Sunday, April 24, 2016

City on seven hills?

Another argument that people use to teach that Babylon in Revelation 17-18 is actually Rome is that the woman is said to sit on seven mountains. People say that since Rome is on seven hills, then it must really be Babylon. However, there is a difference between a "hill" and mountain. Besides that, the 7 mountains in Revelation 17 contextually are not referring to geographic features of the land area. The context clearly shows that the "mountains" are kingdoms, a word the Bible uses many times to refer to a kingdom. Look at the context, "The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. And there are seven kings...And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet...the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth". The Bible calls kingdoms "mountains" many times, it even calls Babylon a mountain (Jer. 51:24-25). Other kingdoms/cities are also called mountains (Dan. 2:35, 9:16, etc.).

Besides that, there are close to 70 cities that claim to be built on "seven hills". Why would Rome be more likely to be Babylon than any of these other cities, if "mountains" is referring to geographic features rather than kingdoms? Babylon is clearly BABYLON, not Rome/Jerusalem/America or anywhere else. The Bible says what it means and means what it says.

Here is a list from Wikipedia.

Yaoundé, Cameroon

Ibadan, Nigeria

Kampala, Uganda - the hills are Mengo, Lubaga, Namirembe, Old Kampala, Kibuli, Nakasero and Makerere

Albany, New York

Athens, Texas, United States[5]

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States (now encompasses more than seven)[6][7]

Ellicott City, Maryland, United States[8]

Guaranda, Ecuador[9][10]

Lynchburg, Virginia, United States College Hill, Garland Hill, Daniel's Hill, Federal Hill, Diamond Hill, White Rock Hill, and Franklin Hill were the original "Seven Hills" of the City of Lynchburg.[11]

Nixa, Missouri, United States

Providence, Rhode Island, built on Christian Hill, College Hill, Constitution Hill, Federal Hill, Smith Hill,

Tockwotten Hill, and Weybosset Hill.[12]

Richmond, Virginia, United States, built on numerous hills and escarpments to include Union Hill, Church Hill, Council Chamber Hill, Shockoe Hill, Gambles Hill, Navy Hill and Oregon Hill.[13]

Rome, Georgia, United States

Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States – The exact list of seven hills varies a bit, but every list includes Cathedral Hill, Capitol Hill, Dayton's Bluff, Crocus Hill (sometimes also called St. Clair), and Williams
Hill—which is no longer a hill.[14]

San Francisco, California, United States (see List of hills in San Francisco)

Seattle, Washington, United States (see Seven hills of Seattle)

Seven Hills, Ohio, United States

Somerville, Massachusetts, United States, built on Clarendon Hill, College Hill, Spring Hill, Winter Hill,

Central Hill, Plowed Hill, Cobble Hill.[15]

Staten Island, New York, United States – Fort Hill, Ward Hill, Fox Hill, Grymes Hill, Emerson Hill,

Todt Hill, and Richmond Hill.

Tallahassee, Florida, United States

Victoria, Argentina[16]

Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, built on Pakachoag (Mount St. James), Sagatabscot (Union Hill), Hancock Hill, Chandler Hill (Belmosy Hill), Green Hill, Bancroft Hill, and Newton Hill
Yonkers, New York, United States

Amman, Jordan
Jerusalem, Israel
Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Mumbai Saat Dweep Samuh
Tehran, Iran
Thiruvananthapuram, India
Tirumala, India In Asia,
Abergavenny, South Wales, United Kingdom
Armagh, in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Athens, Greece. The historical seven hills of Athens are Acropolis, Areopagus, Philopappus Hill (or Hill of the Muses), Hill of the Nymphs, Pnyx, Mount Lycabettus, and Mount Anchesmos (or Tourkovounia).
Bamberg, Bavaria, Germany, The seven hills of Bamberg are; Cathedral Hill, Michaelsberg, Kaulberg/Obere Pfarre, Stefansberg, Jakobsberg, Altenburger Hill, and Abtsberg.
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain said to be built on Mont Tàber, La Rovira, El Coll, El Carmel, La Peira, El Putxet and Montjuïc
Bath, England, United Kingdom
Besançon, France
Bergen, Norway (see Seven Mountains, Bergen)
Brussels, Belgium, said to be built on St.Michielsberg, Koudenberg, Warmoesberg, Kruidtuin, Kunstberg, Zavel and St.Pietersberg
Budapest, Hungary
Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
Cáceres, Spain[20]
Ceuta, Spain
Coatbridge, Scotland, United Kingdom
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom (see Hills of Edinburgh)
Gorzów Wielkopolski, Poland
Iaşi, Romania (see Seven hills of Iaşi)
Istanbul (formerly known as Constantinople), Turkey (see Seven hills of Istanbul)
Kaposvár, Hungary
Kiev, Ukraine Borichev, Shchekovitsa, Starokievska and Khorevitsa.[21]
Lisbon, Portugal, São Jorge, São Vicente, Sant’Ana, Santo André, Chagas, Santa Catarina, São Roque
Lviv, Ukraine
Madrid, Spain [22]
Moscow, Russia (See Seven hills of Moscow)
Nijmegen, Netherlands
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Prague, Czech Republic
Pula, Croatia
Rome, Italy (see Seven hills of Rome)
Saint-Étienne, France
Sandomierz, Poland
Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
Smolensk, Russia
Telšiai, Lithuania
Torquay, England, United Kingdom
Turku, Finland
Veszprém, Hungary
Vilnius, Lithuania
Zevenbergen, Netherlands

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