The book of Daniel gives us a picture of the types of trials that shall purify the Church before the Second Coming. The trials in Daniel are amplified. They are exaggerated beyond what the ordinary saint generally faces; and yet they are not beyond what the Church must endure as the age concludes. Daniel tells us that the final trial is beyond anything that has been – “seven times hotter” would be a good equation. When it is all said and done, the Lord will present to Himself a Glorious Church, not having spot or wrinkle.
What is often misunderstood about a trial is what the trial is intended to produce. The end product of all trials (to the faithful contestants) is enrichment, promotion, and honor. As the last trial concludes, the saints possess the kingdom. May we be one of them!