Over the years of speaking to members of the Watchtowers Society (commonly known as Jehovah’s Witnesses) I have come to use an argument that opens up the possibility in their minds that Jesus is Almighty God. Here is my preprepared “speech”:
I start in the Old Testament, in Isaiah 41:4 – ‘I, the LORD, am the first; And with the last I am He.’” I ask, who is this talking about? They will say “God the Father”. No contention from me!
Then I go to Isaiah 44:6 – “Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel, And his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: “I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God.” I ask, who is this talking about? They will say “God the Father”. Again, at this point, no contention from me!
Then I go to Isaiah 48:12 – “Listen to Me, O Jacob, And Israel, My called: I am He, I am the First, I am also the Last. Again, I ask – who is this speaking of? And again they will say that this is God the Father.
My point in doing this, without contention, is to build up evidence that God the Father is the First and the Last. By definition there can only be one first and last!
Then I crack up the pressure and take them to Revelation 1:8 – “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Then straight to verse 11 of the same chapter: “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches”
Again, I ask – who is this speaking? They will say, again that it is God the Father. Now, most Christians will want to contend that issue but you can let it be. You can tell them that you disagree but just let them know that and continue to Revelation 21:6 – And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts
I ask: is there anyone else in Scripture that spoke the words “It is done”? Of course they will answer, Jesus. (John 19:30) Again, is there anyone else in scripture that promises to give living water? Again, they will answer, Jesus (John 4:14). This doesn’t prove anything, by the way until you go to the final section.
Revelation 21 is the closing argument. Read Revelation 21:12 to them – “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.” You don’t need to ask them who is speaking because you’re going to tell them by reading verse 20 of the same chapter: He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
So the one who is coming quickly is Jesus. Good. That is something that they will not argue over. Then take them to Revelation 21:13 – I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. Then quickly to verse 16 – “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches.”
I then ask them: “what does all that mean?” and without giving them the opportunity to answer I will tell them that it means that you either have two firsts and lasts. Two Alpha and Omegas. Two Beginnings and Endings. Or it means that Jesus is the same Almighty God as the Father.
I will not allow them to continue our conversation because they have no answer for the above but try and work back to their own preprepared script. I will tell them to come back when they have a counter argument for the above passages.