As far as I can ascertain, “Babylon” means Babylon —an area in the vicinity of what is now modern Iraq. (Note: Peter does say that, “She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you her greetings, and so does my son Mark.” “She” likely refers to the church there. Peter apparently was writing from the vicinity of Babylon, although some argue a figurative use in this one case, perhaps meaning worldly Rome …)
There is evidence that Babylon will be rebuilt. (Saddam Hussein made a serious attempt.)
Please Qaz/ all, consider the following brief examination of prophecies related to Babylon, in support of the idea that Babylon in Iraq will (possibly soon) be rebuilt by Antichrist.
-Isaiah 13 prophesied the defeat of Babylon by the Medes, and its destruction.
-About a hundred and fifty years later, Cyrus the Great, king of the Medo-Persian empire, conquered Babylon in 539 B.C. This event is often considered the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy.
Isaiah 13’s discussion of the destruction of Babylon is given in relation to “The Day of The Lord,” and so Isaiah’s prophecy about Babylon was not completely fulfilled by Cyrus. There must yet be a complete fulfillment.
Indeed, long AFTER the destruction of Babylon by Cyrus, we read an as yet unfulfilled prophecy given by the later prophet ZECHARIAH, of Babylon’s future reestablishment, even as a commercial center (the ephah basket being a symbol of commerce):
5 Then the angel who talked with me came out and said to me, “Lift your eyes now, and see what this is that goes forth.”
6 So I asked, “What is it?” And he said, “It is a basket that is going forth.”
He also said, “This is their resemblance throughout the earth:
7 Here is a lead disc lifted up, and this is A WOMAN sitting inside the [ephah] basket”;
8 then he said, “This is WICKEDNESS!” And he thrust her down into the basket, and threw the lead cover over its mouth.
9 Then I raised my eyes and looked, and there were two women, coming with the wind in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork, and they lifted up the basket between earth and heaven.
10 So I said to the angel who talked with me, “WHERE are they carrying the basket?”
11 And he said to me, “To build a house for it in the land of Shinar [BABYLON]; when it is ready, the basket will be set there on its base.”
Just who is this woman “Wickedness,” and what fulfillment will be seen for her coming commercial house in Babylon?:
Rev. 17:4, 5, 18
4 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.
5 The name written on her forehead was a mystery: BABYLON the great the mother of prostitutes and of the abominations of the earth.
18 The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.
Professor Arthur E. Bloomfield asserts:
Historically, this woman dates from the time mighty hunter (rebel) Nimrod built a city in defiance of God and called it Babel [with its famous tower]. It was the beginning of the first world empire (beast), and it was the beginning of idolatrous worship (the mother of harlots).
The woman known as Babylon the Great is Satan’s own ecclesiastical system. She is the mother of the “abominations of the earth.” All idolatrous systems are her harlot daughters.
…Babylon must be rebuilt. The prophecies concerning Babylon imply tremendous changes in that part of the world. Not the least of these changes involves religion. Today Babylon is part of the Arab world. The Arabs are Mohammedan. The new city will not be Mohammedan but the seat of a world-wide religion….Babylon was the place of origin of many idolatrous religions. It was there that Satan tried to unite all such worship into one world religion.
So, what is the complete fulfillment of Isaiah 13, regarding her destruction at the coming Day of the Lord?
“Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great.” Rev. 14:8, 18:2.