(NKJV) “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth” (Revelation 3:10; emphasis mine).

The Greek word “from” is “ek”. It often means “out of or separated but in the presence of.” Here are a couple of scriptures:

(NKJV) “[Jesus Christ] who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father” (Galatians 1:4; emphasis mine).

Jesus has already delivered us from this present evil age. How? By becoming sin for us on the cross that we might be made right with God (2 Corinthians 5:21). He’s delivered us for this evil age, but we’re still in the presence of the evil.

And (NKJV) “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one” (John 17:15; emphasis mine).

Jesus asked the Father not to take us out of the evil world, but to keep us from the evil one. Again, we’re separate from the evil one but still in his presence.

Think about it. Jesus was in this evil world and came in contact with the evil one, but He was sanctified (separated) from the evil unto God.

His word sanctifies us: (NKJV) “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth” (John 17:17).

Remember Psalm ninety-one? It says, (NKJV) “A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked” (Psalm 91:7–8).

That’s an example of being in the presence of evil but separated from it: “Only with your eyes shall you look and see the reward of the wicked.” Evil may be happening all around you, but God will keep you.

Should world events become more chaotic and violent, as I think they will, know that God has not forsaken you. He is our “refuge and our fortress.” We may be in the presence of evil, but God knows how to deliver us and keep us.

Stay vigilant and prepared!

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