Before we get to the verse-by-verse commentary, please bear with me as I suggest a scenario for what I am calling the Final Seven Years of world history - what many call the “Tribulation Period.” I have 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 (“Jesus”) 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 the Lord 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 (as of 2016) are actual. And please note especially that every future character, place and event (albeit, in some cases, representative) 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 the Scriptures in the book of the Revelation referenced. Also, three recently published, eye-opening books - The Comets of God by scientist Jeffrey Goodman, the New York Times Best Seller The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn, and The 9/11 Prophecy by James Fitzgerald - have provided additional, powerful support for the impact on America of “The Final Seven Years.” For more details and documentation, the reader is encouraged to read those three books. Plus, for thorough details concerning the exact identity and soon-coming triple destiny of the United States of America according to Bible prophecy, visit
Who is "Antichrist"?
During the last half of the Final Seven Years, a diabolical character will dominate the world stage. Scripture identifies him with many titles including “the prince that shall come” (Daniel 9:26), “that man of sin . . . the son of perdition” (2 Thessalonians 2:3), “antichrist” (1 John 2:18) and “the beast” (Revelation 13:1).
This false messiah will gain the adoration and worship of the whole world (except for a small remnant enlightened by the Word of Yahuah) by “miraculously” recovering from a fatal wound (Revelation 13:3-4). And just as the true Messiah is the incarnation of the one, true God, the anti-messiah will be the incarnation of Satan (cf. Revelation 13:4), filled with satanic, supernatural power to work all kinds of signs, wonders and miracles (2 Thessalonians 2:9; Revelation 13:12-14).
During the final three and one-half years, until the true Messiah returns to destroy him and his global empire, the anti-messiah will be given total power to rule over all of Earth’s inhabitants (except a small remnant protected by Yahuah) and put to death all who oppose him (Revelation 13:7, 16-17).
Throughout history there have been many “antichrists” who have manifested various aspects of the ultimate anti-messiah’s character. These have included Egypt’s Pharaohs during the children of Israel’s sojourn there, Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar, Haman the Agagite during the reign of Queen Esther, the Seleucid ruler Antiochus Epiphanes, King Herod I ("the Great") who tried to kill the Messiah after his birth, the Roman emperor Constantine, the Soviet Union despot Joseph Stalin, Germany’s Adolph Hitler, and U.S. President Barack Obama. All of these types of the coming anti-messiah have had certain characteristics in common, including a hatred of Yahuah’s people the Jews and the followers of the true Messiah Yahushua, and self-deification—demanding total devotion and worship from their subjects.
In ultimate fulfillment of these prophetic types, the last “Antichrist” will declare himself to be God, demanding total subservience and worship from all the people of the world (Revelation 13:15) and mercilessly seeking to exterminate all who oppose him, especially Jews and followers of the true Messiah.
Speculations concerning the identity of Antimessiah abound. However, those speculations are futile, because Scripture indicates that the identity of “the beast” will be revealed only when he recovers from a fatal wound and sits in the Temple of Yahuah declaring himself to be God (Revelation 13:3, 12; 2 Thessalonians 2:4). And, at that time, through incredible powers of deception, like King Herod the Great who was ethnically an Edomite (Arab), religiously a Jew and politically a Roman, “Antichrist” will present himself as everyone’s savior, messiah and god.
Therefore, in the following narrative, the identity of the anti-messiah as arising out of the Islamic world is just one possibility. He could actually be a secular Jew, a false Jew, a Muslim, a “Christian” leader or someone else who arises out of any location in the world (cf. Revelation 13:1), because once he recovers from his fatal wound, declares himself to be God, and starts working all his satanically empowered signs, wonders and miracles, all the people of the world who are uniformed by the Word of Yahuah will drop their preconceived ideas about the identity of the true Messiah and follow the false messiah.
For a complete, scholarly, fascinating and very insightful discussion of the coming “Antichrist” as revealed in Scripture, this watchman highly recommends Jacob Prasch’s book Shadows of the Beast.
The Final Seven Years
A Quasi-Fictional End-of-the-Age Scenario
The Kingdom of Heaven
Yahushua is, at the present time, establishing the Kingdom of Yahuah ("God") in Heaven ("I go to prepare a place for you . . ." - John 14:2), in the hearts of his regenerated people, the Assembly of Believers in Yahushua (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 (comprised of glorified saints and angels - cf. 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 Assembly of Believers in Yahushua) 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 Yahuah 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 re-maining “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. And the United States, having accrued more that sixteen trillion dollars in debt, 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.
Then, in 2015, reality overtook America's worst fears. First, because of the economic stress caused by full implementation of the national health care plan ("Obamacare") and increased taxation resulting from the unsustainable national debt ceiling, nations around the world began to abandon the U.S. dollar as their medium of exchange and it was devalued and replaced as the global reserve currency. This caused widespread panic, riots and looting in the U.S. Then, martial law was declared and a police state was established, making the President a virtual dictator.
Then, at the end of the year, exactly as prophesied (Isaiah 9:10; Jeremiah 51:8, 27-28), there was a massive terrorist attack on America from within and outside her borders. 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. 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. And the attack went exactly as planned! 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. There were some joint police-military anti-terrorist units and plans in place, but strangely, no orders came from the President to activate them. 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. The terrorists also took over all National Guard and police units around the country and bombed and forced the surrender of military installions, which were totally unprepared for such an attack, especially with no directions coming from Washington. 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 Near 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, the largest global banking organization 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, Near Eastern rulers and of the many characteristics she uncannily had in common with ancient 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 (cf. Revelation 13:4).
The Takeover and the Great Tribulation
And Mesih seized the moment. He stood in the Most Holy Place of the Temple 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, who 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. 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 Jewish men (Revelation 7:4) and their families had left the U.S.A. and migrated to Israel, being convinced that somehow the Lord’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 the Lord to places of safe refuge and sustenance (cf. Isaiah 16:3-4; Revelation 12:6). Also, about one-third of the Jews 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 Jews 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 testimony and plagues of Moses and Elijah and the escape of the Jews, an angel was seen streaking through the sky proclaiming,
Fear [Yahuah] 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 [Yahuah], 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 Jews 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 Jew would be allowed to take the mark and participate in the global economy. Just as in Hitler’s Third Reich, all Jews in Israel were required to wear special identification badges. Those who resisted were to be executed. The Israeli Jews 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 Jews 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 Jews 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 Jews 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 Jews 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 Jews and the Disciples of Yahushua who had thus far managed to escape his wrath, would not be able for long to escape their inevitable end.
The Day of Yahuah Begins
But then, about a year into the “Great Tribulation,” all Heaven broke forth - what the prophets had frequently referred to as the “Day of [Yahuah]” (cf. Joel 2:1, et al.). Exactly as foretold (Joel 2:10, 11; 3:4; Matthew 24:29; Revelation 6:12-13), 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 debri 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. Then, as suddenly as it had begun, it ended. The sun, moon, and stars once again gave their light, though dimly through the dense haze. The whole earth was in disarray and traumatized; millions had lost their lives. But compared to the awesome events that had just transpired, it was eerily quiet, like a spooky calm in the midst of a great storm. The wind was not even blowing (Revelation 7:1).
Mesih was trying to gather his wits and his lieutenants to deal with the situation when the 144,000 who had fled into the desert 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 Yahuah 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 close to a third of the world’s remaining human population 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 Farenheit, but also much of the ozone layer protecting the earth from ultraviolet radiation was destroyed, so at the same time people were chilled by the cold, their skin was being scorched by ultraviolet radiation (cf. Revelation 8:12).
But, as terrible as the first four plagues of the judgments of Yahuah 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 Day of the Lord began until the end of the seven years, all of Earth’s inhabitants (except for about one-third of the Jews in Israel [cf. Zechariah 13:8] and several million Gentiles who had helped the Jews 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 plagues of the judgments of Yahuah. 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 Yahuah (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, Yahuah 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 Jews were killed. Mesih and his followers were terrified, but the Jews in Jerusalem recognized the hand of the Lord and glorified Him. (Revelation 11:3-13)
Then, suddenly, 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 there was the overwhelmingly loud sound of a great shofar (Jewish trumpet), 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.
And that seventh and final trumpet sounding also announced the third “woe” - the final set of plagues of the Wrath of Yahuah. 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 Lord and of His [Messiah], and He shall reign forever and ever!” (Revelation 11:15)
Then, all Heaven broke forth in a series of catastrophes that, for the next 30 days (cf. Daniel 12:11), 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 the Lord, 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 the Lord) were in tremendous pain, they still refused to repent and continued to blaspheme the name of Yahuah (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 [Yahuah] 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 [Yahuah] who sat on the throne, saying, ‘Amen! Allelujah!’ Then a voice came from the throne, saying, ‘Praise our God, 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 [Yahuah] 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. The Lord Yahushua 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 Yahuah. 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 the Lord). (cf. Revelation 16:17-21)
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 the Lord; 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 the Lord Yahuah. 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 Yahuah'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 Yahuah.
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