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What Is God’s Purpose for the Earth? Chapter 3 Review

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Once again in this chapter, the writers of this publication are painting an amazing picture of paradise on earth and putting you in the middle of it, and telling you how you can find it by reading the “bible”.

I say it like that because in so many places in this chapter, they completely miss the context of the scripture that they quote in the paragraph, and do not show you what the bible really teaches with regards to God’s purpose for the Earth or the promise of life in paradise on it.

For the benefit of anyone who does not know the Watchtower teaching, they believe that only 144,000 special people will go to heaven, the average Jehovah’s Witness will be resurrected on this earth. Their goal therefore is not to tell you of the promises of heaven, but to convince you that if you follow their religion MAYBE Jehovah will see fit to resurrect you on the Earth. Does the bible teach this?

I quote the New World Translation – Revelation. 7:9-10: “After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”….Notice it says that the great crowd (which are Jehovah’s Witnesses according the Watchtower) are standing before the THRONE, which is heaven – not on the Earth. If you are studying with a Jehovah’s Witness, you may want to share this scripture with them.

Paragraph 11-12 talk about Satan ruling this world, and then talk about the temptations of Jesus in the wildness. The Watchtower really mis the point here, yes Satan rules the world, but he does not rule the hearts of men. However because our hearts are deceitful (Jeremiah 17:9) we need saving from our own sin. No matter how good a Jehovah’s Witness seems to be, or tells you how good you need to be – we are saved through Jesus and him alone (John 14:6).

Paragraph 14 is one of my favourites in this book, because it really does expose the false doctrine of the Watchtower, I cut and paste directly from the bible teach book.

God selected Jesus Christ to be Ruler of His heavenly Kingdom, or government. Long ago, the Bible foretold: “Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called….…Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end.” (Isaiah 9:6, 7, King James Version).

Always beware of the dots (……) when the Watchtower when it puts them in. It is usually because they deliberately miss something. The reason why in this instance is because Isaiah 9:6 calls Jesus God, I quote the full verse from the Kings James Version. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

You see how by quoting the full verse it will contradict their teaching that Jesus is not God, that’s why they don’t quote the whole verse.

Paragraph 15 says:-

Sometimes when the Bible speaks of “the earth,” it means the people who live on the earth. (Genesis 11:1) So the righteous “new earth” is a society of people who receive God’s approval.

Again always beware when the Watchtower says “although the bible says this…it means this”. When the bible says it’s a new earth, I believe the bible actually means a new earth (not complicated!!).  The bible does not teach that Gods people (Jehovah’s Witnesses) will spend 1000 years cleaning up the earth.

Paragraph 16 says “Jesus promised that in the coming new world, those approved by God would receive the gift of “everlasting life.” In the remaining paragraphs it then lists all the wonderful things God promises to those who he approves of namely :-

Wickedness, warfare, crime, and violence will be gone
Jehovah’s worshipers will live in security
Food shortages will not exist
The whole earth will become a paradise
There will be peace between humans and animals.
Sickness will vanish.
Dead loved ones will be restored to life with the prospect of never dying. 

…So nothing about meeting our Lord, it’s all about your reward, what it God will do for you. How are you going to be approved by God to gain this reward?

The last sentence in the chapter tells us. It is vital that we learn more about Jesus Christ, through whom all these blessings will be made possible. Amen. The problem is as you will see from the next chapter they teach a different Jesus to that of the bible. What they mean is “read this book of what the watchtower teaches and maybe you will meet Gods approval and gain this reward.

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  1. Excellent article. Two things that have helped release me from these false teachings is the realization of how glorious and sovereign our God really is and the belief that heaven/paridise is where Jesus is.

  2. I appreciate all your informative post!
    The Cult word gets over-used,but in some cases it is appropriate.
    The Watchtower came into existence as false prophets to ‘announce’ Jesus second coming in 1874 then they switched it to October 6 1914.
    They fulfill St. Paul’s warning of those who ‘preach a different Gospel’.(Galatians 1:8)
    Jehovah’s Witnesses are cult-like in their dogmatic tactics.
    If they try to ruin your reputation and break up your family for trying to get out then they are a cult! -Danny Haszard Bangor Maine

  3. Thanks – excellent help in my current study with a local JW

  4. This chapter is about the Watchtower’s favorite bait to lure people into becoming members of a religious organization run by some men in Brooklyn N.Y. — the Watchtower Bible and Tract society — and that bait is the chance to live on a paradise earth . With colorful pictures and a misuse of the Bible ,this bait indeed looks appealing . Let’s look at some of the things this chapter has said and see if the Watchtower should be accepted as a reliable guide in understanding the Bible .

    on page 33 it says : ” Jesus promised that in the coming new world , those approved by God would receive the gift of ‘ everlasting life ‘ ( Mark 10:30) . Please open your Bible to John 3:16 and 17:3 and read what Jesus said we must do to receive everlasting life .”

    Those two verses mentioned ( Jn 3:16; 17:3 ) are great and they join other verses that reveal that the salvation message is centered in Jesus . To gain God’s approval and receive salvation is by trusting in Jesus , we can know him — personally ; same as with the Father . The Father’s arrangement is for all to come directly to His Son — Matt 11:28 . Since Jesus has the authority and ability to forgive personal sins we must ask him to forgive — Mk 2:10 ; 1 Pt 2:24 . When we do then the Father will accept us , we thus gain His approval and receive the gift of everlasting life , and He becomes our Father — Gal 3:24-26 ; 4:6,7 .

    Sadly , because the Watchtower is stuck in an O.T. mindset , it cannot understand God’s new arrangement for receiving a right standing with Him and everlasting life . As a result Jw’s have no intimate relationship with the risen Savior and lose out on gaining entrance to not only a heavenly home but any future earthly one also . True Christians having a personal relationship with their risen Savior and thus have always yearned to be with him one day — Jn 14 :1-3 ; 17:20,24; . The N.T. reveals there is only one Body of Christ , only one destination for those who have saved by him , and thus reasonably they have one hope — Eph 4:4 .

    on page 33 it mentioned Matt 6:10 and how Jesus taught hid disciples to pray : ” Let your Kingdom come …”

    Interestingly , the Watchtower once published a book titled ” Thy Kingdom Come ” . This book taught that Jesus returned in 1874 .

    This is a significant point because the Watchtower has claimed to be God’s prophet and a trustworthy guide , and so those who are concerned about being misled by false prophets should read Deut 18:20-22 . Remember , even false prophets can use God’s name — Jer 23:16,25 ; and false prophets can also publish books with colorful pictures depicting a future life on a paradise earth in order to attract potential followers .

    On page 36 it mentions the resurrection of the dead and says :

    ” All those sleeping in death who are in God’s memory will be brought back to life .”

    This is yet another doctrine that the Watchtower has been very confused about , and which an examination of it’s previous teachings reveals .

    Who will be resurrected ? What about Adam ?
    The watchtower once taught as “Bible based ” truth that Adam will be resurrected [ Reconciliation p 323 ] .
    But then this “truth ” was later dumped and it was taught that Adam would not be resurrected [Salvation p 43 ] .

    What about the men of Sodom ? For years it was taught that they would have another chance to gain everlasting life [ Studies in The Scriptures , v 1 p 110 ] .
    But then later this “Bible based ” truth was rejected [ W.t. 2-1-1954 , p 85 ] ; but then this new
    doctrine was reversed , and the answer reverted back to the first teaching ! [ W.t. 3-1-1965 p 139 ] .

    This is but a tiny example of the Watchtower’s vacillating doctrines . That serves as a red flag to anyone considering trusting the Watchtower as a reliable guide to understanding the Bible.

    The bottom line is that while the Watchtower can use very eye appealing pictures in it’s books concerning the new earth it ultimately can’t be trusted to teach accurately on important doctrines . The Watchtower has PROVEN itself to be a unwise choice for anyone concerned about being misled by false prophets today .

    Persons need not wonder about where they will spend eternity , because all those who have complied with God’s present arrangement for receiving forgiveness of sins and everlasting life by coming to Jesus ( Matt 11:28 ) will have a deep longing to live with their Savior . For those who don’t have such a longing means they have been feeding on the wrong spiritual food , because to want to live with Jesus is the natural response of those who have experienced his incredible love and forgiveness on a very personal level .

    May Jw’s come to know Jesus , not just know about him — Jn 5:39-40 ; 17:3
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