogant Before Her Destruction
- The Lord Judges
- Plagues in One Day
Jeremiah 50:29-31: (29) Call together the archers against Babylon: all ye that bend the bow, camp against it round about; let none thereof escape: recompense her according to her work; according to all that she hath done, do unto her: for she hath been proud against the LORD, against the Holy One of Israel. (30) Therefore shall her young men fall in the streets, and all her men of war shall be cut off in that day, saith the LORD. (31) Behold, I am against thee, O thou most proud, saith the Lord GOD of hosts: for thy day is come, the time that I will visit thee.
Isaiah 47:7-10: (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: (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. (10) For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me.
Revelation 18:7-8: (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.
Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Revelation each describe the downfall of Babylon the Great as a sudden event that surprises the world, including the Antichrist (the end time king of Babylon).
The passages below convey the shocking suddenness of Babylon the Great’s demise.
“(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. (10) For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me. (11) Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth: and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be able to put it off: and desolation shall come upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not know.” (Isaiah 47:9-11)
“(23) How is the hammer of the whole earth cut asunder and broken! how is Babylon become a desolation among the nations! (24) I have laid a snare for thee, and thou art also taken, O Babylon, and thou wast not aware: thou art found, and also caught, because thou hast striven against the LORD. (25) The LORD hath opened his armoury, and hath brought forth the weapons of his indignation: for this is the work of the Lord GOD of hosts in the land of the Chaldeans.” (Jeremiah 50:23-25)
“(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…(10) Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.” (Revelation 18:7-8, 10)
The sudden destruction of Babylon the Great suggests that only one attack will take place instead of two attacks. The element of surprise would not exist if she is subject to two attacks.
Babylon’s Fall Results in Its Ruin
Babylon the Great’s end time judgment results in her ruin. We can see in Figure 4 that the references to Babylon the Great’s downfall in Revelation 18:2 and in Revelation 14:8 relate to the time when God’s people will flee from the imminent pouring of God’s wrath on her.
Revelation 18:2-3, Jeremiah 51:6-9, and Revelation 14:8 each suggests that a key reason why Babylon will fall is that she made the nations of the earth drunk with her wine.
- This common detail suggests that each passage is talking about the same event.
- The relationship between these passages is key as Jeremiah 51:6-9 becomes a passage that gives context to the event described by the other passages.
- Jeremiah 51:6 mentions that the Lord’s people will flee from Babylon before God’s vengeance arrives in Babylon while verses 8-9 suggests that Babylon’s fall is swift and brutal.
Figure 4: Babylon’s Fall Results in Its Ruin
- Made the Nations Drunk with Her Wine
- Babylon Is Fallen
Revelation 18:2-3: (2) And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. (3) For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
Jeremiah 51:6-9: (6) Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the LORD’S vengeance; he will render unto her a recompence. (7) Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD’S hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad. (8) Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed. (9) We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed: forsake her, and let us go every one into his own country: for her judgment reacheth unto heaven, and is lifted up even to the skies.
Revelation 14:8: And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
Unsurprisingly, Isaiah 21 links the fall of Babylon the Great to the attack of the nations who will plunder Babylon the Great and destroy her:
“(1) The burden of the desert of the sea. As whirlwinds in the south pass through; so it cometh from the desert, from a terrible land. (2) A grievous vision is declared unto me; the treacherous dealer dealeth treacherously, and the spoiler spoileth. Go up, O Elam: besiege, O Media; all the sighing thereof have I made to cease. (3) Therefore are my loins filled with pain: pangs have taken hold upon me, as the pangs of a woman that travaileth: I was bowed down at the hearing of it; I was dismayed at the seeing of it…(9) And, behold, here cometh a chariot of men, with a couple of horsemen. And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground. (10) O my threshing, and the corn of my floor: that which I have heard of the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, have I declared unto you.” (Isaiah 21:1-3, 9-10)
Babylon the Great will be the most powerful city of the end times. The Antichrist will help Babylon the Great gain this position and she will help advance his agenda.
Babylon the Great will be held responsible for deceiving the world and for the killing of the saints during the end times. Her downfall will come after the pouring of the seventh bowl judgment when God will judge her.
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- Easton, M.G. “Mystery”. Easton’s Bible Dictionary. Thomas Nelson: 1897. ↩
- G3466 Thayer’s Greek Definitions. ↩
- Jeremiah 50:8 and Jeremiah 51:45 also call the people of Israel to flee from Babylon. ↩
- Jeremiah 50:13-15, 24-25, 28 and Isaiah 13:3-6 also link the destruction of Babylon the Great to an act of God’s vengeance. ↩
- Isaiah 47:9-11 and Jeremiah 50:26, 51:1-4, 25-26, 29, 36-39, 43-45 also describe how the attackers will overwhelm Babylon the Great. ↩
- Jeremiah 50:10, 37, 51:48, 53, 55-56 also indicate that the invading nations will plunder Babylon the Great. ↩
- Jeremiah 50:33-34, 51:24 also link the destruction of Babylon to the time when the Lord will plead for the cause of Zion. ↩
- Jeremiah 50:40-43, 46, 51:8, 12, 41 also captures the suddenness of Babylon the Great’s destruction. ↩
You commented that, “We can conclude from these details that Mystery Babylon will be a very important location in the world during the end times.” In wrapping up you stated, “Babylon the Great will be the most powerful city of the end times.”
This raised several questions in my mind:
If her identity is a literal location, which city has been responsible for . . .
a) Not only the blood of prophets and holy ones, but of ALL THOSE SLAUGHTERED on the earth?
Jesus made similar reference when speaking to the religious leaders of his day at Luke 11. So this entity goes back to Abel when he was killed over his sacrifice to God.
b) Re 18:23 says she misleads ALL the nations by her SORCERY (spiritism) which encompasses incantations, divination, inquiring of the dead, and such appeal to peoples spiritual desire(s). The fact that Re 18:2 tells us she has become a dwelling place of demons contributes to the identity of a religious entity (1 Cor 10:20).
c) We find the political system in the ‘kings of the earth’ and the commercial element of this world in the ‘merchants of earth’ and they mourn her destruction; where is the RELIGIOUS ELEMENT? According the Pew Research.org “worldwide, more than eight-in-ten people identify with a religious group” which in 2010 amounts to over 5.5 billion people on the earth.
I would submit Babylon the Great described in highly symbolic language is a global entity made up of a multitude of religions who have continued to prostitute themselves to the governments of the world for thousands of years in opposition to God by their actions.
Babylon the Great can be a physical location while promoting a particular religious system. I posit that it will be a system that seeks to unite all religions together while promoting worship of the Antichrist.
I believe you are confusing the declarations made by the angel(s) (I believe it is the same angel saying Babylon has fallen from 2 different perspectives.) of Babylon falling to be the same as God’s judgement on Babylon. When the angel says that “Babylon is fallen, is fallen”, he does not mean that it has literally been destroyed, he is speaking in terms of moral decay. This can be seen in Rev 18:2: “And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and IS become the HABITATION OF DEVILS, AND THE HOLD OF EVERY FOUL SPIRIT, AND A CAGE OF EVERY UNCLEAN AND HATEFUL BIRD.” Babylon’s sins have finally reached Heaven, it has spiritually fallen. The third angel follows the second angel and warns the people about the consequences of worshipping the beast and taking his mark. It is also stated another way in Rev 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. To come out of Babylon is the same as not taking the MOTB. Rev 14:12-13 says: “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed ARE THE DEAD WHICH DIE IN THE LORD from HENCEFORTH. Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.” The beast will kill those who come out of the fallen Babylon when they decide not to take the MOTB. Conclusion: Babylon spiritually falls when her sins reach to Heaven before God judges her, but judgement comes after his people are given a chance to come out of Babylon by not taking the MOTB. Those who come out are killed, they are the great multitude that come out of tribulation. Babylon spiritually falls at the beginning of the tribulation, followed by her literal destruction 42 months later..
Rev 14:8-10: And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same SHALL DRINK (future tense) of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he SHALL BE (future tense) tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
Rev 18:1-5: And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. 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. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
I view Revelation 14:8-10 as an example of prophetic perfect tense. The idea is that a future event is spoken of as if it already occurred to emphasize how certain it is to happen. It’s the equivalent of how we use italics to emphasize a key point. I believe there’s overwhelming evidence that Babylon the Great will fall once after the pouring of the 7th bowl/vial.
Has anyone given thought to the book of Daniel where he sees the vision of a lion with eagles wings? He goes on to say “as I looked, the eagles’ wings were plucked off and the lion was made to stand upright like a man. ” When Daniel said ,”and as I looked” could this not mean that he was seeing time pass by, and showing how Babylon changes to its end-time status and is divided into two nations? Today, the symbol of a lion that stands upright like a man belongs to Britain and the eagle is the symbol of the United States. When the colonies declared independence, could this not be referring being plucked off of Britain? I believe that the symbols do belong to the United States and Britain today and show that we are the end-time Babylon!
I really don’t see the U.S. maintaining its current role in the world for much longer. The country is weakening and may not have that big of role when the end times begin.
Yes the Great City is in America. America is in Bible prophecy, how could anyone not see this the church is in denial. Wayne I pray everything is alright after your fathers passing. You thought pattern is that of a minority in the body of believers, I need to share some insight with you. I have a very acute sense of discernment, might be my age almost 70 in two months. I will be reading more of your research your on target.
Thanks for reading David. I’m doing fine at the moment.
Hi Wayne, I agree with you. I think Babylon is simply Babylon. The word mystery is not part of her title. In the greek I believe it says “Behold A mystery: Babylon the Great.
Why does God say Fallen, Fallen? Why twice? Could it be because she fell once after Nebuchadnezzar and will fall a second time at the end of the age?
Perhaps also the reference to the beast’s head being killed by a sword yet lived refers to Babylon’s resurrection as the final beast?
I believe end time Babylon only falls once. I think Revelation 14’s reference to it is the Bible’s way of promising us that it’s guaranteed to fall. They didn’t have italics back in the 1st century, so they may have emphasized the certainty of an event by speaking like it already happened.
When I read this I immediately thought of America being Mystery Babylon! When it says “Cut off the sower from Babylon, and him that handleth the sickle in the time of harvest: for fear of the oppressing sword they shall turn every one to his people, and they shall flee every one to his own land.” I think this is the harvest- when we are gathered together to be taken out from the destruction. David Wilkerson has a sermon on the hour everything will change, but he says there will be a revival after the destruction of Babylon.
Please watch the 2 videos exposing Babylon the Great on the YouTube channel called “Electric Earth.” Take the time to read all the comments posted under the videos. It will be worth it!
Hi Wayne, Recently I am leaning toward Babylon itself as Babylon the Great. You may be interested to check the Greek, which translates it as “I saw “A” mystery written….Babylon the Great.”
That one little word….A…..changed my understanding. I don’t know for sure but I think its Babylon.
Also, the reference to her sins being heaped as high as heaven calls to mind the tower of Babel. The Greek word for heaped can be translated as “glued” which made me think of the slime used to glue the bricks of the tower.
The evidence for Babylon being the spot is really strong. However, people try to make it a different place because there’s not a lot on the ground at the site yet. I don’t think the underdevelopment of Babylon is an issue because Habakkuk 2 talks about Antichrist building up his city.
Good day Mr. Croley: Could it be that Mystery Babylon was called so because, at the time of reception, John did not know the specific name of the city? I do believe NYC is a great option to be called Mystery Babylon. Have you ever looked at the many waters of NYC for one example? I counted 17. Who knows if there aren’t more. Back around the destruction of the twin towers I read in Revelation 18 :2 where it says “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the Great!” I knew instantly when I read this it referred to NYC. Why? Because of the 2 “fallens”. Fallen,fallen referring to each tower that fell. 1 tower plus 1 more tower that fell.
Another thing the Statue of Liberty was built by Free Masons and presented to Free Masons as Libertais the Statue Of Enlightening the World. This is most definitely not the Light of Yeshua/Jesus but the light of satan sitting in NYC welcoming all countries to embrace our spiritual enemies welcome.
Another, NYC and the Twin towers of the world trade, with corrupt dealings going on. Why do you think Yahweh allowed the taking down of these 2 towers.
Also more corruption through Wall street…Greed magnified.
Rev. 17:15 “The waters…where the harlot sits.” Which one? They all contribute to making NYC Mystery Babylon and Babylon the Great.
Another reason NYC could fit the bill connects to Revelation 17:15. These waters house “peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues. NYC brings into it’s docks many many immigrants from many nations. Sure, so does California but California does not have the harlot of the Statue of Liberty in her waters.
With the soon fulfillment of prophecy and the new Jewish Temple being rebuilt right on the doorstep and the beginning of tribulation upon us, wouldn’t you think NYC fits all criteria to being Mystery Babylon?
Here is my article on NYC: https://www.prophecyproof.org/is-new-york-city-babylon-the-great/
Wayne says: ““Near the end of God’s wrath” for me means that Babylon the Great’s destruction takes place after a lot of events associated with God’s wrath have taken place. I currently lean towards the view that Babylon the Great is destroyed in the latter portion of the End Times”.
I’m inclined to believe that the destruction of Babylon the Great will occur a bit sooner then that, perhaps at the very beginning of God’s wrath or right before during the latter part of the Great Tribulation Why? Because Revelation 18 teaches us that there will be great mourning over her by the merchants of the Earth who were made rich off of her and drunk of her fornications.
If God’s wrath is anywhere near as bad scripture says it will be, I don’t think anyone is going to be “standing off from afar” and worrying over Babylon the Great as 100 pound hailstones come tumbling down upon them. I think they will be too busy hiding in the mountains and trying to save their own skins.
I’m also inclined to believe that the Babylon the Great spoken of in Revelation very well could be the USA. That would account for the “mystery” part of the title as the Apostle John couldn’t have possibly known about the undiscovered continent of America. There is no nation on Earth at this present time that fits the role of Babylon the Great better then the USA. It could be that the USA was indeed mentioned in prophecy all along but few have recognized it, or were in denial and didn’t want to recognize it. I could be wrong, I hope I’m wrong, but nothing else makes better sense at this present time.
Chris you are in my opinion, very insightful. I remember the first time I read Revelation 17:5 “And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”
And all of the descriptives assigned to her, as I read it, as a teenager. My conclusion was the same as yours. It has America written all over it.
Take note above: (MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT) The comma between the word mystery, and Babylon. I wouldn’t place to much emphasis on the title as the title is just that: A Descriptive in itself. I personally think mystery is part of the whole title, and it is just set off by the comma, to accentuate the significance, that it is indeed a mystery to be revealed by revelation, at a time when God decides to reveal it, and the Whole Title is just a descriptive, of the yet unnamed entity, nation, city, etc… in question. Remember God telling Daniel this, pertaining to end times?
Daniel 12:10 “Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.”
For it is written, Proverbs 28:5 “Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.”
So: If America is indeed GREAT MYSTERY BABYLON, then why would it be referred to as a Great City? Interestingly enough remember 911? There was a little church, called Saint Paul’s Chapel, directly located in the vicinity of the collapse of both towers, that miraculously survived. Do the research on it. I find it remarkably fascinating and I personally believe the preservation of it ( The Little Church) and the (Cross) protruding up from the pile of carnage that was left by the two twin towers collapse, was indeed a warning to America to repent. Here is just an insert from the articles etc…. (St. Paul’s is the site, where on April 30, 1789, that George Washington attended service immediately after taking his oath of office at Federal Hall.) Last time I checked New York City is classified a Great City by world standards.
Within the last 5 years, or so, I have also read this Judgment on Babylon given to Isaiah. (Isaiah Chapter 47) I say it also has America written all over it. So is all America doomed? God gave us Trump as a reprieve for some reason. ( So walk in wisdom toward those that are without; Redeeming the time, for the days are indeed evil.) God always has a remnant. Remember the Word of The LORD saying this to us,
2 Thessalonians 2:7-8 “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:”
Which most scholars agree is the rapture of the Bride of Christ also mentioned in 2 Thessalonians 2. Interestingly enough pertaining to the rapture, or being taken away, or caught up to meet Him in the clouds, or (Come Up Hither) etc… pertaining to ((MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT)
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.”
Revelation 18:23 “And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.”
Have a great week. God Bless
I agree, USA fits the description and NY the harlot.
St. Matthew 24 holds a lot.
Matthew 24:15 point to Daniel.(whoso readeth, let him understand:)
Babylon and The Great Harlot are two different entities. The Harlot is All False Religion, and is judged by God in Rev. 17 and destroyed. Then Babylon is destroyed in Rev. 18, it represents the World Government/Beast System that tries to govern without God. Thus Babylon is the world being Destroyed by Gods Judgments Seals/Trumps/Vials and she is burning and her commerce is destroyed.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts again Fount. I will consider the points you’ve made when I do write about the timing of Babylon the Great’s destruction.
I am wondering if Babylon could be china, it has 172 ports, is up there in the world of top trades and china has persecuted so many Christians in its history. It also has a muslim population. would like your thoughts on this please.
Also North Korea could be a suspect has 6 ports and muslim population. Or Russia is has 105 ports and muslim population North Korea and Russia have persecuted Christians and Jews. Would like your thoughts on this please? thanks
I’ll be looking forward to it my brother!
My research shows that the destruction of Babylon certainly occurs during the last days. We have two indicators of when during those terrible days that the actual destruction occurs.
The first is the second angel of Revelation 14:8 “And another angel, a second followed, saying, Is fallen, is fallen Babylon the great; because she has given all the nations to drink of the wine of the wrath of her harlotry.” This is one of the three angels that will ensure that the gospel of Jesus will be preached to the entire world – every single person – before the “rapture”. (These three angels appear in Rev. 14:6-13.) Then the next verses – Revelation 14:14-16 – are another point of view of the 7th trumpet – the rapture of the church! This means that Babylon’s destruction will be seen by all on earth – before the Christians are removed before the wrath of God.
The second indicator comes from Revelation chapter 18 – with this entire chapter being about the fall of Babylon. This is a flashback chapter (meaning it is recounting the details of an earlier event) provided to us as part of the explanation of why the final defeat of the anti-Christ must come about (which is detailed in the next chapter – 19). In the details of chapter 18 God calls for His people to come out of her (v. 4) – again confirming we have a pre rapture destruction of Babylon. But maybe even more telling we see in mourning for her fall in verse 8 and later more mourning from a different group in verse 15. When the final destruction of the kingdom of the anti-Christ comes (again in the next chapter) there will be no evil people left on earth to mourn – they will all be killed (19:21). So this mourning is a clear indicator that Babylon falls relatively early in the end times sequence (before they start worrying about their own consequences that will fall upon them during the wrath of God phase).
Too much to get into exactly why here – but the destruction will be towards the early end of the last days – specifically after the creation and confirming of the seven year treaty that Daniel speaks of in Daniel 9:27. The destruction of Babylon can then clearly be seen as a part of a wider rejection of that convenant of the anti-Christ by God himself.
“Near the end of God’s wrath” for me means that Babylon the Great’s destruction takes place after a lot of events associated with God’s wrath have taken place. I currently lean towards the view that Babylon the Great is destroyed in the latter portion of the End Times.
Whats up Andrew? Interesting theory you have about the MOB. So from what I understand your saying that brands that we know today is the fulfillment of the MOB? If you can clarify your position I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.
Praise God for confirming His word my friend! I agree with the majority of your breakdown. The only question I have is how do you define Babylon being destroyed “near the end of
Thank you for sharing your thoughts Fount.
Musterion is a mystery that is revealed to some. You hit this point quite clearly when you quoted Jesus telling His apostles about the secret of the Kingdom of God. The real secret – that the Jews in the NT never got hold of – was that the Kingdom of God is eternal and thus primarily spiritual in nature.
The Mystery of Babylon would have made even first century Christians pause and think. They would have thought hard because the Babylonians had fallen by 500 BC (600 years earlier). Not really much of a current threat. But the false religion of the Babylonians was the threat – it still survived in the currently ruling Roman Empire through its complex system of false gods. Babylon still exists to this day – as the “catch all” name for all the false religions in opposition to the God of the Holy Bible and His only begotten son Jesus the Christ. This is the mystery of Babylon…
Matthew 24:2-3 records the following:
Mat 24:2 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.
Mat 24:3 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 world?
Matthew 24 strongly parallels the Book of Revelation in several areas, including Matthew 24:30-31 which describes Jesus Christ’s return. I believe this is more than enough evidence to say that Jesus Christ will play a major role in fulfilling the prophecies of the Book of Revelation. In addition, we can infer from Revelation 5 that Jesus Christ will open the seals mentioned in Revelation 6 & Revelation 7 (and the only one worthy to open them).
Does the Good Book literately say the Return of Jesus Christ to for fill the Prophecy of the Revelations, or does it say “Christ” and not Jesus?
I would be interested to “Read” the most original, to sea if it was not just mistranslated. Some may have seen the Word/Spell Christ and assume Jesus.
To I Jesus has never really gone anywhere, he is with us every day, shining his light on the World for all to see.
For I believe Jesus is the Sun, everyone knows Jesus is the Son, it does not Matter how we Spell/Magic/Trick it, every one still knows that the Sun is the Son.
He’s the Biggest God around this place, it would be imposable to live here without he.
It’s his World, we are Just living on it;-)
Not that I’m debating the literal Word. I believe God Almighty, the Good lord of all the Universe sent his Sun/Son down here in a Man’s Body to “put us right”.
As all should know, the Sun/Son has a Name other than “Sun”, and that name is Sole. Just like I have a Soul and thine has a Soul, it does not matter how we Spell/Magic/Trick it, everyone should know a Sole is a Soul.
If one will indulge I, at the Root of the Word/Spell Man is An, and one definition for the Word/spell An is: A being of Light.
That is like a Soul, for when we leave this place, we leave behind the mind and the body, ashes to ashes and dust to dust, however our soul goes through Jesus to our Heavenly Kingdom. Back with the Lord of Hosts in the Stars.
Jesus is the Path and the Light, the only way into the Kingdom of Heaven is through he. However one must be True, Stand in the Fire of Truth, and whatever is not True will Burn away.
In some places in the Good Book it says, Son of Man, and others it says God’s only begotten Son. So I wonder if this is not mistranslated or misunderstood, is it Man’s only begotten Son/Sun.
It seem to I, that God has many Suns/Sons as thare are Stars in the Universe.
For I am the Son of God and I hope all ye are too, however I am not a Perfect Man like my/our Brother Jesus.
I am flawed and sinful as any other, thou I try to be better than myself, Get behind I Satan, Get behind I.
Casting it off, getting back in the path, doing all one man can do to undo the Sins I have put forth in the World, for Sin begets Sin.
If one will indulge I just a bit further through the looking Glass and Down the Rabbit Hole.
To I when we “Die” we do not really go anywhare, we stay here in the World of the Dead, the corpus world, and await Final Judgment, Limbo, Purgatory. Just sort of hanging out.
Thou I think sum are elevated to the Heavens, we commonly think of this as SaintHood.
I believe David the King who replaced Saul, was elevated by the Good Lord to the Stars, the Star of David/The Star of Bethlehem, for David was of Jesse and Jesse was of Bethlehem and I think so was David.
The Stars in the Sky shown down where he lay.
The literal word the Star of David shown very brightly down on Jesus,this is how the three wise Kings of the Orient knew to come to Jesus, and why King Herod wanted Baby Jesus Dead and the Three wise kings fled in fear of thare lives.
I’m sure all at that time saw the Star, however Herod knew what it meant, that God had Chosen Jesus to be King of the Jews, Joseph and Mary were of the Line of David.
God promised the kingdom to the Line of David Forever.
Christ means King.
When we put this last bit together, I can hardly see how the Jews could deny that Jesus was/is the Messiah, however if one choses to fallow my “logic” that Jesus is the Sun, all should understand why Jews would not want to accept the Sun God.
–King David James
Can you explain what the significance of this is for people reading the comments? Thank you
You mentioned Isaiah 24. I have an article about that chapter here:
Thanks for the great insight.
My thoughts are the The Whore of Babylon, the Whore of the Seven Hills of Rome, and the Whore Hell(an) of Troy(Des Troy), are all the same Old Whore, the mother of all Harlots.
Debt Based interest bearing Monies, I can see thou hast quite the pedigree in Finance so I’m a bit surprised ye doth not see it.
To I the Western World Central Banking Houses are the Mufti-Headed hydrant.
I hate to be crass, however when one thinks about it, the Mother of all Harlots is Monies, could thare be Whoring without monies.
The Truth hides in plain sight, right where the Blind can not Sea it.
If one has a mystery, one should fallow the money, everyone knows fallow the money.
Even the word mystery tells the tail, the story is misleading, Mis Story, the Story Jesus really tells us what we need to know, Banks and Governance. It just takes a little research, the Cleansing of the Temple( Bench means Bank, brother , Bench mean Bank, Taring up the Bench means Bankrupted.)
I’ll be happy to go into more detail if ye likes.
I learned my Economics from the King of the World, he was not selling books.
The Kings of the World do not write Books, those that come after us do.
Want to be Renowned, Respected, and Wealthy, seek eteral Glory, come with I brother ,Come with I, for I tell a “Hell” of a Story.
–King David James of the House of Joseph of the Line of Joseph of David of Israel( A.k.a Andrew Jacobson ((Jack means Jacob))
note the verse pairs, John embeds a spatial structure
08 & 20 (ch. 14)
10 & 19 (ch. 16)
09 & 18 (ch. 17)
10 & 21 (ch. 18)
12:02, 05 the heavenly mother labors (Zion, Isa. 66:07) manchild
14:01 … a Lamb stood on mount Sion (+144K … v. 3 before the throne)
14:08 Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city because…
14:20 And the winepress was trodden without the city…
(15:xx note v. 8 no man could enter the temple in heaven to see)
16:10 … poured his vial upon the seat of the beast ….
16:19 And the great city was divided into 3 parts… great Babylon
17:09 … the seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits
17:18 The woman … is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth
18:10 …Alas, alas, that great city Babylon … in one hour …
18:21 …great millstone (cp Wormwood) and cast it into the sea saying thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down
20:09 (contrast) … the beloved city (cp. Zech. 14, Isa. 65 & 66 Jerusalem)
21:02 (contrast) … the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven
Yes, scholars do debate over this word. Some proclaim that a non-literal interpretation is necessary because of the word “mystery”.
What are your thoughts on Jerusalem being the whore of Babylon?
My thoughts: https://www.prophecyproof.org/is-jerusalem-babylon-the-great/
Seriously? People are debating over this word? I sometimes think scholars way over-think things. I can’t really see what there is to debate. Whether it is a part of her name or not, we are still given a whole lot of information about her in both Revelation and the O.T. that is far more important and explanatory than debating this word. Either way, the description is a hidden truth that is being revealed, so what does it matter whether it is part of her title or not? Actually much of that truth was already revealed in the O.T. There is just some added information in Revelation.