The enigma of the story in the Book of Revelation describes things in metaphors
because the woman and the dragon that she rides are not actually what we first guess them to be at first glance,yet as you study these two characters you will notice that they are not what they seem to be.
Many Christians assume the dragon that is the beast with seven heads to be
a actual dragon with seven heads,yet that is a false assumption.
The seven heads are not actual heads with eyes and mouths,yet mountains only.
This book is very mysterious till you put the pieces together that are put in the book.
I am gonna place certain parts of the passage of Revelation 17 here to describe who the Whore of Babylon is then later I am gonna place here who the Great City is.I can do it,yet give me some time ok.Ok.
3So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
4And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
5And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
7And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.
9And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
12And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
16And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.
18And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
Mystery Babylon is best seen as The Vatican because the bishops there wear purple and scarlet.