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Revelation Answer to Question #27


27.  What is Babylon? (Revelation 14:8; 16:19; 18:2, 10, 21)


If Jeremiah was a true prophet, ancient Babylon—a citadel of false religion— will never be built again:

"So Jeremiah wrote in a book all the evil that should come upon Babylon, even all these words that are written against Babylon.

"And Jeremiah said to Seraiah, When thou comest to Babylon, and shalt see, and shalt read all these words;

"Then shalt thou say, O LORD, thou hast spoken against this place, to cut it off, that none shall remain in it, neither man nor beast, but that it shall be desolate for ever.

"And it shall be, when thou hast made an end of reading this book, that thou shalt bind a stone to it, and cast it into the midst of Euphrates:

"And thou shalt say, Thus shall Babylon sink, and shall not rise from the evil that I will bring upon her: and they shall be weary. Thus far are the words of Jeremiah" (Jeremiah 51:60-64).


The "Babylon" of Revelation is the antitypical citadel of false Christendom. "Babylon" made "all the nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication" (Revelation 14:8)

Through the centuries papacy deluded the kings of earth into thinking they would be better off married to her. She is a "harlot" because she did not wait for Jesus Christ to return to set up his kingdom. Instead she impatiently united with the kings of earth to set up their own kingdom of God.

Babylon is the "habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird" because of the false doctrines and evil practices inside the system (Rev. 18:2). Soon, the false system, the Antichrist, will be thrown down into the "sea" of anarchistic masses of people who once supported her (Revelation 18:21).


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