Dear Mr. Froese:
I enjoy your magazine and your teachings. I have read your articles in Tim LaHaye’s Prophecy Study Bible on “The Literal Babylon” and “The Figurative Babylon.” I would like your view on my question concerning the Babylon that is fallen in Revelation Chapters 18 & 14. Based upon the following Scriptures, it appears to me this is the City of Jerusalem.
Revelation 14:8 states it is a “great city” (not a nation), as some have written books stating America is the “Final Babylon.” “And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city….” Revelation 11:8 states, “And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.” (We know this identifies Jerusalem.)
Revelation 18:2 states, “is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit…”
Revelation 18:24 states, “And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.”
Revelation 18:20 states, “Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.”
Matthew 23:35: Jesus said, “That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom you slew between the temple and the altar.”
Matthew 23:37 and Luke 13:34: Jesus identified this city by stating, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee.”
Matthew 23:31: Jesus stated, “Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.”
Acts 7:52 states, “Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? And they have slain them…”
Jeremiah 51:49 states, “As Babylon hath caused the slain of Israel to fall, so at Babylon shall fall the slain of all the earth.”
From other Scriptures I understand and believe that the Church will be raptured, then the Antichrist will be revealed. Something happens (we could speculate on what that “something” is) that causes 10 nations to form (referred to in Revelation 17:12-13). These 10 nations make up the 7th Kingdom that only lasts a short time (first 3 ½ years of tribulation); then the antichrist will set up the 8th Kingdom in the mid-point to begin the Great Tribulation.
At this time, the Antichrist has now stopped the daily sacrifices which began after the Jews rebuilt their temple. He has declared himself as God, and this is when the Jews that are living in the West Bank are to flee to Jordan. Daniel 11:31 states, “…and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.”
I understand the fall of Babylon to occur at the very end of the Great Tribulation. This Babylon is a literal city, and “Mystery Babylon” is the apostate religion (the false religion that sets up once the true Church is raptured). This religion only lasts 3 ½ years (the first part of the tribulation), because at the beginning of the Great Tribulation, the Antichrist destroys it and ONLY allows the worship of himself.
In summary, I believe from Scripture that Satan will try to duplicate God; so that is why he will take control of the Holy Land, the Holy City and the Holy Temple Mount, because he knows that is exactly what Christ will do. The Holy City Jerusalem is where Christ will rule His Kingdom from during the Millennium. That is why Antichrist will set up his headquarters there and enter the temple. That temple will be destroyed and another built which is described in Ezekiel Chapters 40—48. In addition to this new Temple being rebuilt, Christ will also restore the land from all the destruction that has come upon it during the Great Tribulation.
-M. James, AR