Rev.18:24 - "In her (the great city-17:18) was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth." Matt.23:35-36 - "That upon you (Jerusalem) may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth..All these things shall come upon THIS generation...Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets.." It's time for another poll, guys and galls. What is the identity of "the great city" of Rev.17-18? According to Jesus, it could only be JERUSALEM. Also, the same "great city" is mentioned in the same book of Revelation in chapter eleven and verse 8, where it says that this city was "where our Lord was crucified". Consistency is a fine hermeneutical principle! Let'r rip...Jerusalem???? In my opinion, it could be no other! Rome?? Not one prophet ever perished at Rome! Rebuilt Babylon?? _ Not one prophet ever perished at Babylon, much less "rebuilt Babylon! The Catholic Church?? - Not one prophet ever perished at the hands of the Catholic church. Biblical prophets, guys. Jesus wwasn't killed at Jerusalem. Consistency, guys, consistency. Now, this issue of the identity of the great city is HUGE. Why?? Because, coupled with the IMMINENCY STATEMENTS of Revelation - all seven of them - it points to the first century destruction of Jerusalem. It's actually a forced conclusion. Quite plain. Indeed, Revelation's parallel, the Olivet Discourse, concerns Jerusalem and the Temple's destruction. Allusions to the Temple, priesthood, and Jerusalem abound in Rev.17-18. To be honest, I don't know how much plainer the language of Revelation 17-18 could be. Every bit of it is straight out of the Old Testament and the Olivet Discourse concerning JERUSALEM. Preterism stands on solid ground. Jesus never promised to return "to the earth" to sit on a big chair in Jerusalem. I will tally the votes on the identity of the great city and announce the winner tonight.