Like Babylon, the city of Nineveh is a type of Christendom. “Woe to the bloody city!” In Revelation 17:6, John saw “the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus,” and when he saw her, he “wondered with great admiration [astonishment].” Thus the Book of Revelation pictures mystic Babylon as a woman who has incurred blood-guilt responsibility down through history. Verse 1, then, in calling Nineveh “the bloody city,” starts to provide details of the judgment that is to come upon Christendom.
The bloody city “is all full of lies and robbery.” Some examples of those lies are (1) that Catholicism is the mouthpiece of God and His instrument in instructing the world in righteousness, (2) that the Roman Catholic Church is the true Church, and (3) that the pope is the vicar of Christ. The false Church has capitalized on these lies to extract support and money from its communicants. Based on this false premise, the system has enriched itself, thus “robbing” the people. Their adoration and affection for God have been perverted by this religious institution, which has misdirected worship and appropriated the people’s money for its own aggrandizement.