So, again, Babylon, in our own John, is a figure of the city Rome, as being equally great and proud of her sway, and triumphant over the saints.
the seven mountains and very many waters, has merited from the Lord the appellation of a prostitute.
And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth."
Rev. 17:1 - NIV, NAB - in Cyprian Treatise XII Three Books of Testimonies Against the Jews
And that woman was clothed with a purple and scarlet robe; and she was adorned with gold, and precious stones, and pearls, holding a golden cup in her hand full of curses, and impurity, and fornication of the whole earth."
I fell asleep. And the Spirit carried me away, and took me through a pathless place,
When great Babylon likewise is represented as drunk with the blood of the saints,
For if it had been declared by Him, he (Antichrist) might perhaps continue for a long period. But now as "he was, and is not, and shall ascend out of the abyss, and goes into perdition,"
proceeded. But the size of that beast was about a hundred feet, and it had a head like an urn.
For if the blessed prophets who preceded us did not choose to proclaim these things, though they knew them, openly and boldly, lest they should disquiet the souls of men, but recounted them mystically in parables and dark sayings, speaking thus, "Here is the mind which hath wisdom,"
These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them, because He is the Lord of lords and the King of kings."
Rev. 17:15 - NIV, NAB - in A Treatise Against the Heretic Novatian by an Anonymous Bishop
Moreover, by the waters, the cataracts broken forth meeting together on all sides, and growing, were signified the peoples which grew up for the desolation of the Church; as the Apocalypse teaches, saying, "The waters which thou sawest are peoples, and nations, and kingdoms."
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