|By: Dr. John Ankerberg; ©1996|
|Bible Prophecy Questions Answered by Leading Christian Scholars.|
Dr. John Ankerberg: Let me give you a little bit more information about Jesus’ promise, "I will also keep thee from the hour of temptation." The Greek word for temptation, peirasmos, and its related verb, peirazo, have two basic meanings. First, they refer to testing or trying people to determine, demonstrate or expose the kind of people they are. For example, Jesus asked Philip a question to peirazo him, to test him, to try him (John 6:6). Arndt and Gingrich in their Greek Lexicon assert that the noun peirasmos means "test, trial" and its related verb peirazo means "to try, make trial of, put to the test to discover what kind of person someone is." This definition fits the exact context of Revelation 3:10 where the purpose of the trial, temptation, or testing is said to be "to try them that dwell upon the earth." The "earth dwellers" are not Christians; they have turned against God and hate God. God will test or try these people during the Tribulation time period to expose the kind of people they are.