The Hour of trial

Revelation 3:10 Since you have kept My command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial, that is coming upon the whole world, to test those who live on the earth. This verse is paralleled by Rev 12:14 and Zechariah 14:2b, where a group of ‘elect’ people are taken to a place of safety, for 1260 days – the Great Tribulation period. This is a place on the earth, a place prepared by God, a place far away, of peace and security. It is false teaching to say Rev.3:10, or any other scripture show a ‘rapture’ of the church to heaven. This theory has no basis in the Bible.

Daniel 11:32 By plausible promises, he [the Anti Christ] will win over those [Israelites] who are ready to violate the covenant  [Isaiah 28:14-15], but the people who are faithful to their God will be resolute and take action.

There are 2 groups of people in this verse, those who hold to their Covenant with God and those who are fooled by the Anti Christ. They are from the Israelite people who will have been living in the Land, ever since they settled there after the entire area is cleared of its inhabitants during the terrible Day of the Lords vengeance and wrath. Those people who hold fast to the New Covenant and leave Jerusalem when the “Abomination of desolation” is set up, are taken to safety. The ‘many’ who sign and agree with this 7 year treaty with the Anti Christ, Daniel 9:27, are those who must remain in Israel.

Will Christian believers experience the Great Tribulation? Yes. The many millions of  non Israelite followers of Jesus Christ will also be present on earth during that time of persecution. His angels will gather them at the return. Matthew 24:30-31

Matthew 24:21-22 For there will be great distress, such as never before. If that time of troubles were not cut short, everything would die, but for the sake of God’s chosen people, those days will be shortened.  Revelation 13

These two verses make it clear that believers will be present during the Tribulation and many of them will be martyred for their faith. If some of God’s people were not present at that time, there would be no need to shorten it for their sake. What God promises is eventual deliverance for His people, for some through death, but not protection from experiencing trials.

In His prayer for the disciples, and for believers in general, Jesus did not ask for them to be taken out of this world – but that they would be protected from the evil one. John 17:15. But that divine protection does not abrogate the testing of those who wish to be true followers of God. Even today, all believers are tested, some by persecution – even to the death, and others in tolerant countries, by distractions and false teachings. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 Remember, the final age of this world is to be a time of turmoil! People will love nothing but self and money, they will be boastful and arrogant, disobedient to parents, devoid of gratitude, piety and natural affection. They will hate all goodness, be violent and self important. They will love their pleasures more than God, having a form of godliness, but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.