The Watchtower September 1, 1951, in a wonderful article entitled “Hated For His Name”(pp518,519) describes the persecution and martyrdom of steadfast Christians in the first 3 centuries AD.
By the year (A.D.) 64 Christianity was
prominent throughout much of the Roman
Empire, including the capital city
Rome itself. Their individual characteristics,
form of worship and steadfast refusal
to compromise thereon had made
the Christians sure targets of hostility and
ridicule. That year, the tenth in the
reign of Emperor Nero, Rome was swept
by a conflagration so great it is yet the
object of poetry and legend....
Diocletian assumed the crown A.D. 284.
At first he seemed friendly to the Christians,
but in the year 303 he gave in to
persuasion and opened the tenth persecution,
probably the most ferocious of all.
Suffocation by smoke, forcible drinking
of melted lead, mass drownings and bumings,
breaking on the rack of men and
women alike ran the empire with blood.
In a single month 17,000 were slain. In
the province of Egypt alone, 144,000 such
professed Christians died by violence in
the course of this persecution, in addition
to another 700,000 who died as a result
of fatigues encountered in banishment
Actually it is estimated that 7 million Christians were martyred in the first 3 centuries alone
So What's the problem?
The problem is that the religion of Jehovah Witnesses has set a limit of 144,000 faithful Christians that could have possibly existed in the 19 centuries prior to 1914.
How does 144,000 = 7,000,000?