Satan started his
false church and empire in ancient Babylon (now
called Iran/Iraq). From there came such
abominations as the first "virgin birth"
reported in religion. (On Dec. 25th btw), most
all pagan idol worship, mother worship, and
fertility worship, to name just a few.
Reading the Old Testament Bible you can see the
Babylonian culture was always the enemy
enslaving and slaughtering the Israelites.
When Jesus Christ came on the scene, preached,
died, and resurrected starting the Christian
movement, Babylonian religious beliefs slowly
merged, and eventually became known as the
Universal Church, aka the Catholic church. Hence
the Mary idolatry, the fertility festivals of
Christ-mass, and Ishtar (Easter), Saint
idolatry, and the most abominable worship of a
man called "The Vicar of Christ". aka Pope
Not only is Satan,
Antichrist and False Prophet the antithesis to
the Holy Trinity of: God The Father, Jesus The
Son, and The Holy Ghost, so also is his
"geographical trinity". Satan's reconstituted
empires will be located in Babylon (Iran/Iraq)
as his commercial headquarters. Rome (The
Vatican) as his political headquarters, and
Jerusalem as his religious headquarters.
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The Harlot Woman
must be said that my opinion regarding the
Catholic connection to the Great Whore of
Babylon is focused on the institution of the
Universal Church and not to those millions of
people who call themselves Catholic. In the same
manner I have no ill will toward the
1,000,000,000 plus individuals who call
themselves Muslim, but again only the
institution of the religion called Islam. I can
assure you I believe Jesus Christ died for the
sin of all humans, and by His resurrection
gained access for all of us to approach the
throne of God in eternity. Praise The Lord!
We read about the
Harlot Woman in the Book of Revelation 17:4.
It's clear the woman is not a flesh and blood
being, but rather an hellish born and dictated
The first to see Jerusalem in Revelation's
Babylon were the French Jesuit Jean Hardouin
(1646-1729) and the French Calvinist Firmin
Abauzit (1679-1767). Abauzit suggests that the
"seven mountains" in Rev 17:9 are the seven
hills on which Jerusalem stands and the "fall of
Babylon" in Rev 18 is the fall and destruction
of Jerusalem in 70 AD.
Several Old Testament prophets referred to
Jerusalem as being a spiritual harlot and a
mother of such harlotry (Isaiah 1:21; Jeremiah
2:20; Jeremiah 3:1-11; Ezekiel 16:1-43; Ezekiel
23). Some of the these Old Testament prophecies
as well as the warnings in the New Testament
concerning Jerusalem are in fact very close to
the text concerning Babylon in Revelation,
suggesting that John may well have actually been
citing those prophecies in his description of
For example, in Matthew 23:34-37 and Luke
11:47-51, Jesus himself assigned all of the
bloodguilt for the killing of the prophets and
of the saints (of all time) to the Pharisees of
Jerusalem, and, in Revelation 17:6 and 18:20,24,
almost identical phrasing is used in charging
that very same bloodguilt to Babylon. This is
also bolstered by Jesus' statement that "it's
not possible for a prophet to be killed outside
of Jerusalem." (Luke 13:33, see also Rev 11:8).
In Jeremiah 13, Judah is warned that because of
her whoredom, the cups of all of the people will
be "filled with wine," they will be "made
drunk," and the nation will be suddenly
destroyed. This is identical to the scenario in
Revelation 17-18; it also correlates with the
warning of Jesus that Jerusalem would be
suddenly invaded and destroyed just prior to his
return to earth in Luke 21:20-22. So, according
to this view, John's prophecy about Babylon was
merely a detailed repetition of warnings already
given by many Old Testament prophets and by
Jesus himself in Matthew 23:37-38 and Luke
The Siege and Destruction of Jerusalem,
by David Roberts (1850).
According to this view, "the great city,
Babylon" in Rev. 17:18 which is also "the great
city where their Lord was crucified" in Rev
11:8, the earthly Jerusalem is opposed (cf. Acts
8:1, 1 Thes. 2:14-16, Gal 4:22-31, Rev.
2:9-10,3:9) to the spiritual, heavenly, new
Jerusalem, which is the Christian Church of the
faithful of Jesus (the bride): "And I John saw
the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from
God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned
for her husband." (Rev 21:2)
The scholars who defend this position believe
that earthly Jerusalem "riding the seven-headed
beast" refers to Jerusalem being controlled and
subjected to the overlordship of the scarlet
beast Rome in the 1st century (cf John 19:15).
Some see it as an evil relationship between the
harlot, apostate Jerusalem, and the scarlet
beast Rome on whom she is seated to crucify
Jesus and persecute the Christians. This evil
alliance is confirmed in the Book of Acts (Acts
4:26-28, 12:1-3). The beast Rome later hated the
harlot Jerusalem and burned her with fire in 70
AD. (see also abomination of desolation)
“ And the ten horns which you saw, and the
beast, these will hate the harlot and will make
her desolate and naked, and will eat her flesh
and will burn her up with fire. ”
— Rev 17:16 NASB
Roman Catholic Church
Main article: Whore of Babylon (historicism)
Whore of Babylon wearing a papal tiara
from a woodcut in Luther's translation
of the New Testament
Historicist interpreters commonly used the
phrase "Whore of Babylon" to refer to the Roman
Catholic Church. Most Reformation writers and
all Reformers themselves, from Martin Luther
(who wrote On the Babylonian Captivity of the
Church), John Calvin, and John Knox (who wrote
The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the
Monstrous Regiment of Women) accepted this
association. The "drunkenness with the blood of
saints and martyrs," by this interpretation,
refers to the inquisition and the veneration of
saints and relics and the Sunday sacredness,
were viewed by Reformers as idolatry and
apostasy. This interpretation continues to be
taught in churches arising from the Adventist
movement and it is kept alive by contemporary
figures such as Ian Paisley and Jack Chick.
The Catholic Church denies the claim that it is
being referred to by the Book of Revelation as
the Whore of Babylon. Catholic apologists argue
that in Rev 17:10, it states that the seven
heads of the Beast are seven mountains on which
the woman is seated; they are also seven kings,
five of whom have fallen, one is, the other has
not yet come, and when he comes he must remain
only a little while" (Rev. 17:9–10). ." If five
of these kings had fallen in John’s day and one
of them was still in existence, then the Whore
must have existed in John’s day. Yet the Vatican
City did not even exist at that time. Of course
they conveniently forget that John's revelation
was describing events 2000+ in the future.
Whore of Babylon or "Babylon the great" is a Christian
allegorical figure of evil mentioned in the Book of
Revelation in the Bible.
William Blake (1809) The Whore of Babylon
The Whore is associated with the Antichrist and the
Beast of Revelation by connection with an equally
allegorical kingdom. The Whore's apocalyptic downfall is
prophesied to take place in the hands of the beast with
seven heads and ten horns. There is much speculation
within all Christian religious perspectives on what the
Whore and Beast symbolize as well as the possible
implications for contemporary interpretations.
The “great whore”, of the biblical book of Revelation is
featured in chapters 17 and 18. Many passages define
symbolic meanings inherent in the text.
17:4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet
colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and
pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of
abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY,
BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND
ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
17:6 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.
17:9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven
heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth
(King James Version; the New International Version Bible
uses "hills" instead of "mountains").
17:10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and
one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he
cometh, he must continue a short space.
17:11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the
eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
17:12 And the ten horns which thou saw are ten kings,
which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power
as kings one hour with the beast.
17:15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest,
where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes,
and nations, and tongues.
17:18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great
city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
—Revelation 17:4-18 (various))
Rome and the Roman Empire
Many Bible scholars agree that "Babylon" is an allegory
of Rome; perhaps specifically at the time to some aspect
of Rome's rule (brutality, greed, paganism), or even a
servant people that does the bidding of Rome. The Roman
Catholic commentary of the Jerusalem Bible, the
evangelical Protestant commentary of the New
International Version Study Bible, the Rastafarians and
the liberal Protestant commentary of the Oxford
Annotated Study Bible all concur that "Babylon is the
symbolic name for Rome" and that [1st century] Rome was
the "type of place where evil is supreme" (Jerusalem
Bible, commentary to Rev. 17).
Elsewhere in the New Testament, in 1 Peter 5:13; some
speculate that "Babylon" is used to refer to Rome. This
is bolstered by the remark in Rev. 17:9 that she sits on
"seven mountains" (the King James Version Bible-the New
International Version Bible uses the words "seven
hills"), which could be the seven hills of Rome. "Rome"
would therefore be the 'new Babylon' and all of the
symbolism characterizing Babylon as a wanton "whore,"
would be transferable to Rome, according to this view.
There are a number of smaller symbolic clues that some
see as suggesting a link between Rome and Babylon — the
Roman Empire in its military occupation of Israel, its
repression of the Jewish nation and religion, its
destruction of Jerusalem following Jewish revolts in 70
AD and 135 AD, and its persecution of Christians, would
lend meaning to the imagery of the 'whore, drunk with
the blood of martyrs,' as a wantonly violent and
In Rastafarian ideology both Babylon and Rome are also
equated with the modern world in which we live. The
Rastas have popularized the name Babylon to refer to
what they see as the fundamentally evil modern society.
Biblical scholars and theologians point out that
although Rome was the prevailing pagan power in the 1st
century when the Book of Revelation was written, the
symbolism of the whore of Babylon refers not to an
invading infidel of foreign power, but to an apostate
false queen, a former "bride" who has been unfaithful
and who, even though she has been divorced and cast out
because of unfaithfulness, continues to falsely claim to
be the "queen" of the spiritual realm. This symbolism
did not fit the case of Rome at the time.
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