The Vibe of the Whore of Babylon

The Whore of Babylon, also known as Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and of the Abominations of the Earth never actually turned tricks in cheap hotel rooms. Instead, the whore is a metaphor for Rome: her throne is the seven headed beast and Rome has seven hills. Rome is also the place where Christians are being killed for sport in giant amphitheatres while people cheer.  For the early Christians, Babylon simply means any terrible place, as this is where the Old Testament Jews were forced to spend a sixty year stretch after their homeland was ransacked. Basically, Babylon is anywhere that persecutes God’s people, particularly where this is combined with vibes of excess and self indulgence. It’s fair to say that the Bible isn’t a big fan of selfishness and in St John the Divine’s vision, the Whore eventually meets her come uppance. This suggests that Rome will ultimately fall and anyone who joins in the ‘anything goes’ vibe that the world is dancing to will fall with it. In reality the Roman Empire does fall but not before Emperor Constantine embraces the vibe of Jesus and the city formally identified with the Whore becomes the centre of world Christianity. A bad vibe that comes good in the end.

General vibe of the Whore of Babylon: Hurt God's people at your peril.

Factvibe: Roman coins at the time St John was writing showed Rome as a woman sitting on seven hills.
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