This Revelation Timeline Decoded Bible study focuses on the perspective that Jerusalem is Babylon in Revelation.
People who proclaim that Jerusalem is Babylon focus on select verses to build a narrative that seems convincing, but context is everything.
In my explanations on this page, I’m just giving summaries, as I can’t give a full explanation of each passage on this one study, as it would be way too long. I provide links to studies that give a more information and I prove them out in detail in the Revelation Timeline Decoded video series and books which are available as free PDFs.
People who proclaim that Jerusalem is Babylon, cite 1 Peter 5:13 to say that Peter was in Jerusalem.
The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son.
They point to verses such as Galatians 1:18 that say that Peter was in Jerusalem, to try to prove their point.
Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.
But that doesn’t mean that Peter was in Jerusalem his whole life, so it doesn’t prove that Jerusalem is Babylon. Peter undertook missionary journeys to Lydda, Joppa and Caesarea. And Peter appears to have written his first epistle while in Rome.
Peter referred to Rome as Babylon because the Roman Empire worshiped the pagan gods that originated in Babylon, with Nimrod the sun god, Semiramis the Queen of Heaven moon goddess and their incarnate christ-child Tammuz.
The pagan gods were given different names in Egypt, Greek and Rome.
The twelve gods and goddesses of pagan Rome were: 1. Jupiter (Zeus) · 2. Juno (Hera) · 3. Minerva (Athena) · 4. Neptune (Poseidon) · 5. Venus (Aphrodite) · 6. Mars (Ares) · 7. Apollo · 8. Diana (Artemis) · 9. Vulcan (Hephaestus) · 10. Vesta (Hestia) · 11. Mercury (Hermes) · 12. Ceres (Demeter).
Compared to Judea, where Peter lived much of his life, Rome seemed like Babylon in its overt paganism.
The English Standard Version Bible introduction to 1 Peter says,
He probably wrote the letter from Rome (see 5:13; “Babylon” almost certainly refers to Rome) around A.D. 62–63 during Nero’s reign. link
Even Pastor Chuck Swindoll, who teaches the false, futuristic prophecy fulfillment explanations, says,
At the time he wrote, Peter had not yet been arrested, an event that would lead to his martyrdom around AD 66–68. First Peter 5:13 indicates that Peter sent greetings from the local church—calling it “Babylon”—but it’s most likely that the apostle was writing in a common metaphor there. He used the name of the ancient Mesopotamian city as a stand-in for Rome, the modern city that, like Babylon, gave itself over to idol worship and false gods. While the fact is not recorded in the Bible, Peter has long been thought to have spent his final years serving the church in Rome. Based on the numerous references to suffering and persecution in this letter, Peter likely wrote in AD 64, just as the persecution of Christians under Nero was ramping up. link
People who proclaim that Jerusalem is Babylon, ignore the witness of the saints and even Catholics, who proclaimed that the name of Babylon is pointing to Rome.
Tertullian (155/160-220 AD) said,
Babylon, in our John, is a figure of the city Rome, as being equally great and proud of her sway, and triumphant over the saints. (Answer to the Jews, 9)
Hippolytus (180-230 AD) said,
Tell me, blessed John, Apostle and disciple of the Lord, what did thou see and hear concerning Babylon? Arise, and speak; for it sent thee also into banishment. (Treatise on Christ and Anti-Christ, Section 36). By a similar usage Babylon also in our St. John is a figure of the city of Rome, as being like (Babylon) great and proud in royal power, and warring down the saints of God. (Against Marcion, 3.13)
Victorinus (3rd century), who wrote the earliest commentary on the Apocalypse extant, said,
Therefore in the trumpets and phials Is signified either the desolation of the plagues that are sent upon the earth, or the madness of Anti-Christ himself, or the cutting off of the peoples, or the diversity of the plagues, or the hope in the kingdom of the saints, or the ruin of states, or the great overthrow of Babylon, that is, the Roman state. (Commentary on the Apocalypse, 17.2). The seven heads are the seven hills on which the woman sitteth – that is, the city of Rome. (Commentary on the Apocalypse, 17.9)
Eusebius Pamphilius (260-340 AD) stated:
And Peter makes mention of Mark in his first epistle which they say that he wrote in Rome itself, as is indicated by him, when he calls the city, by a figure, Babylon, as he does in the following words: ‘The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, salutes you; and so does Marcus my son.’ (Church History, 2.15)
Here’s what some of the great theologians said about Babylon in 1 Peter 5:13.
Matthew Poole’s Commentary on the Holy Bible, which was written in the 17th century, says,
Most judicious interpreters, by the great city here, understand Rome, which is seven or eight times (under the name of Babylon) so called in this book, Revelation 14:8; 16:19; 18:10,16,18-19,21; nor is any other city but that so called.
John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible, which was written in the 18th century, says,
Babylon the great”; that is, the great city, by which name the church of Rome may well be called, because of the signification of it, confusion, its doctrine and worship being a confused mixture of Paganism, Judaism, and Christianity; and because of the pride and haughtiness of it, its tyranny and cruelty, and its sorceries and idolatry.
Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Bible, which was written in the 19th century, says,
Babylon the great. Papal Rome, the nominal head of the Christian world, as Babylon had been of the heathen world.
In History Unveiling Prophecy, which was written in 1905, Henry Grattan Guinness declared:
The character and history of the Church of Rome, her proud position as seated on “the seven hills” of the Imperial city, and “reigning over the kings” and peoples of the earth, her gorgeous self-adornment, her fabulous wealth and luxury, her adulterous association with kings and princes of the Roman Empire, her multiplied idolatries, and cruel persecutions of the saints, and her judgment as finally hated and cast off, stripped and torn by the ten horned wild beast power which had previously carried her, and done her bidding; all this has been recognized as marvelously portrayed in the Apocalyptic vision of the harlot “Babylon the Great,” drunken with “the blood of the saints and of the martyrs of Jesus.”
Roman Catholic theologians have admitted that Rome is Babylon in prophecy.
Protestant interpreters maintain, while Roman Catholic interpreters admit, that Babylon of the Apocalypse is Rome.
Cardinal Bellarmine said: St. John in the Apocalypse, calls Rome Babylon; for no other city besides Rome reigned in his age over the Kings of the Earth, and it is well known that Rome was seated upon seven hills. (Bellarmine de Rom. Pont. ii. c. 2. $ Prætereà, tom. i. p. 232, ed. Colon, 1615)
Cardinal Baronius said: It is confessed that Rome is signified in the Apocalypse by the name of Babylon. (Baronius, Annal. A.D. 45, num. 18)
A top apologist for the Roman Catholic Church, Karl Keating, emphatically states:
Babylon is a code word for Rome. It is used that way six times in the last book of the Bible. It is used that way six times in the last book of the Bible and in extra biblical works such as Sibylling Oracles (5,159f.), the Apocalypse of Baruch (ii,I), and Esdras (3:1). (Catholicism and Fundamentalism by Karl Keating, Chapter 17)
Revered Cardinal Gibbons of the Roman Catholic Church stated:
The penetration of the religion of Babylon became so general and well known that Rome was called the New Babylon (Faith of our fathers 1917 ed. Cardinal Gibbons, p. 106)
Revered Cardinal Newman of the Roman Catholic Church admits in his book that;
The “temples, incense, oil lamps, votive offerings, holy water, Holidays, seasons of devotion, processions, blessings of the fields, sacerdotal vestments, the tonsure (of priests, monks, nuns), images, and statues… are all of PAGAN ORIGIN” (The Development of the Christian Religion Cardinal Newman p.359)
Augustine of the Roman Catholic Church in his book “The city of God” which is based on the Apocalypse, proclaimed that Rome is Babylon.
In Assyria, therefore, the dominion of the impious city had the pre-eminence. Its head was Babylon – an earth-born city, most fitly named, for it means confusion. There Ninus reigned after the death of his father Belus, who first had reigned there sixty-five years. His son, Ninus, who on his father’s death, succeeded to the kingdom, reigned fifty-two years, and had been king forty-three years when Abraham was born, which was about the 1200th year before Rome was founded, as it were another Babylon in the west. (The City of God, 16.17)
Where it is needful, to mention the Assyrian kings, that it may appear how Babylon, like a first Rome, ran its course along with the city of God, which is a stranger in this world. But the things proper for insertion in this work in comparing the two cities, that is, the earthly and heavenly, ought to be taken mostly from the Greek and Latin Kingdoms, where Rome herself is like a second Babylon. (The City of God, 18.2)
To be brief, the city of Rome was rounded, like another Babylon, and as it were the daughter of the former Babylon, by which God was pleased to conquer the whole world, and subdue it far and wide by bringing it into one fellowship of government and laws. (The City of God, 18.22).
We can see by the witness of the saints and even Catholics, that the name Babylon refers to Rome, the city which is the headquarters of the antichrist beast popes who lead the harlot Roman Catholic Church.
People who proclaim that Jerusalem is Babylon, cite verses that say that Jerusalem killed the prophets.
Though it’s true that the Jews in Jerusalem killed the prophets who were sent to them, the narrative of Revelation is not about what took place in the first century.
In Messiah’s Olivet Discourse, He condemned the Jewish leaders for killing the prophets and seeking to kill Him.
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 ye slew between the temple and the altar. Matthew 23:35
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Matthew 23:37
The Jewish nation was punished for rejecting their promised Messiah and delivering Him up to be killed, during the Jewish-Roman War of 66-70 AD. That is the context of Messiah’s Olivet Discourse in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21. Read The Olivet Discourse Deception
But the prophecies in Revelation are not about what the Jews did in Jerusalem, but about Satan using the leaders of the Roman beast kingdom to kill Messiah’s prophets and saints.
The word prophet is not just pointing to people like Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, etc., but to a leader in Messiah’s Ekklesia of saints who proclaims the fulfillment of prophecy. The Greek word for ‘prophets’ (4396, prophetes) means a foreteller of prophecy, an inspired speaker.
During the last 1,900 years, Messiah saints have proclaimed the fulfillment of Revelation prophecies and they have witnessed against the antichrist beast popes and their harlot church, thus they are prophets. Read Historical Witnesses Against Antichrist
Daniel 2 and Daniel 7 describe four beast kingdom: Babylon > Medo-Persia > Greece > Rome, with the last one enduring in power until Messiah returns.
In Revelation, John picks up the narrative of the Satan-empowered leaders of the Roman beast kingdom: the pagan Emperors > the antichrist beast popes > the false prophet Jesuit Superior Generals.
The pagan Roman Emperors persecuted Messiah’s saints during ten persecution periods, which took place from the mid first century until 312 AD, when Constantine stopped them.
Revelation 12 describes the pagan Roman Emperors persecuting the early church which was birthed out of much pain. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Revelation 12:11 Read Revelation 12 – The Roman Empire Beast Phase
Revelation 2:9-10 points to the martyrs of the Roman Emperors, especially to the great time of tribulation which took place from 303-312 AD (ten prophetic days), when Emperor Diocletian sought to wipe out Messiah’s Ekklesia of saints. Read Revelation 2-3 Seven Church Eras
The fifth seal of Revelation 6 describes the martyrs of the Roman Emperors, whose blood cried out for vengeance. It came during the trumpet judgments, when army after army were sent to attack the Roman Empire, leading to the Western and Eastern Roman Emperors being removed from power, and the fall of the pagan Roman Empire. Read Revelation 6 – 5th Seal Martyrs
The antichrist beast popes used Catholics to torture and kill tens of millions of Messiah’s saints during the Dark Ages and Inquisition. Read 1,260 Years Of Great Tribulation
People who proclaim that Jerusalem is Babylon, cite Revelation 11:8 which says that Messiah was killed in Jerusalem.
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.
That seems like a clear literal statement, but context is everything and it starts with Revelation 11:1-2.
And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
The ‘temple’ that is being referred to is not an end-times rebuilt temple in Jerusalem.
It’s the temple which is made without hands by the Father, as Messiah is the cornerstone, the disciples are the foundation and the saints are the stones which make up the walls. This is the temple that the Heavenly Father indwells.
It’s telling the saints to use the ruler of Scripture to measure what a church teaches against the Word, to see if they’re teaching concepts which line up with Scripture or are contrary to the Word.
Revelation 11:1-2 was fulfilled when the Spirit caused Catholic monk Martin Luther to be given the Scriptures and he was told to compare what the Roman Catholic Church teaches against the Word. He found that the papal church is a harlot church, and that it’s not part of the true church of Messiah. Read Revelation 11 – Measuring The Temple
The Scriptures witness against the antichrist beast popes, who are an enemy of Messiah and His saints, as they teach a false gospel and false intercessor in Mary. Many saints, including Martin Luther, witnessed against the popes and their harlot church.
People who proclaim that Jerusalem is Babylon, cite Revelation 11:10 about the two prophets.
And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
The proper context of Revelation 11 is the two witnesses against the antichrist beast popes, the Scriptures and the saints. It’s not pointing to two men such as Enoch and Elijah being brought back in the end times and witnessing against the supposed one-man antichrist.
The narrative of the two witnesses is about the Scriptures and the saints, which testified the true Gospel of Messiah and witnessed against the antichrist beast popes of Rome during their 1,260-year reign of power from 538-1798 AD.
Messiah proclaimed that the Scriptures ‘testify’ about Him and that His Saints are His ‘witnesses.’ The two church eras of Thyatira and Sardis, the two lampstands, existed during the 1,260 year reign of the Popes. The Scriptures feed oil to the Saints to give them light. This is why the Popes sought to wipe them out.
From 538-1514 AD, the Roman Catholic Church worked so relentlessly to eliminate the two witnesses of the Scriptures and the saints, that the Papal Church pronounced them as being ‘dead’ in May 1514 AD.
And there was silence for 3 1/2 years (3 1/2 prophetic days), when nobody testified against the antichrist beast pope, which caused them to celebrate with feasts.
Then, exactly 3 1/2 years after the Papal Church had proclaimed that the two witnesses were ‘dead,’ Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses, which sparked the Protestant Reformation and brought the two witnesses back to life. That led to millions of people coming out of the false Papal Church, to be saved by the pure Gospel of Messiah.
With the advent of the printing press, many little books (Revelation 10), printed Bibles were spread around the world, witnessing about the pure Gospel of Messiah and against the popes of Rome who are false priests. Read Revelation 10 – The Little Book
The followers of Messiah then used the rod of iron, the Scriptures, to take back control of the nations, such as England, which had been held by the Papal Church. Read Revelation 11 – The Two Witnesses
Let’s focus on Revelation 11:8 to see what it’s really declaring.
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.
The word “was” is not in the Greek manuscripts, as there is no Greek word after it.
The translators inserted the word ‘was’ to make it read better and since Messiah died in Jerusalem, they made it past tense.
But the context of Revelation 11 is not about the first century, it’s about war between the Satan-empowered antichrist beast popes and Messiah’s saints. Messiah was pointing to a future fulfillment, during the time of the two witnesses, who testified against the manmade concepts that are taught by the popes of Rome and their church.
So the context of the passage should use the present tense word “is,” so that it reads as,
And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord is crucified.
I’ve not added to the Word, as the word for ‘was’ is not in the Scriptural manuscripts. I’m simply shown how it can point to a present tense instead of a past tense, and the context of the chapter proves it out.
The ‘great city’ in Revelation is not Jerusalem, but Rome, as it was the great city of John’s day when the Roman Empire was at it’s height of power. Per Revelation 1:19, the vision was written from John’s perspective. Read Revelation Is From John’s Perspective
Here’s a drawing the Martin Luther had made, which shows who are the two witnesses.
There are two dead saints on the left, in the great city of Rome. We see Luther and another reformer with the Words of Scripture coming out of their mouth like flames of fire. We see that they are witnessing against the antichrist beast pope, which is symbolized by a dragon with the pope’s mitre on its head.
Here’s how the antichrist beast popes crucify Messiah in the great city of Rome.
The antichrist beast popes proclaim to bring Messiah down from heaven to crucify Him afresh during their blasphemous Eucharist ceremony, to atone for sins. This denies Messiah’s one-time atonement for sin.
And they carry out this blasphemous ceremony in front of a wicked graven image crucifix, which keeps Messiah perpetually crucified, mocking Him.
Messiah is seen as crucified during the wicked Eucharist ceremony in Rome and Roman Catholic Churches around the world, many times a week. Messiah is seen as crucified on crucifixes in Catholic homes around the world.
To make the narrative of the Messiah being perpetually crucified on the wicked crucifix worse, the image of the crucifix equates to 666.
The Roman Catholic Church is called Sodom and Egypt because she symbolically carries out the Babylonian Mystery Religion of pagan god worship, under the veneer of the Christian faith. This is why she’s called “Mystery, Babylon the Great” in Revelation 17, because she proclaims to be Messiah’s one-true church, but she is steeped in pagan god worship.
People who proclaim that Jerusalem is Babylon, cite the verses in Revelation 14, to make it seem like it’s pointing to Jerusalem in the end times.
And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb. Revelation 14:8-10
Revelation 14 describes two harvests, one of souls for the kingdom, and the other a judgment against people who had the mark of the beast.
Revelation 14 foretold the harvest of Catholics who were ripe for the pure Gospel, as they had been suppressed by the Pope, who forbid Bible reading, taught only in Latin, and only offered salvation by works through the Papal Church. Millions of Catholics were saved during the Protestant Reformation by the preaching of the pure Gospel. HalleluYah!
Revelation 14 gave a special blessing for the Protestants who were preaching the everlasting gospel and were martyred during the Papal Inquisition.
And it gave warning to those who had the mark of the beast, as Elohim poured out His wrath on France, Spain and other countries, who had killed the Protestants.
There are two separate mentions of the mark of the beast in the Bible, this one in the 17th-18th centuries; and one that comes during the reign of the earth beast in the last days.
France and Spain had many Catholics, including their kings, who revered (mark on forehead) the Pope, they bowed to his authority and they obeyed (mark on right hand, actions) his commands.
They had the mark of the beast on them, not physically, but symbolically. Their reverence of the Pope is the ‘mark on their forehead.’ Their obedience of his commands is the ‘mark on right their hand.’ This tells us what the mark really means.
France was called the Eldest Son of the Papal Church, because their leaders diligently followed the Pope’s orders. France was split between Catholics and Protestants (called the Huguenots), so the Pope caused the King of France to have his people make war with the Protestants. At the St. Batholomew’s Day Massacre, they killed many tens of thousands of Huguenots.
The persecution in France was so severe, that no Protestants were left, as a million of them had either been killed or they fled.
Their judgment led to the first four vial judgments in Revelation 16.
People who proclaim that Jerusalem is Babylon, ignore the full description in Revelation 16.
They cite Revelation 16:6, to proclaim that it’s Jerusalem who killed the prophets.
For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.
But the context of the vial judgments is against France, Spain and other countries who revered the antichrist beast pope, bowed to his authority and followed his commands to kill millions of Protestants, so they had the mark of the beast on them and Elohim poured out His wrath on them with the bowl judgments.
The 1st Bowl was poured out when the Jesuits caused the foul and loathsome sore of atheism to spread across France. The French Protestants had been killed, so the Catholic religion was all that was left. Elohim allowed the abomination of atheism to turn the French people away from the Papal Church.
The 2nd Bowl was poured out as the Jesuits incited the French people to revolt against the Catholic Church leaders and France’s leaders, and their heads rolled. During the French Revolution 250,000 were killed in the very places that the French Protestants had been killed. Water symbolically represents people. In this case, it represents the French people in the large cities being killed.
The 3rd Bowl was poured out as the bloody French Revolution spread out from the major cities (seas) to the more rural areas (rivers and springs, smaller groups of people) where they had shed the blood of saints and prophets, and now it was time for them to drink the same fate.
The 4th Bowl was poured out as the Jesuits caused the bloody Napoleonic wars with countries that had previously banned them, so they were getting their revenge. The ‘sun’ represents the mighty military leader Napoleon, who within the space of eight years, scorched every kingdom in Europe, from Naples to Berlin, and from Lisbon to Moscow. Elohim used it to exact revenge against the countries that had shed the blood of His followers. But the leaders of the countries did not repent, they blasphemed Elohim for His punishment.
The context of the prophets being killed in Revelation 16 has nothing to do with Jerusalem.
People who proclaim that Jerusalem is Babylon, cite Revelation 16:19.
And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
The seventh vial judgment seems to point to the Roman beast kingdom, called the great city, controlling the world via three city-state corporations.
Then the judgment of the harlot church of Rome will take place, as the Heavenly Father’s wrath is against her because she has misled the nations with a false gospel, false messiah and because she has made war with the saints.
People who proclaim that Jerusalem is Babylon, ignore the full description in Revelation 17, which describes the harlot church of Rome, which symbolically practices the Babylonian Mystery Religion.
The Roman Catholic Church proclaims to be the ‘one-true church’ of Messiah, but they teach a false gospel of works through the sacraments and that Mary is the intercessor to the Father; which denies Messiah.
The House of Israel was called a harlot because they worshiped pagan gods. The Roman Catholic Church is a harlot because they proclaim to be the church of Messiah, but the antichrist beast popes erected ten phallic-symbol obelisks which represent the pagan sun god.
One of them is in a sun-wheel in front of St. Peter’s Basilica, which designates it as a temple of the sun god.
On the morning of the spring equinox, the sun travels down the road leading to St Pete’s Basilica. Sun rays strike the phallic symbol obelisk of the sun god and causes the shadow to fall onto the dome of the basilica which represents the womb of the moon goddess. Then nine months later their incarnate christ-child Tammuz is born.
The Roman Catholic Church is a harlot because their blasphemous Eucharist ceremony.
The antichrist beast pope raises the round sun god wafer (which represents Nimrod) up to be revered. Then he puts it in the monstrance which has sun rays radiating out of it. It’s placed it on the lunette, which is crescent moon that represents the moon goddess Semiramis.
This symbolizes the sexual union of the sun god and mood goddess, which produces their incarnate christ-child Tammuz.
The antichrist beast popes revere the Queen of Heaven, the pagan moon goddess, and burn incense for her during their ceremonies. The Heavenly Father forbid this, which is why the Roman Catholic Church is called a harlot.
But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil. But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine. And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men? Jeremiah 44:17-19
The Roman Catholic Church is called “Mystery, Babylon the Great’ because she proclaims to be the church of Messiah, but she symbolically carries out the Babylonian Mystery Religion during her ceremonies. This was a mystery to John. Read The Satanic Solemn High Mass At St. Peters Basilica
The Roman Catholic Church makes graven images and bow to them and pray to them, which is forbidden in the second commandment.
The Roman priests of the harlot church of Rome wear purple and scarlet robes. They use the golden cup during the blasphemous Eucharist ceremony, which proclaims to bring Messiah down from heaven to sacrifice Him again for sins, which denies His one-time atonement for sins.
The Roman Catholic Church has been drunk with the blood of the saints, when they killed tens of millions during the Dark Ages and Inquisition.
Here’s a drawing the Martin Luther had made, which shows the harlot wearing the mitre of her leader, the antichrist beast popes. She is holding the golden cup of her abominations. She is standing on many waters, over the sea of people of the ten kingdoms of the fallen Western Roman Empire.
We see the kings of western Roman Empire bowing before her and giving the antichrist beast pope and his harlot church, their authority.
People who proclaim that Jerusalem is Babylon, ignore the full description in Revelation 18, which describes how the Roman Catholic Church has enriched the kings of the earth.
They cite the verses in Revelation 18, to try to make it appear that it points to Jerusalem, but the whole chapter describes the Roman Catholic Church.
And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. Revelation 18:2
Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come. Revelation 18:10
And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. Revelation 18:21
Revelation 18 describes all of the money that the antichrist beast popes have spent on their many ornate basilicas and in carrying out their Babylonian Mystery Religion ceremonies.
You can view images of these lavish art museums, which are full of graven images that are forbidden in the second commandment, which symbolize the pagan gods of the Babylonian Mystery Religion under the veneer of the Scriptural faith; on this Wikipedia page that lists the different Catholic basilicas.
Click on the links in the second paragraph for the major basilicas of St John Lateran, St Peter’s, St Paul outside the Walls, and St Mary Major; and then click on the picture on the right to see many photos of the basilica. You see the marble, ivory, fine wood, brass, iron, gold, silver, etc., that John lists in Revelation 18:12-13. You see the wealth that has been spent on these lavish basilicas, which rival the best art museums in the world.
The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.
You see the items that are used during the unscriptural Roman Catholic Church sacraments, as they use cinnamon and frankincense to burn incense for the Queen of Heaven, the priests drink the wine during the blasphemous Eucharist ceremony, they use anointing oil and ointments, and the flour is used in the Eucharist wafers.
No other entity fits the description of Revelation 18 like the Roman Catholic Church, whose has enriched the merchants of the earth, from which she made her purchases.
It’s primarily those who have been misled by the Roman Jesuit’s false preterist and futurist prophecy fulfillment explanations, who point to Jerusalem as Babylon.
Some do this out of ignorance, others no doubt by deception to deflect blame away from Rome. And that’s the underlying narrative of both futurism and preterism, to deflect blame away from the leaders of Rome who control the world. Read How The Deceptions Spread
Most of the prophecies in Revelation have been fulfilled in exacting detail during the last 1,900 years, which invalidates the futurist and preterist explanations. Read Revelation Fulfillment Timeline