What is “The Hour of Temptation”?

We looked last time at two passages concerning the “Day of the Lord wrath.” Now, a third passage which is very significant in regard to this is Revelation 3:10 where Jesus is making a promise to Christians and He says, verse 10, “Because you have kept the word of my patience, I also will keep you from the hour of temptation.” Literally, the hour of testing “which shall come upon all the world to try them that dwell upon the earth.” Literally, “to try the earthdwellers.” Notice, He’s saying here that He will keep His saints, His true believers, out of the hour of test­ing.

Now, many scholars agree that the testing here is referring to a future period of wrath upon the face of the earth. It’s obviously referring to a time period because He talks about the “hour” of testing. So many agree that He’s promising here to believers to keep them out of that hour of testing.

But some say, “Well, it’s just the testing that He’s preserving them from. They’ll be here during the time of the testing, but God somehow will shelter them or protect them from the testing.”

But notice John doesn’t say here, quoting the Lord’s promise, that He will deliver them or keep them out of the testing, He says He will keep them out of “the hour of testing.” In other words, He will keep them out of the very time period when the testing is taking place.

And then He says here the purpose of that time period of testing, the purpose is not to do something with regard to Church saints, but the purpose of that hour of testing is to test or to try the earthdwellers. When you go through the book of Revelation, the earthdwellers consistently is referring to rebellious unsaved people who refuse to repent and who are so hardened against God that they will never repent. They will never get saved.


  1. don on July 1, 2016 at 11:54 am

    jesus is speaking to a certain church not all of them just philadelphia.. none of the others wheren keeping the WORD

    • Charles on October 16, 2021 at 5:46 pm

      First the letters are to each church individually but also to all churches. John is not writing 7 different letters. John is writing one letter and it will go to all 7 churches. And the letter contains a little personal mention to each church. However as a whole all 7 churches represent the church through the entire church age. We cannot say He is o lyntalking to the church in Philadelphia. For the actual members of that church have all passed away by now. The promises to the church are to all who “have an ear let them hear”

  2. Craig on July 23, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    Good word John! I believe this verse (Rev 3:10) ties in with the parable of the ten virgins and Matthew 24:42-44 and others. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come…. So we have to be faithful and ready because He could come at any time!

  3. Charles D Maiden on May 6, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    The ‘hour of temptation’ is a short period of time when the antichrist will force those that dwell upon the earth to take a mark in order to buy and sell. The Bible says those that take this mark will burn in hell forever. Those that reject the mark are put to death by the antichrist. According to the Bible, they will receive a white robe and live with Jesus in the Kingdom of God for 1000 years.

    Revelation 20:4

    • dean on July 29, 2017 at 7:24 am

      Charles D Maiden, The Antichrist does not nor can he force anyone to take the mark, people will take the mark upon themselves freely,
      People will think that the Antichrist is the real Christ Jesus.that they will be found worshipping the Antichrist, Thinking he is the real deal Christ Jesus.
      There are alot of people who are not taught that the Antichrist comes first before the real Christ Jesus comes.This is that which is spoken of by Christ Jesus the hour of temptation. Revelation 3:10.

      • Dewey Clark on November 19, 2021 at 6:58 pm

        So true Dean ! Let’s consider this. The whole world will believe a lie. What’s the best lie possible? A lie that has had the groundwork laid down for years and fits right in with the imagination of man, and his refusal to believe in Jesus. He comes as an alien
        Saying that they,(he and the fallen angels) put us here.
        Sad that most of the world would rather believe in aliens than the Lord Jesus Christ.

  4. dean on July 29, 2017 at 7:12 am

    The hour of temptation means, That when Satan and his angels are cast out of heaven when the 6th seal and the 6th trumpet is sounded, Satan and his angels are cast out of heaven at this point to the earth
    Revelation 12:7 – 12,
    At this time when Satan and his angels are cast out of heaven, this is what causes silence to be in heaven Rev 8:1, do to Satan and his angels are not there to cause disruption and bickering in heaven, but there will be Rejoicing in heaven that Satan and his angels are finally cast out of heaven.
    Rev 12:12.
    When Satan and his angels are cast out of heaven, they are cast to the earth, at this time Satan begins his masquerading around by deception to deceive the whole world into believing that he is Christ Jesus, this begins the hour of temptation that shall come upon the whole world, to try them that dwell upon the earth” Rev 3:10.
    This is that which was spoken of by Christ Jesus in Matthew 24:21-22 –“For then shall be great Tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, No, nor ever shall be.
    And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened”

    All this happens at the time when Satan and his angels are cast out of heaven to the earth. This is that which is spoken of by Christ Jesus the hour of temptation in Rev 3:10.

  5. God watcher on September 29, 2017 at 10:48 am

    could the awful hour of Temptation be when they come to your house one will be taken one will be left or two women grinding at the Mill one will be taken and the other one left and the disciples ask the Lord where would they be taken to in the Lord says where there are dead bodies vultures will gather so could this be the awful hour where they ask you if you believe in Christ Jesus or if you will renounce him some will say yes and some will say no the ones who say no will be taking to the FEMA camps the death camps just a thought…

  6. SerenityMap on December 23, 2021 at 8:16 am

    This has not been mentioned yet but here we are now, Dec 2021. President Biden puts out a vaccine mandate with OSHA and many states are now forcing the COVID vaccines or we cannot work. In Europe many are to remain quarantined.
    Hard for me to believe this isn’t the hour of temptation.

    May the Most High God have mercy upon His people.

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