Will Only 144,000 People Be Saved? Responding to Jehovah’s Witnesses’ False Claims (The Faith Explained)

Cale Clarke breaks down a big misconception that Jehovah’s Witnesses have about who gets into heaven.

🚀 What Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Believe?

Jehovah’s Witnesses claim that only 144,000 people will go to heaven. This idea comes from their reading of the Book of Revelation (chapters 7 and 14). They think this number is literal and refers to a special “anointed class” that gets heavenly access, while the rest get to live forever on a perfect Earth.

🧐 Key Bible Passages:

  • Revelation 7:4-8: Talks about 144,000 people sealed from the tribes of Israel.
  • Revelation 14:1-5: Mentions the 144,000 standing with the Lamb on Mount Zion, who are celibate and blameless.

If this number is taken literally, it means the 144,000 must be celibate Jewish males from the tribes of Israel. This interpretation excludes a huge chunk of humanity, including key figures like the Blessed Mother. Jehovah’s Witnesses run into issues when their membership surpassed 144,000, leading to a re-interpretation that those joining after 1935 couldn’t be part of this heavenly group.

📜 The Catholic Take:

Cale argues that the 144,000 number in Revelation is symbolic, representing completeness and perfection, not a literal headcount.

  • Symbolic Meaning: Numbers in Revelation often symbolize bigger truths. A multitude from every nation is described in Revelation 7:9.
  • Heaven’s Population: Revelation 14 and 21 show more than 144,000 in heaven. God’s kingdom isn’t limited by numbers.

🔥 Critique of the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Translation:

Cale points out issues with the New World Translation that Jehovah’s Witnesses use, which can lead to different interpretations compared to other Bible versions.

🌟 Wrapping It Up:

The belief that only 144,000 will be saved doesn’t hold up. The Catholic Church teaches that heaven is open to all who follow Christ, with no limit on numbers. God’s grace is boundless, welcoming a vast, uncountable crowd into eternal life.

So next time someone tells you only 144,000 will be saved, you’ll know the real deal! 🙌✨

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