Babylon the Great
Babylon receives a considerable amount of attention in the book of Revelation. It is the subject of chapters 17 & 18 and her judgment is a recurring theme. In Revelation 17, she is pictured as a harlot riding a beast.
And on her forehead a name was written, a mystery, “BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus. When I saw her, I wondered greatly. The woman whom you saw is the great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth. Revelation 17:5-6, 18 NASBFrom these two passages, it’s pretty clear that the term “Babylon” is used to describe the kingdom of Satan and its influence on the human race. There’s nothing else that qualifies as the mother of harlots and abominations that contains the blood of everyone who has ever been slain. And since Jesus is returning to destroy Satan’s kingdom, it only makes sense that it figures prominently in the discussion of end time prophecy.
And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints and of all who have been slain on the earth.” Revelation 18:24 NASB
The influence of Satan’s kingdom on the human race has resulted in population centers that exhibit a high degree ungodly behavior, the most notable example being Babel with its tower (Genesis 11). The term “Babylon” then became a moniker of sorts used for other cities where the kingdom of darkness’ influence was unusually prevalent. It’s believed that Peter allegorically refers to Rome as Babylon in 1 Peter 5:13.
Not surprisingly, there is also a city in these last days, referred to as Babylon, where the influence of Satan’s kingdom is extraordinary. When we look at the different descriptions of this city in Revelation, and see what’s been taking place over the past century or so, it becomes pretty clear which city is being described.
The first thing to notice is that this city is pictured as a harlot. The most prominent example of a harlot that we have in scripture is that of the nation Israel. In the Old Testament, God is pictured as a husband to them but they would repeatedly seek out other gods and play the harlot. They would reject and kill the saints and prophets that were sent to them giving preference instead to their own lusts. They took pride in being God’s people but failed to be faithful and obedient to Him, so we see a harlot drunk with the blood of saints and the witnesses of Jesus.
This city is also referred to as the city which reigns over the kings of the earth. According to Daniel 2, the final world kingdom is a conglomerate of nations, something we know today as the United Nations. Revelation 18 describes this city as a major port city of great wealth. A person would have to try really hard not to see the nefarious use of Israeli wealth and influence that emanates from New York City.
The beast that the harlot rides is an evil spirit being who works with ten leaders (horns) to push a globalist agenda. She is allowed to take advantage of his efforts for a while but eventually the beast turns on her and destroys her.
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. Revelation 17:16 NASBWhen the second seal is opened, a time of war begins. The destruction of Babylon the city is the catalyst that leads to what Jesus describes as a time when nation rises against nation and kingdom against kingdom. Babylon, the kingdom of Satan, will be destroyed when Jesus returns some years later.