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1.3.2. Babylon is Ecclesiastical

Another quite popular view sees Babylon primarily as an ecclesiastical system (Rev. Rev. 17:1+), but also having commercial attributes (Rev. Rev. 18:1+). This view takes the word mystery written upon her forehead (Rev. Rev. 17:5+) as part of her title rather than an indication that there is a mystery associated with John’s vision concerning her role in the time of the end. See the discussion of the identity of The Great Harlot. See Mystery Babylon?
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