One of the latest WTs rehashes this core JW theology. I know it's old hat, but I feel it's always worth pointing out, as it's one of the major things to wake me up and it's relatively easily proven using the Bible alone.
Throughout the Bible, there are
many examples of men of faith who re-
ceived holy spirit; yet, they did not have
the hope of living in heaven.
. . .
John the Baptist
was “filled with holy spirit.” (Luke 1:13-
16) Jesus said that there was no man
greater than John, but then he said that
John would not be included in the heav-
enly Kingdom. (Matt. 11:10, 11)
Jesus didn't say that. He implied that those coming after him would accomplish greater things.
It simply means that
Jehovah will bring them back to life in
Paradise on earth.—John 5:28, 29; Acts
Again, it says nothing of the sort. Those two scriptures cited simply make general references to the resurrection. They say nothing at all about Earth, but to any JW casually reading, the inclusion of 'references' makes it seem superficially reinforced.
The vast majority of God’s servants
on earth today do not have the hope of
living in heaven.
Because they are told that isn't an option.
Like Abraham, Sarah,
David, John the Baptist, and many oth-
er men and women in Bible times, they
look forward to living on earth when
God’s Kingdom will rule over them.
That last scripture cited says,
"For he was awaiting the city having real foundations, whose designer and builder is God."
Of course this scripture isn't talking about Earth, as just a few verses later it says,
"But now they are reaching out for a better place, that is, one belonging to heaven."
"Belonging to heaven"? I know, it sounds awkward. That's because this is one of WTs most obvious deliberate mis-translations. Virtually all other Bibles say 'a better place, a heavenly one', but they out of necessity twist the wording.
The scripture immediately goes on to say about Abraham and company,
"he has prepared a city for them"
and in this case the WT slips up. They include a cross reference to another scripture very close by that specifically identifies that city.
"a city of the living God, heavenly Jerusalem".