BABYLON AND THE BEAST ARE IDENTIFIED
THE ENEMY IN THIS CONFLICT IS ROME - THE PERSECUTOR OF
The great harlot is Rome seen as a commercial
power. Notice her marks of identification:
1. She sits on seven mountains 17:9.
2. She rules the world in John's day
3. She persecutes the Christians horribly.
17:6 and 18:20, 24.
4. She is the greatest commercial power on
earth during John's day. 18:3ff, 11ff,
5. She is sustained and supported by the
military power (emperors) of Rome. 17:3,
6. She is destroyed by her own military
power. 17:16, 17.
The beast is the Roman emperors who persecuted the
5. Nero (who persecuted the
6. Vespasian (the emperor when John
received the vision)
7. Titus (who only remained for two
8. Domitian (who started the terrible
persecution and was the last of the
The beast "was" with Nero and "is not" with
Vespasian in the sense that the beast "was" when Rome
persecuted the church and "is not" when Rome did not
persecute the church. With Domician the beast
reappeared from the abyss to begin the persecution
When John wrote, five emperors had died (Augustus
to Nero), one was (Vespasian), one would come (Titus)
and stay for a little while (two years). The beast
(persecutor) was Domician, the eighth emperor who was
of the Caesar family but was destined to defeat.
Ten horns may be the kings of vassal nations that
allied with Rome. But one interesting historical fact
is that after Domician there were exactly ten emperors
who also persecuted the church. All these were destined
These ten emperors after Domitian also persecuted
1) Nero (64-68)
2) Dalmatian (81-96)
3) Trojan (98-117)
4) Marcus Aurelius (161-180)
5) Septum's Severs (193-211)
6) Maxi minus (235-238)
7) Deices (249-251)
8) Valerian (253-260)
9) Diocletian (284-305)
10) Galleries (305-311)
The Harlot is identified as Rome, the commercial power.
She was brutal and her fall was due to the Roman
military power. The great enemy of the Christians in
Revelation was Rome, the civil and commercial power.
The message was that Rome would fall.