No, Babylon and the Tower of Babel are Not in Saudi Arabia

From Jim FletcherWND columnist and “now director of the apologetics group Prophecy Matters

A prominent Bible-prophecy teacher claims the true site of the biblical Tower of Babel is in Saudi Arabia and the concept of “Mystery Babylon” actually refers to Mecca, not the Vatican, as some researchers of Scripture claim.

As I’ve mentioned before, there’s no such thing as a “Bible-prophecy teacher”; there are Biblical scholars, some of whom work on Biblical prophecies in historical and literary context, and there are hucksters who instead impose meanings on the texts for their own purposes. In this instance, Fletcher is referring to Walid Shoebat, whose “Bible prophecy” sideline perhaps the most preposterous – although not the most vicious – aspect of the “ministry” through which he collects funds from undiscerning churchgoers:

…Traditionally, many scholars have placed the tower built in an attempt to reach God, recounted in Genesis 11, near Baghdad, Iraq. Some scholars believe “Mystery Babylon” will be located there. Other Bible prophecy teachers insist “Mystery Babylon” refers to the Roman Catholic Church. Shoebat claims these views are incorrect.

He told WND the key is understanding the ancient place names that correspond to modern sites in Saudi Arabia.

…”When it comes to the destruction of end-days Babylon, Scripture makes no mention of any of the ancient Babylonian cities: Nineveh, Ur, Babel, Erech, Accad, Sumer, Assur, Calneh, Mari, Karana, Ellpi, Eridu, Kish, or Tikrit. All of the literal references in Scripture are in Arabia.”

…”Isaiah says, the burden against Arabia,” said Shoebat. “They [other teachers] most of the time look at the traditions – it’s a traditional interpretation – that doesn’t encompass the entire oracle of Scripture.

This builds on Shoebat’s earlier claim that “666” is actually a misreading of the Arabic “in the name of Allah”, and his son’s suggestion that Allah is a Babylonian god of “violence and revolution”.

First, the Tower of Babel: according to the Bible story, Babel is in the “a valley in the land of Shinar”, which had been colonised by people who had moved eastwards. The previous chapter mentions Nimrod’s empire in “Babel, Erech and Accad”. These locations are all in ancient Iraq, and the author may also have been thinking of Mesopotamian ziggurats.  There is absolutely no reason to transpose the story to the peripheral location of Arabia.

Second, “Babylon” in the Book of Revelation: Chapter 17 of the text is an obvious reference to the Roman Empire: the prostitute who bears the name “Babylon the Great” sits on a seven-headed beast: “The seven heads are the seven hills, on which the woman is sitting. The seven heads are also seven emperors”, says the text. Rome, of course, sits on seven hills, and its pagan emperors at the time of writing had begun to persecute the Christians. That’s the context in which the text was written, and the context in which its first readers and listeners would have found it meaningful. The big mistake of “prophecy teachers” is to assume that a difficult text’s full meaning can be discerned only by interpreting it through later events – resulting in a subjective, idiosyncratic, and unhistorical mess.

Third, the “burden against Arabia” in Isaiah 21: this is tacked onto the end of a prophecy about the fall of ancient Babylon (perhaps reworked from a prophecy against Assyria), and a short and obscure passage about Dumah, an oasis in northern Edom. The text urges the inhabitants of Tema to welcome refugees from Dedan: the context is local and specific, and there’s no reason to extrapolate from this short passage to the idea that Arabia is actually a central concern of the author, or to infer that the passage refers to eschatological matters.

Shoebat thinks that “nukes” should “take care” of the Muslim world; and he just so happens to have discovered that the “real” meaning of Bible texts is to warn of the wickedness of a religion that came into existence hundreds of years after the author of Revelation had died. What an amazing coincidence!

6 Responses

  1. The beast in Revelation is a mix, leopard, lion and bear. Rome is not part of the beast.

    The scriptures clearly say Montains not hills.

    Jesus was on hearth under the Roman Empire
    Jesus never mentined nothing against Rome.
    It is all about Jakob and Esau.
    Please read Obadiah, Esekiel, Isaiah and Jeremiha.

  2. UN the last Babylonian Empire ?

    Jeremiah’s dual prophecy in Chapter 25:8-12 depicts the downfall of the Babylonian world power and foreshadows the last 70 years of obscured Counsel Government.

    Jeremiah 25:8-12
    Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts (YHVH of armies); Because ye have not heard my words (rebellion, disobedience, corruption, idol worship), Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, saith the LORD, and Nebuchadnezzar (personified Antichrist ) the king of Babylon (economic and military world powers), my servant (instrument of GOD’s wrath), and will bring them against this land , and against the inhabitants thereof, and against all these nations round about, and will utterly destroy them (in 1945 CE ), and make them an astonishment, and an hissing, and perpetual desolations.
    Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones, and the light of the candle.
    And this whole land shall be desolation and astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years (1945 CE – 2015/2016 CE).

    And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished (2015/2016 CE), that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the LORD, for their iniquity (corruption, tyranny), and the land of the Chaldeans , and will make it perpetual desolations.

    For further information regarding ‘THE LAST DAYS’: please go to e.g.

  3. The Vatican is not in the desert. The description of Mystery Babylon is in the desert. A desert surrounded by seas. Al Jazeer means desert of the sea. Mount Babel is the 7 mountains. Islam is the final beast Saudi Arabia is the Harlot. Muhammad is the man of sin mentioned in 2Thesalonians 2:3. Anti-Christ is always plural so there have been many. Shoebat isn’t right about much but he is correct that the 7 Mountains are in Mecca. He is also correct about the mark of the beast.

  4. The Lion Bear Leopard suffered a fatal blow. That happened during the Battle of Tours

  5. The UN is just another pawn of the Saudi’s it’s not Mystery Babylon.

  6. 1. John brought to desert so he watch harlot that sits on many waters from desert ( harlot sits on waters not desert)
    2. Harlot is city of power. Mecca was never city of power none of caliphate capital located in Mecca always another city. Rome was city of power that persecute Christian for hundred of years.
    3. God said get out of there my people. in fact no Christian nor Jew allow to enter Mecca beside muslim are those worship the beast they are not God’s people.
    4. 10 horned beast is islam while Babylon harlot is Rome and new Rome is European Union that represent liberal movement.
    5. Muslim follow strict religious rule while liberal are free to do what they want (spirit of harloting).
    6. Harlot said i’m not widow. The concept of married or bride of God only exist in Christianity not in islam.
    7. Rev 17 stated 5 fallen – Eqypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece, one is – Rome, other not come but when come only short time (islam under mohamed and Rashidun). harlot sits on the beast no because she worship the beast but because she is 6th (Rome) and the beast (muslim) hate her.
    8. 8th is the beast come from 7 (7th). 8th is sunni established by muawiya (Dan 7 little horn) after defeating 3 last horns ali, hasan, husein. 10 horns are 10 kings (mohamed, abu bakr, umar, utman,ali,hasan,husein, jafar abut talib, khalid bin walid, abu ubidah) they rule for one hour aka 41.6 years ( a day equals 1000 years) from 620 (isra mijrad) until 661 (fall of rashidun caliphate)
    9. the beast will rule for 42 months or 1260 years from 660-1920.

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