Plague one: a grievous sore infects the “beast” and his followers (Revelation 16:2).
Plague two: the oceans turn red as blood and poisonous (Revelation 16:3).
Plague three: rivers turn to blood but God’s true people are given fresh water -Isaiah 33:16- (Revelation 16:4-7).
Plague four: sun scorches men (Revelation 16:8-9).
Plague five: this literal darkness symbolizes the spiritual darkens of the “beast” (Revelation 16:10-11).
The plagues are very similar to the plagues that fell on Egypt before God delivered the Israelites from slavery. The plagues are going to fall on this wicked world just before Spiritual Israel, God’s people, are liberated from the world that is in bondage to sin.
The plagues will last for a short time “Therefore shall her plagues come in one day” (Revelation 18:8). A day in prophecy is a year “I have appointed thee each day for a year” (Ezekiel 4:6) (Numbers 14:34). So, within a year’s time it will all take place.
Who will escape the plagues? Those that have “gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name” (Revelation 15:2). Christ says, “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still… and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still…” (Revelation 22:11-12).
Not a single plague will strike the righteous “There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling” (Psalm 91:10) just as in the days of the plagues in Egypt. God’s angels will encamp personally around the righteous and protect them “The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them” (Psalm 34:7).
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