Secondly, does the context help? Yes, rev 19:1,2 says:
“After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God! “For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her”
rev 19:1,2 says: 1 και And μετά after ταύτα these things ήκουσα I heard ως as φωνήν [2 sound όχλου 4 multitude πολλού 3 of a great μεγάλην 1 a great] εν in τω the ουρανώ heaven, λεγόντος saying, αλληλούϊα Alleluia; η the σωτηρία deliverance, και and η the δύναμις power, και and η the δόξα glory του θεού ημών of our God. 2 ότι For αληθιναί true και and δίκαιαι just αι are κρίσεις αυτού his judgments; ότι for έκρινε he judged την the πόρνην [2 harlot την μεγάλην 1 great], ήτις she who διέφθειρε (διεφθειρε β εφθειρεν ατσ
την the γην earth εν with τη πορνεία αυτής her harlotry; και and εξεδίκησε he avenged το the αίμα blood των δούλων αυτού of his bondmen εκ from out of χειρός αυτής her hand. rev 11:18 says:
και And τα the έθνη nations ωργίσθησαν were angry, και and ήλθεν [2 came η οργή σου 1 your wrath], και and ο the καιρός time των of the νεκρών dead κριθήναι to be judged, και and δούναι to give τον the μισθόν wage τοις to δούλοις σου your bondmen, τοις to the προφήταις prophets, και and τοις to the αγίοις holy ones, και and τοις to the ones φοβουμένοις fearing το όνομά σου your name, τοις to the ones μικροίς small και and τοις to the μεγάλοις great, και and διαφθείραι to corrupt τους the ones διαφθειροντας corrupting
την the γην earth.
See the difference? Glad to help if you need it!Another important thing are the words of 24 elders of Revelation: " But the nations became wrathful, and your own wrath came, and the appointed time came for the dead to be judged and to reward your slaves the prophets and the holy ones and those fearing your name, the small and the great, and to bring to ruin those ruining the earth. " (11:18) The word translated as ruin is διαφθείρω and can relate to moral or physical deterioration, decay, destroying or killing. Since destroyers will be destroyed by God, it is very likely that this particular ruining means the physical decay, destruction of earth's flora and fauna. (Judges 6: 4; 1 Sam. 6: 5) Otherwise it turns out that God intends to corrupt morally those who are already corrupt, which does not make sense! For centuries, there was devastation of our home at the local level, and the word of God confirms it by mentioning destruction of Israel and Philistine country. However, this verse of Revelation points to something new, to destruction of the whole earth, our planet (compare Rev 11:18 with verses 9 and 10)! This is exactly what is happening in our time !!! Luke 21 describes the impending consequences of global deterioration of emerald-sapphire sphere: " Also, there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and on the earth anguish of nations not knowing the way out because of the roaring of the sea and its agitation. People will become faint out of fear and expectation of the things coming upon the inhabited earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. " (25,26) The word sea, according to the Bible, can sometimes mean a lake or river. (Isaiah 19: 5; Jer 51:36)
... All in all, it seems to me that we are not too far from the fulfillment of Luke 21:25, 26. When that happens, it will become clear that human governments can not provide protection against the problems they created - moral and physical ruination of the earth and its inhabitants. (Jer 10:23) Anguish and hopelessness will prevail. Is it not the best moment for arrival of someone who can help good people and heal our planet ?! Luke 21:27 says: " And then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. "
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Many former JWs carry baggage of worry about a couple phrases years after they have separated from the church. I've seen it in person and on this forum. Lingering "what ifs" if you will. This single phrase lifted from context and only recently reinterpreted has haunted some former JWs this way.
Thank you for lifting baggage of worry ie, what if the caring God help us to solve environmental problems! I feel such a relief because I know now that everything is in the hands of greedy businessmen, incompetent politicians and the shadow rulers! Hooray!!!Here we have a sectarian text written by a "John", which John we don't know for certain as there was differing opinions very early in church history. (John the elder, John the presbyter, some other John?). Presbyter, (from Greek presbyteros, “elder”), an officer or minister in the early Christian Church intermediate between bishop and deacon or, in modern Presbyterianism, an alternative name for elder.
Some other John could be Johnny be good, from the song!