The judgments during the tribulation represent both the vengeance of God and Christ. There’s Gods vengeance (Deut. 32:35; Hebrews 10:30; Romans 12:19; Rev 20:9-15), Jesus vengeance (Isaiah 61:2; Jeremiah 46:10; Rev 19:11-21), Gods and Jesus vengeance (2 Thessalonians 1:8).
Many of the plagues that unfold in the tribulation, God performed in Egypt as a sign of what was to come in the tribulation. God first hardened Pharaoh’s heart so when Moses went to him, he would not let the people go until God had performed all the miracles that would pre-figure the tribulation plagues (Exodus 10:1-2).
A comparison of the plagues reveals the work God was doing:
- Water into blood- Exodus 7:19-21 vs. Rev 16:3-4
- Locust - Exodus 10:12-15 vs. Rev 9:3-10
- Boils and grievous sores – Exodus 9:9-11 vs. Rev 16:2
- Hail – Exodus 9:22-25 vs. Rev 8:7, 11:19, 16:21
It is important to note, that the plagues are not all inclusive from Egypt to the tribulation or vice versa. There is also a disconnection in the severity of the plagues experienced during the tribulation.
Regardless of the written word and vision of John, beyond the knowledge the Angels have of this pending travail. The reality of the experience is beyond the imagination of men and beyond the scope or understanding the Angels have of God’s judgments. Any description of the sun’s light and heat, or solar radiation, pales in comparison to trying to look directly at the light of the sun or feeling the harshness of the sun’s heat. Particularly the closer you get to it; such will be the case with respect to the reality of these plagues during the tribulation, for both man and Angels. As such, when the angels saw the judgments God intends towards man and the planet, Heaven was silent for 30 minutes in awe…. “And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.” Revelation 8:1