Likewise, the narrator frequently peppers the story, particularly regarding descriptions of Hester, with overt comments about human nature and how hypocritical humankind often is. Pearl immediately takes to him when she is rude to everyone, even her mother.
Babylon The Whore is associated with the Antichrist and the Beast of Revelation by connection with an equally evil kingdom. The word "Whore" can also be translated metaphorically as "Idolatress". There is much speculation within Christian eschatology on what the Whore and beast symbolize as well as the possible implications for contemporary interpretations.
Rome and the Roman Empire[ edit ] See also: Dea Roma Many Biblical scholars   believe that "Babylon" is a metaphor for the pagan Roman Empire at the time it persecuted Christians, before the Edict of Milan in Some exegetes interpret the passage as a scathing critique of a servant people of Rome who do the Empire's bidding, interpreting that the author of Revelation was speaking of the Herodians —a party of Jews friendly to Rome and open to its influence, like the Hellenizers of centuries past—and later, corrupt Hasmoneanswhere the ruler of Jerusalem or Roman Judea exercised his power at the pleasure of the Emperor, and was dependent on Roman influence, like Herod the Great in the Gospel of Luke.
Stuart Russell, Milton S. Terry  point out that although Rome was the prevailing pagan power in the 1st century when the Book of Revelation was written, the symbolism of the whore of Babylon refers not to an invading infidel of foreign power, but to an apostate false queen, a former "bride" who has been unfaithful and who, even though she has been divorced and cast out because of unfaithfulness, continues to falsely claim to be the "queen" of the spiritual realm.
Proponents of this view suggest that the "seven mountains" in Rev Some of these Old Testament prophecies as well as the warnings in the New Testament concerning Jerusalem are in fact very close to the text concerning Babylon in Revelation, suggesting that John may well have actually been citing those prophecies in his description of Babylon.
This is also bolstered by Jesus' statement that "it's not possible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem. In the most common medieval Catholic view from St.
Augustine's City of GodBabylon and Jerusalem referred to two spiritual cities or civilizations spiritually at war with one another, throughout all of history: Babylon [from Babel ] is interpreted confusion, Jerusalem vision of peace.
They are mingled, and from the very beginning of mankind mingled they run on unto the end of the world. Two loves make up these two cities: Di voi pastor s'accorse il Vangelista, quando colei che siede sopra l'acque puttaneggiar coi regi a lui fu vista Shepherds like you the Evangelist had in mind when he saw the one that sits upon the waters committing fornication with the kings.
The identification of the Roman Catholic Church with the Whore of Babylon is kept in the Scofield Reference Bible whose edition identified "ecclesiastical Babylon" with "apostate Christendom headed by the Papacy ".
Seventh-day Adventist view[ edit ] Adventists believe that the fallen state of traditional Christianity can be seen especially in the Catholic Church, which they teach is the great whore in prophecy as seen in Rev Her harlot daughters are interpreted as other false churches predominantly Protestant which adopt false doctrines, some drawn from Catholicism itself despite the separation of Protestants from the Roman Catholic Church on disagreement on doctrines.
Adventists further hold that the persecution of the true believers prophesied in Rev This is seen in the persecution during the Middle Ages of anyone daring to oppose the Church such as the Albigensian Crusades in southern France and against the Waldensians and Huguenotsand especially the Inquisition.
They consider the pope to be in apostasy for allowing pagan rituals, beliefs and ceremonies to come into the church, having those who pointed out its apostasy persecuted and killed and never repenting of or fully admitting the true extent of its actions.
They see the Papacy termed papal Rome stepping in after the Roman Empire termed pagan Rome as fulfillment of 2 Thessalonians 2: White 's The Great Controversy states that "Spiritual Babylon" would have worldwide influence, affecting "all nations", that Imperial Roman Empire could not meet the criteria, as she wrote that it only had influence in the Old World.
Like many reformation-era Protestant leaders, her writings also describe the Catholic Church as a fallen church, and it plays a nefarious eschatological role as the antagonist against God's true church and that the pope is the Antichrist.
She is silently growing into power. Her doctrines are exerting their influence in legislative halls, in the churches, and in the hearts of men.
She is piling up her lofty and massive structures in the secret recesses of which her former persecutions will be repeated. Stealthily and unsuspectedly she is strengthening her forces to further her own ends when the time shall come for her to strike.
All that she desires is vantage ground, and this is already being given her. We shall soon see and shall feel what the purpose of the Roman element is.
Whoever shall believe and obey the word of God will thereby incur reproach and persecution. Ultimately, the Whore of Babylon's fate is to be destroyed in the last days. The ancient city of Babylon is described as such a city throughout the book of Daniel, and was likely the origin of many unscriptural beliefs.
For example, the Babylonians believed in the immortality of the human soul. If, then, the beast in revelation represents the world's governments, one could ask, what does the prostitute represent? Jehovah's Witnesses literature often mentions the Great Harlot of Babylon and the subsequent attack on her by the political powers, signaling the beginning of the "great tribulation".
In the sixth season of Dexterseason antagonist Travis Marshall— who is committing biblical-themed murders while 'guided' by a hallucination of his dead professor that acts as a second personality—kills his sister Lisa to serve as the Whore of Babylon for his apocalyptic tableau in the episode "Sin of Omission".
In the fifth season of Supernaturalwhen the protagonists must thwart the apocalypse after Lucifer is released from Hell, the episode "99 Problems" sees protagonists Dean and Sam Winchester and their angel ally Castiel arrive in a small town where a woman named Leah Gideon is presenting herself as a prophet of the Lord, protecting the town from demons by performing exorcisms and encouraging the residents to turn against the 'sinners' among them.
Castiel reveals that Leah Gideon is not a prophet as angels are aware of the names of all the prophets, identifying Leah as the Whore of Babylon Sam speculates that the real Leah was killed months ago and the Whore is now impersonating herwho will come bearing false prophecy and condemn those who follow her to Hell.
She can only be slain with a stake made from a cypress tree that grew in Babylon when wielded by a true servant of Heaven.Read Idealism, Logic, and Puritanism in the Scarlet Letter free essay and over 88, other research documents.
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