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Hello.

1)How do you figure out that there are 2 groups of saved? First group goes to Heaven, the other stays on Earth. The ones are resurrected as spirits, the others as flesh.

Is this belief teached in the NT books? Is there a distinction between Christians?

2)Also I know that JWs say that there are 2 resurrections. The first is again for the 144000, the other is for the rest.

In the last chapter of Daniel I read that there are 2 resurrections. The first is of the righteous one, the other is of the lost.

Sound crazy? Resurrected to be punished?

But isnt this belief in the next passage

2 And there will be many of those asleep in the ground of dust who will wake up,+ these to indefinitely lasting life+ and those to reproaches [and] to indefinitely lasting abhorrence.+

How do you explain this?

Thank you

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Hi Christa,

Thank you for writing.

Your questions are good for it has something to do with our salvation and as you say our"Destination". It's good to know this as it gives us direction in life, other wise we're just like the "beasts in the field" - existing just because it exist - with no real meaning to life.  

But to fully understand and appreciate the significance of your questions, you need to know this simple fact. In the beginning there was no need for two destinations, for mankind was originally meant to live forever on earth.

Jehovah God said to Adam and Eve:

“. . .God blessed them and God said to them: “Be fruitful and become many and fill the earth and subdue it, and have in subjection the fish of the sea and the flying creatures of the heavens and every living creature that is moving upon the earth.”” (Genesis 1:28)

Thus right from the start the future of mankind is bright - to live forever on a paradise earth as RIGHTEOUS people.

But this marvelous future was not theirs just for the taking. No, the first human couple needed to prove first they deserve such blessed future.

SO a simple test of obedience was provided by God to determine this.


“. . .And Jehovah God also laid this command upon the man: “From every tree of the garden you may eat to satisfaction. 17 But as for the tree of the knowledge of good and bad you must not eat from it, . . .” (Genesis 2:16, 17)

The command was first given to Adam then later on Adam taught his wife Eve about it.

Thus both knew that the consequence of disobeying the command is death.

“. . .for in the day you eat from it you will positively die.”” (Genesis 2:17)

Sadly, they made the wrong choice.

“. . .Consequently the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was something to be longed for to the eyes, yes, the tree was desirable to look upon. So she began taking of its fruit and eating it. Afterward she gave some also to her husband when with her and he began eating it. . .” (Genesis 3:6)

The result of their disobedience came true and we're the beneficiary of it.

“. . .That is why, just as through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men because they had all sinned. . .” (Romans 5:12)

But all is not lost ...

“. . .For God loved the world so much that he gave his only-begotten Son, in order that everyone exercising faith in him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

By means of Christ's ransom sacrifice, Adam and Eve's offspring - mankind can be redeemed!

By "exercising faith" in Jesus' sacrifice, we can gain salvation from death into everlasting life.

And through Jesus, Jehovah's plan for mankind was further revealed!

That Jesus IS the DESIGNATED King in God's Kingdom and along with him are 144,000 co-rulers. These co-rulers will rule in heaven with Christ for a thousand years.

Scripture says:

“. . .And they came to life and ruled as kings with the Christ for a thousand years. 5 (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. 6 Happy and holy is anyone having part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no authority, but they will be priests of God and of the Christ, and will rule as kings with him for the thousand years.” (Revelation 20:4-6)

These co-rulers with Christ as the scripture say are part of the "first resurrection". And the "second death has no authority" over them but upon those who are part of the second resurrection - "The rest of the dead".

It is these people that prophecy of Daniel is applied to namely:

“. . .And there will be many of those asleep in the ground of dust who will wake up, these to indefinitely lasting life and those to reproaches [and] to indefinitely lasting abhorrence.” (Daniel 12:2)

Those that are part of the "first resurrection", those "asleep in the ground of dust who will wake up, these to indefinitely lasting life" in the heavens.

As promised by Jesus (those who belong to him):

“. . .2 In the house of my Father there are many abodes. Otherwise, I would have told YOU, because I am going my way to prepare a place for YOU. 3 Also, if I go my way and prepare a place for YOU, I am coming again and will receive YOU home to myself, that where I am YOU also may be. 4 And where I am going YOU know the way.”” (John 14:2-4)


“. . .But each one in his own rank: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who belong to the Christ during his presence.” (1 Corinthians 15:23)

But as for those that are part of the second resurrection who will refuse to accept Christ's ransom sacrifice "will wake up, ...to indefinitely lasting abhorrence.”

That is, the second death - eternal destruction.


I'll leave it here for now as there are more scriptures I can add (if needed).  

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