Many have speculated the identity of end times’ “Babylon the Great.” Rome has been the prime candidate, as well as New York/America. It is not the original Babylon in Iraq, but it’s practices are identical to the original Babylonian religious system. Although the Bible says Babylon is a mystery to the world, it tells plainly where it is located.
John’s Vision, in Revelation chapter 17, describes MYSTERY BABYLON as the “MOTHER OF HARLOTS.”
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:
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.
So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness (the desert): and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured (war/blood) beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. Rev 17:1-5
This “whore” is not a literal woman. In Hosea, his wife (who was a whore) represented Israel. This whore represents the idolatrous gentiles of the last days.
- She is the opposite of a faithful “bride of Christ” church.
- According to the Daily Prophecy Digest, she is the “most extreme example”… as in …”mother of all” anti-Christ churches.
Although many Bible scholars have interpreted Mystery Babylon to be the Vatican in Rome, others show that the Middle Eastern religious system of Islam falls precisely into the description of Mystery Babylon.
The video above compares the ancient Babylonian worship to the worship of modern-day Islam.
She is not in Rome, or in America as some insist. She is in the Middle East, and her worship involves a woman’s genitalia, and a promise of eternal, and unlimited sex in paradise.
In fact, Ex-Muslim extremist, and converted Christian writer, Walid Shoebat asserts that Mystery Babylon is MECCA, NOT the Vatican. Mr. Shoebat writes of Revelation 17:4:
Everything that the harlot is described it fits the Ka’ba; dress, pearls, jewels, gold, silver and even the blasphemies etched in silver threads with golden inlays across her attire. Just the doors of the Ka’ba alone has 280 kilograms of pure gold.”
John saw WATER around the prostitue in the vision, but the angel explained that it was multitudes of people from around the world:
The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages. Rev 17:15
Muslims around the world must face Mecca, which houses the Kaaba (Ka’ba) stone, when praying, and are required to journey there, in the annual Hajj, to worship Allah, the Moon God, at least once in their lifetime. They must walk around the Kaaba several times before kissing the stone, which sits at one corner of the building.
The act of sex plays a significant role in Islam’s worship. Keith Thompson of AnsweringIslam.org, writes in “Heaven vs Jannah:”
It is clear that Jesus Christ in the 1st century record repudiated the idea that there would be marriage in God’s Holy Kingdom. However, in the Islamic documents, namely Quran, and Hadith, Men will have wives and sex partners. The description of the Islamic Janneh is extremely graphic as opposed to the established Heaven that Jesus taught.
Interestingly enough, the casing, that houses the kaaba stone is shaped like a woman’s genitals.
Mr. Shoebat explains the Bible’s sexual reference to the “harlot” religion as follows:
The reference to a prostitute in Revelation 17 regarding the “Whore of Babylon” is no coincidence: “And the woman (whore) was arrayed in purple and scarlet color” (v. 17)…
…resembles the near copulating with the Ka’ba’s Black Stone, which historically was dedicated to Aphrodite, the prostitute goddess that was called “Aphrodite Porne” (Aphrodite the Prostitute), “the goddess adorned in purple”, similar to the depictions given in Revelation 17:4, which the Ka’ba has a scarlet-colored inner garment.
According to Shoebat, John of Damascus notes: “After the Hajj was preformed by Muhammad, the ‘rubbing and kissing the [of the Black Stone]…was extremely passionate.’”
Some radical believers of Islam, such as Boko Haram, and the Islamic State (ISIS) have taken that sexual passion to another “abomination” level. Claiming that sexual enslavement is sanctioned by Islamic scripture, they have revived ancient sex slavery traditions of Islam in 2014, and 2015. The New York Times reported one young victim’s story of ISIS slavery:
“He said that by raping me, he is drawing closer to God . . . every time he came to rape me, he would pray,” said F, a 15 year old girl who was captured on the shoulder of mount Sinjar one year ago and was sold to an Iraqi fighter in his 20’s . . . “He kept telling me this is Ibadah,” she said using a term from Islamic scripture meaning worship.
Mystery Babylon is a system of religious idolatry, and the birthplace of Satan’s evil operations, but besides her spiritual adultery, she also commits “fornication” with “the kings of the earth,” which is why her own beast will turn on her.
The beast and the ten horns (10 Antichrist nations) you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to hand over to the beast their royal authority, until God’s words are fulfilled.” Rev 17:16-17
For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. Rev 18:3
Although Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of Islam, Mr. Shoebat, in his article, “The Bible Prophecies That Iran Will Get Nukes,” interprets Saudi Arabia to be the “harlot,” that Iran will level with nuclear weapons. Iran will eventually turn on her for selling herself to those who are drunk on her “wine (oil),” and for her whoring relations with the west.
Isaiah brilliantly predicted that Iran (biblical Elam) must and will destroy Arabia. In Isaiah 21:9, Isaiah levels a prophetic oracle against Babylon using the same announcement in Revelation 18:1-2 and Revelation 14:8: “Babylon is fallen, is fallen”:
- “The burden against Dumah” (Isaiah 21:11)
- “The burden against Arabia” (Isaiah 21:13)
- “All the glory of Kedar will fail” (Isaiah 21:16)
These “Dumah” and “Kedar” are all in Arabia which is literally mentioned as “Arabia” in verse 13. It can’t get any clearer than this, which is destroyed by Iran “Elam” (Isaiah 21:2) in a complete wipe out. Which brings me to my second challenge to the world of doubting Thomasses. When it comes to the destruction of end-days Babylon “Babylon is fallen is fallen”, how come Scripture makes no mention of any of the ancient Babylonian cities: Nineveh, Ur, Babel, Erech, Accad, Sumer, Assur, Calneh, Mari, Karana, Ellpi, Eridu, Kish, or Tikrit? Why are all of the literal references in Scripture that when it comes to “Babylon” the vicinities and towns are all in Arabia, not Iraq or even Rome as many assume?
WHERE IS MYSTERY BABYLON?
The angel told John, “the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth. Rev 17:18 (KJV)
A prophecy against the Desert by the Sea (Isa 21:1 NIV, Rev 17:3)
“Babylon has fallen, has fallen! All the images of its gods lie shattered on the ground!” (Isa 21:9, Rev 18:2)
“In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!” Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off (Rev 18:17 NIV)
Mecca, Saudi Arabia is regarded as the holiest city in Islam, and was the birthplace of Muhammad, Islam’s founder; an interesting side note since the Bible refers to Mystery Babylon as the “mother of…” Mecca also sits in the desert, by the Red Sea.
According to Mr. Shoebat:
The Red Sea is a geographic indicator as to where the Last-Days Babylon will be located. Look at Mecca on any map and you will see that it sits near the Red Sea. Some may object, saying that Jeremiah 49 is speaking about Edom, which was primarily located in modern day Jordan. Yet, in Ezekiel 25, “Edom” stretches from Teman (Yemen) to Dedan (Saudi Arabia)” (v. 13). Greater Edom included all of the west coast of the Arabian Peninsula.
Notice the description of her destruction: “‘As Sodom and Gomorrah were overthrown, along with their neighboring towns,’ says the LORD, ‘so no one will live there; no man will dwell in it,’” (Jeremiah 49:18).
It is no surprise that Iran is focused on Saudi Arabia, since the Bible predicted that the harlot is destroyed by the beast she rides, that is, the nations she deceived with her spiritual harlotry—Islam.
It is a place where “the Arabian” will never “pitch tent” again:
It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there. Isa 13:20 (KJV)
Pitching tents in the desert does not describe a Western country.
And they threw dust on their heads and were crying out, weeping and mourning, saying, ‘Woe, woe, the great city, in which all who had ships at sea became rich by her wealth, for in one hour she has been laid waste!’ Rev 18:19
When was the last time we saw a westerner throw dust on their heads while weeping?
This adulterous religion rides (controls) the “beast” of Revelation 17, which is a confederacy of Middle Eastern nations that surround Israel.
THE BEAST ON WHICH THE WOMAN SITS
“This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits. They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for only a little while. The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction. Rev 17:9-11 (NIV)
Although Mecca sits on 7 Hills, Rev 17:9-11 (above) is describing seven empires (kingdoms/governments) that ruled the Middle East, and ceased to exist when the last empire fell; however, an eighth empire (kingdom/government), that was part of the seventh, will rise up, reviving this beast in the last days.
The Turkish Ottoman Empire (Caliphate) was the 7th, and last empire, that took the mantel from the 6th (Eastern Roman / Byzantine) Empire, generating a shift to Islamic religious power. The fall of Ottoman Empire came after the end of WWI. This deadly wound put the beast down…temporarily.
In Rev. 17, the Antichrist comes out of the 7th (empire) and into the 8th (and into destruction). Thus, if the 7th Turkish Ottoman Empire (Caliphate) will be the 8th revived empire (Caliphate), the Antichrist will come out of the Islamic Caliphate. When that may happen, remains to be seen.
Armageddon News explains that the “beast” of governments:
remained alive, as long as there was another Head/Empire to take over from the previous Head/Empire. It [the beast] only died when it ran out of Heads/Empires. It was the final 7th Head (Ottoman Caliphate) which saw the End/Death/Wound of the Beast. Which simply means, that the Empires in the Middle East ended. The Beast will revive when the final head, the Ottoman Empire/Caliphate, is revived again. And the 7th Head/Empire rules again as an 8th.
FROM WHAT NATION WILL THE ANTICHRIST RISE?
If you still can not rule out Rome, please read “The Identity of the Antichrist’s Kingdom: Arrive at the Conclusion Scripture Is Leading Us To,” by P2alm.com. The writer gives much clarity on this issue.
Rome’s armies (the “people of the Prince to come” in Daniel 9:26), were made up of mostly middle-eastern recruits (not Romans/Italians) by 70 AD, when they destroyed the temple under Titus, therefore, a Middle Eastern religious army would still be the “people of the Prince to come.”
In addition, the Roman Catholic church does not fit into the description of the Antichrist:
Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the Antichrist–denying the Father and the Son (1 John 2:22).
Catholicism may contradict the Bible in places, but they do believe Jesus Christ is the son of God. The Catholic church may fall more into the category of 2 Timothy 3:5 (and like verses): “Turn away from those who have a form of Godliness, but deny the power.” They may have “a form of Godliness,” and “deny the power” of the Holy Ghost, but they are not the religion of the anti-Christ.
However, Islam denies God’s Fatherhood, and that Jesus Christ is the son of God, which is one of the prerequisites for the anti-Christ. Further, Islam falls under many other Biblical definitions of the Antichrist. See the following link on Why The Biblical Antichrist Will come From The Middle East and Not Europe.
I highly recommend following New York Times bestselling author, film maker, and internationally recognized preacher and teacher, Joel Richardson. In his book, “The Islamic Antichrist,” he gives riveting description, from both Muslim, and Christian sources, of each of their saviors, and anti-saviors.
One of Richardson’s book reviewers, on Amazon, recaps that although Islam believes in Jesus, they have
an extensive description of him, and of what he will do, that reads just like the book of Revelation – in reverse. Yes, Muslims believe in Jesus. And that he will return. And that when he does, he will slaughter all the Jews and Christians who fail to convert to Islam! In the Muslim view, Jesus is not the prime player, he is the sidekick of the Mahdi, the new Caliph (or total ruler of the world, uniting the political and religious spheres in a single authority).
Below are comparisons between the Christian Antichrist, and the Islamic Mahdi (savior), that Richardson sources in chapter five of his book. AnsweringIslam.org provides the full chapter, “Comparing the Antichrist to the Mahdi.”
- The Antichrist – A Powerful Political and Military World Leader / The Mahdi – A World Ruler
- The Antichrist – a Spiritual World Leader / The Mahdi – a Spiritual World Leader
- The Antichrist’s Targeted Campaign against Jews and Christians / The Mahdi’s Targeted Campaign against Jews and Christians
- A Military Attack against Israel, and the Establishment of the Temple Mount as the Seat of Authority / The Mahdi’s Attack of Jerusalem, and the Establishment of the Islamic Caliphate from Jerusalem
- The Antichrist’s Seven Year Treaty with Israel / The Mahdi’s Seven Year Treaty with “the Romans”
- Daniel 7:25 says the Antichrist will seek to change the laws, and the times.
- The Rider on a White Horse
- Both Antichrist, and Mahdi are attributed to the same passage in the sixth chapter of Revelations (6:1-2).
Revelation 20:4 says the Antichrist will behead Christians, and/or anyone who refuses to worship the “beast:”
We are seeing evidence of an Islamic “beast,” already beheading Christians, and those who defy Sharia law where it is in place today; in middle east countries, like Saudi Arabia, and now the Islamic state. According to Wiki:
Sharia is a significant source of legislation in various Muslim countries. Some apply all or a majority of the sharia code, and these include Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Brunei, United Arab Emirates,Qatar, Yemen and Mauritania. In these countries, sharia prescribed punishments such as beheading, flogging and stoning continue to be practiced judicially or extra-judicially. The introduction of sharia is a longstanding goal for Islamist movements globally, including in Western countries, but attempts to impose sharia have been accompanied by controversy, violence, and even warfare.
According to Amnesty International, Saudi Arabia’s capital punishment (execution by PUBLIC BEHEADING) Rate is ‘Truly Unprecedented’ in 2015.
Russia is also ruled out, because scripture points to TURKEY as the Seat of “GOG” (Antichrist).
In Daniel 11, the Antichrist comes out of the 4 divided kingdoms of Alexander the Great, Assyria which is now Syria, parts of Iraq, Turkey. In the same chapter, he comes out of the “north.” Turkey is precisely north of Jerusalem (from the North pole).
Ankara, the capital city of Turkey, is directly North of Jerusalem; from the North Pole (Eze 38:15, 39:2)
The 7 Churches (that Paul wrote to) are all in Turkey – Rev 2
Satan’s Seat is in Turkey – Rev 2: 12-13
To the angel of the church in Pergamum [Turkey] write: These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword. I know where you live— where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me, not even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death in your city—where Satan lives. Rev 2:12-13
The Pergamon Altar: Although scripture is speaking of Turkey, itself, being the seat of Satan; there is an actual “Pergamon altar” that has been the topic of some conversations over the years. In two campaigns, starting in 1879, ‘Satan’s throne’ or the Pergamon Altar, as it is now called, was excavated by a German archeological team. The altar was shipped out of the Ottoman Empire (which will be a revived empire to assist the Antichrist) from the original location and was reconstructed in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin in the 19th century. Today, the altar still sits in Berlin where it can be seen alongside other monumental structures such as the Ishtar Gate from Babylon.
What is also interesting is that in March of 2006, the nation of Turkey, after failing to convince Germany to return the Altar decided to rebuild a perfect replica of the ancient Altar on the same ancient hill in Bergama, the location of ancient Pergamum. In March 2006, Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister Atilla Koc stated that, ‘There is no chance of having the altar returned from Germany, because we have no legal right. But now we have a new project. The exact copies (replicas) of those historical artifacts will be built on the original sites.’
Noah’s Ark Landed in the mountains of Ararat; southern Turkey, the source of the River Euphrates (Gen 8:4)
Persia (modern day Iran) Shares a boarder with Turkey (Eze 38:15)
Fountains of Waters are in Turkey, and they feed the River Euphrates (Rev 16:12)
Bible says GOG is Turkey (Eze 38:3)
Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince (prime minister/president) of Meshech and Tubal (two cities at either end of Turkey – universally accepted by Bible scholars, which still exist today):
The number of people who invade Israel will be 200,000,000,000 (200 mil).
And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. Rev 9:16
Ezekiel 38:5 tells us they come from “Persia (modern-day Iran), Ethiopia (modern-day Sudan), and Libya with them (Turkey); all of them with shield and helmet:” As of today these countries combine a very close estimate to that total.
Keeping an eye on Turkey as the seat of the Antichrist, means understanding that Turkey will likely lead the coalition of nations that rise against Israel in the last days (Ezekiel 38 & 39).