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Consequently, some Jehovah's Witnesses have been persecuted and their activities are banned or restricted in some countries.
Persistent legal challenges by Jehovah's Witnesses have influenced legislation related to civil rights in several countries.
From 1932, it was taught that the "little flock" of 144,000 would not be the only people to survive Armageddon.
Rutherford explained that in addition to the 144,000 "anointed" who would be resurrected—or transferred at death—to live in heaven to rule over earth with Christ, a separate class of members, the "great multitude," would live in a paradise restored on earth; from 1935, new converts to the movement were considered part of that class.
In June 1917, he released The Finished Mystery as a seventh volume of Russell's Studies in the Scriptures series.
Thirty congregations were founded, and during 18, Russell visited each to provide the format he recommended for conducting meetings.They consider the use of God's name vital for proper worship.They reject Trinitarianism, inherent immortality of the soul, and hellfire, which they consider to be unscriptural doctrines.They do not observe Christmas, Easter, birthdays or other holidays and customs they consider to have pagan origins incompatible with Christianity.