Matthew 6:9-13 – “You, therefore, pray like this: ‘Our Father in heaven! May your Name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us the food we need today. Forgive us what we have done wrong, as we too have forgiven those who have wronged us. And do not lead us into hard testing, but keep us safe from the Evil One. For kingship, power and glory are yours forever. Amen.'”
Have you ever considered the Lord’s Prayer to be a prayer asking Yahweh /Yeshua to keep you from the Time of Jacob’s Trouble, from the Tribulation Period? If not, then perhaps you should:
TEMPTATION / TESTING
Matthew 6:13 and Luke 11:4 – “Do not lead us into temptation.”
The word translated temptation is the Greek word peirasmos [πειρασμός G3986] which means: a putting to proof or adversity. The most common translation of Matthew’s and Luke’s scriptures is translated “into temptation” by the ASV, DNT, ESV, HCSB, HNV, KJV, NET, NKJV, and NASB Bibles, to name a few.
I like the Complete Jewish Bible which translates it this way: “into a time of hard testing,” or the New Revised Standard which translates it as: “into the time of trial.” The NET footnotes also acknowledge that it may be translated: “into a time of testing.” All of these are valid translations of the Greek word peirasmos.
Many consider this part of the prayer to be only a request to be kept from sin, but it is more accurately a request to be kept from a time of testing or trial. The question, then to ask, is: “When is the time of temptation, testing, or trial?” and scripture answers this quite well – “For that day will come like a snare on all those who dwell on the surface of all the earth. Therefore be watchful all the time, praying that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will happen, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:35-36).
When that day comes, Yahweh promises: “I will keep you from the time of trial coming upon the whole world to put the people living on earth to the test” (Revelation 3:10).
EVIL / EVIL ONE
Matthew 6:13 – “Keep us safe from evil.”
Again, “keep us safe from evil” is a common translation of Matthew’s and Luke’s scriptures, translated this way by the ESV, KJV, CEV, DNT, and NASB Bibles. There are many more translations, however, that translate it more accurately this way: “Keep us safe from the Evil One” (ASV, CJB, HCSB, HNV, NCV, NET, NKJV, NLT, and NRSV). All of these are valid translations of the Greek word [πονηρός G4190]. Interesting to note that the newest translation of the KJV, the NKJV, also now translates it Evil One!
The word poneros, most generally translated evil, can be a specific and personified reference to the devil, Satan, as it is in this verse where it is written as tou poneros. Tou poneros is used the same way in Matthew 5:39, and specifically references the Evil One, whom we know as Satan or Lucifer!
Luke 21:36 – “Pray that you will have the strength to escape all the things that will happen and to stand in the presence of the Son of Man.”
2 Timothy 4:18 – “The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and bring me safely into his heavenly Kingdom.”
The Lord’s Prayer is definitely a prayer asking Yahweh / Yeshua to keep a person from a Time of Trial that keeps that person safe from the Evil One. While this can be applied to daily occurrences, it most definitely can and should be seen as an urgent request to be kept from the Time of Jacob’s Trouble, the Tribulation Period, which Yahweh promises to do (Revelation 3:10).
Matthew 24:42 – “So stay alert, because you don’t know on what day your Lord will come.”
Until that time, we are to stay alert, anxiously awaiting his appearing. This warning is repeated many times in Matthew 24:42; Matthew 25:13; Mark 13:33; Luke 12:40; and 1 Thessalonians 5:6.