Sunday, December 21, 2008

Die Twice?

All Jehovah's Witnesses are well aware of the teachings of the Watchtower Society concerning the dead, the resurrection, and the "final test". According to Watchtower Society teaching, after Armageddon there will be the resurrections of both righteous and unrighteous people to the Earth. The unrighteous will need to be taught about Jehovah and Jesus. All resurrected ones and survivors of Armageddon will be raised to perfection on the Earth. At the end of 1,000 years, Satan will perform one final test to turn people away from Jehovah. For those who follow Satan during this last test, they will be executed and destroyed forever.

The following statements for those not familiar with such teachings are found in the Watchtower Society publication Knowledge That Leads to Everlasting Life:

Page 186, paragraph 15:

"But two distinct groups will be resurrected—the righteous and the unrighteous."

Page 186, paragraph 17:

"The unrighteous will come back to a beautiful and peaceful earth. They will be welcomed by a people well organized to teach them about Jehovah and his reigning Son, Jesus Christ."

Page 187, paragraph 19:

"...all sin will be removed and mankind will be raised to perfection."

Page 190, paragraph 21:

"Perfect humans will face one final test. At the end of the Millennium, Satan and his demons will be released from the abyss for a short time and will be permitted to make a final effort to turn people away from Jehovah. Some will put wrong desires above love of God, but this rebellion will be cut short. Jehovah will execute these selfish ones along with Satan and all his demons. All wrongdoers will then be gone forever."

Again, for those Satan successfully misleads, God will execute them for all eternity. The reality of the Watchtower Society's teaching is an individual person may DIE TWICE as a human on the Earth. First was their death prior to the resurrection, and the second time as stated in the aforementioned scenario of the "final test".

What does the Bible teach?

Even according to the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures, it teaches the following:

Hebrews 9:27: "And as it is reserved for men to die once for all time, but after this a judgment"

The Bible states it is reserved for men to DIE ONCE FOR ALL TIME. Not die once, be resurrected and die again if judged to have failed a final test.

Watchtower Society doctrine and teaching contradicts what even their own translation of the scriptures state.