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if I recall, 144,000 people will be in heaven ruling with God. The rest will be here on earth.
During the millenium, anyone who is not really really evil will be resurrected and will have 1000 years to accept Jesus. Then the judgement. Those who accept Jesus will live forever, those who don't will cease to exist.
Then after the millenium the earth will be a paradise and go on forever with those who accepted Jesus living on earth ruled by the 144,000 in heaven.
Jehovah's Witnesses believe that the "new heavens and new earth" don't primarily refer to any alteration in the physical constituents of heaven or earth, but rather have reference to social factors, just as in the Psalms sometimes the human race viewed as a collective is referred to as "the earth". The "new heavens" are constituted by the theocratic government, while the "new earth" is, as Sparko noted, the new society of godly people. Consider what they wrote in the first volume of Isaiah's Prophecy--Light for All Mankind (p. 382):
I should add that this isn't especially new. On page 315 of the seventh volume of Studies in the Scriptures, they quoted from a 1916 issue of Zion's Watch Tower, in which it was written:Russell also glosses the "old heavens" as being the apostate churches of Christendom, and the present earth is said to be burned by "hunger, and the misrule of beastly governments".
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