The three facets of Mystery Babylon (Spiritual, Political, Commercial) are defined by the Bible and are evident to us today. Holy Scripture clearly shows us these parts in the Revelation 18:2-3;
This theme is repeated in the three “woes” of verses 10, 16 and 19 of the same chapter.
This theme is not only found in the Revelation. Isaiah 2:7-8 also describes the three parts:
The three part theme is continued in chapter two: “The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down.” (verse 10) This is Political Babylon. Have you ever seen a humble politician? “The Day of the Lord shall come. Upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all the beautiful sloops.” (verse 16) This is Commercial Babylon. The ships of Tarshish are frequently equated with commerce in Scripture. “In that day a man will cast away his idols of silver and his idols of gold.” (verse 20) Obviously, this is Spiritual Babylon.
The apostasy of Israel and Judah also fell into the three part pattern of Mystery Babylon. The Prophet Zephaniah records the Lord’s statements against Judah in chapter one. He speaks against their spiritual apostasy in verses 4-5. In verse 8 the Lord describes their political apostasy, and in verse 11 their commercial apostasy is denounced.
We still deal with these three parts of Mystery Babylon today, but we are assured that the Lord will eliminate and punish this system in the Last Days.
* Until the invention of the horse collar in medieval times, horses were not draft animals and were only used for war.