I know that present-day Jehovah's Witnesses believe that 144,000 are to go to heaven and rule alongside Jesus, and that the survivors of Armageddon along with those who will be resurrected are to live on earth with the prospect of living here forever.
> What did Pastor Russell and the Bible Students originally believe about the earth?
> Did they believe that the earth would always exist and that it would become a paradise?
> Did Russell or any of the Bible Students entertain the hope of living forever upon the earth?
> Or, did they believe that going to heaven was the only hope that there was?
Thanks for any help that can be given with regards to my questions.