The following is excerpted from the book written by Christopher Wordsworth D.D., titled “Union with Rome: Is not the Church of Rome the Babylon of the Book of Revelation?” Click on link to download a PDF of the whole book.
Chapter 1: Whether Babylon in the Apocalypse is the city of Rome.
The subject of our Inquiry is:–
Whether the Prophecies in the Apocalypse (Chapters 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19), or Revelation of St. John, respecting Babylon, concern Rome as she now is?
This Question divides itself into two parts;
First; Do these prophecies concern the City in which the Bishop of Rome holds his See?
Secondly; Do these prophecies concern that City in her spiritual as well as her temporal character; that is, do they concern her as a Church, as well as a City? And as exercising power, not merely at Rome and in Italy, but in many other countries, and over many other nations, of the world?
Let us begin with the consideration of the former of these two questions, Do these prophecies concern the City of Rome?