SUMMARY: The seven last plagues represent God's final judgment upon this present world, the kingdom of antichrist, and the followers of the beast.
I. THE MEANING OF THE PLAGUES. A. The Validity of Symbolic Interpretations.
B. Guidelines for Interpretation. --Rule #1: Is there a plain indication in the passage itself that the image is to be understood in a non-literal way? --Rule #2: Is there a clear Scriptural indication outside of the passage which indicates that it's to be interpreted spiritually and not literally? --Rule #3: Is there a clear spiritual interpretation which can be arrived at that will not leave us hopelessly confused as to which one is the proper one?
II. THE TIMING OF THE PLAGUES. A. "When Will These Things Be?" B. The Nature of the Bowl Judgments. C. Lessons of the Last Plagues.