God chooses a predetermined number of dedicated Christians who, after their passing, will be restored to life in paradise. (1 Peter 1:3, 4) Once they have been picked, they should keep on keeping a Christian norm of confidence and lead all together not to be precluded from getting their great inheritance.—Ephesians 5:5; Philippians 3:12-14.
What will the individuals who go to paradise do there?
They will serve close by Jesus as rulers and clerics for a very long time. (Disclosure 5:9, 10; 20:6) They will frame the "new sky," or eminent government, that will run over the "new earth," or natural society. Those brilliant rulers will help reestablish humankind to the upright conditions that God initially intended.—Isaiah 65:17; 2 Peter 3:13.
What number of will be restored to paradise?
The Bible shows that 144,000 individuals will be restored to radiant life. (Disclosure 7:4) In the vision recorded at Revelation 14:1-3, the messenger John saw "the Lamb remaining on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000." In this vision, "the Lamb" addresses the revived Jesus. (John 1:29; 1 Peter 1:19) "Mount Zion" addresses the lifted up position of Jesus and the 144,000 who rule with him in the heavens.—Psalm 2:6; Hebrews 12:22.
Those "who are called and picked" to lead with Christ in the Kingdom are alluded to as a "little rush." (Revelation 17:14; Luke 12:32) This shows that they would be generally not many in correlation with the total number of Jesus' sheep.—John 10:16.
Misguided judgments about the individuals who go to paradise
Misguided judgment: All great individuals go to paradise.
Certainty: God guarantees never-ending life on earth for most great people.—Psalm 37:11, 29, 34.
Jesus said: "No man has rose into paradise." (John 3:13) He hence showed that great individuals who passed on before him, like Abraham, Moses, Job, and David, didn't go to paradise. (Acts 2:29, 34) Instead, they had the expectation of being restored to life on earth.—Job 14:13-15.
The restoration to wonderful life is designated "the primary revival." (Revelation 20:6) This shows that there will be another restoration. It will be a natural one.
The Bible instructs that under the standard of God's Kingdom, "passing will be no more." (Revelation 21:3, 4) This guarantee should apply to the earth, since death has never existed in paradise.
Misinterpretation: Each individual picks whether the person will get life in paradise or on earth.
Actuality: God figures out which dedicated Christians get "the prize of the vertical call," that is, the desire for wonderful life. (Philippians 3:14) Personal longing or desire makes little difference to an individual's being chosen.—Matthew 20:20-23.
Misinterpretation: The expectation of never-ending life on earth is a sub-par one, offered distinctly to those not deserving of going to paradise.
Actuality: God calls the individuals who will get never-ending life on earth "my kin," "my anointed ones," and "those favored by Jehovah." (Isaiah 65:21-23) They will have the advantage of satisfying God's unique reason for humankind—never-ending life in flawlessness on a heaven earth.—Genesis 1:28; Psalm 115:16; Isaiah 45:18.
Misguided judgment: The number 144,000 referenced in Revelation is representative, not exacting.
Certainty: Although Revelation contains representative numbers, a portion of the numbers it utilizes are exacting. For instance, it talks about "the 12 names of the 12 messengers of the Lamb." (Revelation 21:14) Consider the proof for inferring that the number 144,000 ought to in like manner be taken in a real sense.
Disclosure 7:4 records "the quantity of the individuals who were fixed [or, affirmed for life in heaven], 144,000." In the quick setting of this refrain, a subsequent gathering is differentiated: "an extraordinary group, which no man had the option to number." Those of the "incredible group" additionally get salvation from God. (Disclosure 7:9, 10) If the number 144,000 were emblematic, alluding rather to a gathering without number, at that point the differentiation between the two gatherings would be lost. *
Furthermore, the 144,000 are portrayed as being "purchased from among humankind as firstfruits." (Revelation 14:4) The articulation "firstfruits" alludes to a little agent choice. It appropriately depicts the individuals who will administer in paradise with Christ over an unsure number of subjects on earth.—Revelation 5:10.
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