Dr. Andrew M. Woods has recently published a book on why references to Babylon in The Book of Revelation can only refer to ‘Babylon on the Euphrates,’ and not any one of several other interpretations proposed over the past 2,000 years.
Woods rightly employs the historical-grammatical interpretation of the Bible. But he misuses this hermeneutic as his justification for why references to Babylon the Great, Mystery Babylon, history’s Babylon of Nebuchadnezzar, and the Tower of Babel (from the antediluvian world), convey there is one and only one Babylon in Revelation.
For Woods, prophetic passages in Revelation mentioning Babylon of the last days, demand it be rebuilt and become the globe’s most powerful city – not just spiritually, but politically, economically, and militarily. Furthermore, while barely a tourist attraction today, it serves as the essential city of the Antichrist. These questionable assumptions drive his polemics against all contrary interpretations that better fit the facts biblically and geopolitically.