Final Judgment, Rapture, Seven Churches

Kept from the Hour

In the third chapter of Revelation, Jesus promises to “keep” overcoming saints in the city of Philadelphia “from the hour of trial” that is coming upon the “inhabitants of the earth.” A comparison with similar passages demonstrates that this “hour” refers to the time of judgment when those whose names “are not written in the Lamb’s book of life” experience the “second death” in the “Lake of Fire.”

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