What are the Seven Plagues?

The seven bowls containing the plagues are emptied in sequence, rapidly—in a short period of time. The plagues are judgments and are somewhat parallel to the plagues on Egypt (Exodus Chapters 7 through12) and to the trumpets (Revelation Chapters 8 and 9). The contents of the bowls are more total and universal in their effects than were the trumpets, and generally affect people more directly. What follows are the plagues released by the trumpeting angels and from the seven bowls compared to the plagues which God released upon Pharaoh—and how the offenders spoken of in Revelation will not repent and how God kept hardening Pharaoh’s heart in Exodus. God’s warnings are consistent:

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What is the Meaning of the Seven Trumpets?

When we read in the Book of Revelation about the opening of the seven seals, the sounding of the seven trumpets, the pouring out of the vials—or bowls; these, in our present age, are strong, vivid warnings of what wrath lies ahead. But shortly beyond present time, these are no longer future; these prophesies are being fulfilled “right now” during the Tribulation period. As each trumpet is sounded, tragedies progressively get worse and worse.

Beginning where Revelation chapter 6 left off, the seventh seal probably contains the seven trumpets. When that seventh seal is opened, the tribulation situation will become much more serious. This fact is pointed out in the first verse of chapter 8. Of course the timing of each action is given in past tense since John the apostle is writing about the vision the Lord had given him:

When He [the Savior] opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. (Revelation 8:1)

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