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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 »

Acts 26:8 – Can God Raise the Dead?

In Acts 26, Paul makes a defense of his ministry before Herod Agrippa II, a king who ruled over certain Palestinian territories during the first century A.D. Agrippa II was the son of Agrippa I, the infamous ruler who murdered the first apostle (Acts 12:1-2). In his presentation Paul argues that his message is nothing more than a proclamation of ... read more »

Those Missing Links

For many years evolutionists have been squabbling among themselves over a variety of issues. Not the least of these is how and at what rate the evolutionary process is supposed to have occurred. It is generally argued that biological change (resulting in new kinds of organisms) is the consequence of random genetic mutations, working in concert with natural selection. Mutations ... read more »

3 John 2 – Body and Soul

Does man consist solely of flesh and bones, or is there an eternal "something" that resides within the tabernacle of flesh? Materialism, both secular and religious, advocates the notion that human beings are wholly mortal. But the Bible teaches otherwise. The apostle John shows an obvious distinction between the body and the soul in the following passage. "Beloved, I pray ... 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 »

Firm Promises from God for Troubled Souls

The name Ezekiel means "God strengthens." When a Hebrew baby was given that name in the seventh century before Christ, it was almost prophetic of the spiritual resources the child would need for the years awaiting him. Ezekiel was taken into Babylonian captivity, along with many other Jews, in 597 B.C. In the fifth year of his captivity he was ... read more »

Does Divine Justification Exclude Human Obedience?

"A friend insists that the word 'justified' in the New Testament is in the passive voice, therefore, it is something that God does, not man. Therefore, a human action, such as baptism, couldn't be part of the justification process. Is this correct?" Your friend's argument could not be more incorrect. While the passive form "justified" emphasizes the fact that ultimately ... read more »

What Are the New Heavens and New Earth?

"What does the phrase 'new heavens and new earth' (2 Pet. 3:13) mean?" There are two views concerning the meaning of the phrase, "new heavens and new earth." Since they represent opposing viewpoints, one of them obviously is false. The phrase means either a "renewed earth," or it is a figurative expression for "heaven" itself. The Premillennial View Many religious ... read more »

Can I Still Be Saved If I’ve Sinned Deliberately?

What does Hebrews 10:26 mean when it says that there is no sacrifice for sins if we deliberately sin? Does this mean I cannot be saved if I deliberately sin after becoming a Christian? The following passage has struck terror into the heart of many a poor soul: For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of ... read more »

Genesis 15:18 – Will Israel Once Again Possess the Promised Land?

In Genesis 15, Jehovah made a promise to Abraham. He declared that the patriarch's seed would someday possess the territory between "the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates" (v. 18). Has the promise been fulfilled? Premillennialists contend that it has not. Of this passage, Allan Ross, of the Dallas Theological Seminary, writes: "Israel has never possessed ... read more »