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.