What do you believe comes after death? by Eugene Rideout https:
Anything I write here, I believe with all my heart to be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. “So, help me God!”
Sorry. But according to the Bible there is nothing for those who rejected God. There is no afterlife. In fact, just for the record, here’s what Wikipedia [unscripturally] says about “Afterlife”:
“The afterlife (also referred to as life after death or the hereafter) is the concept of a world, or the world itself (whether physical or), in which an of an individual’s or continues to exist after the of the body. According to various ideas about the afterlife, the essential aspect of the individual that lives on after death may be some partial element, or the entire or , of an individual, which carries with it and may confer personal identity or, on the contrary, may not, as in Indian . Belief in an afterlife, which may be or , is in contrast to the belief in .”
The reason why JWs do not believe in a “spiritual afterlife” for everyone today, is that the Bible, which Jehovah’s Witnesses believe is genuinely the Word of God, nixes the doctrine, hence, JWs are unwilling to accept it when the Bible says otherwise.
The scriptures speak of two (2) eventualities for the people of earth who gain God’s favour:
- 1). A small number will attain to the heavenly life. They are 144,000 in total. Other than that relatively small number of former humans, heaven contains Jehovah God, the Almighty, His Son, Jesus Christ, myriads upon myriads of angels, seraphs, cherubs. [This should tell you also how small will be the Rapture when it finally occurs.] (Revelation 14:1–4.)
- 2). Many millions who lived in centuries past and who weren’t Jehovah’s Witnesses will also have an opportunity for salvation and eternal life on a paradise earth. This, in addition to the “great crowd” that is foreordained to survive the “Great Tribulation.” (Revelation 7:9) The Bible explains that in God’s promised new world,
- “there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Acts 24:15)
N.B. Their part in God’s future purposes for the earth is to be as humans. not as spirit creatures.
Additionally, many now living may yet begin to serve God, and they too will gain salvation. In any case, it’s not our job to judge who will or won’t be saved. That assignment rests squarely in Jesus’ hands. — John 5:22, 27.
Personally, I, like most of JWs have no hope of ever going to heaven; the earth is my home, and I’ll be more than happy to enjoy it when it’s perfect.
BTW, if you have another explanation for the 144,000 from Revelation 7:1–8, and Rev. 14:1-4, I’d love to hear it, because the 144,000 Jewish converts to Christianity is an enormous joke. Why would God invite 144,000 enemies of Jesus to share with His Son in his heavenly kingdom, when they were the ones who encouraged the Romans to execute him?