HOUR OF TEMPTATION
By Steve Van Nattan
3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he
that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth,
and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;
I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can
shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not
denied my name.
9 Behold, I will make
them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie;
behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that
I have loved thee.
Do you believe the following promise? Texe
10 Because thou hast kept
the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which
shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
This text is Christ speaking to the Church Age just before the Laodicean
church era starts, in which we now live. The Philadelphian era officially
ended about 1900 when the Charismanic frenzy arose, when the world church arose
in a missionary conference in Edinburgh, and when rationalism and textual criticism
produced the Westcott and Hort Greek text. These things worked together
to produce a feely feely existential Christendom which is now driving forward
with all manner of pagan forms in music, preaching, and personal living. Union
of all churches and religions of the world is at hand right now.
But, there are those who have continued to carry forward the spirit of Philadelphia.
Many organizations imagine they are included in this group, but they are
deluded. Philadelphians today are NOT organized. Virtually NO mission
board nor denomination exists today which is truly Philadelphian, as Christ described
it above. Philadelphians are often alone, meeting in house churches, ignored
by the world, and viciously attacked by organized Christendom.
there is a teaching that the Philadelphian church will go through the Great Tribulation.
This is pure rot and doctrine of devils. The above text makes it clear
that the Philadelphians will be "kept from" the hour of temptation. Various
hirelings who want to terrorize the Lord's people will play with this in one way
or other, but it is clear-- True believers do not go through any part of the Tribulation.
That is a time of wrath, as we see in the four horsemen later in the Revelation.
Also, in I Thessalonians 5:9 we are told that we are not appointed unto
wrath. So, we will now move on to discuss the reason why God will not send
the true Church through the Great Tribulation.
The reason is this:
The Great Tribulation would be God pouring wrath on the wrong people. It
is 100% out of character for God to send wrath on the faithful. The context
of the above text shows that Philadelphians are NOT corrupt of wicked. They
don't need further purging, in the model of the Whore's Purgatory doctrine. This
idea is based in works salvation, and God is ready RIGHT NOW to take the Church
into His presence. The work of Jesus on the Cross is finished, and ALL saints
are now ready to go, and they always were.
What is the thing about
the Tribulation which would be too much for the Philadelphians to bear? Killing
Christians has been endured and mastered in God's power to produce victory. That
is not it. I believe that the good life would destroy the Lord's Church.
This is the present temptation. As it was in the days of Noah and
Lot, said Jesus. Eating and drinking, giving and taking in marriage, buying
and selling, fullness of bread and unthankful, said the prophet. This is
just about to destroy the faithfulness of all saints NOW. What would it
be like when Satan produces world peace and great prosperity?
of you folks need to understand that you are not in peril of the New World Order
and Freemasons. You are in peril of the good life and leisure. Life
is getting better and better all over the world. Nations which were starving
in the 1950s are exporting grain today. China is driven by raging capitalism,
contrary to what Rush Lumbego tells you. So, what will be the test of the
Temptation! That is what Jesus said, and that
is what He meant. Other Bible perversions will say "testing" or other nasty
sounding words. Let me tell you what you would have to endure if you were
to even enter the first three and one half years of the Tribulation. This
half of the era will not be marked by God's wrath. It will be the "shortened"
aspect of the seven years, and it will be a time of no salt, for the Holy Ghost
will be gone and not "letting" anymore.
So, based on what men now WANT
to do, here is the "Temptation" era in a nutshell. All men will have all
they need. They will have to submit to the higher powers, but this will
result in better health care and a much safer world. Not submitting will
result not in direct attack by the wicked-- It will result in being ignored and
allowed to starve.
The streets will be safe, yet most people will go
naked all the time. The lust now barely restrained will run amuck, and sexual
perversion will be a civil right and will be permitted openly. Children
will be taught acts of perversion in all homes and schools with full encouragement
of parents. If God left the true saints in the earth during this era, they
would be destroyed, either by being overpowered by temptation and falling, or
they would go mad and end up in the nut house.
Cannibalism will be
restored to the whole world. Jews in particular will be butchered and served
as food, and general cannibalism will prevail. True
saints, if they were in the world, would be in terror of eating anything from
the markets, and they would have to scrounge the hills for bits of protein. This
is the "wrath" God promised not to send on His saints in I Thess. 5:9.
All employment will be corrupted by the lie and stealing, as the end of Revelation
9 indicates. Murder will become a respected occupation, and killing will
be done in the Whore church, in Satanic ritual, and in the world church as acts
of love for the gods. Every evil practice of the jungle will prevail at
the altars of the world church. There would be no church for the saints.
They would not even meet in secret. They would be so destroyed in
mind, body, and spirit that they would hole up and wait. Past days of persecution
offered escapes and alternatives. During the coming "hour of temptation"
there will be nothing on earth, no place on earth, where one can escape "temptation."
It will be an around the clock experience. I believe that even the
dream life of the tempted will be filled with devils and lust.
will be official, and violence will be the reality of it. A small taste
can be seen in the present lust by the UN and Bill Clinton to kill millions of
people in order to convince them to be at peace with one another. War will
be perpetual. And, all young men worldwide will be required to join in the
warfare. The UN or world military will be a place of rampant sodomy and
total corruption. Islamic mad men will have command over thousands and Buddhist
mystics will rule men's lives. There will be no "conscientious objectors."
You see, the "Hour of Temptation" is God's way of serving man with judgment
and trouble. This era of human history is designed to weary man of his own
ways so that all men, who are not dead at the end of that era, will gladly welcome
Messiah Jesus Christ to earth to rule. Can you not see how unlike our loving
Father it would be to destroy the ones He saved from wrath with such "temptation"?
Oh, one more point of very great importance. Philadelphians "kept"
God's Word. They did not mutilate it and pervert it with all sorts of novel
versions. Praise God for those who KEEP the King James Bible.
Standing on the Promises