One poster said,
"This is where I agree with David Wilkerson, from his book, "Set the Trumpet to thy mouth" where he said "America is Babylon". Reading Rev 18 and the other prophetic words through-out the OT and New - there's only one place on earth that fits every description of that future tense Babylon."
This is where I agree with that Most Holy Book where It Is Written,
Rev 11:8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
"...there's only one place on earth that fits every description of...Babylon."
Yes! There is only one place. And that place is certainly not america. That one place on earth that fits every description of Babylon is Jerusalem!
According to His Word quoted above it is where our LORD was crucifiied! Jesus was crucified in Jerusalem!
And Sodom is applied there to apostate Jerusalem.
There is only one city in the Bible ever referred to as Sodom. It is Jerusalem, see Deuteronomy 32:32 , Isaiah 1:10,11, Jer.23:14,
"For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomorrah: their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters are bitter."
"Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah. To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats."
"I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem a horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evil-doers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them to me as Sodom, and the inhabitants of it as Gomorrah."
America didn't kill the prophets of God, (Rev. 18:24) nor did Jesus tell the U.S.A. they would pay for all their(prophets)innocent blood (Matt.23:34-38)!
Mat 23:34-38 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes; some of whom ye will kill and crucify, and some of them ye will scourge in your synagogues, and will persecute them from city to city: so that on you may come all the blood of the righteous, which hath been shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zachariah, son of Barachiah, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.
Verily I say to you, that all these things will come upon this generation. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent to thee: how often would I have gathered thy children, as a hen gathereth her young under her wings, and ye would not. Behold, your house is left to you desolate!
Babylon that great city is a great harlot. Rev. 17:1
Harlotry is equated with idolatry in the O.T. God had entered into a covenant relationship with the Children of Israel: Isa. 49:18, 61:10, 62:5, Jer. 2:32.) He warned them what would happen if they played the harlot (worshiped other gods), and sent prophets to call them harlots when they did.
Do not rejoice, O Israel, with exultation like the nations! For you have played the harlot, forsaking your God. You have loved harlots' earnings on every threshing floor. Hosea 9:1
My people consult their wooden idol, and their diviner's wand informs them; For a spirit of harlotry has led them astray, And they have played the harlot, departing from their God. Hosea 4:12
These things will be done to you because you have played the harlot with the nations, because you have defiled yourself with their idols. Ezekiel 23:30
Isaiah called Jerusalem a "faithful city" and a "harlot" in one breath because once 'righteousness lodged in her, but now murderers'. "How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers." Isaiah 1:21
Nowhere in the Bible is america named as a harlot.
Babylon that great city committed fornication with the king's of the earth. Rev. 17:2
Moreover he [Jehoram] made high places in the mountains of Judah, and caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit fornication, and compelled Judah thereto. 2 Chronicles 21:11
Note: Josephus the Jewish historian of the first century called Jerusalem "the great city" Every designation of "Babylon" in the book of Revelation was used by secular writers of the first century to describe the city of Jerusalem!
Rev.18:2,4,8 "Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of demons, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird... Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues...Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her."
Jesus warned that his disciples should flee the city of Jerusalem to avoid its destruction, which occurred in 70AD as Jesus prophesied it would in their generation.
Luk 21:20-22 "And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that its desolation is nigh. Then let them who are in Judea flee to the mountains; and let them who are in the midst of it depart from it; and let not them that are in the countries enter into it. For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled." Rev. 18:9 for in one hour is she made desolate. Matt. 23:38 Behold, your house is left to you desolate!
Rev 17:9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
Note: The city of Jerusalem was built upon seven hills, Mount Zion, Mount Ophel, Mount Moriah, Mount Bezetha, Mount Acra, Mount Gareb, and Mount Goath.
The City of Jerusalem as it existed in the time of Christ was reckoned to be the "City of Seven Hills." This fact was well recognized in Jewish circles.
The New and Holy Jerusalem is now that great city which is being built by God. That building,that temple,that city, is us.
Rev 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rev 21:10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God.
Rev 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
Seeing there is a new Jerusalem,the old has been done away with. The Destruction of Jerusalem in 70AD is what Christ prophesied, and John in the prophetic Book of Revelation wrote about.
America [or Rome for that matter] is not Babylon but the old apostate Jerusalem which is fallen and destroyed.
Rev 18:19-21 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate. Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her. 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.
The Book of Revelation is not about politics or goverment but God's Covenant with His people revealed in Jesus Christ.