What is the symbolic meaning of Babylon?
We can see what Jehovah thinks about false religion by reading the Bible book of Revelation. There, false religion is described as a symbolic woman, "Babylon the Great." (Revelation 17:5) Note how God describes her:
● "The great harlot . . . with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication." (Revelation 17:1, 2) Rather than being faithful to God, false religion has meddled in politics, often telling governments what to do.
● "In her was found the blood of prophets and of holy ones and of all those who have been slaughtered on the earth." (Revelation 18:24) False religion has persecuted and killed faithful servants of God and has been responsible for the death of millions in warfare.
● "She glorified herself and lived in shameless luxury." (Revelation 18:7) False religion has great riches, which her leaders use to live in luxury.
● "By [her] spiritistic practice all the nations were misled." (Revelation 18:23) By her false teaching that the soul does not die, false religion has opened the door to every kind of spiritism and sorcery and has promoted fear of the dead and worship of ancestors.
Sounding a strong warning to people to separate from false religion, the Bible says: "Get out of her, my people, if you do not want to share with her in her sins, and if you do not want to receive part of her plagues."-Revelation 18:4, 5.
In the near future, Babylon the Great, the world empire of false religion, will be totally destroyed. The Bible says: "In one day her plagues will come, death and mourning and famine, and she will be completely burned with fire, because Jehovah God, who judged her, is strong." (Revelation 18:8) To avoid receiving part of her plagues, we must break off all connections with false religion, having nothing to do with practices, celebrations, and beliefs that are displeasing to God. The matter is urgent. Our lives are at stake!-2 Corinthians 6:14-18.
We need to remember that God said Babylon the Great is the "mother of harlots". Therefore this implies that Babylon HERSELF cannot be ALL false religion, because she has "daughters" and she is the MOTHER of them. So God is pointing us to one specific church. And from Revelation 18:23 we can tell that this is a professing Christian church, because it says that the "light of the candle" and the "voice of the Bridegroom" would no longer be seen or heard in Babylon.
Who is the "Bridegroom"? The Bible clearly points to Jesus Christ as the Bridegroom. So Babylon must be a professing Christian church who proclaims Christ Jesus. It cannot be Islam or any other false religion, because they NEVER proclaim Jesus Christ as Saviour.
All the other details of Babylon, "Purple and Scarlet colour", "blood of the saints", "committing fornication with the kings of the earth", etc.. points to only one church and that is the Church of Rome.
In the Bible, not all numbers have a symbolic meaning. Even those numbers that do have a symbolic meaning, do not necessarily have a symbolic meaning every time the number is used. The number 9 does not seem to have a symbolic meaning; but seems always to be a literal number. The Bible is a book of history and prophecy - - thus it does not need to be a complicated book of numerology, as…