Do You Believe This?

//Do You Believe This?

Saturday, January 7

No resident will say: “I am sick.”Isa. 33:24.

If we maintain our Christian integrity, we may well witness one of the greatest miracles of all time—the miracle of surviving the great tribulation. Soon after the war of Armageddon, more miracles will occur, restoring humans to good health.  Imagine watching people discard eyeglasses, canes, crutches, wheelchairs, hearing aids, and the like. Armageddon survivors will have work to do. They can move forward with zest to make our planet, a gift from God, into a global paradise.  Jesus’ healings in the past encourage the “great crowd” today, reinforcing their joyous prospect of being healed of all ills. Those healings reflected his deep feelings and showed just how much love God’s firstborn Son has for mankind.  Jesus’ compassion paints a touching portrait of Jehovah’s concern for each one of his servants.

COMMENTARY

It is astonishing to me that more people do not accept God’s invitation to inherit the earth by surviving the end of this world. No doubt in large measure it is because of indoctrination from the churches and the heaven and hell dichotomy. As far as the theologians of Christendom are concerned the earth doesn’t even factor into God’s purpose. They don’t even believe that God has a purpose.

True enough, the so-called New Testament is all about the heavenly calling. But the reason for that is easily explained. The reason being, God has always purposed to resurrect the vast majority of humanity that have lived and died. There is really nothing anyone has to do to even qualify for an earthly resurrection of judgment. Paul explained that God is going to resurrect the righteous and the unrighteous.

However, qualifying for the first resurrection is another matter entirely. Jesus advised us to exert ourselves vigorously to get in through the narrow door because many would be locked out. So much for the evangelical claptrap that merely believing is all it takes. But the Greek Scriptures are directed to those called into Christ’s Kingdom and the “earlier resurrection,” as Paul called it.

When Jesus’ friend, Lazarus, died, Jesus comforted his grieving sister by assuring her that her brother would rise. And Jesus went on to say: “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life; and everyone who is living and exercises faith in me will never die at all. Do you believe this?” 

What did Jesus mean, that everyone living who puts faith in him will never die at all? Obviously, all who qualify for the first resurrection must die. Even the chosen ones who die during the parousia and who are changed in the twinkling of an eye must die in the flesh. Evidently, Jesus meant that everyone living during the great tribulation who exercises faith in him will never die at all. In other words, Jesus was referring to the great crowd that will come out of the great tribulation. Their coming out of the great tribulation means that they will never die. They will be the first generation to not experience death.

While God purposes to raise the dead, those living at the time the Kingdom comes and who do not exercise faith will forfeit the resurrection. Their names are not written down in God’s book of life. 

The fact that Jehovah’s Witnesses not only embrace the biblical hope of never dying and are actively extending the invitation to earth’s billions —in what is assuredly the greatest preaching work in history —is a sure indication that Jehovah is preparing a people to survive the impending end of the world and never die at all. Do you believe this?

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  • Joseph Stephan

    YES!!

    • ELiJAHx7

      I was waiting for you…lol
      YES! ME TOO!

  • Southern ShaSha

    YES!

  • Andres Felipe

    Que así sea…anhelo verlos a todos ustedes !!!!

  • Bobby 6343

    Also Yes! Yes, Yes, Yes! Did I say Yes?

  • Arvid Fløysand

    JA!!!

  • rajan

    Most assuredly so

  • Apple Pi

    I believed Jehovah’s promises from the first time JW’s caught me at home and started studying with me. Getting my life together to qualify for baptism was the hard part. Believing what was written in the Bible was not hard at all.

  • Rynda

    Very much so.

  • Bklyn Kevin

    Jesus and the Samaritan woman

    A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her: “Give me a drink.” (For his disciples had gone off into the city to buy food.) 9 So the Samaritan woman said to him: “How is it that you, despite being a Jew, ask me for a drink even though I am a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)

    In answer Jesus said to her: “If you had known of the free gift of God and who it is who says to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” She said to him: “Sir, you do not even have a bucket for drawing water, and the well is deep. From what source, then, do you have this living water? You are not greater than our forefather Jacob, who gave us the well and who together with his sons and his cattle drank out of it, are you?”

    In answer Jesus said to her: “Everyone drinking from this water will get thirsty again. Whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty at all, but the water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water bubbling up to impart everlasting life John4:1-54 Read more>
    https://www.jw.org/en/publications/bible/nwt/books/john/4/#v43004010

    John 7:38
    Whoever puts faith in me, just as the scripture has said: ‘From deep within him streams of living water will flow.’”

    • Basavaraj Of North Karnataka

      Hey brother that’s nice comment and I want to say hey! to you. How R U?

      • Bklyn Kevin

        Hello back at you brother. All it is as good as it can be in the system of things . like you and many others I’m waiting for the end when our great GOD Jehovah puts an end to this wicked system. I hope all is going well with you and your family, I’ve read some of your comments and I particularly get encouraged when I hear about you and your lovely family members.
        I tell you for sure Jehovah has surely blessed you and I continue to pray to Jehovah that he bless all of our endeavors which are done in his name.

  • Jamie Mac

    100%

  • Revv_zone@gmail.com Please8834

    Robert.
    Question.
    Revelation 20:5 says the rest of the dead did not not come to life until after the thousand years had ended, All of us have lost loved ones that are sorely missed, so is this scripture saying we ,rather those who make it through Armageddon will not see those we so miss until the thousand years have ended, if you will please explain this..

    • Cocheta

      if you don’t mind me butting in with an answer (it may be wildly wrong!) I always thought that Scripture meant that those who were resurrected after Armageddon were not granted full life eternal until the thousand years were ended, I think it has something to do with the ‘final test’. We who survive the GT will already have had our testing & although we still can fail at the thousand year point it might not be very likely.

      • Revv_zone@gmail.com Please8834

        In my opinion the scriptures are clear, the rest of the dead, meaning those who do not have the heavenly calling will remain in the grave until those who make it through Armageddon are rehabilitated to near perfection along with the earth, then when the thousand years have ended probably around the very time Satan is released so too will the rest of the dead be brought to life during the (Great Resurrection) you must also remember that perfection does not come until Gods tent is with mankind and there are no more pain or tears until all the former things are forever removed. I am hoping Robert will Clearify this..

        • Southern ShaSha

          My understanding is that the thousand year reign would over time, well organized by Jehovahs standard would be the time needed to welcome back all those who have died throughout the ages. Most would need to learn of JEHOVAH, his kingdom ruled over by JESUS, the gift offered to all. How would they learn of the glorious paradise before them and what is required of them to realize that gift for themselves. They then have the choice and opportunity to learn all that their Heavenly Father has in store for all those who make their lives over in accord with his will. To learn all his ways, to feel blessed by being given the opportunity to give praise and honor to Him alone. And after learning and giving their lives over can then make it a realization in their own lives. Then Satan would be let loose but a short time, allowing all to choose as to who they belong. Everlasting life or sudden destruction along with satan, everlasting cutting off.

        • muldoon55 .

          It is a popular belief among christendoms religions to believe in a great white throne judgement where all earths dead will be raised and stand trial before God for deeds done in this life.
          Would it be consistent with Gods love to raise one from the grave only to put them right to death for eternity for deeds done this side of Armageddon?
          The revelation account states that new scrolls will be opened and the dead (those not yet perfected resurrected) will be judged based on what’s in those scrolls.
          This would indicate the immense spiritual feeding program that the Kingdom will usher in and allow all ( tribulation survivors as well as resurrected)

        • 1914for100Alex

          Hey Revv, maybe I can help by sharing how I used to look at chapter 20. I used to look at it the same way you did, but with some confusion. There was something that just didn’t make sense to me. Chapter 20 v 7-9 states:

          7 Now as soon as the 1,000 years have ended, Satan will be released from his prison, 8 and he will go out to mislead those nations in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Maʹgog, to gather them together for the war. The number of these is as the sand of the sea. 9 And they advanced over the whole earth and encircled the camp of the holy ones and the beloved city. But fire came down out of heaven and consumed them.

          But in verse 5 we read:

          (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the 1,000 years were ended.)

          At face value I think it’s a logical conclusion that the “rest of the dead” would refer to those that weren’t worthy of sharing in the 1000 year reign. That’s how I used to read it anyways. But if that’s the case, that means that Jehovah is essentially going to raise everyone else up and immediately allow them to be bombarded by Satan. Also, verse 8 states that Satan will go out to mislead the nations and gather them for war. Verse 7 says that this happens as soon as the 1000 years is up.

          If we read it this way, it sounds like the “nations” would have to refer to those just raised up. How fair is that? They’re raised up solely for the purpose of being misled and to wage war? That can’t be the case. The “nations” has to refer to people that are being resurrected during the 1000 years, and “coming to life” must mean they are finally in the proper state, worthy of living forever. Does this make sense?

          • Revv_zone@gmail.com Please8834

            The question is,we have been living in a preaching time frame of just over a 100+ yrs. So that would mean it doesnt take all thst long to be taught about jehovah and to decide to make a decision to side with him, since Satan is let out only for a little while to drag billions into the pit,and that for a 1000 yrs many people werent really interested in a theocratic rule forever, because thats a long time to live to just throw life away in a supposed perfection state, if you see what im saying. If the big number of the dead come to life at the end or near the end of the 1000 years and have needed time to make a decision to serve Jehovah forever, why wake them up to make everyone miserable for all that time? Doesnt make sence. I am sure jehovah knows how much time one needs to make a stand for or against eternal life..

            • 1914for100Alex

              I see what you’re saying, but I have to agree with what muldoon55 stated. That the 1000 years would be in large part for mankind to achieve perfection (and I think this is key), and then be tested. Sure, it doesn’t take us long to decide to side with Jehovah, but I believe he’s going to go beyond being fair about it and allow us to make the decision from the same perspective Adam and Eve made it from. I know it sounds crazy that after that long of a period of time people would still choose Satan, but not a single one of them could say they didn’t get get a fair shake at it. One thing the Bible makes clear is that Jehovah wants to save as many people as possible. Allowing us all to reach perfection before releasing Satan would be the ultimate way of accomplishing that and making absolutely sure that no one slips through the cracks and causes problems for Jehovah and everyone else later on. Those that make it will absolutely, without a doubt be the people that want to be and deserve to be there. That’s how I’ve come to look at it at least. Could be completely wrong though 🙂

          • Passi from B.C

            You’ve made perfect sense brother.

            -Unbaptized pub

        • Cocheta

          I checked out the Insight book for you, Revv_Zone & this is what it says;

          How would it be possible in 1,000 years to resurrect and educate the billions now in the grave?

          Nevertheless, an illustration reveals what a simple, practical thing Jehovah has in mind for mankind.
          Not to prophesy, but merely for the purpose of illustration, let us assume that those who compose the “great crowd” of righteous persons who “come out of the great tribulation” on this system of things alive (Re 7:9, 14) number about 6,000,000 (about 1/1000 of earth’s present population).
          Then if, after allowing, say, 100 years spent in their training and in ‘subduing’ a portion of the earth (Ge 1:28), God purposes to bring back three percent of this number, this would
          mean that each newly arrived person would be looked after by 33 trained ones. Since a yearly increase of three percent, compounded, doubles the number about every 24 years, the entire 20 billion (20,000,000,000) could be resurrected before 400 years of Christ’s Thousand Year Reign had elapsed, giving ample time for training and judging the resurrected ones without disrupting harmony and order on earth. Thus God, with his
          almighty power and wisdom, is able to bring his purpose to a glorious conclusion fully within the framework of the laws and arrangements he has made for mankind from the beginning, with the added undeserved kindness of the resurrection.—Ro 11:33-36.”
          —————————————-
          As they say ‘ not prophes

        • Passi from B.C

          If they are resurrected when Satan is released how will have time to learn about Jehovah with Satan’s wicked influences? Makes no sense to me.

          • Bklyn Kevin

            food for thought.

            When will the dead come to life?

            QUESTION: Why does the Watchtower teach that the resurrection takes place during the 1,000-year reign of Christ, when Revelation 20:5 says it takes place after the 1,000 years have ended?. Read more>

            https://e-watchman.com/will-dead-come-life/

            • trudy

              Yes , I just woke up to this also .

      • Southern ShaSha

        Yes, I thought so to. A probation, so to speak.

        • Southern ShaSha

          I thought the thousand year reign was the resurrection process and at the end of the reign Satan is let loose but a short time and that would be the final test ushering in perfection. I must be confused on this!

        • Bklyn Kevin

          These articles will help you to get a fuller understanding.
          Please study them along with your bible and then if you have any more questions please feel free to ask me and I will gladly assist you further.

          When will the dead come to life?
          Read more> https://e-watchman.com/will-de

          Search results for: 1000 year reign
          Read a lot more> https://e-watchman.com/?s=1000

          PS you are looking along the right lines! and just require a little refining.

          • Southern ShaSha

            Thank you Kevin. Appreciate!

          • Lev

            Из России с любовью! Кевин ,смотри! Первая смерть для сынов Адама-справедливое возмездие за грех- Римлянам 6:23. Все должны умереть однажды- Евреям 9:27.После того, как все 144000 соберутся к Христу-Откровение 14:1 , остаются те, кто воздают хвалу Богу небес- Откровение 11:13 б. Они претерпевают ужасы конца христианской эры-Откровение 13:15 и “блаженны”, умирая в Господе-Откровение 14:13. так, на момент выливания 4 чаши на Земле нет ни одного поклонника Иеговы -Откровение 16:8-9. Он дождется, пока все верные ему спрячутся в своих покоях Исаия 26:20, 57:1,2 и Даниил 12:13.Также Бытие 18:32 подтверждает милосердие Небесного Отца.

            • Bklyn Kevin

              Hello lev: I’d tried translating your message into English and for the most part it worked for common words however there are some other words that were obviously mistranslated so I’m sorry to say I couldn’t really comprehend your message but thank you for your message.

            • Lev

              From Russia with love! Kevin, look! The first death for the sons of Adam, just the wages of sin is Romans 6:23. Everyone must die one difference Hebrews 9:27. Then, 144,000 gathered to Christ-Revelation 14: 1, are those who praise God the heavenly Revelation 11:13 b. They suffer the horrors of the end of the Christian era, Revelation 13:15 and “blessed” by dying in the Lord-Revelation 14:13. so at the time of pouring cup 4 in the world there is no fan of Jehovah -Otkrovenie 16: 8-9. God will wait until all the faithful he will hide each in its own rest -Isaiya 26:20, 57: 1-2, and Daniel 12:13. Genesis 18:32 confirms the mercy of the Heavenly Father. With regard to the – Ioanna11: 25-26, Jesus said to Martha, who knew about the resurrection of the dead, as well-known fact. But Jesus specifically drew attention to the 2 circumstances of this “fact.” First-John 11: 25 only through Jesus (Resurrection) people who have faith in Jesus resurrected. Second-Ioanna11: 26- only through Jesus (Life), the resurrected and living people, who continue to exercise faith in Jesus-they will not die and never will live forever!

      • hows the weather over there?

        • Cocheta

          well it was dark when you asked that, DA, & it’s just about to go dark again 😉 Coolish, but sunny, snow on the volcano though

          • does it get too cold there? is that volcano going to go boom?

            • Cocheta

              not really cold, DA, the least would be 18ºc/74ºf. in the depth of winter & we get very little rain except in the north of the island. I sure hope the volcano doesn’t boom

    • are you going to take care of all the babies that died when they are resurrected? it means completed by then because in cases like that it wpuld have to be gradual

    • Bklyn Kevin

      When will the dead come to life? Read more> https://e-watchman.com/will-dead-come-life/

      Search results for: 1000 year reign
      Read a lot more> https://e-watchman.com/?s=1000+year+reign

      • ‘when will the dead’ article is a good reply. i knew Robert had touched on that in an essay somewhere. now if Revv will read an study this then…

        • Bklyn Kevin

          For sure that article is very inspiring and gives answers to many questions.

      • Southern ShaSha

        Dear Kevin, I am most interested in whether I have a proper understanding of the thousand year reign and the resurrection. I hope I am not totally off on my understanding. I have tried to explain below!

  • if i didnt believe this i would not work faith in Jehovah but because i know this is true, thanks to Jehovah, and also know Jehovah, i endure to keep knowing him day to day hour to hour by prayer and faith

  • Basavaraj Of North Karnataka

    To Brother Robert King and to all the Brothers ans Sisters. The last sentence in the above article ends with the question Jehovah is preparing a people to survive the impending end of the world and never die at all. Do you believe this?
    My Answer is: Yes! Yes!Yes! 200% I personally believe otherwise by this time I would have become a worst person and an atheist. Today I and my wife are happy because of the hope I found in the Bible and prophecies under the light of e-watchman’s guide. Because my wife is in truth see what happened? My father is 86 years old and my mother is 78 years old they are JW since 1967. So a senior elder in our congregation came to see my father and mother in our house at that time I and my wife was not in the home, the elder asked my mother how your daughter-in-law looks after you? Because in India even among JWs some daughter-in-laws do not take care properly the well being of the in-laws. So my mother, said to the elder, I changed my daughter in-law. The elder got confused!!! Then my mother said I changed my daughter-in-law’s original name into Ruth. Yes to us she is not daughter-in-law but Ruth. So how is this possible? It is all because of Biblical principles are applied into practice we see all this!!! So, I once again declare I firmly believe this (especially from 2010 though I am born JW) and I love this truth in the Bible and that made me to Love Jehovah, his Son Jesus Christ, my Wife, and specially Robert King among the brothers and all my other brothers and sisters who are in this site. Now as for me and my household we will continue to serve Jehovah and Jesus even in case if the kingdom delays or don’t come in our life time.

  • https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/156cca09a8e11e1f74acd249f1e70e7fdc63830d455655b24d96823828828275.jpg
    Revelation 7:17
    because the Lamb, who is in the midst of the throne, will shepherd them and will guide them to springs of waters of life. And God will wipe out every tear from their eyes.”

    Revelation 21:4
    And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

  • Simpletruth

    Yes!!! I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else but on the beautiful earth that Jehovah has made so perfectly JUST FOR US.
    It’s funny…my fiance and I was just having this conversation and, although we discussed the hope of the resurrection and talked about scriptures that back this up, he insists HE is going to heaven. I asked him why he believes this and he said he just does. I asked him what he’s going to do in heaven and he has no clue. I asked him what makes him think God needs humans in heaven and he said he doesn’t know but he just knows that is where he is going. I then asked what he thinks will happen to the earth and discussed scriptures that show the righteous will inherit it and dwell on it forever. Despite this, he still believes HE is going to heaven. It’s amazing how such individuals believe this beyond a shadow a doubt despite clear evidence in God’s word to show otherwise. Very indoctrinated for sure!!!

    • LW

      The veil is stretched tight over their faces

  • Kjetil Stokka

    What Jesus said was they will never forever die, because they get life again.

    But the great crowd Maybe not survive the last test after the 1000 years, then they die.

    • Arvid Fløysand

      Welcome Kjetil Stokka…(du skulle vel ikke tilfeldigvis vere fra Norge? :-))

      • Kjetil Stokka

        Jo jeg er fra Norge ?

        • Beverly kenyon

          Wow! We have another Norweigian. This is fantastic!! Hiya Kjetil, great to see you here on EWatchman. Don’t be a stranger. Lol.

  • Kjetil Stokka

    The 144000 so become sealed and get spirit body they will never ever die!

  • Kjetil Stokka

    And the preaching work was finish in year 100.
    Must remember What Peter said one day for God is 1000 year.

    Because people who preach Today they not preach truth, they make new idea all time ?

  • Kjetil Stokka

    We have great foolers and not true saints everywhere!

  • Kjetil Stokka

    Give me your money and go paradise ??

  • Joseph Stephan

    New ewatchman video up on YouTube!!!!!!
    https://youtu.be/RZ1xUqbyXO0

  • Michelle

    “The fact that Jehovah’s Witnesses not only embrace the biblical
    hope of never dying and are actively extending the invitation to earth’s
    billions —in what is assuredly the greatest preaching work in history —is a
    sure indication that Jehovah is preparing a people to survive the impending end
    of the world and never die at all. Do you believe this?” The issue I have
    with this is that many, many millions of people in the world have
    probably never heard of Jehovah or Jehovah’s Witnesses. For instance, in 2016, there was one
    publisher for every 186,000 people in Pakistan! So, if the end is right around
    the corner, those people have no hope for survival into the new system. I am
    sure that if some of those people had been born in the US, they would have
    become JW’s, but because of where they were born, they’ll not have a chance for
    everlasting life.

    So my question to you Robert, is: I understand that the main
    issue to be resolved is Jehovah’s sovereignty, and not who is going to survive or not survive
    into the new system, but if Jehovah is loving and just, do you think he’ll give people who have never had the chance to learn about Him, some sort of
    miraculous knowledge or insight during that time, so that they may have a chance
    at everlasting life?

    • Beverly kenyon

      Matthew10:23.
      Psalms14:2

    • Beverly kenyon

      Brother King wrote an article titled, ‘Why No Christian Presence in the East’ which might help to provide an answer to your question Michelle and it’s based on Acts 16:6,7. I too felt the same way about some of the points you brought out in your post.

      • glad to see how active ypu aleays are

        • Beverly kenyon

          Cause I haven’t got a life DA! Only kidding! Just wish I had more hours in the day to be learning. It’s an absolute joy to read Brother King’s articles and everyone’s input with their Bible knowledge, all the information is so fresh…I can’t get enough of it, I’ve learned so much on this site DA and certain ones are quick to provide help with scriptures and explanations and this site is globally diverse with witnesses from around the world which makes it super exciting as you don’t know who you will be connecting with!

      • Michelle

        Interesting article. Thanks Beverly 🙂

      • Joseph Stephan
        • Beverly kenyon

          Thank you kindly Joseph for posting that link cos as you know I’m completely tech illiterate and totally clueless about such things as I just stick to the basics.

          • Joseph Stephan

            Your welcome, your alot wiser then you give yourself credit for! That was a brilliant post you gave that person about the east.

            • Beverly kenyon

              Thank you Joseph. But the real credit goes to Brother King as he wrote that insightful piece. I was a lurker on this site when I read that and I never forgot it, so I remembered Bklyn Kevin telling Southern ShaSha how to retrieve older articles using the search box thing by keying in relevant words so I had a go and it worked! Ha! I was well chuffed with myself doing that. Lol. Sometimes I don’t feel confident or clever enough when I read some of the amazing posts on here so I feel a bit unsure about having something to say in a post. But I’m up for learning all the time from others.

            • Joseph Stephan
            • Beverly kenyon

              Love it! That’s funny Joseph! Lol.

    • scripture does not say that people who have not been witnessed to have no hope for survival.
      true all thos who call on Jehovah will be saved but that does not mean all who never had a chance to know him will be put down in second death

      • Michelle

        I hope not. I can’t imagine that NONE of the people living in countries where JW’s aren’t present aren’t godly people.

        • L.H.

          Hi Michelle, in addition to the scriptures Beverly mentioned there is Acts 10:34,35 “At this Peter began to speak, and he said: Now I truly understand that God is not partial, but in every nation the man who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him”.

  • Passi from B.C

    Yes yes I believe! I also have a hard time figuring out why people can’t comprehend the fact that God’s purpose is for humans to live forever on earth.

    -Unbaptized pub

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