Are Hebrew Scripture Patriarchs In Heaven? – John 3:13

IF JESUS WAS THE FIRST TO ASCEND TO HEAVEN, WILL ELIJAH AND OTHER OLD TESTAMENT BELIEVERS BE IN HEAVEN?

John 3:13: “And no one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven, even the Son of Man.”

JEHOVAH’S WITNESS ARGUMENT:

The Watchtower Society teaches that only 144,000 people will live eternally in heaven while the rest of faithful mankind will only have the prospect of living forever in “Paradise” earth. Believing that this 144,000 heavenly group began at Pentecost (33 AD), Jehovah’s Witnesses claim that “there is nothing in the Scriptures to show that a heavenly hope was held out to God’s servants prior to the coming of Christ Jesus.”1. Thus, they assert that “David, Job and John the Baptizer” as well as “all faithful men and women who died before Jesus died.…will be resurrected to become some of the earthly subjects of God’s kingdom.”2.   In support of their belief that none of the Old Testament servants of God will be in heaven, Jehovah’s Witnesses reference John 3:13, Acts 2:34 and Matthew 11:11. Continue reading “Are Hebrew Scripture Patriarchs In Heaven? – John 3:13”

Kojo – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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I joined the Watchtower in 1996 after graduating from Junior high school at the age of 15 years, on my own volition without any prior studies from the Watchtower Organization as was and is the practice. Not a single member of my immediate and extended family expressed interest in the Watchtower Organization, but this did not bother me.

Almost immediately, I started engaging in preaching from house to house with an un-baptized Jehovah’s Witness. In 1997 and in 2000, I dedicated myself to God by water baptism. After baptism, I became more zealous and committed to preaching and teaching throughout the period of my Secondary, Post Secondary and University Education.

This was so because I had been convinced by the Watchtower twisted doctrines that this religion was God’s only earthly organization to lead all who heed the preaching message to salvation because I was taught that all the existing Christians denominational churches were false. I became convinced sincerely because I learned that for a particular denomination to pass the test of truth, all of its core doctrines and beliefs must be founded in the Bible. I was taught that this was not the case with the existing denominations because they taught the following teachings and views: Celebrating Christmas and Birthdays, Not preaching the Kingdom message from house to house but on medium of communications, teaching of eternal torment of the wicked in fire, Immortality of the soul, Trinity doctrine and heavenly hope for all righteous people, just to mention a few of the doctrines rejected by Jehovah’s Witnesses. Continue reading “Kojo – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

What If Jehovah’s Witnesses Are Right About Armageddon?

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.:I’M AFRAID OF BEING DESTROYED AT ARMAGEDDON. —What If Jehovah’s Witnesses Are Right After All?

“I’m still one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, but I have many doubts and questions as to whether or not the Watchtower Organization is really ‘The Truth.’  I’m so confused, and I feel like I just want to walk away, but what keeps me here is the fear that Armageddon will come. I don’t want to be destroyed!  I want to be on Jehovah’s side, but I’m so afraid. What if Jehovah’s Witnesses are right about Armageddon, after all?  If I leave will I be destroyed by Jehovah FOREVER?  I don’t want to die! I just don’t know what to do… I feel so trapped!” Continue reading “What If Jehovah’s Witnesses Are Right About Armageddon?”

Tammie – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

tammie.: TAMMIE – Former Jehovah’s Witness Pioneer

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Raised by Jehovah’s Witness parents (her father an elder), Tammie was confident she was in the only true religion. Pioneering in her 30’s (spending at least 90 hours per month), she reported an average of 10 “Bible studies” and placed 100’s of Watchtower magazines and books monthly. As a skilled debator, Tammie gave frequent “talks” and “demonstrations” at Theocratic Ministry School from age 7. She was considered the model “Witness” by her family and friends, until the conditional love she had embraced failed and everything in her life fell apart. Only in Christ, did Tammie find what she had been looking for. Continue reading “Tammie – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

Is the New Covenant Only for a Group of 144,000 People?

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IS THE NEW COVENANT ONLY FOR A GROUP OF 144,000 PEOPLE? —15 Questions to Ask Jehovah’s Witnesses on the 144,000 and the Great Crowd

Of all of the doctrinal topics one can discuss with Jehovah’s Witnesses, nothing is more essential than the identity of Jesus Christ and the issues related to salvation and eternal life. Jehovah’s Witnesses have a two-class system of salvation in which they divide their followers into two groups. They call the first group the “little flock” and limit it to 144,000 members, and they call the second group the “great crowd” which is open to the rest of the population of mankind. When examining what they believe about this two-class system of salvation, it is here that we discover the greatest hole in Watchtower theology because there is not a single Scripture that supports their unique views on this issue. Continue reading “Is the New Covenant Only for a Group of 144,000 People?”

Eight Questions on How to Have the Assurance of Salvation

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LEADING JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES TO JESUS – Eight Questions on How to Have the Assurance of Salvation

Question 1: What exactly do I need to do in order to be saved and to have eternal life?

  • JW Response: You need to learn about Jehovah (John 17:3) and obey His requirements to be saved.

Question 2:  After I study and learn about Jehovah, what else do I need to do? Do I need to join your religion?  If I join your religion, am I saved then?

  • JW Response: Yes, you need to become a Jehovah’s Witness, but no, you will not be saved until you “endure to the end” of Armageddon (Matthew 24:13).

Question 3:  So if I endure through Armageddon, then am I saved?  Am I perfect? Continue reading “Eight Questions on How to Have the Assurance of Salvation”

Questions for Jehovah’s Witnesses on Spiritual Adoption

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QUESTIONS FOR JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES ON SPIRITUAL ADOPTION – Presenting the Gospel of Salvation

1.  What does a person have to do before he can understand the things of God?

  •  1 Corinthians 2:14-15: “But a physical man does not receive the things of the spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot get to know [them], because they are examined spiritually. However, the spiritual man examines indeed all things…” **

2.  According to Romans 8:9, how does a person change from “physical” to “spiritual”? Continue reading “Questions for Jehovah’s Witnesses on Spiritual Adoption”

Hazel – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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Things all started for me when I when I was about 9 or 10 years old when I went to stay with my aunt. My first conversation with my aunt who is a Jehovah’s Witness got me thinking about God. She had asked, “Hazel, do you believe in God?” I remember specifically saying, “I’m not sure. I guess there could be one.” and that was that.

About 2 or 3 years later when I was 12, I was having a pretty rough time at home because I had grown up, along with one of my brothers in an abusive household. One particular weekend when I visited my aunt, I was feeling pretty down and my aunt started telling me of all the promises that Jehovah has made for the “New World Order” (Watchtower term for the future paradise earth). I heard this and being so young and naïve, I thought “Gee! This sounds good! Maybe God can help my situation.” This is what got me interested in joining the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Continue reading “Hazel – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

Margery – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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.:THE TESTIMONY OF MARGERY

I was a housewife who had no church background and no particular religious beliefs when the Jehovah’s Witnesses came into my life.  I didn’t know that there was someone (a Creator) who had made this world and the universe we live in.

My story begins one Wednesday morning while preparing the family’s midday meal back in 1957.  That morning a knock came on the door and when I answered it, two young ladies stood there.  They told me that there was a Creator who had brought us into being, and they told me about Adam and the fall of man through his sin of disobedience, that because of that, death had passed upon all mankind.  Then, they then gave me a book called, The good news of the Kingdom, which they asked me to read, and made an appointment to come visit me again.  I told them to come again about this time the following Wednesday, and after reading their book which seemed like the promise of paradise on earth, I eagerly looked forward to their next visit.  I even went next door to tell my neighbors about the Witnesses’ visit, but they only scoffed at what I told them. Continue reading “Margery – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ – A Spirit or a Body?

Will the “Great Crowd” be on Earth when Armageddon breaks out?

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WILL THE “GREAT CROWD” BE ON EARTH WHEN ARMAGEDDON BREAKS OUT?

Revelation 7:9, 15: “…look! a great crowd, which no man was able to number, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb…That is why they are before the throne of God; and they are rendering him sacred service day and night in his temple…” —New World Translation

For years, Jehovah’s Witnesses have taught that the vast majority of their followers will resurrect to everlasting life upon an Earthly Paradise and that only a select group of 144,000 followers will live and reign with Jesus Christ in Heaven. These two groups of followers are called “the Earthly Class” and “the Heavenly Class.” The “Earthly Class” is also called “the Other Sheep” of John 10:16 and “the Great Crowd” of Revelation 7:9, while the “Heavenly Class” is called “the Little Flock” of Luke 12:32, “the Anointed Class” of 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 and “the 144,000” of Revelation chapters 7 and 14.  These terms are used frequently to reinforce this two-class structure of the Watchtower belief system. Continue reading “Will the “Great Crowd” be on Earth when Armageddon breaks out?”

What You Need to Know to Rescue Your Loved One from Jehovah’s Witnesses

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO RESCUE YOUR LOVED ONE FROM JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES —How to Open the Closed Mind of a Jehovah’s Witness Friend or Relative

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What You Need To Know To Reach Your Loved One

bullets 1. Jehovah’s Witnesses Are Warned That Satan Will Use Their Non-Jehovah’s Witness Loved Ones To Try To Get Them To Leave The Watchtower.

bullets 2. Jehovah’s Witnesses Are More Concerned About Your “Motives” In Talking To Them Than They Are About The Facts You Present.

bullets 3. Jehovah’s Witnesses Believe That They Alone Have “The Truth” And That Everyone Outside Their Religion Is Deceived By Satan.

bullets 4. Jehovah’s Witnesses Are Programmed To Reject Any Type Of “Critical Thinking” Against Their Religion.

bullets 5. Jehovah’s Witnesses Do Not Trust Your Interpretation Of The Bible Or Their Own Ability To Understand And Interpret The Bible For Themselves.

bullets 6. Jehovah’s Witnesses Are Programmed To Protect The Watchtower’s Reputation At All Times.

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Are Jehovah’s Witnesses Born Again?

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ARE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES BORN AGAIN?

“You People Must Be Born Again.” – John 3:7 – Helping Christians Sow Seeds of the Gospel in the Hearts of Jehovah’s Witnesses

The Watchtower Society teaches Jehovah’s Witnesses that the New Covenant privileges of being “born again,” being “adopted” into God’s family, and receiving the promise of life in Heaven after death are reserved for a group of 144,000 people. 1. The Watchtower Society claims that this “Heavenly Class” (also called the “Anointed Class”) of Jehovah’s Witnesses started at the time of Christ and was filled up by the year 1935. 2.   Thus, they assert that the “other sheep” of John 10:16 are the “great crowd” of Jehovah’s Witnesses who became Witnesses after the year 1935. It is claimed that members of this second group are destined to live in a “Paradise Earth” under the authority of Jehovah’s heavenly Kingdom. 3.   This is the “gospel” that Jehovah’s Witnesses bring to your door. Continue reading “Are Jehovah’s Witnesses Born Again?”

Questions to Ask Jehovah’s Witnesses When they Knock on Your Door

A Step-by-Step Guide for Christians Witnessing to Jehovah’s Witnesses

WHO ARE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES?Witnessing at the door

Jehovah’s Witnesses are known for their door-to-door proselytizing efforts and the Watchtower and Awake! magazines that they distribute to private homes, public facilities, and individuals on street corners.  Although they claim strict adherence to the Bible and do not regard any other book as “Scripture,” they rely on their own version of the Bible called The New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures and additional publications of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society that they use to interpret the Bible. While Jehovah’s Witnesses claim to be “Christians,” their true authority is the Watchtower organization that demands full devotion to its teachings and policies. Their denial of key Christian beliefs, such as the Trinity, heaven for all believers, hell fire for unbelievers, immortality of the soul, and the cross, has caused many Christian churches to denounce this group as a heretical movement.  Likewise, counter-cult experts criticize this group for its prohibition against blood transfusions and critical literature, and its strict “shunning” policy against those who leave the group. 1.

Although every Jehovah’s Witness is expected to “publish” their message by consistently engaging in “field service” (proselytizing door-to door and conducting “bible studies” with potential converts), most spend between 10 to 70 hours per month in these activities depending upon the level of “publisher” they have committed to perform. Each month, they are expected to report their field service time and studies to the local Kingdom Hall (Jehovah’s Witness meeting place). Weekly meetings and semi-annual assemblies constantly emphasize the need to increase field service activity and to be faithful in meeting preparation and attendance.

A strong motivating factor for Jehovah’s Witnesses is the belief that at any time, Jehovah God will unleash His vengeance against wicked mankind through the prophesied “Battle of Armageddon” that will destroy earthly governments and establish the 1,000-year reign of Jesus Christ upon the earth.  Jehovah’s Witnesses are told that when this battle occurs, Jehovah God will reward or condemn them based upon their faithfulness to perform consistent field service and their loyalty to the beliefs and practices of the Watchtower Society. Therefore, throughout the history of the organization, when false dates for the “end” of the world have been speculated, many lives of Jehovah’s Witnesses have been ruined because they sold their homes, gave up the pursuit of higher education, marriage and children in order to prepare for the end.  While Jehovah’s Witnesses today still hold to the idea that Jehovah God will destroy this world at any time, they do not attach a date to this belief, but work to maintain a perpetual state of readiness for the “end” to come at any time. Continue reading “Questions to Ask Jehovah’s Witnesses When they Knock on Your Door”

Dialogue 1: Did Jesus recieve his authority in 1914?

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(WDGR Lesson 6: “What Is the Kingdom of God?”)

When did Jesus receive His “authority”? Did Jesus begin ruling as “King of God’s Kingdom” in 1914? What does the Bible teach?

KAREN: Hello Cindy I’ve been reading over our next lesson in the Watchtower brochure What Does God Require of Us? and I’m confused about when Jesus would be “enthroned as King of God’s Kingdom.” In this brochure, the Watchtower Society says “When Jesus was on earth, he proved that he would be a kind, just, and perfect Ruler. When he returned to heaven, he was not enthroned as King of God’s Kingdom right away.” Then the Society said that it wasn’t until 1914, that “Jehovah gave Jesus the authority He had promised him.”1. I don’t understand why the Watchtower teaches that Jesus did not receive his authority right away when he resurrected from the dead. Didn’t Jesus say to his disciples at his resurrection at Matthew 28:18: “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”?2.

Continue reading “Dialogue 1: Did Jesus recieve his authority in 1914?”

Dialogue 2: Is spiritual adoption only for 144,000 people?

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(WDGR LESSON 1: “How You Can Find Out What God Requires”)

Karen asks Cindy why Jehovah’s Witnesses read the Bible when the majority of Jehovah’s Witnesses today do not believe the New Covenant Scriptures about going to heaven, being spiritually adopted, and being born again apply to them. Continue reading “Dialogue 2: Is spiritual adoption only for 144,000 people?”

What would it be like to survive the end?

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Only Jehovah’s Witnesses… have any Scriptural hope of surviving the impending end of this doomed system…” —The Watchtower, September 1, 1989, p. 19

“During Jesus’ Thousand Year Reign, faithful humans will work to turn the whole earth into a paradise.”—What Does God Require of Us?, p. 11 Continue reading “What would it be like to survive the end?”

Where is paradise?

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“The ‘great crowd’ of earthly survivors of ‘the war of the great day of God the Almighty’ will be favored with the privilege of literally seeing the resurrected ‘Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets’ back here on the Paradise earth…”—The Watchtower, August 15, 1989, p. 18

Was Paul caught away to “Paradise” on Earth or in Heaven?
“I know a man…—whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know; God knows—was caught away as such to the third heaven. Yes, I know such a man…that he was caught away into paradise.” —2 Corinthians 12:2-4, NWT (New World Translation) Continue reading “Where is paradise?”

Do you comply with Jehovah’s arrangement for life?

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“Jesus took a loaf… he said: ‘TAKE, eat. This means my body.’ Also, he took a cup… saying: ‘Drink out of it, all of YOU; for this means my “blood of the covenant,” which is to be poured out in behalf of many for forgiveness of sins.’” —Matthew 26:26-28, NWT

What is Jehovah’s Arrangement for Life?

“This is my Son, the beloved; listen to him.”—Mark 9:7, NWT

“Most truly I say to YOU, Unless YOU eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, YOU have no life in yourselves.”—John 6:53, NWT

Do you “listen” to the Son by participating in His New Covenant? Continue reading “Do you comply with Jehovah’s arrangement for life?”

Will you see God’s kingdom?

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In answer Jesus said to him: ‘Most truly I say to you, Unless anyone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. …Do not marvel because I told you, YOU people must be born again.’ ”—John 3:3, 7 NWT

Are you born-again?

“So the ‘many sons brought to glory’ in heaven total only 144,001—Jesus and his spiritual brothers… it has given each of the 144,000 ‘a new birth’ to a heavenly hope144,000 spiritual brothers are ‘born again.’” —The Watchtower, February 15, 1998, p. 13 Continue reading “Will you see God’s kingdom?”