The world empire of false religion, embracing all religions whose teachings and practices that do not conform to the worship of Jehovah, the only true God. Following the flood of Noah’s day, false religion had its beginning at Babel (later known as Babylon; (Gen. 10:8-10; 11: 4-9) In time, Babylonian religious beliefs and practices spread to many lands.Sp Babylon the Great became a fitting name for false religion as a whole.
What evidence points toward Babylon the Great, referred to in Revelations?
It could not be the ancient city of Babylon. Relations was written at the end of the first century C.E. and describes events that would reach down to our day. The encyclopedia America says: ‘The city of Babylon was taken under Cyrus the Great in 539 B.C. Later Alexander the Great planned to make the capital of his eastern empire, but after his death Babylon began to loose importance.’ Today the city is an uninhabited ruin.
In the symbolism of revelation, Babylon the Great is referred to as a ‘great city,’ a Kingdom that rules other Kings. (Rev. 17:18) Like a city it would have many organizations within it; and like a kingdom that includes other kings in its domain, it would be international in scope. It is described as having relations with political rulers and contributing much to the wealth of men in commerce, while itself becoming a third element that ‘has become a dwelling place of demons’ and a persecutor of prophets and of holy ones.’ – Rev. 18:2, 9-17, 24.