Interpretations by Father Sylvester Berry in: ‘The apocalypse of St. John’ 1920
The Beast (antichrist) has made war upon Rome and laid it waste with fire and sword. St. John the Apostle continues to take notes while recording his visions on the Isle of Patmos to where he was banished by the Emperor Diometian for his faith some 36 years after the Crucifixion.” The time is definately stated by Irenaecus to have been towards the end of Dometians reign (V30,3) Iraenus writes that he met and tarried with Polycarp, the disciple of St. John. The testimony of Eusebius agrees with that of Irenaeus. ” P.7 Book of Destiny
V.1 “And after these things, I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was enlightened with his glory.” Father B: “The mighty angel which John sees is probably a great saint or prophet raised up to enlighten the Church by his teaching and to foretell the destruction of Rome as Jonas foretold the fall of Ninive, and Daniel that of ancient Babylon. But if “angel” be taken literally, it is probably St. Michael, the mighty one of God.” V2. “And he cried out with a strong voice saying Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every unclean spirit, and the hold of every unclean and hateful bird.Father B: “The Angel speaks of the fall of Rome as something already accomplished, to show that it must surely come to pass. It shall be left so desolate that wild beasts will find it a fitting abode and unclean birds will hover about its ruins. Thus also did Isaias prophesy concerning ancient Babylon: “Wild beasts shall rest there and their houses shall be filled with serpents … and owls shall answer one another there in the houses thereof and sirens in the temples of pleasure. (Isa. 13: 21,22)
Some interpreters take the words of the angel to mean that the ruins of Rome shall become the lurking place of evil spirits according to the words of Christ: “When an unclean spirit is gone out of a man he walketh through dry places seeking rest.” (Matt, 12:43)
V.3 “Because all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication: and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her; and the merchants of the earth have been made rich by the power of her delicacies.”
Father B: “The terrible destruction and desolation of Rome is a punishment for her many sins and for the sins into which she has led other nations. The kings and merchants of the earth have been led into the sins and vices of Rome, and with her they have upheld Antichrist in his efforts against the Church.”
Vatican Laser Light show covers St. Peters with Massive Animals on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception Dec. 8, 2015 to promote interest in Climate Change. V. 4 ” And I heard another voice from heaven, saying: Go out from her, my people; that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues.”
V. 5 “For her sins have reached unto heaven, and the Lord hath remembered her iniquities.”
Father B: “Another voice from heaven – a voice of mercy – warns the faithful of the impending ruin and exhorts them to seek safety in flight. In like manner did Our Lord warn His disciples to flee from Jerusalem upon the approach of the Roman army. (Matt. 24: 16-18* Heeding these words of warning, the faithful fled to Pella in Peraea and thus escaped the terrible sufferings of the siege. Father Sylvester Berry
” There will be Catholics in the doomed city up to the day of her destruction … ” Father Herman Bernard Haring, who studied the Apocalypse for thirty years, writes so in his ‘Book of Destiny’ .
He continues: “These Catholics are warned by their pastor. As God sent angels to lead Lot out of Sodom, and, as he warned the Jews to flee from ancient Babylon, Jer. LI. 6: Zach. II. 6-8), so He warns the true believers to depart lest they be punished with the city. The life of sin is a community affair to which all wholly surrender. And the Christians are exposed to giving way to the public temptations and are urged to cease being a part of the city’s life before the sentence is executed.
According to the Greek text, the sins of Babylon have been ‘fastened on to heaven’. Heaven is the Church, and the clause may mean that the wicked inhabitants of the city have imputed their own sins to the Church and have accused her of every perversity of which they are guilty themselves or have blamed her for the punishment received, just as the ancient pagans blamed the Christians for every calamity.
“A greater guilt than merely committing sin, no matter how wholeheartedly, is to impute ones’ own sins to another and treat him as the culprit.
They call sin virtue and virtue sin!!” Father H. Bernard Kramer