PART 2: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
In Revelation 17.18, an angel tells the apostle John that Babylon The Great is a city "which reigneth over the kings of the earth." Someone has suggested that since the phrase "which reigneth" is in the simple present tense, the city that the angel was referring to must be the city which reigned at the time John received the revelation. The city of Rome was the "capital city" of the world at the time, so that makes Rome a likely candidate.
Another detail from the bible that makes the city of Rome a likely candidate is that the apostle Peter writes a letter from a city or location that he refers to as Babylon. "1PE5.13 The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son." If we are to believe the historical records that tell us that the apostle Peter worked from Rome as the head of the church there, then we should not have a hard time seeing how Rome and "Babylon The Great" might be one and the same city. In part 1, I explained that wine in prophecy, refers to doctrines (at least in the context in which it is used in Revelation chapters 13 and 17). The angel tells us that the woman sits on many waters: "REV17.1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters." The angel later explains that the waters represent peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues. So we have a city whose influence extends to many peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues. "REV17.15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues."
Revelation 17.2 tells us that the kings of the earth have committed fornication (spiritual fornication) with this city and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. "REV17.2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication." I explained in part 1 that being "drunk with the wine of her fornication" means being led astray by the false teachings or false doctrines that originated from this city. If this evidence does not definitely prove that the city of Rome might be "Babylon The Great", it certainly makes it one of the prime candidates for consideration. Here's my list of cities that are candidates for consideration: (1) New York City, (2) Jerusalem, (3) Mecca, (4) Rome, (5) Ancient Babylon Rebuilt. In part 3, I will look more closely at other evidence in the book of Revelation that enables us ascertain with greater confidence the identity of Babylon the Great. Stay tuned!