WHEN A "JEHOVAH'S WITNESS
KNOCKS ON YOUR DOOR..."
December 1, 1987 Issue
Recently a Witness came by my house and we studied for three weeks. This Witness was so anxious to study with me he even agreed to lay aside the New World Translation and study with me out of the King James Version. The second study we had went so well I decided to use it as a standard approach anytime I have an opportunity to study with a Witness. Below is a basic dialogue which can be used effectively in a home study. The following conversation is the essence of my study with "Jim." I hope you can benefit from these notes and use them the next time a Witness knocks on your door.
George: "Jim, I would like you to explain to me why the Witnesses believe only 144,000 are going to heaven, but the rest of Gods saved people will live eternally on earth."
Jim: "Read Revelation 7:48."
George: (I read Revelation 7:4-8, but I also included verse 9. After reading I asked this:) "Tell me now, which tribe of Israel was brother Rutherford from?"
Jim: "Oh he was not from a literal tribe of Israel."
George: "You mean these are not literal tribes, but the 144,000 is a literal number?"
George: "What are these tribes mentioned here if they are not literal?"
Jim: "They are referring to spiritual Israel."
George: "I thought all of Gods children were spiritual Israel according to Romans 2:28-29."
Jim: "No, only the 144,000 are."
George: "Then what does that make you?"
Jim: "I am not part of the 144,000."
George: "If the 144,000 are spiritual Israel, and you are not a part of spiritual Israel, would that make you a spiritual Gentile?"
Jim: "I never thought of it like that before, but I guess it would mean that."
George: "Well, if the 144,000 are spiritual Israel, and the rest of you guys are spiritual Gentiles, what does that make the rest of mankind who are lost?"
Jim: "They are just lost; they are not anything."
George: "Now what will happen to you spiritual Gentiles?"
Jim: "We will inherit the earth."
George: "What passage teaches that?"
Jim: "Psalm 37:10-11"
George: (I read the passage.) "Now let me ask you this, Was brother Rutherford a meek man?"
Jim: "Of course he was meek, or he would not have studied his Bible."
George: "Well, Psalm 37:11 says the meek will inherit the earth. Will brother Rutherford inherit the earth?"
Jim: "No, he is part of the 144,000."
George: "What scriptures teach that meek people in spiritual Israel go to heaven, but meek spiritual Gentiles stay on earth?"
Jim: "Revelation 14:3 says the 144,000 were redeemed FROM the earth, but the rest of the saved (the great multitude of Revelation 7:9) are BEFORE the throne. BEFORE the throne indicates the earth which is Gods footstool before His throne (Matthew 5:35)."
George: "According to Revelation 14:3 the 144,000 are also BEFORE the throne. Further more, the great multitude of Revelation 7:9 are "in Gods temple" (7:15) where "they shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat" (7:16). If the sun is not shining on them, they must not be living on earth.
Jim: "No, I never heard that before."
George: "Well, I would like you think that over, and when you come back next week maybe you will have found the passage that says only some meek people will inherit the earth literally, but other meek people (the 144,000) will not."
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