Babylon stands for all that is the world, as over against the call of the heart of God. . . . There is a form of Babylon which is political, and there is a form which is religious.1
5 Barnhouse, normally a very reliable commentator, is interesting in this regard. After a lengthy and informative exposition of most of Revelation Rev. 17:1+ wherein he holds the Harlot to be an ecclesiastical system, he concludes some nineteen pages of discussion with an exposition of the 17th verse. There the commentary ends and runs off into a blank page! Not only doesnt he comment on the last verse, verse 18, he doesnt even mention it! MacArthur is similarly silent at the end of his commentary on Revelation Rev. 17:1+, commenting on verse Rev. 17:17+ but not 18. Why? We can only guess because this verse stands as a contradiction to their schemes of interpretation which take the Harlot to be an ecclesiastical system. For verse Rev. 17:18+ tells us that the woman is that great city.