Once again, the world seems on the brink of destruction. Pandemics, terrorism, nuclear threats. Could this be the end?
It probably isn’t, but it is an excellent time to discuss “the hour of testing” that Jesus mentioned in his letter to the church in Philadelphia:
Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. (Revelation 3:10)
What is the hour of testing that is coming on the whole world? And how do we prepare for it?
The coming hour of testing
The hour of testing is a reference to Judgment Day. When Jesus returns, everything will be tested. Sometimes Judgement Day is called a day; other times it is called an hour:
Fear God, and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come (Revelation 14:7)
Note that the hour of testing is NOT a prophetic reference to the Roman destruction of Judea. The hour…