Woman in the basket
Zech 5:5-11 Then the angel who talked with me came forward and said to me, “Lift your eyes and see what this is that is going out.” And I said, “What is it?” He said, “This is the basket that is going out.” And he said, “This is their iniquity in all the land.” And behold, the leaden cover was lifted, and there was a woman sitting in the basket! And he said, “This is Wickedness.” And he thrust her back into the basket, and thrust down the leaden weight on its opening. Then I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold, two women coming forward! The wind was in their wings. They had wings like the wings of a stork, and they lifted up the basket between earth and heaven. Then I said to the angel who talked with me, “Where are they taking the basket?” He said to me, “To the land of Shinar, to build a house for it. The start of the Babylon the Great story is when the woman is carried to the land of Shinar, which is the region where Babylon and Nineveh are. That is the start of the story of Babylon, which ends with the woman sitting on the pinnacle of the beast. The Great Harlot. It is why it's not possible for any of the international locations earlier than Babylon or Nineveh to be one of the seven heads or international locations of the Beast that the woman rides. Babylon was also the first city to reach a million people and the first to start a banking and financial system.
Different places are referred to as the start of Babylon. The most common is Babel because it was also in Shinar and the words are similar. God moved and stopped them by confusing their language. The city and the tower were never built.