There is one thing stated by Jesus in the Revelation that is very clear and in need of no interpretation. Listen:

Revelation 22:18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

Revelation 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. (KJV)

These are Jesus words yet most prophecy teachers today do not believe them, or do Not consider them meaningful it would seem. But, I proceed as one who does.

If Revelation 3:10, is not a promise to the believer of the Great Tribulation then just how is the word to be taught and understood during the time of Great Tribulation? Just how are men to be saved if not in Christ? And where is the Scriptural license which allows them to be saved apart from being in Christ? And if they are in Christ, what is the meaning to them of Ephesians 2:1-6?

If Revelation 3:10 is not for them, is it because of the belief in the 7 church age theory? You say that you don’t believe it exists? Listen:

What is the reason that the gift of tongues no longer exists according to this Dispensationalists post? Listen again:

“God’s people must evaluate all things claimed to be of God by proper interpretation of Scripture. When done so, it becomes apparent that this phenomenon cannot be justified from the word of God. Having said that, Scripture does teach that there existed a miraculous gift of languages during the foundational, apostolic era of the New Testament church. As clear from Scripture,”

So this gift according to many teachers has ceased, why? Because it was only given for The Apostolic Church era, which is the first of the 7 church eras in Revelation chapters 2 and 3.

But, unfortunately for them, If this theory is really true (I’m not saying that it is, but merely pointing out their dilemma), then the return of Messiah cannot be taught as having always been imminent. Why? — it is obvious that if 7 ages were necessary for God’s plan to be carried out, then Jesus could not return for His bride before their fulfillment.

And therefore it must be determined when it is that His coming might be imminent. That would make the signs of Scripture the sole source of Imminence. And you can say that you don’t believe this, (that you don’t believe in 7 church ages, which is the prevalent teaching within dispensationalism), but then you, who are a believer in a pre-Trib Rapture, bring other statements of Jesus to the 7 churches of Revelation into question. For If one disavows this 7 church age theory does he not make it difficult to sustain the pre-Trib position; which itself in reality requires much addition to the words of Revelation and therefore resembles dangerous territory? But, then that one must say that Rev 3:10 is a promise to all believers in the gospel concerning Jesus’ return; (which by the way it is), because Jesus states that the messages to the 7 churches are “for whoever has ears to hear” from not only within these 7 churches, but for this entire age. Ears to hear what? So, this, then brings all of the messages for all of the 7 churches into play for all believers in Christ, which causes these messages to include believers of the Great Tribulation. I’ll show you in a moment why this is. So let’s look at what I’m saying from Revelation itself, without adding to or taking away from.

Revelation 3:3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. (KJV)

This verse is especially troublesome to a pre-Trib belief, because of where Jesus announces this to occur. His coming, as a theif, that He has just promised is in conjunction with an event definite in time — Listen:

Revelation 16:12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.

Revelation 16:13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.

Revelation 16:14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

So we see here in this passage that the battle of Armageddon at this point has been unleashed, and then we hear:

Revelation 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. (KJV)

But that is not the end of the problems for pre-Trib believers if they see all of the 7 church messages as being applicable to the entire church including the end time church, in order to claim Rev 3:10 as a pre-Trib rapture passage; because with the following verses the Great Tribulation itself is brought into play for the church. Listen to what our Lord states to Ephesus:

Revelation 2:20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

Revelation 2:21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

Revelation 2:22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. (KJV)

Great Tribulation stated here, by the way is the exact Greek wording translated and used by the Lord Jesus in Matthew 24. It is the same “Great Tribulation” that these will be thrown into. Only one other place is it used (Rev 7:14). Then we hear as the Lord continues:

Revelation 2:23 Furthermore, I will strike her followers with a deadly disease, and then all the churches will know that I am the one who searches minds and hearts. I will repay each one of you what your deeds deserve. (NET)

So not only does Jesus place these churches in the position of learning from the Great Tribulation as they observe its consequence on the disobedient; but He places upon them what is stated here, at the very time when the dispensationalist states that there is only one church in existence (one bride), who is supposed to be at this very time Raptured and in heaven and in the process of being married to her bridegroom. But then Jesus Himself again seems to defy their thinking by telling the Church of Ephesus when it is that He will repay each of these (and us). He says: “I will repay each one of you what your deeds deserve. Rennet He is speaking to all who have ears to hear. But Listen again, for this is when this book, which we are to neither add to or take from states that this will happen.

Revelation 22:12 (Look! I am coming soon, and my reward is with me to pay each one according to what he has done! (NET)

Jesus makes clear that rewards good or bad are not handed out for all, or as this translation states for “each one” until His Coming.

So if one insists that Rev 3:10 is to us the promise to be kept from the great Tribulation; then one must consider is this adding to what is stated in Rev 3:10? And, then this one must be able to adequately answer these objections that Jesus Himself is teaching in the Revelation. Which, If one were to make argument against His teaching; then that one is treading on dangerous turf — remember:

Revelation 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

Revelation 22:18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

Revelation 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. (KJV)

I want to state here, that it is never my intent, nor do I believe that it is yours, to take away from or add to the Words of Revelation. This is why I believe that every prophecy recorded in scripture must be used to understand “theses things” which Jesus has sent His angel to “testify” to for us. This is also why I am not a Calvinist, nor am I a Dispensationalist in my teaching of Biblical doctrine. Doctrine is to be truth. One must arrive at it, before one can avoid adding to or taking from it. All that one must do to understand that one can lose one’s salvation is to read the above verses. Many who are from the Amillennial or Dispensational Premillennial camps are Calvinist, and they need to consider what these verses say. Do they put fear in your heart of God? Fear is the beginning of wisdom.

God is Sovereign and has reserved for Himself the final say in the recording of the book of life. He also has the final say in

when! Should one say that his name “can never be blotted from the book of life”, is that statement alone not taking away from this word?

There is an hour coming that the church including the believers within the Great Tribulation will escape. It is in fact the hour of Orge Wrath according to Paul’s writings concerning wrath.

Revelation 7:14 So I said to him, “My lord, you know the answer.” Then he said to me, “These are the ones who have come out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb! (NET)

According to the dispensationalist these blood washed saints of the Tribulation will be ruled over by the bride. You be the judge, but be sure not to step on the truth by adding to or taking from His message sent to John for us His bond- servants to whom this book is written (Rev 1).

For more information about this promise Read my post on Wrath. God’s Promise is to Keep Us From His Wrath, But What Does That Mean? Posted Apr. 13, 2019.

May God bless you and keep you from falling as you study and come to understanding. We must have ears to hear.

I will conclude once again with this statement from Paul to Timothy.

Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all. Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you. 1 Timothy 4:15-16 NASB

Even so come Lord Jesus.