Today, there is only one country that fits her description, so before the name of that nation is revealed, let us read for ourselves how the Bible describes her.
Then he said to me, “The waters that you saw, where the whore sits, are people and multitudes and nations and languages. But the ten horns that you saw on the beast shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and shall burn her with fire; For God has put into their hearts to do His will, and to act with one accord, and to give their kingdom to the beast until the words of God have been fulfilled. And the woman whom you saw is the great city that has royal power over the kings of the earth.”
And after these things I saw an angel descending from heaven, having great authority; and the earth was illuminated with his glory. And he cried out mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the Great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a habitation of demons, and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hated bird; Because all nations have drunk of the wine of the fury of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the power of her luxury.”
And I head another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, My people, so that you do not take part in her sins, and that you do not receive of her plagues, For her sins have reached as far as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. Render to her as she has rendered to you; and give to her double, even according to her works. In the cup that she mixed, give her back double. To the degree that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, give to her as much torment and sorrow. For she says in her heart, ‘I sit a queen enthroned, and am not a widow; and in no way shall I experience sorrow.’
For this very reason, her plagues shall come in one day─death and sorrow and famine; and she shall be burned with fire; for the Lord God, Who executes judgment upon her, is powerful.
Then the kings of the earth who have committed fornication with her and have lived luxuriously, will weep and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning. They will stand far off for fear of her torment, saying, ‘Woe, woe, the great city Babylon, the mighty city! For in one hour your judgment has come.’
And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, because no one will buy their merchandise any more: The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and every article of ivory, and every article of of rare wood, and brass, and iron, and marble, And cinnamon, and incense, and ointment, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and cattle, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and the souls of men.
For the ripe fruits that your soul desires will depart from you, and all the rich things and the bright things will depart from you, and you will not find them anymore. The merchants of these things, who were made rich by her, will stand far off because of the fear of her torment, weeping and mourning, And saying, ‘Woe, woe, the great city, which was clothed with fine linen and purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls! For in one hour such great wealth has been destroyed!’
And every shipmaster, and all traveling in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, will stand far off, And they will cry out as they watch the smoke of her burning, saying, ‘What city is like this great city?’ And they will throw dust on their heads, and cry out, weeping and mourning, saying, ‘Woe, woe, the great city, by which all who had ships in the sea were made wealthy through the abundance of her costly things! For in one hour she has been destroyed.’ Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets; for God has executed judgment upon her for your sakes”
Then one strong angel took up a stone like a great millstone and cast it into the sea, saying, “In this same way shall the great city of Babylon be thrown down with violence, and shall never again be found; And never again shall the sound of harpers and musicians and flute players and trumpeters be heard in you; and never again shall any craftsman of any craft be found in you; and never again shall the sound of a millstone be heard in you; And never again shall the light of a lamp shine in you; and never again shall the voices of the bridegroom and bride be heard in you; for your merchants were the great ones of the earth, and by your sorcery all nations were deceived.
And in her the blood of the prophets and saints was found, and the blood of all those who were slain on the earth.” Letter of Revelation
All Scripture is taken from The Holy Bible In Its Original Order. York Publishing, Hollister, CA. USA
In the study of eschatology or end times prophecy, there are a dizzying array of opinions subjected mostly to personal interpretations and theological influences and the debates never end! And those who become caught up in the charismatic circles rely mostly on visions and dreams and so-called “revelations in the spirit” as well as the usual cut and paste arguments taken from the Bible to give them an air of authenticity and authority.
I firmly believe that when taken as a whole, the Scriptures will speak for themselves. There are, of course, many subjects within the Bible that need to be explained to those who don’t understand them, but they need to remain inside of the parameters that the word of God places and not to go chasing after useless commentaries and books that place the author’s interpretation over the Bible itself.
That having been said, I present the following points:
Which country today is made up of many nationalities and languages?
Which country wields a tremendous amount of influence in the world?
Which country wages war at will with little or no consequences?
To which country must other “kings” acknowledge it’s superiority?
Which nation is the wealthiest in the world?
In which land is luxury and wealth most synonymous?
From which country comes the most decadent music to be heard?
From which country is wealth tauntingly flaunted before the world?
Which nation is arrogant and proud of it’s position in the world?
Which nation uses a woman as it’s symbol?
Which nation receives most of it’s products through shipping?
Which country has the most powerful military in history?
Which people use the name of God in a profane manner?
Which nation openly worships Satan?
Which nation is actively denying Christianity?
Which nation is proud of fornication disguised as “Constitutional Rights?”
And one of the seven angels who had the seven vials came and spoke with me, saying to me, “Come here; I will show you the judgment of the great whore who sits upon many waters; With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and those who dwell on the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.”
Then he carried me away in the spirit to a wilderness; and I saw a woman sitting upon a scarlet beast that had seven heads and ten horns, full of names of blasphemy. And the woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and was adorned with gold and pearls and precious stones; and she had a golden cup in her hand filled with abominations and the filthiness of her fornication; And across her forehead a name written:
MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF THE 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 martyrs of Jesus. And after seeing her, I wondered with great amazement. Then the angel said to me, “Why are you amazed? I will tell you the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns.
The beast that you saw was, and is not, but is about to come up out of the abyss and to go into perdition. And those who dwell on the earth, whose names are not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, shall be astonished when they see the beast that was, but is not, and yet is.
Here is the mind that has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits. And there are seven kings; five are fallen, and one is, and the other has not yet come; and when he has come, it is ordained that he remain a little while.
And the beast that was, and is not, he is also the eighth, and is from the seven, and goes into perdition. And the ten horns that you saw are ten kings, who have not yet received a kingdom, but shall receive authority as kings for one hour with the beast. These all have one mind, and shall give up their power and authority to the beast.
These will make war with the Lamb, but the Lamb shall overcome them; for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are called, and chosen, and faithful.”
The Scriptures are clear of the following:
1. The whore believes that she is controlling world events.
2. She is prosecuting the faithful in Christ.
3. The whore relies upon her seven allies.
4. The ten kings or nations plan her end under the rule of the beast.
5. The whore shall first be stripped and then plundered.
6. Babylon the Great shall be consumed in one hour
7. For fear of her torment, the ships will stay far away from her
The Bible is not speaking of the Vatican, neither Saudi Arabia nor China because the Vatican will be the center of the one world religion. Saudi Arabia, representing Islam, will in all probability, bring forth the false prophet and China will lead a massive army from the east into the Valley of Armageddon to wage war against the Lamb of God. The beast is known as the Anti-Christ.
Its very important to understand that one will not find everything explained in one letter or book in the Bible, but a little here and a little there. That is just another reason to read the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation! So many Christians ignore the so-called “Old Testament” in favor of the new, declaring themselves to be “New Testament” believers, and thus putting themselves in theological darkness while claiming to “know” God! Ever learning but never able to come to the truth!
There is so much more to be learned about current events as seen through the lens of Scripture and I am certainly not the only one who is attempting to shed some light in these times! Also, there are many who are far better equipped at explaining than I can, but every honest effort will always produce a little fruit and I hope that my contribution might have helped someone somewhere.
I will leave it up to you to work out which nation can rightfully claim the title of “BABYLON THE GREAT!