Our house has been blacklisted. The Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t come by anymore and the reason is clear: they have not been trained to respond to this question. One Jehovah Witness said that he had never seen this passage before. It is simple, yet profound.
Being new to the neighborhood, I was confronted with the quarterly go around of Jehovah’s Witnesses (JW’s). Like most people, I had a bad attitude about them coming. Thankfully, I had recently read a post of a guy who was excited that the Lord brought people to his doorstep so he could witness to them. Right or wrong, when the doorbell rang, I felt an obligation to open the door.
Two sixteen year old girls were at my doorstep. They were polite and asked if I would like to see their material. I took the pamphlets and asked them if they would come back next week while I read over it. I began to study what is different between JW’s and orthodox Christianity. For example, Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe Jesus is God and reject the Trinity.
The girls came back a few times and we had some discussions. They always had a comeback to everything I said until we discussed a few passages in Revelation. For my studies, I found a book called, Fast Facts on False Teachings by Ron Carlson and Ed Decker and based my approach off it.
I asked the girls to open up in their Bibles to read Revelation 1:8.
“I am the Alpha and Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
“Who is talking here?” I asked. They replied correcting by saying The Lord God, Jehovah. Agreeing with them, I asked them to turn to Revelation 21:5-7 and 22:13.
“And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.”
“I am the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the beginning and the end.”
Again, I asked who was talking here. The Alpha and Omega, Jehovah God is talking. Everyone is happy at this point in time. We found something we agree upon. I asked them to turn to one more passage because I had a question regarding who was talking.
They were excited because they were on a roll and I was nervous to see their response to the punchline. Finally, I asked them to turn to Revelation 1:17-18.
From their Bible, they read verse 17:
“When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.”
Telling them to stop, I asked them who was talking. Already seeing that the First and the Last is Jehovah, they rightly respond. I said, “Alright, read the next verse.”
Revelation 1:18: “I am the Living One, I was dead, and behold I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”
With wide eyes, they looked at me and I asked, “When did Jehovah die?” They looked at each other and were silent. I waited until they responded. The most awkward 15 seconds of my life (most likely theirs too!). One of them replied that they didn’t know but they would find out and get back to me. At that point in time, I shared the gospel with them.
They left saying they would find an answer and never came back. All I see now is Jehovah’s Witnesses passing my house. I think about these girls from time to time and pray for them. The seeds have been planted and I pray for their salvation. My hope is that this series of verses will encourage Christians to engage with JW’s the next time they knock on their door.
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