Revelation 17:1 The Opulent City

Revelation 17:1 The Opulent City

Starting our study of Revelation 17.

Revelation 17:1 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, and I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute who sits on many waters.” 

This chapter and the next describe the destruction of Babylon the Great. This is usually understood as referring to both an actual city and a world-wide system that is both religious and spiritual in nature. 

There is no shortage of suggestions regarding the identity of the city. Rome, New York, Jerusalem and Babylon are the usual suspects. 

Contemporary thought holds that Revelation 17 describes a city that is excessively opulent, supports ungodly religions, and is a major trading port in a desert setting. 

The suspects mentioned above all fail to meet the job description for some reason or another. Rome is not in the desert, Jerusalem is not a port etc. 

The one city that seems to fit the description is to be found in Saudi Arabia which is in the desert, promotes ungodly religions and is certainly an opulent port city exporting and importing trade with the world. The city of Neom is often highlighted as being the city to watch as it emerges from the drawing board and becomes a reality. 

The only other contender is Babylon itself. It stands pretty much as a ruin in modern-day Iraq. There are plans afoot to rebuild the city but whether it will ever reach its former glory is a matter of conjecture.

At this point, I would like to recommend the teachings of Joel Richardson who runs the website  and is also linked with Dalton Thomas at FAI found at  Both websites are rich sources of teachings. Joel is both well studied and yet able to teach in a way that even fools like me can understand!

The other group is Zion’s Hope, based in Florida. Their president David Rosenthal, who teaches with great clarity and distinction, is a joy to study with. One of the group’s writers, David Ettinger, has generously supported my own writings for which I am very grateful. His writings derive their richness from his Jewish background and are always well worth reading! Find this group at 

As I go through these two challenging chapters, I will be drawing on the wisdom of the above mentioned writers a great deal!

More on the religious/political system tomorrow. 

Thank you for your support.

and previously:

  • Revelation 19:11 Faithful and True
    Our testimony is that Jesus has been faithful and true and stood alongside, through every storm that has been thrown at us, and never let go of us ever!
  • Revelation 19:10 The Testimony of Jesus…
    One understanding of the testimony of Jesus is that he will return as the radiant King; and he will bring peace and righteousness to this earth when he establishes his kingdom and reigns from Jerusalem. 
  • Revelation 19:9 Invited
    The Church as a whole will be invited to the wedding as a corporate being but we will also be invited as individuals, by virtue of our personal salvation that we have received.For many of us who are not usually invited to high-society events and who are often left out and behind, this comes as a blessing indeed!
  • Revelation 19:7 Eager Anticipation
    In the same way, we are called to look forward to the day when we meet with Christ Jesus, on the day that he returns in power and glory. He is our blessed hope and our lives lived here on earth should be directed towards this coming moment. 
  • Revelation 19:7 A Wedding!
    I pray that we will live out our salvation with fear and trembling, and walk closely with our Lord, that we might walk with confidence and reassurance, knowing that we will be warmly welcomed and honoured as a guest, wearing the white robes of righteousness. 

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