|Orthodox Outlet for Dogmatic Enquiries||Protestantism, Watchtower and Eschatological Topics|
|Babylon the Great|
Written on the outskirts of the Orthodox Christian faith, the present Scriptural study suggests that the city mentioned here, identifies with the city of Jerusalem at the time of the political personage of the Antichrist (Thessalonians II, 2: 3-12), which will continue to be in apostasy.
The war that will be waged against it will bring on the end of its apostasy.
At a point in time ordained by God, the fleshly Israel will revert to Christ (Romans 11: 25-31).
Revelations 11: 3,7,8: “And I shall enable My two witnesses to prophesy….and when they fulfil their testimony, the beast that ascends from the abyss (apparently the chiefly political person of Antichrist) shall wage war against them and shall defeat them and kill them. And their corpses shall lay on the square of the big city, which is spiritually referred to as ‘Sodom’ and ‘Egypt’, where their lord was crucified”
Revelations 17: 1,2: “And there came one out of the seven angels who had the seven vials, and he spoke to me, saying: “come here so I can show you the judgment of the great whore, who is seated on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth have fornicated and from whose wine of fornication the inhabitants of the earth became drunk”
Revelations 18: 1, 2a, 9a, 10b: “After these, I saw another angel descending from the sky having immense power, and the earth was lit up from his glory. And he cried out in a thundering voice, saying: “She has fallen! She has fallen, Babylon the great, and has become the domicile of demons…for all the nations have drunk from the wine of fury of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have fornicated with her… and they shall weep and fret over her, the kings of the earth who had fornicated with her…crying out: ‘Woe, woe, to the great city, Babylon, the mighty city, for in one hour has your judgment come upon you…’.”
Revelations 18: 21: “And a powerful angel lifted up a rock as large as a mill-stone and threw it into the sea, saying: “Thus violently shall Babylon the great city be dashed down…”
Revelations 19: 1, 2: “After these, I heard something like the sound of a great multitude in the heavens, saying: “Halleluiah to the salvation and the glory and the power of our God, for His judgments are true and just; for He has judged the great whore that has corrupted the earth with her fornication, and has avenged the blood of His servants from her hand…”
Outlined below are 19 similarities that we noted in prophecies referring to Jerusalem and Babylon:
It is possible, that in certain points, it may only be a similarity in phraseology of the texts.
Anyway, we have submitted the above similarities before our brethren, in anticipation of the Lord’s revelation in due course, of the true pertinence of all prophecies.
Text: Í. Ì., Agapios Matsagouras, Joseph.
Translation by A. N.
Article published in English on: 12-9-2005.
Last update: 13-9-2005.