To Whom It May Concern:
I have had several visits to my home from members of your Church and unfortunately I have either been away or have been on my way out. Saturdays are usually rather hectic days for me.
One of your members left me a small book to read and I have read portions of it. In addition, I have visited the official Jehovah’s Witness web page and have accessed the New World Translation online. Because I am rarely about my house on Saturdays I thought I would take a moment to write.
The booklet has been very thought provoking and although I cannot, in this small letter, address all the questions I have, I would like to deal with one small issue.
In the Revelation of John 7:9-16 we read
After these things I saw, and, look! a great crowd, which no man was able to number, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes; and there were palm branches in their hands. And they keep on crying with a loud voice, saying: “Salvation [we owe] to our God, who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb.” And all the angels were standing around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell upon their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying: “Amen! The blessing and the glory and the wisdom and the thanksgiving and the honor and the power and the strength [be] to our God forever and ever. Amen.” And in response one of the elders said to me: “These who are dressed in the white robes, who are they and where did they come from?” So right away I said to him: “My lord, you are the one that knows.” And he said to me: “These are the ones that come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. That is why they are before the throne of God; and they are rendering him sacred service day and night in his temple (NWT).
Here we see a numberless multitude (not 144,000) in heaven serving God. Obviously this multitude has received salvation. But how did they receive salvation? By washing their robes in the blood of the Lamb.
It is interesting to note that John received this revelation on the Lord’s day and on the Lord’s day early Christians met to receive the Body and Blood of Jesus in what is commonly called communion. It is through eating the Body and Blood of Jesus, truly not symbolically, that our robes are washed and we are made clean.
In John 6:53-56 we read
“How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” Accordingly Jesus said to them: “Most truly I say to YOU, Unless YOU eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, YOU have no life in yourselves. He that feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has everlasting life, and I shall resurrect him at the last day; for my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. He that feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood remains in union with me, and I in union with him (NWT)
The multitude of those who are saved in heaven that we read about in Revelation are the ones who have eaten the Flesh or our Lord and have drunk His Blood.
Jesus tell us “Remain in union with me, and I in union with YOU. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it remains in the vine, in the same way neither can YOU, unless YOU remain in union with me” (John 15:4 NWT).
How can we remain in Jesus? John 6:56 above gives us the answer: “He that feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood remains in union with me, and I in union with him.”
In light of these truths, I would like to encourage you to consider that the only Church, throughout 2,000 years of history, that has kept the words of Jesus faithfully and practiced all that He taught is the Roman Catholic Church. I know that many people have a preconceived notion of what the Catholic Church is, but much of what people believe about the Catholic Church isn’t Catholic at all.
If you have questions about the Catholic Church, please feel free to write to me, email me …