Symbolism of Babylon

Bible scholars tell us that when it was written 2,000 years ago, the early Christians had a code word that they used to describe the seductive society in which they lived: ‘Babylon’. Every first-century Christian knew that this word referred to the Roman Empire. Following their lead, Red-Letter Christians contend that to understand what the book of Revelation is saying to us today, we have to think of our present day Babylon as being the dominant society in which we live. Consider what Revelation 18 tells you about your Babylon: it’s going to fall!

- Tony Campolo, "Trusting God in a Consumerist Society," Red Letter Christians blog, March 13, 2011