Re 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
Re 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the
hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
Re 18:10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment
Re 18:21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon
be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.
In his vision, John sees a mighty angel throw a stone, one like a great millstone, into the sea. This picture is designed to portray the downfall of
the great city and its system as:
(1) Sudden. It will be sudden as when a stone falls into the sea, suddenly, with a splash.
(2) Violent, Catastrophic. Such a great stone (like a meteor) would cause tidal waves which move across land destroying everything in their path. The
destruction of Babylon leads to the destruction of the rest of its system.
(3) Complete, Total. Like a stone which is cast into the sea and sinks out of sight, so the destruction of Babylon will be so complete that it will be
found no more, never to rise again (Jer. 51:61-64). This is the primary emphasis. Babylon will be found no more, not in any form. This is stressed
seven times in chapter 18. Remember that seven is used over and over to stress the concept of completeness. Note this emphasis in the following
verses: verse 14 (once), verse 21 (once), verse 22 (three times), and verse 23 (twice). Further, in each case the negative “no” or “not” in the Greek
text is the very emphatic ou mh, a double negative that means “by no means.”
When I read these things about Babylon, and the fall of it, it reminds me of 9/11, or possibly future terrorist attacks.
Here is another interesting link: Is American Babylon
(sorry for the mile long page, and all the