Fallen: The Fate of the Mega-Whore

(This paper is published here as a theological reference for the pastor, teacher, student, scholar, and every thoughtful believer.)
The fall of Babylon is located in the section depicting the pouring of the seventh bowl in the second vision of John. From a literary angle, the first vision includes Christ and the seven churches (1:9-3:22);1 and the second, the heavenly throne, scroll, trumpets, and bowls, and the temple, dragon, woman, and two beasts (4:1-16:21). The third vision contains details of Babylon, the beast, ten kings, and the final messianic victory and consummation (17:1-21:8). The fourth includes the new Jerusalem (21:8-22:5). The seventh bowl includes a proclamation of the fall of Babylon with a great earthquake and a plague of hailstones (16:19). John introduced Babylon in 14:8 and 16:19, and now singles out this image in chapters 17-18, describing it in detail as an important aspect of the coming of the end.

This essay shall identify the distinctive characteristics of Babylon, examine the basis for her condemnation, and probe prophetic statements of her destruction, by analyzing apocalyptic imagery, OT motifs, and descriptive clues in chapters 17-18. I will then draw theological implications based on exegesis of the relevant texts, within a qualified present/future interpretive framework. . . . more

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