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As a Jehovahs Witness April 3rd 2015 is one of the most important nights in the calendar for the year.
When the emblems come by you this year what will you be doing?
“Since sharing in the bread and wine passed during the Memorial involves all of this, it would obviously be inappropriate for those having an earthly hope to partake”. Watchtower 15th February 2006.
Do you have a heavenly hope or an earthly one? You may say that only 144,000 have a heavenly hope, and therefore you are one of the people who will be resurrected on to the earth.
Does the bible actually say that only a set number will go to heaven?
After this I saw, and look! a great crowd, which no man was able to number, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes; and there were palm branches in their hands. And they keep shouting with a loud voice, saying: “Salvation we owe to our God, who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb.” Revelation 7:9,10 (New World Translation)
Are you part of the great crowd? If the answer is yes, then according to scripture you are going to heaven! John’s prophesy talks about a great crowd which is standing before the throne and before the lamb. Where is the throne of God?
Jehovah is in his holy temple. Jehovah’s throne is in the HEAVENS. Psalms 11:4 (New World Translation)
So the great crowd are standing in front of the throne, and the throne is in heaven.
If that is the case then what of these 144,000? Who are these?
And I heard the number of those who were sealed, 144,000, sealed out of every tribe of the sons of Israel: Out of the tribe of Judah 12,000 sealed; out of the tribe of Reu′ben 12,000; out of the tribe of Gad 12,000;out of the tribe of Ash′er 12,000; out of the tribe of Naph′ta·li 12,000; out of the tribe of Ma·nas′seh 12,000; out of the tribe of Sim′e·on 12,000; out of the tribe of Le′vi 12,000; out of the tribe of Is′sa·char 12,000; out of the tribe of Zeb′u·lun 12,000; out of the tribe of Joseph 12,000; out of the tribe of Benjamin 12,000 sealed. Revelation 7:4-8 (New World Translation)
Is it possible that the 144,000 are actually from the exact tribes John is prophesying about? Why read into this verse any more than what it literally says?
What of this number 144,000? Was this not supposed to represent the number of people that would reign in heaven with Christ or which all would be faithful Jehovahs Witnesses?
A number of questions arise..
- Between the disciples dying and Charles Taze Russell starting the Watchtower organisation did nobody go to heaven?
- Should not the number of people partaking actually fall instead of rise? In 2005 only 8,524 partook, yet in 2014 14,121 partook why?
“Logically, the calling of the little flock would draw to a close when the number was nearing completion, and the evidence is that the general gathering of these specially blessed ones ended in 1935.” Watchtower 1995 Feb 15 p.19
If the tribes are mentioned in the verse in Revelation, why are the 144,000 not actually from those tribes?
Is it possible that this teaching of the Watchtower is actually incorrect? What does the bible actually say about partaking?
For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night on which he was going to be betrayed took a loaf, and after giving thanks, he broke it and said: “This means my body, which is in your behalf. Keep doing this in remembrance of me.” He did the same with the cup also, after they had the evening meal, saying: “This cup means the new covenant by virtue of my blood. Keep doing this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you EAT this loaf and DRINK this cup, you keep proclaiming the death of the Lord, until he comes. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (New World Translation)
2 things here……1) Jesus specifically said to EAT this loaf and DRINK this cup and 2) According to Jehovahs Witness teaching Jesus already returned in 1914, so why do you “keep proclaiming the death of the Lord, until he comes” when you believe he already returned in 1914?
Jesus spoke of how important it was to partake of the bread and wine.
So Jesus said to them: “Most truly I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in yourselves. John 6:53 (New World Translation)
Will you follow the words of Jesus or follow the words of the governing body?
This “little flock” of 144,000 Kingdom heirs, then, are those ones from among mankind who are “born again – Watchtower 15th November 1954
Did Jesus say only 144,000 Partake? No! Did Jesus say only 144,000 need to be born again?
In response Jesus said to him: “Most truly I say to you, unless ANYONE is born again,*+ he cannot see the Kingdom of God. – John 3:3 (New World Translation)
The bible says unless ANYONE is born again, not just 144,000.
Are you born again? If you are not then how can you expect to see the kingdom of God?