The Tribulation

“For then [at ‘the end of the age’] there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be."  (Matthew 24:3, 21)

Since the beginning of Creation, when Adam and Eve were deceived into forfeiting their dominion over the earth (Genesis 1:28) to Satan (the devil), he has held sway over the people of this world, except for the ones chosen by Yahovah ("the LORD") to be redeemed from the devil’s power (Psalm 107:2).

But, the Bible prophesies that, at the “end of the age,” there will be a seven-year period of time (cf. Daniel 9:27)—what many call the “tribulation”—when Satan will be given the power to, first, conquer the whole world, then, at the midpoint of the seven years, establish his global kingdom, ruled by Satan’s incarnation the “prince who is to come,” the “one who makes desolate,” the “man of sin,” the “son of perdition,” the “lawless one,” the “beast,” or the anti-messiah ("Antichrist") (Daniel 9:26, 27;  2 Thessalonians 2:3, 8;  1 John 4:3; Revelation 13:4-5). 

The first half of the seven years, during which time Satan will be surreptitiously gaining complete control of the world, is called the “beginning of sorrows” by Yahushua ("Jesus") (Matthew 24:8).  Then, at the midpoint of the seven years, Satan's incarnation, the anti-messiah, will set up what both Daniel and Yahushua called “the abomination of desolation” in the Temple in Jerusalem (Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24:15). This abomination was foreshadowed when, in ca. 167 B.C., the evil Seleucid ruler Antiochus Epiphanes defiled the Temple by sacrificing a pig and setting up a statue of the Greek god Zeus in it.  The ultimate abomination will occur when the anti-messiah sits as God in the temple of [Elohim], showing himself that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4). Then, “all hell” will break forth on Earth.  This will be the time when the “great wrath” of the devil is poured out on the earth (Revelation 12:12). 

During the last half (42 months) of the seven years, the anti-messiah will be given unlimited power over the people of the world (Revelation 13:5), except for a remnant of Israel who will receive special provision and protection from Elohim ("God") during that time (Revelation 12:14). It will be a time of unprecedented persecution and martyrdom of true Christians and others who refuse to take the “mark” of the beast.  The last 42 months of the Final Seven Years will be the period of time that both Yahushua ("Jesus") and the elder in Heaven speaking to John called the “great tribulation” which, if not “shortened will be so terrible that even the global kingdom of the anti-messiah will self-destruct and “no flesh will be saved” (cf. Matthew 24:21-22; Revelation 7:14; 12:12).  

But, that time will be cut short—by the coming of the King of kings and Lord of lords and the armies of Heaven to destroy the forces of the world that oppose Adonai ("the Lord"), cast the beast and his false religious leader into the lake of fire, cast the would-be ruler of this world (the devil) out and lock him away in the “bottomless pit,” and restore the earth to its original, wonderful, Edenic beauty (Isaiah 65:9-10, 16-25; Ezekiel 36:35; John 12:31; Revelation 19:11-20:4; 21:1-7). 

Babylon the Great During the Final Seven Years

How does Babylon the Great, formerly known as the United States of America, fit into the end-times scenario of the Final Seven Years?  This watchman will not be dogmatic, but, as a result of his years of prayerful study of current events in the light of Bible prophecy, he believes that the Spirit of Yahovah has led him to the following understanding:  The U.S.A. is, at the present time, the latent Babylon the Great.  But, once America is taken over by the New World Order/Islamist cabal she will become (with her “great city” New York City—the perfect antitype of ancient Babylon) Babylon the Great de facto.  So, the takeover of the U.S.A. by Islamists may be the event that sets the stage for Antichrist (who may very well initially be a Muslim (see footnote 9 of the commentary on Revelation 17) to go forth and begin to conquer the world (Revelation 6:2).  And Babylon the Great will dominate the NWO/Islamic global empire (Revelation 17:15).

However, Scripture (Revelation 17:16-17; 18:2) clearly prophesies that all human life in Babylon the Great will be annihilated very quickly “by fire” (to end her domination of the nations of the world), so that the ten “kings” of the world (spiritual entities?) can give their “kingdom” (singular) to the beast, which Yahovah has instilled in their hearts to do, to fulfill prophecy.  As R.A. Coombes, in his monumental, 613-page work America the Babylon, explained, all the translations of Revelation 17:16 from the original Greek are mistaken and misleading.  The subject of the statement is “fire,” not “kings.”  Yes, the kings hate Babylon (just as most world leaders hate the Trump-led U.S.A.), but it is the fire that destroys her, not the kings.  In other words, Babylon the Great will be destroyed by the Lord with fire (an exploding comet?), just as Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed (Jeremiah 49:18; 50:40)—an appropriate judgment of the “command center” of Satan—just as the destruction of Nimrod’s empire by fire (an exploding comet) was an appropriate judgment (see the explanation in "Who is Modern Babylon").  

And, as the nations of the world look with horror at the destruction of Babylon—the sustainer of their economies (Revelation 18:3, 9-19)—the world stage is set for the entrance of the "beast," the anti-messiah, offering himself as the solution to the chaos (cf. Revelation 13:3-5). 

So, the annihilation of Babylon the Great, formerly the United States of America, must occur just prior to the midpoint of the Final Seven Years, at which time Antichrist declares himself to be “God,” the messiah, the savior of the world, and the solver of all the world’s problems.  And, at that time, he will establish his global “kingdom” and global religion, which will synthesize all the religions of the world. 

But, even after the destruction of all natural life in Babylon by fire, she will still be the spiritual command center of Satan—the habitation of his hordes of evil spirit beings (cf. Jeremiah 50:39; 51:37; Revelation 18:2).  So, her final, total, physical destruction will be the event that prompts the celebration in Heaven just before the Marriage Supper of the Lamb and His return to Earth as King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 18:21; 19:1-16).  For  more  details  and  Scriptural  support  for  the  above  explanation  of  the  role  and  destiny  of  Babylon  the  Great  during  the  Final  Seven  Years,  read the  commentaries  on  Revelation 17 and 18.

A Narrative of the Final Seven Years

This writer has come to realize that many have trouble digesting detailed study, but prefer parables and narratives.  And that is fine, because that is the way Yahushua taught.  So I pray that the following “story” will heighten your interest so that you will really want to get into the Word to see for yourself if these things are true.       

This narrative is based on a common-sense, face-value, literal interpretation of Scripture, which I believe is the way our Heavenly Father wants His Word to be understood.  I, Watchman Bob, do not claim to be a prophet or that all the events are in exactly the correct sequence or that their timing is precisely accurate, and I will not be dogmatic about debatable details that are not yet clearly revealed.  Although I have been studying current events in the light of Bible prophecy many years, I am simply a teacher who presents my understanding of what Scripture says is happening at the present time and will happen in the near future the best I can.  So, the identification of future characters, dates and circumstances in the following scenario should be evaluated by Scripture references given to determine if they are reasonably possible.  If any of those future characters, dates and events turn out to be inaccurate, they will be changed in revisions to this narrative as Yahovah gives further insight.  

On the other hand, the following narrative is not just a figment of the author’s imagination.  It is based on over 20 years of study of current events in the light of Bible prophecy.   And I do believe that the interpretations on which it  is based are as solidly based on Scripture as any out there.  The current events portrayed are actual.  And please note especially that every future character, place and event (although some are representative rather than actual) that is included in the following narrative does occur in Scripture and could happen very much as portrayed.   Again, the reader is encouraged to verify the feasibility of the following narrative by studying the Scriptures referenced and especially the commentary on this website on those Scriptures.              

The Final Seven Years

A Quasi-Fictional End-of-the-Age Scenario

Note:  In this narrative, to make them distinct from the false “gods” and the “jesuses” of the world (for example, Islam calls their god Allah “God” and recognizes as a great prophet “Jesus”), the Hebrew names of the one, true God (Hebrew: Yahovah the Father) and His Son Yahushua will be used.

The Kingdom of Heaven

Yahushua (Jesus) is, at the present time, establishing the Kingdom of Elohim (“God”) in Heaven (“I go to prepare a place for you . . .”—John 14:2), in the hearts of His regenerated People, His Disciples (Luke 17:21), and in its various spiritual manifestations on Earth (Matthew 12:28).  But His People (His “Bride”) will not physically dwell there until He comes to change them into glorified, heavenly beings, gather them to Himself, and take them there (“that where I am, there you may be also”—John 14:3).  Then, later, after the wedding ceremony and feast in Heaven (Revelation 19:7-9), He will return with His heavenly armies (glorified Saints and angels—Revelation 17:14; 19:8, 14; Matthew 16:27; 2 Thessalonians 1:7) to defeat his enemies on Earth and set up His millennial kingdom here (Revelation 19:11-20:4; Luke 13:29).

Meanwhile, while the Bride (the Congregation of Followers of Yahushua) (the "Church") is in her new home in Heaven (specifically, New Jerusalem), what is happening on Earth?  Well, all Heaven is breaking forth, that is what.  The final execution of the Wrath of Elohim is being poured out on Earth, big time (Revelation 16:16-21).  But, to get the whole picture, let us back up a few years.

The Setup—The First Three and One-Half Years 

For years, the United States of America—the world’s only remaining “superpower” nation after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989—had been gaining more and more global hegemony through subverting one government after another and converting them into “client states” with puppet leaders.  In 2009 her only serious rival for dominance of the world’s economy was the European Union.  But then, in 2010, several of the EU’s member nations—Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, and Spain—having greatly overextended their credit and having accrued tremendous deficits that they could not service, got into serious financial trouble.  Greece was on the verge of collapse; riots were breaking out.  So, other EU member states bit the bullet and bailed her out, further weakening the stability of the whole Union.  But then, by October 2011, Greece’s bailout had failed, causing massive protests and rioting, threatening bankruptcy of the nation and a calamitous domino effect in other European nations. 

But the two-term presidency of Barack Obama resulted in an America that was deeply divided and greatly weakened in every way – morally, socially, economically, politically and militarily.  During Obama’s presidency the national debt doubled, from about 10 trillion dollars in 2008 to close to 20 trillion dollars at the end of 2016.  The tremendous influx of immigrants – legal and illegal – and Middle Eastern refugees being supported by U.S. taxpayers and taking American jobs caused tremendous financial and social stress in the nation.  The Obama administration greatly weakened America’s military.  Conflict between liberals supporting the LGBTQ agenda and abortion versus conservatives piqued.  The antagonism between the conservative, Christian, capitalist, Republican Right and its candidate for President, Donald Trump, and the liberal, non-Christian, socialist, Democratic Left and its candidate for President, Hillary Clinton, was acute during the 2016 election year.  And Obama’s vacillating foreign policy stances and allegiances (e.g., regarding Israel, Russia and Iran) kept the world on edge.  The huge national debt of the United States, which was owed at home and abroad and was growing rapidly because of having to fund natural disaster recovery efforts in the homeland and constant involvement in foreign wars, was in no position to help the ailing nations although they were dependent on her as by far the largest consumer of their commodities and services.  If the economy of the U.S.A. collapsed, the economies of the whole world would collapse.  In fact, in spite of assurances of the government through the mainline media to the contrary, the stability of the U.S. economy was quite precarious.  One major national catastrophe could cause it to collapse.

A shift in America’s direction occurred when Donald Trump, with his “America first” mantra and pledge to make “America greater than ever,” took over as President in January 2017.  And, for the next several years, Trump seemed to be following through on his agenda.  The U.S.A. did indeed, once again, achieve international political, economic and military dominance.  However, the stage had been set for America’s overthrow as a sovereign nation during Obama’s presidency.

For many years, Muslims had been freely allowed into the U.S.A., and thousands of them had been clandestinely developing hundreds of jihad terrorist cells around the country.  By 2017, 35 jihad terrorist training camps had been identified in the U.S.  A confederation of Muslim nations led by Turkey had been funding, training and coordinating the terrorist cells and was also planning to attack U.S. military installations and ships abroad.  The attack was meticulously planned and coordinated because the aggressors knew that if the U.S. military, with its awesome fighting capabilities, was allowed to respond in a cohesive way, they would not succeed.  So, at a time determined by the destroy-America leaders, an attack signal was sent throughout their ranks.  And the attack went exactly as planned (and exactly according to Bible prophecy—Jeremiah 51:1-4, 8, 14)!  There was a massive terrorist attack on America from within and outside her borders.  Simultaneously, all over the nation, thousands of bombs, including suitcase nuclear devices, were detonated—mainly in large population centers including Washington D.C. and New York City.  And, because there was no plan to counter such a devastating and widespread attack from within the nation (the U.S. Defense establishment was almost totally set up to respond to attacks from outside the borders of the U.S.), the whole nation was thrown into total chaos.  National Guard units could not be called up and activated instantly and police departments were not logistically prepared to counter the multi-faceted, massive attack.  So, Americans, in their panic, were sitting ducks for the armed, trained and coordinated terrorists, and all who resisted were mowed down in the streets and in their homes (cf. Jeremiah 51:1-4).  The terrorists also took over all National Guard and police units around the country and bombed and forced the surrender of military installations. Meanwhile, simultaneously, air, ground and missile attacks were being carried out on U.S. military installations, troops and ships all over the world—especially in the Middle East.  And also, having no directions from Washington, which was totally occupied with the attack at home, those installations, troops and ships could mount no coordinated response, were either destroyed or immobilized, and were taken over by the Muslim forces.  In fact, the attacks at home and abroad were so effective that, within just a few hours, the government of the United States of America was in the hands of radical Islamists.

Then, the confederation of anti-Israel, anti-America nations from the Near East and North Africa  that had caused the downfall of America (Jeremiah 51:27-28), with the U.S.A. out of the way, immediately turned their attention to Israel—to  invade and annihilate that tiny nation (Ezekiel 38:2-6).  Mobilizing rapidly, they set up support facilities all around Israel and came like a vast, menacing pack of wolves through the mountains of northern Israel.  Surrounded by the anti-aircraft and anti-missile weaponry of her enemies and without the support of the U.S.A., there was virtually nothing the Israelis could do to retaliate.  But then, an amazing thing happened:  All kinds of natural calamities began to occur in and around Israel, focused, incredibly, on the invading armies of her enemies:  Comet fragments rained from the sky on them.  The impact of a large fragment caused a tremendous earthquake, like the world had never seen, and collapsed the cliffs of the mountains on those armies; torrential rains flooded their camps; ten-pound comet fragments destroyed their equipment and killed large numbers of personnel; and even volcanic eruptions caused by comet fragments penetrating the earth’s crust burned camps and covered them with lava.  Then, in total panic and confusion, what was left of Israel’s enemy forces attacked and destroyed one another (Ezekiel 38:20-22)!

Of course, in the aftermath of the attacks on the U.S. and Israel, the economies of all nations had immediately collapsed and the whole world was in chaos.

But there was a man, Kurtarici Mesih, the new head of the Turkish branch of PNB Paribas, one of the largest global banking organizations in the world, who had been rapidly garnering a reputation as being an incredibly persuasive, charismatic leader, and many said that he was a financial genius.  In his first few months as head of PNB Paribas Turkey, Mesih had been able to develop powerful financial ties with some of the wealthiest investors from all points east and west of Turkey—from China to Paris (the location of the main bank and headquarters of PNB Paribas).  The leaders of the EuroMed Partnership (a consortium of 44 European, North African, Middle Eastern, and Balkan nations formed in 1995 to promote mutual economic support and development) had started to tout Mesih as the potential leader of the EMP because Turkey was a key, centrally-located member with strong political and economic ties to both Europe and the Mediterranean Basin nations as well as being the leading nation, financially and militarily, of the trans-EuroMed area.  Also, Turkey (together with Iran) had led the Islamist nations in their attacks on the U.S. and Israel, and Mesih emerged as the primary leader of those who were already executing plans to re-establish the (former) U.S.A. (but now under Islamist control) as the anchor and stabilizer of the global economy.  So when, in an emergency meeting in Barcelona, the leaders of the EMP frantically stormed their brains for a solution to their dilemma (economic chaos), one name dominated their thoughts—Kurtarici Mesih.  They called him and asked him to meet with them.  Much to their relief, he agreed.  And the next day, in Barcelona, Kurtarici Mesih, by consensus acclamation, was named President of the EuroMed Partnership.

Then, the EMP, with Mesih as its President, working closely with other Muslim leaders who had been involved in the attack on the U.S.A., took over all the U.S.A.’s domestic and foreign political, industrial, commercial and economic institutions and her military installations, quickly (re-) establishing that nation as  the “superpower” of the world. Also, in recognition of her new, Middle Eastern rulers and of the many characteristics she uncannily had in common with ancient Babylon (cf. Appendix 1—Who is Modern Babylon?), the former United States of America was re-named New Babylon.  And with New Babylon now established as the main sustainer of the economies of virtually all of the world’s nations, and either by persuasion, political intrigue, violent force or economic coercion—to even greater an extent than the U.S.A. had accomplished before her fall—all the nations of the world were made “client states” of New Babylon. 

Meanwhile, although most of her own people had survived the destruction of the armies of her enemies, the land of Israel was devastated.  She was left without the wherewithal to sustain or to protect herself if her enemies should regroup and attack her again or if another enemy (e.g., Russia or China) should attack her.  So, Israel’s leaders were very happy when the EuroMed Partnership (of which Israel was also a member), although many of their forces had been destroyed in "the War of Gog and Magog" (cf. Ezekiel 38), offered to come to her aid.  Representing the EMP as its leader, Kurtarici Mesih signed a covenant with Israel, agreeing to protect her from further invasion or attack (cf. Isaiah 28:18; Daniel 9:27a).  Mesih and the EMP also agreed to restore total sovereignty over her land to Israel, to help her clean up the mess left by the destruction of her enemies, and to allow her to re-establish all the religious practices of ancient Israel.  And after Mesih’s agreement with the leaders of Israel was signed, making Israel an (apparent) safe harbor for Jews, millions of other Jews from around the world (the vast majority of the world’s Jews), with the assistance of the EMP, immediately migrated to the land of Israel.  So, although the fall of the U.S.A. and the economies of all the other nations caused global desperation, chaos and violence, there was “peace” in Israel, allowing the Jews to start rebuilding their nation and their Temple. 

Nevertheless, wars, bloodshed, food shortages, unsanitary conditions, disease, and death continued all over the world, resulting in about a quarter of the world’s population dying during the next few years (Revelation 6:3-8).       

But, with his charismatic personality, dynamic persuasive powers, and amazing organizational skills, Mesih was being more and more recognized as the de facto leader of the world and the solver of the world’s problems.   Conformity in government, commerce, and religion were mandated.  All the world’s religions were brought under the banner of Islam.  Dissidents were persecuted, even martyred.  (Strangely, the Israelis, who were allowed to practice their own religion, were the exception.)  And some semblance of world order was maintained.

But then, approximately three years after the covenant with Israel had been signed, the greatest catastrophe in history, since the Great Flood, occurred.  A large comet exploded in the atmosphere above North America totally annihilating all life in New Babylon and in much of the neighboring nations Canada and Mexico, in exactly the same way ancient Sodom and Gomorrah had been destroyed (cf. Isaiah 13:19, 20; Jeremiah 49:18; 50:40; Revelation 17:16; 18:8).  And again, the whole world was thrown into chaos as the nations looked on in horror as the smoke of New Babylon and it’s “great city,” New York City, that had sustained their economies, rose into the sky (Revelation 18:9-19).

But Kurturaci Mesih rose to the occasion.  He immediately mobilized the EMP’s worldwide military forces and economic institutions and, over the next six months, again restored order to a devastated world.  And he expanded and established his headquarters in Istanbul as the headquarters of the New World Order.  Having so quickly restored order to the world after the annihilation of all life in New Babylon, and now as leader of, by far, the most powerful global empire in world history, Mesih garnered the wonder of the whole world.  Many were even suggesting that he was the true messiah—the god-man anticipated by all the world’s religions. 


The Takeover and the Great Tribulation 

And Mesih seized the moment.  He sat in the Most Holy Place of the re-built Temple in Jerusalem and, filled with the spirit of His spiritual father, Satan, declared himself to be the messiah—“god” incarnate (Daniel 7:25; 8:23-25; 11:36-37; 2 Thessalonians 2:4; Revelation 13:6-8).  And virtually all the people of the world pledged their allegiance to him and worshiped him (Revelation 13:3-4).  Then Mesih immediately brought in his top aides, military commanders and 100,000 elite military forces from Turkey and, with the full cooperation of the Israelis, most of whom also accepted him as the long-anticipated messiah who would establish his throne in Jerusalem from where he would rule all the nations of the world (cf. Isaiah 9:6, 7), he took over the Knesset building and other Israeli government facilities as well as all of Israel’s military installations, making Jerusalem his new global headquarters.  And all the leaders of the world, as though they were mesmerized, rallied around him and quickly formed a ten-region global government and economic system under martial law (Revelation 17:12, 17). 

The man who had been the head of religion of the EMP now took center stage as Mesih’s Chief of Religion and World Order.  He was also empowered by Satan, working all kinds of supernatural signs and wonders to deceive the world into worshiping Mesih.  He even somehow developed a lifelike image of Mesih that could be made to appear all over the earth through holographic technology.  And he set up a system in which every person, in order to participate in the global economy, had to take an oath of allegiance to worship the “Messiah Mesih” as “Lord of the World” and receive an identification chip under the skin of their hand or  forehead.  Immediate execution was the consequence of failure to take Mesih’s mark or to worship his image.  (Revelation 13:15-16)

But, prior to the fall of the U.S.A. to the Muslims, 144,000 Yahudic ("Jewish") men, including 12,000 orthodox Yahudim (Revelation 7:4), and their families had left the U.S.A. and migrated to Israel, being convinced that somehow Yahovah’s command, “Come out of her, my people” (Jeremiah 51:45), applied to them.  And when they saw Mesih standing in the Temple proclaiming himself to be “God,” the 144,000 remembered the words of Daniel and what he had spoken about the diabolical “prince who is to come,” the abominations and desolation the evil prince would cause (Daniel 9:26, 27), plus the prophecies about the coming time of “Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7; Daniel 12:1), and they refused to take the mark or to worship Mesih.  And the 144,000 and the Messianic Believers in Jerusalem and throughout Israel who remembered the words of Yahushua (Matthew 24:15-21) immediately fled to hiding places in the mountains of Israel and the wilderness area east of the Dead Sea, where they were led by Yahovah to places of safe refuge and sustenance (cf. Isaiah 16:3-4; Revelation 12:6).  Also, about one-third of the Yahudim in Jerusalem and Israel who did not flee refused to take Messih’s mark and to worship him.  But, rather than have them executed, Mesih stripped all Yahudim who refused to take his mark of ownership of their property, gave them bare, subsistence provisions, and subjected them to the harshest of slave labor conditions.  Many of them died daily under those conditions.

Then, as if to add more aggravation to the escape of the Yahudim and Messianic Believers, an angel was seen streaking through the sky proclaiming,

Fear [Elohim] and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.  (Revelation 14:7)

And another angel followed, saying,

Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.  (Revelation 14:8) 

Then, a third angel followed, saying with a loud voice,

If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of [Elohim], which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation.  He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.  And the smoke of their torment ascends “forever” and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.  (Revelation 14:9-11)

Finally, something else was happening that was a continual annoyance and distraction to Mesih.  There were two men with appearances like ancient prophets, dressed in sackcloth (the Yahudim said they were Moses and Elijah), who appeared and were warning everyone in Jerusalem and the surrounding area not to accept Mesih as “Lord of the World” and were proclaiming that they needed to repent and accept Yahushua, whom they crucified, as their true Messiah.  Mesih sent some of his commandos to kill them, but the two “witnesses” (Revelation 11:3) seemed to have supernatural powers that created all kinds of disasters and havoc, and they were not able to succeed.

Mesih, being enraged by all these events, made a terrible and treacherous proclamation that no Yahudi would be allowed to take the mark and participate in the global economy.  Just as in Hitler’s Third Reich, all Yahudim in Israel were required to wear special identification badges.  Those who resisted were to be executed.  The Israeli Yahudim were then given a bare subsistence allotment of food, clothing and shelter and were subjected to excruciatingly hard labor in maintenance, support and production work in the land and government facilities of Israel.  The elderly Yahudim and others in failing health or who were disabled, unable to serve some useful purpose in Israel, were executed.  Mesih also ordered his followers worldwide to report any they spotted who had not taken the mark and bowed to his image, especially Yahudim and Followers of Yahushua, and that they be killed on the spot (Revelation 12:17; 13:15-17).

This was a time of great tribulation (Matthew 24:21; Revelation 7:14) and carnage for Yahudim who had not migrated to Israel and Believers in the true Messiah Yahushua.  During the next 42 months, almost all of them, except the ones who had escaped into the wilderness, were killed.  And the millions of Yahudim in Jerusalem and Israel who had been subjected to virtual slavery by Mesih were also under great tribulation and hardship, thousands of them dying daily from the terrible conditions to which they were subjected. 

As he tightened his grip on the global control that his father Satan had given him (Revelation 13:4, 7), Mesih was totally convinced that he was indeed Lord of the World.  Because of advanced surveillance technology, his “eyes” all over the world, and supernatural reconnaissance, it seemed obvious that his enemies, those despicable Yahudim and Disciples of Yahushua, would not be able for long to escape their inevitable end.

The Judgments of Yahovah Begin to be Executed 

But then, about a year into the “Great Tribulation,” tremendous, unprecedented disasters began to destroy the waters, vegetation and living creatures of the earth (Revelation 8:7-13).  After that, intensified plagues were released on the earth which tormented and killed about a third of the humans on the earth (Revelation 9:1-19).

 When these catastrophes began, Mesih was trying to gather his wits and his lieutenants to deal with the situation when the 144,000 who had fled into the wilderness a year earlier were seen marching into Jerusalem from the direction of Petra!  They all had a peculiar seal on their foreheads.  And they were being led by the true Messiah—Yahushua!  They marched right up to the top of Mount Zion, the highest peak in Jerusalem, and they were standing there with Yahushua, singing a serenely beautiful song that apparently only they could understand (Revelation 14:1-3).  Mesih was told about the 144,000, but just as he was attempting to marshal his forces against them, terrifying, surreal noises, like those who had been murdered crying out for vengeance (Revelation 6:10), were heard; deafening claps of thunder and blinding flashes of lightning came out of the darkened sky!  Then, another great earthquake shook the whole earth, causing many buildings to tumble (Revelation 8:5).  Mesih forgot about the 144,000 as reports of great damage poured in from all over the world.  He blamed the disasters on the two witnesses who were still walking the streets of Jerusalem boldly proclaiming gloom and doom on those who took the mark of the false messiah and destroying, with amazing personal powers and control of the forces of nature, all those who opposed them.

For the next two and one-half years, the same cycle of events continued, but with increasing intensity.  Mesih continued to seek out and kill any he could find who had not taken his mark or who failed to worship his image, and to attempt to kill Moses and Elijah.  But, as time went on, he was more and more preoccupied with disaster management.  And the two witnesses continued to prophesy while Yahovah sent a series of plagues of increasing intensity on the world in the following order: giant, burning “hailstones” (comet fragments) exploded in the atmosphere causing a third of the trees and all green grass to be burned (cf. Revelation 8:7); a great, burning “mountain” (a large comet) “thrown” into the sea causing a third of the ships to be destroyed and a third of the world’s salt water to turn blood red from the reactions of the comet’s toxic chemical radicals with the sea water, which in turn caused a third of all living creatures in the sea to die (cf. Revelation 8:8-9); fragments from a large, disintegrated, toxic comet contaminated a band of rivers and lakes around the earth’s northern hemisphere, including the Great Lakes of North America and Lake Baikal in Siberian Russian—sources of over one-third of the earth’s fresh water—causing may humans to die (cf. Revelation 8:10-11); then, the light and heat from the sun, moon and stars were affected by all the cometary explosions so that one-third less light reached the earth and temperatures plummeted around the globe an average of 40 degrees Fahrenheit (cf. Revelation 8:12).

But, as terrible as the first four plagues of the judgments of Yahovah were, the next two (“woes”) were much more dreadful.  First, another giant “star” (comet) fell from “heaven” (outer space—the Oort Cloud of billions of comets that surround the earth’s solar system), causing a “bottomless” crater (one that penetrates the earth’s crust) and releasing a huge plume of deadly bacteria-filled smoke that darkened the sky.  (When magnified, these bacteria exactly resembled bizarre-looking locusts with horse-like heads and tails like those of scorpions.)  This plague, with these bacteria which caused horrible, unbearable sores and skin diseases, lasted an agonizing five months. (cf. Revelation 9:1-10).  Next, four large comet fragments impacted the Euphrates River, drying it up, while simultaneously spraying millions of small comet fragments high into the atmosphere from where they were scattered all over the earth, killing all people (about one-third of the remaining world’s human population) with whom the intense heat of the burning sulfur in the fragments came in contact (cf. Revelation 9:14-19). 

From the time the Judgments of Yahovah began to be executed until the end of the seven years, all of Earth’s inhabitants (except for about one-third of the Yahudim in Israel [cf. Zechariah 13:8] and several million Gentiles who had helped the Yahudim and who had not taken the “mark of the beast” during the “Great Tribulation” of the previous 42 months) suffered tremendously from the first six sets of plagues of the judgments of Yahovah.  And more than five and one-half billion or three-fourths of Earth’s inhabitants had died violent, painful deaths.  During these catastrophes, the people who dwelt on Earth would cry out in terror for mercy, but as soon as the destruction stopped, they would refuse to repent and would blaspheme Yahovah  (Revelation 9:20-21). 

At the end of the seven years, Mesih’s global kingdom was greatly decimated and devastated and, for all practical purposes, was at an end.  However, Yahovah had another exercise in humiliation in store for him. 

Moses and Elijah had openly walked the streets of Jerusalem every day since Mesih had stood in the Most Holy Place of the Temple and declared himself to be “god.”  They constantly spoke out against him, proclaiming that he was the false messiah, telling people not to take his mark or to worship his image, but to worship the true Messiah, Yahushua of Nazareth.  And they performed all kinds of signs and wonders, exactly as had Moses and Elijah of ancient Israel, and destroyed all who attempted to attack them.  But then, three and one-half years after Mesih had stood in the Most Holy Place of the Temple and declared himself to be “Lord of the World,” it seemed that the two witnesses had lost their supernatural powers!  Fire no longer came from their mouths to consume those who got in their way.  They were no longer calling forth the plagues that tormented their enemies.  A glimmer of hope that the tide of death and destruction caused by his two nemeses was about to turn rose in Mesih’s evil heart.  And he, at the head of all that was left of the armies of the kings of the earth who ruled under him, came into Jerusalem and personally shot the two witnesses dead.  Then, as they lay in the streets of Jerusalem for all the world to see and gloat over, and to demonstrate Mesih’s power and sovereignty, the armies of the kings of the earth ransacked Jerusalem, ravished the women, and took half of the residents captive (Zechariah 14:2). 

But then, to the total amazement and consternation of everyone and the dismay of Mesih, three and one-half days after they had been killed, Moses and Elijah revived and ascended into Heaven!  Immediately, there was an earthquake in Jerusalem, a tenth of the city collapsed, and 7,000 of the enemies of the Yahudim were killed.  Mesih and his followers were terrified, but the Yahudim in Jerusalem recognized the hand of Yahovah and glorified Him. (Revelation 11:3-13)

The Wrath of Elohim Begins to be Executed

And then, there was the sound of a great shofar (Yahudic trumpet) blast.  And that seventh and final trumpet sounding (each of the previous six sets of judgment plagues had also been announced by the sounding of a great trumpet blast) announced the third “woe”—the final set of plagues, designated in Scripture "the last plagues . . . of the Wrath of [Elohim]" (Revelation 15:1).  And because the reign of Antimessiah on Earth had virtually ended, a loud chorus of voices was heard shouting from Heaven, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our [Adonai] and of His [Messiah], and He shall reign forever and ever!”  (Revelation 11:15) 

And immediately, all Heaven broke forth—what the prophets had frequently referred to as the “Day of [Yahovah]” (cf. Joel 2:1, 31; Zephaniah 1:14; et al.).  Exactly as foretold (Joel 2:10, 11; 3:4; Matthew 24:29; Revelation 6:12-17), fragments of comets showered the earth with the force of thousands of nuclear bombs, the sun and moon were darkened because of clouds of smoke and debris produced by the commentary impacts; the stars disappeared; the sky looked like it was being rolled up like a scroll as the atmosphere was largely evaporated by heat from the explosions; and there was a violent, world-wide earthquake, moving every mountain and island out of its place.  It was like the whole cosmos was being shaken.  People everywhere were crying out in terror to be hidden from or even to be killed to escape the Wrath of the One who was doing this, because it was obvious that an awesome supernatural power was in control.

The Rapture

But simultaneous with the sounding of the seventh trumpet, out of the midst of the chaos and darkness, there was a brilliant flash of light, like lightning flashing from horizon to horizon, and the glorified Messiah, Yahushua, appeared in totally white, luminous clouds, descending out of Heaven (Matthew 24:27, 30)!  And gleaming white angelic beings appeared and flew to every part of the sky all around the earth; and other glorified beings from all over the earth, under the earth, and even from within the seas flew up to meet them, from where they were instantly taken to meet the Messiah in the air (Matthew 24:31; 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17).  Then, the Messiah, the angels, and the “raptured” ones all vanished into Heaven.

The "Final Plagues of the Wrath of [Elohim]" Continue to be Poured Out

On Earth, for the next 30 days (cf. Daniel 12:11), a series of catastrophes demolished the whole planet and most of its remaining inhabitants.  First, comet fragments exploding in the atmosphere released toxic substances that caused great, foul-smelling, unbearably painful, pus-oozing sores to break out on humans all over the earth (although, amazingly, those who had not pledged their allegiance to Mesih and taken his identification “mark” were not affected) (Revelation 16:2).  Next, those same toxic substances in the atmosphere permeated the waters of the seas, killing all living creatures in them (Revelation 16:3).  Third, the fresh waters of the earth were contaminated, making them deadly to drink (Revelation 16:4-6).  Fourth, by this point in time, so much of the ozone layer protecting the earth from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation had been destroyed that exposed skin of people all over the earth, except those specially protected by Yahovah, was horribly burned (Revelation 16:8); but, at the same time, the atmosphere was so polluted by the fallout from cometary explosions that global temperatures continued to plunge, causing millions to die of hypothermia (Revelation 16:10). 

Although the remaining surviving inhabitants of the earth (except those miraculously protected by Yahovah) were in tremendous pain, they still refused to repent and continued to blaspheme the name of Elohim (Yahovah) (Revelation 16:11).  And the armies of the “kings” of the earth (supernaturally-empowered rulers under Mesih) converged on Jerusalem for a final battle against the true Messiah (Revelation 16:14-16; 17:12-14).

The Final Showdown and Destruction of the Surface Features of the Earth

After that, a great multitude in Heaven was heard proclaiming with a loud voice,

 “’Alleluia!  Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to [Yahovah] our God.  For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her.”  Again they said, ‘Allelujah!  Her smoke rises up forever and ever!’  And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped [Yahovah] who sat on the throne, saying, ‘Amen!  Allelujah!’  Then a voice came from the throne, saying, ‘Praise our [Elohim], all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!’  And it was heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thundering, saying, ‘Alleluia! for the Lord [Yahovah] Omnipotent reigns!’”   (Revelation 19:1-6)

Then, the Messiah Yahushua—the King of kings and Lord of lords—was seen streaking through the heavens from the east, riding a great and powerful, gleaming white horse and wearing a crimson garment, followed by a great host of angels and glorified saints wearing pure white linen garments and also riding white horses.  Adonai Yahushua ("the Lord Jesus") then stood at the peak of the Mount of Olives, which split from the west to the east forming a valley that ran all the way to the north end of the Dead Sea.  All the Jewish inhabitants of Jerusalem who remained in the city and who had not taken the mark of the beast then fled through the valley to the east.  Mesih sent his army after them like a flood, but, incredibly, the earth opened up, forming a huge crevasse that swallowed his army.  Then a white light like a great laser sword came from the mouth of the Messiah, slaying all the armies of the kings of the earth who had gathered against Jerusalem (cf. Revelation 16:13-14).  The Messiah then took Kurturaci Mesih and his Chief of Religion and cast them alive into the Dead Sea which had filled with blazing bitumen from the great rift in the earth that had swallowed Mesih’s army. (cf. Zechariah 14:3-5; Revelation 19:11-21).

Then, a series of events occurred that finished destroying the surface features of Planet Earth, the human-built constructions on it, and all but a few million of its remaining inhabitants who were supernaturally protected by Yahovah.  First, a great earthquake shook the earth so violently that all the world’s islands disappeared and its mountains and cities collapsed.  Next, a giant comet fell on the now lifeless, barren New Babylon (the former U.S.A.), which was now inhabited only by evil spirit beings, sinking that land and much of North America beneath the waves of the sea (Revelation 18:2, 21).  Finally, hundreds of millions of 100-pound, flaming “hailstones” (comet fragments) rained down on the earth, killing virtually all of the planet’s remaining inhabitants (except those supernaturally protected by Yahovah).  (cf. Revelation 16:17-21)  

The Beginning

Of course, that is not the end of the story, which, for those who understand and believe it and who believe in the One who authored it all, is thrilling indeed. Revelation goes on to describe the binding of Satan for 1,000 years; the millennial Kingdom of Elohim (God); the new heavens, new earth, and New Jerusalem: who will be there, who will not, and what will happen there; the final war of Gog and Magog; the Final Judgment; and a peek at eternity in the glorious presence of Yahovah Elohim ("the LORD God").  But, hopefully, this has given you a taste of what the Revelation is all about. 

And, hopefully, this narrative has whetted your appetite to get into the Scripture for yourself to get all the details and to find out for yourself what Yahovah's plan is for "the End of the Age," how you can avoid being sucked into the doomed, global “new world order” of the false messiah, and how you can be sure that you are a citizen of the unimaginably wonderful, eternal Paradise of Yahovah.  

And to help you do that, Yahovah has given us the following detailed, crystal-clear commentary on the book of Revelation:

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Common English translations of Hebrew and Messianic terms used in this commentary:

Yahuah - the LORD or GOD
Yah - I Am (the short form         of Yahuah)
Elohim - God
El - God (the short form of         Elohim)
Adonai - my Lord or Master
Yahushua - Jesus
Followers of Yahushua - 
Messiah - Christ
Assembly of Followers of
     Yahushua - the Church
Yahudim - Jews
Antimessiah - Antichrist
BBM - Before the Birth of
     the Messiah (rather than
     BC or BCE)
ABM - After the Birth of the      Messiah (rather than AD
    or CE)

For a complete explanation of Hebrew terms used, go to Important Terms and Concepts.

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