Simple explanation why "Anointed" # going up (from the CO)

by InterestedOne 31 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • InterestedOne

    I asked the CO, if the heavenly calling was closed in 1935, why is the number of anointed going up? He simply said that the society no longer says when the heavenly calling was closed. Is that it? Have they discarded the 1935 teaching? Did they officially discard it in any article?

  • wannabefree
  • wannabefree

    *** w07 5/1 pp. 30-31 Questions From Readers ***

    In 1935 the "great crowd" of Revelation 7:9-15 was understood to be made up of "other sheep," Christians with an earthly hope, who would appear on the world scene in "the last days" and who as a group would survive Armageddon. (John 10:16; 2 Timothy 3:1; Revelation 21:3, 4) After that year, the thrust of the disciple-making work turned to the gathering in of the great crowd. Hence, especially after 1966 it was believed that the heavenly call ceased in 1935. This seemed to be confirmed when almost all who were baptized after 1935 felt that they had the earthly hope. Thereafter, any called to the heavenly hope were believed to be replacements for anointed Christians who had proved unfaithful.

    Without a doubt, if one of the anointed unrepentantly falls away, Jehovah does call another individual to take his place. (Romans 11:17-22) However, the number of genuine anointed ones who have become unfaithful is likely not large. On the other hand, as time has gone by, some Christians baptized after 1935 have had witness borne to them that they have the heavenly hope. (Romans 8:16, 17) Thus, it appears that we cannot set a specific date for when the calling of Christians to the heavenly hope ends.

  • wobble

    Yes, they say so in print, I do not have the quote to hand, but it must be searchable on here, as it has been discussed a lot, perhaps someone else can give it to you.

    Moshe also just the other day referred to his work with an actuary which showed that about twenty years or so ago, the figure was suspisciously large, and of course it crept up from then, and leapt forward and upward in the last three years or so.

    Perhaps more and more are realising that ,according to Jesus' own words, if they do not partake they have no life.

  • clarity

    This is what Jesus said, -

    John 10: 7 - "I AM the DOOR of the sheep."

    John 10: 9 - "I AM the DOOR"

    Is this the DOOR that Rutherford was trying to close? Lots of luck with that!!


  • leavingwt
    Is that it? Have they discarded the 1935 teaching? Did they officially discard it in any article?

    Yes, in May of 2007 the WT Society re-opened the Door to Heaven.

  • jgnat

    I attribute the rising numbers to the Pareto principle. That is, regardless of intense peer pressure to the contrary, there will be a percentage (0.1%) of the population who will feel the annointing and partake regardless.

    And yes, the generation teaching has been extended indefinitely.

  • moshe

    Since the WT CD only goes back to 1970, that seems to indicate that all teachings prior to 1970 are no longer official dogma for JWs unless they have been reiterated for today's JWs. What was published as truth prior to 1970 applied to that generation at that time period and the adults of that generation are rapidly passing away now.

  • wannabefree

    *** w54 3/1 p. 153 par. 16 Restoration of True Religion Today ***
    Since 1935 one class has been decreasing in numbers on earth, while the other class has been increasing until today there are hundreds of thousands of the "great crowd" rejoicing in the hope of life on earth, while the others now number but some thousands. To Zion these increasing thousands flock home like doves returning to the dovecotes. "Thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be carried in the arms. Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?"-Isa. 60:4, 8, AS.

    *** w54 3/1 p. 154 par. 17 Restoration of True Religion Today ***
    Today people are not called by the good news of reconciliation to be of the heavenly city, but are called to an earthly inheritance.

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