“And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” (Rev. 17:5 NKJ)
Mystery Babylon is the embodiment of the “mystery of lawlessness” (2Th. 2:7-12) [= Spiritism], a religiopolitical corrupter of humanity hidden beneath the surface, secretly poisoning the sea of humanity with lies. She becomes visible when the seven head ten horn Roman-Babylonian Empire Beast rises from the sea (Rev. 13:1-2), carrying her (Rev. 17:7).
She is the prototypical Harlot, the Mother of every unclean union of religion and politics that followed her. For example, in the cities of Jerusalem (Jer. 13:27), Nineveh (Nah. 3:1-7), Tyre (Isa. 23:15-16). Or the Nations Israel (Jdg. 8:27, 33. Hos. 9:1), Judah (Jer. 3:8), Ephraim (Hos. 6:10), Samaria (Mic. 1:6-7). In every scriptural instance the “one Harlot” works through religious and political entities (Zech. 5:5-11). As both priests and kings act through each other to deceive the people, she can rightly be imaged as a Great City/Harlot. But priests and the city where they dwell can suffer destruction independently, and that is what is seen in the book of Revelation. The Religious Harlot Babylon is slain first (Rev. 17:1-18), then Babylon the city (her political power) is destroyed by Russia, Iran and Turkey from her north (Rev. 18:1-24).
The original Harlot Babylon was born in Nimrod’s rebellion against God, and in the end time she rises into view again carried by the city of Babylon. It symbolically ascends out of the abyss because its rebuilt using demonic Fallen Angel technology, that caused men to marvel so greatly they began worshiping the Dragon Commander of the “Elohim” and Adonikam the Beast (Rev. 9:1-3; 13:3-4; 17:8, 11, 18).
The Harlot’s spiritism poisons the waters (“nations” Rev. 17:1, 5) with the same “wine of fornication” with demons. The drink makes men insensible to God’s truth, inwardly working to induce believe in the strong delusion (2Th. 2:7-12) of “scientific atheism” and its Nimrod like Antichrist Adonikam the Beast. Confirming the wine is a reference to spiritism the “mystery of lawlessness”. The wine causes derangement (Jer. 51:6) and is poured from her golden cup full of “abominations” (Rev. 17:4). Abomination is how God views the spiritual experiences caused by idols and the demons working through them subverting clear thinking (1Cor. 12:2-3. 2Cor. 6:15-16. Deut. 9:17. 1 Kgs. 21:26. 2 Kgs. 21:11; 23:24. 2 Chr. 15:8. Isa. 66:3, 17. Jer. 16:18. Ezek. 6:9; 8:10; 14:6; 16:36; 18:12; 20:7, 8. 1 Pet. 4:3. Rev. 21:8).
After the flood waters abated, God commanded the survivors fill the earth and multiply. He blessed them and gave the entire earth into their hand (Gen. 9:1-7). Filling the earth rather than congregating in cities was for their own good. History confirms only tyranny and exploitation results from unifying under kings in their cities (1 Sam. 8:9-18). God clearly preferred His working directly with His judges without being hindered by corrupt human organization.
Nimrod rebelled founding various cities including Babylon (Gen. 10:8-12) many of which became enemies of Israel.  Jewish historian Josephus cites tradition Nimrod convinced them God didn’t have man’s best interests at heart. They attributed their prosperity to their unity and collective effort (Gen. 11:1-3), not God. They became dark in their reasonings concluding God wanted them to disperse so they remain under His control. 
Scripture reveals the first “Democratic Socialist collective” was formed, and it was agreed they unite to build ‘fortress Babylon whose tower reach the heavens’. It was not the Tower of Babel alone that was meant to impress God, because after God confused the languages “they ceased building the city”, not just the Tower alone (Gen. 11:8). Evidently they thought the city and tower would make their “collective name” so impressive God would fear going against them. Or at least relent on His demand they disperse (Gen. 9:1-7). “Lest we be scattered” reveals both their fear of being dispersed (and therefore impoverished) and their desperation this strategy alone had a chance for success (Gen. 11:1-4).
The absurdity of the strong delusion men can resist God is seen is implied by the great irony of depicting God as coming down from His height to see what the grasshoppers have constructed (Gen. 11:5. Isa. 40:22).
Revelation 17 explained
1 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters,
The judgment/destruction of the religiopolitical city is in stages, first the religious part is destroyed, then the literal city (political) which she served for money and power.
The Religious Harlot is destroyed by the ten kings when they align with Emperor Adonikam at “midweek” (Rev. 14:8-10; 17:13, 16. 2Th. 2:3-4. Dan. 9:27). The literal city Babylon is destroyed soon after, by forces from her north (Jer. 50:41-42; 51:47-48. Rev. 18:8-24). This fulfills all the OT prophecies of her destruction (Jer. 50:3, 13, 39-40; 51:29.)
Babylon isn’t destroyed during the bowl judgments as some suppose (Rev. 16:18). καὶ ἐγένοντο “And there” marks a transition to another scene (Rev. 8:5-7; 11:15-16;11:19-12:1). The “Great city” being split into three parts is Jerusalem (Rev. 16:18. 11:8). “Lightning voices earthquake” signify God’s omnipotent power (Rev. 4:5; 8:5; 11:19) that a change in the earth unlike any seen before was about to occur. This happened when God’s two witnesses were slain, then Jerusalem which until then was Adonikam’s headquarters as the “false Christ” loses its special status because “the man of sin” (false Christ) then morphs into the “son of destruction” Seed of Satan (Gen. 3:15) Beast at “mid-week” (Rev. 11:3-13; 13:5; Dan. 9:27).
The seismic “great earthquake” signifies a massive change in times and law of human society, all belief in the divine has been replaced with “scientific atheism”. Sacrifice and offering to the divine worldwide ends (Dan. 9:27). All that was once called God or worshiped is discarded for worship of Adonikam the 666 Beast. This has never been seen before on the earth.
The great earthquake in Jerusalem causes a tenth of the city to fall, seven thousand killed. Then a parallel to “it is done” appears, “The kingdoms of the world have become the kingdoms of our Lord…you have taken your great power and reigned” (Rev. 11:13-19). Seven thousand killed is a symbolic number for completeness. All those remaining in Jerusalem are “cut off” for they now follow the Beast, the third of the city still faithful to God flee into the mountains and are purged and refined (Zech. 13:7-9). Adonikam has become the “abomination of desolation” in the Temple of God the Church (2Th. 2:3-4) and the faithful in Jerusalem flee to the mountains (Mt. 24:15-21. Mk. 13:14-19). Then religious Babylon is redundant and is destroyed by the ten kings who chose to give Adonikam their complete support (Rev. 17:16-17). This is like a portent the destruction of the literal Babylon city is soon to occur, which it does when Russia, Iran and Turkey and allies from her North destroy it.
The religiopolitical harlot sits on many “waters” which are “peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues.” (Rev. 17:15 NKJ)
2 “with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.”
The wine produced by fornication with idols symbolizes the spiritism (“the mystery of lawlessness” 2Th. 2:7-9) making insensible to God’s truth and is the energy inworking causing belief in delusion. The “kings of the earth” of all time have fornicated with this harlot and she is guilty of the blood of all God’s saints in history (Rev. 18:24). That puts her origin in ancient Babylon just as her name implies. While the fallen church will reside within her (Rev. 18:4) just as all the earth’s religions will in the end time, she represents the marriage of religion and government that first appeared in Babylon and not any particular Christian church.
3 So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
The Harlot Rebuilt city Babylon rises from the desert sand, hence John is carried to the wilderness to see it. Its the capitol of the Grecian Roman Babylonian Empire that rises from the sea in the end time (Rev. 13:1-2). The blood of all God’s saints in history accounts for her the Babylon’s scarlet color (Rev. 18:24). “Full of names of blasphemy” because in her is the name of every false God and the appropriation of every title that rightfully belongs to the true God alone. ‘Full of insults against YHWH God’.
4 The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication.
Some commentators associate purple with Rome. Perhaps. But “arrayed in purple ect” communicates she is very wealthy because of what she has in her hand. Drunks have enriched her.
The “wine” in her cup is “full of abominations…the filthiness of her fornication”. Idolatry is an “abomination” (Deut. 7:25. 1 Kgs. 11:5). We know idols are nothing, the demons behind the idol are what is unclean and vile (1 Cor. 10:19-21). Therefore, the ‘wine product of her fornication with idols’ is “spiritism.”
A drought is against her waters, and they will be dried up. For it is the land of carved images, And they are insane (01984 הָלַל halal) with their idols. (Jer. 50:38 NKJ)
Babylon was a golden cup in the LORD’S hand, That made all the earth drunk. The nations drank her wine; Therefore the nations are deranged (01984 הָלַל halal). (Jer. 51:7 NKJ)
Deranged: “To act mad v. –to act like a mad or crazy person, exhibiting irrational and unpredictable behavoir.”-Logos Bible Software, Bible Sense Lexicon
God sent the “strong (1753 ἐνέργεια energeia) delusion (4106 πλάνη plane) when He stopped restraining spiritism (2Th. 2:7. Rev. 9:1-3). Then Spiritism as it existed in the Days of Noah when the Nephilim (fallen Ones) conspired with men (using their daughters) against the “sons of God” (Gen. 6:1-4). They were trying to stop the birth of the Woman’s Seed “the Christ” (Gen. 3:15).
This end-time spiritism is an unprecedented “working (1753 ἐνέργεια energeia) of Satan,” that “spiritism energy” or “mystery of lawlessness” that inwardly causes delusion to be “strong”. Telepathic suggestion clearly plays a role in its working (Lk. 8:12. 2Cor. 2:4-4) replacing truth with delusion.
Babylon the Harlot’s wine made the earth deranged with strong delusion the false Christ was Christ. When Adonikam embraces the “scientific atheism” of the “Extraterrestrials” all of Christendom’s false prophets will proclaim the “kingdom of God” has arrived. Belief in “scientific atheism” by “mid-week” is nearly universal, “times and law of human society” have been changed (Dan. 7:25). Spiritism has driven the world insane with the belief Adonikam is the seed of Satan (Gen. 3:15), a hybrid “Elohim-human” who is above all the “Elohim Designers”, including YHWH Himself.
That explains how it can be written “he opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God” (2Th. 2:4). It seems impossible to do both until one realizes “he opposes” the historic definition of God as uncreated infinite Being, while “exalting” himself” above all “superstitious definition” found in what was formerly called God. He claims his “hybrid human Satan nature” is greater all the “Elohim” which according to the delusion of “scientific atheism” includes YHWH Himself. Its likely the Dragon commander of the “Elohim” will claim YHWH is the leader of an opposing faction among the Elohim.
As the Swastika was to the Nazis, 666 will be the imprimatur and emblem of the New Word Religion. The Mark of the Beast proudly worn on the forehead or hand. The insanity will be total. Only those written in the Lamb’s book of life will resist (Rev. 13:8; 17:8).
5 And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
Babylon is her name (Rev. 18:2). It’s secret meaning is being revealed, it is “great” (3173 μέγας megas) “mega” because it spans human history, from the Tower of Babel to the end time. As the Mother of Harlots, all the religiopolitical harlots of human history come from her. She is “invisible” beneath the waters of the sea, poisoning them until she rises with the Roman-Babylon Empire John and Daniel saw rise from the sea (Rev. 13:1-2. Dan. 7:7). As the First religiopolitical opposition to God, that incites rebellion against God’s truth, she is the source of every vile and abominable thing God hates.
6 I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement.
She is drunk with the blood “of the saints…of the martyrs of Jesus”, meaning all of God’s saints throughout human history, before and after Christ. Therefore, the interpretation she is Catholicism or Protestantism is impossible, neither existed before Christ.
7 But the angel said to me, “Why did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns.
The Ten Horn Version of the Grecian/Roman/Babylonian Empire that rises in the end time, will support the Harlot Babylon.
8 “The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition. And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
The wounded head (old Babylon) “was and is not” (in ruins) and is healed (restored in the Grecian Roman Empire) in the rebuilt city of Babylon so it is “one of the seven” but itself is an eighth king (Rev. 17:11) and goes off into destruction when forces from her North (Russia, Iran, Turkey and allies) destroy it.
It is rebuilt using fallen angel technology, hence it ascends from the abyss of demons (Rev. 9:1-3). A demonic parody of “New Jerusalem” the “lying signs and wonders” according to the “energy” of Satan causes all the earth “to marvel.” But God’s people are not fooled. The return of Ancient Babylon captures only the imagination of the New Age Globalists.
9 “Here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits,
The angel gives two witnesses “heads” refer to kingdoms. In the OT mountains symbolize kingdoms (Is. 2:2; 41:15. Jer. 51:25 see Jer. 50:1. Dan. 2:35, 44). Then he says they are also “seven kings” and in Daniel “kings and their kingdoms appear one entity” (Dan. 7:17, 23). John did the same with the Beast from the Sea, it begins as a Kingdom and then stands for its Beastly Emperor “King” Adonikam (Rev. 13:1-8).
10 and they are seven kings; five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain a little while.
11 “And the beast which was and is not, is himself also an eighth, and is one of the seven, and he goes to destruction. (Rev. 17:9-11 NAS)
Although John uses Daniel’s seven head symbolism, these refer to different kingdoms because of their different perspective. John is looking back to the beginning of post diluvian history to “old Babylon” while Daniel is looking forward from Babylon of his time to the coming of God’s kingdom.
Therefore, in Revelation 13 and 17 the “seven heads” are the seven great empires of history are: 1)Old Babylonian, 2)Assyrian, 3)New Babylonian, 4)Medo-Persian, 5)Grecian 6)”one is” Roman 7)British Empire.
It is inconsistent with John’s apocalypse being prophetic we ignore the British Empire. Its special impact on Israel in the End Time cannot be denied.
The British empire’s mandate over Palestine was only a short while, therefore as far as Israel is concerned it “must remain a little while” “a short time” (Rev. 17:10 NKJ). The Balfour Declaration supported the establishment of Israel but Britain’s mandate over Palestine was short lived. This is consistent with Scripture listing only nations that impacted Israel in a meaningful way. The League of Nations/United Nations isn’t a kingdom and never did anything binding. America makes her appearance with Britain as the Beast with two horns like a lamb.
12 “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast.
The identity of these ten kings who receive their kingdoms in the revived Roman Empire from the Dragon Commander, isn’t revealed. The angel’s interpretation to Daniel applies here also:
23 “Thus he said:`The fourth beast shall be A fourth kingdom on earth, Which shall be different from all other kingdoms, And shall devour the whole earth, Trample it and break it in pieces.
24 The ten horns are ten kings Who shall arise from this kingdom. And another shall rise after them; He shall be different from the first ones, And shall subdue three kings.
25 He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, Shall persecute the saints of the Most High, And shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand For a time and times and half a time.
26 `But the court shall be seated, And they shall take away his dominion, To consume and destroy it forever. (Dan. 7:23-26 NKJ)
13 “These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast.
This happens “mid-week” when Chancellor Adonikam morphs into the Emperor Beast seed of Satan. The ten-kings unite fully with Emperor Adonikam.
Not all the world does. Russia Iran and Turkey and allies to the North of Babylon prepare to destroy the rebuilt city, in rejection of the “new world order.”
14 “These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.”
These ten-kings and Adonikam will fight Christ at Armageddon.
15 Then he said to me, “The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues.
While the Religious Harlot lived, her superstitions ruled the earth
16 “And the ten horns which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire.
When “scientific atheism” and worship of Adonikam 666 Beast begins, the World Council of Religion Harlot headquartered in Babylon is redundant. She is in the way of the Beast’s total authority so the ten-kings ruling with Emperor Adonikam destroy her.
17 “For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled.
18 “And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.” (Rev. 17:1-18 NKJ)
Whether in actuality or feigned, rulers always profess fealty to the divine.
musterion (μυστήριον, 3466)…In the NT it denotes, not the mysterious (as with the Eng. word), but that which, being outside the range of unassisted natural apprehension, can be made known only by divine revelation, and is made known in a manner and at a time appointed by God, and to those only who are illumined by His Spirit.-Vine, W. E., Unger, M. F., & White, W., Jr. (1996). Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (Vol. 2, p. 424). Nashville, TN: T. Nelson.
Because his name seems to be connected with the verb “to rebel” (māraḏ), tradition has identified him with tyrannical power. He was the founder of the earliest imperial world powers in Babylon and Assyria. The table simply presents him as a mighty hunter, a trait found commonly in Assyrian kings. He was founder of several powerful cities. The centers he established became major enemies of Israel.-Ross, A. P. (1985). Genesis. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, p. 43). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
When explaining to the Romans why Jews believed as they did, he accessed Jewish traditions now found in scripture. Most of this can be inferred from the context:
109 Now, the sons of Noah were three–Shem, Japheth, and Ham, born one hundred years before the Deluge. These first of all descended from the mountains into the plains, and fixed their habitation there; and persuaded others who were greatly afraid of the lower grounds, on account of the flood, and so were very loath to come down from the higher places, to venture to follow their examples.
110 Now the plain in which they first dwelt was called Shinar. God also commanded them to send colonies abroad, for the thorough peopling of the earth–that they might not raise seditions among themselves, but might cultivate a great part of the earth, and enjoy its fruits after a plentiful manner; but they were so ill instructed that they did not obey God; for which reason they fell into calamities, and were made sensible, by experience, of what sin they had been guilty;
111 for when they flourished with numerous youth, God admonished them again to send out colonies; but they, imagining the prosperity they enjoyed was not derived from the favour of God, but supposing that their own power was the proper cause of the plentiful condition they were in, did not obey him.
112 Nay, they added to this their disobedience to the divine will, the suspicion that they were therefore ordered to send out separate colonies, that, being divided asunder, they might the more easily be oppressed.
113 Now it was Nimrod who excited them to such an affront and contempt of God. He was the grandson of Ham, the son of Noah–a bold man, and of great strength of hand. He persuaded them not to ascribe to God, as if it was through his means they were happy, but to believe that it was their own courage which procured that happiness.
114 He also gradually changed the government into tyranny, seeing no other way of turning men from the fear of God, but to bring them into a constant dependence on his power. He also said he would be revenged on God, if he should have a mind to drown the world again; for that he would build a tower too high for the waters to be able to reach! and that he would avenge himself on God for killing their forefathers!
115 Now the multitude were very ready to follow the determination of Nimrod, and to esteem it a piece of cowardice to submit to God; and they built a tower, neither sparing any pains, nor being in any degree negligent about the work; and by reason of the multitude of hands employed in it, it grew very high, sooner than anyone could expect;
116 but the thickness of it was so great, and it was so strongly built, that thereby its great height seemed, upon the view, to be less than it really was. It was built of burnt brick, cemented together with mortar, made of bitumen, that it might not be liable to admit water. When God saw that they acted so madly, he did not resolve to destroy them utterly, since they were not grown wiser by the destruction of the former sinners;
117 but he caused a tumult among them, by producing in them various languages, and causing that, through the multitude of those languages, they should not be able to understand one another. The place wherein they built the tower is now called Babylon ; because of the confusion of that language which they readily understood before; for the Hebrews mean by the word Babel, Confusion.- (Ant. 1:109-117 JOE)
As if suggesting the political half of the religiopolitical harlot still remains after the ten-kings burn the harlot with fire (Rev. 17:16-17) the angel explains “And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.” (Rev. 17:18 NKJ).
Then another angel illuminates the earth with his glory (Rev. 18:1) exposing what was hidden in darkness. The Harlot Queen Babylon has fallen (4098 πίπτω pipto) in position before the demons dwelling within her, including every kind of foul spirit made to do her bidding.
And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!” (Rev. 18:2 NKJ)
It was not literal destruction that brought about this ruin, it was the judgment of God those formerly in her service turn on her (Rev. 17:6-7). God has lifted any restraint of spiritism that protected her (2Th. 2:7) and now she is twice fallen BECAUSE (3754 ὅτι hoti) in her anger and hate for the suckers drunk on her spiritism her sins have reached heaven itself (Rev. 18:5):
because (3754 ὅτι hoti) all the nations have fallen due to the wine of her lustful passion. The kings of the earth committed sexual immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth became rich from the power of her loose and extravagant ways.” (Rev. 18:3 CEB)
Confirming literal Babylon is not yet destroyed, God calls for His people to “come out of her, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues” (Rev. 18:3).
Therefore, Babylon’s literal destruction doesn’t begin until after God’s people leave, and the Harlots former lovers (now worshipers of Adonikam) repay her exploitation of them double (Rev. 18:6-7). Then her literal destruction from the LORD comes (Rev. 18:8-24), when forces from her NORTH (Russia, Iran, Turkey and allies) destroy the literal city and it causes a world-wide depression (Rev. 18:11). This sets up the conditions for the 666 Controlled Economy the former Christian nations of the Anglo-American Union will set up using their advanced technology (Rev. 13:11-18).