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!

    • Ronald on April 26, 2023 at 8:06 am

      According to 2Thes2:1-5, our gathering to the Lord would only come after the Man of Lawlessness is revealed. How then can one say the Rapture can come any moment? Respectfully yours.

  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.

    • Anthony on March 15, 2022 at 1:27 pm

      Thank you for the effort brother, but you need to do some more study. The Bible is written in several different styles. Revelation 12 is timeless. In other words, it is referring to future events, but also past events. Ha-satan and the fallen anger have already been cast out of heaven. The fallen ones are mentioned first in Genesis 6, and that it how the Nephillim were created. They were afterwards bound in chains. Ha-satan has been roaming the earth since the fall. He HAD access to the Throne Room in the Old Covenant, but no longer. Please continue to do your research and study. Study to show yourself approved! Blessings and shalom to you. 🙂

  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.

  7. Anthony on March 15, 2022 at 1:31 pm

    The “Hour of Tempatation” refers to the revealing of the antichrist, and the temptation to follow him. Most will believe that he is Jesus returning. Unless you study your Bible DAILY, and pray without ceasing, you will be deceived. We will not be able to stand or resist by our own strength, because there will be a “great delusion”. The jab is not the hour of temptation, nor is it the mark of the beast. That won’t be revealed until AFTER the A/C is on the scene. You can see Matthew 24 for this. Blessings and shalom. 🙂

    • Will on October 27, 2022 at 2:05 am

      Hi Anthony,
      I believe that you mean well, but your research seems a little “off target” maybe based on your interpretation as opposed to receiving revelation from the Holy Spirit.
      If I may, I’d suggest that you take some time to review the scriptures with the assistance from the blueletterbible study guide with David Guzik, a renown biblical scholar.

      We all can learn from one another and while it’s critical that in order to become an effective witness for Christ, we must understand that in all of our getting, we must get understanding from the Holy Spirit.

      Prior to posting comments publicly, I’d recommend that you maybe vette your thoughts with a knowledgeable believer to ensure that what we post actually helps and nit hinder anyone.

    • Luther on March 17, 2023 at 11:19 am

      Anthony, I agree with you.

      • Nancy on April 16, 2023 at 1:33 pm

        Anthony is on point in regard to the anti Christ.

  8. Slam Dunk on June 23, 2022 at 7:53 am


    “Because you have kept My word of 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 live on the earth.” (Rev. 3:10)

    Many believe this passage is the rapture where the church is taken up to be kept from or out of the hour of trial, which is viewed as the tribulation period. All believers want to be raptured, but are they all qualified? That may sound like a silly question, but notice Jesus said that ONLY those who have kept His word of perseverance will be kept from the hour of trial. But is Jesus talking about a general perseverance in the faith, something specific, or is He talking about the tribulation? The following gives us a clue:

    “If anyone is destined for captivity, to captivity he goes; if anyone kills with the sword, with the sword he must be killed. Here is the PERSEVERANCE and faith of the saints.” (Rev. 13:10)

    “Then another angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment as-cends forever and ever; they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, whoever receives the mark of his name. “Here’s the PERSEVERANCE of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.” (Rev. 14:9-12)

    It will be those who stand strong in their faith and perseverance whom God will keep from the temptation to deny Christ, worship the antichrist or take his mark. God will not let His faithful turn away from Him (Jer. 32:40, 1 Pet. 1:5). The hour of trial is not a seven-year tribulation

  9. Jamie on December 5, 2022 at 3:55 pm

    Someone pointed out to me that Revelations 3:10 is directed in the singular (thou). Therefore it must be referring to only one person. What can we say about that? How can we say that it is more than one person when the verse only says ‘thou’.

  10. Gods Child on March 12, 2023 at 10:58 pm

    The lord knows us individually and as a whole so when he says “thou ” it’s as if he is speaking to each of us DIRECTLY as in saying ” YOU”.

    It’s a collective YOU or “thou” …

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