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
A recent Watchtower article entitled “Visions of Those in the Invisible Heavens” (The Watchtower No. 6 2016) contains the following quotation from the Revised New World Translation (2013):
“War broke out in heaven: Michael [Jesus Christ] and his angels battled with the dragon, and the dragon and its angels battled but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them any longer in heaven. So down the great dragon was hurled, the original serpent, the one called Devil and Satan, who is misleading the entire inhabited earth; he was hurled down to the earth, and his angels were hurled down with him.”—Revelation 12:7-9.
Notice that by putting “Jesus Christ” in brackets after “Michael,” the Watchtower is asserting without proof that Jesus is the archangel Michael.
Because of this false teaching, Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t have a personal relationship with Christ. They don’t think such a thing is desirable or even possible. Opening their minds to the possibility that Jesus is more than what the Watchtower portrays him to be can be a major step in leading them out of that organization to a saving knowledge of the Lord. Continue reading