Preface to the 2020 Update
When this commentary was first published in 2010, it did not seem possible that one of its main assertions - the United States of America will, at the “end of the age” (Matthew 24:3), be the greatest, world-dominating city-state/nation/empire in history, exactly as prophesied. Although, after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989, the U.S.A. was the world's sole remaining superpower nation and seemed to be headed for global hegemony, when Barack Obama was president his administration’s agenda was weakening the U.S.A. in every way—morally, economically, politically and militarily—and was moving the nation inexorably toward being absorbed into the global community of nations controlled by the United Nations. For details about that, please read Obama's Treachery in Setting America up to be Destroyed.
However, against all odds and to
the complete surprise and consternation of the globalists, the administration
of President Donald Trump, with his ironic (because of what Bible prophecy states about the identity and destiny of America), constantly repeated “America first”
and “make America great again” mantras, appears to be getting America
back on track to becoming that great nation in spite of fierce opposition from the Left.
Nevertheless, the administration
of Barack Obama set the stage for two other events foretold by Bible prophecy: first, the takeover of America by the New
World Order/Islamist cabal, then, the total annihilation by “fire” of all life
in the nation.
Therefore, if you are a Bible believer and a follower of Yeshua the Messiah ("Jesus Christ"), have a sincere desire to know what the Bible really teaches, and have enough courage, honesty and humility to temporarily suspend what are probably some deeply held beliefs about the spiritual roots, identity and destiny of the United States of America long enough to consider another point of view, thank your Heavenly Father for leading you to this website. It may be the only source you will find that will help you fully understand what Yehovah’s ("the Lord's") “sure Word of prophecy” is telling us is happening in the world now, in these Last Days of Planet Earth as we have known it all our lives, what is going to happen in the very near future, and exactly what our Heavenly Father tells His children to do about it, before it is too late. So, please keep reading.
Note: Although the author of this commentary is a follower of Yeshua the Messiah (a "Christian"), he has learned that the prophetic Scriptures, especially the book of Revelation, can be fully understood only from the Hebraic perspective in which they are written. There are over 800 references including numerous direct quotes in the Revelation to the Old Covenant Scriptures (the "Old Testament"). In fact, virtually every prophecy in the Revelation may be cross-referenced in the Old Covenant Scriptures. Just as the Old Covenant Scriptures were a "schoolmaster" to teach us about the Messiah's first coming, they also teach us about His second coming (cf. Galatians 3:24), which is what the Revelation is all about. Therefore, for the sake of faithfulness to the Hebrew language which is often distorted by Greek manuscripts and English translations from Greek manuscripts, numerous Hebrew terms like Yehovah ("LORD"), Yeshua ("Jesus"), Elohim ("God"), Messiah ("Christ"), and Yahudim ("Jews") are used in this commentary. For the meanings of terms that might not be familiar, please visit the Important Terms and Concepts page.
(Disclaimer: Just because the author uses certain Hebrew names and terms in this commentary does not mean that he practices a kind of reverse replacement theology - replacing "Christians" with Israelites or Yahudim ("Jews"). One of the most treacherous devices of Satan/the devil is to divide the followers of the Messiah against themselves. Please visit The Subtle Demise of True "Christianity," Flaws in Hebrew Roots/Messianic Doctrine, and Who are the People of Elohim ("God")? for a complete explanation of who the chosen people of Elohim are.
And, for a complete explanation of the importance of studying the Revelation from the Hebraic perspective, watch this YouTube video.
Also, please note: The purpose of this website is to help its visitors to stay on top of current events in the light of Bible prophecy so that you will understand the times in which you live and know what to do about it (1 Chronicles 12:32). There is a Current Events in the Light of Bible Prophecy blog page to help you keep abreast of what's happening now. Also, this is an interactive, collaborative website. You are invited to add your own comments or commentary. On most pages, simply scroll to the bottom of the page to add your own comments or commentary concerning the topic(s) discussed on that page. Or, to see a list of topics and instructions for entering your commentary, go to the Guest Commentary page. I respond to many of those comments and they help me to continually gain new insights into what Bible prophecy has to say about current events. So, I am very thankful for feedback from this site's visitors. Finally, there is a Contact Watchman Bob page through which you can communicate with me directly.
In about 540 BBM (Before the Birth of the Messiah), the prophet Daniel was given revelation about the "prince that shall come" (the false messiah) (Daniel 9:26) - his treachery toward the nation of Israel at the mid-point of a seven-year treaty with that nation (Daniel 9:27; 11:21-24, 32), how he would blaspheme the Most High God Yehovah and exalt himself above all gods (Daniel 11:36), and his reign of terror over all the people of Yehovah for three and one-half years (Daniel 7:25; 12:7). But then, rather than giving Daniel the details of those and subsequent events, the Lord told Daniel to seal up the scroll until the "time of the end" (Daniel 12:4).
So, the purpose of the Revelation of Yeshua the Messiah ("Jesus Christ") - the last book of the Bible - is to finish the prophecy given through Daniel concerning the events of the "time of the end" (Daniel 12:4) - the "end of the age" (Matthew 24:3) - the last few years of Planet Earth until it is restored to its original Edenic condition by the soon-coming true Messiah. In other words, the Revelation is the description of the prophesied show-down between the false messiah ("Antichrist") and the true Messiah Yeshua and what will happen after that cataclysmic, world-changing conflict.
As you will see as you read through this crystal clear, common sense commentary on the book of Revelation, Yehovah does reveal, in an astonishing way through His prophetic Word, exactly what is happening in the world, what will soon happen, and what His People need to be doing about it, before it is too late. But . . .
Warning! This Revelation commentary may shake you out of your complacency.
Yeshua did not come to Earth to perpetuate the status quo. His message was radical, using the Scriptures to expose the spiritual bankruptcy of the religious establishment. He was not one to mince words as He vilified the religious leaders with, "Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times" (Luke 12:56).
I, Watchman Bob, testify to you from personal experience (see About Watchman Bob), sadly because I am one, that the majority of "Christians" (and false Israelites) today have exactly the same attitude toward the Truth and will "crucify" anyone who tries to share it with them.
However, if you will suspend any preconceived, church-taught doctrines and conceptions of the "End of the Age" long enough to read this online commentary with your mind and heart open to the Truth of Yehovah's Word, you will be amazed at how clearly current events in the light of Bible prophecy come into focus. And you will know the answers to all kinds of vexing questions like: Who is modern, prophesied Babylon the Great? Who, really, are Yehovah's People? Who is Antimessiah ("Antichrist")? When is the Rapture? What is the Day of the Lord? What is True Christianity? How can Elohim's ("God's") Wrath be avoided? How do I need to be living my life in the light of Elohim's Revelation? And, did you know that there is incredible good news in the end for those who believe and follow the Truth?
Then, best of all, if you will submit to Adonai's ("the Lord's") will, as revealed in His Revelation, you will find that His spiritual peace, love, joy, and hope will fill your heart, dissolving any of the dread that most people will increasingly experience as times get more trying and the Day of the return of the Messiah and Elohim's wrath approaches.
So, get ready!
Fasten your seat belt and get ready for the ride of your life (if you have the courage to face up to reality), because, although this Revelation commentary is exegetically correct and the result of many years of diligent study, it is not the typical dry, doctrinally-heavy, detached-from-real-life Sunday school or seminary study. As Yehovah's Word, correctly understood and taken to heart, has always done, it will rock your churchianity boat and demand your faithful action, if you want to successfully navigate the perilous days ahead.
Signs of the Times
All last-days Bible prophecies are being fulfilled exactly at an astonishing rate, are seriously shaking the economies and social stability of the whole world, and are showing no signs of letting up. Here are some prophesied events toward which current trends are inexorably moving:
Accelerating, Global Disintegration
2016, all the above prophesied trends continued to accelerate and intensify, threatening to explode into
regional if not international chaos and conflagration. The economies of China, Brazil and other
nations, that in 2015 were relatively stable, were faltering. ISIS no longer limited its terrorist attacks
to the Middle East but was facilitating them all over the world, including in Israel
and the U.S.A. Iran armed Hezbollah and
Hamas with 130,000 missiles near the borders of Israel. Iran had 150 billion dollars in sanctions
removed with which to accelerate its nuclear proliferation, sponsorship of
terrorism and aggression toward other Middle Eastern nations like Saudi
Arabia. In the religious world, the Pope
embraced Islam and was, in fact, encouraging all the world’s religions to unite
under one god. All these trends—the
rapid destabilization of all the sovereign governments of the world, the
uniting of the world’s religions, and the almost unanimous condemnation of Israel’s
efforts to defend herself against Palestinian and other terrorists—were
pointing inexorably to the fulfillment, very soon, of Biblical prophecy
concerning an end-of-the-age global government and all the world’s nations
coming against Israel.
During 2017, all of the above trends - increasing global economic, political and social chaos - continued. Islamic terrorist attacks continued to increase in number and frequency all over the world. Wars and rumors of wars, particularly centered in the Middle East, continued to increase. However, during 2017, there was one, significant, almost totally unexpected change. The leaders of the world’s nations, most of whom are controlled by New World Order globalists, found themselves scrambling to adjust to the unexpected U.S. presidency of Donald Trump and his extremely nationalistic, “make America great again” and "America first" agendas.
By the end of 2018, the impact of the Trump presidency, after his being in office for less than two years, was already shaking up the politics, economies, and power alliances of the world.
Here are some prophesied global trends that continued to be fulfilled in 2019:
America, on its home soil, has not been exempt from the escalating conflicts and calamities that have affected the world during the 21st Century. Because of the "Great Recession" of 2008, millions lost their employment and homes in this nation because of corporations downsizing and offshoring jobs. Then, after Barack Obama took over as President in 2009, his policies concerning socialized healthcare and other welfare programs, his open border policies, his support of the LGBTQ agenda and abortion, His support of Islamists versus Christians and Yahudim ("Jews"), his escalating of racial tensions in America, and his undermining of the State of Israel rapidly accelerated the deterioration of America.
of these trends and ominous occurrences leading up to and during the Obama presidency led numerous Bible prophecy teachers to
predict that the collapse of the American economy, the declaration of a state of
national emergency, and martial law were imminent. Indeed, in just the
first month of 2016, an astonishing number of unprecedented natural, economic
and political events seemed to be converging into a state of mayhem and
explosive conflict in America. The east
coast was paralyzed by the largest snowstorm (“Jonas”), accompanied by
flooding, in the nation’s history.
And, in that Presidential election year, Donald Trump, with his no-holds-barred, in-your-face style of campaigning, was attacking without restraint every other candidate (including those of his own Republican Party), President Obama, and all the sacred cows of the Democratic Party. And he was gaining a huge following at the same time the scandal-ridden main Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, was sinking in the polls.
However, it still did not seem likely that the Democrats and the "deep state" powers behind them were going to allow all the destroy-America gains of the Obama administration, including Obamacare, the influx of illegal immigrants and Islamic refugees, LGBTQ rights, abortion, treachery against Israel, détente with Iran, and so forth, to be swept away by the Trump Express. Indeed, in spite of Trump's grandiose pledges, it seemed that the continued deterioration of the U.S.A. into just another socialistic state, absorbed into the world community of nations controlled by the United Nations, was inevitable. The Liberal Left, fully supported by almost all the mainstream media,1 were fighting tooth and nail and by lies and dirty tricks to retain the control over America it had gained during the Obama presidency.
Nevertheless, to the extreme consternation and surprise of the Democrats, socialist liberals, and against all odds, Donald Trump did win the election. And, during 2017, in spite of continued fierce resistance of the globalists and the Liberal Left, Trump and his administration pushed hard to implement his “make America greater than ever” agenda and made astonishing strides in that direction - toward strengthening the military, reducing the flow of illegal immigration, rebuilding the infrastructure, and pushing economic prosperity in the U.S.A. to new highs.
And by the end of 2018, the U.S.A. seemed to be back on track toward achieving the dominant superpower status she held from the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989 until the beginning of the Obama presidency in 2009.
However, at the beginning of 2019, America was divided against itself like never before—liberals, socialists, globalists, and Islamists versus conservatives, capitalists, nationalists, and “Christians” (a catch-all term for any who call themselves “Christians”). The country continued to be flooded with immigrants (legal and illegal), including millions of Muslims. There were at least 35 known jihad terrorist training facilities on American soil, setting the U.S.A. up for takeover by the New World Order/Islamic cabal if the now Obama-led, Deep State resistance to the Trump presidency should regain the upper hand.
Here are some prophesied trends that continued to be fulfilled in America in 2019:
Now, at the beginning of 2020, the U.S.A. has never been more divided - right down the middle, 50-50. In a poll to name America's "Most Admired Man" at the end of 2019, Barack Obama and Donald Trump tied with exactly the same percentage of votes. Now, the U.S. Congress and the American public is deadlocked between those who want to get rid of Trump as President and those who want to re-elect him. And that is not just a passive difference of opinion - it is increasingly strident, even sometimes violent.
What does it all mean?
So, what is the meaning of all this turmoil and the current state of things in the world and in United States of America? Is it just the natural, normal course of events, or does it have prophetic significance? What is going to happen in the immediate and distant future? Is there any real hope for relief? Is the downward destiny of humanity inevitable, beyond our control? Or will we be able to turn things around and make something good out of this mess in which we increasingly find ourselves?
Some trends analysts like Gerald Celente (renowned for the accuracy of his political and economic forecasts) are predicting global disasters (e.g., “The Greatest Depression” and “The Greatest World War”) in the short term. But most trends prognosticators, including Celente, are trying to maintain a positive long-range outlook, stating that, even if there are terrible tribulations during the next few years, the ones who are prepared will survive, turn things around, and make the world a better place than ever in which to live (a veiled survival-of-the-fittest philosophy). Some are predicting that the "Trump effect" will continue and lead America into a new era of power and prosperity.
Do you believe them? I am going to state this bluntly, because correctly forecasting what is going to happen in the near future is not just a matter of idle speculation or trends analysis; it is a matter of eternal life or death necessity. Actually, trends analysts and other self-proclaimed prophets do not have a clue about what is going to happen past a year or two in the future! Their sophisticated trends research tools or “prophetic” insights may get part - even a large part - of what is going to happen correct - a few months or even a year or two ahead; but beyond that, they do not have a clue! And you are a fool if you believe them and stake any part of your future on what they say.
Only One Source of Truth
But, there is good news. There is one (and only one) source of information about the future that is totally, 100% reliable, on which every one of us can stake his or her future and can have the very real expectation of a glorious, joyful, and wonderful eternal life in the World to Come: the inspired Word of Yehovah, specifically Yehovah’s prophetic Word, and most especially the Revelation of the Adonai ("the Lord"). All the turmoil that is happening in the world today was exactly and completely predicted 2,000 years ago by Yeshua when He was speaking to His disciples (c.f., Matthew 24; Mark 13; Luke 21) and in His Revelation, by other New Covenant Scriptures ("New Testament") writers, and hundreds of years earlier by BBM (Before the Birth of the Messiah) prophets. But, unlike what secular forecasters are able to even begin to do accurately, the prophetic Scriptures tell us exactly what will happen in the future - all the way into eternity - and what we need to be doing about it.
Father Yehovah does not want His children to be in the dark about what is happening in the world in these last days. He wants us, like Israel’s tribe Issachar, to understand the times in which we live so that we will know what to do (1 Chronicles 12:32).
That is why He gave us His Revelation. The Revelation, when rightly understood, casts startling light on current events, explaining not only exactly what is happening in the world today but where it is all headed, how it is going to end, and how we need to be living our lives in the knowledge of that reality.
Why the Confusion?
So, why is there so much confusion and disagreement about the meaning and practical implications of the Revelation? Why do so many say that they do not understand it?
The reason is that the "Christian Church," especially in the United States of America, is being led by blind guides. And that is not because the Revelation of the Lord is difficult to understand: Ministers, Bible scholars, and teachers in the "Christian Church," especially the American "Church," are selectively ignoring certain key truths given to us in the Bible.
And one of the most important keys for unlocking the meaning of the Revelation (that is being ignored) is that it, like every other book of the Bible, is written from a Hebraic perspective. Very few "Christian" Bible expositors acknowledge the critical importance of understanding the Hebrew language, idioms, modes of thought, and culture in correctly interpreting both the “Old Testament” (Old Covenant Scriptures) and the “New Testament” (New Covenant Scriptures). Very few of them recognize that all of Scripture, including the Revelation, was given by the Lord to all of His People, including the Yahudim ("Jews") who have not yet (but will) recognize that Yeshua is the Messiah and the Believers in Yeshua at the present time ("Christians"). Very few of them recognize the absolutely essential necessity of thoroughly knowing and understanding the Old Covenant Scriptures (the "Old Testament") in correctly interpreting the Scriptures written and compiled after the first coming of Yeshua. This is especially true of the Revelation, which contains far more quotes (31) from and references (over 800) to the Old Covenant Scriptures than any other New Covenant Scriptures ("New Testament") book of the Bible. Indeed, the Revelation is the completion of the revelation to Daniel - the revelation of the contents of the scroll that Daniel was told to seal until “the time of the end” (Daniel 12:4).
Also, one of the most important keys for unlocking the meaning of the Revelation that is being ignored are the identities of modern, prophesied, “mystery” (spiritual, religious) Babylon and modern, prophesied, secular, political Babylon (they are united but not the same). Of the twenty-two chapters of Revelation, two entire chapters plus parts of other chapters are devoted to modern "Babylon the Great." The final exultation of the multitude in Heaven at the end of the Final Seven Years is over the destruction of Babylon. Modern Babylon is not named in the Bible because she existed only spiritually (not physically) when the Revelation, the last book of the Bible, was written. But there are over sixty indicators in over 250 verses of Scripture that tell us very clearly who she is. When it came time for Babylon to take her place on the world stage in her full spiritual and physical manifestation among the nations of the world, Yehovah obviously intended for there to be no doubt as to who she is. For a complete, irrefutable exposition of the identity and the destiny of modern Babylon the Great, please visit Who is Modern Babylon the Great?
So, why do we not know? Why is there so much disagreement among Bible scholars and "Christians" as to the identity of Babylon? Again, the Body of Believers in Yeshua (the "Church") is closing her eyes to that reality because it is just too painful and threatening to face. That is why this commentator has not yet found even one "Christian" leader, minister, teacher, theologian, or author to endorse this commentary. And that is not because none agree with it—some do. They just will not put their reputations and positions in Christiandom and in the communities in which they live on the line for the plain Truth of Yehovah’s prophetic Word. And that is exactly why Yeshua told the religious leaders who asked Him for a “sign from Heaven” to prove Himself, “Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky [to predict the weather], but you cannot discern the signs of the times” (Matthew 16:1, 3). They were willfully ignoring the hundreds of prophecies that clearly told who He was and of His coming. Religious leaders do exactly the same today in ignoring the obvious signs of the second coming of the Messiah.
Time is short. Act now!
The second coming of the prophesied Messiah and all the awesome events that will accompany His coming will occur soon - very soon. And it is the prayer of this commentator that if this Revelation Commentary is distributed widely enough, the Lord will use it to open the eyes of some to the critically-important true meaning and practical implications of His Revelation. And it is my prayer that many true Believers will visit the Get Involved! page of this website, and some will join us in this watchmen’s ministry. Yes, I pray that it will be as in the days of Elijah, when he cried out to the Lord, “I alone am left, and they seek to take my life,” to which the Lord replied, “I have reserved seven thousand in Israel . . . all whose knees have not bowed to Baal . . .” (1 Kings 19:14, 18). I pray that there are at least seven thousand among the Followers of Yeshua who have not bowed to the god of Babylon (Satan) and who want to join us in warning our loved ones to “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues” (Revelation 18:4), before it is too late.
Meanwhile, please judge for yourself. Read this Revelation Commentary, and if the Spirit of Yehovah witnesses to your spirit that what you are reading is the Truth, please let me know through Contact Watchman Bob. Every positive response is a life-sustaining breath of fresh air and drink of pure, cool water in this suffocating, scorching spiritual desert called Babylon.
And once we do look at Yehovah's prophetic Word through the eyes of those who put it into writing and accept the true identity of modern, prophesied Babylon, it is amazing how the meaning of the whole book of Revelation slides seamlessly and with crystal clarity into place. All those vexing questions about the timing of the “Rapture,” the role of the anti-messiah, how Yehovah is going to deal with Yahudim ("Jews"), the Community of Believers in Yeshua ("Christians") and others during the Final Seven Years, and so forth are easily answered by studying the Revelation in the same literal, common-sense manner that we study any other book of the Bible. And that kind of study is what this Revelation Commentary offers.
What You Get
Included in this Revelation commentary (which is more than just a commentary) is a brief, common-sense guide to understanding Bible prophecy (not that difficult if a few simple study principles are followed); a short narrative of how the Final Seven Years may very well play out; the verse-by-verse commentary; an essay that gives historical and scriptural, irrefutable proof as to the identity of modern, prophesied Babylon; how we can be saved from the Wrath of Elohim; who the People of Yehovah ("the LORD") really are; the real difference between a True follower of the Messiah (a "Christian") and a phony “Christian”; the timing of the “Rapture”; and fantastic Good News for those Believers in Yeshua who remain faithful to The End.
The verse-by-verse commentary part of this volume is concise. That means that it does not go into a lot of detail or provide a lot of documentation for many of its assertions and interpretations. However, that does not mean that those assertions or interpretations are “off the wall” or unsubstantiated. The idea is to be clear, not to bog you down with unnecessary technical details or confusing references to various, often contradictory interpretations the way most commentaries do. Please remember that a major premise of this Revelation commentary is that the Bible is its own best interpreter. Plenty of Scriptural cross-references are provided to back up the interpretations and observations in this volume. Please read those. Then, if you still have doubts or questions about any point made, please contact me. Many years of diligent, prayerful study have gone into this work, and I will be glad to discuss and provide additional documentation or explanation for any part of it.
May Yehovah Elohim ("the LORD God") bless your study!
I just pray that Yehovah will speak to your heart through this website because, as is indicated by current events in the light of His prophetic Word, the awesome, terrible, fantastic, and wonderful events of the Revelation could start literally any day now. And those who do not understand what is happening and submit to how the Lord tells us to deal with the Final Seven Years (which is clearly revealed in His Revelation) will be lost.
So, please keep reading. I promise that the true message of the Revelation of Adonai will not be boring or difficult to understand. Even if it does infuriate you or terrify you, it will, in going far, far beyond what any Nostradamus or trends analyst can tell you, be very enlightening. And if you will believe it, take it to heart, place your life in the hands of the Messiah Yeshua, and trust Him to show you what to do, you will be filled with joy and thrilled beyond measure as you anticipate the very-soon-to-come Day of Yehovah!
May Yehovah use this website to open more than ever the eyes of your understanding to the true meaning of His magnificent Revelation. And through correctly discerning the “signs of the times” and acting in faith on that understanding, may you be one of the very few (cf. Matthew 7:14) who, rather than being fearful or angry because of the terrible circumstances of this tumultuous, rapidly deteriorating, disintegrating world, are filled with the joy of His salvation in anticipation of the awesome events “which must shortly take place” (Revelation 1:1).
Yours in the Way, the Truth, and the Life - Yeshua the Messiah,
First published June 2010
Updated January 2020
1 Please visit the Current Events in the Light of Bible Prophecy page for updates on important current events prophesied in the Bible that you may not see published by the mainstream media.
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Common English translations of Hebrew and Messianic terms used in this commentary:
Yehovah - LORD or GOD
Elohim - God
Adonai - Lord
Yeshua - Jesus
Followers of Yeshua -
Messiah - Christ
Assembly of Followers of
Yeshua - Church
Yahudim - Jews
Antimessiah - Antichrist
BBM - Before the Birth of
the Messiah (as
opposed to BC or BCE)
ABM - After the Birth of the
Messiah (as opposed to
AD or CE)
For a complete explanation of Hebrew terms used, go to Important Terms and Concepts.
Current Events in the Light of Bible Prophecy
For a complete explanation of the importance of studying the Revelation from the Hebraic perspective, watch this YouTube video.
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