MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH
Revelation 14.8 predicts the fall of Babylon the Great: "REV14.8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication." Based on this verse, we know that Babylon the Great is a city. This city made all the nations drink the wine of the wrath of her fornication. So one might ask "what is this wine?" and "how does a city commit fornication?" We should always look to the bible for clues needed to interpret bible symbols. I have found that the bible always provides all the necessary clues to uncover its mysteries, but we have to look hard to find some of the clues. In Luke 5:37, Jesus speaks of new wine and old wine. "LUK5.37 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. LUK5.38 But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved. LUK5.39 No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better." Since Jesus was talking about new doctrines versus old doctrines in these verses, we can infer that the wine refers to doctrines (or a whole set of doctrines that make up a covenant).
So it appears that Babylon the Great made the nations drunk with her doctrines or false teachings, which eventually brought the wrath of God on the nations and God's judgment on Babylon the Great. Fornication in biblical prophecy refers to flirting with other gods or deviations from the teachings of YHWH Elohim. So we know that Babylon the Great is a city from which false doctrines have spread. Stay tuned for part 2, where I delve into the identity of Babylon the Great, also known as the woman in scarlet who rides the scarlet colored beast with seven heads and ten horns.