Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that none of the Old Testament saints are going to heaven. Only 144,000 good Jehovah’s Witnesses (who have lived since Jesus’ death) will be in heaven. The Old Testament saints and today’s generation of JWs will eventually live on paradise on earth. If there’s one verse saying that anyone from the Old Testament will be in heaven, not only does the doctrine of the 144,000 crumble, but the entire religion crumbles and it becomes simple to explain how none of them will go to any sort of paradise.
Matthew 8:11 (NWT) says, “But I tell YOU that many from eastern parts and western parts will come and recline at the table with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of the heavens.”
Luke 13:28 says, “There is where [YOUR] weeping and the gnashing of [YOUR] teeth will be, when YOU see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but yourselves thrown outside.”
Hebrews 11:16, referring to Old Testament people says, “But now they are reaching out for a better [place], that is, one belonging to heaven. Hence God is not ashamed of them, to be called upon as their God, for he has made a city ready for them.
Matthew 8:11 is particularly clear. I really don’t think there’s any way around the plain teaching of these verses: The Old Testament saints are in heaven.
Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that only the 144,000 are are born again (based on John 3:3). Most JWs are not part of the 144,000, and will readily admit that they are not born again, and if someone says they’re not born again, I believe them. The only alternative to being born again (or raised from spiritual death) is to be dead in sin, and those who are dead in their sins are sadly going to hell. (I wrote a tract on this topic called A Choice For Life, which you can download.)
For a fantastic opportunity to witness to Jehovah’s Witnesses, check out their 2008 convention schedule. One of the reasons they think they are in the true church is because they think they are the only ones who are out witnessing. You can help refute that idea for possibly hundreds of them by showing up at a convention and passing out tracts or witnessing. Even if you’re shy, or don’t know what to say to them, you could put tracts on their cars while they’re all inside.