Is “Paradise Earth” a Biblical Teaching?

The Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that the earth will be restored to a paradise in the future.  On this “paradise earth,” most faithful Jehovah’s Witnesses will experience life as they believe Jehovah originally intended it; free from death, suffering, and sadness.  However, Jehovah’s Witnesses also believe that an “anointed class” of 144,000 will live forever in heaven as invisible spirit beings, ruling and reigning with Christ.  But is the “paradise earth,” as the Jehovah’s Witnesses believe it, a Scriptural teaching?

While “paradise earth” is a phrase nowhere mentioned in Scripture, the concept is.  When the promise was given to Abraham, Jehovah said,

 “Now lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward; for all the land which you see, I will give it to you and to your descendants forever. “I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth, so that if anyone can number the dust of the earth, then your descendants can also be numbered.” (Genesis 13:14–16)

Clearly, the promise given to Abraham was for a land on the earth.  But would this be limited to a relatively small geographic location?  In its initial fulfillment, yes; but as Abraham’s descendants would be multiplied as the “dust of the earth,” this land would be further expanded.  The promise is restated in Genesis 22 to articulate this very point.

 “Indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies. “In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” (Genesis 22:17–18)

The mention of the enemy gates and the nations of the earth clarify the expansion of the land promise.  But who are the proper recipients of this promise?  Is it limited to the physical descendants of Abraham?  The apostle Paul explains,

 “But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel; nor are they all children because they are Abraham’s descendants, but: “THROUGH ISAAC YOUR DESCENDANTS WILL BE NAMED.” That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants.” (Romans 9:6–8)

But who are the children of the promise?  Are those who inherit the land limited to those in the old covenant?  Paul once again explains,

 “And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.” (Galatians 3:29)

The apostle makes no qualifications beyond “belonging to Christ.”  This would include all true Christians as Abraham’s descendants.  What would these spiritual descendants of Abraham inherit as their possession?

 “For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith.” (Romans 4:13)

It must be emphasized first that the promise given to Abraham’s descendants is also to Abraham himself.  This is important because Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that Abraham’s spiritual descendants are limited to the 144,000 who will rule in heaven with Christ.  However, Romans 4:13 teaches the opposite.  The promise to be “heir of the world” is for both Abraham and his descendants.  Therefore, Romans 4:13 enunciates the fulfillment of the land promise provided by Jehovah in the Abrahamic Covenant.

Can it be established elsewhere that the earth will be the eternal dwelling place of Christians?

 “Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5)

Interestingly, the Lord Jesus equates “kingdom of heaven” (5:3) with the “earth” (5:5).  Matthew 5:19 offers further confirmation by the faithful being, “in the kingdom of heaven,” and 5:20 as these who will, “enter the kingdom of heaven.”

 “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.” (Revelation 21:1)

According to the Scriptures, it’s clear that the “earth” (Matthew 5:5) or “world” (Romans 4:13) which is to be inherited by those who “belong to Christ” (Galatians 3:29), is the “new earth” spoken of in Revelation 21:1.  Like the original land promises given to Abraham, the new earth’s inhabitants will include all true believers living before and after Christ.

Is the “paradise earth” doctrine Scriptural?  Yes, as long as we are careful to qualify in distinction to the Jehovah’s Witnesses teaching that 144,000 will rule and reign with Christ in heaven over the rest who will live on the earth.  This is quite a distinction from what the Scriptures teach, for all Christians will rule and reign with Christ on the new earth since all Christians are Abraham’s true spiritual seed (Galatians 3:29).

14 thoughts on “Is “Paradise Earth” a Biblical Teaching?

  1. Danny Haszard says:

    Theologically, Jehovah’s Witnesses are a cult
    of Christianity.
    The oppressive organization does not represent historical,
    Biblical Christianity in any way. Sociologically, it is a destructive cult whose
    false teachings frequently result in spiritual and psychological abuse, as well
    as needless deaths.

    Danny Haszard FMI dannyhaszard(dot)com

  2. rotherham2 says:

    hello Mike,

    If you would care to go into it, I believe I can demonstrate that the Biblbe solidly establishes Christian destiny as some in heaven and the rest on earth.

    Regards,
    Rotherham

    1. DB says:

      Rotherham2 – I have time and would be happy to enagege in dialogue with you. I tend to agree with your position. However, I woiuld like to know if you believe that Abraham’s seed is limited to only 144K? After you answer that I would love to see your scriptures.

      Thanks

      1. rotherham2 says:

        Hello DB,

        I would be glad to discuss the issue of Abraham’s seed and its number with you. At the moment I will be engaged in a lenghty debate with Mike Felker at truetheology.net. Once that winds down a bit, I would be glad to take you up on your offer.

        Regards,
        Rotherham

    1. Amanda says:

      No..Jehovas witnesses do NOT teach that. They teach that ONLY the truly righteous, will be in heaven. The bible states 144,000…these will be people who make it through the tribulation. The tribulation will be a determination of those who stick to God, or those who shun God, fall away, or other. By “making through” the tribulation you are of very strong faith..it will be difficult for even those who love God even to hold onto such faith..especially if you and your family are on their knees in front of Islam or a government ruler, and are being told to denounce Gid or die! But those in the past and more in the future will have kept the faith and I know of ones that have! That must be TRULY righteous! But the number was written in the bible that those in white robes..the truly righteous were 144,00! It also states that the others..(the ones who inherit the earth) will be multitudes..more than anyone can count…more than the sands of the sea!!!” I’m a baptist..we also read this in Revelation.

  3. Octavio says:

    Some early Church Fathers supported the view of an earthly new Jerusalem in the same city, in which Christ will be with all faithful ones, those before Christ and those after him. Irenaeus and Justin Martyr supported that view, but not all churches of the second century thought it. However, Irenaues pointed out that the heavenly destiny would be reached after the 1000 years. A heavenly destiny is a promise in the Bible. Indeed, the apostles believed that their destiny will be a heavenly one. The Bible promises an earthly hope?. In the literal sense, the answer is yes. Will the heavenly hope only for 144000 persons?, there is no Bible text in support for that. On the other hand, the greek word “ge” does not necessarily mean “planet”, it may mean “land” or “country”.

  4. Hesbon Odhiambo Mumbo says:

    Literally ascending to heaven is a human tradition. Man is to the earth. The number 144,000 saints of Rev7 is symbolic.

  5. karlpeters says:

    lets pray for the jehovah witnesses for the holy spirit to guide them otherwise they are misleading God’s people.
    They are even preaching that jesus was created of which christ is eternal they quote prov8:22 which speaks of the wisdom.

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