Rev 17:18 speaks of "Mystery Babylon" sitting on "seven mountains". Since Martin Luther wrote that "Papal Rome" was "that woman", most anti-Catholic and "literalist" share this escatological view as Rome is known to be the 'City of Seven Hills. '
Genesis 10: 8And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.
9He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.
10And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and 1.Erech, and 2.Accad, and 3.Calneh, in the land of Shinar.
11Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded 4.Nineveh, and the city 5.Rehoboth, and 6.Calah,
12And 7.Resen between Nineveh and Calah: the same is a great city.
A key to understanding that "mystery Babylon" is not just Rome, is found in John 4, The Samaritan woman at the Well comments that the "Samaritans are of Jacob, and worship on their "mountain."
Jesus says, "Ye know not what ye worship.!" And then says and commands..."God is a Spirit and they that worship him, must worship in Spirit and in Truth."
All false Religion, whether overtly pagan or counterfeit/christian is of satanic origin, and was organized at Babel, under Nimrod, Semiramis, and Tammuz...the first unholy trinity. After Nimrod died, Semiramis proclaimed Nimrod reincarnated in her son Tammuz whom she married and claimed the throne as Queen of Heaven and Mother of God. Type of future "Maryolotry".
The tower of babel was the first "High Place" where demonic "principalities and powers" controlled the empire of man made government in opposition to God.
We see the spirit of "Mystery Babylon" manifested in several types and shadows . Jezebel, Herodius etc....
Nimrod was king/god over the seven city-nations who worshiped Nimrod/Satan from their "High places of human sacrifice/prostitution etc..." that their satanic "arc-demons" were over. "for we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities against powers, against spiritual wickedness in HIGH PLACES, against the RULERS of the darkness of THIS WORLD." Eph 6:12
Not including Babel, "Babylon" the capital and highest place, we see Mystery Babylon sitting on"SEVEN" city/states that make up this dark kingdom. So the SEVEN MOUNTAINS represent all false religion including atheistic, agnostic or any "HIGH THING THAT EXALTETH IT"SELF AGAINST THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD." II Cor 10:4-6
Nimrod at Babel, sets himself up as the "eighth" above God's number 7.
Revelation 17 8The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
9And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
10And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.
11And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
12And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
13These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
The Spirit of False ReligionJezebel: Jezebel. No other name can evoke such images of wickedness and evil manipulations than the name "Jezebel". It is synonymous with despicable, reprehensible and contemptible, just to name a few. Her name has echoed through 3,000 years of history as a byword for anything that is vile, polluted and idolatrous. So why do we want to know anything about her? To beware!
From accounts in the Old Testament we find that Jezebel was the wife of King Ahab of Israel (874-853 B.C) of whom God said, “and Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him"(I Kings 16:33) A Baal worshipper, she was an evil, evil woman who ordered the prophets of the Lord to be slain. She enticed her husband to commit idolatry against his God by forcing him and his people to worship Baal also. Baal worship and the worship of false gods in general was prevalent at various times in Hebrew history under certain weak or evil kings. Unger's Bible Dictionary describes Baal worship this way: "The inhabitants of Canaan were addicted to Baal worship... The gaiety and licentious character of Baal worship always had a subtle attraction for the austere Hebrews bound to serve a holy God under a rigorous moral code."
Elijah proved Baal to be a false god when he challenged his false prophets to a test of faith on Mt. Carmel. When Baal failed to send down fire from heaven to consume a sacrifice, Elijah's Lord lived up to the challenge and readily consumed the sacrifice that Elijah had prepared. Infuriated, Jezebel ordered the death of Elijah.
In another instance of treachery, Jezebel plotted against a man named Naboth who owned a vineyard next to King Ahab's palace. Ahab, for some reason, decided he wanted the vineyard and offered Naboth money or another vineyard for it. When Naboth refused to give it to him citing that the Lord forbade it because it was an inheritance, Jezebel conspired against him. By forging the king's name she sent letters to the elders of the city to have Naboth brought before them for blaspheming God and the king. He was subsequently stoned to death.
When news of this wicked offense reached Elijah, the Lord moved him to prophesy of both Ahab's and Jezebel's demise. "Thus saith the Lord, in the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine... And of Jezebel also spake the Lord, saying, the dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel." Just as Elijah had foretold, Ahab was killed in battle with dogs licking up his blood which had spilled on his chariot. As we see from the account in II Kings, Jezebel's demise was even more gruesome "And he said, throw her down. So they threw her down: and some of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses: and he trode her under foot. And when he was come in, he did eat and drink, and said, Go, see now this cursed woman, and bury her: for she is a king's daughter. And they went to bury her: but they found no more of her than the skull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands". 2Kings 9:33-35
Jezebel is mentioned only once in the New Testament. It is in Revelation 2 that Jesus commands the apostle John to write to the church at Thyatira concerning her: "Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works." (Rev.2:20-23)
No longer on literal mountains and hills, we know it is the "CARNAL MIND" fed by demonic influence (strongholds) where our battle lies! If any thought or imagination is opposed to the word of God, "WE KNOW NOT WHAT WE WORSHIP!"
Also on the Samaritan Mountain, "Mt, Gerazim"...the Samaritans constructed a rival replica TEMPLE after the second Temple at Jerusalem. A Counterfeit TYPE of having all the trappings on the outside right, but still of "MYSTERY BABYLON!
The number "SEVEN represents "Divine Perfection" So we can see that the Symbolism of the "Whore" sitting on Seven Mountains, points to "perfect deception! And yes, for the lukewarm it is of GOD! All those who are not lovers of truth follow her seductions.
II THESS 2 WARNS US THAT THE ANTI-CHRIST/MYSTERY BABYLON'S LIES WILL DECIEVE MANY, AS GOD WILL SEND A STRONG DELUSION TO THOSE WHO LOVED NOT THE TRUTH!
So while Catholic doctrinal errors and falsehood places Rome with her part in this, we cannot see "Only ROME" as our focus in identifying "MYSTERY BABYLON!" This is a "spirit" over Rome and other centers of false religion. Where Rome's influence gave way to protestant influence, the demonic spirit did not lose influence, it just manifests into the human agency in "high places" that "give place to the devil."
If you or I cannot be counted among the sheep of Matthew 25, as those who fed the hungry, clothed the naked etc....Then we are not lovers and doers of the TRUTH!
Do not be deceived dear readers, your attendance at services is good, your tithe paying is also....but do not believe the lies from your CARNAL MIND...that you do not have to fulfill the "GREAT COMMISSION" as witnesses, teaching etc... and all that the Lord commands as to our "Calling!"
He will say to you..."I WAS HUNGERED AND YE FED ME NOT...IN PRISON AND YE VISITED ME NOT...ATHIRST AND YE GAVE NO WATER....NAKED AND YE CLOTHED ME NOT etc....
So Many Christians are deceived that the "ministry" takes care of these things and the "saints" tithes and prayers are all that is sufficient.
Repentance and prayer is our only way to have power to study and stay full of the HOLY GHOST and GO into all the world preaching this GOSPEL!
Note: When "Babylon is fallen!" The entire world system of the Anti-Christ and the "Apostate church are included in this event.