The following articles are related to the topic of HEAVEN

How to Go to Heaven — Sincere, but Wrong

Two ladies walked up the driveway. They handed me a small, tri-folded brochure that contained the service times of their church group. It advertised the religious group as being "independent of any denomination, Bible-based in every part of ministry, soul-winning and missions minded, and distinctively Christian." The tract claimed that the religious body is "an old fashioned, independent, Baptist Church ... read more »

The Soul’s Anchor Is the Hope of Heaven

The Czech playwright Vaclav Havel contemplated, "Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out." For the Christian, however, hope in God is both - things will turn out well, and make sense, "in the day ... read more »

Can I Be Happy in Heaven with Loved Ones in Hell?

"If I am a Christian, and my parents or other loved ones are not, and they die lost, how can I be happy in heaven, knowing that my family members are suffering in hell?" This is a question that has challenged the mind of every reflective child of God. There is no specific treatment of the issue in the Scriptures, ... read more »

1 Peter 1:3,4 – The Heavenly Hope

It is a strange thing that there are so many folks in the world of "Christendom" who entertain the concept that the righteous, in the eternal state of things, will dwell on the earth forever. The Watchtower devotees believe that all but 144,000 (those who will enter the heavenly kingdom) will live on "God's glorified earth." Many protestants even believe ... read more »

Our Eternal Abode

It should be no surprise that the preoccupation with materialism that is characteristic of humanity has spilled over into religion. Some are so enamored with earth and its carnality, they long to remain here eternally. It is a cardinal doctrine of the Watch Tower Society ("Jehovah's Witnesses") that only 144,000 will go to heaven, while the remainder of the righteous ... read more »

Binding and Loosing

Jesus once said to Peter, Whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven (Matt. 16:19). This is one of the texts employed by Roman Catholic authorities to buttress their conviction of the "primacy of Peter." They argue that the Lord, by this language, was granting ... read more »

Matthew 16:19 — Binding and Loosing

Jesus once said to Peter, "Whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven" (Matthew 16:19). This is one of the texts employed by Roman Catholic authorities to buttress their conviction of the "primacy of Peter." They argue that the Lord, by this language, was granting ... read more »

Was the Lord’s “Second Coming” in A.D. 70?

The theory of "realized eschatology," better known as the A.D. 70 doctrine, alleges that all Bible prophecy, including the "Second Coming" of Christ, was fulfilled with the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in A.D. 70. A major problem with this idea is in explaining clear Bible passages which depict the Lord's return in a visible manner, which did not ... read more »

Revelation 7 & 14 – The 144,000

According to the Watchtower Witnesses, the "kingdom" or "the church" will consist ultimately of only 144,000 people who will be in heaven. Supposedly, this "ruling body" will exercise authority over the rest of those receiving eternal life, who will live upon God's glorified earth (Let God Be True, p. 113). The Witnesses appeal to Revelation 7:4ff and 14:1ff as proof ... read more »

Who Are the 144,000 of Revelation 7 and 14?

"Who are the 144,000 people mentioned in the book of Revelation, chapters 7 and 14?" The book of Revelation is a highly symbolic treatise (cf. 1:1). Because of this fact, many false religionists have attempted to exploit the message of the narrative to their own theological ends. The Apocalypse has become a happy hunting ground for some religious cultists who ... read more »