Zack Snyder’s 2009 film “Watchmen” and Damon Lindelof’s 2019 HBO series of the same name are confusing and yet meaningful stories that speak to the end times.
Watchmen (2009), which is based on a 1986-87 comic book by Alan Moore, a self-declared “magician” (ref. 1) who is “completely mad” (ref. 1), is an occult re-imagining of doomsday, an alternate reality in which America is saved by Ozymandias, who actually represents the devil. In the story, one of the main characters Rorschach, who also represents the devil and takes his name from psychiatry’s Rorschach test, even walks around with a placard sign that reads “The End is Nigh!”.
In fact, almost all of the costumed heroes of Watchmen are supposed to represent the devil. That includes the Comedian, the Night Owl, and Dr Manhattan. The femme fatale Silk Spectre II is more a what-if or an occult wishful thinking that is fully explained only in the 2019 story.
The term “Watchmen” is a play on “watchers”, which in the book of Daniel refers to watchful angels, and in the non-canonical book of Enoch refers to disobedient angels who were tasked with watching over humans. At the same time in the Bible there is “watchman”, which refers to a Christian at the time of the tribulation. Remember, Christians generally are to watch for the signs of the Second Coming.
For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.Isaiah 21:6
For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.Mark 13:34-37
This confusion between good and evil is deliberate because it is the devil’s way to call evil good and good evil.
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness…Isaiah 5:20
So, to understand what the story is trying to say, one must regard the Watchmen generally as servants of the devil. Spiritually speaking, fallen angels, wealthy Satanists, diabolical mad scientists, psychos, certain secret agents, heretics are all on the same side. All these are no different to someone who is into witchcraft.
Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.Exodus 22:18
It is very interesting that on one promotional poster of Watchmen (2009) there is the line “Justice is coming to all of us. No matter what we do.” (ref. 2).
Now, if you are thinking the story is mistaken to say the devil is hunting down the devil – hunting as in a witch hunt – then that is because you are forgetting the point that the devil likes to think that he is God (ref. Isaiah 14:14), the creator of all things who formed the light and created evil.
I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.Isaiah 45:7
About evil, remember, sometimes God creates evil to punish some other evil (ref. Isaiah 47:11, Revelation 17:16-17).
The fantasy of Watchmen (2009) is that instead of Mystery Babylon coming to an end, Ozymandias, in the story “the smartest man in the world”, manages to deceive everyone using a giant squid.
For those who are not familiar with Percy Shelley’s famous occult poem, Ozymandias is Ramses II, the pharaoh of Egypt at the time of Israel’s captivity.
The Bible explains that Satan is to have eight particular kingdoms throughout history, and all eight affect Israel: Egypt of Ramses II was the first; Mystery Babylon in the last days at the time of the false prophet is the last.
And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. And there are seven kings: five are fallen [Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece], and one is [Rome], and the other is not yet come [the Assyrian’s Caliphate]; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth [the false prophet’s Mystery Babylon], and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.Revelation 17:9-11
In the story, Ozymandias is likened to Alexander the Great, the third beast of Bible prophecy, from which the little horn and the fourth beast are to come forth, namely the Assyrian from the land of Seleucia (ref. Daniel 8).
Now, moving on to Watchmen (2019). HBO’s 2019 series picks up where the 2009 film leaves off. Thirty years have passed since the events described in Alan Moore’s comic book and the 2009 film.
Like the 2009 film, HBO’s sequel is supposed to be an “alternate history”, to use the director’s own words (ref. 3). In this reality, Friedrich Nietzsche’s superman exists in the form of Dr Manhattan. For this reason, the USA won the Vietnam war, and so Vietnam is now a state of the USA.
Besides all that, once again, the end times are re-imagined. To this point, the final soundbite of the trailer of Watchmen (2019) goes: “What are you two talking about?” “Oh nothing, just the end of the world.” (ref. 4).
At one stage in the story, Dr Manhattan, another persona of the devil but is meant to represent God, puts Ozymandias on Europa, a moon of Jupiter.
It is obvious to me that this is a re-telling of Satan’s captivity in hell for one thousand years, something that is to happen after doomsday, which is the day of the LORD. The Bible says, an angel of God will arrest the devil and bind him in hell (ref. Revelation 20:1). Remember, Jesus Christ is the one who holds the keys of hell and death (ref. Revelation 1:18).
And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.Revelation 20:1-3
In his prison of Europa, Ozymandias rides about on a white horse. There, he uses technology to engineer life. There, he writes a play about “the watchmaker’s son” (ref. 5), and he tells himself that he is the saviour of the world. There, he endures a courtroom trial and even humiliation while tied to a cross. All these are Christ-like, but as I have explained Ozymandias is antichrist – Lucifer imagining himself as the most High.
Notice also, Ozymandias cannot escape his prison before the appointed time. When he does escape, he is given a horseshoe, which is a reference to the horses of Gog of Magog (ref. Ezekiel 38:4).
And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.Revelation 20:7-8
Despite a flashback scene that involves a Bible and the young would-be Dr Manhattan, the captivity of Ozymandias being an allusion to Bible prophecy was probably lost on the director, the actor, and also the wider public.
Many online have commented that, overall, HBO’s Watchmen (2019) is confusing and incomprehensible.
It is very interesting that in HBO’s Watchmen (2019), though the timing of things is mixed up to achieve an original story, Dr Manhattan incarnates himself as a black American man. This, to my mind, is an allusion to the coming false prophet, the one with two horns like a lamb but will speak as a dragon (ref. Revelation 13:11). I have said for some time now that the false prophet will not only arise in Mystery Babylon, that is to say the USA, but he will be a black man!
Another character in HBO’s Watchmen (2019) that is interesting is Silk Spectre II in her role as an FBI special agent hunting down costumed heroes. Here, the allusion is witch hunter during the Millennial Reign.
Moving on, more recently Zack Snyder, the director of Watchmen (2009), worked on a Superman trilogy: Man of Steel (2013), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), and Justice League (2021).
Some of you may already know that the comic book character Superman is meant to represent Satan, otherwise known as the devil.
Superman is antichrist, an example of calling evil good. He is an alien from Krypton, rather than an actual god. Yet his name is Kal-El, meaning in Hebrew “voice of God”, as in the Word of God which is a name of Jesus Christ. Kal-El, being the only son of his father, is sent by his father to earth. In the original comic book, the name of his human mother in Kansas USA is “Mary” rather than Martha. Last but not least, in the trailer of Man of Steel (2013), it is brazenly said that in time the world is to join him “in the sun”, as in the lake of fire (ref. 6).
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.Revelation 20:15
Right now, Satan is also the prince of the power of the air (ref. Ephesians 2:2).
In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), the allusions to Christ and the confusion between good and evil continue. Martha tells Clark, “Be their hero; be their angel; be their monument”. Think idol, or the abomination of desolation. Lex Luthor – “lex” is Latin for law as in the commandments of God – says “Devils don’t come from hell beneath us; they come from the sky.” (ref. 7) Think the war in heaven and fallen angels.
Batman’s remark “They were hunters” is also interesting.
Then, the villain at the end of the story is a creature known as “Doomsday”, whose eyes are fiery, as in Jesus Christ on the day of the LORD. This is blasphemy!
His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called the Word of God.Revelation 19:12-13
But the most striking part of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) is Lex Luthor’s remarks when Doomsday is over: “The bells’ already been rung. And they have heard it. And in the dark, among the stars, ding dong, the god is dead. The bells cannot be unrung. He’s hungry. He’s found us. And he’s coming. Ding, ding, ding.” (ref. 8). Think “ding dong, the witch is dead”, a quote from the Wizard of Oz, as in Superman or the antichrist is dead, and Satan is in captivity.
Thus begins the time of the ravenous bird from the east, the man from a far country that serves the LORD.
Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure. Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.Isaiah 46:10-11
Finally, in Zack Synder’s Justice League (2021), it is revealed that a villain and an opponent of Superman called “Steppenwolf”, supposedly a reference to the wolves of the steppe as in Magog or perhaps someone else altogether, depending on whether Superman is to be regarded as good or evil, comes to earth and hunts down the superheroes, taking on the Atlanteans, the Amazons, and the enhanced humans. In the Synder cut of 2021, as opposed to the 2016 theatrical version, Steppenwolf is ultimately beheaded by Wonder Woman. This, perhaps, is a what-if or some kind of occult wishful thinking.
For me, the most memorable part of Justice League is when Batman says to the other superheroes, “I don’t care how many demons he’s fought, in how many hells. He has never fought us, not us united.” (ref. 9). That line is at the end of the “Hallelujah” trailer of Justice League (2021), featuring the biblical-sounding song of Leonard Cohen. Despite his name, which suggests he is of the line of Levi, the esoteric poet Cohen was neither a faithful Jew nor a Christian.
Something else that stands out is Alfred’s warning: “How do you know your team is strong enough. If you can’t bring down the charging bull, then don’t wave the red cape at him.” (ref. 10)
You see, the seven trumpets and vials of the wrath of God, which includes Armageddon and the day of the LORD is only round one. There will be a round two, when here on earth some Christians will wield the very power of God.
And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. And I will give him the morning star.Revelation 2:26-28
And then after that, when the time comes for this world to know about God the Father, there will be a round three (ref. Ezekiel 38:23, 39:28).
During round two, for certain individuals the contest between good and evil will essentially come down to a hunt. As General Zod said to Superman in Man of Steel (2013), “These humans you’ve adopted, I will take them all from you one by one.”
The LORD will be terrible unto them: for he will famish all the gods of the earth; and men shall worship him, every one from his place, even all the isles of the heathen.Zephaniah 2:11
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2. “Watchmen (2009) Official Trailer – Zack Snyder”, youtube.com/watch?v=wglmbroElU0
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