Will Babylon be Rebuilt or is Rome the Babylon of Revelation


 

Are You Ready? the End Times and the Antichrist

Babylon was one of the most ancient cities of the world, about 50 miles or so south of Baghdad. It was founded by some of Noah’s descendents about a hundred years after the great flood of Biblical notoriety. It was likely the birthplace of the false worship of idols and is the origin of the infamous mother-child cults, which have spread all over the world under various names.

It was where the tower of Babel was built in rebellion to God. In punishment, God came down and confused the languages of the people in order to make them spread out over the earth. About 600 B.C. King Nebuchadnezzar had made Babylon into a pagan empire where religion, government, and commerce became a united force to be reckoned with in the powerful Babylonian empire.

It was likely one of the most powerful and influential monarchies in the world. Both of the prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah prophesied against Babylon correctly predicting its fall from power. Babylon fell to the Persian armies of Cyrus in 539 B.C. who was also predicted by name in the Bible to come and destroy it. The city of Babylon is now no more than a pile of rubble, but could this ancient evil empire be rebuilt at some time in the near future as in the popular fictional Left behind series?

Sadam Hussein had once tried to rebuild it, but where is he now? The author of the Left Behind series, Tim LaHaye, believes that in the coming Tribulation period the Antichrist will rule the world from His headquarters in the literal, rebuilt city of Babylon on the Euphrates River in modern day Iraq.? LaHaye also believes the original fall of Babylon doesn’t fulfill the Biblical prophecies of its fall, so that it will have to be rebuilt again to completely fulfill all the prophecies.

The prophecies in Isaiah 13-14 and in Jeremiah 50-51 tell us of the complete destruction of Babylon so that it will never be rebuilt. But the old Scofield reference Bible points out that in Isaiah the literal existing city is in view, while the references in Revelation are symbolical of the political and religious world power under the Beast. It states, “That Babylon, the city, is not to be rebuilt is clear from Isaiah 13:19-22; Jeremiah 51:24-26, 62-64.”

Babylon in scriptural symbolism stands for the corrupt world power and religion. Verses 17-22 of Isaiah predicted the destruction of the literal city of Babylon, which existed at the time of the writing of Isaiah, and that once destroyed, Babylon would never be rebuilt.

In Revelation 17, the symbolic Babylon is in view. 17:3 says “I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast, full of the names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.” Verse 6 tells us of the woman, who is drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. Verse 8 informs us that the beast “was, and is not, and yet is.” So we know that the woman blasphemes God, kills those who follow God, once existed, was destroyed or lost its power, and will exist again in the future and regain its lost power.

Verse 9 further tells us that the seven heads are seven mountains. Verse 15 goes on to tell us that the woman will have power over many people, nations, and languages. Verse 18 finally tells us that the woman is a city, which has power over the rulers of the word. So we know that the woman (Babylon) is a city that sits on seven mountains, has had power over many people and nations, along with their rulers. The successive world powers were Tyre (Assyria), Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome, which leads us to modern times. The world power of the beast (antichrist) is yet to come. Revelation tells us that five are fallen, one is, and one is to come.

Verses 10 and 11 tell us that the beast will be of the seven world powers. The one world power that fits this description is Rome. Rome is commonly known as the city which sits on seven hills (mountains). The Roman Catholic Church held both religious and political power for hundreds of years, in which it ruled over kings and people of the nations. During this time, when the Roman Catholic Church held political as well as religious power, it persecuted and murdered many of the followers of Christ, who dared to buck its power. The Bible was banned in the languages of the people, and anyone who dared to translate it or read it were mercilessly hunted down by the arms of the Roman Catholic Church and martyred for their faith.

Revelation 18:4 shows an angel calling God’s people out of it so that they wouldn’t participate in its sins. Could this not but be the Protestant Revolution. Rome could very well be the Babylon of the End Times and it could regain its political power that it has lost. The Roman Catholic Church has clearly held political power in the past for the 1260 prophetic days (years) spoken of by Daniel the prophet.

The City of Rome in modern times is one of the largest and most powerful areas of commerce, and with it being the base of the Roman Catholic Church holds significant religious power as well. If it regains its political strength at some time in the future, it could very well be the Babylon of the future Antichrist. It is believed by some that the Popes wear a miter hat that proclaims them to be the Vicar of God, which is certainly blasphemous. It is inscribed with the Latin words VICARIVS FILII DEI. The Roman numerals in this Title add up to the 666 of Revelation 14:18. Is Babylon in Revelations the literal city of Babylon rebuilt, or could it possibly be the Roman Empire revived into a religious and political world power?

Rome, Babylon, Revelation, End Times, Apocalypse, Left Behind, Tim LaHaye,

 

About mamaheartfilled

I am a mother of eight wonderful children and five grandkids, of whom I am very proud. I am also a bi-vocational ordained evangelical minister, and a Christian Counselor. I received my B.S. degree in 2004, studying primarily in the areas of Psychology, with minors in Religion and English. I received my Masters Degree in 2009 in Psychological Counseling with an emphasis in Christian Counseling. I have endeavored to paraphrase the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, for the last ten years or so and am working on a final edit, now. It is my hope that it will be of some use in the great commission of Christ. My ministry is primarily geared toward victims of sexual and domestic violence, including victims of childhood sexual abuse, whether currently or in the past. Since I have personally experienced the healing hand of God in overcoming many of the life issues that Christians may face, I feel qualified and compelled to discuss them in a truthful and open manner, as God’s word tells us that “We shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.” God has brought me through such diverse tribulations as sexual, physical, and mental abuse, being a victim of a drunk driving accident, spousal pornography addiction, adultery, divorce, remarriage, a very brief, though unjust, incarceration, and having experienced multiple miscarriages and various other trials. I have been asked to leave two Southern Baptist Churches, due to my being a female, ordained as a minister, and fired from a SBC sponsored Christian School (mostly white) for speaking out against racial prejudice in the Family of God. Through God’s merciful forgiveness of my own sins and inadequacies and God’s grace given to me to forgive those who have been a stumbling block to me, I have overcome many of these adversities. God’s word tells us that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to the purposes of God." Since I have this hope, I believe that God has blessed me with the ability to confront and relate these issues to the Christian community around the world. I hope to be able to use my personal experiences as a ministry of God’s grace and in the comforting of the people of God with the truth of God's mercy. I claim II Corinthians 1: 3 & 4 as my calling, which states: “Blessed be God, the Origin of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Origin of mercies, and the God of comfort; who comforts us in all our troubles, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, by the comfort we ourselves have been given by God.” As I have received the gift of God’s healing, I hope to be able to bring the peace beyond understanding to others with the message of God’s mercy and grace. My love for the Sovereign Lord of my life, Jesus Christ, along with my passion for writing has drawn me to explore these commonly experienced crisis issues from the perspective of my own experience in the hope that I may bring an empathetic and compassionate insight to God’s people. I am now a published author and have several books in publication, including my autobiography, "A Little Redneck Theology." The views expressed in my writings are strictly my own insights, acquired from personal experience and diligent study of the related topics and God’s word concerning them. Though I am an ordained minister, my views should not be considered authoritative. I believe that the Christian community’s ultimate authority is the guidance of the human heart by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
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2 Responses to Will Babylon be Rebuilt or is Rome the Babylon of Revelation

  1. Stephen Siew says:

    Chapter 17-20 Babylon the city is not really the Babylon of old. It is NYC the financial capital of world and its financial system that is corrupt to the core. We will see the collapse of the corrupt financial system and how the world will dessert the US of A. America Super power and financial power is in great decline as we have the powerful elites(The bilderberg, the illuminati) …are the beast who is causing the misery to the many around the world so that they can control the world and eventually the forming of the one world gov’t and forcing of the adoption of the mark of the beast on everyone. We are living in end times. Pray that the Lord come quick.

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