Mystery Babylon

Revelation 14:8 says:

“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 17:1-9 says:

1 “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:

 2 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.

 3 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.

 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:


 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.

 7 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.

 8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

 9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.”

Who or what is Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots?  Some believe Babylon is the Roman Catholic Church.  Rome has been called the city of seven hills.  But Jerusalem, Constantinople, Brussels, Athens, Istanbul, Prague, Moscow, Melbourne, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Tokyo, Amman and many other cities were also built upon seven hills.

Is Babylon a country, an empire, or a system?  Is it symbolic or literal?  Is it religious, commercial, or political?  Jamieson-Fausset-Brown’s Commentary says: “The seven universal God opposed monarchies are Egypt (the first world power which came into collision with God's people,) Assyria, Babylon, Greece, Medo-Persia, Rome, the Germanic-Slavonic empire.”

Revelation 17:15-18 says:

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.”

Is that the city that reigned over the earth at the time this was written (Rome), or the city that will be ruling over the kings of the earth during the Tribulation Period?  Some believe Rev. 18 sounds more like Babylon is the United States.  Could Washington, D.C. be the city ruling at that time?  Could it be said that other countries have somewhat of a love-hate relationship with the United States? 

Mystery Babylon:

Will rule over the antichrist and his ten-kingdom power.

Will dictate what the antichrist can and cannot do for the first part of the tribulation period.

Has given the beast and the ten nations their power, but remains very much in control.

This will change toward the middle of the tribulation period.