(Daniel 2:1-2; 3:1-6; 4:16; 5:1; 6:8; 7:25)
In the first chapter of Daniel, we are told that King Nebuchadnezzar besieged Jerusalem and took some of the articles of the house of God, which he kept in the treasure house of his god.1Dan 1:1-2
This helps us understand the meaning of “Mystery Babylon” in the Book of Revelation. Just as the Israelites and their religion were taken into captivity in Babylon, the saints were taken into captivity in “Mystery Babylon” by the beast, the bishop of Rome.
In the Book of Daniel, the beast was represented by King Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon. In Chapter 4, he became as a beast until seven times passed over him:2Dan 4:16 “a time, times, and half a time.” In Chapter 3, he set up an image for everyone to worship: the image of the beast. In Chapter 6, we learn about the law that cannot be changed, not even by the king. Finally, in Chapter 7, we are told that the beast will even “intend to change time and law.”3Dan 7:25 The changing of time and law in the Sabbath day would be his mark.
Chapter 5 describes the fall of Babylon after the king makes all his subjects intoxicated with wine from the cups of God’s house. This imagery depicts Mystery Babylon in the Book of Revelation.
Mystery Babylon was the final kingdom prophesied by Daniel: the kingdom of the beast with ten horns. The beast with ten horns, ten powers, prevented the saints from rebuilding God’s temple, which had to be built according to His measurements before His glory could come in. Until this day, many of Christ’s saints remain in Mystery Babylon. The Angel still cries out, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great!”4Rev 14:8