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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 »

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 »

Acts 13:2 – The Holy Spirit, A Person

As certain church leaders in the city of Antioch ministered to the Lord, we are told that "the Holy Spirit said, 'Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them'" (Acts 13:2). Clearly the language of this passage suggests that the Holy Spirit is a personality. The text affirms that the Spirit said certain things; moreover, ... read more »

The Resurrection of the Human Body

In his defense before Agrippa, Paul asked his Jewish audience: "Why is it judged incredible with you, if God doth raise the dead?" (Acts 26:8). There have always been those who found the concept of the bodily resurrection unbelievable, and their modern counterparts are appearing increasingly-even in within the framework of "Christendom." False Ideas About the Resurrection The ancient Greeks ... read more »

Growing Doubts about the Resurrection of the Dead

In his defense before Agrippa, Paul asked his Jewish audience: "Why is it judged incredible with you, if God doth raise the dead?" (Acts 26:8). There have always been those who found the concept of the bodily resurrection incredible, i.e., unbelievable, and their modern counterparts are appearing increasingly-even in today's church. False Ideas The ancient Greeks disdained the notion that ... read more »

Soul and Spirit: What’s the Difference?

"What is the difference between the spirit and soul of a human being?" There is no simple answer to this question because the words, "soul" and "spirit," are employed in varying senses within the different biblical contexts in which they may be found. The following represents a very brief summary of some of these major uses. The Soul The Hebrew ... read more »

Are Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit “God” in Nature?

"We have an elder in our congregation who teaches that long, long ago, God the Father created both Christ and the Holy Spirit.He further teaches that neither Jesus nor the Spirit is 'God.'What can you advise concerning this matter?" As a general rule, we refrain from commenting on specific problems congregations or individuals may be having. Regardless, I must say ... read more »

He Restores My Soul

Psalm 23 is often called the "nightingale" song because, like the bird of that name, it sings so sweetly at the midnight hour. And life does have its midnight hours! In that song, the shepherd poet extols the qualities of the great Shepherd who, among other things, "restores my soul." Might we reflect upon this phrase momentarily? Soul In the ... read more »

What Does the Bible Say About the Origin, Nature, and Role of Angels?

PROFESSOR: "Do you believe in the tooth fairy? STUDENT: "No." PROFESSOR: "What about leprechauns? Do you concede the existence of these little Irish gentlemen?" STUDENT: "Of course not." PROFESSOR: "Why not?" STUDENT: "Simply because there is no factual basis for believing in these mythical characters." Then comes the question for which the student has been baited. PROFESSOR: "Do you believe ... read more »

Did Jesus Christ Exist in the Form of God on Earth?

Some conservative writers have attempted to defend the idea that the second Person of the Godhead, at the time of the "incarnation" (i.e., when "the Word became flesh"-John 1:14), laid aside "the form of God." They contend that the concept of an infinite God being clothed within a human body is illogical. Though these authors undoubtedly mean well, their position ... read more »