|By: Dr. Renald Showers; ©1996|
|Bible Prophecy Questions Answered by Leading Christian Scholars.|
Dr. Renald Showers: It’s interesting to note the very next expression after verse 10 of Revelation 3, Jesus says, "Behold, I come quickly. Hold that fast which you have that no man take your crown." Very interesting the Lord Jesus throws that in. "Behold, I come quickly," after His promise, "I will keep you from the hour of testing." The implication seems to be the way He will keep the believers out of that hour of testing is by His coming quickly to remove them from the face of the earth by Rapture before that hour of testing begins. So, I personally am convinced, in light of 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:9; and Revelation 3:10, that the Church saints will have no relationship at all to this future period of God’s wrath upon the face of the earth. And the reason we shall not is because Jesus will come to the air above the earth before that future period of divine wrath begins and He will remove His Bride the Church—all of His Church saints—from the earth by Rapture and take them back to the Father’s house in Heaven and then after we’re there, sometime after, then this future period of God’s wrath will be poured out upon the unbelievers here on planet earth.