The following articles are related to the topic of JEHOVAH WITNESS

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 »

The Doctrine of Eternal Punishment

The fact that human beings were made in the very image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27) should suggest, to those who contemplate issues seriously, that we are more than mere temporal creatures passing through time toward oblivion. The concept of an eternal future, which involves punishment for those who choose not to serve God, is one that strikes a ... read more »

Is the Church a Reed or a Pillar?

Jesus once asked regarding John the Baptizer: "What went ye out into the wilderness to behold? a reed shaken with the wind?" (Matthew 11:7). A reed is a symbol of instability; it pictures that which yields to other forces. On the other hand, Paul described the church as the "pillar and ground of the truth" (1 Timothy 3:15). The imagery ... read more »

The God Who Heals

"I am Jehovah who heals you." It was a remarkable statement. The Hebrew people had been delivered from the bondage of Egypt by the mighty hand of God. On the eastern side of the Red Sea, they wandered into the wilderness of Shur. There, they encountered the "bitter" waters of Marah. But, by a miracle, the waters were made "sweet" ... read more »

The Gospel in Miniature — In the Book of Revelation

The book of Revelation is a mysterious yet wonderful document. It is mysterious because its message is largely couched in the language of symbolism; it is wonderful because of the hope it presents. Revelation contains word pictures of horses, beasts, horns, bowls which pour forth wrath, bloody battle scenes, etc. The very first verse asserts that it is "the revelation ... read more »

Is the Holy Spirit Worthy of Worship?

Is the Holy Spirit God in nature? If so, is it appropriate to worship him? There is a controversy that appears to be swirling about the Christian community these days, and it is this: "Is the Holy Spirit a proper object of Christian worship?" Some adamantly claim he is not. They challenge for a passage that specifically commands: "Worship the ... read more »

Life, A Precious Gift

James' epistle has been called the "gospel of practicality." It is so down-to-earth in relating the teaching of Jesus Christ to the affairs of daily life. In the fourth chapter of his letter, James (almost certainly the half-brother of Christ) addresses overconfidence in those who are spiritually short-sighted and so this-world oriented. Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow ... read more »

Crossing the Rubicon

Julius Caesar was one of the most brilliant military strategists of the ancient world. This, in concert with his political ambitions, made him one of history's most colorful characters. About 60 years before the birth of Jesus, he was appointed governor of Gaul (north of Italy). His military skills thrust him into considerable prominence, so much so that he became ... read more »

The Influence of Modern Trends on the Church

Influence is a powerful thing. Every person both influences and is influenced by others in varying degrees. Jesus stressed the importance of godly influence when he compared his disciples to "salt" (Matt. 5:13), and Paul warned of the power of bad influences when he noted that "evil companionships corrupt good morals" (1 Cor. 15:33 ASV). The Greek word for "companionships" ... 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 »