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Thursday, April 17, 2014

A to Z Challenge - O is for ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY FOUR THOUSAND


Hello there. Welcome to Entrepreneurial Goddess.
I am taking part in the 2014 A-Z Challenge - 26 posts on 26 days of April, with Sundays off. Today's letter is: O for One Hundred And Forty Four Thousand (144,000) [Click here to see my other AtoZ posts]

Most people believe/are lied to told by their religious leaders that if they are good, they will go to heaven when they die. That's understandable since heaven is where God lives and we imagine it to be a peaceful and wonderful place, but what will you do once you get there? Let's consider the truth on the matter, God's word, the Bible.

Earth is our home and that's why Jehovah God created it. (Genesis 1:27-29) Remember too, earth was initially a paradise [think of the Garden of Eden)] Unfortunately, mankind has not looked after his home and earth has suffered as a consequence of his greediness leading to pollution, crime, famine, nuclear disasters, oil spills, etc. Jehovah God has promised to restore the earth back to a wonderful paradise free of the aforementioned things and the majority of good people will live on it. (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Matthew 5:5)

While the majority of good and righteous people will live right here on a restored earth, the remaining minority must then go to heaven. You're probably wondering who and how many, right Again, let's turn to the Bible for answers. Consider the scripture at John 3:13, which states: "Moreover, no man has ascended into heaven but the one who descended from heaven, the Son of man." Jesus here was saying that prior to his descending from heaven, no human who had died before him had actually gone to heaven. Interesting no? Think of this too, John the Baptist was a good and righteous man, but Jesus said he didn't go to heaven. (Matthew 11:11) King David was a good and faithful man, but likewise, he didn't go to heaven. (Acts 2:29, 34) The Bible gives us the actual number of those who will go to heaven. It is 144,000. Jesus called this number his "little flock". (Luke 12:32; Acts 1:8; Revelation 7:4; 14:1) So contrary to what you believe or what lies you might have been taught, the Bible clearly shows that not all good people go to heaven, only a small few. That's right - only 144,000 will actually go to heaven. This number is made up of Jesus' apostles and many other faithful men and women from Jesus' time right down to our day. The main point is this: Jehovah God chose them to share rulership with Jesus as kings and priests over those of us who will live on earth. You cannot choose to go to heaven. Only God, the Creator and Universal Sovereign, has the right and power to decide who goes to heaven and who will inhabit the earth! Luke 22:28-30; Romans 8:14-17; Revelation 5:10; 20:6)

*Scriptures ~ New World Translation Bible (2013) available to read/download free here

See you next time!
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2 comments :

  1. 144,000 might have seemed like a large number when the bible was written but that is less than %0.002 of the population of the world today. It seems to me that if that is all there is going to be then why follow the bible at all?

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    Timothy S. Brannan
    The Other Side, April Blog Challenge: The A to Z of Witches
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    1. Hello again Timothy. This is a question that I am sure many have asked and probably never received the answer to. You're right...144,000 is a very small number compared to the population of earth, which is about 8 billion. Jesus himself said only a few would make it on the road to life and the majority would be headed for destruction. (Matthew 7:13, 14;) If we want to benefit from Jesus Christ ransom sacrifice, then we must learn about God and His standards. (John 17:3) The Bible is, afterall, a book from God about God. He has provided it for our benefit. (2 Timothy 3:16) So, If we want our sins forgiven and the hope of living forever on a cleansed earth, then it is imperative we get to know God and understand how he feels about matters. We can only do this by studying the Bible and applying its counsel in our lives. (Luke 13:24; Galatians 5:19-21)) Only then will we be acceptable to God and enjoy friendship with Him. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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