10. Tereo Ek (Kept From ?)

TEREO EK

            Because the KJV Bible uses the words  “KEPT FROM ” in Revelation. 3;10, it appears to suggest [in the mind of the pre-tribulationist] that the Church will be KEPT FROM the Great Tribulation [wrath of God] via the Pre Tribulation Rapture.  In fact, the original language suggests quite the opposite.  The term “kept from” is actually interpreted from the Greek words TEREO EK.  Let’s take a close look at TEREO, and TEREO EK.

 

Revelation.3;8-10

8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

10 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.

A Bust on Tereo Ek

Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee  from [TEREO EK] the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

 

keep/kept from

KJV – hold fast, keep (-er), (pre-, re-) serve, watch. NT:5083

tereo (tay-reh’-o); from teros (a watch; perhaps akin to NT:2334); to guard (from loss or injury, properly, by keeping the eye upon; and thus differing from NT:5442, which is properly to prevent escaping; and from NT:2892, which implies a fortress or full military lines of apparatus), i.e. to note (a prophecy; figuratively, to fulfil a command); by implication, to detain (in custody; figuratively, to maintain); by extension, to withhold (for personal ends; figuratively, to keep unmarried); by extension, to withhold (for personal ends; figuratively, to keep unmarried):

 

TEREO— AND TEREO EK in the New Testament

 

John 8:51-56

51 Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep [tereo] my saying, he shall never see death.

52 Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep [tereo] my saying, he shall never taste of death.

53 Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself?

54 Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God:

55 Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep [tereo] his saying.

  • this use of the word “keep [tereo]“ clearly implies “preservation and persistence” and would never suggest “removal or escape”

 

John 17:11-15

11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through [tereo ek] thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in [tereo ek] thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, [tereo] and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

15 I pray NOT that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest KEEP THEM FROM [tereo ek] the evil one.

Cross reference to Revelation 3:10

  • again—-the reference is to “preservation” in the face of evil

2 Corinthians 11:9

9 And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man: for that which was lacking to me the brethren which came from Macedonia supplied: and in all things I have kept myself from [tereo ek] being burdensome unto you, and so will I keep [tereo] myself.

  • “kept myself from”—tereo ek

Eph 4:2-3

2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

3 Endeavoring to keep [tereo] the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. KJV

1 Tim 5:22

22 Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep [tereo] thyself pure.

1 Tim 6:14

14 That thou keep [tereo] this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

James 1:27

27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep [tereo] himself unspotted from the world. KJV

James 2:10

10 For whosoever shall keep [tereo] the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. KJV

1 John 2:3

3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep [tereo] his commandments. KJV

1 John 3:22

22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep [tereo] his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

1 John 5:2-3

2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep [tereo] his commandments.

3 For this is the love of God, that we keep [tereo] his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

Jude 21

21 Keep yourselves in [tereo ek] the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

  • “in”— ek’ is the Greek prepositions used in verse  21

Revelation 1:3

3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep [tereo] those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. KJV

Revelation 12:17

17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep [tereo] the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. KJV

Revelation 14:12-13

12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep [tereo] the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. KJV

Revelation 22:9

9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep [tereo] the sayings of this book: worship God. KJV

Revelation 3:8-10

8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept [tereo] my word, and hast not denied my name.

9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

10 Because thou hast kept [tereo] the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from [tereo ek] the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. KJV

v  the use of the Greek words “TEREO or TEREO EK” in all these passages is consistent. It implies preservation and persistence IN, through, against, and “in the face of” in the sense of “repulsion” ie—”keep yourself from idols”——”from evil/one”

Dear reader, I have shown EVERY verse in the New Testament using the Greek term TEREO or the combination TEREO EK.  In EVERY CASE—-it is the same. Tereo Ek means to “keep in, through, against,  guard over, maintain, persevere to, flee from [ie. idols]“.  It NEVER implies ESCAPISM in the context of these verses. God will keep [tereo] his Church in [ek] the Great Tribulation  for “they overcame by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony and loved not their own lives even unto death” [Revelation. 12].

Revelation.3;8-10

8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept [maintained---tereo] my word, and hast not denied my name.

9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

10 Because thou hast kept [maintained----tereo] the word of my patience, I also will keep [maintain----tereo] thee from [in---ek] the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

2 thoughts on “10. Tereo Ek (Kept From ?)

  1. Jeff

    While I am not a supporter of the pre-trib rapture, your use of the Greek here is horrendous. Multiple times, you have cited something as tereo ek which is not. Jude 24 and 1 John 5:21 both use phulaxai rather than tereo ek. Many of your other references use tereo en.

    Learn Greek–at least enough to read it and check your English concordance searches.

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    1. CJ Post author

      you are correct regarding Jude 24 and I John 5:21 except to say that those verses are contextually synonymous with the use of TEREO and EK. After reviewing your criticism, I have gone over the entire content of the page using my Strong’s Greek dictionary and found the page to be strong. I have removed Jude 24 and I John 5;21 to avoid further dogmatisms from viewers who are only looking for a ridiculous fight. You failed to comment on the page topic. Danny McDowell

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