4/26/10 On the woman’s forehead a name was written, which many scholars recognize along with her dress and cup, etc, as a parallel to the high priest of Israel. On the priest’s miter covering his forehead was written “Holiness to the Lord.”
The woman is Babylon, a counterfeit of the true people of God. She takes the role of priest and rules the nations of the earth as such. That this title is on her forehead insinuates that this is her conscious choice. She knows what she is doing.
This mysterious Babylon the Great is the threefold combination of the dragon, the sea beast, and the false prophet, which make up a religious confederacy that unites the religious world of all religions and organizations. She is the mother of harlots. Her children are all religions that join her.
She was drunk with her success in persecuting and killing the people of God, the remnant. John was shocked at what he saw. The angel promises to explain what is going on.