The Prophecy of 

The Fall of Babylon

in the Book of Revelation

   


I. The Ten Characteristics of “The Great City of Babylon

According to the Bible Revelation Chapter 18, “The Great City of Babylon” has the following ten characteristics:

1) A City of World Political Power

  • “The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.” (Revelation 17:18)

  • “When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will stand far off and cry: 'Woe! Woe, O great city, O Babylon, city of power! In one hour your doom has come!” (Revelation 18:9-10)

2) A City of World Economic Power

  • Your merchants were the world's great men. By your magic spell all the nations were led astray.” (Revelation 18:23)

  • The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes anymore...” (Revelation 18:11)

  • The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment.” (Revelation 18:15)

  • O great city, where all who had ships on the sea became rich through her wealth.” (Revelation 18:19)

3) A City of Wealth, Luxury & Fashion

  • “The merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.” (Revelation 18:3)

  • The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargo anymore – cargos of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls, fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble; cargos of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriage; and bodies and souls of men. They will say, ‘The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your riches and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.’” (Revelation 18:11-14)

  • “Woe! Woe, O great city, dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls! In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!” (Revelation 18:16)\

4) A Port City by the Sea

  • Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off. When they see the smoke of her burning, they will exclaim, ‘Was there ever a city like this great city?’ They will throw dust on their heads, and with weeping and mourning cry out: 'Woe! Woe, O great city, where all who had ships on the sea became rich through her wealth!'” (Revelation 18:17-19)

5) A City of Multiple Nations and Ethnic Diversification

  • “The waters you saw, where the prostitute (Babylon) sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages.” (Revelation 17:15)

6) A City of Art & Music

  • The music of the harpists and musicians, flute players and trumpeters, will never be heard in you again.” (Revelation 18:22)

7) A City of Arrogance & Pride

  • In her heart she boasts, 'I sit as queen; I am not a widow, and I will never mourn.'” (Revelation 18:7)

8) A City of Adultery and Sexual Immorality

  • “This title was written on her forehead: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” (Revelation 17:5)

  • “With her the kings of the earth committed adultery and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.(Revelation 17:2)

  • For all nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries. The kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.” (Revelation 18:3)

9) A City of Blasphemy

  • There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns.” (Revelation 17:3)

  • This beast is the same beast described in Chapter 13 of the Book of Revelation that “had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horn, and on each head a blasphemous name.” (Revelation 13:1)

  • "I saw that the women was drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus." (Revelation 17:6)

10) A City Symbolized by a Woman

  • The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.” (Revelation 17:18)

  • There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns.” (Revelation 17:3)

In the Old Testament of the Bible, the Babylonians invaded Jerusalem and destroyed the Solomon's Temple of God in the Kingdom of Judah in 587 BCE. They captured Israelites and sent them to the City of Babylon as slaves. But forty-eight years later, it was conquered by the Persian King Cyrus the Great in 539 BCE, and eventually, the City of Babylon was desolated. Now, where is “the Great City of Babylon” today that can match the Ten Characteristics of Babylon the Great prophesied in the Book of Revelation?

The answer is: The Great City of New York.

   

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