Jesus in the Lion’s Den

In Daniel 6, we encounter the most famous episode in Daniel’s life, the night he spent in the lion’s den. Does it foretell Jesus’s death and resurrection? Was a picture of “Jesus in the Lion’s Den” yet to come?

Jesus and the Book of Daniel, PART TWO

Let’s begin with the account of Daniel and how it might apply to Christians enduring the 70th Week of Daniel. Who is the Lion symbolically? Peter tells us:

Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. (1 Pet. 5:8 NASB, emphasis mine)

Why is Daniel thrown to the lions? He was persecuted because he worshiped YHWH when worship of the true God was made illegal, and because he was betrayed by his associates. Similarly, we must also plan for a time when the worship of God will be illegal and when we are betrayed by our former brothers and sisters in Jesus who fall away. Jesus himself tells us:

Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of my name.  At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. (Matt. 24:9-10 NASB, emphasis mine)

Daniel’s night in the lion’s den not only reveals whose den we will be thrown into (Satan’s), it also reveals our deliverance. The Angel of God shut the mouths of the hungry lions. But we need to notice Daniel was saved in the midst of the trial, not from the trial. This also is a picture of what we believers need to plan for. God will save us in the trial. We should not expect to be caught up and snatched away before the trial begins.

No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation (trial)  will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. (1 Cor. 10:13 NASB, emphasis mine)

Notice our means of escape is being able to endure the trial. This is an important insight.

These foreshadows of the tribulation are not coincidence. God has given them to us in the same book of the Bible where many of the original prophecies occur to deepen our understanding of the Great Tribulation so that we might prepare for the coming times.

Jesus in The Lion’s Den

There is an even more amazing analogy between the Lion’s den and Jesus’s Tomb. Look at this graphic for all the similarities:

 

Daniel’s Lion’s Den Jesus’s Tomb
The leaders of the nation (satraps and commissioners) conspired to have Daniel arrested The leaders of the nation (Sanhedrin and the High Priest) conspired to have Jesus arrested
No fault could be found in Daniel so the leaders trumped up charges based on religious grounds No fault could be found in Jesus so the leaders trumped up charges based on religious grounds
A law was written that even the king could not break (law of the Medes and the Persians) causing Daniel to enter the Lion’s Den A law was written even God could not break (the wages of sin are death) causing Jesus to die for our sins and enter the Tomb
Daniel was arrested while praying (3 times) Jesus was arrested while praying (3 times)
A stone was rolled over the cave sealed with the signet ring of the king A stone was rolled over Jesus’s grave and a Roman seal was set on the stone
Early in the morning, the king came to see if Daniel was alive and rolled away the stone Early in the morning the women came to Jesus’s tomb to find the stone rolled away
An angel shut the mouths of the lions An angel announced that Jesus was risen
King Darius decreed YHWH was the living God who reigns forever Jesus’s ascension declared he is the living God who lives forever

God’s Word is more miraculous than any of us can imagine. We have all read the story of Daniel in the Lion’s Den, perhaps hundreds of times. Yet below the surface is a teaching more amazing than we thought. All of scripture is like that; conceived by the mind of an infinite, all-knowing God. All scripture is ultimately about Jesus and God’s plan of redemption. Praise God.

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In the third and final article in this series we will look at Jesus’s extensive references to Daniel in the Olivet Discourse, Jesus’s great and extensive teaching on end times.

36 thoughts on “Jesus in the Lion’s Den”

  1. I agree with your analysis and correlation from Dan 6 to the end times, Daniel being a prophet after all. Though I would see Dan 6 as being a bit more literal. Remember, the 4th seal has a rider who kills with beasts! Those who trust God will not be hurt by these beasts, just like Daniel.

    I would also add that Daniel 3 is prophetic as well. Those who won’t worship the image of the beast will be thrown into the fire, which won’t kill them. That is why they get beheaded. Nothing else works to kill them.

    Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.

  2. There is no scientific laws that apply to God. I think, I AM was first? If he wants a 5 million ton snowball to collide with earth, He can. If he wants the sun to go black, he can. If he wants the moon do the two step in the sky, he can. He’s God.

  3. Nelson, regarding Rachel’s question of Rev. 22:18 “I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book.”

    Could it be possible that the plagues are added when the great white throne judgement takes place? There is nothing referred to in that verse that the plagues have to take place during the trumpet or bowel judgments. Could it be that additional judgments (plagues) are added to those at the end of the millennial reign whose names are not found written in the Book of Life? That would include everyone who has added to the prophecy of Rev. since its beginning. Just my thought.

  4. Nelson. You said: “Two important points about this. First, the translation you have chosen is certainly not as good as could be and it takes you down numerous wrong roads. You list it as the Blue Letter Bible, but that is a software not a translation, so let us know next time what the true translation is.”

    No I didn’t! I listed the translation as Berean Literal Bible (BLB). You can find it here. http://biblehub.com/revelation/8-12.htm

    And while you’re there try checking out the other translations for a consensus of opinion.

    The logic in what I say is obvious. You can’t have the sun stop giving light whilst it is still day, because that means it’s night. Day has moved to the other side of the planet. Same rule applies to the night. The only way this can work is if the striking of the luminaries takes the form of speeding up the rotation of the Earth. And changes in the Earth’s rotation is something God has made in the past.

    You are cherry picking to back your argument. There are two words used: Phaino and skotizó

    Strong’s Concordance

    skotizó: to darken
    Original Word: σκοτίζω
    Part of Speech: Verb
    Transliteration: skotizó
    Phonetic Spelling: (skot-id-zo)
    Short Definition: I darken
    Definition: I darken.

    1. “You can’t have the sun stop giving light whilst it is still day” -PM

      Of course you can. The sun was darkened for three hours while Jesus hung on the cross. During the plagues darkness fell on Egypt.

      We already know that the one year long Day of the Lord is a time of dark clouds and gloom. Zechariah may speak of this “In that day there will be no light; the luminaries will dwindle. For it will be a unique day which is known to the Lord, neither day nor night.” (Zech. 14:6-7). Dark clouds encircling the globe would diminish the light of the sun, moon and stars. God can also choose to darken the luminaries supernaturally as on the day of Christ’s crucifixion.

      No where do the Greek words in this verse imply an increased rotation of the earth and shortening the length of days.

      Also, the shortening of days is to effect the Great Tribulation as Matt. 24:21-22, 29 demonstrates. The Fourth Trumpet occurs “after the tribulation of those days.” Although you don’t like to address this issue, Matt. 24 doesn’t include a single Trumpet or Bowl judgment as a sign of Jesus’s PAROUSIA or return in Matt. 24:31. Either Jesus intentionally misled his listeners (impossible) or these judgments happen AFTER the events of Matt. 24:31 (which is the Rapture).

      1. You say I don’t like to address certain issues. But you are selectively not publishing valid points I make. For instance:

        I pointed out the fact that Douglas Hamp is a Hebrew and Greek scholar, you are not!

        By that I am implying that his opinions carry far more weight than someone like yourself, who relies on translation software. Have you ever investigated the soteriology and eschatology embraced by those who wrote the software you use? It could be a case of garbage in, garbage out!

        In answer to your claim that “Cutting Daniels prophecy short (from 1260 to a lesser amount) is strictly for the Christians”, I said:

        Who is neglecting rules of grammar here?

        There is no cutting short the number of days for anyone. Even if Christians were raptured during that period, the number of its days remain the same. Your idea would also mean the 70 weeks of years prophecy was wrong when it was given to Daniel. So your pre-wrath ideas can’t be reconciled with the grammar used.

        And I have never said (as you accused me) that the wrath of God starts prior to Daniel’s 70th week. But there is clearly wrath around the beginning described by Ezekiel, because they are burning Gog’s weapons for the entire seven years. And the two witnesses aren’t exactly handing out candy, are they?

        Rev 8:12 (BLB)
        “And the fourth angel sounded his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, and a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them should be darkened, and the day should not appear for a third of it, and the night likewise.”

        That passage doesn’t merely describe a darkening. It says a third of the day, and a third of the night is gone. If viewed from a global perspective, that has to be a shortening of the length of the day/night cycle. Unless you are claiming it’s a localised event, your ideas don’t make sense.

        When linked to the other answers I have had to repeat above, my thoughts on the 1260 days have more biblical and logical support.

        1. “By that I am implying that his opinions carry far more weight than someone like yourself” – PM

          Studies have shown that the last gasp of a dying argument is trying to discount the authority of your opponent.I am sure Douglas Hamp is a well educated man. He is also completely mistaken. What I showed in my argument is that he chose to ignore the vast majority of New Testament references to the work EKLEKTOS (elect) that clearly demonstrate his position is wrong. Why he chose to ignore the majority of biblical evidence I can’t say. Phil, to blindly follow a man because of his degrees in spite of a clear argument to the contrary is dangerous ground.

          Now I happen to hold a doctorate and two masters degrees. I don’t bring this up on a regular basis so I realize you didn’t know this, but I must ask, does that mean you should hold my opinions higher than your own because of my education? (Obviously you don’t.) And you shouldn’t! The quality of the argument should dictate what sways us and what doesn’t. I don’t bring up education because I don’t place a great deal of weight (to use your word) in it!

          In regard to the 1260 days being cut short for the Elect, Dan. 7:25 says “And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.” The Antichrist will continue to wear out the Jews and those Christians who come to faith after the Rapture for the full 1260 days. Daniel does not call this the Great Tribulation. Jesus does not tell us the Great Tribulation lasts 1260 days, he simply tells us that there will be Great Tribulation. It is the tradition of men to say the Great Tribulation is 1260 days.

          Nothing stops God from cutting the Great Tribulation short for the Elect and Rapturing them earlier than that. It can be “both and” not “either or.” The wearing out of the saints and the reign of Antichrist will last 1260 days. Those days will be cut short for the Elect and they will be raptured earlier “after the tribulation of those days” just as Jesus has told us.

          The 1260 days divides into two periods: The Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord (God’s Wrath) which begins on the same day as the Rapture. The Antichrist reigns during both periods.

          1. You say: “The wearing out of the saints and the reign of Antichrist will last 1260 days. Those days will be cut short for the Elect and they will be raptured earlier “after the tribulation of those days” just as Jesus has told us.”

            I take it your qualifications don’t include psychology, otherwise you would recognise the cognitive dissonance displayed by that statement.

            You said: “to blindly follow a man because of his degrees in spite of a clear argument to the contrary is dangerous ground.”

            Most of what you say has come from the opinions of others. I’ve been studying the subject for 45 years. Your ideas are not new! And the reason you can’t persuade me is because they are just as half baked as those of the men I quoted.

            A good debate. But I think we will just have to wait for that day to see who was right 🙂

          2. Phil, There is much more at stake (eternal destiny) than simply a debate by being emotionally, spiritually, and physically prepared to face Antichrist. Although your mind might be closed, prayerfully many of our other readers have had their eyes opened by these comments.

  5. Nelson,

    Rev. 22:18 says, “I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book.”

    Since the first century, many people have heard and added to the book of Revelation, but they are now dead. So, won’t they have to be resurrected before the Trumpets and Vials begin? I was thinking that after the opening of the fifth seal or sixth, they would have to be brought back from the dead, or how else could they “the plagues described in this book” be added to them?

    1. This is a very interesting question Rachel. We know that the unrepentant dead are resurrected after the 1000 year reign of Christ, long after the Trumpets and Bowls. So we know that the unrepentant who have died will not physically experience the Trumpets and Bowls with the those living at that time.

      However, the word Plague is freely applied to the Trumpets and Bowls.

      What Rev. 22:18 is saying has three possibilities:

      1) for those living at the time of the Rapture (after the sixth seal), those who add to Revelation will not be Raptured and will endure the Trumpets and Bowls.
      2) for the dead at that time, perhaps this only means the eternal punishment of the lake of fire
      3) for the dead at that time, perhaps this means a special encore of the Trumpets and Bowls are poured out on them prior to the lake of fire.

      These are my best guesses. Perhaps some of our other readers have another answer.

  6. Thank you Nelson, another great insight from God’s amazing Word. Much of the church no longer believes the timeless truth of God’s Word; inerrant, prophetic, powerful, life changing, the Words of our Creator speaking to us.

    1. Thanks Phil. In regard to the portion of Jack Kelley’s article on Tribulation, he differentiates between “tribulation” and “The Great Tribulation.” He correctly associates this with Dan. 12:1 and Matthew 24:15-29. He also correctly gives the timing of the Great Tribulation as beginning at the midpoint of the 70th Week of Daniel.

      He then makes some errors. The first error he makes (which is common) is assuming the Great Tribulation is 3.5 years long. It is not. Jesus clearly teaches us those days (1260) are cut short for the sake of the elect. Thus it is some time less than 1260 days. He then makes a second error. “Jesus said it has never been equaled before and would never be equaled again, and if He didn’t return to put an end to it no one would survive (Matt. 24:22). This is definitely not the every day variety of tribulation you and I face in life. This is the one and only Great Tribulation.” By this he implies the persecution (tribulation) saints face in those days is somehow worse than what is being delivered to saints in the middle east today when they are burned to death, crucified and cut to pieces for their faith. This is a horrible error that diminishes the sacrifice and strength of these saints.

      “Great” (Gk: MEGAS) tribulation means “widespread” tribulation. Never in the history of the world will tribulation be so widespread; not that the quality of tribulation will be worse but that the quantity of tribulation will be greater. That is why Jesus said that if it wasn’t cut short none of the elect would survive. A worse type of tribulation in a limited area wouldn’t kill all the elect, only a widespread tribulation would. (SEE THIS PREVIOUS ARTICLE). Again how can tribulation be worse for an individual than what is happening in the Middle East right now, or what happened in ancient Rome to Christians. To the individual that was strong tribulation.

      But even if this tribulation were to be a worse type (it isn’t), no where in God’s Holy Word does it say he exempts anyone from this time of Tribulation. It does say he exempts Christians from his Wrath as I indicated in my last note, but not from tribulation.

      1. No I didn’t try to shift the issue. I simply didn’t allow you to corral the debate.

        You say “Jesus clearly teaches us those days (1260) are cut short for the sake of the elect. Thus it is some time less than 1260 days.”

        This allows you to slide in that final hour teaching. But many argue that ‘cut short’ means short of destroying everyone. This makes more sense because the Tribulation is God’s wrath, and He prophesied it’s length. To cut it short in length of time would make the prophecy wrong.

        You said “That is why Jesus said that if it wasn’t cut short none of the elect would survive.”
        The ‘elect’ refers to Jews:
        http://www.douglashamp.com/the-elect-in-matthew-24-jews-or-gentiles/

        I repeat what I said above:
        Dan 9:24. (NIV)
        “Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place.”

        The Tribulation and Daniel’s 70th week are one and the same. It’s God’s judgement against Israel. (Judgement = punishment = wrath = trial) Christ took God’s judgement upon himself for His church. We have no part in the Tribulation

        Rev 3:10 (BLB)
        “Because you have kept the word of My patient endurance, I also will keep you out of the hour of the TRIAL being about to come upon the whole inhabited world, to try those dwelling upon the earth.”

        That ‘trial’ is God’s wrath. He speaks of His wrath against Israel many times throughout the Bible. He never speaks that way about the church.

        1. Before you make your next post regarding the 1260 days, consider this:

          Rev 8:12 (BLB)
          “And the fourth angel sounded his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, and a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them should be darkened, and the day should not appear for a third of it, and the night likewise.”

          So what we see here is an actual shortening in the length of the day/night cycle. Which results in a shortening in the time of destruction, whilst maintaining the 1260 days in number.

          1. Two important points about this. First, the translation you have chosen is certainly not as good as could be and it takes you down numerous wrong roads. You list it as the Blue Letter Bible, but that is a software not a translation, so let us know next time what the true translation is. This passage is an example. In the passage above the words “should not appear” are misleading. The Greek word PHAINO means to shine, so this passage is about darkening the sun, moon and stars not shortening the days.

            Second, the Rapture occurs prior to the Trumpet and Bowl judgments. That is why these horrific judgments don’t appear in Matt. 24. Jesus didn’t neglect to give them to us as signs (heaven forbid), rather he returns for his Church (in Matt. 24:31) prior to them taking place. This is the shortening of days, not that the hours are somehow lessened.

        2. Phil, so many misconceptions in one comment! I will address each in a separate comment.

          First in regard to the elect being only Jews. The word translated elect in the verse is EKLEKTOS. It is found 23 times in the New Testament. It refers to Christians and also to Jews who come to faith in Christ. Here are some sample verses:

          “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God’s elect (EKLEKTOS)? God is the one who justifies” (Rom. 8:31-33)

          Paul was addressing the Gentile Romans in this verse about the “elect.”

          “So, as those who have been chosen (EKLEKTOS) of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (Col. 3:12)

          Here Paul addresses the Gentile Colossians as elect.

          “For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen (EKLEKTOS), so that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and with it eternal glory” (2 Tim 2:10)

          Here Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles addresses all Gentiles who come to faith as elect.

          I could go on and on with many more verse, but obviously Douglas Hamp’s article is badly, badly mistaken. The elect are not just Jews. This is called a “work-around” (avoiding the clear teaching of scripture with an elaborate misinterpretation) which is what almost all of Pre-Trib theory is. You would think with all the answers you are given that clearly point to a Pre-Wrath Rapture, you would see some light in all of this.

          Second, you have shifted the issue on the six parallels (in exact order) between Matt. 24:29-30 and Rev. 6:12-17 including the presence of the Lord prior to the Seventh Seal. And also the Wrath of God being clearly shown to not start until after the Fifth Seal.

          Second, you are shifting the issue. You did not address the obvious

        3. In regard to Jesus teaching about “those days being cut short” it is clearly the days of the Great Tribulation.

          “For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will. Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short…But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened.” (Matt. 24:21-22,29)

          Here we see “those days” mentioned 3 times and each time it refers to the days of the Great Tribulation. To say otherwise is to neglect the rules of grammar. It is clearly the number of days that is cut short. Cutting Daniels prophecy short (from 1260 to a lesser amount) is strictly for the Christians. The Jews will still endure the full 1260 days and the Wrath of God. This in no way invalidates the prophecies. The mistaken Pre-Trib views create the inability to see the beauty of how all the prophecies form a seamless, perfect whole, and force strange “work-arounds.”

          Even if the Trial in Rev. 3:10 was the Wrath of God, this in no way invalidates the Pre-Wrath view as Rev. 6:9-10 clearly demonstrates that the Wrath of God starts after the Fifth Seal, not prior to the 70th Week of Daniel. This is not something you have addressed.

  7. Pre tribulationists, as such, do not have the ears to hear what Jesus says to his disciples at the Olivet discourse. If they don’t hear and understand His words, then they surely will not entertain yours or any others challenging their doctrine.

    Your comparison study and analogy of the trial of Jesus and Daniel is the truth as God revealed it to Daniel. I agree that the elect that are alive at Harpazo are analogous to Daniel’s deliverance from the Lions den.

    However, those who will be given up to death during the tribulation, are more analogous to the martyrdom of Stephen. Including what to say — given to him by the Holy Spirit– his strength to accept giving up the body, and his vision of Jesus in the clouds of heaven.

    1. Ken, at one time I was a Pre-Tribulationalist. It is what I was taught when I first came to Christ in 1992. If I was able to change my mind, so are others. At least those willing to listen to what the Lord has to say as opposed to what men have to say.

      1. That may be so, but your analogy only speaks and gives relief to those alive at the second coming. The people that need the encouragement and support are those of us that will face persecution and death. I just think your brilliant analogy is diminished by incorporating the rapture argument. It is unnecessary.

        1. I probably should have written “the resurrection and rapture” rather than just rapture. The resurrected will be “gathered together” with the living and together they will meet the Lord in the air. So when I discuss the Rapture, it always includes the resurrected. I realize from your comment that my abbreviated terminology is not sufficient for my readers. I have taken note of this for the future. Thanks Ken.

  8. I’ve always found that verse about not giving us more than we can bear quite difficult to be honest. I have friends who use it to say that it means that God would not call them to martyrdom as they could not bear it.

    Not sure if it is about basic temptation as in Luke 4, or does it actually include martyrdom? Not sure to be honest.
    Reading about the inquisitions of the middle ages, is difficult, I know God gave grace to the martyr’s, but there were those terrified (as I would be) who recanted, some were killed anyway. Some would say it was more than they could handle. I certainly would never judge anyone who feared being martyred without the aid of a bullet, as I would be that person.

    Just always found that part of the verse curious.

    Thanks

    1. I am sorry if it looked like I was being awkward Nelson, I genuinely wasn’t , it’s just that the portion of the verse regarding having ‘more than we can carry’ had always been a bit difficult to properly understand. I’m not to sure how to answer my friends who use it in the way I mentioned.

      Hope your feeling somewhat better in yourself.

      1. Linda, I answered this earlier. In terms of answering friends, how one feels now is totally immaterial to the enabling at the moment of trial. This verse teaches that if we call upon the Name of Yeshua, we can do all things through our Messiah who strengthens us.

    2. Linda, this is a very good question. Let’s first look at the word in 1 Cor. 10:13 which is translated temptation. It is PEIRASMOS. It has a positive meaning (Test) and a negative one (Temptation) and both can apply. A PEIRASMOS can be a test from God or a temptation from the devil. Both meanings can apply to martyrdom. The devil can attempt to get someone to commit apostasy; this can also be a test. Let’s look at the verse again.

      No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. (1 Cor. 10:13)

      This verse says God will not allow you to be tempted or tried beyond what you can endure. (He who endures to the end shall be saved.) This is a supernatural, God-empowered enabling. EKBASIS or “way out from the middle of” the trial will be provided. Now this may lead to death or it may a protection from death. Either way, God will enable you at that moment of trial.

      The last phrase is key. Corey Ten Boom had a story about her dad that I quoted in my first book. Corey was worried that she wouldn’t have the strength to be a martyr. Her dad said, “Corey, when I buy you a train ticket, when do I give it to you? Now or right before you are ready to get on the train? Corey said, ‘when I’m ready to get on the train.’ Her dad said it is the same way with God’s supernatural enabling. When you need it, that is when he will give it to you.” So don’t worry if you think you are not strong enough. In your own strength you are not. But those who trust upon the Lord will find that strength they need. God is eternally loving and eternally just. I trust in his character completely.

      1. Sorry Nelson, your first reply has only just appeared on my phone, ii agree entirely with what you said , thank you , my old Pastor said the same thing about grace. Its just that I always felt for the ones who recanted rather than go to the stake during the inquisitions.
        I always asked God that should I have to die, could it be with the mercy of a bullet.
        Thanks.

  9. God’s word according to Nelson: “Notice our means of escape is being able to endure the trial.”

    God’s word according to Rev 3:10 (BLB)
    “Because you have kept the word of My patient endurance, I also will keep you out of the hour of the trial being about to come upon the whole inhabited world, to try those dwelling upon the earth.”

    1. Phil, Next to Matt. 24:36, you have chosen to quote the second most misunderstood verse by Pre-Tribulation supporters. You may be surprised to learn that many Pre-Wrath Rapture supporters (myself included) also strongly believe this verse confirms the Rapture. Both groups believe the “hour of testing” relates to the Great Tribulation. However, the groups differ on the implications of several Greek words; implications that determine the meaning of the passage.

      The most important single word in the passage is the word translated “from” in most translations. Your unusual translation is somewhat closer to the meaning calling it “out of the hour trial.” Robert Van Kampen adds insight about that tiny Greek word EK in Rev. 3:10 that is translated “from.” This word actually means “from out of the middle of.” The Greek preposition APO would be used if the verse was saying Jesus would keep his saints away from danger entirely. EK implies they will be first protected or guarded and then delivered from the midst of danger: “These are the ones who come out of (EK) the great tribulation” (Rev. 7:14 NASB, emphasis mine).

      The second poorly translated word is “keep.” This is actually the Greek word TEREO which means to guard or observe. It absolutely does not mean “keep” as is to separate something from something else. It means to protect something.

      Marvin Rosenthal has pointed out that Rev. 3:10 is a conditional statement. Because believers have guarded (translated “Kept”) the “word of Jesus’s perseverance,” they will be “guarded” from out of the middle of the trial. Rosenthal shows in three examples how this Greek word “perseverance” (HYPOMONES) is associated with the Great Tribulation in the New Testament:

      But you will be betrayed even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death, and you will be hated by all because of my name. Yet not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance (HYPOMONES) you will gain your lives (lit. souls). (Luke 21:16-19 NASB, clarification and emphasis mine)

      If anyone is destined for captivity, to captivity he goes; if anyone kills with the sword, with the sword he must be killed. Here is the perseverance (HYPOMONES) and the faith of the saints. (Rev. 13:10 NASB, emphasis mine)

      If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. . . Here is the perseverance (HYPOMONES) of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus. (Rev. 14:9-10, 12 NASB, emphasis mine)

      So, although Rev. 3:10 is associated with the Rapture, it is doubtful it is associated with a Pre-Tribulation Rapture because endurance (HYPOMONES) through the Great Tribulation (not committing Apostasy) most likely is the conditional aspect that guards the saints “from out of the middle of” the trial.

      When these three words are examined in their true meaning, the Pre-Tribulation understanding of this verse falls apart. English speaking peoples came up with the Pre-Tribulation Rapture idea mostly relying on English translations rather than the Greek meanings.

      1. The map we must use to navigate this maze of disputed meanings begins with a ‘You Are Here’ sign that points clearly to Daniel’s people and his holy city.

        Dan 9:24. (NIV)
        “Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place.”

        The Tribulation and Daniel’s 70th week are one and the same. It’s God’s judgement against Israel. Christ took God’s judgement upon himself for His church. We have no part in the Tribulation. If you read again, all those scriptures with that fact in mind, you will find they have different meaning to that which you place upon them.

        1. Phil, Tribulation is a normal part of Christian life, Jesus ASSURES us that you and I will face tribulation (persecution) “In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33). You and I agree (I am sure) that Christians will not endure God’s Wrath, however. 1 Thess. 1:10 “Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.” and 1 Thess. 5:9 “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” both assure us of this. The only question is when that Wrath truly begins.

          Dan. 9:24-27 does not mention God’s Wrath at all and cannot be used for the purpose of determining it. Rev. 6 does however.

          “When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; 10 and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” (Rev. 6:9-10)

          From this we know that the Wrath of God (HIS avenging and judging) will not start until after the Fifth Seal. Rev. 6 tells us how much later:

          “I looked when He broke the sixth seal, …Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; and they *said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”” (Rev. 6:12, 15-17)

          From this we learn two very important things. After the Sixth Seal Jesus is PRESENT (in the sky) as the inhabitants of the earth cry to hide from his presence (that presence is when he comes riding on the clouds at the Rapture). Second we see that it is at this point (once Jesus appears in the sky) that they realize the day (Day of the Lord) of his Wrath “has come.” The Rapture and Wrath occur on the same day (Day of the Lord) and that day is after the opening of the Sixth Seal!

          The order of events is identical to Matthew’s account of these same things.

          1) The sun and moon are darkened (Matt. 24:29, Rev. 6:12),
          2) the stars fall (Matt. 24:29, Rev. 6:13),
          3) the powers of the heavens are shaken and the sky splits (Matt. 24:29, Rev. 6:14),
          4) Jesus appears [on the clouds] (Matt. 24:30, Rev. 6:15-16),
          5) the tribes of the earth mourn (Matt. 24:30, Rev. 6:15-17),
          6) God raptures his Church (Matt. 24:31, Rev. 7:12).

          This series of six events in exactly the same order are fingerprint proof that we are looking at the same thing: the Rapture. Any person with an open spirit should hear what the Holy Spirit is communicating to them in these passages. I am interested in your response.

  10. “God’s Word is more miraculous than any of us can imagine.”

    Yes, it is!! Thank you, Nelson for this teaching. It’s amazing what insights we find from Daniel’s life. Everything is written in Scripture for a reason. The account of Daniel in the lion’s den isn’t just a Sunday School story for children (although when you think about it, it’s actually a rather frightening story for children, as are many of the stories in the Bible). I think the fiery trial of Daniel’s friends is also a picture of being saved in the midst of the trial. They were also persecuted for worshiping YHWH.

    We gloss over the last phrase of 1 Corinthians 10:13, “so that you will be able to endure it.” I am also reminded of Mathew 24:13: “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” All of Scripture is written for our instruction on how to live, and also to give us encouragement and assurance that God is with us no matter what. If we trust Him, as Daniel did, He will enable us endure to the end. We need to pray for strength to endure, because in light of Matt. 24:9-10, I never want to be presumptuous about this.

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