“Look, I will come as unexpectedly as a thief! Blessed are all who are watching for me, who keep their clothing ready so they will not have to walk around naked and ashamed.”
And the demonic spirits gathered all the rulers and their armies to a place with the Hebrew name Armageddon.
Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air. And a mighty shout came from the throne in the Temple, saying, “It is finished!” Then the thunder crashed and rolled, and lightning flashed. And a great earthquake struck—the worst since people were placed on the earth. The great city of Babylon split into three sections, and the cities of many nations fell into heaps of rubble. So God remembered all of Babylon’s sins, and he made her drink the cup that was filled with the wine of his fierce wrath.
What a curious thing, these verses say that when the greatest earthquake ever hits, the cities of many nations fall into heaps of rubble, but the city of Babylon will be split into three sections. Why would not Babylon become a pile of bricks like the other cities? Of course, the Bible does not say. Notice it doesn't say that Babylon is spared destruction. It simply notes that Babylon is divided into three sections. That could mean that the fault line or lines that cause the earthquake will run directly underneath Babylon.
So wherever Babylon is in the world will be the target for God's "fierce wrath."
Speculation about who Babylon will be at the time of the End is certainly interesting, but ultimately irrelevant. The judgment of God may focus on Babylon, but it will extend to everyone who opposes Him and refuses to turn their hearts to and accept Jesus Christ, the Lord!
The point is this: God is the Judge and all unrighteousness will be judged in the End! No one will "get away with" opposing God! God is Love and Light for those who follow Jesus, but God is also the author of Righteous Judgment against those who stand against Him!
"Lord Jesus, it is only because of You that I don't have to fear what is coming on the earth! But Lord, I know that those who do not know You have much to fear! Help me today to sound the alarm for those who don't know You! May You be praised forever. Amen."