(03/16/2007-Cleaned up grammar mistakes, and other housekeeping.)
I wanted to share my eschatology journey so as to give a background to where I have come from. This is from my memory, which my wife will tell you isn’t very good so when I discuss the Jehovah’s Witnesses doctrine, I am recalling what I remember about the teaching at that time and it is quite possible it is not exactly what they taught. There may be more, but these are the doctrines that always stood out. So with that disclaimer out of the way, let me begin.
For as long as I can remember of my youth, I attended Jehovah Witnesses(JW) meetings, assemblies and conventions up until I was 16. I was never baptized, but did go door to door in my younger years until the JW’s changed who could go door to door. What I recall believing about end-times is this: Armageddon was imminent, meaning it could happen at any moment. I recall nothing being required to occur before Christ’s Second Coming and don’t recall any sort of rapture. 144,000 JW’s would goto heaven and the rest would stay on paradise on Earth. I remember seeing pictures of children playing with animals that you would not play with today (i.e. lions, tigers, etc.) This was basically a return to the garden of Eden before the fall. This would last for 1000 years, and Satan would be loosened.