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Jehovah's Witnesses draw the belief of living forever on Earth for a few reasons. The first of which was God's original purpose for mankind when he placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. While this original purpose has been postponed by sin and Satan's challenge to God's sovereignty, it is still God's will for mankind. Further, God blessed them, and ...


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Reformed thinkers commonly say that Christians will rule with God, particularly Christ, over all the new creation. Wayne Grudem references this passage and simply says: We shall also have positions of rule over God's entire creation. Anthony A. Hoekema draws parallels to the early chapters of Genesis, in which Adam and Eve are given dominion over ...


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This is from the perspective of Jehovah's Witnesses. The how and when of the 144,000 being gathered is answered by Jesus' illustration of the Wheat and the Weeds described at Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43: 24 He presented another illustration to them, saying: “The Kingdom of the heavens may be likened to a man who sowed fine seed in his field. 25 While men ...


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Most saints, before entering heaven, will first go to purgatory according to the Catholic church. While in purgatory they are purified ("purged") until they may enter heaven. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says regarding purgatory: All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal ...


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The Bible does indicate that the earth will always be mankind's home and it will never be destroyed. (Psalm 104:5; Psalm 37:29, 115:16). There are several clues in the scriptures which help us to see that we will not have repeating cycles of history with mankind falling into sin and corruption and needing to be restored. For one thing, the Bible indicates ...


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Lewis is pointing out that if the object of hope can never be attained as a better state (i.e., it is better to seek with anticipation than to find), then true hope is impossible (with the exclusion of false perception, i.e., "and known to be true"). One cannot hope for a worse state. One could say that in the glorified state hope is no longer significant. "...


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As I understand it, he is saying that our future perception may be "expanded", while still being qualitatively the same - in particular, not approaching the very different perception of time that God has. (We experience time as a succession of cause and effect; we can remember the past but can only conjecture about the future. On the other hand, God sees all ...


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Whenever I have asked God about this question, a very simple analogy comes to mind of geometry. To begin, I was in a fellowship meeting once, and the question was asked of how God can be three in one. A word of wisdom was then shared where the woman who responded said, "He is not 1 + 1 + 1, but 1 x 1 x 1". God has three dimensions (Father, Son, and Holy ...


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Because the Father is said to be in heaven, in the Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:9) and elsewhere. And in John 14:2 Jesus says: In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. Thus it is rather reasonably assumed that Jesus went to prepare us a place in heaven itself. Also Matthew's constant ...


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I will take a different approach to the whole idea of hell than the catholic and many protestant directions choose to take and point out these things: Giving the devil his own place to live and torture people to enternity, because he rebelled against God makes little sense. That would be a gift to a creature who left, and started a war to dethrone God. ...


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John 3:5,6 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Jesus here is instructing Nicodemus, which in verse 10 He says: “Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these ...


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Most Christians will likely agree on the basic principle that the Children of Israel, down to the present day have a special relationship with God, but that at this stage, we don't know what that relationship is, exactly. Jesus' parable of the workers in the vineyard (cf. Matthew 20:1 ff.) might apply here, with the Children of Israel representing those ...


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Put aside the question of whether the Jerusalem which Jesus will enter and rule from is: 1) The Jerusalem we know (but fixed up) 2) A new physical city that descends fully built from Heaven, as described in Revelation 3) An image of the Church, where the people of God are the walls and buildings to be inhabited. How can Jesus be seen by the world? 1) ...


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The four eschatological viewpoints described are quite different and to a large extent mutually exclusive. Furthermore each viewpoint has adherents with different concepts of what that viewpoint actually describes, so it hard to be too definitive. Some history of the passage would help put them in perspective. It is generally accepted that Isaiah chapters ...


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The Apocalypse speaks of a reign on the earth: "Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth." (Revelation 5:9–10, emphasis added) ...


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Hebrews 11:5 - By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. Paul and other apostles quoted from the Book of Enoch, which was read. That's not in most people's bibles, only considered scripture by Ethiopic church traditions....


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In the historicist framework of Ellis Skolfield, Christ returns at the last trumpet (the seventh trumpet) and the time of the new Earth is immediately ushered in. The righteous receive their new bodies, while the damned are immediately dispatched to Hell. No one from this time forward has any children. In Matthew 22:29-30 it says: Jesus replied, “You are ...


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I'm glad to hear you'll take non-Catholic responses. People tend to think of the lake of fire when they think of hell (or hades). Thing is, the Bible states "And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death." (Rev 20:14 KJV) A few verses before that it says, "And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and ...


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The works themselves, the particular activity we engage in, do not seem to matter as much as the faithfulness to the Lord with which we render the works. Matthew 24:45-51 shows us the outcome of the work. One servant found his usefulness recalled to mind when the master returned after a long while, and he was rewarded with greater responsibilities. But if ...


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There are at least two solid Biblical scriptures which prove that time continues in heaven. First in Revelation 19 Jesus returns in the second coming riding a white horse, we know that at that time the saved are taken to heaven for it is written "For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the ...


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Yes, the Bible says: That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9, quoting Isaiah 64:4. So we don't know if it will be infinite (whatever that would mean in this context) but we do know that it is way ...


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The Bible Is Sufficient Truth but not Exhaustive Truth The Bible reveals sufficient truth about who we are and who God is but does not reveal exhaustive truth about everything we want to know. The Bible has sufficient truth to know about salvation that God prepared for us and how to live our life. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV) All Scripture is God-breathed ...


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