I received the following question:

Is Babylon the city that takes over in the day of the Lord with antichrist?

Well, that’s a good question. Babylon is definitely a center of revolt in the tribulation and the rebellion against God’s kingdom. It seems to become a great center of commerce (remember that buying and selling is not the economic system in the kingdom,) as well as a center of false religion. All the rebellious nations of the earth traffic with it, and many enrich themselves through its activities (remember, no one is enriched during the kingdom before the rebellion, but all share what they need.) For a while it seems that the anti-Christ lives with it, but it would seem when it is destroyed that he betrays it, and sacks it for his own gain. This results in its destruction, as we read in Revelation 18:21.

21. Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, “Thus with violence the great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be found anymore.

Yet we must remember that Revelation is abundant with figures of speech, many of which are not entirely clear. Whether this is the literal city of Babylon of the past, or whether it is just a type of the systems (commercial and religious) that it was famous for which will appear in the revolt and then be destroyed, it is hard to say. I would not be too confident to say that this is the actual Babylon of the past here. It might well be, but Revelation is a mysterious book, and so I would not insist too strongly upon it. Yet notice that the utter destruction of it here fits with what we saw in Jeremiah 51.

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