Thy Kingdom Come
To help a Jehovah’s Witnesses (JW) to see his need for salvation it is imperative that one know what the JW has been taught by the Watchtower (WT) organization about the Kingdom of God, and the missing facts that are very obvious (once stated), but almost never realized until it would be mentioned by you in the following kingdom dialog. The best way to help a JW is to ask him questions and then ask him to read scripture to you. If you remember to ask questions rather than telling him things, it will give the Holy Spirit an opportunity to get him to think and answer the questions for himself apart from the WT’s preprogrammed responses.
Watchtower’s View of the Kingdom of God
- Only the 144,000 (the “anointed ones” of which all WT leaders claim to be) have a heavenly hope.
- All the rest have an earthly hope that would begin by being resurrected at Armageddon.
Missing Facts about the Kingdom of God
- Since the beginning of time, the Kingdom of God has always existed in two places: in heaven with the creation of angles and on earth with the creation of man.
- Without being born-again one will never see or enter the Kingdom of God whether in heaven or on earth.
- How does one become righteous?
Dialog with A JW
You can ask this question any time a JW has begun a conversation with you: “What are your prospects or hopes for the Kingdom?” He may reply by saying, “What do you mean by the Kingdom?” You may reply by saying, “By ‘kingdom’ I mean a form of government.” The JW may say, “I have an earthly hope,” and then quote Ps 37:29: The righteous shall inherit the [earth] land [the New World Translation will say earth instead of land], and dwell therein forever.
Now make this statement and ask him if he agrees: Since the beginning of time, the Kingdom of God has always existed in two places: in heaven with the creation of angles and on earth with the creation of man. He will most likely agree.
What the JW must see and understand is being born-again (becoming a child of God by faith in Jesus Christ) is the only way for anyone to become righteous and enter the Kingdom of God whether it would be on earth or in heaven.
- What is your prospect or hope for the Kingdom?
- According to the Bible, how does a person become righteous, e.g., Abraham?
- Would you agree that according to the Bible the Kingdom of God, from the beginning, has always existed in two places: in heaven with the creation of the angels and on earth with the creation of man?
- How could you have a hope of seeing or entering God’s Kingdom if you have not been born-again (have become a child of God by faith in Jesus Christ)?
- The JW may say at this point that there are many different views about what it means to be born-again and you can reply by saying that in John 1:12-13 it clearly states how one is born-again: all people become children of God by faith (one cannot believe in a false Jesus and have true salvation, for He is the only way to the Father). John 1:12 says that faith and receiving Jesus Christ is how one becomes a child of God (has a spiritual birth and is born into the family of God) and John 1:13 says that there are three ways that one cannot become a child of God: by blood (one cannot become a child of God because he was born into a Christian family), the will of the flesh (one cannot just of himself become a child of God), or by the will of man (no man can sprinkle a person with water and then pronounce him to be a child of God or by any other ritual of religion), but he is born of God.
Here are the verses that show a JW that he is lost and has no earthly hope:
Joh 3:3&5 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Gen 15:6 And he [Abraham] believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
Rom 4:4-5 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. 5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
Being Born-again Not Limited To 144,000
1Jon 2:29 If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that everyone [not limited to 144,000] that doeth righteousness is born of him.
1Jon 3:9 Whosoever [not limited to 144,000] is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
1Jon 5:1 Whosoever [not limited to 144,000] believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.
Joh 1:12 But as many [not limited to 144,000] as received him [Jesus Christ], to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Gal 3:26 For ye are all [not limited to 144,000] the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
There are only two groups of people in the world: those who are the children of God and those who are not, the righteous and the unrighteous, the wheat and the tares…