The December 15th, 2013 Watchtower previews what to expect at proceedings of the Lord’s Supper, by relating the following: “The speaker will explain the two distinct hopes set out in the Bible for Christians.”
However, does the Bible truly lay out two distinct hopes? Ephesians 4:4 says, “One body there is, and one spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling.” Therefore, the Bible plainly spells out one unified hope, not two distinct hopes.
Where did the idea of two hopes originate? From an interpretation of the highly symbolic book of Revelation. In particular, the idea stems from tying the Great Crowd of Revelation 7:9-17 to the Other Sheep of John 10:16. But what happens when we do the proper exegesis of these passages? In particular, do the Great Crowd render sacred service in the symbolic Temple OR do they serve in an inner or outer courtyard? What are the implications of the Great Crowd’s location relative to this spiritual temple?
Hopefully the above series will be helpful in examining the identity of the Other Sheep, in better understanding the Great Crowd, and the One Hope that is laid out in the Holy Scriptures.