The Watchtower teaches that the resurrection of the dead will be to two separate and distinct locations:
- Jesus and an “anointed” group of 144,000 Christian witnesses of Jehovah will be resurrected in spirit form and live in heaven. They will rule as kings and priests over the earth but will never come there physically.
- Everyone else who is raised from the dead will be resurrected in bodily form and will live on the earth, which will then be a paradise. This group will never go to heaven.
But let’s look at what the Bible says about this. Continue reading
Although Christians believe that people have souls that survive physical death, this is not the resurrection. The resurrection will be a reuniting of soul and body that will take place in the end times.
So far as we know, no one other than Jesus Christ has been resurrected yet.
The Watchtower disagrees. Continue reading
The Watchtower claims that there are two types of resurrection bodies—spiritual (suited for life in heaven only) and physical (suited for life on earth only).
Let’s look at two passages in 1 Corinthians 15 which it uses as proof texts to see if it is right or wrong. Continue reading
On April 11, 2017 after sundown (Nisan 14 on the Jewish calendar), the Watchtower will hold its annual Memorial service commemorating the death of Jesus Christ, also known as “The Lord’s Evening Meal.”
Bread and wine are passed to all attenders, much as in a church communion service. The big difference is that at almost all of the Kingdom Halls worldwide absolutely no one actually partakes of anything!
This all seems quite normal to Jehovah’s Witnesses, but the first time I experienced it, it seemed quite bizarre. Frankly, it still does. Continue reading
Nothing is as stressful as trying to do something that simply cannot be done, especially when you think that your eternal life depends on it. This is the situation in which the Watchtower places Jehovah’s Witnesses. Continue reading