Although the author, Watchman Bob, is a Christian, this Revelation commentary is written from the Hebraic perspective of the one who penned it, the apostle John. Why? . . . because the Bible, particularly the Revelation, can be fully understood only from the perspective of its writers, who were Hebrews. Also, there are over 200 references to the Hebrew Scriptures (the Tanakh) in the book of Revelation. For the sake of faithfulness to the Hebrew language, which is often distorted by English translations from Greek manuscripts, numerous Hebrew terms like Yahuah ("God"), Yahushua ("Jesus"), and Messiah (a transliteration of Mashiach) are used in this commentary. For the meanings of terms that might not be familiar, please visit the
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The Lord reveals, in an astonishing way through His prophetic Word, as explained in this crystal clear, common-sense Revelation commentary, 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 be hazardous to your complacency.
Yahushua did not come to Earth to perpetuate the status quo. His message was radical, using the Scripture 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 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 docrines and conceptions of the "End of the Age" long enough to read this online commentary or the book, The Revelation of Yahushua the Messiah, with your mind and heart open to the Truth of Yahuah'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, prophetic Babylon? Who, really, are Yahuah's People? Who is Antimessiah ("Antichrist")? When is the Rapture? What is the Day of the Lord? What is True Christianity? How can Yahuah's Wrath be avoided? How do I need to be living my life in the light of the Lord's Revelation? And, did you know that there is incredible good news in the end for those who believe the Truth?
Then, best of all, if you will submit to 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 Lord 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 Yahuah'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
Natural and man-made calamities are increasing at an astonishing rate, are seriously shaking the economies and social stability of the whole world, and are showing no signs of letting up.
Current, Acclerating, Global Disintegration
In 2011 numerous other nations were on the verge of bankruptcy. Uprisings, the destabilization of governments, and the threat of all-out war in the Middle East continue to ravage that part of the world. Hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and other natural disasters continued to increase in number and magnitude, killing hundreds of thousands all over the world. A massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan caused deadly damage to a nuclear power facility and terrible destruction and loss of life to the nation as a whole. According to a 2011 U.N. report, approximately 17,000 children (not including adults) were dying of starvation daily. Violence in general was increasing globally.
In 2012 nothing changed for the better. Natural disasters, wars and rumors of wars, and economic distress continued to increase globally. The secular governments of one nation after another in the Middle East fell and were replaced, with the approval and support of the U.S. and other NATO nations, by Islamist regimes. The threat to the security of Israel, and indeed its very existence, increased dramatically as Iran continued to utter warnings of Israel's annihilation and to develop nuclear weapons, and Israel's surrounding Arab neighbors and terrorist groups continued to amass armaments near Israel's borders and even, from Gaza, to fire thousands of rockets into Israel.
In 2013 all the above trends continued unabated and even accelerated—wars and rumors of wars, devastating natural disasters, famines and hunger, hoarding of the wealth by the top .1% while the masses sank into poverty and indentured servitude.
In 2014 global natural, social and spiritual disintegration continued to accelerate, rapidly approaching meltdown. For example, in perfect fulfillment of Bible prophecy (Zechariah 12:3; 14:2, et. al), the Obama-led U.S. government, in a complete about-face from being (allegedly) Israel's staunchest ally, sided with Russia in supporting Iran, Israel's arch-enemy, in taking the role of the dominant, lead nation of the Middle East. Also, with little resistance from the Obama administration, the radical, merciless, Islamic jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) continued to spread its deadly tentacles throughout Iraq and Syria via torturing, beheading, crucifying, burning alive and executing en masse the residents of those nations—especially Christians and other non-Sunni religious groups.
In 2015, the powder keg of global tension and conflict did not cool in the least, but continued to heat up and expand closer and closer to the point of explosion. Sanctions imposed on Russia by America and its allies because of conflict over the Ukraine, rather than forcing the Bear into compliance, caused it to roar in defiance—executing massive military exercises near Russia’s borders with several European nations, in the North Atlantic, and in other areas. China was setting up a global currency exchange that was threatening to replace the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency. If that happens, the dollar will be devalued tremendously, placing great strain on the U.S. economy, perhaps causing it to collapse. Muslim jihadists were committing more and more murderous acts of terror in non-Muslim parts of the world, especially in Africa and Europe, and the tremendous influx of Islamic refugees from Syria and other nations into Europe at year’s end was seriously threatening to destroy the econonomies and social stability of the EU nations. And the Middle East was more volatile than ever, with ISIS continuing its atrocities, the anti-Israel nations and terrorist groups gathering their forces and armaments on Israel’s borders while openly proclaiming their intention to annihilate Israel, the approval of the nuclear deal with Iran which continued to develop its nuclear weapons capability and to attempt to take over Yemen and access to the Suez canal. Then, at year’s end, the massive build-up of Russian military forces in Syria in support of Syria’s President Bashar Assad and in cooperation with Iran and Hezbollah added another huge, alarming element of uncertainty and volatility to the ever-increasing Mid-East crisis.
In 2016, all the above trends continued to 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 destablilization 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.
Now, at the beginning of 2017, the leaders of the world’s nations, most of whom are controlled by New World Order globalists, are scrambling to adjust to the unexpected U.S. presidency of Donald Trump and his extremely nationalistic, “make America great again” and "America first" agenda.
And America, on her home soil, is not exempt from these escalating conflicts and calamities. Since the "Great Recession" began in the U.S. in 2008, because of corporations downsizing and offshoring jobs, millions have lost their employment and homes in this nation.
In 2010 the eruption of an oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico severely damaged the ecology and economy of the Gulf Coast of the U.S.A.
In 2011 unprecedented destruction by tornadoes, floods, fires, and drought killed hundreds and drove thousands from their homes and further crippled the economy of the U.S. The Wealthy Elite continued to get richer as they placed trillions of dollars in off-shore accounts, eroding the tax base, and the government continued to bail them out, while everyone else sank toward poverty and servitude. Mass protests, as in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and other parts of the world, were held in the U.S. before they were squelched by brutal police force.
In 2012 increasingly devastating natural disasters, including Hurricane Sandy and a severe drought affecting over 60% of the states—especially the agricultural states—with no end in sight, hammered America. At year's end, Americans were apprehensive as the "fiscal cliff"—the end of stimulus money that had been pumped into the economy during the Bush and Obama administrations and a significant offsetting raise in taxes approached at the beginning of 2013.
In 2013 unseasonably bad weather (freezing temperatures and paralyzing snow storms in late spring in parts of the nation, in other parts floods, tornados, searing heat and droughts) continued to take a toll. Through censorship of the news and intrusive surveillance of phone and email records, Internet usage and bank statements (under the Patriot Act and other Presidential and Congressional enactments and in the guise of the "War on Terror"), the U.S.A. was becoming more and more a police state with government agencies and police forces invasively and oppressively infringing on the rights of America's citizens. “Obamacare”—the mandatory health care plan sponsored by the President—was showing signs of increasing tremendously the tax burden on the middle class and ruining many small businesses. Over 60% of 2012 college graduates, many with large student loans to pay off, had still, in 2013, not found jobs in the professions for which they had college degrees. At the end of the year, fifteen percent of the U.S. population—over 47 million—were on foodstamps.
In 2014 the combination of Obamacare; the influx of illegal immigrants through America’s porous southern border and under Obama’s amnesty program; the threat of Ebola and other deadly, highly contagious diseases; spreading domestic violence which began with the death of a black teenager who was shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri; and the rising, unsustainable U.S. debt ceiling caused by all these factors plus increasing involvement in conflicts abroad started to seriously threaten to collapse the American economy which, if it occurs, will result in riots, looting, bloodshed, martial law and a police state, which, in turn, will cause a chain reaction of the same sequence of events happening in nations worldwide. And at the end of the year, after his party (the Democratic Party) lost the mid-term elections and the balance of power in the U.S. Congress shifted to the Republican Party, Obama made it clear that he was going to continue to push through his domestic and foreign agendas, including Obamacare, flooding the U.S. with immigrants, and détente with Iran, even if he had to do it by executive orders over the objections of Congress.
And in 2015, that is exactly what happened. Obama continued to flaunt Congress in acting on his own to not only grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, but to provide social services to them and to thousands of Muslim immigrants at American taxpayers’ expense, while denying the same services to needy American war veterans. In the same way (without seeking the approval of Congress and while ignoring the pleas and warnings of Benyamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of America’s greatest ally in the Middle East, Israel) the President continued, through his Secretary of State John Kerry, his disastrous détente with Iran, succeeding to push through the nuclear treaty with Iran. And, indirectly in the name of “humanitarian aid,” the Obama administration continued to support various anti-Israel terrorist groups and governments, like Hamas.
All of these trends and ominous occurences led numerous Bible prophecy teachers to predict the collapse of the American economy, the declaration of a state of national emergency, and martial law by the end of 2016. 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. The stock markets were plummeting.
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), the President 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. But it didn’t seem likely that the Democrats and the powers-that-be 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, LGBT rights, abortion, détente with Iran and so forth, to be swept away by the Trump Express.
Nevertheless, to the extreme consternation of the Democrats and socialist liberals and against all odds, Donald Trump did win the election. And now, during the first months of 2017, in spite of continued fierce resistance of the globalists and the Liberal Left, Trump, with the support of a majority of Republicans in Congress, is pushing hard to implement his “make America greater than ever” agenda.
However, after eight years of the Obama presidency, America is 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 has been flooded with immigrants (legal and illegal) and refugees, including millions of Muslims. There are at least 25 known Islamic terrorist training facilities on American soil, setting America up for takeover by the New World Order/Islamic cabal if the now Obama-led resistance to the Trump presidency should gain the upper hand.
What does it all mean?
So, what is the meaning of all this turmoil? 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?
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 are trying to maintain a positive long-range outlook, saying that the ones who are prepared will survive the terrible tribulations of the next few years, turn things around, and make the world a better place than ever in which to live (a veiled survival-of-the-fittest philosophy).
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 Paradise: the inspired Word of Yahuah, specifically Yahuah’s prophetic Word, and most especially the Revelation of the Lord. All the turmoil that is happening in the world today was exactly and completely predicted 2,000 years ago by Yahushua when He was speaking to His disciples (c.f., Matthew 24; Mark 13; Luke 21) and in His Revelation, by other B'rit Hadashah ("New Testament") writers, and hundreds of years earlier by BCE prophets. But, unlike what secular forecasters are able to even begin to do accurately, the prophetic Scripture tells us exactly what will happen in the future - all the way into eternity - and what we need to be doing about it.
Father Yahuah 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” (the Tanakh) and the “New Testament” (the B'rit Hadashah). Very few of them recognize that all of Scripture, including the Revelation, was given by the Lord to all of His People, including the Jews who have not yet (but will) recognize that Yahushua is the Messiah and the Believers in Yahushua at the present time (“Christians”). Very few of them recognize the absolutely essential necessity of thoroughly knowing and understanding the Tanakh in correctly interpreting the Scripture written and compiled after the first coming of Yahushua. This is especially true of the Revelation, which contains far more quotes (31) from and references (over 200) to the Tanakh than any other B'rit Hadashah 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 is the identity of modern, prophetic, “mystery” Babylon. Of the twenty-two chapters of Revelation, two entire chapters plus parts of other chapters are devoted to Babylon. 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 did not exist 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 among the nations of the world, Yahuah obviously intended for there to be no doubt as to who she is.
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 Yahushua (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 book. 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 community on the line for the plain Truth of Yahuah’s prophetic Word. And that is exactly why Yahushua 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 ignoring the hundreds of prophecies that clearly told who He was and of His coming.
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 Yahushua 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 Yahuah witnesses to your spirit that what you are reading is the Truth, please let me know. 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 Yahuah's prophetic Word through the eyes of those who put it into writing and accept the true identity of modern, prophetic 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 Yahuah is going to deal with Jews and the Community of Believers in Yahushua 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, prophetic Babylon; how we can be saved from the Wrath of Yahuah; who the People of Yahuah really are; the real difference between a True Christian and a phony “Christian”; the timing of the “Rapture”; fantastic Good News for those Believers in Yahushua 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 the Lord Yahuah bless your study!
I just pray that the Lord will speak to your heart through The Revelation of Yahushua the Messiah 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 the Lord 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 Yahushua the Lord, 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 the Lord!
May the Lord use this website/book 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 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 - the Lord Yahushua the Messiah,
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