Mystery Babylon Is A Mystery

Q: What is the Babylon in Revelation 14:8 that gets destroyed?

Many people have guessed (not interpreted) that this Babylon is in reality; New York city, America, Madonna, Washington DC, Brittany Spears, Europe, the Internet, London, Rome, Los Angeles, Hollywood  and even Babylon, Iraq.

Irvin Baxter, of End Time Ministries, actually interprets Bible prophecy and may have the true meaning.

A: There’s the literal Babylon in world history that was destroyed in 478 BC. The Bible predicts the destruction of ancient Babylon in Jeremiah 50:1-23 and adds that it will never be inhabited again. To this day, no one gets mail delivered to an address in Babylon, Iraq!

Baxter points out that the Babylon in Revelation 14:8 is called, “Mystery Babylon” and that means it’s a mystery!  There is an explanation of this mystery in chapter 17.

Read EndTime.com “Mystery Babylon-Who Is It?” Click here.

Mystery Babylon is;

  • “a city”

  • headquarters of an “international system”

  • “The City of Seven Hills”

  • “clothed in purple and red”

  • “a great city that rules over the kings of this world”
  • a whore

And much, much more…

Of coarse, Baxter is by far not the only one with this interpretation but he explains it in a way that even I understand.

Aerial View Of Vatican City

Aerial View Of Vatican City (Photo credit: plemeljr)

What Rapture?

Q: What is this Rapture stuff I keep hearing about everywhere?

A: The Rapture referrers to an event where the true followers of Jesus who are still alive when he returns will be caught up in the heavens and not die.

Descriptions of this event are found in the Bible;

1 Corinthians 15:51-52  Listen,I will tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep,but we will all be changed – 52 in a moment, in the blinkingof an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

1 Thessalonians 4:14-17  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, so also we believe thatGod will bring with him those who have fallen asleep as Christians.15 For we tell you this by the word of the Lord,that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will surely not go ahead of those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a shout of command, with the voice of the archangel,and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left,will be suddenly caught uptogetherwith them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord.

Q: Hey, where’s the word Rapture? I don’t see it.

A: The word Rapture is not anywhere in the Bible. Someone gave this described event that name a long time ago. Rapture means to be “caught up”.  This is all that we really know.

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