THE MYSTERY OF MYSTERY BABYLON REVEALED Pg 2
From this a shorter definition would be:
Mystery Babylon is a great whore [prostituting] city that sits upon many waters [peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues], 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. She also sits upon a scarlet colored [bloodstained] beast, full of names of blasphemy, having 7 heads and 10 horns, who is the eighth king [kingdom with a king] and of the seven [heads] [5 of which are fallen—in John’s day—one is, and the other not yet come], and is arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication, and upon her forehead a name written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH, who is drunken with the blood of saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus, and is hated by the 10-horn kingdoms with kings who make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. She is that great city which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
The great whore [prostituting] city of Mystery Babylon sits upon the eighth scarlet colored [bloodstained] kingdom of the Antichrist. But, she is of the seven mountain kingdoms(3) who have persecuted or will yet persecute God’s people [prophetically speaking and in context, Israel]. She can be traced back to Babel [Babylon], the city which Nimrod attempted to build in rebellion against God (Gen. 10:8-10; 11:1-9). She is defined as…that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth (
The great mystery of Mystery Babylon is that she has
existed as a great city [which reigneth over the kings
of the earth] in every kingdom which has oppressed God’s
people. In the Roman Empire [the 6th
kingdom to oppress God’s people], Rome was that great city.
[the 7th kingdom
which is about to oppress God’s people], Rome—or at least the
Vatican City portion of Rome—is the only great city inside
the old Roman Empire at this writing which could conceivably posture itself into
a position to oppress God’s people in the territories formally ruled by Rome [see also
#28 and 29 on
The Chronological Revelation
For worship of the Antichrist to begin under the direction of the false prophet (Rev. 13:11-14), this great city and its influence has to be destroyed. This is done by the 10-horn kings at the middle of the Antichrist Covenant week of years (Rev. 17:16; Dan. 9:24-27). These 10-horn kings then give their kingdoms to the Antichrist (Rev. 17:17), and form the revived Grecian Empire—the eighth kingdom and final kingdom to oppress Israel (Rev 17:10-11).
Here is the great mystery: the eighth kingdom must also have its Mystery Babylon: that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth—a literal Babylon—which is destroyed by God under the 7th vial of wrath (Rev. 16:19; Chapter 18; Rev. 19:2-3). Although the Antichrist will desecrate the rebuilt temple in Jerusalem (Dan. 9:27), Jerusalem is not the headquarters of the Antichrist. It cannot be because the spiritual name for Jerusalem is Sodom and Egypt (Rev. 11:8), and not Babylon the great (Rev. 14:8; Rev. 16:19; Rev. 18:2, Rev. 18:10, Rev. 18:21).
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