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Revelation's Mystery Babylon

THE BOOK OF REVELATION'S MYSTERY BABYLON
Rome, A.D. 95

Stanley W. Paher, 2003

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In Revelation 17 a city called Babylon is described as "a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns." The woman, dressed in purple and scarlet, glittered with gold, precious stones, and pearls. She held a golden cup filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. She was described as the "mother of prostitutes and of the abominations of the earth."

Plainly, this first-century entity is to be understood figuratively. External evidence alongside scripture reveals her identity. Babylon had a large impact on world affairs, and represented a vast political, commercial, and religious system dominating scores of nations and millions of men. The kings of the earth, the trader-merchants in league with shipmasters, and pagan religious powers--all were affected.

Babylon is a world unfaithful to God, committing fornication amid a vast traffic of materialism and sensuality. Her position atop the land beast of Revelation 13 symbolizes the influence of the capital city of Rome mounted upon its world empire. Babylon's grandeur was displayed in the substances it commanded and held dear -- fine linen, gold, precious stones, and pearls. The city made the nations drunk in its exercise of coercive power and ungodly influence.

Mystery Babylon was all of this and more. Its history included killing those who bore the testimony of Jesus. Jerusalem of Judea cannot fit the Babylon metaphor, whose identity could have only been imperial Rome.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction,
External Evidence -- Internal Evidence
All Evidence Vital to Proper Understanding

Part I: In Quest of the Great Harlot, 13

CHAPTER ONE
Babylon the Harlot: Its Politics, Commerce, and Self-Indulgence, 15
The Harlot of Conquest: Ninevah -- The Harlot of Commerce: Tyre
The Harlot of Self-Indulgence: Old Babylon
Indisputable Facts about the Harlot

CHAPTER TWO
The Relationship of the Harlot With the Sea Beast, 21

CHAPTER THREE
The Political, Religious, and Commericial Great Harlot,25
The Political Great Harlot -- The Religious Great Harlot
The Commercial Great Harlot

CHAPTER FOUR
Jerusalem: Agricultural, not Trading Center, 41

Summary of Part One, 49

Part II: The Great Harlot in Her Historical Setting, 53

CHAPTER FIVE
The Myth of Widespread First-Century Jewish Persecution, 55
Persecution & Discrimination: The Essential Difference
Acts 8:1-4: The Great Persecution
Tribulation in the Book of Revelation

CHAPTER SIX
Babylon in First-Century Literature, 67

CHAPTER SEVEN
The Testimony of Early Church Leaders and Writers, 71
Eusebius -- Clement of Alexandria -- Tertullian -- Origen
Victorinus -- The Author of the Acts of John -- Jerome

CHAPTER EIGHT
Nero and domitian: A Continuity of Two Emperors, 77
The Epistle of First Clement
Emperor Domitian and Christians in Asia

CHAPTER NINE
Emperor Worship in Late First-Century Asia, 87
The "Nero Revividus" Myth

CHAPTER TEN
Babylon as Viewed by the Early Church, 97
The Apostle Peter and Rome -- The Epistle of First Peter
Eusebius and his Ecclesiastical History

Summary of Part Two, 103

Part III: Difficulties of Early Dating
of the Book of Revelation, 107

CHAPTER ELEVEN
Jerusalem: A Troubled City in the A.D. 60's, 109
Military and Economic Considerations -- The Laodician Earthquake

CHAPTER TWELVE
Synagogue Dynamics,115
The Book of Acts -- The Apostle Paul as Worshiper in Synagogues
Tribulation and the Book of Revelation

CHAPTER THIRTEEN
The Nicolaitans and Ignatius, 125
The Gospel of John

CHAPTER FOURTEEN
Others Factors Working against Early Dating, 133
The Time of the Founding of theEkklesia at Smyrna
Research Methods of John the Revelator
The Names of the City of Philadelphia

Part IV: Arguments of Early Dating of Revelation Answered, 141

CHAPTER FIFTEEN
"Shortly ... at hand ... ", 143
Revelation 1:1, 1:3

CHAPTER SIXTEEN
Words and Concepts in Revelation Chapters 1-3, 147
Revelation 1:7 -- The Coming of Christ: Revelation 1:9
The Banishment of John
Revelation 2-3: The Condition of the Seven Churches

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
The Temple of God, 155

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
The City Where Their Lord was Crucified...", 159
Revelation 17 - Babylon, the Great City
The Great City of Revelation 16:19

CHAPTER NINETEEN
The Harlot Made Desolate and Burned with Fire, 169

CHAPTER TWENTY
The Blood of Prophets and Saints in Babylon, 173
Prophets in the New Testament
The Harlot Drunken with the Blood of Saints

CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE
Other Arguments Advanced for the Early Date, 179
Are Matthew 24 and Revelation 6 a Parallel? -- The City on the Seven Hills -- Babylon: the Ruler of the Kings of the Earth -- The City Sitting Upon Many Waters -- Jerusalem's Alleged "Great Power and Influence" -- Caesarea - Port City for Jerusalem? -- Did Revelations from God and Miracles Cease by A.D. 70? -- Paul, John, and the Muratorian Fragment -- The Great Tribulation -- Other Considerations

CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO
Babylon Identified, 195
Some Final Words

Appendix A: The Alleged Inspiration of Internal Evidence, 201
Appendix B: The Extent and Duration of the Neronian Persecution, 205
Appendix C: The A.D. 70 Doctrine: Synthetic Eschatology, 211

General Index, 218
Ancient Authors and Texts, 220
Modern Authors, 221



BOOK SPECIFICATIONS

221 pages, paper, appendix, index.
ISBN 0913814946