During the fervour whipped up in the years leading up to the 1975™ fiasco GOD's official news magazine the Watchtower™ continually emphasised™ to those of us enrolled in the Jehovah's Witness™ indoctrination program that we were a vital part of 'the sifting of the wheat™' and 'separation of the sheep and goats™'. We were to have no doubt whatever that we were 'touch stones™' used by angels who floated along side us in the 'door to door work™'.
We were told in no uncertain terms that the angels couldn't literally speak with householders™, that was our job but they would be there taking note of how we were received, whether householders were naughty or nice. (any resemblance to spies of Santa is purely coincidental.)
The funny thing is that after many years of witnessing™ I very rarely met anyone who I would regard as basically not nice.
"The judgement and separation work by Jesus was proof of his presence since 1914." Reasoning from the Scriptures™ 1989 p. 344.
time came when angels also got involved in the separation work
." Watchtower™ 1992 June 15 p. 20
"Separation of sheep and goats is a glorious fulfilment of the prophecy of Matthew 25:31-33." Watchtower™ 1993 January 1 p. 19.
Imagine my shock at finding out that in the Watchtower of October 15 1995 an amazing turnabout took place. Since 1923 the Watchtower Society taught that the separation of the sheep and the goats, described in Matthew by Jesus, began in 1914. Now they say it is future .
"Understanding the parable of the sheep and goats in this way indicates that the rendering of judgement on the sheep and the goats is future. It will take place after "the tribulation… " Watchtower™ October 15 1995: p. 23.
an annoyed unclebruce who didn't appreciate being jerked around by loonies.