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