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Kept from the Hour of Temptation

 

Because you have kept the word of my patience, I also will keep you from the hour of temptation which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth” (Revelation 3:10 KJV).

It is neither uncommon nor inaccurate for End Times teachings to refer to the Hour of Temptation as the Tribulation Period, which comes upon the whole earth near the end of the Church Age. As the text in this chapter has confirmed, the seven-year continuous period widely proclaimed to be the Great Tribulation does not exist. The Bible does, however, refer repeatedly to the last three-and-a-half-year period of the seven-year covenant, which was reserved to fulfill God’s End Times purposes. This period, referred to as the Great Consummation in the text of this book, contains a two-and-a-half-year Tribulation Period, set aside for the separation of true Christians from pseudo-Christians. The two groups are separated in preparation for the Rapture of the saints. The remaining year is devoted to God’s Wrath and the buildup to the Battle of Armageddon. The biblical concept for the Hour of Temptation corresponds to the Tribulation Period of the Great Consummation.

The passage in Revelation 3:10 relates to the Body of Christ or those who are “kept” from the Hour of Temptation. Some proponents believe the word kept indicates God will rescue the saints from any and all tribulation-related issues before the tribulation begins. This concept stems from a misinterpretation of key words within the verse. For example, advocates believe the word kept roughly means “protected from” and therefore mistakenly assume God will protect the saints from the Great Tribulation because they believe the Great Tribulation is the Wrath of God (1 Thessalonians 5:9). The text in Revelation 3:10 actually represents something quite different when accurately translated.

Scripturally Supportable Doctrine 6

Trial by Fire

In the following verse, the numbers positioned directly over key words represent the Strong’s Concordance reference numbers and their definitions along with corresponding numbers in The Thayer’s Greek, English Lexicons of the New Testament.

 

                                          G5083               G3056                              G5281

Because      you      have        kept       the       word       of      my       patience,

                           G5083                    G1537                G5610                G3985

I       also   will        keep        you         from     the         hour   of           temptation

                      G3195    G2064      G1909      G3650                G3625

Which                shall         come        upon         all        the         world,

 G3985                   G846                  G2730

to try                      them       that        dwell       upon      the      earth.

The following definitions are the result of an expanded explanation for each word relative to each word’s root meaning, including basic applications according to syntax and context derived from biblical text, using among other reference materials The Vincent’s Word Studies of the New Testament.

  • G5083—kept or keep, meaning to be preserved from, indicating Christ will neither leave nor forsake His brethren during the Tribulation Period of the Great Consummation; Christ will preserve the saints during, in, or through the trials of their faith

Similarly, God preserved Noah and his family from the flood and during the flood. God did not remove Noah or his family during this extensive calamity. Rather, God provided a means for Noah and his family to overcome the flood and all its difficulties.

During the Great Consummation, true Christians will endure to the end, refusing the Mark of the Beast or bowing down and worshipping the Beast or his image (Revelation 14:9–12). The saints will not be removed from trouble but aided during the trouble.

 They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death” (Revelation 12:11 NKJV).

  • G3056—word, logos, meaning a word or article of speech uttered by a living voice, the Living Word of God

 

  • G1537—from, signifying to keep out of or away from; the word from indicates the function of keeping the object in question at a distance or keeping something away from something else

 

  • G5281—patience, to patiently or steadfastly maintain one’s objective; the aspect of a person’s character that will not be swayed or detoured from its intended purpose or goal

 

  • G5610—the hour, meaning a certain fixed period of time or season stationary by natural law and returning year by year with the revolving of each year

 

  • G3985—temptation, a trial, experiment, a proving ground; to try; an event or contest designed to assess a person’s character

 

  • G3195—shall, will take place, about to take place, about to happen, or will happen

 

  • G2064—come, meaning to appear or make an appearance, an event or thing that shall come to pass, appear, or take place

 

  • G1909—upon, denoted as on something; on, at, by, over, or before something

 

  • G3650—all, every, the whole, the complete or completely

 

  • G3625—world, representing the inhabited portions of the earth or those who dwell on the earth at any given time and place

 

  • G3985—to try, peirazō, pronounced pā-rä’-zō, signifies to challenge, make a trial of, or in order to test, or examine; the word peirazō embodies the very idea of a test done for the purpose of determining a person’s character or what a person may think under pressure or how a person might behave under turbulent circumstances, representing the testing of a person’s faith, virtue, or character

 

  • G2730—dwell, meaning to exist within or on something, to dwell or live on the earth

The preposition from in “from the hour” uses the form ἐk but does not imply God will keep a person safely out of the hour of temptation but safe while living in or through the hour of temptation. The expression is couched in the concept of preserving the individual during or through the temptation period or process rather than taking him or her out of the period or process altogether.

God keeps the Body of Christ safe from the Beast and his machinations while the saints live through the Tribulation Period of the Great Consummation. In this way, the fundamental purpose for the Tribulation Period can be carried out while the Bride of Christ makes herself ready in accordance with required prophecy (Revelation 19:7). God does not remove the Bride during the trials of her faith but instead places His hand of protection over each and every member of the Body of Christ while they endure the great struggles or trials of their faith. This process continues as either each individual’s time of trial is completed or it has become time for the individual to suffer the fatal blow to his or her martyrdom. Regardless of the outcome, God’s will is accomplished for the individual’s life, as the believer displays his or her true commitment before his or her God and Savior. This is a fundamental function, purpose, and design established for the Tribulation Period of the Great Consummation. Bear in mind:

They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death” (Revelation 12:11 NKJV).

A commitment to rapture the Body of Christ before the trials of our faith cannot be exacted from God. We cannot claim Revelation 3:10 means something it was not intended to represent. To Rapture the Body of Christ before the Tribulation Period would completely negate the process of separation set within the Great Consummation. Such an action is not scripturally sound or prudent. God promises to preserve those faithful children who endure to the end in accordance with His Word. He will do just that! God’s hand of protection will continue to cover each of His beloved children until such time as the believer is either called home by God or chooses to surrender and receive the Mark of the Beast, thereby bowing down and worshipping the Beast or his image. Remember, the Acceptable Year of the Lord and the Day of Vengeance of our God represent the magnificence of Christ’s covenant, spanning seven years and including both the blessings and curses components of the covenant. The children of God are not kept from the hour of their trial, as is supposed by the faint of heart, but are preserved during the trials of our faith as outlined in both Daniel 11:31–35 and Revelation 12:11. Let us not forget the numerous places within the New Testament, including Revelation 2 and 3, which state, “… He who endures to the end shall be saved” (Mark 13:13 NKJV).

Blog derived from “This Side of the Whirlwind, the Coming Apocalypse” Chapter 12, subsection “Mistaken Doctrine 6,” Kept from the Hour of Temptation; pages 189-192.