Before we get into this topic, it’s important to understand that Jehovah’s Witnesses have two separate “hopes”, forming two classes of Witnesses. The first is the 144,000 who are going to heaven, and the second is the great crowd, who are going to live forever on a paradise Earth. Having said that, Do Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that they’re the only ones going to heaven?
Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that they’re the only ones going to heaven. They believe that only 144,000 anointed Jehovah’s Witnesses will go to heaven and the remaining Jehovah’s Witnesses will live forever on a paradise Earth, and worldly people (non-Jehovah’s Witnesses) will be killed at Armageddon.
Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that everyone who died before the start of Armageddon will be resurrected, to be judged. Of those resurrected ones, any whom do not want to become Jehovah’s Witnesses will be “removed” from this “New World”
Essentially, Jehovah’s Witnesses believe and teach that they are the only ones who are worthy of salvation and that everyone is going to be destroyed soon at Armageddon as part of this “wicked world”.
Furthermore, Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that Armageddon is going to be very soon, which brings me to my next point.
Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that worldly people (non-witnesses) are going to be killed soon at Armageddon
I am sure by now, you are wondering what will happen to non-Jehovah’s Witnesses (commonly referred to by the Witnesses as “worldly people”).
When asked about this upfront, a Jehovah’s Witness will tell you a whitewashed and watered-down version of their belief, omitting all of the sensitive parts that might offend you. Brace yourself as I give you the uncensored version of what their beliefs and teachings really are.
In their own words, as published in an article called “Remaining Organized for Survival Into the Millennium” in their 1989 Watchtower magazine, “Only Jehovah’s Witnesses, those of the anointed remnant and the “great crowd,” as a united organization under the protection of the Supreme Organizer, have any Scriptural hope of surviving the impending end of this doomed system dominated by Satan the Devil.”
Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that non-Jehovah’s Witnesses are wicked and that they are going to be killed when Armageddon comes. Worldly children and babies are also to be killed, as explained in their book, “Reasoning from the Scriptures”, on page 47 “when God destroyed the wicked he likewise destroyed their little ones.”
Jehovah’s Witnesses further clarified this belief in another publication called “Reasoning from the Scriptures”, on page 47, stating that “when God destroyed the wicked he likewise destroyed their little ones.” Does this sound moral to you? That a child will be killed simply because their parents don’t want to be Jehovah’s Witnesses?
Jehovah’s Witnesses believe there will be a resurrection of the “unrighteous” to be judged
After Armageddon is complete, and everyone except for Jehovah’s Witnesses have been annihilated, there will be a resurrection of people who died before the start of Armageddon, including worldly people, known as the unrighteous ones. These “unrighteous” resurrected ones will be offered a chance to become one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and if they refuse, they will be “removed” from this new world, for good.
Why do Jehovah’s water down their true beliefs for the public?
The organization always presents a watered-down version of their beliefs when a “worldly” person asks them a sensitive question. A perfect example of this is their response to the question on their official website “Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Feel That They Are the Only People Who Will Be Saved?“.
This article is nothing but a public relations piece and is designed to give the organization a tolerant outward appearance. I have taken the time to break down this article in another blog post: Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Feel That They Are the Only People Who Will Be Saved? [REVIEWED]
Based on my personal experience in the field ministry with other Jehovah’s Witnesses, everyone knows that we are not supposed to tell “worldly” people the harsher “truths” about our teachings. We’re taught that “worldly” people and newly baptized ones are “spiritual babies” (spiritually immature) and that they can only digest “soft food”.
But the real reason we are not supposed to tell the public is that it would scare them off, and rightly so! The leaders know that if we tell the public what we really believe, no one would ever join the group.
Why then do Jehovah’s Witnesses keep this horrible teaching?
Using fear to prevent members from trying to leave a cult is a textbook mind-control technique, and the fear of dying at Armageddon is a powerful tool in exercising control over people.
This is one of many tactics used by cults and high control groups to induce extreme and often irrational fear of death, as a result of leaving the group. Very often, these harsh teachings are only uncovered by the individual when it is too late to leave, or when they are fully indoctrinated.
For most Christians, the idea of Armageddon is welcomed. To them, Armageddon is a universal battle between good and evil, freeing many, including non-Christians from wickedness, slavery, and abuse. However, the Jehovah’s Witnesses teaching on Armageddon is nothing to be excited about, in fact, it is disgusting, even if it’s only in theory.
Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that worldly people (non-Jehovah’s Witnesses) are wicked
Jehovah’s Witnesses do not see worldly people as equal to them. Again, this is not something they will admit to, but in reality, it is something that is obvious, both in their publications and in their behavior.
Non-Jehovah’s Witnesses are referred to as “worldly” people, a derogatory term used when talking about outsiders, “unbelievers”. Anyone who is not a Jehovah’s Witness is a “worldly” person.
Worldly people are often the subject of discussion in the publications of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. In the 1971 Watchtower Magazine, Jehovah’s Witnesses had the following to say about worldly people – “Worldly people are not governed by God’s principles, and a “nice” exterior can conceal wicked intents.”
Jehovah’s Witnesses are encouraged to keep away from “worldly” people, and in my personal experience, even “worldly” family members. This was emphasized in an article titled “Breathing This World’s “Air” Is Death-Dealing!” in the 1987 Watchtower magazine, explaining that “While some contact with worldly people is unavoidable-at work, at school, and otherwise-we must be vigilant so as to keep from being sucked back into the death-dealing atmosphere of this world.”
Later in the same article, the organization goes on to slander “worldly” people further by saying – “Let the world go along in its way, reaping its bad fruitage in the form of broken homes, illegitimate births, sexually transmitted diseases, such as AIDS, and countless other emotional and physical woes.”
Jehovah’s Witnesses truly believe that they are the only group that is morally clean and have good intentions, and they are convinced that anyone outside their group is wicked.
Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that Armageddon is Imminent
Jehovahs Witnesses have been taught that Armageddon is imminent since the beginning of the religion. This is part of the reason the organization has been so successful at recruiting millions of members over the years.
The belief that there is an impending Armageddon around the corner is imperative and gives the members a sense of urgency in their preaching and recruitment campaigns. This is what drives members to make huge sacrifices for the sake of the organization.
Jehovahs Witnesses make sacrifices for an imminent Armageddon
MATERIAL SACRIFICES – Many Jehovah’s Witnesses have made huge sacrifices for the sake of an imminent Armageddon that never materialized, and many were even commended for making these sacrifices. In a 1974 article titled “How Are You Using Your Life?”, brothers were commended for making similar sacrifices in anticipation of an expected Armageddon in 1975, stating that “Reports are heard of brothers selling their homes and property and planning to finish out the rest of their days in this old system in the pioneer service. Certainly this is a fine way to spend the short time remaining before the wicked world’s end.”
What happened to these brothers and sisters who sacrificed everything they had, including their youth? We will never know, but after attending a meeting at any Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, it will quickly become obvious that there are countless older ones who have little left to care for themselves, not even children.
HAVING CHILDREN – In another article named “Is This The Time To Have Children?”, couples were commended for taking the organization’s direction not to have children, stating that “The evidence is that Jesus’ prophecy will shortly have a major fulfillment, upon this entire system of things. This has been a major factor in influencing many couples to decide not to have children at this time. They have chosen to remain childless so that they would be less encumbered to carry out the instructions of Jesus Christ to preach…”
MARRIAGE – Single ones are also expected to make huge sacrifices in anticipation of an impending Armageddon. An article titled “Face the Facts” made it clear that single ones should not marry, by stating that “Would it be Scripturally proper for them to now marry and to begin to rear children? No, is the answer, which is supported by the Scripture . Those Jonadabs who now contemplate marriage, it would seem, would do better if they wait a few years, until the fiery storm of Armageddon is gone…”
As a result, many men and women gave up relationships and are now not only childless, unable to support themselves, but also have no partner.
Jehovah’s Witnesses have made countless failed Armageddon predictions
This constant doomsday narrative has resulted in many failed predictions for Armageddon, in 1914, 1925, 1975, and the early 2000’s. Each time a prediction has failed, they come up with new teaching and call it “new light”.
Since the earlier days of the organization, Armageddon has always been taught to be imminent. At any given time in their history, the end was always taught to be within that generation’s lifetime. This amounted to countless failed prophecies and destroyed many lives as people sold up their homes, abandoned the idea of getting married or having children, and neglecting to pursue education or careers, all in anticipation of the end.
This certainly has not changed, and today, they are still the boy who cried wolf, encouraging people to prepare for the end. The video below is just a modern example of the organization’s modus operandi when it comes to tricking followers into giving up their lives for the organization.