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).

25 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

    1. nancy says:

      Just read your reply. What is your definition of a cult exactly? The Bible clearly states that there are only 144,000 bought from the Earth to rule with Christ. It was NEVER part of God’s plan for people to die and go to heaven. Like Adam and Eve, we were supposed to live forever on a paradise Earth

  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

    2. Markus says:

      Funny. The Hebrew scriptures mention Gods name 1000’s of times in praise-worthy ways. The Greek scriptures mention “Gods name” and Jesus saying “My” and “The” “father.” The cults that invaded first century congregations became in the second and third centuries (and after), Catholics and other “christians.” The first century (early Christians) disciples and apostles must have used Gods name because it is supported in meaning, intent, and reason. Gods name was removed by your so-called-christians namely after the apostles had passed away. No other religion, even in sin (we all sin) is doing Gods will and fulfilling the scriptures as Witnesses do. Jehovah’s Sovereignty and His name are of most importance, not what humans tend to want and think to be important. God is always first in their lives and ministry. Cults? Every other religion envies Jehovah’s Witnesses because they all Know Witnesses are the ones who have been chosen by God to fulfill his Word. In this, there is still some time, maybe a little time, to seek out God All Mighty and His people, and repent and start doing His will.

    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.

      1. Jag says:

        According to NWT Psa 37:29
        The righteous will possess the earth,+
        And they will live forever on it.+
        However in another article by Watchtower, the righteous will shine like stars in heaven.
        So the righteous are the 144,000 that goes to heaven or the great crowd that stay on earth as in Psa 37:29

      2. washburn2 says:

        Being raised Lutheran, and studying the scriptures, and trying to prove Jehovah’s Witnesses wrong, I can tell you that no other religion adheres to the scriptures like they do. No manmade doctrines, no pagan holidays. It is all over the internet about where the trinity, hellfire, and infant baptism teachings came from. The third century.influenced by Greek philosophy and that Arius probably taught Biblical truth despite mainstream history.

        Some believe Constantine was the first Christian Roman Emperor, but he was actually a sun worshiper who was baptized on his deathbed. During his reign he had his eldest son and his wife murdered. His belief at best was a blend of paganism and Christianity for political purposes, and so he neither cared nor really understood this dispute, but was just eager to bring the controversy to a close and keep unity in his empire. When the bishops gathered at Nicea on May 20, 325 AD to resolve the crisis, very few shared Athanasius’s view of Christ as most held a position midway between Athanasius and Arius. The religious debates lasted two months before the Council rejected the minority view of Arius, but having no alternative, Constantine approved the view of Athanasius, which was also a minority view. And so the Church was left supporting a belief held by only a minority of those attending.

        The Encyclopedia Britannica states: “Constantine himself presided, actively guiding the discussions, and personally proposed … the crucial formula expressing the relation of Christ to God in the creed issued by the council … Overawed by the emperor, the bishops, with two exceptions only, signed the creed, many of them much against their inclination.” — (1971 edition, Vol. 6, “Constantine,” p. 386)

        Horrific religious persecution followed the decision made by Constantine who was essentially a pagan Emperor who imposed an invented creed never preached by Jesus. Constantine exiled those who refused to accept the creed as well as the bishops who signed the creed but refused to join in condemnation of Arius. But several years later Constantine became lenient toward those he condemned and exiled at the council and allowed them to return. In AD 335, they brought accusations against Athanasius and so now Constantine had Athanasius banished! This was not about Biblical truth.

        Many of the Bishops who formulated the doctrine of the Trinity were steeped in Greek and Platonic philosophy, which influenced their religious views. In fact the language they used in defining the Trinity is taken directly from Platonic and Greek philosophy. The Platonic term trias, meaning three, was Latinized as trinitas, which gave us the English word Trinity which is neither biblical nor Christian. As Bible scholars John McClintock and James Strong (wrote the famous Strong’s Concordance) explain, “Towards the end of the 1st century, and during the 2nd, many learned men came over both from Judaism and paganism to Christianity. These brought with them into the Christian schools of theology their Platonic ideas and phraseology.” — (Cyclopaedia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature, 1891, Vol. 10, “Trinity,” p. 553)

        So the Trinity was not derived from scripture, but was conceived in philosophy. Greek philosophers were greatly influenced by Plato (427-347 BC) who was considered the greatest of all Greek philosophers. Plato was ingrained with Trinitarian thought and knew that all the ancient religions had triad deities, and so he desired to come up with a better definition to define God above all the deities of Greek mythology.
        This is just one source I found, there are literally thousands of them. So called Christianity is a far cry from what Jesus stood for in every respect. Starting with T.V. ministers exploiting people and becoming rich. What the religious leaders have done to innocent children with their abuses. They are accountable for their centuries of abuse, and bloodshed. Other religions too. They may have dropped some of the blatant unscriptural beliefs, but they have their own with their rituals that are man made, and many of them still baptize infants, and do not discipline people for committing gross sins.

    2. nancy says:

      Markus, that is so true, the Original King James version had God’s name Jehovah in there. The jews used to use it, but considered it too sacred to use. We all have personal names(not just titles) so why shouldn’t the most powerful force in the universe have a personal name?

  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”.

      1. washburn2 says:

        Psalm 115:16 King James Version (KJV)

        16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.

  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.

    1. washburn2 says:

      Why would the writer John, mention the same number twice if it is symbolic? It is a literal number, and it goes on to talk about a number no man was able to number living on Earth forever.

  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.

  6. Mary Mueni says:

    The bible clearly states that the 144000 are Jews male virgins from each 12 tribes of israel.they av never be corrupted by a woman.where is the connection with those who will go to heaven? Does it mean no woman will go to heaven?

  7. nancy says:

    In the beginning when God created the first humans, they were told to multiply and fill the Earth, and live forever on it. Are you disputing that? Are you disputing they were created perfect? Where in the Bible were they told at some point they were to die and go to heaven? That was never part of God’s plan. People were given the planet Earth in a perfect state to live forever on. To Jehovah the heavens belong, but the earth he has given to the sons of men.”—Psalm 115:16 It is because of the Adamic sin that we fall asleep in death. That is true, that because of the sin we inherited, a number 144,000 faithful followers of Christ through the ages, will be raised to the heavens and will rule over the Earth. When you come out of false religions and learn the Bible truths, it is really simple, and things begin to make sense. Unlike so called Christian false teachings such as: Oh God needed another angel, that’s why he took her little boy. Without knowing what is going on in the world, and knowing Satan is actually now the ruler of this system of things 1 John 5:19, We know that we are of God, and that the whole world is under the power of the evil one. It would be easy to be mad at God for allowing this wickedness to continue, but it will be destroyed very soon! By the way, it was never part of God’s plan for people to die!

    1. nancy says:

      That it is a literal number is shown in Revelation chapter 7, where, after giving the definite number of 144,000, at Re 7 verse 9 it speaks of another group, a “great crowd” whom no man was able to number.
      … The number 144,000 could not be symbolic, for, if so, it would mean nothing.

      The great crowd is the Earthly crowd. We have been taught by so called Christian religions that you either go to Heaven if your good, or Hell if you are bad, and many feel tormented forever. A loving God would never torture his children, no matter how bad they’ve been. Research where the hellfire doctrine came from in the 3rd century, along with infant baptism, the trinity, and a few other less known doctrines. The very early Christians prior to this, never believed these things. Christianity became very corrupt in the 3rd century.

      Grafting from the Wild Olive Tree (‎11 occurrences)

      It consists first of Christ and then of 144,000 spiritual Israelites, who exercise the faith of Abraham.
      … The 144,000 followers of Christ who experience this adopting are spiritual Israelites, the true seed of Abraham.

      w58 3/1 pp. 151-157 – The Watchtower—1958

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