Babylon the Great the mother of harlots?
Scripture applies Harlot imagery solely to a city or nation (Jerusalem Jer. 13:27; Nineveh Nah. 3:4-7; Tyre Isa. 23:16-17; Israel Jdg. 8:27, 33; Hos. 9:1; Judah Jer. 3:8; Ephraim Jos. 6:10; Samaria Mic. 1:6-7), never a religious entity only. The angel says Harlot Babylon is a city (Rev. 17:5, 18), therefore she must be MORE than apostate Christendom or any particular church in it.
Babylon the Great the Mother of Harlots is a parody of Daughter Zion who personifies the city of Jerusalem and stands as the ecclesiastical location of the true Israel of God in both Old and New Covenants. Zion has a cosmic (Rev. 12:1; 21:2; Heb. 12:22; Gal. 4:26) and figurative ecclesiastical location, Jerusalem (Isa. 37:22; Zech. 9:9).
So also Babylon the Great the mother of Harlots, “Daughter Babylon” (Jer. c. 50-51; Rev. c. 17-18) whose ecclesiastical seat will be in the rebuilt city of Babylon (Rev. 17:18) in the land of Shinar (Zech. 5:11) and her influence will be worldwide as she incorporates all the earth’s pagan and apostate Christian religions (Rev. 17:1, 15).
Prior to the end time week, Harlot/City Babylon was “below the radar” like a mystery influence (cp. 2 Thess. 2:7-19; antithesis “mystery of godliness” 1 Tim 3:16-4:1; Eph. 2:2-3; 1 Joh. 2:18-24; 4:1-6; 2 Cor. 4:3-4). The Harlot/City invisibly corrupted the seven Mountain/Kingdoms that most affected Israel (Rev. 17:5, 9-10). In the end time week the wounded head is healed, Babylon is rebuilt and her government is both the modern Tower of Babel the United Nations relocates in her and in effect becomes the “eighth king[dom]” “one of the seven” ascended out of the abyss (via demonic power; fallen angel technology) and becomes part of the Antichrist Beast Son of Destruction confederation. The Harlot has her base in the land of Shinar (Zech. 5:5-11).
Spiritual fornication with the Harlot/City made nations drunk with spritism insensible to God’s truth (Deut. 32:16-22; 2 Cor. 4:3-4; Mat. 7:21-22; 13:24-30; 1 Joh. 2:18-19; 4:1-3; Gal. 1:6; 1 Tim. 3:8; 4:1; 2 Thess. 2:2; 1 Cor. 12:1-2; 2 Cor. 11:3-4; 2 Thess. 2:9-12; Eph. 2:1-3; 1 Joh. 5:19; Rev. 9:20-21; 18:2). Therefore, they will drink the wine of God’s wrath because of their fornication with familiar spirits (Rev. 17:2; 18:3; Lev. 20:6).
There are two stages to the fall of Babylon (Rev. 18:4), the Ecclesiastical Harlot will be burned with fire at midweek when the ten kings reigning with the Antichrist as her religious services are no longer required in the New World Religion of the Beast (2 Thess. 2:3-4; Rev. 17:16-17; 18:2-8).
The second stage of her fall will be total destruction of Rebuilt City of Babylon by armies from her north (Jer. 50:2-3, 9-13), including the kingdoms of Arat, Minni and Ashchenaz [Russia, Iran and Turkey?] (Jer. 51:27-29). This happens around midweek causing a global depression (Rev. 18:9-11) and although the revived Roman Empire of the Antichrist “was wounded by the sword” it “did live”.
In support of the wounded Empire a Beast with two horns like a lamb (Rev. 13:11-12) rises. These formerly Christian nations once preached liberty and free markets, now they act as the false prophet to the Empire demanding all worship the Antichrist and join his 666 membership only economy. The world’s crisis created favorable conditions for deceiving the nations of the earth to build the Beast’s network (image) through which his Artificial Intelligent Biotech controlled the 666 membership only economy, giving him total control of it (Rev. 13:14-17). Now, via every connected device, the Beast could see or hear in real time, everything as though he was God Himself.
But that is for another post.