Prophecy Sign 11: Mystery Babylon
Two full chapters in Revelation are devoted to the identity and the destruction of Mystery Babylon. It seems to be a combination of a religious/political system. The Antichrist will ride her to power, establish himself as world ruler, and literally destroy her in a single day. Lots of thoughts on this prophecy, but it remains the most difficult mystery in the Bible for most students of prophecy. I believe that Joel Richardson in his book Mystery Babylon sufficiently demonstrated that Mecca/Saudi Arabia seems to fulfill all of the scriptural requirements of the Harlot Babylon. His excellent summary notes are provided below.
Mystery Babylon is an End-Time religious and economic power-house that will align with the Antichrist. She is the greatest source of false religion and idolatry ever devised. She will reign over the kings of the earth. The Bible warns God’s people to “come out of her.”
Revelation 18:4-5 4 Then I heard another voice from heaven say: "Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; 5 for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.
For this reason, it is important for believers to identify this end-times city/state. The Bible gives us a long list of specific characteristics that she will have. Many different cities have been suggested over the years; Rome, The Catholic church, Babylon in Iraq, the United Nations, Jerusalem, New York, and the list goes on. Today, Mecca/Saudi Arabia seems to fit all the scriptural requirements of the harlot Babylon.
Mystery Babylon the Great, the Mother of all Harlots (the ultimate End Times false religion and economic system) will ride the Beast (Antichrist) to power when Daniel's 70th begins. In the beginning they are totally in sync, one in Satanic purpose and mission to deceive Israel and the Church. Antichrist will promote this "great city" Mecca, until he has no more use for her and demands the worship of the world for himself (Abomination of Desolation). At the midpoint of Daniel's 70th week, Antichrist and the ten kings of the final beast empire of Satan destroy Mystery Babylon with fire and the kings of the earth who "fornicate" with her, weep and wail when they see the smoke of her burning. As the world enters into the last 3 1/2 years, Antichrist and the False Prophet ignite the "Time of Jacob's Trouble" (aka Great Tribulation).