ThomasCovenant is a really cool name, I read the books even though they were in the do not read section.
Back on theme this is a nightmare to explain away. Even if you said these people were hidden in areas where work was banned it makes no sense. This figure is of emminent importance as mentally JWs use it to mentally assess how close to the end we are. It would seem that the end is moving away.
Number of annointed should go down or remain even. Coupled with the research on another thread that showed thousands of Christians died in early persecutions (in excess of 144,000) the numbers are a joke. How can someone living in relative comfort this century be judged as more worthy of a heavenly reward than those who died for their faith.
I can see the madness now.