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.
The best way to pass a test is not to run from it, but to pass it. As Christians, we are continually tested. But in Revelation 3:10 we are warned that the whole world will be tested. Undoubtedly, the trial that comes upon the world will be much bigger, harder and harder than any one that we have experienced individually. In order for us to overcome this extraordinary trial, our strengths would be insufficient and we need the Lord to keep us, there is a requirement: that we keep the word of His perseverance.
How will the test come upon the whole world? In Matthew 24: 6-9, the Lord gives an advance on what would be such a test, And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.
But the full description of the terrible test that comes upon the world is described by the book of Revelation from chapter 6 to chapter 16. These chapters, in addition to the 17 and 18, are those that frighten people. They speak of the seven seals, of the seven trumpets, of the seven thunders, of the seven last plagues, and of the seven bowls of the wrath of God. In each of these events, terrible calamities for the world are described, worse than the worst natural or man-made catastrophes suffered by mankind.
Many calamities will happen in the world because of the great trial to come. Peace will be taken from the earth so that men kill each other. There will be hunger, death, great earthquakes, the sun will turn black and the moon of blood. The stars of heaven will fall on the earth. The sky will vanish like a parchment that is rolled up. Every mountain and every island shall be removed from its place. The wind will not blow. Hail and fire will be mixed with blood, which will burn the third part of the trees and all the green grass.
And a great mountain shall burn down in the fire, and the third part of the sea shall be turned into blood. The third part of the marine beings will die. A great burning star will fall on the third part of the rivers and the springs of water and the waters will become bitter. There will be no light in the third part of the day and night. The sun will be darkened by the smoke that comes from the depths of the earth. A pest of insects will attack humans and torment them. One-third of the world’s population will die by fire, smoke and sulfur.
Moreover, the devil will descend with great wrath knowing that he has little time and will wage war against the children of God. The beast will have authority over the land for 42 months. The false prophet will appear. The mark of the beast will be imposed. There will come an evil sore over those bearing the mark of the beast. The battle of Armageddon will occur. This is only a partial list of the terrible events that are to come. For those who are not with the Lord, great fear will come; but we who are with Him have the promise that He will keep us in the testing. God bless you.