Does Destruction Mean Annihilation?

.……..when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,  In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;  II Thessalonians 1:7b – 9

The Greek word translated destruction in II Thessalonians 1:9 is olethros (the noun form).  This word means destruction or ruin. [1]  More light can be shed on the meaning of this word by examining how it is used elsewhere in Scripture.

This Greek word olethros is used in I Corinthians 5:5 in reference to an erring believer: To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.  Here it is used of the effect upon the physical condition of an erring believer for the purpose of his spiritual profit. [2]      

Olethros is also used in I Timothy 6:9.  But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.  Here destruction is used of the indulgences of the flesh, referring  to physical ruin. [3]

The Greek word translated perdition above is apoleia.  It reinforces the meaning of ruin.  This word is related to the verb form apollumi (see below): and likewise indicates “loss of well being, not of being“, it is used (a) of things, signifying their waste, or ruin; of ointment, Matt 26:8; of money, Acts 8:20 (“perish“); (b) of persons, signifying their spiritual and eternal perdition, Matt 7:13; John 17:12; II Thess. 2:3; where son of perdition signifies the the proper destiny of the person mentioned;………of false teachers, II Peter 2:1, 3; of ungodly men, 3:7; of those who wrest the Scriptures, 3:16; of the Beast, the final head of the revived Roman Empire, Rev. 17:8, 11; (c) of impersonal subjects, as heresies, II Peter 2:1, where “destructive heresies” (RV; KJV, “damnable“) is, lit., heresies of destruction (marg., “sects of perdition“). [4]

The verb form of olethros is ollumi.    The strengthened form of this word is apollumi which means to destroy utterly or to perishThe idea is not extinction but ruin, loss, not of being, but of well being.  This is clear from its use, as, e.g., of the marring of wine skins, Luke 5:37; of lost sheep, i.e., lost to the shepherd, metaphorical of spiritual destitution, Luke 15:4,6, etc.; the lost son, 15:24; of the perishing of food (meat), John 6:27; of gold, I Peter 1:7.  [5]

As you can see the word olethros and translated as destruction, lost, waste or perish elsewhere in Scripture, does not mean extinction, annihilation, or loss of being.  The use of this word in the New Testament consistently conveys the meaning of ruin or the loss of well being. [6]

…let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…

        [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6] Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, Copyright 1984, 1996, Thomas Nelson, Inc., Nashville, TN

Two Plus Two Equals Five

Beginning with a false premise renders further debate useless.  It doesn’t matter how much information a two plus two equals five guy throws out.  All his arguments are wrong, because they begin with a false premise.  A two plus two equals four guy can argue all day long with the two plus two equals five guy and they will never come to agreement on how many days there are in a month.

If you come across a two plus two equals five guy and he or she only wants to win the argument and in the process slander all the other two plus two equals four people, move on.

Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.  Romans 16:17

Jesus is All the World to Me

Jesus is all the world to me,
My life, my joy, my all;
He is my strength from day to day,
Without him I would fall:
When I am sad, to him I go,
No other one can cheer me so;
When I am sad, he makes me glad,
He’s my friend.

Jesus is all the world to me,
My friend in trials sore;
I go to him for blessings, and
He gives them o’er and o’er:
He sends the sunshine and the rain,
He sends the harvest’s golden grain:
Sunshine and rain, harvest of grain,
He’s my friend.

 Jesus is all the world to me,
And true to him I’ll be;
Oh, how could I this friend deny,
When he’s so true to me?
Following him I know I’m right,
He watches o’er me day and night;
Following him bye day and night,
He’s my friend.

 Jesus is all the world to me,
I want no better friend;
I trust him now, I’ll trust him when
Life’s fleeting days shall end:
Beautiful life with such a friend,
Beautiful life that has no end;
Eternal life, eternal joy,
He’s my friend.

Will L. Thompson 1847 – 1909

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