Could wiping away tears be speaking of the redemption of the Church from Babylon? Let's examine.
TEARS: SORROWFUL STATE OF THE CHURCH IN TRIBULATION?
La 1:2 She weepeth sore in the night, and her TEARS are on her cheeks: among all her lovers she hath none to comfort her: all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they are become her enemies.
La 2:18 Their heart cried unto the Lord, O wall of the daughter of Zion, let TEARS run down like a river day and night: give thyself no rest; let not the apple of thine eye cease.
Ps 42:3 My TEARS have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?
Jer 9:1 Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of TEARS, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!
Jer 13:17 But if ye will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places for your pride; and mine eye shall weep sore, and run down with TEARS, because the LORD’S flock is carried away captive.>
Isa 52:2 Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O CAPTIVE daughter of Zion.
Ga 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is FREE, which is the mother of us all.
Mal 2:13 And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with TEARS, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand.
Jer 14:17 Therefore thou shalt say this word unto them; Let mine eyes run down with TEARS night and day, and let them not cease: for the virgin daughter of my people is BROKEN with a great breach, with a very grievous blow.
Ps 80:5 Thou feedest them with the bread of TEARS; and givest them TEARS to drink in great measure>.
Ps 39:12 Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my TEARS: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.
Ec 4:1 So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the TEARS of such as were **oppressed**, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter.
De 28:29 And thou shalt grope at noonday, as the blind gropeth in darkness, and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways: and thou shalt be only **oppressed** and spoiled evermore, and no man shall save thee.
Heb 5:7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and TEARS unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;
NO MORE TEARS: REDEMPTION OF THE BODY AT THE REVELATION OF CHRIST?
Re 7:17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all TEARS from their eyes.
Re 21:4 And God shall wipe away all TEARS from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Re 22:3 And there shall be no more CURSE: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
Isa 25:8 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away TEARS from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.
2Ki 20:5 Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy TEARS: behold, I will HEAL thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD.
Ho 13:14 I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from DEATH: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.
Ps 116:8 For thou hast delivered my soul from DEATH, mine eyes from TEARS, and my feet from falling.
Isa 30:19 For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt WEEP no more: he will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy CRY; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee.
Isa 35:10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and SORROW and SIGHING shall flee away.
Isa 60:20 Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy MOURNING shall be ended.
Isa 65:19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of WEEPING shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of CRYING.
Jer 31:13 Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their MOURNING into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their SORROW.
Ps 126:5 They that sow in TEARS shall reap in joy.
God appears to be linking tears, sorrow, mourning, sighing to the state of the Church in tribulation. Similar to the sorrowful state of Jerusalem after she was destroyed by the Babylonians. Then once Christ was revealed, God began to impart understanding to the Elect and speaks of wiping away their TEARS (redeem them from Babylon) so that they are no longer in tribulation.