Does Revelation 3:10-11 Teach the Rapture?

I came across an internet meme with the following message, “The Rapture in the Book of Revelation: Revelation 3:10,11.” Does this passage really teach the rapture?

“Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth.I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown.” (Revelation 3:10–11 ESV)

If one is expecting an end-time rescue and if this passage was looked at outside its context, this might look relevant. But it fails on both fronts.

The truth is that the Bible does not teach such an end-time rescue. What some interpret as the rapture is really the resurrection that takes place when Jesus returns. The resurrection is not about protecting Christians from tribulation but rather is about making our bodies match with what God has done on the inside. See this post for more information about the rapture and the resurrection.

In addition, simply quoting these two verses ignores the context. These verses are part of a letter addressed to a real church in the city of Philadelphia. When Jesus says he will keep them from the hour of trial, he means those Christians who were first receiving this letter. It would be dishonest for Jesus to pretend to give hope to the church in Philadelphia when what he really meant was the far future church. Read this post for more information on interpreting Revelation.

Revelation is a great book but we must be very careful in how we interpret it.

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One thought on “Does Revelation 3:10-11 Teach the Rapture?

  1. Thanks Steve,
    Just because John Nelson Darby and Cyrus Ingerson Scofield say it does not make it so! (should I have included Irvin and MacDonald?)

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