What are the seven last plagues and when will they happen?

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The seven last plagues

The seven last plagues represent God’s wrath on the unrighteous.  The plagues will take place just before the second coming of Jesus. Here is the description:

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).

Plague six: the great river Euphrates “dries up” symbolizing support is withdrawn from spiritual Babylon and the battle of Armageddon draws near. (Revelation 16: 12-16).

Plague seven: The second coming of Jesus takes place. The large Hail stones rain down on mankind and Christ is on His way (Revelation 16:17-21).

God’s judgement on the wicked

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).

God’s deliverance to the rightouss

Not a single plague will strike the righteous. The Lord promised, “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. In the time of trouble, the faithful will not be free from suffering; but while persecuted and troubled, while they endure privation, they will not be left to perish. God’s angels will encamp personally around them and protect them. The Lord assures us, “The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them” (Psalm 34:7).

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