Well, God didn't destroy Sodom until there were less than 10 righteous ones in it. So i think the theology is a little off there as far as God allowing entire nations to be destroyed bc some in it are willful sinners? Sounds a bit far-fetched.
Preterism Q & A:
Who is the woman called Babylon in the book of Revelation?
Answer: The "mother of all prostitutes" - "Babylon the great" is none other than Jerusalem in particular or Israel in general. There are several reasons for this conclusion:
* She fills herself with the blood of the prophets and saints: Rev. 16:6, 17:6, 18:20, 24. Cf. Matt. 23:37 and Acts 7:52.
* She is the great city where the Lord was crucified: Revelation 11:8
* In the Old Testament, the unfaithful Israel was often described as a prostitute or an unfaithful wife: Jer. 2:2, 3:14, Is. 54:5, Jer. 3:20, Hos. 1:2, Ez. 6:9, Ez. 16, Is. 50:1. Isaiah 1:21 describes it as "See how the faithful city has become a harlot."
The clothing of Babylon is especially important in trying to identify her:
* Dressed in purple, scarlet, gold, precious stones and pearls (Rev. 17:3-5) - an almost exact description of the high priest’s ephod (Ex. 28:5-6, 36)
* This combination of fabrics and gems also describes the temple tapestry, which, according to Josephus, was "Babylonian tapestry in which blue, purple, scarlet and linen were mingled." (Wars of the Jews 5.5.4)
* The gold cup she holds (Rev. 17:4) is symbolic of the temple’s implements: "The greatest part of the vessels ... were of silver and gold" (Wars of the Jews 5.4.4.)
* Josephus’ description of the temple reflects the same opulence: "The outward face of the temple in its front ... was covered all over with plates of gold of great weight, and at the first rising of the sun, reflected back a very fiery splendor, and made those who forced themselves to look upon it to turn their eyes away, just as they would have done at the sun's own rays. But this temple appeared to strangers, when they were at a distance, like a mountain covered with snow; for, as to those parts of it that were not gilt, they were exceeding white." (Wars of the Jews 5.5.6) The inscription on the prostitute’s forehead is a perverse image of that on the high priest’s: "Holy to the Lord."