Babylon thought of as that one image in the bible as paramount evil. The one place where sins of men and nations were heralded. Babylon has long been typed as this place of rebellion and all that is against God. Yet Babylon here is seen in the context from the early church. There was a church at Babylon. Peter even wrote from Babylon. Paul was even told that he must witness in Babylon. In this case Babylon was the name given by Peter to Rome.
1 Pe_5:13 Peter speaks of the church at Babylon, this is Rome
The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son.
Act_23:11 Paul told by the Lord he must witness also at Rome
And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.
Rom_1:7 Paul was ready to fulfill his calling and witness and preach at Rome
To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Apostles had always been in Jerusalem, that is, up until persecution started. It was then that the Apostles and many of the early church fled throughout the Roman Empire. It was at Rome that a large church had been going strong. Peter and Paul both would have appointments, divine ones to be at Babylon. Rome was Babylon in all intents and purposes. Babylon Rome, that place of the seat of the empire. It was there at Babylon that the first persecution started and spread into all the empire.
This was the first of ten major persecutions of Christians and it started at Babylon Rome. This is the place where Nero pushed his brand of devilish vendetta against the Christians. It was at Babylon where the early believers were sought out, killed in horrendous ways. It was there that the early Christians sought shelter and safety in the Catacombs under Babylon Rome. Join us in this teaching The Church at Babylon. It is the place where historical facts and the biblical word of God meet. There is much we can glean from this. Let us proceed and prepare for what comes. It is from Babylon and the church there that we see the center of the Rome church today. It rose from the ashes of this. With it came Pagan ways mixed with Church doctrine and teachings of men.
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