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DECEMBER 3

 

 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—Rev. 3:10

 

 This is the special reward of those who are running the race with patient endurance in the present time, in the Laodicean period. While it was not our privilege to escape the hour of temptation, it is our privilege to have a counterbalancing special blessing as a result of living in the time of our Lord’s parousia (presence). We may have His fellowship, His instruction, His dispensing of spiritual food which is now “meat in due season,” in a manner and to a degree in which none of the faithful of past periods enjoyed these. But as we might expect, this greatest favour is correspondingly offset by the subtlety and severity of the trials of this hour of temptation coming upon the whole world. If ever patient endurance was necessary it is necessary now.

 

 

Parallel passages: Revelations. 1: 9; 13: 10; 14: 12; Matthew. 6:13; 26: 41; 1.Cor. 10: 13; Eph. 6: 13; 2. Peter. 2: 9; Matthew. 24: 24; Isa. 24: 17; Daniel. 12: 10; James. 1: 12; 1. Peter. 4: 12.