(The following was written by Dylan Valenzuela, a member of the Biblical Worldview Academy.He created a strategy to use with Jehovah Witnesses. For additional information about their beliefs concerning the 144,000 read the archived 5 part series “Accurately Interpreting the Scriptures.”Steve)
I saw two Jehovah Witness ladies coming up my hill as I was leaving with my girlfriend to play tennis. If you know me, I could not pass up my opportunity to talk to these ladies and get them to think about their organization and the Truth of God's Word. I had to think fast, so I asked them if I could have one of their pamphlets they were handing out (I knew this was a good approach because they always have materials). When they handed me a pamphlet they asked if I had any questions; I said that I had one, “How do I get to heaven?” They said that was a good question and the Bible only a select group can go to heaven; all other believers go to a “Paradise Earth.” I then asked, “Well who gets to go to heaven?” They replied only the 144,000. I asked if they knew anyone who was one of the 144,000 and they said yes. I then told them Revelation 14 gives the criteria for who are the 144,000.I said the Bible says they are male, Jewish, and virgins. I then asked if the people they knew were male, Jewish, and virgins; they replied that our two religions think differently on this subject. I said just because we believe in two different Jesus' (which was a loaded statement) does not mean we cannot agree that the Bible is authoritative and that we can agree upon its contents. They reluctantly agreed. I then said that I had to go, but I gave them a challenge; I told them to read Revelation 14 again and if I was wrong, come back to my house and show me where I was mistaken. If I was right, come back anyway so that we can explore this topic. They agreed and as I was driving away I looked in my rear view mirror watching them frantically turning the pages of their Bible searching for answers. I was extremely excited I got to use this tactic. I have desired to ask this question to other Jehovah Witnesses ever since my last discussion with two very knowledgeable Jehovah Witness friends of mine (they were stumped as well). I think the issue of the 144,000 is a key to breaking down barriers in discussions with Jehovah Witnesses. Once they realize anyone can go to heaven through faith in Jesus Christ, it gives them hope they never believed possible.