The word 'paradise' appears 5011 times in Watchtower magazines from 1950 to 2011. It appears 1878 times in the Watchtower's 'Awake' magazine during the same time period.
The words 'paradise' and 'earth' occurs together in 6914 Watchtower articles from 1950 to 2011 and 2248 times in their 'Awake' magazine during the same time period.
The word paradise appears only 3 times in the Bible. Luke 23:43; 2 Cor 12:4; Rev 2:7; The phrase 'paradise earth' does not appear in the Bible at all.
One of the key doctrines of Jehovah's Witnesses is that after Armageddon, when Jehovah destroys the wicked who don't belong to 'His organization' (the Watchtower), he will restore our planet to a paradise, - the way it was meant to be in the Garden of Eden before Adam and Eve sinned. Paradise earth is one of the most popular topics in Watchtower literature. Watchtower Sept 1989
This will be a magical time. It's a time when there is no pain, suffering, tears, or death, - the former things have past away. It will be a time when all the dead will be resurrected to life on earth. They will be given a new, perfect body and reunite with their loved ones. Every JW fantasizes about what it will be like to live in this beautiful world after armageddon. Everyone looks forward to it.
If you've never been a JW before, you're probably saying, 'your kidding right?' No more death? No pain? No suffering? How can that be? What have you been smoking? No, it's not a joke. That's what Jehovah's people believe.
Jehovah's Witnesses believe that armageddon will be just like in the days of Noah. People were eating, drinking, getting married, and enjoying life. However Noah was hard at work building a huge boat no where near a lake. Everyone laughed at him. But then the rains came. It was too late for people to enter the ark. All of them died because they didn't listen, - men, women, and children, all perished in this global catastrophic event. Only a few people and some animals survived the flood. Everyone else in the world perished. Luke 26:17-30
If the phrase paradise earth doesn't occur in the Bible, why does the Watchtower teach it? According to Bill Cetnar, former member who worked for the president of the Watchtower, prior to 1935 all Jehovah's Witnesses believed they were going to heaven. The trouble was that the Watchtower has always taught that only 144,000 people are going to heaven. By 1935 there were more than 144,000 Jehovah's Witnesses.
According to Mr Cetnar, the Watchtower solved the problem by teaching that only 144,000 go to heaven to rule with Jesus, but everyone else gets to live on a paradise earth. Everyone before 1935 belonged to the 'anointed class' that goes to heaven. Everyone who was baptized after 1935 belongs to the 'Great Crowd' and gets to live on a paradise earth.
That's where the idea came from that the organization was run by the 144,000 'anointed' ones and they were God's 'faithful and discreet slave' that dispensed 'spiritual food' to members of the Great Crowd. In fact the Watchtower taught that story as 'the truth' for several decades. However in 2012, the Watchtower said the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses or about 10 men are God's slave and that a small number of 'brothers' at Brooklyn headquarters have always run the organization since 1919. See False Teachings About The 144,000 Since 1919
For more information about this and other crazy Watchtower teachings, have a look at these funny and eye opening videos, Former Jehovah's Witnesses Testify (on The John Ankerberg Show)
The concept of 'paradise earth' is one of those beliefs that the Watchtower talks about over and over again. It is the reward that motivates Witnesses to remain faithful to the organization even when they get tired or have nagging doubts. It's a reason for staying.
Although everlasting life on a paradise earth sounds really tempting to JW's, there is a dark side that no one talks about. Many questions remain unanswered and there are nagging doubts as to the truthfulness of the paradise earth story Jehovah's Witnesses are promised.
Take a look at each and every one of the promises. If you are a JW, take some paper and write down what your world will really be like after armageddon. Spend a few days imagining what it will be like, if billions of people died over night and only JW's were spared.
If you are a JW, will you survive after armageddon long enough for paradise to be restored? Who will take care of your basic needs? Think about the goods and services we take for granted, ... electricity, water, fuel, communications, groceries, ...
If you're a JW, how will Jehovah eliminate pain, suffering, tears, and death in a real world? Will you have no emotions? Will nothing ever upset you again? Will you have no more physical sensations? Will you be totally numb to pain? Will you never get into an accident? If you accidentally fall will you feel no pain? Will you never get hurt? Will germs and bacteria never cause you to get sick?
If all the dead are resurrected and no one dies, how long will it take for the world to be filled to capacity? Will there be enough food for everyone for an eternity? How will the entire earth be governed logistically without electricity, modern communications and transport?
Certainly all things are possible with God, but think long and hard about the paradise earth you're praying for.
One way or another, all of us who love God, - whether we are a JW or not, would love to see a time when true peace, security, and love exists globally.
Yes, of course a better world is possible. Good people around the world are praying for it. We are moving in that direction now. The world is rapidly changing due to the internet, instant global communication, TV, radio, and jet travel. People are discovering that the people they didn't like or understand might be alright after all. People are becoming more tolerant, loving, accepting, and less judgmental. Bigotry and hatred is being replaced with understanding and kindness. Even though there are some radical groups and individuals who would love to harm people who are different, Millions of people are moving towards love instead of hate.