Ozzie, I actually conducted the book study with this book 2 times myself. As I was looking through my study copy that inspired this thread, I noticed I made my own note besided the paragraph that asked......"how can they be chosen and given 'a token' to heaven, yet lose their standing"?
I was confused even as a book study conductor but fudged my way through. When nobody understands, you move on to the next paragraph.
there could be a "miraculous" infusion of new, YOUNG annointed's. maybe the "sealing" is not as far along as we thought.
it would kill two birds with one stone. the gb. could be revitalized with fresh, sharp, non-senile members, plus it will give the wts. decades before it finds itself in the same position it is now. what would they do if ALL the annointeds are dead and the end hasnt come.
They have always taught those that would replace any of the annointed who fall away, would be with someone of many faithful years of service to Jehovah.....not someone still 'wet behind the ears' as a witness. Although they will act as though they recognize a younger one who claims to be of the little flock, they hold them in contempt( in a sorta way). They are made to feel guilty.
You do make an interesting point. If the 8,000 now left did finally die....how would they handle it?
They'd come up with new light that would explain away their old thoughts just like they did in the previous entire century and newer converts would swallow it.....just like they do now.....but hopefully in much smaller numbers since the exposer of them is now taking it's toll.