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Babylon the Great
The identity of Babylon the Great is still debated. How to identify this mysterious name? Career in law and in the museum through the prism of history.
John's visions, recorded in the book of Revelation, contain statements of judgment against 'Babylon the Great', a description of her and her fall. It is described in the guise of a woman clothed in purple and scarlet, and richly dressed sitting on a scarlet-colored wild beast that has seven heads and ten horns. On his forehead a name written, MYSTERY, Babylon the Great, the mother of harlots and unclean things of the earth. (Revelation 17:3-5). AA186 AA190
Babylon the Great
A symbolic woman



Ancient Babylon
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The Tower of Babel

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She is also portrayed as a "great city that has a kingdom over the kings of the earth," sitting on "many waters, which are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues" (17:1 Révélatiion -2.15). Its symbolism is obvious. Moreover, this last book of the Bible contains expressions that are not always to be taken literally. (Rev 1:1)
Given the luxury and power attributed to Babylon the Great, we can not simply equate to the city of Babylon in Mesopotamia. After being conquered by Cyrus the Persian in 539 BC. n. è., ancient Babylon lost its position as dominant global power, as his captives, including Jews, were released. Although she remained even after the apostolic times and thus it existed at the time of John, it was, and it will eventually decay and fall in ruins.

We can not



the city of Babylon


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Babylon Ruins

Some scholars believe that Babylon the Great is a political empire, Babylon or Rome. When John received his prophetic vision, Babylon was no longer a political empire for a long time. As in Rome, the nature of its political domination does not match the description of the actions of Babylon the Great and the methods by which it exercises its power. This is a prostitute who commits fornication with the kings of the earth and the nations astray by his "spiritualistic practices." Rome, however, established and maintained its dominance by its military power rail and the strict application of the Roman law in its provinces and colonies. AA187

On his forehead a name written,

a mystery: Babylon the Great,

the mother of harlots

This is not

a political empire,

Babylon or Rome

It is not enough to assimilate Rome to Babylon. Babylon encompasses more than one empire or a culture. It is distinguished by a more dominant idolatry as geographical or temporal boundaries. Babylon the same extent as the kingdom of the beast that has corrupted and enslaved humanity. AA188
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Auguste Nero Tiberius
It must therefore be seen in a symbolic Babylon the Great City, the city of Babylon itself was the type. That the ancient city gives its name to the mystical city, it is useful to consider briefly the salient features of Babylon on the Euphrates, as they provide guidance to identify the symbolic city of John's vision.
The foundation of the city of Babylon in the plains of Shinar took place at a time when the men tried to build the tower of Babel (Genesis 11:2-9). The construction of the tower and the city was not intended to glorify the name of God, but to give builders a way to 'make a name famous. " Ziggurats discoveries not only in the ruins of ancient Babylon, but also elsewhere in Mesopotamia, appear to confirm the essentially religious destination of the original tower. AA181
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Many biblical scholars believe
Nimrod did not receive the name
at birth.
This name means forever
as an insolent rebel
who committed the folly of
oppose God. AA183
"Nimrod was the first to become a powerful man on earth [...]. And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel. "(Genesis 10:10). It is with these words that the Bible mentions for the first time, and Babylon, and the word kingdom. This short sentence about Nimrod is very significant because it became \ 'a mighty hunter in opposition \' with God (vst 9), rebelling against its sovereignty. Some believe that Marduk , major god of Babylon, might be deified Nimrod. AA189 A17

The religious influence of ancient Babylon has spread to many peoples and nations, much farther and with more force and persistence that his political power.

In the scriptures,
the ancient city of Babylon
is clearly shown
as the secular enemy of God
and its people.

This is as a religious center that Babylon is distinguished throughout its history. It is remarkable to note the deep imprint left on the ancient world the remarkable manifestations of religious thought in Babylonia and religious activity that prevailed in the region. Some examples. In Persia, Mithraism betrays the indisputable influence of Babylonian designs. The swastika and the cross were religious or magical symbols in Babylonia.
The swastika and the cross were religious or magical symbols, Babylonia and Elam, from the most remote prehistoric period,
and they retain the character in the current India and elsewhere. AA185
Considered the central headquarters
vitality, the liver was examined to draw
omens. In Babylonian astrology
had a place in the official cult
to know the will of the gods.
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Cup with geometric decoration Liver divination
S characteristic of the
Ancient Babylon.
Zodiac calendar Relief mithriatique
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Astrology is a great place early
in worship and in the art of divination.
The Sun, Moon and planets are
considered the homes of the gods.
Since its inception, astrology is linked
to religion. A183 A182
In the ancient world,
before the advent of Christianity, Egypt,
Persia and Greece suffered
the influence of the Babylonian religion.
Mithraism betrays the indisputable influence of Babylonian designs. AA184

Thus, the religious influence of ancient Babylon
spread to many peoples and nations,
much further and with greater force and persistence
his political power.

The fact that Babylon the Great is described as prostitute is also revealing. The nation of Israel had been warned that if she was allied nations of Canaan it would for her to "prostitute" (Osty, TOB 2010) with their gods (Exodus 34:12-16). Prostitution in the OT often refers to idolatry. (Apocalypse 17:1 note b NIV). Jacques (4:4) denounces friendship with the world as a spiritual adultery. AA182
"By your

spiritualistic practices
(Your spells,
Sower TOB 2010
thy sorcery, NASB 21)

Babylon the Great
A religious empire

World opposite

the true worship?
all nations

have been lost "

Revelation 6:23 p.m.
Symbolic woman named Babylon the Great is "the great city which has dominion over all the sovereigns of the world ', a kingdom which allows him to practice, sit on" peoples and crowds , and nations, and tongues. " (Re 17:1, 15, 18.)

A kingdom that dominated other kingdoms and other nations is, by definition, an empire. " Its devastation is mourned by his political and business partners (Rev. 17: 16,17, 18 :9-19). Like the founder of ancient Babylon, it is the enemy of true worship. All these features make the plausible assumption of a world empire of false religion. An explanation has the advantage of being consistent with the text and with the past and present.
L \ 'exact identification of the great Babylon is not only a theological or intellectual interest. The warning is issued to all: "Come out of her, members of my people, not partakers of her sins." - Apocalypse 18:4, NIV.

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