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Why does Revelation 3:10 preclude a “post-tribulation” rapture?

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Why does Revelation 3:10 preclude a “post-tribulation” rapture?

Dr. John Walvoord: “It is because you have kept my commandment to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which should come upon the whole earth to test them who dwell on the earth.” In other words, what has He promised? He has promised to keep them from the time of trial that’s going to come, referring to the Great Tribulation.
Now, how could he have made that promise if he was a post-tribulationist? See, by the nature of the case he had to be a pre-tribulationist. Now, notice also the expression here “to keep you from.” Now, this is both a verb which means “to keep” but it also has the Greek preposition “ek” which means “from.” The post-tribulationists don’t have any strength here at all but they try to refute it by saying, “keeps them through” the Great Tribulation. Well, if he was going to say “through” he should have used the Greek “dia” with the accusative which means to keep through. He had an alternative if that’s what he wanted to say, but he said instead, “keep from this.”

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In Rev. 3:10; John uses the same language as in John 17:15. This would mean that Jesus was promising to keep them from it (protect while in it). Kinda like the Exodus, with the plagues.

Also, the word “Trial” is translated as “Temptation” is most other cases. This would change the meaning completely. Pre-Trib people impose their theology on this text and do not let it speak for its self.


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