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Earthly Hope

This subject entails quite a bit of detail to scripture and it will be necessary to touch on other
aspects of belief. And while my beliefs of an Earthy hope being the only hope are seen as
unorthodox, I intend to show exactly why this is the truth from the Bible. Many times when
preaching as Jehovah’s Witnesses, we would run into others who claimed to be Christians. But
only very rarely were we able to convince them of what we thought of as “the Truth”. But the
reason it was difficult is because both parties were only trying to convince the other one instead
of laying aside all preconceived notions. Very often what I’ve found is that the real truth lies
somewhere in the middle. But until one is more connected with God than with an ideology, the
truth will never be clear; for it is not for us to impart truth, but God himself; as the one who
grants understanding. And though I’m still unaware of other denominations teachings in totality,
my view reconciles both sides. And in my search, I was surprised to find out that many other
Christian denominations teach that we only go to Heaven while we wait for “new heaven” and
“new earth”, where afterwards we are put back on the earth. Even out of those groups that do
teach this though, many have never heard it, and poorly understand their own denomination’s
teaching. So what it requires to understand is throwing it all away and starting from the
beginning. Really imagine that you have been isolated from mankind and this book descended
from heaven as God’s message to you.

I will summarize my view first… [Jesus’ Kingdom began when he ascended to Heaven. There
are only two main covenants between God as his people; the Old Covenant (Law) and New
Covenant (Grace). Baptism is a symbol of being inducted into the New Covenant. It represents
repentance of our old person, and the rebirth of a new creation. When given a “new birth”, we
are baptized in The Holy Spirit. Through faith in Jesus Christ solely for salvation, our sins have
been washed clean. If one of God’s people upholds those covenants; whether apart of ancient
Israel or current Gentiles, they will be raised in the first resurrection because they are
completely clean. Those who take part in this first resurrection will not be faced on Judgment
Day, as these ones have been cleared of all wrongdoing by the precious blood of Jesus Christ.
Anyone not belonging to one of those covenants is raised as well in the second resurrection
(Judgment Day). But since these have not been cleared of their sins, they must face judgment
for them; and will be judged accordingly by the law. Those raised in the first resurrection are
firstfruits of (spiritual) Israel, just as the Levites were God’s tribe, thus a kingdom of priests.
These will take part in judging all those outside of these covenants on Judgment Day. But until
the sound of the final trumpet, absolutely everyone who has died is asleep in death; whether in
or outside these covenants. This trumpet blast occurs when Jesus returns. Those who followed
Jesus were raised up spiritually into “heavenly places” while still alive. But when he returns, all
those who belong to him will be raised up physically with glorified bodies just as he was. This
does not indicate an angelic body, but rather a glorified fleshly body on Earth. The “heavenly
hope” is to live here on earth forever. No human ever was, or will become an angel. Jesus is the
only man to ever ascend to heaven.]… I will break down each and every point here with
scriptural backing.

Jesus’ Kingdom began when he ascended to Heaven.


• (Psalms 110) These point to Jesus being reigning until his enemies are brought to nothing.
This occurs after the final judgment.
• (Revelation 11:15-18) Parallel to Psalms 110. God has places Jesus’ enemies as “footstool”.
Kingdom is being handed over to God. (verse 15) And the dead were judged. (verse 18)
• (1 Corinthians 15:22-27) Similar parallel. “those who belong to Christ during his presence.”
• Compare these (Jeremiah 23:5-8; 31:31-40) (John 2:19) (1 Corinthians 3:16,17) (John
4:23,24)
• (Acts 17:24)
• (Daniel 2:44-45) “In the days…” implying during.
• (Daniel 7:13,14) Jesus escorted to heaven to approach the “Ancient of Days” and given all
authority.
• (Matthew 21:1-11) Reflects an inauguration as King right before he is put to death.
• (1 Timothy 6:14-16) Already identifies Jesus as “King of Kings”. (Compare Revelation 1:5)

These are all small pieces of a puzzle. And the picture will be abundantly more clear with the
more pieces we put together.

There are only two main covenants between God as his people; the Old Covenant (Law) and
New Covenant (Grace). If one of God’s people upholds those covenants; whether apart of
ancient Israel or current Gentiles, they will be raised in the first resurrection.

• (Luke 22:20) If his blood did not cover your sins, you die “in your sins”. You must drink of this
cup if his blood was poured out for your sins. If you are to be judged by even one of your
sins, Christ’s blood does not cover you. Either he covered them or he didn’t. Compare
(Matthew 26:27, 28)
• (1 Corinthians 13:5) Paul gives the indication there are only two groups; those “in union with
Christ” and those “disapproved.
• (Galatians 2:15,16, 19-21)
• (Galatians 3:19-25,29)
• (Galatians 4:5, 25)
• (Ephesians 2:6-10) Saved by undeserved-kindness (grace) demonstrated to those “in union”
with Christ.
• (Ephesians 3:6) This “good news” is the New Covenant. Compare (1 Corinthians 15:1-4; 1
Peter 1:23-25)
• (Colossians 1:13-15) Ransom blood paid for our sins. Notice in verse 13; “transferred us into
the kingdom (past tense) into the kingdom of his beloved son.” It is already his kingdom.
• (Colossians 1:20)
• (Hebrews 3:14) This covenant is only confirmed after our life.
• (Hebrews 8:6-13)
• Compare (Hebrews 9:3,28) (Matthew 27:51) This curtain that revealed “The Most Holy” was
torn apart in Jesus death. No longer was there a need for a priestly class to access it.
• (Hebrews 10:9-22) Compare to (Psalms 110) This set of scriptures is packed with detail, and
probably the most important set here.
• (Hebrews 11:35) “Better resurrection.”
• (1 Corinthians 10:16,17) The cup means sharing in Christ’s blood.

Baptism is a symbol of being inducted into the New Covenant. It represents repentance of
our old person, and the rebirth of a new creation. When given a “new birth”, we are baptized
in The Holy Spirit. Through faith in Jesus Christ solely for salvation, our sins have been
washed clean. If one of God’s people upholds those covenants; whether apart of ancient
Israel or current Gentiles, they will be raised in the first resurrection because they are
completely clean.
• (2 Corinthians 5:17) Paul says this “new creation is present tense”.
• (Ephesians 2:2,6) Past tense “made you alive” (verse 2), “raised us up” (verse 6).
• (Ephesians 5:25-27,31,32) If you are a part of the congregation, you are the bride of Christ,
and cleansed with water.
• (Colossians 2:12-14) Baptism corresponding to “death” of old person, and rebirth.
• (Titus 3:4-7) Connects the idea of baptism and receiving Holy Spirit.
• Again (Hebrews 10:15-22)
• (1 Peter 1:2-5; 23-25) Connects all three ideas; sanctified through Holy Spirit, blood of Jesus
(for cleansing of sins), and new birth (baptism). Also reflective of (Ezekiel 11:19; 18:32,
36:22-28)
• (1 Peter 3:18, 21,22) Water baptism after Holy Spirit baptism.
• (Matthew 3:11) Water as symbol of repentance, but it is Jesus’ baptism of Holy Spirit that
matters.
• (Mark 1:4,7)
• (Mark 10:38,39) Notice that Jesus himself correlates the baptism, and drinking of the cup.
Both are required.
• (Acts 10:43-48) Baptized in Holy Spirit before their water baptism.
• (Romans 6:4-7) Again showing death of old person in baptism and rebirth.
• (Acts 1:5)
• (Acts 22:16)
• (1 Corinthians 6:6:17, 19)
• (1 Corinthians 10:2-4) Just as Israel was baptized into Moses, they were captives in Egypt; so
too, we are captives of spiritual Egypt until we are baptized into Jesus Christ by Holy Spirit.
But during the remainder of our life, we are wandering the wilderness awaiting entrance into
the “promised land”.
• (Galatians 3:27-29) If you are truly baptized (Holy Spirit), you are “in union”, and thus an heir
to “the promise”. Emphasizes that Gentiles are now allowed into New Covenant.
• (Hebrews 7:22-24) Pay close attention to verse 24.

I know that some of these things may be hard to comprehend. But you will know if you have
been baptized in Holy Spirit and not just dipped in water. And I give my witness that I first started
going back to meetings because I was baptized in Holy Spirit. And this has never left me. And if
every matter is established on two or three witnesses, I witnessed my own Father be baptized in
Holy Spirit after me. And yet, The Holy Spirit itself bears witness with us. God works real
miracles.

You will find it interesting that nowhere in the Bible is baptism related to “dedication”. Especially
to an organization. It is simply a symbol of being born again. Just as how the three witness
bearers in heaven are the water, the blood, and the spirit; so we are baptized, drink of the cup,
and receive the Holy Spirit.

Those who take part in this first resurrection will not be faced on Judgment Day, as these
ones have been cleared of all wrongdoing by the precious blood of Jesus Christ. Anyone not
belonging to one of those covenants is raised as well in the second resurrection (Judgment
Day). But since these have not been cleared of their sins, they must face judgment for them;
and will be judged accordingly by the law.
• (1 Corinthians 15:20-23)
• (1 Corinthians 15:51,52) Emphasis on words “not all” (verse 51) When does it say we will be
changed? Compare (Revelation 10:7)
• (John 3:18-21) Those exercising faith “not to be judged.”
• (Romans 2:12-29) Paul is here showing on what basis people will be judged. He makes the
point that men have a natural law already written in their hearts. So those who were not under
the Mosaic Law (Old Covenant) will still be judged by the law that was in their heart. Paul is
also informing us that those who had The Mosaic Law will be judged according to that law.
Just as in the New Covenant we are judged by the Law of Faith (Romans 3:27)
• (Romans 8:1-5) “No condemnation.”
• (2 Thessalonians 2:12)
• (James 2:12,13) Check the footnote in NWT (verse 12)
• (James 5:9)
• (1 Peter 4:5,6) Here Peter is not referring to telling the “good news” to literal dead people.
Rather, these are spiritually dead people. Peter says we declare to them so that they may
know the standard by which they are to be judged by. For by preaching the good news, we
are bearing the standard God has for his judgments. Compare (Matthew 24:14) For what to
the nations? In what kind of situation do you need witnesses? In a court of law.
• (Revelation 11:18)
• (Revelation 20:11-14) These scriptures are in no way convoluted and spell out exactly the
series of events. There are two scrolls by which man is judged by; “The Scroll of Life” which
contains all those who are have fulfilled their covenants with God; and yet another scroll by
which the hearts of men are judged. (compare with Romans 2:12-19)
• (Psalms 1:5) Indicates that there will be righteous people raised in the “judgment”.
• (Matthew 10:15) Indicates people of Sodom and Gomorrah will be better off on Judgment Day
than Israelite cities who rejected Jesus. Whether this means any will gain life, or are punished
less severely is another story.
• (Matthew 11:20-24)
• (Matthew 12:36,37,41,42)
• (Matthew 23:33) Notice that he qualifies it as “judgment of Gehenna”; indicating there are
other judgments rendered.
• (Mark 12:40)
• (John 5:24-29)
• (1 John 4:17)

Those raised in the first resurrection are firstfruits of (spiritual) Israel, just as the Levites were
God’s tribe, thus a kingdom of priests. These will take part in judging all those outside of
these covenants on Judgment Day.

• (1 Corinthians 6:2, 3)
• (Psalms 149:9)
• (Psalms 122) Especially verse 5
But until the sound of the trumpet, absolutely everyone who has died is asleep in death;
whether in or outside these covenants. This trumpet blast occurs when Jesus returns. Those
who followed Jesus were raised up spiritually into “heavenly places” while still alive.

• (Jeremiah 2:3) Whole nation of Israel here called firstfruits of the world. Has modern day
fulfillment in spiritual Israel.
• (1 Corinthians 15:20-23)
• (James 1:17,18)
• (Revelation 14:4) How can we be seen as “without blemish”? Compare (Romans 3:21-25)
• (Revelation 1:6)
• (1 Peter 2:4, 5, 9)
• (2 Timothy 1:9)
• (1 Corinthians 15:6) If these people were in heaven after they died, why does Paul say they
are asleep?
• (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52) Compare (Revelation 10:7)
• (Philippians 3:14, 19-21) These verses are often used to show that we do in fact go to
heaven. But really pay attention closely to the wording. In verse 19 he is contrasting
“heavenly” things, with “earthy things”. Also, (verse 20) “eagerly waiting for a savior from
there”. Compare (Ephesians 1:3; 2:6) Already seated in “heavenly places”.
• (Ephesians 6:12) Furthers this point. How can we struggle already against things in “heavenly
places”? Because the heavens refer to a spiritual realm that is already around us, instead of
some place in the clouds.
• (Colossians 1:5) Again a scripture that is often used to say we are going to heaven. But it only
says that it is being reserved there, not that it is there.
• (Colossians 1:13,14) Already he had “transferred” them while they were still alive.
• (Colossians 3:1-4) Christ’s manifestation happens when he returns. Only then will we be
made manifest in his glory.
• (2 Thessalonians 1:7, 10) He is coming with angels. And to be glorified with his “holy ones”.
But there is no indication that “holy ones” are turned into angels.
• (2 Timothy 2:16-18) Notice what these men were teaching… It would have been obvious to
those in the congregation that it was not a physical resurrection that they were teaching.
• (Hebrews 3:1) Not talking about going heaven. Rather it is a heavenly calling because it
comes from heaven.
• (Hebrews 11:10) He is referring to New Jerusalem that descends from heaven to earth.
Compare (Hebrews 11:16) Even uses phrase “belonging to heaven.”
• (1 Peter 1:3-5) “reserved in the heavens”. “Revealed in last period of time”.
• (1 Peter 1:13) When is the “undeserved-kindness” brought to them?
• (Hebrews 11:39, 40) No one will be “made perfect” at a different time than anyone else.
Compare (Romans 8:17)
• (Matthew 4:17) Jesus was preaching that the kingdom was near because it actually was.

There are no scriptures that back up that humans ever being turned into angelic beings.
Sometimes when referring to “The Kingdom of the Heavens”; it is talking about both present
tense and future tense. For example, when Jesus was talking to the Pharisees about not
allowing men to enter; this could be taken in both. We tend to think (especially as English
language speakers) that somehow the heavens as a physical place. But this should be thought
of as “the spiritual realm”. This realm can be simultaneously around us, and yet separate from
us.

But when he returns, all those who belong to him will be raised up physically with glorified
bodies just as he was. This does not indicate an angelic body, but rather a glorified fleshly
body on Earth. The “heavenly hope” is to live here on earth forever.
• (Matthew 5:5) Ancient Israel would have been unfamiliar with this idea of actually going to
heaven. They only believed in an earthly hope.
• (John 8:21-23) Notice in 23, he tells them why they cannot come. Even though he is speaking
to Pharisees, this applies to every man. But if we have received the Holy Spirit and it “bears
witness with our spirit”, we can partially experience the realms above, because The Holy
Spirit is from the realms above.
• (Psalms 37:11)
• (Isaiah 45:12, 13)
• (Isaiah 62:7)
• (Isaiah 65:16)
• (Daniel 2:35)
• (Habakkuk 2:14)
• (Zechariah 9:10)
• (Ephesians 4:1-6) “One hope.”
• (Ephesians 6:3) Why would Paul say this to people who were going to heaven?
• (Revelation 5:10)
• (Revelation 21:1-4)
• (John 14:2-4) Notice that he says “I will come again and get you.”

This subject goes into some much further topics that can be answered scripturally, but would
also take much time. Already some of the verses that I’ve sighted for the previous box back this
up.

Christ represents the union between the spiritual realm and the physical realm. Born of a
woman and the seed of God. This is why we can experience being in heavenly places in our
spirit. Because Christ already opened the door with his death, burial, and resurrection. We see
in the final chapters of Revelation, a contrasting account of exactly what happened in the
beginning chapters of Genesis. The spiritual and physical realms were severed by Adam, and
now they will be perfectly in union. Heaven and Earth are one again. God’s tent, the Holy City,
New Jerusalem will be here forever.

Understanding scripture has to come from looking at things spiritually. But when we consider all
the scriptures with this scope of understanding, there are no issues that we have to explain
away. None of it is convoluted. I don’t have to explain anything from an outside source because
it is all contained. The Kingdom of the Heavens will soon be here on earth.

And while these things are very important to understand in relation to the teachings of
Jehovah’s Witnesses, it really doesn't matter if a Christian is under the impression that they are
going to heaven or earth. This is simply a doctrinal matter that is secondary to the Gospel of
Jesus Christ, which is this: “Jesus, the Son of God, came in the flesh; died, buried, and rose on
the third day so that all who have faith that his blood was spilled for the forgiveness of their sins
can repent, be baptized, and receive the Holy Spirit that grants us a new birth.” We are united
by love, not doctrine.
Again, I apologize for coming off heated in my last email. But I was speaking this way to stir
your heart. Because I have faith that no one loves the Lord Jesus Christ like you do without
coming to an accurate knowledge of truth. And when I see the beating of my fellow slaves, I’m
urged to do as Moses did (just joking kind of). By denying you the cup, they are denying the
forgiveness of your sins. Because either Christ died for your sins, or he didn’t. And let this one
truth sink into your heart… It is true that many partakers are indeed the “mentally ill”. Do you
know why? Because Christ paid for them… “Healthy people do not need a physician, but those
who are ill do.” (Matthew 9:12) And God loves those people so much. He has chosen the foolish
to put the wise to shame. 1 Timothy 1:5-7 aptly applies to the Governing Body. (Roman 3:21,
22)

As you can see, my list of scriptures is quite comprehensive. Even then, I’m sure I missed
many. But I am quite aware that it is still not I that imparts knowledge. Still there is so much
more to share. May the God of all wisdom and understanding bless you. (Matthew 11:25-30)

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