Everlasting Kingdom: Unraveling the Bible’s Secrets

What is “the Hour of Trial”?

(It’s Not Simply the Great Tribulation!)

What time is it?

Back Next Chapter 13 Preview: As explained in The Time After Jacob’s Trouble, Israel is the focal point of the Great Tribulation. The rest of the world will prosper under the supernatural power of the Beast, in part by thoroly pillaging the Israelite nations. After this, Elohim (God) will punish those people who were involved in the end time holocaust against the “twelve tribes” (now nations) of Israel. So what could this “Hour of Trial” be that affects the “whole world”—that is everyone who lives “on the earth”—at the same time?

There is only one reference to “the Hour of Trial” mentioned in the Bible:

The Great Judgment Day

Revelation 3:10 Since you’ve patiently obeyed My Word, I’ll protect you from the Hour of Trial that is coming to the entire inhabited world, to test those who live on the earth. —The Gabriel Version

The World English Bible uses the word “testing”.

The online Bible Greek Lexicon defines it as: “1) an experiment, attempt, trial, proving”

“An experiment”, “trial”, “testing” and “proving” are all different aspects of what is to take place in this generation!

Knowing what time period this is should be of interest to the end time Assembly (usually referred to as “church”), because it is our ticket away from what is obviously a dreadful situation.

Almost everyone, atheists, agnostics, pagans and Christians is aware of the Biblical concept of the “Great Tribulation”. However, almost no one seems to know that there are two very distinct end time periods of great trauma described in the Scriptural prophecies.

Actually, The Day of Yehovah (the “Lord”) is one of the most documented topics in the entire Bible. It is all about the destruction of a modern multi national government, much like Babylon of ancient times was.

The modern Babylon (a coalition of ten nations kingdoms north of Israel) is extensively described in Revelation chapters 16 thru 18. “She” will easily entice the nations to become a hammer against Israel. But in the end, Yehovah will “hammer” the “hammer of the whole earth”!

This chapter from Jeremiah is a succinct synopsis of the Book of Revelation! It briefly describes the captivity and Tribulation of “the children of ISRAEL AND the children of JUDAH” during the Great Tribulation as well as fully describing the time when Yehovah will say to Israel’s enemies “your day has come, the time that I will visit you”. The question is: What purpose will the Great Tribulation serve? We need a “great answer”!

Jeremiah 50:23-35 See how the hammer of the whole earth has been cut apart and broken, how Babylon has become a desolation among the nations! 24 I’ve laid a trap for you, and you were caught as well as the others, Babylon, and you didn’t even know it. You too were found and caught, because you were in opposition to Yehovah. 25 Yehovah has opened His armory, and brought out the weapons of His anger, because the Sovereign, Yehovih the ‘Warrior’ King, has a task to do in the land of the ‘Babylonians’. 26 Come against her from distant borders, open her granaries, ‘consume her provisions like heaps of grain’ [1]. Completely destroy her and leave no survivors. 27 Kill all her young bulls, let them go down to the slaughter. It will be terrible for them! Their day has come, their ‘date’ of destiny. 28 Listen to the sound of refugees fleeing from of the land of Babylon, proclaiming in Zion the vengeance of Yehovah our Elohim, and retribution for the pillaging of His ‘Temple’. 29 Summon the archers against Babylon, all those who draw the bow. Surround the city with encampments, don’t let anyone escape. Repay her compensate to what she has done, because of her arrogance against Yehovah, against the Kadosh One of Israel.

30 So her young men will fall in her streets, and all her soldiers will be silenced when that day comes, says Yehovah. 31 See, I’m against you, you arrogant one, says the Sovereign, Yehovih the ‘Warrior’ King. Your day has come, the time that I’ll punish you. 32 The proud one will stumble and fall, and no one will raise him up, and I’ll set fire to his cities, and it will burn up everything around him.”

33 This is what Yehovah the Commander says: The people of Israel are oppressed and the descendants of Judah as well. Everyone who took them captive held them fast, refusing to let them go. 34 Yet their Redeemer is strong. Yehovah the Commander is His name. He’ll thoroly plead their cause, so that He can allow the earth to rest, but bring unrest to the people of Babylon.

35 “A sword is against the ‘Babylonians’,” declares Yehovah, “and against the inhabitants of Babylon, and against her officials and her wise men.

The Great Tribulation is the test tube of “the hour of trial that is coming to the entire inhabited world ....” It is not the test itself. The “Great Experiment” being conducted is for the purpose of determining the character of the people involved, whether they are the tormented or the tormentors and their supporters! Only Israel is being tormented during this time period, which for them is the Great Tribulation. However the occupants of the whole world are part of the great “experiment”! Let’s take a very close look at the phrase “hour of trial”. The word peirasmos, “trial”, is translated into English from four separate Greek words. Let’s look at the particular Greek word that is used in the comment to the Philadelphian Assembly: “I’ll protect you from the hour of trial”. It is usually translated as “temptation”. This experiment serves the same exact purpose as did Yehovah’s first experiment with mankind in the Garden of Eden. The first experiment of this kind was to allow Satan to tempt Adam and Eve with forbidden fruit, to test their character. In this large scale experiment, some of the participants will pass. Hopefully you will!

Here is a link to the definition of “temptation” in the Greek.

The first meaning is “experiment”. Nothing of an apocalyptic nature is implied! During the Hour of Trial, Yehovah will be conducting an experiment to judge the character of both Israel AND Israel’s captors! The Bible calls this experiment “the Great Tribulation”. After the experiment, during “the Day of Yehovah”, Yehovah must eliminate those who failed the test!

The word “test” continues in the vein of thought about the Great Experiment. This particular test is being conducted to ascertain the quality of the character of the inhabitants of the earth.

... the Hour of Trial that will come on the entire inhabited world, to TEST those who live on the earth..

Here is a link to the definition of the word used for “test”, a word of similar derivation to that of “experiment”:

The Book of Revelation was primarily written to tell the Seven end time Assemblies what is going to happen just prior to the end of the age. From the vantage point of John’s vision it will happen “soon”. However the literal translation for soon is “quickly” or “speedily”, and this may refer to how quickly these events will take place once they begin to transpire. Hopefully, the Seven Assemblies will understand and benefit from the message at some point:

Revelation 1:1-2 THE Revelation of Yeshua Messiah, that Yehovah gave to Him to show to His servants—certain events that must of necessity take place soon. He revealed these events by sending His messenger to His servant John. 2 He was a witness to the Word of Aloha and to the Testimony of Yeshua Messiah [1] about everything he saw.

[1] The “Word of Yehovah” is what Tertullian was first to call the “Old Testament”, in a move to make it appear obsolete, while the “Testimony of Yeshua”, the name that John used six times, is what Tertullian renamed “New Testament”.

Notice that it was not written to scare the “hell” out of non Believers.

John’s prophecy was sent to the concurrently existing Seven Assemblies of his age. Most assuredly, Yehovah kept secret the fact that many centuries would pass before the kadishea (saints) would see the fulfillment of these prophecies and particularly the initiation of the Everlasting Kingdom. This way, the kadishea of every century could have hope and pray “thy Kingdom come”.

The emphasis is on the Day of Yehovah. John the envoy (apostle) was told to write down “the things which you have [already] seen”, and “the things which will take place AFTER this”, as well as, of course, “the things which are” taking place during the central time line of the Book of Revelation—The Day of Yehovah. So we have additional information about the Tribulation preceding the Day of Yehovah, as well as some inspiring information about the inception of the Everlasting Kingdom and the New Jerusalem, following the Day of Yehovah.

Notice that the “prototypical” Seven Assemblies of the first generation of Believers coexisted simultaneously in the first century. By the close of the final generation of the kadishea (saints) of this age, the Seven “antitypes” of these Assemblies will have simultaneously fulfilled their own destinies. Are you in one of the Seven?

Revelation 1:10-11,19 I was in the spirit realm on Yehovah’s Day, and I heard a loud voice behind me like a shofar that said, 11 “Write what you are seeing in a document and send it to the seven assemblies: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.” ... 19 So record what you have already seen, the things that presently are, and the things that are going to happen in the future.

The Hour of Trial will soon test those who live on earth. Many will fail the test and die—forfeiting the opportunity to live on over into the age to come. Some few will have received Yehovah’s approval and will “worthy to escape everything that is about to happen”:

Luke 21:35-36 Like a hunter’s snare, it will spring shut on everyone else who lives on the face of the whole earth. 36 So always be vigilant and prayerful, so that you are worthy to escape everything that is about to happen and take your stand in the presence of the Human Son.

As when Yehovah asked Abraham to ze’bak [sacrifice] his son, He was really conducting a test of loyalty and faith. That test ultimately led to the greatest blessing a man could receive. Today, directly due to that test, Abraham’s descendants number “like the stars of the heavens, and like the sand which is on the seashore”. Multiple millions of people in primarily the English speaking nations are unaware that they are Abraham’s descendants. And we, the British Commonwealth in the 19th century and the Americans in the 20th century, have possessed all of the strategic sea “gates” of our enemies:

Genesis 22:8-18 Abraham said, “Elohim will provide Himself the lamb for a burnt offering, son. So they both went on together. 9 When they arrived at the place Elohim had told him about, Abraham built the altar there, and carefully arranged the wood. Then he tied up his son Isaac and set him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Abraham reached out and took the knife in hand to kill his son. 11 The Messenger of Yehovah called to him from heaven, “Abraham, Abraham!” He replied, “I’m here.” 12 He said, “Don’t lay a hand on the boy, or do anything to him, because now I know that you fear Elohim [Yehovah], seeing that you haven’t withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” 13 Abraham ‘looked up’ and saw that behind him was a ram caught by his horns in the thicket! Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 Abraham called the place Yehovah will Provide. And to to this day it’s called, “On Yehovah’s mountain, it will be provided.” 15 The Messenger of Yehovah called to Abraham from Heaven a second time 16 and said, “I’ve sworn by Myself, declares Yehovah, that because you’ve done this, and haven’t withheld your son, your only son, 17 that I’ll greatly bless you, and I’ll make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and the grains of sand on the seashore. Your descendants will own the gateways of their enemies. 18 All the nations on earth will be blessed by your descendants, because you obeyed ‘what I said’.”

We are now nearing the time when “the stars of the heavens” and “the sand which is on the seashore” will be tested all over the earth. This is another test being conducted by Yehovah by which He will judge the character of Abraham’s descendants. Few of Yehovah’s people even know that they are descendants of Abraham. However, the time is coming when Israel’s false “gods” of materialism and ignorance will be exposed. This will happen when our military “power is gone”.

Deuteronomy 32:35-38 It is My job to avenge. I will repay. In due time their foot will slip. The day of their disaster is near. Their destiny awaits, their doom comes swiftly. 36 For Yehovah will judge His people, and have compassion on His servants, when He sees that their power is gone and no one is left, whether slave or free. 37 Then He’ll say, “Where are their gods, the rocks they took refuge in? 38 Who ate the fat of their offerings, and drank the wine of their wine offering? ‘Those gods’ should get up and help you! They should be protecting you!

The Great Tribulation, will expose all cowards. The Tribulation will reveal our heroes. The Tribulation will focus everyone’s minds on the essential issues of good and evil. It’s the time when Yehovah will judge the character of humanity, or lack of it, and it will be concentrated into a brief period of time. Those who choose evil will unknowingly be choosing “death”. This will happen before the “day of their (the rest of the world’s) calamity”.

Deuteronomy 30:19 Today, I am summoning Heaven and earth to witness that I have set before you life and death, blessings or curses. Now choose life, so that both you and your descendants can live.

Those who seek to preserve their own lives without regard to the fate of others will lose their lives. Those who would rather die than do evil will either be spared and continue to live or else receive a martyr’s reward:

Luke 17:33-36 Anyone who tries to save their life will lose it, and anyone who is willing to lose their life will rescue it. 34 I tell you, on that night, two will be in the same bed, one will be taken and the other left. 35 Two women will be grinding grain together. One will be taken and the other left. 36 Two men will be in the field, one will be taken and the other left.

However, some will not have to endure the trial taking place “on the earth”:

Revelation 3:7-10 To the messenger of the assembly in Philadelphia, write: The One who is kadosh, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens, says: 8 I know your works. Look, I have put an open door in front of you that no one can shut, because you have a little strength and you’ve obeyed My Word and haven’t denied My name! 9 I have something for those of the cabal of Satan who claim to be Jews and arent, but lie, I’ll make them come and worship before your feet, and realize that I have loved you! 10 Since you’ve patiently obeyed My Word, I’ll protect you from the Hour of Trial that is coming to the entire inhabited world, to test those who live on the earth.

In Chapter 19, Part 3: The New Covenant and the Great Multitude, I show convincingly 15 reasons why the “Great Multitude” of Revelation Chapter 7 are millions of unconverted Israelites who are “coming out of the Great Tribulation”, having learned the hard way, and that they are quite eager to join the Second Exodus to Israel. That being the case, why would only one of the seven end time “churches” be so privileged as to be spared the year long Day of Yehovah (the “Lord”), if that is all they are being spared, when most of the unconverted survivors of Israel will be spared that final year of Yehovah’s wrath following the Tribulation anyway?

The next Chapter is all about the time after the Great Tribulation, that Jeremiah (30:7) refers to as the time of Jacob’s Trouble.

But the Mystery of the Seven Assemblies (Revelation 2-3) is another story, and the Mystery of “keep[ing] you from the hour of testing” in an “awesome ... place” is yet another story.

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Lon Martin, lonwmartin@yahoo.com

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