Babylon During The Church Age
In Egypt, the mother was called Athor, the "Habitation of God" to signify that the "fullness of the godhead" dwelt in her womb.
2. Dwelling-place of Deity
In Greece she bore the name Hestia, and among the Romans, Vesta, which is a modification of the same name meaning the "Dwelling-place of Deity."
3. Mother of God, Mother of Gods
Under the name, "Mother of the Gods," the goddess queen of Babylon became an object of universal worship. The mother of the gods was worshiped by the Persians, the Syrians and by all the kings of Europe and Asia. In Britain, the Druid priests worshiped the Virgo-Patitura as the "Mother of God." The second part of the Roman Catholic “Hail Mary” starts, “Holy Mary, Mother of God…”
4. Queen of Heaven
In Egypt, as the "Queen of Heaven" she was the greatest and most worshiped of all the divinities. During and after Egyptian bondage, the Israelites repeatedly departed from the one true God and worshiped this pagan mother.
5. Madonna, My Lady, Mea Domina
Nimrod was known as Baal or Lord, and Semiramis was the female equivalent Baalti, meaning "My Lady" in English, "Mea Domina" in Latin, and corrupted as "Madonna" in Italian. The title “Our Lady” is an adaptation or extension of this.
6. Lady of the Sea
Among the Phoenicians, the mother goddess was known as the "Lady of the Sea," which is a title applied to Mary although there is no connection between the sea and Messiah's Mother Mary.
7. Mediator, Mylitta, Mediatrix
Roman Catholics teach that Mary is a "Mediator." Prayers to her are an intricate part of Roman Catholic worship. There is no biblical basis for this idea, yet this concept was not foreign to the ideas linked with the mother goddess of pagan Babylon. She bore as one of her titles "Mylitta," that is, the "Mediatrix" meaning "Mediator."
Babylon Of Revelation
Jeremiah 51:7 Babylon was a gold cup in YHWH’S hand; she made the whole earth drunk. The nations drank her wine; therefore they have now gone mad.
Revelation 17:3-6 Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. This title was written on her forehead:
MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT
THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES
AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Yahushua. When I saw her, I was greatly astonished. Then the angel said to me: “Why are you astonished? I will explain to you the mystery of the woman and of the beast she rides, which has the seven heads and ten horns. The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and will come up out of the Abyss and go to his destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because he once was, now is not, and yet will come. “This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits. They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for a little while. The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction. “The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast. They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.” Then the angel said to me, “The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages. The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. For Elohim has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to give the beast their power to rule, until Elohim’s words are fulfilled. The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.”
Revelation 18:1-24 After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. With a mighty voice he shouted:
“Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great! She has become a home for demons and a haunt for every evil spirit, a haunt for every unclean and detestable bird. For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries. The kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.” Then I heard another voice from heaven say:
“Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; for her sins are piled up to heaven, and Elohim has remembered her crimes. Give back to her as she has given; pay her back double for what she has done. Mix her a double portion from her own cup. Give her as much torture and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself. In her heart she boasts, ‘I sit as queen; I am not a widow, and I will never mourn.’ Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her: death, mourning and famine. She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is YHWH Elohim who judges her. “When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her. Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry:
“‘Woe! Woe, O great city, O Babylon, city of power! In one hour your doom has come!’ The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes any more—cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble; cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and bodies and souls of men. They will say, ‘The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your riches and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.’ The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn and cry out:”
“‘Woe! Woe, O great city, dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls! In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!’ Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off. When they see the smoke of her burning, they will exclaim, ‘Was there ever a city like this great city?’ They will throw dust on their heads, and with weeping and mourning cry out:”
“‘Woe! Woe, O great city, where all who had ships on the sea became rich through her wealth! In one hour she has been brought to ruin! Rejoice over her, O heaven! Rejoice, saints and apostles and prophets! Elohim has judged her for the way she treated you.’” Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said: “With such violence the great city of Babylon will be thrown down, never to be found again. The music of harpists and musicians, flute players and trumpeters, will never be heard in you again. No workman of any trade will ever be found in you again. The sound of a millstone will never be heard in you again. The light of a lamp will never shine in you again. The voice of bridegroom and bride will never be heard in you again. Your merchants were the world’s great men. By your magic spell all the nations were led astray. In her was found the blood of prophets and of the saints, and of all who have been killed on the earth.”
Revelation 17 is about Antichrist and a Great Harlot. Spiritual Babylon of the Future is seen as this Great Harlot. Spiritual unfaithfulness is a recurring theme in the Bible. (Exodus 34:15; Leviticus 20:1-6, Hosea 4:12, etc.) Babylon of the Future is a perversion of true worship as revealed in the Bible. It is therefore portrayed as a harlot, giving its power to Antichrist -- the Beast.
The seven-headed beast depicts the seven world empires which have been, or will be dominated by the Devil. The first five of seven heads stand for the five world empires which had already come and gone: Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, and Greece. The "one which is" was the Roman Empire, and the "one which is to come," is a future world empire (The New World Order). There is a woman riding The Beast. She represents world religions. The beast is seen as the Antichrist of Chapter 13, energized by the Devil from Chapter 12.
Visible Remnants of the Babylon Trinity
The pagan rituals and sacrifices continued under the guise of Christianity. Even the vestments of the pagan priests, notably that of Dagon the fish god, can be seen today. Although the Dagon vestments worn by the Roman priests during the middle ages depicted the whole fish, which included the fish head hat and connecting train (tail), only the fish head hat remains today as can be regularly seen worn by the Pope.
There are many, many “Our Lady” novenas still being practiced today: “Our Lady of Fatima”, “Our Lady of Lourdes”, etc., even an “Our Lady of the Sea”. The source of each “Our Lady” is typified in the story of “Our Lady of Fatima”. An apparition of “Our Lady” made several appearances to three Portuguese children at Fatima over a period of a few months. The story of “Our Lady of Lourdes”, as depicted in the novena to her, tells some of the things she said to the children and other villagers during one of her appearances. A comparison of her discourse with the biblical revelations of the characters of Satan (Isaiah 14:13-14) and Mary (The Magnificat: Luke 1:46-55) clearly reveal the true identity of the “Lady”. Satan can appear in any form he chooses to lead people astray.