Comparing the Trumpets and the Plagues
There are some close parallels with the trumpets and the plagues: both affect the earth, sea, rivers, sun, darkness and the river Euphrates. But there are also some important differences:
Intercession is still going on during the trumpets sounding and the gospel is still being preached (Revelation 8:2-5).
In the time of the plagues, there is no intercession and no mercy being offered (Revelation 15:8).
The trumpets are restricted to a part of the earth; the plagues involve the whole earth.
The trumpets cover the whole of church history; the plagues are just prior to Christ’s second coming.
Just as Israel marched around Jericho six days and then, on the seventh day, blew trumpets and Jericho’s walls fell down (see Joshua 6),
so both the seventh trumpet blasts and the plagues are a part of the fall of this world.
The great final plagues of earth’s history fall on those who have rejected God and hurt His followers. Like the original Exodus from Egypt, God delivers His people.
God sends seal and trumpet warnings ahead of the plagues as acts of compassion to show
the unrepentant the consequences of their rejection and to encourage the faithful.