This question is about Jehovah's Witnesses understanding of Jesus words in Matthew 24:21-22:
for then there will be great tribulation such as has not occurred since the world’s beginning until now, no, nor will occur again. In fact, unless those days were cut short, no flesh would be saved; but on account of the chosen ones those days will be cut short.
My question is particularly about the part "unless those days were cut short, no flesh would be saved".
It looks to me like Jesus was saying that the situation would be such that no flesh or life would survive, unless those days are cut short. Like as if he is referring to some severe threat to all life on earth. Unless I am misunderstanding the word "saved".
I checked the articles I found about the Great Tribulation at jw.org (such as this article titled "What Is the Great Tribulation?" and this article) but did not find an explanation as to why "no flesh would be saved".
- Do Jehovah's Witnesses have an opinion on whether this passage refers to a situation in which all life on earth is threatened? (Or does the word "saved" here refer to no humans somehow being "worthy" to be saved?)
- If if refers to a situation in which the survival of all life is threatened, what is the cause of this threat? For example is it because of some action by mankind such as World War 3 or something like that?