Revelation 3:10 states:
Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
Radio Ministry in the U.S. is massively slanted towards dispensational theology and it is hard to avoid either the assumption or the overt teaching of a pre-tribulational, pre-millennial rapture of the Church.
Recently on the “Understanding the Times” radio ministry there was a guest, Dr. Ron Rhodes, who made a remarkable claim. He said that the “from” (the Greek ek, ex) highlighted in the above verse always and only indicates a removal and, therefore, those who understand Rev. 3:10 as saying that the faithful will be protected “through” the hour of temptation cannot possibly be correct.
Dr. Rhodes declares that the only possible understanding of the verse is that the faithful will be removed prior to the hour of temptation and that this verse is a “slam dunk” for the pre-tribulation rapture position because of “ek”.
This seems somewhat dismissive of the word “keep” which carries the meaning of “to guard from injury or loss” and figuratively may mean “to keep unmarried”, as though the hour of temptation is to become espoused to another other than Christ.
Is it correct that, textually and by context, Rev. 3:10 is a “slam dunk” for the pre-tribulation rapture of the Church?