Hello, I wanted to start a discussion concerning a point of view of particular interest to me. You are aware of "Babylon the Great" of Revelation 17 (Verse 5 in particular). I have seen several people maintain that this is a reference to the Roman Catholic church. I was curious as to the origin of this school of thought. It would seem to me that if this were talking about the Roman Catholic church, then John would have called her "Rome the Great" as he undoubtedly would have been familiar with both cities. As you are probably aware, Saddam Hussein apparently believes himself to be the reincarnation of Nebuchadnezzar, and has rebuilt the ancient city. What if John really was referring to Babylon? What if it really was Babylon that John saw? I am interested in your thoughts.