What Are Jehovah’s Witnesses and What Do They Believe?

Jehovah’s Witnesses believes that the Bible is the full testament of God, and that their savior is Jesus.  They have been around for more than a century, and have a firm belief in Bible prophecy and believe strongly that Armageddon is almost upon us.


One of the early leaders, Charles Taze Russel and his Bible groups believed that the end of the world would happen in 1914.  When this date passed uneventfully, they now believe that it indeed happened then, but on a spiritual, invisible level.


The Jehovah’s Witnesses take their name from the Book of Isaiah, Chapter 42, Verses 10 and 11.  The name of God is Jehovah, and they are His witnesses, trying to convert others to follow the word of God.  This religion has grown remarkably quickly in the last century or so, and now boasts more than 16 million followers in the United States, Mexico and Brazil.


As for their beliefs, they differ from some of the other Christian groups.  For example, they do not believe in the Holy Trinity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost as the Catholic religion does.  In other words, they don’t believe that Jesus is actually God, and so they pray to God rather than Jesus.


When the end of the physical world happens, Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that 144,000 people will be able to go to Heaven.  The remaining people who have been saved will be resurrected and live on Earth, which will be a new Eden.  Those not worthy will simply no longer exist in physical or spiritual form.  Jehovah’s Witnesses do not celebrate birthdays or holidays.


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