I want to deal with this topic biblically and at the same time address the Jehovah Witnesses believe concerning the 144,000. The central believe from the Jehovah Witnesses’ prospective is as follow,
Main article: The ‘anointed’ (Jehovah’s Witnesses and salvation) Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that exactly 144,000 faithful Christians from Pentecost of 33 AD until the present day will be resurrected to heaven as immortal spirit beings to spend eternity with God and Christ. They believe that these people are “anointed” by God to become part of the spiritual “Israel of God”. They believe the 144,000 (which they consider to be synonymous with the “little flock” of Luke 12:32) will serve with Christ as king-priests for a thousand years, while all other people accepted by God (the “other sheep” of John 10:16, composed of “the great crowd” of Revelation 7:9,14 and the resurrected “righteous and the unrighteous” ones of Acts 24:15), will be given an opportunity to live forever in a restored paradise on earth. Individual Witnesses indicate their claim of being “anointed” by partaking of the bread and wine at the annual Memorial of Christ’s death. More than 19,500 Witnesses worldwide—an increase of about 11,000 since 1995—claim to be of the anointed “remnant” of the 144,000.
There are a few outrageous and non-biblical issues that I would like to address here. 1) Where is the Restored Paradise on earth? The answer to this question is that there is no such a thing as a restored paradise on earth. The earth as we know it will pass away. Revelation 21:1 tells us, Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. (NIV) 2) Exactly where do we find two heavenly destinations, one for the 144,000 and another for the rest of us? There are only two final destinations, the Lake of Fire for those who died without Christ, whose names are not written in the Book of Life (Revelation 20:15) and, the New Jerusalem for those whose name is written in the Book of Life (Revelation 21:27) 3) Are the righteous and unrighteous enjoying the same final destination? This is an outrageous claim. We are made righteous through Jesus Romans 3:22. We find salvation through Him; without Him we are guilty. If the unrighteous and righteous enjoy the same destination, why did Jesus die for our sins? This is a different gospel all together and it must be rejected sharply.
So, what exactly does the Bible has to say about the 144,000 and what are their characteristics? The Biblical information is found in Revelation 7:1-8 and Revelation 14:1-5.
10 Characteristics of the 144,000
- They will be on earth during the time of the wrath of God (Revelation 6 – Revelation 7:1-2)
- They were seal by God (Revelation 7:3 / Revelation 14:1)
- They were servants of God; they obviously had a job to do during that time. (Revelation 7:3) A good guess is that God will use them to preach the gospel all over the world as this a theme all through Scripture. Up to Revelation 14 the Gospel is still being proclaimed. (Revelation 14:6-7) However, this is an educated guess.
- They were all Jewish, 12 thousand from every Tribe (Revelation 7:4-8) If you are not a Jew you are automatically not a part of this group.
- They sang a new song, a song specially interpreted by them before the throne of God (Revelation 14:2-3)
- They were redeemed from the earth (Revelation 14:3)
- They were all men (Revelation 14:4) If you are a woman you are automatically not a part of this group.
- They were all virgins (Revelation 14:4) If you are not a virgin, you are automatically not a part of this group.
- They followed Jesus faithfully (Revelation 14:4) It says that they followed the Lamb wherever the Lamb went. If you have not had that kind of faithfulness you are also disqualify from this group.
- They did not lie (Revelation 14:5) That disqualify the rest of us.
Truth is confirmed in God’s Word, not in the imagination and opinions of men.