The Lord will allow the plagues to take place so that Satan can demonstrate to the universe what a world that is completely under his power would be like. And God will finally permit Satan’s winds of strife to blow without restrain (Revelation 7:1).
And the great tribulation will prove to the universe that nothing would change the characters of those still alive upon the earth. God’s people will trust Him during the worst conditions possible, and His enemies will rebel against Him no matter what.
“The fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues; and they repented not to give him glory” (Revelation 16:9).
For “they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds” (Revelation 16:11, NKJV). And “Men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great” (Revelation 16:21).
But God will not allow the plagues to fall until He has sealed His faithful children for heaven (Revelation 7:1-3). The sealing of God’s people prepares them to stand through the fearful times of stress that will precede the second advent. As in ancient times a seal on an object testified to its ownership, so the seal of God upon His people proclaims that He has recognized them as His own (2 Tim. 2:19).
In His service,