One of the most difficult aspects about school, to me, was when “testing” time came around.  I’m one of those students who don’t test very well.  I’ve never been able to put my finger on it, but if given the opportunity to be tested—orally, I would do much better than to be tested by the conventional handing out of the booklets, reading the questions and marking my answer.  It’s one of the greater reasons why I never succeeded in going through college.  I could not physically handle any testing times, and to be told about “midterms” and “finals”, well, it was “final” enough, for me, to know I would never do well in college.

The Bible speaks about being “tried” in 19 verses.  In each instance the word “tried” specifically means to go through a time of testing.  Perhaps the most interesting is this verse:

Rev_2:10 (KJV)  Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

Those of us who understand prophecy knows this period of time has already transpired; however, prophecy has this way of having a “dual-application”, meaning, it uses “examples” in one period of time to be a help in understanding another period of time.  In this case, the Bible is stating, there will come a time when God’s people will be “tried”, or better word, “tested”.  In fact, this particular verse even states the testing time will involve ten days, and we are to be faithful during this testing, and if so, we will be rewarded.

Our world has to go through a “trying” or “testing” time just before Christ comes.  Yes, we will be tested based upon our love and willingness to do what God has asked us to do.  He, our Lord, has provided us, before the test will begin, our answer sheet and if we remember, and this is the “keyword”, to “remember” what He has given us, none of us will have any problem in passing this test.  But, SADLY, and I will state this very clearly, MOST of us will fail in passing the test, of which there are ten (10) questions, and the reason why we will fail, why the majority of Christians will fail this test is because they do not “REMEMBER” the very question on the test which specifically begins with the very same word, “Remember”!

I remember walking into a classroom full well knowing there was going to be a test.  Our things were put under our seats, the test given and the time set marking how much time we had.  We were so focused on trying to do our best, myself included, because although I have always had difficulty with those kinds of tests, I would never be able to use any excuses for not doing well.  I was treated the same as every student despite my intelligence or my weaknesses.  When the time was finished, our papers returned to the teacher, the teacher asked if we were ready to be graded.  We were.  On one of the “green” boards because there were no traditional “blackboards” in this school, she had written all the answers on one of the boards which was on the side, the right-side of room which we did not face.  NOBODY thought to look at the board because we never used the board during the semester.  There was no excuse for anyone, not even me, to not pass the exam.

The same with God.  He’s given to every one of us His handbook which has each test question, called a “Commandment” written and we’re to learn it completely and thoroughly.  In fact, not only learn it per rote, but we are to practice each of them throughout our daily lives.  And the reason why the majority of Christians will not pass this test is because, well, we did not remember, I repeat, REMEMBER the very Commandment which tells us to “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.  Six days thou shalt labor and do all of our work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord.”  Nowhere does it state it is the first day, or the second day, or any other day other than the seventh day.  Now, that’s not too difficult a question to answer because we each have the same answer in our handbook, but, it is not because we don’t remember.  It is because we “won’t” remember and therein lies the difference, and the problem, why many of you will flunk the only test, with God, which really counted!

It won’t matter if you have any weaknesses with testing, as I do.  I won’t matter what excuse you will offer as to why you missed that particular question.  You can attempt to use big words like “covenants”, “dispensations”, and even a small word like, “grace”.  None of those reasons will exclude you from answer the question properly and to live according to the Commandment.  No reason at all.  So, I would suggest if you plan on passing this test, you need to begin reading, learning and then keeping the truth so you will be able to pass this test so you can receive your reward.


March 6, 2017