- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Questions about Bible Prophecy and the End Times
- Published on Friday, 20 November 2009 10:49
The history of Babylon with its religious implications goes back to Nimrod (Genesis 10:8-10; Genesis 11:1-9). Old Testament references to Tammuz (Ezekiel 8:14), the queen of heaven (Jeremiah 7:18; Jeremiah 44:17-19, 25) and Baal point to the abominations of Babylon’s confusion. Zechariah 5:5-11 sees a woman who embodies all wickedness and whose house is built in Shinar (Babylon, see Gen 10:10). The influence of "the mother of harlots and abominations" preceded Christendom. Her influence is obvious in the greatest institution in Christendom with its use of the title "Pontifex Maximus," with the worship of the mother and child, and with the proliferation of idols for "worship." When, however, Babylon is seen in her most complete manifestation, why ignore her pre-Christian roots and limit her to an "institution of Christendom"? She has corrupted all forms of false worship and will likely embrace them all in her "greatest hour." Although she will unite all worship that rivals the true God, she will be eclipsed by the "abomination that makes desolate" (see Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24:15), a man claiming worship as God (2 Thessalonians 2:4).