Babylon of the past is a shadow of the Babylon to come in the seven-year Tribulation period. Babylon was an empire—also called Chaldea for the influential southern portion of the Babylonian Empire. One of the empire’s major cities was called Babylon. Before being destroyed, Babylon was a provincial capital city of the great Chaldean, or Babylonian Empire. In the future, Babylon is the name given for the capital of the one-world government of which the Antichrist will endeavor to rule (Daniel 11:41; Revelation 13:7).
The beginning of the kingdom of Bābel (Hebrew for Babylon) traces back to three generations after Noah circa 1246-1206 BC. Noah begot Ham, then Ham begot Cush, and Cush begot Nimrod (Genesis 10:1-8):
Cush begot Nimrod; he began to be a mighty one on the earth.