Jehovah`s Witness/Gehenna

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Hi DW

Welcome back.

I wanted to ask you what Gehenna is. I was speaking to my friend who is a witness and he said it's a different place to hell so I'm quite confused right now can you help me.

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Hi mate

Thanks for writing

I'm unaware of the conversation you have been having and exactly to what you are referring. To tell me your JW friend told you "Gehenna is a different place to hell" could mean a number of different things depending on the context of the conversation. So I'll give an answer and then if you need to follow up you're more than welcome.

The truth is when you die you can go to three places

1)Heaven

2)Sheol/Hades

3)Gehenna

Heaven is for the royal priesthood

Rev 5:

9 "you bought persons for God out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, 10 and you made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God, and they are to rule as kings over the earth"

Rev 7:

4  "And I heard the number of those who were sealed, a hundred and forty-four thousand"

Sheol/Hades is where most people go when they die. It's just a state of sleep, which you will be waken from.

Eccl 9:

5 "as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all"

Luke 8:

52 "STOP weeping, for she did not die but is sleeping"

Acts 24:

15 "there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous"

Gehenna is the one where you don't want to go. That's it if you go to Gehenna, you will never exist again ever.

Now the reality is ,it isn't literally a different place to Sheol/Hades . All it means is Jehovah forget's you. He forgets your blueprint your DNA he forgets how to resurrect you or who you are. It's really Jehovah's state of mind toward you.

Let's see the scripture again. This time i'll add brackets

Luke 8:

52 "STOP weeping, for she did not die(go to Gehenna) but is sleeping(In Sheol/Hades)"

Here's a further scripture

Matt 10:

28  "And do not become fearful of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul, but rather be in fear of him that can destroy both soul and body in Ge·hen′na"

So a person who go's to Sheol/Hades isn't really dead they're still alive in Jehovah's memory on the other hand a person who Jehovah forgets is really dead in Gehenna.

Who are these??

They are the wicked. Not the unrighteous, but the wicked. It's two separate things . We've seen this scripture.

Acts 24:

15 " there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous"

So we know the unrighteous will get a resurrection.

But these here would be among the wicked now.

Heb 6:

4  "For it is impossible as regards those who have once for all been enlightened, and who have tasted the heavenly free gift, and who have become partakers of holy spirit, 5 and who have tasted the fine word of God and powers of the coming system of things, 6 but who have fallen away, to revive them again to repentance, because they impale the Son of God afresh for themselves and expose him to public shame"

These are among those who would go to Gehenna.

Now I think my explanation is simple enough, however if not here's a really simple explanation of the difference between Sheol/Hades and Gehenna. Here's the difference in one scripture.

Sheol/Hades:

Eccl 9:

5 "as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all(until they are awaken in the resurrection)"

Gehenna:

Eccl 9:

5 "as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all(for all eternity)"


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I have many years of experience serving Jehovah . I have known Jehovah a long time and I have known his organization . I have been privileged to see great progress not only in my own personal relationship with my God and Father but within his organization. I am an avid reader of the bible and have been gifted by my Father with the indescribable privilege of being allowed to understand his own word.

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The truth is all about scripture and logic. The two go hand in hand . There is not one bible verse that cannot be understood within the realms of human reasoning. Not one!! Why would it?? The bible is God's message to his creation . His creation who he made to understand things in a specific way. God is not stupid or unwise as to leave as a message then allow us to guess what it means or who he is. 1 Tim 2:3This is fine and acceptable in the sight of our Savior, God, 4whose will is that all sorts of people should be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of truth" Notice the expression "accurate knowledge".

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The bible leaves signs of true christianity there are many. Jehovah's witnesses meet every single sign. One sign is the removal of false teachings that permeated the world soon after the apostles died. Jesus foretold this and he also foretold of the restoration of pure worship in the period known as the last days. The days we are currently living in. Jesus was a master of using illustrations he used an illustration to highlight this point Matt 13: "The Kingdom of the heavens may be likened to a man who sowed fine seed in his field. 25While men were sleeping, his enemy came and oversowed weeds in among the wheat and left. 26When the stalk sprouted and produced fruit, then the weeds also appeared. 27So the slaves of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow fine seed in your field? How, then, does it have weeds?’ 28He said to them, ‘An enemy, a man, did this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go out and collect them?’ 29He said, ‘No, for fear that while collecting the weeds, you uproot the wheat with them. 30Let both grow together until the harvest, and in the harvest season, I will tell the reapers: First collect the weeds and bind them in bundles to burn them up; then gather the wheat into my storehouse" Why did he speak in illustrations? Matt 13:10So the disciples came and said to him: “Why do you speak to them by the use of illustrations?” 11In reply he said: “To you it is granted to understand the sacred secrets of the Kingdom of the heavens, but to them it is not granted" The kingdom of the heavens is full of sacred secrets that Jesus reveals only to his followers. This privilege is open to all who are really willing to submit to God and his Christ in action not just in words. These are the ones God is looking for. Are you really one?? If so I encourage you to let Jehovah's witnesses show you what the Bible really teaches.

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False religion is disgusting to God and to his true worshippers it is likened in the Bible to a harlot Rev 17:"I will show you the judgment upon the great harlot who sits on many waters, 2with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, whereas those who inhabit the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication" Whereas the bride of Christ is likened to a virgin Rev 14: 4"These are the ones who did not defile themselves with women; in fact, they are virgins" These are both used as spiritual terms here and show the importance of pure and clean worship for God's people.

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