This is a good thread so far (pro and con)! I only have some scattered comments to make (some of which are very minor), since Sonia’s position (in its various nuances and qualifications and cautions) also happens to be close to my own.
1.) Rev 1:8 doesn’t in fact feature the phrase “into the eons of the eons” or anything like it. (This is one of the very minor comments, since after all 1:6 certainly does!–as well as others in FiredU’s list, such as 4:9-10 to give only one example. Verse 8 is, however, extremely important in accounting for RevJohn’s Christology and its details.)
2.) Whenever I read Rev 4:9, “to Him Who is living into the eons of the eons”, the back of my mind always tends to echo another standard part of that Jewish doxology: “and all things live unto Him.” Which has more than a little contextual relation to what else is going on in and near those verses. Which themselves have more than a little contextual relation to various important things going on in the final chapters of RevJohn, regarding those kings of the earth (for example) entering into the city. It also has some interesting contexts with the vast totality of Rev 5:11-14, which obviously has to be a narrative flash-forward of some kind, since “every created thing in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea and all things in them” are hardly praising God at this point in the main narrative of the prophecy!
Compare also with my extended comments elsewhere on the fourm in recent months, regarding the evidence that the similarly constructed Rev 15 is also mostly this kind of flashforward to how things will eventually turn out, even though an orgy of destruction from heaven due to impenitent rebels is up next in the main narrative. I especially note that prominence is given to those standing on the sea mixed with fire, having “come out from” the beast, the idolatry of the beast and the numbering of the beast. If anyone is still in the sea of fire in Rev 15’s flashforward, they might not be worshiping God for His might saving acts yet–but Rev 5 indicates they will eventually!
3.) By the way, I note that this is another case of ‘in light of which verse set will the other verse set be interpreted’? With Rev 14 be interpreted in light of the extreme victory of the eonian gospel as related in Rev 15 (and Rev 5, as well as some other places in RevJohn)? Or vice versa?
4.) I notice that in most cases, the use of “into the eons of the eons” in RevJohn, when applied to God (whether the Father or the Son), tends to have some connection to God’s awesome salvation, or at least His identification as being the God of all creation and especially of all created creatures. Even the wrath of Him who is living into the eons of the eons in Rev 15, is preceded by a song explicitly compared to the Song of Moses–which was explicitly about God wrathing on impenitent rebel servants of His, mainly Israel herself, until they are destroyed to the very limits of language, after which they will repent and be vindicated and restored by God, praising God for His righteous judgments.
5.) The believer’s reign with God in Rev 22:5 is not only shared by those “kings of the earth” from back just recently at the end of the previous chapter, but it is still being offered by the Spirit and the Bride to those still outside the city later in chapter 22.
6.) I think the direction of the smoke is of utmost importance in Rev 14:11. It is going up, i.e. to God, into the eons of the eons. And smoke is what is produced after something has been unmade by fire, as far as it can be unmade (while not simply being annihilated out of existence altogether.)
To me, this fits extremely well with the kings of the earth going up and into the New Jerusalem to reign with Christ into the eons of the eons; and those still outside the NJ being exhorted to slake their thirst, wash their robes, and obtain permission to go in, too. It also fits extremely well (to me anyway) with the flash-forward shortly afterward at the start of Rev 15, where the ones standing on the sea mixed with fire have come out from the beast and from its idolatry etc. (and are praising God for His mighty saving acts and His kindness, evoking the Song of Moses along the way.)
7.) While Chris’ suggestion is ingenious, it strongly depends on some grammar that just isn’t there in the Greek. Rev 14:11 simply does not read “for an age and an age”; it clearly reads “into ages of ages” (no direct articles in the phrase this time, but still the same basic phrase). The multiple pluralities indicate more than two ages are in view.
To be fair, the text could be translated (I think) as “they shall have no rest a day and a night”. It could also be translated the way it normally is, though: they shall have no rest day and night (generally and continually).
8.) This text (Rev 14:11) does indicate both that the torment of condemnation does not mean utter separation from the presence of Christ (they shall be tormented in His presence as well as the presence of the holy angels)–which runs against certain popular and somewhat prevalent modes of theology on the topic–and also that they are not being just annihilated out of existence either. (One of my early articles on this forum was a critique of an annihilationist apologist, where I noticed toward the end that he himself had to deny actual annihilation and/or leave remnants over to affront the blessed!–making their heaven a hell by his standards!)
9.) Isaiah 34 could be construed as a judgment that (from the perspective of the prophecy looking into the future) has been finished already; or as a judgment still going on (since the results of it are still going on).
10.) The concept that no one will ever pass through the land of Edom again, doesn’t mean that the people of Edom won’t one day be saved. And indeed, the wildlife won’t be able to find a safe refuge there (which the prophecy promises) if the landscape is so totally vulcanized forever as implied in verses 9-10. I think it’s interesting and suggestive that the animals will be at peace and rest there, even the creepy little dinosaur things (in the Hebrew )!
I could probably come up with a few more observations (particularly on the Greek word-list Sonia found); but I have a couple of projects I need to focus on this week (I wrote this over the weekend). So, off to go do those instead!