In the scriptures the devil’s “woman,” his prostitute, has another specific name. In prophetic scripture, she is called “Babylon.” Babylon is a woman who is beautifully attired. She is bejeweled with precious stones, pearls, and gold. She no doubt has her makeup well done and her hair expertly styled.
This woman is sensationally attractive. She represents the best and most alluring things and pleasures which this world has to offer. Her entire function is to seduce men’s hearts away from God to the riches and delights which this world has to offer.
In Revelation chapter 17 we read about her. It seems that she is doing her job well. The kings of the earth are debauching in an adulterous relationship with her and the inhabitants of the world are drunk – literally intoxicated – with the pleasures and things which she has to offer (vs. 2).
They are all committing adultery with her. Their hearts are far from God and a submitted love relationship with Him and instead are insatiably chasing satisfaction with the devil’s substitute. They are all in an insane rush to obtain and enjoy everything which the devil’s kingdom has to offer.
Why is she called “Babylon?” It is because Babylon of the Old Testament was the epitome of such worldly behavior. She was the center of an indulgent, sinful culture full of excesses of every kind. She was the most luxurious, the most prosperous, the most powerful place on earth at one time.
All that the world is and has to offer was concentrated there in her, at the peak of her influence and power. She was the paragon of the worldliness and sin of that time. “Babylon” therefore serves as a type of all the sensuality, pleasure, and sin which this world has to offer.
Of course today, this spiritual, immoral woman still exists. In fact, she is rampantly visible in our current world. We read that this prostitute “sits on many waters” (Rev 17:1). This means that her influence is widespread. It reaches all around the globe. We are told that “The waters which you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues” (Rev 17:15).
In her hand is a golden cup. This cup is full of her seductive attractions. It is brimming over with her “fornication.” It represents all the things which this world has to offer. She is offering this cup to all, inducing them to come and drink until their senses are dulled and their hearts abandoned to seeking the things of this world.
Great multitudes are swilling down this “beverage” as fast as they can, giving themselves over completely to an adulterous relationship with the devil’s woman.
No matter where you may travel in this world, most of the populations of the nations are drunk with this wine. They are madly pursuing success, fortune, leisure and all that the world has to offer. They are in a headlong rush to acquire more and more of everything that is really part of the devil’s kingdom.
Satan’s ruse, his subtle trick of offering men and women an attractive substitute for a relationship with God is working! Most of the world, both inside and outside the church, is in a frenzy to try to satisfy their carnal desires by indulging in all the many the pleasures this “woman” has to offer. They are indeed drunk with the wine of her fornication.
Consequently, their hearts are far from God. Their affections have been drawn away and captured by the offerings of the devil’s kingdom.
"Truly, truly I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself, alone. But if it dies, it produces much fruit!
He who loves his soul life, will have it destroyed. But he who has a deep aversion to his soul life in this world, will have it preserved [through transformation] into the eternal life of God. John 12:24-25